ENV Moissanite™ Exclusively at JYB Jewels

JYB Jewels is offering their own line of moissanite stones called ENV Moissanite™. We will be offering a variety of antique cuts and select fancy cuts. We are one of the few companies that allows you to customize your stone down to the mm and culet size. All of our available cuts can be seen on our social media channels on Instagram and Facebook. Be sure to follow us to see the latest pieces and special pricing. 

Shown here an old miner, antique cushion an old european cut!

Shown here an old miner, antique cushion an old european cut!

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Hello again! It has been a whirlwind these past couple of years. I have had the chance to make some beautiful pieces, and I am glad that I can find the time to sit down, share and offer them to you.

I am proud to share that you can now shop our designs online at our Etsy shop!!! If you do not find anything that suits your style, let us design something custom just for you.

Cheers!
Jules

Project Peek: The MK Band

One of the latest projects we have been working on is the MK Band! This is a beautiful one year wedding anniversary band that was designed for a dear client of mine. It is featured with sparkling full cut diamonds and natural blue sapphires. All stones were handpicked for maximum performance and light play. This band sits very low profile and will not snag on anything. It can be worn stacked, solo and swapped in as a wedding band too! The band has a nice weight to it, but carries a delicate character with the tiny hand millgrained detail. We went back and forth of stone choice with sapphires as the petals versus center and ultimately decided sapphires would look best. I adore this band as it is so versatile and can be dressed up or down.

The MK Band can be made with any metal and gemstone/diamond combination. For any custom piece inquiry, please send us a note on our Contact Page. 

 

 

Getting Pearly

Oh pearls! Pearls are timeless pieces to add to your collection.  These lovely layers of nacre radiate beauty and femininity. Pearls are created inside of shells like clams and oysters. The pearl creation process can be done naturally through organisms in the water or the cultured process, which requires some help from human interaction to get started. Pearls come in all colors, shapes and sizes to suit any taste. Pearls can really range in price and quality so make sure to do your research if you are looking to invest! I love pearls simply because they add a touch of elegance to everything and anything! Throw on a strand of pearls over a v-neck white tee or with a LDB.

Here are some of my favorite pearl looks. Share your favorite in the comments!

Layered pearls + pearl studs with a plain casual shirt.

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Layered pearls to dress up your wedding guest attire. Can't forget the bling too ;-)

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Classic pearl studs (PINK and WHITE!)

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Long knotted layered pearls.

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Pearls and diamonds with a halo? What more could a girl want!

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Summertime Jewel Survival Guide

TGIF and three cheers for the weekend! We all enjoy the peak of summer July through August, who doesn’t? The frequent beach trips, spontaneous last minute getaways, basking in the sunrays, delicious food festivals and oh so more! It is the best time of the season to enjoy, but think twice about bringing along those beloved jewels.

Here are a few tips to make sure your jewels stay their best throughout the summertime!

Protect your skin and jewels
With UV rays beaming to their maximum, it is important to lather on that sunscreen. While it may be an excellent idea to prevent sunspots and wrinkles, it is not the best idea for your jewels! Overtime lotions and sprays will adhere to your jewelry making for cloudy stones. Who wants a stone that does not sparkle – NO THANK YOU! In addition, some heat treated stones may change color if exposed to too much direct sunlight. If you are going to slather on the sunscreen, take off your precious jewels and wait till the product dries. Better yet, I would leave those beauties safe in your jewelry box. 

Sand Sans Jewels
I just love a good trip to the beach! There is nothing like sand between your toes, and who doesn’t like to pick up a handful of sand and watch it fall through the cracks of your fingers. This might be fun for your, but certainly not your rings! Sand can be damaging to the surface of your stones causing scratches and dulling to those softer stones. These little grains can get into the little crevices of your ring settings too and trust me it is not easy to get out once it is stuck in there. Again, if you will be constructing sand castles galore, I would leave the jewels at home and opt for a fun pair of costume earrings.

Dip and Dive
I am a big dipper when I am sunning my buns! I am sure a lot of you can relate and probably do this too. It is when you lay out to the point you think you are going to boil, and then you take a dip in the water to cool down. The heat often makes fingers swell and the cold makes them shrink! This hot and cold combo can cause your rings to become loose in the water, and easy enough they can slip off into a pool filter or even worse the dark abyss of the ocean. If you are going to go for a dip, I would remove all and any jewelry! This not only goes for rings, but bracelets, necklaces and earrings! 

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The Great Eternity Debate

Literally, it is the never ending eternity band question. What is the best choice for a band? Do you go with an eternity band with stones around the entire setting? Do you go with the half eternity with stones half way around or do you find a happy medium with three fourths around the band? My answer comes down to personal preference by weighing the pros and cons based on your lifestyle.

Eternity Gals – This would be someone who may baby their jewelry and work in a lightly active workplace with minimal usage of their hands. The pros of an eternity band is never having to worry about the spin factor, which is constantly checking to see if your stones are facing up or down. The spin factor doesn’t happen on everyone, but most fingers fluctuate in sizes based on body and environmental temperature. The cons is that the ring cannot likely be resized unless you have a spring or balls added to make a setting smaller. You are pretty much forever stuck with that size so you better hope your fingers stay the same size. There is always the option of reuse and recycling the setting and stones into something even more fabulous!

Partial Eternity Gals – This would be ideal for someone who might be more active with their hands or mommies! The pros are these are more cost effective so you can likely get more bands for the price of one. If you are big on stacking, this would be a good option for those on a budget. The other upside is resizing can be done within reason. It is likely your fingers will change size due to life body changes so having the option to resize a piece that no longer fits it always a bonus in my book! The comfort of a partial eternity is more comfy for me when I have higher up settings. If stones creep around to the sides of my fingers, I will get a “finger window” where your fingers no longer touch because there are stones in between! The down side of partial eternities is the spin factor. If you have a band with only stones half way around any movement might show some of the metal causing some of your sparkle to be unseen. This can be solved with a three fourths eternity, which has better coverage than a half.

