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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sapphire: September's Beautiful Birthstone


If you're born in September, you're one of the lucky ones who have the amazing Sapphire as your birthstone. Crisp and cool, it's a beautiful way to ring in the autumn months. There's a lot of history behind this fascinating gemstone and many facets to look for when shopping for the right one.

This incredible Vanna K sapphire ring featured here has a rare oval Ceylon Sapphire, weighing in at 9.91 carats. The radiant gem sits at the center of this 18K white gold ring, adorned with 4.20 carats of oval-shaped diamonds. 

Below is information and buying tips for our lovely gem of the month. 

HISTORY:

Sapphires are a long sought-after gemstone. They are mined in a variety of locations across the world, including the countries of Australia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and even right here in the USA. 

In early Greece and Rome, kings and queens were convinced that blue sapphires protected their owners from envy and harm. Thus, Sapphires have long been associated with royalty and romance. This link became stronger in 1981, when Britain's Prince Charles gave a blue sapphire engagement ring to Lady Diana Spencer. The link was then re-ignited in 2011 when their son Prince William gave the same ring to his now-wife, Dutchess Kate Middleton. 

COLOR:

Sapphires are a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum. Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper or magnesium are what gives corundum a blue, yellow, purple, orange or green color. Obviously, the primary color associated with sapphires is the brilliant blue. 

Blue sapphires are evaluated based upon the purity of their primary hue. Purple, violet and green are the most common secondary hues found in blue sapphires. Violet and purple are known to contribute to the overall beauty of the color, while green is widely considered to be distinctly negative.  The color of the blue sapphires may be described as a vivid medium dark violet to a purplish blue. The color should not be overly dark, lest it negatively affect the gem's brightness.

Other colors: Yellow and green sapphires are common. Pink sapphires are more rare. The pink deepens in color as the quantity of chromium increases. The deeper the pink, the higher the monetary value, as long as the color is tending towards that of red rubies. A minimum saturation must be met for it to be called a ruby. Otherwise, you have a beautiful pink sapphire. Sapphires also occur in shades of orange and brown. While this may seem unappealing for those who associate blue with the gemstone, the very rare natural padparadscha (pinkish orange) sapphires often draw higher prices than most of their blue counterparts. 

CUT:
A sapphire's cut is extremely important. It can make a huge difference in the beauty and brilliance. Your sapphire should reflect light back across the entire gem in a bright and lively way. To achieve the best overall color, maintain the best proportions, and retain the most weight possible, cutters focus on factors like color zoning, pleochroism, and the lightness or darkness of the gym.

Find the beautiful ring featured here and other amazing sapphire creations today at Vanna K.

[Featured Ring = Style #18R4D]


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Canary yellow diamonds from this day forward

We are excited to reveal to you, our friends, a big addition to our Vanna K family! Soleamore® (Italian for Love of the Sun) is a collection of unique canary yellow diamonds, united with impeccable artistry.

These beautiful new rings feature rare cushion-cut yellow diamonds that light up like fire and sparkle as pure as the sunlight. Each of these rings come in unique configurations, bringing together the beautiful accent diamonds and the canary diamond in breathtaking, sophisticated fashion.

The ring seen here, accented with tapered diamond baguettes, is intricately crafted with perfect proportions. Featuring a crown double halo with a milgrained frame of beadset diamonds, Vanna K's signature marriage of stunning jewels and extraordinary craftsmanship is exquisitely on display.

Something to be cherished by future generations, these blazing beauties will consistently garner compliments on all those who wear them. Made with the chic bride in mind; one who encompasses both elegant refined vintage style, and a bold attraction to uncommon fashion, these rings hold a promise of a bright future.

If you are one of these women, someone who desires to be fashionable and unique, check out our Soleamore® yellow diamond engagement rings today. And carry a little sunshine with you everywhere you go.

Soleamore® will be introduced at this year's American Gem Society's annual Conclave & Jewelry Fashion Show. The 2014 show will be held in San Diego at the historic Hotel del Coronado April 23rd - 26th. This is where American Gem Society Retailers will get the exclusive first look at this amazing collection! Vanna K is a proud member of the American Gem Society, an organization that holds fine jewelers accountable to a set of standards so high that less than 5% of all jewelry stores in the United States qualify as members. We are thankful for the work that they do and are excited to be able to share this unveiling with them!

For those of you attending the event, please visit us and see this amazing collection in person. For everyone else, you can find the Soleamore® collection and other unique diamond engagement rings today at Vanna K.

[Style # 18R1017DY]


Thursday, January 16, 2014

A Beautiful Partnership: Karats Jewelers in Kansas

At Vanna K, we owe much of our success to the wonderful jewelry stores we have the pleasure of partnering with. We choose our authorized dealers very carefully, making sure their diamond standards and ethics are as high as our own. Karats Jewelers in Overland Park, Kansas exemplifies the character we are honored to work with. In 2013, owner Akshay "Andy" Anand received our prestigious "Outstanding Service Award" for his distinguished performance in the industry.

Like Vanna K's family, Andy comes from a long line of distinguished jewelers. He is the sixth generation from a family whose reputation has been recognized around the world. His history is steep in tradition and experience which built the strong foundation that he accredits for his high level of success. Having learned directly from some of the best in the diamond industry, Andy continues the tradition of prioritizing the highest standards of quality and customer service. 

Our relationship with Andy and Karats Jewelers began briskly in the Summer of 2009. A customer walked into the store and requested a specific Vanna K diamond ring with extra customization. Within 24 hours, we approved Karats' status as an exclusive authorized dealer for Vanna K. It was an easy decision on our part and one that began a treasured relationship that has flourished throughout the last several years.

From that first phone call, it was obvious Andy would move mountains to provide the best customer service to those who walk through Karats' door. It's a characteristic that is shared by his entire staff. They realize the importance of taking care of each customer as if they are the only customer they have, tending to their unique jewelry needs. Every customer that enters the store is warmly greeted and then carefully listened to, as they explain their jewelry needs. Ensuring customer satisfaction is the hallmark of what sets Karats apart. This is evident in their high customer service ratings and from their unprecedented loyalty in return customers. 

"We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful, loyal customer base, without whom we would be nothing," says Andy. "Every visit tells us that we are needed by our customers. That is how we stand out among the competition... by taking every customer and every job personally."

Karats focuses on custom engagement ring designs. While Vanna K jewelry is already beautifully unique, the additional custom work provided by jewelers such as Karats only enhances the end result and overall jewelry buying experience. In just 12 months time, Vanna K and our expert craftsman produced over 20 pieces of customized diamond rings for Karats. Additionally, Karats is proud to provide many jewelry brands that are exclusive to their local area. 

If you live in the Midwest or are going to be traveling close to the Overland Park, KS area, Karats is a must visit. Andy and his staff will be so glad to visit with you. Tell them their friends at Vanna K sent you!

Karats is located at:
8651 West 135th Street
Overland Park, KS 66223
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am - 7pm
Phone: (913) 239-0735
online at: www.karats.us