With the cold weather rolling in, we think it’s time for another giveaway to warm things up! Head over to our Instagram page for your chance to win a $50 Edwards & Davies gift card.
Enter by end of day October 22. Winner will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on October 23, 2018.
Earlier this month, Fall/Winter Fashion Week took place, showcasing the season’s collections and highlighting upcoming trends. While many eyes were on the outfits, we were more concerned with catching the smaller details – jewellery. However, this season’s jewellery is anything but small. Trends dictated by the biggest, most influential names in fashion – Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Balenciaga – show a common theme: bigger is better. Jewellery for 2018 should be anything but small and dainty. We are loving bold jewellery that showcases the unique personality of the wearer, styles that mix texture and colour, and statement pieces that pack a visual punch!
Keep reading to check out our 2018 Fall/Winter Trend Report and view our top picks for pieces that will keep you on-trend.
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When picturing September’s birthstone, sapphire, most people envision a gorgeous gemstone with a deep blue hue; a fitting description as the English word sapphire is derived from the Greek “sapherios,” which means blue.
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Congratulations to our winners of the Mother’s Day Necklace Giveaway:
Matthew Manley – Silver Necklace
Julia Ramsey – Rose Gold Necklace
Tina Connelly – Gold Necklace
Thanks to everyone who participated and made our contest such a success! We had a lot of fun, and plan on doing more contests just like this so stay tuned!
Thanks again to everyone who participated, and Happy Mother’s Day!
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are doing a Facebook contest! We are giving away a Sterling Silver Bar necklace in one of three colours (silver, gold plated, and rose gold plated), including a personal engraving! To enter simply head over to our to our Facebook post, like it and comment the colour you would prefer! The winner will be announced on Facebook on May 1st.
This contest is open to Ontario residents only.
Remember to like and follow our Facebook page to keep up with future contests and news from Edwards & Davies!
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Wedding season is approaching and one of the upcoming trends are oval cut diamond engagement rings. They give a bold statement with a lighter price tag than their round diamond counterparts. These diamonds have the ability to make the most elegant solitaire or can be framed beautifully in a halo. If you are looking into engagement rings or searching for ring ideas to drop some hints– we have some tips on how to evaluate and pick the perfect oval diamond. And chances are we just might have a few of those perfect ones in stock!
The oval diamond has a similar facet arrangement as the round diamond. Both are brilliant cuts which brings out a lot of sparkle but the oval has a more unique shape quality. An oval can give the impression of a larger diamond versus other shapes because of it’s long, slender profile. Unlike round diamonds which always need to be a perfect circle, an oval diamond’s shape can vary between short length with a wider mid section to a long length with a slender mid section. This is referred to as the length to width ratio.
Length to Width Ratio
The look of an oval diamond is purely based on preference however, there is a more appealing ratio for these diamonds. Length to width ratio measures exactly that, the length of the diamond versus the width of the diamond. A fuller, lower ratio diamond – 1.3 or lower – would be perfect for a solitaire diamond compared to a more elongated, higher ratio diamond – 1.7 or higher – that would be complemented with a pair of side stones. For comparison, a round diamond has a ratio of 1. In our opinion, a classic cut oval is usually around the 1.4 to 1.5 ratio mark.
Most oval diamonds have a quality called the bow-tie effect. To the naked eye this can look like an actual bow-tie inside of the diamond. But in jeweller terms, bow-ties refer to the amount of light that’s not bouncing back from the middle of the diamond because of the way the diamond is cut. This is not usually a characteristic that is listed on a diamond certificate but we will visually inspect bow-ties on all of our oval diamonds to determine the severity. A bow-tie can give the oval diamond a unique quality, but too severe of a bow-tie can take away it’s sparkle.
Some of our custom oval diamond engagement rings!
One more thing!
Diamonds don’t have to be the only thing oval shaped. Classic gemstones like these pieces below can also have a stunning oval shape:
White Gold Oval Opal and Diamond Halo Ring
White Gold Oval Blue Topaz and Diamond Ring
White Gold Oval Sapphire Diamond Ring
Oval Amethyst and Diamond Gold Earrings
White Gold Oval Emerald and Diamond Drop Earrings
White Gold Oval Ruby and Diamond Drop Earrings
For more rings and earrings like these and more come check out our online store here!
What to do with old jewellery? Maybe it’s a piece from your grandmother, an out of style item passed down from your great uncle, or even something you have already owned for a while and just aren’t feeling the look of it anymore. Don’t let it sit in your jewellery box and collect dust! We absolutely love getting old pieces of jewellery and making it into something modern and new. And you can too!
The options are endless when it comes to redesign. Maybe you have an idea or maybe you don’t. We can help with that. A ring doesn’t have to become another ring and a necklace doesn’t have to become another necklace. You can take the sentimental stones out of the jewellery and even repurpose the gold to put it into another piece. This makes it more modern and stylish but also holds on to the personal value of it!
The re-design page of our website (click here to see!) breaks down our entire process of turning an old piece of jewellery into new so, let’s follow the steps and check out the process we went through with this beautiful custom piece!
Step #1 – What do I have?
A customer came in with an old yellow gold diamond solitaire ring from his girlfriend’s family.
Step #2 – What can I do with it?
He wanted to use the diamond from the ring to make a sentimental engagement ring to surprise her with.
Step #3 – What will it look like?
The customer brought in photos of a new ring and we recreated it for him. After a design drawing and a wax model (this can take up to 1+ weeks), he was pleased with the new design!
Step #4 – Let’s make it!
The diamond was carefully removed. Gold was melted and credited towards the cost of the ring redesign for the customer. And after about 2+ weeks, the finished product was completed!
Step #5 – Wohoo!
An absolutely stunning engagement ring using the same diamond from the old sentimental piece! And a wonderful surprise for his girlfriend…now fiancée!
Check it out!