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  • Romance, Love and Marriage: Our Favourite Quotes

    February 12, 2016 | Jewellery

    Valentine's Day is almost here and romance is around us. Whether you're exploring new love or discovering new things with a longtime partner, love quotes help put those romantic feelings into words. Here are a few of our favorite quotes for falling in love, creating a strong bond and joining together in marriage.

    Romance is Colorful Romance is Colorful

    The Beauty of New Love

    “And I knew exactly how old Walt Disney’s Cinderella felt when she found her prince.” —Elizabeth Young

    “Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” —Unknown Author

    "You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face, but in your heart as well.” —Unknown Author

    “When you look for the right person, you always end up with the wrong one. But when you just sit by the corner and wait, he comes along and shares the corner with you.” —Unknown Author

    “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” —When Harry Met Sally

    Meant to be together Meant to be together

    Can You Define Love?

    "You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” —Dr. Seuss

    “Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.” —Leo Buscaglia

    “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” —Lao Tzu

    “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” —Robert Brault

    “When I sleep, I dream of you, and when I wake, I long to hold you in my arms. If anything, our time apart has only made me more certain that I want to spend my nights by your side, and my days with your heart.” —Nights in Rodanthe

    “A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.” —Unknown Author

    “It is love that makes impossible possible.” —Indian Proverb

    Classic and feminine for her big day. Classic and feminine for her big day.

    When Two Become One

    “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” —Mignon McLaughlin

    “The groom always smiles proudly because he’s convinced he’s accomplished something quite wonderful. The bride smiles because she’s been able to convince him of it.” —Judith McNaught

    “You don’t marry the person you can live with … you marry the person you can’t live without.” —Unknown Author

    “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy, you must have somebody to divide it with.” —Mark Twain

    “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” —Robert Quillen

    “Being someone’s first love may be great, but to be their last is beyond perfect.” —Unknown Author

    “You make me happier than I ever thought I could be, and if you let me, I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you feel the same way.” —Friends

     

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  • Behind the Scenes: A Post From Designer Rosvina

    January 28, 2016 | Jewellery

     

    We are so excited to share this post from Rosvina, the creative mind behind the colourful and joyful Ombre Fireworks Collection. She also has a new collection coming fresh for spring! We can't wait to show you that collection very soon; but, for now, here is more about Rosvina:

    2015 Year of Challenge

    Firework_collection_1 The purple and the blue ombre firework rings showcasing their colours with the purple pendant of the collection.

    I’m so happy to post on the Blossom blog today. 2015 was a big year for me. It was the year when I finally decided to move back to my hometown in Indonesia, and put 100% of myself into what I love the most, jewellery design. I had hesitated for several years, but dreams don’t come true unless you make them happen, right?

    It was a risky move to leave my then-current full-time job in Singapore, but all the risks were worth it. Right now, I am surrounded by the people that I love and doing what I love. In late 2015, I was contacted by Blossomjewels and we began some designs together. I was delighted to be asked to join as a resident jewellery designer.

     

    The Ombre Firework collection and how they scare the evil spirits

     

    Sketch A very expressive sketch of the Fireworks ring

    My first design for Blossomjewels was the ‘Ombre Fireworks’ series. When I think of special occasion or celebrations it reminds me of fireworks. It is also part of Chinese culture: ancient Chinese believe to make loud noises at festivals and religious ceremonies serves to scare away evil spirits). Fireworks never fail to catch my attention because of the loud noises and the beauty of the illuminating vivid colours.

    What is an ombre effect?

    The purple Ombre effect Firework Ring.The purple Ombre effect Firework Ring.

     

     

     I decided to use 2 main colour tones for the collection, which are blue tone, and red tone, both we often see in fireworks. I wanted to create colourful, but not overwhelming, pieces. I thought to use ombre colour effects. Ombre effect is coming from a French word, and it's the way to display colour by intensity of colour flow from the darkest to the lightest colour shades along the pieces.

     

     

    Last thoughts about my design

    My aim was to create jewellery that can fit every occasion: the whole set for a special occasion or a single piece alone to match with your daily outfit.

