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Custom Design Spotlight, the Rose Gold Halo Ring | Ethan Lord Jewelers

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:42:25 AM America/Chicago

We’d like to offer you an exclusive viewing of one of our most recent exquisite custom-made rings. The ring has a halo setting that encircles a center stone with smaller diamonds all around, creating a brilliant sparkle and enhancing the size and luster of the center diamond. 

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Ethan Lord Jewelry Feature of the Month, The Twist Rose Ring

Friday, April 10, 2015 10:39:59 AM America/Chicago

Perfect for a lady who loves vintage elegance, rose cut diamonds evoke antique jewelry and the charms of the Georgian and Victorian eras. This cut resembles an opening rose bud.

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Brighten Your Holiday with Ethan Lord

Thursday, December 4, 2014 1:16:38 PM America/Chicago

‘Tis the season of giving, which means your holiday shopping has officially begun! At Ethan Lord, we aim to supply only the highest quality of jewelry to our customers, as well as an in depth consultation to deliver exactly what you’re looking for to give the perfect gift. It’s not too late to give your loved one a custom designed piece of timeless jewelry to brighten their holiday season.

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Colored Gemstone Engagement Rings

Friday, June 27, 2014 1:04:31 PM America/Chicago

Rich symbolism, intense color, and individual style

Diamonds are often described as a girls’ best friend, and rightly so! However recently colored gemstones are gaining in popularity. Celebrities like Victoria Beckham, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Hurley, and Penelope Cruz have been snapped flashing precious rainbow colored sparklers. The beautiful Mila Kunis is fronting as brand ambassador for colored gems for ethical mining company Gemfields, wearing spectacular rubies and emeralds and not a scrap of makeup.

The most iconic colored engagement ring in the world must be the sapphire ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton, once worn by Princess Diana. The British royals have an affinity for colored gemstones, with the Queen, the Queen Mother, Princess Anne, and the Duchess of York all wearing sapphires or rubies in their engagement rings.

More rare than diamonds

The Financial Times interviews international jewelry experts, including Sotheby’s senior international jewelry specialist, about the growing interest in colored gem stones. The newspaper also writes that the power trinity of precious colored stones, emeralds, rubies and blue sapphires, are seeing a renaissance, with sales increasing worldwide.

Many leading jewelry houses are creating collections showcasing colored gems. Oliver Reza of Paris jeweler Van, Cleef & Arpels praises the “beauty, mystery and complexities of great colored gems’” and remarks on the growing demand for colored gems from his discerning clients.

Famous jeweler Bulgari’s signature style is to mingle diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds with semi-precious stones. They are renowned for the baroque intricacy of their creations. The renewed interest in colored gems has fired their creative juices, with their latest collections praised as daring and eclectic.

The meaning of jewels

Over the centuries the beauty and rarity of precious colored gems has captured our imagination, and we have endowed them with meaning. Each colored gemstone is rich in symbolism.

  • Ruby is a symbol of friendship and love.
  • Sapphires represent peace and happiness.
  • Topaz is meant to endow the wearer with strength and symbolizes purity and spirituality.
  • Emerald promotes balance and patience, and also represents faithfulness.

If you are interested in learning more, leading gemologist George Fredrick Kunz created a fascinating collection of gemstone lore in his 1913 book The Curious Lore of Precious Stones. Kunz was also the gem expert at Tiffany & Co. in New York, so he knew his topaz from his tourmaline.

Choose your gems with care

When choosing a colored gemstone that will hold its value, there are a number of things to consider. The key touchstones of color, cut, clarity, and carat weight apply.

  • Cut. Colored gems can be faceted in a multitude of geometric shapes, and different stones suit different treatments. Colored stones can even be carved for exquisite detail.
  • Color. Consider hue, tone and saturation.

            - Hue means the color of the stone e.g. red, blue, violet, green etc.

            -Saturation refers to the intensity and richness of the hue.

           -Tone means whether a stone is light or dark in color.

