Christopher Slowinksi, founder of Christopher Designs recently sat down for an interview with CNNMoney’s Alison Kosik. The segment shines a spotlight on the designer’s latest L’Amour Crisscut collection in which the diamonds look 40 to 50 percent larger than comparable emerald cut stones. In the video, Mr. Slowinksi reveals how his signature Crisscut came about through a set of mishaps in his headquarters located in New York’s Diamond District. “I created something special right now, because it’s a bigger look for less money”, says the designer. Using a $1 million 10 carat diamond ring as an example, he explains how the look of a L’Amour stone is achieved by creating a larger and more brilliant surface area.
Firenze Jewels is an authorized Christopher Designs retailer. To learn more about Christopher Designs or the L’Amour Crisscut collection, please contact one of our diamond jewelry specialists.
We are so honored to win both TheKnot Best of Weddings and WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards 2016 in New York, NY! This is the second consecutive year Firenze Jewels has been selected by TheKnot and the third year we have been named as winner of a prestigious WeddingWire award.
In 2016, only 2% of the 250,000 local wedding professionals listed on TheKnot.com have received the distinguished Best of Weddings accolade. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews from real couples across the various vendor categories—jewelers, venues, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding planning professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider order to inspire, plan and pull off their own unique wedding.
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of more than 400,000 wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding jewelers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.
We want to give big thank you to all of our clients who wrote such wonderful reviews!
Fall is upon us, and this means engagement season is close behind. For those venturing into the world of diamonds for the first time, many will find buying one can often be an intimidating process. The initial step usually entails familiarizing yourself with The Four C’s (Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight) and how these characteristics are used to determine a diamond’s worth. Once you’re well versed on the fundamentals, the question then becomes: “How do I find the best value within my budget?”. To answer that, we’ve put together the following infographic below providing a refresher on the Four C’s as well as tips to finding the “sweet spot” in each category in order to save a considerable amount without sacrificing on a stone’s visible quality.
Below are a few key takeaways:
More expensive diamonds have little to no color. A diamond’s color is graded using a system of letters. A higher letter means that the diamond has less color. D – F diamonds are considered colorless or near perfect. While diamonds in the G – J category are those that are near colorless. If you’re on a budget, find a diamond that sticks to the G – J category. The difference is often negligible and you’ll end up saving a small fortune.
Most diamonds come with natural blemishes, inclusions, or a general cloudiness. Clarity refers to the lack of these inclusions. The higher the clarity, the fewer the marks. Clarity grade ranges from FL, a perfect diamond, to I3, obvious, visible inclusions . If you go for something between VS2 and SI2, you’ll save quite a bit of money without a noticeable difference to the naked eye.
The cut of a diamond refers to its proportions and finish, both of which are used to capture and reflect light. It’s difficult to budge on a diamond’s cut. Lower cut diamonds will drastically decrease the visible quality. You’re better off spending more money on a higher cut diamond and saving as much as possible on the other C’s.
The weight and size of a diamond is measured in carats. However, it’s important to note that prices increase significantly at every whole carat. For diamonds under 2.00ct, they also increase greatly at every .50 carat. As an example of how one can save, shoot for a diamond that’s just less than 1 carat, such as .9 carat or .85 carat. You’ll be able to trim the total price without a visible difference.
On a side note, the shape of a diamond can also help you get the most out of your money. Fancy shaped diamonds or those with geometrical shapes will make your diamond look larger than round diamonds. Additionally, if you invest in a ring setting with a halo, your diamond will look larger and more brilliant.
With wedding season in full swing, new bridal jewelry trends have emerged shaping purchasing decisions. Based off customer feedback and inquiries we’ve put together a list of five top trends for wedding and engagement rings in 2015:
FANCY SHAPED DIAMONDS
Fancy shaped center diamonds such as cushion and asscher have taken the limelight. Many subsequent bridal jewelry trends for 2015 revolve around these new favorites.
CLASSIC ENGAGEMENT RING SETTINGS
Fancy cut centers are often being paired with classic style settings featuring modern clean lines. The halo setting continues to be a top engagement ring style, particularly among budget-conscious couples looking to maximize a diamond’s brilliance.
ETERNITY WEDDING RINGS
Fancy shapes have made their way into wedding rings as well. Eternity rings remain a top style with fancy shaped diamonds going all the way around matching or complimenting their engagement ring’s center stone. The growing stackable ring trend has also influenced wedding ring selections as couples consider how a wedding band fits with an existing piece.
Antique style rings continue to be favorite choice. There is still a great appreciation for pieces featuring elaborate milgrain detailing. Intricate etching and designs have also extended into men’s wedding bands as well.
