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Pantone Color Trends: Spring 2017

Pantone is the global authority on color and the leader in predicting color trends. Their annual Fashion Color Report is the essential color guide for fashion and jewelry designers alike. The forecast for 2017 highlights a renewed sense of imagination in which color will be showcased in a different context, evoking a spectrum of emotion and feeling. From warm sunny days to pristine island waters, colors inspired by the best Mother Nature has to offer are sure to dazzle this year!

The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are:

PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara
Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.


PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow
By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.


PANTONE 19-4045 Lapis Blue
Conveying even more energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.

 


PANTONE 17-1462 Flame
A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.


PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise
Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.


PANTONE 13-1404 Pale Dogwood
Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.

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PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery
Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.


PANTONE 17-2034 Pink Yarrow
Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.


PANTONE 18-0107 Kale
Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.


PANTONE 14-1315 Hazelnut
Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

The Allure of Aquamarine

For centuries, this timeless gemstone has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Since this gemstone is the color of water and the sky, it is said to embody eternal life. It was long thought that Aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.

Ancient Folklore

The ancient philosopher Pliny described the stone in these words: “The lovely Aquamarine, which seems to have come from some mermaid’s treasure house, in the depths of a summer sea, has charms.”  The very name aquamarine brings to mind the clear blue tint of the sea. The name is derived from two Latin words, aqua meaning water, and marina meaning sea. In ancient times, Romans and Greeks thought the gemstone was favored by their respective Gods of the sea, Neptune and Poseidon. When encountered with any peril at sea, sailors would simply toss their aquamarine amulets into the sea to appease the Gods and ask for safe passage.

Aquamarine’s vitreous luster gives off a mesmerizing glass-like effect. In the middle ages, aquamarines were referred to as ‘magic mirrors’ capable of predicting the future. It was considered an oracle stone and used to make crystal balls for fortune telling. Even kings fell under it’s spell. One of the most famous aquamarines is the Hirsch Aquamarine. This huge 109.92 carat gemstone belonged to the House of Louis XV. It was fashioned into a pendant, crafted out of 18k white gold, and decorated with 118 diamonds. Its serene, cool color is said to calm the wearer.

Legend says Neptune, the King of the Sea, gave aquamarine as gifts to the mermaids.


A Favorite Among Modern Designers

Aquamarine’s azure hue has captured the admiration of the 21st century. Since its color compliments almost every skin and eye color, it makes for the perfect gem to be used in a family heirloom treasured for generations. There is hardly any other gemstone in modern jewelry design which is refined in such a variety of ways as aquamarine. Designers take the world by surprise with ground breaking and modern artistic cuts. Whether it is fashioned as a clear, transparent gem in the classical step cut, or creatively cut in a more modern design, it is always fascinatingly beautiful.

Without a doubt, these creative designer cuts have contributed to the popularity of this gem. The lucid color of aquamarine makes it easy to see inclusions. For this reason, aquamarine should always be of the greatest possible transparency. On the other hand, particularly charming effects can sometimes be achieved in the way the gemstone is cut by bringing the inclusions into play. The light color of aquamarine leaves the gemstone designer free to bring out the brilliance of the gem with fine grooves, notches, curves and edges. In this way, each aquamarine becomes a unique specimen, whose magical attraction no one can resist.


FAMOUS AQUAMARINES

The 1,000-carat Most Precious aquamarine is in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History.

The 10,395-ct. Dom Pedro aquamarine obelisk, by gem sculptor Bernd Munsteiner, is the world’s largest cut aquamarine.

In 1935, the Brazilian government gifted a 1,847-carat aquamarine, now known as the Roosevelt aquamarine, to Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt.


Origin Story

Aquamarine’s parents are magma and rain water. Under the right conditions, when this duo mix together, an aquamarine is born. Iron is the substance which gives aquamarine its color, a color which ranges from an almost indiscernible pale blue to a strong sea blue. Many aquamarines are greenish when mined and cut, and are heated to enhance their blue color. Heat treated aquamarines become permanently blue as the process removes the unattractive hues leaving behind the gorgeous sea water color.

