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Custom Studio: The Best Jewelry App for Our Customers

We are excited to announce the addition of another great tool to Dale Robertson Jewelry’s tool chest. Custom Studio’s innovative jewelry app is delivering a high-tech revolution as our customers enjoy easily creating custom jewelry at the tip of their fingers, and, it’s FREE! The industry’s best jewelry app allows our customers to design or redesign pieces to their own specifications, creating exactly the piece desired by downloading the app on their laptop or mobile device.

There’s nothing on the market like Dale Robertson Jewelry’s Custom Studio app, offered in partnership with a leading diamond importer/jewelry manufacturer based near Atlanta. The app’s Edit button makes designing fun and simple even for a jewelry novice. It’s as easy as connecting with our store, who links the consumer’s device to the app. From there, you can play with your choice of thousands of designs or even designs discovered and downloaded from the Internet.

With a click of a button, the “designer” chooses among many colors, stone shapes, shanks, halos and metal fillers, clicking and dragging elements onto the image of a ring, pendant, bracelet or earrings. You can even draw on the design, inserting engraving or their own handwriting.
With the Share button, you can take a piece you’ve created and share it with friends and family for reaction and input. The Share button is useful for us as well as we can send brilliant, high-res images with SKU number to you.

Other features include an Appointment button, allowing you to set up in-store appointments directly through Dale Robertson Jewelry’s Custom Studio. The app, when used in our store, also creates a universal, shared communication portal with store employees picking up messages and responding without delay.
The internal message system within the app links the retailer to customers, providing direct communication and collaboration.
To learn more about the app, visit www.customstudiousa.com., or connect with the app at https://tinyurl.com/ydanadv7. Register your app using code 5900.

The top engagement ring trends for 2018 revealed

If you’re hoping your significant other will pop the question soon, then you might want to point them this way.

Pinterest has released its 2018 Wedding Report and it appears unique engagement rings are back in fashion.

More brides-to-be are ditching diamonds and opting for unusual stones and art deco rings. According to Pinterest the three types of engagement rings that are trending are makes getting down on one knee a little more stress-free.

The top engagement ring trends for 2018 have been announced by Pinterest (stock image)

Images of moissanite (synthetic) gems have increased by 294 per cent in popularity on Pinterest, art deco rings have gone up by 173 per cent and oval stones have risen by 125 per cent by people pinning them on the social media platform.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, Grant Mobley, said that oval rings were proving to be the ”it’ shape this year.

‘The most recent standout diamond shape has certainly been the oval, and it’s predicted to continue to gain popularity through 2018,’ Grant said.

Art deco rings have are trending up by 173 per cent on Pinterest (stock image)

If you’re looking to channel the shape of the season, Grant said it’s all about the oval-shaped ring, which can be seen on the likes of Blake Lively (pictured)

Just a few celebrities who have been spotted with oval diamond engagement rings are Blake Lively, Kirsten Dunst, Serena Williams and Ashley Greene.

‘What many don’t realise is that elongated diamond cuts such as the oval usually appeal larger next to the same size round, or square cut diamond.

‘This size illusion makes a great choice for an everlasting investment.’

Grant also said three-stone rings were having a moment, thanks to royal-to-be Meghan Markle.

Speaking to FEMAIL, the gemologist and Director at Pluczenik, Grant Mobley (pictured), has shared the top engagement ring trends for 2018.

‘Three stone rings have been around for a long time, but their popularity has increased following some high-profile engagements such as Meghan Markle (pictured),’ Grant explained

He said this style of ring was a classic and would never go out of fashion.

‘Three stone rings have been around for a long time, but their popularity has significantly increased following some high-profile engagements such as Meghan Markle,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Meghan’s gorgeous three stone engagement ring has a cushion shape centre diamond, and side diamonds from the late Princess Diana – the ultimate family heirloom.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the gemologist, three stone rings are ‘an amazing option because their design possibilities are endless – diamond shapes and colour can be any combination you like’ (pictured: Meghan Markle with Prince Harry)

Consider this your perfect ring choice if you’ve got an heirloom in the family, and haven’t found a home for it yet (pictured: Meghan Markle)

According to the gemologist, the three stone rings are an ‘amazing option because their design possibilities are endless – diamond shapes and colour can be any combination you like, making this a true classic option’.

Consider this your perfect ring choice if you’ve got an heirloom in the family, and haven’t found a home for it yet.

 

Ashley Greene (pictured) also wears an oval-shaped engagement ring.

By Sophie Haslett and Sheree Mutton For Daily Mail Australia

What’s Trending for 2016, part 2

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Every year around the end of May and beginning of June, thousands of jewelry manufacturers and retailers gather for three days to determine what you’ll buy in the coming months and season. It is overwhelming and intense. There’s so much to see and to choose from. And, there’s so much at stake. If a design is chosen and the consumer doesn’t like it, the jeweler takes a financial hit. If the design is a hit and the jeweler hasn’t ordered enough, they risk losing customers. If the jeweler didn’t buy into the design, they’ll lose business and customers. It’s not as easy as one might think.

Here’s a list of jewelry consumers love for 2016, so far.

  • Social media and influencers are helping to drive trends.

While posting on social media sights are thought to drive some trends, it’s the “influencers” – bloggers and popular Instagram users who are focusing on style and fashion – have something to do with what brides are looking for. Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram have great impact on what’s trending.

  • The average engagement ring price is about $6000.00

A survey from The Knot last year found the average price of an engagement ring is about $6000.00. The average price of a loose diamond from an independent of chain store will be about the same. When you add in a branded ring for a special look or a custom, most couple will pay a little for that value, driving prices upward.

