The Sofia B Collection

Sofia B is a dramatic new collection of gold plated rings and earrings available in colorful gemstones at Ice. It’s so hard to choose a favorite from this collection but I have to say, the smokey quartz pieces are to die for. The pink and brown color combo sets a warm tone to any outfit whether in Summer or the cooler months. The collection also features Citrine, Amethyst and Aqua Chalcedony pieces  if you’re looking for something a bit more vibrant. Stay tuned for bracelets and pendants to be added to the Sofia B mix soon.

The design for these items is a bold gemstone gently held by interlocking chains.  I love the look of chain-link jewelry and this is a subtle way to get the look. I had the chance to try on many of the pieces in the collection and they are gorgeous! The stones have an incredible sparkle. Below is an Instagram pic I snapped of the stunning Amethyst ring in rose gold. The stone is large and sits up high so it’s very comfortable. You’ll love these pieces!

Sofia B Jewelry Collection
Amethyst Ring in Rose Gold from the Sofia B Collection

 

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5 More Facts to Know About Amethyst

I know it’s hard to believe but February is already here and it’s the month of one of my favorite gemstones, Amethyst. Last year I mentioned a few fun facts about Amethyst and now I have a few more to share with you plus some tips about wearing Amethyst.

1. Beware of sunlight – If possible, try to avoid wearing natural amethyst stones in sunlight. These stones are quite sensitive and their color fades in direct sunlight or when put near heat. In certain lighting Amethyst can also appear colorless. So if you’re planning on vacationing on a beach, I’d recommend you leave your Amethyst jewelry safely at home.

2. Positive Aura – In India, they place an amethyst stone between the eyebrows to calm the mind and to help achieve inner peace and enhance positive energy. Indians claim it helps control emotions.

3. Stone of Love - Legend says that St. Valentine wore an Amethyst ring. In the Middle Ages, if a heart-shaped amethyst set in silver was given by a wife to her husband, it would bring the newlyweds happiness and peace of remainder of their lives.

4. Fit for royalty – Purple has long been associated as a royal color. Since this  rich color is found in Amethysts, this stone was often worn by royal families. The darker the stone, the more valuable it is. These days, royals do not wear amethyst as much since this stone has been discovered more frequently making it more affordable for us commoners.

5. Protection - Amethyst is said to protect against seduction and prevents you from getting too intoxicated when drinking alcohol. Some farmers also kept Amethyst on hand to protect their crops and others used it to protect against wild animals or in battle.

It’s always so interesting to read about all the facts and folklore on our favorite gemstones.

Are you celebrating a birthday this month? Tell us in the comments below and…

Check out our amethyst collection here!

 

 

Facebook Fan of the Week

Are you a fan of the Ice Facebook Page? We love our Facebook community and the nearly 200,000 fans that connect with us there. We get daily comments from fans telling us about their favorite Ice jewelry – they post pictures and videos of their jewelry and give us helpful ideas about how to improve the Ice experience. We absolutely love this feedback and to show our appreciation, each week we salute one of our Fans that has made a valuable contribution to the Page by making them our Fan of the Week.

Purple Amethyst RingWe salute our Fan of the Week on our Facebook wall, blog and on Twitter. We encourage our fans to be creative and show us how much they love their Ice jewelry. We especially adore it when fans post:

– Wedding photos featuring Ice jewelry

– Marriage proposals captured on video with Ice engagement rings

– Photos of someone’s reaction after opening an Ice gift

– Video reviews or photos of your Ice jewelry

– Ideas and feedback about how we can make Ice better

The possibilities are endless. Be creative!

Did I mention that each Fan of the Week gets a special gift for being chosen?

This week’s Fan of the Week is Cathy St. Germain! She was sweet enough to take the time and create this image of different views of her new purple amethyst ring. Cathy also created another similar image of the Iolite ring she purchased in the same week. Now that’s awesome!

Want to be our next Fan of the Week? All you have to do is get our attention on Facebook. Post pictures. Record a video. Write a great comment. We read everything posted in our online community so it won’t go unnoticed.

Looking forward to chatting with you on Facebook. Have a lovely weekend!

