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Thinking Spring with Gorgeous Gems

The month of March has welcomed us with some warm days and it has us thinking spring! Spring time means getting to finally see some bursts of green and beautiful colors as the trees, plants and flowers reawaken after their long winters nap. It is also the perfect time to reawaken your looks as you dust off those lighter and brighter outfits that have been hiding behind your favorite sweaters and boots.

As we get closer and closer to the first day of spring we are in the mood to celebrate with some fabulous new earrings. One of our most beloved and exquisite collections, the Shoshana Collection, has a new addition. These amazing earrings just sing spring! From the dainty butterflies to the flowers featuring beautiful purple and yellow stones and the two perfect pearls, you will feel full of sunshine from the inside out.

Do you have some springtime weddings coming up? Or perhaps a bridal shower? Either of these elegant pairs of earrings would work wonderfully for either occasion. The rainbow of colors will make it the perfect choice to complement whatever dress you might have in mind.

The opals and diamonds in this pair would look absolutely amazing with a little black dress.

And if it is an afternoon affair, the pastel shades in this pair would work lovely with a sundress and cardigan or flowy skirt and a simple top. 

Whatever you might have on your calendar as we finally move closer and closer to spring, we hope that it brings you much health and happiness….and some new jewelry to help you look your best along the way!


Valentines Day Gift Ideas

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Valentine? With only a few more days left until February 14th, we’ve got you covered with some great gift ideas that will leave your sweetie’s heart all aflutter.

Forgo the traditional flowers this year and instead buy her an incredible piece of floral jewelry. It’ll definitely last longer than the boquet of dozen long-stem roses you had in mind! The Petali Collection by Marco Bicego would be a great option with simple yet organic shapes featuring bouquets of elegant 18K gold flowers. Each piece is expertly crafted and would be perfect for both everyday wear and a special night out.

If you are in the market for some flashier floral-inspired gems, this flower necklace by Gregg Ruth will not disappoint. A dazzling work of art, the pendant features 0.34cts of diamonds F/G in color VS2 in clarity and 2.43cts of rich blue sapphires.

Were you contemplating getting a heart shaped box of chocolates? We have some alternative ideas that are just as sweet, and definitely won’t be left in the freezer until summertime.

These lovely diamond heart earrings are made with yellow gold and feature twenty-two 0.09carat round brilliant diamonds.

Made exclusively by George Press this diamond heart pendant is absolutely exquisite with 18 karat green gold and 1.68cts of shimmering round brilliant diamonds.

Perhaps you aren’t looking to gift some new jewelry this Valentine’s Day. If your beloved needs a new timepiece, nothing says “I love you” like an incredible watch in deep red. The Swiss Army Dive Master 500 Mechanical Watch is made of stainless steel, engineered for performance and designed for comfort. Just like a lasting relationship should be!

February 14th will be here in no time, so do not delay in picking up one of these great gift ideas. After all, our signature gift wrapping features a red ribbon – perfect! Regardless of what you have planned this Valentine’s Day, whether it is a night out on the town, or an evening on the couch with your love and a great Netflix line-up, we hope that you feel non-stop love the entire day. From our hearts to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day!


Red, White & Blue Jewels

School is out and it is time to celebrate summer, the season of endless fun! In these warmer months we welcome more playful fashion as more of our skin, and thus jewelry, is exposed. It’s also the best time to have a little fun with your jewelry, as fashion during the summer is a bit more playful than it is the rest of the year.

One of the most beloved summer holidays, the Fourth of July, is right around the corner and we’ve got some great looks that’ll take you from clam bake to BBQ to wedding and everywhere in between.

This matching ring and necklace set will have you shining brighter than the fireworks in the night sky. Both pieces are made with 18karat white gold. This incredible necklaces features 1.17cts of round brilliant G/H Si1 diamonds. Not to be outdone, the eye-catching ring will glimmer underneath the sparklers with its 0.53cts of round brilliant G/H Si1 diamonds.

If you are looking for an extra burst of sparkle this summer, check out these mesmerizing earrings. A perfect complement to the ring and necklace above, these dazzlers were expertly made with 18karat white gold, featuring 1.71cts of round brilliant G/H Si1 diamonds. With these on your ears, friends and family will be seeing sparks all night long!

You can also channel your inner firecracker with these fiery ruby and diamond earrings, part of the beloved Shoshana collection. The pair features 0.70cts of round brilliant H Si2 diamonds and 4.50cts of oval rubies. They simply exude the essence of royalty, luxury, and fashion.

