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Stackable Rings: How to Wear Them with Elegance & Style
March 27 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Whether you’re planning on spoiling someone for her birthday or you want to add to your own personal collection, stackable rings are the perfect way to go. This style has been the hottest trend in both costume and fine jewellery for years. As new fashions and bold designs become available, there are more ways than ever to express ourselves with rings. Not only are they stylish, but like charm bracelets, they can be personalized to suit your own style. If you’re worried about getting the right rings to start your collection, remember that there is no wrong way to wear a stackable ring. However, to make a statement that says elegance and style, here are a few tips.

#1: Mixing Materials
There are so many combinations of metals, gems and designs, that the choices can sometimes overwhelm us. If you can’t decide between silver, gold and rose gold colours, why not stack them all? There are plenty of pictures of stackable sets online that prove that mixing metals makes for interesting combinations that catches the eye and completes the outfit. Make sure to choose one metal that dominates the others to ensure you don’t overwhelm the overall look. This can be accomplished by wearing a chunky or eye-catching piece on your index or middle finger, like our 14k yellow geometric ring or the 14k rose gold geometric rope ring, and adding a midi ring of the same metal.

#2: Less is More for Formal Wear
The beauty of stackable rings is that you can mix and match depending on your outfit and the occasion. We’ve seen stackable rings complement styles for every outing. For more formal wear or to add a sophisticated and elegant look to your outfit, we suggest downsizing your stackable rings. A single ring on your fourth finger, like our 14k white gold skinny rope ring will pair perfectly with a statement piece on your forefinger, such as an accented two-tone ring or a tall stack of alternating rose, yellow and white gold beaded V rings. Adding an asymmetrical diamond and pearl ring will give you a touch of sparkle. Alternatively, stack your rings on your middle finger like a cocktail ring, leaving all other fingers bare.

#3: Gems, Stones and Pops of Colour
Metals aren’t the only thing to make your fingers pop! Add a beautiful touch of flair to your fingers by matching your stackable metal rings with hints of colour. The possibilities are endless. While diamonds, amethysts and rubies are always a safe bet, don’t forget to try different textures, like opals and turquoise. To make it easy on the eyes, we suggest separating your eye-catching gemstones with plenty of interesting metals in between.

What we love about stackable rings is that no one’s assortment is the same. Start your collection today or spoil that special someone with a stylish and elegant ring to suit any occasion. Visit Marlow’s Diamond & Design to browse our wide collection of stackable rings.
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Precious Stones and Semi-Precious Stones: Misconceptions
March 15 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

Both precious and semi-precious stones are types of gemstones that are categorized according to their rarity and beauty. The two terms are said to have derived from old Western traditions; however, nowadays, most stones are considered precious, since there is a limited supply of them.

The gemstones that are traditionally precious are:

All other gemstones are considered semi-precious, some of the more known ones crafted into fine jewellery pieces being:

  • Amber
  • Alexandrite
  • Amethyst
  • Aquamarine
  • Coral
  • Garnet
  • Jade
  • Jasper
  • Larimar
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Quartz
  • Topaz
  • Turquoise

Gemstone Myths

The idea is that previous stones are higher in value because of their extraordinary colour, shine, and extreme rarity. While precious stones are particularly exquisite, the conventional distinction between the two gemstones is actually full of misconceptions.

Semi-precious and precious stones date back to old tradition: MYTH

Actually, the terms can only be traced back to 1858, when the first use of “semi-precious” meant “of less commercial value than a precious stone”.

The four precious stones have always been the only ones: MYTH

In fact, Pearl, Opal, and amethyst were all at one point considered precious stones. Only following a discovery of large quantities of amethyst in Brazil and Uruguay in the first half of the nineteenth century was amethyst considered semi-precious.

Diamond is the rarest stone: MYTH

Funnily enough, coloured gemstones such as ruby and sapphire were more highly sought-after than diamond—they were, and actually still are, rarer. In the twentieth century, very large quantities of diamonds were discovered in South Africa. At the same time, the superficial value of diamond had risen to the point where now, diamond is considered the most precious stone of all. This is all thanks to a 1920s advertising campaign selling diamonds as expressions of love. This set a cultural expectation of diamonds and is still in effect today. Though diamonds do sparkle the most brilliantly compared to all other stones, in reality, emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are all rare finds.

To Marlow’s Diamond and Design, all our gemstones are precious. Contact us today and find the highest quality stones for the best value.

March Birthstone: Aquamarine
March 9 , 2017 | Written by: Riko Specogna

 

Qualities

 

Aquamarine is known for its clarity and transparency. It’s also quite hard, ranging between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale and has a glass-like luster when it’s cut.

 

This beryl-variety gem is notable for its striking blue to blue-green hues. The word, “aquamarine” is actually derived from an old Latin expression for “seawater,” due to its sea-blue colors that can range from light to dark. The most valuable color for the gem to be is a dark, deep blue.

 

Sources

 

Most of the gem-quality aquamarine comes from Brazil, but it is also mined in Zambia, Nigeria, Madagascar, Pakistan, and Mozambique. Different shaped aquamarine gemstones have recently been found in China. These pieces are flat and hexagonal. These more recent aquamarine gems are less expensive than those found in other countries.

Mythology and alternative healing

 

The legend is that aquamarine originated in a treasure chest that belonged to mermaids. Since these ancient times, it has been referred to as the “sailor’s lucky stone.” Even the Greeks and Romans viewed aquamarine as having the power to provide safe passage across the stormy waters.

 

Other folklore states that aquamarine can increase intelligence, youth, foresight, happiness, courage, and it’s also thought to reduce the effects of poison.

 

Proponents of alternative medicine believe that aquamarine, worn close to the skin on a troubled part of the body, can ease ailments such as arthritis, varicose veins, inflammation of the eyes, and even sore throats.

 

The efficacy of such theories is debatable, but there are some people who truly believe gemstones have such properties.

 

Aquamarine jewelry

 

Aquamarine is a popular choice in jewelry for women all around the world due to its availability and its reasonable price. The hardness of the stone makes it ideal to be set in any kind of jewelry, even pieces that get worn every day. The shapes that best show off the beauty of an aquamarine stone are a rectangular or a square cut, though the most popular choices are round, oval, pear, and cushion.

 

The most popular pieces in which to find aquamarine gemstones are earrings. They are also beautiful in rings, pendants, bracelets, necklaces, and brooches.

 

In addition to being the birthstone for the month of March, aquamarine is also the traditional gift for 19th wedding anniversaries.

Taking care of your aquamarine jewelry

 

Though aquamarine is a strong and durable gemstone, it will still need careful handling and attention. Your aquamarine jewelry shouldn’t be exposed to harsh chemicals. To keep your stone from being scratched, store aquamarine gemstones separately from other types of jewelry.

 

Clean your aquamarine jewelry pieces with warm soapy water. Make sure your jewelry is thoroughly rinsed of all soap and soap residue. They can be dried using tissue or a soft, lint-free cloth. Store your aquamarine gemstones in a jewelry box lined with fabric or wrapped in a soft cloth.

 

At Marlow’s Diamond and Design, we’d love to help you choose a piece of aquamarine jewelry to include in Family Jewelry or any setting that you may want, including custom designs.