February’s birthstone is the amethyst. This beautiful stone is a brilliant, unique purple color found in all sorts of jewelry and art. Here are some little-known facts about the amethyst from Gold Unlimited to help you celebrate your birthday.
Leonardo Da Vinci believed amethyst had the ability to control evil thoughts and make men more shrewd in business matters.
Greek legend has it that the Amethyst gets its dark purple hue from the god Bacchus, god of wine. After he senselessly attacked a young maiden, the goddess Diana spared her life by turning her into a clear stone Regaining his senses and feeling instant remorse for his actions, Bacchus poured wine over the stone as a libation.
Wallis Simpson, the infamous Duchess of Windsor whose relationship with Edward VI led to his abdication of the English crown, treasured her amethyst jewelry. Her Cartier bracelet and necklace are two of the most well-known amethyst pieces in the world. They were sold at auction in 2013.
Whether it’s your birthday, Valentine’s day, or you just feel like treating yourself or a loved one to vintage and estate jewelry – visit Gold Unlimited today.
Happy Birthday, November babies! Celebrate yourself or a loved one with the official birthstone of November: yellow topaz! Here are five facts about this beautiful golden stone to help you celebrate another year of life: 1. It’s Recognized Across Cultures
Although yellow topaz is the official stone of November, topaz can be found in a variety of different colors. The rarest of these is a dark red color known as “Imperial Topaz.” Blue is another popular color, and represents December birthdays.
5. It’s Durable
Topaz is ideal for daily wear because of its hardness on the mohs scale. It ranks at an 8, making it resistant to potential damages. Looking for the perfect birthstone gift for your loved one? Stop by our store and explore our vintage jewelry options.
You’ve got the engagement ring, you’ve got your bride or groom, now it’s time to plan your wedding. Autumn can be a wonderful time for a wedding – it’s not as hot as summer weddings, nor as popular as spring nuptials. We’ve covered several popular fall wedding trends for you to consider as you plan your big day
Wedding dresses with whimsy
Fall is an ethereal time of year, and many brides are choosing dresses that reflect this. Popular trends from this season’s bridal fashion week include fluttery sleeves, 3D details, and off-the-shoulder gowns. Quirky details can help a bride’s personality to shine through (without verging greatly from a traditional wedding dress).
Minimalistic Wedding Décor
Fall is one of the most colorful times of the year, and many brides are choosing to let these natural colors serve as their main seasonal decoration. Avoiding cumbersome and intricate decorations is an increasingly popular decision, and can save bride’s money as well as the headache of managing multiple extensive décor options.
Simple and Seasonal Wedding Colors
Let your fall wedding work with the colors of the season, not against them. While it’s best to stay away from crazy-bright oranges or reds, many brides are opting to compliment the season with deep plum and burgundy tones. This shift from the typical pastel can make your fall wedding feel a little more in tune with the atmosphere outside. Metallics make a great seasonal accent, as well.
Incorporate Food that has meaning
Fall is a season for food and family, so it’s a great idea to include a few dishes that reflect your heritage. Include a special recipe from your hometown and make the menu a little more meaningful. If your wedding falls near Thanksgiving or another holiday, you might even consider incorporating some traditional holiday food in the wedding menu. Pumpkin pie is delicious any time of the year, after all!
Incorporate seasonal foliage in your bouquet
Fall is full of interesting and beautiful blooms. Venture away from the traditional bouquet with a seasonal collection of harvest-time flowers and fruits. Even small apples and squashes have become a popular item in this year’s bridal line-up! You’ll save some money by drawing on local and seasonal blossoms, and whoever catches your bouquet will be pleased with the unique arrangement.
Now that you’ve got the details, make sure that you have the perfect jewelry for your perfect ceremony. Stop by Gold Unlimited and peruse our selection of wedding and engagement rings, groomsmen’s watches and other jeweled accessories to make your day as special as it deserves to be.
Happy birthday, September babies! This month’s birthstone is the sapphire. Although it’s one of the most popular gemstones out there, there’s a lot that might surprise you about the sapphire. Read on and find out!
Blue not your color?
Although renowned for its brilliant blue color, the sapphire can actually come in a variety of hues, including pink, yellow and green. Sapphire gems can be found in almost every color, except red.
Sapphires are the second hardest substance on the Mohs scale, used for scanners and spacecraft.
In the Middle Ages, the sapphire represented loyalty, and was meant to keep the wearer and the wearer’s loved ones safe from harm.
A sapphire sits at the center of the most famous royal engagement ring- Princess Diana’s, that Kate Middleton now wears.
What color is it?
A rare variety of color-shifting sapphire exists. This special gem is blue in natural light, but appears violet under artificial lighting.
For birthdays and all your special occasions, Gold Unlimited has the vintage and estate jewelry that you need.
Whether you’re a student yourself or looking to celebrate someone heading back into the world of education, we have all the jewelry you need to make it through the school year.
1. Diamond posts
These posts are the perfect everyday look in the classroom. Just as classic as a pearl stud, they’re more durable and require much less careful handling. The student or teacher in your life can take these from the classroom to an outing, without worrying much about a jewelry transition. For the student-athlete in your life, diamond studs can even go from class to practice with little worry about damage or having a more dangly earring in the way.
2. A classic wristwatch
Let’s face it: being on time for class is half the battle. Give your student a leg up with a simple, classic wristwatch. They’ll be on time to their next period, whether or not the bell rings. Plus, any teacher will admire a student who still wears a watch- it suggests timeliness and a sense of organization.
