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Being Thankful for Our Favorite November Babies

Sandwiched between the festivities of Halloween and the excitement of Christmas, the month of November is sometimes overlooked. But do not worry November babies, we definitely did not forget about you! And what is even better is that you have not one, but two spectacular birthstones to help you brighten up your birthday celebrations this month.

The November birthstones – topaz and citrine – are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth and fortune to those who wear them. Topaz is a soothing stone that has been said to calm tempers, cure madness and eliminate nightmares (which may come in handy this time of year!).

Through much of history, all yellow gems were considered topaz and all topaz was thought to be yellow. But lucky for you, topaz is actually available in many colors.

Marco Bicego has almost an entire collection dedicated to blue topaz. The Jaipur Collection includes bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of price points and styles. With so many options to choose from, there is no doubt that you will find the perfect piece – or pieces – of jewelry to wear on a celebratory birthday night out.

A clever gift for your favorite November baby that is harder to shop for could be this Philip Stein Horizon white topaz bracelet. Made with sterling silver, this piece provides natural frequencies around you to help you focus and relax.

If you are looking for something a little more personal for a November birthday gift, this customizable initial pendant by Doves could be perfect. Made with 18 karat rose gold, white topaz and diamonds, this piece can be customized with whatever initial you would like to create a treasured gift for a loved one (or yourself!).

November’s second birthstone, citrine, takes its name from the citron fruit because of the stone’s lemon-inspired shades which range from pale yellow to brownish orange. Citrine is sometimes known as the “healing quartz” for its ability to comfort, soothe and calm. It can release negative feelings, spark imagination and manifest fresh beginnings. It’s even called the “merchant’s stone” for its tendency to attract wealth and prosperity.

And lucky for you, Marco Bicego’s Jaipur Collection gives you a wealth of options and styles for citrine jewelry as well. These pieces really play off the golden coloring of the citrine stone to give you beautiful looks that are perfect for the tones of the autumn season.

You can take your pick of drop earrings, stud earrings, or stackable rings.

And if for some reason you cannot decide between topaz and citrine, do not worry! The Jaipur Collection has you covered once again…perhaps it should be called the topaz and citrine collection instead…

Both pairs of these double drop French wire earrings are made with 18 karat yellow gold. All you need to decide is which stone you would like to be more prominent: the yellow citrine or blue topaz. Decisions, decisions! You cannot go wrong either way.

Happiest of birthdays to our favorite November babies. While sometimes it may feel like your month is forgotten, we promise to always celebrate you with fantastic new jewelry to help you look your best both on your special day and all the days thereafter.


Fall Into Fall With Opal

While September 22nd may have officially been the first day of fall this year, many of us try and hold onto summer for as long as we can…or at least until October. Well, October is officially here so dust off your favorite autumn decorations and dig around in your closet for a comfy pair of boots. For some of us there is a lot more to celebrate than the return of pumpkin spice everything: October birthdays!

And what better way to celebrate one of your favorite birthday girls (or yourself) with some fantastic new jewelry. If you are looking for some ideas, opal is always a gorgeous choice and also happens to be the birthstone for October.

Opal’s shifting play of kaleidoscopic colors is unlike any other gem. Because of this, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful stone of all. In fact, the name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.”

Although experts divide gem opals into many different categories, there are five main types: white or light opal, black opal, fire opal, boulder opal and crystal or water opal.

Opals have a very long history and there are many myths pertaining to the stone. Do you have a favorite blondie in your life? In medieval times, all blond maidens wanted a necklace made of opals, as this was considered an absolute guarantee to prevent their hair from fading or darkening.

Every maiden will be guaranteed a great hair day with these little lovelies on her ears. This mesmerizing pair is made with 14karat yellow gold featuring opals surrounded by over 0.60cts of diamonds.

Opal has always been associated with love and passion, as well as desire. Not a bad way to celebrate an October birthday, right?! It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. Wearing an opal is said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness.

She will definitely feel the birthday love with this gorgeous necklace. This beautiful piece is made with 14karat yellow gold, with glimmering sapphires and 1.48cts of diamonds surrounding a spectacular opal stone. It is the perfect way to say both “I Love You” and “Happy Birthday.”

Whether you choose to celebrate October as the start of fall, the birthday for someone special, or both, you cannot go wrong with opal jewelry. Its rainbow of color make it the perfect accessory to compliment any outfit or coordinating jewelry.


February’s Birthstone Amethyst is a Royal Favorite

If the month of February has you wishing for warmer days, this month’s birthstone which is often associated with qualities of peace, courage and stability, is just the right gem for those needing a little extra warmth and strength this time of year. February’s Birthstone amethyst beauty will help make this month fly by in no time!

Amethyst is purple quartz, made from a beautiful blend of violet and red. Once considered more valuable than diamonds, amethyst can be found in every corner of the earth. The ancient Greeks believed that this gemstone held many powers, among them protection against intoxication.  In fact, the word Amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober.

For many years, amethyst was held to be one of the most precious gemstones often favored by royalty who wore this intense violet hue. Amethyst has been found in ruins dating as far back as the ninth century, adorning crowns, scepters, jewelry, and breastplates worn into battle. Even today, a large amethyst is among the closely guarded gemstones in the British Crown Jewels.

It may not be a crown, but these spectacular earrings by Shoshana will definitely make you feel like royalty. Bold and elegant, these cannot-be-missed 14 karat yellow gold earrings feature vibrant rubies, pink sapphires, diamonds and of course amethysts.