If the thought of rubies makes you feel all lit up inside, you will love this incredible fashion ring, also from the Shoshana collection. Expertly made with 18karat white golf, this beautiful piece features 0.75cts of round brilliant diamonds, 1.19cts of pear rubies, and 0.23cts of round rubies. No watermelon slices will ever look as sweet as this sparkler on your finger.

To properly celebrate the 4th of July, you must make sure you have some blue stone options in your arsenal of patriotic accessories. If this summer makes you think of the hours at the beach, you will love these sapphire and diamond earrings that give a nod to ocean waves. Made with 0.28cts of round brilliant H Sl1 diamonds, 1.17cts of round sapphires and 6.31cts of oval sapphires, the design will immediately transport you to your favorite sandy spot along the shore. 

Another way to show the love for the US of A are these beauties also from the Shoshana collection. This pair features 0.60cts of round brilliant G Si1 diamonds and two heart blue sapphires.

The 4th of July celebrations are always a special time for most. For many it brings happy memories of firecrackers and hotdogs on the grill in the days of yesteryear, and it tends to be a consistent summer highlight.

Now that you are grown, you can create some great summer holiday highlights of your own – including these beautiful pieces that will help you showcase your own pride in the red, white and blue.


Graduation Gift Guide

It is graduation season! Cue the pomp and circumstance and get those caps and gowns ready. Whether it is high school or college, graduations are milestones in any person’s life. It often marks the beginning of a new chapter full of both excitement and anticipation, and is a time of celebration. When searching for the perfect gift look for one that will send them into their next journey with an extra sense of pride…such as a wonderful piece of jewelry that can be treasured for a lifetime.

For our favorite high school graduates, they are about to embark on adulthood. As they head off to college, a gift that he or she can hold close to their hearts would be ideal.

A classic necklace would be a great way to start off a new graduate’s jewelry wardrobe. By keeping the look simple and timeless, she will be able to wear her new favorite piece for years to come. Either of these two pendant necklaces would be a great choice. Both are expertly crafted to be the perfect finishing touch to any outfit, from jeans to a cocktail dress.

If you are shopping for a son, grandson or nephew, a bold new watch could be a great start to his jewelry collection. Any of the Swiss Army watches we carry would be a great choice, especially ones from the original collection. It was Victorinox Swiss Army’s first timepiece design, established in 1989, and it is just as precise and stylish now as it was then.

Our favorite college graduates are at an incredible time in their life. It is the turning point when a young person truly becomes independent, joining the workforce and starting their careers. To start them off right, a great gift will help them feel confident during all those interviews.

For a young woman, consider beautiful pearl jewelry. It is the perfect accessory for both professional and fancy attire. This gorgeous pair of earrings by Alor is sophisticated and a little unexpected.

Another choice could be this more understated pair of earrings by Marco Bicego. A part of the Delicati collection, this style represents a “delicate” tribute to the joy of traveling and was inspired by Marco’s favorite collections.  

If she isn’t one for earrings, this cable necklace featuring 18 karat rose gold would look beautiful with a freshly pressed suit.

An elegant and professional watch is also a great gift option for any college graduate. Philip Stein watches are in a category all of their own. The design incorporates well-being benefits with an iconic, luxurious look. Each piece is made with the brand’s special Natural Frequency Technology to help the wearer feel and look his or her best from the inside out.

Graduate school is an accomplishment a bit unlike the others. These degrees tend to be a challenging commitment, and is an accomplishment a person should be enormously proud of. Reward your loved one’s hard work with something befitting of a professional.

A diamond bracelet is a beautiful way to celebrate all of her hard work and dedication, and is a piece she will treasure forever. After all, an incredible accomplishment deserves an incredible gift.

This diamond and sapphire bracelet features 9cts of oval blue sapphires, 2.10cts of baguette diamonds, and 0.53cts of round brilliant diamonds.

A George Press original, this diamond eternity bracelet is made with 4.40cts of exquisite round diamonds.

For him a unique set of cufflinks will definitely come in handy as he embarks on the next phase of his career. These 18 karat green gold Roman coin cufflinks are each set with a Roman Empire bronze coin circa 100-400 A.D.

A classic – but less historical – option are these handsome 18karat white and yellow gold Florentine cufflinks set with 0.13cts of round diamonds.

