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!
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).
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.
Out with the old, and in with the new! A new year, means a new you! Reward yourself, for another great year in the books, with some beautiful shiny new objects…jewelry! Starting the year with new fashions and designs sets you up with the confidence to truly express yourself. Every year, around this time, we set goals and create plans of what we want to accomplish in the New Year. Have you ever noticed that when you have an outfit that looks, feels and fits just right, your confidence goes to a whole new level? You feel that you can accomplish just about anything, nail any interview, stand out in any crowd, etc.! We are here to encourage you to be that confident person.
As the years come and go, so do some of the fashions. The jewelry in our jewelry box begins to collect dust. Why not take the jewelry piece(s) and create/design something completely new with it? Or sell the gold to buy something new? Take a look at what is hot for 2018 and what is here to stay. And you decide what your 2018 style will be for you.
Qalo Rings –
These silicone rings have taken over! We love these alternative bands for both men and women who live an active lifestyle, whether at work, in the gym, or at home. They are worry and hassle free because of their lightweight design and inexpensive material.
Diamond Stud Earrings –
These studs are nothing new to the everyday gal. They offer a timeless elegance for any attire, day or night. Dress them up with a halo of more diamonds, or with a halo of colored gemstones, either way they are versatile pieces that never go out of style.
Layered Necklaces –
The layered look offers women a way to add a little dimension to their fashion. By layering three or so dainty necklaces, a soft and laid back look is easily created. Imagine a deep V-neckline shirt or dress with several layers and lengths of necklaces. These shiny things demand attention.
Stackable Rings –
The stackable rings are similar to layered necklaces in that they present a mixed and matched look, offering a laid back, confident feel. Stackable rings can be a mix of gemstone or metal colors. Either way this look can add new colors to your overall style or bring colors together in one design.
Multi Rings –
Do not let this be confused with the stacked look. With this style you are wearing one ring on each finger. Nature-themed and geometric-shaped fashion rings are among the most eye catching styles. The old saying "less is more,” does not apply to you for this look. This style screams confident and unique, all at the same time, because you are not afraid to be yourself.
Graceful and tender, pearls are some the most sophisticated jewelry a woman can wear. They have been successfully boosting a lady’s femininity for centuries, as they never go out of style. Pearls do not have to be linked together, they can be surrounded with colorful pastel gemstones, or a halo of diamonds. Pearls are traditional but can be made into modern design.
Rose Gold –
Rose gold is here to stay! Rose gold jewelry adds a new color and some personality to your everyday look. It is great by itself, or mixed with white and yellow gold. Whether worn as chunky jewelry or dainty pieces, rose gold gives others the hint of your pink passion.
The great part about feeling confident in your own skin, is staying true to your true self and style. Whether the items above are pieces you admire or not, we encourage you to stick with what you love. If you would like to turn some of your old jewelry into new pieces, stop by our store Monday through Saturday, or give us a call to set up an appointment (228-875-4842). We look forward to providing new jewelry, to the new you, for the New Year!
Fall is in full force; the temperature is dropping, the leaves are falling and fires are burning! Sweater weather means a whole new wardrobe for many, even if it is just pulling clothes from another closet.
With a new season, comes new colors in our style, so it’s time to enjoy all the fall shades of red, green, yellow, and brown! Now is the perfect time to add some new jewelry pieces to your cool weather attire, since we all know that summer jewelry can be completely different than winter jewelry, due to the cuts and designs of clothing.
Below, we have put together four styling tips for this fall/winter season. We hope you enjoy them!
#1 – Wear Your Confidence:
There is nothing sexier than a confident woman, right? Walking out the door, letting nothing stand in our way. Is it this new season that encourages us? Is it the new clothes, or clothes that we haven’t worn in a while? Is it that diamond bracelet or earrings our significant other bought us? Or is it the yellow diamond right hand ring we bought ourselves? Whichever it may be, let your confidence shine and be seen…on your hand, your wrist, your ears, and around your neck!
#2 – Play with the New Colors:
Each year November brings the beautiful autumn colors. So time to play off those browns, burnt oranges, deep reds, forest greens and mustard yellows. The mixing of metals really compliments the darker shades. Don’t be afraid to wear stacked rings in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold all together. With the cooler weather, majority of the shirts we wear become long sleeves, which means diamond and colored rings are a perfect way to shine throughout the day, and into the evening.
#3 – Enjoy Layering:
As the days go on throughout November and into December, the degrees start to drop. And so, we start to layer more with scarves, jackets, gloves, etc. Embrace and enjoy layering with short to long necklaces. Some styles go better with others, depending on the neckline of your blouse. Shorter necklaces go well with open necklines and skin showing at the top of your blouse. While longer necklaces go well with high collared tops.
#4 – Turn a Cold Day into One that Sparkles and Shines:
As we begin to bundle up, and wear our favorite turtleneck shirts and wedged boots, we need something to sparkle in the cool air as the sun shines down. Diamond or metal hoop earrings are the perfect element to really make a statement. They are not hidden by extra clothing or hats, which makes them just what we need to sparkle and shine throughout the cooler season.
Our must haves for the fall and winter:
- Diamond studs
- Hoop earrings
- Long layered necklaces
- Stacked rings
- Right hand rings
- Bracelets with mixed metals
We hope this inspires you to wear your confidence this fall and winter with jewelry that makes you shine and sparkle, no matter if it’s day or night!
Come by to start your Christmas Wish List, then send Santa in for some shopping!!~