The Hues of Blue

The Hues of Blue

When it comes to gemstone colors, the varying hues of blue are unbeatable! From deep, dark tones to light, luminous shades, gemstones can come in a large assortment of blues. The attractiveness and demand for blue jewelry are easily recognizable and hard to deny. We can’t get enough of the versatility of blue gemstones. They look wonderful in any jewelry form! Here are some of the most popular and exhilarating blue-hued gemstones.


These beautiful gemstones are known for their deep blue hue. The September birthstone belongs to the corundum family of gemstones, which also includes rubies. Sapphires can appear in almost every color but are most commonly blue. This royal blue gemstone symbolizes nobility, truth, sincerity, and faithfulness and has frequently been associated with romance as well. Using the term “royal” to describe the hue of this ring isn't just in reference to its color. One of the most famous sapphire pieces is Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement rings! Hence the correlation with the word nobility.


Topaz stones are available in an especially wide range of colors. This stone is pleochroic, which means it can show an array of various hues when viewed from different angles. A naturally occurring blue topaz is rare to find. On the other hand, a colorless topaz is easily accessible and is commonly used to give a blue hue to the gemstone. This is why the stone can appear in a variety of blues ranging from an icy, pale hue to a deep, saturated shade. This particular blue topaz is the birthstone for December and is one of the most sought after gemstones. Topaz is often viewed as the stone of love and loyalty. More specifically, a blue topaz symbolizes clarity, honesty, and strong emotional connection.


Tanzanites are a somewhat recently discovered gemstone. They were only first identified in 1967 near Mount Kilimanjaro. This monumental landmark is the only place where tanzanites can be found. The color of this gemstone is caught between a blue and violet hue. Similar to topaz, the tanzanite is pleochroic. When shown from different angles and in various lighting, the stone gives off distinct colors ranging from a violet-blue to blue-violet. A year after its initial discovery in the 60s, Tiffany’s & Co. gave the stone the name tanzanite and ran a campaign introducing it to the public. Tanzanites immediately became an immensely desirable stone and are still highly sought after today. These stones are one of the birthstones for December and are known for symbolizing calmness and communication.


As its name presumes, the term aquamarine derives from the Latin words for seawater. This name is quite fitting as the stone’s transparent blue hue is comparable to the cool ocean water. Aquamarine is a color variation of Beryl, a rare mineral that is also used for emeralds. In relation to its name and coloring, this March birthstone is seen as a good luck charm and was believed to settle harsh waves at sea to keep sailors out of harm. The refreshing light blue gemstone is also said to bring happiness to marriages. 

If you’re looking to add blue gemstones to your collection, these four gemstones are a perfect place to start! The alluring colors of each one are more beautiful than the last and wearing any of them is sure to catch wandering eyes. Whether you’re drawn to these stones for their hues, birthstone month, or believed spiritual properties, the beauty of each one is apparent!

September 11, 2020 — Dianne Murray
How the Tennis Bracelet Got Its Name

How the Tennis Bracelet Got Its Name


Tennis bracelets are widely popular and are a staple jewelry piece in every diamond lovers' collection. These sparkly pieces are an excellent go-to accessory to polish off your looks and make the perfect gifts for special occasions. While most of us are familiar with these delicate bracelets, not everyone knows how this specific jewelry inherited its name. Although we all know these dainty diamond pieces as tennis bracelets, they only adopted the name in the late 70s. Before this, they were known as line diamond bracelets. If you love these bracelets or want to learn a little fun piece of history, keep reading on how the tennis bracelet got its name...

As the name suggests, the tennis bracelet got its name from a tennis match, specifically the U.S. Open. In 1978, legendary tennis player Chris Evert played in the U.S. Open. With her career skyrocketing during this decade, Evert routinely wore diamonds while playing. She was renowned as one of the most stylish women of tennis. One of her most notable accessories was an eternity bracelet that was flexible enough to be worn even during a backhanded shot.

On this day, however, Evert was wearing a gold and diamond bracelet during her match. While playing in an early round of the Open, the clasp of this bracelet broke, and it flew off her wrist. Evert immediately stopped playing and began looking for the broken pieces of her bracelet scattered across the court. She refused to continue the match until she had recovered the jewelry and had officials help her search for the missing pieces. Spectators watched as Evert and game officials scoured the court for her bracelet and eventually found it. This scene became quite a display that drew the attention of jewelers from all across the nation. From this moment forward, these bracelets became known as tennis bracelets.

