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Engagement Ring Shopping Part 1: The Cost

Engagement Ring Shopping Part 1: The Cost

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:

Category

Grade

Flawless

FL

Internally Flawless

IF

Very Very Slightly Included

VV1, VV2

Very Slightly Included

V1, V2

Slightly Included

SI1, SI2, SI3

Included

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).

July 01, 2018 — Dianne Murray
The History of Birthstones

The History of Birthstones

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):

 January: Garnet

Garnet can be found in metamorphic rocks and sometimes in granites and volcanic rocks.

February: Amethyst

Amethyst is popular for its color and crystal shapes that produce handsome, purple, sparkling clusters.

March: Aquamarine

Aquamarine is a variety of the mineral beryl. Beryl generally forms inside granites as magma (molten rock) cools deep inside the Earth.

April: Diamond

Diamond is a form of carbon with a tightly bound crystalline structure that originates deep inside the Earth.

May: Emerald

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.

July: Ruby

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.

September: Sapphire

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).
How to Preserve & Keep Your Jewelry

How to Preserve & Keep Your Jewelry

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.

Spring into Fashion

Spring into Fashion

Spring is in the air, and only days away! The first day of spring is March 20, and this year, spring colors are all about experimenting. Whether you follow Vogue’s spring colors, or create your own – now is the time to express yourself! However, if you are wondering just what Vogue has chosen as their top 10 spring summer colors, here they are:

 

Lavender: this color will dominate the whole summer season. It is romantic yet elegant.

 

Purple: Pantone’s 2018 color of the year is Ultra Violet. A color that intrigues with its hybrid, mysterious nature, associated with the seventh chakra, where the human meets the divine. ‘Experiment’ is the word.

 

Rapture rose: a full, princess-like, intense pink shade.

 

Sky blue: a fresh color that evoke a serene sky.

 

Light green: green is back also for summer 2018, this time with a delicate and fresh nuance.

 

Military green: considered now as a neutral hue, just like beige, it often ‘breaks’ elegant or sporty looks on military style pieces. But is also worn from head to toe by a modern woman who faces the urban jungle every day.

 

Milk white: a full, warm hue. Nothing to do with optical white, cooler and cyber-like.

 

Chocolate brown: brown is back on the runway. Intense and enveloping, it will impossible to resist this shade, just like it’s impossible to resist a chocolate praline.

 

Yellow: the same shade of the tracksuit sported by Uma Thurman in Tarantino’s Kill Bill. A vibrant, energizing tone of yellow. And a little wild, too, just think of paintings by Kandinsy or Matisse. And yellow’s comeback for 2018 is strictly connected to purple, its complementary color.

 

Tomato red: a totally bold, entrancing hue.”

 

(Source: Vogue's The Ten Color Trends for Spring Summer 2018 article.)

 

What do spring colors mean to you? Experimenting with a new style? Pulling out old, but bold jewelry that is just waiting to be seen again? The coming of summer days? New fashions? Or maybe it is a combination of several things. Either way, W. P. Shelton Jewelers is the place to explore your options – offering an array of colors, styles, designs and prices. We can even design your very own spring collection, setting you apart from the rest! By doing this, we use old stones from your previous jewelry, or you can take advantage of our selection of high quality stones.

 

Here are a few of our favorite spring pieces from the many different collections we carry in our store. Some pieces offer the option of versatility, so you can mix and match with all sorts of spring colors. While others offer a pop of color to a more neutral outfit. We hope you enjoy these six samples!

 

1 – Sky’s the limit:

This sky blue aquamarine stone and 14k gold ring can also be paired with its matching necklace and earrings. Allison Kaufman’s blue jewelry follows right in line with Vogue’s top 10 spring colors.Click here to view the collection.

 

2 – A bold statement:

This ravishing statement necklace features a breathtaking pendant set with a Lafonn canary simulated diamond center stone, surrounded by Lafonn's signature clear simulated diamonds. The pendant is suspended from a necklace set with Lafonn's clear pear-shaped and round simulated diamonds. Click here to view this necklace.

