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Jewelry on the Job: What You Should Wear to Guarantee Success
September 28 , 2016 | Written by:

It can be difficult to find the balance between dressing professionally and being true to your personal style. These days, many businesses have a more relaxed dress code but that doesn’t mean you can wear just anything. If you want to be taken seriously in the business world, you have to dress the part. Here are some helpful tips for wearing jewelry on the job that will help you stay fashionable and successful.

Keep It Simple

While big, flashy pieces of jewelry may be great for the weekends or a night out on the town, they’re not always the most appropriate pieces for the workplace. Statement jewelry can be distracting, and can also prevent you from doing your job—you don’t want a big ring in your way when you’re trying to type out a memo. Slim bands, simple pendants, and small earring studs are a great way to add some extra flair to your outfit without creating a look that is distracting or overbearing.

Quality Over Quantity

First impressions make all the difference in the business world, so if you have a big meeting or interview coming up, you’ll want to dress for success. However, that doesn’t mean you should throw on all of your jewelry pieces at once. Try accenting your outfit with some diamond or pearl earrings, or a pearl necklace or simple diamond ring. These elegant accessories will draw attention to your look without making you look unprofessional. Avoid noisy jewelry like bangles, multiple necklaces, or dangling earring—these accessories are great for other occasions but can be distracting in the workplace.

Just because you work in a professional industry, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal style. With the right adjustments, you can smoothly incorporate your jewelry into your workplace wardrobe. The custom jewelry available from Marlow’s Diamond and Design can add a touch of sophistication to any business outfit. Browse our full collection for more inspiration and contact us today to create your own custom jewelry designs.

September Birthstone: Sapphire
September 19 , 2016 | Written by: Sapphire

The birthstone for the month of September is sapphire. Derived from the same mineral as the ruby, the sapphire is one of the most distinctive and recognizable gemstones in the world. With a striking appearance and a rich history, this unique gemstone makes a wonderful focal point for any piece of jewelry. Here is some more information about the radiant and elegant September birthstone.

The History of Sapphire

The word sapphire has many origins: the Latin sapphirus, the Arabic safir, and the the Greek word sappheiros. The name sapphire also may have come from the Greek island of Sapherine, located in the Arabian Sea, where large deposits of sapphire stones were found in ancient times.

Sapphire has been popular throughout the world for centuries. Sapphire was the gemstone of the Greek god Apollo, god of the sun. In the Middle Ages, sapphire came to represent purity. Medieval priests would wear sapphire to ward off impure thoughts, kings wore the gemstone to keep away harm and envy, and it was commonly believed that wearing sapphire brought you closer to heaven.

Qualities of Sapphire

Sapphire can be found all over the world but the biggest sapphire deposits are found in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia. The rarest and most valued sapphires are located in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (Burma). The majority of sapphires in the United States can be found in the Yogo Gulch Mine in Montana.

Sapphires are typically blue stones that can range in hue from a lighter and paler blue to a deep indigo. They can also come in a rich and velvety violet-blue tone. Sapphires are also available in bold reds and pinks, but the deep blue is the most iconic sapphire tone.

Sapphire is a bold and beautiful gemstone that adds a striking visual appeal to any ring, necklace or bracelet. For your own customized sapphire jewelry, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.

A Guide to Anniversary Metals for Jewelry
September 7 , 2016 | Written by: men's engagement rings

Originally started in medieval Germany, giving your spouse a specific piece of metal based on the number of years you’ve been together is now a common tradition across the globe. What better way to show your love and devotion to your partner than celebrating your anniversary with a precious metal? Here is an anniversary metals guide to help you find the perfect gift for that special person in your life.

7th Anniversary: Copper

Copper has been used as a jewelry material for centuries. This metal represents prosperity and good fortune, making it the ideal jewelry material to commemorate how far you’ve come in your marriage and give you good luck for many happy years to come. When alloyed with gold, copper turns into rose gold, a beautiful and sophisticated metal that pairs well with most other jewelry pieces.

10th Anniversary: Tin

The traditional gift for a decade anniversary is tin. Tin represents flexibility and durability, so it’s the perfect choice to celebrate your long-lasting marriage. Tin also represents security and protection because it prevents other metals from rusting.

20th Anniversary: Platinum

Platinum is the metal given for a 20th wedding anniversary. Thirty times rarer than gold, platinum is hypoallergenic and doesn’t often fade or tarnish. This metal comes in a variety of jewelry styles, including slim bands and beautiful chains. A pure and breathtaking metal, platinum has the capacity to last a very long time.

50th Anniversary: Gold

An anniversary as special as this one deserves the most precious metal in the industry. Gold represents wealth and good health, making it the perfect metal to celebrate the longstanding love and commitment between you and your partner. Yellow gold, white gold and rose gold are all contemporary twists on this classic precious metal. With these stylish and visual accommodating options, you can find the perfect piece of gold jewelry for your partner.

Commemorate your upcoming anniversary with something truly unique. Custom jewelry from Marlow’s Diamond and Designs is the perfect way to show your partner how much your relationship means to you. For more information about our customized jewelry services, contact us today.

Trend Watch: The Most Popular Jewelry Designs for Fall 2016
September 1 , 2016 | Written by: diamond ring

This year has been an exciting one for jewelry within the fashion world. Many designers are starting to play with different colours and materials as well as combine modern and classic styles. These bold high-fashion design choices are making their way into people’s closets as well. Here are some of the biggest jewelry trends you should keep an eye out for this fall.

Chunky Pendants

Both Calvin Klein and Stella McCartney featured necklaces with large, circular pendants in their Fall 2016 collections. These striking pieces often feature bright-coloured stones for an additional eye-catching touch. These statement necklaces are great for dressing up an otherwise casual outfit, or adding some colour and flair to a neutral wardrobe.

Multiple Rings

While have been gauche in the past, this fall the biggest trend is wearing multiple rings as once. Many designers, including the boundary-pushing Gucci, styled their fall runway looks with multiple rings placed on different fingers. The key to mastering this trend is not to overload your hand—just try two or three rings per hand to start. Wear thin band rings with smaller stones for a more subtle and refined look.

Minimalist Earrings

While necklaces and rings may be more opulent this season, many designers have returned to more simple and unadorned earrings. This fall, the popular look for earrings is minimal and modern. Many women are switching out their colourful and ornate earrings for more reserved silver pendants, hoops or dangling earrings. Pearl teardrop earrings are also a popular accessory this season. Simple and classic earrings are accessories that never go out of style, so it’s always a good idea to have a few pairs in your jewelry box.

This fall promises to be an exciting time for jewelry design. Whether you’re sartorially adventurous or more reserved and traditional, the jewelry trends for this season offer something for everyone. Put your own personal spin on the biggest trends of the season with custom jewelry from Marlow Diamond and Design. Our designers work with you to create a stunning piece of jewelry that is tailored just for you. For more information about our custom jewelry service, contact us today.