Monthly Archives: September 2017


Win a $500 Online Jewelry Shopping Spree…

…on RobertManseDesigns.com! That’s right – a $500 jewelry shopping spree.

Robert Manse is known worldwide for his stunning high-quality silver and gemstone jewelry. Branding his own namesake line or designing for private labels, each jewel is made by skilled Artisans in Bali, Thailand, or India. Now it’s easier to own one of Robert’s treasures for yourself! You can earn points by completing simple tasks featured on our social media checklist.

The participant with the most points wins. No purchase necessary. Must be 21 or older and live in the United States. Shopping spree is void where prohibited.

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Visit the official Shopping Spree Giveaway page to participate. Ends October 31, 2017 (this contest is officially over).

More about Robert Manse:

A New York City native, designer Robert Manse has been captivated with jewelry since he was a young boy. His first job in Manhattan was with a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Midtown Manhattan where he learned how to enchant his customers by providing quality jewelry at attainable prices. Over the course of many years, Robert was taken under the wing of two Master Designers who taught him the art of making fine and unique jewelry in the U.S. and abroad.

With over twenty-five plus years of expertise, he has designed several successful high-end jewelry brands and his lines have been showcased at some of the world’s top luxury retailers. From glamorous red-carpet looks to exotic hand-crafted silver creations, Robert Manse has customized jewelry for and dressed many a celebrity in his unique wearable art. Showcasing his collections at retailers and TV stations worldwide, he has traveled to some of the most exotic locales in search of the most passionate and skilled craftsmen and jewelers to bring his spectacular creations to life. From India to Hong Kong and Thailand to Bali, seeking the perfect balance of world-class gemstones and metals, keeping wear-ability and comfort in mind, Robert designs fashion-forward yet classic designs with bold color or material combinations. This is his never-ending passion.


Need Honeymoon Ideas? Here Are a Few Suggestions…

Your wedding planning is a long process that involves a lot of time and stress. But when it’s over – it’s time to relax.  Hopefully!

And the ideal honeymoon for most is a stress free break in an exotic destination with plenty of sunshine and culture.

These days –  the world really is your oyster when it comes to choosing the ideal honeymoon location. But the world is a BIG place! Where to go? What to do?

We’re here to help you. Below are just a few honeymoon ideas:

• Always popular with newlyweds, Italy is a romantic and beautiful country – from the sophisticated elegance and natural beauty of Sorrento to the inspiring energy of Rome.

• Competing with Italy in the romantic destination stakes is the Dubrovnik Riviera in Croatia. The area enjoys an old world atmosphere and unspoiled beauty, coupled with top class hotels in stunning locations and boasting panoramic views of the Adriatic and Elaphite Islands.

• Many long-haul honeymooners are now opting for Mauritius – often described as the ultimate paradise with white sandy beaches, coral lagoons and sweeping sugar plantations. Mauritius has dozens of quiet romantic hideaways and has traditionally been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations with lots of top-class resorts to choose from.

• St Lucia is another honeymoon hot spot. The island is one of the most scenic in the Caribbean, with a stunning coastline of powder fine sandy beaches overlooked by volcanic peaks. It’s the perfect post-wedding destination for a quiet and relaxing escape.

• Around the other side of the world, New Zealand is a simply stunning destination. A country of incredible contrasts you can climb a glacier, hike across a volcano, swim with dolphins, watch whales or just bask on a beautiful beach.

• Thailand is another choice for the adventurous couple. The South East Asian country has great value hotels with excellent facilities and world-renowned hospitality, stunning beaches, rainforest adventures, fascinating culture and bargain basement shopping.

• Lanzarote is another great destination for fantastic picture perfect honeymoon snaps. Couples can laze away by the beach or pool or take advantage of vibrant and varied night life in the island’s many restaurants, clubs and bars. Newly weds feeling energized by love can enjoy jet skiing or wind surfing while a romantic trip to the volcanic landscape of Timanfaya National Park is certain to take the breath away.

