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custom design

If you’re looking for a piece of jewelry that no one else in the world has, consider a custom-designed piece. As an industry leader with more than 50 years of experience, Eiseman Jewels offers expert advice and the most qualified jewelry designers.

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If you can’t find just the right piece you’re looking for, consider working with our designers to create something truly original that reflects your personal style. You can bring in existing jewelry, diamonds or gems to use in the design, or we’ll help you create something completely new from scratch.

The result is a piece that’s imbued with personal significance and truly one-of-a-kind. The possibilities are endless, and you can be sure that personalization is one trend that will never go out of style.

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Our design experts will work with you to ensure that your one-of-a-kind piece is created to your satisfaction. While the timeline will depend on the intricacies of the piece, we will provide artwork of your design for you to review as the process advances. Once the piece has been completed and purchased, Eiseman Jewels will provide an evaluation for insurance purposes. 

Let us guide you through the process of creating custom, one-of-a-kind jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

pink diamond blog

Pink diamonds evoke a special sense of romance and luxury because they’re especially rare, beautiful and valuable. In fact, according to the Argyle Diamond Mine, a pink diamond can cost 20 times the price of an equivalent white diamond.

Pink diamonds are just one type of Natural Fancy Color Diamond, which are very rare. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), “Of the millions of diamonds mined each year, only .001 percent can qualify as fancy colors, and only a handful can achieve the top grades of Intense and Vivid.”

Pink diamonds are the second-rarest of all colored diamonds, so it’s easy to see how unique a high-quality stone of this color really is.

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Pink diamonds range in intensity from delicate and faint to intense and vivid, and in color from pure pink to orangey-pink, purplish-pink and brownish-pink.

It’s unclear how pink diamonds get their color, but one theory says that when the diamond is forced to the Earth’s surface, the structure of the diamond is altered, forcing the stone to absorb light differently and emit the pink hue.

Iconic Pink Diamonds

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The Daria-i-Noor: One of the best-known examples of these gems is a table-cut light pink diamond that weighs an incredible 186 carats. It has been worn by a number of kings and was part of the United Kingdom’s crown jewels until 1739, when the Persian army took it back to Iran.

The Noor-ul-Ain: Also known as “the light of the eye,” this 60-carat oval brilliant-cut pink diamond is said to have been discovered in India’s Golconda mines. It was the centerpiece in Iranian Empress Farah Pahlavi’s wedding tiara, which she wore in 1958.

The Pink Star: A rare pink diamond dubbed the Pink Star recently became the world’s most expensive gemstone to sell at auction for $71.2 million. The oval-cut, 59.6-carat jewel is the largest fancy vivid pink diamond categorized as “flawless” or “internally flawless” that the GIA has ever graded.

The Graff Pink: Another exquisite, extremely rare pink diamond to sell at auction is the Graff Pink, a 24.78-carat fancy intense pink, VVS2 clarity, emerald-cut stone which sold for $46.16 million.

The Princie Diamond: This 34.65-carat fancy intense pink diamond was sold for a whopping $39,323,750 ($1,135,000 per carat) in 2013. The diamond was originally owned by Mir Osman Ali Khan, who sold the stone to Van Cleef & Arpels for $70,000 in 1960.

Celebrity Pink Diamonds

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Ben Affleck presented Jennifer Lopez with a gorgeous 6-carat pink diamond ring when he proposed. Mariah Carey’s engagement ring from Nick Cannon featured a 10.02-carat pink emerald-cut diamond, and Penelope Ann Miller donned her 3-carat pink radiant diamond ring at the 2012 Academy Awards.

To shop a stunning selection of pink diamond jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Personal service is the cornerstone on which Eiseman Jewels is built. Ask anyone who’s stepped inside our store, and they’ll tell you that it’s our level of service and commitment to quality that sets Eiseman Jewels apart.

Richard Eiseman, Jr. knows that firsthand. “Our sales staff is committed to building relationships, not making sales,” he says. “Our business is built on return buyers. They remember the experience they had in our store and come back because they’re comfortable.”

Eiseman offers an array of services — not to mention expertise — to support our extensive collection of designer and estate jewelry, diamonds, precious gems, pearls and fine Swiss timepieces.

Unparalleled Service

We are the Southwest’s most experienced estate jewelry and timepiece buyers with a combined 100+ years of experience, making Eiseman the ideal place to trade in, sell or buy estate timepieces, jewelry and diamonds. Each in-store gemologist receives extensive training in all the brands we carry. We service every watch and piece of jewelry we sell, as well as those we don’t. We also service Montegrappa Pens.

