Author Archives: Neta Wolpe Jewelry

About Neta Wolpe Jewelry

I am a jeweler. I have been making jewelry for over twenty-five years and I love it even more now than when I began. That in and of itself is at the heart of my art. I want you to love your jewelry even more twenty, thirty and even fifty years later than you did when first bought it. I make vintage and antique inspired heirloom quality jewelry that I want you to cherish and pass along for generations to come.

Holiday Jewelry for Holiday Wear

How To Select the Perfect Holiday Jewelry

The holidays are fast approaching and you have finally found the perfect evening dress but what about selecting your holiday jewelry to set you apart?  Yes, the upcoming festivities are the best time to show off your stunning cocktail wear.   I thought I would put together something to help ease you into your selections.  Starting from achieving the right amount jewelry to accentuate your look without overpowering your dress as well as how to choose items based on patterns, necklines and body type.

How Much to Wear

How much jewelry is too much?  Well, a general rule of thumb is to not have more than three pieces of jewelry worn at a time.  Therefore, you may want to choose a pair of earrings, a bracelet and and cocktail ring. Try to stick to a few few key pieces. You don’t want to be a walking christmas tree adorned from head to toe and blinding everyone in your path.  I will refer to my Neta Wolpe Timeless Jewelry Collection to help you select what holiday jewelry to wear for these festive times.

Solid Colors

When matching your jewelry with your dressy clothes, the first things one should consider is the color, style and pattern of the dress.  If your dress is more simple or plain, you can afford to be more creative with your jewels.  This is where you can start to have some fun!  Festive earrings are an instant item to dress up an outfit.  Even if you decided not to go out and buy a new dress, the classic little black dress can be transformed instantly with a fabulous pair of colorful cocktail earrings like these.

Teardrop and Stars Cocktail Earrings

If your dress is one color,  multicolored gem jewelry and precious stone jewelry is a wonderful option. Emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and rubies radiate pure elegance.  You may like to match the colored stones to the dress or you may prefer a bold contrast. For instance, that trusty black dress worn with red stilettos could be paired with gorgeous ruby stud earrings and a statement ruby ring. Black dresses are certainly the most versatile,  The contrast of soft pearls,  delicate gold jewelry or bold statement jewelry.

Patterns & Embellishments

If your dress has patterns, stones or embellishments, consider understated timeless jewelry that won’t be too busy and take attention away from the dress.  See my blog post on Timeless Jewelry for a closer look at the Timeless Collection.  I would suggest sticking with one color and metal; for instance, you could wear white gold jewelry like a gorgeous pair of elegant diamond stud earrings and a timeless diamond medallion.  This beautiful classic jewelry is timeless in its appeal and won’t be over the top or clash with the dress.

Diamond is of VS1 clarity and weighs: 0.20 ct.

Solitaire Diamond Pendant

Silver & Gold

Whilst I ordinarily love the look of mixing metals, dresses and jewelry are an exception. If you’re wearing a silver dress, I would generally advise against yellow gold holiday jewelry and vice versa, unless the rest of your accessories are gold and tie in the whole look.  However, a silver dress would look stunning paired with simple delicate white gold jewelry, or perhaps even with small red rubies or deep blue sapphire jewelry.

Neckline

A deep V-neck dress looks beautiful with a lovely long pendant necklace, whereas a strapless dress or halter neck may look best with no necklace at all.  A strapless dress may suit a choker style necklace or a delicate short gold chain necklace. In the case of a halter dress or a jewel neckline, a pair of statement multi-gem earrings and a chunky gold bracelet or exquisite cocktail ring would complete the look.   A square neckline requires a lovely necklace that either sits below or above the neckline (not right on it).

Diamond & Ruby Mosaic Shield Ring

Diamond & Ruby Mosaic Shield Ring

Body Types

Now that I’ve covered colors and patterns and shapes, another aspect in the selection process is that you must always consider your body type and shape before you go splashing on the bling.  It’s most important to choose holiday jewelry that is proportional to your body and not to overwhelm.

The right jewelry can make a short woman look taller and slimmer while the wrong fashion accessory can have the opposite effect. Shorter women mainly need to be concerned that jewelry isn’t so bold that it’s not in proportion with their stature. The right kind of  holiday jewelry, like a pendant necklace, can even help make a short woman look a bit taller.  Taller women can wear longer chains or choker necklaces. Larger women can get away with larger pieces, where as a smaller woman can sometimes appear as if the jewelry is wearing her, and not the other way around.

