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Gemstones for All: Five Gemstones for Men and Women

Brooches, Chains. Pendants. Rings. Gentlemen have a number of accessory options available and adding gemstones to fashion choices only allows for additional self-expression. Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe that gemstones are only features of women’s accessories and jewelry. But, times are changing, and developing trends would suggest otherwise. Gemstones do not belong to just women – or just men for that matter. Gemstones are for everyone.

New Fashion or Timeless Trend?

If you follow celebrities, influencers, and trendsetters, you’ll begin to notice what seems like a new fashion trend: gemstones! Gemstones are starting to make more of a statement for men as well – young and old – accenting rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, and more. But this androgynous trend is far from new. In fact, men from all backgrounds and from all over the world have been using gemstones in fashion throughout history dating back to the discovery of the earliest pieces of jewelry.

Gemstones have a rich history in fashion, each with their own story to tell. Let’s dive into five gemstones that make for excellent, powerful additions to men’s jewelry.

Ruby: Power and Boldness

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The color red symbolizes humanity’s strongest emotions of passion and fury. It is the color of our greatest desires, the blood that gives us life, and a symbol of battle. Such emotions and ideals are reflected in the energetic ruby. Ruby has been thought to provide all manner of virtues, such as vitality and invincibility in battle.

Often a favorite among gemstones historically, ruby is just as in demand today, with its value as prominent as ever. Ruby, a power move in fashion and bold choice in life, fits in well among unforgettable gold jewels. People are drawn to its color and the feeling of success and influence it brings.

Amethyst: Every Day is Regal

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A bold and popular gemstone, amethyst has quite the history as a gemstone carrying great meaning. Due to its color, amethyst has been associated with the Greek god Dionysus (also known as Bacchus by the Romans), the god of wine. According to legend, amethyst was once connected to sobriety, sound mindedness, and protection. Because of this belief, warriors would make small cuts in their skin and place pieces of amethyst in the wound. The stones would inadvertently enter the bloodstream and as they blocked veins the warriors would seem vexed or drunk due to restricted blood flow. When the stones would dislodge, they were magically cured and attributed the “curing” to the power of the amethysts.

Throughout history, amethyst has been used to adorn royalty and religious figures. To this day you can still find amethyst as the chosen gemstone of bishops and even British royalty during the coronation. Amethyst is a noble symbol. Its color inspires power, boldness, and confidence.

Sapphire: Wear Your Style

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Although they come in many shades and colors, the classic blue found in sapphires is one of the most distinguishable among gemstones in the world. From light and serene to dark and inky, there is a shade of blue for everyone. Truth, sincerity, and allegiance inspire those that choose to don sapphire. Sapphires can be found throughout history all over the world aiding in their steadfast following.

While most think of the iconic blue sapphire, these gemstones come in many colors and the options are endless. Each kind of sapphire is unique and worthy of appreciation, as are the people who wear them. Sapphire is noble and vibrant making it an excellent choice to accent stylings for all.

Emerald: Green with Envy

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Ambitious and lively, emerald’s notable green color is associated with opportunity and growth. Emerald is often connected to thriving landscapes, which ties in the virtues of relief and truth.

From Egypt and the Incan Empire to parts of Europe and Asia, the authority has a history of valuing the emerald. Emerald is a very calming, but powerful gemstone that makes for a great addition to anyone’s fashion statement.

Opal: Make a Statement

The magic of mystery strikes with the colors reflected in opal. Looking at opal, it is clearly not a traditional stone, but that does not detract from its intrigue. Historically, many have marveled at opal and found its colors inspiring. Others have associated it with the supernatural and the gift of prophecy.

Certainly unorthodox, opal’s rich kaleidoscope of colors is for those that wish to stand out and make an impression. Opal symbolizes hope and encouragement. Making a statement is the true magic this gemstone brings to the wearer.

Gemstones for All

Gemstones carry history and meaning. It is in this history you can see that they have a place with everyone. Man. Woman. Young. Old. Fashion and accessories are an expression of self and as time goes on jewelers will begin seeing more variety in those who are looking for ways to express those personal styles.

