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Spring hasn’t even arrived yet, and the fashion world is already looking forward to fall. Pantone recently released its Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report, a semi-annual rundown of the top 10 trending colors in clothes, jewelry and accessories for the coming season. The colors serve as a touchstone throughout the season for retailers and fashionistas alike.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth.” It also pairs “classic autumnal shades” like plum and navy with more unexpected hues for the season, like pale pink and bright blue. 

Here are the hottest colors for the upcoming fall season and the jewelry to wear with them.

Grenadine

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At the top of the Pantone’s list is Grenadine, a strong warm red they describe as a confident and self-assured attention-getter. When you’re wearing this stand-out color, opt for neutral diamonds or pearls. If you’re looking for something a little more eye-catching, go with a dramatic black onyx necklace or ruby ring.

Navy Peony

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Navy serves as the perfect backdrop for all kinds of gems and metals, including emeralds, jade, peridot, sapphires, citrine, topaz, turquoise, pearls, yellow gold and platinum.

Neutral Gray

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Rose quartz, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, turquoise, pearls and white gold all play well with Neutral Gray.

Tawny Port

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Citrine, emeralds and yellow gold jewelry go best with this rich, dark plum shade. 

Ballet Slipper, Butterum and Autumn Maple

Pair these soft, neutral shades with the bright colors of peridot and blue topaz for a perfectly balanced fall look.

Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime

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These beautiful greens pair stunningly with yellow gold, rubies, sapphires, pink sapphires and pink tourmaline. 

Marina

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Like its navy blue counterpart, Marina goes with just about everything, including pearls, pink sapphires, pink topaz, rubies, emeralds, peridot, sapphires, turquoise, yellow gold and platinum. 

Fall Wedding Jewelry

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If you’re looking to add a little color to your fall wedding ensemble, jewelry is the perfect place to do it.

If you’re looking for your “something blue,” try choosing something in Marina or Navy Peony by looking for sapphire, blue opal, blue topaz and turquoise.

The greens, Shaded Spruce and Golden Lime, can be incorporated with emeralds, green garnets and peridot.

Grenadine, the sizzling red shade, can be worn as ruby and garnet.

Ballet Slipper translates to opal, pearl and rose quartz, while amethyst and spinel represent Tawny Port.

The buttery browns of Butterum and Autumn Maple can be found in more unusual gems, such as citrine.

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Pearls, moonstone and mother of pearl round out the offerings in Neutral Gray. 

To find jewelry in all the hottest shades for fall, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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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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If your birthday falls in the month of August, you’re lucky to have two birthstones: peridot and spinel. These unheralded beauties offer countless pairing options and make unique statement pieces as well as dainty accents.

PERIDOT

Peridot is one of the few gemstones that comes in a single color — a gorgeous light green unaffected by artificial light. Peridot’s hardness is similar to quartz, so it’s an excellent choice for jewelry that gets daily wear.

The stone has been featured in fine jewelry for thousands of years. The ancient Romans nicknamed peridot the “evening emerald” because its color didn’t darken at night, and it was reportedly Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

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HOW TO WEAR PERIDOT

Peridot looks best with warm skin tones and hazel or green eyes. The bright green stone pops when worn against white, beige, black or navy and adds a touch of color to simple, streamlined ensembles.

Since peridot mirrors the vibrant color of summer leaves and grass, it’s also perfect for creating an earthy, nature-inspired look. Pair it with earth tones such as browns, greens or yellows.

Finally, mixing and matching trendy stackable peridot rings or tennis bracelets with other brightly colored gems is an easy, fun way to incorporate this stone into your wardrobe.

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SPINEL

This lesser-known gemstone occurs in a range of colors, including rose pink, deep red, lavender, violet, light and dark blue, orange, yellow, brown and black. Spinel has been mined for centuries, but it was often mistaken for other gemstones. One of the most famous spinel gemstones, known by the misnomer “Black Prince’s Ruby” due to its ruby-red hue, was set into England’s state crown and housed in the Tower of London. The most desirable spinel gemstones are vivid red, cobalt blue, bright pink or bright orange.

Spinel is considered to be a soothing stone, possessing calming energy, and is recommended for those suffering from stress. It’s also used to increase physical energy, vitality and stamina.

HOW TO WEAR SPINEL

Red-hued spinel stones are most striking on cool skin tones. Spinel and other red or pink gemstones are most flattering to brown eyes and also serve as a stunning contrast to blue eyes.

Because red spinel looks so similar to ruby, it can be styled just the way you would your favorite ruby jewelry. Try pairing this common shade of spinel with black dresses, summer stripes, florals, formal gowns and jeans and tees.

Black spinel looks sophisticated and subtle when paired with other neutrals such as beiges, whites, creams and grays. If you have long hair, wear it up to show off black spinel earrings.

Any cool blue shade of spinel will pop next to warm colors such as yellow, orange and red. Blue spinel also works well with other shades of blue and navy.

