Your wedding day was probably one of the best days of your life, but the anniversaries that follow are to be cherished as well. They are gentle reminders that your love grows stronger year after year, and there is no better way to commemorate this milestone than with a meaningful anniversary gift.
You are no doubt familiar with anniversary milestones that include materials like paper for your first year, cotton for the second. But did you know that the first ten years of your wedding anniversary can also be marked with gemstones?
Besides the usual photo album or love letter for your first year, commemorate your first anniversary with mother of pearl, necklaces for her, cufflinks for him.
Along with a canvas portrait to mark your second year, its anniversary gemstone is lovely garnet: a love knot bracelet or garnet earrings.
Remember the following gemstones for each anniversary during your first decade together: moonstone for the third year, blue topaz for the fourth, rose quartz for the fifth, amethyst for the sixth, onyx for the seventh, tourmaline for the eighth, lapis lazuli for the ninth, and crystal to mark ten years together.
The first ten anniversaries can be celebrated with anniversary rings, stackables, infinity designs, gifts that are designed to accentuate the love you share. Traditional gifts are lovely, but nothing says I love you like a personally chosen gemstone accented anniversary gift to celebrate every year you spend as one.
Uncovering the mystery
Citrine is a unique stone with a mystery all its own. Although it comes from the French word for “lemon,” it’s far from sour! Its multifaceted beauty and pale lemon to orange color are associated with success and prosperity. In fact, many merchants keep a piece of Citrine in their cash register to attract wealth.
Citrine, since its discovery has been a treasured stone, so rare that in the middle ages only the very rich and aristocratic could afford them. Today, thanks to mines in Brazil, Russia and Spain, along with other locations, Citrine can be enjoyed by everyone. It is often found next to amethyst and this stone is called “ametrine.” When amethyst is heated it turns into an orangey, red color giving the appearance of a darker citrine.
Vivid shades of yellow, orange and brown are among the updated color palettes for both fall and spring fashions. Pairing citrine jewelry with these popular tones is an easy way to finish off any look with polish and sophistication.
And if you want to join the trend in Hollywood, choose citrine for bridal jewelry. Instead of the yellow diamonds rings seen on the red carpet, use a citrine to get the same dazzle and shine without the flashy price tag.
The Stone of the Mind
Ancient cultures referred to Citrine as the “stone of the mind,” believed to increase their psychic power of the elders when placed on his or her forehead. This mysterious stone is also used by healers for cleansing and purifying, and is known for its calming de-stressing qualities.
The birthstone of November, and adored for its richness and quality, Citrine is the perfect gemstone to add light and sophistication to any piece of jewelry.
In Hollywood, celebrity brides-to-be are wearing classic and vintage engagement rings. Some prefer white diamonds others colored diamonds and gemstones. The bands are simple or unique. One thing is for sure. Everyone has a different style and they are taking the time to personalize their ring to fit their own style.
Some celebrities prefer a simple, classic ring. Songstress Ciara wears a timeless emerald-cut white diamond engagement ring. Kimberly Perry, lead singer of the band Perry, also rocks this trend. Kim Kardashian is fashioned in an elegant square-cut white diamond ring. Kelly Osbourne was inspired by her father’s earrings growing up and has a modern round white diamond solitaire ring.
Colored diamond engagement rings have become increasingly popular. Kelly Clarkson wears a stunning canary yellow diamond. Carrie Underwood rocks a beautiful yellow diamond band with a halo of white diamonds. Mariah Carey has a flawless pink diamond emerald-cut halo ring. Holly Madison wears an extravagant cushion-cut yellow diamond surrounded by pink and yellow diamond flowers.
Vintage engagement rings inspired by the roaring 20’s are showing up on the hands of celebs as well. Behati Pinsloo, Victoria’s Secret model and fiancé to Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, struts a vintage round white diamond engagement band. Scarlet Johansson took inspiration for her ring from the roaring twenties era. She wears three large round diamonds surrounded by small round diamonds in a rectangular setting. This is Fergie’s style as well. She wears a white and cognac diamond cigar ring.
Celebrities love their gemstone rings. Princess Kate Middleton wears Prince William’s Mother’s oval sapphire and diamond halo ring. Elizabeth Hurley has a square-cut sapphire hugged by 2 trillion-cut white diamonds. Halle Berry wears an emerald and diamond engagement ring. Olivia Wilde rocks a round white diamond hugged by an emerald halo engagement ring. Jessica Simpson struts a ruby and pear shaped diamond ring in honor of her birthday in July.
