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A Splash of Color: Why Garnets Are a Girl’s Best Friend

 

To celebrate the launch of our new Bohemian garnet jewelry brand, Ziklars, we’re talking about the reasons why garnets have become so popular in fine jewelry. We may be a little biased about them, but we believe that garnets are some of the finest and most beautiful gemstones in the world, and we’re excited to share them with clients like you!

 

If there’s one trend in fine jewelry that has been undeniable over the last few years, it’s this: people want color! While diamonds enjoyed an admirably long reign when it comes to sparkling accessories, today’s fashion-minded wearers are looking for something more sensational - and affordable - than the same expensive clear stones that had previously dominated jewelry showcases for decades. Garnets have a lot to offer, and even the most discerning style-setters are taking notice: this approachable red stone is showing up in the jewelry collections of influencers, designers, and appreciative fans alike.

 

Rolling Out the Red Carpet

 

Garnet is the new “it” stone, thanks to its unusually complex red hue, which can color-shift depending on the quality of the ambient light. While large “showcase” stones, such as the type used in Ziklars Teardrop Bohemian Garnet Necklace are popular, smaller clusters of garnets can give a piece a desirable pavé setting effect as well. This technique is used in virtually all types of garnet jewelry, including garnet stud earrings, necklaces, and even rings. The versatility of garnet-studded jewelry makes it easy to mix and match pieces, as the consistent red hue ties visual accents together very neatly.

 

Sterling Silver Garnet Jewelry

 

While tradition has often paired colored precious stone jewelry like Bohemian garnets with gold settings, the effect can come across as a little gaudy. Smooth sterling silver is a favorite pairing with garnets in modern jewelry; the bright metallic finish of the setting creates the perfect foil for the deep jewel tone reds characteristic of garnets. In some jewelry pieces, this silver may appear only slightly, in the post-tips of prong-style settings. In others, the silver is used to create a substantial figure, such as in the sculpted legs of this Bohemian Garnet Sterling Silver Frog Pendant.

 

Formal Meets Casual Style

 

Well-designed fine jewelry is crafted in such a way that it can be worn and appreciated often. For some precious faceted gemstone pieces, traditional cuts and settings may come across as too “stuffy” or formal to wear outside of a gala or event. Garnet jewelry lends itself to versatility, with pieces ranging from the ornate - such as these Bohemian Garnet Teardrop Earrings - to the more lighthearted, like this Garnet Guardian Angel Pendant. They can be “dressed” up or down with matching accessories that also feature Bohemian garnets, or worn by themselves as a statement piece with your favorite outfits.

 

If you’ve been searching for a more visually-appealing alternative to diamond jewelry that won’t break the bank, Ziklars Bohemian garnet jewelry is waiting to be discovered. Which beautiful piece will catch your eye first?

 

Bohemian Garnet Jewelry

Ask someone to name a beautiful red gemstone and you’ll likely hear about rubies, but if you’re talking to a true jewelry connoisseur, garnets will steal the spotlight. This luscious red gemstone has been used since the times of the ancient Egyptians in gorgeous garnet jewelry, talismans, charms, and royal decorations throughout history. So what exactly is garnet, and where does it come from?

 

How Garnet Got its Name

 

While many precious gemstones derive their name from their places of origin, garnet is uniquely named for its appearance. In latin, the word garantus translates to “like a seed” - and, as anyone who has ever enjoyed a pomegranate fruit before can attest, garnets closely resemble the translucent red arils, or juice-filled seeds, found inside. Over time, garantus became “garnet” to honor the stone’s close resemblance to the tart seeds of the pomegranate fruit. Additionally, in Middle English, the word “gernet” meant “dark red” - though it’s unclear whether the stone influenced the name, or vice-versa.

 

Garnet Associations

 

Garnet is the birthstone of January, as well as the associated zodiac sign of January, Aquarius. Because of its resemblance to the pomegranate fruit, it’s also entwined with the famous Greek myth of Hades and Persephone; the latter having become trapped in the underworld for half the year after eating six pomegranate arils. Garnet jewelry, such as garnet bracelets or garnet rings, were given to travelers as a talisman for a safe return, just as Persephone returned to her mother Demeter from the underworld each year.

