What’s The Difference …

… between Precious/Semi-precious, Natural/Synthetic, and Simulants/Imitations? Gemstones have been categorized as “Precious” or Semi-precious” since the 1800s. So what’s the difference? “Precious” was reserved for four types of gems:  diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.  All others were considered “Semi-precious”. “Semi-precious” stones would include:  agate, amber, amethyst, aquamarine, aventurine, chalcedony, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, citrine, garnet, hematite, jade, jasper, jet, kunzite, lapis lazuli, malachite, moonstone, obsidian, onyx, peridot, rhodonite, sunstone, tiger’s eye, tanzanite, topaz, turquoise, tourmaline…, and the list goes on. Separating gemstones into categories implies that precious stones are worth more than semi-precious stones.  Although this can be true, it is often misleading as … Read more >

The Best Color to Wear …

Ever wondered what you should wear for important dates? I’ve got a few tips. What to wear to an interview. Black was called “serious and reliable” and thought to be the most confident color.  So … pull out the noir when you’ve got a job interview or important meeting with the boss. The Best Color to Wear on a First Date. Consider making bold firetruck red your go-to date night color: 56% of men said it was their top choice of color on a female so until you get to know the dude, there’s a high probability he’ll dig your outfit. The … Read more >

The Colors You’ll be Wearing This Year

What are the colors you’ll be wearing this year? These 10 colors move toward more calming shades with a pop of contrasting primaries. Rose Quartz Peach Echo   Snorkel Blue   Serenity Buttercup Limpet Shell Lilac Gray Fiesta Iced Coffee Green Flash     Remember, all colors are not created equally. Rose Quartz is the number one shade designers are using in Spring 2018 collections. Peach Echo, Serenity, Snorkel Blue, and Buttercup round out the rest of the top five. Serenity is a calming color, playing to the whole idea that we know we’re still living in turbulent times. Buttercup … Read more >

What Do The Experts Say

Summer Color Trends Bright, Bold, and Beautiful  What better way to describe the color palette for Spring 2018 than to identify the Summer Color Trends? From deep hues to delicate pastels, these are the colors we’ll see trending in wardrobe and accessory fashion this spring. Sorry, guys, but black didn’t make the list as one of the must-have colors in this year’s wardrobe.  Instead, the choices lean toward bright shades like yellow, violet and green and soft hues of lavender, aqua, and blue.  Before you start to panic, neutrals are still popular (for those who fear a little color in … Read more >