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Wedding Wednesday: The Right Jewelry for your Dress

No doubt, the most important element of your wedding day will be your dress (except for your groom that is!) It reflects the tone, formality and mood for your wedding and ensures that all eyes are on you on your big day. So what’s a girl to do when faced with accessorizing the most important outfit of her life? Turn to Raymond Lee Jewelers, of course, bridal jewelry experts.

If your gown is…

 Strapless

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Play up an elegant neck with stunning drop earrings and an up-do. This is the perfect opportunity to incorporate color into your wedding day look with any number of colored stones. Complete the look with a bracelet in coordinating stones. The same rules apply to one-shouldered gowns as well.

14K White Gold and Micropave Diamond Drop Earrings

14K White Gold, Diamond and Garnet Drop Earrings

Sweetheart

Allure Couture

A unique pendant necklace on a short, delicate chain is a timeless way to let your gown shine, and won’t be hidden if you decide to wear your hair in beachy waves or retro curls. Likewise, a textured, thick collar necklace will perfectly offset the gentle curve of this gown’s neckline.

18K White and Rose Gold Irradiated Pink Diamond Pendant

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Lace Collar 18K White Gold Three Row Diamond Necklace

V-necked

AgapéEver via Brides.com

Bold brides wanting to show off their décolletage must adorn all that skin with a necklace. Pair an intricate drop necklace with a chic satin gown, or a lacy number. Add sparkling studs and a simple, feminine bracelet to complete this look.

Platinum and Diamond (28.8CTW) Y-Necklace with round, pear shaped and oval diamonds

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Platinum and Diamond Micro Pave Necklace

High-necked or backless

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Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields via Brides.com

Princess Kate’s return to fuller coverage has sparked new waves of bridal fashion trends, as has the couture world’s new attention to the beauty of the back. We say that for these styles, brides should take the opportunity to don stunning dangling earrings, as long as you’re comfortable with, and pair with a gorgeous and unique bracelet.

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Tiffany & Co. Garland Collection Platinum Earrings

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18K White Gold Wide Pave Link Bracelet

Pure White

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The best metals to pair with this color are platinum, white gold and silver, as yellow gold or rose gold may look too brassy in contrast to your snow white gown.

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Tiffany & Co. Platinum, Diamond and Pink Sapphire necklace

Off White

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Nearly every and any metal works with this shade, but our picks are platinum, white gold and rose gold to complement the blushing bride.

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14 kt rose gold pearl starburst pin

Ivory

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Bring out the warmth of this hue with yellow gold accessories, cognac diamonds and yellow stones.

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18kt yellow and white gold bracelet with yellow and white gold diamonds

Retro

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Oleg Cassini at David's Bridal via Brides.com

If you’re a bride who craves a throwback to the heyday of 50’s fem, 20’s art deco or 60’s mod, consider adding to your gown’s one-of-a-kind vibe with a unique brooch, hair piece, or statement necklace. Try to incorporate either contemporary jewels or pieces from a different period than your dress to avoid a costume look.

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18kt yellow gold and diamond pin

Classic

1 Wedding by Mary's Bridal via Brides.com

If your gown hasn’t changed a stitch since you first imagined it when you were 6 and every detail of your wedding will ooze timeless charm, stick to the bridal standby’s of diamonds and pearls. You’ll love your look, on the day of your wedding and in photos, no matter how many years pass beyond your big day.

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Platinum Southsea Pearl and Diamond Earrings

The most important part of choosing your wedding day jewelry is being true to yourself. Your wedding day will be the happiest day of your life, especially if you’re 100% in love…with your accessories.

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned bridal jewelry and engagement rings.

Industry Update: The Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show Recap

Raymond lee Jewelers recaps the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show 2011

Last week we gave you the break down of what to expect at the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, and today we’re thrilled to share that this show attracted thousands of attendees. Collectors, dealers, and connoisseurs from Beijing to Brussels packed the Antiques Show to purchase from the more than 550 luxury goods and antquie exhibitors.

The Palm Beach Show Group, also the producers of the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show, presented this four day, indoor show. In fact, the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antique show in the country.

According to president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group, Scott Diament:“This year marks a milestone of record-breaking dealer participation,” said Scott Diament, president and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group. “We completely sold all of the space in the Baltimore Convention Center.”

Thankfully, Hurricane Irene did not impede the show’s success; “Not only was ‘Irene’ storming, but the buyers were storming too,” said Gus Davis of Camilla Dietz Bergeron. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and the serious buyers really came through and bought. We had a great show.”

Exhibitors reported record sales, high profile customers, and fantastic amounts of museum-quality art sold.

