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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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Color Me Happy

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In recent seasons the fashion world has rediscovered color and the confident, feel-good femininity that it brings. This has made colored gemstone jewelry an essential component for every wardrobe. Wearing colored gemstones makes a statement. Whether it is baroque pearls, beads of tourmalines, tumbled stones, or cabochons these pieces offer a three dimensional quality.

Beyond complementing apparel, the colors of gems conjure emotions. The serenity of blue. The passion of pinks and reds. The vitality of green. Mix them together and create a wonderful confection of gemstones! Each gem has its own energy, spirit, and resonance.

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Archaeologists tell us that people have made beads for at least 30,000 years. The earliest beads were made from natural materials, such as bone, shell, and stone. Functioning as amulets for good fortune and adornment, they are also known to be one of earliest forms of trade.


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The Allure of Color

AllureOfColor3The magic and beauty of colored gemstones is something we love at Wixon Jewelers. For colored gem enthusiasts, deep passionate red rubies, striking green emeralds, and cool blue lagoon tourmalines are only the starting point into a world of captivating color.

Much like an important statement purse, or your favorite pair of red heels, a signature gemstone speaks volumes. It can perfectly express and represent your true self. After all, how many pairs of diamond studs does one need?

It’s hard to pinpoint what draws someone to a particular colored gem, as one selects the piece based on their personal love affair with it. The options, gems and colors are limitless! Begin by investing in one signature piece of color before building the rest of the collection. This piece may be a ring, necklace or earrings. It’s one striking piece that leaves an indelible impression. Depending on eye, hair and skin color, different gems may look better on different individuals. That being said, choose what speaks to you!

Our passion for colored gems has never waned. Dan and Hope are always finding new, exotic gems as well as extraordinary versions of the classics. Come see for yourself the incredible allure of colored gemstones!


Emerald and Diamond Halo Dangle Earrings

The glistening green emeralds in these free flowing drop earrings move with you and catch the light beautifully.


132819-2_Paraiba-And-Pave-PendantReminiscent of the beautiful ocean waters of the Caribbean, the color of this 3.80 carat Paraiba Tourmaline is absolutely stunning.


custom-ruby-ring_040860_4The star of this ring is a vibrant 3.50 carat Thai Ruby with a sweet cherry red color.


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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!

Ravishing Rubies

RavishingRubies2Ruby is one nature’s most marvelous masterpieces. Its place throughout history is deep-rooted and respected. It’s referenced in the Bible, adorned royalty for centuries, and for a period of time rubies were considered to be even more valuable than diamonds. Ruby is a gem of love, energy, passion and power. It is one of the most important colored gemstones on the market, and can command the highest per-carat price of any colored stone. Once a ruby reaches just one-carat in size, it becomes exponentially more rare and valuable. The color speaks much louder than soft and delicate hued gems, making it a large statement even in subtle sizes.040805_040729

When we look to add a ruby to our collection, color is everything. The finest color of a ruby is described as Pigeon’s Blood, which is a bright and brilliant hued fiery red. Although not the most romantic description, it is actually one recognized around the world for countless years as the standard of perfection.


PigeonWHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW PIGEON’S BLOOD?

It may be time to find a new classification for the finest color of ruby. While fire engine red might be a more modern comparison, it just doesn’t have quite the same ring to it…


For centuries, Burma has been known for producing some of the finest rubies available. However, with advancements in mining, other equally stunning rubies are being discovered in Thailand, Africa, Sri Lanka and recently Mozambique. Our collection of rubies is vast and diverse in size and country of origin. When looking at a ruby, it’s easy to see why it’s considered to be the king of gems. The richness of the color, regardless of its origin, is what collectors and gem enthusiast search for and what makes it nearly impossible to resist!

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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 Details Make the Man

DetailsMakeTheManMen often abide by the adage “less is more,” however a few key accessories help distinguish the modern man.