Graduation is an important time for all families. It ends one chapter, and simultaneously begins another. Congratulations to all of the graduates out there. We wish each of you the best of luck in your next adventure!


Boys and their Toys

It is true what they say, boys definitely do love their toys. Except at George Press our favorite team of jewelers aren’t exactly talking about motorcycles and classic cars. Instead, they boast about their favorite tools that help them create and care for your most beloved pieces of jewelry.

George Press, owner of George Press Jewelers and Master Jeweler, lovingly adores his precious metals analyzer. “We have had the XRF for about five or six years now, and it has made a huge difference for us time and efficiency wise, which our customers really appreciate.”

The X-ray fluorescence (XRF) machine applies heat to pieces of jewelry in order to identify what precious metals are in it, such as gold, cobalt and platinum. This information helps George and his team ensure that they are using the proper materials when doing various jewelry repairs.

“This program can be used for a variety of things. In fact, some companies use it to identify lead paint. For us, we need to know the elements of what we are working with. If a pair of earrings is part zinc, or cobalt, or gold, we need to know. If not, we would not get as good of a weld, which is really important,” George explains.

In the past George would have to use a piece of slate with special solutions to identify what karats a piece of gold might be – if any. And a magnet to see if it contained any cobalt.

“My fingertips would be yellow from my ‘investigative work.’ I definitely enjoy no longer having that happen! The XRF allows me to tap into my love of the periodic table since that is how each metal is classified versus the metal’s name. If anyone ever says they won’t use what they learned in chemistry class, they will if they decide to become a jeweler!”

Brian Swingle, Jeweler and Watch Specialist, can also appreciate a good weld with his favorite “toy,” the IWELD. This laser welder has revolutionized the way Brian does his work. The traditional method would be to use fire and solder.

“With this machine I can do repairs in seconds that used to take me sometimes up to an hour. It is amazing how much faster it is. It took me about two years to really get good,” Brian said smiling.

The IWELD allows Brian to utilize different settings depending on what type of piece he is working on to ensure the laser is just right. With over 11,000 hours of running time and 1,400,000 laser strikes he has had the ability to create his own custom settings for the smallest and most intricate repairs.

“I really enjoy the fact that I can see the results instantly. It is incredible. I also love using the laser to reach those intricate areas on castings. Bringing a well-worn, or sometimes forgotten piece and bringing it back to its original beauty is really satisfying.”

Richard Bolen, Graduate Gemologist, GIA has taken his design work to the next level thanks to a computer aided design (CAD) program, and a fancy 3D printer. By using the CAD program Richard can bring pieces to life based on conversations with clients, such as engagement rings, wedding bands, bracelets and pendants. The longest he ever worked on a design was 40 hours for an intricate bracelet.

“I have never had to design the same piece twice. Every job really is different,” Richard explained. “Sometimes time can get away from me when I start working on the unique details.”

For some clients, seeing a 3D rendering on the computer is enough. But for others, it is better for them to see a sample. When that happens the design is sent to the printer. Engagement rings typically take about 10 hours to print.

“By printing the pieces out, clients can get a sense for how strong a design element may or may not be. It allows me to rework a design if need be to ensure we are making the most beautiful piece of jewelry possible.”

In the past not all stores had the capability to house at 3D printer at their shop, making George Press very lucky. With having direct access to one it cuts down on production time, and when a client is waiting on a very important engagement ring to ask a very important question, days can feel like months!

Christian Richart, Graduate Gemologist, GIA, has always had an eye for detail. At George Press he is considered the team’s “gem detective,” so of course his favorite toy would be the microscope. Almost 80% of his gem identification work is done using the microscope alone, however in trickier cases he has also used a polarscope, which measures optic proportions and a refractometer which measures the speed of light through a gem.

“Every gem is different,” Christian says. “By using these tools I can get a close look at all of the inclusions – or the fingerprints of a stone. Some of them are really beautiful such as silks, star- rubies and trigons. It is fun to see.”

A lot of the work that Christian does is appraising various stones that were inherited by customers. When this happens he gets to take a close look at pieces that have been passed down across generations, from all different parts of the world. Most of the time Christian has great and exciting news to share with the owners. But sometimes, not so much. Over the course of his career Christian has been stumped by only a handful of stones that have crossed his desk. And some of the stones he has helped classify have been both very rare…and very large. The biggest gem he worked with was an emerald that ended up being worth 1.5 million dollars!

