Jewelry at WP Shelton Jewelers
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! 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!
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.
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
Rolex pre-owned and Bertucci watches
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!
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!!~
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.
Come by our store to start shopping for your jewelry essentials!
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…!
We have all heard the slogan "A Diamond is Forever.” But where did this phrase come from, what exactly does it mean and how long has it been around?
In the 21st century we are starting to experience new social attitudes with diamonds. The Diamond Producers Association took note of the decline in diamond sales with millennials, and started a new campaign titled "Real is Rare” in 2016.
Let us go back to when it all began, after World War II and the Great Depression. According to a New York Times article, back in 1947, Frances Gerety, a copywriter for the marketing agency N.W. Ayer, was tasked to produce a slogan for De Beers’ advertising campaign. Her goal was to boost the sales of diamonds which had fallen during the Great Depression.
Exhausted after a long day of finishing a series of ads, Gerety remembered she had to create a signature line. She quickly prayed "Dear God, send me a line.” And so that evening, she scribbled a sentence.
The next morning she woke up and read again what she had written, "A Diamond is Forever.” Thinking to herself how it was "just O.K.,” she went on to the agency’s meeting that day and according to her, "Nobody jumped.” Filled in a room with mostly men, they thought the word "Forever” was grammatically questionable.
Though it was unclear why the slogan was chosen, it was a decision that paved the way for the next 70 years of increased diamond sales for De Beers.
The slogan changed social attitudes forever. It created an association between their product and a psychology desiring an eternal romantic love and companionship. Gerety used it as the foundation of all their future advertisement. Grabbing the attention of men returning from war, a diamond ring was the perfect symbol of a new life and something to last a lifetime. It also discouraged something that would have potentially hurt the De Beers diamond market---reselling your diamond and exposing a lower cost of the stones themselves.
In the 1980s N.W. Ayer’s campaign went on to reset the norm for how much men should spend on these rings---two months’ salary. The ad said "Isn’t two months’ salary a small price to pay for something that lasts forever?” Yet again, changing the social attitude with one simple word, "Forever.”
In 1999, Advertising Age proclaimed Gerety’s slogan "The Slogan of the Century.”
Now-a-days, advertising agencies, companies, and associations like the Diamond Producers Association, focus on new concepts and audiences. For example, the "Real is Rare” campaign, developed in 2016, created a new emotional feeling: diamonds and your soulmate should be "Real.” The commercials are geared towards millennial couples and their "Wild” adventures together. Long are the days that diamonds mean marriage in this campaign. The slogan is recreating an old social norm with its emerging attitude that "Real” diamonds are the truest symbols of a deep emotional commitment between two young people. Forbes interviewed Chief Marketing Officer, Deborah Marquardt on the marketing goals for "Real is Rare.” ‘She stated that the goal is "to open the lens on how we view commitment, love and connection,” reflecting the target demographics’ more open-minded views about relationships.’
In conclusion, the slogan "A Diamond is Forever” has lasted for over a half century. But will it remain "Forever,” or will new phrases like "Real is Rare” take off with the many millennials of our time? Does a diamond represent marriage? Or does it represent the realness of the relationship? ...Is Forever Still Real?
So it is time to start looking at engagement rings, but where do you begin? W. P. Shelton Jewelers’ guide provides six easy steps that will lead you in the right direction for choosing YOUR perfect engagement and wedding rings.
1. Explore styles.
There are numerous style quizzes online that you can use to define your ring style. Take a couple of those quizzes to see what they say about your personality, and your style likes or dislikes. We cannot forget about the abundant Pinterest pictures. Who can resist creating a Pinterest page with those beautiful shiny rings? Once you create a page (or two), you will start to notice either a single theme, or a couple of themes developing. After saving your favorites, the next best thing to do is categorize the style details you love. This will help when you make your first visit to the jewelry store. We suggest specifying the categories and details below:
- Metal color: platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold
- Stone shape: princess, round, square, emerald, heart, etc.
- Ring setting: solitaire, halo, three diamonds, etc.
- Overall style: vintage, traditional, elegant, elaborate, simple, ornate, etc.
If you plan to dress your ring up with a ring guard, be sure to choose a style that allows versatility to go from an everyday look, to a more formal one.
2. Educate yourself on the four C’s.
What are the four C’s? Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat. There is a lot more that meets the eye when it comes to picking a stone. Do not get overwhelmed when you first start "looking” into the diamond. The four C’s directly affect pricing for the ring as a whole. This is the time to decide if you are leaning more towards weight vs. clarity, cut vs. weight, and so on. Meeting with your jeweler in person will clarify a lot more about the four C’s.
3. Choose your wedding band.
It is easy to forget about the wedding band when you are so focused on your future diamond ring. There are several ways to approach the wedding band style. First, ask yourself if you ever plan to wear the wedding band by itself. This will sway you in one direction over the other when it comes to the straight and curved bands. Next, determine if you like the flush look. Trying on samples at the store will help you decide. Lastly, engagement rings usually come with a specific wedding band style to compliment the ring. However, you can choose to mix and match styles. Remember, style is 100% up to you!
4. Set a budget.
Prepare ahead of time, with your special someone, what the total budget will be (including the wedding band). There are several stereotypical suggestions out there on how much should and should not be spent. However, by determining a monthly budget or an amount to save, you will know exactly what you are comfortable spending. Do not be afraid to share your budget with your jeweler. They will keep it confidential as they discuss financial options and guide you on this special purchase.
5. Pick a designer.
If you have the niche for design or know exactly what you are envisioning, creating your own engagement ring may be the best option. Or, maybe your heart has melted looking at the ring of your dreams online and in stores. Either way, you have plenty of options with W. P. Shelton Jewelers. They can hand design your dream ring, or order from your favorite designer.
6. Visit the jewelry store online or in person.
Making a visit to your jewelry store can come before or after the steps listed above. The experts at W. P. Shelton Jewelers will assist you with anything you may need, educate you on the four C’s, and show you all the beautiful styles and design options.