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hand engraving

Hand engraving is a tradition that was established half a million years ago. Almost since civilization began, people have been engraving jewelry, tools and weapons. Incredibly, artisans still use some of the same tools and techniques today that were used back then. Engraving is an art that requires a skilled hand and takes years to develop. For this reason, there are not many hand engravers left in the world — it is quickly becoming a lost art.

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The simplest and oldest form of engraving is hand engraving or push engraving, which is when a sharp tool is pushed into a piece of material to make a mark. One of the most significant purposes of hand engraving through the ages has been to record history. Today, it remains among the most difficult and important aspects of the jeweler’s craft.

hand engraving

The Advantages of Hand Engraving 

With engraving machines, you are limited to the fonts and stencils that the machine is programmed to create. With hand engraving, you are only limited by your imagination. Almost anything you can dream up, the engraver can make into a reality. If it can be drawn, it can be hand engraved — including your own handwriting.

hand engraving

hand engraving

Jewelry embellished with durable, high-quality hand engraving can incorporate a mixture of beautiful, highly polished bright cuts and textured backgrounds, creating a singular depth and beauty that can elevate a piece of jewelry to a modern heirloom. Besides being an incredibly thoughtful touch, adding hand engraving is a fantastic way to make a piece of jewelry truly unique. 

hand engraving

To speak to one of our experts about how to add a personal, artistic touch of hand engraving on your jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center.

synthetic diamonds

A synthetic diamond — also called an artificial diamond, cultured diamond or cultivated diamond — is a diamond produced by an artificial, human-engineered process, as opposed to a natural diamond, which is created by a natural geological process. Synthetic diamonds are commonly referred to as HPHT (high-pressure high-temperature) diamonds or CVD (chemical vapor deposition) diamonds after the two most common production methods.

There’s nothing wrong with synthetic diamonds, if that’s what you’re after. But the real danger lies in believing that you’re buying natural diamonds when you are instead getting synthetic ones, which are significantly less valuable.

What Synthetic Diamonds Are Not

Synthetic Diamonds

Synthetic diamonds are sometimes incorrectly referred to as imitations or simulants. Diamond imitations such as cubic zirconia and synthetic moissanite — which only look like diamonds — have very different chemical and physical properties from diamonds. This is what allows trained gemologists to recognize them more easily. Synthetic diamonds, however, are much harder to detect.

Synthetic and Natural Diamonds are Made of the Same Thing

Synthetic Diamonds

While most people associate the term synthetic with imitation products, artificial diamonds are actually made of the same material as natural ones (pure carbon, crystallized in isotropic 3D form). In the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is working to make the naming distinction more clear. It has indicated that terms such as laboratory-grownlaboratory-created, and [manufacturer-name]-created “more clearly communicate the nature of the stone.”

How to Avoid The Synthetic Trap

Synthetic Diamonds

Gem-quality synthetic diamonds are more available than ever before. The process for making them has improved, and consequently, so many good synthetic diamonds are entering the market that customers can inadvertently purchase a synthetic diamond without knowing it.

There is certainly nothing inherently wrong with buying a synthetic diamond. But they are less valuable than natural diamonds, and they can easily be passed off as natural by untrustworthy jewelers and merchants.

To that end, the importance of working with a jeweler you know and trust simply cannot be overstated. A good jeweler will have the expertise and equipment to determine synthetic diamonds from natural ones.

Synthetic Diamonds

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in quality diamonds, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer like Eiseman Jewels.

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

 

Henry Dunay

Our Eiseman Estate Collection is a treasure trove of vintage jewelry by legendary designers who exemplify craftsmanship, quality and timeless style. One of these designers is Henry Dunay, a goldsmith and jeweler whose finely honed techniques and unique sensibility have made his pieces iconic to the generations of women who have worn and loved them. 

Henry Dunay

The influential jewelry designer Henry Dunay began his swift rise to success at just 14 years old, when he began serving as a jewelry apprentice for a master goldsmith in New York. He quickly developed his own talent and passion, working his way up the ranks to become a master model maker and setter in his own right. In 1956, at the remarkably young age of 21, Dunay started his own company and began designing and selling his own jewelry. He built a team of the world’s finest artisans and stone cutters to implement his designs.

Henry Dunay

Dunay’s breakthrough came in 1967, when he won the first of three De Beers Diamonds International Awards for a carved gold, sapphire and diamond ring. The international recognition he gained from this exposure lead to a slew of commissions — including one for a gold chastity belt. He went on to win more than 50 international awards for his designs, including being chosen two times as “The Best of The Best Designer in the World” by The Robb Report Magazine.