“At the end of the day, I do not necessarily need an overly fancy microscope. I have one in the back I purchased on Amazon. My skills and knowledge have been the most amazing tool of all.”

George, Brian, Richard and Christian definitely do love their toys. But fortunately for us, it is their love of these toys that ensures George Press Jewelers is always able to create and/or maintain the most beautiful and treasured pieces of jewelry for our clients. It is no wonder so many people visit George Press for jewelry repair!

Do you happen to have a favorite toy at work that helps you hone your craft each day? Well, we just might! In honor of our 39th anniversary – and to celebrate our favorite group of boys and their toys – we have an exclusive celebratory pen.

It is the most multi-functional writing utensil you will ever own. This little guy is a pen, a screwdriver, a Phillips head screwdriver, a stylus, level AND ruler all in one! The next time you come and visit us, please help yourself to one.


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.


Bridesmaid Bling

Planning a wedding is no small feat. With so many details to oversee many couples find themselves not only leaning on each other throughout the planning process, but their beloved bridal party as well. Odds are these nearest and dearest friends will lend a hand on more than one occasion such as pitching in for the bridal shower, organizing a bachelorette getaway and volunteering their time for bridesmaid dress fittings. Giving your bridesmaids a thank-you gift is not required, but it never goes unappreciated as a thoughtful token of your gratitude.

The great thing is that there is no “right or wrong” bridesmaid gift. You can get as creative as you want. However, it is always a good idea to gift them something multifunctional and timeless – such as a new piece of jewelry. After all, who wouldn’t love to receive a pretty new pair of earrings, a bracelet or a necklace? Plus, it will take the guesswork out of how they should accessorize their dress on the wedding day.  

Alor has a great line of bracelets that would be perfect for a wedding day – and any day thereafter. Featured on CBS’ The Talk, these Love Affirmation bangles will show your girls how close you hold them to your heart.  

Available in yellow gold, rose gold or black & silver, each feature an 18karat yellow gold charm, engraved with the word LOVE and a 0.01karat diamond. With three styles to choose from you can take your pick depending on the color of their bridesmaid dress.

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If you like the idea of giving your girls each a different gift with the same theme, Honora has a wide variety of pearl earrings that could work well with anyone’s individual style. Plus, the members of your wedding party will appreciate the extra time you took to select the specific pair for each of them. 

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You can keep the look consistent by selecting different pairs within the same color family, such as these beauties all with black, white and/or grey tones. All are timeless looks, featuring freshwater cultured pearls set in sterling silver. 

6-11No matter what style of jewelry you choose for your bridesmaids, your wedding party’s been with you since the beginning – and a lot of times this even means at the beginning of the relationship with your fiancé. Taking the time to pick out a thoughtful gift as a token of appreciation and a sweet memento of your wedding is always the right move.

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Congratulations and best wishes on your wedding day. It will be a night you and your bridal party will always remember.

 

 

 

 


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!


Labor Day – A Last Hurrah for Summer!

September 4th signals the end of summer with a celebration of America’s workforce – Labor Day. Although the very first Labor Day actually took place on a Tuesday in 1882, the first Monday in September has been its official designation since 1884. It is a historically significant recognition of the labor movement, and honors the contributions workers have made to our country’s success.

Now some of us will be hitting the sales that seem to spring up for every occasion these days. But many of us will be saying goodbye to summer with a bon voyage celebration of some sort. Festive parties, picnics and parades, decked in red, white and blue. Or one last chance to wear white without wondering if it’s okay. (It is.)

On that note we have chosen some pieces that capture this party perfect mood. Pieces that say summer is forever, because sometimes denial is the only way to go.

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This perennially cheerful Yellow Cable Bracelet from Alor is just the ticket for Labor Day, and beyond. Sunny and golden, with a nautical tinge, from the Classique collection, it is just that, classic. Yellow cable, 18 karat white gold and diamonds combine to light up the room like a radiant nimbus. Don’t put up a tent in case of rain, just wear this!

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White After Labor Day

Wearing white after Labor Day is supposed to be okay now. Not a fashion faux pas at all. Or so they say. But some of us will continue to be uncomfortable in our flowy white dresses after September is underway. Thankfully, Marco Bicego has sent us an elegant solution to this quandary.

