Friday, 24 May 2019

Beautiful Three Stone Engagement Rings From Our Collection

If the love of your life has an inclination towards unique designs and classy jewelry and appreciates thoughtful and romantic gestures, then a personalized three stone engagement ring is the one to go for. The three stones in the ring are traditionally said to represent the past, present and future. Three stone rings are also the best choice for an anniversary gift – the stones binding the past, present and the future of the couple’s relationship. However, this beautiful concept applies to all relationships, which is why these rings also make for great engagement rings. Here is everything you need to know before buying your perfect three stone engagement ring.

Price and Versatility
Three stone engagement ring buyers have the advantage and more room for experimenting. Because there are three diamonds in this setting style you can make a choice to go for smaller diamonds which will help you save a big deal. You do not have to make an expensive purchase of one big diamond for this style of ring. Instead, you could get three diamonds that are eye-clean and relatively inexpensive or go with unique tinted diamonds.

To make it more meaningful, you could make your partner’s birthstone the center gemstone of your the engagement ring. Sapphires, rubies and emeralds are popular choices for three stone engagement rings as they add interest and color to the otherwise classic diamond engagement ring. And it does not end here! Here are some amazing ring combinations that may serve as inspiration in your quest to find the perfect engagement ring!

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Princess Cut Diamonds


The three stone ring design has two smaller diamonds on either side of the larger center diamond. Although round diamonds are a popular choice, you can also opt for princess cut diamonds. Princess cut diamonds are a perfect choice for this ring design because of their flat sides and symmetry. The diamonds can be held in place by a trellis setting, instead of simple prongs, which gives the ring an elegant flourish and intricacy.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Baguette Diamonds


Now if you don’t want a classic three stone diamond ring you could consider a ring with two baguette diamonds with a round center diamond. The baguette diamonds usually produce broad flashes of reflected light that brings all the attention to the sparkling faceted center diamond.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Half Moon Diamonds


Another great thing about these diamond rings is that diamond shapes that are not commonly used in other ring settings work perfectly in this setting. The half moon side diamonds add a charming look to an otherwise standard ring and their glittering shine perfectly complements a round brilliant or cushion diamond in the center.

Three Stone Engagement Ring with Pear Shaped Sapphire Side Stones


Here is where things get even more exciting! This setting is a great way to add color and personality to your ring. Choosing colorful gemstones as the side stones will only add to the existing wonderful qualities of the center diamond. You could even consider mixing up the shapes – a pear-shaped sapphire or emerald on either side of a round center will certainly mean a unique ring.

There are endless possibilities with the three stone engagement ring and with its charm and versatility, you just can’t go wrong!

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Thursday, 23 May 2019

All About Halo Engagement Rings



Halo engagement rings are a perfect blend of eye-catching and elegant. The halo setting features a formation of smaller diamonds surrounding the center gemstone of the ring. Typically diamonds are the choice of center gemstone for a halo engagement ring but if you and your partner are people who like unique designs then feel free to use gemstones like emerald, sapphires or rubies to surround your center stone.

Halo engagement rings are quite popular at the moment because of the variety of styles that they come in – everything from retro and classic halo designs to grand double halo engagement rings for an even grand proposal! Here is everything that you need to know about the halo engagement ring before you make a purchase.

Price – Pro/Con
A halo setting for your engagement ring is a great technique to make your center stone look larger than it really is without the cost of having to buy a bigger diamond. The price of diamonds does not increase linearly. If the other 4Cs, that is, color, cut and clarity being the same, a 1-carat diamond won't cost just double of a 0.5-carat diamond, but a lot more. So a halo setting can be a really good way of adding some bling to your ring without needing to spend big bucks for a big center diamond!

However, because of all the little diamonds and workmanship needed to fix them in little prongs around the center diamond for the making of a halo engagement ring, the cost of the jewelry can really creep up. And the more intricately designed the halo setting is, the more expensive it will be.

Maintenance
Halo engagement rings need a little more care than a simpler style of engagement ring because of the number of little diamonds that are used in making it. Each tiny diamond in a ring with a halo setting needs to be arranged individually by a jeweler with tiny prongs. It possible that over time some of the prongs may get bent out of position and a diamond or two comes loose and falls out. This is why these rings should be regularly checked and taken to the jewelers to be checked and fixed.

