Archive for May, 2011

NOA Watches

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

None Of the Above watches are the creation of a young member of an old watch making family. Nicola Andreatta has been designing watches for his family’s business for a while, but wanted to move off in his own direction. Of course, being connected to the industry his whole life, he was in a good position to start up a new brand.
And the NOA Watches stand out. In three sizes, 44mm, 40mm, and 36mm (this last for the ladies), your choices have only begun. The contours under the crystal create a powerful appearance of depth, and this is enhanced with well raised marking on the face. NOA watches use proven ETA and Valjoux movements, combine forward design with solidly engineered movements. The line includes a handsome rose gold and black piece, an eye-catching, bold dive watch and several others and a broad range of limited production pieces.
The dive watch is the one that really caught my eye. The rotating bezel is under the crystal with a seperate crown to adjust it. The black and yellow color scheme is stunning. This makes for a really engaging appearence with a lot of presence.
With less than 50 retailers globally, seeing these in person can be a trick. As fortune would have it, I found myself in Washington D.C. with time to indulge my hobbies. Tiny Jewel Box on 1147 Conn. Ave is among this small group of dealers ( Special thanks to Jorge, their watch specialist for his patience with my questions, and his passion for NOA watches.

Antique Engagement Rings

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Antique engagement rings recreated in white gold or platinum have gained much popularity in recent years and have easily become our best sellers at Forever Jewelers. The attraction to these ornately detailed antique style rings is widespread and for varied reasons. Nostalgic for some, artistic to others, antique engagement rings and antique style jewelry represent eras of fashion and style that have proven themselves to be timeless. Antique Millgrain edging, hand-carved etching, detailed scroll and pavé set diamonds are just some of the beautiful characteristics found in antique style jewelry.

The increasing demand for white metals such as platinum and white gold may also be a factor. Platinum, being a durable and pure metal, has been used to recreate some of the most impressive pieces of antique engagement rings to date. During the war effort of World War 2, platinum was banned for use in jewelry production, so white gold was used instead. Today, both metals are highly prized for their bright, contrasting appearance. When used to recreate antique engagement rings, these modernly made, antique looking pieces offer a glimpse into the past, but provide an unworn, durable future – making these rings the perfect choice for many couples.

While these retro designs may not be to everyone’s liking, it has certainly made a presence in our store (and on our customers). In addition to engagement rings and weddings sets, antique style jewelry such as necklaces, pendants and earrings have also caused quite a stir.

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