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These Yellow Gold Mother of Pearl Earrings from the Lunaria collection are just the trick! Set in 18 karat yellow gold, luminescent mother of pearl drops glow equally by day or night. As perfect with a chic suit in the fall, a silk holiday dress in winter, or jeans in the spring, as they are with your Labor Day finest. You will be drawn back to these soft, smooth earrings again and again.

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Did you make precious memories this summer? We hope so! What better place to store them, than in this Lacy Locket Necklace from Monica Rich Kosann. In 18 karat yellow gold, this elegant locket holds three photos and has diamond accents. Keep your special treasures close at hand and heart. Summers are fleeting, but lockets are forever!

The Squeaky Wheel

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Its Labor Day, and boy have you labored! Whether you’ve been employed outside the home or working away as a mother or wife, the “fun” just never stops. Whatever we put our minds and bodies to, it’s surely work of some sort. Business demands, hostessing, running after little ones, chauffeuring, organizing, etc., etc., an ice cream cone just isn’t gonna cut it this year. We want more! Unionize and negotiate your demands. Start high. We suggest beginning with this amazing Asher Diamond Bangle from Gregg Ruth! With 3.28cts of Asher cut diamonds set in 18 karat white gold, it will meet all your requirements. After all, to the squeaky wheel goes the grease!

The End of Summer Blues

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If you were going to write a blues song about the end of summer, how would it go? BAH da da da  DUM…went down to the seashore, Chablis in my hand, sat down in a lounge chair…spilled it all in the sand!!! So sad. Yes, the end of summer is a sad, sad, time. But take comfort. You’re not the only one that’s blue, we are all just barely keeping our tears to ourselves.

We say, wear your blues proudly! Yes, summer is over, but we will find solace in the rest of the year. We can also find solace in these White Gold Blue Topaz Earrings from Dove’s London Blue Collection. Sultry, smoky London Blue adds sophistication and poise to these square drop earrings outlined in diamonds. You will hold your head high in these, as you master your emotions and raise a farewell toast to Summer 2017.

Labor Day, a celebration of American workers that just happens to come at a very poignant time of year. It’s a mix of pride, patriotism and emotion, as we return to business as usual. Take comfort in knowing that eventually the year will wind its way around to summer again. Cheers!


Taking to the Runway at the Teen Choice Awards

All eyes were on the youth of our nation at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards at Los Angeles’ Galen Center on August 13, 2017.  Of course, at George Press, our eyes were on the necks, ears, fingers and wrists of said youth, looking to spot jewelry trends in the making.

So, what did we find?  Well, it appears that most of the dressed-up attendees were pretty much keeping up with their elders and rocking the trends we have been reporting in our blog this year.  Over all, rings were smaller and less statement-y, but still worn in multiples on both hands (Rita Ora, Vanessa Hudgens, and Bella Thorne among others.) Similarly, statement necklaces were not a big presence, either.

Lots of attention went to the ears.  There we spotted big hoops and plenty of long danglers and skinny drops. Singer/actress Rita Ora and singer Bebe Rexha wore large diamond hoops, while Disney Channel star Peyton List rocked an oversized pair of thick, gold hoops. Naya Rivera, who portrays Santana on the hit show “Glee” wore just one large hoop with a suspended orb and chain links, while adorning her other ear with multiple studs.

We love these Lady’s Alor White Stainless Chandelier Earrings as a hoop variation.  White Stainless steel and black cables combine to form graduated hooplets accented by round diamonds.  Sexy and youthful, your teenage daughter will be fighting you for them!

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Long dangly earrings also had their cheering section. Celebrity dancer Maddie Ziegler of “Dance Moms” wore long earrings, as did “Supergirl” Melissa Benoist. Actress/model Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, wore asymmetrical danglers paired with studs and small hoops. Swedish singer Zara Larsson’s super extended silvery danglers really made an impact, too.

Doves knows how to dangle, all right. These Doves Yellow Gold Diamond Satin Earrings have all the feels. So sophisticated, they combine classic beauty and what’s hot right now for a timeless appeal. The satin finished 18 karat yellow gold sets off the brilliant diamonds to bring all eyes to you. Bravo!

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We also spotted several pairs of skinny drops, with classic pearl drops worn by Yara Shahidi, who plays Zoey on “Black-ish,” and diamond drops courtesy of Nia Sioux, also of “Dance Moms” fame.

These Gregg Ruth Diamond Drop Earrings are also runway worthy. Set in 18 karat white gold with 1.43cts of diamonds, the paparazzi will be asking “Who is she?” as they snap away!

