While many prominent jewelry retailers and designers have been experiencing fluctuating sales due to the instability of the global economy, the biggest brand names have made a huge comeback this holiday season. Tiffany & Co., one of the most well-known designers of cocktail rings and other fine jewelry items, has taken several necessary steps this year to ensure success, as opposed to last year.
According to Market Watch, Tiffany has made an aggressive expansion overseas recently, which gave the designer a steady streamline of profits during the off-season. Although the currency problems have kept sales at a stalemate when it comes to Tiffany engagement rings infused with diamonds, colored gemstones have become a preferable and – most importantly – more affordable option.
With major jewelry designers thinking on top of their toes, ladies can take comfort knowing that there will definitely be more alternatives out there!
Winter is often thought of as the least exciting time of the year when it comes to fashion accessories and fine jewelry items, as many people tend to wear darker colors and thicker clothing. However, if you prefer to think outside of the box, you might be looking for ways to infuse each ensemble with a pop of color. If this is the case, there are several approaches you can take with fine jewelry in order to support your need for flash.
Cocktail rings that are infused with colored gemstones are frequently the best items to take advantage of when wearing blander shades of clothing. For example, blue Kashmir sapphire goes extremely well with platinum or white gold. Pink sapphire and emeralds can also make a fitting match with these precious metals.
Although there are many contemporary styles that can suit your needs, your preferences might lean more toward the traditional. In this case, go for vintage jewelry pieces that are designed with these popular gemstones.
It's not uncommon for grandmothers and moms to pass down elegant fine jewelry pieces from generation to generation, allowing these unique items to boast a lot of sentimental value. However, many people would be surprised to discover how much certain antique jewelry pieces are actually worth. After all, it can be incredibly satisfying to dig up an old item in the closet and learn that it can be more than just a matter of family pride.
If you're curious about the actual value of estate jewelry, there are many ways to find out. However, one of the most reliable methods is to use local museums as a reference.
According to MLive.com, Kirk Hoofman, a resident of Muskegon, Michigan, and collector of costume jewelry, is inviting other collectors to attend a group appraisal for their antique pieces.
"Much of this jewelry just got thrown away in the 60s, but has since come up in value," Hoofman told the news source. "There were very cheap pieces, but also very high end ones. We categorize them as good, better or best."
Halle Berry, the alluring actress who frequently appears as an example to follow in fashion magazines, got engaged to Olivier Martinez over the holidays. However, some individuals are wondering what happened to her engagement ring.
Since many women, especially celebrities, opt for a diamond ring for such an event, many onlookers were perplexed when they saw an emerald ring encased with gold. While fashion experts talked about Britney Spears’ and Anne Hathaway’s vintage engagement rings for weeks, the buzz will likely be no different for Berry, even though she has practically set her own trend with this unique choice.
Although it might seem more traditional to ask for the biggest and rarest diamond possible for your antique engagement ring, you might want to consider changing things up a bit. Since colored gemstones are gradually easing into the fold when it comes to engagement rings, why not go for something different? After all, a wedding ceremony and the events leading up to it are all about maintaining those curious stares.
If you shopped online for holiday gifts this year in order to avoid huge crowds, you're not alone. In fact, so many people did their shopping over the internet this year that online sales reached record levels. Fine jewelry was no exception.
According to JCK magazine, online revenue for November and December 2011 reached $37.2 billion, which is a 15 percent increase from 2010. Those are huge numbers, proving that it's now easier than ever to shop online for luxury items and household goods.
Cyber Monday was the biggest day for sales, bringing in $1.2 billion. Many retailers had promotions that were hard to pass up that day, so it's no wonder consumers flocked to their computers.
Brick and mortar stores only experienced a four percent jump in sales from last year, proving that the online industry is set to take over the traditional retail market.
If you're looking for items like fine jewelry, there's no better place to shop than online. You'll have plenty of information at your disposal so you can make informed choices. Plus, you'll be able to comparison shop to find a vintage jewelry item that fits your taste and budget.
A new variety of Ethiopian Opal has been developed by Jewelry Television (JTV), which is the world’s largest retailer of loose gemstones for fine jewelry. The gem's name, the Chalama Black Opal, comes from the Amharic (Ethiopia’s native language) word that means “to darken.”
