Monday, May 21, 2018

Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Jewelry

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry kiss before the crowds after marrying at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Credit: Ben Birchhall/pool photo via AP

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Were you enchanted by the Royal Wedding this weekend?  Meghan Markle, the new Dutchess of Sussex dazzled in Cartier jewelry on her special day.  Looking to have your own princess moment on your special day?  Make it a fairytale with these diamond studs and diamond bracelet from Hamilton Jewelers!  Head to Hamilton Jewelers online or meet with one of our specialists in store to get your Wedding Day jewelry look.

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Diamond Bezel Set Studs

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Roberto Coin Princess Flower Earrings

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Celestial Diamond Stud Earrings

 

Private Reserve BraceletPrivate Reserve Platinum and Diamond Deco Bracelet



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Friday, May 11, 2018

Mother’s Day Gifting

Let’s face it: Being a mom is a pretty tough job. Think of everything that you’ve put her through over the years. First, the late-night feedings and never-ending conveyor belt of diapers. Then, the tantrums, spills and relentless whys. Let’s just not mention the teenage years. Through it all, she’s been there for you, guiding, teaching and helping you become the person you are today. What does she receive every year as thanks for this all-consuming job that she’s had? A $5 greeting card and maybe, if she’s lucky, a phone call. Don’t you think she deserves a bit more?

It’s not that she just deserves more, though. It’s that she deserves something good! That being said, we present some good and bad gift ideas for Mother’s Day.

Here are a few options to stay away from if you’re looking to impress, not distress, your mother:

  • Home goods. This includes vacuums, kitchen items, clothing irons or anything else that might remind her of the household work that she has to deal with on a daily basis. This is her day to relax, unwind and forget about all of those chores. If your mom is a coffee fanatic and you get her a nice espresso machine, you can make an exception. For the most part, stay away from the entire category!
  • Electronics. Unless your mother is a passionate technophile, stay away from electronics. It’s supposed to be a day of warmth and caring. A new TV just doesn’t fit the bill.
  • The same gift you got her last year. Show some initiative! I’m sure she didn’t give you the same gift card every year on your birthday growing up. Make it personal and thoughtful.

So now that you know what not to get, the elephant in the room is what do you get her? Whatever it is, tailor it to your mother’s interests and likes. Being thoughtful and considerate is the most important part, so if you get that right, she’ll enjoy whatever she receives. Here are some of our suggestions to get you on the right track:

  • A spa day. Your mom deserves at least one day of being pampered each year. This is the perfect opportunity to ensure that it happens.
  • Flowers. This is a classic Mother’s Day gift for a reason. A beautiful bouquet of your mom’s favorite flowers is sure to bring a smile to her face. Pair it with this exquisite crystal vase from Hamilton Jewelers to really up the wow factor.
  • Jewelry. We here at Hamilton Jewelers have got you covered, no matter what type of pieces your mother enjoys. Here is a collection of our best gifting ideas for the special day. Whether she’s into necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, watches or specialized decorative pieces, we have a plethora of fantastic options that will have her feeling loved and appreciated.

So please show your mom some gratitude this Mother’s Day. Show her thanks for all of the skinned knees she’s tended to, the hurt feelings she’s helped repair and the countless hours she’s spent helping you grow into an independent adult. She deserves more than one day. She certainly deserves more than a card.



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Monday, May 7, 2018

May’s Birthstone, The Emerald

The stunning deep green of the emerald is the perfect birthstone for May reminding us of the lush green landscapes that have arrived with spring. The emerald has been a prized gemstone hundreds of years and known to have been a favorite to Cleopatra. A symbol of rebirth, it is said that emerald gives its owner foresight, good fortune and youth.

Below are stunning emerald earrings that can be found online or in store and are currently featured on our social media! Shop these beautiful emeralds and more today.



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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

How to Spice Up Your Wardrobe With the Pantone Colors of Summer 2018

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With Meadowlark Yellow and Ultra Violet leading the color trends for 2018, according to the Pantone Color Institute, we have seen an interesting resurgence of yellow and blue/purple this year on the runways and on the wrists.

Each season, we strive to introduce the emerging colors so watch lovers — especially those who have watches with interchangeable strap systems — can be on the mark when they spice up their timepieces and clothing.

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With summer not too far off, though, we are struggling because the season’s colors are — frankly — all across the board. Black remains part of the palette, used mostly as an accent color, and white is almost a staple (no surprises there). As for the hues of the season, they range from taupes, tans and dusty olives, to the bolder and more vibrant Blueberry, Poppy Red and Jolly Green. Festive shades of purple, yellow and blue also play an important role, as do the muted pale versions of the bolder siblings, with Pastel Yellow, Baby Blue and Florida Keys teal making a strong appearance.