• Portugal is another honeymoon hot-spot. The 160km coastal stretch along the Portuguese Algarve boasts spectacular scenery, warm seas and a fantastic sunny climate. Renowned for its spectacular beaches, the Algarve is dotted with hidden coves and relaxing beaches where the water is calm. Do you like to golf? Grooms might take note of the 30 golf courses in the region while brides might be tempted by the shopping opportunities with an abundance of cheap handmade silver, ceramics, leather goods and jewellery on offer in the markets.

• Majorca – the largest of the beautiful Balearic Islands – has long been a favorite with newlyweds. Majorca has a typical Mediterranean climate. In summer, the average temperature is 74º Fahrenheit and the skies remain blue throughout the season.

• Munnar will be the perfect honeymoon destination in Kerala. It has been chosen as the “Best Romantic Destination in India” by Lonely Planet. The misty climate and the eye catching sights of the lush tea plantations are its specialties. Munnar is located in the Western Ghats 1,532 m above sea level. Munnar is an ideal place to spend your happy honeymoon days. Mountains, greenery, trekking, amazing wildlife, exotic waterfalls, and lakes and of course the tea gardens make it as a paradise destination for all kinds of travelers. When you go for Kerala tour packages to Munnar there are plenty of splendid places to visit. Cheeyappara waterfalls, Attukal waterfalls, Tea Museum, Echo point, Mattupetty Dam, Kundala Lake, Top station, and Eravikulam national park are some of the popular destinations in Munnar that you can include in your travel itinerary.

• If you want to have some unique travel experience you just go for a backwater honeymoon trip to Alleppey. The spectacular views of the pristine nature will entice you. A luxury house boat trip with your better half will be an everlasting memory for you. You can have delicious sea foods during the house boat cruise. The paddy fields, small canals and palm lined waterways and the village ambiance give an exotic look to Alleppey. There are lots backwater resorts with luxurious amenities and features. So plan your Kerala trip with some trusted tour operator to this God’s own country.


Stackable Rings are Becoming the New Wedding Band

Stackable rings make great wedding bands.

Brides are beginning to stray from the typical wedding band fashion as stackable rings are becoming increasingly popular. This trend is in part due to a newfound appreciation for the wedding band as an individual statement.

Traditionally the wedding band is simply stacked with the engagement ring and often masked by its glitz. However, this is now being challenged through the placement of multiple wedding bands on a single finger. In some cases, they are worn on a finger different from the engagement ring. This concept first emerged when brides began adding a third ring to signify a special moment such as a birth or anniversary. Now this single addition is being surpassed.

Stackable rings have evolved the wedding band search into a more creative process. There are endless possibilities to mix and match stones, textures, shapes, sizes and metals – creating a unique set just for one.

This is where the fun begins! Gone are the days when one had to pick a metal and stick with it. Now there is the idea that silver and yellow or rose gold can be coordinated to bring out the best in one another. Then comes in the choice of texture – another feature with many options. One can choose from braided, twisted, hammered, matte, rope, bead or cross hatch.

The intricacy of detail paid to each band adds to a specialization matched by few others. Despite each stackable ring being incredibly unique on it’s own, when combined makes for a rather understated statement. This is achieved as each ring chosen embellishes one another in lieu of masking.

There are not many cases where such collective contrast can transcend into unity. Stackable wedding rings are approaching a new frontier of wear-ability. Contrary to the popular belief that “less is more,” the additional bands are appealing to the everyday bride that desires a noticeable yet staple accessory. Its specialized detail can freshen any look without overpowering it.

However, the ultimate attraction of stackable wedding rings is determined by the individual themselves, as rings are chosen upon their unique vision.