 

Where Garnet is Found

 

One of the most breathtaking styles of garnet is the Bohemian garnet, prized by jewelers and collectors alike for its rich, red colors. The “bohemian” in the name is a nod to the once-region of Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic. While the political borders and official names may have shifted throughout history for these lands, this region remains the most popular area for mining, finishing, and setting garnets into beautiful garnet gemstone jewelry. Mined garnets that aren’t up to the task of becoming items like garnet earrings are also used in industrial applications here thanks to their incredible durability; garnet dust is used as an abraded surface finish in grinding and polishing tools, similar to diamonds.

 

Colors of Garnet

While garnets are closely linked with the beautiful translucent red named for the stone, they actually come in a surprising array of colors. Depending on the pressure, heat, and surrounding stone where they are found, they can be any hue from a deep red, to a soft pink, to a light green that rivals peridot. While each of these are, geologically speaking, also garnets, the red Bohemian garnet remains the arguable favorite when it comes to crafting garnet jewelry.

 

Whether you wear your garnet necklaces, rings, bracelets, or earrings as a fashion statement or for luck while travelling, you’re in good company: the Egyptians, the Romans, and even the Victorians all did so too. So, which style will become your modern-day garnet talisman?

 

Hot Summer Accessories: Baltic Amber Necklaces

When temperatures rise, necklines become a little more daring - and that creates the perfect opportunity to show off a favorite necklace (or 2!) along with your summer top. Not all necklaces are a good match, however, so here’s a little warm-weather cheat sheet to finding the perfect genuine Baltic amber necklaces to accentuate your summer wardrobe:

  • Crew Neck / Scoop Neck

The classic crew neck tee features a short curve that is comparatively high on the neck, as opposed to V-necks and other low cuts. These types of tops go best with a longer chain that places a pendant at breast-bone level or below.

 

Recommended Piece: Our Baltic Amber Flaming Sun Pendantis the perfect homage to summer, especially when paired with your favorite chain or cord to add more elegant length.

  • V-Neck / Deep Vee

Showing a little more skin with a summery V-neck is de rigueur - it’s not only fashionable and a little bit sexy, it’s a great way to beat the heat, too. This neckline style offers the perfect opportunity to showcase a more ornate piece of amber jewelry, so don’t be afraid to try a statement necklace on for size.

 

Recommended Piece: Our Alcie Genuine Baltic Amber Necklace is a masterpiece of modern sterling silver and rich honey-brown amber stones: an ideal combination for a finishing touch to your V-neckline look.

  • Boatneck / Square Neck

This upscale neckline silhouette, popularized in popular Northeast vacation destinations like Martha’s Vineyard, exposes the clavicles and delivers a sleek look. It’s an iconic look for summer vacationers mingling at exclusive backyard parties, and demands a short, curved necklace to properly emphasize the upper hem.

 

Recommended Piece: Our Baltic Multicolored Amber String Necklace is a chic modern alternative to the classic boatneck-pearl pairing, offering a hint of warm summer colors instead.

  • Halter Neck

Arguably the most challenging of summer necklines to accessorize, a halter neckline loves a V-shaped necklace with subtle side adornments. This style of necklace helps continue the elongated lines begun by the neckline, tying the look together nicely.

Recommended Piece: Our Lenore Baltic Amber Necklaceoffers triple the sensational amber with a center pendant and two identical flanking accents to help visually fill out the neckline area.

 

Summer Wear Tips for Amber Necklaces (and More!)

As with all genuine Baltic amber jewelry, if you plan on swimming in a lake, the ocean, a pool, or a hot tub, remember to slip off your jewelry beforehand. To keep your amber jewelry looking beautiful, bring along a small drawstring bag (for example, the storage bag that comes with all of our amber jewelry pieces) to hold your earrings, necklace, bracelet, and ring if you’re taking a dip.

Once you’re back home, before storing your pieces in a jewelry box, be sure to give your jewelry a quick wipe with a soft microfiber cloth to remove perfumes, lotions, sunblock, and other residue. These simple summer care steps will ensure the beautiful, deep translucence of your amber jewelry stays stunning for a lifetime.

