Jewelry at WP Shelton Jewelers
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:
- Subtle jewelry
- 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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
– 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!
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/)
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:
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!
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!
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!
Yes, it is true…an engagement ring can cost just as much as a European vacation. But what really affects the true cost of the ring? While there are several factors to consider, for the simplicity of this blog, we will be focusing on two topics: the 4 C’s, and real diamonds versus lab diamonds.
The 4 C’s
Say what? There are how many C’s to consider while choosing a diamond? Yep, four of them…Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat-Weight. Each of them affecting the cost of your overall engagement ring.
Cut: In reality, when we refer to the "cut” of the diamond we are talking more about the proportions of the diamond as opposed to its shape (round brilliant, marquise, pear, princess, emerald, etc.) The reason cut is so important is that it plays a huge role in how the diamond reflects light (aka how shinny it appears to the eye). If a diamond is cut to shallow or too deep, the light entering through the top of the diamond is allowed to escape through its bottom and does not allow the maximum beauty of the diamond to be realized.
Color: The color of a diamond is graded from totally colorless (D) to light yellow (Z). The grades are:
Colorless (referred to as D, E, F)
Near Colorless (referred to as G, H, I, J)
Faint Yellow (referred to as K, L, M)
Very Light Yellow (referred to as N, O, P, Q, R)
Light Yellow (referred to as S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z)
The best color for a diamond? No color at all – as it allows light to pass through it easily, resulting in the light being dispersed as the color of the rainbow. The less color in the diamond – the more expensive a diamond becomes.
Clarity: The amount and location of flaws, and/or blemishes in the diamond is referred to its clarity. Generally speaking, the clarity ratings vary from Flawless to Imperfect 3 (I3). Take a look at the clarity chart below:
Very Very Slightly Included
Very Slightly Included
SI1, SI2, SI3
I1, I2, I3
An inclusion (birthmarks within diamond) can interfere with the light passing through the diamond. Most diamonds contain these very tiny blemishes. Obviously, the fewer the inclusions, the more beautiful the diamond appears – thus the more expensive a diamond becomes.
Carat-Weight: Diamonds are measured in carats. As the weight of the diamond increases, so does its price and rarity. Two diamonds can be of the same weight; however, their value can greatly differ due to the differences in their cut, color, and clarity.
Real Vs. Lab Diamonds
The difference between the two is quite obvious in explanation – but not always as obvious to the eye. A real diamond is formed one hundred miles below earth’s surface up to 3 billion years ago – making it unique and rare. They are like miracles of nature, as they undergo an extraordinary environmental circumstance – bursting towards the earth’s surface through volcanic eruptions.
Lab grown diamonds, while just as beautiful, is a stone that mimics the optical and chemical properties of a natural diamond. Lab diamonds are produced in a factory in a matter of weeks.
Like natural diamonds, lab diamonds have flaws / inclusions as well. They have metallic inclusions caused from the molten metal solutions from which they are created. They even have their own grading system, call the Synthetic Diamond Grading Report. It takes into consideration the color zoning, metallic inclusions, weak strain patterns, and colors of ultraviolet fluorescence to differentiate them from natural diamonds.
So, this brings us to a question most will ask, are they worth the same? To best explain the answer, first know that natural diamonds have an "inherent value.” While lab diamonds can be mass produced by man – which can cause the price to go down due to competition in production. Also, remember that selecting a natural diamond based off your 4 C’s, is more difficult to find than a lab made diamond that fits your request. Thus, making the natural diamond worth more because of its rarity.
Ending Tip: Want real diamonds, and a lower payment plan? View our Kim International Romance collection. It features clusters of diamonds as the center stone, helping to reduce the overall cost of the ring – without giving up the style you like. We also offer 0% APR for 60 months! Just give us a call today to set up an appointment (228-875-4842).
Quite interestingly, the modern birthstone list has been set in place since 1912. But where exactly did the idea of "birthstones” originate from, and how far back do they date? We can actually trace the ancient beginning of birthstones to the Breastplate of Aaron, described in the book of Exodus in the Bible. The Breastplate was a religious garment with 12 gemstones (set in four rows of three, in a gold filigree) that represented the 12 tribes of Israel.
Next, there was a connection made between the 12 stones in the Breastplate and the 12 signs of the zodiac in the writings of Flavius Josephus (1st century AD) and St. Jerome (5th century AD). Then came the idea that one must own a collection of the 12 different gemstones assigned to the signs of the zodiac and wear the appropriate gem during the ascendancy of the corresponding signs. An idea that was more like the Vedic astrological tradition of India, where one should wear a particular gem according to their state of health and the challenges that they faced in life.
Now, just how did gemstones go from representing zodiac healing powers to birthstones? Scholars trace the distinctly modern idea of each person always wearing a gemstone corresponding to the month of their birth to the 18th century Poland, with the arrival of Jewish gem traders to the region.
In 1912, the National Association of Jewelers (Jewelers of America) defined the modern list of birthstones. Since then, in 2002, an announcement came out by the American Gem Trade that tanzanite was added as a birthstone for December. The reason being? The Jewelers of America saw that adding an additional gemstone would help retailers sell more jewelry. In 2006 a marketing campaign promoted tanzanite as the birthstone for all children with the slogan "Be Born to Tanzanite.”
Clearly, our world has come a long way from the magical powers of astrological gemstones. Nowadays, mothers have rings with each child’s birthstone, a charm bracelet with her entire family’s birthstones, and so on, all to represent their love of family.
Not sure which gemstone(s) is your birthstone? Take a peek at the list below! (The information on each has been provided by American Gem Society and The Burke Museum.)
