Our series of staff favorites provides a look into our individual tastes while also offering some helpful hints and buying recommendations. Hopefully, it'll even give you some new ideas! A staffer who wears many hats, Elaine loves colorful jewelry and helping customers find exactly what they are looking for. Here are her picks and reasons behind each one. Enjoy!
Ruby & Diamond Necklace
"In Chinese culture, the colors red and yellow represent good fortune and good luck, and this color combination has always appealed to me. Red rubies pair beautifully with rich 18-karat yellow gold, and I love the alternating gemstones of rubies and diamonds in this necklace."
Gold Wedding Ring
"I love this wedding ring in yellow gold, because it is traditional, timeless, and understated in its beauty. I think in this case, 14-karat gold is a better choice over 18-karat gold, because of its durability. Wedding rings are worn every day, and rings especially bear the brunt of wear and tear when it comes to fine jewelry."
Stackable Eternity Bands
"Stackable eternity rings are so popular right now, and I love the look. One option is to order three of these, one in every metal color: 14kt white gold, 14kt yellow gold, and 14kt rose gold. A more dramatic, and also more affordable, alternative involves incorporating gemstones, such as black diamonds or birthstones. There are so many options, because we offer this ring in countless variations."
Diamond Halo Earrings
"A halo of diamonds is a wonderful way to dress up diamond studs. With these halo diamond studs, each earring is one piece, but it's possible to get the halo as an earring jacket only, upon request. My favorite thing about these earrings is the intricate gallery design, which sets it apart as a great vintage style piece."
Tri Gold Ring
"Handmade rings are among our specialties, and this ring is a perfect example of fine craftsmanship and gorgeous tricolor gold. During manufacturing, the jeweler literally braids this ring by hand, and each one is a unique artistic creation. At 7mm, this ring is perfect for men."
Gold Braided Ring
"This handmade ring is beautiful in both white gold, yellow gold and platinum. White metals are typically more popular among our clients, but yellow gold definitely has its own charm. At 5mm, this ring is narrow enough to be classified as a women's ring, but could easily be worn by a man also. I'd love to see a couple pair this ring with the above ring as a unique his and her set."
Pave Diamond Wedding Band
"This wedding band is so pretty; and I think it may get overlooked often by our clients, because we have so many wedding ring choices online. There are three rows of diamonds — top and each side — and fine milgrain beading. Due of the ring's half eternity design, it's also sizable, which is a big plus."
Diamond Sapphire Eternity Ring
"Gorgeous hand engraving and double milgraining definitely sets this ring apart from our standard eternity ring collection. Blue sapphires are easy on the eyes and provide just the right amount of color when alternated with diamonds. The channel setting is among the most secure and minimizes snagging. This ring is also available with rubies."
"Signet rings are very popular, and I see them everywhere, especially as pinky rings. I like this one for its modest size, traditional round face, and solid back. Solid back signet rings are more substantial than their less expensive and lighter open back counterparts. I think solid backs contribute to a better ring overall. For these smaller rings, the affordable computer engraving option looks great, but our hand engraving is very nice also."
Three Stone Diamond Necklace
"This is a lovely, understated necklace with a classic three stone design. Three stones typically represent past, present and future, and can work well as an anniversary gift or a gift for any important occasion. The modern bezel design means the diamonds are extra secure and will wear great as an everyday piece. "