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Wedding Wednesday: Colored Bridal Jewelry

If we can use one, and only one word to describe this season’s must-wear wedding jewels, it’s this: Color, with a capital C.

colorful bridal jewelry, Raymond Lee Jewelers

Brides-to-be across the globe are going gaga for precious stones in every hue of the rainbow. From Brides to The Knot, the powers-that-be in the wedding world have shouted their support for this colorfully gorgeous trend. Raymond Lee Jewelers is South Florida’s first and most trusted source for luxury pre-owned precious gems, and we’ve found a stone for every bride in love with both their groom and Roy G. Biv.

Rubies

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18K Yellow and White Gold, Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Rubies are incredibly rare precious gems prized beyond diamonds in some cultures. The most desirable rubies are called “pigeon blood” rubies which, admittedly, is pretty gross, but the color of these stones is incomparable. Brides who wear rubies down the aisle are passionate, fiery and luxe. “The ruby definitely is something to smile about for its exquisite beauty when set as jewelry, and because the ruby also stands for peace and contentment.” – admirable attributes of any marriage.

Topaz

Orange Topaz and Diamond Pendant on Amazon.com

Topaz are the birthstone of the month of November and are famed for their amber hues, but they range in color from pink, yellow blue, peach, gold and even green. Like diamonds, topaz are graded by the 4 C’s, and are impossible to identify with the naked eye when compared to look-alike Citrine. Orange topaz represent constancy, loyalty, faithfulness and strength, making them an excellent choice for wedding-day jewels.

Yellow Diamonds

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Tiffany Yellow Diamonds

 Once thought to be inferior to just plain ol’ regular diamonds, the yellow diamond (or Fancy colored diamond) has quickly leveled the playing field with its crystal clear cousin. Celebs, perhaps most noticeably Mr. Gucci Mayne, have popularized fancy and intense colored yellow diamonds, leaving brides-to-be clamoring for this stunning, sunny rock. Tiffany & Co., in honor of their famous Tiffany Yellow Diamond jumped on this timeless yet trendy bandwagon with a slew of lovely yellow diamond jewelry.

Emeralds

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Vintage emerald, rose gold and diamond bracelet.

With gorgeous deep green all over the runways this season, no stone is more Fall-ready than emerald. These gorgeous stones dazzle in pure green and shine with uniqueness. Emerald green is “…the colour of beauty and of constant love. In ancient Rome, green was the colour of Venus, the goddess of beauty and love….
The magnificent green of the emerald is a colour which conveys harmony, love of Nature and elemental joie de vivre.”

Sapphires

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Diana sapphire, diamond 14 kt white gold earrings

For fast approaching September nuptials, why not wear next month’s designated birthstone? Sapphires come in a variety of colors naturally, including pink, but are famed for their gorgeous blue tones. It is believed by some that sapphires “promote joy, faith, hope and protection during long journeys.

Amethyst

Raymond lee Jewelers - Cariter 18 kt gold and amethyst ring

Cartier 18kt White Gold and Amethyst ring

Gorgeous amethyst stones range from lavender to royal purple in color; it is the stone associated with nobles from Catherine the Great to the ancient Egyptians. Its name is derived from the Greek word for “not drunk”; even if your jewels can’t steer your hubby’s fraternity brother groomsman away from the bar, rest assured that your guests will only be focused on your stunning purple gems. Amethyst, according to Leonardo Da Vinci, “holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence.”

Brides-to-be, are you planning on donning colorful jewels for the big day? Did your fiance gift you with a colorful engagement ring? Discuss in the comments below!

Liz for Raymond Lee Jewelers, South Florida’s first choice for vintage and luxury pre-owned bridal jewelry.

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Feature Friday: Rare Alexandrite Ring

Feature Friday: Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Alexandrite is one of the most magnificent and mysterious gemstones you will ever see. Though the gemstone itself was discovered less than 200 years ago, the unique color changing and reflective elements of alexandrite have received a great deal of attention and adoration. The stone’s existence itself is a phenomenon. Natural Alexandrite gemstones are an incredibly rare find. Two chemical elements which are scientifically constructed to avoid interaction with one another, chromium and beryllium, found a way to bypass this rule millions of years ago, in what would be considered a metamorphic atmosphere.

Discovered in 1830, Russia, the day when Tsar Alexander II was the appropriate age to rule,

legend has it that Alexandrite was named after royalty.

My first Alexandrite ring was a gift from my Dad for my 7th Birthday, a claddagh ring with an Alexandrite gemstone held in the hands. Alexandrite, at the time, was still the official June Birthstone. Unfortunately, things have changed. With the increasing value and rarity of natural Alexandrite, pearls are now the ‘official’ (the waters there are still a little muddy. Depending on who you ask, Alexandrite is still considered a birthstone of June, in addition to Moonstone.) June Birthstone. 