Here are a few popular styles of engagement ring with a halo setting:


Classic Halo Engagement Ring
The classic halo setting features a ring of little sparkling diamonds surrounding the diamond in the center. This design is the least expensive when it comes to halo styles and adds around 0.3 carats to the total weight of the halo engagement ring.


Double Halo Engagement Ring
This is a great example of how grand an engagement ring with a halo setting can look! The two tiers of beautiful diamonds around the center diamond add to the sparkle and prove that you don’t need a huge diamond to make your ring look really impressive!



Floral Halo Engagement Ring
To add a romantic twist to your ring, you could choose a floral silhouette to surround your brilliant center diamond. The romantic and nature-inspired motif is the perfect choice for an engagement ring.

We hope you have a great time creating the most perfect engagement ring for the perfect love of your life. Congratulations! 
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Classic Yellow Gold Engagement Rings


Yellow gold engagement rings are traditional, classic and one of the most popular settings around the world. The warm glow of the yellow gold engagement ring is seen as a symbol of sophistication and luxury. Even though in recent years white gold has started to gain more popularity, yellow gold engagement rings have not lost their charm at all and still hold a special place in our hearts. If you are considering buying a classic yellow gold engagement ring for your future wife or yourself, here is everything you need to know.

Understanding the Karat of Yellow Gold Engagement Rings
Yellow gold is popular because its warm tone is the closest form to gold’s natural fiery hue. However, the gold that is used in engagement rings and other jewelry is not pure 24 karat gold. Pure gold is extremely soft and cannot be used in jewelry. It would definitely not survive the day-to-day hustle, occasional knocks and drops. That is the reason pure gold is mixed with other durable metals to make a stronger alloy. The proportion of the actual gold used in the jewelry compared to other metals is indicated by the “karat” system.

The different amounts of gold used in jewelry give it different properties because of the natural components of the metals that are in the alloy.

Normally 18 karat yellow gold engagement rings have 75% gold, 12.5% silver and 12.5% copper. These rings have a brighter glow compared to other yellow gold rings that have lower percentages of gold in them. Jewelry is less likely to tarnish if it has a higher amount of gold in it so it is understandably more expensive.

14 karat gold engagement rings have about 60% gold and the remaining of it is usually a mix of copper, silver and at times zinc. Even though these don’t have the kind of bright glow that 18 karat engagement rings have, they still have a very beautiful yellow hue.

9 to10 karat gold rings have only about 40% gold and a higher percentage of other metals to create an alloy. These rings have a whiter or copper colored look to them and are more likely to tarnish but on the plus side, are quite affordable for a yellow gold engagement ring!

You Can Save on the Diamond Color
One of the interesting things about a yellow gold ring is that it can manipulate the color of the diamond that you choose to set in it. A white metal setting like platinum or white gold needs to be paired with a colorless or less tinted and expensive diamond because any tint of color in a diamond is very clearly visible in a white metal setting. With a yellow gold setting, even the slightly warm diamonds will look beautiful against the warm tone of the metal and so you could save significantly by choosing a diamond with a lower color-grade.

Make Sure You or Your Partner Doesn’t Have Allergies
Keep in mind that many people are allergic to gold jewelry which makes it very uncomfortable to wear. It often happens that a person is allergic to nickel that’s sometimes used while making the gold alloy. The last thing you want is for your partner to not be able to wear her engagement ring, so find out if she already wears gold jewelry!

We hope you have a beautiful time choosing a magnificent engagement ring for the love of your life! Get started here.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Buying Your First Loose Diamond – Is Diamond Fluorescence Important


We are sure you know by now that the 4Cs are the most important aspects to buying a loose diamond. The cut, color, clarity and carat of the loose diamond you finally decide to purchase are what will determine how bright and of what quality it is. But have you ever thought if diamond fluorescence is something that you would like to consider while buying your loose diamond? Here is everything you need to know about diamond fluorescence.