I am 100% an eternity gal if it’s a simple band, but usually go three fourths if there is a center stone taking the stage. What type of jewelry wearer are you? Do you prefer eternity bands or partial bands? Whatever type of eternity or semi-eternity wearer you are, I would recommend taking off your pretties while doing any type of vigorous activity with your hands to ensure the longevity of your pieces. 

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

History of Jewelry - The Art Deco Period

This one of my favorite time periods of jewelry! The Art Deco period of jewelry was born in the mid-1920s and continued through the 1930s. It all started with the World’s Fair event held in Paris called the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. These pieces were similar to those of the Egyptian period that radiated solid structures, geometric shapes, perfect symmetry and repeating patterns. The use of colored gemstones mixed with diamonds was very popular too. Cartier and Van Cleef & Arples were some of the key leaders in making beautiful signed pieces and keeping this period alive.

Here are some of my favorite Art Deco pieces from some great second hand resalers + a sapphire piece of my own! Photos provided by Lang Antiques & 1st Dibs

JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Art Deco Piece

Can you tell I'm a little crazy for sapphires? Do you have a beautiful Art Deco piece to share of your own or a favorite? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

Something Old to Something New

Do you have some old pieces you no longer wear because they are dated or are not your style anymore? What about a piece that was passed down that you would never see yourself wearing? I believe it is important to wear and cherish each piece of jewelry. The simple solution to get the most wear out of your jewelry is to have pieces that you actually want to wear. The recycling process of jewelry is one of the most cost effective ways to get a new meaningful piece, and have fun in the design process. What exactly is the recycling process? It is taking a piece(s) of jewelry that you no longer wear or ever wore, and designing a brand new piece or two or more!

For example, this 3 carat diamond eternity band was too big and bulky. It was not getting much wear because it was uncomfortable and really did not look right. The shared prong setting was solid, but that did help the piece get worn more.

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The solution was to recast by refining the metal designing something classic that would have a lower profile and a touch of millgrain of course :) We kept the gallery open to let in light and allow the stones to sparkle more. The new octagon eternity band was born with a few stones to spare for a future project. 

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Do you have a piece that you wish to recycle? Turn a ring into a pair of earrings or turn your pendant into a bracelet! The possibilities with jewelry recycling are endless. Feel free to drop JYB Jewels a note on our contact form to help you design the perfect new (old) piece!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

The Hunt & The Lilybell

The story of this piece all began with the stone hunt! This is the best part of creating a new piece by finding that dream stone that makes your heart pitter patter. My mind had been set on an elongated old cut diamond that had the right amount of character and color. I wanted a stone that displayed a little bit of warmth changing from white to buttery cream under different lighting conditions.

The stone of my dreams came along in early 2013, but I was too late to purchase before it was scooped up. This was literally the stone that got away. Discouraged, I took a break and decided to keep myself busy with other gemstone projects. There was no point in stressing over what should be a fun and exciting process. I believe this is true for anything in life.

The beginning of spring 2014, the unbelievable happened. The stone of my dreams that had gotten away came back into my life. I had the opportunity to purchase and of course jumped on it right away. Call me crazy, but I strongly believed it was fate of two old souls being reunited again. Not being able to see the original stone in person and only in photos and videos, I was taking a gamble with love at first sight. When I received the stone, I feel in love all over again. The stone was everything I could have imagined and more. It was the perfect size, shape, wonkiness, color and more. I could not wait to start planning her forever home!

I took a few days to get to know and play with her in my stone holder. What type of forever home would she want? Did I want to set her east-west as the original owner had or north-south? Would she look best in a bezel or prong setting? The possibilities were endless from a simple solitaire, classic three, organic halo and more. The chunky facets, slight wonkiness and light play were unbelievable. Being a devoted halo girl, I decided to go with a floral halo. I added romantic hand engraving and delicate millgrain that would really show case the center stone. With that said, the Lilybell was born. 

Are you currently on a stone hunt of your own? Tell us about it! Do you have the perfect stone, but can't quite figure out the perfect home for it? Send us a note on our contact form, and let JYB Jewels help find the perfect setting that suits you!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

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Moissanite! Moissanite! Moissanite!

The times have changed of what is the societal "norm" for an engagement ring. There are many diamond alternatives that couples are starting to explore from colored stones to lab grown stones to synthetic stones.

One of my favorite diamond alternatives is moissanite, which is a man-made stone made up of silcone carbide. The history behind moissanite all started among the stars fifty thousand years ago when a meteorite crashed into Earth. The remains from this crash left a wonderful brilliant and strong crystal behind that was later named moissanite by the founder Dr. Henri Moissan. The results of this crash were replicated by scientists and moissanite is now able to be grown in a lab setting.

Moissanite is one of the hardest stones in the world ranking 9.25 on the Mohs scale, while the diamond ranks at 10. This means the stone is quite tough and can stand the test of time. Of course it is important to take your jewels to the spa and regular check-ups to make sure it is looking the best! The refractive index and light dispersion of moissanite is greater than a diamond, which gives off that extra sparkle. Who doesn’t love some extra sparkle on their hand, ears or neck? Moissanite comes in all different shapes, sizes and colors!

JYB Jewels loves to work with moissanite and has an extraordinary team of artisans that know how to handle and care for this type of stone. The low cost of moissanite compared to diamonds allows the possibilities of a piece(s) to be endless. After all, every gal deserves to have a collection of jewels right? Keep checking back on our blog for some of our latest moissanite projects. If you have a project in mind, feel free to contact us too!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.