Colorful Gemstone Bracelets

Fall is filled with earth tone colors such as brown,  grey,  green, etc. but there’s always room to throw in some bright colors into the mix. Here’s a few of my favorite bracelets that will add an incredible boost of color to your outfit.

Topaz bracelet: It’s no doubt that blue topaz is one of our customer’s favorite gemstones and this bracelet alone made me a believer as to why so many women drool over this gem. The blue color is bright yet transparent and combined with silver makes this bracelet look a lot more pricey then it actually it is. See the bracelet for yourself. Very similar styles of this bracelet also come in purple amethyst, green amethyst and citrine.

Blue Topaz and diamond bracelet

Amber & Diamond Cuff: This orangy-yellow amber is more aligned with the traditional Fall colors we’re used to. I never really thought of amber in jewelry before I saw this piece and it’s matching amber necklace. It pleasantly surprised me how beautiful it was and I absolutely love the silver detail on this cuff bracelet.

Amber Diamond Cuff Bracelet

Amethyst, Topaz & Smokey Quartz (pictured right) is my new favorite bracelet. When I first put it on I didn’t want to take it off. I couldn’t stop staring at the gorgeous color combination of the blue topaz, purple amethyst and smokey quartz. Love it!

See a wider selection of similar colorful gemstone bracelets here.

5 Fun Facts About Opals

October’s Opals are quite the unique gemstone. They definitely don’t resemble many of the traditional gemstones we’re most familiar with. For those who may not know much about Opals, I’m here to educate you on a few facts I’ve learned.

1. Play of Color: Opals are most commonly found in ‘white,’ however within these white opals there is a rainbow-like iridescence which changes the colors that appear in the stone depending on the angle it is viewed at.

2. Australia is the home to 97% of the opals found in the world. We’re glad the Aussies are not hogging these beautiful gems just for themselves. The other 3% can be found in Mexico, Brazil, China, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Japan, and the United States.

3. Caring for opals: Since this stone is medium to soft you should be extra careful with it. I would recommend if you are wearing an opal ring to remove it when cleaning, working out or doing any sports. Do not use any harsh chemicals to clean it – simply wipe with a damp cloth. If you will not be wearing your opal jewelry for awhile, store it in a small plastic bag with a wet napkin so it doesn’t dry out and crack.

4. The types of opals include white, black and fire opals. Both white and black have the play of color attribute however fire opals do not. Ice has stunning pink opal jewelry which would be a type of fire opal since there is no play of color.

5. Opals on Mars: A few years ago in 2008, NASA announced the discovery of opal deposits on Mars! Since opal is made up of mostly water this means that Mars may have been wet for billions of years than previously thought which indicates it may have supported life. Fascinating!

Happy birthday to all the October babies this month! Hope you get treated with some opal jewelry.

Weekly Roundup: Opals, Engagment Rings & Fan of the Week

I have to say I love talking to the Ice community on Facebook and Twitter. What a great bunch of people we’ve got. The feedback we get is wonderful and I wanted to share some of the most popular conversations with you.

What’s your Style?

Every week we select nine pieces of jewelry and ask our Facebook community to choose which of the items from the theme fit their personal style. This week’s theme was Opal rings – here are the top 3 styles the community voted on.

1. Opal & black diamond white gold ring (pictured ring)

2. Opal & pink sapphire white gold ring

3. Opal & Iolite white gold ring

Wanna see the What’s Your Style poll for yourself? Choose your favorite Opal piece here.

Favorite Engagement Ring Cuts

We polled our Facebook community this week to asked “My favorite shape for a diamond or gemstone engagement ring is a _____ cut”. Every woman whether she’s engaged, married or single love talking about engagement rings. It’s probably the most important piece of jewelry many of us will own so we can’t help but get giddy over fantasizing what our dream ring would look like.

The women have spoken…55% prefer Princess cut (which is a square shape). I was surprised to see the second most popular cut was Emerald. Not sure if Kim Kardashian’s gigantic engagement ring she received less than a year ago had anything to do with it. Third place was Round cut. I’m happy that it only made it to 3rd so that means less women will have my future perfect engagement ring cut. Hope I didn’t jinx myself by writing it. ; )

Fan of the Week

Congrats to this week’s Fan of the Week – Jessica Humbert! She recently finished nursing school and celebrated with this beautiful pearl set from Ice including a necklace and earrings. “Nothing says classy like pearls! Looking forward to buying more classy jewelry from Ice” said Jessica. Enjoy the jewelry!

Facebook Fan of the Week

Don’t forget to chat with us on  Facebook and Twitter. Have a lovely weekend!

Indie Music Spotlight on Celleste

We’re excited to be partnered with some really talented up and coming musicians who’s music will be featured in our jewelry videos.

