Monthly Archives: August 2018


Want to Elope? Here are Awesome Places to Get Married Fast in California!

In a previous article, we broke the news about getting married on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. Just three and a half hours north of San Francisco, this paradise-on-the-Pacific has miles of pristine shoreline, forests of ancient redwoods, award-winning wineries and quaint inns and resorts. Mendocino is known for laid back elegance, with haute cuisine and fine wines served up without the hauteur or the inflated prices.

But what if you want to get married really fast? Without all of the all-consuming planning?

If you crave the simplicity of an elopement with everything prearranged so you can relish the beauty of nature together, here are three Mendocino properties – all with spectacular ocean views – that offer terrific elopement packages:

Former Vogue editor André Leon Talley says the Brewery Gulch Inn is one of his favorite hotels in the world. Travel + Leisure just named them the #2 Best Resort in California and one of the top 15 resorts in the Continental US – and for $1,000 you can be married in this dreamy inn. They handle everything – from ceremony and celebrant to photos and flowers. For $1,600 they also provide the cake, hair and make up, Roederer sparkling wine, and a couples’ massage. The ambiance is like staying in the elegant Arts and Crafts country home of a dear friend, with fluffy feather beds and soft throws in front of the fireplace in your room. Their Executive Chef only cooks for guests and hand made pastries are always on offer by the front desk. Accommodations are extra and you will savor selecting from one of their delightful rooms – they only have 10, the better to treat each guest like a VIP. Room prices start at $335.

Just down the coast you will find the Little River Inn, a mini-resort surrounded by rolling lawns that connect to uncrowded Van Damme State Park. In addition to a chef-driven restaurant (they are awarded “Best Crab Cakes on the Coast” year after year), they have an Audubon-certified 9-hole golf course, regulation tennis courts and a full service salon and spa. This property has been the same family for five generations and couples who have been married there sometimes come back for decades to celebrate their anniversaries. The Inn’s elopement package starts at $2,300 and includes Champagne or sparkling cider and memory glasses upon arrival, an hour with a professional photographer, officiant, cake, flowers, a three-course dinner with hand-selected wine, breakfast in bed, and up to five hours consultation with their events coordinator. You pay for your room separately but you have many choices. They have 66 rooms, starting at $180 a night and running all the way up to the stand-alone seaside Mallory House with a private view hot tub on your deck.

 

The Inn at Newport Ranch sits high atop rugged cliffs and has panoramic views across the ocean. Built in 2015 to be one of the most atmospheric properties on earth, this architectural wonder is set on 2,000 exclusive acres with 20 miles of private trails and beaches at your disposal. Other highlights include a view hot tub on an old water tower, whispering sweet nothings in their enormous walk through fireplace and feasting on “ranch comfort” cuisine. Their elopement package starts at $2,750 and includes a two-day adventure in this serene, untouched wilderness, complete with fresh flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries when you arrive, an ATV ride to select a perfect, perfectly romantic spot to say your vows, three-course dinners the night before and the night of, photos, cake, officiant, sparkling toasts, and more. Choose among rooms in five fabulous buildings, including the Grove Suite, which has floor to ceiling redwood trees and sweeping views over the Pacific. Rooms at the Inn at Newport Ranch start at $350.

**Contributed by Emily Polsby.


Jewelry Contest: Chance to Win Two Handmade Silver Bracelets

Prize for our new jewelry contest!

This jewelry contest is back by popular demand!

Get a chance to win a set of classic handmade silver bracelets with gold accents – courtesy of Custom Shop and Novell Design Studio.

All you have to do is earn points by following our simple social media sharing list featured on ther official contest page (see below). The more sharing options you complete – the more points you earn. The participant with the most points wins.*

A combined $500 retail value, our handmade silver bracelets have been a company staple for over a generation. Bracelet design 125, with its classic hook-and-eye styling, features yellow gold accents. Bracelet design 173, a best seller for years, has rose gold accents (see official contest image for reference). First made exclusively for a legendary New York-based retailer, these made in America styles are truly a part of jewelry industry history.

Contest ends August 30, 2018. No purchase necessary. Must be 19 or older and a United States resident. See official contest rules below for more information.

Please note: If you have won a jewelry contest by Custom Shop or any other Novell Group divisions (Robert Manse Designs, Novell Design Studio, Lieberfarb or Wright and Lato) in the past 90 days, you are ineligible to win.

 

Contest by Rewards Fuel.

What is Custom Shop?

Novell Group is extremely excited to introduce our new Custom Shop division, where our state of the art manufacturing facility brings the independent retail jeweler an easy way to say – “Yes, I can custom make that for you.”

