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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.

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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


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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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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!

Going Vintage

Do you desire a piece of jewelry that looks like it’s a period piece from the early 20th century, or even something like your mother used to wear?  Well, your ship has come in!  We at Hemming Plaza Jewelers specialize in creating custom pieces of jewelry.  Going vintage is very trendy these days, so what better way to set yourself apart than by having a custom piece of jewelry made just for you, just the way you want it.  Bring in a photo, or an older piece of jewelry and we can craft virtually anything you’d like to your specifications.  If you can dream it, we can do it.  As a matter of fact, we love to do it, so come see us before the holidays and get your custom piece today!

Give Your Graduate The Gift Of Jewelry

This time of year, everyone’s mind is on the events of the holiday season.  Don’t forget those college graduates that generally receive their degrees this time of year.  Companies like Jostens have cornered the market on things like class rings, but why not give your graduate the gift of jewelry this holiday season.  We offer custom one-of-a-kind pieces that they’ll remember forever.  The great thing about jewelry is that it’s too precious to casually discard, and it usually invokes a fond memory of the person that purchased the piece for you.  For example, Rolex is held in high regard in the timepiece industry.  It is so prolific that once purchased, it is likely to be handed down for multiple generations.  I know you’re thinking that a watch isn’t practical in the digital age, but someday your college graduate may be a business professional, and a Rolex is not just a conversation starter, but adds sophistication to any occasion.  This year, give the gift of jewelry and let this moment, this memory live for eternity.

December Birthstones

If you like blue, you’re in luck.  December has 3 birthstones associated with it, all of which are absolutely stunning.

Tanzanite, as its name implies, was originally discovered in Tanzania.  An early substitute for the more expensive sapphire, tanzanite has come into its own in recent years to possess a beauty all its own.  Though far less common, those stones with a bit of violet color accenting the deep blue are more treasured among tanzanite enthusiasts.

The second of the December birthstones is zircon.  Though its etymology suggests Arabic origins, it comes largely from Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.  Most people are probably familiar with the colorless variant of zircon which was used as an inexpensive substitute for diamonds, but zircon is found in every color of the rainbow.  As folklore would have it, zircon also has the unique ability to ward off disease and injury.

Lastly, there is turquoise.  Cherished in the American Southwest and often found adorning bracelets and necklaces, turquoise is one of the oldest known gemstones.  Although it is known for it’s pale blue color, it can also appear greenish blue as well.  Turquoise is a more plentiful gemstone and can be found in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.

Give The Gift Of Jewelry

This holiday season, give the gift of jewelry.  As most of you know, this time of year is synonymous with shopping.  Some people will be knocking down doors in hopes of getting a TV for a low, low price, while some will patiently wait for Cyber Monday.  Instead of high end electronics that often need to be replaced every so many years, this year we’re recommending the gift of jewelry.  It’s a timeless gift, and probably the only type of gift where the giver doesn’t mind if, at a later point in time, you re-gift it to someone else in the family.  Let’s face it, bread makers make poor heirlooms.

November Birthstones

According to the American Gem Society, there are two November appropriate gems, topaz and citrine.  At first glance, neither of these is probably your favorite gem, but perhaps it would interest you to know that imperial topaz was worn by the Russian Czars of the 19th century, so even if it doesn’t reflect your favorite color, at least it was once worn by royalty.

In olden days, topaz was used to designate any gemstone with a yellow hue.  Nowadays, however, you can find topaz in a wide array of colors like pink, purple, and blue.  Citrine, the second of the two November birthstones, is often confused with topaz, but in fact, is an entirely different mineral altogether.  Topaz, specifically blue and pink topaz is more popular, but we say, “Dare to be different”.  So embrace your unique gemstones and wear them proudly!

Thanksgiving Jewelry

If you read our last blog, you know we discussed holiday jewelry.  You may be thinking, “What about Thanksgiving”.  It wasn’t an oversight.  Thanksgiving’s roots reside in more Puritanical times, where any kind of adornment would probably lead to reprimand for being too gaudy or ostentatious.  Times have indeed changed and there’s no social construct that would forbid you from wearing any kind of Thanksgiving jewelry, but Thanksgiving is often thought of as a more casual gathering.  Maybe this is because you’re surrounded by familiar faces, or it could be that you’re about to fill yourself to the brim with turkey and all the trimmings and you want to be as comfortable as possible; oftentimes just jeans and a nice shirt will suffice.  However, even though Thanksgiving isn’t known for its dazzling display of fine jewelry, we’d like to encourage you to think outside the box and be that one fashion forward person that really “wows” when you’re handing that gravy boat to Uncle Steve.  Happy holidays.

Holiday Jewelry

Halloween was not long ago, and soon, Christmas will be upon us.  We all go to parties or social functions this time of year, but those two holidays, specifically, are very different from one another.  Halloween is much more casual so maybe you’re shopping for some costume jewelry, whether it’s for a get together, or a costume party that you need a Dracula medallion for.

Christmas always seems to be a little more formal.  Winter, in general, seems to exude a little more elegance.  People wear bold red colors accented with gold jewelry.  Some business functions around this time of year can get pretty formal, and rightfully so.  December, or your holiday party, may be the one time each year that everyone mingles amongst one another, and new business may develop as a result.  Therefore, everyone wants to look their best.  For men, this means wearing those cufflinks, nice watches, and rings.  For the ladies, you’re probably wearing a nice dress, have your hair up, and you’re wearing a necklace, a bracelet, earrings, and a ring or two.

So, whether you’re having a howling good time at your Halloween bash and need some costume jewelry for additional authenticity, or you need to be dressed to the nines for an upcoming Christmas party, be sure you have the right jewelry.