The Perfect Holiday Jewelry

The Perfect Holiday Jewelry

Cooler weather has finally made its way to the south, and that means the holidays are right around the corner. This holiday season, W.P. Shelton Jewelers wants you to give the perfect gifts to the ones you love most. No matter who you're shopping for, we've got the ideal present for your friends and family this winter. 

 

Lockets - Lockets are a timeless piece of jewelry, which is what makes them a great gift to anyone in your life. These necklaces are a sweet sentiment that allows those who wear them to keep a photo or note close to the heart. Lockets can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, but no matter the style, they are a sure way to show a person how much you appreciate them.

Yellow Gold Locket Necklace


Diamonds - It's no surprise that diamonds make the perfect gift because, after all, diamonds are a girl's best friend. Diamonds are a classic piece that every woman needs in her jewelry collection. Whether it be a necklace, earrings, or a ring, diamonds are always a great gift to give during the holiday season.

Diamond Jewelry 


Alternative Bands - If you're looking for a more masculine-styled piece to give this year, alternative bands are stylish rings that are great for the men in your life. These bands come in a variety of metals such as titanium, tungsten, and more. Because they are made with such durable elements, they are perfect for those with active lives who still want to look sleek.

Men's Alternative Wedding Bands 


Birthstone Jewelry - When it comes to popular and meaningful jewelry, birthstones are always a classic piece celebrating the birth month of a loved one. From necklaces to rings and from amethysts to rubies, birthstone jewelry is an excellent way to give someone a sentimental gift no matter their style.

 Birthstone Jewelry


Eternity Bands - For those looking to pop the question this December or perhaps make a grand gesture, eternity bands are a great way to declare your never-ending love. These beautiful and chic pieces are sure to catch the eyes of anyone who catches a glimpse of them. Whether you're looking to propose, celebrate an anniversary, or just admire the one you love the most, these bands are a perfect piece to be worn alone or stacked with other rings.

Eternity Diamond Bands


Matching Sets - If you're shopping for someone who loves to wear complementary, chic pieces, matching sets are the gift for them. Matching pieces are a perfect gift for those with a keen sense of style who love to coordinate their jewelry. This includes paired earrings, bracelets, and necklaces in a variety of designs. Matching sets are an impeccable gift for your fashionable friends and family.

 Matching Jewelry Set

 

We know holiday shopping can be stressful, which is why we at W.P. Shelton Jewelers want to help you nail it out of the park this year with your gifts. Whether you're shopping for a close friend, family member, or the one you love the most, W.P. Shelton Jewelers is here to help you pick the perfect gift this holiday season, and all the ones to come.

 

Take a peek at our 2019 Look Book for more ideas: 2019 W. P. Shelton Jewelers Look Book.

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

A Guide to Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring

Some girls dream up a proposal when they are little. Thinking about the endless possibilities. Some girls have notebooks, binders or even slideshows of exactly what they want, and when and where they want it.

Others don’t think about it at all. They are ready for the surprise, being taken by the moment.

Discovering Your Jewelry Style

Discovering Your Jewelry Style

Discovering your true jewelry style does not have to be difficult. It is actually a lot of fun! Plus, you may have more than one style to your jewelry. Below we have four main categories most of us fall under. They range from one extreme to the other – the practical soccer mom, to the statement making glamour queen. Do you know which one, or ones you are? Let’s get started!

 

The Glamour Queen

She enjoys the social scene; it gives her a reason to wear those statement pieces. Large diamond hoop earrings, 2+ carat diamond rings, layered diamond bracelets, a simple – yet sparkling diamond necklace, etc. The list can go on for her. Diamonds really are her best friend. When shopping, the more jewelry grabs her attention, the more she needs it!

The Glamour Queen

 

The Casual Woman

With her collection, she has subtle and timeless pieces. She is not worried about making a statement, rather than making sure her jewelry gives the same laid-back vibe she lives by. Matching jewelry sets are her best friend, since they require little thought when pairing with her casual lifestyle. Pearls, soft colored gemstones and simple metal jewelry are what she is pulled towards when shopping.