Personal style and preference are also paramount here, and if a particular gem appeals to you, that counts for just as much as rarity value.

  • Clarity. Unlike with diamonds, clarity is not always the most desirable attribute of a colored gemstone. Inclusions (internal features in a stone) can add their own character, and make a gem even more unique and beautiful.
  • Carat. Most gemstones are weighed and priced by the carat. (One carat equals 1/5 gram.)

Here is a great guide to choosing a quality colored gemstone created by the American Gem Trade Association. Ethan Lord can help you pick a stone as precious as it is beautiful, and safeguard the investment you make in an engagement ring.

Is a colored engagement ring right for your fiancée?

Colored gemstones are popular with sophisticated, creative women, who have a strong sense of personal style, and want their jewels to reflect their individuality.

Ethan Lord specializes in custom engagement rings and our consultants will be delighted to work with you to help you create a ring for your fiancée that is as unique as she is. We can make a ring with her birthstone, her favorite color, or create a ring that symbolizes the values at the heart of your relationship.

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Ethan Lord creates the finest custom jewelry in Chicagoland. 

The important moments in your life deserve exquisite one-of-a-kind jewels that will be cherished forever. We start with a private, in-depth consultation where we discover your vision for your jewelry. You may bring images or a drawing to show what you have in mind. We can also work with you to develop something completely unique.

For fine jewels for the precious moments in your life, call Ethan Lord on 312-443-1401 or email [email protected].

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Custom Platinum Split Shank Bypass Engagement Ring Set

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 11:25:01 AM America/Chicago

This custom platinum split shank bypass engagement ring set with a 1.80ct GIA certified F color, SI1 clarity oval cut center diamond.

The setting contains small diamonds on each side of the band with a metal cross-over adding to the curved and twisting appearance.

In addition, the customer wanted to add even more contrast to the ring by having high polished metal on one side of the band with a brushed finish on the other side.

The end result was a completely custom piece that is truly one-of-a-kind!

Custom Platinum Split Shank Bypass Engagement Ring Set

 

 

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Black Diamonds

Monday, June 9, 2014 2:08:43 PM America/Chicago

We’re all accustomed to diamonds being white; however, in recent years black diamonds have been hot on the scene and doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

What are Black Diamonds? Why are they trending? What types of jewelry are black diamonds created for?

Originally, black diamonds were called Carbonado-a pure carbon crystal found by miners in Brazil in the 1800s. This stone is opaque and rather than SHINE like white diamonds. The crystal structure of black diamonds absorb light and are especially resilient.

Black diamonds have been formed deep within the earth and are often grey in color and therefore is treated. Compared to white diamonds, black diamonds are less expensive; however, the rare to find natural black diamonds are slightly more costly than treated ones. 

This gemstone is fashionable, stunning and offers an elegant touch to coordinate with any wardrobe. Whether you’re dressing up for an evening out or sporting a casual style for the day, black diamonds can tie in any a great ensemble.

Black diamonds that can be created for various pieces of jewels ranging from bracelets, earrings, necklaces to rings. This piece of treasure became popular in the 1990s and continues to be a fad today and can be seen gracing the pages of numerous style publications. Celebrities like Leanne Rimes, and Jenny Garth were both spotted donning black diamonds from their wrists to their fingers.

Black diamonds are classy and can be adaptable to every day wear- an affordable alternative to the traditional white diamonds. When black diamonds are crafted in platinum, silver or gold, this unique stone radiates and captures attention, making it all more the desirable. 

