The Origin Of Father’s Day

Father's Day Watch

Did you know that the United States is one of the few countries in the world that has an official day on which Father’s Day is celebrated?  Fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, fathers-to-be all have a day to stand in the spotlight.  As “non-traditional” family structures become more common, nurturing men, like big brothers, brothers-in-law, uncles, neighbors and others who are “like a father” are also honored on Father’s Day. Some people just like to get cards and take dad to dinner, but others like to buy jewelry for dad and a lot will opt for a nice watch.

Father’s Day originated in 1909 when a woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, had raised her and her five siblings after their mother died during childbirth. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at a church near her family’s home in eastern Washington State, Mrs. Dodd thought about the sacrifices her father had made for his children and the fine job he had done in raising them. Because her father had been born in June, she decided to encourage the churches in her area to honor fathers in June. Through her efforts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, during June 1910.

Charles Hubert Watch

On the third Sunday in June, fathers all across the United States are given presents, treated to dinner or otherwise made to feel special.   I believe my dad is worth his weight in gold.  The bonds we have to those who have given so much to us throughout our lives are links in our chain of life.  Whatever type of jewelry, watch or gift you give just make sure to remind your dad how much you love him. How will you honor that special father on Father’s Day? 

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The Origin Of Bracelets

We got curious on how the origin of wearing gold bracelets came up so we did some research. It’s a lot more interesting than we even realized and glad we found out so much about this! It all started with materials such as stones and wood way back in Egyptian history dating as far back as 5000 BC. We noticed in the research that the Scarab Bracelet seems to have been the most popular for sure in old times, which everyone associates with a style of Egypt. People say the the Scarab is from someone named Khepri that would help the sun go across the sky.

A tradition years later in Bulgaria started called Martenitsa and that involved putting a string of different colors to make spring come earlier. In Greece the same was done as well and some countries the type of bracelet or bangle a women wears can even show her marital status. Whatever the reason we are so happy that everyone around the world loves bracelets and jewelry so much. They have evoloved over the years and now people wear gold bracelets and silver bracelets as a fashion item all over the world.

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The Etruscan Ring History

Women love bold jewelry so much and one of the boldest was the creation of Estruscan Ring from Etruria has a very rich history dating way back to the Villanovan Era. An abundance of time was spent producing items such as pottery and decorative items for the home. These bold and rich styles definitely seemed to symbolize the times and showed the wealth of the era. You will notice very rich and deep lines such as triangles and thick corners, which definitely have translated into this style of jewelry. The jewelry was made in so many different metals, but gold of course was of the the most precious.

The Etruscologists have spent many years and sometimes lifetimes trying to find facts about these times, but the unique style of the jewelry certainly symbolized the boldness of the era. Someplace between the 6th and 7th centuries it seems as those the art was perfected and defined. Many emblems we see now are still used in the styles such as a full or half moon with floral element and oriental inspiration. The southern states in the area of Tarquinia seemed to be the areas that created some of the finest and most beautiful jewelry that defined the period. Jewelry Megastore is proud to still offer such art crafted into Gold Etruscan Rings containing Sapphires and other gemstones such as Rubies that are accented with diamonds and enamel.

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Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Mothers Day Gifts

The ideas are almost endless for Mother’s Day gifts, but gold or diamond jewelry would be our first choice of course.  The traditional gifts have always been the best choices such as flowers, jewelry, candy, cards and a special breakfast lunch or dinner. Some of the best gifts that mother’s adore receive are things made at home by children. Usually an arts and crafts project makes everyone smile and a homemade card is really special.

The typs of jewelry vary that people like to buy from us and sometimes we are even surprised at the type of things people order for various holidays. Of course the items like heart pendants, diamond studs, sideways crosses and Shamballa style bracelets always sell a lot. We are always amazed at how many people buy Disney jewelry for specific holidays. We always thought Mickey Mouse was the most popular, but we seem to sell a lot of Winnie The Pooh and Donald Duck jewelry as well.  All the princesses such as Ariel and Jasmine consistently do we of course.

Winnie The Pooh Disney Charm

The real 24k Gold Dipped Roses are an amazing and beautiful gift and will surely surprise her! These are available in so many different colors including the traditional red roses. If you are going to buy her flowers, why not buy ones that will last forever. Whatever you decide to buy your mom for Mother’s Day, just make the day itself special for her.

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The Meaning Of The Infinity Necklace

Couples Show Sentiment By Wearing The Infinity Necklace

An extremely popular style in jewelry has become the Silver or Gold Infinity necklace and bracelet. It is kind obvious what it means, but we wanted to expand on the subject slightly. The symbol originated in Tibet and India many centuries ago. The carefree and unending design symbolizes the meaning of unity and being endless. This was carried over to becoming perfect unity of men and women and a perfect balance. This make ideal gifts for someone you care for dearly such as a close family member, husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend.