There is even a new trend with engravings. Couples can choose to have a small graphic engraved on the inside shank of the ring. Or they can choose to have the stone itself engraved. This is sort of a secret message between the two of you.
At Allurez Jewelers you can personalize your engagement ring to fit your style. We carry diamonds, colored diamonds, moissanite and gemstones in vintage, antique and contemporary settings. To view our collection visit Allurez.com.
If you thought pearls were stuffy and old fashioned…it’s time to take a fresh look. With so many cultured pearl varieties, from Freshwater to Baroque, Tahitian to Mabe, these pearl gifts of the sea have hit landfall in a big and fashionable way.
Pearls are rockin’ the red carpet, the big stage and the halls of Buckingham Palace. From Scarlett Johansson’s pearl chocker to the Tahitian pearl ring of Eva Mendes, Kate Middleton’s pearl drop earrings to Lily Allen’s floating pearl necklace…for these folks, the pearls of yesteryear are back to stay.
A little irritation goes a long way
Irritation is what makes a pearl a pearl. After all, pearls are created by the introduction of an irritant set into an oyster, either by sea born resources or the help of pearl farmers. The result of either ‘annoyance’ is what makes the pearl so luminous, mysterious and rare. In fact, no two pearls are exactly the same. Each has its own mysterious hues, its own unique shape, and individual characteristics.
From Bleak to Chic
Pearl accessories can turn even the simplest blasé outfit into a hip fashion statement with the addition of a chunky pearl bracelet or bold pearl halo ring with black and white diamonds. Big or small, the addition of pearls goes a long way.
Ann Hathaway’s light complexion gets an instant lift with dark gray Tahitian pearls, while Maria Menounos’ pinkish coloring gets an elegant dewy glow with the addition of hanging white-pink baroque drop earrings. The simple pearl strand is still a popular accessory, but pearl and diamond pendant necklaces are rocking the Oscar’s, the Emmy’s and elegant affairs.
No matter what look you’re going after, the elegance and class of a pearl accessory turns any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary.
We have been seeing a trend towards the return of the opal gemstone this fall. The season’s moody shades in fashion and beauty make wearing opal jewelry especially easy, with some Hollywood trendsetters pairing opal with jewel tone fashions. Chrome is always big in beauty during fall and we are seeing it pair with shade-shifting opal. Its unique appearance makes it popular with brides, as well as trendsetters who want to layer it with other gemstone jewelry.
This year, we saw celebrity songstress Jennifer Hudson wear boulder opal earrings at the Oscars. She made a stunning appearance in a matching blue sapphire dress. A combination that made her outfit pop. Our fine opal earrings are a great way to add the gemstone to your wardrobe.
Nail design has become somewhat of an accessory in fashion. This season there is a shift to holographic colors, plus metallic shades of green, purple and blue. An opal gemstone ring would add flare to this nail trend. At Allurez.com you can find beautiful opal rings.
White opal is often layered with diamond accents for extra sparkle. It also looks nice paired with other gemstone jewelry such as sapphire, ruby, emerald and amethyst to bring out the different colors unique to each stone. Even layering with gemstone bangles would create a trendy look.
Make-up eye shadow palettes named after opal are also popular this fall. They have a glittery sheen just like the stone. When worn, these colors set off a pair of yellow or white gold opal earrings. The rest of the face is neutral, putting the main focus on this enigmatic gemstone. An opal gemstone necklace would also pair nicely with this look. Allurez Jewelers has an alluring collection of opal earrings and necklaces available for customization.
Buyers of all occasions are drawn to this mesmerizing stone, even those who will be soon making their vows. Opal promise rings, engagement rings and wedding bands in contemporary, vintage or antique settings are on the rise. Popular designs include halo, solitaire, double and single shank bands.
Opal is a rising star in jewelry design. It’s being seen more and more in fashion and beauty. It’s not just for an October birthstone present anymore. Women of all ages are wearing it everyday. Opal is a diverse stone that will be carried into jewelry and accessories for spring and summer 2014. You can find more about opal jewelry and view our stunning collection at Allurez.com.