This Holiday Season at Sparkles…

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and here at Sparkles we are already gearing up to make sure we are your one-stop shop for all of your holiday needs. We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of inventory to suit all needs. We have something for everyone.

So many exciting events are happening at Sparkles in these next few months to celebrate the season and show our appreciation for you – our incredible and loyal customers. Below is a detailed list of everything you can look forward to this season. Mark your calendars!

We will be closed Thanksgiving day, but the day after…IT. ALL. BEGINS!

  • 11/27- BLACK FRIDAY: We decided to have a little fun and take “Black Friday” literally. All black items are on sale*!  All inventory with black diamonds, black rhodium plating, black gemstones, black stainless steel, etc. IS 35% OFF!  (*excluding Lashbrook rings) Note: the entire piece does not have to be black, it just must contain something black! See examples of qualifying items below:

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  • 11/28-SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: We love small businesses and we love our customers so we want to SHARE THE LOVE! Select pieces will be 20%-75% OFF AND all customers who make a purchase this day will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into our give-away! One lucky winner will walk away with this gorgeous sterling silver and diamond “love” necklace. SBS love

Multiple Andersonville businesses are participating in Small Business Saturday and each participating store will take part in the “passport” raffle. Every time you purchase something at a participating store you will receive a stamp in your SBS passport and be entered to win whatever prize that store is featuring! The more you shop, the more prizes you could win! Check here for more info on which shops are participating. 

  • 12/4-SPARKLES HOLIDAY PARTY & LATE NIGHT ANDERSONVILLE: Come join us for our annual Holiday Party from 4-10pm! All guests will be able to pick from our candy-cane surprise bin to discover a special discount between 10% and 50% OFF their entire purchase for that day! Be sure to RSVP on our Facebook event page. Drinks and appetizers will be served. Multiple Andersonville shops will be staying open until 10pm for Late Night Andersonville so be sure to stop by Sparkles to check a few of those people off your holiday gift list!
  • 12/13-TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BEGINS: Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram because every day for the twelve days leading up to Christmas we will feature a special sale that is for that day only! (Examples could be all earrings on sale or all men’s jewelry, etc.) It begins Sunday, December 13th, and ends Christmas eve. (Days 2 & 3 will be combined as we are closed Monday, December 14th)
  • 12/15-HOLIDAY HOURS TAKE EFFECT: Beginning Tuesday, December 15th, Sparkles will be open from 11am-7pm every day, including Monday, December 21st.
  • 12/18-LATER NIGHT ANDERSONVILLE: Sparkles, as well as multiple Andersonville shops, will stay open until 10pm! This is a fantastic night to come and get all of your holiday shopping done!
  • 12/24-CHRISTMAS EVE SPECIAL STORE HOURS: Last minute shoppers rejoice! Sparkles Fine Jewelry will be open from 10am-2pm on Christmas Eve
  • 12/25-12/28- SPARKLES WILL BE CLOSED: We will be closed Christmas day and will remain closed through Monday, December 28th, reopening with regular store hours on Tuesday, December 29th. Everyone enjoy your Holiday season!!
  • 01/01/16-NEW YEARS DAY-CLOSED: We will be closed on New Years Day. We cannot believe how quickly this year flew by! What is your new years resolution? Ours is to wear more diamonds. (Obviously.)

-Did you know we do wish lists? Please stop by and make one! It will make gift giving a lot easier when your loved ones can stroll into the store and hand pick your gift straight from your wish list!

-Help us give back this Holiday Season! We will be selling gorgeous cultured pearl and stainless steel stud earrings for just $5.00 (yes, you read that correctly) beginning December 1st. 100% of the proceeds of the pearl stud sales will go to Paws Chicago to help our furry friends find their forever homes! Limit 1 per customer, limited quantities available.

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Stainless Steel and Pearl earrings, $5, all proceeds go to Paws Chicago!

We can’t wait to see you at all these wonderful celebrations!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

xoxo,

Sparkles

Meet the Sparkles Girls!