Chris Evert went on to win the U.S. Open that year for the fourth time and was henceforth known as the originator of the name tennis bracelet. Called the “Ice Maiden,” Evert was just as much of a fashion icon as she was a tennis superstar. Her stylish choice to sport diamonds during matches inspired other players to wear diamond jewelry while on the court for decades to come and still today. If you watch a match today, you’ll spot players such as Serena Williams rocking diamonds while playing!

If you’re inspired by Chris Evert to add a little bling to your looks, an elegant diamond tennis bracket is just what you need. At W.P. Shelton Jewelers, we carry a wonderful and vast selection of tennis bracelets that are perfect for on and off the court! No matter the gold color or occasion, these delicate pieces of jewelry are the perfect accessory for every #SheltonsGirl!

Visit our Online Jewelry Bar with the link below to design your own diamond bracelet, or stop by our store and see their sparkle up close!

Link: Tennis Bracelets

August 20, 2020 — Dianne Murray
Everyday Diamonds

Everyday Diamonds

Diamonds are known for being a girl's best friend. Elegant, enduring, and classic, it's no secret why diamonds have earned this title! For centuries, diamonds have been revered for their beauty and resilience. These exceptional gemstones are thought of as to be worn for extraordinary moments. Although they are a delicate treasure in themselves, they should not be limited to formal and special occasions. Diamonds make great pieces for your day-to-day looks and should be worn often. We've listed a few of our favorite everyday diamonds pieces perfect for all occasions!

Diamond Studs

Studs are always versatile pieces that are easy and perfect to pair with other pieces. The versatility of these earrings makes them a great go-to accessory, whether you're looking to dress up a look or keep it simple and chic. Add diamonds to a pair of stud earrings, and, now, these simple pieces have a glint of shimmer and elegance! No matter the metal type, stone color, or shape, diamond studs are a classic piece that brings sparkle to any outfit. 

Diamond Bands

Perfect for stacking, diamond bands are a must-have for anyone who loves to accessorize. The timeless beauty of these pieces is evident, which is why they are an ideal ring. They make beautiful pieces for anniversary, wedding, and eternity bands. The naturalness of diamond bands allows them to be stacked and paired with almost anything. You can mix them with bold, contrasting colors or similar, clean pieces. They're the perfect piece to complement your wedding or engagement ring or as just a glistening accessory.

Diamond Tennis Bracelets

Dainty and brilliant, diamond tennis bracelets are the ideal jewelry piece for those on the go. Diamond tennis bracelets can be worn to a casual girl's lunch, special night out, and every occasion in between. The luxurious appearance of these bracelets gives a sense of charm and refinement to any look they accompany. Although these pieces are dainty, they make a bold, unmissable statement. When you put a diamond tennis bracelet on, your wrist will thank you!

Diamond Pendant

A diamond pendant is a powerful piece, and the luminescence of a diamond is portrayed beautifully in a pendant. The single stone pendant is a sophisticated and timeless piece that shows off the perfect amount of glitz and glamor. Add a halo of diamonds or diamond accents to these pieces to create an even more shimmering pendant. The stone shape, setting, and metal type of these pieces are entirely up to you! 

The magnificence of diamonds deserves to be celebrated! Whether you're embarking on a typical day of errands or a special date night, treat yourself to sparkles. Your diamond pieces shouldn't collect dust sitting in your jewelry box, waiting for a special occasion! Give your favorite looks some shimmer by pairing them with brilliant diamond pieces.

If you need to add more diamonds to your collection, visit our store or view our online collection with the link below.

July 09, 2020 — Dianne Murray
Our Favorite Engagement Ring Styles

Our Favorite Engagement Ring Styles

Your engagement ring is one of the most treasured belongings a person can have. The significance and devotion of an engagement ring make it more than just a piece of jewelry, but a physical representation of undying love and adoration. When it comes to choosing an engagement ring, it’s important to remember it is a piece that will stay with you forever. Style, color, stone, and stone shape are just a few of the elements to consider when searching for the perfect ring. There are so many variations of rings that it can be challenging to decide on one. We’ve put together a collection below of our favorite engagement ring styles. With each style, we can customize it to fit your personality and style preference.


