HOW TO: Stack Gabriel & Co. Rings

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That classic fashion rule of “less is more” is out the door.  Instead, we believe in ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES, especially when it comes to layering, mixing, matching our infinitely exciting stackable rings.

 

Mix & Match

The fun and beauty of stackable rings is that they give you choice, variety, and even spontaneity, so that you can add a more personalized touch to your individual look. You can create a set that serves as a cohesive design to wear onLR50485Y45JJ_LR6317Y45JJ_LR5701Y45JJ~FB~BIG~FASHION a daily basis, but then, when the mood hits or the occasion arrives,  mix and match them with more distinct rings. Choose from an array of geometric rings for a bold and edgy look, or a mix of ornate filigree detailed bands with a feminine flair to help get you in the mood for a romantic evening.

 

 

 

Pops of Color

20160201-IMG_7187edited‘Stick with one color gold’ is another rule that we are officially and permanently breaking.  Mix yellow with white, rose with yellow, plus add a pop of color by inserting some colored gemstones in between rings with diamonds.  Why shouldn’t your fingers have a wardrobe of rings too?

How many?

As long as your hands appear visually pleasing, and your choices don’t hinder you from getting work done, no number is too many!  However, here are a few things to consider when putting many rings together:

  • Are you going for a carefree boho-inspired carefree image, or a sleek and sophisticated date LR4593Y45JJ_LR4748W45JJ_LR4579Y45JJ_LR6317W45JJ~IG~SMALL~FASHIONnight look?
  • Are you wearing other jewelry, like chunky bracelets, or large drop earrings? 
  • The sizes of the rings in relation to each other also make a difference.  Are the rings you picked all chunky, or you’re mixing in a few thinner ones? Variation is the key to multiples.
  • Can you bend your knuckle?  Does it catch on your knits?   
  • And most important, do you like the way you feel when you wear what you’ve chosen.   

The Rise In Rose Gold Everything

IMG_6051-Edit_editRight now rose gold is a tour-de-force in all aspects of modern design. Rose gold accessories, rose gold nails and just about everything else have become a slam-dunk sign of glam. From the darling of lifestyle bloggers to a recognizable guest in wedding registries, rose gold is one of the new best friends of girls and women everywhere.

Rose gold has had a few different names in it’s short life, like pink gold, red gold and Russian gold. Red gold and pink gold are slightly varying shades of gold that have fallen under the catchall term rose gold, as time has gone by. There are many choices too when it comes this shimmering shade. Most jewelers now have rose gold versions for their engagement ring and wedding band designs.Gabriel-ER7527K44JJ-1

Rose gold is a blend of gold and copper that give it a complimentary blushing hue. Rose gold pairs well with all kinds of skin tones, giving a warm, youthful glow to all it touches. It comes in 14k or 18k gold. Rose gold also gives a great extra pop to gemstones and diamonds set within it. Translucent diamonds and pink sapphires get a dramatic facelift when set in rose gold. Mostly because we are so used to seeing them set in white gold.

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The rise of rose gold’s popularity can be traced back to the simple fact that it was often seldom seen in jewelry stores or worn with as a fashion accessory. It made a fashionable appearance with some jewelry designers and watchmakers in the 1940s and 1950s but most times it had been on the sidelines compared with the popularity of white gold. Rose gold still has that maverick, fashion-forward, limited-edition quality that appeals to those who want something new while still being understated.

Rose gold was originally fromegg the age of Russian Czars, a time of decadence and turmoil. Rose gold is found on traditional Faberge eggs and Soviet engagement rings in later years. While the demand of rose gold has risen and fallen since it became more widely introduced in the 19th century, it has never had the kind of supercharged popularity it is enjoying at this very moment. Rose gold was known as an embellishment but never the headlining color that yellow gold has been. Until now, that is.

The secret behind rose gold’s stacksuccess comes from its versatility. Rose gold has the ability to pair beautifully with yellow gold and white gold. Any rose gold ring can fit right into a stackable rings set.

 

Rose gold can also be usedGabriel-ER12823C4T44JJ-2 discretely to distinguish the elegant details that might otherwise be missed, as seen in this ring from our Blush collection.

From tech companies Apple to Samsung, the color rose gold has taken the tech world for it’s perceived luxurious look and uniquely soft copper hue. Rose gold has become a defining color in the minimalist styling and athleisure attitudes of our decade. A trend that’s likely to continue for the foreseeable future, so don’t worry about rose gold going out of style, especially if it fits right in with yours.

