‘Tis the season to start thinking about gifting! This holiday season, it’s especially important to plan ahead to avoid any impending supply chain issues. Thankfully, Uneek has you covered. Here are the top three ways to make sure the season of giving goes as …
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The modern bride is full of thrilling contradictions. Traditional, but contemporary. Eye-catching, but subtle. And respectful but daring enough to break all the rules. Colors, fabrics, and even make-up styles all go in and out of fashion. In recent years, simple, cleaner silhouettes have …
Benjamin Javaheri, Uneek Jewelry’s Founder and Designer, recently sat down with Tanner Vaughan of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) for a live Instagram interview. The focus of the discussion was “The Vision,” a piece that secured Benjamin two awards in the prestigious 2020 AGTA Spectrum Awards last year.
In a wide-ranging interview, Benjamin discussed the industry, his process, and some of the things that make Uneek unique. With a manufacturing facility and workshop in LA, Uneek’s approach is rare in the industry. As Benjamin mentioned, “At a very young age, I learned that if you don’t do it yourself, you can’t control quality and precision in a timely manner because you have to rely on everyone else.”
This uncompromising attitude has helped Uneek recently celebrate 25 years in the industry. During the interview, the pair discussed “The Vision,” the 11.58 ct blue sapphire and platinum ring that picked up two Spectrum Awards in the Bridal category.
Benjamin shared his design philosophy. “I like first to get the stone, and once I fall in love with the stone, it’s like a piece of art, I believe. The right frame needs to be made to accent the beautiful piece of art.”
Of course, “The Vision” is not the first of Uneek’s platinum and sapphire rings to get the attention of AGTA. Benjamin’s piece from our Royal Blue collection was a winner at the Spectrum Awards in 2018.
“Sapphire is my favorite gemstone. I think it’s so beautiful. In fact, when my boy was born, I gave my wife a sapphire, and we called it Jackson Blue,” Benjamin reveals. “There’s just something about it, the happiness of the color, the depth of it. It’s like the ocean; you’re mesmerized; you can look into it forever,” he adds.
On the subject of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Benjamin admitted it was a challenging and scary time but that Uneek “were blessed, because we had the support of retailers and our clients really supported us during this time.” He adds that technology, specifically photography and video, allowed Uneek to present their products during the lockdown and help the business thrive and grow.
Finally, in light of Uneek’s 25th anniversary, Tanner asked what advice Benjamin would give to designers or businesses who were just starting out. “I believe you have one chance in life, and you’ll have regrets of not doing what you want to do or not following your passion. But you’ll never have any regrets about doing something that didn’t work out. At least you tried 100%.”
Follow this link to watch the AGTA interview with Benjamin Javaheri in full.
Bride’s Name: Julia Bride’s IG: juliamarieknight Groom’s Name: Tommy Groom’s IG: tommygunnnsss Where are you both from? South Florida Where did you and your fiancée meet? My old bartending job in 2015 When did you get engaged? 2/12/21 Where did you get engaged? Gatlinburg, TN …
Picture this: You’ve been searching for engagement rings, but you don’t feel confident that you can find the exact design you want with the traditional stone, metal, setting, and band combinations. You want your ring to be a one-of-a-kind reflection of your unique style and …
To our Uneek family,
These difficult times are impacting everyone and we’re thinking of you as we ride the waves of change resulting from this global crisis. Our platform has always been a place you can come to be inspired, uplifted and engaged by the superior craftsmanship from the Uneek Jewelry team. While the past few weeks have shaken our perspective, we remain certain that jewelry is an industry that’s survived the test of time. In spite of wars and natural disasters, humankind has historically always found solace in appreciating the creation of something beautiful—whether it’s a sculpture, a painting, architecture or piece of fine jewelry.
We encourage you to take a creative break and help us celebrate the beauty of expert design. For almost 30 years, Uneek has set an unparalleled standard in fine diamond jewelry. We take pride in each beautiful work of art, handcrafted in a process that is propelled by modern technology and guided by classic traditions to create heirloom-worthy, award-winning pieces.
We’re thrilled to be nominated for the INSTORE Design Awards, recognizing us for pushing the boundaries in the industry. This type of acknowledgment would not be possible without our valued retailers and customers. You’re the driving force behind why we do what we do and we rely on your passion for fine jewelry to guide our design choices. If you feel inclined, please visit the links below to help us carry on our legacy across these prestigious award categories.
Best Earrings (over $5000) — Reign Drops Green Tourmaline Dangling Diamond Earrings
These epaulette diamonds brush the clouds away in a crowning fashion that makes way for clarity with raindrops depicted by the long strands of diamonds ending in droplets of baguettes and the masterful beauty in the first ray of the morning sun.
Best Colored Stone Jewelry (over $5000) — The Heiress Cushion Cut Emerald Engagement Ring
Our next style from our Signature Collection is reserved for the heiress. This overwhelming Cushion Tourmaline has diamond inlays around it and two Cadillac cuts ever-guarding as if to protect this magnificent center treasure.