What is diamond fluorescence?
Fluorescence is a diamond’s tendency to release a subtle glow when subjected to ultraviolet (UV) rays from maybe the sun or a fluorescent lamp. Only about 25 percent to 30 percent of diamonds fluoresce to some degree. This glow that a diamond emits is usually a very subtle blue, but on rare occasions it can also glow different colors like green, yellow or red. The GIA (Geological Institute of America) grades a diamond’s fluorescence by its intensity – None, Faint, Medium, Strong and Very Strong.

Can fluorescence affect the diamond’s color?
This is a good question to ask while you are buying a loose diamond. Fluorescence can at times improve the color of a diamond. The blue fluorescence can make a yellowish diamond look brighter and more colorless under UV light, like daylight. However, a strong/very strong blue fluorescence can make your diamond look hazy and milky, rather than sharp and clear. 

A medium blue fluorescence or a faint blue fluorescence usually doesn't have any adverse effect on a diamond's appearance. Not all diamonds with a very strong blue fluorescence look hazy but they may sell for a lesser price than the ones with no blue fluorescence due to market perception.  These little details are important to keep in my mind when investing in a loose diamond with fluorescence.

Can a non-professional tell the difference between a diamond with fluorescence and one without?
In a study done by the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) about the effects of blue fluorescence on the appearance of a diamond, they found that the blue fluorescence has an unnoticeable effect on diamonds of the colorless and near-colorless grades. 

Should I buy a loose diamond with fluorescence?
Many factors go into the effects of fluorescence on the appearance of the loose diamond you buy. It depends on what color grade your stone is, how has the diamond been cut and whether the diamond is viewed in natural or artificial light. You would have to consider many things and then as a whole, decide if a fluorescent diamond is something you would like to invest in. The one thing you can do whether you buy the diamond online or in a store - ask a gemologist for an opinion. We have a team of gemologists who looks at each and every diamond we sell. We would give our unbiased opinion about a fluorescent diamond before offering it to you. 

Overall, diamond fluorescence should not be your biggest concern or focus when picking a loose diamond. The effects of blue fluorescence are subjective and also relatively unnoticeable. In the end, what matters the most is that you should love the diamond that you buy. There are no hard rules! We would love to help you find a diamond perfect for you. Give us a call on 1-866-522-2539 or initiate a chat on www.b2cjewels.com. 

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Thursday, 9 May 2019

All About Shimmering Platinum Engagement Rings



Platinum is one of the most commonly used metals for engagement rings. The charm, beauty and durability of platinum are seen as a great metaphor for marriage itself. Right off the bat, platinum is a great choice to go for in an engagement ring – it’s classic, reliable and very good looking. Here is everything that you need to know before you get yourself a shimmering platinum engagement ring or wedding band.

What is Platinum?
Platinum is found in South Africa, Russia and even parts of North America. Majority of the platinum extracted from mines is used for industrial purposes, like catalytic converters in cars, and a minor percentage of it is used in jewelry. Even though the platinum used in jewelry is not 100% pure, it’s still used in big quantities as compared to gold. 18K gold jewelry has about 75% gold and 14K has about 58% gold while the rest is other metals. But jewelry grade platinum is usually 95%.

Few metals that are used to create a platinum alloy are Iridium, which is the most common metal used; Ruthenium, which is a durable and shiny metal and Cobalt that’s known for its high quality and bright finish.

Durability Is Its Biggest Strength
Platinum is definitely beautiful but the best thing about this metal is its durability. Because so much of pure platinum is used in jewelry you happen to get the best properties of the metal and the metal that it’s alloyed with. Engagement rings made with other metals like white gold need to be replated with rhodium every couple of years to keep them bright. But platinum does not need as much repairing. They are also quite resistant to damage from chemicals.

Platinum may be a good choice for people with an active lifestyle. Prongs that hold diamonds, as well as the shank of the ring, need to be strong to withstand knocks and blows. This is a non-issue with platinum as it’s stronger than gold and is less likely to be damaged or bent.

Hypoallergenic 
Platinum is a hypoallergenic metal so even if you have the most sensitive skin you can still wear a platinum engagement ring without worrying about it. When it comes to white gold, about 10% of the population is allergic to the nickel used to make the alloy but with platinum that is absolutely not an issue.

