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Things To Consider When Buying Jewelry For Your Man

Looking for some tips on how to buy some masculine jewelry for that boyfriend/hubby/special guy in your life?  Finding the right piece for him is not as easy as you wish it would be.  Hemming Plaza Jewelers is here with the 411 on what to look for when you are shopping for your man!

Find Something To Match His Body Type

Finding a “manly” enough piece for your guy can be tough.  If he is a burly lumberjack-type, he may not be comfortable sporting a dainty pendant or shiny ring.  Knowing the man you are trying to buy something for will go a long way in helping to figure out what they will and won’t wear.  

Appeal To His Style

Check out his personal style and find something that suits his tastes.  Does he like gold or silver?  Something around his neck, his wrist or his finger?  Odds of him liking and actually wearing what you get him increases dramatically if you try to align your picks with his subtle style cues.

Are Gemstones Right For Him

Choose your gemstone wisely.  If he has a job that requires a lot of physical labor or extended use of his hands in a tough environment, then maybe a jewel encrusted watch isn’t the right choice.

Size Matters

Chain length is crucial as well.  If you choose to go the necklace route instead of a watch or ring, be aware of your man’s neck and chest when you are choosing a chain for him.  Too long, and it can be a safety hazard, too short and it becomes a fashion faux pas.  Does he wear his collars open or buttoned up?  Ask yourself these things before you make your purchase.

If you need some help picking out a winner for your guy, then come see us in the shop at Hemming Plaza and we will be happy to help you find the perfect piece for your perfect guy!  

October’s Dual Birthstones

A Tale Of Two Birthstones

October is one of the best months for birthstones.  Not one, but two gems are considered to be representatives for October birthstones.  Both stones are beautiful examples of the diverse spectrum of colors that make up the palette for all gemstones.  In fact, they are both rooted in rainbow lore.  Let’s learn a little more about Opal and Tourmaline, October’s colorful co-birthstones.

The Aussie Connection

Opals are known mostly for the way they diffuse light and create a shimmering display of colors.  This fantastic show of brilliance has given the opal a treasured place throughout history.  Ancient Australian aboriginal peoples believed that these gems were left behind in the footprints of a rainbow.  And since the mid-1800’s, Australia is responsible for approximately 95% of the global opal supply, so maybe they are on to something.  

Soaring Toward The Heavens From Egypt’s Depths

Tourmaline also has rainbow-related lore attached to its creation.  The ancient Egyptians believed that tourmaline achieved it’s radiant array of colors because it snuck through a rainbow on its way up through the depths of the Earth.  This gem has been revered for centuries by cultures around the globe.  In fact, the Chinese were so enamored by the gem that when its government collapsed in the early 20th century, it crashed the global tourmaline market.

Get Yours Here

If you or a loved one has an October birthday, look no further than Hemming Plaza Jewelers to satisfy your opal & tourmaline needs!  With a huge variety of birthstone-specific pieces available, Hemming Plaza Jewelers has got you covered!  And even if you aren’t looking for something that is birthstone related, the volume and quality of wearable art that is available is truly staggering.  World-class craftsmanship at prices that won’t leave you penniless.  Come by the shop today and see for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.    

Fall Jewelry Trends

Fall has officially arrived and with it comes the newest trends straight from the runways in Paris to your favorite place in Jacksonville to find the pieces you won’t find anywhere else, Hemming Plaza Jewelers!  Here are some of the looks we loved enough to share with you here.

HOOPS

Oversized Hoops are back and beautiful! A timeless classic that has come and gone over the years, stretched and doubled-up hoops are back on the list of must haves for this season’s fearless fashionistas.

LETTERS & WORDS

Monogram madness is in full swing this year.  Logos and branding is everywhere you look this year, from brooches to necklaces and even earrings.  Wear your heart on your sleeve and your initials around your neck this year and rule the roost when you’re out and about!

CUSTOM PIECES

Unique One-offs are the perfect way to flaunt your flash and your personal style.  Find your inspiration in our immense inventory, or have us make something that fits only you and your eclectic taste!

Hemming Plaza Jewelers is the home for any and all styles of jewelry to give you the glow that will light up the Fall this year.  Whether it’s a high society evening or a day at the beach, we can offer you the unique piece that will perfectly complete your personal style.  Come in and see what we’ve got waiting for you today!  

Sapphire: September’s Birthstone

September boasts one of the most radiant and regal of all the birthstones, the sapphire.  And lucky for you, Hemming Plaza Jewelers has this beautiful precious gem available in a variety of settings and pieces that will celebrate the birthday of your loved one with the style and grace that the noble sapphire represents.