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New S. Wabash Showroom for Ethan Lord

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 3:14:07 PM America/Chicago

We’re delighted to announce that our new showroom is open for private consultations.
We’re still in the heart of Chicago’s Jewelers Row, now based at 5 S. Wabash, Suite #208, on the 2nd floor.
Our elegant new showroom has displays of our fine jewels, and comfortable space for private meetings. We’ve even got a wet bar, so we can offer you a cool drink while we talk with you about your custom creation.
New S. Wabash Showroom for  Ethan Lord
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Ethan Lord creates the finest custom jewelry in Chicagoland.
Important moments The important moments in your life deserve exquisite one-of-a-kind jewels that will be cherished forever. We start with a private, in-depth consultation where we discover your vision for your jewelry. You may bring images or a drawing to show what you have in mind. We can also work with you to develop something completely unique.
New S. Wabash Showroom for  Ethan Lord
For fine jewels for the precious moments in your life, call Ethan Lord on 312-443-1401 or email [email protected].
Our Engagement Rings are made in the USA. Choose from solitaire, halo, vintage, three stones, Sapphires or Diamonds.
Wedding bands come in Platinum, White Gold, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold and Palladium.
Our fine jewelry collection includes bracelets, earrings, necklaces, Diamond and Sapphire rings and accessories.
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Surprise your partner with the perfect engagement ring | Ethan Lord

Thursday, April 17, 2014 8:14:37 PM America/Chicago

Of course, the most romantic gesture that you will ever make in your life is your wedding proposal. In order to make the make your proposal a moment to treasure forever, you have to make sure that everything about the moment is just right. Choosing the right setting, the right words, and of course the right engagement ring is imperative for creating the ultimate romantic moment.

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Platinum Half Round Solitaire, Princess Cut Engagement Ring Set

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:21:28 PM America/Chicago

Ethan Lord's custom 4 prong platinum half round solitaire engagement ring set with a 2.0ct GIA certified F color, SI1 clarity princess cut center diamond.

Ethan Lord's custom 4 prong platinum half round solitaire engagement ring
The band is slightly tapered towards the top to accentuate the diamond and the v-tip prong design flows with the shape of the stone. From the through finger view, the prongs have slight signature Ethan Lord cut-outs which allow the diamond to be seen in a small space through the metal.

The eternity wedding band sits perfectly flush with the engagement ring and is a nice complementary piece with the round diamonds providing a subtle difference to the princess center. He chose an 8MM Triton white tungsten wedding band which are popular due to their durability and zero maintenance.

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Why You Can Never Go Wrong with a Diamond | Ethan Lord Jewelers

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:26:51 PM America/Chicago

Why you can never go wrong with a diamondPurchasing jewelry can sometimes seem like a stressful activity. Deciding on different stones, style of bands, and whether to opt for earrings, rings, or necklaces are all decisions that you need to make when browsing in a jewelry store.

 

While it is great to have huge amounts of choice when picking out jewelry, sometimes it is simply better to have the decision made for you. If you feel personally overwhelmed by the number of jewelry options in the marketplace, at Ethan Lord we thoroughly recommend purchasing a diamond.

Why exactly are diamonds so enduringly popular? Because they are classic and timeless, because they can be understated or they can be statement pieces, and because they have connotations of luxury and grandeur.

There are very few gifts you can give that will make a loved one take a sharp intake of breath, but a bespoke item of diamond jewelry is one such gift. If you have decided to purchase a diamond for yourself or for a loved one, you will want to follow a few simple rules to ensure that you buy the perfect diamond for you.

Firstly, you have to consider the cut of the diamond. The cut determines how much light is let into the stone and how much light is reflected and therefore the brilliance of the diamond. If you have ever caught sight of a glimmering diamond from across the room, this stone was sure to have a superior cut.

You should also consider diamond clarity. Each diamond is unique and this means that virtually every stone has some imperfections within it. Of course, the diamonds with the greatest clarity are the most sought after and they also sell for the highest prices.

The color of the diamond is also an important factor that should inform your purchase. Diamonds that have a slightly yellow tinge are considered less valuable than diamonds that are perfectly clear.

Of course, the diamond is simply the stone. Your diamond of choice can be set into rings, earrings, necklaces, and lockets so that you can acquire the perfect piece of diamond jewelry for you. If you are thinking about purchasing a diamond for the first time but require some guidance, our helpful and qualified staff at Ethan Lord would be more than happy to walk you through the process, ensuring that you become the owner of a diamond that makes heads turn.

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