 

3 – Rose gold romance:

Classic elegance. Allison Kaufman’s charming morganite stone and rose gold together are perfect for a romantic spring date. Click here to view this collection.

 

4 – Experimenting with purple:

Shah Luxury’s sterling silver 0.06 carat diamond and 3 1/2 carat cushion cut amethyst halo earrings can be paired with its matching necklace and ring for a stunning regal statement. Click here to view the collection.

 

5 – Pop of color goes a long way:

Les Georgettes by Altesse is an innovative French jewelry concept featuring interchangeable and reversible colored bands. They adapt to each woman’s personal style, from morning to night, and wherever the day takes her. Click here to get started in designing your own piece.

 

6 – From casual to formal:

Elegance that bedazzles any ensemble day or night. These Lafonn earrings are set with Lafonn's signature Lassaire simulated diamonds in sterling silver bonded with platinum. Click here to view these earrings.

 

We have many more where these came from! Come by our store Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to start creating your spring look! You can also browse ourwebsite for more ideas.

February 27, 2018 — Dianne Murray
The History of Valentine’s Day

The History of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day – it happens every year, just creeping around the corner to find many overwhelmingly unprepared for the big day. Lovebirds race out in a quest for flowers, chocolates, jewelry and sweet cards. Business store fronts are decorated in reds and pinks, eager to catch the attention of shoppers.

 

But where did Valentine’s Day actually originate? And how has is modernized into purchasing jewelry and gifts?

 

The much celebrated day contains both Christian and Roman tradition. The Catholic Church recognizes three martyred Valentine or Valentinus saints. One legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served the church during the third century Rome. Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage for young men when he decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret, as he saw it was an injustice of the decree. Valentine was ordered to be put to death once Claudius discovered his actions.

 

Other stories suggest Valentine was killed for attempting to help Christians escape the harsh torturing of Roman prisons. It is said, according to another legend, while Valentine was imprisoned he fell in love with a young girl – possibly his jailor’s daughter – who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, Valentine wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine,” an expression still used today as a signature in many cards.

 

Although the stories and truth behind the Valentine legends are murky, there is still the underlying emphasis on a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. Thanks to his reputation, Valentine became one of the most popular saints by the Middle Ages in England and France.

 

Some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated mid-February to commemorate Valentine’s death or burial anniversary – which probably occurred around A.D. 270. While others claim the Christian church placed his feast day in mid-February in an effort to "Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. February 15 was the Lupercalia fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

 

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity but was eventually outlawed by the 5th century by Pope Gelasius since it was deemed "un-Christian.” February 14 was declared Saint Valentine’s Day and would much later, during the Middle Ages, become definitively associated with love. In France and England, February 14 was commonly believed as the beginning of mating season for birds, which added to the idea mid-February should be a day of romance.

 

Nowadays, Valentine’s Day is not only celebrated in the United States, but also in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia.

 

Printed cards began to replace written letters in 1900, due to improvements in printing technology. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (Christmas has an estimated 2.6 billion cards sent out).

 

Compared to chocolate, flowers and cards, jewelry holds the number one spot for total amount spent. According to ABC News "Jewelry is the most popular Valentine's Day gift: 20 percent of consumers are expected spend a total of $4.3 billion, the NRF said.”

 

The average number of wedding proposals on Valentine's Day each year is 220,000.

 

Whether you, or your Valentine are looking to "pop the question,” or just wanting something special, we have an array of jewelry, in an array of designs and price ranges! You can shop our collection online, or in our store Monday – Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We look forward to making your Valentine’s Day the best yet!
Out with the Old, and in with the New

Out with the Old, and in with the New

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.

 

Pearls –

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!

