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Joys of Jade

A symbol of all that is good and precious in some cultures, jade is different than other types of valuable gems or precious metals. It is a metamorphic rock made up of tiny interlocking mineral crystals. The term “jade” actually refers to two separate gems: nephrite and jadeite. Modern gemologists use jade to describe both.

Jadeite comes in a wide range of beautiful colors: shades of green, yellow and reddish orange in addition to white, gray, black, brown and lavender. Nephrite’s colors range from translucent to opaque and can be light to dark green, yellow, brown, black, gray or white.

Ounce for ounce, jade is more valuable than gold — and that’s before you take into account the value of the piece’s antiquity. Jade is always appreciating in value.

Joys of Jade

Jade in Chinese Culture

“Gold has a price; jade is priceless.” —Chinese proverb

Nephrite was the first jade discovered in China, and it has been a symbol of status, spirituality, health and purity in Chinese culture for 9,000 years. Today, Chinese nephrite deposits are all but depleted, so most jade traded in modern China is jadeite. In a nod to tradition, however, every winning athlete’s medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was embedded with a piece of pure nephrite jade.

Why We Love Jade

The way it interacts with light: Jadeite’s structure scatters light. If properly cut, a white piece with a small green spot will make the gem appear completely green if lit from behind.

The way it differs from other gems: Due to the way jade interacts with light, it is rarely faceted. Even semi-transparent jade is usually fashioned into cabochons, beads or other styles. It’s soft enough to carve yet durable, so the stone can be cut in unusual ways. Add this to the fact that rough jade can be quite large, and the result is often unique designs you won’t find in other jewels.

The way it rings: Nephrite rings like a bell when struck. Artisans have created chimes, xylophones and gongs from melodically resonant jade.

Joys of Jade

The Three Cs (and Two Ts) of Jade

  • Color: For both jadeite and nephrite, green is the most valued color. The finest jadeite — almost transparent with a vibrant emerald-green color — is known as “imperial jade.”
  • Cut: While jade is rarely faceted like other gems, plain as well as intricate jade carvings are judged by their artistry.
  • Carat weight: Jadeite is generally sold by the piece rather than by weight. For top-quality imperial jadeite, slight size differences can make for large value differences.
  • Transparency: Jadeite’s transparency ranges from completely opaque to semi-transparent. The best jadeite is semi-transparent.
  • Texture: Jadeite has a smooth, even texture that makes people want to touch and hold the gem.

To see our collection of extraordinary jade pieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

repurposing jewelry

Are you holding on to jewelry that you’ve inherited but which never seems to leave your jewelry box? You don’t wear it because it’s not your style, but you don’t want to get rid of it because of its sentimental value.

Let Eiseman Jewels take that jewelry and create a truly original and unique new piece that reflects your personal style. We are the Southwest’s most experienced estate jewelry buyers with a combined 100+ years of experience — a trusted name when it comes to your family’s jewelry. And trust is the most important factor in choosing someone to create your custom design.

Here’s how the process works.

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• Gather all your old jewelry and bring it to Eiseman Jewels. There, you’ll sit down with an expert jewelry designer to discuss your style and vision for the new piece(s).

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• Return to the store to view the 3D drawings of your design. This is the time to be picky. Ask the designer to make any necessary changes so that the finished piece will match your vision. Don’t be afraid to rethink if something’s not working.

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• The designer will make any changes and get your final approval before executing the design. The result will be a meaningful, one-of-a-kind piece that you designed yourself.

Some things to keep in mind as you design your new piece:

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• There’s often a story behind a piece of heirloom jewelry or special memories of the family member to whom it once belonged. Sharing these stories with your jewelry designer will help inspire their work.

 

• Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your designer has seen it all when it comes to estate jewelry. They can take your ideas and visualize a finished piece.

repurposing jewelry• Trust your designer’s instincts. They will know what will look best and can guide you through each step of creating a piece of custom jewelry.

• Be patient. Give your designer the necessary time to generate a design from your ideas.

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• Use your imagination. Be creative and have fun!

Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas to talk to a jewelry designer about transforming your old jewelry today.