The ‘alexandrite effect’, as described by jewelers, is the natural color changing phenomenon of the gemstone. The color of this rare gemstone is green in daylight and deep red in darkness or incandescent light. Alexandrite can even appear to be pink or yellow in hue in natural light, and a columbine or raspberry red by incandescent light. This is representative of the mythology behind this interesting gemstone.

Alexandrite is associated with the planet Mercury — the trickster. Mercury is the quickest moving planet, said to be representative of how fast our thoughts and decisions can change. Mythology teaches us that Mercury represents both the messenger and the magician. It connects the mortal or ego self, the intuitive, or lower self, and the higher divine self. This is said to be embodied within the Alexandrite gemstone with the duality of color. 

Alexandrite is believed to strengthen intuition, self esteem, and happiness, increase creativity and imagination, and help balance your emotions.

Alexandrite Dome Ring

This striking 14k white gold Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring is both elegant and fashionable. 

 Three large rare Alexandrite stones are surrounded by beautiful pave set diamonds in this unique ring.

Alexandrite & Diamond Dome Ring

Details are available for purchase of this fantastic piece of jewelry at the Raymond Lee Jewelers ebay Store,  just a click away! (See Below)

http://bit.ly/AlexandriteRingRLJ

-Alexandra

Raymond Lee Jewelers

Key Colors of Summer: Feature Pieces of Coral and Turquoise Vintage Jewelry

As we discussed on Friday, this Summer will be filled with the presence of three key colors

Coral, Turquoise and Marigold.

The rings pictured in the images below are a sample of the incredible vintage jewelry that we carry in our Boca Raton Showroom.

  • The three rings in the photographs include an 18kt yellow gold and coral ring with 1 ctw diamonds (Bottom Left). This item is currently selling for $2,900. 
  • The alternate coral ring is also 18kt yellow gold, and set in an incredible unique shape (Bottom Right). This item is currently priced at $2,495.00.

Stop by our Showroom in Boca Raton to browse these and many other pieces of vintage jewelry that capture these vibrant colors. Other pieces in the Showroom that are in high demand this season include a 14kt yellow gold coral flower pin, 14kt yellow gold coral dangle earrings and a turquoise vintage yellow gold cameo pin.

Turquoise and Coral Rings at Raymond Lee Jewelers Boca Raton

Turquoise and Coral Rings at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Alex’s Proclamation of Love for Ariella Collection of Rings 2011

Thank You ever so much to ..

The Written Runway

daydreams of a fashion muse

These modern styled, blended lines of geometric and sweeping variations ring creations are part of the Ariella Collection, available at Nordstrom (and various other less expensive online bargain options, like  http://www.polyvore.com and http://ringoblog.com)

A lovely acquaintance of mine, through the wonderful world of fashion and jewelry blogging, Ambyr (Twitter: @ambyrhanks) exhibited the complete cuteness of these rings in a recent entry.

With a two finger ring from the Ariella Collection that featured bright aquamarine, Ambyr added a bit of gold with two thin bangles and sported a sweeping, fun in the spring-time dress. Bright colors. Bright smile. Bright Gems. Great Style! Rock on, Ambyr!

This ‘Talon Two-Finger Ring is Pretty Incredible Too!

Have a wonderful evening everybody!

Alexandra . Raymond Lee Jewelers

Our Palm Beach County Vintage Jewelry Neighbor House of Lavande… and Alicia Silverstone’s Son, ‘Bear Blu’

Founded by Jewelry Connoisseur Tracy Smith, House of Lavande is a vintage couture jewelry collection that includes a vast variety of jewelry, accessories and wearable art from throughout the 20th century. Established right here in Palm Beach County, the vintage jewelry collection has been flourishing in popularity over the past five years.

Tracy Smith, Founder of House of Lavande

The fan list of House of Lavande includes many famous faces, celebrities well-known for their signature and stand-out styles. Clients to House of Lavande include, just to name a few…Alicia Silverstone, Lauren Conrad, Jessica Biel, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Ginniger Goodwin and Elizabeth Banks.

Isla Fisher, whom I adore completely, feels the same way about House of Lavande. Here, Isla Fisher wears a Tory Burch  her natural golden red waves with contrasting purple crystal and diamond statement earrings by House of Lavande.

Alicia Silverstone

Alicia Silverstone, new Mother to son Bear Blu (a name that currently has chills running down the spine of sons world-wide, being dubbed by the Blogosphere Inhabitants as ‘The Worst Celebrity Baby Name Ever) is a proud supporter and long-term client of the vintage jewelry collection of House of Lavande. She promotes the wearing vintage jewelry nearly as much as she supports living a strictly vegan lifestyle!

