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Fall Fashion Jewelry

While Alku Jewelers may be known for our fine jewelry that is generously handcrafted with diamonds or even pearls, we also cater to a more fashion-forward clientele. Even though all types of jewelry are special in some way, there is something special about fashion jewelry that is different from the special qualities of other kinds of jewelry. The unique quality of fashion jewelry is that it is meant to be paired with the everyday outfit, which makes it the perfect method for people to express their personalities and moods. After all, for many people, their primary form of expression is through clothing. This makes fashion jewelry the perfect accessory for most occasions. With the season and temperature transitioning from summer to fall, styles and trends are also changing, and our clients that are passionate about their wardrobes are eager to incorporate the popular jewelry trends for Fall 2019.

 

Fall Fashion Jewelry Trends

We have noticed that a lot of '90s styles and trends are coming back for clothing, but it seems that '90s style jewelry has also made a successful comeback and is here to stay for a while longer. Such jewelry includes bangle bracelets, choker necklaces, even chain-like pieces, and anything stackable. We find that statement pieces are trending right now, which are perfect for upcoming holiday occasions, as well as dressing up a more laid-back, dressed-down outfit that is made up of light sweaters and jeans. We may not get that kind of weather in Katy, Texas just yet, but as per usual it will sneak up on us in no time and it's best to be prepared. Additionally, while you wait for the temperature to cool down, fall fashion jewelry makes the perfect gift for someone's upcoming birthday so that they can also be ready to show off the latest trends.

 

Handcrafting Modern Jewelry With a '90s Twist

Some designers are paying homage to past decades and enjoy creating new jewelry for each season, but Alku Modern Jewelers prefers to focus on timepieces so as not to sacrifice our passion for modern designs. When we think of modern jewelry, we think of jewelry that our customers can get excited about today because they identify with their chosen piece. However, we also believe they will treasure their accessories for decades to come, not just for the duration of the season they are currently shopping in. For example, during the summertime bold-colored, chunky jewelry was popular, but that may not be the case year-round, or every year for that matter. Modern jewelry is all about designing something that feels new upon finding it, but will be admired no matter the season and no matter how much time passes. We sell handcrafted jewelry that can be treasured forever and can even be passed down between generations.

While we certainly offer curated designer fashion jewelry like chokers, bangles, and chains, we do so with delicate details in mind so that the subtlety of symmetry and artistry are what stand out the most without running the risk of being a temporary trend. After all, it's the little things we cherish the most.

The Importance of Appraisals

The Importance of Appraisals

 

When was the last time you considered an Appraisal?

Whether it's a family heirloom, your bridal ring, or an expensive timepiece handed down, these are all valuable in some way, shape or form. It's human nature to maintain your valuables by simply having a safe spot, scheduling maintenance, and committing to taking it in for repair. However, so many of us underestimate the true coverage left unseen which is that of an actual appraisal. This is far more important than the nightstand or lockbox that you depend on to protect your jewelry. In fact, a jewelry appraisal is the most important aspect of insurance coverage. 

Unfortunately, some incidents may occur that we cannot predict. Many times people lose their jewelry within their own homes. Additionally, theft is common and even the value of our jewelry can change over time, as the jewels themselves could tremendously shift in value within as little as 2 years. Therefore it is highly recommended to get up to date appraisals. Wouldn't you want to know the value of your property and have insurance in case anything happens?

Expect the Unexpected

Let me tell you the story of not 1, but 2 wedding rings flushed down the toilet. Yes! True Story.

Once upon a time...long ago in the house of an overwhelmed mother and a toddler entering the stages known as the "terrible two's", the family was having a dysFUNctional day. The mother decided to take her wedding ring off ever so carelessly and place it on the soap bowl near the bathroom sink.

"Nothing could ever happen to a ring in MY master bathroom in MY home," she genuinely thought, so naive to the fact that the child who she looked after day after day and loved with all her heart would find that ring in a moment of rage and flush it down the toilet. Yes...two years old. A two-year-old toddler dared to be destructive and rebel all because he may have skipped naptime, or because he was upset over vegetables at lunchtime. So upset he picked that wedding ring up and knew exactly how to make it disappear.

