Yael Designs Launches Novelique Engagement Ring Collection

Award-winning fine jewelry house Yael Designs debuted the Novelique Collection that features one of a kind, hand-engraved engagement rings, inspired by a romantic journey through Turkey.

Designed in collaboration with New York artisanal jewelry designer Christine Huber, the Novelique Collection celebrates the crossroads of modern and ancient, of East and West, of two lives bound to each other. Inspired by the designer’s trip through Turkey, which sits at the crossroads of two civilizations, the Novelique Collection features delicately engraved rings with intricate motifs found in architecture, carpets, tile work and mosaics from the Ottoman Empire.   image

We presented the Novelique Collection and several of Yael Designs’s newest fashion pieces to editors in New York, where it launched a social media storm.

We started our NYC press tour at The Knot, the premier bridal publication, where the designer Christine Huber got a chance to talk up her collection with the fashion editors, who had a blast trying on the rings!

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Our next stop was the offices of the two biggest names in fashion - W and Elle magazines, whose jewelry editors were both huge fans of Yael’s jewelry.

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We also chatted with the editors of People StyleWatch, whose fashion editor fell in love with this morganite stunner. From their Instagram post, it looks like the ring has a lot of fans!

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But you know the best part of working with a jewelry brand? Yes, that’s right, trying on the jewelry! We got a chance to sample the rings ourselves – it was amazing to see the details of the collection first hand.

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Chihuly: A Study in Inspiration

Our work is more than just jewelry, we see it as art and expression in itself.  One of our favorite artists and inspirations is Dale Chihuly.  His medium is blown glass and his calling is sculpture.  Working in blown glass is no simple task but Chihuly has truly mastered it.  His pieces range from the hand-held size to 30 foot chandeliers. 

 

Commissioned for the Victoria and Albert Museum this piece hangs thirty feet from the ceiling, a beautiful blend of color and movement.  We have reflected these principles in our emerald ring from the Serendipity collection.  White diamonds move through white gold to create a sense of fluidity while black gold and an emerald slice add vibrant color!

 

 

From his Baskets series this cobalt piece is breathtaking, there is a sense of wild elegance that we find passionately inspirational.  Our tanzanite earrings create motion and luster with their deep blue centers, surrounded by white diamonds.  The Pacifica collection also utilizes motion to create a serene yet vibrant feeling!

 

This piece from his Seaform series reflects the mysterious spirit of the ocean.  Its rosy hue and masterfully detailed form instil a sense of tranquil peace.  Undulating ribbons of rose gold and white diamonds invoke a similar feeling in these earrings from our Lyra collection.  Faceted Morganite gives these pieces depth and presence, they literally capture the light!

 

From his Macchia series Chihuly creates an elegant sense of life and energy.  This golden yellow piece holds all the vibrancy of the sun and evokes a feeling of exotic beauty. This pendant from our Labyrinth collection contains yellow and white diamonds, swirling in and out of one another.  The contrast of the hues and their flowing forms brings to mind the undying beauty of Life!

The Elegance of Emeralds

We cannot get enough of emerald!  Not only is it an incredibly versatile stone, different cuts can bring out different aspects in their full glory, but it also creates a timeless piece of jewelry!  Some of the most famous jewelry holds emeralds, like Liz Tyler’s incredible collection!  Take a look at some of our favorite pieces and see what you think!

 

                                             

We love the cabochon look, where a gem is shaped and polished instead of faceted.  This emerald ring from our Serendipity collection is flanked by white diamond and white gold, but yellow gold adds a unique sense of majesty to this setting.  We think this ring would look perfect with an elegant black gown!

 

Another beautiful cabochon ring from our Serendipity collection is this white and yellow gold piece!  Not only do two tones of gold create an artistic sense of beauty, but the combination of white and yellow diamonds gives this ring its unique personality.  Green and gold are one of our favorite combinations of hues and the clear white diamonds bring out the natural vibrancy of this emerald!

 

Teeth of black and green add a sense of ferocity and exotic mystery to this cabochon emerald ring!  Sleek white gold with white diamonds spaced far between give this ring true personality.  We love to experiment with different settings to create different moods.  The dark additions to our ring bring out the depth of color of the emerald, showing layer upon layer of hue!