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The three Sparkles girls, Rachel, Claire, and Annabelle, celebrating Sparkles’ second birthday this past September

Here at Sparkles one of our favorite aspects of our job is getting to know our customers and their stories. Having our shop located in the neighborhood of Andersonville is ideal. Andersonville feels like a secret small town hidden inside the big city of Chicago. Many people know each other, everyone says hello. Sometimes it’s as if we are living in an episode of the Gilmore Girls (in a good way, of course).This made us think that maybe it was time for everyone to get to know us a little better, too. Let us introduce ourselves…

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Rachel: Sparkles Owner & President, Travel Aficionado, Pizza Lover

MEET ANNABELLE

Annabelle: Manager, Metal Smith, Treasure Hunter

MEET CLAIRE

Claire: Jewelry Consultant, Bibliophile, Tea Enthusiast

-What is your favorite piece of jewelry you own?

Rachel: My custom made necklace using my mom’s diamond. It reminds me of her every day.

Annabelle: A vintage gold coin that is bezel set in platinum surrounded by diamonds that my grandmother gave to me. It has a watch-fob style chain. It’s really cool.

Claire: My grandmother’s engagement ring. It’s this beautiful two tone yellow and white gold ring with a round center stone. My grandmother passed away when I was twelve and I had no idea she had left the ring to me. Her will stipulated I would receive the ring on my 25th birthday and my family kept it a secret until then. It was a huge surprise.

-What is your favorite piece of jewelry in the store?

Rachel: This is so hard to choose since I fall in love with everything!  There is one necklace that made me squeal when I first laid eyes on it!  The rose cut diamonds look so delicate and I can’t get enough of the black rhodium swirl detail on the pendant. It is a show stopper!

Rachel's pick

14K Rose gold necklace with black rhodium detailing, 1.62ct of rose cut diamonds. $4,040.00

Annabelle: It changes almost every day. My favorite right now is a rose gold pendant with pavé diamonds set beneath a smoky quartz. I also love all of our vintage pieces.

Annabelle's pick

Faceted smokey quartz pendant with .79ct of pave diamonds in 14k rose gold. $1,695.00 (chain sold separately)

Claire: It changes all the time but right now I am really in love with a pendant I affectionately call the “moon spoon”. It is a stunning pendant done in 14k white gold with moonstones and black diamonds. The pendant curves, giving it the “spoon” look. When the moonstones catch the sunlight they look spectacular.

Claire's pick

14k white gold pendant with black rhodium detailing, 3.2ct of moonstones, .19ct of black diamonds. $1,450.00 (chain sold separately)

 

(See something you like? Stop in the store to see it in person!)

-Favorite precious gemstone?

Rachel: Sapphire.

Annabelle: Sapphire.

Claire: Emerald.

-When did you start at Sparkles?

Rachel: I’ve been here since day 1! So exciting we have been open over 2 years!

Annabelle: June 2014.

Claire: August 2015- I’m the newbie.

-Describe yourself in 5 words or less?

Rachel: Caring. Loving. Crazy. Fun. Adventurous.

Annabelle: Creative. Silly. #blessed. Humble. Enthusiastic.

Claire: Loyal. Independent. Curious. Constantly cold. 

-Favorite food?

Rachel: This girl likes to eat!  My favorite is Italian!

Annabelle: Anything Spicy! Indian food and Jamaican food are two of my favorites.

Claire: Ugh, this is embarrassing. My absolute favorite thing to eat is a super soft, fresh baguette with Wishbone Italian dressing. I literally just rip pieces of the bread off and dip it in the dressing. Super healthy, clearly. I also love cheese. I could be perfectly happy eating cheese and bread for the rest of my life.

-Favorite place in Chicago?

RachelI am happy just about anywhere in this awesome city 😉

Annabelle: Sparkles!

Claire: The Field Museum, specifically the gems room. Or the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square. I love me a quaint bookshop.

-Where do you want to travel to the most?

Rachel: I am obsessed with traveling!  I want to see the rest of the world!  Next on my list is India, Japan and Bali!

Annabelle: A lot of places! I think Australia would be cool. But I really want to go Patagonia most of all.

Claire: Greece, Italy and Egypt. I have a degree in classical civilization and I grew up obsessed with ancient civilizations. I want to see all the amazing places I’ve spent years studying.

-Celebrity crush?

Rachel: Love me some Justin Timberlake and Leonardo DiCaprio!

Annabelle: Tom Hardy.