Infinity Necklace

The white gold Infinity necklace or the sterling silver version has become one of the most popular gifts to give in jewelry. Think about the special meaning of these and how much this symbolizes a way to show your love and caring for someone special. This is one of the ideal ways in sentimental jewelry to show how you feel about someone close to you. Many couples even wear matching versions of these to show how that they want to be together forever. This is one of our favorite pieces of jewelry that has such a special significance.

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The Meaning Of The Shamballa Style Bracelet

Celebrities Wearing Shamballa Style Bracelets

This has always been a fascinating topic for us, because we find it amazing how hot trends start.  The Shamballa style bracelets have been getting so much attention, because so many of the Hollywood celebrities have been wearing them.  The origins are from Tibetan Buddhist and Indian Buddhist backgrounds. The overall idea of the meaning of Shamballa is to be of something pure and real, which gives people a nice feeling to wear anything with such meaning. It makes complete sense that this would catch on so quickly, because everyone wants to be pure and real with positive energy.

Bon Shamballa Style Crystal Bead Bracelet

Others say the bracelet brings peace and tranquility to those who wear them, which translates into happiness overall. Whatever reason people wear these Shamballa style bracelets and jewelry really doesn’t matter as long as it makes them happy.  They are created in finely woven macramé containing beautiful crystal beads. In many cases they have pearls, onyx and hematite stones to compliment the bracelets as well. These styles come in many name brands and one of our most popular is the Bon brand.

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So Much Hype With The Sideways Cross

Celebrities Wearing The Sideways Cross

We love all the hype in Hollywood with the new Sideways Cross still trending upward and being such an incredible hot item. It’s amazing how famous people wear an item and then the next thing it’s appearing in all the fashion magazines. These look great on everyone and can also be seen on TV and Movie Stars in so many place. Then everyone wants one immediately!

White Gold Sideways Cross by Jewelry Megastore

Another reason it’s so popular is because it’s just a very cool way to show your faith instead of the standard style cross that has been around for so long. It’s a great way to show your beliefs with one of these. The two versions that have been so extremely popular are the Gold Sideways Cross and the Sterling Silver Sideways Cross. Whatever you wind up choosing will surely be a great conversation piece.

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The Purity Of Metals In Gold Jewelry

The precious metal Gold is used in a variety of jewelry to make items such as Gold chains, bracelets, earrings, pendants and many others and has a long history of uses. The metal is extremely malleable while being durable and resistant. When crafted by jewelers into beautiful 14k white or yellow gold jewelry designs the possibilities for artistic creation are endless.

Gold Chains

Pure 24k gold is often mixed with other metals in order to give it even more strength. Remember, 24 karat gold is 100% pure gold and is more difficult to keep its form when not mixed with other metals. Some of the metals utilized in jewelry manufacturing are copper, silver, nickel and zinc. The color changes slightly depending on the final purity our jewelers create the jewelry with for the final products. That is why you will see that 24 karat gold is much more of a deep 14 karat yellow gold jewelry. Many people like the look of a darker yellow so they prefer 18 karat gold when buying jewelry. The metals purity chart on this page will give you a better understanding of the exact standards for the industry.

Precious Metals Purity
Gold:
24 karat = 100% gold
22 karat = 91.7% gold
18 karat = 75.0% gold
14 karat = 58.3% gold
10 karat = 41.7% gold

Silver:925 = 92.5% Sterling Silver

Platinum: 950 Plat or Plat = 95% Platinum

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The History Of Gold Earrings

Gold Earrings On Women

Piercing ears is one of the oldest forms of body modification that are referenced as art and dating back to 1500BC. Gold earrings became a fashion statement as far back as the 1590’s during the English renaissance. Back in 1577 it was written that men looking for women would wear earrings of gold  with stones or pearls. Even sailors would wear earrings as a symbol that they sailed around the world or had even went by the equator. You can even see pictures of William Shakespeare wearing earrings in portraits of him and many others.

14kt Diamond Cut Hoop Earrings

It was not until the late 1950’s into the 1960’s that piercings really started to take off and it became more mainstream for women to aspire to have earrings. The idea of precious metal earrings is a very big industry and most are either 14k gold earrings or Sterling Silver earrings made for women, but very popular for men as well. A few different types are hoops, diamond or gold studs, huggy and dangle earrings in addition to many more. This has become an important staple of the jewelry industry and jewelry in general as part of a collection for women around the world.

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How The Idea Of Giving Jewelry For Mother’s Day Began

The history or Mother’s Day is dated way back to the ancient Greek and Roman times. Many say that the true start of a holiday was with a celebration called Mothering Sunday in the UK. In the United States Mother’s Day really started to snowball when Julia Ward suggested it be a day of peace in 1872. Since then it has become very commercialized into a holiday celebrated in 46 countries around the world with flowers and jewelry for gifts.

It’s a day that has been created to make your mother feel special by reminding her you love and appreciate her. Many people give gifts including flowers and gold, silver or diamond jewelry for Mother’s Day. Gold hear pendants are a great way to symbolize love as well. Although we all know that just saying hello and telling her how much you appreciate her is probably all she wants, but nice jewelry will give her an extra smile for sure.

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