 

COLORATION

 

Traditionally, most people associate sapphires with the a rich, royal blue color.  But sapphires can be found across the entire spectrum of colors, with the exception of red.  That color of gem is reserved for a cousin of the sapphire, or perhaps more aptly in this case, the red-headed stepchild of this particular gemological family and birthstone for July: the ruby.

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Sapphires are also considered to be on of the traditional cardinal gem varieties.  Other members of this prestigious circle of heirloom precious stones include:

Amethysts

Emeralds

Rubies

Diamonds

BEAUTIFUL AND PRACTICAL

Also, because the sapphire is one of the hardest minerals (behind only diamonds and moissanite on the Mohs scale), sapphires have many practical applications beyond being purely ornamental.  Fortunately for you, we’ve chosen only the most beautiful and radiant sapphires to create our custom pieces.  Stop by Hemming Plaza Jewelers and see what we have for the sapphire lover in your life today!

A Rose By Any Other Name…

Rose gold has been a reappearing fashion trend since the early 19th century. Radiating a timeless yet modern appeal, rose gold jewelry is very much back as a 21st century fashion staple. Here’s a little history on this trendy accessory look. We’re sure rose gold will swoon the jewelry-lover in you!

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Rose gold was first introduced in Russia during the 19th century. This mix of copper and traditional yellow gold became a must-have in Russian fashion; hence the stem of its nickname, “Russian Gold.”

Mid-Victorian Era

Amid the Victorian Era in Europe, rose gold made its second debut. Symbols of compassion and romance were sought, and the pink-hued metal was quickly turned to for such expression. Rose Gold jewelry became a highly desirable and iconic jewelry trend during this time.

Cartier

White gold, rose gold, and traditional yellow gold all intertwined into a single band. The Trinity Band designed by French jeweler, Louis-François Cartier, was the rekindling of rose gold in the fashion industry. This signature piece was created in 1924 by Cartier, which resulted in Cartier’s booming success in jewelry. Cartier made a name for himself and brought back the love of rose gold.

War Zone

During the time of World War II, platinum was considered vital to war efforts, and was even prohibited by some countries from being used by citizens. Gold and rose gold instantly made a comeback, defining the jewelry trends within this time. Rose gold became a very common alternative to platinum among jewelry enthusiasts.

A Modern Love

The 90’s took a break from rose gold with their minimalist fashion trends and looked to silver and white gold pieces to accentuate their current taste in fashion. However, rose gold has once again proved it’s never going out of style. Today in fashion, rose gold plays the middle-man between traditional and modern touch. Rose gold has made such an impact on current trends, the metal is now a leading look in other products like the iPhone and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

Whether you’re looking for classic and timeless, or modern and flashy, rose gold jewelry is definitely the hottest trend in the industry right now. Rose gold looks good on any skin tone, and can be dressed up or down for any occasion. Get your rose gold piece today at Hemming Plaza Jewelers!

Timeless Jewelry

A white button-down, a little black dress and nude heels; they’re a staple that every woman’s closet needs to have. A  woman’s jewelry box should be the same way. Jewelry adds the finishing touch to a perfect outfit, and there are some pieces that you just shouldn’t live without.

Pearls


Hemming Plaza Jewelers Timeless Jewelry

It’s not just your grandmother’s jewelry. There is something about pearls that exudes sophistication, elegance and femininity. No woman should go without these in their jewelry box. Pearls are a collectible piece and will flatter at any age. Pearl necklaces draw subtle attention to your neckline without being overbearing. Pearls are a refreshing piece of jewelry that have consistently remained a part of the fashion industry year in and year out. When in doubt, look no further than pearls!

 

Diamond Earrings

Versatility defines diamonds. You can rock any look with a pair of diamond earrings. Looking for a high-end option? Choose diamond dangle earrings. Looking for a more classy-casual statement? Diamond studs. No matter the occasion, there is a pair of diamond earrings to match. You can never go wrong with classics, which is why every woman must own a pair of diamond earrings.

Cuff Bracelet

A flashy cuff bracelet is the perfect bold touch to define your style. Cuff bracelets have survived every fashion trend. From ancient royalty, to the studded leather cuffs of the 1970’s, there’s a cuff bracelet design for you. Find a cuff bracelet that fits your personality, and we guarantee you’ll never want to take it off.

Simple Rings

Delicate bands are a simple and stylish way to complete any look. You can stack a few on one finger, or distribute them among both hands. Show off your style by expressing your own way to wear this accessory.

