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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.

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.

MEET THE FAMILY

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!

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.