The Beauty Behind Jade Jewelry

Nicole is wearing a beautiful Halais Green Traditional Jade Necklace and Amanda is wearing a Copan Lavender Jade Necklace made in Guatemala by an Italian designer.

Have you ever wanted to know how to make Jade Jewelry? How about the meaning of and origin of jade gemstones? At South Of Exotic, fine silver and gemstone jewelry, you can learn about the traditional process of how our jade jewelry is custom made just for you. Our jade jewelry artisans in Guatemala will walk you through the process they follow to make our beautiful jade necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets.

Jade jewelry is not only considered as beautiful gemstone, it also has a significant meaning for those with knowledge about it. Jade is an ancient stone, and an emblem of love. In China, if jade stone is carved into the form of a butterfly, it is seen as a powerful symbol used to draw love into your life. Jade is also used in some countries to bring money into your life and create a positive attitude towards it. Others believe that the Jade Stone is a protective amulet, guarding against accidents and misfortune.

In the pre-Columbian Mesoamerica period, Jade Stone was an uncommon and valued material. The Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also honored and admired jade and held its value above gold.  The only source, where Olmec and Mayans could obtain Jade Stone was in the Motagua River valley in Guatemala. The stones were extremely symbolic, and were often used in ideological practices and rituals. There are actually over 45 different colors of natural jade stones that can be found in Guatemala, making it a must travel to destination for jade lovers.

Central America and Asia were not the only places that place a deep symbolical meaning on the Jade stone. In ancient Egypt, Jade was venerated as a gem of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. Long ago in New Zeeland, jade was actually used for carving weapons;  a tradition which has continued till present day.

Whether you believe in jades symbolic meanings from different countries, or you simply love how the stones can spice up your wardrobe, we have the perfect jade jewelry designs for your unique style. Jade embodies the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage, yet it also symbolizes the sensual woman.

Now that you have learned a little bit about the history and symbolism of jade, you will appreciate just how much care and effort goes into crafting each piece of jade jewelry that we carry– “Handcrafted from raw stone and silver into a beautiful work of art”. It is amazing to see how jade jewelry is made by our skilled artisans!

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The Trend Towards Silver and Gemstone Statement Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry trends this year, bigger is better; it’s all about how big of a statement your jewelry is making.  Recent jewelry trends spotted on the runway and the red carpet have made their way to custom jewelry boutiques, and long for a home in your jewelry chest.  From necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings, jewelry designers have gotten very creative with silver and gemstone jewelry and statement jewelry pieces.  These bold pieces are being worn solo as true statement pieces that reflect the wearers’ individual taste and style. These boldly colored gems paired with shiny silver are guaranteed to add that additional wow factor to even the most casual wardrobe. With statement jewelry, there is no need to wear multiple pieces. Quite often, a necklace, bracelet or earrings alone can leave a lasting impression when paired with the perfect ensemble.

Another hot trend this year is the mixture of semi-precious gemstones paired with sterling silver vs. the traditional gold. In fact, silver is one of the brightest reflectors of any metal and can be polished to a high sheen that even platinum can’t achieve. Silver is a versatile metal that allows jewelers to make beautiful designs of the highest quality. Pair sterling silver with natural gemstones like opals, amethyst, topaz, jade and onyx, and you get beautiful pieces of jewelry that make a statement and will last a lifetime when properly cared for.

The best way to make a big statement with your jewelry is to invest into customized jewelry designs.  Women love to look and feel pretty, but they also want to stand out from the crowd. Many exclusive jewelry designers, such as South of Exotic, are specializing in custom jewelry designs that allow women to express their one of a kind personality. There is something special about wearing a truly unique, handcrafted piece of jewelry art. South of Exotic features genuine gemstone jewelry designs set in sterling silver. The stones are all natural, which offer a unique look to every piece since no one stone is exactly alike.

Jewelry pieces in addition to necklaces are making a big splash this year as well. Earrings are back in a big way along with layered wrist candy and cuffs. Weather studded with gems or a simple sheen of silver, the style of the jewelry that you wear speaks volumes for your personality and your unique style. What does your jewelry say about your style?

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