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Pantone’s Fashion Color Report: Fall 2011

With Labor Day passed, gone are the (socially acceptable) days of white jeans, seersucker, rattan bags and shoes, and white linen. While the weather is still far from Fall-esque, the scent of autumn lurks just around the corner, and we smell crisp apples, cinnamon, and the return of the Pumpkin Spice latte at Starbucks. And let’s be honest, that’s the true harbinger of the fall season anyways.

So now that summer’s ensembles are relegated to the back of the closet, Pantone has conducted its fall 2011 survey of NYFW designers to announce what to expect on the mannequins and models starting…now!

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Bamboo is first on fall’s palette, bringing “warm, exotic flavor to the season.” Its yellow-green tones are golden enough to be autumn-apropos, but this color is still bright and attention-grabbing.

Chris Benz

Next up is Emberglow, a color that this blogger can’t get enough of. A dusky coral, Emberglow is the perfect color for a transitional wardrobe between your late August clothing and what you can wear into the coming months. It’s the perfect pop of color in accessories or, as evidenced by Essie and OPI’s fall collections, a great choice for your mani-pedi.

Peter Som

Honeysuckle, Pantone’s Color of the Year remains a strong presence in fall collections. To keep it from being too Resort, Pantone suggests pairing with other fall colors Coffee Liqueur and Nougat.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor

Phlox, undisputedly the most fun color to say aloud, is “a magical, deep purple with a hint of mystery.” This color is practically universally flattering, letting newly-found fall pastiness become a fair, purposeful “look” while likewise making the best of the last of summers (or the Mystic Booth’s) glow.

ADAM by Adam Lippes

Cedar and Dark Teal are two picks from the green family, and the mid-tone Cedar pairs perfectly with the stronger Dark Teal. Pantone suggests pairing with further-flung colorwheel mates Orchid Hush and Honeysuckle.

Charlotte Ronson and Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney

Coffee Liqueur and Nougat mark a return to supple leathers and creamy cashmere seasonal staples, with Coffee Liqueur’s silvery brown richness making a strong statement. Nougat is the ideal neutral, and pairs well with any of fall’s other hot hues.

Tracy Reese and MACKAGE

Rounding out the palette are Orchid Hush, the most delicate shade of gray-lavender, and Quarry, a gray with warmth that makes another great neutral option.

VPL by Victoria Bartlett and Adrienne Vitadini

Readers, what do you think of this year’s Pantone fall 2011 palette? Which hue are you most excited to start wearing?

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Feature Friday: September’s Sapphires

Welcome to September, readers. This month ushers in fall, football, and a new birthstone: sapphire. From the Greek word sappheiros, meaning “blue stone” sapphires are a precious gem that come in many colors. In fact, when a sapphire is deep rep, it is considered to be a ruby, which has an identical composition to that of sapphires.

Depending on the color of a sapphire, it is believed to bring the wearer full creative potential, inspiration, luck, and clarity. We think that while these are all desirable, a piece of sapphire jewelry is even likelier to bring you compliments en masse. Check out some of Raymond Lee Jewelers’ picks for September’s birth stone.

Poiray 18K Yellow Gold and Pink Sapphire Pave Ball Ring

This fun and bright pink sapphire ring is a stunning addition to any jewelry collection.

18K White Gold and Multi Colored Sapphire Line Bracelet

 This brightly-hued bracelet showcases sapphires in a variety of colorways and complements nearly every outfit.

Valente 18kt White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring

 Pink, green and sky blue sapphires stud this white gold ring and surround a wave of diamonds. The gradation of the stones creates one of Fall’s biggest trends, ombre, in a beautiful palette.

18kt White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Bracelet

This updated take on the classic tennis bracelet features stunning blue sapphires and diamonds accenting dual bands with funky geometric shapes. It’s the perfect combination of modern and vintage that makes this piece completely unique.

18K White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Men's ID Bracelet

Last but not least, this piece is for the September-born gents in your life. Crisp, white gold bars bracket clean lines of sapphire and diamond rows to create a luxurious and masculine work of art for his wrist.

So, September babies, what is your favorite color variation of sapphire? Are you pining for any of these pieces? If so, you’re in luck – all sapphire jewelry is 10% off for the month of September. Consider it your birthday gift from us!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, your source for pre-owned sapphire jewelry.

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Jewelry Education: HOW TO SELL OR BUY JEWELRY

“WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW

ABOUT JEWELRY 

when I go to sell or buy it?”

Good question! 

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POINTERS TO HELP YOU SELL OR BUY JEWELRY

Here’s a quick checklist of knowledge you should have before you go shopping for expensive jewelry.

