La Californienne watches are coming to Metalmark this month and we cannot contain our excitement! These amazing pieces are a bright, modern spin on a classic wardrobe staple. The designers have taken vintage timepieces and reimagined them in bold colors that are sure to make a statement.
Luxury watches have always had a classic, timeless look. But who says a classic, well-made watch can’t also be bright, bold and unique? La Californienne is just the answer. They are looking for a new generation of caretakers for vintage watches that they have revived with a touch of the California spirit. What’s California spirit you say? Hop over to their Instagram to check it out.
Some millennials may say watches are dead — which is so not true. They will always be an iconic fashion piece. They can be funky and cool, but still timeless. You can wear it everyday. Dress it up, or throw it on with your favorite pair of jeans. The best part of a classic watch is that someday you can pass it on to your daughter or someone else special in your life.
Let’s face it, there are a lot of people left in our digital world that don’t want to be digging around for their phone just to check the time. And all the fashionistas out there know that the accessories are what really makes an outfit. We think this just might be the best accessory of 2019.
And, what’s even better, they can be customized to just your style. Here’s how it works: First, choose which model you want — vintage Rolex or Cartier? Gold, stainless or two-tone? Then comes the fun. What colors do you want to incorporate? We suggest picking the dial color first, then the hands and numbers. Make sure they’ll be easy to read. Now you’re ready to pick a strap. You can even choose two straps: one that’s really fun and bold, and one that's a little more classic. Get two looks in one timepiece!
Our friends over at The Big Fake Wedding hosted a Pride + Prejudice themed shindig that gave us all the feels. The wedding event was a perfectly blended mix of vintage and modern touches and we were so pleased to provide all of the jewelry for this amazing event. Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life & shouldn’t your jewelry be just as memorable? Here are some of our highlights from the event to give you some inspiration for your big day.
A stunning solitaire and men’s band both from our house collection and a ladies’ wedding band from Yasuko Azuma.
Photo by: Chelsey & Jordan Photography
Photo by: Emma McMahan Photography
THE BRIDE'S LOOK
A stunning pair of necklaces from one of our favorites, Jade Trau.
Photo by: Chelsey + Jordan Photography
THE GROOM'S LOOK
One of our new favorite tie clips from Easy Tiger, alongside a men’s band from our house collection.
Photo by: Emma McMahan Photography
These stunning earrings from Line & Hue are the perfect mix of modern and vintage.
Photo by: Emma McMahan Photography
Cheers to forever Mike & Lauren!
Here at Metalmark, we are always up for embracing the latest trends in jewelry. Rustic diamonds are an alternative bridal trend we fully support. Each rustic diamond is unique and we love incorporating them into our custom designs.
WHAT ARE RUSTIC DIAMONDS AND HOW DO THEY DIFFER FROM "TRADITIONAL DIAMONDS"?
Rustic diamonds are diamonds formed with many inclusions, thus giving them a more organic look. We love the presence of visible inclusions that give these diamonds such a unique and amazing appearance- no two diamonds are the same. Rustic diamonds come in a myriad of colors and shapes. They are usually rose cut - with a flat bottom and a crown made up of small triangle facets, which imitate the petal of a rose.
WHAT ARE SOME REASONS TO WANT A RUSTIC DIAMOND?
For starters, they can be much cheaper than traditional diamonds. So many couples nowadays value the individuality of the stone and the beauty in the imperfections, rather than investing in the highest color & clarity. With major finger coverage for a lower price point, many 2019 brides are leaning toward these unique stones.
DO THEY COME IN MANY COLORS & SHAPES?
Yes! Rustic diamonds come in many geometric forms. Some of our favorite cuts include hexagons, kites & triangles. They also come in an array of colors - everything from pale pinks & yellow to salt & pepper, grey and black.
1. CHOOSE THE MAIN RING
This ring should serve as the main focus and base for building the rest of your stack. It doesn’t need to be the biggest ring by any means, but it should be one that you love and that is versatile among other styles.
2. VARY STYLES & SHAPES
The best way to create visual balance on your finger is to mix different styles of bands. Thick, thin, geometric - we love them all but make sure they are stacked in a balanced way.
3. MIX & MATCH METALS
We love when stacks are all one type of metal, but even more so we love mixing metals - it’s one of our favorite bridal trends this year. The trick is to disperse the different metals evenly and make sure you have one good base ring to anchor the stack.
4. PAIR TWO OF THE SAME RING
We love the idea of pairing two of the same bands together. You can stack one on each side of your engagement ring, or stack multiples of the same ring together to create a fun illusion of one wider ring.
