The winter wonderlands are upon us, and it’s finally time to do some traveling! Before you get to fully enjoy your holidays, there is always some packing to do – shoes, clothes, and the most tricky thing of all – jewelry. How to travel with jewelry seems like a Herculean task – the earrings get lost, the necklaces tangled, and the bracelets end up folded inside sleeves.
Fortunately, we have some tips on how to pack jewelry for travel, so you can relax even while deciding which outfits to bring with you!
How to Pack Jewelry 101
Before we get to the actual tips and tricks, here are two very general guidelines when it comes to traveling with jewelry.
What’s most important when packing jewelry is to keep it neat and tidy. You can use plastic bags, pill boxes, specialized rolls, and pouches, or whatever else you feel works best. Maybe you’ll even want a custom jewelry box!
Another very important thing to note here is that you should travel with jewelry you don’t mind losing. You just may want to leave that heirloom ring at home instead of stressing about whether it fell into the lining of the suitcase or if you left it on the hotel’s bedside cupboard in a hurry.
If you’ve already chosen what to bring with you, here are some tips on how to pack:
Use Cardboard for Earrings
A simple piece of cardboard can help you organize your earrings on the road. All you need is a stiff piece of cardboard, pierce it with a pen tip to make holes, and simply insert your earrings into the holes. For extra safety, place the entire thing in a plastic bag.
Use Towels for Bracelets
What you need to do is simply roll up a towel, then slide the bracelets over it. Put the whole thing into a bag (a plastic ziplock will do) and there’s no way one of your bracelets will wander off!
Use Straws to Organize Necklaces
Necklaces can easily become a horrible mess when traveling. If you want to take more than one with you, and their chains are delicate enough, you can use several straws to organize them.
Let one end of the necklace pass through the entire length of the straw, then fasten the clasp. This way, the chain of your necklace is inside the straw and securely clasped, so there’s no way it can end up entangled! You can place a whole bunch of straws in a bag or a special container so that your jewelry stays intact.
Use a Pill Case
A pill case is a way to go if you want to carry a minimal amount of jewelry that also delicate and dainty. The sections already provided by the pill case are perfect for delicate necklaces, earrings, and even rings.
Use a Jewelry Pouch, Roll or Box
A silk jewelry pouch or a jewelry roll is perfect for storing rings, bracelets, earring, and maybe even a necklace or two.
A jewelry box is an excellent choice if you want to bring more pieces. They come in many different shapes and sizes and have special sections for rings, necklaces, earrings, and all your favorite pieces of jewelry.
Now that you’re ready to pack, what pieces will you bring? If you want to refresh your collection, or get a special piece for a special holiday, drop by one of our stores and treat yourself to a perfect piece of jewelry!
It’s no secret (nor a surprise) that jewelry trends change from season to season. And as always, the runways have provided us with a peek inside the jewelry trends 2019.
What’s most evident is that the trends verge on the bolder, more experimental, and striking styles. Old, vintage pieces have been reimagined and reshaped for the new year, so it’s safe to say that 2019 bring us the old transformed into braver, bolder, and more extravagant.
Here are some of the most prominent jewelry trends spotted on various runways:
Stacking and Layering
We’ve seen stacking jewelry, most prominently stackable wedding rings, are growing in popularity, slowly but surely. The trend is quickly spreading to other pieces of jewelry. As seen on the runways of Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Chloé, and others, stacking has crossed over from dainty to more bold looks.
You can stack, layer mix, and match multiple pieces of jewelry with abandon – from necklaces to rings, bracelets, and even toe rings.
Hoop Earrings, Reimagined
A staple of style for decades, hoop earrings are coming back full force in 2019. They are, however, no longer simple. Hoop earrings are reimagined in bolder, more experimental looks, that’ll make anyone wearing them a style icon.
Eliminating the bottom part of the hoop (as seen on the Valentino runway), mobile-inspired pieces (brought on by Givenchy), or placing a pearl in its center (the Rodarte runway) – hoops are coming back, brighter than ever.
Since their comeback in recent seasons, chokers have been unstoppable – and 2019 is no different! Chokers will continue their reign, but with a new, more experimental look.
Dior, Marni, and Hermès all updated the choker to a rugged, striking chain look, while Marc Jacobs presented an extra large choker. Chokers have not gone without a more elegant makeover – Yuna Yang updated them with pearls, while Brandon Maxwell dressed them up in gold.
Another daring look coming in 2019 is that of a statement earring or a pair of statement earrings. These go beyond just bold – from beaded styles to free-from metal, designers are choosing either only one or a pair of earrings as a perfect way to frame the face.
