I was never the sentimental type until I found the love of my life and we started our family together. Six years of marriage and three wonderful little boys later, I find myself gravitating towards anything and everything personalized and monogrammed. There is something to be said for that little feeling I get when I put that special piece around my neck or on my wrist. A little reminder of my loves to carry with me for the day and something sparkly and stylish to satisfy my taste. So when I came across this new monogram collection at our office a few weeks ago, I knew I had found my next piece to treasure forever.
Right away, I fell in love with the monogram bracelet. Everything from the petite chain, to the font style, to the disc shaped monogram was perfect. I was even happier to find that it was available in any color of gold or silver, and that it didn’t cost a fortune! I immediately ordered my personalized bracelet in high polish yellow gold with my three boys initials in the center, and 10 days later it was mine. It hasn’t left my wrist since this day and it will forever be one of my favourite pieces.
The collection also features other beautiful ways to wear this stunning monogram. The necklace options are abundant and completely timeless and the cufflinks would make a fantastic gift! There are even stud earrings that are so unique and different. I would never have thought to style a monogram that way!
Any piece you choose from this collection, I promise you will not be disappointed. It’s monogram mania at Minichiello’s and I’m right on board!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on August 14, 2014
If there is one jewellery store that you need to follow on your Instagram account, then it has to be us, Minichiello Jewellers! My sister, Crestina, has taken this project under her wing and has been up to some pretty amazing things!
If you look up @minichiellojewellers on your Instagram App you will find the latest in jewellery trends, the newest additions in our counters, the most noteworthy custom pieces and some of the most fabulous pictures around. You may even spot a local celebrity or two, a world-famous entertainer and some other pretty important people to the Minichiello family. I am so proud of the job Crestina has done showing our diversity in design, our quality of jewellery pieces, and our true passion for all things sparkly.
If you are looking for some jewellery inspiration, looking for a way to get to know us better, or just looking to pass some time, click follow on our page, you will not be disappointed!
Here are a few of my favourite pictures and posts and a sampling of our most liked designs on @minichiellojewellers!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on July 24, 2014
Looking for a little arm candy to sparkle up your summer wardrobe? Well, look no further as these three bangles might just do the trick!
With everything summer brings like bridal showers, surprise engagements, family get togethers and most importantly weddings, dressing up is almost a daily occurrence. And to me, the funnest area to dress up is the wrist! We have a lot of fantastic styles in our counters this summer but I thought these three bangles represent three different looks and three different price ranges perfectly.
Lets start from the bottom and work our way up! Our Emile Charles, Pod Bangle is hand crafted right here in Vancouver and set in high polish, 14k white gold. It has lovely, colorless, round brilliant cut diamond pave accents and has just the right amount of flex to slip over your wrist. The bangle at center is our Elegant Diamond Bangle that consists of three amazing rows of the most beautiful diamonds you’ll ever see! It even has a hidden clasp so there is no distracting from all the brilliance and shine. On top, you may think that you see even more diamonds but if you look really close, there aren’t any in sight. This beauty is actually comprised of a diamond cut texture that wraps around the bangles entirety giving you a glammed up appearance on an everyday girls budget.
These three bangles are amazing alone but even better together and so classic in style that you will love them forever!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on July 5, 2014
Another amazing standout from this years JCK Las Vegas Jewellery Show is the incredible Diamond and Aquamarine right hand ring pictured here. I loved it so much that it almost left Las Vegas on my finger instead of in our jewellery order! Showing great restraint, I decided to put this beauty on display instead of in my jewellery box, as it could overflow if I make any more purchases!
The center Aquamarine is visually remarkable and considerably unique in its form. It is opaque in appearance and expertly carved into a slightly faceted and cabochon-like form. This cutting style produces a subtle blue glow which is beautifully highlighted by the micro pave diamond halo. Supporting all this loveliness is a tiffany shaped, high polish, white gold shank which is just wide enough to provide balance and proportion.
It’s a perfect display of classic styling with a contemporary twist and a welcome addition to our counters this summer!
Be sure to stay tuned as I have more Las Vegas highlights coming soon!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on June 27, 2014
A definite perk to being part of a family jewellery business is being able to take part in some of the most wonderful jewellery shows and conventions around the world. A personal favourite of mine is the annual, JCK Las Vegas Jewellery Show which brings together the best of the best in jewellery design and loose diamonds and gemstones from around the world. Every year we are excited to see the new and noteworthy pieces on display from upcoming designers as well as those we have already grown to love and adore. This year there were many standouts and many brilliant pieces but these gorgeous bracelets definitely won my heart.
The best in show, as far as I’m concerned, has to be these ultra flex, woven bangle bracelets set in a variety of metals from yellow gold, to rose gold, to white gold and even silver. Each bracelet consists of tightly woven strands that provide just the right amount of flexibility making every day wear so simple and easy. They can be perfectly summed up as classic with a bit of an edge making them the epitome of style for your wrist. There is one for every occasion from every day flair to just, plain WOW! Hands down my top pick for unique style and substance but stay tuned for more sparkly highlights from the show.
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Posted by Deena Minichiello on June 17, 2014
We always knew these pretty, little diamond bands were out-of-this world gorgeous but we never knew just how popular they would be! My sister, Crestina, posted this great picture on our Minichiello Jewellers Instagram page and the response has been overwhelming.
