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Would You Wear An “Alternative” Engagement Ring?

Most of you are probably thinking, “What is an alternative engagement ring?” Those of us in the business used to say anything worn on the ring finger of one’s left hand that doesn’t involve a standard diamond (regardless of shape) set in a platinum, white gold, or yellow gold mounting. In the jeweler’s dictionary, “alternative’s” antonym would be the classic solitaire engagement ring.

Today, we are seeing more and more bridal couples favoring styles that are unique and different from the classics or more simply stated, alternative. At G. Thrapp Jewelers, bridal clients are flocking to the Megan Thorne bridal case and the Estate case in an attempt to find a one-of-a-kind piece (or at least with Megan Thorne something that sets them apart). Clients are selecting unique, more vintage settings and even checking out options featuring colored stones. These trends aren’t just occurring at G. Thrapp Jewelers, either. According to a Today article, many engagement ring shoppers are selecting anything from rough or colored diamonds to other gemstones such as morganite or pink tourmaline (Anderson, 2014).

What we’re wondering is what you think of this trend we’re currently seeing? Would you wear a vintage style engagement ring with unique rose cut diamonds? How about subtracting the center free grammar checker diamond from your engagement ring and swapping it out for another gemstone? Let us know!

Here are some different “alternative” engagement ring styles from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ showcases:

Alternative Engagement Rings
Emerald and Diamond Ring from G. Thrapp Jewelers’ Estate Case
Engagement Ring: Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Aquamarine Ring with a Diamond Halo
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Megan Thorne Rose Cut Engagement Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Diamond and Sapphire Ring
Alternative Engagement Rings: Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Sapphire Ring with Pear Shape Diamonds
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Megan Thorne’s Mosaic Flower Ring with Wedding Band
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds
Pear Shaped Ruby Ring with Diamonds

To inquire about one of the pieces in this blog, please contact Lauren at (317)255-5555 or at lbauer@gthrapp.com.

Source: Anderson, K. (2014, January 1). Shopping for an engagement ring? This year’s most in-demand styles are… Retrieved from http://www.today.com/style/shopping-engagement-ring-years-most-demand-styles-are-2D79795755

Every woman needs a strand of….

 

You guessed it: Pearls- the birthstone of June and classic, timeless jewelry accessory. Whether dressing for an interview, a formal event, or simply accessorizing your favorite outfit, pearls are a staple jewelry piece. A piece that’s often overlooked, pearls have the power to transform an outfit, and we are HUGE fans of the Old Hollywood glam look.

When envisioning pearl jewelry, most people picture the traditional strand of white pearls worn by icons such as Coco Chanel and Grace Kelly. But the size, shape and color of pearls can vary greatly depending on where the pearl was grown. Below you will see images of both uniform strands (all pearls are approximately the same size and shape) and graduated strands (shape of the pearl will vary). To learn more about pearls, visit the American Gem Society’s website.

We suggest that if you don’t have a set of pearls- earrings, bracelet, necklace, etc.- that you head to the jewelry store nearest you (unless it doesn’t happen to be G. Thrapp Jewelers because who are we kidding.. we want you to shop here). At G. Thrapp Jewelers, there’s no shortage of pearl designer jewelry. Pearls are incorporated into the elaborate collections of Bebe&Tay, Yvel, Konstantino, Mizuki and more.

To inquire about any of the pieces in this blog, please contact Lauren at (317)255-5555.

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Estate Pearl Necklace

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Pearl Necklaces and Pearl Stud Earrings

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Mazza Pearl Bracelet and Earrings

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Bebe&Tay Pearl Necklace

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 Bebe&Tay Pearl Necklace

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 Mazza Pearl Necklace

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 Bebe&Tay Pearl Necklace

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 Konstantino Pearl Necklace

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 Yvel Pearl Necklace

 

We LOVE These Jewelry Storage Ideas!