What events took place that day, exactly? I can hardly remember after walking into a restroom with a toddler (who can barely put a sentence together) say "mommy ring go bye-bye" with his innocent eyes and possessed hand pointing to the toilet. I lost a piece of my soul and for that matter spent all day trying to explain to my husband that I was the real victim even though it was his $8000 that was flushed down the drain.

So he downgraded me to a $2000 ring in its place. I was humbled and appreciative, and once again I was deceived...by my now 4-year-old son. That's right he struck again. Long story short: He had a bad day and a tantrum led to my 2nd ring being flushed down the toilet. It was a complete NIghtmare! My Husband said no more rings, no more chances.

After trying to file a report, we visited the topic of insurance and jewelry appraisals and learned that having the receipt alone wasn't good enough. These were new words to our ears and we had no clue how much they would have saved us in this entire ordeal. Had we obtained a picture certified by an appraiser there would have been a chance for a replacement as opposed to more money out of our pockets. For this reason, jewelry appraisals are highly recommended and as easy as a trip to the grocery store.

Now jewelry stores offer the service and provide a Certified GIA Gemologist to examine and determine the worth right in front of you. ALKU Modern Jewelers is offering a Jewelry Appraisal Clinic Every Third Thursday of the month and encourages owners to come out and have a thorough evaluation, detailed and authenticated description, and images for insurance purposes.

This is a service not be taken lightly, especially when everyday mishaps can happen, like in my case with a toddler and a toilet.

Appraisals move the insurance process along, provide authenticity, and prove the true value if loss occurs. Just as we seek home insurance and car insurance, we must realize that time-pieces, wedding bands, diamond rings, and other jewelry heirlooms deserve the same type of care and coverage. You do not want to find yourself in a bind without proof and more importantly, you want the fullest coverage for your finest Jewelry. 

The History Behind Diamonds

The History Behind Diamonds

What comes to mind when you think of Fine Jewelry?

The value of diamonds left behind with enchanted tales, love stories, and proposals followed by gleaming diamonds on the way to the altar are all the ways in which we can relate to these idolized novelties. However, before pop culture there was history.

So where do diamonds come from? Would you believe it if diamonds were said to have fallen from the sky? It is believed that around three billion years ago an asteroid impacted the earth's surface and deposited a specific type of diamond known as the Carbonado, which is the first documented space diamond. However, let's not hold our breath for the next asteroid to shower us with diamonds. 

So if diamonds don't come from space, let's take a look at the diamonds that were soon to be discovered underground. Mother nature would be the controlling factor that would lead to volcanic eruptions and diamonds trailing behind once everything was settled. After diamonds were discovered in the South African region, civilians set out to search for these rarities as a new personal interest because they were believed to withhold magical powers, financial powers, and personal gain. 

Over the next thousand years in the South America region, the very first diamond rush took effect. Civilization began to change the way in which diamonds were perceived. Ancient doctors used diamonds to shield unwanted toxins, heal illnesses, and aid in mythical medicines. Then the drought came. The mines were drying out and the people became motivated to look elsewhere to keep up with demand. 

Discoveries were scarce but the next major discovery was made when a teenage boy in South Africa was playing with what he thought to be a pebble. After observation of what seemed to be an ordinary rock, it turned out to be a 21.25-carat diamond! Can you imagine? This came to be known as the Eureka Diamond and belongs to the people of Africa. It's one of the most captivating stories to reach all parts of the world. 

The beginning of an era of a new diamond rush would take place. The shift in availability would also change the idea of diamonds as a rarity. Anyone willing to travel to join the diamond rush would be another shifting player in the market. Now there was over-saturation and diamonds no longer belonged exclusively to royal kings or wealthy investors. For this reason, they looked elsewhere and limited diamonds from their wardrobe, thus decreasing their prominence. The diamond industry was forever changed, the value decreased and gems of color such as sapphires and emeralds would take the place of a new trendsetting movement. By 1919 Diamond prices took a plunge down 50%. So how did we get Diamonds back to the top of the Jewelry chain? 