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All in all, we thought most of the looks were very charming, with a definite fashion sense and attention to detail. Jewelry was soft and flattering, and delicate necklaces were also much in evidence. Some retro styles took a turn at the runway, with denim, jumpsuits and even dressy “jogging” clothes making unexpected appearances. Kudos to the Teen Choice Awards winners and nominees for showing us their flair and fashion sense. Once again, you didn’t disappoint!


Jewelry Hits the High Notes at the 2017 Grammy Awards

What’s long and dangly and sparkly and beautiful?  Give up?  Just about everyone’s earrings at the 2017 Grammy Awards, that’s what!  Actually, there were a few women, and a number of men, wearing stud earrings, mostly diamond.  But the overall winner for best album was clearly the long dangle earring.  Beautiful danglers were worn by some of the top celebrities at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, including Rihanna, Katherine McPhee, Celine Dion and Giuliana Rancic.

Coming in at a close second, surprisingly, were hoop or drop hoop earrings.  Lending a bold 70’s flash to the evening, hoops were much in evidence on such stars as Heidi Klum, Halsey and Demi Lovato.

For necklaces, there were a couple of chokers, including a stunning multi-strand diamond choker worn by Camila Cabelo and the occasional lariat style necklace, but overall, everyone’s eyes were on the ears!

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Everyone’s eyes can be on your ears too, with the right accessories.  We can suggest a couple if you like! Let’s start with these custom designed George Press Decorative Diamond Drop Earrings. In 18K white gold and black, a whopping 5.84cts of fine white, cognac and champagne round diamonds will attract admirers like moths to a candle flame.  The mix of white and colored diamonds lends a level of sophistication to these gorgeous earrings, and increases their range of wearability to non-formal occasions also.

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Or you can go full gala and slip into these Gregg Ruth Diamond and Sapphire Chandelier Earrings. When you have these earrings on, there’s no doubt that it’s time to party till you drop. Endless blue sapphires and diamonds combine in a unique setting that isn’t shy in the least.  These earrings also reference the recent increase of colored stones in fine jewelry.  What a great trend!

Gregg Ruth Diamond and Sapphire Chandelier Earrings are similar to those at the 2017 Grammy Awards

Start the Hoopla!

If these choices aren’t for you, then take it up a notch with a pair of bold, brilliant hoops.  The hoop is making a big comeback and these Alor Hoop Earrings really show us the reason why.  In yellow and silver tone steel cable, they are everything that is right about hoop earrings.  Appropriate for work, delightful for evening, they are a workhorse for day-to-evening wear.

Alor Hoop Earrings are similar to those at 2017 Grammy Awards

Or glam it up a bit, and check out these Doves Diamond Hoop Earrings. A modern twist on a classic, these 18K rose gold earrings set with 1.85cts of white, cognac and black diamonds really know how to work a room!

Doves Diamond Hoop Earrings are similar to the earrings at 2017 Grammy Awards

Finally, for a taste of something completely different, these Hera Agora Drop Earrings have got it going on. Sterling silver and rose gold drop hoops with a twist are modern and bold, for the fashion maven in you.

Hera Agora Drop Earrings are similar to those in 2017 Grammy Awards

So, don’t let the celebrities have all the fun.  You may not be getting a Grammy but that doesn’t mean you can’t sing! Even if you can’t carry a tune, there’s always the shower.  Or just put on a pair of these earrings and you’ll make beautiful music for sure!


The Bonds of Blues – December’s Band of Birthstones

December has a number of birthstones, but the bond that binds them together is that they each offer a shade of blue, representing winter’s iciness.  The warmest of the birthstone choices is turquoise, which  commonly comes in many shades of blue and green. Turquoise can be worn any time of year and is very flattering to most skin tones.

Turquoise is also one of the oldest birthstones, having been used for more than 5,000 years on artifacts found in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.  Tutankhamen’s tomb held many pieces of turquoise jewelry and Cleopatra used ground turquoise as eye shadow. Native Americans also prized the beautiful blue stone, using it in rituals, jewelry, and even trading it as money. Turquoise has been found in some unusually large pieces, even weighing more than 100 pounds. Turquoise’s “cousin” Lapis Lazuli, which comes in a darker blue, has also been known as a December birthstone at times.

