Monthly Archives: June 2016

Ruby Floral Ring

Ruby Jewels

Ruby jewels are the star of many of my collections.  It is one of my favorite jewels.  It is feminine and  I adore the ruby for it’s color, versatility, historic background and that is just so stunning and elegant.  They are strong, durable, and their great color quality. Red stones goes beautifully with gold, and the color is the color of love.  According to the mystics this stone to help empower female, fertility, cleansing the blood system, and of course…love.

I love incorporating rubies in engagement rings as well as integrate the ruby in all forms of my jewelry designs, including bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings.  It is featured both as centerpiece gemstone in pendants and rings, as well as a secondary stone to complement other gemstones such as diamonds.

One of my favorite combinations of stones for setting engagement rings is the inlay of rubies and diamonds. This combination of diamond and ruby creates a regal look.   Since there have been kings and queens being adorned in gems, one would find this combination jewelry in all types of royal houses.  Just look at Queen Elizabeth  in her gorgeous gems! Not only Queen Elizabeth is laden with diamonds and rubies, but countless portraits of queens and princesses, counts and kings going back through time.

Ruby Jewels and the Queen

Ruby and the Queen

Another great combination is the engagement rings of rubies and emeralds. This combination brings the scent of ancient worlds even more. It takes us back in time through the Black Plague, Genghis Khan and Rome to the ancient world and ancient Egypt. Periods igniting imagination, Indiana Jones and the magic ring. In that time, the work was based on the slave gem miners and they were to polish them one by one. The jewelry work was so skillfully done that it shames the developed industries of today. Of course, only kings and pharaohs were the wearer of these luxurious ruby jewels. Times have changed and precious gems such as rubies, emeralds, diamonds and sapphires are no longer worn only by the regal, and the powerful. Today, anyone can achieve the royal look.

Custom Emerald and Ruby Engagement Ring

Custom Emerald and Ruby Engagement Ring

Ruby Engagement Rings

One of the tings that I love to do is renew old jewelry with a custom twist. One of the the beautiful gemstone combinations that I incorporated into an engagement ring is from a client of mine who came to me with an antique ring that he inherited from her grandmother. He wanted to propose to his girlfriend with it, but wanted to change it so that it would have a personal feel from him.

Note: when you want to design a custom engagement ring from an antique ring, it should be treated with great care and should not be altered too much. Changing stones are a wonderful idea but changing the design can be tricky and often will take away from the antique nature of the ring. I designed the following ring based on an antique setting and played with the color combination of stones and engravings. This ring has since been added to my full collection in a variety of color combinations but started with a single customer who came in with a very special ring. See the various combinations HERE. Custom colors available by special order.

Gemology

As an expert gemologist, I can testify that the ruby is a very resistant stone. When designing a piece of jewelry, “immortality” is advantageous. Because a ring such as an engagement ring is worn every day, it is best to incorporate a stone that will stand the test of time. the stone also affects the the character of the ring. A little color goes a long way! A ruby engagement ring gives the appearance of a piece of jewelry that is “antique”. The nature of inherited jewelry is the fact that it shows “the time”. When you switch out a colored stone such as a ruby or emerald with a diamond, it instantly changes the character of the ring to more conservative and elegant.

Ruby Gemstone

Large ruby jewels are extremely rare and valuable and vary from pink to blood-red. A fine colored ruby with a deep red color and excellent transparency can reach several thousand dollars a carat. Synthetic rubies however are inexpensive and often used as a substitute for natural rubies. Ruby is distinguished also for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled red gemstone. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than diamonds. The ruby is somewhat of a cousin to the sapphire. It is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. The sapphire is the other gem variety and comes in all colors, aside from red. Essentially, the ruby is a red sapphire. They are identical in all properties except for the color. Sapphire are identical in all properties except for color. Due to its significant value, allure and historical significance, it has been given its own name and not identified as a form of sapphire. Find your favorite ruby today at my shop or on my website!

 

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Exclusive offer!  It’s rare to find sales in the height of a busy season, but that is exactly what we are doing. Nine stunning wedding rings at 20% will blow you away as you choose a men’s or unisex wedding ring for your upcoming nuptials.  Contact us for a custom order as well as personal engravings.  Click here for sale.

Neta Wolpe specializes in a unique variety of custom wedding rings. Her rings are heavily inspired by vintage, antique, Moroccan, and Yemenite influences. Known for her romantic and sassy style, all her rings offer an exclusive element of enchantment have an alluring quality for both men and women alike. The timeless wedding band options numerous, meticulous in detail and handcrafted to perfection. If you are looking for something unique for your wedding, a custom wedding ring design from Neta is a wonderful choice. Rings are available in white, yellow and rose gold in 14k and 18k. Offering FREE SHIPPING all over the world, say “I do” with stunning Neta Wolpe creations.  See the full wedding ring collection HERE.

