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The Valentine's Day Gift Fit for a Princess: Diamond Stud Earrings at Geneva Seal

Diamond stud earrings are the most important pieces of jewelry in every woman's jewelry box. An enduring classic, Geneva Seal's selection of timeless diamond stud earrings celebrate the undeniable beauty of love. 

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These simple and delicate diamond stud earrings worn regularly by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are meticulously hand-set in nearly invisible platinum settings, the result is a pair of the world's most exquisite diamonds, matched to perfection.

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A pair of Geneva Seal diamond stud earrings are available in a selection of sizes and prices. They are classic, beautiful and timeless... you won't find diamond studs more brilliant and you'll wear them forever.

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A beautiful twist on the classic halo stud earrings, the double halo stud earrings offer two rows of diamond halos around a larger center diamond for big sparkle. 

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Life reflects radiantly from these diamond stud earrings. This fashionable style can be worn every day, or easily dressed up for a special occasion - always making you the center of attention.

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Geneva Seal's "must-have" diamond stud earrings are like no other... a big look for a glamorous woman.

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A delicate diamond frame surrounds the center diamond in this uniquely beautiful pair of diamond stud earrings. 

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This dazzling pair of diamond stud earrings will turn heads everywhere. A modern design still maintains a classic appeal any woman can appreciate. 

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A stunning ensemble of perfectly cut diamonds create an exceptional pair of Geneva Seal diamond stud earrings that are beyond brilliant and truly beloved.

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The perfect diamond stud earrings for any occasion in your life, the beauty of these earrings will never go out of style.

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These fashionable, feminine diamond stud earrings truly sparkle like no other. Whether it's for a daytime look or a night out on the town, they are the perfect studs to add flair to any outfit. 

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These fashion forward triangle stud earrings make a big statement with an edgy shape and dazzling sparkle.

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A classic and romantic design, the Geneva Seal heart stud earrings portray love and emotion in the timeless fashion of diamond stud earrings.

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The Sexiest Ring & Earrings at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring and watch boutique houses the most exquisite fine jewelry in the world. 

Recently added to our collection is this stunning "Corset" diamond ring by Geneva Seal features 5.20ctw of pave set white diamonds in 18k white gold. The flaring design of this ring makes it stand out from the ordinary.  A sexy versatile diamond ring that makes a major statement. 

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These Geneva Seal "Safety Pin" diamond earrings in 18k white gold will glimmer against your bare neck. Combining time-honored elegance & glamour, these earrings are the sure to add the perfect touch to your Geneva Seal "Corset" diamond ring. 

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Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces 

112 E Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611

312-944-3100 | For Availability 

How to Take Perfect Engagement Ring Photos

With millions of couples getting engaged, you can expect your Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be flooded with proposal pictures and engagement ring selfies. This recent phenomenon of ring photos has become many couples’ preferred method for sharing the news of their engagement with family and friends. A sparkling snap of the engagement ring, paired with a cute caption and posted to social media, seems to have replaced the traditional good news phone call.

Of course, with any fad comes a lot of competition and over-saturation. I’ve seen some entirely un-friendly conversations go on between friends over how big the ring looks in person vs. how it looked in a ring selfie.

Some hand lotion and a manicure can go a long way in making your hands look their best for engagement ring photos. Otherwise, there is no reason to use any photography trickery to make a diamond engagement ring look larger or different than it appears in person. There are plenty of ways to enhance the natural beauty of your diamond to achieve a gorgeous, true-to-life engagement ring selfie.

What will make your ring sparkle the most?

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Two words: natural light. Nothing will show off your engagement ring’s sparkle quite like sunlight. If you live near the ocean, lake, or even a river, a beach scene is ideal for letting your diamond sparkle in natural light. In addition to being a popular proposal spot, the beach presents a unique photo op. This is because both the sun’s light and the reflection of the sun on the water will enhance the center diamond’s brilliance.

On the other hand, stay away from taking engagement ring photos in dim, yellow-toned light. In person, a reading light definitely gives diamonds a soft, romantic look. Unfortunately, this look does not translate well to photos, especially when it comes to yellow gold diamond engagement rings. At best the center stone will look blurry, and at worst it will look like it has a very low color grade.

What will make your diamond look bigger (and smaller)?

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No matter how large or small your ring’s center diamond actually is, certain angles and setups can change the appearance of its size. First and foremost, make sure to take a top-down shot of your ring. This is also called a “table view”, and it will give the most accurate impression of the diamond’s size. Depending on which diamond cuts and ring settings are used, side-view photos of an engagement ring can be totally misleading. For example, a large diamond set in an engagement ring that sits low on the finger will look tiny in a side-view image.

Another way to get an accurate picture of the diamond’s size is to remove all other jewelry and accessories from your hand and wrist before snapping a selfie. The shapes and sizes of your other jewelry can skew how big the center stone appears. This is especially true for watches; large watch faces are still in right now, so by comparison the diamond will seem much smaller than it actually is.

When to Share Ring Details

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There has been debate about this topic since long before the era of the selfie. Nowadays, with social media being such a huge part of our everyday lives, awkward conversations and subjects like this one run the risk of being broadcast to friends, family, coworkers, and even random acquaintances.