The Best Christmas Gifts for Her and for Him

The Best Christmas Gifts for Her and for Him

It is the most wonderful time of the year! People are joyful, the weather is cooler and shopping becomes a priority. However, we have all run into the same tiny problem…what do we get her, or him for Christmas? The short answer? Jewelry. Jewelry is one of the most versatile gifts to buy because of its price ranges, hundreds of styles and ability to become personalized.

 

Since there are so many beautiful pieces of jewelry to choose from, we created six questions for you to answer, that will help you select the perfect jewelry gift for her, or for him this Christmas. They are:

 

1 – Which metal do they prefer: yellow, white or rose gold, platinum, or sterling silver? Or do they like the mixed style?

2 – What is my price range? How do I want to pay (cash, credit, finance the purchase)?

3 – Would they want practical jewelry or statement making jewelry?

4 – Do they like diamonds, colored stones or pearls?

5 – Should I make it personalized or a special order? Or is there something in the store already representing their style?

6 – Do I want a gift that comes with other matching pieces, so I can continue to build on the set during future occasions with the matching jewelry?

 

To help you answer the questions above, we have defined some terms and given examples of them below.

 

Practical jewelry = watches, stud earrings, the everyday necklace, simple bangles, cufflinks, gold hoop earrings, wedding bands, pearl studs, etc.

 

Statement pieces = ring guards, earring jackets, colored stones and diamond cocktail rings, Rolex watches, tennis bracelet, etc.

 

Personalized = engraved names or dates on the inside of rings, family names engraved on bracelets and necklaces, custom designed engagement rings, finger print jewelry, etc.

 

If you would like help with jewelry gift ideas, take a look at the lists below. They are some of the most popular gifts for her, and for him during Christmas time. Click on the links below to view collections.

 

For her:

Lafonn diamond earrings (studs or french backs)

Charles Garnier bangles of all metal colors

Costar colored stones and birthstone necklaces

Marathon cross necklaces

Allison Kaufman stackable rings and eternity rings

Rolex pre-owned and Time Delay watches

Costar rose gold fashion jewelry

First Impressions finger print jewelry

 

For him:

Rolex pre-owned and Bertucci watches

Marahlago cuff links

Jewelry Innovations & Qualoalternative wedding bands

Leslie’s Chains gold necklaces and bracelets

 

We hope this article has helped you narrow down the perfect Christmas gift for her and for him. Always feel free to ask one of our jewelry sales associates for help when searching for your perfect gift, it is what we love to do…create memories that last!

December 02, 2017 — Dianne Murray
Fall in Love with the Season's Styles

Fall in Love with the Season's Styles

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!!~

6 Essential Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Needs in Her Life

6 Essential Jewelry Pieces Every Woman Needs in Her Life

Jewelry is one of the best ways to express ourselves and our signature style. But at times we get caught in situations where we are saying "I have nothing to wear, nothing matches and nothing looks right together!!” Well, this article shall be the solution to every woman’s jewelry dilemma. We put together the six most essential jewelry pieces every woman needs for her day-to-day jewelry collection.

 

The great part about the pieces we choose, they can easily be switched from day to night. You know those hoop earrings that you wore with your cute top and jeans today? Keep them on to be paired with your little black dress for date night. Your favorite simplistic rose gold necklace, that you forget you are wearing sometimes…can be just what you need to complete your look while out with girlfriends.

 

(All items below can be found inside our store).

 

The Everyday Essentials:

1 – Hoop earrings

These are so fabulous because they have a sexier flare as they hang down next to your neck. Hoop earrings can be worn with just about anything, jeans and a cute top, or with casual business attire. Add a little sass to your day time (and even night time) look with different sized hoop earrings.

 

2 – Two toned bracelet(s)

Who said you can’t have more than one? By stacking your two toned bracelets you can jazz up any look, and match all your other jewelry. It is a win-win for sure. Don’t be scared to mix and match them! That is the point!

 

3 – Long necklace

Your long necklace may be one strand, or may have the layered look. Either way, there is something about a long necklace that makes a women stand out with her style. You can pair it with your favorite dress or with your work blouse. They are so versatile!

