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wrap, stack me…you can’t over do me!

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Its been said that women are “crazy” or have multiple personalities……well men aren’t quite as unaware as we thought.  For their assessment is partially true, though poorly labeled.  Women are intricately and deeply wired with incredible evolving layers, and for this we require fashion that works with our sweet n sassy, edgy n classy sides!

I don’t know about you, but this girl lives and breathes by versatility!  Versatility might even be my favorite adjective right now, temporarily taking the place of asymmetry!  I am just different enough to be deemed quirky and by some even eccentric!  Knowing this, how could I ever buy anything that had one look or one vibe….NO NO NO!!!!!  Give me versatility in a haircut, clothing, jewelry, allllll of it!  Bringing me to two of my most favorite fashion jewelry pieces……..diamonds by the yard chains and stackable bands!  Imagine the possibilities, today you are more sweet than sassy……simply wrap your diamonds by the yard once for choker and longer layer.  Tomorrow, red lips painted on and hair in the air…..deserving of layering your diamonds by the yard with another chunky chain necklace and topped off with your favorite vintage pendant.  Same with the stackable rings: white, gold, pink, organic branch inspired, to comfortable and classy diamonds…….wear it all or just one, the moral of the story is YOU HAVE CHOICES!

I don’t claim to be on the cutting edge of fashion, but as a veteran “comfortable in my own skin” girl, spending oodles on a piece that lasts a season puts you in the “sheep forever chasing greener pastures” category!  Fashion is ever changing and you can spend every dime you got and never be on top!  So why not find your own personal “thang” and rock your socks off?  As you dabble in the world of all things fine, I consider diamonds by the yard and stackables to be your one stop shop!!!  Take the plunge and 20 years from now, you will still be thanking me!

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European and mine cuts

Unfailing romance

Round is classic, Old cuts are classy.  At a glance, you might confuse one for the other but they are far from the same….and for this vintage gal, European cut and Old Mine Cut diamonds are top notch!

Ok, so maybe I am biased and maybe my “black and white, Audrey Hepburn” state of mind is on the verge of favortism to Vintagism.  It doesn’t go unwarranted.  I have stated before and am under no illusion that vintage is NOT for everyone, and THAT is precisely why I have my secret weapon custom designer pistol in my holster.  But, when that client comes in and I pick up the scent of organic, ornate, or straight up vintage I admit my heart gets to pumpin.  Soooo, what is all this talk about European and Mine Cut vs Round??????

The old Mine Cut dates back to the early 18th century and each stone was as original as the hands of the cutter.  Without the convenience of modern day precision cutting machines, these stones were left to the hand that cut them and each one in turn had a distinct look, no one the same.  These beauties are known for their irregular perimeter often cushion or squarish, an open culet (the diamonds point) and smaller table.  They are lovingly called rolly polly and by the modern standard might be considered a lesser stone…though estate jewelry junkies know the truth and that each stone is a delightful representation of the perfect imperfection of a stone, much like the hand it sits on.  Each detail working together to create a stunning and romantic center to the intricate band that frames it.  These stones often carry a bit more color and appear less dizzying in the facet arrangement rather carrying more warmth, and in my opinion, more romance to the stone.  They are perfect for the client that cares to have a “piece” rather than a “center stone”, each having their rightful place with their respective dreamer.  As cutting advanced and diamond saws became both more popular and more readily available, stones evolved into a more round calibrated cut, more sparkle, and more facets.  This era birthed the transition cut called European cut, maintaining the cut culet feature while transitioning to a much larger table and less depth giving them the appearance of being much larger than their true carat weight might suggest.  i have an equal fascination and love for these little precious’.  There is an unspoken elegance and understated richness to these stones even when the rules we are so fond of don’t fit, THE FOUR C’s.

Can I just go off for a minute and explain that while that is a great starting point and leveling of the playing field…it is by no means the end all be all and I teach my clients that their needs require a different rule book.  For example, European cut stones tend to hold their color in their body (bottom 1/3) and face up (table) sparkling white.  Allowing you to dip much lower on the modern color scale without batting an eye, and I am a color snob.  This is where I teach the most important rule….LET THE DIAMOND DO THE TALKING!!!  For it has happened, several times, that a client used the four c’s to request his stones and I respectfully gave him options in his set parameters then asked him to trust me and threw in a curve ball…..the stone that didn’t exactly meet what he presumed to be top choice and most acceptable by modern rulings, undoubtedly out shines it’s self proclaimed superior.  Seeing is believing and trusting outside yourself sometimes brings home the gold, pun intended!