Henry Dunay

Dunay’s works included the Faceted Collection, which consisted of gold pieces with many surfaces, achieved by creating deep cuts into the metal. His Cynnabar Collection was a tribute to Eastern Art. And he released a collection featuring semi-precious gemstones of various colors called Color-Me-Henry. But Dunay is perhaps most famous for his Sabi finish. Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, which emphasizes simple elegance, Dunay’s Sabi motif consisted of finely hand-etched lines in brushed gold that required remarkable precision and skill to create.

Henry Dunay

Over the course of his five decades as a designer and business owner, Dunay has always maintained a focus on beauty, craftsmanship and stone quality. He has said that in creating each one of his stunning one-of-a-kind-designs, he first found the perfect stone and then built the piece around it. Today, Henry Dunay is known for his bold designs, sensuous curves and signature finishes, and has secured his position in history as a designer, artist and innovator the world of fine jewelry.

Henry Dunay

To see our selection of striking Henry Dunay estate designs, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Holiday Gift Guide

Every year, the experts at Eiseman Jewels put together a curated selection of their top gift selections for all the most important people on your holiday shopping list. Read on to find out which pieces made their (very) nice list for 2018.

Gifts For Her

MessikaMessika

Dazzle her with this stunning Messika necklace and bracelet set from the Undine Collection. Set in 18-karat white gold and unlike anything else in her jewelry box, these pieces each feature five cascading rows of breathtaking emerald-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds.

Roberto Demeglio Collection

Roberto Demeglio

Can’t decide between these beautiful Roberto Demeglio Collection ceramic and diamond bracelets and rings? Get them all so she can mix and match!

Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earrings

When in doubt, diamonds are always the way to go. But our brilliant collection of diamond earrings will make it hard to choose.

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Exclusive to Eiseman Jewels, these bracelets from the new Roberto Coin Sauvage Prive Collection, with its bold geometric designs in diamonds and 18-karat gold, will not disappoint.

JB Star

JB Star

Make her holidays exponentially happier with this incredible sparkler from JB Star. This cocktail ring features a 16.98-carat rectangular cushion cut Paraiba Tourmaline and a total of 4.40 carats of diamonds.

Vintage David Webb

David Webb

For the woman who has everything, this vintage David Webb bracelet from the Eiseman Estate Collection will wow even the most discerning recipient. The bracelet — which can also convert into a pin — features diamonds, emeralds and pearls set in platinum.

Exclusive Italian Collection

Italian Collection

She will love this twist on a traditional gold bracelet from our Exclusive Italian Collection, featuring rubies and diamonds in 18-karat rose gold.

Eiseman Fashion Collection

Eiseman Fashion Collection

Who can resist diamonds by the yard? Choose from varying metals and diamond sizes with the Eiseman Fashion Collection.

Jaeger LeCoultre

Jaeger LeCoultre

Make it the most wonderful time of her year with the rose gold Jaeger LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Date featuring a bezel set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

Gifts For Him

L’Epée’s Gaz Derrick

L'Epée

When an ordinary desk clock simply will not do, try an extraordinary one. The L’Epée 1839 limited edition Gaz Derrick clock is one of a very limited run of only 50. Powered by the earth’s energy, the clock’s movement allows for precise timekeeping for up to seven days.

Breitling

Breitling

Watch his eyes light up when you present him with this Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 from Breitling. A favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952, this legendary model stands out with its steel case, black dial with red seconds hand, silver chronograph counters and applied hour markers.

Men’s Accessories

Men's Accessories

Eiseman carries a little something for every man on your list, from an Underwood London watch winder to cufflinks, stretch bracelets and bands available in a variety of metal options.

Ulysse Nardin

Ulysse Nardin

If he’s crazy about timepieces, we have just the thing. The first automatic watch in the Freak Collection, the Freak Vision “Grinder” boasts a super-light silicium balance wheel with nickel mass elements and stabilizing micro-blades and a new platinum case design made even thinner by a box-domed crystal.

Let our experts help you choose the perfect gifts for the VIPs in your life this year. Visit Eiseman Jewels during our special holiday hours at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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.

 

David Webb

Known as “America’s Quintessential Jeweler,” David Webb was a creative visionary whose bold, beautiful statement pieces have been highly sought-after by everyone from socialites to movie stars. Long after his passing, Webb’s legacy continues to make an impact on the jewelry and fashion worlds.

When Webb was just nine years old, he was introduced to metalwork and quickly developed a passion for jewelry-making. He eventually apprenticed at his uncle’s factory, and at 17, he moved from South Carolina to New York City to pursue his craft full-time. At 23, he opened the doors to his flagship store on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue. It would go on to become one of the greatest luxury jewelry houses in America. Just two years later, his jewelry was featured on the cover of Vogue Magazine. And the rest, as they say, is history.

David Webb

Best known for his animal designs, Webb’s jewelry was recognizable for its decorative, bold use of color and impeccable attention to detail. His design influences ranged from his boyhood memories of the South to his explorations of faraway places and ancient cultures. He excelled in his use of yellow gold, diamonds and semi-precious stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life.

