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    Engagement Rings for Men

    Engagement Rings for Men

    Engagement and Wedding rings are not just for woman. Typically, in the US men get women engagement rings and then later add a wedding band to that initial ring. Who is to say that men shouldn’t have an engagement ring as well? In some European cultures it is encouraged for men to also wear an engagement ring alongside their partner. Due to tradition, men can feel uncomfortable or embarrassed to wear a ring before the wedding. There are still some that do not wear a ring even after nuptials because of their career, comfort, or other numerous reasons. Back in the 1900’s and earlier men and woman did not wear wedding or engagement rings. This was due to costs, safety, etc..  

    In the 20th century is when it all began. During the World Wars men began to wear wedding rings as a means of remembering their loved ones. After the Korean War wedding bands took on the meaning that they have today.  Wedding and engagement rings are a symbol of one another’s love and devotion. A piece that is treasured for a lifetime. Men’s rings are typically simple in design with a comfort fit, but don’t let the norm dull your zest. The options are as endless, find the perfect ring that highlights his/your personality. Diamond, Gold, Platinum, colored gems let us help you find the perfect piece.

    #bringbackbrooches

    #bringbackbrooches

    Bring Back Brooches (#bringbackbrooches):

    A brooch is an ornament fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch. These beautiful statement pieces became fashion forward in the Georgian era and tapered out of style through the decades, with no definite ending point.  These works of art come in many shapes and sizes. Details and extravagance can very, from something dainty to something ornate and eye catching. Brooches were originally worn, over the heart, on the opposing side or in the center of the chest, on things like blazers, coats, gowns or blouses. Approximately five years ago, the hashtag #bringbackbrooches began to appear. Since this trend, influencers have encouraged endless options. Dressed up, or down, if you can pin it, you can wear it. From fashion magazines to shown off on the red carpet we have seen it all. Gem encrusted, nature themed, or glitzed to the extreme.

    The perfect way to show off your personality. These treasures were originally use to secure clothing, slowly making the rise. The boundless imagination of the jeweler encourages endless opportunities. In today’s world brooches are worn more as a statement piece rather than for functionality.  Still timeless, these treasures are making a comeback stronger than ever. Don’t miss out.

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    The Retro Era

    The Retro Era

    Retro Era:

    Dates 1939-1950

    Concluding World War II, the style of this era is heavenly inspired by the war and its victory. Many elements from the Art Deco reign are carried through. The symmetrical, geometric designs become bolder and amplified through the time. Allowing this era to be filled with large colorful gemstones, yellow gold, platinum, and white gold. With metal shortages on the rise white gold became more dominate in the jewelry world. With gemstones, diamonds, and metals difficult to come by recycling older unused pieces becomes the trend. Giving worn pieces new life allowed a new look to be created without taking any needed materials from our soldiers. Convertible pieces like necklaces or brooches, also take the spotlight these pieces allowed a variety of looks without the abundant use if materials. Metals were not the only thing effected by the war gemstones and diamonds were troublesome to come by as well. This made it so smaller gems were used in abundance, the pave style settings increased in popularity. Along with dome shaped rings, these domes would be encrusted in small vibrant gems often making floral or geometric shapes. These styles may not be as blingy as previous eras, but the pave settings allowed for big sparkle with the materials available. This eleven-year span is a great combination of past eras, full of vibrant colors and detailed design. Many of these styles are still used today.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Art Deco Era

    The Art Deco Era

    Art Deco Era:

    1920 – 1945

    Emerging at the conclusion of World War 1, this is one of the most iconic and most recreated of the eras. The design aesthetic drastically shifted, from the nature-based beginning eras to angular, geometric, and architectural inspiring. This era was clean cut and bold, die-struck filigree was then hand finished, intricate symmetrical basket style rings with breathtaking open work, and lavalier necklaces are predominately worn. The open work and filigree details were ideal effects that allowed metal to be used more sparingly. Giving the pieces of this time a lighter, less bulky feel. Popular items include dinner and cocktail rings, octagonal/hexagonal settings, stepped shoulders, filigree linked bracelets, pearls, and lavalier necklaces. Typically crafted in white gold, platinum (although costly), camphor glass or chromium plated metals. Diamond, aquamarine, pearl, jade, onyx, and topaz are prevalent in these creations, thanks to technology advances synthetic sapphires and rubies are well used in this era as well. Along with creating gems, advances in gem cutting were also achieved. Baguette, brilliant cut, fancy cuts like emerald and Asscher cuts come into the spotlight, while still utilizing old European cut and cabochon. This span of time is known for the angular, symmetrical designs, utilizing machines to create filigree details and pops of bold color (created or natural), catching the attention of those around the wearer.