My recommendation is to not share the finer details of your ring, especially carat weight and price. It could lead to comparisons, jealousy, criticism, and a whole mess of other bad social situations.

What are the right details to share? Any unique touches that enhance the ring’s meaning. For example, sharing the inscriptions from engraved engagement rings is sweet and definitely not too much information. Calling out your sister-in-law for having a smaller diamond? Not as sweet.

Some Quick Do’s and Don’ts: 

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  • DON’T shy way from using your own hand. First off, it isn’t technically a “selfie” if you don’t have any of yourself in the photo, is it? Second, who cares if your nails or skin are perfect? Your friends and family shouldn’t; they should care about your happy announcement first and foremost. If you have a particularly critical audience, you can always crop the photo so that it includes only your fingers and not the nails.
  • DON’T use flash on a diamond close-up. The stone’s brilliance will reflect back in a very unflattering way.
  • DON’T rely on zoom at all. It is extremely difficult to get a high-quality photo of an engagement ring if you zoom in on the center diamond. A zoomed-in photo will almost always come out blurry.
  • DON’T take a close-up of the table if you have an Asscher or emerald cut diamond. These shapes have sizable, open tables, so inclusions will appear more obvious. I would stay away from top-down close-ups of emerald and Asscher cuts, unless you want to answer a lot of questions about the “scratches” on your stone.

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It's Not the Size of the Diamond in Nicki Minaj's Engagement Ring We're Not Impressed by, It's the Craftsmanship

Anybody, anybody wanna by a heart? Not only did Meek Mill find the way to Nicki Minaj's heart, he made it officially official with a humongous, heart-shaped engagement ring. After the Queen of rap released The Pinkprint, her heartbroken lyrics left us thinking it would take her quite some time to recover from the 11-year romance to.. what's his name?

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago would like to congratulate Nicki on her & Meek's friendship-turned-romance, but we do have a few things to say about the bling (don't we always?).

Expert jeweler Leonard Goldberg of Geneva Seal in Chicago said, "The unique non-traditional heart-shaped engagement ring makes a different statement and stands out. Based on pictures, it is approximately 10-12 carat Fancy Yellow Heart Shape Diamond." Alex Kats of Geneva Seal in Chicago adds, "If the size matters, the ring looks fantastic, but.." Leonard continues, "the mounting does not complement the heart-shape of the diamond by not accentuating the cleavage between the lobes, so it looks like a strawberry instead of a heart. The double row micro pave diamond halo setting is a sexy trend right now and the contrast between the white and yellow diamonds is the right way to go to bring out the color of the yellow center"

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Is Ending the Blue Dress Debate

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is ending the conversation about the blue dress using our jewelry. For the past half-day, people across social media have been arguing about whether a picture depicts a perfectly nice bodycon dress as blue with black lace fringe or white with gold lace fringe. And neither side will budge.

As always, jewelry has the answer to your problem America. We've placed Geneva Seal fine jewelry across the stripes of the dress in both colors; blue with black and white with gold. We want you to tell us if our blue sapphire diamonds mesh with the dress better, or is it the white gold with diamonds that almost perfectly match the dress.

Now, if you aren't able to clearly see that the blue sapphire diamonds look more similar to the color of the dress, you have more problems than Monica Lewinsky had during her dress scandal. The dress is BLUE. Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces has officially ended this debate. Happy Friday :)

Jennifer Lopez's Booty May Have Stolen the Show at the AMAs, but We Were Fooled by the Rocks That She Got

Everyone's talking Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea booty and we're over here like, did you see the diamond rings on Jennifer Lopez's sexy fingers at the American Music Awards last night? The mind blowing diamond ring sparklers should've had their own red carpet moment.

Lopez stunned in Norman Silverman gorgeous diamond studs and large diamond rings while flaunting her perfect figure. We're all about the fine jewelry at these award shows and Lopez definitely gave us something to awe about.

Lopez's diamond rings were almost our favorite when it came to the fine jewelry, but then, at the end of the night came the final presenter who we missed on the red carpet. The always flawless Kate Beckinsale was a vision in classic white.

But it was her dazzling Bulgari Serpenti necklace that sent us over the edge. The diamond encrusted necklace made the biggest statement of the night. The fierceness of her neck piece was everything.

Two of our youngest favorites had a sultry yet elegant vibe. Kiley Jenner showed off her sexy leg in her Alexandre Vauthier dress. The 17-year-old added pointed cage heels, gold accessories, and the most darling mini purse to complete her silky blood red look.

Selena Gomez was completely classy in an Armani Privé gown with an open back. Plus, she added a dash of dazzle with gold cuffs and statement earrings.

You Won't Believe the Story behind the Pearls Wrapped around Kim Kardashian West's Neck in Her Paper Magazine Cover

Some say Kim Kardashian West is the Marilyn Monroe of our time and as Marilyn once said, “diamonds are a girls best friend” but the timeless elegance of pearls is as unique as the woman who wears them. Once a woman wraps a strand of pearls around her neck, she lifts it little higher, confidently greeting the world as if it is her oyster.

