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This year, Eiseman Jewels proudly served for the fifth time as the Official Jeweler of the Jewel Charity Ball benefiting Cook Children’s Medical Center.

Our yearlong participation culminated on Thursday, November 17 at the annual Jeweler Party, which was held in honor of the 2016 Angels. The theme of the evening was “The Elements of Natural Beauty,” and event designer Bill Robertson transformed the Fort Worth Club into a natural wonderland by combining aspects of nature and fine gems to create a magical journey through the organic world.

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Co-hosted by LegacyTexas, CHUBB and NorthPark Center, the Jeweler Party began with an exclusive reception for Special Angels featuring Dom Pérignon Champagne, courtesy of Moet Hennessy, and a first look at the Eiseman Jewels Collection. As partygoers arrived, they mingled and enjoyed cocktails, delicious fare, fashions from NorthPark Center and a wide variety of jewelry designs, styles and values, including Eiseman’s Estate Collection and luxury Swiss timepiece collection. Featured designers included JB Star, Seaman Schepps, Roberto Demeglio and Goshwara. Eiseman’s latest collections from designers like Sloane Street, Messika of Paris and Gucci were seen for the first time in Fort Worth. For the watch collectors, selections from Cartier, Ulysse Nardin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TUDOR, Audemars Piguet and Louise Moinet were on display.

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On December 10, Eiseman Jewels returned to Fort Worth for the 64th annual Jewel Charity Ball. The evening began with a cocktail reception and shopping time followed by dinner and dancing to finish out the night. The event space was again designed by Bill Robertson, who also created an Eiseman salon in the ballroom of the Fort Worth Convention Center where guests could shop, with proceeds benefiting Cook Children’s.

Currently celebrating its 53rd year, Eiseman Jewels has made giving back to the Dallas-Fort Worth community a priority. “We were truly honored to serve as the Official Jeweler for Jewel Charity. The important work of Jewel Charity and Cook Children’s is near and dear to our hearts,” Richard Eiseman said.

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We look forward to continuing to support Jewel Charity in 2017!

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Finding the perfect holiday gift for that special person in your life can be stressful and confusing. There are so many options, it can be hard to know what to choose.

Luckily for you, the experts at Eiseman Jewels have put together this gift guide to help you delight your loved one this holiday season. 

GIFTS FOR HER

Messika Double Ring

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If you’re looking for a chic piece that she doesn’t already have in her jewelry box, look no further than Messika’s 18-karat white gold Glam’azone ring. This unique piece can be worn two ways: with both rings on one finger or with each ring worn individually.

Lika Behar Gold Hoop Earrings

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These easy-to-wear 24-karat yellow gold Lika Behar hoop earrings will quickly become the shining stars of her everyday jewelry wardrobe.

Tudor Watch

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The Tudor Glamour Date Watch is a go-anywhere, do-anything luxury timepiece that can keep up with a woman’s active lifestyle. It features a black diamond-set dial, steel bracelet and self-winding mechanical movement.

Emerald Cut Engagement Ring

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It’s impossible to go wrong with a recommendation from Richard Eiseman himself. His choice for the gift of the season? This absolutely breathtaking 13.49-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring. The center stone is flanked by two trapezoids cut stones for a total diamond carat weight of 15.29.

Sloane Street Necklace

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Want to profess your love and appreciation with something a little more exotic? Try this 18-karat white gold pendant necklace that features a gorgeous combination of Ethiopian opal beads, apatite beads, black opal, blue opal and triangular crystal opal with a pavé diamond rim.

GIFTS FOR HIM

Drive de Cartier 

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This beautiful Drive de Cartier watch is brought to life by the in-house Cartier Manufacture Movement. Its unique cushion-shaped 18-karat pink gold case, brown semi-matte alligator skin strap and sapphire crystal make it an extraordinary gift with which to celebrate the season. 

Breitling Avenger Hurricane 

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For the man who is bold, adventurous and ready for action, the Breitling Avenger Hurricane is the ideal gift. This robust military timepiece is constructed from a futuristic material called Breitlight®, which is 5.8 times lighter and significantly harder than steel, making it ultra-light and ultra-sturdy. It’s equipped with a military-style 24-hour display, and its all-black look is enhanced by yellow accents and aviation-inspired numerals.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King

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If you’ve got a watch buff in your life, chances are he can’t wait to get his hands on the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Air King. It features a distinctive black dial with large 3, 6 and 9 numerals marking the hours, an Oyster case crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel, and a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. 

