Top 5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. You’ve probably noticed store aisles of stuffed animals, chocolates & flowers but we all know what women really want… jewelry. There are so many different options to choose from for jewelry gifts. Men normally tend to stick with the traditional heart shaped red gemstone pieces….which are cute and we’d be happy to receive any of them. But this year, we’d love to receive any of these non-traditional Valentine’s Day gifts that still feel romantic without over-doing the typical Valentine’s Day themes.

1. Watches: Big watches are very in right now, also known as “boyfriend watches”. The style is to have a large  face on the watch with a bulky metal band. Yellow & Rose Gold are hot watch colors right now so definitely consider this as an option. If you’re not sure if she likes colored gold, you could always opt for this white Michael Kors watch.

2. Studs: This is a great gift idea! Any woman would be thrilled to receive a pair of sparkly diamond studs or colorful gemstone studs. Simple with a big impact!

3. Statement Bracelet: Girls love receiving large jewelry pieces from their man. I highly recommend a stylish designer bracelet like this Vita Fede one (pictured below). I am a big rose gold fan and it makes a nice tie in with the romance of Valentine’s Day but with a modern, more stylish turn with this chain-link design.

4. Heart Ring: Ok I had to put at least one heart shaped piece of jewelry on this list but it’s not your traditional heart. This stylish smokey quartz ring is set in a fierce looking hear shape. Love the diamonds surrounding the ring to give it some extra sparkle.

5. The Splurge gift: A fabulous diamond piece of jewelry is always the best answer. A way to say I love you without a heart piece is with a beautiful infinity symbol. How beautiful is this shiny diamond infinity necklace?

Of course, if you’re ready to take the leap, an engagement ring would also be nice.

Check out the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide


Moissanite – Shines Bright Like a Diamond

Shine bright like a diamond…not sure if Rihanna was talking about Moissanite when she wrote that song but this stunning stone definitely shines just as bright as a diamond. Often mistaken as diamonds, Moissanite is a near-colorless gemstone that we’re excited to introduce at Ice.

Diamonds, as we all know, are very pricey but so beautiful we can’t help but want them. But I have to say, a girl’s new BFF should be Moissanites. The resemblance in the stones is uncanny.  Even jewelers have a hard time distinguishing between the two. Moissanites are proven to be harder than some of the most popular gemstones including ruby, sapphire, emerald and second only to diamond. They are insanely sparkly, I dare say Moissanites may be more sparkly. Don’t attack me, it’s true. I had the pleasure of trying on a few of the pieces and they are GORGEOUS! I highly recommend Moisannites as an alternative to diamonds. Less expensive and can’t even tell the difference.

Check out all our Moissanite Jewelry.

5 Fashionable Funny Females

Who will be the winner’s of Best Lead & Supporting Actress in a Comedy at next week’s Emmy Awards? We don’t know but we do know which nominees with be winners on the red carpet. We want to highlight some of our favorite funny females who always look fabulous to us…they also happen to be nominated for Emmy’s this year.
Tina Fey: Fashionable? Heck yes! Who would have thought Liz Lemon from 30 Rock would pull off such glamorous red carpet looks. We love Tina’s transformation over the years from a simple behind the scenes writer to a fabulously funny actress and fashionista. She’s been more daring recently with form fitting bright gowns with large diamond jewelry. Absolutely love her! Don’t you?
Laura Linney is nominated for her work in The Big C which she plays a mom trying to bring humor into dealing with having cancer. This natural beauty seems to always look so put together at any event she attends. I love that she’s often seen in the same jewelry like these leaf motif earrings pictured here. Shows how versatile jewelry is & that not all celebs need to borrow super expensive jewels for the red carpet. Props to you Laura!
Kristen Wiig: Probably my favorite female Saturday Night Live cast member ever. Hilarious! On SNL she is often wearing crazy outfits and playing outrageous characters so you don’t realize how lovely Kristen is underneath all that. When she hits major events she pulls off these super stylish looks so effortlessly. She really stands out in my opinion from other female comedians with both her style and humor.
Sofia Vargara: The bombshell of the group always looks sexy. This Modern Family actress is not afraid to wear rich bright colors. She always pairs these colors with sparkly jewels, most often in diamond earrings and cuff bracelets. The contrast of the colorful outfits, bright jewels and her dark skin makes for one hot combination. Modern Family is nominated for 17 Emmy’s! Hope they win a couple of them.
Betty White! Who doesn’t love this Golden Girl? 90 may be around the corner for Mrs. White but that hasn’t stopped her from putting on her best and hanging out with the youngsters. You can almost always see her in pearls and smile. She’s still making people laugh on her show Hot in Cleveland and movie roles such as The Proposal which I LOVED! Decades older than other nominees she still manages to get nominated for Emmy’s. Good job Betty!
Who are some of your favorite funny females? Tune into the Emmy’s this Sunday to see who will win!

