Amy Purdy is Stunning Wearing Sylvie at the Action Icon Awards!

Amy Purdy looked gorgeous wearing Sylvie Collections diamond fashion ring as she was honored at the 2014 Action Icon Awards! Congratulations, Amy!

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The Lovely Bianca Santos Wears Sylvie!

The ever lovely Bianca Santos of Happyland‬ wore ‪Sylvie Collection‘s rose gold and diamond fashion ring ‪‎FR702‬ in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of Cliché Magazine!

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7 Ways to Choose the Perfect Engagement Ring

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Many of us have an idea in our head of exactly how proposing, choosing and selecting the perfect engagement ring is supposed to go down. Maybe right now you’re stressed about how you’ll fall short of this ideal scenario. Relax. There are many ways to pick the perfect engagement ring, and how you do it will depend on your style as a couple.

Do Your Recon

Determined to surprise her with a ring? Better do your recon. Maybe you’ve never paid much attention to her jewelry. Now it’s time to start. Does she prefer rose gold or platinum? What shape of stone? Does she like solitaires and simple settings or big displays of bling? You can peek in her jewelry box. But give special weight to the jewelry she wears most, as those pieces are probably her favorites.

Enlist Help

Who knows her style best? Maybe her mom, sister or oldest friend. As long as they’re in favor of your union, a friend or relative will probably be happy to help. But if you want to keep it secret, ask only those who are most discreet. Her gossipy friend is not the one to take to the jewelry store with you.

Ask Her for Hints

If the two of you frequently reference “after we’re married,” the fact that you’re eventually planning to propose isn’t a big secret. Next time you get on the general topic, encourage her to give you a few hints. Ask her to send some links to photos or cut out a few magazine pictures of favorite styles. Or if you’re walking by a jewelry store, go in and browse together. Note which rings make her light up.

Get Educated

An engagement ring is a big purchase, and one you really want to get right. So take a few minutes to at least learn the basics. That is, the 4 Cs: color, cut, clarity and carat. The combination of these factors will add up to make a beautiful or not-so-beautiful ring, and intimately affect the 5th C: cost.

Think Outside the Jewelry Box

Or at least outside the box that contains a traditional ring with a clear diamond center stone. How about a colored diamond? Or a sapphire? Diamonds come in blue, pink, red and yellow, not just clear. And sapphires have been the engagement ring choice of royalty. If you’re hoping to marry someone daring and different, a colored stone might be perfect.

Choose Together

Some people really don’t like surprises. And if your intended falls into this category, you probably know it by now. Instead of surprising her with a ring, your proposal can be surprise enough. Then go shopping together. She gets exactly what she wants, and you won’t risk disappointing her.

Go Custom

A step beyond choosing a ring together, you can even design one together. This can be a fun bonding activity if you’re both design and art-oriented. And the finished product will not be like anybody else’s engagement ring. Nowadays you can even design your ring together online.

Reuse a Family Heirloom

Perhaps the perfect engagement ring is already in your family. Your mother or her grandmother might have worn the ring she’ll love most. This is a good choice for a traditional kind of bride who has a strong sense of family and who favors old-fashioned things.

Engagement 101 Magazine Features Sylvie Collection!

Engagement 101 Magazine features Sylvie Collections diamond princess cut engagement ring in, “Disney Princesses and Their Stylish Happy Everafter” in their October 2014 edition!

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Rebecca Romijn is Gorgeous in Sylvie!

Model and actress, Rebecca Romijn (“X-Men”, “The Librarians”) looked amazing at the 2014 MipCom Opening Party in Cannes wearing Sylvie Collection’s yellow gold and crystal fashion earrings!   Get the look here!

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Laura Dern Looks Fabulous In Sylvie!

Actress and Director, Laura Dern looks amazing at the Mill Valley Film Festival wearing Sylvie Collection’s yellow gold and diamond fashion ring!

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Teri Hatcher Looks Stunning in Sylvie!

Teri Hatcher looked stunning this past weekend at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gala: Noche de Niños, wearing a gorgeous emerald gown and Sylvie Collection‘s diamond fashion ring!