What’s trending for 2016

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Every year around the end of May and beginning of June, thousands of jewelry manufacturers and retailers gather for three days to determine what you’ll buy in the coming months and season. It is overwhelming and intense. There’s so much to see and to choose from. And, there’s so much at stake. If a design is chosen and the consumer doesn’t like it, the jeweler takes a financial hit. If the design is a hit and the jeweler hasn’t ordered enough, they risk losing customers. If the jeweler didn’t buy into the design, they’ll lose business and customers. It’s not as easy as one might think.

Here’s a list of jewelry consumers love for 2016, so far.

  • Consumers want something different, unique or custom.

Cluster rings (think of the Cocktail Ring with multiple diamonds or gemstones) have been hard for some stores to keep in stock.

Jewelry that carries a story is more important now than ever! Your jewelry can have a family history like maybe a diamond that was worn by a loved one. Or, how the groom chose the center gemstone and designed the rest of the ring with the help of the jeweler and friends. These stories have been shared on social media for others to enjoy and be a part of.

Round shaped diamonds continue to dominate by making up about two thirds of the sales. Princess shaped diamonds are second in popularity, but are losing market share. Fancy shaped diamonds  still make up a small part of the market but Radiant shaped and pear shaped diamonds are on the rise.

 

Check back for more trends.

Emeralds – May’s Birthstone

The ancient Egyptians mined emeralds nearly 4,000 years ago, and Cleopatraemerald was an avid collector. South America’s rich bounty of emeralds was discovered by16th Century Spanish explorers who found large emeralds in the possession of the Aztecs and Incas. Believed by the ancients to empower the owner with
foresight into the future, emerald is regarded as an amulet for good fortune Emerald, to many, symbolizes rebirth and the abundance of the life force. The rich green hue brings to mind the regeneration of life in spring and hope of new possibilities. Emerald is the birthstone for May and a talisman for Gemini.

Spring can also be seen in the network of inclusions in the depth of the emerald that the French call the jardin, or garden, because it resembles foliage. The inclusions are like a fingerprint, giving each emerald a distinct personality and distinguishing them as truly natural gemstones.

Today, most of the world’s emeralds are mined in Colombia, Brazil and Zambia. Emeralds can be cut in a variety of different shapes, ranging from the traditional rectangular step-cut, known as the “emerald cut,” to rounds, ovals, squares and cabochons.

Early gemstone merchants sought to purify the transparency of their emeralds by immersing them in clear oils or paraffin. They found that clear oils and waxes rendered surface fissures less visible to the eye. Today, we have many sophisticated technologies with which to clarity-enhance emeralds. In addition to the oils and waxes of ancient methods, we now use clear resins to penetrate the open fissures surfacing in the stones. Hardeners are often added to solidify these liquids. This step prevents the resin from evaporating, thus making the clarity enhancement more permanent than oiling or waxing the gem.

Although emerald itself is quite durable, the garden of inclusions may make individual gems vulnerable to damage if
handled roughly. Dale Robertson Jewelry can help you with care and cleaning all your jewelry.

2016 Engagement Ring Trends

You want to propose – maybe this Christmas or on Valentine’s Day, and you’re on the hunt for the perfect engagement ring. Display windows are filled with so many choices that you’re experiencing sensory overload. Have no fear: we’re going to make picking the ring of her dreams a little easier for you.

Just like new car models come out every fall, new engagement ring styles tend to debut in the spring and summer. So we’ve done some advance work, walking trade show floors and scouring social media to find styles that are trending. Take a look at what we’ve discovered, and maybe you’ll spot the perfect ring for your bride-to-be.

Floral Motifs

Flowers have long been used as tokens of romantic love. Floral-themed jewelry extends the timeless tradition to the finger. Not surprisingly, we’ve been seeing engagement rings that capture the delicate beauty of the flower.

Floral ring. Erika Winters Fine Jewelry

Antique Rings

Antique engagement rings are in, and particularly suited to those looking for something out of the ordinary. This mid-Victorian (circa 1850 – 1870) will flatter the finger of any new bride. It also has a timeless beauty that says, “Our love will last against the passing years.”

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Colored Center Stones

The diamond is the undeniable queen of the engagement ring. But colored stones have been tugging at her gown for a good few years. The trend still continues, with some brides opting for colored stones instead of diamonds.

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Split Shanks

Rings with split shanks are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. Perhaps it’s because the single shank has been in style for so long. Perhaps the split shank offers a larger palette for designers to add touches of elegant detail. Whatever the reason, it’s popular with brides-to-be.

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Stack It

Look at pictures from any red carpet event, and you’ll see that stackable rings are hot. The style has now spilled into the bridal category.

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Mixed Metals

Engagement rings featuring a halo mounting (a center stone encircled by smaller diamonds) have become a classic. Inventive designers are now playing with the design by using two different metals in the ring.

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Pear Shaped Diamonds

Pear-shaped diamonds are en vogue. They are a charming alternative to the ever-popular round brilliant. They can be stunning.

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Some social media outlets are touting that engagement rings with mixed-metal prongs and square bands are trending. We haven’t seen this, but that doesn’t mean these rings aren’t beautiful or fashionable choices.

Round Brilliant Diamond

Of course, you can always buck the trends and opt for the iconic round brilliant diamond mounted in a six-prong setting.  Simple, classic, and the ultimate way to showcase the beauty of diamond, you can be sure this style won’t go out of style any time soon.

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Now that you know what’s trending in engagement rings, you might be able to narrow down your choices.  Have no fear – the ring of her dreams is out there, just waiting to be found. Your treasure hunt can end at Dale Robertson Jewelry where I have designs like these for every taste, desire and budget. #wheretruelovegetsengaged

Source: GIA 4 C’s Blog

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