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Another famous royal who favored amethyst was Cleopatra. In fact, it is said that the signet ring she wore was an amethyst. You can feel like a Greek goddess as well with a stunning amethyst ring of your very own.

On the day you step out with this stunner on your finger, heads will definitely turn in your direction. Made by Bulgari, this ring is made with 8 karat yellow gold with a beautiful amethyst stone in a unique setting.

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Another breathtaking option is this ring by Doves. Beautiful amethyst is coupled with pink mother of pearl creating an original and alluring shade of purple, surrounded by 0.34cts of diamonds.

Do you feel like a modern day Cleopatra yet?

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If you are still on the hunt for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift, amethyst can be an unexpected yet very appropriate choice. Amethyst is said to be the stone of Saint Valentine, who wore an amethyst engraved with the figure of his assistant, Cupid.

Your favorite valentine will look at you with love in her eyes when she sees these Murano multi-stone earrings by Marco Bicego. Each pair is hand engraved with 18 karat yellow gold to beautifully showcase rhodolite garnet and amethyst gems.

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And did we mention there is a matching ring as well?

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And speaking of the power of love, if you are celebrating an anniversary this month amethyst is an ideal gem to choose. It is believed that the gift of amethyst strengthens the bond in a love relationship.

Nothing will say “I love you” while giving your anniversary some extra sparkle more elegantly than this multi-stone and diamond bracelet by Shoshana. You can make it an anniversary to remember with this 18 karat while gold bracelet made with pink amethyst, green amethyst, citrine and blue topaz, framed by 1.17cts of round diamonds.

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The legends and lore associated with this month’s birthstone are as deep as the color itself. However, whether or not amethyst holds such power, it’s stunning beauty will certainly make anyone celebrating something special this month – or anyone who just loves beautiful jewelry – feel like royalty!


Enjoy a Feel Good December with Three Beautiful Blue Jewels

If you are looking for a way to fight off the winter blues, the December birthstones have you covered: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of which are best known for beautiful shades of blue. These gems range from the oldest on earth (zircon), to one of the first mined and used in jewelry (turquoise), to one of the most recently discovered (tanzanite). While turquoise is the most common birthstone for December, no matter what gem you pick the generally accepted birthstone color for this month is light blue. Let’s imagine the possibilities, shall we?

Admired since ancient times, turquoise is known for its distinct color, which ranges from powdery blue to greenish robin’s egg blue. It is one of the few gems that is named for its striking color, and is considered to be a symbol of good fortune and success, bringing prosperity to its wearer. No wonder it has remained so popular throughout time!

If you are celebrating a birthday this month, you should treat yourself to your very own piece of good fortune with these turquoise and diamond earrings by Doves. These 18 karat white gold beauties will brighten your day with brilliant turquoise stones and over 0.50cts of diamonds.

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Speaking of brightness, a more unknown turquoise history fact is that the brightness of the color is supposed to be the symbol for happiness, and is believed to increase a person’s self-confidence. No one will be able to resist smiling when they see you wearing this adorable poodle brooch. The perfect birthday or holiday gift for any dog lover, this 18 karat gold piece has cabochon turquoise and ruby details that would make anyone feel good.

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Or you can add a splash of color to your (or someone else’s) day with this stunning turquoise and sapphire ring by Shoshana. Either choice is a feel-good one.

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However, if you decide to break away from the “traditional” turquoise stone, and celebrate December with the color light blue, Belle Toile has created an incredible set as part of their Destiny Collection.

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Cascades of brilliant blue shine throughout each of these three pieces. You can express your confidence (a nod to what turquoise symbolizes) with a trio of rich, exquisite stones set in a flowing style. The Destiny pendant, necklace and ring each feature sparkling and radiant blue and green stones set into rhodium-plated, nickel allergy-free, 925 sterling silver.

Another light blue choice is this blue leather and pearl bracelet by Honora, made with sterling silver featuring a delicate yet eye-catching blue stone section.

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Regardless of whether you decide to keep with traditional turquoise or go outside the box and explore a different light blue gem, the December birthstone provides you with many options to match your true blue desires, in any style you choose.

Keep on smiling December babies!


Topaz & Citrine: Two Ways to Celebrate November

It may be getting chilly outside, but those celebrating birthdays in November will feel sunny and bright thanks to topaz and citrine, this month’s birthstones. While both of these stones can look similar – and have been mistaken for one another – they are each unique in their own special way (perhaps you know of some November-born twins that can relate…?).

Topaz has an exceptionally wide color range that includes brown, and various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple. The orange topaz, also known as Precious Topaz, is the traditional November birthstone. Regardless of whether you are drawn to the warm or cool tones, topaz is a lustrous and brilliant gem. With so many color options to choose from, why limit yourself on your birthday?

Perhaps you would like an original piece by us to celebrate. This George Press Topaz and Diamond ring features a topaz stone, framed by 0.58cts of both fine white and black round brilliant diamonds.

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Another gorgeous option is a White Gold London Blue Diamond ring by Doves. This piece showcases 18K white gold with a London blue topaz gem, outlined in diamonds.

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No matter which topaz ring you choose, either will look stunning on your hand as you sip some birthday champagne.

November’s other birthstone, citrine, is a variety of quartz ranging in colors of yellow, yellow-brown, orange, dark orange-brown, reddish-brown. Its name comes from the Greek word “citron,” because of its similar color to citrus fruit.

This beautiful necklace by Marco Bicego will look delicious around your neck paired with these Murano Citrine earrings. Both by the same renowned designer, the necklace and earrings are made with 18 karat yellow gold showcasing a dazzling citrine stone.