Whether your home with family or at a splashy do, these few tips in holiday jewelry should give you a base to draw from.  The final, most important thing to remember when what holiday jewelry to wear, is that you should choose jewelry that you love. If you love a piece, you will be able to wear it with confidence and that will shine brighter than any diamond or gemstone that you are wearing.  Happy holidays!

Romantic Period Jewelry

Romantic Period Jewelry

I am often inspired by the Victorian era, and so designing beautiful victorian style jewelry is close to my heart.  I’ve also always been inspired by the summertime.  Not just summer the season, but the feelings that summer brings-  feelings of warmth, love, joy and bliss.

Summer is now here and what better way to capture and portray these feelings than with a new Summer Romance jewelry collection.

My new designs have found inspiration from the summer, and from the early part of the Victorian era 1837-1861, also known as the Romantic period, through the use of diamonds, beautiful colored gemstone jewelry and motifs which in my opinion reflect romance and beauty, and everlasting summer and love.

Romantic Period jewelry designed and worn at the time of the young Queen Victoria, was reflective of her youth, and was heavily influenced by her love and marital bliss with Albert. Intricate jewelry pieces symbolizing love and sentiment, romance and eternity were everywhere. The impact of their love and devotion was even further intensifed, when after Albert’s death in 1861, Victoria went into a state of mourning lasting many years, wearing only black clothing and mourning jewelry, which in turn heavily influenced the nature of jewelry designed in the subsequent Grand period and periods that followed.

The romantic era saw beautiful hair jewelry, flower motifs, gold leaves, jewel studded flower buds, love knots, and tassels featured all over in jewelry design, and the jewelry very early on in this period was still predominantly only handmade jewelry.  Hand motifs symbolizing friendship, were also popular in womens jewelry.

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Earrings from the Romantic Period (1837-1860)

The combination of stunning diamond rings, beautiful gemstone necklaces and gorgeous precious stone earrings in my new jewelry designs reflects the style of the romantic era.  My beautiful custom made jewelry mixes old with new, and the romantic era with my take on the modern idea of romance, in the hopes of taking todays girl back to an earlier, beautiful time each and every time she wears one of my designs.

A Jewelry designer in the romantic era would frequently use 18K-22K gold, along with a wide variety of beautiful colored gemstones, usually held in gorgeous prong settings, and the use of intricate filigree designs and complex patterns were commonplace.

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Victorian Seed Pearl Earrings. 
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques http://www.langantiques.com/university/Romantic_Period_1837-1860

Some of the most popular gemstones used in the Romantic period were agate, amethyst, diamond, emerald, garnet, quartz, topaz, turquoise. Coral was also used.  Common engagement rings were diamond engagement rings with pearls, rings with rubies, emerald bands or sapphire rings.  Drop cluster earrings with dangling gemstones were also popular stylish earrings.

Queen Victorias emerald engagement ring from Prince Albert was a snake ring with an emerald set head, symbolising eternal love. Emerald was her birthstone and so an emerald ring, appropriate.  Soon serpent symbols were everywhere in jewelry design and sought-after in womens jewelry and especially womens rings.

Gothic and medieval themes were also prevalent in the romantic era and were reflected in jewelry designs.  Large brooches and large matching bracelets were very popular.  Women wore brooches in their hair, on their neck, shoulders and waist.

My passion for designing romantic, beautiful timeless jewelry that women will never want to take off is what inspires me to do what I do.

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Victorian Diamond Double Snake Ring. 
Photo Courtesy of Lang Antiques.   http://www.langantiques.com/university/Romantic_Period_1837-1860

Using only the finest materials, our eco-friendly jewelry is made with love…Nearly each piece is created by special order. Coinciding with our personal beliefs, we have a strong emphasis on “green” and environmentally friendly processes, using predominantly recycled metals (when and where available) and make it a priority to use only conflict free stones.

I hope you love the new jewelry collection as much as I do.

xx Neta

A man chooses an engagement ring for his future wife, buys his mother earrings on her birthday, selects a bracelet for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, a pendant for that special anniversary.  What about him?  Having focused only on the women in his life, when it comes to choosing a ring for himself, he feels lost.  What type of Man’s ring will he wear?