Custom Shop offers 3D printing, so your customers can try on their jewelry before it’s put into production. Here are more Custom Shop capabilities:

• We provide price quotes and CAD renderings within forty-eight hours for customer approval.
• Finished pieces are delivered within three to four weeks.
• Every creation is 100% made in America, so there’s no waiting for your order to arrive from overseas.
• Our domestic manufacturing muscle, with casting facilities, an extensive machine shop, and a skilled hand fabricating staff, gives our authorized retailers a clear path to market advantage.
• Some of our other technologies include casting, mold making, machine fabricating, finishing, setting, jewelry work, restoration, engraving, braiding and plating.

Interested retailers can call 888-668-3551 for more information.

Are you a consumer wanting to have a piece of jewelry custom made? Please contact one of our authorized retailers and tell them you want Custom Shop to make your jewelry dream come true.

More about Novell Design Studio
Novell Design Studio wedding bands are manufactured only in our East Coast jewelry factory. We do not import or rely on other sources for our product.

All merchandise is sold through our nationwide authorized retailers. Our wedding bands can be special ordered in platinum, palladium, 18kt gold, or 14kt gold (yellow, white or rose).

Not sure which metal is best for you? Here’s a precious metal guide that can help you.

Every style is made to order within approximately 12 working days. Rarely do we discontinue a wedding band that we have designed. Orders can be rushed, at no extra charge, when specified while placing the order with an authorized retailer.

Keep in mind that almost all Novell wedding bands can be custom-manufactured to your specific dimensional requirements. We can alter the width, height or even color of our product when requested. In many cases, aspects from several designs can be combined into one unique piece.

*In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected randomly from those with the same amount of points.


Coastal Mendocino – California’s Secret Wedding Wonderland

If you like the dramatic cliffs of Half Moon Bay –  and the foodie charm of Napa – but don’t want your destination wedding to be a budget buster for your guests, you should check out the coast of Mendocino County. Just north of the rolling vineyards of Sonoma and a three and a half hour drive from San Francisco, Mendocino has award-winning wineries of their own, a generations’ old tradition of hyper-local cuisine, and most of all, miles and miles of pristine coastline with sweeping views of the Pacific. Uncrowded, with a friendly casual atmosphere, Mendocino has been a favorite secret destination for couples who love the outdoors for many years.

Activities abound. Hike through some of the oldest redwoods on earth, explore sea caves and gentle rivers on a kayak, wine taste without the fees, or just stroll the quaint Victorian village of Mendocino and browse art galleries and boutiques.

You won’t find big chain hotels on the Mendocino Coast but you will find inns with charm to spare and experienced wedding planning staff.

Here are two Mendocino inns that have particularly attractive packages for weddings of up to 200 or 99 people, respectively:

You can host up to 200 at The Little River Inn, the Mendocino Coast’s only full service resort. The original inn is a stunning wedding cake Victorian overlooking the Pacific that has been augmented with more modern buildings tucked around it. The property has 66 rooms at every price point – every single one with views of the ocean. Run by the same family for five generations, the Inn is extremely geared to families and kids – they even welcome the family dog. Amenities include an onsite spa and salon, an award-winning restaurant, and Ole’s Whale Watch Bar, where you can do just that over a locally brewed beer and a chat with a crusty local. Packages start at $6,000. Options include the fun Game Day package that takes advantage of the inn’s regulation tennis courts and golf course (for up to 80; starts at $11,500). Or select the elegant Mallory Cliff Top, (starts at $24,000 off-season for 200 people) with a romantic bluff-top ceremony, an additional catered event, and four nights use of a stand-alone seaside cottage complete with two private ocean-view hot tubs.

For a more intimate affair, the Inn at Newport Ranch is an elite playground on a 2,000-acre private preserve where you can have a wedding of up to 99. The recently built inn oozes rustic chic – from the Main Inn with a walk through fireplace to the Fireside Spa in a grove of redwood trees. The fascinating buildings were handcrafted with the object of bringing the stunning outdoor setting inside and the property is totally unique. It has the ambiance of a 5-star resort and much of their “ranch comfort” cuisine comes from their own organic gardens. There are 20 miles of trails, empty beaches, stands of ancient trees, and 50-mile panoramic views across the sea from their 7-person hot tub on a re-purposed water tower. You can explore on foot, horseback, or via an ATV-tour. Because the wild and wonderful experience is why you come to this wind-swept corner of the world, all of the packages require you to reserve all of the property, which sleeps 34. Kids are only permitted with a buyout of the property and pets must be left at home – the inn is adjacent to a working ranch. Weddings for 6-34 people start at $20,000. At the upper end, the Coastal Bluff wedding for up to 99 starts at $55,000 and includes three full days of events for your guests – from your rehearsal and welcome reception the night before overlooking the Pacific to the full ranch breakfasts the day after your ceremony.

**Contributed by Emily Polsby | Images used with permission.


Novell Wedding Bands – What You Need to Know (Made in USA)

Novell wedding bands are manufactured only in our East Coast jewelry factory. We do not import or rely on other sources for our product.

All merchandise is sold through our nationwide authorized retailers. Our wedding bands can be special ordered in platinum, palladium, 18kt gold, or 14kt gold (yellow, white or rose).

