Eclectic Excellence

stackable blogIf you have been following our Minichiello Jewellers Instagram page this year, you will have noticed a trend that keeps appearing and reappearing.  Unusual ring pairings that at first glance, may look different, but once you get to know them, you start to fall in love.

We’ve been adoring pairings like these for a while now and it is finally catching on.  Clients are choosing to make stylish statements with their wedding sets by incorporating diamond wedding and anniversary bands that aren’t necessarily the perfect match.  Even though the outlines, diamond shapes, and settings may be different they compliment the engagement ring in such a beautiful way.

These four wedding sets pictured are amongst our favourite looks and represent this new eclectic style so perfectly.  They are all made up of a three piece set, but I promise, they look just as brilliant and lovely with two.


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The New and Noteables

New and NoteablesThings are getting pretty exciting these days around Minichiello Jewellers as the new holiday season pieces are trickling in.  We have had a wonderful year discovering many new designs and meeting fantastic new suppliers and I’m sure you will agree when you see the end result.

We most recently travelled to New York City to attend the last jewellery show of the season.  The styles and designs on display were as amazing as the city and we are so proud to bring a lot of them back.  Micro pave settings were definitely still the trend as the brilliance and sparkle is as good as it gets.  Colour was also a big hit, especially in metals, where rose gold designs were abundant and plenty.  Soft hued gemstones were also very well represented with the morganite and lilac amethyst leading the pack.

Pictured here are some of the micro pave highlights this season.  The floating diamond cluster pendant, the lovely diamond cluster drop earrings, the micro pave hoops and cushion shaped cluster halo pendant are all in store and online at ready to go.

Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks I will show you more sneak peeks of the beauties to come!

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Brilliantly Favoured

Instagram 2Looking back over all of the many brilliant designs and jewellery pieces we have showcased on our Instagram and Diamond Diary accounts, I happened to notice a few beauties that kept on popping up.  The countless likes, comments and questions we received for the these four styles definitely demanded another look.

Our diamond stackable bands continue to soar as our number one best seller for wedding bands and right hand rings.  Their versatility and unique designs make them the perfect complement to almost any engagement ring and stacked on a right hand, don’t get me started!

The round brilliant cut diamond halo ring, top right, is absolute perfection in every single way.  It is bright, bold and timeless and the halo style hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down.  I particularly love this one because the halo was crafted in a dainty, feminine way.  Not too overpowering for the gorgeous diamond in the center.

Three stone engagement rings represent past, present and future and the one I have pictured at bottom left is a fresh take on this classic idea.  We used micro pave detail and added diamond halo’s to the three princess cut diamonds to create a brilliant and sparkly must see look.

Lastly, my heart always belongs to the emerald cut diamond for its elegance, beauty and art deco flair.  The double diamond halo on this one accentuates the beautiful rectangular shape and the round brilliant, pave settings add just the right amount of pizzaz.

You will find all of these looks in our counters ready to be tried on.  They are brilliantly favoured by many and styles you will love for a lifetime.


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A Modern Remake

A Modern RemakeIf you are lucky enough to inherit a piece of jewellery but not lucky enough to love the design, do I have some ideas for you!  Taken straight out of my very own jewellery box is an example of how reworking a piece of jewellery can be simple and effective, and give that old piece of jewellery new life.

My mother gifted me this sapphire and diamond cluster ring that she used to wear, lets just say, a long time ago!  The design was lovely back in the day but isn’t exactly my style or taste.  I put it aside until I had some inspiration and while I was flipping through some magazines this summer, the design idea was found.

Using the beautiful blue sapphires from the center of the cluster ring, I designed a  simple, high polish band with modern flair.  Bezel setting the sapphires through the center was an easy decision for practicality, considering I have three young boys that I’m always chasing after!  Deciding between white or yellow gold was the biggest decision as white gold dominates my jewellery box and is typically the perfect backdrop for those cool hued gems, but something was intriguing about yellow gold and I’m glad that was my choice.

The next step was to create a wax mock-up so I could really get a sense of the finished piece.  The size, the width, the sapphire placement, every detail that I wanted was represented in bright green wax.  I loved every design detail and was anxious to have the wax casted and the sapphires set.  In seven quick days, the final piece was finished and needless to say, I was a happy camper.

Not only do I have a custom made, modern and beautiful sapphire band but I also have a little piece of history that I will cherish forever.  Special thanks to my mom, Sharon Minichiello, for a generous gift that had an unexpected and wonderful modern remake.


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A Behind the Scenes Look

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At Minichiello Jewellers, we love all things weddings, so we were thrilled when Moda Wedding Professionals wanted to do a feature on our family business. Jasalyn Thorne, creator of this fabulous new website and highly sought after wedding photographer, sat down with Crestina Minichiello to get a behind the scenes look at what we do best, the custom process.


Click here to read the full story!




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Magnificent Morganite

Magnificent MorganiteThere is a new love in my life and this one shines like the best of them.  The morganite is completely taking my breath away and this picture is every reason why.

A close relative of the emerald and aquamarine, they are all forms of beryl, the morganite is widely known for its soft pink and rose tone colour.  They are also known to be fairly large in size as morganite crystals are generally quite big.

This morganite ring is perfectly paired with 18k rose gold and colourless diamonds for an ultra feminine and timeless feel.  When you are designing with coloured stones, you always want to choose a metal that will enhance and complement your stone and the rose gold colour of this ring does this oh so, lovingly.

We have also added two of our favourite diamond stackable bands, the bezel set and the micro pave, to complete the look with contemporary flair.  They too, are crafted in 18k rose gold and paired with the finest in colourless diamonds but can also be ordered in white or yellow gold.

If you are looking to add some colour to your jewellery wardrobe this could be the stone for you.  Soft, feminine and just beautiful in every way, the morganite’s pretty pink colour is definitely here to stay.


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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.



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.






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.








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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