Ready for March Madness: all the colors for your spring weddings

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Hello spring, hello colors! This month marks not only the beginning of daylight saving time but also the warm arrival of Spring: the flowers start blossoming, the heavy sweaters are gone and the wedding ceremonies are just around the corner.

 The season of spring is increasingly popular for weddings due to its lovely fresh weather which makes it perfect for exterior parties as well as its diversity in color. Whether it’s the bouquet, the bride’s jewelry, the center pieces or the bridesmaids dresses, this time of year brings out the color in everything and all bridal.

Spring colors lean towards warm earthy tones ranging from a pastel tone to a much brighter eye-catching one: green, orange, purple and gold are always the favorite choices.

Stones that match perfectly with these colors for your spring outfit are the greens Apatite, Aquamarine and Peridot. For a splash of purple, the Amethyst is the best way to go, and if you’re looking for warmth, count on the orange Agate and Carnelian.

It’s best to get these stones in gold jewelry pieces, as for the color contrast will match beautifully and add more glow to the outfit. If you’d prefer to wear simply gold, another suggestion would be to look into pieces made with Rutilated Quartz, which is a clear stone with golden-looking strands.

Use these tips to match your spring colors and stones and get ready to be the most beautiful bride, bridesmaid and guest of any spring weddings and ceremonies to come.

The Month of the Sapphire

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The gemstone of the month of September is the Sapphire, and what an excellent choice so fit for this time of the year.

The month of September is a time of fluctuation, when the summer weather starts to cool down and slowly lead the path for fall to come in. Its a month of changes and as change is unexpected, so are Sapphires. Unlike Diamonds, which are readily available in shape, size and color; sourcing the right Sapphire stone for a project can be an intricate challenge as they are each one of a kind.

The beauty of the sapphire lies in the variety of the gem; the colors are all unique from stone to stone, as well as the shapes. Its a diversity of tones than range from the characteristic blue, a lovely match for platinum, to a warm orange that will pair amazingly with rose gold.

During this month, I suggest you to check out all of the hues and varieties of Sapphire and find your favorite kind. At least thatll get you one step closer in the search of your perfect sapphire stone.

Published in: on September 8, 2014 at 12:44 am  Leave a Comment  

What is a Diamond? Part Two

Multi-Diamond Ring set in 22k yellow gold

Diamond Clarity

Each diamond in a jewelry store is a majestic piece of art. Once it was buried deep within the earth, and now this beautiful diamond graces your neck, brings out the color of your eyes, or sparkles from your finger.  Like everything else in nature, diamonds naturally contain small blemishes and inclusions that sometimes can be seen only through a magnifying glass.  Clarity refers to the number and size of the diamond’s “imperfections.”

Inclusions are a diamond’s internal “imperfections” or flaws – tiny cracks or the presence of other natural minerals within the diamond. Blemishes refers to the “imperfections” which are found on the surface of a diamond such as scratches or microscopic chips. Both inclusions and blemishes affect the value of the diamond, meaning that the fewer flaws a diamond has the more valuable it is.

Diamond Clarity Chart Demystified

FL: A flawless diamond without any imperfections

IF: Internally Flawless with few external imperfections

VVS 1 / VVS 2: Very Very Small Inclusions

VS 1 / VS 2: Very Small Inclusions

SI 1/ Si 2: Small Inclusions

I 1/ I 2/ I 3: Inclusions can be visible with the naked eye

Diamond Cut

In 1375 AD jewelers first began the practice of faceting and cutting diamonds from their raw, unpolished natural form.  They had discovered that a diamond’s greatest property is its ability to reflect light, and this new process of cutting a diamond allowed it to shine brighter than any other gemstone.  How well a diamond reflects light depends on its cut; the better the cut, the more the diamond reflects the light.  The round brilliant cut is perhaps the most popular, designed to maximize the brilliance of the diamond to its full potential.

Diamond Carat

Carat refers to the unit of measurement of weight for a diamond. Simply put, there are more smaller diamonds than larger ones, thus the more the diamond weighs the more rare it is.  The largest white diamond in the world is known as the Great Star of Africa and it weighs exactly 530.4 carats!

Jewish Wedding Traditions | Engagement Rings

 “I Am My Beloved’s and My Beloved ls Mine,” “Ani L’dodi Vedodi Li” אני לדודי ודודי לי

 The concept of engraving Hebrew Rings with quotes from Jewish texts comes to us from ancient times. Today it is very common for couples to inscribe their wedding bands with a text that is reflective of the time we live in, for couples often choose phrases that celebrate their partnership and equality. One such quote comes from King Solomon’s “Song of Songs” or “Shir Ha Shirim” and it spells, “I Am My Beloved’s and My Beloved ls Mine” or in the Hebrew “Ani L’dodi Vedodi Li.”

men's wedding band

14K yellow gold wedding band with inscription “Ani Ledodi”

A traditional Jewish Wedding starts with Kabbalat Panim or the “receiving of the guests.” Before the couple officially begin their wedding ceremony they meet with their guests, often in separate rooms. The purpose of this custom is to exchange words of wisdom or simply to spent quality time with the people who are most special to them.