Timepieces 

If you’re in the market for a new a timepiece, consider this: Eiseman Jewels is an authorized agent for 11 Swiss timepiece manufacturers. Our in-house timepiece directors and sales team have been trained in the Swiss factories of these manufacturers, and by their regional experts. We require that each timepiece be accompanied by a manufacturer warranty, be properly registered and, when eligible, have an extended warranty not available through non-authorized resellers.

When you choose Eiseman, your timepiece purchase is no-risk. New, unused, non-special order timepieces from our stock can be returned within seven days, provided that all packaging is present and the watch is not worn or altered. We also offer an extensive collection of certified pre-owned watches with Eiseman warranties.

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Amenities

Complimentary amenities for Eiseman customers include:

  • Lifetime appraisals for your new jewelry and timepieces, with the appropriate gemological certificate or manufacturer’s certificate of authenticity
  • Insurance appraisal with purchase
  • Watch fitting at purchase and link resizing for the lifetime of your watch
  • Personalization or engraving at purchase
  • In-store jewelry steam cleaning and exterior watch cleaning
  • Eiseman’s renowned jewelry cleaner for in-home care
  • Estimates for jewelry and watch repair
  • Eiseman’s signature gift box and gift wrap
  • Ring sizing and jewelry fitting at time of purchase
  • Valet parking

To offer an enjoyable, friendly and informative shopping experience and an extensive curated collection of the finest jewels and timepieces, coupled with excellent service and unparalleled value — that is the Eiseman family promise.

To experience everything we have to offer firsthand, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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You know the old saying, “A chain is only as good as its weakest link”? The same principle holds true for watches. The choice of materials is an essential link in the long chain of processes that go into creating an exceptional timepiece.

Here’s a look at some of the extraordinary materials that go into the making of today’s luxury watches.

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The Avenger Hurricane is a new chronograph from Breitling that pushes many technological boundaries. The watch case is made of Breitlight®, which is 3.3 times lighter than titanium and 5.8 times lighter than steel, but significantly harder.

This exclusive high-tech material boasts a number of qualities — exceptional resistance to scratches, traction and corrosion, anti-magnetism, thermal stability and anti-allergic properties — as well as a touch that is warmer than metal.

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Amorphous Diamond-Like Carbon

Amorphous diamond-like carbon, or ADLC, is a highly elastic coating developed by Cartier that exhibits some of the basic properties of a diamond; it is extremely hard and smooth, almost scratch-free and fingerprint-proof. This coating creates a layer that is self-lubricating, shock-resistant and unaffected by constant wear.

In 2014, Cartier shocked the watch world by introducing an ISO-certified dive watch: The Calibre De Cartier Diver. The following year, it introduced an update to that diver in black ADLC with a black rotating bezel offsetting the dial that mimics the Chronograph.

Baume & Mercier has a new collection of sports watches called The Clifton Club. One of the five versions available at launch features a black ADLC-coated steel case with a black dial and matching black bezel and rubber strap.

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Ceramics

The high-tech materials on watches are ceramics. Ceramics are extremely hard — usually more than three or four times harder than stainless steel. This gives them incredible resistance to wear, which is the loss of materials that are in moving contact for long periods of time.

Thanks to ceramics, mechanical watches can run for years, and their usage on watch cases means less scratches. Swiss luxury watchmakers Audemars Piguet and Jaeger-LeCoultre both feature ceramics heavily in their watches.

To learn more about the materials in your favorite luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special person in your life can be stressful and confusing. There are so many options, it can be hard to know what to choose.

Luckily for you, the experts at Eiseman Jewels have put together this gift guide to help you delight your loved one this holiday season. 

GIFTS FOR HER

Messika Double Ring

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If you’re looking for a chic piece that she doesn’t already have in her jewelry box, look no further than Messika’s 18-karat white gold Glam’azone ring. This unique piece can be worn two ways: with both rings on one finger or with each ring worn individually.

Lika Behar Gold Hoop Earrings

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These easy-to-wear 24-karat yellow gold Lika Behar hoop earrings will quickly become the shining stars of her everyday jewelry wardrobe.

Tudor Watch

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The Tudor Glamour Date Watch is a go-anywhere, do-anything luxury timepiece that can keep up with a woman’s active lifestyle. It features a black diamond-set dial, steel bracelet and self-winding mechanical movement.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

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It’s impossible to go wrong with a recommendation from Richard Eiseman himself. His choice for the gift of the season? This absolutely breathtaking 13.49-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring. The center stone is flanked by two trapezoids cut stones for a total diamond carat weight of 15.29.

