Hot Summer Wedding Trends 2014

Wedding season is in full swing this summer and Gemorie is on point with delivering you with the hottest wedding trends of 2014. We have searched coast to coast asking wedding experts and stylists about the noticeable fashion trends from this wedding season.  Weddings are going softer with more pastel and nude tones, romantic details, and vintage inspired engagement rings and wedding sets.

Trend #1: Pink Is In

You know what they say; a blushing bride is the prettiest on her special day. This color scheme has been seen on celebrity weddings such as Jessica Biel and Gwen Stefani. The right tone of pink is a nude, blush inspired color in a barely pink tint. A pink wedding dress is sensual, seductive, dreamy and unique!

Pink Wedding Dress Vera Wang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trend #2: Bring on the Romance

Romantic wedding décor is so hot this year. Think elegant details such as crystal accents, old Hollywood glamour, and high-end plate settings. In 2014, it’s all about the details. Focus on creamy natural colors and pops of gold.  Metallic details are big this year! We love the metallic trend translated on small details such as wedding cakes, linens, and chandeliers. Candelabras are another noteworthy trend this year, along with covered lanterns in a wide array of sizes.

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Trend #3:  Personalization

We all know that personalized touches are the most memorable for any party and your wedding is no exception! Take the time to make beautiful handwritten wedding invites with freehand illustrations and choose unique custom paper from your local paper boutique. Include a consistent theme with your stationary accents including programs, place cards, menus, and thank you cards. Elegant party favor bags can be created with organza and tulle and personalized with your own signature monogram. Personal details like this make a wedding feel high-end and romantic yet can save you tons of money.

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Trend #4: Match the Ring to the Dress

The new trend in wedding dresses is to match your wedding dress to your engagement ring. Inspired by the new collections from 2015 spring runways, we have picked various wedding dress styles ranging from Victorian inspired to modern. If you are in the market for a wedding dress, check out these lovely pairings for inspiration.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER BRIDALDiamond Solitaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:

In 2014, weddings are becoming more and more enchanting. This is a girl’s chance to have her fairytale wedding and we at Gemorie think it should be evident from every aspect of your soiree. We hope this inspired you to explore creative new ideas for flower arrangements, wedding dresses, décor, and more.

 

Quality Gemstones

Colored gemstones have been a rising trend among stars and fashion influencers. We love the new fashions incorporating luxurious gems into high fashion and even bridal looks. If you note our previous post we touched on many stars getting gemstone engagement rings instead of conventional diamond rings. Not all gemstones are created equal, the quality of a colored gem is a delicate combination of many factors. This post is to help ensure shoppers will get the best quality gem for what they are paying. Enjoy.

The factors that directly affect the appearance of a gemstone is a very detailed grading process. There are four C’s when it comes to grading a gem. Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight are all equally importance.

Color:

For any colored gemstone, color is key. You must look at hue, saturation, and tone. The color of a gem must correspond to a color on the color wheel. Quality gems typically only closely resemble the primary colors red, green, and blue (RGB). Of course some color is purely personal preference but generally speaking  the variation considered the best is always closer to it’s direct primary color. Saturation explains the richness of a colored gem. Typically fine jewelry gems have a higher saturation of color. Tone is referring to the lightness or darkness of a color. Look for stones with an even look under various lighting.

Clarity:

Gemstone jewelry is another critically important aspect that affects durability and final grading. The smaller the number of inclusions the better. You do not want to see any unhealed cracks; the smoother the appearance the better the durability.

Cut:

Shape is everything for many gemstone enthusiasts since it’s revered shape is the outline of the gem. Typically speaking, rounds and emerald shapes are rarer than oval styles. Symmetry, length to width ration, and depth percentage are also critical grading factors that influence a well cut gemstone.

Carat Weight:

For a gemstone, weight is calculated using carats which 5 carats equals one gram. In the market for gemstones, weight can in fact have the biggest influence on price. For example, a 0.99ct stone might be worth must less than a 1.05ct stone due to repolishing and the type of scale

For a gemstone, weight is calculated using carats which 5 carats equals one gram. In the market for gemstones, weight can in fact have the biggest influence on price. For example, a 0.99ct stone might be worth must less than a 1.05ct stone due to repolishing and the type of scale

Fashion from the 2014 Grammy’s

Who got a chance to watch the Grammy’s last Sunday night?  The performances were amazing especially from Jay-Z and Beyonce! Of course what we’re most interested in at award shows is always the fashion so here’s our recap of favorite fashion highlights from the gorgeous stars that attended the show.

 Lady in Red

We loved seeing the color red on tons of stars that night. Our favorites were the floor length red gowns worn by Pink and Miranda Lambert. Red is always a daring color to wear and we love how it was worn just before Lunar New Year! You can get similar looks with side-swept hair and red lipstick for an alluring makeup look.

Metallic

We loved seeing metallic dresses on the red carpet as well.  Taylor swift looked amazing in Gucci and Rita Ora looked daring in a glimmering metallic green frock. Ciara also glowed with a glimmering gold beaded gown. We think this look is best paired with an understated hair and makeup look and a healthy peachy glow.

Sparkly Dresses

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What was your favorite look from the Grammy’s? Share with us in the comments below!

Picking the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Valentine’s Day always seems to sneak up on consumers because it’s right after the holiday season and people are often low on spending money and gift ideas for that special someone. For the man in your life, its always nice to give an upgraded watch or wardrobe staple.  Lucky Stone Heart Stud Earrings 4.28 ctw in Sterling Silver (805121)

For her it’s a little bit more complicated of course. You can impress her with a dazzling pair of earrings which is chic and can still hold sentimental value. If she likes more color, our selection of gemstone jewelry is also a great option. Our special Lucky Stone is something truly original and is sure to get a positive reaction. Lucky Stone Solitaire Heart Ring 3.62 ctw with Created Diamond Accent in Sterling Silver (818168)

One tip we feel we must stress is always consider the length of the relationship before buying a gift. You want to commensurate with the level of your relationships.  If you are in a new relationship keep your gift lighthearted and playful to avoid sounding too serious. If you are in a long term relationship we suggest going for a special sentimental card, a Hallmark card that has a handwritten message.

Whatever you choose, try to be creative and have fun with this holiday! Share with us your favorite Valentine’s Day ideas in the comments below! Happy shopping!

Valentine’s Day Ideas for Couples

Valentine’s Day is just a little less than a month away. Do you know what you’ll be doing with your significant other?  Maybe you don’t have the time or funds to get her a gigantic diamond anniversary ring but you can get her something from the heart to show her how much she means to you. We suggest something heart shaped such as a keepsake pendant or promise ring to remind her how much she means to you. We’ve also compiled some romantic little things you can do to show her you care.

Created Diamonds Double Heart Chain Necklace 0.28 ctw in Sterling Silver (097127)
Diamond Heart Shaped Necklace 0.025 ctw in Sterling Silver with Chain (314127)

1. Take your love on a scavenger hunt and help them solve cute riddles until they find the present you have for them.

2. Surprise him or her with a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast in a romantic place.

3.  Treat your spouse to a romantic dinner and a movie.

These are just some sweet little ideas to show your significant other you care. Remember just because a day is dedicated to love once a year doesn’t mean that this day should be the only time to do something special. Practice spreading love and showing kindness each and every single day this year.