Most of the raw crystals for the world market come from the gemstone mines of Brazil. The origin affects the nuances of the gem’s color and size. The rare, intense blue aquamarines from the Santa Maria de Itabira mine in Brazil, which make every gemstone lover’s heart beat faster, are called ‘Santa Maria.’ Similar nuances come from a few gemstone mines in Africa, particularly Mozambique. To distinguish them from the Brazilian ones, these aquamarines have been given the name ‘Santa Maria Africana.’


AQUAMARINE SOURCES AROUND THE WORLD


Classic Characteristics

Color, clarity, cut and carat weight are some of the characteristics that determine the quality and value of the gem. The color tones of aquamarine are subtle and varied, most often exhibiting a beautiful ocean blue color, with subtle hints of green. Their soft luster is a wonderful addition to any natural colored gemstone jewelry collection. The more intense the color of an aquamarine, the more value is put on it. It is a pure, clear blue that continues to epitomize the aquamarine, because it brings out the immaculate transparency and magnificent shine of this gemstone.

Aquamarine grows in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals that on rare occasions can be more than a foot long. These crystals come in sizes from very small to very large—some even up to 100 lbs. Faceted aquamarine is often exceptionally transparent with vitreous luster, so well-cut gems really sparkle. The gem is pleochroic, which means it shows different colors in different crystal directions. Using a dichroscope, you can see aquamarine is near colorless and stronger blue in different crystal directions. Fortunately for aquamarine, the stronger blue color corresponds with the cutting orientation that retains the most weight.

In addition to traditional favorites like diamond, emerald or ruby, aquamarine is one of our most popular and best-known gemstones of the 21st century. The aquamarine is in fact related to the emerald, both belonging to the beryl family. The color of aquamarine, however, is usually more even than that of the emerald. Its azure hue is only one of many distinguishing qualities that demands admiration. Much more often than its famous green cousin, aquamarine is almost entirely free of inclusions.


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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find the perfect piece of jewelry to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

Introducing Greenery

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The start of each new year brings a renewed sense of excitement for what’s to come in the months ahead, and an anticipation for the new trends that will emerge. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 embodies that excitement with it’s lively hue.

Pantone is the global authority on color trends, and since 2000, they have declared a color of the year that highlights and expresses the mood for the upcoming year. These yearly announcements are a reflection of the world around us and provide  a sense of what’s happening in the global cultures of fashion and design.

Contrary to what you might think, the color experts at Pantone aren’t picking these colors out of thin air. Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman explains that their team spends the year taking note of the up-and-coming trends from around the world. Feeling a global resurgence in the desire to reconnect with nature, the team at Pantone selected Greenery as the Color of the Year for 2017. Greenery reminds us of the first days of Spring when the world feels fresh and new, making it the perfect color to reinvent yourself in the year to come.


Pantone’s video for the 2017 Color of the Year gracefully transitions from 2016’s Rose Quartz and Serenity to showcasing Greenery in all its vibrant glory. This clever video brings Greenery to life by demonstrating the numerous ways we incorporate color into our daily lives.


Out of this World Color

Whether it be a bold new blouse, fun pair of heels or amazing piece of jewelry, each season brings the opportunity to reinvent yourself with color. If there is one gem that sums up Greenery perfectly, it has to be Peridot. While Peridot is one of the few gemstones that exist in only one color, it’s signature hue can range from a yellow-green to olive. While traditionally formed deep within the earth and brought to the surface through volcanic activity, Peridot crystals have also been found in ancient meteorites dating 4.5 billion years old. You aren’t likely to see extraterrestrial Peridot available in jewelry however, as it is extremely rare. Today, most of these gemstones come from Arizona but are also found in China, Myanmar, and Pakistan.

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This 7.66-carat Burmese Peridot ring is simply electric when the caught in the sun. It’s no wonder ancient Egyptians associated Peridot with light, calling it the “gem of the sun.” 

Wixon Custom Peridot and Diamond Earrings

The unique shape and cut of these Burmese Peridot earrings offer a spectacular green sparkling in the light. These beautiful Wixon Custom earrings are truly one of a kind!