Kabbalat Panim is followed by the signing of the Ketubach – a Jewish marriage contract. For many this particular event officially signifies the beginning of the marriage ceremony.

After the signing of the contract it is time for Bedecken or the “veiling of the bride.” While there are many interpretations as to the meaning of the bride’s veil, one explanation is that it represents every force which separates the couple from each other.  The veil is lifted in order to symbolize the couple’s unity and to suggest that all the circumstances keeping them apart have been removed.

The main part of the Jewish wedding ceremony begins with Hakafor or circling.  For most cultures a circle is symbolic of protection, sacred space, life and creation. In the Jewish tradition a circle is a significant part of the wedding ceremony;  during Hakofar the bride circles the groom seven times. Today a man and a woman may circle together or each might circle the other. In any case, Hakofar is a lovely part of the wedding ceremony for its beauty and the meaning represented through it.

Non-conflict Brilliant cut white diamond set in handcrafted 14K white gold setting

14K Yellow Gold with Brilliant White Diamond

Next comes Kiddush – the blessing over wine – which is followed by the ring exchange ceremony.  Historically, the groom places the wedding ring on the bride’s right index finger. In Judaism it is believed that the index finger on the right hand is closer to the heart, although in contemporary tradition many often choose to place the rings on each others left ring finger.

Wedding band inscribed with "Ahava" or  Love

Wedding band inscribed with “Ahava” or Love

The ceremony is far from being over for Ketubah or the jewish marrriage contract, Sheva B’rachot (the seven blessings), and lastly the breaking of glass must be recognized. Lastly completing the Jewish wedding ceremony is Yichud which gives the bride and the groom an opportunity to spent a few moments away from family and guests to reflect on the special event that took place.

sterling silver wedding band

Wedding ring inscribed with the Hebrew “Besheret” or soulmate

Express the special connection between you and your loved one with personalized wedding and engagement rings handcrafted exclusively for you by Liza Shtromberg!  At Jewelry by Liza Shtromberg, we excited to offer you our Hebrew Bridal Collection where you can find wedding and engagement rings inspired by Israel and handcrafted with an imprint of the Western Wall.  You can even include a personal quote as an inscription on your ring as a sweet romantic gesture to your loved one.

Mazel Tov!

Pearls: The Wedding Gem

Pearl Necklace

Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Shimmering luminously with a soft inner glow, a strand of iridescent white pearls or even a single pearl can be the perfect piece for any bride on her wedding day.  This most precious and revered gem has long been regarded in every culture as one of the rarest, most valued and symbolic of all gemstones.  And no wonder!  The pearl is unique among all gems due to its organic nature, being the only gemstone which is created inside a living creature, a mollusk.  Therefore, it should be no surprise that the pearl, praised throughout the ages by the great poets of every culture for its unparalleled beauty, cool luster, and exquisite shape, has been the gem of choice for generations of brides on their wedding day.

Pearl Necklace

Grey Freshwater Pearls with Sterling Silver Paisley Clasp

“And Krishna brought forth pearls from the depths of the sea

to give to his daughter on her wedding day.”

-The Rig Veda, Ancient Hindu Book, c. 1000 BC

Among the many cultures which celebrate the tradition of wearing pearls as wedding jewelry, the Hindu culture traces its pearl lore back to its holy book, the Rig Veda.  This ancient text chronicles the discovery of the first pearl, describing how the god Krishna descended into the sea, unearthed the pearls, and joyfully presented them to his daughter on her wedding day.  What a magnificent and queenly gift!  A perfect illustration of the pearl’s peerless value and unmatched beauty.  Perhaps the first record of pearls and weddings, this Hindu text marks the beginning of the age-old belief that pearls are jewelry befitting a bride.

Gold Filled Freshwater Pearls and Cubic Zirconia Chandelier Earrings

 Not just India but many cultures all over the world from Greece to Rome to Polynesia possess a rich history of associating pearls with purity and love.  In Polynesian pearl lore there is a legend that when the god of peace and fertility wanted to show his affection to the Princess Boro Boro he offered her a single perfect pearl as a token of his love.  Pearls were considered in much the same way by the Romans who believed that pearls were symbols of love, which would help ensure marital bliss.  To the Greeks, pearls were considered the “wedding gem,” a stone unmatched in beauty.  What a perfect and meaningful gem to grace your neck on one of the happiest days of your life!  

For today’s bride there is a much more diverse selection of pearl bridal jewelry with pearls available in a variety of shapes and colors including white, champagne, pink, blue, brown, and gold.  Such a large variety of pearls allows each bride to take this traditional gem and personalize it. Pearl bridesmaid jewelry can also make a lovely and memorable gift for your bridesmaids or even the mother of the bride.  On your wedding day, feature elegant, lustrous pearls at your neck, encircling your wrists, or even dangling from your ears for an unforgettably timeless look evoking ancient traditions of love as you walk towards your future.