Still having trouble selecting the perfect gift from our picks? Don’t fret. Our in-store experts are here to help you find a one-of-a-kind piece to wow any recipient this season. Stop by NorthPark Center in Dallas to visit us at Eiseman Jewels

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When it comes to fine jewelry, diamonds tend to get a lot of attention. But no jewelry collection is complete without a few high-quality colored gemstones — especially the “big three” gems: emeralds, rubies and sapphires.

Believe it or not, very fine gemstones can have a higher per-carat value than diamonds. That’s because they are quite rare and possess remarkable hardness and durability.

Let’s take a look at the rich history behind these three gems and pick up some styling tips from the experts at Eiseman Jewels.

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EMERALDS

Mankind’s love affair with emeralds stretches back thousands of years. In fact, Cleopatra was known to gift emeralds carved with her portrait to her important visitors. According to myth, emeralds bring vitality, fertility and clarity of vision in matters of love and business.

Famous Emeralds

In 1953, John F. Kennedy proposed to his future First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier, with a 2.84-carat emerald and 2.88-carat diamond ring. The unique setting also features daintier baguette diamonds and a yellow gold setting. It is reportedly worth over $1 million.

How to Wear Emeralds

Emeralds are bold stones that generally should be worn alone. The exception is to pair your emeralds with diamonds, which won’t detract from their rich green color. Emeralds can also be worn with other emeralds, but be sure to consider scale when putting together your look. A large emerald cocktail ring worn with a large pair of emerald earrings or a statement necklace can easily look overdone. Instead, opt for a delicate pendant or small-scale earrings to balance your look.

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RUBIES

Coined the King of Gems, the ruby has been considered one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones on Earth for thousands of years. As a symbol of passion, it makes an ideal romantic gift. Rubies are traditionally given for 15th or 40th anniversaries.

Famous Rubies

One of the most famous ruby rings in history is the one given to Elizabeth Taylor by her husband, Richard Burton. Burton presented Taylor with the fabulous 8.24-carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring for Christmas in 1968. After Taylor’s death, the ring sold for over $4 million.

How to Wear Rubies

Ruby rings with smaller stones are perfect for everyday and can easily be worn with other jewelry. Larger stones are perfect for special occasions and look stunning by themselves or when paired with diamonds. Ruby eternity rings and pavé rings have an equally dramatic effect. These styles are a little easier to wear for all occasions without looking over the top. 

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SAPPHIRES

Sapphires are among the most durable naturally occurring elements in the world, scoring a 9 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The only substance found in nature that can scratch a sapphire is a diamond. Sapphire’s durability makes it an excellent choice for engagement rings and other jewelry worn every day.

Famous Sapphires

The most famous royal sapphire is the engagement ring given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981. Their son, Prince William, later slipped that same ring onto Kate Middleton’s finger on their engagement day in 2010. It features an 18-carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.

How to Wear Sapphires

Diamonds and sapphires make for a stunning combination of jewels. While gorgeous on their own, they look even better when worn together, whether in the same piece of jewelry or together in the same suite.

To shop a beautiful selection of emerald, ruby and sapphire jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Jewelry is an investment, and its price tag often reflects that status. But there is a way to get the beautiful, high-quality pieces you desire without taking out a second mortgage. How? Buying pre-owned and/or trading in used items for new. Below are some advantages to coming by your jewelry secondhand.

Value

Buying previously owned pieces is a great way to get beautiful jewelry for the best value. At Eiseman Jewels, we offer fair pricing on pre-owned pieces, meaning you may be able to take home those diamond earrings sooner than you thought!

Vintage Jewelry is In

Jewelry that comes with a history has character that sets it apart from other pieces. It’s often unique and one of a kind.

It Has a Warranty

Every piece of pre-owned jewelry at Eiseman has received a thorough inspection and been lovingly restored to like-new conditions. Plus, CPO watches come with a warranty guaranteeing its quality.