Dealing in these pretty little babies often requires a smidgen of luck.  Ya see, in finding the perfect modern round brilliant, I simply assess need, budget, want, then pull from thousands of perfectly calibrated stones for your choosing, varying in color, cut, and clarity allowing for budget.  Estate requires perfect timing and lately, seems to happen more than you might think.  It also allows us to sometimes do extraordinary things on a tighter budget or even just because YOU DONT HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK TO GET SOMETHING INCREDIBLE.  Yep, I said it, and my job is to sell things.  What is the moral of this story?????  I love old cuts and though you aren’t familiar, and though they don’t fit in a box…….you might love them too 😉  Please enjoy my goodies below, most are in house and looking for a suitable throne/finger to take her rightful place; some are merely obsessions!

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A new attitude…..breathing life into the dead!

marquise, yellow gold, cluster rings,……….all the thing!  Ballerina rings from the 80’s are truly one of the few pieces worthy of a hand slapping consequence, the older, the golder, the chunkier the better and what is “almost weird” is “absolutely perfect”!  So many of us frown at the mention of marquise cuts and even OVALS!!! “Shame on you” would be fitting, but I can’t blame you, for seeing is believing!!!  So today…I hope to overturn  our current “it’s gold, take it and sell it to a skeezy gold buyer” and “only a round diamond will do” attitude!!!

Marquise and ovals- Yucky huh……or NOT AT ALL!!!  The traditional setting for marquise and the horrible 80’s and 90’s custerful designs laid ugly names to undeserving stones.  While the look of the slender bodies coming to either a soft or harsh point at either end isn’t a look for everyone, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used in a way that no other stone quite could!  It’s all in imagination and execution.  Such as, turning a stone east to west to make it a “piece” instead of a center stone focused ring.  They can be elegant and clean, or modern and edgy.  After 5 years of being submerged in diamonds and gold, I had yet to find a ring that belonged on my finger and questioned even wanting a center stone at all.  Then it happened and an oval got flipped on its side and coupled with the clean vintage pave setting hugged by 2 completely different stackable bands; adding the intricate details that made it spectacular.  Since then I have used this approach with a few brides-to-be that had yet to be “inspired”.  We take something unexpected and make it rare and cool all the while making it work, not just now, for years to come!!!

THE BAD RAP-

OH SO RIGHT!

As you see……beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the mind of the creative!!!!  So now that you know you are free to venture outside of the box……DO IT!

And while you are at it….go on an pull out your mom’s old yellow gold cluster rings, even the dreaded ballerina ring from the 80’s and early 90’s can play the part and win fashion’s cold hard heart!!!  Now, don’t get me wrong…..it can all be done real wrong.  Lately, I find myself being drawn to my estate dealer’s chunky, golden, clustered masterpieces!  They are incredible statement pieces and a fabulous intro into the world of fine jewelry.  They are sitting in jewelry boxes waiting to be loved and rediscovered.  Here are some of my favorites!  Find them, love them!!!!

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You Look So Good In Love….

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The day was momentous.  And while the true blue baptists might turn up their nose to the notion of getting married anywhere but God’s house… God had touched every part of that Saturday and He wept with joy and kissed the head of the bride and groom.  I saw Him more than once at our makeshift church house at the top of the hill on county line road.
The day centered around the old oak tree at the corner of the pasture where the pecan and fruit orchard begins.  The numbers 10-01-2011 carved in.  Our love for trees was put in us first by a fear… The fear of what my father would do if we broke a branch off of one of his beloved trees… Or hit the trunk with a baseball bat… The usual destructive kid behaviors .  Our dad loved his trees and as we grew up, that fear became a love for the beautiful buddlings dad so caringly planted and nurtured.   “So that tree stood tall at the center of it all and what a sight it did see.”

The guests poured in around 4:15, walking through the pasture and carefully watching not to step in the little gifts left behind by the cattle in attendance.  They stopped at the gift table and dropped a card in the vintage birdcage or laid a gift in the old trunk beside the vanity where photos and family delicates gently lain.  The traditional guest book replaced by a camera, and chalkboards to write your message to the bride ‘n groom.   As the guests walked through the front yard, riddled with tables and simple organic decorations, how could  they have known that just a handful of minutes before we’d all: brothers sisters, moms and dads, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends, been scurrying like squirrels preparing for their arrival.    They made their way down the curved gravel road, usually leading you to Rick and Donna’s Dream house on the hill, that lead to a peaceful corner of the pasture.  Greeted by two galvanized tubs atop old tree stumps and filled to the brim with burlap bags full of popcorn (details later) and the secrets to the little special details as well as the words to the “daniel and tosha” song.  Vintage Ball jars containing a single white hydrangea directed your eyes to the front of the make-shift red dirt and pasture aisle where 2 old wooden church pews mirrored one another, thoughtfully reserved for the family.  The beautiful spray of white roses and greens nestled in as a gorgeous accent to the back of the pews, arranged by the lovely Katherine Gomez with the help of Aunt Shirley (this was far from the only detail touched by their hands…their creative fingertips left their prints everywhere).