Take a Cue From Mother Nature

Described as “nature’s neutral,” this zesty green hue is versatile enough to complement a range of colors. Take a look at some of Pantone’s suggested pairings for how to incorporate Greenery into your wardrobe throughout the seasons. Whether your style trends towards intense citrus hues, muted earth tones, or soothing pastels, you’ll find that Peridot will be at home in your jewelry collection.

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Oscars 2016: Red Carpet Jewelry

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The stars always shine on the red carpet, and the 88th annual Academy Awards were no exception! It’s hard to choose a favorite, as this award season brought an abundance of stunning designer gowns and custom jewelry. No matter your style, you can count on Hollywood to help find inspiration for your next signature piece. Here are some tips for how to get an award winning look of your own.

Sophie Turner

Sophie was absolutely stunning in her eco-friendly gown by Galvan. The desert sage color of her gown perfectly matched her eyes and tsavorite Tiffany & Co. earrings. A modern diamond necklace and ring, also by Tiffany, completed the look. Our double strand diamond riviera necklace and cushion cut green toumaline earrings will add red carpet glamour to your next evening out.

Sophie Turner


Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett was a vision in an ethereal Armani gown and nature inspired Tiffany and Co. jewels. Try our diamond feather earrings or rose gold star fish pendant to bring out your own natural beauty.

Cate Blanchett


Tina Fey

Tina wore a purple strapless Versace gown, adorned with a bold sapphire and diamond Bulgari necklace and white gold vintage ring. Get a similar look with our custom tanzanite collar necklace and vintage Edwardian diamond ring.

Tina Fey


Brie Larson & Olivia Wilde

Brie Larson may have won best actress, but she also won our hearts with her elegant ensemble. Diamond and pearl earrings by Japanese designer Niwaka were an delicate addition to her flowing royal blue Gucci gown. Olivia Wilde wowed in a pearl Edwardian choker by Neil Lane and pearl and diamond earrings. Pearls come in a range of breathtaking and unique styles and colors, far from the standard pearl strands you may be used to. You really need to see them for yourself!

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La La Anthony

TV personality La La Anthony was seen wearing black and white diamond jewelry by Le Vian to the Ninth Annual Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party. Pairing black and white is a classic combination that has been gaining popularity in jewelry trends. You can get the look with our black sapphire & diamond earrings or go big with all diamonds in our black & white diamond hoops.

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Jane Wu

Actress and producer Jane Wu was flawless in a glittering black gown, accented with a beautifully interwoven Le Vian diamond ring. Similar intricate ring designs were seen on both Bar Paly and Kate Beckinsale. You can get a similar feel with our intertwined diamond ropes band or 7-row black and white diamond band.

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Steve Carell

Steve Carell chose a Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual to complete his look. Steve can’t keep his eyes off the black dial and striking highly-polished accents, and neither will you when you get this masterpiece on your own wrist.

Steve Carell


Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy, one of the screenwriters for Spotlight, the film that won best picture, was seen wearing a Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second. The Geophysic’s subtle design and excellent precision ensure you’ll be wearing this timeless watch for years to come.

Tom McCarthy


Brian d’Arcy James

Brian d’Arcy James, who starred in Spotlight, walked the red carpet in a Clifton 10057. The blue dial moonphase and 1950s inspired design of this Baume & Mercier perfectly complemented his classic style.

Brian d'Arcy James


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Red Carpet Jewelry at the 2016 Grammy Awards

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Musicians are used to commanding center stage, and award-worthy looks are a must when they hit the red carpet. Fashion at the Grammys is truly spectacular, not only do you get fantastic red carpet looks, but the wardrobe changes for performances are always something to see. This year was all about big performances, big personalities and big sparkle.

The biggest trends this year were big diamonds, subtle makeup and bare necks. Unlike the Golden Globes where statement necklaces stole the show, the Grammys featured glittering earrings and spectacular stacked rings and bracelets.