3. Something to remind your college student of home
Whether it’s a birthstone, a special piece of heirloom jewelry, or something entirely new just to show you’re proud of them, a gift makes all the difference. Something to take back to school with them let’s your student hold on to a little piece of home, whether it’s their first trip to college or their fourth.
No matter what your student needs for back-to-school jewelry, Gold Unlimited has a variety of fine earrings, watches, gems, and more to suit your needs. Stop by our store or shop online to find the perfect piece today.
If you are, or if your loved one is, celebrating a birthday in July or August, you have the privilege of calling ruby and peridot your birthstone, respectively. As July winds to a close and August moves closer, we at Gold Unlimited wanted to take some time to celebrate these precious stones. Here is a bit more about the history, origin, formation and current uses of ruby and peridot.
July Birthstone – Ruby
Rubies are said to represent everything from love to health and wisdom, passion, courage and emotion.
Ruby is regarded as one of the most valuable gemstones. It increases in value based on color and quality.
The stone is commonly refered to as the” King of all gems.”
Its colors range from red hues with purplish and bluish red to orange-red tones.
The most valuable version is a full red colored stone with slight blue hue.
Rubies are thought to have healing powers – specifically to energize and balance the heard.
Ruby represents passion and love, and is often an engagement ring for couples.
Most rubies are under three carats.
August Birthstone – Peridot
One of the only birthstones that exist in a singular color – lime green – peridot is a beautifully unique stone with ancient records documenting its mining from as early as 1500 B.C.
Peridot has been said to bring magical powers and healing properties to its owner. It also protects against nightmares when given as a gift.
The stone is used as a 16th year anniversary gift.
Peridot is the national gem of Egypt.
The stone brings happiness and good cheer, attracts lovers and is said to aid in friendships.
The deeper the green shade, the less iron in the stone.
Peridot forms deep in the ground and comes to surface through from volcanic eruptions.
Hawaiian beaches have millions of tiny peridot. These are either too small for use or locked away in a rock that is too hard to mine.
Now that you’ve learned a bit about July and August’s birthstones, be sure to visit Gold Unlimited to select a birthday piece that’s right for you or your loved one. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Don’t worry. We will work with you to custom design a signature piece that’s just right.
This traditional rhyme has been recited at weddings near and far. It outlines four objects that a bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries on her big day that will bring good luck to her marriage and the wedding itself. Whether it is in jewelry, attire or accessories, see how brides in 2016 have been displaying these good luck charms.
Tie or pin a photo of the bride’s parents or grandparents to the base of the wedding bouquet.
Whether a brooch, hair pin or bracelet, wear a breathtaking piece of vintage jewelry on your wedding day.
Made from the mother of the bride’s wedding gown, this pearl-adorned clutch makes for a beautiful wedding day accessory. This “something old” is sentimental and gorgeous.
Always a fabulous reason to get a few new pieces of jewelry, snag something original in the form of diamonds.
A veil from a relative of the bride or a best friend is the perfect “something borrowed.” It symbolizes that marriage doesn’t mean the end of old relationships.
Lipstick from the mother of the bride is a unique, quirky borrowed item.
Aquamarine and sapphire – blue stones in gorgeous settings of all sorts add a bluish hue without distracting from the bride and the dress.
Blue shoes add a classic elegance to your otherwise all-white look.
2016 has seen some subtle trends like this light blue nail polish.
As you move closer to your big day, trust that your wedding accessories are unique, memorable and of the highest quality possible. Come meet our knowledgeable staff in person for any of your wedding jewelry needs, and we will choose a unique piece suited specifically to you. If we don’t have the perfect item in store, we can custom create a piece that is tailored to fit exactly what you have been envisioning.
If you’re thinking about visiting Gold Unlimited for any of your jewelry needs, hear what a few previous customers have to say about our service and selection. Taken straight from a few of our social media accounts and various review sites, these unedited reviews are from satisfied Gold Unlimited clients.
“Love Sam and his shop. We have been going here for years, and the staff are always so kind and courteous. They have been making our family’s jewelry for at least 14 years. I would go nowhere else.” – Deonna
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If you are celebrating your birthday this month, you have the privilege of calling pearl and alexandrite your birthstones. Moonstone is also sometimes referred to as the birthstone of June, but it isn’t as widely accepted.
Here is a bit more about the history, origin, formation and current uses of pearl and alexandrite.
Pearls are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. In the early 1900s, the first successful commercial culturing of round saltwater pearls began.
Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market. This process requires that shell beads are placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water. When the pearls are later harvested, the oyster has covered the bead with layers of nacre. Most cultured pearls are produced in Japan. Freshwater pearls are cultured in mussels, mostly in China.
The quality of pearls is judged by the orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre, and lustre, the reflectivity and shine of the surface.
A relatively modern gem, Alexandrite, was first discovered in the emerald mines of Russia in the 1830s during the reign of its namesake, Czar Alexander II, and is extremely rare with chameleon-like qualities. Its color is a lovely green in both daylight and fluorescent light; it changes color to a purplish red in incandescent light. This unique optical characteristic makes it one of the most valuable gemstones of all.
Alexandrite is very scarce because of its chemical composition. It is basically a chrysoberyl, a mineral consisting of colourless or yellow transparent chrysoberyl, chrysoberyl cat’s eye and colour-changing alexandrite. It differs from other chrysoberyls in that it not only contains iron and titanium, but also chromium as a major impurity. It is this very element which accounts for the spectacular color change. Rarely, vanadium may also play a part.
Now that you’ve learned a bit about June’s birthstones, be sure to visit Gold Unlimited to select a birthday piece that’s right for you or your loved one. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Don’t worry. We will work with you to custom design a signature piece that’s just right.