Pictured above, Alicia Silverstone promoted her new book, “The Kind Diet”  in Los Angeles just six weeks ago. Preparing for Motherhood, a pregnant Alicia wore a loose fitting Rebecca Taylor dress, shoes by Aldo and accessories by House of Lavande.

It’s the first child for the Clueless star, 34, and her husband Christopher Jarecki.

“My husband and I welcomed our 7 lb 15 oz baby boy Bear Blu Jarecki into the world on May 5 at 7:50 a.m. We are all three in love,” she wrote. “I’m so grateful to this community for all the love, support, good wishes and happy vibes you’ve sent me during my pregnancy… it has been wonderful. Thank you all!”

1960's K.J.L Purple and Turquoise Earrings

1950's Nettie Rosenstein Turquoise Necklace

The pieces carried by House of Lavande in their extensive collection of various designers and time periods spans the many renowned decades of fashion, featuring distinctive pieces from famous designers such as Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves St. Laurent and Christian Dior.

From top to bottom:
Victorian Chanel set buckle bracelet $1,148.
Unsigned gold filled bangle $648.
Victorian thick clear chanel set bracelet $1,148.
KJL clamper cuff $2,498.
Unsigned gold filled bangle $448.

… Oh won’t you be my neighbor 🙂

-Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers, Palm Beach County Jewelers, Florida

Amy Adams in Emerald Cartier and Princess Diana in Famous Emerald Choker: A May Gemstone Celebration

Amy Adams at 2011 Oscars:

Cartier Secret Watch Bracelet

The Fighter” actress wore a Cartier platinum and diamond Haute Joaillerie secret watch bracelet, which featured 575 separate diamonds and a 30.75-carat carved emerald stone.  The bracelet has been rumored to value at over $1.025 million.

Adams also wore a Cartier platinum and diamond necklace, featuring a carved 33.24-carat emerald, said to be worth $290,000. Also nominated for Best Supporting Actress was Melissa Leo, who co-starred as ‘Alice’, Micky Ward’s Mother in “The Fighter.”

Winning the nomination was the tough talking Melissa Leo, who fitting with her character in the film, let an f-bomb slip during her acceptance.

(More on Melissa Leo, and the F-bomb fly during her acceptance speech.)

The gemstone belonging to the month of May is none other than the glamorously green Emerald, a particular variety of the mineral Beryl. The Emerald is not only the May birthstone, but also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Cancer.

Emerald gemstones are associated with patience, understanding, and foresight.

Perhaps one of the most notorious pieces of unforgettable emerald jewelry belonged to Princess Diana. Pictured here in 1982, the Emerald chocker worn by Princess Diana remains one of the most admired and adored pieces of immaculate emerald jewelry of all time. 

The famous Diana’s diamond and emerald choker, a wedding gift from the Queen. Once she caused a stir when she chose to wear it as a headband.

The Emerald gemstone is among the most magnificent. especially in the amazing jewelry worn by Princess Diana in the early ‘80s and by Amy Adams at the 2011 Oscars.

Long Live Green Glamour!

If you’re an Emerald lover… you may want to take a quick peak at these gems!

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Heart Pendant

Emerald is approximately 3cts
Diamond weigh approximately 3.5ctw
Diamonds are VS in clarity and G/H in color

You will certainly win her heart with this gorgeous emerald pendant. Perfectly framed, this well cut emerald is a beautiful velvety blue-green. With just the right “de Jardin,” the diamonds are custom cut to frame this heart shaped stone beautifully and the setting is made so delicately to show off each stone perfectly.   

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14K White Gold, Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Bangle

Emeralds approximately 1.5cts
Diamond weight approximately 1.00ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity and G/H in color

This beautiful white gold, emerald and diamond bracelet is the type of bracelet that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Simple, but elegant the bead set diamonds frame the velvety soft emeralds perfectly. Its hinged style closure makes it simple to put on and take off. Perfect for a night on the town or for when you just want to feel good.

Hey, There’s a Ruby in that Watch! The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

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inner mechanics of timepieces

The Intelligence of Natural Gemstones

Jewel bearings were introduced in 1702 by Nicolas Fatio (or Facio) de Duillier  to reduce the friction in watches. The two-part mechanism breakthrough in timepiece engineering includes a bearing, in which a metal spindle turns in a jewel lined pivot hole. The advantages of jewel bearings include high accuracy, small size and weight,low static friction and highly consistent dynamic friction.