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Fabulous Sparkle

There was no shortage of fantastic diamond drop earrings. Ariana Grande was absolutely stunning in a scarlet red Romona Keveza gown. With Niwaka earrings, rings and wide bracelet, Ariana was the picture of glamour. Country singer Cam’s vivid yellow feathery dress by Georges Chakra went perfectly with her lively blonde curls. She elevated the playful sophistication with eye-catching oval drop diamond earrings. Anna Kendrick chose Harry Kotlar diamond earrings, as well as a diamond ring and bracelet to accent her shimmering black Emanuel Ungaro gown.

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Round Pave Diamond Earrings by Roberto Coin

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Black & White Diamonds

Black diamonds are a big fashion trend, and one that stars like Janelle Monáe and Alessandra Ambrosio embraced wholeheartedly. True to her signature style, Janelle opted for a bold black and white dress from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Couture Collection. The balance of black and white even extended to her Pasquale Bruni Earrings and Carrera y Carrera and Levian Rings. Alessandra proved you don’t need to be a musician to be rock-star chic in an edgy Versace gown, sleek hair and smoky eyes. She paired ultra long and dangly earrings with Noudar black diamond finger rings to complete the look.

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Timeless Classics

Diamond studs adorned the ears of stars from Ellie Goulding to Carrie Underwood, but it was Chrissy Teigen’s colossal 20-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamonds that stole the show. Chrissy glowed in her form fitting white Yousef Al-Jasmi gown and bejeweled cape. Selena Gomez sparkled in a sultry, midnight blue, sequined gown by Calvin Klein. Her loose flowing hair would have hidden smaller stud earrings, making the large diamond hoops by Norman Silverman an ideal choice. The night wouldn’t be complete without spectacular diamond rings. And what’s better than one ring? How about one for every finger? From Ariana Grande to Zendaya, Demi Lovato to Elle King, matching and stacking rings was a huge trend this year.

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Wide Band Pave Diamond Ring in White Gold

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Don’t Forget the Boys

Sam Hunt traded his pink Dolce & Gabbana suit for a casual look when he joined country megastar Carrie Underwood for a memorable duet. His watch of choice for his Grammy debut? None other than a TUDOR Black Bay Black.

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Jewelry at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards

Jewelry at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Hollywood’s 2016 awards season started off with a bang at the 73rd annual Golden Globes. Streamlined silhouettes and bold jewel-tones ruled the red carpet dresses, but statement necklaces took center stage. Not to be outdone by the glitz and glamour of over-the-top diamond jewelry, many of this year’s looks balanced the bold gowns with fabulous color gemstones. Here are some of our favorite trends from this year:


Diamond Collars

Diamond Collars

A glittering Chopard collar gives a classic sophistication to Jennifer Lawrence’s modern, scarlet-red Dior gown. The essence of 1940s Hollywood glamour, Jennifer Lopez amplified her Giambattista Valli gown with 200 carats of Harry Winston diamonds. The modest silhouette is given a fun twist with its bold canary-yellow color and layering of the cascading drop diamond necklace and diamond wreath necklace. Emmy Rossum also dazzled with diamonds in another classic yet modern look. Rossum’s sleek strapless red Armani Privé gown was perfectly accented with an asymmetrical Van Cleef & Arpels diamond collar necklace.

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Bohemian

Bohemian Chic

Vintage and bohemian style chokers offered a stunning alternative to the jaw-dropping diamond collars. Leslie Mann was sweet and feminine in her rose colored Monique Lhuillier gown, but it was her accessories that got our attention. With a cascade of opals and tourmalines down her back, the gemstone choker by Irene Neuwirth was just as magnificent coming as it was going. Olivia Wilde wowed with a 70s inspired look. The loose waves of her hair worked beautifully with the sequined Michael Kors gown and matching carnelian and diamond Bulgari Heritage Collection choker. Maura Tierney had an understated elegance with a subdued color-blocked dress, clean makeup and simple top-knot. Tierney elevated her look with a vintage citrine, gold, and black rhodium torque necklace from Fred Leighton.

