Designer Jewelry

Royal Wedding Jewelry: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Congratulations to the newly wed Royal Couple! The Royal Wedding ceremony was held 6 a.m. EST this morning at Westminister Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows after nearly a decade of courtship. With all the anticipation over her nuptial attire, the now ennobled Duchess of Cambridge looked dazzling by all accounts. Kate managed to harmoniously balance royal tradition with her own sense of modern style. Here’s an overview of her elegant ensemble including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue:

Something Old – Kate’s spectacular ivory white Alexander McQueen gown was designed by creative director Sarah Burton. Middleton worked closely with Burton in formulating the design of her dress which combines traditional fabrics and lacework with modern structure into the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. The Carrickmacross needlework in the beautiful lace sleeves and accents is a technique that dates back to the 1800s.

Something New – The royal bride’s custom made diamond earrings were a personal gift to her from her parents for her wedding day. The platinum earrings feature a pear-shaped diamond set drop oak leaf design and pave set acorn motif suspended in the center inspired by the new Middleton family coat of arms. The earrings were beautifully set off by her hair; a natural “demi-chignon” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London.

Something Borrowed – Loaned to Middleton by Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s delicate diamond halo tiara held together her veil and perfectly topped off her gown. The tiara was crafted in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York for his wife(Elizabeth’s mother). Then Princess Elizabeth received the gift for her 18th birthday.

Something Blue – Perhaps the most famous piece bridal jewelry of all is Middleton’s diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring. Honoring his late mother Princess Diana, Prince William gave the exquisite ring to Middleton when he proposed in November 2010. The 18 carat ring features an oval shaped blue sapphire center worth approximately $300,000. Sapphires are actually rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower.

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Oscars 2011 Jewelry Winners

Bold reds, delicious plums and glittering green gems lit up the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Colorful diamond earrings paired together with scintillating right hand diamond rings was a popular jewelry combination. Fabulous Art Deco style vintage jewelry along with stacked diamond platinum bangle bracelets was also a consistent theme we saw throughout the evening. Here’s our list of jewelry winners for the 2011 Oscars:

Anne Hathaway, who hosted the event, accented her vintage Valentino Haute Couture taffeta gown with a pair of 10 carat diamond earrings, a 5 carat antique style cushion cut diamond ring, and a 94 carat diamond necklace worth $10 million.

Get the look: Diamond Antique Style 18k White Gold Ring

Scarlett Johanson accessorized her lacy Dolce & Gabbana gown with a dragon-motif ring adorned with diamonds, emeralds, and cabochon rubies. Her choppy tousled waves revealed a stunning set of ruby stud earrings.

Get the look: Diamond and Ruby 18k White Gold Cluster Earrings

Best Supporting Actress nominee Amy Adams glittered in a L’Wren Scott cap-sleeved gown paired with $1,350,000 of diamond jewelry. The intriguing pieces included a platinum and diamond “secret watch” bracelet with a 30.75-carat carved emerald, worth $1.025 million, a vintage style platinum and diamond necklace with a 33.24-carat carved emerald, worth $290,000 and a pair of 2 carat diamond and platinum earrings, worth $35,000.

Get the look: Diamond and Emerald 18k White Gold Necklace

Now an Oscar winning actress, Natalie Portman complimented her off-the-shoulder violet Rodarte with a set of bold raspberry rubellite tassel earrings containing rose-cut diamonds. She finished the look with a pair of Jimmy Choo heels, a Roger Vivier clutch, and a bold diamond ring.

Get the look: Diamond and Amethyst 18k White Gold Ring

Portman’s Black Swan co-star Mila Kunis accessorized her plunging lavender lace Elie Saab Haute Couture gown with a brilliant set of diamond and platinum ribbon earrings, diamond and platinum diamond right hand ring and 2 stacked diamond and platinum bracelets.

Get the look: Simon G Antique Style 18k White Gold Bracelet

America’s sweetheart and last year’s Best Actress Oscar winner Sandra Bullock looked remarkable. She paired a scarlet red Vera Wang gown with a set of fine understated diamond studs and two diamond bangles.