These jewelry pieces can be as versatile as you want! Layer rings for a dramatic look or wear a single pearl necklace for a more subtle and classy approach.  Having these jewelry necessities will save you plenty of time and money. Find all of your go-to jewelry at Hemming Plaza!

This Summer’s Jewelry Trends

Poolside with the ladies or a barbecue with the family, the summertime is filled with lively adventure. Be the life of the party at any of your outings with the hottest summer jewelry trends. There’s never a bad time to add a little ice to a hot summer day!

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Hoop Earrings

They say fashion repeats itself, and hoop earrings are definitely making a comeback. This revived 90’s fashion trend is a current celebrity favorite. Hoops draw attention to your facial features by highlighting your jaw and cheekbones, and it a versatile piece overall. Casual or dressy, hoop earrings are a great go-to.

Layered Necklaces

A fresh and romantic look, layering necklaces are a compliment to your low-cut summer blouses. Go soft and feminine with subtle gold chains, or make a bold statement and add a choker to the mix.

Rose Gold

Rose gold jewelry has made a resurgence from its classic times and there are no regrets. Rose gold compliments your summer tans! Jazz up your summer wardrobe by adding some rose gold pieces and hit the town in style.

Stacked Rings

It’s all about the layers! This jewelry trend allows each of us to add our own unique look to our favorite summer outfits. Mix and match different metals, and don’t forget to add the midi rings for a modern touch!

These fashion statements are bound to liven up your next beach outing or summer bonfire. Cool off your

summers by adding these hottest jewelry trends to your wardrobe!

Caring For Your Wedding Ring

That left hand band symbolizes an important person in your life, and a very important promise!  It’s easy to forget to maintain your wedding ring, however durable it may be. We’ve answered three very important questions we hear from customers about keeping your wedding ring looking its best!

 

How often should I clean my wedding ring?

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Like most women, you probably wear your ring everyday. To ensure a long life, it’s vital to clean your ring around once a week. Everyday substances like hairspray, lotion and soap accumulate under the diamond and stick to its surfaces, dulling its shine and affecting its stability. Take care of your ring and give it a good cleaning every week!

Can I clean my ring myself?

Absolutely! There are plenty of simple at-home care remedies to preserve your ring’s perfect condition! Keyword: SIMPLE. Stay away from harsh chemicals and temperatures that could damage your wedding ring.

Use lukewarm water and a gentle dish soap. Mix the two together and let the ring sit for 10 minutes. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub the ring and to reach the underneath surfaces of its stones. Rinse and dry, then your ring it bright, shiny, and ready to be shown off again!

Can I wear my ring during exercise?

Wedding rings are a very delicate piece of jewelry. It is best during any physical activity to take the ring off and store it somewhere safe. Your significant other will appreciate you protecting the ring more than you wearing it to your next tennis match!

Above

all, bring your ring to a specialist at least yearly, to inspect and professionally clean your piece. The promise behind the wedding ring is an everlasting relationship. Make sure the ring lasts just as long as your marriage!

Summer Jewelry

Summer is a great time for jewelry

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Get the hottest trends in jewelry this summer at Hemming Plaza Jewelers

As you wear fewer layers of clothing, you can put on more layers of gems, silver and gold! Some summer essentials that you weren’t able to show off in the winter months are toe rings and anklets. As you switch from boots to sandals, make sure to accessorize accordingly. You can go with simple silver or gold anklets, or spice things up with mixed metals, fun gems and charms! Another great summer accessory is nautical themed jewelry. Nothing says “summer” like the ocean on the horizon and the sand beneath your toes. Look for jewelry inspired by the open ocean with popular sea life motifs or designs with sailboats, rope patterns and anchors.

If your colors are bright, you’re doing it right

Remember that summer is all about bright colors, so opt for yellow gold and colorful gemstones. Keep your jewelry selection light and fun. Yellow gold bangles, rings and necklaces will really bring out your newly sun-kissed skin after a long, cold winter. Say goodbye to the dark and pale tones of winter, it’s time to get excited about colorful gems. If you really love to sparkle, look into gem clusters. They offer a variety of stones and colors all in one piece!

Make us your summer jewelry destination

Let Hemming Plaza Jewelers be your one-stop-shop for summer jewelry. Find the perfect shade of gold or silver for your skin tone to highlight your fresh summer glow! “Seas” the day with our sunny selection of nautical summer staples. Remem

ber, now is your chance to accessorize in the places where you couldn’t during the winter months. Opt for toe rings, anklets, bangles and bright colors. It’s time to find those unique jewelry pieces that sparkle and shine just like you!