Article by Kelly Rupinski

Sources: Why Stacked Wedding Rings Are the Next Big Trend (Glamour.com) | Trend Alert: Stacked Rings (EngagementRingBible.com)


Novell’s New Inside-Out Engagement Ring Collection

Inside out engagement rings by Novell

Our latest innovation – the inside-out engagement ring collection. More more information, ask one of our authorized retailers.

Why settle for just one color for your engagement ring, when you can have two? That’s right – two!

Introducing our new inside-out engagement ring collection. The outside of your ring can be white gold, while the inside can be yellow or pink gold. You can even have it reversed. It certainly is a different look. The fact that the inside is a color can even be your own little secret.

Why would you want the inside of your engagement ring to have color? Let’s say your groom-to-be wants your ring to match his.  But he wants a yellow wedding band just like his Dad’s. Or his favorite watch has yellow gold accents. Well, you can have yellow to your ring. It’s just hidden!

Or what about this? Sassy and pink is your world,  but pink gold doesn’t really go with your wardrobe. Well, with an inside-out engagement ring, you can have a little hidden pink with you every day.

By now you might be asking – how can the inside be one color? And the outside be another? Honestly – it our little secret. A complicated bonding process creates a broad color palette, using yellow, rose and white interchangeably.

Want to see these designs at a different angle? Check them out on our main website.

For pricing and ordering, please contact one of our authorized retailers. However, this product is so new, that it may be hard to find at first. You can help us out by putting our one-sheet in the hands of a jeweler. It can be one of ours or one of your own. They will call us for current pricing.


Growing Popularity of Colored Diamonds

 

ring with brown diamonds

Ladies’ diamond eternity band set with alternating brown diamonds.

Roughly 1 out of 10,000 carats mined today represent “fancy” colored diamonds. Such scarcity eludes to a sense of exclusiveness that is very intriguing to today’s consumer.

Colored diamonds vary in tone, which is the ultimate determinant of price. A deeper color tone signifies greater rarity and consequently a higher price. Over the years, demand for colored diamonds has increased tremendously, one to note particularly would be the yellow diamond.

Growth can also be attributable to fashion trends and newfound affordability. The trendsetters of the fashion industry have adopted bright accessories as an essential to any ensemble, and it is the yellow diamond has evolved into exactly that piece. The yellow diamond acts as a pop of color unique to it’s “classic” diamond opponent. Contrary to it’s exclusive reputation the price tag is a surprisingly affordable option when diamond shopping.

Newfound affordability coupled with a reputation of luxury makes the yellow diamond extremely popular addition to one’s essential accessories.

Written by Kelly Rupinski


Buy Your Wedding Bands in Chicago at Steve Quick Jeweler

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Our wedding ring specialist Howard is on the road again! This time, he’ll be at Chicago’s Steve Quick Jeweler on Clark Street from Friday, September 15th until Sunday, September 17th (2017).

In addition to having hundreds of American-made wedding bands at his fingertips, Howard will be able to answer all your questions. Not sure what precious metal is right for you? Need advice on the perfect width for your finger? Can’t decide between black or traditional diamonds? Have no fear – Howard will be there to guide you!

Steve Quick Jeweler
2471 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-404-0034
Toll Free: 800-404-0058

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Check Out Our Latest Instagram Giveaway!

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Please note – this contest is now over. Stay tuned for the next one!

Do you like a good Instagram giveaway? If you do, then check our ours!

Win three FREE rings from our new Circles Collection. One winner can choose up to three 14kt gold rings from the featured picture above* in sizes 4 through 8.

To enter our giveaway, please do the following:

1. Follow @custom_shop_novell on Instagram .

2. Follow Custom Shop on Facebook.

3. Tag two friends for our Instagram featured post.

Our Instagram giveaway runs from Sept. 5, 2017 until Sept. 29, 2017 (6pm EST). See this link for details and giveaway rules.

What are Circles?
A celebration of art, forged in America to be collected and worn in random combination – with each creation being stunningly unique. That is what makes our new stackable ring Circles so special.