It’s Suits All Stones and Colors!
Platinum’s white and luminous glow suits all diamonds that are in the upper end of the color grade very well. It showcases them in the best light possible and really brings out their fire and brilliance. Platinum bands also look great with other colorful gemstones like sapphire, ruby and emerald.

Platinum can be a bit pricier than other metals and understandably so. After all, it is 30 times more rare than gold. However, it’s really worth the money especially for a long-term purchase like an engagement ring or wedding band. We hope you find the perfect one for your perfect one! Start your search here.

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Monday, 6 May 2019

All about the Sparkling White Gold Engagement Rings



White gold is relatively newer than some of the other metals that are used in engagement rings and jewelry in general. Yellow gold had always been the first choice for engagement rings for thousands of years, but in the last 60 or so years, white gold has become the most popular choice. White gold offers you durability, shine and good value – no wonder people like it so much! Here is everything about this sparkling metal that’s important to know before you make a decision to buy a white gold engagement ring.

What is White Gold?
Here is a little background check. Gold is an extremely delicate metal that is quite rarely found in its absolute pure form. In its pure form, gold isn’t strong enough and cannot be made into jewelry so to make gold durable enough to mold into jewelry; it is mixed with other stronger metals to create a strong alloy. Now there are quite a few combinations that make jewelry-grade gold.

Some combinations of gold are:
9 Karat: 37.50% pure gold
10 Karat: 41.7% pure gold
14 Karat: 58.3% pure gold
18 Karat: 75.00% pure gold
24 Karat: 100% pure gold

In context, Karat is usually shortened to kt or k, and should not be confused with the similar sounding word “Carat” which is the measure of the weight of a diamond.

The metals that create the rest of the white gold alloy (the non-gold part) will always vary. For 14k white gold it would normally be around 58.5% gold, 20% copper, 14.5% nickel and 7.5% zinc. The nickel and zinc are what gives white gold its shimmery silvery color. White gold is also often coated thinly with rhodium which is a white colored metal that gives out a bright shine and adds better durability.

Durability, Flexibility and Cost
White gold is a great choice for engagement rings because it looks great and not as susceptible to tarnish, rust or corrosion. It’s a good metal to wear on an everyday basis without worrying a lot about it. Also that gold is quite malleable and flexible. In fact, if under pressure your white gold engagement ring will not break or snap but bend instead which is much easier to fix.

The flexibility of this metal also makes things easy for the jewelers to work on it and so you can experiment with different styles of rings and intricate designs. Also, because it is easy to work on, it cuts down the cost of the workmanship so it will be comparatively less expensive.

Looks Spectacular with Diamonds
One of the main reasons why white gold is such a popular choice for engagement rings is that it complements all kinds of diamonds. If you are planning to buy a brilliant diamond that’s graded between D to H, you should definitely consider setting it in a white gold band. This metal will only add to and enhance the shine and sparkle of your precious stone.

The great thing about white gold is that the neutral tone of white gold works well with stones of all kinds and colors. It adds fire to stones like sapphire, ruby and emerald and somehow takes the backseat and makes your gemstone the center of attention!

A white gold engagement ring is the perfect start to an enduring relationship. We say go for it!




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Monday, 29 April 2019

The Fascinating World of Fancy Colored Diamonds


The Gemological Institute of America grades diamonds on a scale of D to Z. D grade diamonds are the most colorless and brilliant, whereas G and H grade diamonds are nearly colorless. As you go down the chart the color grade of a diamond decreases and the tint of the stones become much more noticeable.

Diamonds that have an evident color are known as Fancy Color Diamonds. Fancy color diamonds are rare and quite fascinating! Blue, green, pink, red – these precious stones have the most gorgeous natural color that makes them perfect for unique pieces of jewelry, especially when used as a center diamond for an engagement ring. Here is everything that you need to know about these breathtaking gems!

How Are Fancy Color Diamonds Made?
The most magical thing about fancy colored diamonds is that it is a natural occurrence. The colors in diamonds come from tiny specs of impurities in the carbon lattice structure of the gemstone as it forms in the depths of the earth. The most common element found in diamonds is nitrogen, and depending on its concentration it can produce a yellow or brown tint in a diamond.