If you’re searching for a ring that exudes refinement while remaining classically neat, consider a solitaire. This ring is the definition of simple but elegant. The essence of solitaire settings is they only have one stone. The clean and simple look of these rings is what makes these rings so popular and timeless. Pair it with a ring guard to change the appearance, or to add a little more sparkle.

Halo / Double Halo

Diamond halo rings have been fast growing in popularity. These bold rings feature a halo (or multiple) of diamonds surrounding the center stone. This style adds more shimmer and composition to the ring. Diamond halos can come in various stone shapes and settings, which is what makes them a favorite. A diamond halo is a great ring to consider if you want a ring that is flushed with diamonds and gives off an eye-catching sparkle. Not to mention they can make the center stone appear larger.

Cathedral Setting

When thinking of well-liked ring styles, a cathedral setting is one of the most classic and ageless variations of engagement rings. This beloved setting option is so popular because it embellishes the stone and makes it appear more prominent. The prong head assembly of this setting accentuates the center stone by holding it high above the band and gives it an emphasized look. A cathedral setting is an excellent option for anyone looking for a timeless but profound ring.

Rough Diamonds

Rough diamonds are those displayed in their natural form. The raw state of these diamonds is what makes this engagement ring style stand out so prominently. These rings are unique and gorgeous, and come in many different colors. They are revered and loved for their natural beauty and textured look that adds character to the ring. If you’re looking for a ring that will stand out amongst others, rough diamonds are for you!

The variety of engagement rings is an extensive list! There are so many factors that go into making each one. Finding the perfect engagement ring can be difficult, but once you’ve discovered the one, you will hold it dear for years to come. We hope this blog helps give you an idea of what engagement ring you might want. If you want to see more styles of engagement rings or looking to buy the perfect one, visit our store or shop our online collection.

June 05, 2020 — Dianne Murray
Summer Jewelry

Summer Jewelry

It’s almost summertime in the south! The summer heat has hit the coast, and it’s time to start preparing for days spent on the water and nights sitting out on the porch. No matter what activities you’re embarking on this summer, we hope you’re looking and feeling your best. To help give you an inspiration of how to accessorize these upcoming months, we’ve come up with some of our favorite summer pieces and looks below!

Nautical Jewelry

Do you love spending the summer days relaxing on the water? Us too! One of the best parts about summer is spending time at the beach, so it’s no surprise nautical jewelry is an essential accessory for the warm coastal weather! This includes pieces with waves, shells, anchors, fish, or any other features reminding you of the beach! Even when you're not enjoying the ocean breeze, wearing nautical jewelry will allow you to take a piece of the beach with you wherever you go.

Turquoise & Coral Jewelry

Summer fashion trends are all about wearing bright and lively colors and this includes your accessories as well. Although any vivid and energetic colored jewelry is great for summer wear, two styles really saying summer to us are turquoise and coral pieces. Both of these colors are fun and can work with lots of other shades and styles. Turquoise and coral are two beautiful hues that are reminiscent of the beach and capture the allure of the open water. We love these colors on earrings, necklaces, and bracelets!

Fringe Earrings

There’s no jewelry style more fun than fringe! Fringe earrings allow you to show off your playful side while still sporting a smart, chic look with your accessories. These trendy earrings come in a variety of colors and styles that will add an extra bit of flair to any outfit. If you’re looking to add more color to your jewelry collection, bright colored or multicolored fringe earrings are a great way to incorporate a vibrant pop of color into your style! Fringe earrings can be worn during your everyday routine or with your night out look, which makes them a great accessory for all your summer fun.


Layered Bracelets & Bangles

Having fun with your looks is a must for this summer! Stacking bracelets is a great way to create a brand new look from pieces you already own. Putting together a good looking stack of bracelets can give your look more texture and give it a more chic appearance. Layering bracelets allows you to mix and match different colors, shapes, and styles creating one cohesive look. Some of our favorite bracelet pairings are bangles and beads, dainty bracelets and cuffs, and different metals. No matter what you decide to layer, stacking bracelets is sure to bring new life into some of your favorite pieces!