WHITE AND ROSE
Platinum and white gold remain the top metals of choice, but combining white metal with a hint of rose gold has also been a growing trend this year.
Lastly, here are a few tips for creating the perfect bridal ring set: For a seamless feel, we recommend looking for a wedding band with similar contours as the engagement ring. Also be sure to choose the same metal type. It’s ok to get creative, but just note that a wedding band typically should not overpower an engagement ring.
Which is your favorite bridal jewelry trend for 2015?
Hollywood’s leading ladies brought out their biggest and brightest jewels for the 87th Academy Awards. Bold gemstone earrings and statement diamond necklaces commanded the most attention on the red carpet. See our picks for Best Jewelry at the 2015 Oscars:
Focus star Margot Robbie opted for plunging black Saint Laurent gown with sheer sleeves and sported a sleek new long bob. The actress paired the gown with The Zip Antique Colombine necklace inspired by the Duchess of Windsor in the 1930s. The nekclace contained 150 diamonds and 300 sapphires set in 18k yellow gold and featured a fully functional zipper.
Academy Award Presenter Naomi Watts radiated in a shimmering black and silver Armani Privé dress. Watts, who was part of the all-star cast in Oscar winning film Birdman, accessorized with a striking pair of art deco inspired dangle earrings featuring over 50 carats of sapphires surrounded by round brilliant cut white diamonds 55.90ctw in white gold.
One of the most talked about looks of the evening, Lupita Nyong’o glistened in a custom ivory Calvin Klein gown embelished with an astonishing 6,000 white pearls. The gown reportedly took hundreds of thousands of hours to create and many fittings. Nyong’o completed her look with a pair of teardrop diamond earrings.
Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore wore a custom beaded white Chanel gown featuring 80,000 small white hand painted resin sequins. Moore’s sleek updo revealed a set of pear-shaped diamond cluster earrings 14.38ctw set in platinum.
Oscar Winning Actress & Presenter Gwenyth Paltrow donned a pale pink custom Ralph & Russo dress with a large rose motiff on her left shoulder. Although the dress received much criticism, she scored big with jewelry. G.P.’s straight slick back hair revealed bold pair of ‘Fire Phoenix’ earrings consisting of two pear-shaped cabochon rubellites weighing 101 carats surrounded by an array of white and yellow diamonds, blue, pink and purple sapphires, spinels and paraiba tourmalines in white gold. The star also wore a ring featuring a rare 6.27ctw pigeon-blood Burmese Ruby with white and pink diamonds set in white and rose gold.
Nicole Kidman accented her shimmering Louis Vuitton dress with over $7 million worth of diamonds. The baubles included a pair of emerald cut diamond studs 7.11ctw set in platinum, a diamond and platinum bracelet 82.14ctw, an emerald cut diamond and platinum ring 16.5ctw, and a 5.36ctw diamond and platinum band.
Best Actress in a Leading Role nominee Reese Witherspoon accessorized a black and white Tom Ford dress with a pair of floral inspired diamond and platinum cluster earrings, three diamond and platinum rings and a diamond and platinum six row bracelet.
Anna Kendrick accessorized with marquis and pear-shaped diamond cluster earrings and a diamond five row necklace perfectly tucked into the collar of her custom peach Thakoon dress.
50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson paired a bright red Saint Laurent gown with over 100 carats of diamonds worth $2 million. The stunning gems included a pair of 10 carat diamond stud earrings, a 13.56ctw radiant cut diamond ring and a Forevermark by Natalie K The Center of My Universe™ 11.32 ctw three row bracelet stacked with two other diamond bracelets from the Forevermark line.
Jennifer Hudson arrived in a strapless yellow Romona Keveza column dress accented with a bold pair of diamond and emerald earrings.
Introducing our Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift Guide. The gift of fine jewelry is a timeless expression of love. Finding the right piece however, can sometimes prove to be daunting. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a scintillating collection of jewelry pieces that are a surefire way to win her heart on the 14th.
Click on the images below to shop the collections, or explore the full gift guide in the link above.
Wear one alone, layered or paired with a favorite pendant. Diamonds by the yard necklaces are an everyday jewelry piece that will certainly delight.
Diamond hoop earrings have an effortless way of adding a dash of stylish flair any woman can appreciate.
Tell your love story through a unique collection of stackable rings. Compliment a wedding ring or mix and match creating a style your very own.
Desired for its soft, warm hue, and excellent price point, rose gold jewelry makes an exquisite addition to any jewelry collection.
The Ivy Love Collection by Charles Krypell features a selection of beautifully handcrafted pieces with a discreet yet powerful message expressing your love.