In addition to the art and antiques, guests also attended the antique book fair, and the free public lecture series. These sessions featured Wendy A. Cooper, Lois F. and Henry S. McNeil senior curator of furniture at Winterthur Museum; Robert Mintz, Ph.D., associate curator of Asian art at The Walters Art Museum; and Miller Gaffney, principal of Miller Gaffney Art Advisory. Also presenting lectures were exhibiting dealers, including Jeff Bridgman of Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques; Janet Drucker of Drucker Antiques; Matthew Baer of The Ivory Tower; and Timothy Stevenson of Carlson & Stevenson Antiques and Art.

For more information on this year’s Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, as well as next year’s visit www.baltimoresummershow.com

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, Trusted source for antiques and estate jewelry.

Tubular Tuesdays: In The Shop

A Picture Perfect Peek at Three Tremendous Timepieces of the Raymond Lee Jewelers Inventory… Today.

The Rolex Submariner 16610

The Rolex Submariner 16610 is the classic diving watch.  It’s 904L stainless steel case is able to withstand depths up to 300 meters (1,000 feet).  With a 40mm case it is on the larger size for gents watches.  As a standard, men’s watches are usually 36-40 mm.  The Submariner remains one of Rolex’s most popular watches. Not only is this gorgeous timepiece classic, it’s also on-trend; GQ’s September cover features Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez wearing this bright, modern timepiece.

The Rolex Datejust Masterpiece 81339

This 18K white gold stunner features a Tahitian Mother of Pearl dial that lends an air of sophistication and uniqueness. Add to this the double row of diamonds encircling the face of the watch, the scratch resistant sapphire crystal, and the diamond dial, and this watch becomes a true collectors piece.

The Rolex Daytona 116589

Introduced in 1963, the Daytona collection was designed to fit the needs of racecar drivers. Whether you’re looking to perfectly measure your lap time, or you’re simply a fan of beautiful timepieces, this particular Daytona is in a league of its own. Cased in white gold, the dial is mother of pearl with diamonds, surrounded by a bezel of diamonds, and capped off with a supple black leather band.

Readers, which of these pre-owned luxury watches would you most like to own?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s choice for pre-owned Rolexes and luxury timepieces.

Masculine Monday: David Yurman New Arrivals

 David Yurman, founded by eponymous the designer, is renowned for its affordable and everyday luxury. When his cable jewelry took the world by storm in the eighties, no one could have predicted that 30 years later another Yurman would make his mark on the brand.

Evan Yurman, head of men’s design at David Yurman, has created a rough-hewn, yet sophisticated line for men that shines this fall. Here are Raymond Lee Jewelers top picks from David Yurman men’s new arrivals.

 David Yurman Amulets Shark Tooth Necklace

David Yurman, Raymond Lee JewelersThis bronze shark tooth is the perfect answer to the hottest trend in women’s jewelry right now, rose gold. Not only does the darker bronze add a touch of industrial luxury to this piece, the shark tooth is both a natural element and a strong one. Adding to this necklace’s stylish toughness is the titanium box chain the shark tooth hangs from.

Armory Band Ring

Inspired by medieval elements, this ring is a subtle reference to armor-clad knights slicing through the bad guys with broadswords. It might even help you channel some of that raw, unbridled strength that accompanied them in conquests and battles. Or Not – but either way, this ring is seriously stylish.

Royal Cord Cufflinks, Black Diamond

These cufflinks are the perfect addition for a completely polished look. The textured sterling silver offers interest without the distraction of over shininess, while the slightly irregular pattern and shape of the stripes lend an unfussy vibe to even formal wear. Black diamonds are the ultimate in masculine luxe, and make these cuff links the ideal finishing touch.

Pave ring with cognac Diamonds

This ring is the way to go for a little masculine bling. The warmth of the cognac diamonds is perfect for fall, and balances out the cool tones of the sterling silver. While the diamonds verge on being too fussy left to their own devices, the thick width of the band makes it no-nonsense, and the sturdy rope-detail on the band’s underside counteracts any feminine energy.

Gentlemen, what are your top jewelry and accessory picks for fall?

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for luxury estate and pre-owned David Yurman jewelry.

Christie’s Announces World Tour Schedule for Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Jewels

In a few short weeks, fans admirers and mourners of the late, fabulous Elizabeth Taylor will be able to view her treasured collection of the items she held dearest – her jewelry.

Elizabeth Taylor was an icon renowned as much for her beauty and acting as she was for her affinity for luxury. Taylor exuded an air of effortless glamour, helped along by the carats upon carats of precious jewelry that she often wore.

Beginning September 15th, Christies will showcase Liz’s famed jewels on a world tour. Exhibits will begin in Moscow’s Red Square before the tour continues to London, L.A., Dubai, Geneva, Paris and Hong Kong before finally stopping in New York. There, from December 3rd through the 12th, Christie’s will present the collection before its 5 part auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s estate.

Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s America states: Christie’s is honored to have been entrusted with this important role in celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of Elizabeth Taylor. The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie’s will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian.  This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”

First up is Liz’s collection of Legendary Jewels: “In what promises to be remembered as one of the most remarkable jewelry events in auction history, Christie’s will open the sales series devoted to Ms. Taylor’s collections with a gala Evening Sale of her most magnificent jewels on December 13, followed by two additional sale sessions on December 14.”