The Casual Woman 

 

The Soccer Mom

Her daily jewelry routine is probably a lot like her make-up routine – quick, consistent and simple. She loves owning jewelry that can match with just about anything, because it is versatile. Her jewelry collection likely consists of diamond or pearl studs, her wedding bands and a pendant necklace. When she shops for new jewelry, she instantly thinks of all the many ways in which she will get her use out of it – she is practical!

The Soccer Mom 

 

The Trend Setter

From mixing and matching, to wearing the newest pieces we just received – this woman knows how to lead the trends. She is not afraid to wear something unique like art, nor is she afraid to pair different shades of stones. At times she wears large statement pieces, and other times she goes for a subtle yet unique shape. She is such the fashion setter; she can bring back outdated jewelry and make it chic again. No matter what, you can count on her to know and start the latest trends for jewelry.

The Trend Setter

 

Now that you know the four main jewelry categories, which one or ones do you fall under? Are you a Soccer Mom during the week, and a Trend Setter during the weekend? Or are you the Casual Woman who also loves being the Glamour Queen? It’s always fun to be a little of all, too! Don't be afraid to be yourself, that is what makes jewelry shopping and wearing fun!

Coastal Jewelry Tips

Coastal Jewelry Tips

By living on the Gulf Coast, we have an advantage over the rest…it is warm enough to swim, boat and lounge by a pool about six or more months out of the year. With this privilege, comes some responsibility with our fine and fashion jewelry.
A Kiss on the Hand is Nice, but Diamonds Last Forever

A Kiss on the Hand is Nice, but Diamonds Last Forever

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The 6 Best Gifts for Any Mom

The 6 Best Gifts for Any Mom

Are you frantically running around, trying to think of the best gift idea for the special mom in your life? Are you losing sleep at night thinking what you bought is not as great as your amazing mother/spouse/partner/friend? Whether she is a perfectly practical mom, a super soccer mom or a glamour girl, we have many jewelry items that will surely put a memorable smile on her face. Wearable timeless keepsakes really are the perfect solution, as they can be passed down from one generation to the next.

Being a mom is an ever-growing job. With each passing milestone, moms earn badges right alongside their kids. She deserves a gift continually reminding her of how much she is loved, appreciated and all the joy she brings to this world.

Essentially, there are three categories of jewelry for moms:

  1. Sentimental
  2. Subtle jewelry
  3. Unique jewelry

To help you decide which to choose, think about what kind of jewelry she would appreciate the most. If you think she would wear and enjoy something emphasizing motherhood and family, a more sentimental piece would be best (i.e. birthstone bands). On the other hand, if her jewelry tends to be more on the subtle side, gift her favorite jewelry style (i.e. stud earrings). Then there is always jewelry which symbolizes her unique qualities(i.e. custom designed jewelry).

Below we have listed out six of the best gifts for ANY mom.

    • 1 - Lockets

      Lockets

      – These charms allow you to add pictures and/or engrave them to keep the ones she loves close to her heart. (Great for our mushy sentimental mommas!)



    • 2 - Bracelets

      Lockets

      – These are great for our multitasking mommas who wear many hats! With multiple sets, she can play it simple while out and about during the day, or dress it up for a fancy night out.



    • 3 - Family jewelry

      Lockets

      – Gift her with a birthstone representing each of her children/grandchildren, or even a baby’s footprint! No matter where she goes, or what she is doing, this sentimental mom will always have a reminder of all her family.



    • 4 - Stackable rings

      Lockets

      – Remind her of all the little and big ones who love her. Great for all ages. Plus, they can be worn to BBQ’s or to a night at the opera!



    • 5 - Stud earrings

      Lockets

      – Stud earrings, whether they are diamonds or pearls, are great for our practical moms. They are simple, yet always so elegant and beautiful. A great choice for moms on-the-go.