We often forget that jewelry is not just for women.  When I design, I like to keep the men in mind and ensure that the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection includes a men’s jewelry range that speaks to him.  I consider the fact that for most of these men, there will only ever be one piece of jewelry he will wear.  A man must therefore have a special ring, a unique ring, a timeless ring, something that speaks directly to him.

To me there is no piece of jewelry more elegant, more masculine and more fitting than the Signet ring.

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A Little History

Often considered the “gentleman’s ring,” the Signet ring dates all the way back to the days of the Old Testament, when it was used as seal, a personal signature or a symbol of family heritage.

At this time, it was more of a device rather than an actual Signet Ring.  The gentleman would press the device into hot wax or soft clay and it would be a way of proving his authenticity and of identifying himself to another, as it would have the markings of his identity, or coat of arms or family emblem. By the start of the Middle ages almost everyone of nobility and social standing wore a Signet ring. The Signet Ring was widely used by Royals to authenticate documents and legal correspondence, and was worn on the hand in order to be kept safe.  At the start of this period, only the noble were wealthy enough to afford jewels and fine metals.

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By the Victorian era, Signet Rings were considered a staple of the well-dressed gentlemen, and continued to remain through the Deco era, maintaining a symbol a high level of class, elitism, and a superior status.

Today signatures have replaced the use of Signet rings as a way of verifying ones identity.  The Modern Signet Ring today can be worn by anybody (male or female) as statement rings, and are still often passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.

In my opinion, the classic Signet Ring will always remain a true symbol of male elegance, and is therefore a perfect choice as a timeless man’s ring.

On what finger do I wear my Signet Ring?

Traditionally Signet rings have been worn on the pinkie finger (or smallest finger) of the non-dominant hand.  This dates back to ancient times as it was therefore more easily to be used for traditional means of using it as a seal.  Today, if one wears a Signet ring on the pinkie finger, it is therefore more of a statement ring or a means of personal expression, rather than having any religious or cultural associations.

More and more these days, we get requests from our male clients for a Gold Classic Signet Ring to be designed for them as timeless wedding rings, and therefore find them wearing it on the third finger of either the left or right hand (depending on cultures).

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Our Collection

Signet rings, still the mark of the elegant gentleman, have played a large part in the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection over the years, and will continue to do so over the years to come.

Shapes and Materials

The most common shapes of Signet rings are oval, round, cushion, or squared (Oxford) face.

We use 14 karat gold and 18 karat gold and create both men’s rings and women’s rings in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold.

You may contact us directly to help you custom design your Signet ring and you may also view our current collection of men’s Signet rings and women’s signet rings on our website  http://www.netawolpe.com/rings.html?cat=76 

Custom Design Men's Signet Ring in Solid Gold

 

 

A man chooses an engagement ring for his future wife, buys his mother earrings on her birthday, selects a bracelet for his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, a pendant for that special anniversary.  What about him?  Having focused only on the women in his life, when it comes to choosing a ring for himself, he feels lost.  What type of Man’s ring will he wear?

We often forget that jewelry is not just for women.  When I design, I like to keep the men in mind and ensure that the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection includes a men’s jewelry range that speaks to him.  I consider the fact that for most of these men, there will only ever be one piece of jewelry he will wear.  A man must therefore have a special ring, a unique ring, a timeless ring, something that speaks directly to him.

To me there is no piece of jewelry more elegant, more masculine and more fitting than the Signet ring.

A Little History

Often considered the “gentleman’s ring,” the Signet ring dates all the way back to the days of the Old Testament, when it was used as seal, a personal signature or a symbol of family heritage.

At this time, it was more of a device rather than an actual Signet Ring.  The gentleman would press the device into hot wax or soft clay and it would be a way of proving his authenticity and of identifying himself to another, as it would have the markings of his identity, or coat of arms or family emblem. By the start of the Middle ages almost everyone of nobility and social standing wore a Signet ring. The Signet Ring was widely used by Royals to authenticate documents and legal correspondence, and was worn on the hand in order to be kept safe.  At the start of this period, only the noble were wealthy enough to afford jewels and fine metals.

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Collection of Signet Rings from Europe c.1380 Victoria & Albert Museum Collection  http://www.langantiques.com/university/Signet_Ring

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A beautiful Onyx First Century Signet Ring Photographer: MOLA/Getty Images

By the Victorian era, Signet Rings were considered a staple of the well-dressed gentlemen, and continued to remain through the Deco era, maintaining a symbol a high level of class, elitism, and a superior status.