With over forty interpretations in our growing collection, Circles are a fun, innovative, and affordable product designed to energize precious metal sales.

Made Better in America
In this, our thirtieth year in business, Novell is setting the course for a new era of jewelry sales by pushing the boundaries of our ‘Made Better in America’ manufacturing system.

We lead with great products fine-tuned technology, and a passion for making jewelry, bringing our customers the latest innovations in precious metal.

*Prize is for rings in our Circles Collection only. Any other images used for promotion is purely accidental. Prize may not combined or exchanged for any other merchandise.

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BroManse – New Men’s Jewelry Line by Robert Manse Launches

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Men’s jewelry has evolved over many generations. First worn to ward off evil spirits, men’s jewelry has gone from a display of power or status to simply being a fashion statement. For today’s stylish and successful man, Robert Manse introduces his latest collection – BroManse.

While researching ideas for the new BroManse line, designer/television personality Robert Manse found an unsatisfied demand for high quality, handmade silver men’s jewelry. He realized his Balinese craftsmen could help successfully cultivate an interesting new line that would make a bold statement, yet still be affordable.

Inspired by ancient techniques of jewelry making, Robert’s BroManse collection is for men who enjoy fashionable and edgy jewelry. Each substantial design makes a bold and unique statement. In addition to sterling silver, Robert uses high quality leather, solid 18K gold accents and fine gemstones with these brand-new artisans crafted men’s accessories.

Robert Manse will continue to evolve and grow his BroManse Men’s Collection to suit many excellent tastes.

To purchase BroManse jewelry, just shop HSN.com (keyword: Robert Manse). Additional selections are also available on RobertManseDesigns.com.

 

More about Jewelry Designer Robert Manse

A New York City native, designer Robert Manse has been captivated with jewelry since he was a young boy. His first job in Manhattan was with a diamond jewelry manufacturer in Midtown Manhattan where he learned how to enchant his customers by providing quality jewelry at attainable prices. Over the course of many years, Robert was taken under the wing of two Master Designers who taught him the art of making fine and unique jewelry in the U.S. and abroad.

With over twenty-five plus years of expertise, he has designed several successful high-end jewelry brands and his lines have been showcased at some of the world’s top luxury retailers. From glamorous red-carpet looks to exotic hand-crafted silver creations, Robert Manse has customized jewelry for and dressed many a celebrity in his unique wearable art. Showcasing his collections at retailers and TV stations worldwide, he has traveled to some of the most exotic locales in search of the most passionate and skilled craftsmen and jewelers to bring his spectacular creations to life. From India to Hong Kong and Thailand to Bali, seeking the perfect balance of world-class gemstones and metals, keeping wear-ability and comfort in mind, Robert designs fashion-forward yet classic designs with bold color or material combinations. This is his never-ending passion.


Wedding Costs – How to Keep Them Under Control

In life, there are certain facts to face. When it comes to wedding costs, it’s simple! Weddings are expensive. In fact, they are VERY expensive. These days, you really have to be smart about your wedding costs. Whether you have a lot ($100,000) or a little ($1,000) to spend, all it takes is a little advice, some serious planning and a few money-saving tricks. The truth is –  you can have the wedding you always wanted.

And guess what? You can keep your wedding costs reasonable without anyone missing anything.

TheKnot.com recently reported that the average price of a wedding is over $35,000. That’s sometimes what a starting salary is for a young couple just out of college. Getting married might not be easy as it seems.

So, if you are looking for help with your wedding costs, our friends at Investment Zen have come up with this AWESOME infographic that helps break everything down for you. They look at the expenses, trends, and statistics of weddings from 2016 and provide a few tips to help you keep more of your money in your pocket.

And with more money in your pocket, you can think about making sure that the groom-to-be buys a precious metal ring instead of settling a cheap alternative metal ring that can’t be sized. But that’s another story for another day!

The State Of American Weddings In 2017: Costs, Trends, and How to Save Money

Via: InvestmentZen.com