Monday, November 13, 2017

Citrine: Novemeber’s Birthstone

November Citrine

November has arrived and while the leaves keep showing off their autumnal hues, this month’s birthstone, citrine, joins in with its yellow and orange colors seeming to compliment the world around us.

The warm, yellow tone of this stone is the perfect addition to a fall wardrobe, not only because it matches the environment, but also because its color has been thought to radiate positive energy.

If you have a business deal coming up, you might want to wear some citrine. Throughout history, it has been known as the ‘success stone’ since it is believed to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in situations involving business. It has also earned the nickname of ‘the merchant’s stone’ owing to the fact that business owners used to keep citrine in cash registers for good fortune.

For those of you not necessarily interested in business success, it is also said that citrine is able to dissipate negative energy, provide stability in life, and relieve depression and self-doubt.

Citrine is very affordable and versatile making it the number one selling yellow-to-orange stone. View our citrine birthstone collection here.



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Friday, October 20, 2017

‘Elite Traveler’ Magazine Publishes Top 50 Watches of 2017

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In its September/October issue, the prestigious Elite Traveler Magazine — authorities on all things luxury — published its “Top 50 Watches of 2017″ list. The 20-page cover feature is a behemoth reportage of the top watches to enter the market in 2017. patekref5320g

The carefully curated selection was made by Elite Traveler contributing editor, Roberta Naas. The 34-year watch-industry journalist is the author of six books on watches and founder of http://ift.tt/1f5hWhs — the online e-zine.

The Top 50 Watches were selected based on a host of important criteria: 1) they had to be new this year; 2) they had to carry a retail price of more than $10,000 (to meet the discerning tastes of the Elite Traveler loyal readers); and 3) the watches could not have received prior print coverage in the magazine.

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Additionally, brands could not have entries in multiple categories. In fact, the 50 top watches fall into one of these nine categories: Astronomical Watches, Chronographs, Calendars, Complications, Innovations, High-Jeweled, M├ętiers d’ Arts, Skeletons and Sport Watches. Also included were a number of “honorable mentions.” jaeger17

 

 

 

We are happy to say that we carry some of the brands that grace the 20-page special section in Elite Traveler Magazine.  Stop in any time to see the brands we carry that are featured in the Elite Traveler Top 50 Watches of 2017. For more information, click here…

 

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Watch Lovers Rejoice! WatchTime NYC Show This Weekend

 

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If you are a watch lover planning a trip to New York City in mid-October, you won’t want to miss one of the best events/watch shows happening in the Big Apple. On October 13 and 14, the WatchTime New York show takes place at Gotham Hall. Here, approximately 20 top brands are exhibiting their newest watches that were unveiled to the world earlier this year in Switzerland. Additionally, on Saturday the 14th, there are a host of panel discussions going on. watchtime1

There is a pre-show panel to Meet the Watchmaking Stars, which will feature top watchmakers from Switzerland and America discussing how they started their careers in this field. Slated for later in the day is panel of watch experts from the publishing and retail fields, as well as another event called “Meet the Brand Executives.” An historical exhibit will be on location, and there will be a review of all of the James Bond Watches — six decades worth — presented by WatchTime. The full-day event ticket costs $39, and you can register at Watchtimenewyork.com.

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It should be noted that no watches are bought/sold at this show. It is geared for getting a closer look at some of the finest brands, as well as for meeting watch collectors, watch makers and executives in the industry.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Watch Lovers Rejoice! WatchTime NYC Show This Weekend

 

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If you are a watch lover planning a trip to New York City in mid-October, you won’t want to miss one of the best events/watch shows happening in the Big Apple. On October 13 and 14, the WatchTime New York show takes place at Gotham Hall. Here, approximately 20 top brands are exhibiting their newest watches that were unveiled to the world earlier this year in Switzerland. Additionally, on Saturday the 14th, there are a host of panel discussions going on. watchtime1

There is a pre-show panel to Meet the Watchmaking Stars, which will feature top watchmakers from Switzerland and America discussing how they started their careers in this field. Slated for later in the day is panel of watch experts from the publishing and retail fields, as well as another event called “Meet the Brand Executives.” An historical exhibit will be on location, and there will be a review of all of the James Bond Watches — six decades worth — presented by WatchTime. The full-day event ticket costs $39, and you can register at Watchtimenewyork.com.