One of the first artists we’re working with, Celleste, is a high-voltage singer/songwriter with a rocker edge and a sultry sound.

This Montreal native recently released her debut CD “Ready To Fly”. We’re thrilled to be featuring many of the songs off of her album in our jewelry videos, including her song “Yer goin’ down”. Check it out as the soundtrack for one of our fave SNO of Sweden pieces.

Celleste is a true indie artist with a DIY attitude, starting her own label, Mighty Music, with her producer, Eric Dick. Her music is a blend of rock, folk, blues, country and pop, that she likes to call “Modern Classic Rock”. Celleste explains how she found her sound, “I’d often hear Led Zeppelin blasting in my brother’s room while dad was strumming Chet Atkins tunes in the basement… then I got my hands on [Lenny Kravitz’s] “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, and [Sheryl Crow’s] “Tuesday Night Music Club”. Throw in some CCR, Black Crowes and Janis Joplin, perform it all like Steven Tyler and Madonna, and presto… you know all my secrets.”

Check out her brand new video for “Beyond Words”

If you like what you hear (and how could you not!), show your support for Celleste by liking her on Facebook, following her on Twitter and downloading her album.

Rock on!

Elizabeth Hurley’s Sapphire Engagement Ring

We’re all familiar with the most famous sapphire engagement ring now owned to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. But actress Elizabeth Hurley is giving Kate a run for her money with her new engagement ring. The 46 year old beauty announced her engagement to Australian cricket star Shane Warne the other day.

The bride-to-be was seen in St. Andrews, Scotland flashing a huge sapphire and diamond ring where Warne supposedly proposed. We caught a glimpse of the ring in PopSugar and couldn’t help but make the comparisons to Kate’s ring but Hurley’s ring is much more modern. The ring has a platinum setting with a ginormous 9-carat center blue sapphire accompanied by a 2-carat trillion cut diamond on each side. It’s quite stunning. Sapphire also happens to be Warne’s birthstone.

Would you like to be proposed to with a sapphire engagement ring?

Lois Hill Jewelry Collection

So excited to share the launch of one of our new designer collections – Lois Hill. If you appreciate the workmanship of fine jewelry you will adore Lois Hill’s designs. Her line of hand-crafted, sterling silver jewelry shows off the designer’s signature techniques such as filigree designs, hand carvings and weaving.

Jivasukha Lois Hill bracelet
Jivasukha ID Bracelet with Sterling Silver Beads and Red Silk Cord

World traveler Lois Hill has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and draws much of her inspiration for jewelry designs from this practice. One of her collections titled Jivasukha means “joyful soul” in Sanskrit. Several words and mantras from this language helped shape Lois’ life are used within her jewelry.

The Jivasukha Collection includes bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Many symbols such as hearts, peace signs and crosses are featured in this collection as well as these spiritual symbols:

Lotus Flower represents perseverance and grows in mud far away from the sun but when it reaches the light it becomes one of the most beautiful flowers.

Om symbol which represents harmony, bliss and peace.

Hamsa is known as a symbol of protection and good luck.

Aside from the Jivasukha Collection, there is also has a classic collection of jewelry by Lois Hill including the exquisite hand-woven cuff bracelet (pictured right).

Stay tuned for more pieces from the Lois Hill Collection coming soon.

4 Tips on How to do Color-Blocking Right

For sure you’ve been seeing this trend everywhere – color-blocking! The stars are all showing up on the red carpet in multi-colored outfits. Nail’s have also been hit with this trend and of course Ice has picked up on this look with our jewelry.

What is color-blocking? Basically pairing 2-3 blocks of colors in an outfit, it could be in a blouse, pants, dress, skirts, shoes, etc.  Many of us want to try this look but just not sure exactly how to pull it off. Here’s a few tips on how to perfect the color-blocking look.

1. Stick with two colors. You have a few different options on how to choose the right 2 colors. For the daring individual that isn’t shy to stand out I would recommend going with two contrasting colors. Opposites attract after all. Bold primary colors look great with this look. For a more subdued look pair like-colors such as purple/blue or pink/red to compliment each other. But test it for yourself and try on different colors to see how they look together. Also don’t forget to choose colors that flatter your skin-tone. (You can stretch it to 3-4 colors but not more than that)

Jessica Alba - Color-Block
Jessica Alba showed off her two tone color-block ensemble with gold accessories

2. No prints. The colors you use need to be solid colors without any prints or designs to be a true color-blocking look. The clothing pieces are generally simple with clean cuts. The vibrant colors of the clothing is what gets the attention so no need for additional bells and whistles.

3. Pair with nudes or black. Since you’re wearing different colors, the best pairing for shoes and purses would be in a nude color. Nude shoes are on of the hottest shoe trends right now so pick up a pair and these will be a perfect addition to you’re color-blocking look. If nude is not your thing, you can’t go wrong with black.

