Expect Gems Galore at GIA Symposium
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is planning an unprecedented display of diamond jewelry and gemstones to celebrate their 80th anniversary this May 29th and 30th. Those attending the gala at the Carlsbad, California, headquarters will get to see some stunning pieces as well as almost 1,000 gems that will be on display at the GIA museum. Some gemstones, like the Steinmetz Sunrise diamond, will only be shown for three days, while other gemstones will be around until the fall season. The show promises to delight even jewelry and art aficionados with several jewelry designers and noted sculptors included in the show, along with their respective pieces.
Luscious Large Gemstones
Colored diamonds have been all the rage for a while, but when has the general public been able to see one over 100 carats? The Steinmetz Sunrise diamond is an intense yellow diamond that will be the feature at the symposium, and an once-in-a-lifetime thrill for viewers. However, that’s not the only large gemstone to be featured. Attendees will also have the pleasure of seeing a 111-carat Burmese star sapphire.
Jewelry designer, Wallace Chan’s creations will also grace the symposium show. Over 30 pieces that imitate living creatures while having a modern twist will be presented to the public on display. Vega jewelry by Robert Wan will also be included in the show featuring a jewelry set of culture pearls and diamonds consisting of a necklace, earrings, and a bracelet. The set has 111 Tahitian pearls and six carat worth of diamonds. The setting is 18k white gold. The necklace has luminous diamonds in the center that are said to be mounted to represent the Lyra constellation, whose main star is Vega. Along with the exceptional gemstones and jewelry, the show will include sculptures that showcase the lapidary arts.
2011 Diamond Ring Fashion Trends
For 2011, there are notable diamond engagement ring fashion trends that are taking the spotlight. People are enamored of any diamond detailing, like using loose diamonds in pave styling, that increases the visual and design appeal of a ring. For that reason, vintage rings are in high demand; however some are choosing to create their own designs in vintage look-alikes. Men are getting in on the action, too, with more diamonds showing up on wedding bands, and they’re not all white diamonds. Rings that pair diamonds with other gemstones are also increasingly popular.
More of Everything
Opulence and design are the keywords for fashion diamond rings this year. It’s all about style, with an emphasis on engraving, complex settings, or extra gemstones added. For those that want to create their own design, they can use modern technology to echo vintage styles with a build your own engagement ring application available on jewelry websites, like Abazias.com. This is the perfect marriage of old world designs with new age technologies to satisfy any taste. People don’t just want the rings; however, they also want matching sets of rings, earrings, and necklaces in the same design, even if the ring is an engagement ring.
Male Diamond Rings
Diamonds for men come in various colors, with a very modern twist of a black diamond embedded in a titanium or tungsten setting. Some rings are using the birthstone of the partner to add another symbolic dimension to the ring, with some couple’s opting for both birthstones to be put next to the diamonds to symbolize the couple itself. Diamonds are still the choice of stone for engagement and wedding rings, but color preferences are changing with white gold and platinum looks being more popular for men than the traditional yellow gold, although tungsten and titanium are also a big hit with the men.