Gray Mist Collection

There’s something about a dark misty night that screams romance. Maybe it’s the old black & white movies that spark this feeling but I think Ice’s new Gray Mist Collection portrays just that image.

This collection includes earrings, rings and necklaces.  It is much darker than typical fine jewelry and it’s pairing with sparkly white diamonds making a sleek color contrast. The darkness comes from Black Rhodium plating which not many people might know but Rhodium is actually in the Platinum family and is used on silver and even gold jewelry to protect it.

I’m a big fan of long necklaces so naturally one of my favorite pieces in this collection is the 1 carat black & white diamond flower necklace. This necklace is 32 inches which is long enough to wrap around twice for layered look or of course you can leave it long. For an additionally dramatic look you can also use this necklace as a bracelet by wrapping it around a few times.

In my opinion, these pieces look great with an all black outfit or paired with a really bright outfit like Fall’s hot colors green and orange.

What do you think of the new Gray Mist Collection?


How to clean your diamonds – the basics

Keep your diamonds clean.Diamonds often stay with us throughout our lives. Just as we care for ourselves, our precious stones need to be maintained so they continue to look their best.

Women who own diamond jewelry should make sure to clean it at least once a month. Those who really want to make their diamonds shine should shoot for once a week.

Keeping a diamond clean doesn’t have to be a long process. In fact, only a few household items are required to make your ice sparkle.

For starters, locate some mild detergent.

Mix one part of this with two parts warm water, and let your jewelry soak in the mixture. After an hour (at the most), take a soft cloth and wipe all of the items down. Use a soft toothbrush to gently buff away any dirt or film still left on the diamonds – but try not to use a new one, as the bristles may scratch the surface of the piece.

Next, transfer everything to a tea strainer and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

Cleaning jewelry doesn’t have to be a chore. Making your items sparkle can be fun! So get out your diamond jewelry, it’s time to make it look amazing.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19793567-ADNFCR

Fashion Advice From: A New Mom

New Mom and BabyI recently met up with Karen, 31, and her newborn, Alexander, to talk about how fashion changes once you have a baby.

What are your fashion inspirations?
I tend to go for softer colors, and kinda girly-things. If I had to credit an inspiration, I’d say my big sis.

What trends are you loving right now?
(laughs) I haven’t really been able to keep up, to tell you the truth. I hear prints are going to be big, so that’s fun. Really though? I’m just looking forward to fitting into my skinny jeans again…Hopefully.

What changes with regard to fashion when you have a baby?
Wow. Everything? For myself, I think much more practically. In anticipation of spit-up, I know always carry a cardigan to cover up with when I’m out. I think your fashion sense gets noticeably dumbed down and simplified – out of necessity.

What about jewelry? What changes there?
Well, since my clothes have gotten a little more dull, I’m now more conscious of trying to add in a nice piece of jewelry to add a little more personality to an outfit. But no more dangle earrings, let me tell you. That’s a prime baby-pulling hazard.

What’s your best fashion advice for other new moms out there?
Don’t sweat it. Be comfortable. This stage will pass.

So if you could get any piece of jewelry for mothers day, what would it be?
Diamond earrings. Studs. For sure, a beautiful pair of diamond studs. I think I’ve earned em.

Fashion Advice From: Nurses

Safety and style are what nurses look for in jewelry
Safety and style are what nurses look for in jewelry
Nurses are an integral part of the health care system. They really keep it humming. My aunt Camille has been a nurse her whole career and now supervises teams of nurses. I recently asked her about what she and her co-workers wear for jewelry on the front lines of health care.

So, I bet that wearing scrubs all the time gets boring. How do nurses add sparkle to their work wear?
Well, not all nurses work on the floor or directly with patients. There are some nurses who don’t wear scrubs but the ones that do have a hard time adding a personal touch. Wearing protective gloves means that you really can’t wear big rings. Depending on the protocol at the workplace they might even require that nurses not wear rings at all. Our main goal is health and safety for everyone we care for – even ourselves! I think that earrings are probably the best way to add a unique touch.

When I started working in nursing almost 40 years ago we had to wear all white – you know the traditional nurses uniform. These days there are all kinds of patterns in scrubs and professional team wear that keep things from being too boring. I was recently in a pediatrician’s office and all the nurses there had on scrubs that the kids there loved.

Are there any trends in earrings that you’ve noticed on the nurses you work with?
Diamond stud earrings have always been popular. I think that anything small and conservative is a good bet. Dangle or long tear drop earrings aren’t safe or suitable for the professional setting. You want to have earrings that are easy to keep clean.

