Celebrating: March Birthdays

March 24th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

Before there was aquamarine, there was bloodstone. Deep green with flecks of red-orange, the stone was believed to have been created when Jesus’ blood dripped down onto the gravel beneath his crucifix. From that violent origin story came a strong association with courage and battle, as referenced in this traditional verse: “Who in this world of ours their eyes/ In March first open shall be wise/ In days of peril firm and brave/ And wear a bloodstone to their grave.” 

During the early twentieth century, the the National Association of Jewelers—followed by the general public—demoted the bloodstone to secondary status, putting aquamarine in its place. A blue or turquoise variety of beryl, aquamarine translates to “water of the sea,” and depending on who you ask, the gem comes from mermaids’ treasure chests, can summon the dead , may increase intelligence, and/or was worn by sailors to prevent seasickness.

Mined in Brazil, Madagascar, and Kenya, among a few other far-flung spots, there’s a chance that you may discover some of your own here in the United States, in Wyoming’s Big Horn Mountains. A better bet? Stopping in to Love, Adorned, where there are a number of aquamarine pieces just waiting to be picked up (plus a few bloodstone pieces, for all the traditionalists out there).

What’s in store: 

1) A 14K gold and aquamarine ring—made in the ’80s, just right for today. 

vintage 14k gold ring aquamarine wedding ring

 2) Multifaceted teardrop earrings set in 18K gold, made by Lola Brooks.

lola brooks aquamarine teardrop earrings

3) Raw bars of aquamarine wrapped in gold and strung onto a Lou Zeldis necklace-cum-art piece.

lou zeldis aquamarine bars necklace

4) An 18K gold single trident earring, punctuated with an aquamarine and created by Chad Ypon.

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Wedding Bells

March 6th, 2012 / by Paul / one comment / permalink

The Happy Couple

First there was Brangelina, now there is Jolucio. Congratulations to our sweet and wonderful Joan, who married her longtime sweetheart Lucio last week in a surprise civil ceremony. We love a good wedding, especially when it involves celebrating the union of such amazing people. We love you Jolucio!

 

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The Wedding Band

January 20th, 2012 / by Paul / one comment / permalink

Polly Wales Gold Bands with Gemstones

We all know a great engagement ring is, traditionally, a show stealer. Let’s not forget about the wedding day though, when couples exchange a simple Wedding Band to symbolize their eternal commitment to one another. Women are usually encouraged to wear their more understated wedding band with their engagement ring as a set, which can make it tough to match for a girl with good taste. There are lots of bands at the shop that may fit the bill though, whether your looking for the classic Eternity Band or an alternative option. This one is forever, so take the time to find a ring that speaks to you and sparkles just the way you like it. Check them out in store or online.

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Engagement Rings

August 10th, 2011 / by Lori / 3 comments / permalink

Vintage Engagement Rings

Vintage Engagement Rings

Sometimes summer love lasts a lifetime. We know this, because tons of people as of late have been coming in asking about our engagement ring selection. Luckily, we have a bunch of beautiful ones. We are always getting in new vintage pieces and our designers are hard at work to supply us with special pieces you can only find at Love, Adorned. So come on in and check out our current selection, but if you’re not quite ready to take that plunge don’t worry, because when you are ready we’ve got your back.

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Polly Wales

March 24th, 2011 / by Paul / 4 comments / permalink

Ships Ring with Large Tourmaline and Sapphires, 9k Gold

Ships Ring with Large Tourmaline and Sapphires, 9k Gold

THIS JUST IN: A selection of rings from British designer Polly Wales. These rings are amazing experiments in metalwork, as Wales explores the process of lost wax casting. This involves taking a wax mold and pressing gems into it, then replacing the wax with gold during the casting process. As the stones set in place the wax leaves remnants of any activity that occurred, like fingerprints and shifted stones; perfect imperfections that make each piece special. This sense of singularity, both timeless and unique, also makes them an exceptional option for wedding or engagement bands.

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Moroccan Wedding Blankets

March 19th, 2011 / by Paul / 3 comments / permalink

Moroccan Wedding Blanket

Moroccan Wedding Blanket

THIS JUST IN: Antique Moroccan Wedding Blankets, or handira, have been crafted in the Berber regions of northern Africa for centuries. It is a custom for prospective brides and their female relatives to sew each sequin by hand into the blankets. They are given as gifts for the matrimonial home, and are also believed to have talismanic powers that ward off the evil eye. Here’s a small selection of the ones we have at the store now.

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