Father's Day

Honoring Dad: Amber Cufflinks Offer a Touching Tribute 

Ah, dad. The sacred guardian of the thermostat, the teller of groan-worthy puns, the master of the BBQ grill: he’s a man worth celebrating, and on June 21st, it’s his time to shine. While stores are flooded with beautiful flowers and jewelry for mother’s day, shopping for the best father’s day gifts is a challenge, to say the least. Sure, there’s the usual assortment of gag gifts and ho-hum sports gear, but wouldn’t you rather give your father something he’ll use, instead of dusty closet-fillers? This year, it’s time to up the ante and let the most important man in your life know exactly how much he means to you.

 

How are you going to do that? Easy, with a pair of the classiest men’s accessories to ever grace the top of his dresser: Baltic amber cufflinks.

 

Styles of Amber Cufflinks 

Worn through the sleeve buttonholes on a classic dress shirt, amber cufflinks add a dash of flair to what is otherwise a fairly bland piece of clothing. Much like other accessories - belt buckles, wallets, and so on - the size, shape, and style of cufflinks for men say a great deal about their wearer. Small Baltic amber cufflinks may be worn in business casual situations, or in a suit or tux designed to look understated. Large amber cufflinks, meanwhile, are appropriate for jazzing up a brightly-colored shirt or a pair of french-style shirt cuffs, which provide a broader canvas for more ornate designs.

 

Types of Amber Cufflinks 

Much like fine Baltic amber jewelry, cufflinks may feature any of the popular varieties of amber: deep forest green amber, traditional honey brown amber, and even creamy yellow butterscotch amber may be inlaid into the design. In order to ensure durability and authentic quality, always look for men’s cufflinks that use precious metals, such as sterling silver, in addition to precious stones like Baltic amber. Multicolored amber cufflinks offer the best of both worlds, giving the wearer a truly distinctive look. Remember, buying from a reputable amber cufflink dealer is vital: plated or “finished” base metal cufflinks may discolor over time, potentially even staining the shirt they’re fastened into. So, if you’re shopping for a present, make sure you don’t cut corners on quality when purchasing men’s amber cufflinks!

 

A Personal Flourish

 While basic square amber cufflinks and rectangular amber cufflinks are a sure hit, for a truly memorable gift, try some of our novelty shapes and designs. Made of the same high-quality .925 sterling silver and genuine Baltic amber, these styles feature everything from suits of cards to nautical-themed shapes like amber anchor cufflinks and amber ships’ wheel cufflinks. Cufflinks, like so many other premium men’s accessories, speak to the wearer’s style and sense of taste, so it’s important to wear the right pair.

 

If you’re tempted to get dad yet another novelty BBQ apron this year, why not give him something far more enduring, instead? Our high-quality Baltic amber cufflinks are so beautiful in person, don’t be surprised if he’s rendered speechless once he opens your thoughtful gift. And hey, look at the bright side - that pleasant shock should keep the “dad jokes” to a minimum, at least for awhile!

 

 

Celebrating Mother's Day

Mother's Day

Every May 14th, Americans come together to celebrate the amazing women they call “mom” - some connected through genetics, and some connected at the heart. Since the first Mother’s Day in 1914, we’ve set aside this time to give our mothers the love, devotion, and special gifts they deserve for everything they do. Jewelry has always been a special part of this maternal celebration, and giving mom beautiful pendants, earrings, brooches, and rings as a symbol of love is a surefire way to make her smile. But with so many options for beautiful women’s jewelry available, where do you start your Mother’s Day shopping?

 

She’s Unique: Her Jewelry Should Be Too

The days of presenting mom with a macaroni-and-yarn necklace in grade school undoubtedly gave her lots of warm memories, but now it’s time to step it up a notch. Genuine Baltic amber Mother’s Day jewelry is elegant and thoughtful, and a fresh new alternative to the same boring cut gems in every other piece of “Mother’s Day jewelry.” Our Eleanor Amber Earrings, for example, offer warm honey-brown Baltic amber teardrops in an attractive dangle silhouette, all mounted on a secure post-back closure. If her personal taste veers towards classic Victorian, our antique-inspired Georgine Amber Ring dazzles with an ornate sterling silver setting and a deep forest-green translucent amber.