Get the look: 4.23 Carat Diamond 18k White Gold Stud Earrings

Halle Berry added extra sparkle to her nude crystal-encrusted Marchesa gown with a pair of 20 carat diamond and platinum dangle earrings worth $720,000 and fancy color 12 carat diamond and platinum right hand ring, worth $450,000.

Get the look: Diamond and 18k White Gold Dangle Earrings

Oscar presenter Reese Witherspoon looked marvelous in a black and white Giorgio Armani Privé ensamble. She accessorized with a bold set of emerald and diamond earrings similar to Angelina Jolie circa Oscars 2009. The Legally Blonde actress completed her chic 60’s look with a diamond and emerald ring and 2 stacked diamond and platinum bracelets.

Get the look: Diamond and Emerald 18k White Gold Dangle Earrings

Gwyneth Paltrow’s interesting jewelry accessories included a floral inspired set of diamond earrings and diamond matching brooch containing a dazzling array of colored stones against yellow gold. These pieces paired well with her metallic gown from the Calvin Klein collection.

Get the look: Diamond and 18k White Gold Floral Brooch Pin

“I said I want to sleep with it! I never wanted to take it off!” said Jennifer Hudson of her striking Atelier Versace halter gown. Hudson dazzled yesterday evening in over 165 carats and $1 million worth of jewels. The pieces included two wide diamond and platinum bracelets, a diamond and platinum leaf bracelet, a fancy color diamond right hand ring and a stunning pair of diamond long basket earrings.

Get the look: Diamond and 18k White Gold Dangle Drop Earrings

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Simon G Jewelry Spring 2011 Pieces Featured on Elle

Simon G Jewelry was featured in an Elle Shops on Demand video on a segment of the hottest spring pieces for 2011. Elle Style Correspondent Jennifer Duran gives an exclusive look at some of the renowned designer’s latest pieces. Chic, artistic, clean and unexpected are just a few of the words used to describe Simon G’s newest jewelry designs. The collection kicks off with a unique multifunctional diamond piece that can be worn as both a brooch and a necklace! The various shapes in this minimalist design perfectly compliments any complexion, hair color or other jewelry you might wear.

Other highlights include ‘The Key to Her Heart'(product #3361) white and pink diamond antique style ring. This classic Simon G look features a pink against white color combination that never goes out of style. The ‘Express Your Love Ring'(product #4186) features a fluid array of princess cut white diamonds and round cut yellow diamonds that is sure to add the right touch of flair to any ensemble. Share your thoughts on these pieces with us!

To order a piece in this collection or to schedule a private viewing, please contact a Firenze Jewels jewelry specialist. We are an authorized Simon G Jewelry retailer.

Simon G Releases Sneak Peak Into New Animal Pendant Collection

Attesting to a growing 2011 jewelry trend of wild animal designs, renowned fine jewelry designer Simon G released a sneak peak into their new collection. The Animal Collection will feature six sumptuous fine animal pendants encrusted in diamonds and rare shades of sapphires. Four of the pendant designs consist of compelling sea creatures such as a pair of dolphins, a fish, a penguin and starfish. The remaining two pendant designs include some of our fine feathered friends such as a parrot and swan.

We love them all, but my eye personally gravitates towards the swan the most. Which is your favorite animal pendant?

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Charles Krypell I Love You 7 Days a Week Bracelet

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Introducing a stunning sterling silver lady’s bangle by renowned New York jewelry designer Charles Krypell. This bangle is actually seven fine bracelets in one linked together by a clasp with an ‘I Love You 7 Days a Week’ inscription. The bracelets alternate in design from plain, high polished silver to a more intricate look. Made to accommodate different wrist sizes, this piece features a powerful and unique design that makes it the ideal Valentine’s Day gift.

Availability is limited, order your Charles Krypell I Love You 7 Days a Week Bangle Bracelet today.

