Monday, May 23, 2016

Birthstone Inspiration for Your Wedding Jewelry



For thousands of years, gemstones have been associated with magic and mystery. The month of your birth decides your birthstone, which is made up of a million little qualities that come together to make one gorgeous gem, just like you are! So what does your birthstone really say about you? From your quirky personality traits to your unique sense of style, these striking stones each glimmer with a little facet of you.  Read through to discover what the stars have in store for you and then head on over to ADORA by Simona to see how you can personalize and enhance your wedding jewelry through the use of beautiful birthstones. 

JANUARY - GARNET
Garnets are a group of silicate minerals found in almost all colors - red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless. This gorgeous stone is known to boost self-image, soothe nerves and provide guidance in hard times (ahem, wedding planning!) If your birthstone is garnet, your friends and loved ones know you as a passionate, well-balanced person and extremely loyal friend. 

FEBRUARY - AMETHYST
Amethyst is a variety of quartz occurring in hues from light pinkish violet to deep purple. This pretty purple gem is associated with royalty, inner-peace, sincerity and security. If your birthstone is amethyst, you are known by all as courageous, honest and a jack-of-all-trades. Amethyst is also believed to ward off evil, so keep that pretty stone on hand at all times!

MARCH - AQUAMARINE
Aquamarine is a variety of beryl, deriving its blue color from the presence of iron. This light blue stone symbolizes good health, eternal youth and yes, love! If your birthstone is aquamarine, you’re known as pure hearted, family-oriented and extremely protective over those you love. 

APRIL - DIAMOND
Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance - a crystalline form of pure carbon that comes in several colors. Diamonds are known to symbolize everlasting love. If your birthstone is the diamond, you have a weakness for all things romantic, and tend to wear your heart on your sleeve.

MAY - EMERALD
Emerald is also a variety of beryl, colored green due to the presence of chromium and vanadium. These striking green stones speak of health and fertility and symbolize health, healing, vibrant life and intuition. If your birthstone is the emerald, you’re known by all for your quick-wit, creativity and extremely perceptive nature.

JUNE - PEARL and ALEXANDRITE
June is home to two birthstones, each stunning and unique in their own ways. Pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, produced within the tissues of living shelled mollusks. Timeless pearls symbolize modesty, success and stability in love. Alexandrite is the rare color-changing variety of chrysoberyl that appears green in daylight and red in artificial light. Alexandrite represents rare beauty and creativity. If your birthstones are Pearl and Alexandrite, you are nurturing, light-hearted and great at adapting to new situations. 

JULY - RUBY
Ruby is a variety of the mineral corundum, occurring in the colors pink to blood red. In astrology, ruby is associated with the Sun, and has earned the title of "King of Gems." This stunning stone symbolizes passionate love, wisdom and success, and is also believed to attract good luck to the wearer. If your birthstone is the ruby, you’re known as a natural born leader with a charismatic personality and hard-work ethic.

AUGUST - PERIDOT
Peridot is the gem-quality variant of the silicated mineral olivine. Western tradition suggests that this gorgeous green gem is known to ward off depression, negativity and enchantments. If peridot is your birthstone, you’re loved by all for your unbounded energy, contagious sense of humor and creative approach. 

SEPTEMBER - SAPPHIRE
Another variety of the mineral corundum, this regal gem occurs in a variety of different colors, ranging from a rich royal blue to pretty tones of peach and gold. Symbolizing grace, wisdom and morality, people with the sapphire birthstone are respected by all for the honesty, strength and intelligent nature.

OCTOBER - TOURMALINE and OPAL
October is characterized by two uniquely beautiful birthstones. Opal symbolizes compassion, enthusiasm and creativity while Tourmaline symbolizes friendship and humanitarianism. If your birthstones are opal and tourmaline, you are known for your optimistic, caring nature and your unique ability to empathize with all people.

NOVEMBER - TOPAZ and CITRINE
November is home to two striking birthstones, Topaz and Citrine. While topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum and fluorine, citrine is a variety of quartz; both occur in yellow, orange, and brown hues. Topaz symbolizes good luck, faithfulness and friendship, and Citrine symbolizes success in business, generosity and prosperity. If your birthstones are Topaz and Citrine, you are well known for your friendly, easy-going nature and your quick intellect. 

DECEMBER - TURQUOISE, TANZANITE and ZIRCON
December is characterized by not one, not two, but three beautiful blue birthstones! Turquoise is an opaque hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminum. This stone is linked with happiness and good fortune. Turquoise is known for its ability to heal, while all three stones represents happiness, peace of mind and good fortune. Also known to reduce headaches and promote relaxation, these stones will help keep you sane during wedding planning!

Sources:  Style Me Pretty and The Microsoft Network. Thank you!  


ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Creative Ways to Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year 2016 into Your Wedding

Photo Courtesy of Pantone 
This year, Pantone (the company that sets the color trends every year and is best known for its Pantone Matching System – a proprietary color space used in a variety of industries) has introduced for the first time in its history of color forecasting not one but two shades as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity. In Leatrice Eiseman’s words (she is the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute), “Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace”.