According to DiamondNe.ws, Ethiopian Opal was discovered in 2008 and is known for its vibrant colors and unique patterns. The colors of the Chalama Black Opal are even more striking, as the stones are treated with smoke to deposit carbon into the gem, making the background appear black.
JTV described the smoke treatment process on their website. "In the smoke treatment process, the opals are wrapped in silver foil paper and heated. The smoke penetrates the opal and darkens the background color. This process results in a brighter play-of-colors in contrast to the darkened background color."
Although other black opals are on the market, there are few with the dazzling range of colors that come with Chalama Black Opals. If you're a fan of opals, you may want to check out a couple of vintage jewelry items that might strike your fancy.
When you think of the NFL's Super Bowl, images of fine jewelry probably don't come to mind. However, the retailers in Indianapolis are getting ready to cater to the high-class attendees of the game, who will reportedly spend plenty of time and money in the city.
According to IndyStar.com, fine jewelry, furs and fancy clothing items are being flown into the area in time for the Super Bowl in an effort to get wealthy patrons to spend. Normally, the city doesn't carry such high-end goods, as there's not much demand.
The Super Bowl is expected to bring Indianapolis around $300 to $400 million dollars, much of which comes from consumer spending. Retailers are stocking their shelves with high-end gear for everyone, from families to corporate executives.
Christian End, a professor of psychology at Xavier University, told the news source that about 50 percent of Super Bowl-goers don't have a preference for either team. "That means 50 percent are spending a lot of money to attend a game between two teams that they don't care about," he told the news source. "And for someone to have the money to do that, probably they possess the money to buy high-end items."
Yet another star couple has taken advantage of the holiday season to set up an engagement. Saved By the Bell star Mario Lopez gave his girlfriend Courtney Mazza a stunning engagement ring while spending New Year's in Ixtapa, Mexico.
According to LimeLife.com, the ring is rumored to cost around $80,000. It features a 50-carat diamond set in a platinum band, with round brilliant-cut diamonds all the way around and circling the center gem.
The couple already has a two-year-old daughter together and plan to tie the knot later on in the year in Mexico. It will undoubtedly be a lavish affair.
If you're thinking about which style of vintage engagement ring you'd like, you may want to choose a white gold or platinum setting, which looks timeless yet modern at the same time. In addition to a beautiful center stone, you might want to consider a band encrusted with diamonds, which seems to be a burgeoning trend in Hollywood these days. No matter which style you choose, a vintage ring will always remain en vogue.
Drew Barrymore and her boyfriend, Will Kopelman, got engaged while visiting Sun Valley, Idaho, for the holidays. The couple have been dating since February of 2011, and Drew's already got a gorgeous diamond engagement ring to show off to her family and friends.
The ring is a work of art, according to People magazine, which is fitting considering that Kopelman works as an art consultant and it was he who picked out the ring, designed by Graff Diamonds.
The engagement ring features a colorless radiant-cut diamond weighing in at just under four carats. The band is encrusted with smaller diamonds all the way around. It's a classy square shape that truly seems to fit Drew's sparkling personality.
If you're in the market for a vintage engagement ring this season, you may want to take a cue from celebrities like Drew and opt for something with a white metal band, a stunning solitaire diamond and plenty of smaller gems to go around. The design is sophisticated, versatile and it will never go out of style.
In case you needed proof that the holidays are prime proposal season, another celebrity has become engaged to tie the knot. Wynonna Judd, country music singer, received a diamond engagement ring from her musician boyfriend, Cactus Moser.
According to E! News, Moser asked Judd to marry him on Christmas Eve. Despite the confirmed engagement, the couple is trying to keep things private by withholding details about the ring itself and the wedding plans – for now, at least.
This is Judd's third marriage – the first ended in 1998, while the second came to an end in 2007. She has two children from her first marriage.
If you think your man is going to propose in the near future, you should start looking at engagement rings. Vintage jewelry is going to be a huge trend in 2012, so a vintage engagement ring or an estate ring would be the perfect choice that will remain fashionable for years to come.
Popular styles these days include solitaire diamonds, colorful gems, and pave diamond bands set in platinum. Plenty of vintage styles are available – you just have to do a bit of research to find what you like!