It’s Eco-friendly

Think of buying a recycled diamond as doing the planet a favor. There are plenty of diamonds to go around.

Find a Discontinued Watch

You might think that watch you had your eye on 10 years ago and weren’t able to buy at the time is gone forever. Maybe not. Let our experts work their magic to try and track down that long-lost love.

Trade In What You Don’t Wear

Your taste at 25 or 30 may not be the same at 45 or 50. Instead of keeping that collection of jewelry and watches you never wear stowed away in a jewelry box, turn them into equity on your next purchase. Who knows? You may end up trading something in for a new (or new to you) piece you adore!

The next time you’re at NorthPark Center in Dallas, stop into Eiseman Jewels and take a look at our beautiful selection of estate jewelry.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love being a part of our customers’ love stories. Couples like Natalie and Houston make our work so fulfilling. Natalie was kind enough to share some of the details of her engagement to Houston, as well as their ring shopping experience at Eiseman Jewels.

Was this your first purchase with Eiseman Jewels?

Yes, my engagement ring and our wedding bands were our first purchases from Eiseman.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you and Houston met? 

We met through a mutual friend in the summer of 2012. I grew up in Savannah, Georgia and attended college in Dallas at SMU, while Houston grew up in Dallas and went to the University of Georgia in Athens, so essentially we swapped states.

He moved back to Dallas after graduation and became roommates with a friend of mine. Houston and I quickly became great friends, but we didn’t start dating until a few months later. We both say that being friends before we started dating really was the best foundation for our relationship.

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How did you two select the ring? Did you give Houston any hints about the style you wanted, or did he choose it all on his own? Did anyone specific at Eiseman assist you with your purchase?

Eiseman Jewels was our first stop when we started looking at engagement rings. Richard Eiseman, Jr. was actually the one who picked out the ring I fell in love with. I immediately knew that a round center diamond with two canary half-moon side stones was just what I had been looking for. A few weeks later, I brought up the ring and Houston told me that the diamonds had been sold, which left me heartbroken. But little did I know that it was Houston who bought them!

Richard helped us with the whole process. André worked with Houston to design the setting and ring, which is absolutely gorgeous. And Karen helped find and design our beautiful wedding bands.

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Tell us how he proposed! 

We got engaged on a joint family trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 8, 2015. After having a drink together at the Four Seasons, we decided to take the scenic route home. It was so beautiful. The sun was setting and there was a rainstorm off in the distance. I asked him to slow down so I could take a picture. He said, “No, let’s pull off and take a picture together!” We got out of the car and he started snapping selfies while my back was to him. I turned around and saw that he was on one knee. He said, “I want to spend the rest of my life with you, Natalie. I love you so much. Will you marry me?”

I started crying and I didn’t even wait for him to put the ring on my finger — I grabbed it and put it on myself! Later, I asked him how he was able to replicate the diamonds that I fell in love with at Eiseman, and he said that he was the one who bought them. It was an amazing surprise. We capped off the day with an amazing dinner at our favorite restaurant in Santa Fe to celebrate our engagement!

 

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

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Luxury timepieces are meant to give their owners decades of trouble-free wear. You’ve probably spent a great deal of time and money on your automatic watches, and you may even be looking to pass your luxury timepieces down as heirlooms.

To ensure their efficiency and proper care, it’s vital to keep these timepieces secure in a watch winder when they’re not being worn. A watch winder will secure your investment by keeping your high-end watches safely stored and fully wound.

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Your automatic timepiece is designed to stay fully wound while you are wearing it, but most watches stop running after a day or two of not being worn. A watch winder’s motor is carefully calibrated to mimic the movement of your wrist, which is the optimal way to wind automatic watches. And while each timepiece has different requirements for winding, each winder can be specifically programmed to meet those requirements.

Watches with perpetual calendars or moon phases may be very complicated and time-consuming to reset on a regular basis. A watch winder will practically eliminate the need to readjust the settings on these watches.

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Many models can wind multiple timepieces simultaneously, making them even more useful for those who own more than one automatic timepiece. This means you can have multiple watches ready to be worn at the same time.