    • 6 - Custom designed jewelry

      Lockets

      – Just like your "one-of-a-kind” mom, create a piece as unique as her. She will appreciate the time and effort put into creating something as special as her love.


All of the ideas are timeless styles, perfect for passing down as heirlooms in your family.

While moms should be appreciated every day of the year, gifting jewelry is a great opportunity to show how grateful you are for everything she has done.

So, what are you waiting for? Come on by and see us, and we can help you pick out the perfect gift for your amazing momma!

If you Can Dream It, We Can Make It

If you Can Dream It, We Can Make It

At W. P. Shelton Jewelers, we design custom made jewelry lasting generation after generation. Our innovative design, attention to detail and passion for quality keeps our customers asking for more. Each customer has their own individual style preference, which is why this custom-made jewelry is such a special piece of art.

We all have some of the following in our jewelry boxes:

  • jewelry passed down to us
  • totally dated jewelry
  • jewelry from a past relationship
  • gifted jewelry that was not our style
  • jewelry sitting in our jewelry box waiting to be repaired

Do not let that jewelry just sit there. Turn it into something new! Whether you have a Pinterest board filled with your ideas, or know you just need to do something new with your old jewelry – if you can dream it, we can create it!

Here are four reasons to have your jewelry custom made:

1 – You know exactly what you want.

Part of knowing exactly what you want comes from the desire to be unique and original. Take a little from one design, and a little from another design, and we make it exclusively your own. Imagine all your friends complementing your jewelry/style, and you respond "Thank you, I designed it myself!” Whether you have a passion for design, or are the type to know exactly what you like, custom designing your jewelry is the way to go for you!

2 – You are ready to update your style.

After years, and even decades of collecting jewelry, you may start to notice how your style changes. Then you begin to realize how you stop wearing a lot of the jewelry you own. Do not let it just sit there! Bring your diamonds and colored stones to us, and we will create a whole new look for your jewelry, and for you! It is amazing the difference a new setting can make for just one stone!

3 – Sentimental memories are tied to it.

For most of us, there is a story behind every piece of jewelry that has been passed down generation, after generation. After a while, jewelry can become a little dated, and the years of wear and tear take its toll on the jewelry. We take jewelry like this and either repair it, or create a new design for it. By simply placing a diamond or colored stone in a new setting, you create a new version all while keeping the sentimental meaning behind it.

4 – You went through a bad break up.

If you are not sure what to do with jewelry after a breakup, or an engagement ring/wedding band after a divorce, creating a completely new piece or pieces of jewelry with it can erase all the bad juju you had connected to it. Ever heard of reinventing yourself? Well, now would be a great time to reinvent that jewelry! Give it a new beginning, you deserve it!

Custom-made jewelry is a wonderful treat that anyone is capable of having, and the future generations will surely appreciate the reminder of their loved ones.

Come see is today to get started on your custom piece!

Be sure to check out our new Pinterest boards for inspiration! We add to it weekly! (https://www.pinterest.com/wpsheltonjewelers/)
2019 Jewelry Trends

2019 Jewelry Trends

We have searched the runways, read the articles, and watched for trends – all to bring you what we thought would inspire you for 2019. While each individual has their own unique style, it is still fun to stay up to date with what is trending with jewelry. Take a peek below at what we found to be hot going forward in to the new year!

(Be sure to check out the bonus trend at the very bottom of our blog!)

1 – Hoops:

Not just any hoops, a heavier hoop – one much larger, and one that stands out. We suggest classic diamond hoops, or a more modern chunky gold hoop. Both make a statement, so you can’t go wrong with either.

 

2 – Layers

Don’t be shy when it comes to your jewelry. More is, well, MORE! So, go ahead and pile on the necklaces for that perfect layered look. We suggest using different lengths, and playing with the different color metals.


 

3 – Shells

It does not have to be summer time to wear sea shells, especially since we are on the gulf coast! Shells are going to be hot this spring thanks to fashion runways setting the tone. Just like pearls you can wear all sorts of color tones with shells.