Sloane Street Necklace

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Want to profess your love and appreciation with something a little more exotic? Try this 18-karat white gold pendant necklace that features a gorgeous combination of Ethiopian opal beads, apatite beads, black opal, blue opal and triangular crystal opal with a pavé diamond rim.

GIFTS FOR HIM

Drive de Cartier 

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This beautiful Drive de Cartier watch is brought to life by the in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement. Its unique cushion-shaped 18-karat pink gold case, brown semi-matte alligator skin strap and sapphire crystal make it an extraordinary gift with which to celebrate the season. 

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 

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For the man who is bold, adventurous and ready for action, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is the ideal gift. This robust military timepiece is constructed from a futuristic material called Breitlight®, which is 5.8 times lighter and significantly harder than steel, making it ultra-light and ultra-sturdy. It’s equipped with a military-style 24-hour display, and its all-black look is enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired numerals.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

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If you’ve got a watch buff in your life, chances are he can’t wait to get his hands on the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Air King. It features a distinctive black dial with large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours, an Oyster case crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel, and a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. 

Still having trouble selecting the perfect gift from our picks? Don’t fret. Our in-store experts are here to help you find a one-of-a-kind piece to wow any recipient this season. Stop by NorthPark Center in Dallas to visit us at Eiseman Jewels

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The human fascination with gems and jewelry spans back thousands of years, but we have a particular affinity for diamonds. Some historians believe that diamond trading occurred as far back as the fourth century BC, in India. In the first century AD, the Roman philosopher and naturalist Pliny said, “Diamond is the most valuable, not only of precious stones, but of all things in this world.”

Here’s a look at some of the most stunning diamonds ever discovered in history.

The Hope Diamond

This 45.52-carat cushion-cut diamond hangs on a pendant surrounded by 16 white diamonds, and the necklace chain contains 45 white diamonds. It is estimated to be worth $200-250 million.

The history of the stone can be traced all the way back to 1668, when French merchant traveller Jean Baptiste Tavernier sold the 112-carat diamond to King Louis XIV of France in 1668. It changed hands many times over the centuries, but it was eventually bought by jeweler Harry Winston, who donated the diamond to the Smithsonian Museum in 1958.

The Eureka Diamond

The aptly-named Eureka Diamond was the very first diamond discovered in South Africa. The 21.25-carats diamond was found by a 15 year-old boy named Erasmus Stephanus Jacobs in 1867. His discovery led to the Kimberly Diamond Rush and signaled the beginning of the Mineral Revolution.

The Eureka was purchased for £500 by Sir Philip Wodehouse, Governor of the Cape Colony, South Africa. He took it with him to the United Kingdom, where it remained for 100 years, during which time it was cut to a 10.73-carat, cushion-shaped brilliant. On April 16,1946, the Eureka was sold in London at a Christie’s public auction as part of a bangle. In 1967, 100 years after the diamond’s discovery, De Beers purchased and donated the Eureka to the South African people. The diamond is currently on display at the Mine Museum in Kimberley.

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The Excelsior Diamond

The Excelsior Diamond was the largest-known diamond in the world from the time of its discovery in 1893 until 1905, when the larger Cullinan Diamond was awarded that distinction. Today, it’s remembered as the third-largest diamond ever found.

Some controversy still surrounds the cutting of the Excelsior. After waiting for a buyer for many years, the owners decided to cut it into several smaller stones and sell them to various buyers. At the time, a representative from De Beers called the cutting “the greatest tragedy of modern times in the history of famous diamonds.” The decision to cut the stone meant that its historical significance was ruined and kept the Excelsior out of the Smithsonian or other historical museums. To this day, it remains a mystery why it was not simply cut into a single large, faceted diamond.

The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond, named after mine chairman Thomas Cullinan, weighed in at 3,106.75 carats when it was discovered in South Africa on January 26, 1905.

After being presented to King Edward VII on his 66th birthday, the diamond was cut into several polished gems, the largest of which is known as the Cullinan I, or the Great Star of Africa. At 530.4 carats, it is the largest clear-cut diamond in the world. The second-largest, at 317.4 carats, is Cullinan II, or the Second Star of Africa. Both diamonds are part of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

The Shirley Temple Diamond

This rare 9.54-carat cushion-cut blue diamond ring was purchased by the father of child star Shirley Temple in 1940 as a gift for her 12th birthday and to commemorate the premiere of her film, “The Blue Bird.” The diamond originally cost $7,210, which is equivalent to $121,000 today. Temple wore the ring for the rest of her life, and it retains its original Art Deco-inspired setting.