Claire: Emily Blunt and Tom Hardy.

-Favorite type of jewelry?

Rachel: Anything with diamonds!

Annabelle: Probably rings.

Claire: Tiaras.

-Favorite part of working at Sparkles?

Rachel: Interacting with customers and having fun!

Annabelle: Being able to be creative.

Claire: My coworkers 🙂

-If you weren’t working in jewelry, what would be your other dream job?

Rachel: I really can’t imagine doing anything else….can I travel the world and find diamonds and gemstones?!?!

Annabelle: As a kid I always dreamt of being either an archaeologist or a geologist.

Claire: Growing up I wanted to be Lara Croft. I even studied archaeology at University College London for a semester! But, as it turns out, it’s a lot less motorcycle chases and a lot more paperwork. Go figure.


Want to know more about us? Stop in the store! All are welcome and the three of us are pretty darn friendly. Fair warning: we may be having a dance party when you arrive…you’re encouraged to join in! 😉

Stay tuned for November’s blog post – we have a ton of exciting things going on for the holidays and our next post will detail all the great events and how you can be part of them!

Sparkles Turns 2!

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Exciting news, everyone! One week from today, on September 18th, 2015, we will be celebrating our second birthday! We are even having a party, but more about that later. First, let’s take a look back at how far we have come, what we have learned in our two years here in Andersonville, and ponder on our future (and then I will tell you about the party, promise).

We sat down with our fearless leader, Boss Lady Rachel, and asked her to reflect on the past couple of years.

So, Sparkles is 2! In only two years Sparkles Fine Jewelry has managed to go from new store in town to being ranked Fifth Coolest Small Store in America. How does it feel?

It feels like a great accomplishment! Rewinding back to two years ago I always had high hopes for this adventure. 

When did you first know you wanted to open your own store?

I’ve been in the industry for a little over twelve years, and was dreaming of opening my own business all along. 

Rachel, our fearless leader, cuts the ribbon Setpember 17, 2013. It begins!

Rachel cuts the ribbon on September 17, 2013.

What do you think makes Sparkles different from it’s competitors?

We want you to have the best possible experience when you walk in to our store. We really care and want you to be wearing the best jewels!

What is your favorite part of having your store located in Andersonville?

I couldn’t have picked a better location! All the business owners work together and the neighborhood really wants you to succeed. We appreciate all of the locally owned businesses and shop there whenever we can. 

What have you learned in the past two years? Were there any growing pains?

Owning a business is like riding a roller coaster, you have your ups and downs but its such a fun ride! 

What do you want your customers to know before they come in to your store? 

Don’t be scared! It’s a very relaxed atmosphere and we want you to have a great time and see all of our favorite pieces. 

I hear there is a great story about Sparkles’ very first customer – can you share the details?

Our very first customer is an extremely close friend to me now. The day before we opened up his eyes were peering through the door. He came back the next day and picked out a wonderful Rony Tennenbaum engagement ring. Joe and Gerry just recently got married and they asked me to walk the rings down the aisle for them! What a lucky gal I am! 

In your opinion, what is the next big jewelry trend?

Vintage jewelry is having a big comeback right now. Many families are passing their heirlooms down or customers come in looking for the perfect treasure. 

Lastly, where do you see Sparkles Fine Jewelry in the future? Five, ten years down the road?

Definitely thinking about opening a second location down the road. With a dance club and bar attached! Hopefully we will become so popular we have to expand. 


So here we are, two years in. We are feeling pretty proud of all we have accomplished, and we are beyond excited for what the future holds for us. It only makes sense to celebrate, so naturally we are throwing a party! And you’re invited! Please join us for drinks, appetizers and 20-50% off select jewelry! (Kind of a winning combination, right?)

When: Friday, September 18th, 6-9pm.

Where: Right here in our store! 5405 N Clark St, Andersonville, Chicago IL 60640

Sparkle on!

LGBT Wedding and Engagement Ring FAQ’s– A Q&A with Rony Tennenbaum

Here at Sparkles, we’ve been blessed over the past two years to have met and worked with some of the loveliest clients we can imagine. We have been honored to watch love stories unfold for wonderful and diverse couples, many of them part of the LGBTQ community. Even prior to the massive strides made in the fight for Marriage Equality, since we opened in 2013 and beyond, we began to receive an immediate and steady stream of questions from our same-sex couples.