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It should be noted that no watches are bought/sold at this show. It is geared for getting a closer look at some of the finest brands, as well as for meeting watch collectors, watch makers and executives in the industry.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Insider Tips to Buying an Engagement Ring

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Buying an engagement ring can be a daunting and overwhelming task, but can also be a fun experience if you are prepared.   Here are some pointers to get you started in the right direction – – some practical, some romantic, and some steeped in history & tradition.  We should know a thing or two….we’ve been helping happy couples for over 100 years. Once you know your stuff, check out our engagement ring selection and start your journey towards the perfect ring.

Give yourself plenty of time.

Most people typically shop 1 – 3 months prior to their planned date of proposal….give yourself plenty of time so that you don’t feel pressure and have time to plan the perfect proposal, too!  You may decide that you want a custom-designed one-of-a-kind ring, and that takes extra time…it’s always best to be ahead of schedule so that you can enjoy the selection and buying process.

ringblog Know the bride-to-be’s style.

What kind of jewelry does she already wear? Is she more classic or modern? Feminine or sophisticated?  Do her pieces tend to be more delicate or chunky? Simple or ornate?  Observe her demeanor, her body language, her dress, and any references she makes about jewelry, fashion and style.  She will be wearing this ring 24/7 every day of her life. It will need to go with everything from jeans to evening wear and everything in between.

Separate fact from fiction.

There are many factors to consider when making this lifetime investment.  Good online resources for unbiased and knowledgeable information are:  www.gia.edu and http://ift.tt/1mQUIPN.  Trust in your jeweler is critical so be sure to shop with reputable establishments who can provide both a great shopping experience and valuable education about your purchase.

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You don’t need the exact number, but have a range in mind, be it monthly payments on an installment program, financing the entire purchase, or any combination of either.  You may be pleasantly surprised that financing offers now allow you to find the perfect ring for less than you may have imagined.  In the end, try to purchase the nicest ring that you can afford and be sure you’re comfortable with the payment or expense; being uneasy about debt is not something you want on your mind right now.

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You don’t need to obtain a gemology degree, but you should have a basic understanding of what contributes to a diamond’s value and appearance.   And as fundamental as it sounds, there IS a fifth “C”…. Confidence in your jeweler.  Ask for referrals – – be sure you’re buying from a reputable jeweler who is a member of either the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) or the American Gem Society (AGS).

The order of things.

First, select the gemstone:  traditional diamond or something different?  There are no rules…follow your heart and dare to be distinctive!  Then select the shape – –  that will help you determine the best possible setting to showcase the fire and brilliance of your gem.  Lastly, select the metal of the setting, also sometimes called the mounting, and you can begin to narrow your search.   Precious platinum is a great option for many because of its durability and lasting value. A great way to preview different designs is to use a Ring Builder tool that will let you digitally create a ring step by step.

ringbuildConsider a personal touch.

There are many things that you can do to add a very personal element to your ring:  perhaps someone in your family has gemstones that you want to include in the design of your ring.  Or consider a beautiful engraving crafted inside the ring.  A really distinctive option is to have your diamond laser engraved with a special message – – work with your jeweler for a creative solution that suits your style.

Protect your investment

After all that hard work of finding the perfect ring and hearing the all-important “yes”, you now need to be protective of your investment.  You shouldn’t assume that you have coverage in case of loss – – always check with your insurance carrier.  Your jeweler can coach you here as well to be sure you are safeguarding this very special purchase.

 

Hamilton Jewelers has been helping couples create their dream engagement rings for over 100 years and we are happy to share our expertise with anyone looking for guidance. We hope you found these tips useful in your search for the perfect ring. If you would like to learn more about our engagement ring and bridal services, feel free to visit our online Bridal Salon, or visit us at our locations in Princeton, NJ or Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

September Sapphires

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Welcome to September! A new month brings a new brilliant gemstone to feature as a birthstone and this month is the stunning sapphire.  Many throughout history would say you have been blessed to have the Sapphire as your birthstone. For centuries this stunning stone has adorned the robes of clergy and royalty symbolizing nobility, truth and faithfulness.

During the Middle Ages, many even believed that sapphires symbolized Heaven and brought about heavenly blessings.  It’s not hard to see why these beliefs were so common, as the deep blue hue of most sapphires remind us of the infinite blue skies and bring about a sense of calmness and reserved glamour.

