The Radio Flyer red wagon. The 1965 Mustang. Coca-cola. Frank Sinatra. Audrey Hepburn. All classics. These icons of style that have withstood the test of time make us both nostalgic and happy. They inspire us. And they have multi-generational appeal.
Over the past months, one of our major companies we work with, Stuller has spent time reflecting on all things classic, particularly the diamond solitaire ring. Long a symbol of sophistication and grace, these four and six-prong mountings have functioned as can’t-go-wrong choices for grooms-to-be.
And why is the solitaire a classic? Because it’s timeless and refined. And because there’s no better way to show off a gorgeous diamond than with a shank and mounting that lets everyone see the stone’s brilliance. Inspired, the design team broke out their sketch pads to pay homage to classic solitaire in a collection we call Solitaires with a Twist.
At a glance, each ring shines as a solitaire, but closer inspection reveals an intricate design. With these diamond solitaires, our design team set out to create styles that remained faithful to the solitaire’s proven aesthetic but incorporate fresh detailing that fashionable brides are sure to appreciate. Best of all, the special, subtle features on these rings don’t detract from the beauty of the diamond; they enhance it. Even more appealing is that these styles are designed to fit flush against almost any straight-walled band.
“Alex and Ani is pioneering its own definition of corporate consciousness with sustainable initiatives and the creation of high quality, thoughtfully manufactured pieces. We are committed to building a culture that focuses entirely on mindful actions. Our products are hand crafted in America. Our stores are purposefully located on main streets to encourage growth in local economies. Our items are designed for longevity, as artisanal pieces that can be passed from one generation to the next. To us, sustainability is an essential idea that means contributing to a new way of thinking and acting that considers the well-being of our planet, our communities, and our individual paths. We empower individuals to actively create the world they want to live in. Alex and Ani’s ethos is living consciously, turning a lifestyle brand into a way of life.”
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What is it about diamonds that girls love? It could be that these colorless beauties are completely eye catching from all the light, sparkle, and color that these stones radiate. it could also be that each stone is completely different from one ANOTHER and are truly one of a kind! A GIFT OF A DIAMOND IS SYMBOLIC OF EVERLASTING LOVE AND IS THE OFFICIAL STONE FOR THE 60TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (and is an acceptable gift for any special occasion)! IT SYMBOLIZES WISDOM, ENLIGHTENMENT, PURITY AND CLARITY. IT PROVIDES PROTECTION, PRESERVES PEACE AND GIVES THE WEARER POWER. THE DIAMOND ENCOURAGES SELF-CONFIDENCE AND A DESIRE FOR INDEPENDENCE WHILE COUNTERACTING JEALOUSY.
The name diamond is of Latin origin meaning “invincible.” Diamond’s are composed of very DENSELY packed carbon atoms. Diamonds and graphite are both Created from carbon, but under certain pressure and circumstances the atomic structure is organized differently. Even though they come from the same element The atomic structure itself makes a diamond the hardest substance on earth, and graphite a very soft substance! Diamonds are either colorless or can be red, yellow, brown, black, green, blue, pink or violet. Yellow is the most common fancy color and pink is the most rare. A diamond gets its blue color from the presence of boron, while yellow diamonds get their color from the presence of nitrogen.
When a diamond is not “gem quality” it is used in manufacturing and industry. The value of a diamond largely depends upon how skillfully and well it is cut. Diamond’s value is measured based on cut, color, clarity and carat weight, which is known as the “THE Four C’s”.