Each band is delicately crafted and expertly set with Round Brilliant Cut Diamonds in a variety of styles. Choose from our classic, shared claw set eternity band; our miligrain accented, bezel set eternity band; our unique, marquise shaped, diamond pod band and 10 other feminine designs that are sure to fit your fancy. Each is available in white gold, yellow gold and the lovely, rose gold. With so many options, it’s hard to choose just one, but luckily, they look great in layers so no tough decisions here! Just pick your style and your color and within 3 weeks you are ready to go!
If it’s a diamond wedding band you are after, or a celebration ring to mark that special day, these pretty little layers are perfect in every way!
Make sure to check out this photo and many other beautiful examples of our work on our Instagram page, @minichiellojewellers.
Posted by Deena Minichiello on June 4, 2014
Are you on the quest for the perfect wedding band? A band that matches your engagement ring perfectly and fits like a glove? Well, sometimes this band is hard to find and if you are having trouble, than look no further. Custom is for you and I have just the right amount of inspiration!
This beautiful set pictured is custom work at its finest. It belongs to a wonderful couple saying “I do” this year and a couple that found luck with an interlocking stunner. It all started with the beautiful, cushion cut diamond engagement ring. Finished with such great detail from every angle and micro pave set diamonds to flash light in every direction. It was gorgeous enough on its own but needed a wedding band to make it traditionally complete.
The couple decided on a custom, interlocking, diamond wedding band that would sit flush and mimic the intricate detail on the outer edges. A wax mock-up of the band was the first step to give the couple an accurate idea of just what to expect. From there, the casting, the setting of the diamonds and the finishing of the metal was complete and the result was a true, interlocking inspiration.
Posted by Deena Minichiello on May 25, 2014
Top on my list for best bridesmaid gifts this year definitely has to go to these beauties pictured here. With so many options to choose from and so many ways to express your appreciation, these flower stud earrings stand out for a bevy of reasons.
Part of our sterling silver collection, these flower stud earrings include white gold rhodium plating and shimmering cubic zirconia’s to catch the light without breaking the bank. There are a cluster of six, brilliant cut stones in each earring and all are shared claw set which minimizes the amount of silver you see but maximizes the amount of sparkle. And for under $100, you just can’t go wrong.
They are timeless, classic and feminine and something your bridesmaids will cherish forever. If your wedding checklist is in need of a little help, come by Minichiello’s and we can help you find that perfect thing!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on May 15, 2014
With Mother’s Day only three days away, I thought I would share some of our favourite gift giving ideas. There are many beautiful pieces to choose from but this year the necklace seems to be the perfect thing. Set with a variety of charms to celebrate a variety of special moments and memories, there is something for every mom at every stage in her life.
Top left, we have layered and shown two different pieces. Our high polish, block Initial Pendants are a great way to hold those special little ones close to your heart. A perfect gift for the new mom looking to mark the exciting journey ahead. The Infinity Pendant is perfect for showing your mom how much she means to you. A little bit of fashion with a whole lot of meaning!
Top right, we have our Love Charm Necklace which can be seen in countless magazines and around the neck of some of our favourite celebrities. It is from our favourite New York designer who is known to accessorize the former characters of Gossip Girl and also the beautiful girls of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Not bad company to be in!
Bottom left, is another great idea for the mom who has everything, except a keepsake with the initials of her loved ones. It also comes with a little diamond pave accent that adds a little bit of brilliance too.
Bottom right, is our popular Vertical Cross Necklace which is available in any colour you choose. From white gold, to yellow gold, and even beautiful rose, this pendant has proven to be a crowd pleaser time and time again! We have this Cross Necklace layered with our Diamond Bar Pendant which looks amazing on its own but even better when it’s layered. Its simple design makes it a great accent piece to any other necklace, big or small, and this particular one just happens to be on top of my own wish list this year.
Whichever you choose and however you celebrate, we want to wish those special Mother’s out there a fabulous and charmed, fun-filled day! Happy Mother’s Day from The Diamond Diaries and the Minichiello gang!
Posted by Deena Minichiello on May 9, 2014
With the month of May swiftly underway, lets checkout all the beauty that comes with it. May not only brings this beautiful sunshine but it also brings its stunning birthstone, the Emerald. Vivid green in colour and unmistakable for any other gem, the Emerald is considered one of the top three precious gemstones of all time.
These three jewellery pieces to the left are just a sample of the styles that bring these great Emeralds to life. Often paired with colorless diamonds to enhance and compliment, you can find Emeralds most commonly in rings, pendants, and earrings. While you will sometimes see Emeralds set in bracelets, this pairing is often not typical as Emeralds are very soft in nature. The possibility of chipping or breaking an Emerald is much higher than with any other gemstone, so for this reason, they are typically set into pieces that won’t be subjected to very much wear and tear.
Another tidbit of information about this lovely gemstone, is the Emeralds special clarity characteristics. It is extremely rare to find an Emerald free of inclusions and if you do, it will cost a pretty penny! Because of this, it is acceptable for Emeralds to have eye visible inclusions and still be considered high quality.
Any way you look at it, the colour of the Emerald is what brings it so much attention. Known as a symbol for harmony, love of nature and simple joie de vivre, the fierce green colour will draw you in and make you forever an admirer.
Posted by Deena Minichiello on May 2, 2014