A must have for French-cuffed shirts, CUFF LINKS are both functional and expressive. We feature new innovative designs that are eye catching, yet still very classic.
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A symbol of love and commitment, the WEDDING BAND is a simple and elegant way to express individuality and personal style.
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Whether diamond or gemstone, the RIGHT HAND RING can elevate a look to a whole new standard and is a timeless investment in modern sophistication.

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Whether by a wristwatch or pocket watch, keeping time is gentlemanly and for the businessman, necessary. A great TIMEPIECE is the perfect balance of form and function. A timeless watch is one in which the quality, style and design will withstand the test of time and exude a certain freshness for decades.

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The POCKET WATCH has recently regained popularity due to renewed appreciation for fine timepieces. No longer required simply to tell time, pocket watches today are more of a personal expression of style.

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Amy Meyer HeadshotAmy shares her pearls of wisdom in her 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!

Rule Breaker, Dream Maker

RuleBreakerRules are made to be broken, aren’t they? Chances are your mother wore her same simply lovely band for decades without giving a new piece a second thought. The sentiment behind the jewel hasn’t changed but our options certainly have evolved.

Upgrading an original center diamond, wearing an engagement ring without a wedding band, or even choosing a larger diamond to be worn on the right hand instead of the left are all new outlooks for today’s women that were once considered “against the rules.” Other exciting options include fancy shapes and colors, or perhaps forgoing a traditional ring and wearing an eternity band that costs more than a two-carat diamond. Monumental anniversaries, milestone life moments, new love or simply a wish for a fresh design to celebrate a new chapter in life—jewelry commemorates all of those occasions and then some. Whether it’s redesigning a beloved original or choosing the piece you’ve always dreamed of wearing, it’s okay to break the rules and let a little new sparkle celebrate the sentiment!

Break the Rules:

LARGER DIAMONDS ON THE RIGHT HAND: After years together, changing an original engagement ring can be impossible to imagine. Choose to celebrate long-term love with a larger diamond on the right hand instead!
366712-1FANCY SHAPES IN FANCY COLORS: New shapes and colors of diamonds are creating a blingy buzz for many. Gone are the days of limited options; there are now a variety of shapes in a rainbow of hues to suit women of all ages.
Fancy Color Diamond RingDIAMOND ETERNITY BANDS: Effortless doesn’t always have to be understated. Large and luxurious diamond eternity bands are quickly becoming a stunning alternative to the conventional engagement ring.
072315-1CENTER DIAMOND UPGRADES: The evolution of a wedding ring over a lifetime often involves upgrading the original piece. Resetting the original diamond, trading it in or using it as part of a new design are all modern ways to commemorate the past while celebrating the future!
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From Dreams to Reality

Our custom design studio has become the ultimate destination for Minnesotans to transform the style of their most treasured jewelry pieces. The capabilities of our highly-skilled designers and goldsmiths range from simple restorations to elaborate and extensive complete redesigns. If you have a vision of something you would like to create, we have the in-house expertise to bring your dream into reality. Our goldsmiths are truly local artisans at work, with the ability to craft the most complicated and intricate custom jewelry designs from a single sketch. Our experts can suggest ideas, provide sketches, create wax molds and finish custom pieces for new designs or loved family heirlooms.

Our goldsmiths view each piece as a labor of love. The time and care given during our custom process is reflected in every finished detail. As life progresses, your personal style and desires evolve, and so too should your jewelry collection. Let us help you create the piece you’ve always dreamed of!


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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!

I’m so Fancy!

Wixon Jewelers Fancy Shape DiamondsWhat goes around comes a round…but what if there was a different shape to choose? No question, the most timeless and classic diamond option will always be a scintillating round brilliant cut diamond. For centuries, this premier shape has been the ultimate choice for diamond wearers.

Recently however, fancy shapes are casting a new sparkle on diamonds, creating allure and excitement well worth exploring. Considered to be any shape other than round, fancy shapes each have their own gorgeous and complex faceting pattern. Every shape has a distinct look, sparkle and identity, all the while providing its own twist on a diamond’s most loved feature, its dazzle. Thanks to technology, the advancements in diamond cutting have resulted in diamond shapes that are quite simply, stunning!

