Wearable Art

Jewelry to me is the true definition of wearable art. There is so much to appreciate within a single article of jewelry. The noble metals and gems that are given to us through Mother nature and the way that mere man has molded those gifts into an item to adorn ourselves with, equals a true ingenuitive art form. But being ascetically pleasing or beautiful is in the eye of the beholder, even in the jewelry realm. I want to showcase a few items this week that speak to my artistic soul. Along the way maybe you could explore our store and find an art piece that speaks to you…

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This emerald and diamond necklace has a feminine, dainty elegance to it that seems to transcend any modern trend or style. Certain pieces could be showcased in any generation and be found beautiful and this necklace is all that to me! Emeralds are a precious gemstone that have been in demand since Biblical times and diamonds are one of the most sought after minerals known to man. The repeating pattern of the shapes and the delicate size gives this piece a balance that resonates with my jewelry soul.

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This natural ruby and diamond statement ring has a starburst effect that radiates light and drama. Rubies like this one have been cut by a master stonecutter with a step cut that gives it a refractive index that bends the light from inside the gem’s depths right into your eyes. The purple-ish red color makes for a pure deep red saturation that actually complements most skin tones and wardrobe color choices. To show off the magnificent ruby, the diamonds are set in a halo around the stone with rounds and tapered baguettes shapes.

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Watermelon tourmaline is one of my favorite gemstone miracles. To have two vibrant colors in one gem is nothing short of miraculous in my book. The subtle transition of color, the skill in which it took to cut a gemstone to master this phenomenon, the parallels of an organic gemstone to a delicious fruit found in our farmer’s fields ~ all together just makes me smile. And again, diamonds are used as an instrument to accentuate the beauty of the main centerpiece stone.

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This piece has an interesting artistic appeal to me because of the textures and form. The individual links have a rope like finish that is set off with simple polished areas that in contrast give an elegant dimension that can’t help but be looked at. I suppose this is why it is referred to as a “statement bracelet”. Whether it was handmade or crafted by a machine, the fact that we can take small flecks, chunks or powder of gold found naturally and form it into this creation is ART!

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This ring embodies the true beauty of minimal jewelry. I think of minimal jewelry as still “sparkly” and pretty but there is a simplistic, easy-on-the-eyes type of beauty that it gives off. The clean lines of the emerald cut and baguette cut diamonds leave a complete feeling in my artist eye. Nothing is out of place or too funky, it is the equivalent of looking at Crystal Lake in Michigan. It just has a tranquil feeling that everything is right in the world.

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Now I could not complete a blog about artistic jewelry without an abstract, handmade, unique piece such as this beauty. This piece is what most people would call “jewelry art”. It has unique gemstones that by themselves have an artistic element to them. Rutilated quartz and opal have internal colors and strong amplifiers that make them special. Along with those elements this piece also has freeform shapes even including a trillion cut diamond that is considered a “fancy” cut in the diamond world. Even this piece speaks to my creative side.

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The Bachelorette ~ JoJo Jewelry & Styling Tips

Yes, I am the basic girl that gets my comfy pants on, big wine glass filled up, and tunes in to ABC on Monday nights to watch my girl JoJo seek out true love. I guess it could be that all the drama is made up by a mastermind producer, but I watch because I think JoJo is just effortlessly charming and beautiful. Effortless ~ that is definitely how I would describe her and her jewelry wardrobe styling. She is like those Instagram girls that just happen to have the right color nail polish on to match all the right accessories, have the right lighting to make their hair look like the sun was just shining down on them, have their makeup perfectly executed and all of that in one tiny photo for you to double tap. How do they do it? It’s all about the styling! Now you could just go out and purchase the exact jewelry that JoJo wore last Monday night or you can find your own pieces that speak to you and pull off the same kind of look. I encourage originality and individuality. Be you! I hope you can take a few helpful hints from this blog and hit the ground running in search of your own signature pieces to make others notice YOUR style!