Colored Cultured Pearls

Pearl jewelry is always in style! The glistening elegance pearl can add to an outfit is unbeatable. For summer, we suggest switching up your look and opting for colored pearls rather than traditional white or cream pearls. Cultured pearls such as Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls have various different hues and overtones and make beautiful accessories. The broad palette of these pearls allows you to choose a color that’ll bring a gorgeous shimmer and unique look for all your summer styles!

Are you ready for beach days and summer vacays? At W. P. Shelton Jewelers, we’re here to help you get ready for all your summer fun! No matter if you choose to wear one of these styles or all five, we know you’ll look great this summer.

May 15, 2020 — Dianne Murray
Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Warm weather and fresh blooms have finally made their way to the coast, which means Mother’s Day will be here before we know it! As this holiday approaches, we hope you have the perfect, fashionable gift planned. If you need a little inspiration on how to gift, we have a few suggestions to go with any woman’s style. With our online jewelry bar and online store, you can pair the perfect jewelry that fits her style. These jewelry pieces are perfect for Mother’s Day and during the rest of the spring and summer seasons. 

Cross Jewelry

There’s no better jewelry piece to express her faith than one with a cross! This can be a necklace, bracelet, ring, earrings, or a combination of the four. Cross jewelry is a great way to symbolize her faith in a visible way. You can choose from simple metal pieces or ones with stones to add a pop of color. No matter what style you choose, you can’t go wrong with cross jewelry this time of year!

Floral Jewelry

One of the best things about spring is the beautiful flowers blooming all around us! She shouldn’t have to go outside in the garden to get her floral fix. Floral jewelry is great for any spring occasion, especially during Mother’s Day. The blooming of flowers represents new life, so what better day to illustrate that than on a mother? This is why flower pieces are an excellent idea for your Mother’s Day jewelry gift!


Mother’s Day and springtime outfits usually involve bright colors and patterns. This is why we suggest pairing pearls with her look. Pearls are simple but elegant and work great with patterns or an abundance of color. You can even choose a colored pearl to match your style for the day. Pairing together a pearl necklace, earrings, or bracelet is the perfect, polished and sophisticated look she will want all spring long.


Spring fashion is all about vibrant colors. For this reason, gemstones are a great piece for her Mother’s Day and springtime look. Gemstone jewelry allows you to choose from so many beautiful colors and shades. You can even show off multiple colors at once with a multi-stone piece. Whether you choose her birthstone or her children’s birthstones, her style will be bursting with color!

Springtime is a wonderful time of the year, and we hope this gives you the inspiration you need! It is certainly a season in which we want all our customers to look and feel their best. This can be done with a necklace, earrings, ring, bracelet, or any combination of those. Whether you choose to go with a simple, understated piece or a bright, bold one, you can find your perfect spring gift on our website:


April 17, 2020 — Dianne Murray
Colors of Spring

Colors of Spring

Springtime is almost here, which means it’s time for fresh flowers, warm days, and colorful jewelry! We can’t control mother nature or the weather, but we can definitely help you find fabulous jewelry for this upcoming season. Nothing says spring more than bright, vibrant jewelry, which is why colored gemstones are the perfect addition for all. You can incorporate the beautiful colors of spring with a customized piece from our Online Jewelry Bar. We have so many different styles, stones, and even stone shapes to choose between. Check out the list below for a few of our favorite personalized pieces you can have fun creating on our website. Make it even more fun by inviting your friends and family to join you!

Pantone’s Color of the Year: Blue

What better way to add vibrance to your spring look than with the color of the year? Pantone named blue as 2020’s color, and we are loving it. There are so many beautiful gemstones of this color! From sapphire to aquamarine, and zircon to tanzanite, the possibilities are endless. Mix and match shades or coordinate your pieces to match. No matter what shade you like, blue is the perfect, rich color to wear this spring and all year long.


Birthstone Jewelry

From exquisite pendants to vivid rings, birthstone jewelry is just the pop of color and customization you need for spring! Not to mention they have a wonderful sentimental feel to each of them. From amethysts to garnets and peridots to emeralds, birthstones are the best way to show off some color in a personalized way. Whether you are a March baby or an August baby, create your perfect and unique piece by choosing your stone, shape, and metal. 