 

Consider a Set of Amber Jewelry

While one-off amber pieces are always admired and treasured, a matching set will really knock your Mother’s Day gift selection out of the park. She’ll smile proudly each time she fastens the matching pieces on, ready for a night out on the town, at a show, or for a high-end dinner, knowing that her child gave her each cherished piece. For those looking for affordable Mother’s Day jewelry, a 2-set like our Fern Baltic Amber Earrings and Pendantpieces can be purchased and gifted separately on, for example, Mother’s Day and a birthday, or all at once. Some of our larger sets, such as our Mila Baltic Amber Jewelry Collection, offer a truly spectacular Mother’s Day gift idea that she’ll never forget.

 

She Deserves the Best

Sure, you could pick up another generic card from the drugstore and a random bouquet from the supermarket, again - but why not do something extra-special for your mother this year? Flowers wilt, cards are lost, and chocolate is eaten quickly, but when you give the most important woman in your life Baltic amber mother’s day jewelry, you’re giving a gift that’s 45 million years in the making. All Holiday Gift Shops’ Baltic amber jewelry pieces come with certificates of authenticity and gift-ready bags and boxes for presentation to make your Mother’s Day shopping even easier. This year, make the right choice and give mom the beautiful women’s jewelry she deserves.  

 

Conversion Table

Buying Amber rings and need help to Convert US Size to European size? Below is a conversion table :

           
Diameter (mm) Circumference (mm) USA / Canada UK / Australia Asia Switzerland
Europe / ISO
14.1 44.2 3 F 4 4
14.3 44.8   F-1/2 5 5 1/2
14.5 45.5 3 1/2 G    
14.7 46.1   G-1/2 6 6 1/2
14.9 46.8 4 H 7  
15.1 47.4   H-1/2   7 3/4
15.3 48 4 1/2 I 8  
15.5 48.7   J   9
15.7 49.3 5 J-1/2 9  
15.9 50   K   10
16.1 50.6 5 1/2 K-1/2 10  
16.3 51.2   L   11 3/4
16.5 51.9 6 L-1/2 11 12 3/4
16.7 52.5   M 12  
16.9 53.1 6 1/2 M-1/2 13 14
17.1 53.8   N    
17.3 54.4 7 N-1/2 14 15-1/4
17.5 55.1   O    
17.7 55.7 7 1/2 O-1/2 15 16-1/2
17.9 56.3   P    
18.1 57 8 P-1/2 16 17-3/4
18.3 57.6   Q    
18.5 58.3 8 1/2 Q-1/2 17  
18.8 58.9   R   19
19 59.5 9 R-1/2 18  
19.2 60.2   S   20-1/4
19.4 60.8 9 1/2 S-1/2 19  
19.6 61.4   T   21-1/2
19.8 62.1 10 T-1/2 20  
20 62.7   U 21  
20.2 63.4 10 1/2 U-1/2 22 22-3/4
20.4 64   V    
20.6 64.6 11 V-1/2 23  
20.8 65.3   W   25
21 65.9 11 1/2 W-1/2 24  
21.2 66.6   X    
21.4 67.2 12 X-1/2 25 27-1/2
21.6 67.8   Y    
21.8 68.5 12 1/2 Z 26 28-3/4
22 69.1   Z-1/2    
22.2 69.7 13   27  
22.4 70.4   Z + 1    
22.6 71 13-1/2      
How to find the perfect ring for any finger shape.

Rings for any finger shape

It’s no secret that women like wearing rings. Like clothes, rings are a part of our personality.  It’s good to buy a new ring and hear compliments from family and friends. But sometimes, the ring which we think will be the one, doesn’t look so great when we try it on and we are not sure whether it’s worth purchasing it. We can’t pick any random ring at a jewelry store and wonder why nobody notices your new joy. To make a ring purchase easy and fun and hear well deserved compliments later, we need to know our finger shapes. Here is a short guide to buy the perfect ring:

Long fingers

Most ring styles will fit long “musical” fingers. Cocktail rings with unique stone and a wide band will look great on such fingers. Rings with horizontal stripes in the design will look most flattering on too thin long fingers. Try to avoid rings with very long pointed stones as they will make your fingers look too thin.

