Brilliance Adds Bling to the Jawbone Up
Posted November 26, 2013 by Sharon 1 in Celebs

After much success bedazzling the Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch, the Brilliance team became inspired to add some bling to more gadgets and naturally targeted the Jawbone Up band. Health conscious celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Demi Moore are jumping on the Jawbone bandwagon. Paltrow, who can be found sporting the light blue Jawbone Up band below, swears by it. Apparently this band is no ordinary exercise wristband. It does much, much more than other similar items on the market. The Jawbone can be connected to your smartphone through Bluetooth to help you achieve your weight goals by keeping track of your activity level and how much you eat and sleep.


We thought it would be fun to add a touch of sparkle and uniqueness to the original Jawbone wristband. Customers can mix and match band colors with their choice of diamonds or gemstones such as sapphires, rubies, pink sapphires or emeralds, which are set on the wristband cap. The wristband cap is available in white, yellow, or rose gold as well as platinum and palladium. Customers have the option of choosing between two rows of ten round-cut diamonds or gemstones, for a total of 20 diamonds or gemstones, or three rows of ten round-cut diamonds or gemstones, for a total of 30 diamonds or gemstones, which are pave set on the band cap.

So what are you waiting for? Get trendy and stay fit at the same time! Give us a call today to start bedazzling your Jawbone wristband, 866.737.0754!


Halo Rings: Why They Are Gaining Popularity
Posted September 24, 2013 by Sharon 0 in Engagement Rings

2012 saw an exciting trend as halo engagement rings gained popularity. This year, the fascination for these rings grows as designers introduce variations on the halo motif.

Surrounding Stones Emphasize the Center Stone’s Beauty

Exemplifying elegance, the motif’s identifying feature is the halo of sparkling diamonds encircling a center stone. The genius of this design is that the surrounding diamonds emphasize the beauty of the central gem, often highlighting its cut, clarity, and size. Taken overall, the ring exhibits a dreamlike feel, almost like an artifact from a classic romance.

Halo Rings Have History

Halo rings are more than a fad. The design has been around since the Roaring 20’s, serving as a testament to the creativity of jewelers and craftsmen of the art deco era, long before celebrities like Natalie Portman or Gwyneth Paltrow sported their rings. This was a decade of opulence – a fitting home for the halo ring. The Great Depression aided in the decline of the halo ring, giving rise to more basic settings.

Rekindling Interest

Recent high-profile engagements, including Prince William of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, added to the rush of interest in halo settings. The Prince presented the Duchess with the engagement ring of his mother – a striking halo ring with a sapphire center stone. Other notable celebrities with halo rings include Carrie Underwood, Katherine Heigl, Molly Sims, Nicole Richie, and Mariah Carey. Their rings adorn the walls of Facebook profiles and Pinterest pages.

Perfect Complement to Different Shapes

There’s more to halo engagement rings than a fashionable trend. Aficionados are drawn to them because of their clean geometric shapes. The design is the perfect complement to Princess, Oval, Asscher, and Round stones.

In the end, appreciation of the halo engagement ring boils down to its majestic structure, reminiscent of a bygone age. We may have our modern day conveniences and practical approaches to everyday life, but who says you can’t have a bit of whimsy every now and then?

Fancy Colored Diamonds: A Brief Buying Guide
Posted September 19, 2013 by Sharon 0 in Diamonds

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The French mineralogist RJ Hauy once said that colored diamonds are the “orchids” among gems. One look at a red or blue diamond and you’ll understand his sentiments. These diamonds are delicate, beautiful, and rare. From playful pink to beguiling black; the world of diamonds is not a colorless one. In fact, there’s a whole spectrum to explore.

Perhaps because of their vibrant hues, there is a common belief that colored diamonds are more expensive than the colorless stones. However, this isn’t always the case. There are specific factors that determine the price of a colored diamond – and while some are indeed expensive, there are reasonably priced stones available as well.

Fancy colored diamonds are considered to be a good investment. Despite price fluctuations and the financial crisis, the market price for colored diamonds has remained stable with price increases of 10 to 15 percent per year. If you wish to invest in colored diamonds or simply appreciate their undeniable splendor, below are a few pointers to keep in mind when purchasing colored diamonds.