Today signatures have replaced the use of Signet rings as a way of verifying ones identity.  The Modern Signet Ring today can be worn by anybody (male or female) as statement rings, and are still often passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.

In my opinion, the classic Signet Ring will always remain a true symbol of male elegance, and is therefore a perfect choice as a timeless man’s ring.

On what finger do I wear my Signet Ring?

Traditionally Signet rings have been worn on the pinkie finger (or smallest finger) of the non-dominant hand.  This dates back to ancient times as it was therefore more easily to be used for traditional means of using it as a seal.  Today, if one wears a Signet ring on the pinkie finger, it is therefore more of a statement ring or a means of personal expression, rather than having any religious or cultural associations.

More and more these days, we get requests from our male clients for a Gold Classic Signet Ring to be designed for them as timeless wedding rings, and therefore find them wearing it on the third finger of either the left or right hand (depending on cultures).

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This Signet ring was a Custom Design for one of our client’s who wanted a men’s Timeless Wedding Ring

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Rose Gold Signet Ring – part of the Neta Wolpe Timeless Wedding Ring Collection

Our Collection

Signet rings, still the mark of the elegant gentleman, have played a large part in the Neta Wolpe Timeless Treasures collection over the years, and will continue to do so over the years to come.

Shapes and Materials

The most common shapes of Signet rings are oval, round, cushion, or squared (Oxford) face.

We use 14 karat gold and 18 karat gold and create both men’s rings and women’s rings in yellow gold, rose gold and white gold.

You may contact us directly to help you custom design your Signet ring and you may also view our current collection of men’s Signet rings and women’s signet rings on our website  http://www.netawolpe.com/rings.html?cat=76 

 

 

טבעות חותם

גבר בוחר טבעת אירוסין עבור אשתו לעתיד, קונה עגילים לאמו ביום הולדתה, בוחר צמיד עבור חברתו לחג האהבה, ותליון לאותו יום נישואין מיוחד. מה לגביו? לאחר שהתמקד רק בנשים בחייו, כשמדובר בבחירת טבעת לעצמו, הוא מרגיש אבוד

Custom Design Men's Signet Ring in Solid Gold

טבעת חותם בזהב צהוב| נטע וולפה עיצובים אישיים

לעתים קרובות אנו שוכחים שתכשיטים אינם רק נחלת הנשים ולמעשה “קישוט” הגבר קדם לזה של האישה. כאשר אני מעצבת תכשיט לגבר תמיד אנסה לתרגם חלק מאישיותו אל תוך העיצוב מתוך הבנה כי התכשיט שיענוד יהיה באמת יחיד ומיוחד . בין אם זו טבעת נישואין או טבעת חותם שתמיד חלם עליה

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המלך הנרי ה-8 אהב מאוד להתקשט   בתכשיטים |פורטרט מ1520

כיום בעידן המודרני טבעת החותם נתפסת יותר כהצהרת אופנה או פריט ירושה משפחתית העובר מדור לדור, בעיניי אין תכשיט אלגנטי או ראוי יותר לגבר מאשר טבעת החותם

קצת היסטוריה

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חותם צילינדר מ 3500 לפנה”ס | Gentelman’s Gazette

ישנן עדויות לשימוש בטבעות חותם עוד מלפני 3500 לפנה”ס, כאשר תושבי מסופוטמיה החלו להשתמש בהן כשיטה המעידה על אותנטיות. בתחילה, כחותם בלבד ולא כטבעת, זה היה מעין מכשיר גלילי שהיו מגלגלים על ​​פני חימר רטוב אשר השאיר חתימה ברורה על החומר ושימש כדי לאטום מגוון של מעטפות, צנצנות וחבילות, בחותמות אלו השתמשו  באותו האופן שחברות וארגונים  נוהגות לחתום כיום ומכאן למעשה המקור לחותמת ארגונית. ואז, במצרים העתיקה, החלו לייצר טבעות חותם. פרעונים, מנהיגים דתיים ואצילים ענדו את הטבעות עשויות אבן או חרס. הטבעות היו שטוחות מבחוץ ומעוטרות בקישוטים ובסמלים אשר שימשו לציון בעליה

