How to make your Valentine’s Day Memorable!

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Love is in Air!” specially when its Valentine’s Day! One of the most awaited day of year. So if you are planning to make this day memorable for your Valentine, we have listed down few ideas on how you can make your partner feel special.

1. Pop the Question – If you are yet to pop the question, this is the right time!! All you need to do is, get down on your knee with a Ring and tell your partner what you feel. Check out Diamond Engagement Rings

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2. Unique Gifts – Gift your partner something unique, something that they always wanted or something that they will cherish forever. You can either go for Ring, Bracelet, Watch, Sunglasses, Bag or Teddy accompanied with Greeting Card and box of Chocolates. You can also include a bottle of his/her favorite drink or bouquet of flowers. Browse more Gift Ideas

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3. Spend Quality Time The most Precious gift you can ever give is your “Time” . Take your partner out on a date or relive your first date. Go to place that holds beautiful memories of you two or something similar that sparks up your old memories.

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4. Express with a Rose Rose indicates the sign of Love, especially Red Roses are use to express the feelings between two hearts.

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Pearls

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Pearls have been around for decades. They are a staple of fashionable women and one of the hallmarks of what is traditionally considered “elegant” and “sophisticated” style. The strand of pearls which were ones defined as classy, are still in fashion? The answer is YES!

Unlike most other gemstones which are mineral, Pearls are organic and are formed by living organisms. A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Though Pearls occur naturally in the wild, their occurrence is very sporadic and limited.

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You may find them in form of Fresh water pearls, akoya saltwater pearls and south sea pearls.

Freshwater Pearls – Which are not rarest but they are finest for the collection and preferred by jewelry makers.

Akoya Saltwater Pearls – Have been synonymous with classic beauty and elegance.

South Sea Pearls – The smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the rarest and extraordinary pearls you will find in jewelry.

Freshwater Pearls

Cultured freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. Quality of cultured freshwater pearls is evaluated through a grading system of a series of values, based on luster, shape, surface, color and matching. The process begins by choosing a suitable donor mussel and cutting a strip of tissue from the mantle is known as GRAFTING. This strip of tissue is then cut into 3mm squares. These squares are delivered to a technician who performs the operation. Unlike saltwater bead nucleation, this process is not considered difficult, and technicians need only minimum training to perform the operation. After the maximum numbers of grafts have been performed, the mussel is flipped, and the procedure is performed once again on the other valve of the shell.

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Freshwater pearl harvests are typically bought while still in the shell. After harvest the pearls are delivered to a first-stage factory, which is responsible for cleaning and sorting the pearls by size and shape. After the pearls are treated, they are drilled and then polished with a mixture of cornmeal and wax.

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If you’re looking for the classic set of pearls, look to Saltwater Akoya cultured pearls. These pearls were first to ever be cultured in the early 1900s. For the past 100 years, Akoya pearls have been synonymous with classic beauty and elegance. They are the roundest of all pearl varieties, and are known for their sharp luster and pink overtones.

The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster used in pearl culture today, so Akoya pearls also tend to be small, ranging in size from just 2 mm to about 11 mm in size. The average pearl size is harvested at about 7.5mm in diameter.

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Almost all pearls available in the market are cultured.  Most natural pearls are odd-shaped because the irritants that caused the oyster to begin creating the pearl are not round.  Beautifully round, lustrous natural pearls would cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars a strand.

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South Sea Pearls

South Sea cultured pearls are exceptional quality pearls with a whitish, almost silver color. It is much larger than the average pearl. The smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the rarest and extraordinary pearls you will find in jewelry.

South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.

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South Sea pearls are among the largest commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world. The average size of a South Sea pearl is 13 mm, with most harvests producing a range of sizes from 9 mm to 20 mm. The South Seas lie between the northern coast of Australia and the southern coast of China. These waters are the native habitat of a large oyster known as Pinctada maxima. This oyster grows up to 12 inches in diameter, and can be nucleated with a much larger bead than other saltwater oysters such as the Akoya.

