We travel the world to find the hottest new styles in jewelry for our customers. Angela, our Director of Jewelry Merchandising, says “Each item represents so many people, hours and miles. It’s already a unique story by the time it reaches a customer’s hands.”
Today’s world is expanding, and styles are no longer dictated solely by the fashion capitals (Paris, London, New York, Milan). Instead, we see inspiration coming from every corner of the globe; India, Israel, Thailand, Bali and more.
Every country and culture has its own unique look, and we try to incorporate those looks when creating jewelry for our Global Chic collection. The modern woman is a worldly one, and we love creating styles that show that. We’re always looking for new global inspiration, so if you have a favorite jewelry style (from anywhere in the world) that you haven’t seen yet at Ross-Simons, leave a comment telling us about it!
We’re totally captivated with rose gold jewelry! Rose gold is warm, flattering and sophisticated, letting you shine bright by day and go glam by night.
Diamond Ring in 14kt Tri-Colored Gold
Interestingly, rose gold jewelry came into favor in early 19th century Russia. Then, it became wildly popular in the 1920s, when Cartier presented its famous tri-colored gold ring created from bands of rose, white and yellow gold to the fashion world.
Today, vintage and Estate collectors are excited when they find a trove of rose gold treasures. At the same time, rose gold has shown up in the latest celebrity lines. For example, Michael Kors and Ivanka Trump use rose gold in their contemporary collections of watches and jewelry. Many designers are pairing it with white and yellow gold or bejeweling it with a pretty palette of gems.
We’re tickled pink that rose gold jewelry is coming back in vogue. It’s a great meeting of yesterday and today!
So tell us: what do you prefer – vintage or contemporary rose gold designs?
Natural Diamond Slice Ring
We absolutely adore diamond and gemstone slices! They’ve been steadily gaining popularity, making appearances on celebs from J. Lo to Kim Kardashian, and they’re now one of the hottest new trends. What makes this new look so special is that the gems are in their natural state and no two stones are exactly alike. That means that every piece is uniquely yours! The rough-cut stones have handmade appeal that’s simply breathtaking; there’s just something so striking about the natural beauty of a raw gemstone.
In some places, such as India, natural stones have been used in the art of jewelry making for centuries, but in recent years, it has come to be appreciated and admired in mainstream fashion and media as well. Our amazingly talented jewelry buyers and designers have taken this trend and scoured the globe looking for materials and inspiration to create our very own collection.
Our slice jewelry was inspired by the Roman mosaic art and stained glass windows that we encountered in cathedrals in our European travels. Throw in a chic, modern twist and you have stunning pieces that are sure-to-impress this fall and for years to come.
Talk about “going green!” This fall, green is the must-have color. We first fell in love with rich greens when Angelina Jolie wore a gorgeous pair of Lorraine Schwartz emerald drop earrings to the 2009 Academy Awards, inspiring us to create a Red Carpet look for less. Our love affair with the fun, bold color has grown strong ever since.
Forget the old fashion rules…green can go perfectly with almost everything in your closet! You can dress it up with your favorite little black dress or go for a more casual look with a crisp white blouse and good denim. It adds a pop of color and contrast to nearly any outfit and doesn’t necessarily have to “match,” as Beyonce showed at the recent Video Music Awards. Her emerald ring complemented her bright orange dress beautifully—a color-combo that may not be traditional, but today, anything goes! So this fall, make sure to be “seen in green!”
Beyonce with a gorgeous green cocktail ring
Everyone knows about the climbing gold prices lately. But if you have unwanted gold jewelry you’d like to sell, there a few things you should know. The number one rule is: go to someone you TRUST! With the amazing resources on the internet nowadays, you can research trusted jewelers, and of course, personal references are excellent as well. Even with a trusted buyer, you should have some background information so that the appraisal and pricing explanation will make sense. For example, when selling gold jewelry, you should know the current price that buyers pay for gold, depending on what karat gold you have. If the buyer is just looking for scrap gold, they’ll likely want to slice into it to make sure that it is real, solid gold and not gold plate. Before doing this they should explain to you that if it is real, they promise to buy it from you, and if it is not real, they will not pay for it and you’ll end up with broken jewelry.
Lastly, before you sell your gold Estate jewelry, think about the sentimental value before the monetary value, because you don’t want to have regrets. At a gold buy once, we met a woman who was there with her daughter and granddaughter, selling a large amount of jewelry as scrap gold. As our head Estate Buyer was sifting through it, he found a simple gold band that had initials and the year “1872” engraved on the inside. He showed it to the seller and she realized it was her grandmother’s wedding ring, over 100 years old. So we had it made into a pendant for her, and she avoided accidentally selling a priceless family heirloom!
For a few years now, as the price of gold has mounted, our customers at Ross-Simons have been asking if we can buy their unwanted gold jewelry from them. So we responded by creating what we think is one of the best gold buying systems out there. If you’re interested, you can read about it here.
Jewelry has always gone hand-in-hand with fashion. It can make a fashion statement all on its own, or act as a subtle accessory that enhances an overall outfit. But just how closely related are the trends between jewelry and apparel fashion? That’s the question that we deal with when choosing what types and styles of new jewelry to bring to our customers.
Our jewelry designer and buyers use the latest trends in fashion as a guideline in creating and selecting new pieces for our collection. For example, the latest and greatest in apparel tells us what colors, silhouettes, necklines, patterns and materials people are flocking towards at the moment. The tricky part with this is that these trends don’t translate directly over to jewelry. Take lace, for instance. Lace has become hugely popular, dominating the runway and fashion magazines with its elegant, delicate look. But rather than creating jewelry that completely imitates the pattern and look of lace, we turn towards jewelry that will complement this high-fashion look. This means bringing back the classic pearl necklace, or showcasing graceful, lightweight Italian gold jewelry that would add a subtle, chic touch to a lace-detailed blouse or top. Our jewelry designer, Katherine, has an amazing eye for putting together these looks and deciding which direction to go in with our latest jewelry.