How were they supposed to navigate this whole wedding and engagement jewelry thing? What were the rules?

Now on the thrilling heels of our country’s long-awaited recognition of Marriage Equality I reached out to a designer favorite of Sparkles (and its clientele), LGBT jewelry creator Rony Tennenbaum, to see what he had to say in response to the five most common questions we hear from our clients.

 

Q: Do same sex couples wear engagement rings?

RT: “Since Marriage Equality in the US is only 11 years old, the same sex community is still evolving and developing new traditions in the Engagement/Marriage arena.  While 22 years ago when my partner and I didn’t have words as engagement, marriage or even family to fall back on, today’s same sex couples do.  It is still very early on in these new traditions, but I am definitely seeing a rise in same sex couples looking to wear engagement rings, and in general “getting engaged”.  Having said that, the traditional engagement ring as we know them is also morphing into different and more interesting shapes and designs.  So yes same sex couples may be wearing engagement rings, but they don’t all look as we expect engagement rings to look like.”

Q: Can men wear diamond engagement rings? What about wedding sets?

RT:  “Of course men can wear engagement rings, and in the past couple years I have seen an increase in rings designed for men, with diamonds, that are specifically worn as their engagement rings.  Since traditionally, engagement rings were designed and sold for women, there are less available designs or interesting rings out there that can be worn as “the engagement ring”, but as time moves forward, I know I am always creating new looks and concepts that are intended for men looking for those rings to propose with.  As for sets, it’s interesting.  Traditionally we always designed an engagement ring to fit snugly with a wedding band and we called it a “set”.  Today’s couples are looking outside the box to their ring designs.  Many I have seen will buy an engagement ring and use it as a wedding band as well.  With the trend for single rings though, I am seeing the wedding set morph into a broader range of acceptable designs that will cover both occasions in one.”

 

Q: What is an LGBT wedding ring supposed to look like?

RT: “There is no one answer. As weddings are evolving to depict different backgrounds, lifestyles, family units, I think we are going to see ring designs run a wider spectrum of acceptable looks. While many couples still seek a clean band look, what I find is that most look for something with an extra twist or edge for them.  For example, my designs are considered contemporary and more modern because I find gay and lesbian couples are early adaptors to designs and esthetics, yet I still get couples who want unique, but simple.  I have also made wedding rings for couples with diamonds  as much as I have made wedding rings without diamonds for years.  Diamonds are beautiful and represent a strong bond, but don’t always have to be a norm.

I also see a lot of couples seeking sentimental stones tailored for them, such as birthstones, or a stone representing a place they first met, or went on a date.  Wedding rings are a very intimate piece of jewelry and they represent a very deep emotional tie, that symbol of love carried on their fingers needs to be just as personal to them as the bond they share.”

 

Q: Do same-sex couples’ rings have to match?

RT: “My favorite question.  My opinion is this:

“I believe in maintaining your individuality within your couplehood.”   

This means, in my mind, it’s perfectly ok if both partners have different tastes and choose to wear different looking rings.  Having said that, the majority of couples I see do want something that is similar or from the same family of rings when they purchase their wedding or engagement rings.  There are many ways to achieve this, and I don’t think it’s something that needs to weigh heavily on either partner if they are not perfectly the same.  That is not to say that a couple looking to get identical rings shouldn’t do so.  Over the years I have made some stunning rings for couples who wanted the exact same ring as their partner.  Remember it’s a partnership, and as long as both sides agree to what they should wear, I think its great!”

Q: If you could share one piece of advice with members of the LGBT community on their search for wedding and engagement jewelry, what would it be?

RT: “While I am a romantic and love a “surprise” engagement, I do find that most partners are happier when they go shopping together for their rings. Talk about budgets ahead of time.  Discuss what each of you might like to see the other wearing and what you might like to have for yourself.  And most important, start your shopping early!!  The worst reply I can give any couple is, I am sorry, I will not be able to whisk these rings for you in the short amount of time you need them for.  Plan ahead!  And have fun while shopping.”

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Here’s to letting your rings be as unique, meaningful, and amazing as you and your relationships, lovebirds!

