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Five Looks Inspired by the Stars of the 2021 Met Gala

Celebrities and notable figures from across the world gathered in New York City last night for the greatest night in fashion: the annual Met Gala. The Gala, chaired by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, is a fundraiser to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. For decades, the Met Gala has been a night of high fashion, star-studded celebrity appearances, and bold statements — last night being no exception.

As a lover of celebrities and their fashion statements, you can imagine last night to be my personal version of the Super Bowl! Coming off of a two-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, the stars of the red carpet did NOT disappoint. I teamed up with Taylor Beadle and Shelby Brignac from Stuller’s Fine Jewelry team to look for inspiration on the red carpet. Our goal was to pick jewelry pairings inspired by the stunning ensembles of our favorite celebrities. While we would have loved to feature all attendees, we picked a handful of icons we simply had to mention.

Here are our top 5 stars of the 2021 Met Gala and jewelry pairings we’d choose based on their outfits.

Anna Wintour

 
 
 
 
 
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A true fashion industry trailblazer and fixture, we would have seriously missed out if we didn’t give a callout to the chair of the Met Gala and Vogue editor-in-chief herself. First to arrive to greet her guests, Anna Wintour donned a colorful floral dress and we were instantly inspired.

Keeping with the floral motifs, we chose a pairing of Stuller’s new floral necklace (88067) and floral signet ring (57724) set in yellow gold. To add a pop of color, reflecting the vibrant flowers in her dress, we chose a gemstone line bracelet (651742) that comes in options with Blue Sapphire, Ruby, or Emerald.

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Billie Eilish

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If you’ve kept up with the rising career of Billie Eilish, another co-chair of the Met Gala, then you would have been absolutely shocked by her look last night. Known very well for her dark, punk, and baggy clothing fashion statements, last night was a departure in which she challenged herself to reach outside of her comfort zone. She absolutely glowed in a peach-nude gown with a massive train that trailed down the stairs of the red carpet behind her. When asked about her inspiration, she mentioned classic Hollywood stars, such as Marilyn Monroe.

This nod to classic style with a twist inspired us to do the same. We immediately would put together pieces from our new additions to the Modern Brilliance® collection where we have paired lab-grown diamonds with pearls. Our lab-grown diamond and cultured freshwater pearl earrings (688845), necklace (688847), and drop earrings (688846) are the perfect complement to styles where classic meets modern.

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Timothée Chalamet

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One of the co-chairs of the Met Gala event, Timothée Chalamet definitely did not disappoint. The American actor chose a more subtle black and white color palette for his ensemble, but it did not lack sophistication.

From his outfit, we were inspired to choose pieces that spoke to his monochromatic theme. Our diamond and Onyx negative space ring (688826), diamond and white enameled lock charm/pendant (688834), and black onyx pendant (88122) could all come together for a simple, yet elegant combination.

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Yara Shahidi

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American actress, model, and activist Yara Shahidi shined and sparkled on the red carpet. Her glittering ensemble not only caught the light, but it also caught your attention with its modern beauty.

This eye-catching look deserves jewelry that shines just as bright in on-trend fashion. New to our Modern Brilliance collection, our new 16 inch 6.75 carat lab-grown diamond line necklace (688853) would be a perfect statement piece. To complement the beautiful necklace, we would add a lab-grown diamond bezel-set ring (653703) and a straight baguette lab-grown diamond ring (688764).

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Eva Chen

 
 
 
 
 
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To round out the night’s picks, we’d like to recognize Instagram executive and children’s book author Eva Chen. Although not a well-known celebrity in the music or film industry like many of the other attendees, Chen reminds us that guests of the Met Gala span a variety of industries. She made her appearance in a gown with a pop of color that really inspired us.

The rainbow featured in Eva Chen’s gown inspired us to curate our own splash of color with new enameled styles recently added to 302® Fine Jewelry. Enameled heart earrings (688831), ring (688844), and bar earrings (688832) in red, white, and black options add color and intrigue to any look.

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A Night to Remember

With so many fabulous stars on the red carpet, it was nearly impossible to choose only five to feature. Honorable mentions could include several favorites, including Justin and Hailey Bieber, Shawn Mendes and Camilla Cabello, and Kaia Gerber to name a few. After two years of virtual red carpets and socially distant events, seeing last night’s Met Gala truly made for a night to remember.




Designs and Trends Featured in 302® Fine Jewelry

When trying to appeal to a large audience of customers, you need to provide an assortment that features variety. 302 Fine Jewelry is designed for every woman. Regardless of style preference, background, and age, we strive to create jewelry that helps women feel fashionable no matter where she’s going, what story she’s telling, and what activity she’s doing.