1) The perfect statement earrings

First off, JoJo rarely wears her hair up. From a girl who also prefers to have my tresses “free to be breezy”, I am always searching for the earrings that can make a statement even amongst my long brunette hair (which may or may not have some JoJo inspired balayage highlights :o) When you see our lovely bachelorette wear a plunging neckline on rose ceremony night you also see a fabulous pair of plunging, long earrings to match. I absolutely love this look. The long dangle accentuates the neckline while elongating your neck and can still hold their own with your hair worn down. Check out a few of these types of earrings from our Etsy store…

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2) The bold ring

Ok, you only usually notice the bold ring when JoJo is holding the guys’ face while their kissing but still, I love the bold rings! If you’re like me and often talk with your hands you might as well give everyone something pretty to look at while your gesturing about. The bold ring comes in many shapes and styles. Pick one that has a color you love, a shape you like, or even one that tells a story.  Maybe it is your birthstone, a color that reminds you of your favorite season, or even a good luck charm that you always wear when you are up against a challenge. Check out a few of my favorites from our Etsy store…

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3) The lariat or long dainty necklace

The lariat is quickly becoming on the rise again because of its alluring style. JoJo’s stylist has put her in these designs often but also likes to layer other dainty necklaces for a very feminine look. Either way, bringing a touch of sparkle to your decollete is never a bad idea. Check out a few of these “dainties” that could be layered or worn alone…

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4) The eye-catching bracelet

Bracelets are also fun to play up your look any time day or night. JoJo has been spotted wearing an eye-catching bracelet in a hot tub, at a dinner, and dressed up. You can always say “yes” to bracelets. I personally like that her stylist just selects one large cuff or polished bracelet at a time. It showcases the bracelet while not overshadowing the rest of your jewelry or outfit. These are a few of our fabulous bracelets that could do just that for you…

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5) Multiple minimal rings on one hand

Gone are the days where you just wear one ring per hand. Style is so versatile now that you can pretty much go with whatever floats your boat. If you are a little concerned about looking too tacky try this tip from JoJo stylist: Wear one bold ring like I mentioned before and wear a tiny band on another finger. This adds a slight Bohemian feel while still being classy. These minimal bands would do the trick…

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I hope these tips will help you achieve that effortless look that we all love about JoJo. If you need any more styling tips, our friendly jewelry professionals are standing by to assist you. Keep on enjoying your Monday night guilty pleasure and here’s hoping that JoJo finds her true love!

Affordable Jewelry Through Oaks Boutique

There are many stages in life when you need and want to buy a piece of jewelry but just can’t quite afford the sticker price. Whether you are a teenager wanting to give your girlfriend a promise ring, or a new mom just wanting something to make herself feel pretty, or one of our men folk who want to buy some new sparkle for their wives, or those who may have lost their wedding ring but really can’t afford to replace it, we all know that life is just expensive and it is hard to squeeze in a jewelry purchase sometimes. Making end’s meet and trying to still live a little and enjoy the fruits of your hard work is something most people struggle with. Our boutique understands that! Not only do we offer antique, vintage, and unique jewelry at a below retail price, we offer other ways for you to have a special keepsake without having to mortgage your house or spend all your kids’ college funds. First off, I want to showcase a few of our many pieces we have to offer that are affordable, beautiful, and special. Towards the end of the blog this week I will go into detail about what our boutique offers to help get you that lovely piece that you have had your eye on.

Promise Rings:

We know there are guys out there who want something sweet to give their lady but still have some obstacles to jump over before going all out for the engagement ring. Maybe you still have to finish college, or you are waiting on that promotion, or you are working day and night to save for the BIG ring but still want to give your sweetheart a memento from your heart, we have you covered. This dainty, heart shaped, genuine amethyst ring is crafted from solid yellow gold and even has some tiny natural diamond accents as well. It is an affordable ring that is still a precious metal, natural gemstone, and untreated diamonds. Even though this may be the ring before the RING, it can and will be something that your girlfriend will always be able to cherish.

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This little beauty is another option for a promise ring. Natural diamonds and 10K yellow gold make up this lovely and modern ring that could easily be worn and enjoyed for years to come. This ring has a dainty elegance and with the diamonds being set low to the finger it is also a very practical choice for your love to be able to wear everyday. Let her know she has your heart by putting a heart on her finger. :o)

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Diamond Heart Promise Ring $99 Click Here to View Listing

 

Just a little something new:

Whenever I want to spruce up my look or just want a new accessory that will really stand out and get noticed, I get new earrings. Now as a fashion diva I have fallen into the trap of buying those “wear two times and then they’re green” earrings. I am always disappointed that not only did I waste my money on something not of value but then I’m still left wanting something new. With a pair of real gold earrings you will never have them turn colors, make your ears hurt, or have to throw them away. Gold earrings are the way to go! Hoops are my personal all time favorite. Not only are they classic and timeless but they virtually look good on any face shape, any hair length, and with any outfit. Check out a few of these….

