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.

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?

 

The New Wow Factor By Hal Rubenstein

December 15, 2015
We can’t help ourselves.  It’s how we are wired, conditioned by countless movies, television shows, commercials, magazine ads, and almost everywhere else we look. Thanks to non-stop visual stimuli, we believe and expect that when giving a gift to someone, you haven’t hit it out of the park unless the recipient of your generosity and affection experiences The Wow Factor. This is that moment when, upon tearing off the ribbon and the wrapping paper, his or her eyes suddenly grow large and glisten like fire opals, hands shake in spastic flutter, and a screech escapes a smile that has widened almost touching each lobe. And when this near hysteria occurs, you instantly feel like the North Star of your giftee’s world.
Admit it. You’ve imagined it. We all do. Why not? The problem is that in pursuit of this fevered goal, one’s eager, well-intentioned efforts have a tendency to overshoot the mark. For example, come upon a lush, rich, deep navy cashmere sweater. But dark blue doesn’t make the heart race. So you think, “I know. I’ll buy the turquoise one instead!” even though you’ve have never seen him or her wear that color. Yeah, when that box is opened – Wowza! No? Perhaps. More likely, you just purchased prime regifting material.


A similar miscalculation occurs when people go to buy jewelry. It’s not enough that it sparkles like early starlight or elicits the subtle rush of a stolen kiss. Nah, you want bigger, brighter, rock ‘em, sock ’em bling (gosh, I despise that word) that will practically burst out of the box saying, “Look at me!”  Well, maybe you do, if you are absolutely, positively sure that’s what your honey loves and craves, and wears with the throwaway panache of donning a boyfriend sweater. But more than likely, you’ll get your Wow Factor moment, it will be just, and only that. Almost immediately, the reality of earrings too 
rarified and elaborate for comfort, a ring that can’t ever fit inside a glove, a necklace that makes such a statement that it’s shouting in a workaday world set in. It’s great that these pieces look amazing in the box because that’s where they’re going to spend most of their long life, tucked into a special place in the top drawer. Now, where is the Wow in that?

What if, instead, you chose a piece of fine jewelry that boasted a different set of attributes? Like a pendant that set alluringly right in the clavicle. Or earrings, whose geometry was so cleverly crafted they gracefully dovetailed right into the jawline, or rings that stacked with such playful individuality that they were actually fun to wear. How different would your choice be if wearability, intricate craftsmanship, easy versatility, ergonomic harmony and striking simplicity of design headed your checklist rather than all that flash? Instead of the jewelry that says, “Look at me”, try opting for jewelry that when worn prompts the wearer to look in the mirror and think, “Look at me!” What if the Wow Factor generated eyes that crinkled in delight, cheeks gently flushing with warmth, and a knowing smile stifling the sweetest of giggles? That jewelry may never see the inside of that box again. And you just might become someone’s North Star for forever.

How to Grin and Bear Gift By Hal Rubenstein

November 12, 2015

The temperature remains in the mid-sixties in New York. People are still walking their dogs in Central Park wearing shorts. But head out to the mall and you can almost feel the frost on your breath. In case you can’t see the forest for all the ornament-laden trees, as far as retail is concerned, it’s already holly jolly time. Then how come you don’t look very merry? Is it because you would rather have an MRI than shop for presents? When I tell friends I get off on buying gifts, they look at me as if I said I serve liver and onions on Thanksgiving. After all, searching for something for someone to cherish should enrich the spirit and spark the soul, not turn you into a glassy-eyed zombie wandering the mall aimlessly like Jews in the desert. What you need is a new approach and an attitude adjustment. Lucky for you, I’m here to help. So sit down, exhale and open your eyes:

Shopping at the last minute doesn’t help – especially when you can buy gifts all year long and put them away – but the biggest mistake you make is in not paying attention until the last minute. The key to great gift buying lies in your powers of observation and ability to listen. People are remarking on what they like all the time – when they window shop, look at an online shopping site or look at a magazine. So don’t wait until December 17th to prick up your ears.

Don’t go shopping for everyone you have to all at once. You won’t save time. You’ll buy nothing. Instead, make a list of recipients and write it down on your tablet, your smartphone or even better on a pad with a pencil (Surely they are somewhere around the house). Carry that pad with you at all times until you have wrapped every gift.

Starting now, tune into the appearance, habits, manners, conversations of everyone on the list. Clock when they talk about the last play or song they downloaded. Do they talk about movies, Italian food, sex, football? Is anything
pierced? Steal a smartphone shot of the inside of their home As for the ones you live with and love most, snoop through their rooms or belongings. Note their shoes, bags, scarves, colors of sweaters. You’ll be amazed at the info you will gather in no time.

Do not keep what you heard in your head! Write down what you heard next to their names on that pad. It only takes a few minutes. Take the pad with you whenever you shop.

You want those who love you to adore you? Buying what people need is nice. But buying what each one of them desires is so much better!