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In ancient cultures citrine was called the “stone of the mind.” Healers believed it had the power to promote clarity of thought, open your mind and increase someone’s psychic power. With that kind of reputation perhaps you should pick up a pair of these cufflinks by Alor for your husband to wear the next time he picks his lotto numbers – bonus points if he is celebrating a November birthday!

Both pairs of these lucky cufflinks are made with 20mm stainless steel cable surrounding a citrine stone.

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Regardless of whether you choose topaz or citrine to celebrate November, both stones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which means everyone can find a way to fit topaz and citrine into their budget.


Pretty in Peridot – August’s Birthstone Now and Then

The August birthstone has evolved throughout time and been a work in progress since the first one. Its initial birthstone was sardonyx, which is a variety of the mineral chalcedony. Sardonyx usually consists of layered bands of translucent or opaque white and brownish red – like the layers found in cameos, which are often carved from sardonyx. Sardonyx was common and inexpensive, and thus quite popular in ancient times.

A more modern birthstone for August is the beautiful peridot. Peridot has been found in meteorites, volcanic lava and many locations around the world, particularly the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona. It, too, has been popular since ancient times and was a favorite gem of the Ottoman Empire.  It is usually a bright lime green color and has been called the “evening emerald.”

You can see what a lovely stone peridot is in this Diamond Eternity Band and Two Peridot Band combination, custom crafted by George Press. Each 18 karat yellow gold peridot band contains 3.74cts of square-cut, channel-set peridot, while the center platinum diamond band sparkles magnificently with 6.84cts of shimmering emerald-cut diamonds.

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According to Jewelers of America, in July 2016, spinel (pronounced spin-elle) was added to the list of August birthstone choices. The addition of spinel is the third update to the list of modern birthstones since the American National Retail Jeweler’s Association created it in 1912.  Spinel adds a rainbow of new color choices for those born in August.

Spinel often resembles sapphire or ruby, and was frequently confused with these gems until the advent of modern technology.  Spinel comes in a range of colors, the most desirable being vivid red, cobalt blue, bright pink and bright orange.  Spinel also come in paler colors and in black. Below you can see an example of black spinel in this Phillip Stein Horizon Black Spinel Bracelet from the Sterling Silver Horizon Jewelry Collection.

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With the addition of Spinel, the options for August birthstones have expanded exponentially. August babies have loads of colors to choose from, and some flamboyant colors at that.  When you look at the relatively drab colors of sardonyx, you must admit August has come a long way. We think peridot is a gorgeous stone, and we love its history of tradition, but spinel is gorgeous too!

What do you think?  Would you stick with peridot or consider adopting spinel as your birthstone?  Come to Facebook and let us know.  We’d love to hear from you.  Happy birthday August babies!


Red Rubies for July Babies!

Birthstones are a bit muddled up these days. Most months claim to have several birthstones, based on horoscopes, ancient practices, tradition, mysticism etc. July is no exception. It lays claim to no less than six different birthstones; ruby, carnelian, turquoise, onyx, sardonyx and sapphire. Confused? So are we. They aren’t even the same color! We tend to be more traditional, and more than that, we see no reason to set aside July’s best known, irresistible birthstone, the ruby!

Rubies have been known as the king of gems. They have a history of being prized by royalty, and in larger sizes, are rarer than diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. So, large rubies of good quality can be worth more than any comparably-sized gemstone.

Like sapphires, rubies are a red variety of the mineral corundum. Every other color corundum is called a sapphire. Upper Burma and Thailand are well-known sources of quality rubies. The most desirable Burmese rubies are described as “Pigeon’s Blood” for their intense red color. Interestingly, the term comes not from the color of blood, but for the iris color in the eye of a white pigeon. Rubies from Thailand tend to have more of a dark brownish-red color.

Colors can range from pinkish, purple, orangey and brown-toned reds. Value depends on origin, color, size and clarity. Most rubies are cut in their original country, as high-value rough ruby can be subject to strict governmental control. So custom cut and recut stones typically have even more value. But more than that, few stones have the color, the passion and fire of a beautiful ruby!

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Just look at the fireworks of color going off on this Diamond and Ruby Bracelet from the George Press Estate Collection. Set in 18 karat yellow gold, this magnificent bracelet also contains 1.20 cts of diamonds. Get your blue and white outfit ready, because this is all the red you will ever need for patriotic celebrations. Of course, that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as gorgeous on every other special occasion! This is the kind of bracelet that can become a woman’s trademark. If you can also claim it as your birthstone, so much the better!

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 Prima Ballerina!

This Burmese Ruby and Diamond Ballerina Ring is so-called because of the way the 3.10 cts of diamond baguettes form a “tutu” around the 2.62 cts round Burmese Ruby. Think about the elements that define a ruby’s value-origin, color, size and clarity and then look at this ring through new eyes. Simply breathtaking!

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Fire and Ice

The perfect combination, red hot rubies and ice cold diamonds, are beautifully proportioned in this Diamond and Ruby Oval Link Bracelet. Set in precious platinum, this Bracelet features 3.92 cts of round diamonds and 3.00 cts of square rubies. What a great design to showcase the contrast of these fine gemstones. This bracelet is a sparkler that lasts all year long!

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There you have it, the case is made for our choice of July birthstone. The appeal of passionate, fiery rubies cannot be denied. You will have to excuse us, July ladies, if we also offer rubies to our customers who aren’t “July-born.” We could never be so cruel as to deny them these rose-red precious delights. After all, all of our customers are royalty in our eyes!