Popular Shapes

With so many choices available, it can be challenging to choose just one! Out of all of the fancy shapes, currently the most popular shapes are the cushion cut, the emerald cut and the oval cut. These three shapes are vastly different and, as such, appeal to individuals for different reasons.

diamond-shapes_OvalOVAL CUT diamonds have the classic appearance of a round diamond with a modern twist! It is a popular cut in all types of gems, but especially in diamond engagement rings. Its sparkle is similar to the round brilliant cut, but its shape showcases its size in a much larger way, making it easy to love this elegantly feminine shape.

diamond-shapes_EmeraldEMERALD CUT diamonds have a unique optical appearance because of the rectangular facets step-cut into the pavilion. While this cut beautifully showcases the diamond’s clarity, its large rectangular table makes inclusions and color more apparent. An emerald cut diamond has a classically timeless appeal and provides a subtly stunning alternative look to the round.

diamond-shapes_CushionSometimes called a pillow-cut diamond, the CUSHION CUT has earned its name for its pillow shape. Cushion cut diamonds tend to have impeccable brilliance and clarity in appearance, which can be attributed to their rounded corners and larger facets. These diamonds are available in square and rectangular shapes.

Buying a Fancy

When diamond graders evaluate fancy cuts, they look for the same characteristics as rounds, such as color and clarity. For fancy shapes, there is no universal agreement as to what makes each one beautiful; it’s more a matter of personal taste. Round diamonds, on the other hand, are assigned specific cut grades based on their proportion, symmetry and polish. With rounds, specific details are much more important. With fancy shapes, it helps to think “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The general shape in addition to the sparkle and pattern, are the ultimate decision maker in the beauty and appeal of fancy shaped diamonds. The three shapes previously mentioned are just a few of the gorgeous options available to explore. Let our experts introduce you to the wide spectrum of diamond shapes and help you find one you just might fancy for yourself!


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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!

Bold Gold

BoldGold4Gold is back and bigger than ever! Designers have responded by creating bolder collections. Superior design and impact are important, but today’s emphasis is on the craftsmanship. It’s all in the details! Treasured for its natural beauty and radiance, many cultures imagine gold to represent the sun.

Picture 26817Inspired by the song, O Sole Mio (My Sun), this bracelet captures the effect of beaming sun rays in various lengths and finishes in 18k yellow gold.


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A re-imagination of an ethereal symbol, this suite of cascading diamond and satin leaves conjures the divine and daring, commanding attention with every move. This 18k yellow gold ensemble is beautifully completed with a satin finish.


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This impressive bangle houses three rows of princess cut diamonds. Each diamond has four delicate prongs which, at a distance, seem to disappear. The result is a silky sheet of concavely set diamonds, shielded by a big bright 18K yellow gold bracelet.


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Patek Philippe created the Nautilus collection of ladies watches with the goal of making a sporty watch with the elegance of the Patek brand. The original design was inspired by a ship’s porthole from and even the newest timepieces retain this character. It is a classic sports watch with a very distinct look.


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The Look of Love

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Love today is prominently celebrated in many different ways and it’s only fitting that jewelry is a reflection of our modern outlook. Brides are embracing new ring styles in a variety of different colors, shapes and sizes. While brides still want their pieces to maintain a timeless appeal, they also desire a stylish reflection of the current times. From warm metals to yellow diamonds, the trends below strike the delicate balance between timeless design and contemporary flair.