David Webb

Webb’s iconic jewelry has been worn by everyone from Hollywood A-listers to American royalty since the brand was founded in the late 1940s. Some of his clients included Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly, Estée Lauder, Lana Turner, Jackie Kennedy and even generations of Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

More recently, you’ll spot stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Eva Mendez, Jennifer Garner and Cameron Diaz wearing Webb’s jewelry to Hollywood parties, award shows and galas.

David Webb Estate at Eiseman Jewels

David Webb

David Webb left behind an incredibly rich and diverse archive of bold, beautiful and intricate jewelry that continues to be treasured by new generations of jewelry enthusiasts. At Eiseman Jewels, we have a stunning collection of vintage David Webb pieces in stock in our Estate Collection. Our current pieces include an eye-catching 18-karat yellow gold, emerald and diamond Tuscan-style cocktail ring, as well as an intricate 18-karat yellow gold grasshopper brooch made with emeralds, diamonds and enamel.

While our customers were once required to visit us at our location in NorthPark Center in Dallas to browse our collection of estate jewelry, we’re happy to announce that you can now conveniently view our Estate Collection online.

Or, if you prefer to view our unique selection of David Webb estate designs — or any other pieces in our Estate Collection — in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

Temple St. Clair

Jewelry is a very personal form of self-expression. A piece of jewelry may celebrate a milestone, remind you of a loved one or represent something else special in your life. Jewelry can be a reflection of our values, beliefs, culture or accomplishments. It is a way we tell the world a little about who we are.

That personal relationship with jewelry is something that designer Temple St. Clair understands intimately. It’s the reason why her iconic amulet has become her signature piece, both in her everyday life and in her jewelry collections.

Temple St. Clair

“My amulets embody and represent the history of our human relationship to jewelry,” St. Clair says. “The transparent yet luminous quality of the rock crystal is chameleon-like, becoming essentially an extension of its owner.”

The Origins of the Temple St. Clair Amulet

The essential Temple St. Clair jewel, the rock crystal amulet, is one of the first pieces the designer ever created and remains her most iconic. Originally inspired by an exhibit of charms and amulets from the personal collection of Lorenzo de’Medici, St. Clair was fascinated by the mysteries and meanings contained in these pocket-sized wearable treasures. It was these exotic jewels that led her to design and create her first amulet out of gold and rock crystal.

Temple St. Clair

Since then, her collection has grown to include 18 iterations of the original — all beautiful, all fashioned from 18-karat gold, but now with the addition of precious gems and stones. There is the vine amulet created for the Diana, goddess of the hunt; there are crystal amulets embraced by royal blue moonstone starfish fit for mermaids; amulets alight with bees, flowers and dragonflies; and cosmic amulets that track the phases of the moon.

Temple St. Clair

“I am endlessly fascinated to see how others choose, wear, and make these amulets their very own,” St. Clair says.

To see our entire collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

authorized dealer

If you’re in the market for a high-end timepiece, it’s important to make your purchase from a reputable authorized dealer. Buying from a manufacturer-authorized retailer ensures that the timepiece you buy is new, genuine and covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, and that all the information you’re given about the timepiece is accurate.

You may be tempted to purchase a discounted watch on what’s called the “gray market” — a store (either online or brick and mortar) that is not an authorized retailer of that particular watch brand. When you buy from an unauthorized dealer, you have no way of knowing when the watch was made and what may have happened to it before it made its way to you.

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An authorized retail channel, on the other hand, works like this: A brand manufactures watches, which are sold to official distributors throughout the world. The distributor then sells the watches to authorized retailers, which sell the watches to retail customers.

When you purchase a luxury timepiece from an authorized dealer, you can trust that you are purchasing a new watch — one that has not been stolen, has a serviceable warranty and runs no risk of being repossessed.

An authorized agent provides:

  • Physical interaction with the timepiece — you can handle and try on the watch before you buy it
  • Easily comparable models/brands
  • Superior customer service and quick answers to questions
  • Coverage of a manufacturer’s warranty
  • Immediate gratification
  • Complementary sizing done correctly with watch purchase
  • Faster after-sales service
  • A personalized buying experience and a relationship with the agent
  • Access to manufacturer-authorized servicing. If you bring a watch purchased from an unauthorized dealer to be serviced by an authorized dealer, they will be unable to service the watch.

How can you tell if you’re working with an authorized dealer? 

authorized dealerThe majority of online dealers are offering grey market pieces. If a watch is offered at a discount you are most likely looking at a grey market timepiece.

The bottom line is: If you’re going to invest in an expensive timepiece, you should do so from a reputable, authorized dealer, like Eiseman Jewels.