For a beautiful selection of birthstone jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

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July’s birthstone, the ruby, has long been considered one of the rarest and most valuable gemstones on Earth. Perhaps that’s why, until recently, conventional wisdom dictated that ruby jewelry should be worn only on special occasions.

But now, more people are coming around to the idea that because rubies are so special, they should be worn every day. We believe that pieces with special meaning should be cherished and enjoyed, and that goes especially for this vibrant, versatile gemstone.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to style ruby jewelry.

With a Floral Dress

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Rubies tend to hold a special place in the hearts of romantics, because they represent love, passion, courage and emotion. If you’re a romantic at heart, you can’t go wrong with a ruby ring or necklace paired with a flowery sundress and strappy heels.

With Summer Stripes

Nautical styles are timeless, especially for summer. Red rubies pop perfectly against a navy-and-white striped top, white jeans or capris and white low-top sneakers.

With a Little Black Dress

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Is there anything that doesn’t look good with one? Rubies look especially dramatic in the evening with a black cocktail dress.

With Jeans and a T-shirt

Rubies are luxurious yet effortless, which makes them perfect for everyday ensembles. They even look great with jeans and a t-shirt.

With a Formal Gown or Wedding Dress

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Rubies were made for big nights such as black-tie, charity events and even weddings and receptions.

 For a beautiful selection of ruby jewelry, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

Baselworld 2016

Baselworld is the most highly acclaimed watch and jewelry show in the world. It’s where the crème de la crème of the diamond, gemstone and pearl industries unite to showcase their most spectacular pieces. We at Eiseman Jewels attend in order to find those rare and unusual diamonds, gemstones and gold for our clients.

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Each year at Baselworld, we visit with the industry’s most important diamond houses and rare gemstones dealers and scout the millions of square feet of space to discover the finest new goldsmiths, pearl harvesters and designers. And we could not be more excited to share the treasures we found with you — they will begin arriving at the store in April.

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Baselworld is also where we first see new releases from many of our watch manufacturers. By attending, we are able to procure the new models, limited-editions and hard-to-find pieces from Rolex, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Louis Moinet. A significant number of the worldwide brands were present, and trends and developments in the world of timekeeping were at the forefront of the event.

 
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This year, Rolex presented several new Oyster models — including the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41, Oyster Perpetual Datejust 28, Oyster Perpetual PearlMaster 39 Diamond and Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master— and reintroduced the AirKing 40. But the brand’s most talked-about debut was the new version of their Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 904L steel with a monobloc cerachrom bezel. Look for these new models in our store in the coming months.

For more than 170 years, Ulysse Nardin has been a leader in innovative technology and creative designs and movements, and this year, the company introduced several new references. The Grand Deck demonstrates an unmistakably nautical design showcasing a technological breakthrough for the Marine Chronometer family. The new Marine Chronograph Annual Calendar created buzz for its great design and good looks, but also for its impressive mechanical achievement.

Louis Moinet recently rewrote thehistory of the chronograph with the discovery that watchmaker Louis Moinet actually invented the chronograph in 1816 — years before the world had come to believe it had been invented. At Basel, new introductions included a new reference of the Louis Moinet Memoris Chronograph Starry Night. Other Notable Models include the Moinet Oil Derrick and Derrick Gaz Tourbillon.

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Jewelry trends included lots of rose gold and warmer metals with white and chocolate diamonds. Long chains and layered looks were still going strong.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see all the beautiful pieces we find on our travels. To see them in person, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



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Celebrated jewelry designer Temple St. Clair — known for her distinctive colored gemstones, crystal amulets and unique gold work — was recently awarded the jewelry industry’s highest honor: the Jewelers of America’s GEM Award for Jewelry Design. We spoke with Temple about what the award means to her, what inspires her designs and what we can expect from her upcoming collections.

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What does it mean to you to win the GEM Award for Jewelry Design?  

It is wonderful to be recognized for work about which I am so passionate, but the great part was for me to have the opportunity to express my gratitude for the many heads, hands and hearts that contribute to the process of delivering a true jewel.

Who is your favorite designer and how have they inspired your collections?  

One of my favorites is French designer Line Vautrin, who created very personal costume jewelry, pillboxes and cigarette cases, mirrors and other golden objects. I never tire of looking at her whimsical pieces.

What is the most playful thing in your life that brings you inspiration?  

I have what some people refer to as a child’s eye and imagination that allows me to continue, in my adult life, to believe in a bit of magic, particularly when it comes to nature.

What is something about you that we would not know about? 

Well now, after the GEM Awards, people have found out that I worked as a scuba model in the Maldives for a brief stint. Diving amidst schools of sharks can get to you after a while.

Where is the one place you haven’t been and would love to go?   

Africa! I have wanted to visit some of the big game reserves since I was small. I want to spend at least a month in South Africa, or maybe Botswana, before it’s too late. The state of our natural world breaks my heart. I want to see these creatures in their natural habitat before it’s gone.