When the use of jewel bearings was first patented in 1702, only the most elite quality watchmakers used sapphire, ruby, or diamond jewel pivots. The majority of watchmakers would use  garnet, quartz, or even glass jewels to create their jewel bearings, due to the high cost of natural ruby and sapphire gemstones.

Jewel bearings for watches were ground from tiny pieces of natural gemstones from their introduction in 1702 until the early 20th Century. In the early 1900’s, a process to create synthetic rubies was discovered by Parisian Professor, Abraham-Louis Breguet . This process was invented in order to eliminate the high cost of natural gemstones by creating synthetic sapphires to be utilized in watch crystals. Nearly all modern-day watches use this synthetic ruby (or sapphire) in their watch jewel bearings.

Read on to discover the precise and persistent role in which the Ruby has played throughout the evolution of  timepiece mechanics, and the inherently possessed intelligence and engineering abilities of natural gemstones…

18K Yellow Gold, Diamond and Ruby ring in a crested wave design

Size 6.5, can be sized

Diamonds are approximately 1.20ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity H/I in color
Rubies 27 Cabochons Graduating in Size from 1.5mm-3mm

There is one constant element that you will find in each and every mechanical timepiece, from the earliest models to today’s modern designs. A complex integration of finely balanced moving parts are the fundamental foreground for all mechanical watches. This complex composition of mechanics involves the vital presence of a plain bearing. A watch bearing is a relationship, if you will, between pivot pieces and the torus shaped holes in which they are turned into.

Pivot pieces turn into torus shaped holes, which are drilled into two brass plates that are separated by pillars. The lower situated brass plate of the two was once drilled with small holes in order to allow the opposite end of the pivot to turn. Small amounts of oil were used to lubricate the pivots within the torus shaped holes. Through the progression of time, an accumulation of debris and dust from daily use would slowly form within the small holes.

A mixture of oils and debris would form into an abrasive material, acting asa sandpaper of sorts, slowly wearing away the soft brass of the plates, and eventually even the hard steel pivots. The once torus shaped pivot holes would morph into oval shapes as a result of this material accruing, directly causing erratic watch function and eventual failure.

Frustrated with this difficult and seemingly unavoidable eventuality, Watchmakers began to search for a material that was harder than brass, and which could withstand the constant movement of the pivots. The winning material was found in the natural Ruby gemstone, the second hardest natural material on record in the world. Fatio de Duillier made his mark on the historical evolution of timepieces when he developed and patented a method of perforating jewels for use in clocks in the early 1700’s.

With the goal in mind to optimize the capture of solar energy, Fatio suggested using a tracking mechanism which was capable of pivoting around the Sun. A well-known Swiss mathematician,  Nicolas Fatio de Duillier was the first to discover the ruby’s potential as a jewel bearing. Fatio was previously known for his close friendship and collaborations with Isaac Newton, his extraordinary work on the zodiacal light problem, and for originating the “push” or “shadow” theory of gravitation.

Natural Ruby (naturally occurring ruby crystal)

In collaboration with Pierre and Jacob Debaufre, Fatio de Duillier patented the use of  jewels as wheel bearings in mechanical clocks in 1702. This would mark the beginning of many advancements in the development of timepiece precision that would utilize the knowledge of planetary alignment and universal positioning as a guide to advanced timepiece engineering.

In 1902, Parisian Professor Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil created the first synthetic gemstone. A synthetic ruby. Verneuil perfected a flame-fusion method of producing crystals of ruby and other corundums within a short time period. This method became more industrialized over time; the basic components of rubies, alumina, undergoes purification, heating, fusion and crystallization, which results in a pear-shaped piece of artificial ruby.

This pear-shaped ruby is then sliced into small pieces and these pieces are shipped off to watchmakers. The watchmakers then destroy 90% of the synthetic ruby to turn into a usable part for a watch.  The high cost of certain modern-day mechanical watches are not due to the high price of natural rubies, as the wristwatches of the 18th and 19th Century. However, the labor intensive process of putting the synthetic rubies into the watch bearings is costly due to the time and labor invested to their proper placement in the jewel bearing.

The use of jewels in timepieces remains strong and steadfast in the world of watches, as they serve two valuable purposes. The first is the reduced friction within the bearings. This directly increases the accuracy and precision of the timepiece. Jewel surfaces within watch bearings reduces variations in movement, increasing the life and maintained integrity of the bearings.

Chopard Your Hour H Watch 13/6965 with Rubies

Authentic Chopard Your Hour 13/6965 18K White Gold and Ruby Watch

Brand New with Papers

18K White Gold Case

Pave Set with 100 Rubies=1.00ct

So,today let’s give a silent thanks in recognition of the Ruby and Sapphire Gemstones… The intelligent natural gemstones you never knew were in your watch!

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