Spring’s Gorgeous Green

Emerald CityWith this beautiful spring weather comes one of the worlds most valued and sought after gemstones, the radiant green emerald.  This lively and delicate gem is the birthstone for those lucky individuals born in the month of May, as well as the gemstone for twentieth and thirty-fifth wedding anniversaries.

I love this stone, not only for its intense green colour, but because it is one of the few gemstones where inclusions are tolerated and very much accepted.  The tense conditions under which emeralds form in the earths surface produce what is commonly known as ‘jardin’, which is a lovely name for the crystal inclusions, fissures or cracks that are present.  These clarity characteristics come second when determining the value of a green emerald as colour reigns supreme and drives the price higher.  Very different from that of a diamond, where clarity characteristics are shunned upon when determining its ultimate value.

These three pieces that adorn our jewellery showcase are a beautiful sampling of the fine emeralds design.  Used most commonly in necklaces and rings, they combine tradition with elegance for a classic appeal that never goes out of style.

 

 

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April’s Fine Diamond

Diamond-ShapesIt is one of my favourite months of the year and the reason is all in the birthstone.  April’s birthstone is the beautiful diamond and it really doesn’t get better than that.

Diamonds capture the heart for so many reasons including their rarity, their timelessness, and their sentimentality.  It is the hardest known, natural mineral and because of this characteristic, it is the stone most commonly used for engagement rings and jewellery pieces chosen for lifelong commitments.

I love the diamond for many sparkly reasons, one of them being their ability to help individuals express their personal style.  There are many shapes to choose from and many feelings these different shapes evoke.  This picture shows the most popular shapes on the market, the round, the cushion, and the princess to name a few.  Each shape is expertly cut and faceted for maximum brilliance and incredible scintillation and each shape is chosen to express ones personal taste and point of view.  Whether it’s the classic round brilliant cut diamond, the more contemporary princess cut, or the femininity of the cushion cut diamond, you cannot make a bad decision.  We always encourage our clients to try on every shape, for when the right one slips on your finger, it will look and feel just right.

Pop by and check out our beautiful diamonds in every shape, size and budget.  There is truly something for everyone and the month of the fine diamond is a great time to start.

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Instagram Takeover

What fun we will have and how busy I will be taking over our Minichiello Jewellers Instagram account for the next couple of days.  My sister is absolute perfection in the role, posting amazing designs and great inspiration for all of our loyal followers.  But while she soaks up the sun on her spring break get away, I’m in charge, no pressure at all. Yikes!

Head on over to see my picks of new and notable jewellery pieces.  I’ve already posted a picture of some amazing fancy shape diamonds set into the most perfect halo settings, and there is more where that came from.  Just click here and follow me on this fun little adventure!

 

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Oscar Inspiration

 

If you are like me and are still dreaming about all that sparkle on the Oscars red carpet, do I have a few beauties for you!  I am always on the look out for a great celebrity look for less and I have found three gorgeous looks worthy of a little attention.

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The first find had to be Chrissy Teigen’s feminine diamond hoop earrings.  Her complete red carpet look was on point and her sparkly earrings were the icing on the cake.  Our 18k white gold and diamond hoop earrings are a fraction of the price and evoke the same feminine and timeless feeling.  Exquisite at any angle, they would be a great addition to any girls jewellery box.

 

 

 

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To match her edgy and fashion forward ensemble, Naomi Watts chose beautifully embellished sapphire and diamond drop earrings.  Our sapphire drops are a little smaller in size and a whole lot lighter on your pocket-book!  A new addition to the store this year and a personal favourite of mine.

 

 

 

 

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Elegance was the first word that came to mind when I saw Reese Witherspoon walk down the red carpet.  Her dress was amazing and her earrings sparkled like crazy.  Her diamond studs reminded me a lot of our popular, diamond rosebud stud earrings.  Elegant, classic and timeless, a pair of earrings that will never go out of style.

 

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Celebrities that sparkled

celebrities that sparkledWhat a night!  Or, more appropriately,  what a very long night.  With over 3 1/2 hours of awards, fashion, and musical delights, the 2015 Academy Awards has come and gone and left a little diamond dust behind for us to remember.

The red carpet was full of classic, old hollywood glamour, with not too many ‘what was she thinking?’ moments.  The big trends that stood out for me amongst the many beautiful looks were statement earrings and diamond cuffs galore in many shapes, sizes and colours.  My top picks are the four lovely ladies at left.  Each proving that a little ear and wrist candy can go a long way.

Gwenyth Paltrow stood out for me in the coloured stone category with her extra-large, cabochon, Fire Phoenix earrings.  Valued at $425K, they definitely made an impression and were the perfect accent to her elegant, pale pink gown.  Reese Witherspoon wowed in diamond cluster studs that seemed to take up almost half of her ear.  They were classic, sparkly and elegant, a perfect fit for her timeless and simple look.