Most associate sapphires with its popular blue color, but luckily for you September babies, they actually come in pretty much any color, except red, then it is considered a ruby. There are even some that show combinations of different colors and can visually change color under certain light. When formed, the stone is naturally colorless. It is trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium that determine the color of the sapphire.

Another unique type of sapphire is the star sapphire. The star effect called asterism appears as a six-ray star across a cabochon-cut stone’s curved surface. It occurs from white light reflecting from numerous tiny, oriented needle-like inclusions. If you are looking for a unique stone that will catch anyone’s eye, the star sapphire will not disappoint. blue-star-sapphire1

The sapphire is not only a popular choice for jewelry because of its beautiful array of colors, but also because of its hardness. They score a 9 on the Mohs scale, second only to diamonds, making them a perfect alternative to diamond engagement rings.

Whether you go with the classic blue stone or opt for a fun fancy color, September babies are sure to have a month of luck and happiness (and amazing accessories) while wearing a stunning sapphire.

Scroll below to see some of our favorite sapphire pieces or check out this month’s birthstone section.

Sapphire Earrings

Rose Gold Sapphire and Diamond Starburst Earrings.

Sapphire Eye Pendant

14k Yellow Gold Diamond and Sapphire Evil Eye Pendant

FRED Sapphire Bracelet

FRED Force 10 Blue Cable Bracelet with Sapphire Buckle

Rose Gold Sapphire Stacking Ring

Barbela Design 14k Rose Gold Diamond and Sapphire Ring

Temple St. Clair Sapphire Ring

Temple St. Clair 18k Gold Multi Color Sapphire Eternity Band

Astley Clarke Sapphire Studs

Astley Clarke Interstellar Sapphire Stud Earrings

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

1929 Mercedes Benz Wins Rolex Best of Show Award at Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance

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If you are a car lover as well as a watch lover, then you know that this past week was filled with exciting motorsports events, including the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and all of the gatherings, tours, races and exhibitions that take place around it. Easily one of the most prestigious auto events in the world, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance takes place on the 18th Fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Links Golf course — with a rich Pacific blue ocean backdrop.

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For the event, Rolex — a brand we are proud to carry — is the Official Timepiece and is also the title brand for the Rolex Best of Show award, which is given to only one car out of a couple of hundred on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event. While there are awards given for best of each category, only one car — the one judged to be restored with the most authenticity and style — can win Best of Show. The winner this year was the 1929 Mercedes Benz S Barker Tourer in blue and silver owned by Bruce McGaw. McGaw also received a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 watch in gold and stainless steel for the win.

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Additionally, during the week, Rolex sponsored the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where more than 400 cars converged for four days of ultimate racing on a challenging course with hairpin turns and bold changes in elevation. In fact, that raceway celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. A few famous drivers — also Rolex brand ambassadors — were on hand for that classic car racing event, as well. Sir Jackie Stewart, a three-time Formula One World Champion, attended and Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, was a featured speaker.

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Rolex also had a grand presence at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and at the Tour d’Elegance. Rolex’s relationship with the world of automotive sports is a long and storied one that reaches back to the Daytona races more than half a century ago. We invite you to stop in any time to see our collection of Rolex watches and maybe even talk about cars.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The ABCs of Watch Terminology, Part 2

In an earlier post, we reviewed some basic watch terminology that refers to the outside of a timepiece — from the case to the bezel, dial, crown and lugs. Today, we take this to the next level, where we identify some of the other features/functions you may find on a watch.

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Subsidiary Dial/Subdial. Often, instead of having three hands to tell the hours, minutes and seconds, a watch may have only the hours and seconds shown using hands, and may have a smaller subsidiary dial (subdial) — usually at 6 o’clock — to show the only the seconds. This is generally an added aesthetic feature.

Minute track. Some watches have an outer track on the dial that is used to measure minutes. It looks like a tiny railroad track running along the outer portion of the dial. It is designed to make reading of the minutes even easier.

(The image, above, shows both a subdial and a minute track on the outer edge.)

Push pieces. Especially on a chronograph (a watch that times events), a watch case will feature push pieces. These are added pushers (usually above and below the crown on the side of the case) that activate the added function. In the case of a chronograph, the added push pieces start and start the timing of the event. There are some other functions that can have push pieces, as well. Generally, whenever a watch has a protrusion on the case side other than the crown, it has some added function.