Editor’s Picks for Fall

For once I will not do ALL the talking writing today. I’m going to let our Senior Buyer at Ice, Alyson Raynard, tell you what she chose for the Editor’s Picks section on Ice.

Alyson highlights four major jewelry trends to keep an eye on:

Purple Amethyst Ring
Purple is a hot Fall color to add to your jewelry

Pink Metals: “Rose gold and pink rhodium create a fresh new look for customers looking for something new and exciting to add to their jewelry wardrobe.” Not many people have rose gold in their jewelry collections YET so now’s the time to add it. It’s one of my favorite looks for Fall.

Animal Prints: “They never seem to go out of style. Here we’ve taken them to the next level by finding sterling silver jewelry covered with the classic printed patterns.” You can’t go through a magazine or store without seeing animal print these days. Not even a week goes by without one of the Kardashians wearing animal print. You should have at least 1-2 animal print pieces in your wardrobe or accessories this Fall. Since it never goes out of style you can wear the look for years to come.

Fall Colors: “Among the  hot color trends this fall are bold blues, purples, orange and muted greens which we try to capture in a variety of looks.” Purple Amethyst and green diamond jewelry are really popular at Ice right now.

Black & White: “This remains a hot combo for Fall. Classic black and white always pair well together for that never miss hit.” With the popularity in black diamonds in recent years it’s been much more glamorous to wear black & white jewelry.

You can check out Alyson’s jewelry picks here. Let us know what your jewelry picks are.

Get This Look: Carrie Underwood

Any country music fans out there? Then you should know that the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held this past weekend. What I always notice about country music starlets is that they love their ice. When the red carpet rolls out they trade their jeans and cowboy boots for diamonds and heels.

Carrie Underwood didn’t win any music awards this time around but she definitely wins in our books for style. Purple is so hot right now thanks to all the gorgeous actresses draped in violet hues at the Academy Awards this year.

The American Idol winner wore a royal purple Jean Fares Couture gown accessorized by not only her humungous yellow diamond engagement ring but also a gorgeous purple cocktail ring on her right hand. We couldn’t help but notice it looks a lot like this 2 3/8 Carat Amethyst ring. A fellow Ice.com employee bought this ring for his girlfriend and she was blown away. You can also find two other Amethyst styles that resemble Underwood’s ring featuring blue Topaz and Iolite.

What do you think of Carrie Underwood’s red carpet look?

Photo by PR Photos

Brighten Up! Bold Colors Are Hot This Spring

Purple Amethyst: A perfect splash of color for spring

With the first day of spring having sprung, and that extra hour of evening light since the time change, it feels like winters icy grip has started to loosen. Not a moment too soon if you ask me (or presumably anyone else who’s been on the Eastern seaboard this season). Before long, the ground will be bursting with crocuses, cherry blossoms will grace the tress and monarch butterflies will return from vacationing in Mexico.

Ok, ok, I might be getting a little ahead of myself. What can I say? Spring is exciting. One of my favorite parts of the season is that people start wearing more colors again, as if in an attempt to mirror nature, or perhaps to coax it out of hiding.

If the Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week is any indication, bold colors and bright hues are going to be really hot this year – oranges, pinks and electric blues showed up frequently, offset by dazzling whites.

While it may still feel too cold and gloomy to skip off to the park in a pink sundress, you can kickstart the season with some colorful jewels that’ll take you all the way into fall. I love this pair of vibrant purple amethyst studs and this citrine ring (it’s like a bouquet of daisies on your finger!). If you want to go super-colorful, check out this multi-gemstone cocktail ring. With topaz, peridot and amethyst it flashes, it dazzles, it catches that Spring sunlight and makes you smile.

What ever your style might be, now is the perfect time to start getting into the swing of things for this Spring.

Will You be Adding Purple to Your Wardrobe?

After Sunday’s Oscar awards you’ve without a doubt heard about how purple was the hot color on the red carpet. In my opinion, Mila Kunis wore the color the best in her lilac Elie Saab gown. Another favorite was the two-toned Dolce & Gabbana worn the always stunning, Scarlett Johansson. Academy Award winner Natalie Portman also chose a plum toned dress for the event.

