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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!

Make a Statement

Style is an outlet for creative self-expression, and for jewelry there is no piece more impactful than a notable statement necklace. These pieces are all about individualism. They are a reflection of one’s personality and presence. The right statement necklace is designed to engage and delight the wearer, and is also near impossible for others to miss.

Statement necklaces have been gaining momentum in the fashion industry over the last several years. Their recent surge in popularity is no surprise, as history often repeats itself in design and inspiration. Some of the earliest forms of jewelry were statement necklaces made of organic material such as shell or bone beads. From there, gold, diamonds and pearls became the choice selection dating back as early as the 16th century and the original “Pearl Girl,” Queen Elizabeth I.

The 20th century provided plenty of glitz and glamour. After all, who can forget Marilyn Monroe and “Talk to me Harry, tell me all about it”? Her iconic statement necklace in Gentleman Prefer Blondes encouraged women for decades to wear big and bold pieces. Another legendary statement necklace and fashion inspiration for many was Jackie Kennedy and her classic pearl strand. Jackie in her pearls is an image that captured the attention of jewelry lovers not only across the country, but around the world.


Fashion icons or former Wixon employees modeling their favorite statement necklaces?


Today’s statement necklaces pull inspiration from many different eras, yet they all have one thing in common. Their big bold style is attention grabbing glamour at its finest. From chunky diamond encrusted chains, to rich and royal sapphire suites, there is a statement necklace for every person and every fashion point-of-view.

There are a few simple guidelines to follow with these necklaces to help make your sparkling statement a success. One of the most important details is that the necklace should be the main event of any ensemble. The more elaborate the piece, the simpler the attire. With a bevy of wardrobe basics, even the most outrageously ornate necklace can be worn daily either dressed up or down.

With so many gorgeous options available, in a variety of styles, you’re sure to find a piece that speaks to you. A collection can be built to include a stunning diamond collar, a suite of colored gems, big and bold layered pearls or even a simple oversized chunky gold chain. Each style has its own personality, and depending on the wearer, the mood or the day will have a place in any wardrobe. When wearing bolder pieces, it’s important to keep the accompanying accessories a bit more reserved. Classic diamond studs, a beautiful watch or a timeless tennis bracelet will compliment the statement necklace without stealing the show.

Statement necklaces are here to stay. As an integral part of daily fashion, they are being featured dressed up or dressed down. With a multitude of styles to choose from, there is a perfect piece for everyone and every occasion. Unlike other jewelry, these necklaces have inspired and united women to make sparkling silent statements where personality and self-expression reign supreme.

The only question that remains is, what will your piece say?


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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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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 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!

Fancy That

A darling for decades, the round diamond will always be considered a classic. Its scintillating sparkle has made it a perfect choice for diamond wearers for centuries. One can always circle back around to this timeless shape, but there are now more glittering possibilities to explore for rings, necklaces and earrings than ever before.

Fancy shapes are becoming appealing to many, and are casting a new sparkle on diamond lovers worldwide. Considered to be any shape other than round, their allure and excitement are becoming irresistible. Each shape has its own distinct look, sparkle and identity, while providing its own twist on a diamond’s most loved feature, its dazzle. Skilled diamond cutters are showcasing their talents and transforming diamond crystals into a variety of diamond shapes that are quite simply, stunning!

Popular Shapes

With so many choices available, it can be challenging to choose just one! These popular 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. This cut beautifully showcases the diamond’s clarity as its large rectangular table make 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, which can be attributed to their rounded corners and larger facets. These diamonds are available in square and rectangular shapes.


A properly cut PEAR SHAPE diamond is a rare and special find. With its unique asymmetrical shape they are a challenge for diamond cutters to perfect. Every other diamond shape is a basic symmetrical geometric shape. The pear on the other hand, is a hybrid between a dazzling round and the elongated, full marquise cut. The end result, a tear-drop shape that is distinctively feminine with a stunning and elegant design.


The square shape has two popular cuts, the PRINCESS CUT and the RADIANT CUT. The princess cut was introduced in the 1960s, and has been gaining popularity ever since. It tends to be favored by women looking for a traditional shape with a modern twist. In comparison, the radiant is a fusion of a cushion cut and a princess cut. It has a square shape, like a princess cut, but with beveled corners. Its vibrant and lively appearance produces a sparkle similar to the stunning cushion cut. It can also be found in the elongated shape of the emerald cut, but with a much brighter brilliance.


Buying a Fancy

When diamond graders evaluate fancy cuts, they look for the same characteristics as rounds, such as color and clarity. Round diamonds are assigned specific cut grades based on their proportion, symmetry and polish. With rounds, specific details are incredibly important. With fancy shapes, it helps to think “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” However, small nuances to a diamond’s pattern can create big differences to the end result. Cushion shaped diamonds, for example, can display a wide variety of different faceting patterns. Some patterns display a pattern featuring larger facets and a softer sparkle, where others might have a tighter pattern with bigger brilliance. The general shape in addition to the sparkle and pattern, are the ultimate decision maker in the beauty and appeal of fancy shaped diamonds. 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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One Incredible Piece, Endless Possibilities

Diamond Necklace and BraceletDiamond necklaces have long been a staple of fine jewelry. While a diamond necklace might instantly evoke images of formal gowns and upswept hairdos, the rules for wearing them have gone out the window as women have learned to appreciate the beauty of jewelry on their own terms.

The most creative diamond necklace in our collection can be worn four distinct ways. This beautiful 18k white gold necklace is adorned with 525 round brilliant cut diamonds, totaling 13.92 carats. A true master of metamorphosis, this piece can be broken down into its components, worn together as a set, or on its own.


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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!

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