Category Archives: Essen Jewelry and Watches

Chandelier Earrings Have a Rich History

Ross-Simons collaborates with talented designers to develop the most distinctive and most desirable jewelry imaginable. Recently, we put together a collection of dramatic chandelier drops.

Popular as they are today, these earrings have a history that stretches back to ancient Greece. In fact, archaeologists there uncovered gold filigree chandeliers with enameled rosettes and tiny shell pendants that were determined to be from the fifth century B.C. Chandelier earrings from the third century B.C., again of gold filigree, were also discovered on the east coast of Turkey. Further examples of this style — with emeralds, sapphires and pearls added — were dated from A.D. 600. When it comes to a classic look, does it get any more authentic than that?

It’s fascinating to see that these impressive designs endured through the ages. Apparently King George VI of England and his wife Queen Elizabeth were in agreement on royal style back in 1947. That’s when they gave their daughter Princess Elizabeth, now Queen, diamond chandelier earrings as a wedding gift. And on the night her husband was elected president in 2008, Michelle Obama made her first appearance as our First Lady wearing amazing diamond-encrusted chandeliers of white gold.

Demand for these dynamic earrings shows no sign of slowing down. The great thing about the newest pieces is that they are on-target for black-tie events, but can also quite easily dress up your favorite pair of jeans. Though the large scale of these chandelier earrings and the drama of their shoulder-tracing lengths are right at home on the red carpet, the popularity of our very own selections proves that you don’t have to live in Hollywood to look like a million dollars.

Must-Have Jewelry: 10 Timeless Pieces

Dazzling diamonds, crisp white pearls, bold bangles, rings — you name it, we love it. These 10 timeless jewelry must-haves will help you accessorize any outfit.

Diamond Studs. It doesn’t matter how small, big, old or new, diamond studs are timeless, elegant and sophisticated. They are a perfect finishing touch to any look from jeans to fancy dresses.

Diamond Ring. Every woman deserves to look down at her hand and smile at a stunning sparkler.

Chandelier Earrings. There’s more than one way to light up a room. Chandelier earrings swing and sway with your every move, making any moment feel like a special occasion and any outfit feel extraordinary! Not just for fancy gala dresses, chandelier earrings are a lively pick-me-up for your favorite jeans and button-down shirt.

Bangle. It can be simple or quite detailed, embellished with diamonds, pearls or other gems, a bangle is the perfect arm candy. Whether you choose to wear one, or stack a bunch, you will make a beautiful statement!

Watch. Instantly update a simple outfit with a bold, chunky-style watch or add class and grace to your work attire with one that is sleek.

Hoop Earrings. A versatile fashion staple for generations, a pair of hoops is an ideal accessory on weekdays and weekends. Pick a pair of sleek, slender hoops for the office and go with dazzling diamond hoops for an evening out on the town.

Cocktail Ring. A bold ring isn’t just for cocktail parties. You can wear them to any special occasion, including Sunday brunch!

Pearls. Elegant. Understated. Unsurpassed. These are all words that are used to describe the timeless style of this gemstone of the sea. A classic from generation to generation, women have been wearing pearls for decades. They dress up and add elegance to your favorite sweater, work attire and little black dress alike.

Long Necklace. A long necklace brings life to your most basic wardrobe staples. Wear it with your favorite turtleneck, shift dress or tunic. Try layering it or adding a pendant — the options are endless.

Monogram Jewelry. A personalized piece of jewelry is unique to you because you decide what’s engraved. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to be a conversation starter.

How to pick your signature piece of jewelry

Whether it’s homemade cookies that are always a hit with your friends, or delightful interior decorating, we all want to be known for something. From talents to designs and work accolades to physical fitness, there is a certain pride that comes from being recognized. However, one of the best ways to gain recognition is with jewelry. By claiming a signature piece as your own, you’ll become known for your fashion sense and universal poise. In fact, you might even inspire a trend. To determine what your signature piece should be and how to implement it, read on.

1)      How Often

Determining how often you’ll wear a piece of jewelry is the first step in creating a signature look. If you plan on wearing a piece of jewelry less than three times a week, then it’s not a signature piece; it is merely yet another piece in your collection. Determining the number of times you’ll wear a piece of jewelry in any given week requires brutal honesty and a truthful evaluation of your lifestyle. Reporting to an office for five days a week will require a different signature piece than staying at home with the kids. Of course, personal style must be considered as well. Are you loud and bold, or quiet and understated? Different personalities require different gemstones.