Inspired Designs

The 302 Fine Jewelry team is made up of women representing a variety of backgrounds within the Stuller building. We craft and believe in a vision for this series of collections that celebrates the uniqueness and confidence within all women.

Keeping these values in mind, we approach the designs of every piece from the perspective of the women that wear them. The women that wear 302 Fine Jewelry are moms, professionals, athletes, and so much more. They deserve jewelry that fits their lifestyle.

When thinking of the function within the designs, it’s these various lifestyles that guide us. For example, when we introduced the Charm School™ Collection, we discussed how we approached designing the bail. The bail is in the shape of a “D” so that when the charm rests against the skin, it doesn’t roll around. This bail also makes the charm compatible with chains of assorted sizes and can work on necklaces and bracelets. The goal was to give the piece as much versatility as possible while also solving a potential issue for the woman on the move.

In-Demand Trends

Not only are we thinking about the designs of individual pieces, but we are always on top of the trends that your customers are wanting. We curate these collections with pieces that will have them coming back for more. Here are some of our favorite trends that we have been following and have made sure are well-represented within the collections of 302 Fine Jewelry.

Ear Party

Layering and stacking is absolutely in style, which is why we offer such a wide selection of earrings for women to create their own ear party! Curate your own selection of studs, huggies, and hoops today.

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Chain

Chain has had a huge presence on the runway over the last few years and is not just for the neck anymore! From cast chain rings and draping bead chain earrings to fashion-forward chain necklaces, make sure you hop on this utility and industrial-inspired trend.

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Celestial

Many women are drawn to their place in the universe and love to display these larger ideals in their own fashion statements. Zodiac pieces, constellation styles, and wonderous stone choices really appeal to the modern woman.

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Personalization and Charms

Charms are breaking through in all market levels. Think of them as a way of creating a personal biography out of jewelry. Featuring initials, birthstones, and various symbols, they provide the flexibility to mix and match personalized looks that really speak to today’s consumer.

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Lab-Grown Diamonds

Women are wanting pieces with a higher total carat weight while still reaching affordable price points. Styles featuring lab-grown diamonds are providing that opportunity for attainable luxury.

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Essentials

Simple silhouettes and everyday basics are always in style. From stackable dome rings to necklaces they never remove; these pieces are the foundation to any woman’s fine jewelry collection.

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Pearls

A beloved classic, pearl is thriving in modern-day fine jewelry. Pearl-accented jewelry goes with every style and can be seen everywhere. We are bringing pearls back into everyday wear.

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Become a Retail Partner

Accessing these fantastic pieces and connecting them to your customers is easy. With a one-time $2,500 investment in 302 Fine Jewelry products, you receive all the benefits of being a retail partner. To learn more and get started, visit Stuller.com/302FineJewelry.

Save the Date

Make sure to join us for next week’s edition in our 302 Fine Jewelry webinar series for your chance to win a $2,500 Stuller account credit. We will be talking all about the extensive marketing support you receive as a 302 Fine Jewelry retail partner. We will see you on Tuesday, August 10 at 1:00pm Central. Register at Stuller.com/302sdays.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for closeup views of products and selling tips we will be sharing next Wednesday and a recap on our blog next Thursday.




A New Twist on Pearl Jewelry

For lustrous elegance, a timeless pearl strand — or three — holds a coveted spot in many women’s jewelry wardrobes. Pearls take you to the office with understated luxury and create effortless glamour for an evening out.  

Just Add Drama

But lately, classic pearls have competition from some newer cousins: pearl statement pieces. Examples include a gorgeous pearl collar Beyonce wore on her “Formation” tour, and Rhianna’s lavish, cascading strands worn when she attended a London movie premiere. Both achieve the height of sophistication — even extravagance — but not everyone can wear these stunners.

Pearls & Hardware

Yet most women want eye-catching looks that make a subtler statement — designs they can wear frequently and add to their everyday look. Say “Hello” to a fabulous new trend: Pearls & Hardware. We love this trend and assembled a category with everything you need to work easily with customers. You’ll find a variety of pearls and chain styles, links (some diamond-accented), hinged bails, Petite Pavé and other dangles, and clasps. They can be mixed and matched for a personal expression of each woman’s style.

Put It All Together

We created this look to capture one of the trend’s signature looks: pearls and chain. Simple and elegant, it has just the right balance of sophistication and casual — “I threw it on at the last minute” — flair.

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Wrist Magic

Neck stacks and bracelet layering offers a wealth of possibilities for a Pearls & Hardware design. Here we combined seed pearls, larger pearls, as well as dangles and a sleek hinged bail. Add parts and pieces to any pearl design to make it your own.

Pearls Her Way

This more elaborate Pearls & Hardware bracelet stack features the elements from the one above in different combinations. And it includes a diamond station bracelet and three gold chain styles that give it distinctive style. It would look equally charming with jeans, a little black dress, or a vintage dress — whatever fashions your customer prefers.