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Pieces you may love…

Enchanting Victorian Style 14k Gold Diamond Pendant Necklace - See more at: http://www.netawolpe.com/Bridal_Jewelry/enchanting-victorian-style-14k-gold-diamond-pendant-necklace.html#sthash.EkNPNg0B.dpuf

Enchanting Victorian Style 14k Gold Diamond Pendant Necklace

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Elegant Earring, 14k Gold Pearl Drops

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Original Design Diamond Filigree Link Bracelet

Avant-Garde Pearl Ring, 14k Gold

Calling All June Babies! Pearl Jewelry Wrapped in Gold

JUNE BIRTHSTONE: PEARL

Pearls are both classic and contemporary, making them the perfect addition to your chic summer wardrobe. For those born in June, pearls capture the youthful innocence that summer brings. June babies will benefit from the authentic energy that pearls captivate. Pearls will help June babies continue to foster personal growth and integrity.*

PEARL JEWELRY GIFTS

The beautiful luster of the pearl instantly adds a touch of class to any jewelry collection.  Pearl earrings are a classic choice for bridal jewelry.  Pairing a pearl necklace or bracelet with a wedding gown completes the look on that special day.  Pearls are timeless and ageless.  From a girl coming of age, an expectant mother or a gift for grandma, you can never go wrong with the pearl.  Because of the loving qualities and the softness of the color, they make an excellent anniversary gift or wedding gift for your blushing bride.

Take a look at my website for a diverse selection of earrings, pendants, and rings for bridal wear, June babies, and pearl lovers for an assortment of pearl jewelry choices .  There is something for everyone, for any occasion.   This June, treat yourself to your birthstone wrapped in a pretty gold setting or simply forward along to your loved ones to buy you something special.  They’ll get the hint 🙂

Psst…these earrings are chic, fun and a great price!

Pearl Threader Earrings, 14k Gold

Pearl Threader Earrings, 14k Gold

THE HISTORY OF PEARLS

Ancient legend believed pearls to be the tears of the gods above. Chinese myths believed that pearls would fall from the sky when dragons fought. Pearls were beloved during the Victorian period, where they were used heavily in jewelry.

Unlike most gemstones that are found within the Earth, pearls have an organic origin. Originally, they are created inside the shells of certain species of oysters and clams. It is rare today, but some pearls are found naturally in mollusks that inhabit the sea or freshwater settings like rivers. Today, many pearls are cultured-raised in oyster farms that sustain a thriving pearl industry.  It is now a law that sellers must state that if their pearls are cultured or natural.  This gets a bit tricky because everyone wants to hear that their pearls are “natural” but due to the industry, it is just not possible today that you will find such gemstones.  Each one is still unique, yet has been grown for purchase.   Pearls are made mostly of aragonite, a relatively soft carbonate mineral  that also makes up the shells of mollusks.**

14k Gold Garland Pearl Stud Earrings

14k Gold Garland Pearl Stud Earrings

If you haven’t read my article yet on caring for your pearls, I would recommend it.  Pearls are quite delicate and should be handled with care.  Read the article here.

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Hanging Pearl Earrings with Silver Base and 14k Gold Clasp

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Antique Pearl Pendant Necklace 14k Gold

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Neta Wolpe Moroccan Jewelry Inspiration

Inspiration From Morocco- Neta Wolpe Jewelry

Ten days of inspiration was just what the doctor ordered.  Taking some time out of my busy life of running a business, designing, producing, and working with individual clients to get inspired.  What better place to go than MOROCCO?  Embarking on a ten day journey through the mountains, the dessert lands, tiny villages, meeting along the way a variety of trades-men and women.  From copper filigree work, to ceramic mosaics, hand painted pottery to looms, inspiration was everywhere.  While it may take some time to create a full collection of Moroccan-inspired pieces, I have chosen a few pieces to feature this month that embody the feeling of Morocco.  See those pieces on my main website.

Neta Wolpe Moroccan Jewelry

New Moroccan Inspired Gold Jewelry

Upon my arrival, I wrote to the staff at the studio the following:

Arriving in Paz seems so different but familiar. The local Berber culture is still alive, as the original inhabitants of Morocco and since then have there has been a mixture over the years of various Arab tribes as well as some Spanish people. The Berber people however go back thousands of years of living on the land. It feels like strong roots and a sense of tribalism along with a deep connection to nature. Shepherds of various ages and a spectrum of colors fill the landscape along with loads of donkeys. Despite the intensity of the smells and array of colors, everything is clean and pure.”

There are so many different ways that the people express themselves; in carpets, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting, carving, and calligraphy.  They even hold an international art festival once a year to showcase all their talent.  Berbers are the indigenous people and still make up the bulk of the population, although they have been largely Arabized. Apparently, Morocco is home to more than 20,000 sub-Saharan African immigrants.  Morocco’s once prominent Jewish minority has decreased significantly since its peak of 265,000 in 1948, declining to around 5,500 today.   There is a prominent Moroccan community currently living in Israel.  Suddenly being there, I could feel and see how the influences are around me every day in my daily life and how much our cultures overlap.

In ten days, I  visited the following places; Casablanca, Rabat, Chefchaouene, Meknes, Fes, Volubils, Moulay idris, Ifran, Midelt, Erfoud, Rissani, Merzuuga, Dades, and Marrakech.

So now, back from  Morocco and the jewelry is in my veins! See the Morocco inspired additions now online. You will find and assortment of bangles, earrings, and rings, all with an oriental flair. While I create a new collection a few times a year, I try to integrates new pieces constantly, especially when the inspiration hits! Some of my favorite pieces are ones that I create for individual clients or find a special inspiration like I did in Morocco.

Photos and videos that I took of local artists that caught my eye

Handcrafted Moroccan Woven Baskets

Handcrafted Moroccan Woven Baskets

Hand Painted Moroccan Bowls

Hand Painted Moroccan Bowls

Hand Hammered Filigree Copper Tray

Hand Hammered Filigree Copper Tray

Pottery Studio in Morocco

Pottery Studio in Morocco

New Moroccan Inspired Jewelry On Sale Now