Martin Luthar King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He advanced civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police responses to protests. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In order to honor this brilliant, brave man; we at Bel Air Jewelry took a piece of his speech and wanted to share it with you today. We hope you enjoy the holiday this monday and remember the importance of standing up for equality and freedom for all religions, races, sexes and beliefs.

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children…” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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January Born

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Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, meaning seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays in their most prominent jewelry settings.  When thinking of Garnets, most people think of a beautifully rich red color, however the mineral comes in a rainbow of hues, from the deepest of crimsons, to pyrope, and even vibrant green tsavorites. Don’t let this January pass without exploring a world of color with the famous January birthstone by Bel Air Jewelry.

Everything You Know About Getting Warm Is Wrong

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Huffington Post has a timely article about methods for staying warm in the coming months; what works, and what just makes the situation even worse. Here’s an excerpt: “…Drinking alcohol lowers your core body temperature, increases your risk for hypothermia and prevents your body from naturally shivering to keep warm. The reason why you feel warm while drinking alcohol is that your blood vessels dilate and send warm blood away from your core and towards your skin. This effect is only temporary and in the end significantly decreases your body’s ability to fight the cold…” So enjoy the festivities from Bel Air Jewelry, but bundle up and maybe drink some coffee or tea to warm the blood instead!

Girl with a Pearl Earring

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The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer’s masterworks. It is now in the collection of the Mauritshuis gallery inThe Hague, but in 2013 has toured the United States with other works while the museum completes building work. After the most recent restoration of the painting in 1994, the subtle color scheme and the intimacy of the girl’s gaze toward the viewer have been greatly enhanced.

Tracy Chevalier wrote a historical novel, also entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), fictionalizing the circumstances of the painting’s creation. In the novel, Johannes Vermeer becomes close with a fictional servant named Griet, whom he hires as an assistant and has sit for him as a painting model while wearing his wife’s pearl earrings. The novel inspired the 2003 film that stars Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) as the girl with the pearl earring. Johansson was nominated for various awards including a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. Do you look at your lover with the same longing this starlet captured in the film? Or is your passion as classic and demure as the pairing itself? Display your elegant beauty with a pair of pearl earrings this winter by Bel Air Jewelry. Remember, beauty may fade like cracks in oil, but a moment in love can last a lifetime.

Winter Scarlet

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Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer. She made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent Sprit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996), garnering further acclaim and prominence with roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and Lost In Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Johansson is also considered one of Hollywood’s modern female sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world, most notably when she was named the “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire magazine in both 2006 and 2013. Are you also a November baby? Fame or not, the legacy of this month is yours. Show off your love of diamond earrings like Johansson with a pair of dazzling French-cut yellow diamond earrings by Bel Air Jewelry.

Your Heart Is Mine!

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From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, we hope you had a haunting Halloween! In honor of this spooky week we thought we’d provide you with a ghost story of the bejeweled kind. In the bustling city of New York, a modern business woman keeps having her heart stolen, not by mortal men; but by a ghost. And by heart, I don’t mean that flesh and blood organ pumping life through your veins, but her heart shaped jewelry. Apparently, even poltergeists have a flare for bling! Read her full story here. Have you had any diamond demons after your jewels? Share your most haunting jewelry mishap in the comments below!

Modern and Natural

When I think of an ocean breeze, a green forest, standing alone in the desert, or dancing in the rain; I don’t see flashy jewelry. I see me and the earth, I see raw looking stones and bare feet. I see elegance and beauty in simplicity. This new line by Bel Air Jewelry captures that essence. The women wearing it may be beautiful, but the stones themselves capture a raw organic kind of beauty in their shape and raw cuts.

Mother’s Day is Jewelry Day

The earliest Mother’s Day may not be as old as some gemstones, but Ancient Greeks celebrated maternal goddesses around this time in Spring and their tradition continues on May 12th. That’s a week a way, Boys. Time to get Mom something that says she’s a goddess and a mom all rolled into one. Just don’t mention anything about being ancient. What Moms appreciate most is love from their children. At least that’s what Mom tells me when I gift her a mug I made in amateur pottery class. While a Mom’s love lasts forever, there just happens to be a jewel that carries the same eternal reputation. It’s our Royal Eternity Band Diamond Ring available here. Made of always-fashionable 18k white gold, this rare piece offers 1.94 carats of diamond on both sides. See it up close below!

Shop till you drop are not the rules to play by when shopping for Mom. Los Angeles traffic alone will drive any good man to surrender to buying Mom roses off the freeway. Rather than mall jump or circle endlessly around Bel Air boutiques, shop online in the comfort of your home at our online store. Visiting for the first time?  Our most coveted pieces are here to make shopping easy.

My Mom called from the beach today, which reminded me of  two-of-a-kind South Sea Pearl & Diamond Drop Earrings. They may not have their own commercial, but these up-and-coming beauties are sure to lure a mermaid out of water with their luminous diamonds shaped like rain drops and iridescent pearls.

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May we remind you Mothers Day precedes jewelry’s biggest convention of the year at JCK Las Vegas on May 31 – June 3, 2013. Hosted by Mandalay Bay, registration has already opened. No matter what you get Mom, make sure she enjoys a vacation surrounded by two loves in life: family and jewelry. Who can resist? Get Mom tickets by visiting JCK’s registration page.

Bel Air Jewelry presents its finest collection at JCK this year. Shop at our online store to find our biggest sales before the convention. Still on the fence with Mom? Can’t decide between diamonds and pearls? Why not have both? Our showy South Sea Pearl, over 14mm in diameter, make another appearance, this time on a round-cut diamond ring with a 18K white gold band.

We’ll see you and Mom this summer at JCK, hopefully rocking jewels from Los Angeles’ one and only Bel Air Jewelry! Thanks for reading and Happy Mother’s Day!

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Birthstone of April: Your Diamond Guide

Diamonds are forever and so is their place is human history. Wear our most popular princess cut diamond ring with celestial bodies including the moon and stars and 18k white gold  to see why Ancient Greeks believed diamonds fell from … Continue reading