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When it comes to how this translates into your wardrobe, our best advice is to add a little color — any color — to spice up your days and nights. If you own a white strapped watch, put it on. Similarly, if you are one of those who own today’s great blue, green or brown dial colors — don’t be afraid to wear it. Don’t think you have to wear a blue suit with a blue dial watch. Mix it up a bit and try that blue watch with a brown suit — or vice versa. This summer is going to be all about sporting contrasting colors.

Credits: Images courtesy of Pantone.



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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

You Have the Perfect Ring, Now What?

Your fiancé gave you the perfect engagement ring, and now you have your matching wedding band for a beautiful, enduring expression of your love. It sparkles like your personality, and looks flawless on your finger.

Now, it’s time to complete your bridal appearance with the trifecta: a stunning pair of earrings, an attractive necklace and an accessory. Here are a few fantastic options that will help you feel and look your best on the most wonderful day of your life.

Earrings

Your earrings will frame your face, so they are the best place to start – especially if you choose to wear your hair up. There are many different choices of earrings that can fit whatever look you have chosen to go with.

Necklace

Now that your ears are taken care of, you should think about what type of neck adornment works well with your earrings. Although especially important for those going with a strapless dress, every bride could use a beautiful necklace. As you examine options, visualize yourself walking down the aisle and wearing your favorite piece.

Five diamonds means five times more hushed whispers exclaiming “How magnificent!” with this exquisite 18k gold necklace. Each diamond in the necklace is joined to the next with platinum rings; the laser technology used to join the diamonds means that there is minimal metal backing, allowing the full vibrancy and brilliance of the diamonds to shine.

Shine like the heavens with Hamilton’s Celestial 18k gold and diamond necklace. It features over 2 carats of diamonds spread extravagantly across the neckline, with five large gems taking center stage. This necklace pairs well with a semi-sweetheart or off-shoulder neck, and is designed to match the Celestial earrings listed above.

Other accessories

Earrings and necklaces are two of the most important “non-ring” pieces that you will be wearing, but that does not mean you cannot accessorize further if you feel the need. We recommend utilizing bracelets to put the finishing touch on a mesmerizing bridal look. Whether you prefer the more ornate style of this arabesque cuff bracelet, the classic style of this gold loop bangle bracelet or the contemporary glamour of this gold and diamond bracelet, we are sure that you can find something that ties everything together perfectly.

Now you have a good starting point for creating a bridal ensemble that is as lovely as you are. It all comes down to your personal preference, but if you all of your pieces fit together well, you can create a look that’s truly special.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Planning to Be in New York This Month? Visit the Medieval Time Exhibit at the Morgan

An exciting exhibit about telling time in Medieval days is on display until April 29 at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, and if you are in town, you won’t want to miss it. Entitled Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time, the exhibit portrays how difficult it was to tell time — and the myths about time — in the Middle Ages.

The exhibit is a comprehensive look at pieces and manuscripts owned by the Morgan that date back from the 11th century and through the 16th century. Most pieces hail from major countries in Europe. Highlights include paintings of farming fields (done according to the projected season), or of sacred feasts (of time and of religion) to celebrate certain anticipated dates. Other items include a long scroll work that explores the mysteries of Golden Numbers, a medieval calendar and a study of how Julius Caesar’s Roman Calendar finally came into being. A particularly unusual aspect of the exhibit revolves around how people of the time were obsessed with whether or not time beyond the grave existed.

Wall hangings include ancient wooden astrolabes and an entire 60-foot-long scroll manuscript depicting history as they knew it. In all, it is a fascinating walk through five centuries when time was viewed as seasons and as moons rather than as days, hours or even minutes. If you are in New York any time in the next 10 days, we recommend stopping in to the exhibit.

 



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Friday, April 13, 2018

Simply brilliant: The boyfriend’s guide to choosing an engagement diamond shape

So you’ve found the girl of your dreams, and you’re ready to “put a ring on it.” You thought all the decisions were behind you, right? Not so much! There’s still that all-important engagement diamond to pick out. You want to create a ring that expresses your love and commitment, but is also a reflection of your bride-to-be’s unique personality and style. It’s a tall order, but this quick primer will break down the basics on selecting the centerpiece stone of this ring of a lifetime.