Unless you know sizes and where they shop, buying clothing has its risks. Accessories are a smarter, safer way to go. BUT NO GIFT IS AS SURE TO GET A MORE EFFUSIVE, “OH-MY-GOSH-I-CAN’T-BELIEVE-IT-CAN-I-PUT-IT-ON-NOW-OH-MY-GOSH-I’M-NEVER-TAKING-IT-OFF” REACTION THAN JEWELRY! Virtually no one outgrows his or her childlike love of sparkle. Thank goodness!

Want to take the guesswork out of jewelry? If you don’t already know ring and neck sizes, dip into someone’s jewelry box, borrow a few things and head for the jeweler. Note the color metal and stones they favor. For bracelets, gently take hold of your loved ones wrist while strolling, and try to remember how much of your hand went round.

For the record, people enjoy birthstones. You do know their birthday, don’t you? If you don’t, you may need more help than this column can offer. And a casual stroll past jewelry store window couldn’t hurt. BUT I HAVE NEVER MET ANYONE SANE WHO DOESN’T THRILL TO DIAMONDS!  

Unless one of your loved ones rules a small country, there’s no need to shop for the Crown Jewels. In fact, don’t buy something so fancy it’s bound to be saved for holidays and anniversaries. Buy jewelry they can always enjoy. The reason Gabriel & Co. is so proud of its collections of fine jewelry everyday is because no gift exceeds the joy one witnesses when someone incorporates that ring, necklace, earring or bracelet you just gave them into their signature daily look. Every time they look in the mirror, there will be that flicker or memory that recalls the moment they received this wonderful treat they love so much.

No need to get dressed, brave traffic, or find a place to park. Soon as you settle on a budget go onto Gabriel & Co’s newly redesigned, easy and fun to navigate website and start shopping NOW.Write down the numbers of items you like – On that pad remember? – and search the site for the jeweler that carries them, or call us – the number for Gabriel & Co is on the home page – so we can locate and insure you getting the pieces you want.

Don’t go broke. Buy without regret, so you can smile as much as they do. Remember, the great thing about fine jewelry is that it sparkles at any price.

ONE FINAL NOTE – These tips work for: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s & Father’s day, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, Bar Mitzvah, Weddings, and just because it’s Tuesday and you want someone to know you love them. You can use this process whenever you need to buys gifts throughout the year.

You’re welcome!

There’s Life After School

September 30, 2015

When you were a kid, September meant just one thing – Back to School. But now that you’re all grown up, with responsibilities, a career, maybe even a family, waving farewell to summer signals the arrival of something much more important In your life –- all that FALL FASHION! It’s going to be a big season for tailored dresses, over-sized coats, extravagant boots, boldly colored handbags, big knits. Fashion magazines are doorstop heavy with options. Internet shopping sites are top heavy with accessories. Each store window you pass seems to beckon with the seductive powers of a snake in Eden. Now far be it from us to hold you back from your seasonal spree. But before you wear out the security chip in that hopefully safer credit card, how about considering an investment in a new kind of wardrobe for all seasons we think is as wise as it is wonderful and sophisticated as it is oh-so-smart. Because as much as we crave the latest clothes and accessories, even the plushest cashmere eventually pills, the most patent of stilettos scuffs and you may be cooing over that “it” bag now, but in a few years, it’s likely to be on the road to eBay.
 
It’s an inevitable dangerous curve in the circle of life, even the most stylish ones that wool, leather, silk and canvas must succumb to time and wear. But the gleaming circles and sensuous shapes crafted in 14k gold and sterling silver, diamonds and sapphires, why they go on forever! And it is with this glorious reality in mind that Gabriel & Co is designing and will keep introducing our new FINE JEWELRY EVERYDAY collections of such stunning simplicity, limitless wearability and smile-inducing affordability, as part of our heartfelt mission to make “wearing the good stuff” an essential and desirable factor in your wardrobe, your style and your life. The beauty of FINE JEWELRY EVERYDAY is that these striking yet easy to love bracelets, rings, chains, necklaces and earrings are bound to make looking your best so effortless, wearing them will feel like a reflex, that is if you ever take them off. Fashion will keep on changing every few months. But our Fine Jewelry Everyday isn’t going anywhere – except wherever you’re going.
 

About:Hal Rubenstein
Hal Rubenstein, Gabriel’s global style director, was one of the founding editors of InStyle Magazine where served as Fashion Director for 15 years. Prior to that, Rubenstein was the Men’s Style Director of the New York Times, and was a contributing editor to Vogue, Elle, The New Yorker, New York, Interview, Ocean Drive and Details. Rubenstein is co-director of The Fund in the Sun Foundation, on the boards of The Paul Taylor Dance Company and Live Out Loud. In addition to creating and editing the cult classic Egg Magazine, Rubenstein is also a noted food critic and consultant, appears regularly on HSN with his eponymous clothing line and is the author of four books, his latest being The Looks of Love:50 Moments in Fashion that Inspired Romance  (HarperCollins, 2015).

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