All this purple has got me thinking that I need to add more to my wardrobe but how much purple can you possibly have in your closet? Instead of wearing the color in a dress or blouse, add hints of purple in your jewelry like this Amethyst & White Topaz ring (pictured). This gorgeous cocktail ring would not only add the perfect hint of color to your outfit but it won’t hurt the bank either at only $50. A pair of Amethyst studs are also a subtle way to add a violet splash to your look.

Will you be following the red carpet trend by adding purple to your wardrobe?

Unexpected Valentine’s Day Jewelry That Will Be a Hit

This beautiful ring will be a sweet and fresh Valentine's Day present.Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and some people may still be searching for the perfect piece of jewelry to give. Instead of purchasing predictable heart-shaped bling, why not choose an unexpected item that will bring a smile to any woman’s face?

For a fresh twist on Valentine’s symbolism, opt for a piece that features cute “XO” depictions. This charming detail is romantic and modern.

Birthstone jewelry can be a personalized present that doesn’t rely on the pink-colored or heart-shaped conventions. If your sweetie is born in February, consider amethyst earrings.

While some may view black as the anti-Valentine’s Day color, black diamonds are a chic and modern gift for this romantic holiday. They will add understated sparkle and edgy glamour to any ensemble, and she’ll surely wear the gems year-round!

Of course, there are certain traditions that should not be ignored. Pick up some flowers and chocolates to accompany the jewelry – and don’t forget a card!

Purple Prose: A Few Facts About the February Birthstone, Amethyst

February has the fewest days of any month of the year but amethyst, the February birthstone, can be found in more items of fine jewelry than perhaps any other variety of quartz.  Though chiefly thought of as a purple or violet, the wide variety of colors in which amethyst is available makes it a favorite gem for jewelry makers. Here are some facts and lore about February’s birthstone.

Color Me Purple (And Green): Amethyst Colors

4 Carat Green Amethyst & Diamond Ring

The primary hues of amethyst range from a light pink violet to a deep, rich purple, with secondary hues of blue and red.  “Green amethyst” is a green form of quartz that is also called prasiolite, vermarine or lime citrine.  Scientists disagree as to what causes the purple in amethyst, which may be due to the presence of either manganese or sulfur.

As purple is considered to be both a royal and a spiritual color, it has been used as a gem in ecclesiastical rings throughout the ages.  A large oval amethyst gemstone set in gold is often referred to as a “bishop’s ring,” as this is the type of ring traditionally worn by bishops and other religious office holders.  Amethyst is a prominent feature in more than one of the British Crown Jewels, including an enormous amethyst adorning the Royal Sceptre.

Purple the World Over

Amethyst is found all over the world, with Brazil and Uruguay being the most important sources of amethyst gemstones, but it is also commercially mined in Canada, Pakistan, Madagascar and many other countries.  Prior to the discovery of rich amethyst deposits in the New World, fine amethyst was often mined in Russia.  To this day the highest grade of amethyst is called “Deep Russian.”

Amethyst is the official gemstone of the province of Ontario and the state of North Carolina.  In northern Ontario you’ll find Amethyst Mine Panorama, site of the largest amethyst deposit in North America.  Here, as at some other North American mines, visitors can dig for their own amethyst keepsakes!

Purple Power: February Birthstone Meanings

Purple Amethyst Pendant

Amethyst comes from the Greek word for intoxication, “methy.”  “A-methy-stos” means, roughly, “someone that does not get drunk,” and the Greeks thought amethyst to be an antidote against drunkenness (which is why wine goblets were often carved from it).

Perhaps because of the historical roots of the word, amethyst is said to have healing powers over the side effects of withdrawal from addictions, such as insomnia or headaches.  Also known as the “sobriety stone,” it has also been used as a talisman to prevent addictions from occurring in the first place.

Some of the characteristics associated with February’s birthstone include courage, internal strength and purity.  This mirrors some of the characteristics of the Zodiac sign Pisces (20 February to 20 March) with which amethyst is associated, particularly a selfless and unworldly disposition.

Amethyst is also said to strengthen the bonds in a loving relationship, making an fitting and meaningful stone to include in jewelry given as an anniversary gift.  And, of course, it couldn’t be more suitable as a gift for somebody celebrating a February birthday.