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  • October Birthdays: Facts, Birthstones and Celebrities

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    We are celebrating everyone born in October with facts, birthstones, and celebrity birthdays. Read on to learn something new about your October birthday!

    October Facts

    October-born babies fall into Libra (Sept 24-Oct 23) or Scorpio (Oct 24-Nov 22) signs.

    October has two birthstones: opal and tourmaline.

    October, from the Latin word “octo” meaning eight, was originally the eighth month of the Roman calendar. It became the 10th month when January and February were later added to the calendar.

    October's birth flower is the Calendula, which is valued for its medicinal and healing properties.

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    October Birthstones

    Those born in October are lucky enough to celebrate with two birthstones: the opal and the tourmaline.

    Opal's Colors' Change The name opal comes from the Greek Opallos, meaning "to see a change (of color)." Opals range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue. While most opals appear white, you can most often find a rainbow-like iridescence within the stone.

    Most Opals Come From Australia For more than one hundred years, Australia has exported more than 90% of opals.

    Opals Have Been Found in Space NASA announced the discovery of opal deposits on Mars in 2008.

    Opals Have Been Loved Throughout History There are many legends and stories of Ancient Romans seeking the prized opal.

    Opals Are Soft Unlike the durable diamond, opals are softer and need to be worn and cleaned carefully.

    Tourmalines Appear in an Array of Colors Egyptian legend tells that tourmaline found its famed array of colors when, on its journey up from the earth’s center, it passed through a rainbow.

    The world’s largest tourmaline to date weighs 191.87 carats.

     

    Celebrity Birthdays

    Many celebrities celebrate their birthdays in October. Here are a few noteworthy October birthdays!

    October 3: Gwen Stefani

    October 8: Nick Cannon

    October 10: Brett Favre

    October 11: Matt Bomer

    October 17: Eminem

    October 21: Kim Kardashian

    October 22: Christopher Lloyd

    October 23: Ryan Reynolds

    October 25: Ciara

    October 28: Bill Gates

  • 5 Ways to Celebrate an October Birthday in Clearwater

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    Do you or a loved one celebrate an October birthday? October marks the first full month of fall. Aside from celebrating Halloween at the end of the month, it also means Thanksgiving and the holiday season are around the corner!

    Here are a few ideas of how to celebrate a special October birthday in the Clearwater area!

     

    Treat Her to a Massage

    While a massage has many therapeutic and physical benefits, it's also wonderfully relaxing! If your loved one is athletic, or if they run a stressful life at the office or home, a relaxing massage might be the perfect treat!

    Surprise Her with a Weekend Away

    Here in Clearwater, we are lucky to have so many convenient places that are perfect for a weekend getaway. Celebrate her birthday with a short trip to nearby Sarasota, Orlando, or St. Petersburg.

     

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    Treat Her to Opals and Tourmalines

    Opal and tourmaline are the birthstones for October. Shop a selection of our October birthstone jewelry online here and here.

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    Give Her a Clean House

    If your birthday girl enjoys the feeling of a clean house, she should love coming home to a spotless home with not a single chore left on the list! A single deep-cleaning, or an extended cleaning plan, is an unexpected (but often welcome!) birthday gift.

     

    Take Her Out for a Yummy Meal

    We can not think of a single person who doesn't enjoy a nice meal. Skip the cooking, dishes and takeout to treat her to a lovely dinner out at her favorite restaurant. We recommend checking out Cesare at the Beach, Columbia Restaurant and SHOR America Seafood Grill.

     

    Happy birthday to our October-born fans! If we can help you with birthstone jewelry to make her birthday extra special, please let us know!

  • Planning a Fall Wedding? Five Statement Jewelry Ideas

    Make a Statement For Your Fall Wedding

    We love fall weddings… from the cooler weather to the warmer color palette to the savory menus. Fall weddings are also a great opportunity to wear statement bridal jewelry.

    While simple diamond jewelry is traditional for a bride on her big say, statement jewelry is a beautiful way to add personality to your bridal look.

    Whether you choose bold earrings, a colorful necklace, or a stack of fun bangles, statement wedding jewelry adds personality to make your bridal look all your own. Here are a few of our favorite bold pieces that really help make a statement! 

    BIG, BOLD AND BLUE

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    A WARM BURST OF COLOR

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    ALL THE HUES OF FALL

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    A ROYAL STATEMENT

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    A VISION IN GREEN

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    A FIERY PASSION

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  • Under $100 Gift Ideas for Your Bridal Party

    You couldn't say "I do" without them! Your bridal party is vital to your big day— from helping assemble all your DIY projects, to listening to your dreams and fears, to finally celebrating at your wedding! Say thank you with a thoughtful gift that they will treasure long after your wedding day.

    We've pulled together several of our favorite bridal party gift ideas— all under $100, so you can say thank you while still sticking to your budget!

     

    Pearls for a Classic Wedding

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    Champagne-Colored Earrings for the Chic Bridal Party

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    An Ankle Bracelet for a Beach Wedding

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    A Colorful Necklace to Wear to the Wedding and Beyond

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    Simple Studs That Fit Everyone's Style

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    A Cuff Bracelet That Makes a Subtle Silver Statement

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  • 5 Easy Tips to Plan Your Holiday Proposal Now

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    With holiday lights all around, a slight chill in the air, and family near, we think December is a wonderful month for a surprise proposal! Right now is the perfect time to begin planning your holiday proposal at any one of Clearwater ‘s beautiful places to get engaged.

    Here are our top tips for planning your holiday proposal now:

    1.     Find her engagement ring style.

    Look at the jewelry she already wears. Does she wear minimal jewelry, or does she layer on her favorite pieces? Does she love the simplicity of a diamond, or is her jewelry box full of different colors?

    It’s also a great idea to ask trusted friends and family members. It is likely that she has mentioned different styles she prefers— and maybe even some she doesn’t!

     

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    2.     Explore different engagement ring styles.

    While your engagement ring turnaround time might be quick, it’s always better to begin your search early in case you want a custom piece or decide to include existing jewelry in your design.

    While you might have an idea of what you like, seeing and feeling different designs might point you in a whole new direction!

     

    3.     Scope out the specifics.

    With at least an idea of your engagement ring in mind, now it’s time to scope out the specifics of your holiday proposal.

    The place— Clearwater has beautiful landmarks ready for a romantic holiday proposal! We recommend considering Pier 60, Sand Key Beach and Bon Appétit’s Waterside Table for Two Dinner for your perfect proposal.

    The time— Are there events over the holiday season where loved ones will be near? Even if you don’t want to propose in front of others, you might enjoy having them near to celebrate with after!

    We would love to help you plan your holiday proposal! Browse our engagement rings online here, or stop by and see us to see and feel our engagement rings in person!

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