Get Ready to Sell

There’s nothing casual about the way these designs are selling. With the fall season ahead, you’ll want to be ready for customers who want this trending look. Shop the Pearls & Hardware curated collection now and create your distinctive look today.


Falling in love with pearls? Learn more in this blog post all about pearls and in our Pearl Center.

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Social Survey: Men’s Jewelry Trends

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Let’s talk about trends. In the retail space, it’s important to stay up to date on trends, as these quick-lived movements can end up making you a lot of cash. With social media hotter than ever, trends are spreading like wildfire — especially in the jewelry industry. Photos of celebrities or athletes flaunting their favorite jewels are dispersed to millions of peoples’ phone screens worldwide. So, how do you adapt to the ever-changing trend landscape? Well, you stay ahead!

One facet of the industry that is talked about less than I would like is men’s jewelry. No, not just wedding bands — I’m talking men’s fashion jewelry. What are men wearing besides bands now? With simply working in social media, I was able to identify some men’s jewelry trends that I see very often. But that had me thinking: what are men actually buying? So, with the help of some of my jeweler friends, I was able to understand how men’s jewelry trends chalk up to what they are purchasing.

Read below for a first-hand look at the jewelry men are in to!

Decked in Pearls

One of my personal favorites, pearls, have been spotted on multiple celebrities over the past few years. Guys like Harry Styles, A$AP Rocky, Billy Porter, and more have been flaunting pearl statement earrings and strands effortlessly. Sammy from Ocean Pearl and Diamond and Jane from Jewelry by Jane Basch agree that they are seeing an uptick in men wearing pearls as well.

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Brace Yourself for Bracelets

Perhaps one of the most common answers I received when asking you all about men’s trends was bracelets! I’m not a bracelet girl myself, but I do see the appeal. Staci from Kim Chau & Co, Cait from Libutti Jewelers, and Shelly from Sparks Fine Jewelry all agree that bracelets are a big hit for the guys in their area!

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Seeing Colors

A few of you have offered up the sentiment that colored stones, both diamond and gemstones, are making waves in the men’s jewelry arena. Staci from Kim Chau & Co and Jack from JB Jewelers have admitted to making some colorful sales for men’s jewelry. Jack also mentioned that some men in his area are coming in buying enamel pieces as well.

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Diamonds are Forever

A trend that we are familiar with here at Stuller is elevated men’s wedding bands. Donna from Acredo mentions that many men are going into her store requesting diamonds in their band. You know what they say… the more diamonds, the merrier!

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Chains, Chains, Chains

Kelly from Jacobsen’s Jewelry states that Cuban link and rope chains are still highly sought-after pieces for men in the Midwest. I, for one, don’t see that trend going out of style anytime soon!

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Pretty in Pink

Since we’re talking about men’s trends, I don’t think it would be fair to leave out the most iconic jewelry moment of 2021 — Lil Uzi Vert’s pink diamond forehead moment. It was short-lived, but enigmatic nonetheless. Thanks, Joseph, for reminding us of this rather daring moment in men’s jewelry history.

 
 
 
 
 
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And that’s a wrap! Thank you, all, for your wonderful participation. Looking forward to see what the second half of 2021 has in store for men!

How do you feel about the trends mentioned above? Are men in your area buying other types of jewelry? Let me know below!




Our Top 5 Looks from the 2020 Emmys

In the pandemic-ridden world we live in, there are numerous facets of life that have had to make adjustments and televised award shows are no exception. The 2020 Emmys took place on September 20th, but viewers noticed some changes to the normal extravagant affair. Rather than gather all nominees and guests in a single location, the award show brought the experience into the nominees’ homes where a camera linked them to the show.

Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featuring stars from a variety of television’s best, we were able to enjoy celebrating the on-screen talent many of us have been binge-watching this year. While this year’s Emmys did not include a red carpet event, a selection of stars truly shined in the fashion department. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite looks from the night.

Zendaya

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The Euphoria actress experienced a wonderful evening at the Emmys coming in as the youngest actress ever to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Not only did she gain some well-deserved recognition from the Television Academy, she also dazzled the audience with both of her stunning looks.

In her first standout look of the evening, she donned a purple Christopher John Rogers with a matching necklace that was absolutely gorgeous. Her second award-winning ensemble featured a polka-dot and crystal embellished custom Armani Privé gown with subtly matching jewelry.

Steal her look with an amethyst necklace that’s sure to make a statement, or the most scintillating diamond hoops.

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Julia Garner

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Representing the show Ozark, Julia Garner absolutely dazzled us with a vintage-inspired look by Chanel complete with an ivory satin dress, layered pearls, and headband. This 1920’s flapper-reminiscent getup would fit in perfectly in The Great Gatsby and we are in love with it!