The rarity of blue diamonds — which have exploded in popularity since 1940 — and the ring’s unique Hollywood history make it a multi-million dollar gem.
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The Heart of Eternity Diamond

The Heart of Eternity is a 27.64-carat, vivid blue, heart-shaped diamond and the sixth-largest blue diamond in the world. It is cut from the same 777-carat rough stone as the 203.04 carat Millennium Star, and both are part of the De Beers Limited Edition Millennium Diamond Collection. These famous diamonds were the target of the Millennium Dome diamond heist, which was fortunately foiled by the Flying Squad of London’s Metropolitan Police Service.

In 2012, reports surfaced that boxer Floyd Mayweather purchased the Heart of Eternity necklace for his fiancée. They later parted ways and no one knows if the Christmas gift was a pricey reproduction or not, as De Beers won’t disclose the person to whom they sold the Heart of Eternity Diamond.

The Lesedi La Rona Diamond

The Lesedi La Rona Diamond is the third-largest diamond ever found and the second-largest of gem quality. It is also the largest diamond recovered using machines for automated diamond sorting. It is estimated to be over 2.5 billion years old and was discovered in Botswana in November 2015.

Its name means “Our Light” in the Tswana language, and comes from contest winner Thembani Moitlhobogi. His submission was selected from among 12,000 others from participants hoping to name the diamond. Moitlhobogi said, “The diamond is a pride, light and hope of Batswana.”

 

While you may not find any of these famous diamonds at Eiseman Jewels, you can find an extraordinary selection of diamond jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center today.

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Jewelry is an investment, and its price tag often reflects that status. But there is a way to get the beautiful, high-quality pieces you desire without taking out a second mortgage. How? Buying pre-owned and/or trading in used items for new. Below are some advantages to coming by your jewelry secondhand.

Value

Buying previously owned pieces is a great way to get beautiful jewelry for the best value. At Eiseman Jewels, we offer fair pricing on pre-owned pieces, meaning you may be able to take home those diamond earrings sooner than you thought!

Vintage Jewelry is In

Jewelry that comes with a history has character that sets it apart from other pieces. It’s often unique and one of a kind.

It Has a Warranty

Every piece of pre-owned jewelry at Eiseman has received a thorough inspection and been lovingly restored to like-new conditions. Plus, CPO watches come with a warranty guaranteeing its quality.

It’s Eco-friendly

Think of buying a recycled diamond as doing the planet a favor. There are plenty of diamonds to go around.

Find a Discontinued Watch

You might think that watch you had your eye on 10 years ago and weren’t able to buy at the time is gone forever. Maybe not. Let our experts work their magic to try and track down that long-lost love.

Trade In What You Don’t Wear

Your taste at 25 or 30 may not be the same at 45 or 50. Instead of keeping that collection of jewelry and watches you never wear stowed away in a jewelry box, turn them into equity on your next purchase. Who knows? You may end up trading something in for a new (or new to you) piece you adore!

The next time you’re at NorthPark Center in Dallas, stop into Eiseman Jewels and take a look at our beautiful selection of estate jewelry.

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Awards season kicked off in high style on Sunday night with the 2016 Emmy Awards. As beautiful as some of the gowns were, they couldn’t hold a candle to the breathtaking jewelry on display.

Here are some of the trends we spotted on this year’s Emmy red carpet.

All the Emmys’ Red Carpet Styles

In a plunging navy blue gown by Jenny Packham with a ruffle detail, paired with Kurt Geiger shoes, a Judith Leiber clutch and Irene Neuwirth jewels.

Beautiful Gemstones

Comedienne Tina Fey matched her jewels to her gown with a pair of stunning 100-carat emerald drop earrings and an emerald and amethyst ring.

Rectify star Abigail Spencer wore one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold earrings set with ocean tanzanite and diamond pavé. She paired the earrings with a one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold ring set with ocean tanzanite and diamond pavé and another one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold ring set with a carved pink opal and diamond.

Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany wins for Orphan Black (finally)

It only took four seasons, but Tatiana Maslany has finally won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Orphan Black. From the very debut of the show, Maslany’s work…

Classic Diamonds

Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black and winner of the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, wore a double-headed snake ring with pear and round brilliant diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, a two-stone pear cut bypass ring set in 18-karat white gold, and 2.47-carat double diamond line earrings set in 18-karat white gold.