טבעת חותם עשויה מברזל ומשובצת אבן אוניקס יפהפייה מהמאה הראשונה קרדיט צילום: Mola \getty images  https://bloom.bg/2psmuPq

  ומבחינה היסטורית, טבעות החותם מילאו תפקיד חשוב מאוד בעסקים ובפוליטיקה. בהיותה חותמת, היה הג’נטלמן (ומכאן שמה המקורי “טבעת ג’נטלמן”) משתמש בטבעת שהציגה את סמל המשפחה הייחודי או מונוגרמה כדי לחתום על מסמכים משפטיים או מסמך חשוב אחר. מסמכים שבחלקם מילאו תפקידים יוצאי דופן בספרי ההיסטוריה שלנו. על ידי טבילת הטבעת בתוך שעווה  חמה או חימר רך, הטבעת השאירה חותמת ייחודית  שנחשבה, באותה עת, רשמית יותר מזו של חתימה ללא חשש מזיופים

בימי הביניים, כמעט כל האצולה והמעמד החברתי הגבוה ענדו טבעות חותם

בעידן הוויקטוריאני, טבעות החותם נחשבו כפריט של האדונים הלבושים היטב, והמשיכו אל תוך  עידן הארט דקו, תוך שמירה על סמל סטטוס של המעמד הגבוה ואליטיזם

על איזה אצבע עונדים טבעת חותם

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טבעת הדייג כפי שעונד אותה האפיפיור בנדיקט ה-12 https://www.gentlemansgazette.com

באופן מסורתי טבעות החותם נועדו לזרת של היד הפחות דומיננטית וזה מתכתב עם העת העתיקה אז היו משתמשים בטבעת לאמצעים מסורתיים של חתימה ולכן חשבו על יעילות ולא רק על יופי

כיום, לענוד טבעת חותם על הזרת נחשב יותר כהצהרה אופנתית או אמצעי לביטוי אישי, ללא כל קשר לאמונה דתית או שייכות תרבותית וגם נשים עונדות טבעות חותם

בימים אלו יותר ויותר מלקוחותיי הגברים מבקשים ממני לעצב עבורם טבעת חותם שתשמש אותם כטבעת נישואין, ולכן גם מקובל לענוד אותן על האצבע השלישית של יד שמאל או ימין

צורות וחומרים

ישנן כמה צורות נפוצות במיוחד לטבעת החותם הגברית, לפניכם חמשת הפופולאריות במרוצת השנים

 עגול- בדיוק כפי שנשמע, במקרה זה שטח הפנים העליון של הטבעת הוא עגול

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נטע וולפה טבעת חותם הרקולס בזהב צהוב

 

 

 

 

 

אליפסה ישרה- על פי רב , זוהי הצורה הפופולארית ביותר לטבעת החותם , קל מאוד לחרט לעבוד על פני שטח אליפטי ישר, זוהי הצורה המסורתית ביותר ותמיד נראית מרהיבה

 אוקספורד- אוקספורד הוא מונח המתאר טבעות חותם עם שטח פנים מרובע או מלבני , המתעגל קלות בפינות לגימור אלגנטי. טבעת חותם גברית מעט כבדה ובעלת נוכחות, המתאימה  לטיפוס ייחודי ונועז.

צורת הכרית- טבעת החותם בעלת שטח פנים דמוי כרית היתה האהובה ביותר במהלך התקופה הויקטוריאנית, זהו הסגנון השני הכי פופולארי אחרי הצורה האובאלית הישרה, צורה עדינה ואלגנטית המציעה מראה  פחות שכיח

מתומן- טבעת חותם לגבר עם שטח פנים מתומן למראה מודרני ועכשווי, הרבה פחות מסורתית, מתאימה לג’נטלמן הלובש ז’קט מחויט עם מכנסי ג’ינס.

טבעות קולג’-  אלו הן טבעות המזוהות עם גברים ובחורים צעירים, לרב  סטודנטים או בוגרי מחזור בד”כ במכללות או אוניברסיטאות בארה”ב (מכאן הכינוי טבעת קולג’) ומקורן בכיתת מחזור 1835 של האקדמיה הצבאית של ארה”ב, שם ציינו את מעמד הסיום עם טבעות המתכתבות עם טבעות החותם בצורתן אך בעלות פיתוחים נוספים של סמלים, משפטים שמוסיפים לצידי הטבעת  ואבן חן מרכזית.