What collection or new designs should our Eiseman customers look forward to in the new year? 

I will be presenting a new wave of the most precious colored gemstone jewels in the coming months: Bright, crystal Colombian emeralds, exceptional Australian black opals, bright clusters of multi-colored star sapphire pieces, and much more.  And stay tuned for the final part of my jewelry trilogy, The Golden Menagerie!

Congratulations to Temple on her win! You can peruse our beautiful collection of Temple St. Clair jewelry at Eiseman Jewels in Northpark Center.

 



November birthstone

For those lucky enough to be born in November, you have two birthstones: citrine and topaz. The warm color of citrine is said to be a gift from the sun, and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz, on the other hand, symbolizes love and affection, and is said to bestow strength and intelligence on the person who wears it.

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ALL ABOUT CITRINE

The name citrine (French for “lemon”) is fitting, given its color range of juicy lemon yellow to bright orange-brown. In ancient times, citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Today, citrine is known as the merchant’s stone, because it’s said to attract success and prosperity. This gem is also known as “healing quartz,” because legend has it that citrine enhances mental clarity, stimulates the memory and promotes vitality and energy in whomever wears it. And according to the Chinese feng shui philosophy, citrine creates wealth and abundance.

FUN FACTS ABOUT CITRINE

Citrine is said to support vitality and health while encouraging hope, energy and warmth within the wearer.

Some people believe that sleeping with citrine under your pillow alleviates nightmares and promotes a good night’s sleep. It’s also said to help with recalling dreams.

Citrine is associated with two divine deities: Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest, and Sekhmet, the Egyptian goddess of war.

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ALL ABOUT TOPAZ

Topaz holds the distinction of being the gemstone with the widest range of supposed curative powers, including the ability to increase understanding, prevent colds, enhance creativity, calm angry passions, restore energy and cure sickness. People in India believe that topaz worn above the heart assures long life, beauty and intelligence.

Topaz is found in shades of yellow, brown, amber gold, honey, green, blue, red, pink and sometimes no color at all. The most famous and expensive topaz stone is the Imperial topaz (orange with pink undertones), named for the Russian czars of the 1800s.

FUN FACTS ABOUT TOPAZ

The gems in Hans Holbein’s portrait of Henry VIII are almost certainly golden brown topazes, as no other gem in that color was considered suitable for royalty at the time.

Another famous topaz is actually a colorless stone that was originally thought to be a diamond. It is a 1680-carat stone known as the “Braganza Diamond,” set in the Portuguese Crown Jewels.

Topaz was once thought to change its color in the presence of poisoned food or drink.

We at Eiseman Jewels carry a beautiful selection of birthstone jewelry. Visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.



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Your wedding day is a time to sparkle and shine from your head down to your toes. And with the right jewelry from Eiseman Jewels, your eyes will literally be front and center of all that gorgeous glistening. While you may already have some accessories in mind to wear on your special day, we’ve put together a jewelry guide to help you find the pieces that are sure to make your eyes pop!

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Blue eyes. Since you need something blue anyway, why not go with jewelry that matches your eyes? With several hues of blues to choose from, you can go in a number of directions. Pale blue eyes look great with our aquamarine and pearl drop earrings outlined with dazzling diamonds. And a necklace of soft aquamarine tumbled beads can also help bring out those beautiful blue eyes, too.

For true blue eyes, try incorporating our brilliant diamond and sapphire cluster earrings, or a number of other accessories in blue topaz. Pink gemstones, such as a pink sapphire, can add contrast to your baby blues, which also serves to highlight the deep blue of your eyes.

Brown Eyes. You brown-eyed girls are more than the title character in a Van Morrison song. Brown-eyed brides have some great options when it comes to finding the right jewels to make their bold eyes stand out. For starters, red stones, like our ruby and diamond drop earrings and matching tennis bracelet, really cause brown eyes to radiate. And our chic and elegant garnet necklace draws light through the shimmering stone and up into your eyes.

For a contrasting look, pick out a piece in a deep blue, like our Victorian sapphire and diamond necklace, to really make a statement.

Green Eyes. There are so many stones to choose from if you are blessed with green eyes. The most popular is emerald, which happens to be one of our favorites. Whether you go with our dramatic emerald and diamond statement earrings or the delicate graduated diamond and emerald necklace, your eyes will sparkle almost as much as your jewelry (maybe even more).

We also offer an array of turquoise stones, like our turquoise drop earrings with a diamond outline, to complement green eyes with a contrasting hue.

Hazel Eyes. Much like green eyes, hazel eyes contrast green gemstones very well. You can also try pairing hazel eyes with a fiery opal, like our peacock-inspired opal “feather” earrings, to bring out all of the various specks of color found within hazel eyes.

To find jewelry that you can really see yourself wearing on your wedding day, stop by Eiseman Jewels or call ahead to make an appointment with one of our specialists. We’ll make sure you say “I do” with eyes that sparkle as bright as your smile!