The gemstones mentioned only scratch the surface of stones used in modern fashion around the world. Other gemstones, such as tourmaline, garnet, and chrysoberyl, also make excellent gemstones for men and women. While Stuller may not carry every gemstone you might need, we are here to help you find exactly what you are looking for. You can special order gemstones through our network of sources.

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Celebrate BeyDay with Styles Fit for Queen Bey Herself

The Beyhive is buzzing as we are bowing down in celebration of the flawless Queen Bey’s birthday. For 39 years, Beyoncé has graced the world with stellar performances, empowering music, and jaw-dropping style. Those who have been long-time fans of the Houston-native musical icon look back on various phases of her career and reminisce – her time with Destiny’s Child, the creation of everyone’s favorite alter ego Sasha Fierce, the love story between her and her husband Jay Z, the feeling of confidence you got when singing Single Ladies at the top of your lungs, the birth of Blue Ivy, the iconic gold Peter Dundas gown that highlighted her baby bump at the Grammy’s, performing at Coachella shortly after giving birth to twins Rumi and Sir.

Not only has Bey created memorable musical moments for us over the years, she is also known for her impeccable style and striking jewelry selections. Her looks are always blowing us away – from beautiful diamond pieces and gold that could break your heart to cutting-edge, fashionable hoop earrings and gorgeous emeralds. If you want your customers to stun the masses like Bey, be sure to suggest styles that allow them to be bold, be confident, and be noticed. Want some inspiration? Check out some of our favorite pieces that will make you want to put a ring on it.

Big, Bold, Beautiful Diamonds

Diamonds certainly are Beyoncé’s best friend. From being sewn into clothing – such as the black diamond dress from her Formation World Tour – to being used in jewelry settings that are the talk of town, like the Messika silk tie diamond necklace from her performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, her approach to utilizing diamonds in fashion is inspiring and eye-catching. Nothing grabs attention quite like a beautiful diamond and we are crazy in love with them.

While having entire garments made of diamonds isn’t the goal for the average customer, suggest sporting elegant Lab-Grown Diamond Earrings (653632) or a stunning Diamond Pavé Ball Pendant (653709) to let your customer feel big, bold, and beautiful.

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Stylized Gold

Various metals will come in and out as trends, but gold will always be in style. Beyoncé left a lasting impression with gold during the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Not only did she rock the gold Dundas gown, but she was also adorned with an intricate gold choker, golden hoop earrings, and an assortment of bangles on each arm. Not to mention the giant gold headdress complete with a halo.

Adding gold to your customer’s ensemble will help them complete any look, both casual and formal. Stuller’s Old World Globe Necklace (87532) can brighten anyone’s day and make them feel like they run the world.

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Hoop Statement Earrings

The Queen Bey is known for her accessories that make a statement and grab attention. One of our favorite looks are her hoop earring choices. For example, in 2017, she attended a Bruno Mars concert shortly after giving birth to her twins, Rumi and Sir. She wore a set of gold hoop earrings with the word “chunky” placed on them. Women’s bodies are often scrutinized after giving birth, but Beyoncé had a body positive message to love your body because it is golden.

Encourage your customers to get their own hoops that make them feel golden with our gorgeous Flexible Endless Hoop Earrings (52243). Pair them with any item from our Petite Pavé Dangle Collection for a unique statement piece.

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Large, Elegant Emeralds

You won’t only see Bey wearing dazzling diamonds. Another gemstone she keeps prominent in her collection is emeralds. One of our most memorable moments includes her diamond and emerald baubles valued at $10 million that she wore to the 57th Annual Grammy Awards where she won “Best R&B Performance” for her song Drunk in Love. Let’s also not forget the emerald Lorraine Schwartz earrings and ring valued at $2.5 million she wore when she sang the National Anthem at President Obama’s Inauguration in 2013. These pieces are in our sweet dreams and we are green with envy.

Your customers could add a touch of emerald to their ensemble at a great price point with an Emerald Petite Dome Ring (72173) from 302® Fine Jewelry. While not the flashy-sized emeralds donned by Beyoncé, this sleek and modern emerald ring is rising in style and popularity. It’s the “little something extra” Queen Bey would be proud of.

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These styles are truly irreplaceable and always fill us with inspiration. Happy Birthday, Beyoncé. Stay fierce until the end of time.