Emeralds – May’s Spring Green Birthstone

Spring is here and all around us vivid colors are replacing the browns and greys of winter. It’s safe to say that the most predominant color is bright, bold green. So, what better birthstone for this time than the magnificent, precious emerald!

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Emerald is a variety of the mineral Beryl. It presents in all different shades of green with the deeper shades being more valuable. If the color is too light, it may be classified as a green beryl. The green color is caused by trace amounts of chromium or vanadium.

Clarity is the second most important feature of emeralds, with a high degree of transparency being more desirable, because emeralds tend to have inclusions and fissures. These imperfections are sometimes referred to as “Jardin,” “garden” in French because they resemble garden moss. Emerald is one of four precious gemstones, the others being diamonds, sapphires and rubies.

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Columbia is the largest producer of emeralds, and a rare type of emerald with dark spokes caused by inclusions, called “trapiche,” is also found there. The second largest producer is Zambia. Lesser quantities of emeralds have also been found in many other countries, including the United States, where they have been discovered in Connecticut, the Carolinas, Nevada and Montana.

Emeralds were mined in ancient Egypt, and Cleopatra was a particular fan of the gemstone, laying claim to all the emerald mines in her country. Spanish conquistadors also coveted the stones, bringing many back from South America.  Emeralds are said to be a symbol of new beginnings, loyalty and peace. The ancient Romans dedicated emeralds to Venus, known as the goddess of love and beauty.

Elizabeth Taylor had a famous set of emeralds and diamonds, a gift from her husband, Richard Burton, which has been valued at about 100 million dollars. Angelina Jolie favors them also, and has 115-carat double drop emerald earrings and a 65-carat emerald ring.

Various royals also have famous emerald pieces, including a German emerald and diamond tiara, an Indian necklace, and a Belgian necklace.  Several pieces in the British Crown Jewels also are emerald-centered, including the Grand Duchess Vladimir Emerald Tiara, named for the aunt of Tsar Nicolas II and subsequently acquired by Queen Mary in 1921. Queen Mary was also given the Delhi Durbar Emerald Necklace, a gift from the Maharaja of Patiala, India.

Obviously, emeralds were, and are, prized by many important people throughout history. Their brilliant green color is captivating. Spring is also lovely, with its bright green grass and leaves. But you can’t wear lawn clippings! So, bring a bit of emerald green into your life that you can wear all year round, and have a little piece of spring to calm your soul.


A Diamond a Day-Why April’s Birthstone Rules!

April, you are the envy of all the other birthstones, for your birthstone is the best and the brightest – diamonds!  Sure, others have tried to ascribe additional birthstones to April – sapphire, clear quartz, and opal to be specific, but for most of us, we hear “diamond” and nothing after that.

And who can blame us?  Aren’t diamonds the most popular gemstone?  Aren’t they the hardest and most valuable stones of all? Some ancient cultures believed that diamonds were the tears of the gods.  Today we know that most of them are created under high pressure and temperatures deep in the Earth. Imagine the treasures yet to be found!

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Diamonds come in different hues, too.  Ranging from faint to vivid, they can be found in yellow, green, blue, red and pink. The 59.60 carat Pink Star diamond recently broke a world record at auction, when it sold for $71 million in Hong Kong.  The buyer, Chinese retailer Chow Tai Fook promptly renamed the stone “CTF Pink Star.”

Maybe you will never own the CTF Pink Star, but that doesn’t mean you can’t include more diamonds in your day.  April ladies have the perfect excuse, sure, but they don’t have a monopoly! So, let’s look at some of the “daily” diamonds we have right here at George Press.  Diamonds you can wear any day, every day, and every evening too!

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This Lady’s Alor Black Cable Bangle Bracelet is a great example of a versatile diamond bracelet. Wrought in black cable and 18 karat white gold, it is effortlessly chic, and definitely cool.  From the Noir collection, it is perfect for wearing with a dress, business casual and your favorite jeans. We could see this being popular with all ages, and it makes an excellent gift for teens and twenty-somethings. There’s no better time to introduce them to diamonds.

This diamond bracelet is just one of the many George Press carries

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Marco, Marco, you know the way to a woman’s heart.  Marco Bicego’s Goa Collection includes this sparkling 18K Yellow Gold and Diamond Bar Necklace.  Brighten your day, every day, by incorporating this sunny sparkler into your wardrobe.  Perfect for mixing with other necklaces, it also does the job alone.  The intricate chain is just one measure of its artistry.  Beautifully done, beautifully worn, by you, whenever you want! Note to April babies- add to wish list!

One of the many diamond necklaces that George Press has to offer

This Flex Forte Bezel Diamond Dust Bangle reflects everything that is right with jewelry styles today.  Perfect for stacking, or mix with another A-Link bangle, we have several compatible styles.  There is no right or wrong with these bangles, no time of day or required occasion. Just slip them on and go – to the mall, to work, to dinner.  Wherever and whenever you want!

Another diamond bracelet from the George Press Collection

The Right-Hand Ring

Let’s not forget that perennial favorite, the “right-hand” ring.  Not every diamond band has to be a wedding band. Some say it should be worn on the right hand to avoid confusion, but we say wear it however you darn well please.  Whether it’s a gift to yourself or for someone else, diamond bands- wedding or not- are a great way to put more diamonds into your life.

This Christopher Designs Diamond “Wedding” Band works perfectly for both a wedding band and a right-hand ring. In sultry platinum with 3.71cts of blazing diamonds, nobody puts Baby in a corner! (Dirty Dancing reference.)