Anika Noni Rose, star of Roots, accessorized her gown with earrings featuring 3.09 carats of radiant cut diamonds and .38 carats of pavé diamonds set in platinum. She also wore two rings featuring 1.92 carats of diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, and a ring featuring a 4.03-carat brilliant diamond and .14 carats of diamonds set in platinum.

The Emmys Red Carpet Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Sofia Vergara in a Sexy Gown

It wouldn’t be a successful Emmy Awards red carpet without a sexy appearance by Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. Wearing a curve-hugging dress by Atelier Versace paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels for her sixth Emmys appearance, the Colombian actress, who celebrated her son Manolo’s 25th birthday the night before the award ceremony, walked the red carpet sans husband Joe Manganiello.

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Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra looked like a million bucks in 10-carat diamond and platinum earrings and a 10-carat diamond and platinum emerald cut ring totaling a whopping $1 million. Nominated for her performance the sitcom Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross wore one of the most dramatic pairs of earrings seen on the red carpet that night. Her front-facing hoops were set with almost 30 carats of diamonds and just over 16 carats of emeralds.

Sofia Vergara of Modern Family wore cascading diamond icicle earrings and a diamond coil cuff ring, both set in rose gold.

The Full Story Behind Sophie Turner’s Emmys Look

Rebecca Corbin-Murray styled Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner for tonight’s Emmy Awards. At a model-esque 5’9′ and that signature Sansa Stark beauty, it may not Corbin-Murray’s most difficult job to date.

Standout Color

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner wore an 8.20-carat diamond necklace set in 18-karat yellow gold and drop earrings with 12.96-carat fancy yellow radiant diamonds surrounded by pink micro-pavé and set in 18-karat white gold. She also sported a 10.56-carat fancy yellow diamond ring set in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold and trendy stackable eternity bands set in 18-karat yellow gold.

Sarah Hyland from Modern Family accessorized her unique gown with orange sapphire and diamond rose earrings, a yellow diamond leaf ring and diamond bands.

See the Best Dressed Stars at the 2016 Emmys

In a gold Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown paired with diamond earrings and a statement ring.

Minimalism

Claire Danes kept it simple but elegant with 4-carat diamond stud earrings set in platinum and a 10.88-carat two-stone diamond ring.

We love taking inspiration from the red carpet when it comes to accessorizing for our own special occasions. Shop your favorite red carpet looks at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Your jewelry collection is filled with beautiful pieces that mean a great deal to you. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your fine jewelry and have it professionally maintained on a regular basis. Read on to learn how you can assure a long life for your most precious possessions.

Have Your Jewelry Inspected and Cleaned

To keep your jewelry in the best possible condition, start by having it inspected at a jeweler on a regular basis, preferably every 6 to 12 months. The jeweler will check for damage and wear on your settings and perform preventative maintenance as needed. If you notice that a stone in a piece of jewelry is loose, stop wearing the piece until you can bring it in to be inspected. Otherwise, your stone might come completely loose and be lost. Routine preventative maintenance can help provide some peace of mind.

It also makes good hygienic sense to have jewelry that you wear regularly, like your engagement ring and wedding bands, professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This will get rid of any dirt or debris and make your jewelry look brand-new. Schedule your cleanings around the date of your anniversary or birthday — that way, you’ll never forget to have it done.

Store Your Jewelry Properly

When storing your jewelry, be careful not to throw it all together in boxes or bags, which can cause scratches and tangling. Also, refrain from storing different kinds of jewelry together, as this increases the chances of damage. Silver, gold, diamond and pearls should all be stored separately from one another, and necklaces should be hung to prevent kinking and tangling.

Clean Your Jewelry Properly

In between professional cleanings, feel free to clean platinum, gold, and diamond jewelry regularly with any mild jewelry detergent. But take special care with colored gemstones and pearls, which are known for absorbing perfumes, makeup and detergents. Do not soak these gems in jewelry cleaner — they are fragile and can be damaged by chemicals and cleaning solutions. Cleaning these gems is a job best left to the professionals.

Take Special Care of Your Pearls

When dressing, put your pearls on last to avoid spraying them with fragrances and hair care products. Avoid wearing them with other jewelry, such as gold necklaces, as this can scratch the surface of the pearls. If you own a pearl necklace or bracelet, have it restrung as soon as you notice the thread becoming stretched or discolored. To prevent nicks and scratches, store pearls in a jewelry box with an extra-soft interior.