Lace is just one example of a style that inspires us; we use all different trends to keep our jewelry up-to-date, fashionable and fabulous. If certain necklines or colors are all the rage, we choose pieces that perfectly complement those looks. Whatever the look is at the moment, we’re always right there on top of it finding and creating jewelry that makes it work. It may be a challenge, but it sure is exciting keeping up with the ever-changing fashion world!
Ross-Simons is happy to announce that we’ve partnered with Google, and you can now find us in the brand-new Google Catalogs for iPad App! If you already love the Ross-Simons catalog, then this App is perfect for you, as you can always have it (literally) right at your fingertips. Or, if you’ve never gotten the chance to flip through one of our catalogs before, it’s never been easier!
Ross-Simons in the Google Catalogs App
The App is full of awesome new features, such as the effortless “search” feature. Rather than flipping through pages, you can simply enter a keyword, like “Ruby,” and you’ll be given a list of all pages displaying ruby products. We also love the “Collage” feature. You can bookmark and “favorite” specific items or pages, and then design a virtual collage so that you can beautifully display the pieces that you’re interested in! The incredible resolution of the iPad screen allows you to zoom in on pages within the catalog, taking in our gorgeous jewelry in unbelievable detail. You can also view products individually by clicking on the small price tag icon next to them, and then link directly to our website if you decide to make a purchase! Get the Google Catalogs App, and look for us in “Jewelry” or “Gifts.”
People sell their Estate jewelry for many reasons. Perhaps it’s a ring they bought many years ago and never wear anymore, or they’ve inherited their grandmother’s necklace, and it’s simply not their style. The old saying goes “One person’s junk is another person’s treasure,” and that’s the beauty of Estate jewelry. Everyone’s personal style is a little bit different, so it’s wonderful that you can sell an item you’re not so fond of, knowing that there’s someone out there who will fall in love with that very piece.
A 1960 vintage ring just waiting for a new owner!
So, you’re considering selling a piece of Estate jewelry (or “Antique” if it is over 100 years old). The most important thing is: make sure you go to a trusted source when you get it appraised and subsequently sell it! Getting a few different opinions is always a good idea, especially with something that could potentially be very valuable. Also look around online or at jewelry stores to see how much money pieces similar to yours are selling for. Keep in mind, however, that you will most likely receive less than that because whoever you’re selling to still needs to make a profit. If your piece is not in great condition, then the jeweler will have to put money into repairing or restoring it and that will be deducted from what they’re willing to pay. If you happen to have a certificate of authenticity for your piece (a certified diamond for example), then of course, you should bring that along when you get your jewelry appraised.
We created Ross-Simons Selling-Fine-Jewelry in response to requests from our customers who were looking for the most secure and easiest way to exchange their unwanted fine jewelry for cash. Start by uploading an image of your diamond, designer or fine gemstone jewelry. Ship it to us insured, for free. Receive your money in as little as 48 hours.
Good luck selling!
There’s no denying that I love my position as a jewelry writer. Every day I am surrounded by glamorous, luxurious pieces of jewelry, sparkling with gemstones, gleaming with precious metals and bursting with that artistic and creative innovation which typifies the best of human expression.
But sometimes it’s nice to get out from behind the desk and into an environment with others who appreciate – love - jewelry, too.
That’s just what I did last Friday when I visited the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to view a new exhibit, “Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern.”
Displayed in the intimate setting of the Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, this exhibit of more than 60 treasures runs chronologically, like a timeline of human aesthetic history.
All the drama and pageantry of these gorgeous creations is highlighted by the breathtaking presentation of the exhibit. The square gallery is cloaked in darkness – ceiling, floor and all four walls are completely black. The only light emanates from the display cases themselves, lining the gallery’s four walls.
I felt like I was walking into a newly-discovered tomb in an ancient land, filled with priceless treasures.
Dominating the show is a central display tower, illuminated from within, showcasing a gorgeous, amber-laden jewelry box – actually, a jewel casket, as these were once called.
Italian 14kt Tri-Colored Gold Bracelet
If you’ve been watching the trends, you know that rose gold is one of the rising stars on the jewelry horizon. I’ve always had a soft spot for this blush-colored precious metal, so it’s been fun to watch it come into its own.
Wherever and however it’s used, rose gold creates a lasting impression. It first made its mark on the fashion world in the 1920s when the fashion house Cartier introduced one its most famous rings. Later, mid-century designers made rose gold the focal point of the Retro era’s fabulously bold and chunky designs. Today, jewelry designers around the world are filling their collections with beautiful pieces crafted entirely in rose gold or in a combination of rose, white and yellow gold. I’m thrilled to offer these modern classics to Ross-Simons customers right now.
What I love about this metal is its freshness. The rarity of rose gold gives it instant caché and a distinctive look that both designers and collectors covet. Used in a cutting edge contemporary design, it commands immediate attention, while in more classic styles it adds a refreshing element of surprise. And with its warm, pinkish glow, rose gold flatters every complexion. Simply put, it looks great on everyone, from Main Street to Rodeo Drive. I just came back from L.A. and there’s no doubt about it – the new accessory of choice in Hollywood is the rose gold status watch.
Ross-Simons’ rose gold collection includes gorgeous all-rose and versatile tri-colored looks as well as new styles in value-priced rose vermeil. I’ve also included some very special rose gold pieces from our designer boutiques and exclusive estate collection.