  1. What is a Karat? It’s a good idea to know that gold karat number varies with weight, design, finishing and country of origin. Finishing can be done by hand or by machine, and this makes a difference. 24 karat gold, or pure gold, is too soft for molding into wearable jewelry, thus it needs to be mixed with other metals to strengthen it. The metal used to mix into the gold can change its color. WHAT TO KNOW if it’s less than 10kt (roughly 42% gold), than it can’t be sold as gold legally. You’ll hear these terms: “fill”, “electroplated” or “overlay” and that means it just has a thin gold coat on the piece of jewelry.
  2. What are the four C’s? Don’t expect to read this and have a working knowledge of the four C’s, but I can at least acquaint you with the language. WHAT TO KNOW – the four C’s are Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat. If a jeweler can’t discuss these in great detail, they don’t know enough to be selling you jewelry, keep shopping.
  3. Be aware of chain stores who employ retail sales clerks AND have no actual jewelers on staff. WHAT TO KNOW  – Local jewelers will almost always have a more educated and knowledgeable staff.
  4. If you are going to purchase a really expensive piece of jewelry, USE A MAJOR CREDIT CARD AND HAVE IT APPRAISED immediately.

Now, you officially know more than most people about jewelry shopping! Enjoy ~

By Raymond Lee Jewelers. For information and news regarding fine jewelry and/or luxury watches!

What is the IT color?

What is the IT color?

ALL OF THEM! Every where I look, COLOR, COLOR, and more COLOR! I’m finding color where once color wasn’t! First designer handbags, then watches, what’s next? Socks, tennis shoes, and sunglasses! Maybe in this cold, grey environment with all financial and global turmoil, we need to see sunshine and rainbows when we can’t find our spirit any where else? Well then, good for us!

Rolex, Cartier and even some amazing great colors on David Yurman cocktail rings!  These are fashion forward styles, but found a retailer on EBay that helps all of us everyday people. Check out this site:

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Rolex has COLOR!

http://stores.ebay.com/RLJ-Designer-Jewelry-and-Watches

Color everywhere!  I see color in shoes never seen before! Who knew florescent yellow could be such a great spring color to wear with something as casual as jeans! Almost anything goes!

Even in the luggage business! Something as laptop sleeves and carriers, they are not just black or brown anymore! When we want to make a statement, we don’t want to stop with our clothes or shoes, we take it all the way!!!

In the kitchen, we see color in knives, in our mixing bowls and in our Kitchen Aids.  I hope we never see this trend end, because I feel like my eyes just can’t get enough of COLOR!

Pink: But not just any pink! Honeysuckle pink (a bright, almost reddish hue) was voted the color of the year by Pantone

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Fashion, What is the IT Color? Pink
Orange: Fashion loves orange –  it sprung up in a bushel of juicy hues in the spring…. is it still worth “picking”
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Fashion, What is the IT Color, orange?
White: Yes. of course! Spring, summer… forever.
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Fashion, what is the IT color? White?

Earth Tones: In a sharp contrast to everything else, refreshingly, wearable earth-colored tones ranging from sand to a Santa Fe rusty red is a welcome trend.
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What is the IT color? Earth tones?
Blue: Blue is eternal, but is it the IT color?
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What is the IT color? Blue?

Yellow: Yellow isn’t easy to pull off, but if you can, you can rock your scene and pop in a crowd!
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What is the IT color? Yellow?

So next time you’re talking to your friends and discussing the next big color, let them know that their favorite color is “THE” color! Here’s what the refinery29.com reported about predictions for January… were they right?
Reported by Miyoshi K., for Raymond Lee Jewelers Blog. Raymond Lee Jewelers is Boca Raton’s premier Jewelry and Fashion Handbags Store!

Turq and Marigold

Turq and MarigoldTurquoise, Marigold and Coral.. Welcome the Colors of Summer 2011


                                                             

These two happy summer colors that will be embraced by the sun’s beaming rays throughout these heated next few months. The marigold trend is one that I would like to proudly proclaim to have been ahead of the curve on. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly true. I’ve always been a sucker for rich yellows, all shades of yellow actually.

So, while I was simply just promoting my favorite color, I have unknowingly been sporting this ‘trend of summer 2011’ since summer of 2008, and I’m delighted to keep the party going. There’s something uplifting about having yellow on. Whether it’s on your nails, eyelids, fitted tank top or super cute sandals, this eternally optimistic color was made for the sunlit days of summer!

InStyle: Marigold ‘A playful yellow that demands attention, this buttery shade adds a ward glow to any wardrobe’

This bold color is a little challenging to work with at first. You want to avoid looking like a bumble bee, so while black is usually the color that goes with everything, the rule does not apply in this particular combination. Gold accessories will match the warm hue of marigold. For palette considerations, try using white as an off-set color, which brings an innocence to the outfit.

Instead of black, try heather grey or neutral colors to create an edgy vibe while avoiding the bumble bee blunder. Other fun colors to play with in combination with this bold yellow include olive, royal blue, garnet and purple. The same rule applies for eye make-up. Avoid black eye liner or shadow. Using browns that stay on the subtle side will help to brighten your eyes instead of making them look too heavy.

In the sample ensembles I created on one of my new favorite sites, Polyvore (above), I fell for the intriguing appeal of the black schoolgirl cardigan with the high-waisted shorts from Armani Exchange. Yes, I broke the no bumble bee rule, sort of. However, with the white striping of the cardigan and the button accents on the shorts, there’s enough couture presence to earn a hall pass.