 

4 – Ankle bracelets

Yep! You read that correct, this fashion item is coming back into style once again! Gone are the days of wearing jewelry just around your neck, arms, and head. We have even seen toe rings come back as well.


 

5 – Cuffs

Cuffs are a great way to add in a statement piece. Take for example the ones we carry in our store (Les Georgettes). You can easily take it from one season to the next with a simple swap of a leather insert!


 

6 – Names & Logos

The Carrie Bradshaw look is back by popular demand! These dainty pieces are perfect for your everyday look, as they match with anything! Try something different with our OS and Biloxi bracelets.


 

7 – Links & Chains

This "industrial” trend lends itself to the layering look or as a statement piece.


 

8 – Shiny Earrings

Want to make every head turn as they pass you? Try adding in some extra sparkle to your ears. Over the top earrings are a must have this year!


 

9 – Charms

This jewelry trend you loved as a child is back in full swing! The great part about this nostalgic trend is that you can choose any type of charm to collect…your favorite colored stones, charms that represent your hobbies, charms that represent your children’s birthstones, etc.!


 

And do not forget…

10 – The Pantone Color of the Year

Living Coral is 2019’s Pantone Color of the Year! "It is an animating shade of orange with a golden undertone, which reflects the warmth, nourishment, and shelter of coral reefs to sea life” (TIME). You may not be buying this color in jewelry, but for your wardrobe. We suggest pairing gold jewelry with this color to connect the warm undertones.


BONUS – Custom Designs

What better trend than the one you create yourself! Whether you start from scratch, or take an old piece to create a new one, designing your own look can be fun and rewarding!

The New Jewelry Generation

The New Jewelry Generation

As the generations come and go, so do the trends, fashions and styles of jewelry. Why is this? With each new generation comes a new group of "influencers.” We have all heard the term used on social media (particularly Instagram). Millennials are the new jewelry generation impacting how and what jewelry designers create, and what jewelry stores sell. That is a no brainer, right? Millennials enjoy being the influencer, enjoy sharing their experiences with others, and enjoy expressing their individuality through clothing, jewelry, makeup, outings, etc. This is why the new trend, that millennials are driving, is custom designed jewelry. It allows them to be uniquely expressive.

 

Let’s take a look back into the 60s and 70s to see what similarities millennials have in common with those previous generations. The new jewelry generation today, is similar to the 60s and 70s in that there was and is a fresh creative freedom. A freedom to express oneself. Reflect hidden stories, social issues of their generation, and the origins of their gemstones. These qualities have become more important at times than the jewelry’s value. The way jewelry producers and stores advertise their products has changed and evolved because of "what” millennials value. Designers are creating edgy jewelry that is often amusing and always relevant to millennials’ generation and lifestyle.

 

The easiest way for millennials to express their true selves is through (fashion or fine) custom designed jewelry. Custom designed jewelry can mean a multitude of things. Some inherit family heirlooms, and are ready to bring it up to date with a few tweaks. While others gather ideas off the internet and social media, to create their very own design. According to InStore.com, custom jewelry design purchases have increased by 10% within the last decade. Why do millennials like custom designed jewelry so much, especially engagement rings? Because they are one-of-a-kind creations that reflect and express their values. Millennials look to align themselves with businesses and brands that reflect their values. They seek to express themselves through the brands’ identity versus the brands’ wealth.

 

There is also another important shift in jewelry sales to recognize. We now have more self-purchasing women. With today’s society, and the way women are working – it is no wonder women are starting to purchase more jewelry for themselves, without a second thought. Again, a feature of this self-expression that is very strong with millennials and beyond.

 

While trends and shifts like these may come and go, custom designed jewelry will always remain current. It allows for a change in the trends, a change in the design, and a change in what is important to the consumer. Custom designed jewelry allows for self-expression in any price range. It allows us to be as unique and original as we wish to be!