HOW TO: Choose Hoop Earrings

Things to remember when it comes to hoop earrings:

  • The best way to make any look sexier is to put on a pair of hoops
  • EVERY woman looks sensational in a pair of hoops
  • Hoops never have, and never will go out of style, just like a black pump or your favorite LBD.

hoopWhich pair of hoops is best for you?

You’ll either fall in love with a pair, put them on, and you’re done because you’ll never want to take them off. Or, you’ll want to acquire a small collection of hoops for different occasions, outfits and moods. Either way, you first need to find which hoops look best on you.  

What to look for when trying on hoops:

The weight of the hoop

You want them to be comfortable enough for you to wear all day, or all night! Gabriel & Co. hoops are so light, it makes wearing every size a possibility.EG12901_edited

The size of the hoop

The larger the hoop is, the more movement it will have, and the more it will frame your face, which will garner more attention.

The metals and details

Do you prefer gold or silver, diamond adorned or other precious stones? Do you like a sleek style or more ornate, with a filigree detail? Try on a few styles; you never know which pair, (or pairs) work for you!

The length of your hair

EG12897_editedWill a delicate and dainty hoop get lost in your long luscious locks? Is a big hoop going to overwhelm a short crop, or perfectly juxtapose a bob?  How does the effect of the hoop change when you wear your hair up or down?

The shape of your jawline

Varying sizes in hoop earrings can accentuate your natural features. They can elongate the face, giving the illusion of strengthening a softer jawline or highlighting a cheekbone, depending on where they fall around your face.

The sparkle and size of the stones

intricate_hoopsGabriel & Co.’s diamond hoops have a beautiful glimmer of sparkle, which can add a subtle touch of shimmer and elegance to any look, be it weekend casual, or evening glamour.

Gabriel & Co.’s hoop earrings are distinct in that we have a screwback feature in all our hoop earrings, so the one thing you won’t have to think about when trying on our hoops are whether you will lose them. 

Summer Jewelry By Hal Rubenstein

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As someone who has always loved shiny, pretty things, and believes minimalism is highly overrated, I find it unimaginable that anyone would prefer to face the day without adornment.

But even my exuberant faith needs some adjustment in the good old summertime, when jewelry takes on a different glow, a more noticeable profile, a different temperature, and some curious challenges.  So here are points to consider when you want put a shine on in the sunlight.

  • Diamonds appear twice their size in summer sun. So adjust accordingly depending on whether you want to stand out or stick out.

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  • Favor colored stones that easily catch the light like aquamarines, peridots, citrines, quartz, morganite and fire opals over light absorbing gems like garnets, malachite, or onyx.BG3831_3888_3428_edited
  • Pearls may be white but on their own they look elegantly at odds in bucolic settings or along the shore and are often vulnerable if you are engaged in sports or strenuous activity.  The exception to this caution, however is any time you reach for a Little Black Dress.
  • Less precious metals like copper, brass or alloys heat up much more rapidly in the summertime. Stick to the good stuff.NK5565Y45JJ-1
  • The most obvious statement you may be making with a statement necklace, or any form of big link chain is “Oh, my word, this is making me sweat!” Summer is the season for jewelry that’s weightless and airy, that fluidly moves and swings.

 

  • Under a full moon, candlelight, the strung bulbs of an outdoor café, or Gabriel-EG13259W84JJ-2LED lights in a club, long earrings with faceted sparkle will act as you own
    personal lighting system, highlighting your face, enhancing your cheekbones and fresh tan
  • If you are wear jewelry to the beach, do not remove it to go in the water. A beach bag is too careless a place to put something so precious, for it is too easily mislaid or stolen.
  • Nevertheless, just as extreme heat makes fingers swell, the sudden plunge into a cold ocean or frigid lake can make fingers “shrink”. Make sure your rings are secure, or leave them at home.

In fact, do not wear your best jewelry to the beach, for, oh so many reasons:

  • It’s not only abrasive, it’s torture when it’s time to search for that lost earring, which is why we strongly recommend Gabriel’s patented screwback hoops.

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  • an aggressive wave can be a jewlery thief
  • sweat and silver are not good friends
  • sun tan oil and bug repellent gets into links and setting, dulls metal’s shine and forms a film over stones
  • chlorine is no ally of pendants hanging from leather, or braided bracelets made from any fabric.  It can compromise their strength and discolor them.  Over-chlorinated hot tubs can even discolor silver.