What about down time? What about Friday night?!
Ha! Are you kidding?! Lot of nurses work 12 hour shifts and they’re pooped when the work is done. Just like lots of other women, they work hard for their families when they get home. On special occasions though, when they can have a night out, the nurses I work with love to be pampered. Something special like bold gem earrings – or a long necklace is a lot of fun. They want to wear something that is normally off limits at work.

Fashion Advice From: Teachers

Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!
Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!

Next to parents, teachers may very well be the most important people in our kid’s lives. They care for them five days a week for almost 10 months out of the year. Teachers can teach us a thing or two about a professional yet easy care style.

I recently sat down with my teacher friend Robin (she’s 37) and asked her about her casual chic style. Here’s what she shared with me:

What’s one piece of jewelry that you think is a “must have”?
Other than my wedding rings, it has to be earrings. I think it’s good to keep earrings classic and simple. I generally stick with smaller diamond or pearl earrings – nothing too dangly or flashy. I want to be taken seriously by parents and co-workers. More conservative jewelry helps me do that. I have a pair of sapphire earrings my husband gave me for my birthday one year that I wear all the time!

Do you ever feel that you slip into the “schoolmarm” look?
Ha! Teaching is fast paced and you have to be ready for anything. So expensive and fancy clothes will just get ruined. No high heels here! I think that be taking fresh fabrics and a more sporty approach keeps me from looking like a fuddy-duddy.

What about necklaces?
Well, long necklaces are problematic. If you lean over students to check their work, you can hit them in the head with a long necklace! I wear a diamond solitaire pendant a lot. It has a shorter chain that keeps it out of the way. I also wear a shorter pearl necklace a lot too.

What about the kids? Do you see any fashion trends popping up in what the kids wear to school?
Well, I am constantly surprised at what parents let their kids wear to school! Seriously, they must be really busy in the morning or have given up the fight. A lot of kids are wearing bright colors and lots of stripes – both are not good for me! Of course girls still love flashy costume jewelry and I have to ask them to put it back in their book bags all the time. I think what I like best about working with young people is their fresh attitude. They mix things up and see the world with optimistic eyes. It’s really the best part of my job – the kids.

Classic Hollywood Glamour

Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
This year at the Oscars, there were loads of interesting looks. The Academy Awards are always a star-studded affair and many celebrities are drenched in borrowed gems for the occasion. You can get a run down of all the best of Oscar night jewelry fashions at Sparkle Like the Stars.

Alas, this year’s event reaffirms that old Hollywood is gone. The days of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor wearing her own jewelry to an event seem to be long gone.

What hasn’t faded is classic and classy glamour! Helen Mirren is class incarnate. When it comes to the Oscars, she can always be counted on to show up in something subtly fabulous and totally age appropriate. Her lavender gown with the gauzy overlay and sleeves take this dress a notch above average strapless. I absolutely covet that necklace!

Helen’s look is refined and restrained but definitely not boring. You can get a similar look by pouring on the diamonds with a bold and beautiful diamond necklace. If you choose a design that has some larger spacing between the stones you’ll get the effect of a more dramatic piece of jewelry without such a dramatic price tag.

As for earrings, you can’t go wrong with a pair of elegant diamond earrings. Don’t overdo it though with dramatic tear drop or chandelier earrings. Those are great for other occasions but if you want a classic look like Helen’s, you have to keep it simple.

For her ensemble, Helen forgoes a right hand diamond ring and just wears her diamond wedding bands. This is in keeping with the “less is more” refinement of her overall look. Just because it’s a fancy formal occasion, doesn’t mean you have to wear every ring you own. Take a few cues from Helen and you’ll get a sophisticated look all for you own.

Earrings and cocktail rings make Glamour’s top 10 list

Large earrings are pitch-perfect this season. Glamour magazine recently released a list offering their take on the “10 Most Glam Wardrobe Items. Ever.” Though we think that every girl has her own top- 10 must haves (which is what makes style so fun and interesting), we were curious to see what the veritable fashion source listed among their favorites.

So, you might ask, which jewelry items made the list? Dangly earrings and cocktail rings were the sparkling accessories that Glamour saw fit to highlight, and we kind of agree.

Chandelier earrings are the fastest way to take any outfit from blah to bam in no time flat. Whether you like to wear your hair up, down, straight or curly, a hint of flash or color will draw attention to your face and neck, and make you look like a fashion plate even on days when you had to dash out of the house.

As for cocktail rings, where do we begin?

From emerald sparklers to pearl or diamond-encrusted rings, no fancy outfit is complete without a pretty cocktail ring twinkling and shimmering on your finger.

What do you guys think? Let us know which jewelry pieces you couldn’t dream of living without!