June, A Tale Of Two Birthstones

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Alexandrite, one of June’s two birthstones, available at Hemming Plaza Jewelers in Jacksonville, FL

Thinking about buying a gift for someone with a June birthday? Look no further! Visit us at Hemming Plaza Jewelers to see all of our beautiful pieces of jewelry with the June birthstone that will make shopping a breeze. Hemming Plaza Jewelers offers a wide array of jewelry for every birthstone. Did you know that there are actually two different June birthstones? Pearl and Alexandrite– two beautiful birthstones that would compliment any jewelry piece.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is known for it’s unique and rare changing color. In the sunlight, it is a cool aqua blue. In the warm lamplight, it is a beautiful raspberry purple. This mysterious and magical gem is said to spark creativity and imagination. Jewelry with this stone is the perfect gift for those creative and unique individuals in your life. This gemstone’s beauty would complement that of your special friend with a June birthday.

Pearl

Pearls are classic and contemporary, and in many cultures they symbolize purity and innocence.. They are the only gemstones made by living creatures. Pearls are timeless and can be worn on an everyday basis or for the most formal occasion. Throughout history, pearls have always been admired because of their natural beauty. You can’t go wrong with the gift of a pearl necklace or earrings.

Your May Birthstone – Emerald!

If your birthdate falls within the month of May, you’re lucky enough to be associated with one of the truly spectacular gemstones, the emerald. Emeralds and their bold green hue are revered by royals and celebrities alike. Some of the most well-known emerald jewelry belonged to Elizabeth Taylor and was accented by platinum and diamonds.

Emeralds belong to the beryl family. This group also consists of aquamarine and morganite gemstones. Emeralds are most commonly found in Colombia, but can be found in South America as a whole, as well as a few other locations around the world. It’s name is a Greek derivative that literally means green, which is fitting since a lot of people associate May with a time of the year that really starts greening up outside before summer. Emeralds are included stones, meaning the internal marks are visible. The deeper green the emerald, and the clearer it is, the more valuable they are.

Royalty and emeralds go hand in hand. When you think of crown jewels, you typically think of gold, but when you think of the precious stones that adorn each item, you probably think of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Cleopatra is said to have cherished emeralds above all other stones during her reign, and even owned all of the mines.

As with most gemstones, it was thought in antiquity that they possessed special powers. While that may not be true, emeralds were no exception at the time and were thought to cure a number of ailments, as well as calm the wearer.

The Fan Trend

We’re on the cusp of another beautiful spring here on the first coast, and that means lighter styles and the chance to show everyone the shine in your collection. From head to toe, this time of year brings out our favorite looks and scratches our itch to catch up on the latest style trends for the spring.

You may have noticed the fan earring popping up recently, but it is not a new style. The fan shape in general has been a sign of beauty and style, both socially and ceremonially, for hundreds (if not thousands) of years. Indian, Chinese and all the way back to ancient Egyptian cultures have incorporated the fan shape to invoke mystery, royalty, and style across society from the richest to the poorest.

Nowadays, celebrities can be found on red carpets everywhere sporting the fabulous fan, in their hands, on their clutches, and hanging from their ears. Natalie Portman and Jangle Monáe were both wearing fan earrings to the recent SAG awards. Janelle Monáe wore a pair of Nikos Koulis emerald-studded fan earrings, and Natalie Portman wore a vintage Tiffany & Co fan earring set.

Though Portman went for the vintage look, there are several modern fan styles on the market. And while celebs can get the hook-up on jewelry, especially if they’re wearing them on red carpet events and world premiers, you don’t need a superstar agent or movie star level pull to get a great pair of earrings at an excellent price.

Hemming Plaza Jewelers can even create a custom fan style that can give you that red carpet look without the red carpet cost. Come by our showroom and see what we have to offer you. Styles and prices that can meet your unique needs and you can walk out wearing something you’ll love!

2017 Jewelry Trends

Trends change all the time, and in the fast-paced world of jewelry and fashion, you want to be able to stay on top of the times as they change.

For all of you Generation X’ers out there, you’ll be happy to know that bold 80’s style earrings have made a comeback (now if you only had a reason to use that hair crimper again…). Big gold hoop earrings, or dangles are making their way back and becoming a must-have for a night out. These pieces are versatile too. They can be worn with a cocktail dress at a formal function or just a night out with the girls.