Not sure which metal is best for you? Here’s a precious metal guide that can help you.

Every style is made to order within approximately 12 working days. Rarely do we discontinue a wedding band that we have designed. Orders can be rushed, at no extra charge, when specified while placing the order with an authorized retailer.

Keep in mind that almost all Novell wedding bands can be custom-manufactured to your specific dimensional requirements. We can alter the width, height or even color of our product when requested. In many cases, aspects from several designs can be combined into one unique piece.

What if I have my own idea for a wedding band or piece of jewelry?

If you have your own idea, then our Custom Shop division can help!

Custom Shop is where Novell’s state of the art manufacturing facility brings the consumer – with help from a local independent retail jeweler – an easy way to say – “Yes, I can custom make that for you.”

Custom Shop offers 3D printing, so your customers can try on their jewelry before it’s put into production. Here are more Custom Shop capabilities:

• We provide price quotes and CAD renderings within forty-eight hours for customer approval.
• Finished custom designed pieces are delivered within three to four weeks.
• Every creation is 100% made in America, so there’s no waiting for your order to arrive from overseas.
• Our domestic manufacturing muscle, with casting facilities, an extensive machine shop, and a skilled hand fabricating staff, gives our authorized retailers a clear path to market advantage.
• Some of our other technologies include casting, mold making, machine fabricating, finishing, setting, jewelry work, restoration, engraving, braiding and plating.

Looking for some fun rings to wear as bridal jewelry or even every day? Our Circles stackable ring collection was created as a celebration of art, forged in America to be collected and worn in random combination – with each combination intending to be stunningly unique.

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

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.

Pick out your favorite designs and wear them any way you want. You can even change their order daily.

Want to see more? Just visit www.novelldesignstudio.com to see hundreds of designs.

Please note: Unfortunately, we cannot sell directly to consumers. If you are interested in seeing Novell wedding bands featured on this page – or want us to help you make your own jewelry creation, please contact an authorized retailer.

No authorized retailer in your area? Just have your local jewelry store send us a message (or call 888-668-3551).


Ask for Novell at Summer’s Last Destination Diamonds Showcase

This weekend (August 3 – 5, 2018), one of Novell’s top customers – Diamonds Direct – will be hosting the summer’s last few Destination Diamonds Showcase events at their Austin, Jacksonville and St. Louis locations.

You can save up to 20% on everything in their showroom all weekend long (see store for details).

Each Diamonds Direct location may also be featuring special giveaways, Friday Happy Hours and more! Check with each store’s page to see what they have for you.

Be sure to stop in and ask to see their AWESOME selection of Novell wedding bands. Destination Diamonds Showcase hours, links for directions and additional store details are listed below.

Friday, August 3 – 10am until 8pm
Saturday, August 4 – 10am until 8pm
Sunday, August 5 – 12pm until 6pm

 

Austin Destination Diamonds wedding bands

 

 

 

 

 

Diamonds Direct Austin
11104 Domain Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 691-995
Get Directions

On Sunday, enjoy brunch bites with Gloria’s Latin Cuisine, and a tequila tasting with Amora Tequila. You can also enter to win a three-night all-inclusive stay at the El Dorado Seaside Suites (provided by Wherecanwetakeyou.com)!

 

Jacksonville Destination Diamonds wedding bands

 

 

 

 

 

Diamonds Direct Jacksonville
4870 Big Island Dr, Ste 1
Jacksonville, FL 32246
(904) 515-5959
Get Directions

Thanks to their friends at Palm Travel Group, you can enter to win a 3-night stay at the beautiful El Dorado Spa Resorts, by Karisma! Grab your passport! Don’t miss it!

 

St. Louis Destination Diamonds wedding bands

 

 

 

 

 

Diamonds Direct St. Louis
11619 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 942-3777
Get Directions

On Friday, enjoy hors d’oevres provided by Maggiano’s (5pm-7pm).

Want to have use make a wedding band idea of your own? Ask about how our Custom Shop can specially create the ring you have in mind.

What is Custom Shop?

Custom Shop is where Novell’s state of the art manufacturing facility brings the independent retail jeweler an easy way to say – “Yes, I can custom make that for you.”

Custom Shop offers 3D printing, so your customers can try on their jewelry before it’s put into production. Here are more Custom Shop capabilities:

• We provide price quotes and CAD renderings within forty-eight hours for customer approval.
• Finished pieces are delivered within three to four weeks.
• Every creation is 100% made in America, so there’s no waiting for your order to arrive from overseas.
• Our domestic manufacturing muscle, with casting facilities, an extensive machine shop, and a skilled hand fabricating staff, gives our authorized retailers a clear path to market advantage.
• Some of our other technologies include casting, mold making, machine fabricating, finishing, setting, jewelry work, restoration, engraving, braiding and plating.

Also keep in mind that almost every Novell wedding band can be made in platinum, palladium or gold. Not sure which is best for you? Here’s a precious metal guide that can help you.