Additionally, these timepieces are true works of art, so it’s nice to have a place to display them properly. Many watch winders are showpieces themselves and just as beautiful as the watches they protect.

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The love and care that goes into the creation of a high-end watch should equal the love and care that go into its upkeep. To see our exquisite collection of timepieces, visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Awards season kicked off in high style on Sunday night with the 2016 Emmy Awards. As beautiful as some of the gowns were, they couldn’t hold a candle to the breathtaking jewelry on display.

Here are some of the trends we spotted on this year’s Emmy red carpet.

All the Emmys’ Red Carpet Styles

In a plunging navy blue gown by Jenny Packham with a ruffle detail, paired with Kurt Geiger shoes, a Judith Leiber clutch and Irene Neuwirth jewels.

Beautiful Gemstones

Comedienne Tina Fey matched her jewels to her gown with a pair of stunning 100-carat emerald drop earrings and an emerald and amethyst ring.

Rectify star Abigail Spencer wore one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold earrings set with ocean tanzanite and diamond pavé. She paired the earrings with a one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold ring set with ocean tanzanite and diamond pavé and another one-of-a-kind 18-karat rose gold ring set with a carved pink opal and diamond.

Emmys 2016: Tatiana Maslany wins for Orphan Black (finally)

It only took four seasons, but Tatiana Maslany has finally won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in Orphan Black. From the very debut of the show, Maslany’s work…

Classic Diamonds

Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black and winner of the award for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, wore a double-headed snake ring with pear and round brilliant diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, a two-stone pear cut bypass ring set in 18-karat white gold, and 2.47-carat double diamond line earrings set in 18-karat white gold.

Anika Noni Rose, star of Roots, accessorized her gown with earrings featuring 3.09 carats of radiant cut diamonds and .38 carats of pavé diamonds set in platinum. She also wore two rings featuring 1.92 carats of diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, and a ring featuring a 4.03-carat brilliant diamond and .14 carats of diamonds set in platinum.

The Emmys Red Carpet Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Sofia Vergara in a Sexy Gown

It wouldn’t be a successful Emmy Awards red carpet without a sexy appearance by Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara. Wearing a curve-hugging dress by Atelier Versace paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewels for her sixth Emmys appearance, the Colombian actress, who celebrated her son Manolo’s 25th birthday the night before the award ceremony, walked the red carpet sans husband Joe Manganiello.

Showstoppers

Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra looked like a million bucks in 10-carat diamond and platinum earrings and a 10-carat diamond and platinum emerald cut ring totaling a whopping $1 million. Nominated for her performance the sitcom Black-ish, Tracee Ellis Ross wore one of the most dramatic pairs of earrings seen on the red carpet that night. Her front-facing hoops were set with almost 30 carats of diamonds and just over 16 carats of emeralds.

Sofia Vergara of Modern Family wore cascading diamond icicle earrings and a diamond coil cuff ring, both set in rose gold.

The Full Story Behind Sophie Turner’s Emmys Look

Rebecca Corbin-Murray styled Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner for tonight’s Emmy Awards. At a model-esque 5’9′ and that signature Sansa Stark beauty, it may not Corbin-Murray’s most difficult job to date.

Standout Color

Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner wore an 8.20-carat diamond necklace set in 18-karat yellow gold and drop earrings with 12.96-carat fancy yellow radiant diamonds surrounded by pink micro-pavé and set in 18-karat white gold. She also sported a 10.56-carat fancy yellow diamond ring set in platinum and 18-karat yellow gold and trendy stackable eternity bands set in 18-karat yellow gold.

Sarah Hyland from Modern Family accessorized her unique gown with orange sapphire and diamond rose earrings, a yellow diamond leaf ring and diamond bands.

See the Best Dressed Stars at the 2016 Emmys

In a gold Schiaparelli Haute Couture gown paired with diamond earrings and a statement ring.

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Claire Danes kept it simple but elegant with 4-carat diamond stud earrings set in platinum and a 10.88-carat two-stone diamond ring.

We love taking inspiration from the red carpet when it comes to accessorizing for our own special occasions. Shop your favorite red carpet looks at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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Your jewelry collection is filled with beautiful pieces that mean a great deal to you. That’s why it’s important to take good care of your fine jewelry and have it professionally maintained on a regular basis. Read on to learn how you can assure a long life for your most precious possessions.