Enamel has made a comeback and a modern take on an old classic. Enamel provides a splash of color and texture to an otherwise homogenous piece of jewelry. As art goes, oftentimes so does the world of fashion and jewelry design. As long as this remains hot in the world of art, you can expect it to remain trendy in the world of jewelry.

Pearls, the longtime standby for a pinch of elegance and formality, have recently been worn in new and interesting ways, really pushing the envelope and getting away from that stigma that pearls were just something your mother wore.

Charm bracelets in the past may have opened the door for charm necklaces to get a foot in the door. The same general principle applies, but when someone speaks to you, they’re more apt to look you in the face and your neckline is more obvious than your wrist so it’s not wonder that these necklaces have taken off.

Heart-shaped jewelry has captured an older audience. No longer just for children, some heart designs have captured the imagination of innovators in the jewelry industry and it has paid off because women are wearing them more and more often.

This year is all about shape and geometry. Today’s designs emphasize more angularity and less ovals and circles. Polygonal designs with rhombi, trapezoids, octagons, and hexagons, or things with sharp, distinct angles are trending.

Trends change all the time and we do our best to stay abreast of them when they do change. You can rest assured that if we don’t have what you want, we can always design a custom piece for you.

April Birthstone – Diamonds!

April doesn’t offer much in the way of exciting holidays. In fact, it’s become synonymous with rainy weather that yields beautiful results in May, but we believe April is more than merely the precursor to May. So for those of your fortunate enough to be born in the fourth month of the year, you get to reap the rewards of diamonds. That’s right, the most coveted birthstone in the calendar year is yours!

Diamonds have some very unique properties. Diamonds exhibit legendary toughness and rates all the way at the top on the hardness scale. In fact, the only thing that can cut a diamond is another diamond. The diamond is also beautifully simplistic, made from only one element, carbon. Diamonds also have a fantastic luster when polished, probably more so than almost any other gemstone out there, so these babies can really sparkle.

Lately, color enhanced or naturally colored diamonds have been in vogue. Sure, everyone thinks of them for weddings, engagements, and anniversaries, but if you decide to go color neutral, diamonds are perfect to wear each and every day to add a sense of sophistication and style to any wardrobe choice.

So to all you lucky people that were born in April, hold your heads high and shine bright like the diamond you are.

Engagement Rings – Trends for 2016 Brides

Engagement Rings - Trends for 2016 BridesSnapping a picture of an engagement ring has recently become a common way for future brides to announce their impending nuptials on social media. Of course, engagement rings have been around much longer than social media. Sometimes engagement ring trends follow the general jewelry trends in the world, but they sometimes go in their own direction. Here are some of the standout engagement ring styles and trends for 2016.

Distinct Diamond Colors

When Ben Affleck gifted then-fiancée Jennifer Lopez with a beautiful pink diamond engagement ring, it was a surprise; a departure from the ideal of the classic clear diamond. Years later, however, the trend of colored diamonds caught on like wildfire. This year, some of the most popular colors for diamonds include canary, pink and even chocolate.

Marquise-Cut Diamonds

Marquise cuts are making the rounds as one of the major jewelry trends this year, so it should come as no surprise that they’re also featured in many popular engagement rings. The marquise cut is known for being exceptionally flattering and eye-catching, so it’s easy to see why this classic cut has made its way back onto runways, red carpets and bridal aisles around the world.

Tie Everything Up with a Bow

Another jewelry trend that’s lighting up Instagram feeds is a bow accent on a ring. An ornate bow—or even a few bows—can truly make an engagement ring pop. This fashionable detail is sure to elicit compliments.

Vintage: Something Old and Something New

Within the past year, one of the hottest jewelry trends has been vintage pieces or even pieces that are vintage-inspired. Engagement ring trends have followed suit, with many brides requesting a ring with traditional accents.

Rose Gold

Appearing on smartphones or watches with increasing regularity, rose gold has been trending wildly for the past few months. It’s not surprising that this beautiful gold variation is also making its way into engagement rings; rose gold is both photogenic and feminine.

Halo Rings

Always a popular engagement ring design option, halo rings are brilliant for setting off the center stone, making it appear even more impressive. Nowadays, brides who crave a halo effect will be pleased to note that there are now more varieties available than ever. Those with more unconventional tastes will be pleased to see that there are a plethora of edgy choices now available.

Mixed-up Metals

Another exciting development has been the use of mixed metals in rings. Many brides are choosing to step away from gold and go for some other, equally interesting metals. Even tungsten has shown up on the fingers of a few brides, highlighting the beautiful possibilities of going with an alternative metal.

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