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Color Gemstone Rings

Show-Stopping Color

Whether classic or ultra unique, over the top color gemstone rings were another favorite this year. Sparkling from head to toe, Julianne Moore looked like she stepped right out of the ocean with her sequined Tom Ford gown and unique Caribbean blue Chopard ring featuring 18.32 carats of Paraiba tourmalines. Sophia Bush was another star to bring back old Hollywood glamour with her classic black Narciso Rodriquez gown. Sleek hair, crimson lips and a perfectly matched Martin Katz ruby cocktail ring completed her look.

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Going Green

This may have been the year of the statement necklace, but awe inspiring accessories didn’t stop there. Jamie Alexander made us green with envy in an emerald green Art Deco print gown by Genny and matching Lorraine Schwartz emerald jewels. You couldn’t miss Taraji P Henson’s 107-carat cushion-cut emerald earrings by Kimberly McDonald. Suspended by a shimmering chain of diamonds, these giants were free to dance, giving them a light and playful look despite their size.

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Evening Pearls

Evening Pearls

Pearls are making a comeback as a high fashion trend for all ages. Jane Fonda was keeping it classy in a dramatic Yves Saint Laurent Coutur gown, paired with stunning Chopard pearls. Zendaya accented her tiered brocade Marchesa gown with stunning Yoko London earrings, dripping with Tahitian pearls and black diamonds set in black rhodium. One thing we can say, these aren’t your grandmother’s pearls!

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Dramatic Drops

Ultra long drop earrings offered a unique sparkle and movement with a light airy feel. Cate Blanchett was a vision in pale pink with her fringe and lace Givenchy Haute Couture gown and beautifully matching pearl tassel earrings by Tiffany & Co. Saoirse Ronan’s look was young and elegant in a white caped gown by Saint Laurent and delicate diamond Chopard earrings.

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The Softer Side of 2016: Rose Quartz & Serenity

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If you haven’t already, it’s time to say farewell to 2015’s color of the year Marsala, and hello to Pantone’s newest pick for 2016. For the first time Pantone has announced not one, but two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity. According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute, the blending of these pastel hues reflect a soothing sense of order and peace to combat modern day stresses. So move over nursery rooms, because these dreamy pastels are bringing a new sophisticated style.

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Rose Quartz

“The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.”

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MORGANITE
The peachy pink hue of Morganite exudes charm and tenderness. With its dazzling brilliance and soft colors of clear pink, peach, and hot fuchsia it’s no wonder it is known as the stone of divine love. It’s a gem that works as a bright and brilliant neutral, helping it compliment any ensemble. The versatile pink colors are truly brought to life once showcased against your skin.

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PINK DIAMONDS
Fancy color diamonds have been celebrated throughout history as defining treasures of wealth and nobility. Pink diamonds are among the most alluring and the most rare. Out of the 133 million carats of diamonds mined yearly, the percentage of pink diamonds that weigh over a half-carat could fit in the palm of your hand! Ranging from the most delicate light pink to intense and vivid hues, these highly sought gems are perhaps one of earth’s most beautiful accidents.

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KUNZITE
Another excellent representative for this year’s color is Kunzite. Feminine and seductive, the delicate, tender hues are said to enhance your capacity for understanding and bestow inner peace.

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Serenity

“Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.”

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What better gemstone to embody the description of Serenity than the Aquamarine? For centuries, Aquamarine has been a symbol of youth, hope, health and fidelity. Named after seawater, aquamarine’s fresh watery hue is a cool plunge into a refreshing pool. Just like the water and sky it resembles, Aquamarines are found in a range of blues; from pale pastel to greenish-blue to a deep vivid color. It was long thought that Aquamarine has a soothing influence on married couples, making it a good anniversary gift.

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Red Carpet Jewelry at the 2014 Academy Awards

Red Carpet Jewelry at the 86th Academy Awards

This year’s Academy Awards were designed to dazzle all evening long, from the always golden Oscar statues to the incredible celebrity jewelry and fashion! The most glamorous event of the award season certainly did not disappoint. The diamonds, gems, gold and jewels on display left the audience blinded by beauty to say the least. Bold choices, complex design and interesting details transformed necklaces, earrings and rings into wearable art.