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Tachymeter. Often sport watches will have a scale on the bezel that enables the wearer to calculate speed based on travel time, or to measure distance based on speed. The scale is inscribed with numbers and spaces that are proportional so the wearer can convert elapsed time to speed, etc. There are also a host of other types of meters a watch can have, but that is a subject for another post. Stay tuned.



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Thursday, August 3, 2017

The ABCs of Watch Terminology, Part 1

We often have customers ask us questions, such as “Is it a dial or a face?” or “What do you call the stem on the watch at 3 o’clock?” The truth is, watch terminology can be daunting, and while many connoisseurs and watch lovers have the terms down pat, newbies to the art of loving watches may not. For this reason, today we bring you a simple glossary of terms that define the “look” of a watch.

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Photo courtesy of Wostep (Watchmaking School) shows case, dial, hands and crown.

A complete watch consists of a case, hands (sometimes), dial (sometimes), crown, glass or sapphire cover, case back and a movement inside. Sure, there are more parts, but these are the basics.

Case. The outer metal casing (usually in steel, titanium, ceramic or a noble metal) that holds the watch movement inside, along with the dial, etc. This may seem obvious, but some of our customers call it the “head of the watch,” while others call it “the actual watch.”

Crystal. This is the clear protective covering that enables one to view the time. Most crystals are made of hardened mineral glass or sapphire, but in inexpensive watches, there is also a plexiglass or plastic material for the crystal.

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Bezel. On some watches, the outer ring that surrounds the dial is referred to as the bezel. Sometimes the bezel is made of the same material as the case, but often, especially in sports watches, it is created of different materials, such as aluminium or ceramic. Some bezels may indicate dive time or some other measurement — and they are usually able to rotate either unidirectionally or one way, depending on the function of the bezel. In dress watches, the bezel is often adorned with diamonds or gemstones.

 

Caseback. Every case has a back. That back is usually made of the metal that the case is made of, or it is made of the material the crystal is made of. In luxury watches, transparent sapphire casebooks allow for viewing of the complex mechanical movement inside.

Crown. Often referred to as the stem, the crown (typically, but not always, at 3:00 on the case) is used for winding a mechanical watch and for setting the time and date (if there is one).

Lugs. Lugs are the part of the case watch that protrude from the case and attach it to the bracelet or strap. Often referred to as case-to-bracelet attachments, lugs are sometimes integrated into the case.

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Strap/Bracelet. The word strap is generally used to refer to fabric, leather, rubber, canvas, silk or other material. The word bracelet is usually used to refer to a “strap” made of metal. So, the steel, gold, titanium, etc., that wraps around the wrist is a bracelet. Most bracelets are made of multiple rows of links, or are woven mesh designs referred to as Milanese.

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Dial. Often called a face (and not incorrectly), the dial of the watch is where the numerals, markers hands and sometimes other information is placed. Not all watches have a dial. Skeletonized watches, for instance usually skip the dial and display the hands in an unobtrusive way so that one can see right through the watch and into the movement.

Hands. The hands point to the hours, minutes or seconds. Not all watches use hands to indicate the time. In the luxury watch world, some watches display time linearly, through apertures or via satellites.

These are the basics of every watch. There are a host of other terms we can explain, but we will hold that post for a later time. In the meantime, stop in any time to talk watches with us.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

It’s All About the Rubies: July’s Red Hot Birthstone

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  • Birthstone of July
  • Gift choice for 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries
  • Gemstone for the Zodiac sign of Capricorn
  • The ruby, as a color of the heart, inspires passion and romance.
  • Many of the earliest tales about rubies come from India where the stone was mined as long as 2,500 years ago.
  • Ancient tribes used rubies as bullets for blowguns.
  • When rubbed on the skin, a ruby was thought to restore ones youth.  (worth a try?)
  • Ancient lore says that if a ruby is worn on the left hand it will bring good fortune to its wearer

 

Lucky news for those born in July, your birthstone is the always fascinating and precious Ruby. This magnificent gem is one of the most historically significant colored stones, with four references in the Bible, and often called the “king of precious stones.” From the Latin word ruber, which means “red”, the ruby has been called the most precious of the 12 stones created by God.

Desire and lore surrounding this gem is vast and entrenched in legend and verse.  As far back as the first century AD, the Roman scholar Pliny included rubies in his Natural History, describing their hardness and density. Ancient Hindus believed that those who offered fine rubies to the god Krishna were granted rebirth as emperors. Hindus also divided the ruby into four castes, calling the true Oriental ruby a Brahmin. Someone in possession of a Brahmin was believed to have the advantage of perfect safety.Ruby Flower Ring04

People in India believed that rubies enabled their owners to live in peace with their enemies. In Burma, warriors possessed rubies to make them unbeatable in battle. However, it wasn’t enough to just wear the rubies. They had to insert the precious stones into their skin and make them part of their bodies.