5. COMBINE TEXTURES & FINISHES
We offer many different metal finishes and find that stacking a few of them together is an easy way to add visual interest to your ring stack. Try pairing a thin hammered band with a delicate diamond band for the ultimate juxtaposition.
Unique stone shapes set in asymmetrical settings — perfect for the alternative bride.
A modern twist on the perfect solitaire engagement ring. A halo around your diamond allows you to achieve a bigger look on a smaller budget.
This classic bridal setting doesn’t need to be boring. Spice things up by pairing a stacking band.
MIXED METAL RINGS
Because there are no rules when it comes to your engagement ring design. Mix it up and allow more versatility with your other jewelry.
With a grey diamond, you can get major finger coverage with a lower price-point and achieve a unique & stunning design.
Geometric settings offer a modern twist on traditional designs.
We offer new and old vintage designs for every vintage-lover out there.
Change up this old favorite by setting it in a halo or an east-west setting. We love pear-shaped diamonds now and forever.
Find an engagement ring as unique as your love to create a truly one-of-a-kind ring.
Why not seek a custom design with unique elements that express your individuality. Asymmetrical rings are definitely having a moment.
We are very fortunate to have a team of highly-skilled jewelers that can accommodate nearly every request — from a simple jewelry repair to a one-of-a-kind custom piece, we take pride in our attention to detail in repairing, restoring or designing every piece of jewelry that comes our way.
Q: Should I wear my ring to the gym?
A: We don't recommend it. Stop in to one of our stores and grab a workout ring holder! It’s a wrist-band with a zipper to hold your ring so you don't damage it while exercising. We also suggest taking off your ring off before you shower, wash dishes, play in the garden, or put on lotion & fragrance.
Q: How do I keep my necklaces from always tangling?
A: Make sure you clasp them when you remove them! Traveling? Put them in a little ziplock and zip it up with the clasp out of the bag. This will keep out knots.
Q: How often should I clean my ring?
A: We recommend cleaning at home every two weeks for maximum sparkle. You are welcome to stop by our locations for a deeper cleaning and diamond check. It's easy to remember to have it cleaned around your anniversary. We always check for loose diamonds and suggest they be tightened as needed. Cleaning and gemstone check is always free!
Q: What can I put in my pretty pink ring cleaner?
A: Only use it for gold and platinum. Avoid putting sterling silver in the cleaner; it’s best to use a polishing cloth for silver. Some gemstones don’t belong in the cleaner at all, such as emeralds and porous stones like pearls and turquoise.
Q: What if I don't have real jewelry cleaner?
A: Use a toothbrush and gently scrub the piece with warm soap and water or stop by the store to snag some!
Q: How do I clean sterling silver?
A: Use a polishing cloth and gently rub. Do not put it in your pretty pink cleaner.
Did you buy your ring from us? If so, bring your engagement ring in to the store once a year for a complimentary check up. We'll make sure all the stones are tight, polish out any scratches, and keep it looking sparkly. Your ring will look brand new!
We’re excited to share 6 of our favorite spring trends in the brightest colors we could find!
2. EAR LAYERING
Ear cuffs have been our favorite piece since we first laid eyes on them. An ear cuff is the perfect addition to every ear stack. If you’re not sure about another piercing, but want to jazz up your look, the ear cuff is a great accessory to snag. This fun pink enamel and peridot look from Sarah Hendler paired with an ear cuff from Jade Trau is about as springy as it gets.
Our new obsession this year is Foundrae. These customizable pieces are the most fun “modern heirloom” to collect over time. In their words, Foundrae is a reminder, one we wear against our hearts. A record of where you have been and an announcement of what is yet in front of you.
\\ Karma + Passion + Token of Love //
4. SARAH HENDLER STATEMENT RINGS
We’ve told you about the pinky ring revitalization but here it is again... bigger, brighter and better. These fun, colorful rings can be made to fit any finger and are so fun for spring.
5. ADD COLOR TO YOUR EVERY DAY STACK
This stunning Samantha Louise custom remount just came off the bench for one very lucky gal! She wanted to add a little color to her everyday look with beautiful rubies she inherited from her Grandma Ruby! We love everything about this unique stunner. We would love to help you repurpose family heirlooms into an item you can feel happy to wear every day.
6. HOUSE COLLECTION HEARTS
How fun is this enamel heart from our house collection? With many colors available, you can add a small pop of color to any everyday outfit.
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