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Summer Jewelry

Summer is a great time for jewelry

Summer Jewelry Hemming Plaza Jewelers

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!

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.

Jewelers Becoming More Sophisticated

As the world becomes smaller due to an evolving global marketplace, so too must jewelers, even on a local level, become more sophisticated.  Whether supply or demand rises, the industry must remain flexible.  As Patrice Nordey, CEO of a consultancy group said, “The jewelry industry must figure out how to recognize a person as a single customer across borders”.  Now, more than ever, your marketing strategy in one country could affect your business in another country, especially with the growing middle class in China, Japan, and even as close as Canada.  These new times will also see a new customer take shape, a savvier customer with different expectations and perceptions of elegance and style.  Millennials are more pragmatic than their predecessors, so maybe they’re not the type to exhibit their jewelry the way their parents did, but certain situations, societal, professional, or otherwise, will dictate that a certain level of sophistication is called for, and maybe it’s that need to “look the part” at a social function that will call to them, specifically.

An Unexpected Source Of Diamonds?

If you’ve ever seen the movie Blood Diamond, you may be under the impression that Western Africa is the leading producer of diamonds in the world.  In fact, we asked our intern today who she thought the leading diamond producer was, and she immediately said “Sierra Leone”.  As of the end of 2014, Africa has been surpassed by a country that most people wouldn’t think of when speculating where a diamond comes from.  Russia is actually the leading producer of diamonds in the world both by volume and by value, beating out number two producer, Botswana, according to KPCS.  Over the past year the global output of diamonds grew by 4 percent as the average price jumped 8 percent to $116.17 per carat.  Despite these numbers, overall global diamond production, in terms of volume, fell to 124.8 million carats.  

 

Like any number of other things, the price of diamonds is controlled by the market and the principle of scarcity.  There are a finite number of diamonds and a lot of people that want diamonds.  A number of additional factors are attributed to the final cost like cut, clarity, and so on, but everything begins with that one raw stone.  The next time you see light dancing off of that multi-faceted diamond, remember that every diamond has a story to tell and the most important one is yours.  Right now, you can take advantage of Hemming Plaza Jewelers’ Summer Savings Diamond Blowout and start telling a story that endures for generations.

Who Knew?! Earrings And Little Plastic Discs.

From INSTOREMAG.COM

A Twitter user is burning up the internet with the astonishing news that the little plastic discs on the back of inexpensive earrings can be – wait for it – removed. “After my nineteen years of living I have now realized that you are supposed to take the plastic part off,” she reported breathlessly, and nearly 40,000 people have shared the news. “But not everyone was on the same page,” reports Woman’s Day, among several media outlets that have picked up on the issue. “Apparently the plastic part keeps the earring in place, especially if it’s one that tends to tip forward and is a little heavier than regular studs.” Indeed, some sources maintain that the discs not only hold the earrings in place nut can also prevent droopy lobes.

 

21st Century Style Sees Men Wearing More Jewelry

From the New York Post:

Rich and famous men have long been fond of flaunting small flashes of jewelry. A Rolex here, a ring there (a gold chain if you were in Miami). But fashion-savvy guys in Hollywood are now seriously stepping up their game — sporting delicate pieces, layering up, and co-opting styling techniques from the ladies.

“I think a confident man can step out in [jewelry] that fits his sense of style in a way that is unique, fashionable and masculine,” says Greg Kwiat, CEO of Fred Leighton, the renowned red-carpet jeweler. “Johnny Depp is a great example. For years he’s been very comfortable wearing all sorts of jewelry — big rings, long medallion necklaces, brooches.”

Indeed, Depp is a seasoned pro at the piled-on approach that’s coached on women’s-style blogs. And last March, he began flashing a diamond bauble that he’d originally purchased for his then-fiancée, Amber Heard: “I have a female engagement ring,” Depp told David Letterman. “It was too big for my girl.”

But Depp is no lone ranger in the realm of dude adornment. Pharrell Williams, the CFDA’s 2015 Fashion Icon Award winner, pairs tees with custom, ladies-who-lunch Chanel necklaces; Harry Styles, who nabbed his own style prize at the British Fashion Awards in 2013, is seldom snapped without heaps of Saint Laurent trinkets around his neck, fingers and wrists; and at the Oscars this year, no fewer than five A-list men garnished their lapels with brooches, including Jared Leto and Common, who both wore Fred Leighton.

“Common wore the brooch in a way that was completely masculine and interesting from a style perspective,” Kwiat says of the hip-hop star’s 19th century, sapphire-and-diamond clover-shaped piece.

“When you’re a man dressing for the red carpet you have a more-limited amount of choices than the women who walk the same red carpet,” he adds. “For someone who is interested in style and fashion and wants to make that statement of individuality — going beyond the tux and actually wearing a small brooch as a lapel pin is cool, it’s current, it’s fun.”

For A Mother’s Day She’ll Never Forget

Mother’s Day has been an official holiday here in the United States for over 100 years.  It started with Anna Jarvis and her 500 carnations in 1908 and quickly grew to become the global celebration we know today.  All over the world, mothers are recognized and celebrated in annual fetes and showered with gifts and adoration.

Here in the United States, the annual tradition generally involves taking mom out for dinner and presenting her with a card telling her just how exquisite she is in a way that is often more poetic than your own creative process would ever allow you to be.  And while mom is sure to be appreciative of any celebration in her honor, only doing it once a year isn’t really celebrating her, it’s remembering her.

This year, do your mom a favor by presenting her with more than a token nod to her many years of love and patience.  Find her something that is as timeless as her love and affection for you is.  Hemming Plaza Jewelers is the place to discover that special something for the one-of-a-kind woman who has helped shape you into the person she is always so proudly telling everyone she runs into about.  We have a vast palette of visually stunning pieces to choose from.  Come in and find her something that will match perfectly with the smile she gets on her face every time she sees yours.  Earrings, bracelets, necklaces or rings, whichever of these are her favorite things, we’ve got it here in the store.

There is just no excuse not to make the extra effort this year to get your mother something that will celebrate her all year long.  You can still take her out for a nice dinner, and you can still get her a really sweet card, but if you get her a treasure from Hemming Plaza Jewelers this year, she’ll have something she can show off to all those people…and chances are because it came from you, she’ll have it for the rest of her life.