Aisle Style: Little White Dresses for The Bridal Shower

The Little White Dress is a bridal essential. Granted, you won’t be able to wear it virtually anywhere besides your own bridal shower, church & baby showers until the rest of your friends are all married (thus freeing the white clothing from its courtesy-induced shackles.) But for now – you’re the bride. You can and should indulge in your own sweet Little White Dress. In fact, many a bride chooses several white dresses before THE dress – perhaps one for an engagement party, bachelorette party, or rehearsal dinner. but today we’re fawning over Little White Dresses for the Bridal Shower. A good bridal shower dress has minimal requirements (in fact, it needn’t even be white, or a dress for that matter. We’re just laser-focused today.) It should be long enough to prevent any mid-gift-opening “oops.” It should reflect the general tone/formality of your shower. It should be comfortable, and most importantly, it should make you feel fabulous. So today, we’ve chosen perfect LWD’S for popular bridal shower locales at different price points, to show off the most important accessory – your engagement ring!

Classic

Classic Bridal shower style, little white dresses for bridal showerDoes anyone do classic feminine like Lilly Pulitzer? Especially perfect for South Florida brides, Lilly’s dresses were made to withstand the most brutal humidity while keeping you looking fresh. So it’s no surprise that three of these dresses come from the Palm Beach staple. The Pearl Shift is an insanely flattering cut that’s especially attuned to showing off great arms. The sweet gold collar adds a dash of elegance that won’t compete with the classic bride’s earring of choice: pearls or diamond studs. The Davids one shoulder dress is another amazingly flattering shift with the perfect neckline for buxom brides with its one shoulder strap. The Abby Peplum is the perfect interpretation of a trend that won’t have you cringing looking back on photos 20 years from now. And sheer eyelet in the back is subtly sexy. Another pretty peplum is this ASOS floral jacquard dress with an “edgy” square neckline. That’s as edgy as our classic bride will get! And for the classic bride who can’t get girly enough, we adore this ASOS bow-front skater dress.

La Vie Boheme

Bohemian bridal shower style, lace white dresses

Every good flower child needs a crochet-inspired dress in her closet, and the bridal shower is a great opportunity to add a white one. This lovely Laundry by Shelli Segal dress has requisite bell sleeves (but with a modern twist) and a sexy open cutout back. A more ethereal option is this gauzy skater dress with flutter sleeves by Asos, for the girl who hangs out in the VIP tents at Coachella. For the girl who may as well have been at the original Woodstock, there’s nothing like this vintage-inspired tunic, also from Asos. Finally, the luxe-hippe look of Lilly Pulitzer’s Athena dress has us drooling over the super detailed crochet.

Glam

Glam Bridal Shower

The glamor girl is for sure being feted at her favorite haute restaurant, and she needs a dress just as fabulous as she is! This beautiful ASOS dress has a chic open back with a  feminine ruffle that’s fancy enough for our bride, in addition to an embellished neckline and sequin peekaboo.Another dress with just the right amount of glint? This Vince Camuto sheath with a silver embroidered neckline. For the gal who prefers gold, the Lilly Pulitzer Lennox shift features gold embroidered scrolls and a floral motif that’s perfectly retro-fabulous. For the girl who adores all things fluffily, frilly and textured, this TFNC cami dress has a fluffy knot skirt and a neckline just begging for an amazing statement necklace. And for the princess who prefers leather to lace, this Cynthia Steffe leather trim floral dress is sweet with the perfect dash of sass.

Show Off A New Engagement Ring With Pantone Spring Colors

You’re engaged. Not only did he pop the question, at the perfect time, in the perfect place, he presented you with an 18-karat, two-tone fancy yellow cushion cut diamond engagement ring. The very one the two of you admired last fall, during your trip to meet his grandparents in Boca Raton, FL. Without a doubt, he has wowed you in an indescribable way, and every nerve in your body is aware of how much you love him. You want to set your best foot forward during the engagement parties, family dinners and while getting to know each others’ friends and social groups.

Cushion cut fancy yellow

It is time to coördinate cute fashions and accessories to showcase your new Raymond Lee Jewelers diamond ring, glittering prominently on your engagement finger. What are the high fashion colors, style of dresses and handbags to properly showcase such a glamorous ring? Fashion savvy girls have their own opinions on how to use the 2014 fashion forward colors for spring and summer. When it comes to flaunting that yellow diamond ring, you are looking for a distinct trendy edge. You have options, some perfect for spring and then even better, thanks to the hottest Pantone Spring colors.