 

Sure, jewelry boxes are okay, but how about something that can brighten up your room or make for more unique jewelry storage. We went next door to Be the Boutique, and gathered any type of stand, bowl or tray we could find. We had so much fun experimenting with these brightly colored pieces. We made sure to list what we used in the making of the jewelry storage display as well as the designer jewelry photographed underneath each image. As you can see, things like mirrors, cake platters, coffee cups, measuring cups and even candle holders can make for surprisingly great jewelry holders! (This could also be a wonderful gift idea!)

Of course, after you visit Be the Boutique at 56th & Illinois for your jewelry storage purchase, be sure to stop G. Thrapp Jewelers and buy some jewelry to fill that storage!

 

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What we used: Mirror, Measuring Cups painted with colorful flowers

Jewelry pictured: bebe&tay bracelets, Michele watch, Konstantino rings, and an Estate bracelet

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What we used: Cake/ Dessert Platters of various sizes (three tiers look great as well!)

Jewelry pictured: bebe&tay bracelets, Michele watch, Konstantino rings, and an Estate bracelet

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What we used: Hot pink cake/dessert stand

Jewelry pictured: John Apel cuff, bebe&tay bracelets, and Konstantino rings

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What we used: Small blue mirror

Jewelry pictured: Michele watch, Estate bracelet, Estate pin, and Konstantino ring

 

 

Add these to your Wish List…

 

G. Thrapp Jewelers is making shopping extremely easy for your significant other this year. We have an online “Valentine’s Day Wish List” that you can fill out telling us what your heart desires as far as jewelry. When you submit it, we give it to your significant other with a 15% discount! But before you fill it out, we wanted to introduce you to our top Valentine’s Day gift picks in hopes that you’ll include them on your wish list! Enjoy!

Estate

The idea of estate jewelry is romantic in itself – it’s a tiny piece of history that you get to share with someone who lived long before your time. G. Thrapp Jewelers is home to one of the best Estate collections in the Midwest – and the best part is that most of the pieces have been collected from Indianapolis families (as opposed to a trade show). These pieces are one-of-a-kind items encompassing many different time periods. Our Estate case boasts jewelry from the best design houses in the industry such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. Over the years G. Thrapp has sold a variety of Art Deco rings and bracelets, English crystals, Edwardian pins and broaches and Victorian cuff bracelets. Our case is full of unique pendants, broaches, line bracelets and rings.

We have found that pieces from this collection are perfect for the fashion forward woman who has everything. We say that because all the pieces are one-of-a-kind. Women who draw inspiration from different eras are likely to fall in love with our extensive collection of estate jewelry.

Cartier Watch | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Estate Rings | Estate Jewelry Indianapolis

Cynthia Ann Hearts

G. Thrapp Jewelers is Cynthia Ann’s number one account in the nation. Last November, we hosted a Cynthia Ann trunk show, and her revitalized vintage heart padlock collection was a best seller. Cynthia Ann introduced the hearts into her collection to bring forward and incorporate a touch of history (as seen in the religious medals). Originally the Antique English padlocks were worn on a bracelet and given to a loved one as a symbol of affection. Before going off to war, gentlemen would leave the bracelet locked around his loved one’s wrist and he would hold the key until his return. The heart shaped padlock was fashionable in the Victorian and Edwardian periods and Cynthia Ann has embellished the locks to bring them into today’s fashionable standards.

The locks are a perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for women of all ages. They are more than religious metals; they are also a fashion statement and a token of love. These pieces are great to layer and you can always add on a new charm to your favorite piece! Our buyer, Dana Friedman, wears her heart padlock on a short chain, and wears her Cynthia Ann religious medal on a longer chain. If you desire a complete look or already have a medal and a heart padlock, Cynthia Ann also has lovely medals, earrings, and bracelets that we adore!