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טבעת קולג’ בעיצוב אישי

כיום טבעות הקולג’ מעבר לתפקידן המסורתי, רשמי, הן גם טבעות בעלות הצהרה אופנתית לגבר הנועז, וניתן לעצב אותן באופן אישי, מבחירת סוג  המתכת עד לסמלים, משפטים, חריטות ושיבוץ אבן חן מרכזית .

טבעות אלו אינן יכולות לשמש תחליף לטבעת נישואין קלאסית לגבר, אך נתקלתי בלא מעט גברים שהגיעו אליי לסטודיו בכדי לעצב לעצמם טבעת קולג’ לציון יום הולדת חשוב או אירוע בעל משמעות בחייהם.

טבעות החותם בזהב צהוב, אדום ולבן לגברים ולנשים כאחד תמיד היוו חלק משמעותי מקולקציית הטבעות אצלנו בסטודיו. כתב היד שלי כמעצבת מאז ומתמיד היה שילוב בין מודרני לוינטאג’, ובעיצוב טבעות החותם טמון בדיוק השילוב הנצחי הזה

אנו נשמח להתאים לכם את טבעת החותם המדויקת ביותר עבורכם

מוזמנים ליצור איתנו קשר כאן לתיאום פגישה לעיצוב אישי או לבקר אותנו באתר ולצפות בקולקציית  טבעות החותם החדשה שלנו

Diamonds and Treated Diamonds

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A diamond is the most expensive element in a fine jewelry design and among the most coveted by a wide range of the population.  It symbolizes a very special status  among  two people and it has a remarkable “Diamonds are forever” and “Diamonds are a girls’ best friend” publicity. 

Due to these facts , a genuine need for cheaper substitutes has been growing in recent years. 

 

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Substitutes

The most common and cheapest substitute of the diamond is the infamous Cubic Zirconia. Following is a long list of real stones , of a clear transparent color; most popular is the transparent Sapphire, but in no way, do they come near to the beauty and appearance of a diamond.

Another  replacement for real diamonds are the synthetic diamonds, or in their commercial name: Moissanite. These diamonds have the same exact chemical elements as real diamonds but they are created by man in laboratory conditions.

Moissanites are popular today for a few important reasons:

First and foremost their price is much more reasonable than those of real diamonds and their appearance is beautiful – same effect as that of a real stone of high quality. Due to the fact that the process of developing them has become easier  in recent years , their availability is much more common.

Another important reason for preferring Moissanite upon real diamonds comes from  a human approach – The growing global tendency of protecting nature and human rights of workers in third world countries.

Treated Diamonds

All of the information provided in this article regarding the treated diamonds has been passed on to me by  a long time friend and acclaimed chemist- Eli Sror who has also developed a unique  method for treating inclusions (characteristics enclosed within a gemstone or reaching its surface from the interior) in diamonds.

Eli’s method is the most common today for solving these inclusions.

The method Eli has developed basically gives an optic solution to the inclusions factor in diamonds.

Inclusions are one of the most important factors when it comes to gem valuation.

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Treated Diamonds

All of the information provided in this article regarding the treated diamonds has been passed on to me by  a long time friend and acclaimed chemist- Eli Sror who has also developed a unique  method for treating inclusions (characteristics enclosed within a gemstone or reaching its surface from the interior) in diamonds.

Eli’s method is the most common today for solving these inclusions.

The method Eli has developed basically gives an optic solution to the inclusions factor in diamonds.

Inclusions are one of the most important factors when it comes to gem valuation.

In diamonds, inclusions affect the clarity of the gem, diminishing its value.

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And now a bit of chemistry….

Eli created a substance  that has the identical characteristics as that of  the diamonds with the exact same refractive index.

The refractive index determines how much light is refracted when entering a material. In Eli’s treated diamonds the refractive index is 2.41 –  the same as in a natural diamond.

Eli was able to insert this substance into the inclusions of polished diamonds, thus improving their clarity and appearance profoundly.

The process

The inserted substance is made out of 3 different chemicals: Lead Monoxide, Lead Bromide and Bismuth subsalicylate.

Eli discovered that the combination of all three chemicals create a substance with the exact refractive index as that of the natural diamond.

All three chemicals are heated to 600  degrees centigrade at a pressure of  140 atmospheres, until they become a crystalline solid.