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Kentucky Man Discovers Another Rock at Crater of Diamonds

Another huge diamond has been found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Perhaps we should start calling the Crater of Diamonds State Park the new Las Vegas! Just throw your shovel out there and see where it lands. Some will win and some will lose.

6.19ct diamond discovered in Arkansas

via JCK

The last extremely large diamond found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park was a 3.85 ct. teardrop shaped yellow diamond worth $20,000. It was found by a 14 year teenager in October of 2013.

Just five short months later, an even larger diamond has been found. This time a 6.19 ct white diamond found by David Anderson who quickly named it the Limitless Diamond. The name for this diamond was in honor of the charity Speed the Light and all proceeds from the diamond will be given to that organization.

The Limitless Diamond is the size of a small jelly bean and it’s the 15th largest diamond that’s been found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park since 1972. This latest diamond is completely clear and looks to be an unbroken crystal.

The largest diamond ever found in the United States is called the Uncle Sam diamond and it was discovered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in 1924. It was an astonishing 40.23 ct. white diamond. This diamond was only cut twice. The second cut produced a 12.42 ct emerald-cut gem.

The Uncle Sam diamond is not the only famous diamond found at this park. The Strawn-Wagner diamond, which is on permanent display at the visitors center, was the most perfect diamond ever certified by the American Gem Society. It was graded a perfect O/O/O, Ideal cut/D color/flawless. Also known as Triple Zero. That’s the highest possible grade a diamond can achieve.

A diamond that’s this perfect is so rare that almost no one in the jewelry industry will ever see one in their entire career. The Strawn-Wagner diamond was found by Shirley Strawn in 1990 and it weighed 3.03 ct. Just to give you an idea of how rare this type of diamond is – it’s estimated to only occur one time in a billion and it’s even more rare that it came from a non-commercial diamond mine.

The Strawn-Wagner diamond was handcrafted by Underwood’s Fine Jewelers in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The mounting is pure platinum and pure 24-karat gold with two gold apple blossoms on each side of the crown to represent The Arkansas state flower.

Lazare Kaplan was the master crafter who cut this precious gem into a 1.09 ct. round brilliant shaped diamond featuring an “Ideal Cut.” This type of cut was used to allow the maximum amount of light to be reflected from one facet to the other and up through the top.

A common misconception about the Crater of Diamonds State Park is that, after a century, the park is all played out. Which seems to make sense. However, the facts just don’t backup that assumption. The number of finds in the Crater of Diamonds State Park are directly related to the number of visitors by a ratio and that has not changed much in the last 50 years.

Who knows how long this trend will last or who the next success story will be. What we do know is that the Crater of Diamonds State Park is “the” place to be if you want to go digging for diamonds.

Introducing the New Rolex CEO

Rolex, the Geneva-based watch company founded in 1905, has named a new CEO. Jean-Frédéric Dufour has formerly been the CEO of Zenith, and will take over the leadership of Rolex at “a date still to be determined,” according to the watch company in a press release. The company’s current CEO, Gian Riccardo Marini, will step down when Dufour begins the position.

Rolex Datejust 2 116334 Diamond Dial Stainless Steel Gents Watch

Rolex Datejust 2 116334 Diamond Dial Stainless Steel Gents Watch

Since 2009, Dufour has been the CEO for Zenith, a company that has experienced recent successes, such as sponsoring the fastest man in the world competition in 2012.

Dufour will become the fourth CEO of Rolex since 2008 and will replace Marini, who has held the position since May 2011.

Rolex is the leading watch company in the world. Its crown logo is recognized globally as a symbol of excellence and craftsmanship. The company originated in London and later moved to Geneva, Switzerland, a central location for many watch and jewelry companies.

A CEO is the top executive manager of a corporation and reports to a board of directors or other entity to lead changes in company’s decisions, with responsibility to stock holders and oter interested parties.

Dufour is considered to be a youthful influence in business due to his comparatively young age. He is 45 years old, which means his leadership may more readily connect with a younger generation, and still link to the older age groups that have anchored the watch companies client base.

Dufour was also reportedly taught business strategy by none other than Jean-Claude Biver, who is well-known for his previous role as a successful CEO of the watch brand Hublot.

Dufour’s experience with technology will give him the insight of modern trends and digital influences to a classic and traditional luxury brand, and an egalitarian understanding of consumer product production that may expand Rolex’s role to a broader appeal.