-Ashley Collier Rowan, GIA Diamonds Graduate AJP

Manager, Sparkles Fine Jewelry

http://www.SparklesFineJewelry.com

Spring 2015 Jewelry Trends

The temperature may be chilly right now, dear Chicago, but Spring is right around the corner (please be on point about all of these 40 & 50 degree days, Tom Skilling!!!)! What better to keep the warm weather faith alive than poring over sparkling Spring jewelry trends? Here are a few of our favorite trends (and favorite pieces) for the coming season!

1. Botanicals

Oscar de la Renta S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Oscar de la Renta S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Florals are no stranger to Spring runways; this year flora is coming up everywhere with a vengeance, and we absolutely love it! From petite blossoms to dramatic chest pieces, the flower is sitting pretty as fashion/jewelry royalty at the moment. And what could have more staying power than botanical bijoux?

{how to wear it}

Soften serious work-wear with a fiercely feminine floral pendant, or bring instant glamour to date night with a gorgeous, leafy statement ring.

14K White Gold 1/3 cttw Diamond Cluster Earrings, $905

14K White Gold 1/3 cttw Diamond Cluster Earrings, $905

Sterling Silver Leaf Ring, $225

Sterling Silver Leaf Ring, $225

14K White Gold Diamond Pendant, $685

14K White Gold Diamond Pendant, $685

14K Rose Gold Diamond Flower Necklace, $895

14K Rose Gold Diamond Flower Necklace, $895

 

 

2. Raw, Organic Elements

Narciso Rodriguez/ Philip Crangi collaboration, S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Narciso Rodriguez/ Philip Crangi collaboration, S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Raw stones, crystals, wood, and nature-inspired jewelry designs of all kinds have been all over for the coming season. After all of this ice and snow, we’re ready for all of the nature you can throw at us!

{how to wear it}

Try topping your favorite crisp oxford shirt and denim combo with a raw strand of gemstones. Or, mix it up at cocktail hour with an other-worldly opal pendant or diamond slice earrings!

Applewood Inlay Cobalt Chrome Band, $699

Applewood Inlay Cobalt Chrome Band, $699

Hand-wrapped Ruby Chain with Free-form Pearl Pendant, $...

Hand-wrapped Ruby Chain with Free-form Pearl Pendant, $560

Meteorite and Hammered Cobalt Chrome Band, $1,215

Meteorite and Hammered Cobalt Chrome Band, $1,215

Left to right: Sterling Silver Watrmelon Tourmaline Slice Ring, $... Hand-hammered Sterling Silver Band, $... Pyrite-included Quartz Recycled Sterling Silver Ring, $...

Left to right:
Recycled Sterling Silver Watermelon Tourmaline Slice Ring, $375
Hand-hammered Sterling Silver Band, $75
Pyrite-included Quartz Recycled Sterling Silver Ring, $450

Tourmaline Slice and Rose Cut Diamond Pendant, $965

Tourmaline Slice and Rose Cut Diamond Pendant, $965

14K White Gold 1.77 cttw Diamond Slice Halo Earrings,  $2,350

14K White Gold 1.77 cttw Diamond Slice Halo Earrings, $2,350

 

 

3. Sculptural

Tory Burch S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Tory Burch S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Sculptural pieces have impact,  and can instantly update an ensemble. Accessorizing with clean and interesting lines, unexpected proportions, and asymmetry help to bring your wardrobe go-to’s into the present (or future!).

{how to wear it}

 Pair your favorite flirty dress with geometric spiral earrings, an angular statement necklace with your staple black tee, or add a textured cuff to any outfit for an artistic touch.

Sterling Silver Spiral Earrings (as modeled by the lovely Rachel!), $...

Sterling Silver Spiral Earrings (as modeled by the lovely Rachel!), $125

Rose Gold and Sterling Silver pendant,

Rose Gold and Sterling Silver Pendant, $125

14K White Gold Diamond Ring, $4,200

14K White Gold Diamond Ring, $4,200

14K White Gold Layered Necklace, $

14K White Gold Layered Necklace, $379

 

 

4. Tribal

Etro,S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Etro, S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Ethnic patterns, the daring use of primitive design elements (yay spikes!), geometric themes and nods to some of the most beautifully inspiring cultures on the planet? Yes please!