Have Your Jewelry Inspected and Cleaned

To keep your jewelry in the best possible condition, start by having it inspected at a jeweler on a regular basis, preferably every 6 to 12 months. The jeweler will check for damage and wear on your settings and perform preventative maintenance as needed. If you notice that a stone in a piece of jewelry is loose, stop wearing the piece until you can bring it in to be inspected. Otherwise, your stone might come completely loose and be lost. Routine preventative maintenance can help provide some peace of mind.

It also makes good hygienic sense to have jewelry that you wear regularly, like your engagement ring and wedding bands, professionally cleaned on a regular basis. This will get rid of any dirt or debris and make your jewelry look brand-new. Schedule your cleanings around the date of your anniversary or birthday — that way, you’ll never forget to have it done.

Store Your Jewelry Properly

When storing your jewelry, be careful not to throw it all together in boxes or bags, which can cause scratches and tangling. Also, refrain from storing different kinds of jewelry together, as this increases the chances of damage. Silver, gold, diamond and pearls should all be stored separately from one another, and necklaces should be hung to prevent kinking and tangling.

Clean Your Jewelry Properly

In between professional cleanings, feel free to clean platinum, gold, and diamond jewelry regularly with any mild jewelry detergent. But take special care with colored gemstones and pearls, which are known for absorbing perfumes, makeup and detergents. Do not soak these gems in jewelry cleaner — they are fragile and can be damaged by chemicals and cleaning solutions. Cleaning these gems is a job best left to the professionals.

Take Special Care of Your Pearls

When dressing, put your pearls on last to avoid spraying them with fragrances and hair care products. Avoid wearing them with other jewelry, such as gold necklaces, as this can scratch the surface of the pearls. If you own a pearl necklace or bracelet, have it restrung as soon as you notice the thread becoming stretched or discolored. To prevent nicks and scratches, store pearls in a jewelry box with an extra-soft interior.

The experts at Eiseman Jewels are always happy to discuss the best ways to care for your jewelry — just visit us at our store at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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At Eiseman Jewels, we love helping couples get the perfect start to their happily ever after with the perfect engagement ring. Deidra and Karl are just one of those happy couples. The two met during their college freshman orientation and recently became engaged after five years of dating. Deidra was kind enough to share their story with us.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you two met?

Our first encounter was during freshman orientation in college, and we crossed paths a few times after that. When the spring semester rolled around, I decided to join the university’s Habitat for Humanity team. One week before a spring break volunteering trip, Karl decided to join as well. We had a lot of time to talk and get to know each other during the trip, and several months later, we started dating.

Tell us a little bit about your engagement. How did he propose? 

Karl proposed during a white elephant gift exchange on Christmas Day. Karl, his family and I all pulled numbers to decide on the gift-giving order, and Karl made sure he got to pick last. He unwrapped his gift and pulled out a small blue box. It wasn’t until he got down on one knee that I finally realized what was happening. I immediately started crying! His parents were in on it from the beginning and even filmed the entire engagement.

I should mention that I almost inadvertently ruined the surprise. On our way to church that morning, Karl was driving and his mom texted him. I grabbed the phone so I could read the text aloud. He quickly reacted and snatched the phone out of my hands. He knew his mom was confirming the plan!

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How did Karl select the ring? Did you give him any hints, or did he choose it all on his own? Who at Eiseman assisted you with your purchase?

Karl originally started looking at rings on his own, but he quickly became overwhelmed and asked me for a general idea of what I wanted. I went into Eiseman Jewels with the sole purpose of finding out my ring size and looking at a few rings.

That’s when I met Heather Cosmono. She took notes on what I liked so that Karl would be comfortable with what he chose. I was intimidated by the cost, but Heather understood our budget and made sure that we got the highest quality stone and ring possible. And I love it! I’m very happy and thankful that Eiseman made that possible for us.

Visit Eiseman at NorthPark Center in Dallas and let us help you choose the most important piece of jewelry for the most important person in your life.

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Just as the histories of art and fashion are defined by distinct stylistic eras, so too is the history of jewelry. Jewelry trends tend to reflect the social and economic changes of the times, which is why vintage and heirloom jewelry pieces make wonderful historical artifacts as well as eye-catching fashion statements.