Honor Julia by adorning yourself in a pearl necklace and earrings for the ultimate vintage cool-girl moment.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

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The lack of a red carpet event didn’t stop the Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross from creating her own! And with a look as stunning as hers, why shouldn’t she? Ross was absolutely glowing in a gold Alexandre Vauthier halter gown paired with vintage jewelry.

Keep it classy and cool with some yellow gold metal fashion jewelry, perfect for the coveted #NeckMess look – an ode to Mrs. Ross herself!

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The Cast of Schitt’s Creek

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With Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy to ~ever~ sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild 🇨🇦

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The real winners of this year’s Emmys are the cast of Schitt’s Creek, who swept all seven comedy-based awards. The cast gathered together in Toronto to accept their awards. While the entire cast had eye-catching outfits for the occasion, we simply have to give a shoutout to Catherine O’Hara and Annie Murphy. O’Hara sported a sequined black Valentino dress with perfectly paired jewelry and a watch. Murphy also wore a Valentino-designed outfit, but the eye-catching part of her look was the “A” necklace that her character Alexis Rose is seen wearing during the show. Congratulations on a great night to this phenomenal cast!

It’s impossible to go wrong with personalized jewelry. Take it from Annie Murphy or her fictional counterpart, Alexis!

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Kerry Washington

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Featuring two jaw-dropping looks during the evening was the Little Fires Everywhere star, Kerry Washington. Her first look of the night was a floral Oscar de la Renta gown complete with simple, yet elegant emerald drop earrings. She followed it up with another piece by Oscar de la Renta. This time a black and gold dress to commemorate a new year celebration with her castmates.

Always a staple, pay homage to Kerry with some emerald drop earrings, perfect for any occasion!

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Honorable Mention: The Hazmat Tuxedo Award Presenters

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Executive producer Guy Carrigton and costume designer Katja Cahill chose a tongue-in-cheek approach to a traditional presenter’s tuxedo fit for a pandemic. We were pleasantly shocked to see Emmy awards being distributed by presenters dressed in hazmat suits that resembled tuxedos. Who knows! This safe approach to formal evening wear could one day be the norm.

Round out your tuxedo-inspired hazmat suits with some sophisticated cufflinks.

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OPEN UP for a Week’s Worth of Mother’s Day Social Media Posts

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We are just a few short weeks away from one of jewelry’s BIGGEST holidays— Mother’s Day! Yep, it turns out molding and shaping the humans of the future is kind of a big deal. Moms kiss all the ouchies, pack all the lunches, read all the bedtime stories, and you know what they are expecting on the big day? A hand-drawn card. Maybe some flowers. Or, my personal favorite, a homemade coupon book for free massages.

Although it’s true that moms adore the mushy stuff, as members of the jewelry industry, it is our duty to convince the children and dads of the world that Mom deserves something sparkly this year! Now, I know this selling season can be even more hectic than Christmas for some of you guys (somebody’s got to set all of those tiny birthstones in those family rings), but we have a message to get out! And we’re going to use social media to do it. Who’s with me?

Here are seven ideas and suggestions for Mother’s Day social media posts. The content below is ready to share with your followers!

May 5

Allow Mom to tell HER family’s story with stunning personalized jewelry. 💍👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 We guarantee it will be her new favorite piece! #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 6

What’s Mother’s Day without flowers? 💐✨ Change it up and surprise here this year with authentic, gold-trimmed roses! #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 7

Her devotion to her family is what makes her extraordinary. Allow Mom to show off her greatest accomplishment: YOU. 💖💎 Let us create a piece of personalized family jewelry containing you and your siblings’ birthstones. #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 8

Did you know that pearls are one of the most popular types of heirloom jewelry? Give Mom a meaningful gift that she can hand down one day! 👩🎁 #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 9

She’s the heart and soul of your family, the one who holds things together. She’s Mom, and we’d love to help you celebrate her! 👩‍👧‍👦💎 #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 10

Stumped on a gift for Mom this year? What about a one-of-a-kind gem for your one-of-a-kind mom? 🌈💎  Gift her a gemstone this year and let HER decide what it will become. We’d love to help her build a custom piece! #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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May 11

To Mom, With Love 💍💌 Let us help you find Mom the gift she deserves this year!  #MothersDay #StullerLovesMoms

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Let’s go ahead and call this one the #StullerLovesMoms challenge. Count down the days with these Mother’s Day social media posts to give rockstar moms around the world gifts they will treasure forever! All you have to do is save the images above to your desktop. Then, copy and paste the captions to create effective Mother’s Day social media posts.


PS: If anyone feels like sending this to my husband, let me know in the comments down below! 😉