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Sylvie Featured in INDESIGN Magazine!

Thank you to INSTORE for featuring one of Sylvie Collection’s east west diamond engagement rings in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of INDESIGN Magazine!

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JCK Marketplace Features Sylvie Collection

Thanks to JCK Marketplace for featuring Sylvie Collection’s moonstone‬ and black diamond fashion ring in the “JCK Marketplace Spotlight” section of JCK‬ E-newsletter!

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Custom Design Pros and Cons

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Any guy proposing marriage to the woman he wants to spend the rest of his days with is probably going to be nervous. Hike your nerves up a few notches by daring to surprise her with an engagement ring of your choosing. But the true adrenaline junkie can take a greater-than-bungee-jumping risk by surprising her with a custom-designed ring.

Why would any sane person do that?

Like most important decisions in life, it’s worth pausing to the consider pros and cons of custom designing an engagement ring.

Pros

Uniqueness – The biggest pro is winding up with a unique ring. Your relationship is one-of-a-kind, and you might feel that as a symbol of your love, your engagement ring should be, too.

Vision – Are you somebody who understands design and can envision just the ring you want? But despite hitting the shops, you can’t find it anywhere? If you custom design a ring, you work with a jeweler to fulfill your vision.

Fun – Designing rings is definitely not everybody’s idea of fun. But if it’s yours, this might be the way to go.

Cred – If you get it right, you’ll earn admiration and tons of credibility from her friends and family. But watch out – You might tick off her friends’ significant others by making them look bad.

 

Cons

Cost – You’ll pay for uniqueness. It could cost you three times as much to go custom, depending on the jeweler, materials and how labor-intensive the design is.

Time – Do you tend to wait till the last minute? Better not procrastinate this time, or you’ll miss your ceremony. Allow at least an extra couple of weeks for the ring to be ready, and more like six to be on the safe side. You’ll also spend more time meeting with the jeweler to go over designs.

Unpredictability  — No matter how much you draw and discuss the ring, you can’t predict exactly how it will look and feel when it’s finished. It could be perfect and feel divine. But then again… And if you don’t love it, well, you can’t just trade it for a different one.

Collaborate

If you like the idea of a one-of-a-kind ring but aren’t quite up to the design job, perhaps you should collaborate with your fiancée. After all, she’s probably spent more time contemplating what jewelry styles she likes than you have. Let your proposal be the surprise, and the ring design be one of your first projects together as an engaged couple.

Kesha Loves Wearing Sylvie!

Pop star Kesha loves wearing Sylvie Collection!  Kesha was rocking Sylvie’s white gold and diamond fashion ring on her way to Shanghai for her show at the STORM Electronic Music Festival!

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mywedding The Magazine Features Sylvie!

Thanks to mywedding.com for featuring two Sylvie Collection diamond engagement rings in their latest issue of The Magazine! 

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October’s Birthstones: Opal and Tourmalines

October has two birthstones: Opal and tourmaline. Opal is the more traditional of the two, but in 1952 the Jewelry Industry Council urged adding pink tourmaline as an alternative October birthstone.

Opals are fun to shop for because they vary so widely. Pick one up, turn it this way and that so it catches the light, and appreciate its unique color and fire. Some are milky white, others are dark, all with flashes of green, blue, red, yellow and orange.

October babies claim the opal as their birthstone. So if you’re shopping for somebody with an October birthday consider the gift of a rare black opal or a radiant fire opal.

 

Opal-Birthstone-For-OctoberThe Making of an Opal

Opals form in cracks and cavities of volcanic rocks. They’re made of tiny silica spheres which are held together by water and more silica. Heat and pressure easily change its appearance. Impurities in the stone dictate its color and fire. Gas bubbles account for opals’ sometimes pearly or milky look. Iron oxide is responsible for flashes of yellow and red. In black opals, magnesium oxide and organic carbon make them flash red, blue and green. Opal and quartz have the same chemical formula, except opals contain 5 to 10 percent more water.

Australia and Mexico are most famous for opals. Nevada, Brazil, Nicaragua, Japan, Honduras, Guatemala and Ireland also produce opals commercially.