{how to wear it}

Most tribal pieces draw from such timeless, universal inspirations that they work well with any style! Try a talisman pendant with a two-piece set, or pile on cuffs and bangles for an unexpected addition to your signature little black dress.

Sterling Silver Amulet (handmade in Chicago!), $...

Sterling Silver Amulet (one of my personal faves!), $225

14K White Gold Spike Earrings, $375

14K White Gold Spike Earrings, $375

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant (handmade in Chicago!), $...

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Pendant Necklace, $275

14K Gold Threader Earrings, $170

14K Gold Threader Earrings, $170

 

 

5. Colorful Statement Necklaces

Ralph Lauren S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Ralph Lauren S/S 2015, via Pinterest

We are beyond excited for a season that does not require we dress for the arctic, and that means we can say good-bye to neck bundling (statement necklaces, here we come)! It also means that it’s time for color, color, and more color!

{how to wear it}

Add a statement necklace to your everyday t-shirt and jeans or blazer, or make a splash in an eye-catching collar at your next black-tie affair. Have fun with color and proportion. Top off one of the season’s biggest denim trends — serious flares — with a bright, substantial neck piece to strike the perfect balance.

Blue Topaz Necklace in Blackened Sterling Silver, $275

Blue Topaz Necklace in Blackened Sterling Silver, $275

Lemon Quartz Necklace (460 carats!), $845

Lemon Quartz Necklace (460 carats!), $845

Turquoise Necklace in Blackened Sterling Silver, $200

Turquoise Necklace in Blackened Sterling Silver, $200

6. Woven Textiles & Leather

Marni S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Marni S/S 2015, via Pinterest

A little woven leather here, a bit of embellished rope there, and you’ve got yourself the perfect rugged/casual glam look.

{how to wear it}

Natural materials like these are wonderfully versatile because they have a neutralizing effect. The casual aesthetic of these pieces make them a fantastic option when accessorizing a dress with a wild print or a boldly colored jacket.

 

Leather bracelets, top to bottom: Blue Leather, $60 Black/Brown Leather, $55 Black White Double Wrap, $80 Black Double Wrap, $75

Leather bracelets, top to bottom:
Blue Leather, $60
Black/Brown Leather, $55
Black White Double Wrap, $80
Black Double Wrap, $75

14K White Gold, Blue Topaz, and Diamond Bracelet,  $...

14K White Gold, Blue Topaz, and Diamond Bracelet, $860

Woven Stainless Steel bracelets, left to right:  Black, Silver, and Red, $60 Black and Silver, $80 Black, Blue, and Silver, $60

Woven Stainless Steel bracelets, left to right:
Black, Silver, and Red, $60
Black and Silver, $80
Black, Blue, and Silver, $60

 

 

7. Romantic Details

Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Dolce & Gabbana S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Spring is the season of romance– a walk in light April rain, sunny picnics among all of the beautiful growing things coming into bloom, armfuls of tulips and full-swing wedding season. A delicate, antique-inspired sparkler is just the thing to capture the essence of this time of year.

{how to wear it}

Add a touch of lacy rose gold to a tailored silk blouse, or dress up boyfriend jeans with heels and platinum filigree.

Vintage Art Deco 14K White Gold Diamond Ring

Vintage Art Deco 14K White Gold Diamond Ring (We LOVE to put together special collections of vintage pieces tailored just for you! Stop in for an appointment with us and we’ll curate an amazing selection for you!)

Platinum Art Deco 1.12 cttw Diamond Pendant/Brooch on Platinum Chain, $3,850

Platinum Art Deco 1.12 cttw Diamond Pendant/Brooch on Platinum Chain, $3,850

14K Rose Gold Filigree Diamond Ring, $1,450

14K Rose Gold Filigree Diamond Ring, $1,450

 

 

8. Aqua

Issey Miyake S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Issey Miyake S/S 2015, via Pinterest

Vibrant blues and greens, reminiscent of clear tropical seas, flowering gardens, and bright summer skies, are a warm weather mainstay. This year, they seem to be cropping up everywhere!