The Rise of Engagements 

Engagement rings returned to the spotlight through religion and matrimony. Pope Innocent III declared engagement rings to be a symbol of commitment in the time period between the actual proposal and the day of the Wedding. These rings covered in diamonds became a game-changer and key point to the ultimate commitment. 

Now we live in a world where the diamond deposit industry has depleted and diamonds are made in a lab as opposed to being discovered naturally. For example, you may need to mine 250 tons of the core element of carbon to produce ONE CARAT! The Value of the natural element is what we are more prone to treasure. The idea of the very diamond graced upon your finger has so much history, value, and a special journey.

The very same diamonds can be found within our Selected Collection at our ALKU Boutique. Gabriel & Co, which is known for its influential cuts and designs, has rings that can visually connect with the history of diamonds–stunning and captivating like the very asteroids that deposited diamonds into the surface of our earth over three billion years ago. You may want to lay your eyes on the "Astor" engagement ring that gives off an enchanting star-like design. It is one of the many rings in the engagement collection that lead you back to think about how rare and powerful it is to own one. Forever grateful to the diamond discoveries, self-discovery, investments, and above all, lifetime commitment. 

How did Omega come to be?

How did Omega come to be?

What comes to mind when you hear the word Omega?

Omega comes off as a strong name for the very person that chooses to try this brand, own this brand, and keep this brand in rotation to define who they represent. 

Omega is transpired from the Greek alphabet influencing the end to a complete set or some beliefs point to an ending of a time era. Which in this case the Omega Watch represents someone's personal choice within feeling complete... the idea of one's collection being represented as an entire series. Omega has a simple meaning for a person's ultimate destiny. Destiny is where you walked into the right place at the right time, and perhaps picked out a timepiece that was ultimately one of the best decisions you made for yourself. 

Creator 

What was the initial thought process behind the product? What was Louis Brandt Thinking?

Who is Louis Brandt? If you know...then you are familiar with history. If not, let's get into the mind of someone like Louis who needed to create such an iconic timepiece and create a worldwide brand known from sea to sea, wrist to wrist, and legacies left behind for the world to continue to share.

 Louis Brant was a Swiss Politician...so how did watch-making become a trait? How were the Politics in Switzerland of 1848 that would lead someone to build a business revolving around timekeeping. Was time not valued enough? Was there a demand? Did Political theories have anything to do with the initial spark? What was the link to Politics in 1848 and the connection behind the creation of Omega watches?

Let's dig. In this time, Switzerland was known for being neutral. With countries finding themselves taking sides, Switzerland remained neutral and carried a democratic tone within its own political system. Since it is a Republic, there is not a single president running orders, instead the decisions lie in the hands of 7 people, also known as ministers, operating the same functions a president would. 

This would be known as the Federal Council. 

This was also a time of gathering signatures and involvement within the community. Basically, if the people opposed the law, a call to action to collect signatures and dictate a voting process to make amends. Sounds so easy right?

So maybe Louis Brandt was just your average person, a twenty-three year old person at that.

A young entrepreneur which makes the brand and purpose even more innovating. He assembled fragments, carefully curating parts from local craftsmen. The irony of the time that went into this masterpiece would essentially be the defining piece to what we now know as significant. 

This long-lasting reputation continues to be one of the highest-ranked brands in quality and production. Many of the watches that are known in today's trendy topics have that much more value to their name. 

The Constellation Omega Watch dates back to essential timepieces from 1862 keeping the history alive through the production. As we like to call it "vintage" and uphold the value of what came along with the history of this miniature time capsule. Safe to say the Constellation series is richly decorated and elegant in shape. 

Legacy

So would you have depicted all of this from the Omega Brand? 