Many medieval Europeans wore rubies to guarantee health, wealth, wisdom, and success in love. In China, a Mandarin’s rank was indicated by the color of the stone in his ruby ring. A red jewel stone meant he was a key figure among the great. In the 1880’s, French jewelers called the ruby the gem of all gems or the dearly loved stone.

It is a gemstone steeped deep in history, since rubies have adorned many houses of royalty with its rich, passionate, and fiery brilliance. The ruby is discussed by Marco Polo in his writings.  In prehistoric eastern cultures, the ruby was said to shield its wearer from enemy strikes. Ruby is said to have the ability to inspire courage, and prosperity, while developing one’s gifts of intuition and various psychic gifts.

The color alone is associated with some of our most intense emotions—love and anger, passion and fury. Ruby is associated with objects of power and desire as the lush hue signifies wealth and success.

Today, ruby reigns supreme as a highly coveted gem with countless variations of shapes, size, tones, and price.  A flawless ruby can cost more than any other gemstone, including diamonds. Based on the tenure of this gem’s status as best-in-class, it will certainly remain a fixture in fine jewelry for many generations to come.



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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Watches and Water Resistance: Is Your Watch Ready to Take the Plunge?

Summer has arrived, and with it comes a host of wonderful outdoor activities — most of which involve water. Before you dive in, make sure the watch on your wrist is ready to take the plunge with you.waterresistance3

 

Even though a watch may say it is water resistant, it may not be resistant enough — plain and simple. In order for a watch to be classified as water resistant — and to rate the depth to which it can be submerged — it has to undergo rigorous pressure tests. If your watch doesn’t say water resistant, it isn’t. Panerai

If the watch you are wearing says it is water resistant, it will typically have the depth to which it can be worn. It’s important to note that watch brands use a number of methods to mark their watches for water resistance, including feet, meters, Bars and ATM (atmospheres). To simplify these terms, we offer some basic breakdowns:

1 Meter = 3 feet rounded (actual is 3.28 feet)

1 Bar = 33 feet rounded (actual is 33.455 feet)

1 ATM = 1 Bar or 33 feet rounded

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No watch is water resistant to just three feet or 1 meter. Most will say 5 bar, 10 bar, 20 bar and up, for instance. You can find the markings denoting the water resistance of the watch either on the dial or on the caseback.

Generally, a good rule of thumb is if a watch isn’t water resistant to at least 50 or 100 feet it shouldn’t go in a pool. For instance, if a watch is water resistant to 30 feet, it may not have water-tight gaskets or screw-in crowns, and water could seep inside when the watch is exposed to pressure or direct flow. Our guidelines: We will swim with a watch that has a screw-in crown and is water resistant to at least 200 meters. We will dive with one that is resistant to at least 300 meters. Additionally, never operate the crown or try to set the watch while in the water or while it is wet.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Top Bridal Jewelry Trends for Summer

Your wedding day is a glorious celebration of love and coming together, but let’s face it; as the bride, all eyes will be on you. Accessorizing for your wedding day can be a bit of a challenge, but we took the  biggest trends from the runways as well as brides-to-be on Pinterest, to create a top trends list that is sure to stir up some inspiration for your own look.

Read below to find a summary of the top jewelry trends and a selection of some of our pieces in a variety of price ranges that compliment each look. Many even combine multiple trends for a truly stylish and versatile accessory that can be worn well after your wedding day.

Statement Earrings

While this look might not be for everyone; everyone who took a peek at this year’s bridal fashion shows agreed that statement earrings were big. (Literally and figuratively)

Rose Gold

Brides have been loving rose gold for it’s warm and romantic feel and this summer is no different.

 

Dainty Details

Many contemporary brides are showing their love for minimalist design with simple pieces that add a subtle accent for a clean look.

 

Chokers

Neck embellishments add a unique spin on the traditional necklace and designers love it! Not to mention they also go great with off the shoulder gowns which are the biggest dress trend on Pinterest.

Pearls

Pearls have always been a classic staple for the bride, but today’s bridal designers are using pearls in new and fun ways such as layering and as hair accessories.

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