Cynthia Ann Designs | Designer Jewelry Indianapolis

 Samantha Louise Earrings

If you’re an avid fan of G. Thrapp Jewelers, you will notice that Samantha Louise practically ALWAYS makes it onto our top gift picks. We love Samantha Louise Jewelry because she’s an Indianapolis native designer, and her collection includes pieces that are great for women of all ages. Sales associate, Mary Leppert said, “Sometimes it can be difficult to find colored stud earrings, but Samantha Louise earrings have an elegant, fresh design that incorporate colors in a way that is unlike anything else in the industry.”

G. Thrapp Jewelers carries a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors but one thing is true of all of them – they are all simple, elegant and very wearable. Perfect for the woman who believes that “simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.”

Samantha Louise Jewelry | Jewelry Stores Indianapolis

Bebe&Tay

Unique to G. Thrapp, Bebe & Tay is a distinctive jewelry line created by owner, Gary Thrapp’s wife, Barbi. Since most stones are unique, no two pieces are alike. Her signature line includes healing bracelets using natural stones and charms, featuring trees of life and other religious symbols. Her pieces are trendy and well-priced for those that yearn for the latest jewelry styles, but can’t afford to spend well into the hundreds.

Bebe&Tay’s blush pink pearl bracelets with a pave heart diamond truly embody the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Many wearers of her bracelets like to create a stacked look featuring her creations.

Bebe & Tay Bracelet | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Heather B. Moore

“This collection is not about impulse jewelry; it’s about documenting all that’s important in your life and remembering what shaped you. I am so honored to have the opportunity to make heirloom pieces. And just how all treasured things are passed down through families, this is how your story will be told.” – Heather B. Moore

Whether you are purchasing jewelry for someone young or old, a mother, sister, or daughter, these pieces are great for all ages. Marketing Director, Lauren Bauer, says, “You can truly make a Heather B. Moore necklace your own. I am pretty simple when it comes to jewelry so I chose a short chain with an initial charm, a stone, and a diamond to fit my current taste. In the future, I’ll most likely want to add charms to represent those memories just like Heather B. Moore envisioned.” Like Lauren said, one of the best parts about buying a piece of Heather B. Moore’s charm collection is that you can keep adding on to it, year after year.

Heather B Moore Charms | Indianapolis Jewelry Store

Now that you have heard all about our favorite jewelry pieces for Valentine’s Day, you can go fill out your very own Wish List!

Yvel Trunk Show

Designer Jewelry Indianapolis | YvelMeet creator and head designer Isaac Levy

Friday, November 30 &
Saturday December 1st.

Join our event on Facebook – Yvel Trunk Show 

 

Lika Behar Spider Earrings and Ring

Diamond and 18K White Gold Spider Earrings and Ring by Lika Behar!!

G. Thrapp Jewelers is proud to be part of the 25th Anniversary of the Indianapolis Art & Antique Show

Looking for a unique gift. Estate jewelry is a specialty of G. Thrapp Jewelers. We have exquisite estate pieces from the early 1900s to the 1990s. Stop by our booth – 305 – at the Indianapolis Art & Antique Show, March 9-11 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Of course, you can also browse our estate collection anytime in our store at 56th and Illinois Street, here in Indianapolis. Gary Thrapp is one of the featured vendors in this video about the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

Samantha Louise

“I truly love the art of self expression and the craft of jewelry design.” – Samantha Louise Larkins

Samantha Louise Jewelry was founded in 2007. It grew out of a life long passion for art, design, and jewelry. Samantha believes that jewelry can reveal intimate secrets about the most import moments of our lives. Everyday, we wake up and choose to arm ourselves with the strand of pearls passed down from our grandmother, the wedding band from our husband or wife, or the earrings given to us when we graduated from college. Those pieces serve as a constant reminder of who we are, where we came from, and where we are going. At Samantha Louise Jewelry, we have been blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the happiest and most memorable moments of people’s lives.

We hope that you love our handmade designer jewelry and that they speak to your aesthetic, style, and identity.

Samantha Louise at G. Thrapp for a Trunk Show in November of 2011

Stop by G. Thrapp Jewelers to see our whole collection of jewelry by Samantha Louise! Hope to see you soon!