Sapphire Jubilee Inspiration

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Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee DAVID BAILEY© 2017

Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrating her Sapphire Jubilee this upcoming Monday to mark 65 years on the British throne. The Queen will be the first British monarch to reach a sapphire jubilee; already becoming the United Kingdom’s longest reigning monarch in 2015. Few British monarchs have surpassed their golden jubilee celebration, which marks 50 years.

A famed portrait of the queen taken by renowned photographer David Bailey was reissued to honor the anniversary. In the photograph she wears a suite of sapphire jewelry gifted by her father King George VI as a wedding present in 1947. The set includes a necklace featuring 16 blue sapphires surrounded by diamonds with drop earrings to match. The Queen also commissioned a matching tiara and bracelet in 1963 to complete the suite.

With this inspiration at the forefront, Knox Jewelers would be overjoyed to assist you in custom creating sapphire jewelry fit for a queen. We have several loose blue sapphires available, in many sizes and shapes, just waiting to be fit into a beautiful custom jewelry piece. Draw inspiration from the royal suite and pair dazzling diamond halos framing your perfect blue sapphire for a regal look. We have several sapphire halo designs featured on our website that can be altered to your specification, or we could start anew with a sketch and bring your perfect sapphire jewelry to life. Contact us today to get started on your one-of-a-kind royal sapphire jewelry. You are sure to feel like a queen with deep blue sapphires set into your perfect custom setting!

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Jewelry to Compliment your Custom Engagement Ring

Though our forte may lie in the creation of one-of-a-kind custom engagement rings, we excel in hand crafting a wide spectrum of custom jewelry pieces. These include unique matching wedding bands, wider right hand rings and even elegant diamond and gemstone earrings.

Custom created jewelry pieces are the perfect way to express who you truly are and your unique-to-you style. At Knox Jewelers we specialize in designing custom rings and jewelry that are tailored for each customer and built from the ground up.

You do not need a special occasion to invest in everyday essential jewelry or statement pieces. We are always at the ready to assist you designing the perfect wedding band, mother’s ring or a meaningful pendant.

If you have at one time commissioned Knox to design your engagement ring or wedding bands, the fun should not stop there! Complete your jewelry wardrobe with everyday stud earrings, a whole hand of unique stacking bands or even a wider statement ring. Think of the pieces we could create to pair against and compliment your unique design!

For most women, her engagement ring is not the only bauble she wears on a daily basis. Listed below are some suggestions on where your jewelry voyage should venture next.

Diamond Stud Earrings

No jewelry wardrobe is complete without a classic and versatile pair of diamond stud earrings. Have a three-prong or four-prong setting paired with your favorite diamond shape, or be bold and add a sparkling diamond halo!

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Custom Right Hand Rings

Although your custom engagement ring dazzles on your left hand, your right can not be forgotten. Choose one of our signature wide band rings and both hands will be a jewelry masterpiece. We have several wide band styles to choose from, or we can start from scratch and create a ring from an idea or sketch.

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Stack-able Custom Bands

Let the stacking begin! Be it a wedding band, an anniversary band, a mother’s ring or just a patterned band that catching your eye; your ring stack is all your own. Pairing bands together or against your engagement ring is the current trend. We have aided in the demand by crafting several new designs made especially for stacking. Curate your perfect collection by mixing bead-set diamond, hand engraving, milgrain and filigree for your one-of-a-kind stack.

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Contact us today and start growing your jewelry collection. Choose everyday essentials like the perfect pair of diamond earrings, or think outside the box and custom create your very own signature wide band ring!

Gemstone Spotlight

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Though garnet offers a vast and diverse array of gemstone varieties, spessartite garnet is a rarity within the mineral family. The elusive orange-red hued garnet is a very brilliant gemstone with a high refractive index. This means light travels through the stone and returns to our eyes very quickly. All garnet varieties hold an average gemstone hardness, 7 to 7.5 on the Mohs Scale. It is not as durable as sapphire or diamonds, so if you choose to set a spessartite garnet into one of our custom ring settings, it would need to be worn with care and might not be suitable for everyday jewelry. However, this deep orange spessartite garnet shown here would make a stunning one-of-a-kind right hand ring. This garnet options is currently featured on our online gemstone list, and is just waiting to be made into a custom created masterpiece!

More common garnet varieties, such as almandine and pyrope, are popular garnet options and well known for their dark red and brownish tones. Spessartite’s unique orange hue and above average brilliance make it a very special gemstone. The presence of manganese in this garnet variety’s composition is responsible for its dramatic coloring. Spessartite is one of a small group of gemstones, labeled ideochromatic, who are colored by a fundamental element in their chemical composition rather than by impurities.

Before the twenty-first century, spessartite garnet was a rare gemstone, mostly owned by collectors. The availability of the gemstone changed in 1991 when an important find was made in Namibia and again a few years later in Nigeria. More recently beautiful options have been arriving from Mozambique. In today’s market, spessartite is reasonably plentiful, but experts advise that this is likely to be only temporary.

Let us at Knox Jewelers help you design a custom created piece of jewelry holding the beautiful spessartite garnet featured here or any other available option on our gemstone list!

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