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Also from Christopher Designs, we love this 18K white gold band with 0.57cts of diamonds for a multifunctional diamond band.  Of course, when shopping for a wedding band or a right-hand ring, we have too many styles to put them all here.  Your best bet is to come into the store and try on some of our many gorgeous choices.  It’s much more fun that way!

This diamond wedding band is another piece from Christopher Designs that George Press carries

In conclusion, if April is your birth month, make sure you spoil yourself and add some more diamonds to your day.  And if April isn’t your birth month, add some more diamonds to your day anyway.  Remember, there is no such thing as too many diamonds – and there never will be!


The Story of Birthstones, Featuring March…

Birthstone is a term we all take for granted.  But how did birthstones come to be?  Did someone invent the concept?  How did they originate?  Birthstones have been around for thousands of years and yet their “birth” remains shrouded in mystery.  Here are a few competing theories as to how we acquired the gems that remain so near and dear to our hearts.

Birthstones in Religion

Birthstones figure into a lot of religious history, and a widely-believed theory is that they originated with the breastplate of Aaron.  Aaron was the brother of Moses and a Hebrew high priest who played a significant role in the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.

A breastplate was created for Aaron and on it were twelve stones, engraved with seals, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel.  Historians differ as to which stones were actually represented.  Many of the stones didn’t have the same names they do today.  With some variation, though, they were generally believed to be ruby, topaz, emerald, turquoise, sapphire, diamond, jacinth, agate, amethyst, and beryl, onyx and jasper.

In later centuries, Christians ascribed stones to the twelve apostles and from the bible’s Book of Revelations we get a list of twelve stones comprising the foundation stones of New Jerusalem. Both of these are also thought to be the source of birthstones.

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Of course, there are also ancient eastern theories of how birthstones came into being. Tibetans had a mythical birthstone list, which is more than a thousand years old.  The Ayurvedic Birthstone list, of Indian origin, dates back to about 1500 BC and assigns medicinal properties to the stones.  Some groups believed that certain gemstones should be worn on each day of the week, for luck.  Another philosophy assigned a stone to each day of the week, but believed that you should always wear the stone that corresponded to the day on which you were born.

The Polish had a wonderful concept where each month was assigned a birthstone, and people owned all twelve of them and wore the assigned stone for each month, in turn.

Finally, in 1912, the Jewelers of America Association organized all this chaos and came up with the list of modern birthstones that has been generally accepted around the world.

The March Choice

Fortunately for March, the Jewelers of America chose Aquamarine, a lovely, clear light blue stone that the Celts believed to have originated in mermaids’ treasure chests.  It was also thought to be lucky for those who traveled over water.

It was also lucky for those born in March because the other March birthstone was traditionally Bloodstone, which looks like dark green marble with red, brown or yellow “blood” spots in it.  A narrow escape March!

Given a choice, we are certain you would prefer to wear something akin to this Marco Bicego Aquamarine Lunaria Ring, set in 18K yellow gold.

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We know we would!  Happy Birthday to all of our readers born in March.  Whether Pisces or Aries, we are glad you ended up with such a beautiful birthstone.  Wear it in good health!


Celebrating the Pearl! – High Accolades for June’s Birthstone

Designers are featuring them, celebrities are wearing them, pearls are everywhere and especially now, when pearls take top honors as June’s traditional birthstone. Today’s pearls are completely reimagined in innovative settings and combinations, creating a whole new class of classic jewelry.

Ombré Opera Length Pearl Necklace

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A recent twist in pearl necklaces is incorporating ombré pearls.  Sometimes a subtle variation of white to grey or pink, or sometimes flaunted in dramatic changes of color – like this Ombré Opera Length Pearl Necklace.  South Sea pearls graduate from shimmering black to luminescent white, with an 18 karat white gold and diamond clasp that is too beautiful to hide. A gorgeous, elegant statement of a necklace!

 Honora White Round Ringed Hoop Earrings

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Honora combines several new trends in these White Round Ringed Hoop Earrings. With an homage to link jewelry and a technology twist, these 9-10mm freshwater cultured pearl hoops are strikingly different and as modern as can be.  Move over debutantes, these earrings have enough edge to rewrite traditional pearl studs into something adventurous and exciting.  Good job Honora!
George Press South Sea Pearl and Diamond Ring

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Golden South Sea Pearls are wonders of nature, and they deserve equally wondrous settings. George Press lovingly envelopes one of these miracles in a shining fold of 18 karat yellow gold edged with diamonds. It arrives special delivery, custom created by George Press especially for you!

Bucellati Pearl and Diamond Necklace

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Remember when Olivia Wilde rocked the Oscars in February with her Pearl Edwardian Choker?  Well now it’s your turn! This Buccellati Pearl and Diamond Choker features an 18 karat white gold and diamond clasp and six strands of lustrous pearls. Transform yourself into an overnight sensation when you clasp it around your own graceful neck.  You “Wilde thing” you!

So honestly, have you ever seen such a variety of Pearl jewelry?  This is just the tip of the iceberg!  We have many examples of exciting Pearl creations that are perfect for June birthday ladies, graduation gifts or just to add some spice to your own wardrobe. Stop by and see what’s new in the world of pearls, you’ll be surprised!


Diamonds are a Girl’s Best April Birthstone!

Congratulations, April babies you have won the birthstone lottery! As much as girls born in other months may cherish their own special birthstones, rest assured that they all secretly envy you.  Some more than others!