Marion Cotillards diamond hoop earrings take the cake for the boldest statement.  You could not miss those beauties brilliantly shining down the red carpet.  The design so unique and the detail so intricate, she couldn’t have chosen anything better.  And if you didn’t look close, you might have missed the amazing, contemporary diamond cuffs that Emma Stone was rocking.  They were adorned with rose cut diamonds and set in a mix of 18k yellow and white gold and when the price says, available upon request, you know they are something special.

Overall, a night of stars, sparkle, and shine, that kept my inner fashionista fulfilled.   Stay tuned for my jewellery picks inspired by these looks that will have you looking like a star without breaking the bank!

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Anticipating Brilliance

054_DSC7241-edit copyThe 2015 Academy Awards are just around the corner and I can’t wait for my favourite night of style and fashion.  Watching the red carpet telecast has always been my tradition and I don’t move from the couch until the last celebrity look arrives.  And what captures my attention the most is always the bling.  The big, the bold and the beautiful gemstone and diamond jewellery this world has to offer.

If I had to pick from our beautiful jewellery collection, a pair of earrings worthy of this night, I would definitely choose these stunning earrings at left.  Nicknamed “The Emily” after one classically beautiful actress, Emily Blunt, who was the first to own these fabulous drops (and they came straight from our store no less!).  They are the perfect mix of femininity, elegance and sparkle.  Each drop is expertly hinged to move and the catch the light in every direction and the micro pave setting is beyond compare.

I can’t wait to find out what the trends and fashion statements in jewellery will be.  Check back and I’ll share my favourite looks of all the winning celebrities!

 

 

 

 

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Love is in the air!

valentines-2015Oh, Valentine’s Day.  A day filled with romance, love and all things wonderful.  Time to tell your special someone how much they mean to you and a little something extra never hurt either.  A little something sparkly, that is!

Make sure to check out our 2015 Valentine’s Day picks on our brand new web store.  A handful of beautiful pieces that were personally selected by the Minichiello gang to put a smile on your valentines face.  And with the click of a button, we will ship you that perfect piece just in time.

Pendants seem to be the popular choice but we have some lovely earrings and gorgeous rings too!  And if you are thinking along the lines of something more serious, a proposal perhaps, our amazing staff can certainly lead you in the right direction.

A little inspiration can go along way.  Let us help you find the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day!

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Full Swing

With the new year underway and all of the lovely things that will come our way, I thought now would be a good time to give a little inspiration to all those bride to be’s out there.  The holiday season is full of romantic proposals and beautiful engagements and as soon as January hits, the fun begins. Wedding planning is in full swing and wedding bands are pretty much a necessity!

Whether your ring is simple and classic, flashy and bold, or contemporary and sleek, we have wedding bands of all styles that will provide the perfect complement.  Two of my favourite wedding bands are pictured here, both paired with engagement rings that you wouldn’t normally expect.  We like to keep things interesting!

The one on the left is our double row, micro pave set wedding band that catches the light in every possible direction.  The micro pave setting is so discreet and the round brilliant cut sparkle is so amazing, this beauty looks good with practically any style of ring.

On the right, is our shared claw set, baguette and brilliant eternity band.  This is a very special wedding band as it was designed by yours truly, and is also the exact design of my own wedding band.  Biased for sure, but for good reason!

Happy planning to all of the newly engaged couples this year!  And remember, when wedding bands are the next thing to be checked off your list, be sure to come by and see us.

 

 

 

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What a year!

2014With the last few minutes of 2014 slowly ticking away, I can’t think of a better idea than to take a look back at a few of our favourite Diamond Diaries posts.

It has been quite the year for all things sparkly in engagement and wedding rings and quite the year for accessory jewellery too.  Amongst our favourites you will definitely find everything monogrammed, from our personalized bar pendant to our triple monogram bracelet.  Both proved to be the sentimental keepsake that will be treasured forever.

Rose gold was also a popular choice, gaining momentum with feminine styled engagement rings and diamond stackable’s alike.  And as always, a halo, the design element that keeps on giving.  Halo’s continued to remain on top of the design requests framing every shape of diamond from the classic round to the perfect pear.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for following The Diamond Diaries this year and I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2015!!

 

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The Twelfth Gift of Christmas

Twelfth Gift of ChristmasOn the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, the most beautiful diamond bangle of my dreams!

Are you looking for major sparkle this holiday season?  Well, look no further than this gorgeous diamond bangle bracelet.  It is absolutely stunning to look at, reflecting the light in every possible way, and its contemporary styling makes it stand out from the crowd.

Crafted in 18k white gold and set with over 200 round brilliant cut diamonds, it is the ultimate in holiday gift giving and that is why it tops our list this year.

I really hope you enjoyed our Twelve Gifts of Christmas list this year.  After all, a little inspiration and a whole lot of eye candy never hurt anyone!

Happy shopping and happy holidays!!

 

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