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How Do You Know When To Restore Your Vintage Jewelry?
February 28 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Maybe you have your grandmother’s engagement ring from decades gone by or an old family heirloom collecting dust in your jewelry box. Vintage and antique jewelry often has a high sentimental value, a unique visual appeal, and they can be worth a pretty penny as well. For these reasons, it’s important to keep your antique and vintage jewelry pieces in good condition so their value doesn’t depreciate. But how do you know when to have your vintage jewelry restored? Here are some of the reasons why you might want to have your vintage jewelry restored from the jewelry design and restoration experts at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.

A Broken Part Needs to be Repaired or Replaced

A broken or damaged part is one of the most obvious signs that you should take your vintage jewelry piece to a professional to be restored. Vintage jewelry doesn’t need to be purely ornamental; jewelry is meant to be worn, so you should make sure you can wear it! A broken necklace clasp or earring backing can easily be replaced by a professional jewelry designer, so there minor damages should stop you from enjoying your beautiful vintage pieces.

Your Vintage Jewelry Needs a Style Update

Many vintage jewelry pieces have a classic visual appeal that can be enhanced with contemporary restoration. At Marlow’s Diamond and Design, for instance, we can change antique clip-on earrings into earrings with backings for pierced ears. We can also extend necklace chains or change ring sizing to make it fit more comfortably on your finger. We can also change necklace chains, alter pendant cuts, add engravings, and provide any other modification to your vintage jewelry piece to make it match your modern tastes.

Vintage jewelry restoration is a great way to update your older jewelry piece, extending their lifespan and making them wearable again. If you have a piece of vintage jewelry you want restored, our professional designers will work with you to create the perfect refurbished jewelry piece. For more information about our vintage restoration and other jewelry design services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.

Diamond History: How Diamond Rings Became The Standard for Engagements
February 22 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

A diamond ring is usually the first thing that comes to mind when you picture a wedding engagement, but this hasn’t always been the case. Giving your fiancé a diamond ring to solidify and symbolize your engagement is cultural practice that has evolved over time and has a rich and interesting history. How did this transition begin, and how has it remained so popular over the centuries?

The earliest recorded instance of the pre-wedding ritual is from Ancient Egypt, where couples would exchange rings made out of braided reeds. Partners wore these make-shift rings on their left fingers, which they believe contained a vein that led straight to the heart. The circle was a symbol of eternity for Ancient Egyptians, so engagement rings symbolized a couple’s everlasting love. The Ancient Romans also gave engagement rings as symbols of a husband’s ownership over a wife, rather than a gesture of love as we understand them today.

Diamonds were not added to engagement rings until 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat pieces of diamonds in the shape of an M, which sparked a fashion trend among European nobility. In the Victorian era, diamond crafters started experimenting with different cuts and styles of engagement rings, such as rings that were sculpted into the shape of flowers, known as “posey rings.”

The discovery of diamonds in Africa in the early 20th century made diamonds much more accessible to the wider public. Diamond came to symbolize not only glamour, but also purity, love and commitment. Now more than 80% of brides in the USA receive diamond engagement rings from their future spouse.

At Marlow’s Diamond and Design, we offer the highest quality customized diamond ring designs. If you’re planning to pop the question to your partner, give them something unique to show them how much you care. Contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design for more information and to start designing the perfect engagement ring for that special someone.

Jewelry Styling Tips: How to Match Your Necklace with Your Neckline
February 17 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Adding a necklace to your look is a great way to unify and stylize an outfit. Necklaces can also be very flattering, elongating the neck and framing the shoulders. However, not all necklaces go with all outfits, and there are ways to style your wardrobe that will be much more flattering than others. Here are a few tips for matching your necklace with your neckline from the jewelry experts at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.

 

Neckline: Deep-V or Plunging

Necklace: Long chain with small pendant

 

If you’re a fan of deep-v necks or plunging necklines, the best way to accessorize that cut is by wearing long-chain necklaces with small pendants. Because these necklines are more dramatic, a large attention-grabbing pendant may make your outfit too busy. A long chain will accurate the deep cut of the neckline, and a small pendant will add a charming detailed without overcrowding your look.

 

Neckline: Turtleneck

Necklace: Large, statement pendant

 

A turtleneck is a classic winter look. You can add a bit of dimension and flair to the clean lines and minimalism of a turtleneck by pairing it with a large statement pendant. Turtlenecks and high-collared shirts in general provide the perfect blank background on which a bold, vibrant pendant can rest. Make sure you choose the right chain length—a short chain can make the neck area look overloaded, whereas long chains can weigh down large pendants, making them uncomfortable to wear.

 

Neckline: Asymmetrical

Necklace: Long layered chains

 

Asymmetrical, off-the-shoulder blouse can create a flattering and visually interesting look. With an unusual silhouette like this, it’s best not to overcrowd your outfit with big statement-piece pendants and jewelry. Layering long-chained necklaces with small pendants is a great way to offset the imbalance of the neckline by drawing focus back to the centre. However, avoid excessive necklace layering, which could end up looking costume-like.

 

Pendants and necklaces are a great way to accessorize your look by adding an interesting and flattering element to your outfit. Certain styles of pendants and necklaces work better with certain outfits, so it’s important to be aware of how to best pair your jewelry with your clothes. For customized pendants and specialized necklaces made just for you, contact the professional designers and artisans at Marlow’s Diamond and Designs today!

February Birthstone: Amethyst
February 17 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

The birthstone for the month of February is amethyst. People born during the shortest month of the year are lucky to have this stunning gemstone with its signature violet hue as their birthstone. Amethyst is a distinct variety of purple quartz with an interesting history and symbolizing associated with it. Here is some more information about amethyst, a bright stone to give you warmth in the heart of winter.

 

Amethyst Overview

As mentioned, amethyst is a variety of quartz that is most commonly found in a piercing shade of purple or violet. It can also be found in a deep red hue, although these varieties are more rare. A single amethyst stone can contain a variety of hues and colour variations, so how the stone is cut greatly influences its colour. Amethyst is a 7 on the Mohs scale, which means it is a durable gemstone that makes a great option for long-lasting jewelry.

 

The Symbolism of Amethyst

The word Amethyst comes from the ancient Greek word methustos, which means “intoxicated,” because people in Ancient Greece believed that wearing the gemstone could protect them from drunkenness. This mythology has carried over to present day—while it is no longer believed that wearing amethyst can prevent you from becoming drunk, it has come to symbolize a quick wit, a clear head and internal peace and tranquility in the wearer.

 

Amethyst As Jewelry

If you have a February birthday, you’re fortunate to have amethyst as a birthstone. Amethyst is widely available in a number of different cuts and size, so whether you want a statement piece or something more subtle, there’s a wide range of different styles of amethyst jewelry for you to choose from. Unlike many other gemstones, the purple hue of amethyst compliments both warm and cool colours so it pairs nicely with both white and yellow metals.

 

At Marlow’s Diamond and Design, we have a number of beautiful amethyst jewelry pieces available. We also offer customization services so you can add a stunning and unique piece of amethyst jewelry to your wardrobe. For more information about our jewelry and design services, contact us today at Marlow’s Diamond and Design.