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Sell With a Story: Emerald Gemstones

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Let’s go back to the Emerald City of Oz and forget about clicking the heels of our ruby slippers. Let’s click our emerald slippers instead as we enter the realm of emerald beauty. This irresistible force has long exerted a powerful attraction on the rich and famous, from the rulers of ancient India to today’s A-List celebrities on the red carpet.

Of all emerald devotees, Cleopatra is probably the most famous. Her passion led her far beyond jewelry. She wore emerald encrusted robes — a luxury by any standard. And she gave loose emeralds as gifts to visiting dignitaries, all of them men. They, too, appreciated the beauty of emerald gemstones.

Did You Know?

Emerald gemstones were sold 6,000 years ago — circa 4000 BCE — in Babylonian markets. Where were they from? We don’t know. But between 1000 and 3000 BCE, one of the earliest emerald occurrences was discovered in Upper Egypt near the Red Sea. This later became known as “Cleopatra’s Mine.”

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“The Green of Growing Things”

The name emerald comes to us from the Greek word, smaragdos. The origin of smaragdos could be either the Hebrew word izmargad or the Sanskrit word marakata, meaning “the green of growing things” — fresh, vivid, radiant.

I like the Sanskrit version. It communicates the lush range of emerald hues from a yellow-green to a deeper blue-green. Think of the first leaves of spring and follow this verdant trail to the richer shade of spruce green. Along the way, you embrace a world of growth that reflects emerald gemstones and their mesmerizing power.

Kermit Was Wrong — Way Wrong!

Kermit the Frog famously sang “It’s not easy being green.” But when you’re admiring emerald gemstones, you realize he had it all wrong. In addition to their famous beauty, extraordinary powers have been attributed to emeralds through the ages. Read these and you’ll realize that all of your customers need to have emerald jewelry. The more the better!

  • In 4th century BCE, the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote that emerald gemstones increase its owner’s importance in presence and speech during business transactions, gives victory in trials, and prevents epilepsy.
  • Throughout history, many cultures believed emerald enhanced fertility and fidelity: not a bad combination.

By the Middle Ages, emerald’s powers had increased.

  • Emerald could keep a woman chaste — but not a man!
  • They could reveal truth and falsehood.
  • They acted as an antidote to spells, enchantments, and demons.
  • Emeralds could foretell the future if worn on the left side — but not the right.
  • They made people more intelligent and honest.
  • A high-quality emerald would change hues to alert its wearer of danger.

The Irish have always had a special relationship to emerald, too. After all, Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle. And what did the Irish believe? (Full disclosure: I’m half Irish). They believed Emerald bestowed good luck and perhaps a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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One of Our Emerald Stories

We keep our Stuller Gemstones™ inventory well stocked with emerald gemstones in all shapes and sizes you need. But every now and then, a customer has an unusual request. So our Special Order experts go to work.

Some time ago, we were asked to find a 7.33ct emerald. No big deal? Wrong. Because the customer wanted it un-oiled. As you know, pressurized oiling of emerald is universal as a way to make standard surface fissures less visible.

The only way to find an emerald that isn’t oiled is to find a very high-quality emerald with no surface fractures. If the color is equal to the quality, the price is astronomical. This one was $25,000 per carat.

So if one of your customers requests an un-oiled emerald or any shape, size, and quality not in our inventory, trust our Special Order experts to find it for you.

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The World’s Largest Emeralds

  • 7,052-carat uncut emerald crystal from Columbia, privately owned
  • 2,205-carat carved emerald vase in the Viennese Treasury, Austria
  • Claimed world’s largest carved emerald, a 1,558-carat emerald named “1492” displayed in the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburg
  • 1,965-carat uncut Russian emerald displayed at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History
  • 1,862-carat uncut, un-named emerald from Hiddenite, N.C. privately owned
  • 1,796-carat emerald crystal store in the Banco Nationale de la Republica, Columbia (the largest of five un-named emeralds there)
  • 1,759-carat Guinness Emerald Crystal also in the Banco Nationale de la Republica, Columbia

By comparison to these, the world’s most famous emerald — the 1,383.95-carat uncut Duke of Devonshire — seems relatively modest. It was mined in Columbia and is now in the British Museum of Natural History.

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