To shop our incredible selection of authorized luxury timepieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

pearls

Pearls have come a long way since our grandmothers wore them. From edgy earrings to funky statement rings, today’s artful designs go beyond the standard pearl necklace. The stunning array of different pearl varieties available on the market today — including new colors, styles and shapes — have garnered a whole new generation of pearl fans.

Here’s a look at a few of the reasons why pearls are experiencing a modern renaissance.

Pearl History and Lore

Pearls have captivated the human imagination and functioned as symbols of wealth and status for thousands of years. A Chinese historian recorded the oldest written mention of natural pearls in 2206 BC. Today, they remain treasured gems to be passed down from generation to generation.

In ancient civilizations, pearls symbolized the moon and were believed to hold magical properties. Thousands of years ago, Chinese civilizations thought that wearing pearls protected against fire and dragons. During the Victorian era, small pearls were used in mourning jewelry to symbolize tears. Pearls have also been known to symbolize fertility, loyalty, modesty, chastity, purity and friendship over the years.

Types Of Pearls

South Sea

Some of the most sought-after organic gems on the market, South Sea pearls are coveted due to their impressive size — some are as large as 20 millimeters — and thick nacre, the iridescent outer coating that makes pearls so captivating.

Baroque and Semi-Baroque

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Photo Courtesy of Seaman Schepps.

Baroque pearls are pearls that are irregularly or oddly shaped rather than round. Semi-Baroque pearls are only slightly irregular in shape (oval-shaped, for instance).

Natural

Natural pearls are formed without human intervention and are extremely rare.

Cultured

As opposed to natural pearls, cultured pearls are grown in pearl farms. A technician implants the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus into a mollusk through a delicate surgical procedure. The mollusk is then returned to the water and cared for while the pearl forms.

Freshwater

pearlsFreshwater pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds, predominately in China. They come in a wide range of colors and shapes.

Saltwater

Saltwater pearls are created by oysters in oceans from such places as Thailand, Australia, Indonesia and Tahiti. Saltwater pearls range from 2 to 10 millimeters in size and are usually round and white or cream.

The world’s most popular saltwater pearls are Akoya cultured pearls, which are grown in Japanese and Chinese waters inside Akoya oysters. They come in a variety of colors, from rose and silvery white to cream, gold or bluish grey.

Keshi

Keshi pearls are a shape rather than a type of pearl. They aren’t found in large quantities and are extremely rare. They’re formed when the oyster rejects and spits out the implanted nucleus before the culturing process is complete. The result is a pearl without a nucleus — one that’s 100 percent nacre.

Pearls and Modern Jewelry Production Methods

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Today, computer-aided-design (CAD) 3D modeling allows jewelry designers to see a design in its finished state before the piece is actually made to ensure everything is just right. With CAD, we can design pieces — including custom pearl pieces — specifically to the size of the pearl or gem to increase accuracy and reduce production time and waste. It also gets you, the customer, involved in the design process in a much more intimate way, and that translates to a higher degree of personal expression in the finished custom piece.

For a beautiful selection of pearl jewelry or to inquire about designing your own, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

At Eiseman Jewels, we travel the world to bring you the very best in jewelry and timepieces. And every summer, our travels take us to the luxurious Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, where the Couture show hosts the who’s who in the luxury jewelry and timepiece industry. This is the only venue in the United States to present a curated collection of more than 200 preeminent designers and brands, and more than 4,000 buyers from the world’s most distinguished retailers attend the show each year.

Here are some of the strongest jewelry trends we spotted at this year’s Couture show.

1. Tassels

Our collective fascination with tassels showed no signs of stopping at Couture. They continue to lend effortless flair to earrings, necklaces and bracelets — especially those with an Art Deco influence.

2. Pearls

The recent resurgence of pearls has gone a long way toward shedding this jewelry staple’s prim-and-proper reputation. There are a ton of artful designs that bring this classic into the modern age.

3. Pastels

A palette of soft, delicate hues such as light blues, greens and pinks was everywhere at the show. Even if you’re not big into pastels, you can rock this trend with a big pink cocktail ring.

4. Fan-Shaped Earrings

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Fan-shaped jewelry, like these from Sutra Jewels, was another huge trend we saw at the show. Earrings make a natural fit for fan shapes, which can be quite dramatic when strands of stones hang from them.

5. Engagement Ring Trends

The Solitaire

The epitome of simplicity and sophistication, the classic solitaire continues to be a popular choice, regardless of the shape of the center diamond. Instead of spending a majority of the budget on the ring itself, many brides are opting to place all of the emphasis on the star of the show: the center diamond.

The Three-Stone Ring

A three-stone engagement ring features a (usually larger) center diamond framed by two perfectly matched side diamonds. The most classic three-stone engagement rings feature round brilliant diamonds, but this durable, long-wearing style looks beautiful with any diamond shape, metal or setting.

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