    My biggest challenge for this particular design was the comfortability and durability of the pieces. Firework collection is showcasing quite a number of small size gemstones, so we have to make sure that every gem is set very securely for daily wear.

    Once I saw the final piece of the jewellery, I was really delighted with the result and the ring has never left my finger! I am very impressed with the stone setting skills shown by the craftsman' it really reassured me that the pieces would be durable.

    rosvina-fireworks Firework scaring away evil spirits

    My next collection is inspired by local gem materials such as Blue Amber found in Sumatra, Indonesia. I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in my next blog post.

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  • Finding a Family Heirloom in a 120+ Carat Australian Blue Sapphire

    December 15, 2015 | Jewellery

    A Blossomjewels story, as told by founder Dan...

    My grandparents, Beth and Col, spent the majority of their early retirement traveling remote Australia in a Toyota Land Cruiser and caravan. They enjoyed the wilds of the outback and tried their luck at prospecting, largely for gemstones including Sapphire, Opal, Garnets, Peridot, Zircon, Topaz, and varieties of Quartz.

    Throught-the-fence Looking for treasures

    Whilst their ‘haul’ over the years was interesting, largely for their children and grandchildren when they passed through to visit, one find in particular was destined to begin a set of family heirlooms.

    In the early 80's, my grandparents were parked at a remote prospecting site in central Queensland, in the Willows Area of the Anakie gem fields. This site was called Through the Fence, as to get to the digging sites you had to climb through old farm fencing wire.

    It was early morning and Beth went out for a walk to a nearby set of holes that were being worked. It had rained overnight and something caught her eye. It was abnormally large compared to most stones that they came across, being about half the size of a persons thumb. She grabbed it and put it in her pocket.

    Beth returned to the campsite where Col was finishing a morning cup of tea. She popped the thumb-sized stone onto the table in front of Col and quizzed, "think this might be something?" Yet she knew she had stumbled upon a valuable find!

    That find was in fact a 120+ Carat Australian Blue Sapphire.

    The Through the Fence Sapphire was to remain uncut for nearly 20 years. It was not until my grandparents were approaching quite old age that they looked to a close family friend and very experience gem cutter, Boyd, for consultation on what could be done with the stone. It was decided that a set of stones would be cut and then passed to each of Beth and Col’s daughters and daughter-in-laws, and, naturally enough, the largest was for Beth. Six final stones held the legacy to be passed down through the family for years to come.

    Sapphire during the cutting Sapphire during the cutting

    This photo of the pre-cut stones is the only known photo to show all the beautiful "Blues" together.

    Stay tuned: The story of how the 120 carat Through the Fence Sapphire was ‘fashioned’ will follow in our next blog post.

     

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  • The Blossomjewels Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    November 19, 2015 | Jewellery

    Cue the confetti! Blossomjewels just celebrated our official launch, and now Black Friday and Cyber Monday are quickly approaching! These last few months of the year are cause for serious celebrations: holidays, gorgeous gemstone jewels and opportunities to save!

    As we are an international brand, not all customers are accustomed to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are big holidays for our American followers. We are happy to join in on this money-saving tradition. Here is how we are celebrating!

     

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    WHAT IS BLACK FRIDAY?
    Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving-- a day that some look forward to more than the turkey day itself! On Black Friday, retailers offer steep discounts in their local stores. Lines form hours before the sale, and things get crazy!

    Blossomjewels gift boxWHAT IS CYBER MONDAY?
    Cyber Monday is a newer tradition and is the equivalent of Black Friday for online retailers. For gifts to give or keep, customers visit their favorite online retailers for awesome deals.

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday allow you to finish your holiday shopping before December even begins. This means less stress and more quality time with your loved ones, an idea we at Blossomjewels are totally behind.

    HOW WE ARE CELEBRATING
    Blossomjewels is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with exclusive coupons we will mail to this list. Don't miss out on the Blossomjewels savings-- get on the list now!

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  • Mysterious and Dramatic Black Diamonds

    November 13, 2015 | Gem Education

    While colourless diamonds are the most popular, diamonds are found in a rainbow of colours including Red, Violet, Pink, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange, Purple, Champagne, Gray, Fancy White, and Fancy Black. Unlike other coloured diamonds, black diamonds are entirely opaque. Black diamonds continue to be an affordable choice among other coloured diamonds and colourless diamonds.