The very rare blue diamond has boron impurities in its composition and the purple ones are caused by a mix of crystal lattice distortion and highly concentrated hydrogen. The rarest fancy colored stone is the red diamond. It is so unique that there is not much information about its formation. However, scientists believe that unlike other fancy stones, red and pink diamonds are not caused by impurities but actually because of a natural alteration of its crystal lattice structure occurred in the diamond’s transportation to the surface of the earth.

How Are Fancy Diamonds Graded?
A diamond grading report by a reputable grading laboratory is the most important thing to consider when making a purchase. Grading fancy color diamonds is significantly different than grading colorless diamonds. Fancy diamonds are graded on a nine-point scale: Faint, Very Light, Light, Fancy Light, Fancy, Fancy Dark, Fancy Intense, Fancy Deep, Fancy Vivid. The difference between one level of saturation and the other can be between 50-100%. Laboratories use a list of 27 shades that make the entire spectrum of fancy color diamonds.

Buying a Fancy Color Diamond
As naturally occurring fancy color diamonds are so rare, they have extremely high values. These unique gemstones are immune from the unpredictable ups and downs of colorless diamond pricing around the world. The blue and pink fancy diamonds have a jaw-dropping financial track record of doubling in value every few years, which has piqued the interest of many.

The world of fancy colored diamonds is vast and beautiful. We have a search for fancy color diamonds, we hope you have fun exploring!

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

5 Favorite One-of-a-kind Halo Ring Designs

A genius design – the halo is a great way to add a fiery sparkle to your jewelry. The halo setting is a feature with pave or micro-pave diamonds encircling the center gemstone of your jewelry. Popular with engagement rings, a halo setting can make your diamond look way bigger than its actual size at an affordable price. Quite magically, a halo can completely transform a simple diamond ring into an extraordinary piece of art. Here are 5 unique diamond halo rings from our collection that are just undeniably gorgeous.

Vintage Oval Halo with Emerald Cut Center


The dainty mix-match of contrasting shapes is what makes this ring so fascinatingly offbeat. Emerald-cut diamonds are perfect for a vintage look in jewelry and the fancy center stone on this ring does this old-world design justice. The oval-shaped halo around the center is made of many a sparkly pave diamond that extends along the band’s split shank structure. Eye-catching yet sophisticated – this one’s a real keeper!

Ornate Halo with Milgrain Details

This luxurious halo ring is quite breathtakingly detailed. The orate frame of the halo around the brilliant diamond center stone is an extraordinary feature. The diamond-studded halo appears to extend along the marquise frames on the band, and the milgrain details at the edges of the halo add finesse to the entire design. It’s really all in the details with this one.

Classic Halo with Round Diamond Center


This round diamond halo ring is the perfect balance between modern and classic jewelry. The glittery center stone is slightly elevated from the band of the ring, thus giving it a magical sparkle every time the light hits its facets. The gorgeous halo around the center stone and pave diamonds on the band makes this ring the dreamiest a ring can be!

Quatrefoil Halo with Cushion Cut Diamond

This floral quatrefoil halo around a brilliant cushion-cut center diamond is the most striking a statement engagement ring can be. Feminine and glorious, this magnificent design is truly one-of-a-kind. The cathedral silhouette makes the ring look even magnificent. Here is where all offbeat-halo design dreams come to thrive!

Minimalist Compass Halo

The simple and graceful design of this ring is exactly what makes it so special. The diamond-studded halo surrounds the round diamond center stone points towards cardinal directions. The ring features an unfussy white gold band that beautifully complements the compass-inspired design. Just perfect!

A diamond halo is a perfect addition to a good jewelry collection. We hope you find yours!

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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Top 5 Gorgeous Minimalist Diamond Jewelry to Have From Our Collection

Jewelry in itself is quite a magical concept. Versatile and sparkly – a beautiful kind of bijouterie can transform one’s look instantly. From striking statement pieces to dainty solitaires, there are many directions that a great accessory can take you. However, the key to a fashionable jewelry collection is this: Less is more.

Minimalist diamond jewelry is quite revolutionary. It’s remarkable how simple shapes and clean designs can make such a dramatic difference in your overall look. Minimalist jewelry is feminine, elegant and timeless. A balance between subtle and striking – this is where all the magic lies! Here are five sophisticated minimalist diamond jewelry from our collection that you absolutely must have.