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These types of Pearls are very precious and prestigious treasure you can ever give. Visit our store to shop our pearl jewelry or visit us online at classicdesignsjewelry.com

Company Claims to Have Produced 5 Carat Synthetic Diamond

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A Russian laboratory-grown diamond manufacturer, New Diamond Technology, is claiming it has produced a 5.11-ct diamond, the largest man-made, polished, near-colorless stone ever produced.

Synthetic-diamondAccording to the manufacturer, the unenhanced radiant-cut type ‘IIa’ diamond, produced by the high-pressure, high temperature method (HPHT) bears a K SI grade but hasn’t yet been sent to a lab.

This process is called Microwave Plasma Chemical Vapor Deposition, where carbon atoms are layered on top of an initial diamond ‘seed,’ fast-tracking a natural process lasting many millennia to a matter of months. And because these stones are lab-made, they’re good for the environment and are free of the ‘blood diamonds’ stigma that’s so tainted their traditionally-mined counterparts.

Diamond Experts familiar with diamond growing, say that it is an impressive achievement, but wondered whether it could be repeatable and also questioned what the stone would fetch commercially.

New Diamond Technology says it has a “new approach” that allows it to produce lab-grown gems with higher colors and clarity from its factories in Russia and Hong Kong. It said that it can produce gems ranging from 4 to 11 carats.

Company President Tamazi Khikhinashvili says that their diamonds are “more affordable” as compared to natural diamonds. He says the company has sold lab-grown gems to customers in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Inspiring Jewels worn by First-Lady

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Jewelry worn by famous peoples has always been mesmerizing. So this time in honor of President’s Day that we celebrated recently, we thought why not come up with jewels worn by first ladies of past and present. After all we all can take a few lessons in style, or at the very least marvel at.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s custom pearl necklace, designed by Kenneth Jay Lane

Jacqueline Kennedy’s custom pearl necklace, designed by Kenneth Jay Lane

Barbara Bush’s signature costume pearls, purse designed by Judith Leiber

Barbara Bush’s signature costume pearls, purse designed by Judith Leiber

Stock up on those pearls, you can always count on the classics.—Mother’s Day is coming!

Mary Todd Lincoln’s enameled gold bracelet watch

Mary Todd Lincoln’s enameled gold bracelet watch

Edith Roosevelt’s Harry Winston diamond necklace

Edith Roosevelt’s Harry Winston diamond necklace

A copy of Mrs. Roosevelt’s flowery diamond statement necklace is on display (both the original and reproduction made by Harry Winston)

 

Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball jewelry suite, designed by Loree Rodkin

Michelle Obama’s inaugural ball jewelry suite, designed by Loree Rodkin

There was something to please everyone, and most definitely a jewel or two (or three) to lust after. Stock up on those designs. We don’t have it in stock but we can definitely make a similar jewelry for you. Visit us today.

Last Minute Gifts for Your Valentine

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Love is in the air and we are hoping you all are up and prepared with surprise for the special person in your life. BUT if not then you surely do not have much time on hand….

Day after tomorrow is Valentine’s Day!  (Dun dun dun….) And you have nothing to show for it.

Well, panic no more my fellow procrastinators! We have some wonderful sparkling gifts waiting at our store just for you.  Our jewelry will let your partner know it’s true love.

Last-Minute-GiftsOur fiery, brilliant diamonds and stunning gemstones are surely to take your breath away. We have rings and bands for both Him and Hers.

If your partner has a birthday this month, don’t forget you can score extra points with the  amet-500x500vibrant violet February birthstone, amethyst. You can buy loose gem now which can later be mounted to favorite jewelry.

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Diamond Earrings with hint of love!

We have many more Valentine’s jewelry and other gifting options available at store. Our staff will help you pick the perfect gift for you. Hurry! Visit us today you have only couple of days left.