It all starts with the shape

You have probably heard that when it comes to diamonds, it’s all about the “four Cs.” Gemologists have co-opted the alphabet’s third letter to remind you of the critical characteristics of the diamond: cut, color, clarity and carat. All four of those are important. But there is a fifth “C”, and it is more critical than the rest: Confidence. Make sure you are working with a jeweler who has extensive experience with diamonds and engagement rings and is accredited with the Gemological Institute of America and American Gem Society.

Once you have found a jeweler you can be confident in, the first decision they will likely ask you to make is the shape of your stone. Here, we’ll take a look at the five most popular diamond shapes to help you decide which one will make the cut when it comes to your bride.

  • Round

If you’re not sure where to start with your stone, begin by looking at round shapes. According to Brides magazine, more than half of all brides surveyed wear a round diamond. A traditional choice, this is a popular selection not only due to its timelessness, but also because the round shape maximizes the diamond’s sparkle when it catches the light. In fact, round brilliant diamonds make up ¾ of all diamond purchases, so if your bride is the classic type and likes simple elegance, this may well be your ticket.

She loves monograms, Barbour jackets, and handwritten notes. Even when she’s wearing jeans and loafers, she always looks put together. Her sense of style is evergreen – just like your love. She’s a Round.

  • Princess

First created in 1980, this square shape is the most popular of the “fancy cut” shapes, maybe because it makes a woman feel like the eponymous member of royalty. It offers a modern, metropolitan take on the classic stone, and like the round diamond, makes a highly flexible centerpiece to any setting.

Her outfits are a funky blend of today’s designers and vintage pieces she’s found out thrifting. She reads the New York Times cover to cover every Sunday – on her iPad. Her style transcends time, just like your relationship. She’s a Square.

  • Cushion

Though this shape that blends a square cut with rounded corners has been around for more than 200 years, it has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity after having been seen on the big screen as the ring on Daisy Buchanan’s finger in 2013’s “The Great Gatsby.” A stone in this shape offers a vibe that’s both glamorous and distinctive, reaching into the past but with a modern spark of brilliance.

She’s always seen with that one handbag she carries, and you can bet it’s vintage Hermès – it’s her statement piece. It’s her outfits that all her friends oooh and aaah over … she’s truly a tastemaker. One thing’s for certain: This woman is truly unforgettable. She’s a Cushion.

  • Asscher

Similar to the cushion, this is a centuries-old shape that has regained a great deal of popularity in recent years. Unlike the cushion, however, this cut’s return to the limelight didn’t come as a result of a movie appearance: The Asscher got an upgrade around the turn of the millennium with significant improvements, which in turn led to it being the first-ever diamond shape to be patented. The choice of Hollywood idols from Elizabeth Taylor to Gwyneth Paltrow, this shape calls to mind the Art Deco look of the rectangular emerald cut, but with more facets for increased sparkle and shine.

You know when it’s September because she’s curled up with the extra-thick issues of all her favorite fashion magazines, soaking up every trend- those she hasn’t already unearthed on Instagram, because your bride-to-be is nothing if not an #influencer. She turns heads, she makes marks, she takes names … she’s an Asscher.

  • Emerald

This shape is comprised of a rectangle with cropped corners and a relatively large, flat face that produces a hall of mirrors effect (don’t be confused by the fancy talk; it’s just what it sounds like). Since flaws inside the stone (“inclusions,” in jeweler-speak) will be easier to see in this sleek and elegant shape, clarity is prized over sparkle here.

She’s all clean lines and angles, with a style that’s as understated as her practical approach to life. She loves Frank Lloyd Wright, and her favorite handbag is a late-1990s Kate Spade nylon shopper. She’s no-nonsense and straightforward, and you can’t wait to make her yours. She’s an Emerald.

So, gentlemen, there’s a look at the five most popular shapes. If you don’t see your love reflected in that lot, don’t worry, we have more. You can also choose from marquise (more bling for the buck); oval (sparkles like a round, but with a little unexpected edge thrown in); radiant (a stunner with tons of facets to catch the light – hence the name); pear or teardrop (a hybrid of oval and marquise, great for delicate brides); and heart (sweet and sentimental).

As you can see, there’s truly a special diamond out there for every bride. As your family-owned jeweler, we’d love the opportunity to be your partner in the design process, and put over a century of experience in crafting exquisite heirlooms to work shaping a one-of-a-kind masterpiece just for your bride. Drop by and see us, and you’ll find our team offers not only the personalized service you expect from Hamilton Jewelers – because this process is too important to entrust to just anyone – but also the international resources you need to uncover that one perfect stone.

After all, you’ve already made one of the most difficult decisions of your life. Let us help you with this next one!

 



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