Best Engagement (Over $5000) – The Proposal Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Every little girl who ever dreamed of being a bride one day has imagined this 10-carat Cushion set on a three-row shank with a rose gold middle row and filigree on the basket accent with Natural Pink Diamonds. Perfect for the lady awaiting the proposal.
Best Platinum Jewelry — Blue Infinity Cushion Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring
Just like a magnificent mile, this stunning Blue Sapphire is unending, a sea of infinite blue amounting to 6.67carats of Cushion Natural Blue Sapphire set on our Silhouette shank.
BEST ENGAGEMENT (under $5000) — Hope Petal Design Oval Diamond Engagement Ring with Double Halo and Pave Diamond Shank
From the Petals Collection, Hope Petal is an optimistic state of mind that is based on a positive outcome. With the surrounding world typified in these concentric halos, the 2-carat oval center stone is wrapped in a state of glorious zen and mystical positivity.
Diamond Jewelry (over $5000) — Double Halo Pear-Shaped Diamond Pendant with Filigree and Bezel Accent Chain
Reminiscent of the unexplainable comfort of a cozy, rainy day, our “La Lluvia”, is a 5.85-carat pear-shaped diamond J/SI11 GIA pendant. Embraced by 1.10 carat round diamonds, it rests beautifully on a décolletage. The 1.76 carat round diamonds that intricately adorn the chain resemble the first drops of rain signaling that it’s time to stay indoors and cuddle up.
Colored Diamond Jewelry — Radiant Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring
Nothing seems to be brighter than sunshine until this 8.57-carat Radiant Fancy Yellow diamond VS1/GIA ring was designed and created. Flanked by 1.43-carat trapezoid-shaped diamonds, it lights up any room with its beaming yellow color. It is mounted on an 18k yellow gold basket surrounded by 0.41-carat diamonds in platinum. This design combines all of the best elements to make Solstice one of the best of our Natureal’s Collection.
We’d like to thank you for being a loyal supporter of the Uneek Jewelry brand and look forward to bringing you breathtaking designs to flaunt after we’ve weathered this storm together. Take care and be safe as we all do our part to protect the things that make life beautiful.
Bride’s Name: Danielle J. Groom’s Name: Mike L. Where are you both from? I’m from Charlotte, NC, Mike’s from Ellicott City, MD Which Uneek retailer did you get your Uneek ring from? Diamonds Direct in Charlotte, NC! Where did you and your fiancée meet? We met …
Not all diamonds are created equal—especially when it comes to pink diamonds. These beauties are rare, valuable and downright mysterious, which is exactly why a Uneek woman will love the new additions to our Natureal Collection. A lady who sports one of these precious pieces …
Some of the greatest love stories ever told are definitely not the smooth Rom Com’s we’re used to in this century. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve set the clock back to reminisce on the legendary tales you probably first read in storybooks. While they don’t all have happy endings—actually none of them do—they do have compelling themes that are classic ingredients to any memorable narrative. In the fashion industry, we love a good theme so we matched some of our most powerful pieces to tell the stories of the past.
Romeo and Juliet
The Shakespearean classic about star-crossed lovers is one of the most studied romances of all time. In case you need a quick refresher from Lit class (or missed the ah-mazing 2013 remake feat. Hailee Steinfeld), Romeo and Juliet came from two rival families, the Montagues and the Capulets. It was love at first sight, but they knew their romance would be met with controversy.
To sum up the ending, in a tragic miscommunication both lovers end up taking their own lives. Let’s just take a moment to be thankful that the only messengers we need to rely on these days are the ones that slide into our DMs. After discovering the deaths, the rivaling families come together and build a beautiful gold statue to commemorate Romeo and Juliet, and the town lives in peace.
While this love story is far from a happy ending, we selected the Cancelli Round Diamond Halo Engagement Ring from our Amore Collection to embody the epic narrative. This stunning engagement ring features rose gold and white gold, two types of gold to embody the gold statues resurrected in their memory. The U-pave along the split shank portrays how Romeo and Juliet were torn apart by the feuding families. This style also features a delicate “southern gates”-inspired filigree design under the head which represents the estate wall that Romeo climbs over just before that famous “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” scene. Perfectly nestled in the filigree are two bezel-set surprise diamonds, just like Romeo and Juliet who hid their love until the surprise ending. If you’re a sucker for the classics and can look past the dark ending to understand how steadfast Romeo and Juliet’s love really was, this enchanted ring is a perfect capsule of the treasured tale.
Lancelot and Guinevere
Maybe you don’t align with the lovey-dovey prose of Shakespeare, but you might be more intrigued by the fiery passion of Lancelot and Guinevere. These two lovers were caught up in an affair that was sure to split sides, including the 12 Knights of the Round Table and King Arthur (shook). Regardless of the potential big-time drama on the line, Lancelot and Guinevere couldn’t get enough of each other.
As most betrayals go, the two are eventually caught and Guinevere is sentenced to death. Pretty harsh, but these were different times! Lancelot becomes a total hero in the end and saves Guinevere. I wish the story ended there, but they both actually died alone after deciding their love was too intense for this lifetime.