 

At 5:00 the filler music stopped (including the accidental bear skin condom commercial, thanks to Pandora ;-), “How long do you wanna be loved” escorted the parents and grandparents down the aisle and into their pew, “is forever enough, is forever enough”.  The bridesmaids could have skipped down the aisle to “If I was a flower growing wild and free, all I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee”.  Around the corner the mule drawn carriage, lead by Glenn and Thurman Sturgell, jingled and jangled and made its way to deliver a bride to her groom in waiting!  My dad and I were waiting, helped her down straightened the dress and jewelry and with  a quick hug, off I go.  The music faded as I took my place beside that old oak tree, and The Righteous Brothers quickly closed the gap and pushed Tosh and dad into motion.  The very song that ended in a promise to meet at this very place, welcomed a Tosha that had never been more beautiful…practically floating toward us.  Daniel, the groom, put up a good fight against the emotion….it never completely won as he choked it back.  “Waited all my life for you to be, standing there right next to me……..My chest is full of butterflies,  but baby they’re the I love you kind”.  It was short and sweet and ended with the bride and groom riding away on their wagon.

The guests made their way to meats and cheeses, homemade ice cream and fixins, with the Brooks’ legendary cherry, blackberry, and peach cobblers!  

Tosh and Daniel made their entrance, cut into Aunt Shirley’s famous chocolate mousse cake and through each and every warm greeting NOW as husband and wife.  Guests left behind pictures with their messages written on chalk boards and a shower of gifts as the night ended early with a popcorn farewell to the bride and groom and a cloud of dust as they drove away.

The blessings and light of the day were just within reach of a dear friend and her family  mourning the loss of her grandmother.  Anothers’ father was in his last stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease and was fighting just to breathe his last breaths only to give up the fight one week from the day later.  Through babies being born and lives being joined… God gave the hurt and the joy, life and death and we felt it all.

As the sun went down on County Line Road, you never would have known all the dropped balls and frantic last minute fixes that led to the perfection that was.  God is Good, All the time.  

All the images captured were done in true fashion and with the creative hand of John Harris, www.johnharrisphtography.net.  If you are in the market and in the TX vicinity…….do yourself a favor and book him!

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Lost in the country!!!!

Well….while it might appear that I have slacked on my blogging duties as of late, I was simply awaiting a wave of inspiration!  As it turns out what was months of planning all the little details, throwing out the rules and helping create a new set; all poured into what was the most perfect country wedding you ever did see.  A true celebration of the uniting of a boy perfectly fitted for the most deserving and beautiful girl (even if she is my sister, it’s all unbiased truth).  The entire unwrapping of the present of the day, Saturday October 1st was surreal and touching.  The very blessings of a wedding in its truest and purest form were able to sparkle and shine way brighter than the gorgeous vintage 1920’s ring perched upon the brides finger.   As we hustled around preparing and “do it yourself” -ING, the stress and worry getting to us all…..it finally happened.  It was Thursday evening, the day had settled and the bridesmaids sat in the Chapman kitchen chit-chatting and catching up.  Jennifer, a fellow bridesmaid, asked about what I do and as I explained the details of Giador and how we function, two details poignantly ignited and flashed through my head like an old fluorescent sign as a I shared that a client had just text at 10pm to tellme “she said yes, and loooooves the ring”.  She responded “wow…I’m pretty sure we didn’t text or call our sales person!”  I simply said, it gets real personal here :-).  Second and most importantly…….we discussed the biggest thing that sets us apart and what was the constant through the entire wedding weekend as my sister adopted the same rule…

THERE ARE NO RULES!!!!!!!

I tell all my clients and the brides I get to meet to remember that as the one and only rule and their day and everything leading up to it will be just as it should….a perfect picture of who they are as individuals and as a couple.