There were many actresses that stood out, but several really hit the mark with their signature jewelry…

LUPITA NYONG’O

Lupita Nyong’o embraced this year’s bold gold trend from top to bottom with a specialty gold and diamond headband, a vintage yellow gold snake bracelet, yellow gold and rose cut crescent earrings and a yellow gold signature frog ring. Gold is making its way back in a big and bold way, and I love how she embraced the warm hue of the metal as a stark contrast to her icy blue gown. We will easily see more gold choices featured prominently in fashion and fine jewelry through the remainder of the year.

Lupita Nyongo at 2014 Academy Awards

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AMY ADAMS

Amy Adam’s midnight-hued gown provided the perfect contrast to her multi-color drop earrings; dark blue lapis and turquoise surrounded a pear shape rhodochrosite and diamonds. Mixing and matching different colors of gems creates a stunning visual interest on the wearer. Additionally, draped across her wrist was a tennis bracelet consisting entirely of yellow diamonds. It was the perfect blend of traditional, yet unique.

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MARGOT ROBBIE

Margot Robbie beautifully showcased a 55 carat diamond riveria necklace that classically accentuated her black evening gown.  She complimented the look with timeless diamond studs. Although it wasn’t the most innovative look, she represented a style that will remain simply gorgeous for generations.

Margot Robbie on Red Carpet at The Academy Awards in 2014

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JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Jennifer Lawrence repeated an interesting trend that here in Minnesota we don’t often get the chance to showcase.  For two years in a row, she’s sported a backlace! The necklace itself fits tight against the neck, and then drapes as far down the back as one would like. Last year Anne Hathaway wore a shorter back necklace that truly just looked like a necklace flipped around.  Jennifer Lawrence has had better success with the graceful draping of a longer diamond chain. This year her backlace featured over 100 carats of diamonds and was valued at $2 million dollars. She’s quickly making this her signature go-to look.

Jennifer Lawrence dress and jewelry at 2014 Academy Awards

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CATE BLANCHETT

Cate Blanchett was a personal favorite. Her opal earrings were jaw dropping and original. Opals themselves tend to be more rare and valuable as Black Opals instead of white like the pair she wore.  However, the complex floral pattern featuring each Opal framed by a diamond halo was simply stunning! Unique and incomparable in style, she wore these as homage to her homeland and brought the beauty of Opals to millions around the world.

Cate Blanchette's Opal Earrings at 2014 Academy Awards


JESSICA BIEL

Jessica Biel enthusiastically wore an eclectic ensemble of diamonds and Aquamarine. Her left wrist featured not only her substantial wedding ring, but a pairing of two multi-row wide diamond bracelets. Not do be outdone; her right wrist featured an incredible diamond and Aquamarine bow cuff bracelet. Aquamarine is typically seen in a much lighter color, so the intense blue of the bracelet was especially extraordinary.  Complimenting the bracelet, were diamond and Aquamarine drop earrings and finishing off her look an impressive diamond statement necklace.  Who says there is such a thing as too many jewels?!

Jessica Biel at the 2014 Academy Awards

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. Helping guide our clients through life’s big milestones by helping them find  the perfect piece of jewelry  to last a lifetime is what she loves best! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store.

Jewelry at the 2014 Grammy Awards

From diamond rings worth millions to a bedazzled glove, the Grammy’s showed us that more really is more! I couldn’t take my eyes off all the great rings and earrings from the evening and was happy to see the men bringing some flair to the evening by adding a brooch to their jackets.  Here are a few fun looks from Sunday night.

More Than a Three Ring Circus

Celebrities can’t get enough of the cocktail ring; it was clearly the standout trend from the evening.   Here are a few looks at how the ladies “rocked out” Sunday night.

BEYONCE

Beyonce wasn’t shy about piling on the diamond rings.  Her dazzling diamond earrings and stacks of diamond rings totaled over 10 million dollars.