 

  • NEVER wear jewelry while gardening. Besides getting it filthy, certain chemicals in soil can do damage, unknown buried matter can scratch or catch bracelets. Gardening gloves don’t necessarily solve the issue.  When you are done, you can easily pull off a ring without knowing it.  Take it off what matters before you get too close to nature.
  • Take into account that sunglasses with polished wire or metal counts as jewelry in the overall picture.
  • On one hand, it’s great to take your favorite pieces with you when you go on vacation especially if it’s going to be a romantic getaway. If that’s the case, either put them on and never take them off, or make sure the pieces you packed are insured. Hotel safes are not exactly Fort Knox, and hotels make it very clear that they not responsible for lossesIMG_9610 2

 

  • Summer knits are so appealing and sensual because of their seductively open loose weaves. But they are also a web just waiting to ensnare your jewelry and break your heart. Remove adornments with edges, catches unique geometry or easy movement before you put on or take off your knits.  We don’t want the sun to catch you crying.

‘You Had Me At Halo’

No matter the engagement ring you choose, there is guaranteed to be a halo setting for it. They have flooded the cases of every jewelry store and are a common sight on so many newly engaged women’s Instagram feeds for good reason. Halos make a smaller carat stone appear larger, brilliantly highlighting features of a gem cut like a princess or pear cut diamond.

For those few future brides unaware of the halos power to enhance and dazzle, here’s how it’s done.

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Gabriel & Co. 14k White Gold Diamond Round Halo with Pave Shank Engagement Ring – ER6872W44J.  A detailed pave setting with diamonds that lace the band and halo. This contemporary styled ring is truly enchanting.

Halos are made up of diamond or gemstone pavés put into a design that surrounds the center stone. The pavé is a group of smaller gemstones set closely together and held in place by little beads or prongs that are barely visible. However, what you are most aware of is their aggregate sparkle, especially how it extends the shine to all sides.

While halos are one of the newer styles on the scene, its origin is centuries old. This versatile motif started taking off during the 1700’s when they were first called cluster rings.  However, today cluster rings can also refer to a group of smaller diamonds held together to create the illusion of a large center stone. The two terms are interchangeable.

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Gabriel & Co. 14k White Gold Diamond Art Deco Double Halo Engagement Ring – ER7263W44JJ. Influenced by the art deco period, this diamond engagement ring is a true work of art. Diamond side stones, milgrain borders and an engraved band all add to the vintage feel.

This 270 year-old ring was given by a rogue king who failed to reclaim the throne of Great Britain an uprising in the 1700’s gave to a widowed mother after her son volunteered to eat food that might be poisoned for him. The rose or “European cut” diamond is surrounded by smaller diamonds of various sizes. Diamonds were hard to source in uniform sizes, even for the most rich and famous people of the time.

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14k White Gold Diamond Double Halo – ER10491W44JJ. This swoon-worthy diamond ring features two round diamond halos and a split shank diamond band for maximum sparkle and shine.

Victorian times saw the rise of a variation composed of the smallest of halos with the center diamond being raised up high in certain mounts. Yet diamonds weren’t necessarily the most popular for halos back then. Many halos were made out of seed pearls set on a backing of black enamel in order to stand out.

During the Art Deco era halos adapted to fit right into its popular streamlined designs and geometric shapes. Many rings featured a cut open style that made use of negative space extremely well.

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Though the halo has never really fallen out of fashion, its popularity began to rise in the new millennium and since 2010 it has skyrocketed.  In fact, recently we have seen rapidly growing desire for the dazzle of double and triple halos. Most often they are paired with a wedding band or a series of harmonious stackables.  Expect to see even more innovative styles as our gifted Gabriel designers redefine what an engagement ring can be.

 

 

Safeguarding the Public Trust in Diamonds By Bill Boyajian

This recent series on synthetic diamonds was designed to introduce these products to the consuming public, and to identify the ethical issues surrounding accurate promotion and representation of them. In a world focused on transparency, social responsibility, and truth in advertising, it is vital that man made diamonds are properly identified and accurately represented to the jewelry-buying public.

To facilitate this transparency and to eliminate the possibility of ambiguity, leading members of the diamond and jewelry trade have developed elaborate systems to clearly identify DSC_0733their gems and jewelry, and to safeguard the public’s trust in their products. For example, Gabriel & Co., a leading designer-manufacturer and supplier to thousands of retailers, assures its clients that the diamonds mounted in their jewelry pieces are compliant with the Kimberley Process, which ensures they are conflict-free. In addition, all natural diamonds that Gabriel & Co. uses can be verified through its stringent sourcing and tracking processes, ensuring proper identification.