Modern Diamond Bar Necklace

A trendy diamond studded bar necklace is the perfect mélange of minimalistic and eye-catching. In white, yellow or rose gold, this necklace is endlessly adaptable and absolutely gorgeous. The best thing about this piece is that this design goes as well with formal looks as it does with casual outfits. To mix things up, you can always layer the bar necklace with other pendant necklaces of different lengths to create a statement ensemble.


Delicate Diamond Hoop Earrings


Prong-set diamond hoop earrings are the most uncomplicated way to spice up an everyday outfit. No over-the-top designs or layers – hoop earrings are classic and extraordinary. Geometric designs as such are always an instant “yes” when it comes to amazing minimalist jewelry.


Bezel Set Diamond Station Bracelet 



An elegant, cable-chained, diamond bracelet is always a good idea when it comes to having long-lasting everyday jewelry. Studded with sparkling bezel-set diamonds, this bracelet is all that minimalist-dreams are made of. This kind of accessory is ideal for regular use but also looks great on a special night out. The beauty of the diamond station bracelet is you can’t go wrong here!

Marquise Diamond Stud Earrings


Diamond stud earrings are quite honestly magic. How can something be so tenuous and yet make such a big difference? The fancy marquise shape of these earrings and the flattering halo around the center stone is what makes this pair such a stunner. When caught in the perfect light, these dainty little earrings shine like a thousand stars!

Brilliant Round Diamond Pendant 


A brilliant diamond center stone and a diamond studded halo around it – is there anything more luxurious than this? A design like this is a magnificent addition to a glamorous outfit. The simple white gold cable chain flawlessly balances the undeniable sparkle of the pendant thus making it the most exemplary minimalist jewelry.

In a world of constantly changing styles and fashion, classic minimalist jewelry will never go out of style. We hope you found your inspiration for the perfect elegant addition to your collection!

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Monday, 15 April 2019

From Passable to Phenomenal – Easy Ways to Zhuzh Up Your Work Outfit with Diamonds


Compulsory dress codes and odd work timings – unlike regular wear there are a lot of aspects to a work outfit. A balance of professionalism, confidence and personal expression makes the perfect approach to looking your best at the workplace. However, a great look does not have to be all that complicated. You don’t really need to spend your mornings worrying about each little detail in your outfit. In fact, elevating your workwear from “Will do” to “This is amazing!” is actually quite simple.

A good jewelry collection is the answer to all your workwear-woes. There is no need to reset your entire closet – A thoughtful piece of accessory can dramatically improve an outfit like you wouldn’t believe! Here are three ways you can magically transform your ordinary work-look into a stylish ensemble.

No-Effort Effort


A great way to elevate a work outfit is to pair it with minimalistic jewelry. For a breezy daytime-look go for a pair of dainty diamond stud earrings. Because diamonds studs are so subtle, adding a gorgeous diamond tennis bracelet in the mix makes for just the right amount of sparkle without overdoing it. Delicate, simple jewelry is the best way to make an effort without having to deal with any hassle!

Eye-Catching Statement Piece




Pairing different types of jewelry together can get a bit confusing and messy. But there are many easy, no-nonsense hacks to making a normal pantsuit or a formal skirt look fabulous! A striking piece of jewelry might not seem like the perfect work accessory but if worn correctly it can turn you into a confident badass! A single diamond drop necklace is a great way to instantly zhuzh up a formal blouse. If you are wearing something that does not show your collarbone, like a shirt – Pair your smart outfit with a couple white-gold hoop earrings for a charming dazzle.

A Touch of Color


Because diamonds are so versatile and adaptable they make for the safest choice when it comes to work jewelry. However, once in a while it’s quite fun to make a bold choice! Colored gemstones can totally change a regular work attire into a well-thought and sensible outfit. A magical-looking blue sapphire pendant necklace with a diamond halo works wonders with a formal white dress. It’s absolutely foolproof!

A lovely piece of jewelry paired correctly with a traditional work outfit can make a world of difference. Remember it’s all in the details!

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