Community Roundup

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach over 200,000 Facebook fans this week! We’re thrilled to have so many amazing people on our Ice Facebook page leaving us comments, photos of their jewelry and interacting with us. We know many of you were frustrated with the changes Facebook made this week but thankfully you found your way back to our page. What do you think of the new FB changes?

Facebook fan of the WeekFan of the Week

As I mentioned in a previous post, you could be chosen as our Facebook Fan of the Week just by posting on our wall. This week our Fan of the Week is Tonya Crain! Tonya posted not 1, not 2 but 3 photos on our Facebook page this week of all the Ice jewelry she recently received. She ordered the matching multi-gemstone earrings and pendant along with vibrant blue diamond and topaz ring.

Most Liked Product

Our Facebook fans heart’s are melting over this stunning blue sapphire & diamond heart ring. (pictured right) It was the most liked product over the last week with tons of fans forwarded the pic to their significant others as hints for upcoming gifts. No need to be subtle about what you want, go ahead and share these great jewelry finds.

Ladies of Ice

Yesterday some of the ladies who work at Ice, including myself received our new orders of jewelry from the SNO of Sweden collection. You should have seen the swarm of women running over to our desks to see what we got. It’s very clear…we’re all obsessed with this new collection. I personally got the Gray Glass Bead Bracelet which is super sparkly and perfect for a night out or in my case I’m going to wear it even with a t-shirt and jeans because I love it that much. I got another sparkly piece, the black glass bead bracelet which will go with anything and best of all you can layer it with other bracelets. Can you tell I like sparkly jewelry?

What’s great about the SNO of Sweden collection is there is something for everyone. One of my co-workers Elissa who has a very classic jewelry style got the seashell pearl bracelet and said “it’s very classic with an edge”. Tammy who is usually a minimalist in the jewelry department went with a long seashell pearl necklace that can also be worn shorter by doubling it. She didn’t waste any time and put it on right away.

I’m also showing off my morganite & diamond rose gold ring in the pic which I cannot stop staring at! (Not part of the SNO of Sweden collection but I still wanted to mention it since I love it)

New jewelry at Ice
Ice ladies getting VERY excited over their new jewelry

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

September’s Sapphires Resembling Taffeta

Sapphire RingHappy September everyone! Could you believe this month is already here? Most people hate the dreaded back to school month but it’s my birthday this month so I love September. :) Being a Virgo my birthstone is Sapphire…and what a beautiful birthstone it is. Kate Middleton might have introduced a new generation of jewelry-wearers to the blue gemstone but it’s been one of the most popular stones for centuries. Ice took the classic Sapphire look to a new level with this new Taffeta Collection.

For many of you who have worn gowns made of taffeta you must be familiar with the shimmery fabric that looks like it is made up of different colors. Ice replicated that look with this line of blue and pink Sapphire pieces. Each blue and pink piece has different shades of each color along with white Sapphires.

Do you like Sapphires? You might not know but Sapphires actually come in many colors other than blue such as pink, green, yellow, black and many more. View all our Sapphire jewelry here.

 

3 Ways To Accessorize Date Night

This necklace will be especially alluring on a romantic date.Picking out great jewelry for an everyday ensemble isn’t usually that difficult – you simply select the pieces that pair best with your outfit. When getting dressed for date night, however, why not sport some bling that will add to the evening’s romantic atmosphere?

Here are three pieces of jewelry that will pair nicely with the romance of date night.

1. Pink gems. Whether you rock rubies or pink sapphires, rose-hued stones will subtly enhance your femininity. A pink cocktail ring is demure and will add just the right amount of glitter to an ensemble.

2. A long necklace. Wear a long pendant necklace that stops just above a plunging neckline. It will be a sparkling (and sultry!) addition to any outfit.

3. An anklet. While this piece may seem an unlikely choice for winter weather, an anklet is a great way to add a demure amount of shine – and is especially alluring if you plan to kick off your shoes and curl up in front of the fire!

Break the Tradition of an All White Wedding

Traditionally, when we think of weddings we normally picture an all-white affair. White dress, white flowers, white diamonds….here’s where we’d like to see a change. We love the idea of switching from the traditional jewelry such as white diamonds to colorful gemstones on your big day.

Our Facebook Fan of the Week did just that, Sandra Hicke-Bayne got married last year in Barbados. Instead of the traditional white diamonds to accessorize her gown she opted for her birthstone, Garnet. This deep red gem also seemed quite appropriate since she got married the day after Valentine’s Day. ;)

Sandra wore several Garnet pieces from Ice.com on her wedding day including a Garnet bracelet & earrings, Garnet & Diamond necklace and a three heart Garnet ring! The rich red hue looks lovely against her white gown.