 

4 – Right hand ring

A right hand ring can be a statement piece, something sentimental, a simple band or a collection of stackable diamond bands to bring your whole look together.

 

5 – Stud earrings

This selection is quite broad. Pearls, diamonds, birthstones, metals, etc. are all wonderful jewelry pieces to have in your everyday jewelry collection. However, choose the one you will wear most often. And if all else fails, buy them all!

 

6 – The Everyday Necklace

Whether it is a diamond pendant, arrow pendant, cross pendant, or small pearls spaced elegantly along a 14k white gold chain, every woman needs her go-to necklace that lays so gently around her neck.

 

 

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Give him the Anniversary Hint

Give him the Anniversary Hint

Gifts have traditionally been given for wedding anniversaries since medieval times. The first person to actually publish a list of suggested anniversary gifts was Emily Post. Published in 1922, her first etiquette guide contained suggestions for the first, fifth, tenth, fifteenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth and fiftieth years of marriage. In 1957, Post’s book was reprinted with an expanded list that included suggestions for each of the first 15 years and for every five years after.

Speed up to today’s times, and this list has been broadened by authors to include gifts for every year’s anniversary, including years after the fiftieth anniversary, like the seventy-fifth and eightieth.

While there is no rule book to anniversary gifts, this article is meant to inspire you with jewelry gift ideas. Below you will find traditional gifts, along with alternates. This way when you go to "hint,” he has options!

1st Anniversary: Gold Jewelry (Alternate: Peridot)

5th Anniversary: Sapphire (Alternate: Pink Tourmaline)

10th Anniversary: Diamond Jewelry (Alternate: Blue Sapphire)

15th Anniversary: Ruby (Alternates: Rhodolite Garnet, Alexandrite)

20th Anniversary: Emerald (Alternate: Yellow or Golden Diamond)

25th Anniversary: Silver Jubilee (Alternates: Tsavorite, Green Garnet)

30th Anniversary: Pearl Jubilee

35th Anniversary: Emerald

40th Anniversary: Ruby

45th Anniversary: Sapphire (Alternate: Cat's Eye)

50th Anniversary: Golden Jubilee (Alternate: Imperial or Golden Topaz)

55th Anniversary: Alexandrite

60th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee (Alternate: Star Ruby)

65th Anniversary: Blue Spinel

70th Anniversary: Sapphire Jubilee (Alternate: Smoky Quartz)

75th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee

80th Anniversary: Ruby Jubilee

If his gift giving style is more modern, and he is not into following the traditional trends, here is a shortened list of modern inspirations for you both:

1st Anniversary: Solitaire pendants, stud earrings, and gold, rose gold or silver bracelet --- By selecting a classic design, it is sure to go with everything. Timeless pieces never go out of style and will last forever, just like your love for one another.

5th Anniversary: Colorful gemstones --- You cannot go wrong with a few colorful eternity rings that make a beautiful stackable collection. Or, if you are feeling creative, try selecting a uniquely designed cocktail ring with a nice big colorful gemstone accented with diamonds.

10th Anniversary: Birthstones --- By this anniversary you have probably started a family, and that is why birthstone charms are perfect options. Hopefully he has already given you a charm bracelet, so by your tenth anniversary, and going forward, you are adding different charms to your bracelet. Each charm can represent your spouse’s birth month, children’s birth months or other special family members’ birth months. It is a gift that tells a story and represents your family.

If all else fails, stick to diamonds. You really cannot go wrong with diamond jewelry as an anniversary gift. If earth diamonds are out of your price range, ask about moissanite diamonds. They shine just as bright, and have a much different price associated with them. If desired, they can be exchanged with real diamonds in the future. Just ask about our trade-in program.

He can always rely on us, W. P. Shelton Jewelers, to give him inspiration and ideas. Especially if you made a wish list inside our store! Hint, hint…!