Many retailers are hesitant to offer synthetic diamonds to their customers as a less expensive alternative to natural diamonds. A big part of their concern is whether increased production of manmade diamonds will drive the price (and the value) of the product down, and not serve the long-term interests of their customers. Time will tell whether synthetic diamonds will make a significant impact in the marketplace. For now, manmade diamonds represent only a fraction of 1% of the total diamond jewelry market, although that percentage is growing annually.


HOW TO: Wear Stackable Bracelets

There are no rules when it comes to choosing stackables, but here are some great tips on how to make them look even better!

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(Pictured above: TB3897, TB3898, TB3899, TB3899, TB3900)


On The Look:image
Stackable Bracelets come in two looks:

  • Carefree and casual, they move up and down the arm.
  • Polished and sophisticated, they stay where they are positioned

(Pictured to the right: BG3888, G3904, BG3905, TB3899) 

When choosing a few bracelets together, it’s best to choose within the same look. 


On Mixing:

  • imageOf course, similar metals, or similar stones, (all diamonds, or all sapphires, for example) give a clean and harmonious look.
  • However, mixing metals and colored stones in your stack adds a trendy and fun touch, and creates a greater visual design.

Mixing tends to work better with stackables that move more fluidly, to accentuate the carefree and casual look you are going for!

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On Caring:

  • You put a lot of thought when putting together your favorite stackables, so put some thought into taking care of them too.
  • Avoid pairing bracelets whose design features may damage each other.
  • While wearing bracelets, be careful when putting your arms in sleeves—if they snag on your clothes, it’ll ruin both your bracelet and your favorite top. In fact, wear them last after you get dressed.
  • Regularly check your bracelets for scratches, loose stones, worn clasps, and safety catches. It’s a natural precaution for jewelry with a lot of movement.

Think about these three practical elements of wearing these bracelets:

  • How many of these can I wear that it won’t affect my ability to do day-to-day tasks?image
  • Will any of my daily activities cause any wear and tear to the bracelets?
  • How much noise does the stack I have on make, and does it bother me? Will it bother others around me?

(Pictured to the right: BG3912, BG3913, LR50929)

Wear your stackables with everything you own, they go with anything from your tees & jeans, to formal wear, to whatever you love lounging in. There’s nowhere your Gabriel & Co. bracelets won’t look and feel sensational.


HOW TO: Choose Necklaces for Specific Necklines

Wear your stackables with everything you own, they go with anything from your tees & jeans, to formal wear, to whatever you love lounging in. There’s nowhere your Gabriel & Co. bracelets won’t look and feel sensational.

One of the brightest ways to celebrate personal style is to simply clasp on a gold or silver necklace with a shot of sparkle.
And the easiest way to choose the most flattering chain is by working with the neckline of your day’s (or night’s) outfit.

 

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1. Strapless (NK5360W84JJ):

There are several options and each can be incredibly eye-catching.
• Set a single solitaire pendant on a thin chain to lie right in the dimple of your clavicle.
• Choose a brilliant and bold statement necklace. All diamonds have incredible impact, especially when the dress is monochromatic. Multi-colored stones look impressive against a black gown as well.
• Choose a delicately crafted choker that is either centered on one large centerpiece stone, or highlights intricate artisanry and small set stones.

 

2. Turtlenecks (NK5383W84OX):

Because turtlenecks represent a more causal style and tend to be bulkier than the other options, choose necklaces that are lightweight, not too grand and move freely. A pendant on a long chain, or layered with another one elongates the body as the sweater does and won’t get tangled in the weave. Remember remove your necklaces BEFORE you take off the sweater.

 

3. Halter necks (NK5214W45JJ & NK5216W45JJ):

Most effective when worn with a long pendant on a dense but not wide link that sports a sparkling drop that is shaped in such a way as to point, however, obviously, to your cleavage.

 

4. Boat neck (NK5457SVJKD & NK5345W45JJ):

To contrast the horizontal neckline, pick two long vertical lengths, one that ends with a specific pendant or drop, and the other that frames the drop with a longer, more graceful curve.

 

5. Off the Shoulder (NK4076SVJGO):

You could wear a choker similar to one described under “strapless’ but the strongest look for this sensual neckline is ropes and ropes of gold and silver, of varied widths and lengths as many as you can handle. Just note – this can be dangerous if the evening includes a night of dancing.