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Gold Hoops $129 Click Here to View Listing

 

Just because gift:

Back to our guys. If you are married you are probably aware that your wives still want jewelry! It’s in our DNA (most of us anyway). New sparkle is always welcome! Here are a few options to surprise her with. Trust me, she will absolutely love to get a small, wrapped jewelry box with a gorgeous piece that you picked out!

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Diamond Necklace $79 Click Here to View Listing

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Created Pink Sapphire Necklace $129 Click Here to View Listing

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Lovely Pearl Ring $129 Click Here to View Listing

 

Replacing a wedding set or band:

Your worst fear happens….you lose the ring that your love got down on one knee and asked for forever with. It’s horrible and shocking and will take time to get over. If you have searched and searched but to no avail, we are here to help. We may not be able to give you back that sentimental value of your original ring but we can help you pick something affordable that will be part of new memories with you and your hubby. Check out a few of these bridal sets and bands that we have to offer:

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Diamond Bridal Set $379 Click Here to View Listing

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Diamond Bridal Set $1,239 Click Here to View Listing

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Vintage Bridal Set $1,999 Click Here to View Listing

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Classic Gold Wedding Band $99 Click Here to View Listing

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Classic White Gold Men’s Wedding Band $139 Click Here to View Listing

Now as promised, I want to tell you about some other exciting ways that Oaks Boutique has made it affordable for you to get the pieces you love. Right now we are offering 20% off of our already amazing prices just for you reading our blog!!! Just use the code: APPRECIATION20 at checkout to receive your discount. But that’s not all!!! We offer FEE FREE LAYAWAY~ This free payment plan can help you spread out payments without the added fees of credit cards or finance charges. We are even offering FREE Priority shipping and FREE upgraded gift wrapping for all of our layaway clients. If you see something that you love in our Etsy store please do not hesitate to message us directly to get details about our awesome layaway. We would love to work with you!!!

July Birthstone ~ Ruby

When I think about July, I think hot summer days, Fourth of July celebrations, ketchup on hotdogs, watermelon slices, and RUBIES! Ruby is the well known birthstone for the month of July. Most of us know what rubies look like. We even use the word “ruby red” to describe Dorothy’s slippers in The Wizard of Oz. The word ruby automatically brings a certain color to mind. Rubies are also one of the most expensive precious stones on the market. The most desirable color is a blue-ish red that is called “pigeon’s blood”. Another interesting fact is that sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red they are called rubies. This amazing gemstone has the same mineral, “corundum” which ranks pretty high on the hardness chart for endurance and longevity. For centenaries these prized jewels have been in treasure chests, royal crowns, and all kinds of jewelry. From Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and even the Victorian time periods, rubies have been sought after and desired in jewelry accessories. Because of the color, red spinels have been mistaken for rubies in the past and a lot of “rubies” in British crown jewels are actually spinels. Like many gemstones in the recent past, there are many synthetics out there to meet the desire for one of creations finest gems. Often synthetics will look “eye clean” or will not have any internal inclusions in them whereas naturals will have some. Inclusions in rubies are not necessarily a bad thing. Just think of them as the earth’s hallmark on its rare work of art.

Other random interesting facts about July’s birthstone:

~Ruby is used to celebrate the 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries.

~Ruby has an assigned day of the week, Tuesday, hence the Rollings Stones’ song “Ruby Tuesday”.

~Ruby is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto.

~The most expensive ruby, “The Hope Ruby”, was sold for $6.75 million. It weighed 32.08 carats and was a cushion-cut.

~Rubies also have a famous scientific use ~ artificial ruby crystals were used for the first lasers.

Owning rubies are easy! To clean, you don’t have to use anything special. Just some dish soap and a soft cloth will do the trick. Let us help you find a new ruby for your jewelry wardrobe. For the month of July we are offering 20% off of our lovely ruby inventory. Just use the coupon code “APPRECIATION20” at checkout. If you need any help learning more about the rubies we have to offer or any of our gemstone pieces, our GIA Accredited Jewelry Professionals are ready to assist! Check out some of these beauties available in our Etsy store…

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