2011 Golden Globes Jewelry Winners

Leading ladies in Hollywood gleamed yesterday at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. Understated elegance was the jewelry theme of the evening. Diamond and platinum web-like mesh necklace designs seemed to be all the rage, particularly among some of the younger starlets. Here’s our list of 2011 Golden Globe Jewelry winners below:

29-year-old Black Swan actress Natalie Portman radiated throughout the evening while showing off her baby bump. She accessorized her pale pink Viktor & Rolf gown with a gorgeous diamond and platinum mesh necklace.

Eva Longoria added shimmer to her flowing black Zac Posen gown with 2 diamond and platinum brooch pins.

Glee star Diana Agron sparkled in a diamond and platinum mesh necklace.

British actress Helen Mirren looked sensational. She paired her Spring 2011 lemon Badgley Mischka strapless gown with a 55 carat diamond and platinum drop necklace worth $1.75 million.

20-year old Modern Family star Sarah Hyland accented her vintage champagne Max Azria gown with a stunning 50 carat diamond and pearl mesh necklace worth $600,000.

Jennifer Lopez looked simply angelic draped in a Zuhair Murad floor length-gown. Her sleek pony tail revealed a set of glittering floral motiff diamond earrings worth $3 million.

Halley Berry broke the mold with 5 diamond and platinum bangle cuffs and a pair of 3 carat diamond studs. While looking gorgeous as ever, her choice of wardrobe was rather questionable.

Jessalyn Gilsig paired her eggplant jacquard David Meister gown with teardrop earrings adorned with diamonds and pink, yellow and blue sapphires. Her 282 carat pink sapphire bangle bracelet set in white and rose gold helped complete an unforgettable look.

20-year old Modern Family star Sarah Hyland accented her vintage champagne toned Max Azria gown with a stunning 50 carat diamond

and pearl necklace worth $600,000.

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Simon G Jewelry Featured on The Ellen Show

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Renowned jewelry designer to the stars, Simon G was asked by producers of The Ellen Show to design a ring for their 12 Days of Giveaways (Day 4) holiday special. The gorgeous diamond ring seen in the image above, features 14k white gold encrusted in black and white round brilliant cut diamonds in a signature Simon G striped design. It is valued at approximately $760 and is a limited design available exclusively to Ellen Degeneres’s audience members only.

Firenze Jewels, Inc. is an authorized Simon G Retailer. If you were an audience member who attended The Ellen Show’s 12 Days of Giveaways holiday special and would like to redeem your gift certificate, please contact a Firenze Jewels jewelry specialist.

Video: Simon G Jewelry Behind the Scenes

In this behind the scenes video tour, fine jewelry designer Simon G describes how their heirloom quality pieces are created and the lengthy process in which they go through before reaching the hands of a customer. Starting off with just a rough sketch whether it is a ring, earring, bracelet or pendant, the idea is then followed by dozens of other sketches until a final design is approved. Bringing the sketch into a 3D format, a Computer Aided Design (CAD) model is used to examine every aspect of the design. During this phase is where countless hours are spent reviewing every detail ranging from the stones to the settings until a final consensus is reached.

As the piece transitions from an idea to reality, Simon G maintains 10 quality control stations, one after each phase of manufacturing. In order to achieve their signature look, they alloy their own metals, working in platinum and palladium or platinum and iridium for enhanced durability. When working with white gold, a piece is alloyed with palladium to enhance the longevity of the color and minimize the allergy to white gold. They find these methods are also ideal for intricate bead-work, filigree and engraving.

Once the ring is cast, and the diamonds are chosen, one of the most difficult parts of the job involves uniting the two together. All diamonds no matter how big or small are hand set under a microscope by a master jeweler. This ensures quality, security as well as that even the smallest of micro-pave diamonds brilliantly reflect the most amount of light. Simon G maintains a host of specialists within their specialists. Some diamond setters work on channel-settings only, others on pave-settings and others focus on the prongs.

After the piece is complete, it makes its way through quality control and polished by hand once again. It is then laser engraved with a unique serial number and a Simon G. signature. “I’m extremely picky” says Simon G. Before the pieces are finally shipped out, they are examined under a 15X microscope at an additional 2 quality control stations. While the process may seem lengthy and tedious, this all ensures the highest quality hand-crafted piece is delivered with its own unique look and feel.