Marc by marc jacobs bags YELLOW

Ochre rock legend vestt

FYI: When you search for “vintage turquoise”on eBay more than 9,000 items pop up. –

Turquoise Makes Its Summertime Comeback

By Christene Barberich

The Glam Slam! France collection consists of White Shatter matched up with a silver sparkle lacquer called Spark de Triomphe and Red Shatter paired with a shimmery pink called Rally Pretty Pink, while the Blue, Navy, and Turquoise Shatters add a little rock to the nautical look’s typically preppy boat.

OPI Glam Slam! France nail polish sets, $14.95 each, and Blue, Navy, and Turquoise Shatters, $8.50 each, all available in May. Visit OPI.com for more information.

Turquoise isn’t only taking over eBay searches and nail polish shatters… It will be seen in bathing suits, cover ups, sandals and beach bags everywhere this summer. Turquoise is a staple of summer, and as the heightened interest of the color arrives, the fashions of jewelry and clothing to meet the demands rise steadily in summer-ready supply.

There are lots of fun new designs, playful and light. Perfect summer accessories are just within reach. It’s time to get excited about this copper aluminum phosphate, and snag yourself a staple piece turquoise jewelry!

Matthew Williamson Peacock feather-trimmed sequined skirt
With the collage of pieces in the turquoise section, you’ll see that incorporating a little bit of coral into outfits that focus on turquoise is absolutely possible. Just be sure that the coral stays an accent color, and doesn’t begin to compete with the turquoise for attention. Lots of fun is to be had with turquoise, as the color spans from hues of green to grey to blue and back again. This also makes ‘matching’ somewhat impossible for different pieces, so don’t be overly specific on how close the shades need to be to one another. Break up the outfit with a white cami or multi-colored bangles in order to avoid looking like a walking bubble of blue.

Have yourselves a fantastic weekend!!!

Alexandra

Yellow Canary Diamonds- Buy Sell Diamond

Buy Sell Diamond

Buy Sell Diamond

Colored diamonds tend to go through waves of popularity, one year pink diamonds may be in fashion and prices will go up and the next year brown diamonds will be the next must have item. Yellow diamonds or canary diamonds on the other hand have enjoyed a long lasting appeal with consumers. The incredibly rare canary diamonds range in color from dark to light yellow. Another factor that adds to their rarity is that canary diamonds tend to be found in natural environments and almost never found in common diamond mines. The most valuable and brightly colored diamonds have been found in South Africa.

All diamonds have natural impurities, the largest of which is nitrogen atoms. If these atoms are in pairs they have no affect on a diamonds color and you will have a regular white diamond. If these nitrogen atoms are in large even-numbered aggregates they impart a brown tint. In the case of yellow diamonds, the nitrogen atoms are dispersed throughout the crystal in isolated sites. This composition of nitrogen atoms is incredibly rare and only one in 10,000 diamond found in the world is a yellow diamond. These factors along with the general popularity of this type of colored diamond is the reason they are considered so valuable.

Like all diamonds, yellow diamonds are assigned value based on the four C’s: cut, carat weight, clarity and color. Canary diamonds are also graded on their evenness of their color, how much saturation of color is present and the undertones of the color. Faceting can make the color appear brighter and thus sparkle more which in turn highers the value of the diamond.

Raymond Lee Jewelers takes pride in the fact that we sell high quality colored diamonds at prices national jewelery stores can’t compete with. Make sure you are not paying more for a diamond just because of the name found on the shopping bag. We buy sell diamond.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Jewelry Terminology: Topaz

Topaz

Topaz

In jewelry terminology, the word Topaz is derived from the Greek work Τοpáziοs, the ancient name for the Saint John’s Island which was notoriously difficult for ancient Romans to find. Topazios was also the name of a stone mined from this island,which in modern times is now called Peridot.

Topaz in its pure form is colorless, it is only through impurities that its color changes. Typically topaz ranges from pale green, blue, gold, reddish-yellow and has opaque to transparent qualities. Yellow topaz naturally heated over time causes the color to change to pink, one of the rarest forms of topaz.  Orange topaz is the most familiar form of topaz, which is the traditional November birthstone. Topaz is also the anniversary gemstone of the 4th and 19th year of marriage.

Topaz tends to be set in rings and necklaces but looks great in most pieces of jewelry. The most sought after colors are red and intense pink which are also the rarest forms of topaz. Pure colorless Topaz with a brilliant-cut  is often confused for a diamond. Topaz has always been a fairly popular gemstone due to its modest price and can be found in many collections.

If you are interested in jewelry care or jewelry repair, here’s a tip. If you own a topaz it is best to keep it separated from your other gemstones or wrap it in a cloth, due to its hardness it can scratch softer gems . To keep your gemstone in perfect condition make sure you wash it with warm soapy water and not expose it to constant sunlight which can drain the color. Another fact to keep in mind is that topaz, like diamond, has perfect basal cleavage; one sharp blow from the right direction will split it perfectly along its cleavage line.

– Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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