His expertise with watches at Hublot, and renowned youthful vigor will help him shoulder the significant responsibility of leading the world’s most renowned watch brand to further success. Many specialty watch and jewelry companies have survived during an uncertain economy due to the loyalty of customers, but also innovative and experienced leadership has adapted to the new and changing market. One approach is expanding the audience beyond luxury consumers by creating a more casual and accessible line of products that appeal to daily wear. Perhaps Dufour’s experience with Zenith will help him launch a worldwide appeal at various levels of consumerism to lift Rolex to new heights of success. He began to dream of a watch worn on the wrist.

Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex and envisioned the watch on the wrist would become reliable and an exquisite jewelry piece. He accomplished his goal and more. Now Dufour will continue a long-standing tradition of leading the company into its next technological and design challenges with a team of expert innovators that have accomplished great things in the more than a century since the company’s founding. It will be interesting to see what happens next.

2014 Celebrity Jewelry Trends That Will Help You Turn a Profit

Being a jewelry seller in Boca Raton, Florida isn’t always easy. In order to have an edge on the competition, you have to stay up to date with the latest trends throughout the industry. He or she with the most knowledge tends to have the most power when it comes to business transactions.

Heidi Klum jewelry

Every jewelry collector in Boca Raton knows that Hollywood tends to be one of the biggest influences on the latest trends in the industry. People read magazines like US Weekly or websites like TMZ and they want to wear what their favorite celebrities are wearing.

With that in mind, here are some of the top celebrity trends for 2014 that can help any jewelry collector or seller turn a serious profit in Boca Raton and beyond.

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Where Game of Thrones Gets its Royal Jewels

Have you ever watched an episode of “Game of Thrones” and thought ‘that piece of jewelry would look great with the dress in my closet’? You are not alone, if you have. Millions of viewers have mentally matched a piece one of the characters was wearing to something in their own closets. With the detail that goes into this jewelry, it is hard not to want it. Have you ever wondered, however, where it was made?

Sansa Necklace Purple Wedding

Sansa’s Necklace Courtesy of Ser Dontos Jewellers (Just kidding. It’s from EW.)

It is easy to think that all the pieces in the series could be costume jewelry, made of cheap materials for the purposes of making a scene believable. The show is on a budget, after all. However, it has been discovered that the pieces are quite real and made by finely skilled artisans.

Nestled in the quaintly unassuming village of Glenarm, located in County Antrim, Ireland, sits a quiet shop where these pieces are created. While there are two locations (the original store being in Belfast), this location is a workshop, where customers actually get to watch the jewelry being fashioned. This location was opened to the public in 2001, providing a glimpse into the delicate and dedicated world of jewelry crafting.

The store is Steensons Jewellers. It has been in business since 1976 but only recently gained international fame with the pieces it creates for HBO. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Steensons Jewellers was chosen for this honor. It has a well-established reputation as the leading jeweler in Ireland, cultivated over the period of almost forty years.

Picking Favorites

If you have found a piece of jewelry you favor on “Game of Thrones”, there is a good chance it came from Steensons Jewellers. Steensons won’t give away its trade secrets, but it has offered some information on the attention to detail that goes into every piece. Among the pieces made by Steensons Jewellers is the rose that is worn by those belonging to the House of Tyrell. This piece, as with all other pieces, is hand-crafted at the Bedfast workshop. It is made of hand-rolled copper clay that is baked into solid copper. The middle of the rose was made from a cast of real rose petals.

If you fancy the brooch worn by Littlefinger, you can thank Rosie McNally, an artisan of 19 years in the employee of Steensons. She is responsible for making quite a few of the pieces showcased on the series, including pieces worn by Sansa and Margaery.

Steensons Jewellers is on the Map

Steensons has become so popular through its public-accessible workshop and its work for HBO that it is now featured as a tourist attraction on the official site for Ireland’s tourist trade. On the site, visitors are encouraged to take a tour and pick up a memento from Ireland’s “leading contemporary goldsmiths”.

The tour to the workshop includes an interactive screen that describes the processes taken to create the jewelry. Much of it is done according to specific direction given by the design team from “Game of Thrones”.

Visitors may also see replica pieces of the ones worn on camera, but the replicas are not for sale. So, for now, at least, viewers will have to be satisfied with longing gazes cast at the screen and wishful thinking.

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