{how to wear it}

Who doesn’t love a splash of color? Think of blue gemstones like (amazingly beautiful, sparkly, breathtaking) blue jeans– they go with everything!

Rachel in our Turquoise, White Topaz, and Black Diamond earrings set in Rose Gold.

Rachel wearing our Turquoise, White Topaz, and Black Diamond earrings set in Rose Gold,  $1,955

Blue Topaz & Diamond Pendant

Blue Topaz & Diamond Pendant, $1,695

Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire, and Champagne Diamond Statement Earrings (large statement earrings like these are all over the Spring runways!)

Blue Chalcedony, Sapphire, and Champagne Diamond Statement Earrings (large statement earrings like these are all over the Spring runways!) $1,250

14K White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring, $1,895

14K White Gold Sapphire and Diamond Ring, $1,895

14K White Gold Pyramid Turquoise Ring with Diamond Halo, $850

14K White Gold Pyramid Turquoise Ring with Diamond Halo, $850

So, what’s your favorite trend right now? Is your jewelry box ready for Spring?

See you on the other side of winter!

 

-Ashley Collier, GIA AJP

Manager, Sparkles Fine Jewelry

http://www.SparklesFineJewelry.com

Sparkles’ Holiday Wishlist

The holiday season is in full swing here at Sparkles Fine Jewelry, and we are having so much fun helping everyone pick out beautiful gifts for their loved ones! With the holidays right around the corner, we wanted to share our favorite picks for the season with all of you!

Rachel’s Pick:

 

necklace

“The hourglass shape, the glimmering diamonds, the sunset color….I’m just madly in love with this stunning 18kt rose gold and diamond necklace. With the vintage style rose cut diamonds to the hip black rhodium on the filigree detail, this piece always brings a smile to my face.  :)”

 

Ashley’s Picks:

kyanite necklace

“This necklace is amazing. The stone is striking– a rose cut Kyanite slice set in an organic design– and has me completely hooked! Champagne diamonds add the perfect amount of sparkle. I want to wear it every day!”

black and green watch

“I love the sleek profile and daring color combination of this watch. The black is chic and stylish, and the bright green brings it to life. It’s sporty and polished at once. I would love to gift this to my fiance, but he would have to let me borrow it once in a while!”

 

Annabelle’s Picks:

cufflinks

“I adore these sterling silver, mother of pearl, jasper and onyx cuff-links for their bold yet subtle design and the orchestration of color. I think these cuff-links could be worn with equal appeal by both men and women.”

 

earrings

“The setting of the diamonds in these earrings represents the art of clustering to the highest power. While looking at these earrings, all one sees is diamonds, diamonds  and more diamonds!”

 

ring

“Dazzling is the way I would describe this lovely ring. The symmetry of the design, the way its three beautiful sapphires form a triptych, contributes to its charm.”

 

 

 

What’s on your wishlist?

We hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season so far!

Happy Gifting!

 

With Love,

All of us at Sparkles

Step Up Your Watch Game :)

We hope you have all been having a fantastic November! With Thanksgiving next week, we can’t help but think about how quickly 2014 has gone by! It’s true, what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun!” We’ve been having a great time hunting for the perfect line of watches for Sparkles, and we’ve found it. We are so excited to be carrying Citizen Eco-Drive watches! Besides the sharp, fashion-forward, and classic mens’ and womens’ designs we’ve chosen, we love them because they’re solar powered (one charge lasts a whole 6 months)! You’ll never have to worry about changing your watch battery again, or about your battery ending up in a landfill. These timepieces will make amazing gifts for the environmentally conscious loved ones on your list. Even their gorgeous packaging is made from recycled materials, and totally recyclable!

Photo: One of our favorites from Citizen Watches -- stop in and see all of our awesome new timepieces!

One of our favorites!

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Many of the watches boast Atomic Timekeeping. Their radio-controlled world timer allows you to easily adjust to 26 time zones around the globe, in seconds. How cool is that?!

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The range of styles is amazing!

From casual canvas…

To bright leather…

Sporty, stylish pops of color…

…and glittering Diamonds and Mother of Pearl!

Stop in and see us soon! We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces and show you all of our amazing new pieces!

Wishing you all a very happy start to your holiday season!

Love,

All of us at Sparkles Fine Jewelry

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