Zircon is an ancient gem and comes in a wide range of colors, but the most popular of these is blue.  In its blue state, it is an alternative birthstone for December. Zircon Is a natural gem and not to be confused with cubic zirconia.

Added to the December birthstone list in 2002 is Tanzanite, which was first discovered in Tanzania in 1967. Tanzanite varies in tone, ranging from light blue violet to intense ultramarine.  It is prized for its beautiful colors, with the strongly colored blue purple and blue violet stones being the most desirable.

Another modern addition, and a most popular one, is blue topaz. Topaz became known as a precious gem in the classical era, (1750-1820), however it was used long before then.  Topaz was known to be the stone of the Roman god, Jupiter.  A 1680 carat topaz also takes pride of place in the Portuguese crown.

George Press has some lovely examples of December birthstone jewelry. These White Topaz and Turquoise Earrings from Doves are ethereally beautiful.  Natural Arizona turquoise, white mother of pearl and white topaz are accented by 1.18cts of diamonds.  Not your typical turquoise jewelry by any means!

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Also bringing new splendor to the genre are these Turquoise and Diamond Earrings.  Here, Doves uses an 18K white gold setting and 0.50cts of diamonds to showcase the brilliant blue of traditionally colored turquoise.

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As if these weren’t enough, let us present you with one more birthstone show-stopper. Again from Doves, but this time it’s a White Gold and London Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring. The spectacular cut of the center blue topaz will have you envisioning cloudless summer skies or the aurora borealis of a shimmering polar night.  So blue you want to drink it, swim in it, or put it in a crystal decanter and just admire it.

White Gold London Blue Diamond Ring

December ladies, don’t let yourselves be cheated.  It’s not your fault that your birthday has to compete with the holidays!  Set aside a little spoiling for yourself and indulge in a piece of true December bliss.  Good things come in small packages you know! Stake your claim on your birthday rights and have a wonderful year. Happy Birthday from George Press!


Feminine Motif Jewelry—Spring’s Softer Side

We don’t know if it’s the return to balmy weather, or the influence of all those birds and bees doing whatever it is they do, but this spring heralds a definite return for feminine motif jewelry. Blossoms, ribbons, butterflies and bows, all the girly things we women love have been exerting their charm on the spring runways.

Pink Sapphire and Freshwater Pearl Flower Earrings

 

Pink Sapphire and Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Pink Sapphire and Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Maybe today’s women have finally become secure enough to realize that they don’t have to give up the things they love to be the person they want to be. Sure, we can run our own companies, wear pants and cut our hair short, but we are still women, and there are just some things we refuse to do without.

Like flowers. What woman doesn’t love flowers? Combine flowers with gems and you’ve got a few of our favorite things… Floral jewelry can resemble literal flowers, like these Pink Sapphire and Freshwater Pearl Earrings set in 14 karat yellow gold, freshly picked for you, milady.

 

Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings

Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings

Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings

Or a loose interpretation of the floral form can be just as beautiful, as demonstrated by these Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings in 18 karat hand‐ engraved yellow gold.

 

Gregg Ruth Yellow Diamond Pendant

Gregg Ruth Yellow Diamond Pendant

Gregg Ruth Yellow Diamond Pendant

George Press takes the art form even further with these stunning custom Diamond Drop Floral Earrings in 18 karat white gold with a whopping 7.28cts of enchanting diamonds.

 

George Press Custom Diamond Drop Floral Earrings

George Press Custom Diamond Drop Floral Earrings

George Press Custom Diamond Drop Floral Earrings

Maybe you are the kind of woman who lets her girl flag fly freely all the time. Or maybe you’ve been too buttoned up and need to put some yin in your yang. Let it out there into the universe that yes, despite the way you rule your world, you’re a woman first and foremost! Slip on this Diamond Antique Necklace and there can be no doubt. 9.5cts of diamonds set in platinum will be amazing at the neck of your power suit, and positively show stopping with your favorite little black dress. The ribbon and bow floral motif is the ultimate in unfettered femininity.

Feminine Motif Diamond Antique Necklace

Diamond Antique Necklace

Diamond Antique Necklace

Remember how you used to feel wearing your mother’s high heels and playing with her lipstick? Revive your quintessential girliness with some feminine motif jewelry this spring and step up from playing dress up to playing for keeps!


Outshine The Sun

Summer is all about having fun in the sun and what can be more fun than feeling and looking fabulous?  Everyone around you is going to need more sunscreen when you make an appearance in these hot highlights from George Press.


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