The name diamond comes from the Greek word “adamas,”meaning invincible. Diamonds come in a wide range of colors, including yellow, orange, black, blue, purple, green, pink and red.  These diamonds are known as “fancy,” and the color is created by impurities in the stone, such as yellow for nitrogen and blue for boron.

Luckily for the rest of us, there is nothing to stop anyone from enjoying the beauty and magnificence of diamond jewelry. Today’s diamond jewelry comes in a variety of styles from playful to elegant, and can be enjoyed all day-and all night- long. So don’t be an April fool, put those diamonds on and shine, shine, shine!

George Press Flower Earrings

George Press Diamond Flower Earrings

These adorable 18 karat yellow gold flower earrings feature almost a carat of diamonds, but do they look stodgy and serious?  Heck no!  Designed and created by George Press custom jewelry, these earrings are joyous and youthful.  Perfect for the free spirit that lives inside you, they pair easily with everything from jeans to prom dresses.  What would you love to wear them with?  Visit our Facebook page and let us know! 

 Lady’s Two-Tone 18 Karat Geometric Fashion Ring

Lady’s Two-Tone 18 Karat Geometric Fashion Ring

Lady’s Two-Tone 18 Karat Geometric Ring

All bow before the new Queen of our Estate Collection. This show-stopping ring is a diamond masterpiece in a ruby frame. Totally wearable and fashion-forward, you can rock this beauty 24/7 and be absolutely majestic!

Marco Bicego Sivigilia Diamond Necklace

Marco Bicego Siviglia Diamond Necklace

Add the perfect touch to any outfit with this Marco Bicego Siviglia Necklace in 18 karat yellow gold embellished with 0.60cts of diamonds. This impeccable necklace has a classic look that will always be stylish. You may never take it off!

George Press Geometric Diamond Ring

George Press Geometric Diamond Ring

George Press Geometric Diamond Ring

Now here’s a ring that’s perfect for those who have arrived!  Set in 18 karat gold, this ring is a sophisticated mix for the bold at heart.  A 2.00ct center stone lords it over a court of smaller diamonds. Exquisite taste at an exceptional price, custom made for the discerning buyer by George Press.

So Happy Birthday to April’s offspring, enjoy your well-deserved birthstone!  As for the rest of us, remember – “everyday” does not mean “ordinary.” You can wear ANY of these knockouts every day, but you will certainly be a long, long way from ordinary!


Making A Splash!

Do you fancy yourself a secret mermaid? Do you have an affinity for the sea and things beachy, or languid sun-warmed pools? Is your birthday in March? Then it’s no surprise that your birthstone is the dreamiest blue-green shade of beryl known as aquamarine. Literally, “water of the sea”, in olden times aquamarine was said to calm waves and keep sailors safe. It was also thought to keep marriages happy. Of course, that could be said of most gems!

Aquamarine comes straight from the earth in beautiful six-sided prismatic crystals. The largest gem-quality aquamarine crystal ever mined was 19 inches long. How amazing that it survived intact like that! Queen Elizabeth’s “Brazilian Tiara” has a remarkable center aquamarine which was given to her as a coronation gift from the people of Brazil. The Brazilian government also gave an 1,847 carat aquamarine to Eleanor Roosevelt in 1935. It’s great to have friends!

Aquamarine sparkles so brilliantly and has such wonderful color that it is one of the most popular gems, with jewelers and customers alike. A lot of modern designers are incorporating aquamarine into their lines. Ivanka Trump knows how to get aquamarine to do her bidding. From her Patras Collection, this Horizontal Ring is a pool of beauty in 18 karat white gold with micro pave diamonds.

Ivanka Trump Patras Aquamarine Earrings

Likewise, these Patras Aquamarine Drop Earrings in 18 karat white gold with diamonds are so in vogue right now, they could be right from the red carpet. That center blue is a little bit of heaven tethered to the earth by diamond cords.

Marco Bicego Aquamarine and Gold Lunaria Necklace

Marco Bicego also takes the plunge with his aquamarine and 18 karat yellow gold Lunaria line. This brings out the sunny-side of aquamarine and is perfect for day-to-evening wear.

So versatile, so scrumptious. Lots of women choose to wear aquamarine regardless of their birth month. But March ladies, you wear it with entitlement! That’s your birthright! Let others be jealous of your secret mermaid status. We won’t tell anyone.


Just Between Friends

The message for January is friendship, and nothing celebrates that message better than January’s birthstone, garnets. “Januarians” the world over should take pride in knowing that their birthstone symbolizes eternal friendship and loving trust. What a great gift to give a loved one or friend! Most people think of garnets as being red or wine-colored. Even the name, garnet, stems from the word “granatum”, meaning seed – probably because of the stone’s resemblance to the seeds of the pomegranate. People don’t realize, however, that garnets also come in many other shades, including yellow, orange and green. Look, for example, at this stunning Doves Tiered Amazonite Pendant in 18 karat yellow gold. See those shimmering green stones surrounding the pendant? You got it, garnets! Aren’t they beautiful? What friend wouldn’t appreciate this for a birthday gift?

Tradition has its place too, though. The beauty of these garnet earrings in 14 karat yellow gold is undeniable. Holidays, flowers, fireworks, and starbursts all come to mind when wearing these, making them perfect all year round. These earrings are part of the George Press Estate Collection. When you give these you can feel pretty confident that she won’t be seeing them on everyone else!

You can also find this Bulgari cabochon garnet ring in the George Press Estate Collection. Set in 18 karat yellow gold, this impressive ring boasts a designer pedigree. The sleek design of the cabochon setting is both elegant and sophisticated, showing the beautiful stone off to its best advantage. Anyone receiving this ring is sure to become a best friend for life, or maybe more!