I really hope and pray that the little attempts I throw up in life find the perfect place to land and help someone in the smallest of ways or the greatest.  I am feeling very blessed to be a part of such beautiful moments of my clients lives and diligently and thoughtfully try to offer it back when I recognize the opportunity.  I have full intentions of inspiring you all with a play by play of the wedding, Under the Oak Tree![slideshow]

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Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

About 3 weeks ago Nashville was hosting a large, private jewelry show and fortunate for me…the man behind the scenes, Mike Bulos, my jeweler was able to attend.  While sitting and talking with him and looking over all of his new and old designs, trays and trays of beautiful sparkly things elegantly and perfectly constructed top to bottom and underneath, I was faced with a flaw of mine as my jeweler bragged to his wife and others about how great a designer I was.  It seems there are a good few of us out there that are more comfortable with insults than compliments….you know us well.  In conversation someone says “you look great” or “wow, you are a really talented designer” and without missing a beat that same compliment is batted back and knocked out of the park never to be acknowledged much less able to land right in our own soil.  I tell myself, they don’t mean it or I just get plain embarrassed, whatever the case….THIS IS UGLIER than simply saying thank you and allowing that little seed to take root and grow.

When I first plunged into the fancy world of jewels and precious metals I saw myself as “just surviving”, learning everything I could from my mentor and business partner Kendall Moore.  Watching him handle clients with his glowing suave southern caress and knowing exactly what to say and most importantly how to LISTEN to each and every client.  I learned by digging into every detail job by job and client by client.  I never faked it, I simply baby stepped my way to where I am today.  The most important part of my job is to listen, and really hear what my clients say and turn that into what they want…often times when what they want is still a secret to even them!  I take each and every detail and roll it into one perfect representation, a love baby of all their wants and likes! Sometimes manifesting itself in an altered custom piece or something from scratch and SOMETIMES seeking out that perfect little baby-doll of an estate piece.  It is a very special part of my job and I often brush off how important this has been for the growth of Giador Fine Jewelry.  I realized, in that conversation with a highly respected colleague and best jeweler I have ever know, that just because I don’t sit at my desk with a sketch pad and pencil that doesn’t make me any less a designer.  So the next time someone calls me a designer, or simply compliments one of my God given talents….I will reach out and grab it and put it safely in my pocket and hold onto it and cherish it on days when I don’t feel it and cant remember it……its like reaching into your freshly washed jeans half way through the day and finding a 5 dollar bill. Thank you dear family,friends, clients, peers for speaking to my soul and giving health to my bones

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

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Everthing fits in a custom box!

Although we are avid respecters and fans of all things vintage… we believe in equal opportunity for all our jewelry and share an unbiased appetite for all things executed with class, personality, quality and especially uniqueness.  We kick up our heels and dig in to designing or creating the perfect custom  piece for the each and every unique taste that walks in our door.  You don’t have to want ornate or “vintage”….see for yourself with this modern interpretation of a classic design.  This engagement set is set in 14kt white gold with a 1.00ct round brilliant diamond and approximately 2.55cts (G color, VS2 clarity) of round brilliant diamonds, strategically set in a u-shaped design in order to maximize diamond show and, in turn, overall brilliance.  We are equal opportunity jewelers ;-).  So dream big….we will handle the rest!

client price- $5500.00 (stone selected and purchased separately)

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What can you do but love me?

The baby doll… set in platinum with one .89ct emerald cut H-I color and VS1 clarity, hugged by two straight cut baguettes.  The perfect example of true style unchanging!

Unfailing romance…..This beauty is from the early 1900's and while it doesn't have the glitz, it has all the glam! Set in 18kt white gold, after years and years of natural age and oxidation of the once sparkly white metal, the ring now takes on a warm golden hue with obvious soul. Set with a 2ct old European cut stone, this ring is not for the ordinary or faint of spirit……its a dark horse! The hand crafted setting implements beautiful lines and shows off with delicate multiple prongs almost creating the octagonal head and one single stone……nothing more is needed.

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Crescent Moon

A crescent moon pin 18kt yellow gold with 3 diamond accents on dainty cable chain……perfect for the girl that “hangs your moon” 😉

client price $185.00

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Grandmas Treasure Chest

Lately I have had several clients come in with family stones passed down from grandparents, parents and even great grandparents.  While I make my living providing the perfect hand picked and highest quality diamond you can get, wink wink, it’s uplifting to see clients excited about a family heirloom and thrills me to be a part of introducing the old to the new and creating a piece that she will proudly show off and tell the story of how it came to be!  You have treasure right in your backyard…yes YOU!  Go home, sit down with a good ole cup of folgers and dig into your family history.  Take the time to ask about family heirlooms and listen to the story.  Dig through jewelry boxes, dust off cedar chests and see what’s buried in under your family tree!  Costume pieces are great for mingling with your delicate pave diamond cross and stackable rings, and remember GOLD GOES WITH EVERYTHING, including white metals.  Mix and match and rock the old!

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