 

 

Faceted emeralds make for beautiful rings as well!  In this piece wreathed with white diamonds we wanted a regal look and we think we accomplished it with the yellow gold accents!  The light held within this emerald comes through in the delicate faceted face, reflecting all the beauty and mystery of this gorgeous stone!

 

Not only do we love to work with emeralds but some of our favorite designers have turned this gem into works of art!  This emerald and diamond ring by Boucheron reminds us of the legendary beauty of queens.  A unique setting of various cuts of white diamonds add a one-of-a-kind look to this ring!

 

Van Cleef & Arpels is famous for creating timeless jewelry!  This emerald and diamond necklace is a perfect example of this art.  Wreathes of white diamonds give this piece a floral look, like elegant emeralds are blossoming about your neck.  No matter the age or the design emeralds are guaranteed to look flawless!

Mother’s Day Sparkle

There’s nothing like a Mother’s love!  As Mother’s day approaches we remember all the things our mothers have given us, love, support, comfort, and guidance.  Why not give something back this year?  In every piece of jewelry we make there is meaning and soul, love and purpose.  Some pieces have extra special meanings and this year Mom deserves something extra special too!

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Yellow and white gold surround pear-shaped yellow diamonds with all the beauty and energy of spring.  Mother’s Day falls at a time of year when nature is emerging from its winter hiding place and coming to life all over again.  What better way to thank Mom for giving you your life than with our Luna Collection pendant? 

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From holding you close during storms and nightmares to rocking you to sleep as a child, Mom’s embrace has always been a place of comfort and safety.  Four elegant citrines rest in white gold and diamond arms, held gently in place in our Fairytale pendant.  Let Mom know how much you have always appreciated her support and that you’ll be there to hold her when she need it too!

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There is nothing more beautiful than a Mother’s love for her child, and our white gold and aquamarine pendant brings this strong, yet delicate beauty into focus.  Like a forming snowflake Mothers become more and more beautiful over time, as their strength, dedication, and caring grow with their child.  Our Aurora pendant is a great metaphor for the all the overlapping and interlocking intricacies of Motherhood.  Show her how much you understand and how grateful you are for all her patience!

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Instead of sending Mom flowers this Mother’s Day, why not give her a lily that will last forever?  White and yellow diamonds fit together to create an everlasting scene of beauty from our Luna Collection.  Just like a flower we have all grown up into beauty under the care and guidance of our mothers.  Their tender touch has helped make us who we are and who we will become.  Let your mother know just how thankful you are for all that she has given you.  No matter how you celebrate Mother’s Day, remember to let Mom know how much you love her!

A Yellow Sapphire Spring

Spring is engagement season and this year is no different!  A few days ago Donnie Wahlberg proposed to the talented Jenny McCarthy with a glamorous yellow sapphire ring!  Designed by Newport Jewelers this ring is truly one of a kind.  Wahlberg chose many different aspects to bring together including a custom basket for the sapphire, an 18-karat white gold band covered in diamonds, and of course the enormous sapphire itself!  Weighing over 10 carats this jewel will blow you away!

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If you’re considering bringing a yellow sapphire into your life take a look at one of our elegant engagement rings!  Our emerald cut sapphire bridges a river of diamonds, giving this ring just the right amount of sparkle and shine!  A more traditional setting, the combination of white and yellow gold brings out the vibrancy of the sapphire and the clarity of the diamonds!

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We have dubbed this ring Surya, after the chief solar deity of Hinduism.  White and yellow diamonds create a sun pattern around an enormous 60.16 carat yellow sapphire that nearly outshines the sun itself!  Seeming to reflect sunlight this ring is a true statement piece.  A wreath of yellow gold glows around the sapphire, enhancing its vibrant hue.

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Our next yellow sapphire is the very definition of opulent.  Masterful working of yellow and white gold turn this ring into our artist’s canvas.  Yellow gold swirls are reminiscent of timeless artwork and white diamonds create a sense of royalty and majesty.  The sapphire rests in a nest of diamonds contributing to the ring’s sense of ageless beauty.

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For a simpler taste our pale yellow sapphire ring is the perfect fit!  A slim band of white gold and white diamonds creates a sense of fairytale wonder. This sapphire takes us to the edge of spring, where icicles still cling to winter but meadows are just beginning to burst with flowers!  The ring draws on the everlasting light inside us all and reflects that beautiful purity in its shimmering depths!