Let’s take a look at the major periods of modern jewelry history and the historical influences that helped define them.

GEORGIAN ERA

The Georgian era, which is named for George I, II and III of England, stretched from 1714 to 1837. Styles from this time period were typically opulent and regal — in other words, fit for a king. Outlandish men’s fashions were a sign of the times and included bright-colored, tight-fitting clothing, jackets with large lapels, flamboyant hairdos, walking sticks and red high heels — yes, high heels for men.

Georgian jewelry mirrored the lavish styles of the time, and fine jewelry — all of which was painstakingly crafted by hand — was worn almost exclusively by the wealthy during this period. Diamonds were the stone of choice, although jewelers were beginning to experiment with colored gemstones. Short necklaces, chokers, cameos, brooches and lockets containing portraits of the wearer’s beloved or a deceased loved one were also popular trinkets of the time.

VICTORIAN ERA

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Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837 to 1901, which is why this period is known as the Victorian era. Jewelry was one of Victoria’s favorite things, and her exquisite taste helped guide the public preferences of the day. One might even say that the styles of the Victorian period closely mirrored the phases of Victoria’s life.

Early in the Victorian era (also known as the Romantic period), cheerful designs such as hearts, bows, flowers and birds were abundant. During this time, Victoria wed Prince Albert, and together they had nine children. Upon Albert’s death, Victoria went into mourning and black jewelry made of onyx, enamel and jet soared in popularity. In later years, jewelry styles became more carefree and whimsical again, with stars, dragons, griffins and crescent moons becoming common motifs.

ART NOUVEAU ERA

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The Art Nouveau (literally “New Art”) era may have been short and sweet, lasting only from 1890 to 1910, but it still managed to propel artisans out of the hum-drum and into the incredible. Thinking of themselves as artists rather than just jewelry-makers, Art Nouveau jewelers crafted exquisite pieces that emphasized pale colors and undulating curves. Breaking from tradition, jewelers experimented with beautiful enameling techniques as well as with different gemstones and materials.

Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies and butterflies were all popular shapes found in jewelry at this time. Diamonds took a back seat to moonstone, amethyst, opal, amber, citrine, peridot and freshwater pearls. Designers also branched out with the use of materials such as horn, shell and copper, all in the name of artistic vision.

EDWARDIAN ERA

The Edwardian era (1901-1920) is named for King Edward of England and is best known for its use of diamonds, pearls and platinum, as well as its exquisite filigree designs. By applying threads of gold, platinum and other precious metals to setting surfaces, Edwardian jewelers gave their jewelry an intricate, lacy look. This fit right in with the feathered hats and lace and silk dresses the ladies of this era wore. The Edwardian period also embraced romantic motifs such as tassels, bows, laurel wreaths, garlands of flowers and scrolls.

ART DECO ERA

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During the Art Deco era (1920 to 1935), the economy was booming, jazz was the most popular music of the day and all those old Victorian restraints were being cast aside. Jewelry reflected these social changes, and bright colors, geometric designs and masculine themes were all at the height of fashion during the Roaring Twenties.

Said to reflect the confident, free-thinking spirit of the times, the modern round brilliant cut diamond was created during this period. Jewelers also began using white gold — which was more affordable than either platinum or yellow gold — so more people could afford diamond jewelry and engagement rings.

RETRO ERA

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Retro jewelry, also known as “cocktail jewelry,” refers to a style of jewelry that became popular from 1930 to 1950. You might think that in times defined by the Depression and a world war, jewelry might become more minimalist and restrained. But no — jewelry in the Retro Era was bigger, bolder and more exciting than ever.

Hollywood was in its heyday, and women yearned for a bit of the drama and glamour they saw on the silver screen. World War II also brought women into the workforce, where they had to adapt to masculine, straight-fitting business attire. Naturally, women were subsequently drawn to jewelry that allowed them to express their femininity. Styles tended to be oversized, over-the-top and full of bows, ruffles, ribbons and flowers.

For a close-up look at how these eras have influenced today’s jewelry, as well as a beautiful selection of heirloom pieces, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.