Wide fingers

A chunky stone with a medium to thick band will make your fingers graceful and slender. An oval, rectangle, triangle, emerald or pear-shaped ring will elongate a wide finger and will cover the skin on both sides. A big no-no for wide fingers is a delicate ring with a small stone.

Slender fingers

When buying a ring for slender fingers, pick a ring with a medium stone and a thicker band. Rings with wide band and an intricate design will work well. Ladies with slender fingers should avoid chunky stones in square, rectangle, round and heart-shaped thin band rings. Such rings will only make slender fingers too thin.

Short fingers

A pear-shaped, rectangle, oval or marquise cut ring with a narrow band will elongate short fingers. Try to avoid rings with a horizontal cluster of small multicolored stones or wide rings with massive stones.

Big knuckles

Ladies for big knuckles should go for rings with heavier band and bright stones with all kinds of décor around it. Such rings will make your hand slender. Avoid thin rings as they will only draw attention to your knuckle.  

FDA warns that amber teething necklace can be dangerous.

Amber Necklace

Amber teething necklaces are very popular among some parents. But parents should know that there are no scientific facts to support amber benefits for children. What are we talking about exactly?

We’re talking about the supposed benefits of amber teething necklaces for infants and why none of that is real. In fact, the necklaces are quite dangerous and shouldn’t be anywhere near an infant’s mouth. We’ll take it to step by step in this article as we explain why you should stay well away from these types of devices. First, and as the FDA points out in its warning, these amber teething necklaces represent significant choking hazards for your infant.

From falling apart to simple wear and tear, the construction of these amber necklaces does not make them suitable for the kinds of rigorous use that an infant will subject them to throughout the baby’s teething.

Unlike teething rings, which are made out of one piece of plastic and do not fall apart after use, amber teething necklaces are constructed much like traditional necklaces and herein is their major flaw. Moving beyond their flawed construction, one of the main benefits touted by advocates of using amber necklaces for teething is that they are a healthy, natural way for you baby to teeth and contain no harmful chemicals.

In fact, these proponents claim that the succinic acid found in amber actually helps ease pain naturally through absorption. That sounds plausible upon the first read but, after closer examination, really does not hold up under the scrutiny of science.

As the FDA points out, no clinical trials are backing up any claim that amber teething necklaces make. Focusing on the succinic acid benefit specifically, it is noted that the levels of absorption needed would be quite high and the temperature at which this substance release from amber is much higher than a baby’s body is capable of producing.

If a baby’s mouth were capable of reaching temperatures of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the succinic acid would be poisonous to the child, not beneficial. As with most lies in the world, the succinic acid benefit relies on a mixture of half fact, half fiction and a huge dose of creative reasoning to tie it all together.

You can find any type of Baltic amber necklace for adults on HolidayGiftShops.com but all these items are not intended to be used by children.

Do you think fake amber created by modern technology? Archaeologists found fake amber that 5000 years old.

Fake Amber

After studying two caves in Spain (near Sevilla and Barcelona), scientists discovered several beads that looked like amber. Archaeologists were puzzled since these beads were among items made of real amber. In fact, these items were mollusks and seeds covered with resin. The discovery was made in an artificial cave where, according to researchers, 19 people were buried. They believe that amber was a valuable commodity at that time, and trading amber was a popular business. It was used for amber jewelry as well as for medicinal purposes. Until now, we knew that people were using amber for thousands of years, but this is the first evidence of amber counterfeiting.

A full study published here: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0215469

Where to buy amber jewelry?

amber Jewelry in Poland 

Amber is a natural semi-precious stone that can be found all over the world. The most amber is produced in the Baltic region of Europe, It is not surprising, that the best amber jewelry can be found in cities and towns around Baltic sea in Poland, Lithuania, and  Germany. But the capital of amber is, definitely, city of Gdansk in Poland. Here you can find hundreds of amber galleries and stores that sell all kind of Baltic Amber Jewelry. It is estimated that 95% of all world amber produced in this region. So, if you need to buy genuine, authentic amber jewelry, you need to visit Gdansk.

HolidayGiftShops.com is proud to present beautiful amber jewelry directly from Poland, Lithuania, and Germany. Visit our amber jewelry store: https://holidaygiftshops.com