    Diva Dita Cocktail Ring with Black Diamond in 14K White Gold> http://buff.ly/1LcuFOn Diva Dita Cocktail Ring with Black Diamond in 14K White Gold> http://buff.ly/1LcuFOn

    Black diamonds are a mysterious, stylish option for rings, bangles and necklaces. Some bold women even love Black Diamond engagement rings! As Black Diamonds work well with all colours, Black Diamond jewelry is ideal for stacking your favourite bracelets or layering a few gemstone necklaces.

    What better way to make a statement than with this Diva Dita Cocktail Ring! What better way to make a statement than with this Diva Dita Cocktail Ring!

    Black diamonds are versatile and can dress up or dress down any look. This makes them a favorite work-to-play piece. Hello, night out!

    The Diva Dita Cocktail Ring is mysterious and dramatic with 69 Black Diamonds! The Diva Dita Cocktail Ring is mysterious and dramatic with 69 Black Diamonds!

    Sex and the City popularized Black Diamonds when Mr. Big presented Carrie Bradshaw with a Black Diamond halo ring because she is "not like anyone else." Celebrities including Katherine Heigl, Lauren Conrad, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Cate Blanchett have all been spotted wearing Black Diamond jewelry.

     

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  • A visit to Myanmar ... in search of Ruby and Jade!

    November 10, 2015 | Gem Education

    If there is one place on earth both travels and gemologists can enjoy, it’s Myanmar. As I had the chance to spend a couple of days in Yangoon early this year, I would like to tell you about my trip there as a tourist and gemologist.

    My fascination for this place started with the complex and rich country’s history. Unified for the first time in 1057, it underwent influents from powerful neighbors like India and China, as well as Thailand until the arrival of new comers from western countries. In addition to their struggle with the outside world, the also face internal turmoil as ethnic groups fought each other for hundred years. One of many consequences of that tempestuous past is that the country very difficult to access for the last 50 years.

    Myanmar people didn’t have the chance to have much contacts with foreigners, watch international TV, read newspapers or travel abroad. Today, they have a lot of curiosity for everything coming from abroad. My two most lasting impressions are the kindness and politeness of the people I talk to and the genuine elegance of the men (not at all that the women are not elegant but it’s more striking for the men). They are wearing the traditional sarong alongside a shirt and it’s really smart. The sarong is usually dark blue, green or red, with different batik print pattern, the shirt is often white or light colors with long shelves.

    During my trip in the mutating city of Yangoon, I went to the peaceful and but lively Shwedagon, a beautiful temple sheltering some hairs of Buddha. It’s an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from all around the world and you can really feel the fervor around you. Still the place stay lively, with family eating snacks under trees, babies taking nap in the fresh shadow of Buddha, couple and friends walking around the different buildings.

     

    This country has a rich underground with resources such as oil, metal and gemstones in particular rubies, jade and Peridot. The most beautiful rubies are coming from Moqok in the center of the country. The myth of Burmese rubies is built around the pigeon blood name, it’s an exceptionally rare rich and deep red tone only found in Myanmar ruby even if nowadays some rubies from Mozambique are also called pigeon blood rubies. As rare and beautiful there is the imperial green jade, loved by Chinese, and less unknown in the occidental world. And hopefully for our wallet Burma is also well known for beautiful rich green Peridot.

    The Bogyoke Market reflect the Myanmar people’s fascination for gems, many little shops with a large variety of gemstone are there but gemologist will struggle to get quality stones at a reasonable price. The highest quality is often sold outside of the country but medium and low quality stones stay in the country to be sold to tourists. If prices are not really interesting, the place itself is charming if you like bargaining. Deal or not, the negotiation will end up with a large smile. Walking though Bogyoke market, you will see gemstone cutters, sewers, painters and many other artisans. Jade is everywhere, often white or slightly green, carved into many kinds of Chinese charms that should you bring luck, love and money.

    Did you went to Myanmar? Tell us our memories on the comment below.

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