What will be included in this auction? One can only speculate at this point – which we did, naturally. Here are the gems that we think will absolutely be up on the auction block.

The Krupp Diamond

The first item of jewelry that Richard Burton gave her, this Asscher-cut diamond became a daily adornment for Taylor, at a more demure 33.19 carats.

La Peregina

Once owned by Anne Boleyn and Queen Mary Tudor, Taylor prized this pear-shaped pearl. Once owned by the Queen of Spain, it was nearly swallowed by one of Talyor’s dogs.

Cartier Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Given to Taylor by husband #3, Mike Todd, the necklace, bracelet, and earrings feature oval and cushion-cut rubies and baguette-cut diamonds set in platinum.

The Taj Mahal Diamond

Originally given to Shah Jahan by his father, the diamond was the presented to his wife Queen Mumtaz – the very same Queen Mumtaz that the Taj Mahal was built for. Burton bought this heart-shaped, yellow stunner for Liz’s 40th birthday. She promptly removed the silk cord it hung from and commissioned a diamond-studded chain.

The Taylor-Burton Diamond

The 69.42-carat Cartier diamond gifted to Talyor by 5th husband Richard Burton. Sadly, this – the most famous of Liz’s baubles – won’t be for sale at the auction, as it was last bought by Robert Mouawad.

Partial proceeds from the auction will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, created in 1993 to provide critically needed support services for people with HIV/AIDS.

What Does the High Price of Gold Mean?

Over the past few days, the price of gold has skyrocketed, reaching record highs and even briefly surpassing platinum prices. As the uncertain future of the US economy and European markets make traders nervous, gold continues to seem like a sure bet – making it even more valuable. But what does the higher price of gold actually mean?

Criminals have noticed that Gold is more expensive too.

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A wave of gold-related robberies and thefts have been reported across the globe. Matthew Phillips of Freakonomics blog reports on L.A.’s rash of street-robberies and smash-n-grabs, as well as robberies and street muggings in Iraq and Guyana. Retailers and the general public should be extra vigilant while gold prices soar.

Gold will continue to be a desirable addition to investor portfolios.

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Gold Prices for 8/23/11

According to the Wall Street Journal, “…a selloff in gold is unlikely in the current economic environment as investors will be hard put to find an alternative asset that can protect their wealth as well as gold,” said George Gero, a vice president with RBC Capital Markets Global Futures.

Traders will be affected by the price of gold in the markets.

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For the second time this year, The Shanghai Gold Exchange raised the margin requirements on gold futures contracts by 1%, making investors pay more up front to buy gold.

Big Prices mean Big Business for Jewelers who buy gold.

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As the line for gold prices ticks up on market graphs, the lines out the doors of jewelers grow longer. Americans looking to cash in on their unwanted or unworn gold are flocking to jewelers who buy gold. Once scrap gold is purchased, it can be purified and turned into gold bars or re-cast for different pieces of jewelry.

Readers, have you sold gold before? Are you more likely to now that you can earn a substantial amount for the gold you own? And jewelers – have you noticed an uptick in business (we have at Raymond Lee Jewelers!)? Have you beefed up security measures in light of gold’s higher prices?

Discuss below,

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s most trusted gold and jewelry buyers.

Industry Update: The Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

Today Kicks off the 31st Annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show with Rapid Reporting from Raymond Lee Jewelers

This year, the Baltimore Convention Center plays host to the Baltimore Summer Antiques show. Running from today through August 28th, this show is completely sold out, making it one of the most exciting antiques show in the country.

Over 550 exhibitors from across the globe are showcasing unique and beautiful collections, in addition to a 70-dealer antiquarian book fair, making the Baltimore Summer Antique Show Maryland’s largest antiques event and the US’s largest indoor antique show.

The Baltimore Summer Antique Show

Sponsored by Antiques and Fine Art Magazine, the Baltimore Summer Antiques show is presented by The Palm Beach Show Group, producers of the Palm Beach Jewelry & Antique Show, the Dallas International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show, and the Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show. This year’s show features a lecture series in addition to the more than 200,000 items on display.

the show attracts tens of thousands of knowledgeable collectors and respected dealers from around the world who travel from as far as Dubai, Brussels and Beijing to purchase from the extensive array of merchandise offered by more than 500 prominent exhibitors, many of which are the world’s foremost experts in their respective fields. The Baltimore Summer Antiques Show is the largest indoor antiques show in the country, offering guests access to aisle after aisle of fine art, furniture, Asian art, American and European silver, jewelry, porcelain, glass, textiles, American folk art and more, ranging from the antiquities to the 20th century.

For more information and updates, please visit the official website of the Baltimore Summer Antiques Show.

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