The combination of cool and warm tones is stunning for wedding inspiration and is a versatile color palette to incorporate into your Big Day. After all, Serenity has got “stress-free” built right into the name and mixed together with Rose Quartz, they look like a beautiful and peaceful sunset.

Here are a few creative ways to incorporate the two colors into your wedding.   

                     Bridesmaids Dresses                              
Photo Courtesy of Style Me Pretty
                    Bouquet 
Photo Courtesy of Sugar Branch Special Events & Design

                    Hair Accessories
Photo Courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings

                    Shoes
Photo Courtesy of Style Me Pretty 

                    Jewelry
Photo Courtesy of Moda Operandi
Jewelry by  Bounkit 
                    Nails
Photo Courtesy of Pinterest
                    Makeup
Photo Courtesy of Pinterest
                    Invitations
Photo Courtesy of Evermine
                    Table Setting
Photo Courtesy of The Willow and Vine
                    Cake
Photo Courtesy of Inside Weddings
Photo by Full Spectrum Photography



ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.


Monday, May 9, 2016

The 10 Hottest Trends for Brides in 2016

New wedding trends are popping up every which way, from bridal gowns and jewelry to bouquets and hairstyles. There are more creative ways to personalize your look to fit your style on your Big Day than ever before. Here are our favorites!

1. Convertible two-in-one wedding dresses


Dresses with removable skirts seduced the Fall 2016 runways while providing the best of both worlds for your Big Day. These magical gowns easily transition to reception-ready attire, ensuring that you'll make the wardrobe switch without missing out on a second of the action and without sacrificing any of the elegance for the sake of convenience.




































2. Natural Makeup

The consensus among the makeup artists is that the trend for this year is a fresh face. The trick? Natural colors in subtle pink or nude. Bold brows, luminous skin, natural eyes and a matte lipstick - an earthy-chic look -  were quite alluring on the runways for the Fall/Winter 2016 trends. 






3. “Messy” Hairdo

Hair looks are a mix of effortless - not overly styled, while still detailed and with a touch of glam.  Updos with layered braids and delicate face-framing strands made a big statement this season.  The look feels fresh and contemporary, a cool alternative to the traditional chignon. It adds an edge to a classic, more formal gown and pairs perfectly with a laid-back bridal look.  









4. Nail Art

Traditional plain nail polish is a thing of the past. Switch to the edgy trend of delicate flowers, lace appliqu├ęs, negative space, ombre or metallic patterns. Just an accent nail will do too.





5. Unique Wedding Bouquets

Succulents, berries, exotic flowers in bright, clashing colors are making a powerful statement this year. With draping greens at the base of the pretty, open blooms, the strong emphasis on rich colors and textural foliages conveys sensuality and romance.   







6. Flower Headpieces

Floral headbands and bohemian floral crowns blossomed on the runway of various fashion shows this year, forming a beautiful and utterly feminine hair accessory trend for the new season.



7. Wedding Garter

Although some say that the tossing of the garter might be going out of style, the custom still remains one of the oldest wedding traditions practiced. Usually the bride will perform the bouquet toss first, then the groom will do the garter toss. This garter toss is very similar to the bouquet toss in that it is said that whoever catches the garter will be the next man to be married. Many brides choose to wear two garters: one to toss, and one to keep. Hide your “something blue” until the big reveal!





8. Rose Gold Jewelry

The light, “pinkish” hue of rose gold seems to be here to stay. Rose gold has an extremely subtle and classy look that makes a sophisticated and feminine statement.




9. Barefoot Sandals

Put a spring in your step and feel more than just the sand between your toes! Barefoot sandals are foot jewelry that consists of an anklet attached to a toe ring that goes over the top of the foot and has no sole. Barefoot sandals originated in South Asia being worn at religious ceremonies and weddings, and now, with a modern spin on classic elegance they are all the rage at beach or destination weddings.





10. Cultural and Religious Details

Incorporate your culture and traditions in your wedding by paying tribute to your roots.  Personalize your day by adding a religious tradition to your ceremony, an ethnic dish to your menu, or send guests home with party favors traditional to your culture.







Sources: Glamour, Huffington Post, French Wedding Style, The Knot.  Images Courtesy of Pinterest.


ABOUT ADORA: The journey to selecting the jewelry for your Special Day can be a daunting task, so why not let us custom-design a wedding jewelry style that is uniquely yours. ADORA can bring your vision to life using the same elegant and refreshing style that goes into all of our designs. Handcrafted and completely personalized, we will work closely with you to tailor your jewelry ideas to your needs in order to create the perfect pieces for your Big Day, whether your theme is elegant, vintage, rustic or beach. From matching necklaces for your Bridesmaids or a stunning pair of earrings for yourself, to a unique piece for the Mother of the Bride/Groom and the perfectly delicate bracelet for the Flower Girl, we can do it all. For Customized Jewelry Packages for the Entire Bridal Party, please visit ADORA by Simona's New "Ever After" Collection.