The crystalline is then pulverized into a powder. This powder is inserted into the inclusions of the diamond, which then goes into a division that is heated in a 10 atmosphere vacuum.

The temperature is raised to 550 degrees and the vacuum pulls out the fumes of the inserted substance.

After an hour time the division is opened, the crucible is taken out and inserted into liquid nitrogen in order to freeze the outcome.  

And voila…, we have a beautiful diamond of great clarity that in its’ natural state was graded F in color and SI1 in quality.

Important facts before buying a treated diamond

A treated diamond costs 50% less than a natural diamond of the same quality.

For example: a natural diamond of 1 carat in a quality of  SI1 and of color F costs $6000. The exact diamond with the same values but after being treated drops to the price of $3000.

This significant decrease in price definitely justifies the complex labour put into the process.

From the above example we learn that diamonds under half a carat are not worth being treated.

How can we recognize a treated diamond?  Treated diamonds have light pink or light blue inclusions under their surface. A UV lamp can easily detect these inclusions.

To the naked eye it is impossible to see the difference between a treated  diamond and natural one, so if you plan on purchasing a diamond of half a carat and higher from someone you do not know personally or fully trust, be sure to request a certificate for the diamond.

The main flaw of treated diamonds is their chemical resistance, therefore there are a few prohibitions when wearing them, as opposed to a natural diamond that is strong and resistant  to everything.

For instance when wearing a treated diamond be sure to avoid certain cleaning products that have bleach in them, swimming pools (that have chlorine in them), sulfur pools such as the Dead Sea and UV lamps in general. Exposure to these chemicals will damage the inclusions and they will become black.

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When I design  jewelry with diamond settings I like using natural diamonds. This approach stems from a few reasons:  among them my strong connection to traditional goldsmith techniques, the thought of heirloom jewelry being passed on through generations, and of course for my deep respect to nature and its creations.

Still, it is definitely interesting to hear, learn and be exposed to different approaches  on such a popular subject as diamonds and I am excited to share this knowledge and other alternatives with my clientele!

Click HERE to enjoy a selection of my Timeless Treasures diamond sale

September Sapphires: Purify Your Soul

Purify your soul this September with sapphires!  They are stunning all year round but are especially relevant as they are the birthstone for the month of September and have been known for their healing qualities.  I love using sapphires in my work as they are beautiful, strong, and colorful.  They look amazing in gold settings and integrate them often in engagement rings, earrings, pendants as well as my other gemstone rings for everyday wear.  I often replace diamond jewelry with sapphires for clients who prefer something a bit out of the ordinary.  One of my most popular rings is this vintage style Russian wedding ring that I have altered and added small sapphires to give it a bit more texture and glamour.

The sapphire was said to represent the purity of the soul. Before and during the Middle Ages, it was worn by priests as protection from impure thoughts and temptations of the flesh. Medieval kings of Europe valued these stones for rings and brooches, believing that it protected them from harm and envy. Warriors presented their young wives with sapphire necklaces so they would remain faithful. It was believed that the stone’s color would darken if worn by an adulterer or adulteress, or by an unworthy person.

Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.

Sapphire Ring Trio

Sapphire Ring Trio. Available at http://www.netawolpe.com

In July, we celebrated the red ruby, a relative of the sapphire.  They are both a form of the mineral corundum but the ruby is within it’s own category as it is only red while the sapphire corundum can vary in color.  Typically, you will find sapphires  as blue stones from light blue to dark, but also occur in other natural colors such as:  colorless, gray, yellow, pale pink, orange, green, violet and brown.  These are referred to as fancy sapphires. These different colors are caused by different kinds of impurities within the crystal. For example, yellow sapphires get their color from ferric iron, and colorless gems have no contaminants.  Speaking of fancy sapphires…these are a pair of custom screw back earrings that I created for a special client who loves the Art Deco period and precious gems.  They are now available online and are found easily within my New Designs!  Happy September!

Art Deco Custom Sapphire Earrings

Art Deco Custom Sapphire Earrings

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!

 

Wedding Rings SALE

Men's Wedding Ring Sale

20% Off Wedding Rings

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.

Need accessories? Bridal jewelry that stands out…

Client Wedding Bridal Jewelry

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!

 

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.

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Garland Pearl Stud Earrings, 14k Gold

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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