The experts at Eiseman Jewels are always happy to discuss the best ways to care for your jewelry — just visit us at our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Just as the histories of art and fashion are defined by distinct stylistic eras, so too is the history of jewelry. Jewelry trends tend to reflect the social and economic changes of the times, which is why vintage and heirloom jewelry pieces make wonderful historical artifacts as well as eye-catching fashion statements.

Let’s take a look at the major periods of modern jewelry history and the historical influences that helped define them.

GEORGIAN ERA

The Georgian era, which is named for George I, II and III of England, stretched from 1714 to 1837. Styles from this time period were typically opulent and regal — in other words, fit for a king. Outlandish men’s fashions were a sign of the times and included bright-colored, tight-fitting clothing, jackets with large lapels, flamboyant hairdos, walking sticks and red high heels — yes, high heels for men.

Georgian jewelry mirrored the lavish styles of the time, and fine jewelry — all of which was painstakingly crafted by hand — was worn almost exclusively by the wealthy during this period. Diamonds were the stone of choice, although jewelers were beginning to experiment with colored gemstones. Short necklaces, chokers, cameos, brooches and lockets containing portraits of the wearer’s beloved or a deceased loved one were also popular trinkets of the time.

VICTORIAN ERA

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Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837 to 1901, which is why this period is known as the Victorian era. Jewelry was one of Victoria’s favorite things, and her exquisite taste helped guide the public preferences of the day. One might even say that the styles of the Victorian period closely mirrored the phases of Victoria’s life.

Early in the Victorian era (also known as the Romantic period), cheerful designs such as hearts, bows, flowers and birds were abundant. During this time, Victoria wed Prince Albert, and together they had nine children. Upon Albert’s death, Victoria went into mourning and black jewelry made of onyx, enamel and jet soared in popularity. In later years, jewelry styles became more carefree and whimsical again, with stars, dragons, griffins and crescent moons becoming common motifs.

ART NOUVEAU ERA

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The Art Nouveau (literally “New Art”) era may have been short and sweet, lasting only from 1890 to 1910, but it still managed to propel artisans out of the hum-drum and into the incredible. Thinking of themselves as artists rather than just jewelry-makers, Art Nouveau jewelers crafted exquisite pieces that emphasized pale colors and undulating curves. Breaking from tradition, jewelers experimented with beautiful enameling techniques as well as with different gemstones and materials.

Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies and butterflies were all popular shapes found in jewelry at this time. Diamonds took a back seat to moonstone, amethyst, opal, amber, citrine, peridot and freshwater pearls. Designers also branched out with the use of materials such as horn, shell and copper, all in the name of artistic vision.

EDWARDIAN ERA

The Edwardian era (1901-1920) is named for King Edward of England and is best known for its use of diamonds, pearls and platinum, as well as its exquisite filigree designs. By applying threads of gold, platinum and other precious metals to setting surfaces, Edwardian jewelers gave their jewelry an intricate, lacy look. This fit right in with the feathered hats and lace and silk dresses the ladies of this era wore. The Edwardian period also embraced romantic motifs such as tassels, bows, laurel wreaths, garlands of flowers and scrolls.

ART DECO ERA

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During the Art Deco era (1920 to 1935), the economy was booming, jazz was the most popular music of the day and all those old Victorian restraints were being cast aside. Jewelry reflected these social changes, and bright colors, geometric designs and masculine themes were all at the height of fashion during the Roaring Twenties.

Said to reflect the confident, free-thinking spirit of the times, the modern round brilliant cut diamond was created during this period. Jewelers also began using white gold — which was more affordable than either platinum or yellow gold — so more people could afford diamond jewelry and engagement rings.

RETRO ERA

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Retro jewelry, also known as “cocktail jewelry,” refers to a style of jewelry that became popular from 1930 to 1950. You might think that in times defined by the Depression and a world war, jewelry might become more minimalist and restrained. But no — jewelry in the Retro Era was bigger, bolder and more exciting than ever.

Hollywood was in its heyday, and women yearned for a bit of the drama and glamour they saw on the silver screen. World War II also brought women into the workforce, where they had to adapt to masculine, straight-fitting business attire. Naturally, women were subsequently drawn to jewelry that allowed them to express their femininity. Styles tended to be oversized, over-the-top and full of bows, ruffles, ribbons and flowers.

For a close-up look at how these eras have influenced today’s jewelry, as well as a beautiful selection of heirloom pieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.