So show your friend or loved one that you care with a gift of garnets. Not only do they send a beautiful message, but they are outright beautiful themselves. Your friend will glow with contentment, basking in the warmth of your gift. Oh and Januarians, don’t forget that a birthday is also the perfect time to treat yourself. When you blow out that candle, nothing takes the sting away better than a piece of beautiful jewelry from George Press! Happy birthday, January babies, and Happy New year too!


December to a “T”

The end of the year brings a “hat trick” in the birthstone rink. For those of you who aren’t sports aficionados, a hat trick is three successes of the same kind – for example, when an ice hockey player scores three goals in the same game. Pull that one out of your hat in mixed company and notice the approving nods from the crowd. You can easily remember December’s birthstones just by recalling the three T’s – turquoise, tanzanite and blue topaz. Score! Of these three distinct and gorgeous members of the blue family, turquoise is probably the earliest known birthstone for December. Turquoise was fashionable in Egypt and Mesopotamia for thousands of years and King Tut’s tomb held a great quantity of turquoise jewelry and artifacts. Turquoise is still widely popular today, and often featured in Native American and Southwestern jewelry. George Press has an adorable piece of turquoise jewelry in its estate collection, perfect for dog lovers. This unique Poodle Brooch in 18 karat yellow gold sports a cabochon turquoise collar and ruby eyes. The wearer of this charming brooch is sure to be petted and cooed over, and it doesn’t shed!

 

 

Tanzanite, on the other hand, is the newest December birthstone, having been discovered in Tanzania in 1967.  It is offered in shades of blue and violet and is usually heat-treated to achieve the desired color.

How do you cure the winter blues?  Don’t.  Just enjoy them! Blue topaz jewelry is a sure winner in the December birthday Trifecta.  Just look at some of these wonderful pieces from George Press in the newest blue topaz shade, London Blue!

Ivanka Trump wows with this London Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring in 18 karat white gold with 0.88cts of round brilliant diamonds.  Stylish London Blue sets this ring apart from traditional blue topaz, as does its inspired and artistic setting.  A ring fit for a winter princess!

 

A December gal will also appreciate the elegant simplicity of this Marco Bicego Topaz Delicati Necklace in 18 karat yellow gold.  This gem also enjoys the distinction of being London Blue and provides a welcome touch of color year round.  Perfect for day through evening, she might never take it off!

 

 

We have a touch of empathy for the December-born, because they often feel that their birthdays are overshadowed by the holidays and not given all the attention they so rightly deserve.  If you want to make your December baby happy, show her that her birthday is the most important day in your year. With one of these special choices from George Press, not only will she have a happy birthday, but you are well on your way to sharing man, many more!


The Gold And The Beautiful

Many months have two birthstone choices and November is no exception, featuring as it does, both citrine and topaz. Two bold and beautiful choices for you equally striking November ladies!

Citrine gets its name from the French word for lemon. It has been described as a gift from the sun. How appropriate, gleaming as it does in shades from pale yellow to dark orange.

You will shine from sunrise to sunset too, in either of these glorious golden offerings.  Whether its this Marco Bicego Citrine Delicati Necklace in 18 karat gold.

Or these Shoshana Citrine, Sapphire and Diamond earrings, with round cognac diamonds and yellow sapphires, you will be known as the golden girl for sure!

Feeling frisky? Maybe you want something more exotic for your birthday? Just look at these White Topaz and Turquoise Earrings from Doves! Combining Arizona turquoise, mother of pearl, white topaz and 1.18cts of dazzling diamonds with a hip, chic vibe, who would have ever thought that topaz could look like this!

 

 

Or, dive even deeper, into the sultry blue waters off of Venice, with these Marco Bicego Murano Blue Topaz earrings in 18 karat gold.

 

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This shade of “London” blue is so hot right now its positively cool. London is calling baby, and its saying  Happy Birthday to you!

So rejoice November gals, you have more choices than ever before.  Get out there and celebrate what makes you, you! And let us be the first to wish you a most wonderful and exciting birthday!

 


October’s Birthstones

What’s your go-to fall look?  Camel? Gray? Another loyal neutral?  These are lovely, but it’s not winter yet!  Fall is a time of spirited color, and meek and mild gems just won’t do.

When vibrant hues light up the treetops and iridescent haze coats the hills and fields, it’s time to call forth two of nature’s more audacious gems, opal and tourmaline!

Tourmaline comes in shades of pink, red, orange, magenta, blue, green and violet.   Many varieties of tourmaline have their own names – like Rubellite for pink, red and orange, Indicolite for blue-green and blue, Chrome for intense green, Savannah for yellow; and Watermelon, a parti-colored stone which is pink and green and sometimes also white.

Marco Bicego plays with the tourmaline color spectrum in this pair of Jaipur Color Tourmaline Rings in 18 karat gold with your choice of vibrant green or pink tourmaline.

Jaipur stackable ring by Marco Bicego in 18 karat hand engraved yellow gold with vibrant pink tourmaline.

Jaipur stackable ring by Marco Bicego in 18 karat hand engraved yellow gold with vibrant pink tourmaline.

Jaipur stackable ring by Marco Bicego in 18 karat hand engraved yellow gold with vibrant pink tourmaline.

Jaipur stackable ring by Marco Bicego in 18 karat hand engraved yellow gold with vibrant pink tourmaline.

Likewise, this 18 karat yellow gold Shoshana Tourmaline Bracelet is not shy about mixing it up with pink and green tourmalines joined by diamond links.