2)      Style

Once you’ve determined how often you’ll wear a piece, it’s time to evaluate style. As a rule of thumb, signature jewelry pieces are often quite understated. Generally, this is because the piece is worn with great frequency. Because the piece is worn often, it’s critical to choose an item that is versatile and can work in any situation. But of course, personal preference is important as well. If you’re style is bold, opt for a piece like the Noble Agate Pendant. The hues of the pendant are neutral and work with any outfit, but the design is bold and on trend. For a quieter or more subdued signature piece, try the Tahitian Pearl Pendant. Because pearls are timeless and the shape is elegant, the pendant creates a dignified look.

3)      Fearless

Once you’ve established the right piece and correct style for your signature piece, it is time to wear the piece fearlessly. When creating a signature look, it’s important to remember that the jewelry is supposed to be worn frequently. Never feel like an “outfit repeater” when wearing your signature piece. You are a style visionary.

1920s Estate Jewelry Collection

The 1920’s are often called “The Roaring Twenties,” and for good reason! It was a decade of prosperity and progress in the United States, starting out with a “roar” for women’s rights. They finally became men’s political equals when the 19th Amendment, allowing women to vote and run for office, was ratified in the summer of 1920.

Maybe it was the empowering sense of equality caused by the 19th Amendment, but all of a sudden, women of the 20’s were expressing their freedom in a lot more ways than just voting. The political revolution at the beginning of the decade had led to a STYLE revolution, one of the most radical women’s movements in fashion history!

As far as jewelry, the one must-have piece of the era became the pearl necklace, now considered a classic. It was a great time for the modern woman, and fashion turned modern as well. New accessories, like headbands and hats atop a short bob haircut, became trendy, and Art Deco style jewelry was all the rage, using strong colors and geometric shapes that gave it a truly new look. The flapper look became popular as well, with skirts and dresses getting shorter than ever before—a sign that women felt empowered in all facets of life, including in their own body. Many of the looks of the 20’s came directly from Paris, and specifically from influential designers such as Coco Chanel (whose No. 5 perfume launched in NYC in 1924). Fashion, lifestyle, music, jewelry—everything seemed to blend seamlessly together in this era!

Jewelry Accessories for Any Dress Style

You found the perfect dress to wear to an upcoming wedding, cocktail party or formal event but what type of jewelry do you choose? Your goal should be to look polished and put-together, never over-the-top. Here are some simple tips to follow when accessorizing different dress styles:

For a strapless dress, we suggest either statement making earringsand a bracelet, or a bold necklace paired with understated earrings. Less is more!

For a spaghetti strap dress, a delicate charm or heart pendant and simply stated drop earrings work well.

For a halter-style dress, a necklace isn’t needed, but definitely choose dazzling chandelier earrings and a sparkling cuff bracelet.

For any of these looks, you can add a little more sparkle and sass with a fabulous cocktail ring.

Watches: A Time For Fashion

In the age of cell phones, people wear watches as a fashion statement rather than for telling time.

Whether you wear a watch to help keep time or to keep up with the latest trends, there are many different brands and styles for you to choose from, including these options:

Sporty: Watches in the sporty category are functional timepieces with a sleek, distinctive look. Many sporty watches also have chronographs, which are built-in stop watch functions. TAG Heuer is one of the most popular designers of sporty watches.

Performance: These watches are often made of a heavy duty material so that they will hold up during physical performance. Performance watches are sometimes waterproof and may also have a chronograph built in.

Dressy: A dressy watch works for a night out or a special occasion, and not be something worn every day. Diamond watches are in this category.

Estate: Estate watches are unique vintage pieces that have a classic and elegant feel to them.

Affordable: If you are looking for a watch within a budget, you can find affordable watches under $100. They may not be designer brands but they are still well-made and will last for years.

You can find any of the watch styles listed about at Ross-Simons.

Organize and Store Your Jewelry

Jewelry Organizing Solutions

After years of developing an extensive and diverse jewelry collection, many women are left with one question…where do I put it all? There’s the everyday jewelry box, but what happens when you run out of room? Ross-Simons has unique jewelry storage choices that range from jewelry boxes to jewelry chests to jewelry cases that can organize your collection.

Small Jewelry Boxes

Keep smaller pieces in a traditional jewelry box or jewelry chest. One with a glass top creates easy viewing of your favorite pieces. Ring boxes and trinket boxes make great supplemental storage and they also serve as decorative home accents. You can keep your jewelry box out in the open atop your dresser for all to see, or hidden away in your closet — the choice is yours! But we have a feeling that you’re going to want to show it off.