Beyonce 10 million in Jewelry at 2014 Grammys

RITA ORA

I couldn’t take my eyes off of Rita Ora’s hands. The 50 Shades of Grey actress took this trend to a whole new level featuring a ring on every single finger. Rita Ora Rings & Jewelry at Grammy Awards 2014

MADONNA

Madonna featured some serious “hand hardware” sporting initial “M” and “E” rings and a sparkling fingerless glove that certainly made a statement. Madonna's Jewelry at 2014 Grammy Awards

TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor Swift took a more subtle approach to the trend by wearing just one cocktail ring and an amazing pair of emerald cut diamond earrings, by far my favorite look of the evening! Taylor Swift Diamond Earrings and Cocktail Ring at Grammy Awards in 2014

Music To My Ears

Miranda Lambert’s earrings were stunning.  Featuring 50 carats of Black Opal, Rubies, hand-carved Sapphire and diamonds, they were nothing short of amazing! You can jazz up your ensemble with these big, bold Black Opal earrings.Miranda Lambert Opal Earrings at Grammy Awards 2014

The Bro Brooch

This up and coming trend was well represented last night with Usher, Miguel, LL Cool J and Bruno Mars all wearing brooches on their lapels.  I will be looking forward to the Academy Awards to see if this look sticks! Man Brooches Worn By Celebrities Award Shows Grammys & Golden Globes


Well that’s my wrap-up of some of the fabulous jewelry looks from the 2014 Grammy Awards. If you’re ready to rock any of these looks, stop by and try on a few of my favorites! Also be sure to read Jessica’s article about celebrity jewelry at the Golden Globes!

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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her weekly column, Ask Amy. Her impeccable taste helps to select beautiful, current yet timeless looks for our clients in harmony with their own personal style. She believes that jewelry should have a story to tell about the person who wears it and is delighted to commemorate life’s celebrations. If you have a question, just Ask Amy!

Jewelry at the 71st Annual Golden Globes

This year’s Golden Globes was a dazzling event filled with an extraordinary amount of golden-hued glitz!  The diamonds and colored gems were selected by stylists with exceptional care, and an agenda to impress.  There were a few knock-out over-the-top pieces, but in general the evening radiated classic designs with unique, noteworthy and noticeable twists.  The Art Deco influence in jewelry couldn’t be missed, as well as the applaud-worthy trend of mixing metals and multiple gems.

We’ve picked a few of our favorite looks and paired them with some of our jewels to help you get the look of the celebs right here in Minnesota! Take a peek…


Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon was sparkling with four-carat round diamond studs, a large Emerald ring and a three-line diamond bracelet. Get her look with this wide diamond bracelet.

Reese Witherspoon's Jewelry at the 71st Golden Globes Awards


Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts accented her stunning silver Tom Ford halter with a beautiful chunky gold statement necklace set with diamonds. You can accomplish this bold style with this yellow gold & diamond necklace.

Naomi Watts Necklace at the 71st Golden Globes Awards


Helen Mirren

Looking as beautiful as ever, Helen Mirren matched her Jenny Packham dress with a pair of platinum and gold earrings featuring Emeralds and diamonds. Similarly styled, our Emerald and diamond earrings will give you this red carpet look!Helen Mirren Earrings from the 71st Golden Globes Awards


Kerry Washington

Being pregnant can’t stop Kerry Washington from looking good! She wore a custom Balenciaga dress and 1920s Art Deco earrings. Love the earrings? Check out these vintage inspired diamond earrings from Roberto Coin.

Kerry Washington at the 71st Golden Globes Awards


Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick’s amazing column dress by J. Mendel was beautifully accented by her right hand ring. You can achieve a similar look with this Morganite gemstone ring.

Kyra Sedgwick at the 71st Golden Globes Awards


Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence looked amazing when she accepted her award for Best Supporting Actress; her Dior Haute Couture dress was jazzed up with Art Deco chandelier earrings. If you love these earrings and vintage inspiration, check out these Green Onyx earrings from the Art Deco period.

Jennifer Lawrence Earrings at the 71st Golden Globes Awards

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JESSICA from Wixon Jewelers

Jessica is our resident fashionista-in-chief and more formally our Diamond Department Manager. There is nobody more passionate about diamonds, gems and jewelry than Jessica! She is a Graduate Gemologist who has been infatuated with jewelry since she was a little girl, spending countless hours at her grandmother’s jewelry store.

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