Oscar de la Renta presented only one woven earring, whose tassel reaches below the collarbone, as a striking way to style your outfit, while other designers (such as Givenchy, Gucci, and Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood) chose to elongate and enlarge earrings to the point where they can easily rival necklaces.
Bold, Built-In Jewelry
Possibly the most fearless new jewelry trend of 2019 is the built-in jewelry. Striking pieces are incorporated into clothing, either as decorative embellishments or as a part of the clothing’s structure.
The Reign of Headpieces
Tiaras, coronets, and crowns are no longer reserved for only the most elegant events. A multitude of headpieces strolled down the runways and made their place in 2019 jewelry trends.
A piece that accentuates your hairstyle, face shape, and elevates your style to that of royalty, no matter what kind of outfit you have on, is a piece of jewelry perfectly poised on the top of your head.
Simone Rocha presented a bejeweled headpiece inspired by portraits from the 16th century Tang dynasty, Gucci opted for a more dramatic, elven tiara-like piece, while the Miu Miu runway chose a more delicate headpiece – a glittering string of jewels that ties in a bow on the crown of the head. Another delicate look was presented by Saint Laurent – a gentle, though striking, band that wraps around the head.
Now is the perfect time to experiment with all the upcoming trends! Pick your favorite and drop by one of our stores to choose your perfect match!
The richest, deepest, most magnificent red stone – the ruby! These gorgeous stones have had a long history, and they continue to enchant us.
From India’s king of the gems to Dorothy’s red slippers, here are some fun facts about rubies:
Rubies History, Beliefs and Usage
- Rubies were most likely discovered in India, about 2000 years ago. “Ratnaraj,” the Sanskrit name for this stone is translated to something like “king of the gems.” The name we use today, ruby, comes from the Latin word for red, “rubeus,” “rubens,” or “ruber.”
- Only 4 gemstones are a part of the Precious Gem category in gemology, and ruby is one of them! The other three are diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds.
- A part of the corundum family, rubies are only classified as rubies if they’re red. Any other color and the stone is categorized as a sapphire.
- Rubies can sometimes be pink, but this depends on the hue, region, and sometimes it’s a question of personal opinion. Pink corundum is often classified as pink sapphire.
- The magical red color comes from trace amounts of chromium. However, this element also causes cracks and fissures, and that’s why rubies larger than 3 carats are extremely rare.
- Measuring at number 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, rubies are the hardest stones after diamonds.
- Highest quality rubies mostly come from Myanmar (formerly Burma). This is why top quality rubies are sometimes called Burmese rubies.
- The finest and largest Pigeon’s Blood rubies came from the Mogok mines in Myanmar, but they’re sadly almost fully depleted.
- Garnet doublets (a piece of garnet fused with a piece of reddish glass) are the Victorian version of “fake” rubies. They’ve been used since the 1850s.
- The first synthetic rubies were put on the market in the late 19th century. Auguste Verneuil was the chemist who perfected the method of making them, and he even presented them at the Paris World Fair in 1900.
- The precious red stone played a part in laser technology! Theodore H. Maiman created the first functional laser in 1960 using a synthetic ruby crystal. Synthetic rubies can even be used in microelectronics.
- These precious gemstones are mentioned in the Bible. They’re associated with beauty and wisdom.
- Stories say warriors often carried rubies in battle. These were used as amulets for protection, strength, and courage. It was also believed that carrying rubies into battle would bring victory.
- Maybe it’s because of their deep red color, or maybe because of the ever-enduring folklore spun around them, rubies are said to ensure everlasting passion and even increase the powers of seduction and virility.
- Some ancient Indian folklore says that rubies would help the person wearing it be at peace with their enemies.
- In medieval times, rubies were used in fortune telling. If the stone turned a darker color, there were dangers ahead.
- Ivan the Terrible, the 16th-century Tsar of Russia, reportedly believed that rubies had healing powers related to the heart and that they could increase mental acuteness.
- Some stories say that back in the 13th century it was believed that ground rubies could help cure liver illnesses.
- It’s thought that ruby stones possess some healing powers. These July birthstones are used for emotional balance, harmony, success, and contentment for the ruby wearer.
- The largest ruby in the world weighs at 8184 g (more than 40000 carats) and is owned by a Chinese jewelry company.
Have you fallen in love with rubies yet? Drop by one of our stores and pick the perfect piece of jewelry accented with this truly precious stone!