Two-toned Rings

If you are having trouble picking just one gemstone, get the best of both worlds and pick two! With our two-toned rings, you can choose two colored stones and their shapes for your perfect piece. Select the same stone or mix and match different colors to create a brilliantly vibrant and unique ring. After all, two is better than one! Choose from gold, silver, and platinum bands and add even more richness to your piece 


Family Jewelry

Create a memory that will last a lifetime with family inspired jewelry! There is nothing more meaningful than to have your family’s names or initials on jewelry. Monogrammed initial jewelry makes for lifelong gifts bringing smiles to those who wear them. Our family jewelry also includes custom-designed pieces passed down from one generation to the next. Imagine your personalized jewelry passed down to your great, great-grandchildren. How special!


There’s nothing more beautiful than the colors of springtime, and at W. P. Shelton Jewelers, we want you to look your best this new season. Get ready for spring with dazzling, vivid jewelry! Bright gemstones are just the addition you need to add a pop color for the upcoming months. Whether you are looking for a necklace, earrings, ring, or anything jewelry, you can create your perfect colorful piece with our Online Jewelry Bar. Get started with the link below!

Valentine's Day Facts

Valentine's Day, the Most Romantic Day of the Year!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! It’s the best time of year to let your significant other know how much they mean to you. This day is known for its ties to chocolates and sweet notes, but did you know there’s a lot more to Valentine’s Day than just candy and cards? Since its conception, Valentine’s Day has grown culturally, especially in Western countries. People are spending more on Valentine’s Day every year! You might be wondering what to get your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day, or are maybe even considering popping the question. Want to know what to treat your Valentine to this year, or want to impress your partner with some V-Day knowledge! If so, take a look at some of the facts below!

  1. The Feast of Saint Valentine was established in the 5th century, but it wasn’t considered a day of romance until centuries later. It didn't officially become a holiday associated with love until the 1300s by English author Geoffrey Chaucer. Since then, it has been considered the day of love.
  2. Following the holiday’s emphasis on love, Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days for proposals. Nearly 6 million couples get engaged on Valentine's Day.
  3. Even those who don’t pop the question on Valentine's Day agree that the holiday is a great time to propose. It was voted the best day of the year to propose than any other day, and 48% of Americans agree proposing on Valentine's Day is romantic.
  4. The ladies aren’t the only ones who agree with the previous fact! 40% of those who voted Valentine’s Day as the best day to propose were men.
  5. Valentine’s Day means more than just a day of love in American culture. It’s also one of the most financially prosperous holidays, as it is a $14.7 billion industry in the U.S.
  6. So much money is spent on Valentine’s Day, but what are people buying? The gift that people spend the most on is jewelry.
  7. It’s no surprise that Valentine’s Day is a huge day for the jewelry industry. Overall, people will spend $4.7 billion on jewelry for Valentine’s Day. That’s a lot!
  8. If you need any more reasoning to give your honey jewelry for V-day, know that almost 20% of all Valentine’s Day purchases are jewelry.
  9. Not having a valentine isn’t a reason not to love yourself on Valentine’s Day this year! The NRF found in its annual survey that 11% of individuals plan on treating themselves to a gift, including jewelry. Who needs a valentine when diamonds are a girl’s best friend anyway?


Are you surprised by any of these facts? We sure are! We hope this blog has given you some direction for your Valentine’s Day plans. If you still need a little help figuring out what to gift your sweetheart this year, we’ll give you a little hint. You can’t go wrong with jewelry, and we have the facts to prove it! From all of us at W. P. Shelton Jewelers, we wish you a happy Valentine’s Day!

Be sure to view our online Valentine's Day Look Book with the link below!!

Valentine's Day Jewelry






Personalized Jewelry - A Treasured Memento

Personalized Jewelry - A Treasured Memento

When you personalize a jewelry piece, it becomes a treasured memento. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any momentous occasion with symbolic jewelry. Custom jewelry is an excellent gift for those you love and also an essential piece in your own collection. Pick jewelry that suits your taste and complements your style and gift someone else with a memorable keepsake they will never forget, with personalized jewelry.

2020 Jewelry Trends

2020 Jewelry Trends

Let your style be a testament to who you are this new year. Whether that be going brighter and bolder with your necklaces and hoops or cultivating an iconic look with pearls, piecing together your accessories should be all about having fun. No matter your jewelry preferences, W.P. Shelton's wants you to look and feel your best in 2020.