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Chanel Fine Jewelry 2014
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Nothing is more timeless than Chanel jewelry, this piece combines opulence and elegance for something truly special

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Chanel Fine Jewelry 2014

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Nothing is more timeless than Chanel jewelry, this piece combines opulence and elegance for something truly special

Goldworks at Half Moon Bay

The Jewelry business offers us great opportunities to meet and work with incredible individuals.  One of these visionaries is Josh Warshauer, owner of Goldworks at Half Moon Bay in California.  We interviewed Josh to get his take on jewelry, the family business, and some of his amazing experiences.

Gold and Jewelry is in your family!  How long have you been in the business?

My parents opened their store in 1987. I used to walk there after school and do projects rather than take the bus home. In 1993, when I was 12 years old, the local newspaper did an article on me being the heir to the business because I was already fabricating my own designs.

What inspired you to work in jewelry?

Right from the beginning the physical aspect of forging metal was my first love and still is very satisfying when I get the time to work at the bench. The use of the torch specifically fascinates me in so many ways. Once I got a bit older and started on the sales floor, the interaction with the clients and the stories behind the purchases always brightens my days. Now as the owner, the broad range of challenges keeps things fresh and exciting.

Half Moon Bay has become home for you.  What do you think of your community?

I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful community. They have always been supportive of my family over the years. I intend to give back at every opportunity to show my thankfulness to them. Half Moon Bay is a unique and special place to live and the local community represents that very well.

Have you had any interesting client requests that stick out in your mind?

Oh, the stories… We do quite a bit of remounting diamonds as they’re passed from one generation to the next, which often has some history behind it. The repair side also offers some fun circumstances. One gentleman recently needed a ring repaired that was in pretty bad shape. I asked jokingly if it had “been run over by a car?” He looked right at me and replied “why yes, yes it was. Do you think you can fix it?” We did and it actually turned out very nice.

Do you see any trends in what your customers are looking for?

Specifically, yellow diamond rings have been very popular lately and we are fortunate to have a strong selection of them. In a more general sense many of my clients are often looking for unique blending of skills and designs that they might not find elsewhere. Clients are often more educated than in times past so quality and competitive pricing are key.

Which Yael Designs collection is most popular in your store?

As mentioned above the yellow diamond rings have gotten the biggest response, however we have sold a number of different Yael pieces including the emerald and tanzanite collections. We recently completed a couple custom bridal requests that Yael performed beautifully as well.

What would you say makes Goldworks unique in your area?

Without question the one of a kind award-winning collection of jewelry we carry sets us apart from everyone, not just in our immediate area. We also feature some very significant technological advancements such as a live streaming microscope camera and pictures on receipts of every item left for repair. At our roots though, the philosophy is not a new one, just one that is proven to work. We enjoy what we do and try to share the experience with anyone we can. Goldworks is fortunate to be at a great location at the corner on 542 Main St with big double doors and lots of windows allowing for some great natural light. The building itself has a lot of character. Add in custom painted showcases with ocean scenes and you can’t help but fall in love with the place.

Anything else you want to share?

As a graduate of both the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts and GIA along with the years of apprenticing under my parents I truly feel that I am qualified for the responsibility of taking Goldworks into the future. Please come visit often to see all we have to offer now and as we continue to grow since 27 years after my parents 1st opened their original store, I am just getting started.

Here’s how to contact Goldworks:

Goldworks

542 Main Street

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650-726-2546

 Be sure to check out the amazing designs!

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A true legend!  Graff Diamonds are one of a kind

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Yael Designs is the Grand Prize Winner of 2014 JCK Awards

We’re proud to announce that Yael Designs is the Grand Prize winner of the prestigious 2014 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards!

The top award in the jewelry industry was bestowed upon The Baroness, a custom designed cocktail ring featuring a 14.09-carat morganite accented with diamonds and set in 18k rose gold. The Baroness Ring retails for $19,279.

The Baroness Ring was inspired by the luxurious intricacy of Parisian architecture, where Yael Designs’ CEO and chief designer Yehouda Saketkhou draws much of his inspiration.