Loius Brandt was an innovator with quality craftwork in mind. His brand would soon become the official timekeeping in Combat units, the first watch worn to the moon in 1969, advertised in pop culture, first of its kind to be mass-produced, and one of the largest manufacturers in the world! Here we are in 2019 almost 200 years later and we have the very wrist watch innovated for the high performance and self prominence carried in our very shop for us to guide you in selecting a piece of history. 

Omega's famous slogan is "Omega-Time for Life"

Maybe another tale behind the Omega Speed Master series and concept. A Time for Life, essentially having real time for life. Passing time within our lives where we speed through unnoticed moments, always on our way to the next major step to get us through the day. 

The time in our lives where we may overlook something as simple as what we choose to wear on our wrist, all the way to timing the exact moment that our lives could possibly change can all be done with such an iconic piece in tow. This all has a history behind it, along with pursuit, character, definition, and the end of seeking a watch from anywhere else.  

Uneek is for Eternity

Uneek is for Eternity

 

Where does it all begin?

There are stories and mythical tales of love at first sight.

This is known to be true in most cases, whether it’s materialistic infatuation or a genuine feeling of connection between two people. With this, you desire to inherit this feeling for a lifetime and in this case finding the right Promise Ring will begin the passage through a series of steps.

Those steps become more dire with each one made, especially when made in the right direction.

Beginning with ALKU, we invite you to walk through a journey of Gems from its Uneek Signature Collection, known for pairing what embodies the spirit. As you slip on a ring from the Eternity Collection you will find yourself daydreaming of every milestone a newlywed experiences. There is a beautiful idea that Eternity cannot be seen, but it can be felt through a series of events. Some of those precious events are the first time you exchange rings in a moment of bliss, complemented by the very rings selected in our shop, and holding hands side by side. The binding of those rings should gleam throughout those moments meant to be powerful and remembered, like the celebrations of anniversaries. Through it all, Uneek Jewelry was that symbolic connection that came to be the most important part of the story.

The missing piece that made this love at first sight prediction complete.

We offer these possibilities by uniting personal traditions and morals into the very hands of the ones seeking commitment and confidence. These sole decisions start here with every fine piece of perfection laid out, with stones made to embellish stories to be passed down to the next generation, the stone itself, to be inherited by your child with their own lifetime to cherish.

Where we come in

Our experts can help you start that legacy right here at ALKU Modern Jewelers where the experience from inside our walls is the one that connects you to the rest of your life. The one of a kind engagement ring meant to wrap around the finger of an all too unique character featured in their very own love story.
ALKU Modern Jewelers will be the book where the story is spread sheet-to-sheet full of divine perfection starting from the Eternity Collection of Uneek Fine Jewelry. With that Collection comes variety which turns the love story into anything but your basic fairy tale.

Eternity Collection

The Eternity Rings add color, the same richness of gold gleaming from the heart of ever-lasting wealth. Made to stand out. Made to be Bold. Made to be Beautiful and as a reminder that you made the right choice from the very second you considered to follow your heart.

Then there is the traditional Platinum option from Uneek’s Eternity Collection that crosses the luxurious stones to the Brilliant approach of maintaining tradition in a modern way.

Diamond Cuts defined to curate meaning behind each carat. The Eternity Collection symbolizes the stars in the night sky, the sparkle in your soulmate’s eyes, and the bright future that lays ahead.

The Eternity Collection can be found amongst many other Uneek sets of custom-made designs in the ALKU shop where each future bride and groom come full circle meeting their perfect match.

Each expert meets the needs and expectations of the client, and the experience continues to be one of the best decisions you ever made by walking through our doors.

Just imagine walking down the aisle in stunning heirlooms made to be passed on to the legacy you will grow from the ground up, passed down to future generations as the original piece of jewelry that started it all. Let ALKU be the one to guide you to the right band, perfect stone, timeless design and most importantly...the idea of what pricelessness truly means in a world of such value…in a Boutique that carries it all.