Champagne Diamonds Pop as a Fashion Accessory This Fall

DiamondFashionCLooking for the perfect fashion accessories to go with your new fall wardrobe? The answer may be as simple as adding the color of champagne diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Australia.

“What we are seeing from the latest 2014 fall fashion trends is a match fit perfectly for champagne diamonds,” says jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor. “The light champagne to rich cognac natural ashes are neutral, making them a perfect combination for all the neutrals that we’re seeing in fashion, as well as all of the rich, brighter gemstone colors, popular at holiday time.”

Holiday Gifts That Last A Lifetime

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Americans are discovering that the holiday season is no longer about purchasing an overload of disposable gifts. Instead, we are choosing to invest in a few meaningful items that hold emotional value and will last forever.

Here are some tips to ensure that your loved ones feel extra special this holiday season:

– Give an experience. Instead of buying gifts that will be quickly discarded, arrange a memorable excursion for your loved ones that will also bring you closer together. Plan a trip. It can be as elaborate as a European excursion or as simple as a day at the local museum. Then frame the photos from your outing as an added gift, so everyone will always remember the experience you shared.

– Choose heirloom-quality jewelry. When choosing a piece of jewelry, don’t even consider those that will tarnish or wear away easily with everyday wear. Choose jewelry that will last a lifetime. It’s worthwhile to invest in pieces set in beautiful, long-lasting platinum, since they can be passed along for generations to follow.

Platinum’s strength makes it ideal for securing stones or creating unique pieces. Designer, Jewelry by Gail stretches and twists platinum to create intricate details not possible with other metals, while Erica Courtney uses platinum because its natural white color casts no tint on her colorful gemstones.

Hollywood’s top stars appreciate platinum’s lasting value. “When Shiloh Jolie-Pitt turned three, Brad Pitt gave his daughter two platinum and diamond necklaces,” says jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor. “And anyone can give the gift of platinum because it comes in a wide variety of price points, starting

at a few hundred dollars from Affordable platinum pieces include stud earrings, cuff links and pendants,” adds O’Connor.

– Give gifts that convey your love. In a time when most meals are simply popped in the microwave, a gift of homemade food will show your loved ones that they are worth the extra time and effort. For a gift that will make a special person smile all the time, write an original poem or a sentimental memory about the recipient, and have it professionally framed. You might even create a scrapbook with photos and memorabilia from the times you’ve shared.

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Make Your ‘I Do’ Last Forever

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In between the guest list, the flowers and the perfect three-tier cake, it can be hard to find time to shop for your wedding rings. However, it is important to remember that most of the wedding details are fleeting and gone after a few hours of enjoyment, while your rings are enjoyed forever. So, whether you are having a smaller gathering or a more traditional affair, this important to-do on your event checklist should not be overlooked, especially since your rings mark your commitment to one another and will last a lifetime.

Jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor has a few tips that are sure to help you find matrimonial bliss when it comes to ring selection:

* Create a budget. There are many details to consider when planning a wedding that can quickly drain your budget. It is important to set aside money for a lifelong symbol like your wedding bands. Not sure how much to budget? Consider that in 2006, couples spent an average of $2,079 on wedding bands, according to the CN American Wedding Study. And since the age-old rule for purchasing an engagement ring is to spend two months salary, plan to spend one month’s salary for the two wedding bands. Check out the “Budget Calculator” at

* Shop together. It is a good idea to shop for rings together. In fact, 80 percent of couples do, which isn’t a surprise since your rings, which don’t have to match, should reflect your personal styles and tastes.

* Plan ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to go shopping for your wedding bands, they’re simply too important. Plan to start shopping for your rings six months prior to your “I do’s.” Not only do you need time to research and shop, but you also need to allot time for custom orders, sizing and engraving.

* Invest in quality. Because you want your ring to last a lifetime, it is important to put thought into the quality of metal you choose. Platinum 950 is the most durable precious metal and will last a lifetime. It’s 30 times more rare than gold, and for wedding bands set with diamonds, its natural whiteness will ensure the diamonds sparkle and stay secure. It is no wonder that Hollywood’s A-list designers such as Tacori, DeBeers, Ritani and Kwiat are all choosing Platinum in their designs. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a star to own a Platinum ring. Platinum engagement and wedding rings are available for a wide variety of budgets -; making it an affordable luxury. Some resources that offer popular price points include Lieberfarb, Scott Kay and Blue Nile. “As the ultimate metal, Platinum’s unmatched durability and beauty make it a top pick among designers and 81 percent of brides,” said Michael O’Connor.

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Fall in Love with Platinum

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Every year, Valentine’s Day is looked at as one of the biggest gift-giving holidays of the year. Additionally, many use the holiday to drop down on one knee and pop the big question. Last year, 250,000 couples became engaged on Valentine’s Day -; a testament to how important the day is to thousands of love-struck Americans.

If you’re looking for a unique, stylish and heirloom-quality accessory to give your special someone this year, you aren’t alone. According to jewelry and style expert Michael O’Connor, Platinum jewelry is one of this year’s best bets for a Valentine’s Day gift.

“Giving a gift of love on Valentine’s Day is about emotion and being sure you will be remembered,” O’Connor said. “Platinum jewelry is the perfect choice because its purity and rarity underscore the emotional reasons why you’re giving the gift, while its durability means that it won’t wear down like other metals and will last a lifetime.”

The following jewelry ideas, compiled by O’Connor, will help you pick out the hottest jewelry this Valentine’s Day:

* Engagement ring. If you’re looking to propose to your significant other this Valentine’s Day, look beyond the four Cs and seriously consider the setting. With an engagement diamond purchase, a premium is paid for a quality diamond, and you won’t want to diminish that investment with a metal that won’t complement the beauty and longevity of the stone. Platinum will hold your diamond more securely, and since it’s naturally a white metal, it will maximize the diamond’s sparkle. Designs that range from modern styles by Martin Flyer to vintage-inspired looks from Tacori can accommodate all types of diamond cuts.

* Gifts for him. One of the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts for men -; stylish watches from companies like Franck Muller, Vacheron Constantin and Jacob & Co. -; pair masculinity with durability in Platinum looks that are perfect for dressing up or down. If you’re looking for a different approach, Platinum cuff links also make a good choice for that businessman with a sense of panache.

* Platinum pendants. From the runway to Hollywood’s A-list, it’s all about layering this season. Look to layering Platinum pendants in oval, heart and square shapes for a distinct flair this year.

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