“We’re very excited to have our custom fine jewelry work recognized by top jewelry influencers through the JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards contest,” said Mr. Saketkhou. “This ring was inspired by Paris, which holds a special place in my heart as the city that first sparked my love affair with the art of jewelry design when I was a young boy.”

The Baroness Ring is a good example of custom design work that we specialize in. Using only the finest quality diamonds, gemstones and metals, we produce some of the most cutting-edge custom fine jewelry pieces that have been recognized through awards for excellent craftsmanship and unique vision.

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The award-winning Baroness Ring is featured on the March 2014 cover of JCK Magazine. More information on the ring can be found on http://yaeldesigns.com/collections/custom/08377.

History of the Engagement Ring

There is nothing more breathtaking than that moment when a small box opens and changes the rest of your life.  But where did the practice of giving engagement rings come from?  From modest diamonds to family heirlooms to gems of unrivaled beauty, the engagement ring represents love, loyalty, and strength.  There is also a history as lasting and rich as the diamonds themselves!

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Even in pre-historic times there is evidence of man giving braid grasses to his mate to tie around her wrists, ankles, or waist.  This practice is thought to have been about tying the mates’ spirits to one another.  In Ancient Egypt people have been found wearing rings of silver or gold wire on the third finger of their left hands, the finger many cultures today designate as the wedding ring finger.  The wedding ring was not always such a romantic image, as in many cultures it was a way of signifying ownership of a wife and recognition of the legal arrangement binding her to her husband.  But over time the true beauty of two lives united as one began to appear.

 

In 1477 Archduke Maximillian of Austria’s proposal to Mary of Burgundy is one of the first recorded uses of a diamond engagement ring.  The Archduke used a ring with thin, flat diamonds set in the shape of an “M” to woo his love.  In the 1700s poesy rings, rings engraved with flower sayings, became popular in Europe while across the ocean in the New World Puritans preferred to signify their betrothals with used thimbles.  Rings were see as a luxury and did not coincide with their beliefs, however many thimbles saw their tops sliced off and worn as rings anyway. 

 

In Victorian England hair and gemstones were used as sentimental tokens of love, spelling out things like “Dearest” with diamonds, emeralds, amethysts, rubies, and more.  Though it was not until 1867 that diamonds saw an increase in supply and demand; when they were discovered in South Africa’s Cape Colony the desire for diamond rings soared.  Within a decade of founding the DeBeers Mining Company Cecil Rhodes would control 90 percent of the world’s diamonds!  From this example of a DeBeers diamond today, it’s no wonder!

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In the 19th century diamond rings grew in extravagance and demand.  From the Sears & Roebuck mail-order catalog rings, to the Tiffany & Co. “Tiffany Setting”, a six-pronged ring that would enhance a diamond’s brilliance and vibrancy by raising it up from the rest of the band.  Cartier created the Trinity Ring in 1918 which is still a traditional wedding ring in France, with intertwined bands of pink, white, and yellow gold symbolizing love, friendship, and fidelity. 

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Today diamond engagement rings have plenty of competition with colored gem engagement rings, like this Paraiba from our Engagement Collection, and we think this trend is lovely!  In the midst of the diamond ring business there are concerns about exploitation and human rights, so the World Diamond Council was developed in 2000 to help eliminate these issues.  The practice of giving engagement rings has been practiced all over the globe and all throughout time, for many different reasons.  But today the message is simple, engagement rings, no matter the size or shape, mean “I love you and I want to spend the rest of my life with you”.  And that is a sentiment that will withstand the ages!

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We have an engagement ring for every kind of bride out there.  Our modern white diamond setting with a fluid band of white gold brings to mind the everlasting nature of love and the flow of that love from one to another.  This simple yet elegant ring reminds us of the never-ending nature of the commitment to our partner.  Another elegant ring from our Novelique collection wreaths one diamond in concentric circles of more.  A setting like this is a reminder that love and support will always surround you as you choose to become a part of someone else’s life.  Besides, there is no such thing as too many diamonds!  For a more traditional taste our 18kt white gold band, studded with diamonds, holds one magnificent gem aloft.  With a ring like this you would always know you stood before anything else in your partner’s mind.  In a ceremony as binding as it is beautiful, engagement rings tell us never to forget to put our life’s love first.