 

Opal Lore

Many cultures prize opals. Ancient Romans considered opals a symbol of hope and love. Arabs believed opals plummeted from the sky in flashes of lightning, which makes sense when you consider their fire. Some Arabs thought opals could make a person invisible. Hence it became a favorite stone amongst spies and thieves.

Medieval gem enthusiasts used opals like a modern mood ring. They thought a change in an opal’s color reflected the wearer’s health. They also believed opals strengthened the heart and could protect against infection, fainting and foul air.

Opals got some bad PR during the 14th century, when some Europeans held the stone responsible for the Black Death. Supposedly opals shone extra brightly while fevered wearers died of the plague, then went dull as the soul parted from body.

Fortunately, the opal made a comeback by Elizabethan times. Shakespeare memorialized opals in Twelfth Night, calling them the “queen of gems.” Queen Victoria gifted her children with beautiful opal jewelry.

 

A Delicate Beauty

Since opals are easily altered by heat and pressure, day-to-day activities can be hard on this fragile stone. Depending on the opal, it ranks only 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale. This means that earrings and pendants are safer places for opals than being set in rings and bracelets. If you choose to wear an opal ring, remember to take it off before washing dishes or other manual labor. Some jewelers suggest occasionally soaking opals in plain water so they don’t dry out. But don’t use oil or ultrasonic cleaners on your opals.

When shopping for opals, beware of doublets and triplets. These are composite stones made by attaching a thin opal layer on top of a less expensive stone or a piece of glass. These are extra-likely to chip and crack.

 

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Tourmalines are versatile because they come in so many colors. In fact, they’re especially known for combining multiple colors in one gemstone. Tourmalines that display more than one color are called bi- or tri-color. The watermelon tourmaline is a gorgeous example, combining bands of pink, green and white like its namesake fruit. While originally pink tourmaline was the October color, now all manners of tourmaline are accepted as October birthstones.

Tourmalines are found in Afghanistan, Brazil, East Africa and the USA, most notably in the states of North Carolina, South Dakota, California and Maine. At 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, tourmalines are substantially tougher than opals.

 

Luxury Jewels 24 Magazine Features Sylvie Collection!

Sylvie’s award-winning platinum diamond earrings featured in Luxury Jewels 24 Magazine “Prize Platinum Pieces Perfect for Bridal” article!  http://www.lj24magazine.com/article/article_000446/1.aspx

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Sylvie Featured in TRENDBOOK 2016!

Thanks to Trendvision Jewellery + Forecasting for featuring Sylvie Collection’s diamond earrings, pendant, and fashion ring in TRENDVISION ’s 2016+ TRENDBOOK! (ER136, PD173, SS007) 

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Chandra Wilson Looks Amazing in Sylvie Collection!

Chandra Wilson looked amazing at the Grey’s Anatomy Premier wearing Sylvie Collection’s Black and White diamond pendant and diamond earrings, as well as Sylvie’s Glamorous Diamond Ring to this weekend’s event!  

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Sara Ramirez Stuns in Sylvie!

Sara Ramirez looked stunning at the “Grey’s Anatomy” Premiere Event over the weekend wearing Sylvie Collection’s black onyx earrings ER612!

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Refinery29 Features Sylvie Collection!

Thank you to Refinery29 for featuring Sylvie Collection‬‘s black diamond halo ‪engagement ring in their article, “There’s A New LBD: The Little Black Diamond Ring”!

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Sylvie Featured in JCK’s “Britt’s Picks”!

Sylvie Collection’s black rhodium lattice fashion ring is featured on JCK Marketplace’s article, “Britt’s Pick: Sylvie Collection’s Black Lace Diamond Ring”! Thank you JCK Publishing Group!

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Inside Weddings Features Sylvie!

Inside Weddings features Sylvie Collection’s pear shaped diamond engagement ring in their Fall 2014 issue!

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Real Simple Magazine Features Sylvie!

Sylvie Collection’s Modern East-West Marquis Diamond Engagement Ring and Modern East-West Oval Cut Diamond Engagement ring,  are featured on Real Simple Magazine online’s story: “71 Unique Engagement Rings” by Heather Levine! 

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