Color and Saturation

While clarity and carat play an integral part in the grading of a colorless diamond, colored diamonds’ quality and price depend significantly on the strength of their color. Stones that exhibit a strong, singular color fetch higher prices than those with faint color or a secondary hue. When buying colored diamonds, check for visible inclusions, and consider the shape and intended setting since certain shapes and settings can emphasize the color.

The Shape

To stress the depth of its shade, fancy colored diamonds are usually in Cushion or Radiant shapes. Other shapes that might detract from the color are less common, making them more expensive.

Be Wary of Treated Diamonds

The majority of black diamonds in the market are treated to appear black. Although treated diamonds are cheaper, the color will fade over time. Natural colored diamonds, on the other hand, retain their sparkle and intensity. Color and clarity enhancements also weaken stones, increasing the chances of chips, cracks, or breaks.

Check for Certification

Asking for a diamond certification is a standard rule for all diamonds. There are a number of grading laboratories but the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is the foremost authority. A GIA colored diamond certificate should give a complete assessment of the diamond. This includes color grade, color origin, carat weight, and clarity, among other characteristics.

Plan Your Budget

Be prepared to spend a sizeable amount for a colored diamond. As stated earlier, a stone with a deep color is more expensive. However, less vibrant diamonds are more afforadable, fantastic options. Diamond connoisseurs treasure fancy colored diamonds of varying color intensity, viewing them as assets in their collections.

Another Multimillion Dollar Jewelry Heist in Cannes
Posted August 1, 2013 by Sharon 0 in Jewelry

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It seems like jewelry heists are getting bolder over time.

The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes was the scene of a daring crime last July 28, a Sunday. Police say almost 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen from this French Riviera hotel, resulting in one of the biggest European jewelry thefts in recent memory. The stolen jewelry were part of a summer exhibit of the Leviev Diamond House, and were supposed to be up on display until August.

Local media was abuzz with reports about a lone gunman who executed the theft, but a spokesman for the police refuse to confirm these reports.

Cannes is no stranger to jewelry heists. The recent Cannes Film Festival last May witnessed two much-publicized thefts. The first one took place in the Novotel room of an employee of Chopard (the Swiss watch company). The wall safe was ripped off by robbers. They made away with around $1 million worth of jewelry meant to be on loan to red-carpet celebrities attending the festival. The second Cannes-related theft happened at another hotel surrounded by dozens of security staff. The stolen piece of jewelry was worth at least 2 million euros (around $2.6 million). Reports say it was a De Grisogono necklace.

This playground of well-heeled people is fast proving itself to be a jewel thief’s paradise, as well. For instance, the Carlton hotel can be found on the prestigious Promenade de la Croisette on the French Riviera. It is positioned in such a way as to give guests a gorgeous vista of the sea. However, its location also makes it easy for thieves to stay hidden and make a quick getaway without being immediately detected.

Jewelry Worth Millions Stolen by Former Tiffany VP?
Posted July 24, 2013 by Sharon 0 in Diamonds

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New York-based Tiffany & Co. caused scandalized ripples in the jewelry industry early this month. According to a federal complaint, the company’s former VP has allegedly stolen and re-sold millions of dollars worth of jewelry.

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, 46 years old, received charges of wire fraud and interstate transportation of stolen property, and was arrested on July 2 at her posh house in Darien, Conn. She served as Tiffany & Co’s. Vice president for product development between January 2011 and February 2013, before she was terminated when the company downsized.

Lederhaas-Okun’s job included ensuring jewelry design feasibility prior to manufacturing. This meant that she was able to take out some Tiffany & Co. jewelry for estimation costs, and other reasons related to work. According to the federal complaint, the former VP managed to check out around 165 pieces of jewelry with an estimated retail value of $1.2 million. Included were diamond drop and hoop earrings on 18-karat gold, plus platinum and diamond rings and pendants. The alleged theft occurred between November 2012 and February 2013.

When she checked out almost $1.5 million worth of jewelry from Tiffany & Co., Lederhaas-Okun supposedly had them written off, or deemed unusable. This is a practice in the jewelry business that accounts for jewelry which cannot be sold anymore. The jewels were never returned to the company, though.

To whom did the former VP sell the stolen jewelry? The complaint only mentioned “a leading international buyer and reseller of jewelry” who remains anonymous to this day. However, there is mention of a company office in midtown Manhattan, and that the jewelry was sold for $1.3 million. The signed transaction also showed that Lederhaas-Okun maintained that the jewels were her personal property, thus freeing the buyer from any legal implication.

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