Each month’s birthstone(s):
Garnet can be found in metamorphic rocks and sometimes in granites and volcanic rocks.
Amethyst is popular for its color and crystal shapes that produce handsome, purple, sparkling clusters.
Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl generally forms inside granites as magma (molten rock) cools deep inside the Earth.
Diamond is a form of carbon with a tightly bound crystalline structure that originates deep inside the Earth.
Emerald is another variety of beryl. It is surprisingly common for emeralds to contain flaws and veins of chemicals called inclusions.
June: Pearl, Alexandrite and Moonstone
When light enters the stone, it is bounced back and forth between these layers before it exits as the glowing moon-like effect we see.
Ruby originates from metamorphic rock, and is a variety of the mineral corundum, second only to the diamond in hardness.
August: Peridot, Sardonyx, Spinel
Peridot is type of olivine, and comes in various shades of green, from light to a brilliant olive green.
Sapphire is any form of corundum that is not red, as red varieties are called rubies.
October: Pink Tourmaline and Opal
The presence of water in the mineral structure allows geologists to determine the temperature of the rock at the time the opal formed.
November: Citrine and Topaz
Some citrine actually began as purple amethyst, but heat from nearby molten rock changed it to a warm yellow color.
December: Tanzanite, Turquoise and Zicron
Turquoise is composed of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It forms when circulating water alters other aluminum-rich rocks in desert environments.
Start your birthstone collection today! Visit our website (http://wpsheltonjewelers.com/), or stop by our store during open business hours (check our website for hours, as they change with seasons).
Our fine jewelry, and even our fashion jewelry, are often some of our most prized possessions. Passed down through generations or given to us by our spouse, preserving and caring for your jewelry is an important part of actually owning it.
So maybe you just got engaged, and are wondering "how am I going to keep the shine and sparkle in this beautiful ring?" Or maybe you are doing a little spring cleaning and have come across an old heirloom spoon ring your mother gave you 15+ years ago, telling yourself "I wish I would have taken better care of this." Either way, we are here to help guide you take some simple, and very beneficial steps to caring for your jewelry!
Most of us are not aware of how to take care of fine jewelry, nor do we realize what all is harmful to our jewelry. Having the appropriate jewelry box and cases are very important to preserving jewelry (high quality or fashion). Below we have listed out, with detail, the appropriate steps to taking care of your jewelry. We hope you enjoy!
1 –Choose a jewelry box with a soft lining and one that can keep pieces separate
Start by selecting a jewelry box that provides the best protection for your jewelry, like a storage option with a solid exterior, as it provides added protection. Don't forget the purpose of all those dividers are to prevent scratches on settings, kinks in chains, tarnishing of silver and damaged gemstones. A place to hang necklaces is ideal for storing and can prevent a jumbled mess. If at any point your jewelry begins to touch each other, opt for a bigger box or a free-standing jewelry armoire. Another added benefit to proper jewelry storage is prevention of stolen jewelry by thieves.
2 – Store jewelry types separately
All jewelry is unique and deserves special attention - after all, they are wearable works of art, aren't they? With fine jewelry, like diamonds, pearls and colored gemstones, each has its own specifications when it comes to storage. As do gold, platinum and sterling silver metals. Diamonds by nature are the hardest gemstone. For this very reason it is best to keep diamond jewelry stored separately in soft cloth pouches. Pearls are fragile and soft. Meaning they must have an extra soft interior space for storing. As a general rule of thumb, colored gemstones should be cleaned with a damp cloth after wearing and before storing away. This helps with the preservation of the stones. Gold jewelry can be easily damaged by scratches from hard gemstones (i.e. diamonds). Keep gold jewelry stored separately in soft cloth bags or in their original boxes. Though platinum jewelry is exceptionally strong, this does not mean they do not receive special attention when it comes to storing. Platinum can still be scratched, so these items should also be stored separately. Silver jewelry has a tendency to oxidize over time. Therefore, silver jewelry should always be kept completely dry, inside tarnish-proof cloths and away from any exposure to air.
3 – Provide the best environment
Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity, and direct sunlight. It is best to store jewelry in cool, clean and dry places. Excessive heat and direct sunlight, overtime, can cause some metals and gemstones to change colors. Humidity can also have adverse effects on jewelry. It can cause clasp weakening and can harm certain gemstones. Avoiding hair sprays, makeup, lotions, powders, soaps, etc. are necessary precautions to take with providing the best environment possible for jewelry.
4 – Keep jewelry stored away while cleaning inside with chemicals, outside in the yard and while swimming
The chemicals in household products, such as bleach, and the chemicals in pools/hot tubs, such as chlorine, can have harmful effects on metals and gemstones. It is best to not ware any jewelry at all while coming into contact with such chemicals. Keeping your jewelry stored safely inside is also a best practice while doing yard work. Too many times people have lost a gemstone or diamond because of loose prongs. Which brings us into our next suggestion...
5 – Have jewelry checked regularly and cleaned regularly by your local jeweler
On top of storing jewelry correctly and safely, this has to be one of the most important preventable actions you could take. Each time you bring your jewelry into W. P. Shelton Jewelers, we check for any loose gemstones, diamonds and prongs, while also giving it a good cleaning. We suggest setting up an appointment once a year to have the rhodium plating recoated on your white gold rings. This makes it look as if your jewelry is new again. If it has been a while since you brought your jewelry in...now is the time for some "spring cleaning!"
Our store is open Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Be sure to check the times on our website, as they change during some seasons of the year.