Amethyst Bracelet4. Don’t want to color block your clothes? – try it in your jewelry. Color-blocking is an attention-grabbing look that isn’t right for everyone but if you want to still incorporate this trend to your wardrobe try some of these jewelry looks. There’s a wide variety of colorful gemstones but I love the way purple amethyst looks for color-blocking

Blue Topaz, Purple Amethyst & Smokey Quartz Bracelet

Green & Purple Amethyst Bracelet

Purple Amethyst & Citrine drop earrings

Peridot & Amethyst Necklace


Will you be trying the color-blocking look?

Molly Sims Gets Married

It was only four months ago we announced model/actress Molly Sims was engaged and now she’s married! This past weekend the blond beauty married movie producer Scott Stuber in Napa Valley. After seeing her wedding photos in PopSugar I was pleasantly surprised by how simple yet romantic Molly’s wedding day look was.

We’re often used to seeing celebs going over-the-top with their wedding dresses in huge princess-like dresses, showing off lots of skin and pounds of makeup. Molly Sims looked simply breath-taking in an elegant lace Marchesa that hugged her supermodel figure. Her hair was up in a high chignon that allowed her diamond earrings to get some attention. The most attention grabbing jewelry was of course her cushion-cut diamond engagement ring.

The couple looked really happy and cute — giggling and kissing before saying their official I do’s. Celeb guests Fergie, Josh Duhamel and Vince Vaughn attended the wedding. I love that Sims chose a red velvet wedding cake. Yummy!

Sims will be hosting a Project Runway spin-off show called Project Accessories which will be on the search to discover the next big jewelry designer. Can’t wait to see a show all about jewelry!

Congrats to the newlyweds Molly and Scott!

Hot Celeb Jewelry This Week

There’s always a party, movie premiere, fundraising event that you can catch the hottest celebrities at any night of the week. A few sparkly celeb sightings this week caught my eye that I wanted to share with you lovelies.

First up is Jenny from the block wearing a handful of sparkly diamond rings at Pure Nightclub in Las Vegas this past weekend. I’ll all for big statement pieces and loved that she paired it with silver nail polish. My co-worker Elissa has been sporting silver polish lately and it’s fabulous! What do you think of Jennifer Lopez’s look – do you think 4 large rings worn at the same time is too much?

Jennifer Lopez Rings

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco was also  seen in Vegas this weekend sporting a simple initial necklace. This caught our eye not only because the initial is covered in diamonds but because we’ve been seeing another “K” girl sporting a very similar necklace. Katie Holmes has been seen over a dozen times wearing this initial necklace but with the “S” initial for her daughter Suri as we covered in a previous post.

Kaley Cuoco Initial Necklace

Rachel Evan Wood always looks edgy and dramatic but remains classy. We adore that she loves black diamonds just as much as us. She’s often seen on the red carpet showing off her black diamond studs with her cropped hair cut. At the LA premiere of the George Clooney/ Ryan Gosling’s new movie The Ides of March Rachel went with a black and white look. She layered multiple necklaces with more black diamonds and white pearls. Love this style and they look a lot like this long black diamond necklaces and a long pearl & agate necklace from Ice. These both can be layered to create a similar look to Rachel’s.

Rachel Evan Wood Black diamond

Those were my favorite celeb jewelry looks this week. Did any stars catch your eye this week?


Persona Charms Collection

Wearing jewelry is a way to show your personality to the world. Some jewelry is simply pretty and part of a fashion trend but some allow you to tell a story or share a memory. These are the jewelry pieces that you will cherish forever. I’m excited to introduce to you the Persona Charms Collection at Ice. These charm bracelets and necklaces allow you to express and create a unique piece of jewelry that’s perfect for you.

Design Your Own Persona

With just a few clicks you can create your own charm bracelet or necklace customized to how you want it. Just go over to and click “Design Your Own” in the Persona Charms Collection section. I had fun creating my first Persona bracelet. All you have to do is choose the chain you want and then pick your favorite charms and beads to bring life into the bracelet. There’s a wide array of crystal, glass, gemstone, gold and silver charms and beads to choose from.

Take a look at what I created.

Design Your Own Persona Charm Bracelet
Inspiration behind this charm bracelet: My favorite color is purple. I love anything that sparkles and I'm obsessed with music & shoes ; )

Starter Bracelets

Don’t feel like creating your own charm bracelet but still love the look of them? We got you covered with starter bracelets. We put together some of our most popular charms and beads in pre-designed bracelets for you. They come in different color palettes like pink,  gold, blue and green.


Pink Persona Charm Bracelet
An example of our Starter Persona bracelets

We’d love to see what your Persona bracelets or necklaces would look like. Design your own and post the pic on our Facebook wall. What charms would you include in your Persona jewelry that expresses you?