A Warm Welcome

One trend that can’t be missed is the resurgence of warm tone metals. Rose gold and yellow gold are back in a big way! Designers are creating more styles and options using these warm hued metals than they have in years. Rose gold is a soft, romantic and an ultra-feminine choice that is capturing the hearts of many. Yellow gold, a global staple for decades, is entering into the limelight all over again. Adored by traditionalists for years, it is now a popular choice for women of all ages.
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Back to the Basics

Interestingly enough, after years of heavy embellishments, simple solitaires are again a popular trend for the modern bride. The solitaire setting allows the center diamond to take the stage and truly showcase its beauty. Many solitaires aren’t just a plain band, modern solitaires settings are often showcased with a twist. Diamonds on the prongs, artisan finishes to the metal, and braided or twisted bands are just a few of the new ways this classic style has been reinvented.
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The Color of Canary

Yellow diamonds are enjoying their moment in the sun in a big way. Their bright yellow hue is spreading like wildfire, and creating a buzz worthy of their beauty. The shade of yellow will vary depending on the diamond—the stronger and richer the color, the more rare and valuable the diamond becomes. Women are feeling the pull of this sunny stunner, as its golden hue combined with its glamorous sparkle create an irresistible combination for women of all ages.
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A New Hue

Classic bright white diamonds never go out of style but today’s wedding trends are displaying a rainbow of new hues! Gorgeous sapphire rings are taking the lead as an alternative gem to the traditional diamond. The rich, royal blue color of the finest quality sapphires easily rival diamonds in beauty. Unlike some alternative gemstones, sapphire is one of the most resilient colored gems available. This makes it the perfect alternative that’s durable enough for a lifetime of everyday wear.
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Layer Upon Layer

The more the merrier has never been more apparent in jewelry then as of late. Flip open any high-fashion or lifestyle magazine and the trend of stacking is showcased in almost every jewelry category. Bands, bracelets and necklaces are being worn in sets of two, three or even four. Women are choosing stacking bands for their left or right hand that feature mixed metals, shapes and styles. Stacking bands are also being used as a substitute for the traditional engagement ring. One way to add extra oomph and importance to a stack is choosing a larger diamond band as the centerpiece. Eternity bands in larger sizes featuring fancy shapes or colored diamonds are only the beginning of building a special stack!

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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!

Hello Yellow

The yellow diamond craze is increasing at a frantic rate. Never before have jewelry lovers been so fascinated by fancy colored diamonds. The focus on celebrity culture and the exposure associated with it is credited for bringing yellow diamonds to the forefront. These colored beauties are striking chords with women of all ages and style preferences. Yellow diamonds are not just a passing trend, but a new cornerstone in the dazzling world of gems.

Naturally Unique

One of the most intriguing features about yellow diamonds is that no two look alike. Each diamond has its own unique beauty and distinct hue. Natural fancy yellow diamonds come in a variety of shapes, sizes, shades and colors. While the rich and pure shades are the most coveted, softer and lighter have their own subtle allure.181713-1The most important thing when buying yellow diamonds is the actual color. The stronger the color, the more valuable they become. Diamonds graded Intense and Vivid command top dollar. There are many color names associated with yellow diamonds, and the grading terms referenced for them are different than for traditional white diamond. The four most commonly referred terms are Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Intense and Fancy Vivid. The visual difference between Fancy Light yellow and Fancy Vivid yellow can be an extraordinary range in color. When searching for the finest yellow diamonds, seek to find pure yellow without any modifying colors. The most gorgeous yellow diamonds have a certain sizzle thanks to their extraordinary color that just cannot be replicated with white diamonds.

A Cut Above the Rest

Yellow diamonds are cut to maximize color, where white diamonds are cut for brilliance. It’s quite rare to find a yellow diamond cut in the round shape, as that shape can lessen the overall color. The most popular yellow diamond shapes are cushion and radiant. Equally important is how well cut that particular shape is. Yellow diamonds that are exceptionally well cut skillfully display their color, where poorly cut diamonds miss the mark visually.

Fancy Colored Engagement RingsThey are also becoming a gorgeous alternative option to the classic and traditional white diamond engagement ring. More brides are exploring new ring options than ever before. There is no gem more resilient to wear than a diamond. For those who crave a pop of color, this unique beauty is the perfect substitute for the traditional choice. Its bright and lively color is expressive and unique. It’s also a premium option for a right-hand ring, not to mention necklaces, bracelets or earrings. Experience first-hand the magnetism of this yellow stunner!


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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. Have questions? Just Ask Jessica!

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