To commemorate this overly enthusiastic couple, we chose a beautiful gemstone ring that blends an antique look with a modern spin: The Oval Ruby Ring with Diamond Halo and Trapezoid Sidestones. The ruby center stone features a deep hue that’s undeniably dramatic and romantic — just like L & G. The elaborate halo and trapezoid side stones are fit for a queen, which Guinevere was before her attention strayed elsewhere. The yellow gold setting adds a pop contrast to this white gold band representing the divide their romance caused between the various parties involved. We get it, not all love stories start in the perfect way, but they can have the perfect ending when you seal the deal with a beautiful ring like this one.
Orpheus and Eurydice
We wouldn’t be doing the best love stories of all time justice if we didn’t dip into some Greek mythology. The story of Orpheus and Eurydice covers all the mythology bases like love, death and how disappointing men can be when they don’t follow directions.
Orpheus’ Dad, Apollo, gifts him a lyre (basically that string instrument that you see cupid carrying) and tells him to play it to land his lady. Orpheus falls in love with Eurydice and they are so happily in love. Unfortunately, this love is short-lived because Hymen, who was called to bless the marriage, pretty much does the opposite and prophesizes that this marriage won’t last long. He obviously knew something because, soon after, Eurydice is bitten by a snake and perishes.
Orpheus is justifiably heartbroken so he treks down to the underworld to ask for a hall pass for Eurydice. After Orpheus gets passed the three-headed dog by playing his lyre, Hades is actually pretty nice about the whole thing. He gives Orpheus strict instructions to lead Eurydice out of the underworld to the light, but he cannot turn around and look back at Eurydice until she’s in the light. Obviously, Orpheus doesn’t follow directions and, thinking he’s been deceived, turns around to check that Eurydice is behind him. She gets swept back into the underworld and that’s that.
While this love story is just heartbreaking, we do love how music represents the beginning of such a happy, joyful love (while it lasted). From our Natureal Collection, we chose the Oval Yellow Diamond Bracelet with Shared-Prong Round Diamond Bar Links to tell this love story. Orpheus loved music and this bracelet almost mimics the music notes across a staff. This piece is highlighted by eight oval fancy yellow diamonds ensconced in yellow gold bezel cups. The color yellow represents the happy love that Orpheus and Eurydice shared, as well as the light in which Eurydice was instructed to walk towards to exit the underworld. Additionally, the romantic, intricate openwork filigree on the sides and the bottom of each link symbolize how complicated love can be, especially when you’re trying to reverse a snake bite situation. Even though Orpheus and Eurydice shared a fleeting love story, yours certainly won’t be when you slip into this beauty.
Cleopatra and Marc Antony
This narrative in our lineup is a story of decadence, love and power. Mark Antony was a Roman statesman who fell in love with Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt. They had an obvious and extravagant affair, relishing in all the riches associated with being important leaders. Obviously, the affair angers a lot of people and Antony eventually feels pretty bad about it. He decides to instead marry Caesar’s (one of his buddies) sister, Octavia. This all seems like a great idea until Antony can’t resist himself and creeps back over to Cleopatra one day after sending Octavia on a peace mission (I know, the irony).
Long story short, war breaks out and Cleopatra basically bows out mid-fight. Antony is very disappointed that he got ghosted by Cleo, so he decides he’s going to kill her. Cleopatra gets wind of this and fakes her own death. Now, even though he wanted to kill her, when Antony learns that Cleopatra died, he rushes to her tomb and tries to kill himself (but is unsuccessful). The two share one last fleeting glance before Antony successfully ends his life. Cleopatra realizes things probably won’t go well for her at this point considering Caesar and his sister Octavia still aren’t her biggest fans, so she also commits suicide by letting snakes bite her (we’ll give her points for creativity). The kind-of-cute part of the story is that the two are buried next to each other.
We know this love story is a reach as far as romance goes, but the themes are powerful. We chose our Two-Stone Bypass-Split Ring from the Natureal Collection to manifest this chaotic love affair. Antony clearly wanted the best of both worlds, and we get that it’s hard to choose a side sometimes. When it comes to choosing your engagement ring, settling for one metal might be too hard as well. This beaut features two pear-shaped diamonds—one in white and the other in pink—and combines white and rose gold. What’s more, the distinctive bypass-split shank almost resembles the very snakes that Cleopatra used to take her life. For the gal who adores a vintage vibe and simply can’t settle on just one metal or stone, this unique ring adds the diverse flair you’ll love.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we encourage you to reflect on how your jewelry tells your own narrative. As a Uneek woman, we know you aren’t afraid to let your story shine through your jewelry style. If you’re crossing your fingers for a proposal soon, then why not choose a ring that tells your story?
One of the most dazzling parts of your personal ring is its shine. With Uneek, your diamonds are always in the hands of skilled American craftsmen when they’re being finished and set so your ring is full of vibrance, making it stand out from the …