We’re predicting lots of vibrant jewels to hit wedding aisles in 2011. Princess bride-to-be Kate Middleton will likely enhance the trend at her April wedding to Prince William. She’ll be wearing Princess Diana’s famous Sapphire Engagement ring. We’re looking forward to seeing what exquisite jewels she pairs the ring with at the Royal Wedding.

Thank you Sandra for sharing your wedding day photos with us and including Ice.com on your special day. We wish you and your husband a happy and healthy life together. Happy early-Anniversary!

Add Glamour to Classic Ensembles This Winter

Sapphire earrings are perfect for day or eveningPair timeless garments with smartly sparkling pieces. Here’s what to wear:

Opulent gemstone earrings in rich colors will add that touch of shimmer to an otherwise basic ensemble. Whether you’re stepping out during the day in a classic peacoat or slipping on a cocktail dress for a party, emerald or sapphire earrings look fantastic.

Diamond-studded timepieces elevate even the most casual ensemble. A simple button-up shirt and jeans can be enhanced by a sparkling watch, but it will work in formal settings, too. Never take it off.

A strand of diamonds under a crisp Oxford shirt will create an unexpectedly luxe look. Just make sure you look classic, not stuffy: leave a few buttons undone and drape a beautiful diamond pendant across your neck.

Remember: a little glitter goes a long way. A few luxurious touches will make it easy to look pulled-together without spending hours agonizing over your outfit.

Sapphire – a quick history

Sapphire RingSapphire is a gorgeous blue gemstone that some women adore the way most love diamonds. The beautiful blue stones have their own appeal, and can be incorporated into any jewelry wardrobe.

Of course, there is a long and intricate history to this jewel.

The word sapphire is derived from the Latin words “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” which both mean blue.

According to Gemnation.com, sapphires have a long history dating back thousands of years. In fact, ancient Persians were said to believe that the entire earth rested on an enormous sapphire, and its reflection is what made the sky look so blue.

In the modern era, sapphires are a beautiful option for women who are about to tie the knot. Both Princess Diana and Princess Anne were given engagement rings that contained the beautiful bauble.

Today, significant sapphire deposits are found in Australia, Madagascar and Sri Lanka. The ocean-colored gemstone can even be located in the United States, near the Missouri River and close to Helena, Montana.

In the new millennium, the beautiful, classic look of the stone makes it ideal for signature pieces. Pair sapphire bracelets, earrings and necklaces with blue ensembles, or mix and match colors for an eye-catching look.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19867503-ADNFCR

September Birthstone: Blue Sapphire

Named after the Greek word “sapphirus”, meaning blue, Sapphires have long been a favorite among priests and kings, who considered them symbolic of wisdom and purity. These gemstones are prominent among the British Crown Jewels, and Prince Charles chose this as the engagement stone for his fiance, Princess Diana.

In ancient times, Sapphires were thought to be protective against envy, and even against poisoning. A common belief was that a venomous snake placed in a Sapphire vessel would rapidly die! Ground to a powder, the blue stone was believed to cure colic, rheumatism and mental illness, and to strengthen eyesight.

The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day, this brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!

If you or someone you love is celebrating a September birthday, a blue sapphire is the right choice.

Sapphire Spectacular!

Sapphire Jewelry

Hold on to Summer a little longer with vibrantly colored Sapphires. It’s interesting to note that sapphires are one of the worlds four most valued stores, sharing the stage with rubies, emeralds and diamonds.

blue sapphire necklaceLet yourself be enchanted by this 1 1/8 Carat Sapphire and Diamond 14K White Gold Journey Pendant w/Chain. Or, take advantage of the many other colors sapphire has to offer with this 2 1/2 Carat Multi Sapphire 14K White Gold Necklace.

Remember, Sapphire is also the birthstone for September, right around the corner!

Sapphire Jewelry Not Always Blue

Dear Leslie,
I was just debating with a friend whether sapphire comes in colors other than blue. I said yes, she said no. Who’s right?
Kathy in Memphis

You are, Kathy. While sapphire, the September birthstone, is most often thought of as a blue stone, it does indeed come in other colors as well, most notably pink and yellow. I recently came across the most stunning pair of pink sapphire and diamond earrings.

Sapphire RingsCombining various colored sapphire stones in one piece of jewelry has become quite popular as of late, as is evident in with white gold multi-colored sapphire earrings or extraordinary white gold, diamond and sapphire rings. Your friend will never think of sapphire the same way again.