 

6. Crew or Jewel (NK5327W45JJ & NK5222W45JJ):

So called because it reflects the same circumference as a classic strand of pearls. But don’t limit yourself. It’s a smart backdrop for a metal link chain or to loosely layer a combination of chain and bejeweled ropes for a fresh, informal take on glamour.

 

7. Button down shirt (NK5461SVJKD):

By the nature of the blouse’s silhouette, necklace placement is both understated and partially hidden. Consequently, it’s best to choose one of uniform design and detail (same sized stone or link all around) long enough to drop below the clavicle but short enough to display the bottom curve before the highest closed shirt button.

The ‘Secret’ of Redefining Engaged By Hal Rubenstein

The way you see it, there’s no other love like yours.

No matter the fairy tales you’ve sighed for, songs you’ve swooned over, or movies that needed tissues handy, none can match the combination of shared dreams, exhilarating chemistry, unabashed attraction, special dates, never-to-be IMG_8732editedforgotten getaways, saved notes, surprise gifts, ceaseless curiosity and unequivocal trust the two of you share. Love is the ultimate marvel and mystery because it ignites and develops a unique form of communication between a couple – a system of knowing glances, private touches, whispered signals, and explainable telepathy that sets both of you apart from the rest of the world. We call them secrets.

Well, if you are blessed with the secrets of love, why shouldn’t the ultimate symbol of your union – your engagement ring – have secrets of its own?

Behold Gabriel & Co.’s new array of settings that go beyond IMG_8757editedsingular beauty.  Each collection offers rings harboring stunning, intricate and unexpected flourishes of romantic artisanry – a hidden infinity symbol in pave diamonds, a glorious diamond rosette tucked under the solitaire, spirals of pink gold nestled inside a band of white gold, a gallery of prongs that elevate the solitaire like a crown –  that are so discreetly and seductively engineered they’re obvious only to the lucky gent who offered it and the woman who accepted it and treasures this ring on her finger everyday. Of course, you can reveal Gabriel & Co.’s beautiful one-of-a-kind secrets to one and all if you so choose to show if off to an inevitable chorus of unanimous wonderment. Or perhaps, you may want to hold your ring close, with a quiet, selfish glee, knowing it holds yet one more marvelous, intimate secret you can cherish together forever.  And that’s how Gabriel is Redefining Engaged.

In Simplicity We Trust By Hal Rubenstein

April 20, 2016

Life demands change, but these days it feels like we’ve gone into hyper drive. Everything seems to move much faster. Yet, there’s always more to do. A staggering amount of information and options is right there at our fingertips, so there’s almost nothing we can’t know or try. But when do we ever have enough time? With so much going on around us, how can we make sure and be confident that we are putting our best selves out there. We’d rather not deal with anything complicated. In fact, simplicity holds the key to happiness.

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Simplicity is not only modern, it’s refreshing, even invigorating, when you can streamline your life by seeking, discovering, trusting and embracing those precise elements that will insure looking and feeling one’s best without stress or second-guessing. It’s that smashing haircut you can wash and dry almost without glancing in a mirror, the fit and flare of a dress that makes you want to start dancing the moment its zipped up, the sexy heel you can strut in, that cropped leather motor-cross jacket you grab without thinking, instinctively knowing it works with everything.

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And to top each day or night’s outfit off with just the right polish and shine, let’s go for eye-catching diamond and gold shard earrings, or a graceful chain that sports three, small, diamond triangles, the sensuous open star ring, the bracelet that embraces your wrist with a glinting spray of comet trails or any of the strikingly beautiful, effortlessly wearable, why-ever-take-this-off practical, new sparkling works Gabriel & Co. has added to its Fine Jewelry Everyday collections. As you can see from our beguiling new campaign, Fine Jewelry Everyday is more than a clever slogan. It’s Gabriel’s foolproof shortcut 09_085to stunning. How delicious it is to wear something expertly crafted, sure to last as long as your passion for it, and as valued as it is valuable. How inspiring it is to find jewelry that is this special without ever appearing precious. The irresistible brilliance of Fine Jewelry Everyday is that not only is every piece a perfect fit for the world we are rushing to strive and thrive in and feels so organic you’ll forget you’re wearing it, but that our fine jewelry’s subtle beauty is guaranteed to get you noticed every time you wear it, which – as we think you will soon happily decide – will be everyday.  How simply wonderful is that?