 

Eiseman Fan Earrings

Every woman knows that no outfit is complete without a pair of earrings. In fact, we often feel naked without them. But did you know that the earrings you wear can say a lot about your mood and personality? Here’s a look at what your favorite pair of earrings say about you:

STUDS

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Diamond studs are the perfect mix of simplicity and style—a true classic in the jewelry world. Words like “elegant” and “understated” are often used to describe women who couldn’t do without their stud earrings. But “versatile” is a good word to describe the studs themselves. They look just as fabulous with jeans and a blazer or shorts and a tunic as they do with a little black dress.

DANGLE EARRINGS

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Dangle earrings add equal amounts of flair and sophistication to an outfit. Women who wear them tend to have outgoing, friendly and adventurous spirits. These earrings are considered glamorous and feminine, so it’s no secret why they’re a red-carpet favorite. Their flirtatious elegance is perfect for formal events.

BIG AND BOLD

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Women who wear big, bold earrings are typically fun-loving ladies who like to appear fashionable. They use jewelry as an expression of their creativity. Bold jewelry choices are best paired with simple outfits to balance the look and keep the focus on the jewels.

HOOPS

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Friendly and approachable, hoop earring wearers feel comfortable in their own skin. Often described as romantic and vivacious, they aren’t afraid to look sexy. Hoop earrings express independence and femininity—and they make a woman’s smile look bigger.

FAN EARRINGS

Eiseman Fan Earrings

Never one to shy away from a trend, women who don fan earrings are always on the cutting edge of style. They’re often intrigued by the exotic and unusual, and they’re certainly unafraid of standing out from the crowd. This stunning new pair from SUTRA is one of our top picks for the fall season!

For earrings that fit every mood, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



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Sutra Necklace

The days of Emily Post are gone, and brides are no longer shackled with tradition. Today, the rule for weddings is that there are no rules. Women are free to express their own personal style, be it elaborate and playful or simple and elegant. The specialists at Eiseman Jewels have offered five rules you can break if you’re looking to add some individuality to your wedding.

 

Forget the white dress.

You can blame Queen Victoria for the white dress. Ever since her iconic and extremely influential wedding day in 1840, white has been the traditional shade for brides-to-be. But many celebrities have dispensed with that custom. Jessica Biel, Gwen Stefani and Kaley Cuoco all walked down the aisle in pink wedding dresses, and fashionista Sarah Jessica Parker fearlessly donned black to marry Matthew Broderick. But if you still want the white dress, add some personality with a fur shrug or floral headpiece.

 

If the shoe fits, wear it.

Who says your shoes have to be white, high-heeled and satin? For that matter, who says you can’t eschew footwear completely? You’re going to be on your feet all day, so your wedding shoes should be comfortable to walk and stand in (not to mention dance in). Brides today are walking down the aisle in all kinds of footwear, from hand-tooled cowboy boots and rhinestone sneakers to bright red pumps and funky flats. And if you do decide to forgo shoes completely, make sure your pedicure is impeccable.

 

Go beyond the veil.

Many brides have sworn off the traditional wedding veil. Popular alternatives include delicately beaded headpieces, tasteful tiaras, large jewel-encrusted combs, rhinestone hairpieces, fascinators, floral crowns and feathers.

 

Carry a bouquet that’ll have them talking.

Instead of cut flowers, consider a personalized wedding bouquet you will be able to cherish forever. Wire together an assortment of vintage rhinestone brooches into a dazzling bouquet or create an origami bouquet full of tiny paper flowers, swans and butterflies. Other suggestions include bouquets made of Christmas bulbs, fruit, seashells, buttons, paper dragonflies or sheet music shaped into roses. Some brides and their wedding parties have even carried parasols instead of bouquets.

 

Wear unexpected jewelry.

Jewelry, more than anything else, is a true expression of your personality. So if you love bold statement pieces, why avoid them on your wedding day? Wear jewelry that shines, like yellow diamond drop earrings or a striking sapphire and diamond necklace. Consider a jeweled choker with matching teardrop earrings. And don’t forget about your wrists. A diamond-encrusted cuff makes for a standalone accent to your bridal ensemble.

 

Remember, this is your day. Make sure it’s the happiest of your life by forgoing the traditions that don’t work for you. Go ahead—break the rules.