W. P. Shelton Jewelers delivers the best possible experience when shopping for jewelry, no matter your age, style, or generation. We provide custom jewelry designs, traditional and non-traditional options, real and lab grown diamonds, trendy styles, and so much more in order to exceed your expectations, and to express YOU and your values!

Engagement Ring Shopping Part 2: Styles, Fashions & Trends

Engagement Ring Shopping Part 2: Styles, Fashions & Trends

Last month, in Part 1, we went over some major factors that affect the cost of the ring…now it is time for the fun part…styles, fashions and trends of rings. We are going back in time to discuss all the decades’ most popular engagement ring trends and much more!

 

Before we begin, we must go over the history of engagement rings dating back to the ancient Egyptians. They have been found buried with metal wire around their third finger on their left hands. It is believed that this finger is directly connected to the heart by a vein.

 

The first use of a diamond ring to signify an engagement, most historians believe, was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with tiny diamonds in the shape of an "M.”

 

By the 1600s and 1700s engagement and wedding ring references were made in Shakespeare’s plays. Silver rings would be given to mark the engagement, and then a gold ring would replace it upon the wedding.

 

Before we can get into the twentieth century, and all its decades of fashions. There is one last era to discuss, the Victorian. Rare as it may have been at the time, Queen Victoria was very much in love with her husband Albert. The era was a very romantic time because of her love. The engagement rings of that time were referred to as the Victorian style, often featuring whimsical and romantic motifs, like hearts, bows, flowers and even snakes (at the time were seen as a symbol of eternity).

 

After a large deposit of diamonds were discovered in South Africa towards the end of the Victorian Era, the diamond engagement rings became more common.

 

During the Edwardian Era (1900-1910), fine jewelry was within reach of more people than ever before due to the Industrial Revolution bringing about an increase of prosperity and a growing middle class in Europe and America. The Edwardian style often featured diamonds in lacy and ornate platinum designs.

 

Now, onto the trends of the decades…beginning with the roaring 20’s and into the 30’s! The styles at this time reflected the geometric Art Deco aesthetic and the era’s love of all things modern. Often, they were accented with colorful precious gems such as sapphires and rubies. The settings that were most popular at the time were platinum and white gold.

 

In the 40’s the trend shifted back towards a more feminine style, featuring motifs such as ribbons, bows and flowers. Engagement rings were often big and bold despite the hardships of WWII. Gold was the choice of metal at the time since platinum was used for the war effort and scarce. Some budget-conscious couples turned to synthetic sapphires and rubies due to the prices of real diamonds.

 

We have Audrey Hepburn’s husband to thank for having kicked off the stackable ring trends in the 50s that are still going strong today. The reasoning for these rings? So that Audrey could switch them out to match her outfit (white gold, yellow gold and rose gold colors).

 

Post war, during the 60’s, platinum increased in popularity again. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s emerald cut diamond ring made this cut diamond an in-demand gemstone for many brides-to-be. Back during this era, Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor a ring featuring a 33-carat asscher-cut diamond, which makes Kim and Kayne’s 15-carat ring look small.

 

During the 70’s the era did away with many things from the past, and introduced new shapes like the very popular square princess and radiant cuts.

 

The wedding of the decade (and maybe even longer than that to some) was that of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Her oval sapphire engagement ring set some major trends for decades to follow.

 

The one style that has been sought after since the beginning of the twenty-first century is the solitaire. Even with the internet playing a huge role in providing more information to couples, and styles rise and fall year by year, this simplistic style will always remain a popular one.

 

Coming into the 2010 decade, the halo style has made a name for itself. While the style is nothing "new,” the increased popularity and must have for this style has definitely been top of the selling charts. A halo of diamonds around the center stone is not only appealing to the eyes, but easier on the wallet. It allows for a larger look without spending more than you want.

 

While trends come and go just like the decades, the love that each engagement ring represents will last a lifetime. Allow us to be a part of your journey together, and we will find the perfect ring for you! We offer special financing to give you affordable monthly payments, custom ring designs, and much more!