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  • Designer Line: Armenta

    The desire to design jewelry came from Armenta’s imagination as a child when learning about gemstones. As she got older her strong creative impulses grew as well, driving her imagination wild with the expressiveness that can be revealed through jewelry. Continue reading

  • September Birthstone: Sapphire

    JFA sapphire and diamond rings

    Sapphire comes from the Greek word for blue, sappheiros , and this gem provides the most beautiful blues of the gem kingdom. The ancient Persians believed the earth rests on a giant sapphire. Its reflection, they said, made the sky blue.
    Sapphire is the original “true blue”: the gem of fidelity and of the soul. In ancient times, a gift of a sapphire was a pledge of trust, honesty, purity, and loyalty. This tradition makes sapphire a popular choice for engagement rings.

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  • Designer Line: OMI Privé

    The core of every Omi Privé fine jewelry piece lies within the colored gemstone it reveals. The grandeur and the focal point, each gem is resonant of the past. We believe that every individual today has the ability to connect with a stone. In its essence, each gemstone is a living treasure from nature that should speak to the viewer. It is our determination to bring the stones to life through the jewelry in which they are presented.
    Gemstones are among the earth’s greatest rarities. The love of stones is in our blood; it is a part of who we are, and showcases where we are destined. We purvey hidden parts of the world to source the jewels that inspire great design. Every Omi Privé piece reveals our connection to nature. Each gem is a rarity and an exclusive insight to millions of year past. An Omi Privé gemstone is natural, valuable, and exceptional. Continue reading

  • August Birthstone: Peridot

    JFA peridot and diamond earrings

    The fresh lime green of peridot is its distinctive signature. The color of most gems is caused by traces of other elements but the color of peridot is an integral part of its structure. If you love citrus tones or earth tones, you'll find that peridot is an integral part of your jewelry wardrobe. Its spring green color also is ideal with sky blue.

    The beauty of peridot, the gem form of the mineral olivine, is a result of extreme conditions. Peridot is found in the rocks created by volcanoes and even in meteors that fall to earth. A few samples of extraterrestrial peridot have even been faceted into gems. Peridot is formed deep within the earth under tremendous heat and pressure.

    Peridot is treasured in Hawaii as the goddess Pele's tears. The island of Oahu even has beaches made out of tiny grains of peridot. Although Hawaii's volcanoes have produced some peridot large enough to be cut into gems, virtually all peridot sold in Hawaii today is from Arizona, another state with extreme geology. Continue reading

  • A Cut Above

    Forevermark sets a shinning example in Botswana that goes well beyond diamonds

    Forevermark loose diamond Forevermark loose diamond

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  • Science of Stones: RUBY

    Oscar Heyman Gold/Platinum Ruby & Diamond Necklace Oscar Heyman Gold/Platinum Ruby & Diamond Necklace

    Photographed for Accessories Almanac by Sally Griffiths.

    There’s a reason red cars feel faster and red dresses command more attention. Red is the color of our most intense emotions: love, anger, passion, and fury. Hence, of all the colored stones, rubies are the most expensive, demanding the highest per-carat price. The word ruby comes from ruber, Latin for red. Early cultures believed rubies held the power of life because of their similarity to blood, and rubies are mentioned four times in the Bible, associated with attributes like beauty and wisdom. Rubies are also one of the cardinal stones (amethyst, sapphire, emerald, and diamonds make up the others), gemstones which have traditionally been considered precious above all others.

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  • Brighter Colors Ahead - Pantone's Pop of Color

    McCaskill & Company is bringing you Pantone's 2017 colors in an array of designers; Louis Glick, Pamela Froman, Erica Courtney, Konstantino and so many more.  Stop in Destin, Florida and check out the top jewelry designers gorgeous and colorful pieces to help brighten your wardrobe!



    PANTONE 17-4123 Niagara

    Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.

    PFFJ_LongOpalEllieRing Pamela Froman "Ellie" Opal and Paraiba Tourmaline Ring

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  • JudeFrances Trunk Show

    JudeFrances and dogThis weekend you will not want to miss our JudeFrances event! Making the weekend even more special, will be a personal appearance with Founder, Jude Steele. Be sure to mark your calendar for our Champagne Reception to meet Jude on Friday, June 23rd from 3:00 until 7:00.
    One look at her designs and you will quickly see how it has become one of our most popular collections. Combining classic elegance with on trend shapes and styles, JudeFrances Jewelry offers something for women of all ages. The endless combinations of the JudeFrances categories including the signature earring hoop and charm concept, stackable gold bangles, long layering chains and pendants, stylish cocktail rings and simple gold stackers, allow the JudeFrances collector to create a style distinct to her.
    Founder Jude Steele uses her unique style and design aesthetic to lead the JudeFrances design team in creating fresh, on trend styles that appeal to a variety of women. Driven by fashion and style, Steele has a knack for staying ahead of trends. This combined with her background as a photographer has given her a keen eye not only in leading the design team but creating new vision for the company as a whole.
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  • How to Wear Jewelry Like Rihanna

    Fashion is an ever-evolving industry that is influenced by time, places and people. But it’s not just governed by designers and models – in terms of the people who inspire change in their field; it’s also determined by those who wear their designs. In doing so, they help transform them by providing their own interpretations of the collections. Perhaps one of the biggest trendsetters in fashion today is pop and RnB sensation Rihanna. She has dominated the charts and has been awarded a multitude of music awards, and in recent years, she has expanded her creative repertoire to become one of the most powerful celebrities in the world.

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  • 27 Inspiring Diamond Facts

    diamond 4Cs1. The word “diamond” comes from the Greek word “adamas,” which means “unconquerable.”

    2. Diamonds are the only product where it says right on TV that they are forever. They are estimated by scientists to be 3.4 billion years old.

    3. A diamond is worn for decades by its first recipient and then passed down to the next generation. They can wear it for decades more, and the diamond will still look exactly like it did the day it was purchased.

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