Jewelry Tips

The History of Wedding Rings

Today, wedding rings are almost universally accepted and expected as signs of marriage and unity. Also as a sign of promise, the circle of a ring is never ending and metaphorically the symbol makes sense. But who started it? Some believe that in Egypt, natural plant materials were worn as decorative rings. However, it is … Read more

Watch Wednesday: Watches to Watch Out for in 2015

Watch Wednesday- Vanity Fair’s Daisy Shaw shares some watches from S.I.H.H in Geneva and Baselworld. Keep an eye out for these beauties! 1. Best Looking Hermès, Slim d’Hermès 2. Best Bet Rolex, Day-Date 3. Best New Shape Cartier, Clé de Cartier 4. Best Secret Watch Harry Winston, the Jeweler’s Secret 5. Best Sport Watch Tudor, North Flag 6. Best … Read more

Happy May Birthday! – Emeralds

Emeralds are part of the beryl family of minerals (along with Aquamarines) and get their color from chromium or vanadium. Most emeralds today are mined in Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistan, and Zambia. Emeralds are usually very included and a clear emerald may be worth much more than a diamond of the same size. They are usually … Read more

Harper’s Bazaar’s Best Jewelry Trends for Spring 2015

Here is Spring 2015’s Top Jewelry Trends to look out for according to Harper’s Bazaar : “Askew Crew” Single earrings or mismatched earrings. Wearing two different earrings or asymmetrical earrings is a trend this spring. “Top Brass” Brass and bright yellow gold are popular for jewelry and accessories as seen by Lanvin, and Valentino. “Choke Hold” Bold … Read more

Black Opal Wins JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award

About Style shares JCK’s Jeweler’s Choice Awards pick for 2015. Omni Prive has taken the 2015 Grand Prize for a black opal ring. 4.33 carat Lightning Ridge Black opal is the stunning center of this piece and although all the entries are judged as retail items, this “Best Ring Design over $10,000” doesn’t come cheap. Adorned with two tsavorite … Read more

Vintage Jewelry Terms

Everyone loves vintage jewelry, but when it comes to describing pieces, it’s difficult without knowing the right terms. We covered the different eras of Antique, Vintage, and Estate jewelry in this blog. Now we can look into different features of vintage jewelry as described by : Camphor glass usually dates to the 1920’s and we see it … Read more

Elizabeth Taylor’s “Taj Mahal” Diamond Controversy

Elizabeth Taylor was known for her beauty and presence on screen, and also for her staggering love of jewelry. She wrote the book “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry” and amassed an collection estimated at a stunning $30 Million. Her diamond pendant known as the “Taj Mahal” has caused some controversy, as the anonymous buyer … Read more

Hawaii Estate and Jewelry Buyers partners with Make A Wish

Make A Wish Hawaii : The Hawaii Jewelers Association(HJA ) has partnered with  Make-A-Wish Hawaii  after selecting the local nonprofit as their charity of choice, involving the association’s statewide members with the Make-A-Wish mission.   The HJA, under the new leadership of co-executive directors Sophia Makaimoku-Young and Bernard Nunies, is an affiliate of  Jewelers for Children , an international organization dedicated to uniting charitable giving efforts of the … Read more

What is the Difference Between Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry? explores Jewelry and answers the question: What is the difference between Antique, Vintage, and Estate jewelry? How can all “pre-owned” jewelry be estate but not all vintage? About Style sums it up like this: beginning of time – 1920’s : Antique beginning of time – 1980’s : Vintage beginning of time – 2010ish: Estate … Read more

Gold Price Forecast for 2015

  Lucky we live Hawaii – far from the bullishness of Wall Street. But though we are miles apart, our islands are directly affected by the state of the U.S. financial market. In the aftermath of the 2010 financial crisis, the popularity of gold peaked. Stocks, savings accounts, and other interest-building investments dropped in value, … Read more

The Value of Tradition in Ni’ihau Shell Leis

  There are eight major islands in the Hawaiian Island chain: Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Oahu, Molokai, Kahoolawe, and Niihau. Each island offers a unique feature or quality, which helps it to stand out and distinguish itself amongst the rest. But one of the most interesting is the island of Niihau – a private … Read more

The Hallmark of a Great Piece of Jewelry

Whether you want to buy or sell a piece of jewelry, the first step in figuring out its value is to identify what it is, when and where it was made, and by whom. A maker’s mark can help but if jewelry has hallmarks, this process is almost foolproof.   There is a common misunderstanding … Read more