Styles

Pearl Insights: Baroque Pearls

By Baggins Pearls The word Baroque comes from the Portuguese word “barroco,” which refers to a pearl with an elaborate shape. It was during the Baroque Era (1600–1750) that these non-round pearls were first used in jewelry, hence the name, which doubles as a reference to the luxuriant art and architecture of the period. Baroque Pearls are irregularly shaped or “imperfect” pearls and they come in almost all varieties of South Sea pearls; White or Champagne South Sea, Tahitian, and Golden. Their organic beauty captivates the attention. Each unique shape is more appealing than the other. No two baroque pearls

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Jewelry Styles for a Virtual World

In 2020 we embraced video meetings; that practice continues into 2021. Though it may not have the same connection of in-person meetings, there is a silver lining: the evolving role of jewelry and the resulting trends. Bold, colorful necklaces and earrings show well on camera, adding color and cheerfulness. Dressing for the camera means selective use of color and re-thinking the scale of jewelry; what we easily see in person is often lost on screen. Vivid colors and statement jewelry certainly help. So, as long as we are all under the eye of the omnipresent camera lens, remember the words

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Pantone Picks Two Colors for 2021

By Isabelle Corvin, CG, Staff Gemologist at Panowicz Jewelers Last year wasn’t quite what anyone was expecting. Most likely, everyone is looking forward to 2021 and the start of a new year. With that in mind, let’s talk color. Specifically, Pantone’s color of the year. Pantone has chosen two colors this year: Ultimate Gray (17-5104) and Illuminating (13-0647). These two unexpected colors may seem like unusual choices, but Pantone picked them because they are “practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic.” Stability, optimism, warmth, and energy is what most need now, so they are fitting colors

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Trend Alert: Big Links, Long Chains

Whether its a paper clip or a Figuro link, big links are one of this season’s must-haves. It’s on trend to wear them long or short, stack them or wear them single. Chains are both sexy and utilitarian. Wear them with knits, slip dresses or dress up your go-to athleisure outfit. Gold chains are a classic and make a statement. We see them as a staple going forward, so invest in a piece that you are sure to love years from now. Of course, American Gem Society designers have created some of this year’s favorite trendy trains. Here are four

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Red Carpet Rules

The 92nd Academy Awards airs on February 9, and it’s a sacred day for jewelry! Never mind who wins—it’s the bling we’ll be watching for. If AGS was an acronym for “Academy Gem Stylists,” the nominees would be wearing these show-stopping Red Carpet earrings and accessories from a few of our American Gem Society (AGS) members. Cynthia Erivo Actress in a Leading Role Harriet Cynthia would rule the red carpet in this magnificent 49.79-carat diamond necklace by TAKAT. Renée Zellweger Actress in a Leading Role Judy Renée would complement her baby blues perfectly with Jack Abraham’s Ceylon sapphire and diamond

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Got Chocolate?

We are in love with Chocolate Diamonds® from American Gem Society (AGS) member Le Vian. They’re sweet, so deliciously pretty, and ready to make your significant other swoon this holiday season. Now is the time to get your game on and find that special gift for your special someone. Your trusted AGS member jeweler can help with your selection on any budget. Let’s dip into this box of chocolates! What’s a Chocolate Diamond®? Chocolate Diamonds® are some of the rarest diamonds in the world yet remain affordable. Because they are only sold by Le Vian®, Chocolate Diamonds® are all set

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Fascinating Phenomena in Gemstones

There are several varieties of gemstones that display optical phenomena, which describes the many ways light interacts with the structural features or inclusions (internal characteristics) in the gemstone. Often these gemstones will be fashioned in a particular way that best displays these effects. The science of optical phenomena can be fascinating, although the mystery and allure of these effects are what initially attract us! Below are six of the most familiar (and magical) displays of optical phenomena in gemstones. Play-of-Color Play-of-color is created by a combination of diffraction and interference, and is the result of the microstructure of opal: the

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Fancy These Four Fancy Shape Diamonds

The time has come in your relationship to finally pop THE question. Various thoughts are now running through your mind, like how to ask, where to ask, and when to ask. And then it dawns on you: what type of ring should I choose? If a traditional round brilliant diamond is too traditional for your taste, consider one with a different shape. Fancy Shaped or Fancy Cut diamonds (as they are also known) are beautiful and sometimes even more affordable than the traditional round brilliant. These geometric works of art are created by diamond cutters who are master craftsmen with a

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Top 3 Diamond Engagement Ring Posts

On our AGS Laboratories Facebook page, we do daily posts featuring the beautiful diamond jewelry designed by our American Gem Society (AGS) members. Quite often, some of these posts garner a lot of attention, so we would like to spotlight the top three posts featuring diamond engagement rings that received a lot of love during the summer months. #3 – The Inspired Collection The “Hudson” diamond cluster ring by The Inspired Collection, was inspired by the epaulets that sit on the shoulders of naval uniforms. The marquise cut diamond pays homage to the oval shapes of boats seen on the Hudson

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Jewelry Trend Watch: East-West Settings

If you’re looking for a style that takes traditional in a different direction, check out the east-west setting. It’s the latest jewelry trend that places the gemstone horizontally vs. the classic vertical setting. Whether the cut is oval, pear, marquise, or emerald, the east-west setting will be noticed! We’re spotlighting a few designs from our AGS members that feature this eye-catching setting. Click on the images to get a closer look at east-west settings in rings and necklaces. Looking to see some east-west ring settings or necklace settings in person? Visit an American Gem Society credentialed jeweler near you.

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