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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.

Breitlight

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.

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.

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.

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If your birthday falls in the month of August, you’re lucky to have two birthstones: peridot and spinel. These unheralded beauties offer countless pairing options and make unique statement pieces as well as dainty accents.

PERIDOT

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in a single color — a gorgeous light green unaffected by artificial light. Peridot’s hardness is similar to quartz, so it’s an excellent choice for jewelry that gets daily wear.

The stone has been featured in fine jewelry for thousands of years. The ancient Romans nicknamed peridot the “evening emerald” because its color didn’t darken at night, and it was reportedly Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

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HOW TO WEAR PERIDOT

Peridot looks best with warm skin tones and hazel or green eyes. The bright green stone pops when worn against white, beige, black or navy and adds a touch of color to simple, streamlined ensembles.

Since peridot mirrors the vibrant color of summer leaves and grass, it’s also perfect for creating an earthy, nature-inspired look. Pair it with earth tones such as browns, greens or yellows.

Finally, mixing and matching trendy stackable peridot rings or tennis bracelets with other brightly colored gems is an easy, fun way to incorporate this stone into your wardrobe.

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SPINEL

This lesser-known gemstone occurs in a range of colors, including rose pink, deep red, lavender, violet, light and dark blue, orange, yellow, brown and black. Spinel has been mined for centuries, but it was often mistaken for other gemstones. One of the most famous spinel gemstones, known by the misnomer “Black Prince’s Ruby” due to its ruby-red hue, was set into England’s state crown and housed in the Tower of London. The most desirable spinel gemstones are vivid red, cobalt blue, bright pink or bright orange.

Spinel is considered to be a soothing stone, possessing calming energy, and is recommended for those suffering from stress. It’s also used to increase physical energy, vitality and stamina.

HOW TO WEAR SPINEL

Red-hued spinel stones are most striking on cool skin tones. Spinel and other red or pink gemstones are most flattering to brown eyes and also serve as a stunning contrast to blue eyes.

Because red spinel looks so similar to ruby, it can be styled just the way you would your favorite ruby jewelry. Try pairing this common shade of spinel with black dresses, summer stripes, florals, formal gowns and jeans and tees.

Black spinel looks sophisticated and subtle when paired with other neutrals such as beiges, whites, creams and grays. If you have long hair, wear it up to show off black spinel earrings.

Any cool blue shade of spinel will pop next to warm colors such as yellow, orange and red. Blue spinel also works well with other shades of blue and navy.

For a beautiful selection of birthstone jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Motorsports and watches share a lot in common. First and foremost, they’re both driven by precision. Cars and watches are both ever-evolving machines that continuously embrace cutting-edge new technologies, but never abandon their roots. On the race track, down-to-the-millisecond timekeeping is usually performed by a prominent watch brand, and it’s this symbiotic relationship between racing and watches that keeps fans wound up.

Man’s fascination with motorized vehicles has been around since the days of the Ford Model T. Throughout the years, that fascination has fueled life-long passions, pursuits and even careers. Many fans have classic movie stars and professional racing drivers to thank for their love of cars and fine timepieces. Legendary actor and racecar driver Paul Newman’s go-to was the Rolex Daytona. Nowadays, drivers like Lewis Hamilton wear IWC, while Jackie Stewart wore Rolex.

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The relationship between cars and watches all began with the dashboard chronograph, which was patented by the TAG Heuer company in 1911. Next came the wristwatch. In the 1930s, when motorsports was still in its infancy, racecar drivers wore watches to help measure performance. By the 1960s, the U.S. had entered the golden age of racing, and brands began to craft watches aimed at drivers and audiences alike.

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

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Since 1962, racing legends from around the world have descended upon Daytona, FL every year to compete in this grueling 24-hour marathon. The race is notoriously merciless on both driver and machine, but to the victor go the spoils: winners receive a Rolex Daytona watch.

IWC Sponsors Mercedes F1

Mercedes-AMG and IWC Schaffhausen have developed a strong bond over their shared strengths in the field of engineering. In celebration of that bond, the two companies partnered to create the Ingenieur Automatic AMG Black Series Ceramic, introduced in 2013 in honor of IWC’s sponsorship of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 team.

To browse an exquisite selection of timepieces, race over to Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we search the world over to bring you the best in fine jewelry and timepieces. And each year, our travels take us to Las Vegas for COUTURE and JCK, two exclusive jewelry industry events that provide a glimpse of the latest offerings.

About COUTURE

Every summer at the luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, the who’s who of the luxury jewelry and timepiece market gather for COUTURE, where more than 4,000 top-tier buyers from the world’s most distinguished retailers meet to connect and collaborate with legacy brands, emerging designers and media outlets. It’s the only showcase in the country offering a curated collection of more than 200 preeminent jewelry designers and brands.

About JCK

JCK Las Vegas is the leading event for jewelry professionals in North America. Each year, more than 23,000 retailers and 2,300 exhibitors from around the world meet at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino to peruse pieces from domestic and international designers, attend networking events, take part in educational sessions and strengthen business relationships.

Takeaways from this year’s COUTURE and JCK events

Fashion trends

The jewelry industry has seen a recent influx of simple, modern pieces. We saw thinner, smaller, more tailored styles with a strong influence of rose gold and plenty of colored gemstones. For daytime, think easy-to-wear, less formal pieces. Choker and lariat necklaces were in vogue. We spotted plenty of feminine motifs, such as feathers and butterflies, and linear earrings and stackable rings and bracelets rounded out the offerings.

Bridal trends

Halo engagement rings are still extremely popular, and the trend shows no signs of diminishing. Similar to the fashion jewelry world, simple, traditional, classic styles are making a comeback for bridal jewelry. Lots of couples are opting for vintage looks with a unique twist, such as hand-engraving on the shank.

Some of our favorite new finds from this year’s events:

Dainty diamonds and gold from Katie Decker

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Lariat Necklaces

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To see more of the treasures we discovered on our travels, visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center in Dallas.