Large Jewelry Organizers

Consider a spinning jewelry organizer to hold your larger items. For even more storage, jewelry armoires and cabinets can safely hold your entire collection of jewelry. Our “Safekeeper” armoires are so substantial, you’ll consider them a fine piece of furniture for your home decor. Some even serve as wall or floor mirrors for ultimate versatility. With all the room they provide, you’ll have a ball filling it up!

Travel Jewelry Storage

Easily keep your jewelry organized when traveling by using a travel jewelry book or roll. They hold just the right number of necklaces, rings, bracelets and earrings for your next trip. In fun faux suede colors and patterns, you’ll enjoy taking them around everywhere. They are especially great for on-the-go business people and frequent flyers, or for college dormers with a limited amount of space.

Men’s Jewelry Boxes

Men have their accessories, too, and they need a place to keep them neat and safe. That is why we offer a selection of masculine organizers, including men’s jewelry chests for their dresser top, valet boxes for their desk, or watch boxes for their treasured timepieces. And for the handyman, we also carry watch winders and tool kits. These sophisticated organizers and tools for men make fabulous Father’s day and groomsman gifts.

No matter your storage dilemma, we have a solution for you. From hardwood, to veneer, to faux suede or leather, there’s a jewelry organizer to fit your style and budget.

Stacked and Layered Jewelry Look: Here’s How

One of our favorite looks is stacked and layered jewelry.

Layering clothing is simple. Add a cardigan to a cute shell, a jacket over a blouse, etc. But how do you stack and layer jewelry without looking overdone?

When layering jewelry, you want to complete your ensemble, not draw attention away from your outfit.

  1. Wear a multi-strand necklace and bracelet.
  2. Layer a few beaded necklaces of coordinating colors. You can even twist them together.
  3. Pair a long beaded necklace with your favorite pendant necklace for contemporary charm.
  4. Wrap a long necklace around your neck or wrists twice.
  5. Pile on three or four bangles of various metals for chic contrast.
  6. Alternate thin and chunky bracelets for the textured look.
  7. Sport a few rings on one finger. Stackable rings are fun to wear.

Have fun mixing and matching your jewelry!

Estate Jewelry is Carefully Selected by Ross Simons

Timeless and unique, are the two words that Tom Kowal has in mind when hand selecting the Estate collection for Ross-Simons. Often, he looks through thousands of jewels and chooses only a handful to be featured online.

Tom knows that women like to wear fantastic jewelry that will make an impression, so when he is on a buying trip he carefully examines each piece to make sure that they will be a knockout. He also looks for the condition of the items and inspects them to be certain that they are pristine, without any chips or flaws. Kowal loves unique one-of-a-kind pieces, and even after 25 years in the business, he still gets excited when he finds the perfect item.

What exactly is an estate jewel and is it the same thing as an antique? This is a common question that Tom has answered hundreds of time. Estate is anything that is previously owned. It could be just from five years ago, while antiques are jewelry pieces that are 100 or more years old.

Next time you’re looking for that exclusive, one-of-a-kind piece check out Ross-Simons’ Estate collection.

Work and Business Fashion Tips

We all want to look polished, professional and feel our best during any 9-5 situation. However, business doesn’t have to mean boring. Your personality can still shine through while dressing for success!

What to Wear to the Job Interview

The key to acing an interview is confidence. And how can you feel confident if you’re not dressed to impress? Dressing professionally, yet fashionably will make you feel amazing. As for accessories, why not try tailored, refined classics with a twist. Layer classic necklaces in different lengths or wear a stack of stylish rings. You’ll know that you look good, and you can focus on scoring your dream job.

What to Wear to the Big Presentation

Let’s face it, speaking in public can be pretty nerve-racking. And when you’re presenting in front of a room full of bigwigs, the last thing you need to worry about is how you look. You’ve practiced your PowerPoint a million times, you’ve memorized the figures, and you know the answers to every possible question that might fly at you. Your wardrobe and accessories should be coordinated, not distracting and just as fabulous as your presentation. Here are a few tips: choose a necklace that’s just bold enough to say you mean business, wear studs (dangles and hoops can be distracting), pick a fabulous watch.

What to Wear to the Out-of-Town Conference

Business by day, socializing after hours; out-of-town conferences are usually a time to mix business with pleasure. You’ll want to accessorize with pieces that will easily transition from day-to-night. Hoop earrings and a coordinating necklace will do the trick!