18 karat yellow gold bracelet by Shoshana, featuring pink and green tourmalines accentuated by 0.60cts of diamonds.

Feeling a little bolder? How about these pear-shaped pink and green tourmaline earrings in a fashionably mismatched setting?

Stunning pink and green tourmaline earrings in a trendy mismatched setting

Stunning pink and green tourmaline earrings in a trendy mismatched setting

Opal, historically known as the “Queen of Gems”, contains the colors of many gems and was once thought to have all of their properties.  Precious opals have a show of sparkling colors called “play of color” displayed against solid backgrounds called “body colors”.  

You can really see the play of color in this Opal Diamond and Sapphire Heart Pendant, currently part of the George Press Estate Collection. With 1.48cts of diamonds, imagine how it will flash against a tasteful fall sweater. A little morse code for kindred adventurous spirits…look at me, dash dot dot dash…..

Beautiful 14 karat yellow gold opal heart pendant surrounded by sapphires and 1.48cts of diamonds

Beautiful 14 karat yellow gold opal heart pendant surrounded by sapphires and 1.48cts of diamonds

Some of the most recognized varieties of opal include white or light opal, black opal, Fire or Mexican opal, Boulder opal, and Crystal or Water opal. Boulder opal contains some of the stone matrix on which it is formed and Crystal opal has a translucent background. Unlike other opals, Fire opal frequently does not display play of color. It comes in strong shades of yellow, brown, orange, or red and can easily hold it’s own among the flashier crowd. Look at the glow in this Mexican Fire Opal and Orange Sapphire Ring from Shoshana, this ember can stand up to any fall maple leaf!

 18 karat yellow gold heart Shoshana ring featuring a Mexican Fire Opal and 0.71cts of orange Sapphires.

18 karat yellow gold heart Shoshana ring featuring a Mexican Fire Opal and 0.71cts of orange Sapphires.

Tourmaline or opal, whichever you choose, you are sure to be pleased with your new autumn finds. Be at the forefront of the fall fashion scene and when your friends say they love the colors of the changing season, they’ll be talking about you!


September Sapphires — Follow the Rainbow!

When we think of sapphires we almost always think of blue.  That’s not surprising when you consider that blue is the most popular color in the world.  But we are doing ourselves a disservice!

September’s birthstone comes in a range of wonderful colors, including pink, orange, yellow, green, white, purple and lavender.

Sapphires are a gemstone of the mineral corundum, which, when red, is called a  ruby. Although cornflower blue or Kashmir sapphires are highly prized, the rarest form of sapphire is actually the orange-pink Padparadschah, typically found in Sri Lanka. Padparadschah loosely translates to “lotus flower” in Sanskrit.

Sapphires can vary in density, so they are measured by carat weight and by size. Hue, tone and saturation are the three qualities used in evaluating color. These pink George Press Sapphire Bands are a beautiful hue! Shown here encasing a lustrous 6.84 carat Diamond Eternity Band, they are available together or separately from George Press Custom Jewelry.

 

George Press Diamond Eternity Band and Two Sapphire Bands
George Press Diamond Eternity Band and Two Sapphire Bands

 


 

Many magical functions have been historically attributed to sapphires.   Ancient civilizations believed that sapphires protected against the “evil eye”, envy, poisoning and sore throats.  Yellow sapphires are supposed to help overcome shyness.  These beautiful Shoshana Diamond and Sapphire Daisy Earrings certainly have a magical quality. No one wearing these charming blooms could ever be described as shy!

 

Shoshana Diamond and Sapphire Daisy Earrings
18 karat yellow gold Daisy earrings by Shoshana, set with 2.99cts of round yellow sapphires and 0.93cts of round diamonds that add a splash of color.

 

 

 


 

Sapphires have been popular in engagement rings for centuries.  They are said to symbolize romance, sincerity and fidelity.  Popular with royalty, it is said that deep blue sapphires may have been the source of the color known as “royal blue.”  Napoleon Bonaparte gave Empress Josephine a sapphire and diamond engagement ring.  Princess Catherine, formerly Kate Middleton, currently wears the sapphire engagement ring that Prince Charles gave to Princess Diana.

Today’s celebrities have also followed this example, with Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Hurley and Jenny McCarthy flaunting sapphireengagement rings. Jenny’s is a 10 carat yellow sapphire!  If you’re more of a traditionalist, this beautiful Gregg Ruth Diamond and Sapphire Antique Cluster Ring recalls Princess Diana’s treasured ring in a most elegant way.

 

18 karat white gold antique cluster ring delicatly features 0.28cts of diamonds F/G in color VS2 in clarity and 0.79cts of sapphire.
18 karat white gold antique cluster ring delicatly features 0.28cts of diamonds F/G in color VS2 in clarity and 0.79cts of sapphire.

 

 


 

 

Sapphires are also the traditional gift for 45th anniversaries.  But there’s no reason to wait that long anymore!  This Shoshana 18 karat white gold Hearts within Heart Pendant with  1.18cts of pink, yellow and blue sapphires makes a lovely gift for an anniversary or any other special occasion.

 

This delightful 18 karat white gold Shoshana heart pendant features a colorful array of 1.18cts of pink, yellow and blue round sapphires.
This delightful 18 karat white gold Shoshana heart pendant features a colorful array of 1.18cts of pink, yellow and blue round sapphires.

 

So add a dash of panache to your jewelry wardrobe and explore the wonderful world of sapphires.  Blue, yellow, purple or whatever your heart desires, pick your favorite colors and you’ll be over the rainbow with delight!


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