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The story behind the cluster of pearl necklaces and earrings by Mikimoto worn by Mrs. West for the Paper magazine cover is a tale that defines the meaning of luxury. Kokichi Mikimoto, the 101-year-old Japanese jeweler created the world's first cultured pearl. Just like diamonds, pearls have a grading system, and only 10% of the finest quality cultured pearls are worthy enough to carry the Mikimoto name.

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At Geneva Seal we hold quality to the highest regard. Chicago's favorite jeweler, Leonard Goldberg, has over 20 years of experience in the pearl grading system which was pioneered by Mikimoto. Because of the knowledge acquired by many years of training that Mr. Goldberg has in the pearl industry, Geneva Seal is able to provide our clients with the finest quality pearls available. We, like Mikimito, house only the most exquisite and exclusive pearls available. The story of Mikimoto is similar to that of our family, starting with nothing and slowly building a jewelry house that holds only the finest jewelry in the world.

Kokichi Mikimoto was only 13 years old when he became fascinated with pearl hunting his town's most famous product: Ise Pearls. He was unhappy with the pearl industries lack of quality when he saw misshapen and underdeveloped pearls being sold. He learned that Akoya oysters produced the best pearls. He explored methods of introducing a particle into the flesh of the oyster to stimulate secretions of "nacre" that build up in hundreds of thousands of layers, creating a lustrous pearl.

Mikimoto dropped out of school to support his family after his father fell ill and with an entrepreneur spirit and highly intellectual mind, took the pearl industry by storm. But not without plenty of setbacks, from natural disasters that threatened the survival of his oyster beds to oyster-eating octopi. It wasn't until Mikimoto was 35 when his wife gathered a basket of oysters from the sea to inspect and found a shimmering pearl. The first cultured pearl.

The Japanese house of Mikimoto cultured pearls brought unprecedented luxury to a new breed of emancipated, working woman, delivering quintessential femininity and the ultimate in classic style to women all over the globe. Like Mrs. West's oiled up body, Mikimoto's pieces are objects of desire.

One woman who treasured her Mikimoto pearls is Marilyn Monroe. One of the few pieces of precious jewelery owned by Monroe, the 16-inch strand of 44 Akoya pearls, with its signature Mikimoto gold clasp, is iconic.

We doubt it is by coincidence that Mrs. West chose to wear the same pearls that were adorned by Marilyn Monroe since her husband, Kanye West, is extremely vocal about his wife being compared to Marilyn. Whether or not you think Kim Kardashian is the Marilyn Monroe of our time, one thing we could agree on is that the pearls wrapped around her neck are the finest quality cultured pearls in the world.

Happy Halloween from Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces

Happy Halloween from Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces in Chicago. It's the most wonderful time of year on Oak Street. Chicago just saw it's first snowfall a couple hours ago and the windy city is officially in a frenzy. We're getting in the Halloween spirit with our diamond rings and enough chocolate to turn into a pumpkin by 12 o'clock. Trick or Treat Chicago!

Jessica Biel's Pregnant and We're Still Obsessed with Her Engagement Ring

Jessica Biel's pregnant and if it was 1999 I'd be in tears because my favorite N*Sync member is no longer a romantic endeavor for me. Luckily, Justin Timberlake isn't my style anymore, but his taste in engagement rings is by far one of my favorites. At Geneva Seal in Chicago, we love when men go for a unique and personal style when picking out their ladies engagement ring. It is the ring the love of your life will be wearing until the end of time. Right? Right.

Leonard Goldberg, Chicago's favorite jeweler describes the engagement ring of my dreams as a "slightly rounded square-cut diamond surrounded by two rows of smaller stones." The blackened platinum creates a unique vintage effect and I'm absolutely crazy about the scrolling rope-style sides. At Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry and Timepieces in Chicago, we enjoy men who are apart of the creative process when designing a custom made engagement ring for the woman they love.

The Glamorous Diva Watch from Roger Dubuis

The Velvet Haute Couture trilogy by Roger Dubuis comprises some of the essential elements linked to a diva. Roger Dubuis is the luxury watches brand that is both haute couture and exclusive. The Geneva-based company found the perfect way to put the essence of the diva status in three sexy watches. Supermodel Stephanie Seymour was chosen to illustrate the essence of the collection in a campaign shot by Mikael Jansson.

The Velvet Haute Couture Mink Fur: introduces the exclusive aura of mink-clad elegance.

The Velvet Haute Couture Corsetry: the strap is a rendition of the corset, an element which throughout history has outlined the feminine figure, the hourglass silhouette.

The Velvet Haute Couture Passementerie: is a watch inspired by the more intimate accessories that are part of a diva’s life: the silky soft fishnet stockings.

Wedding Wednesday: The Most Stunning Diamonds You Have Ever Seen

Geneva Seal has been home to the rarest diamonds found in Chicago for years. Our family founded a diamond wholesale business 35 years ago whose clientele reads like a who's who of famous jewelers. Our diamond buying office is still located in Chicago, so you can be assured that you will find the finest diamonds at Geneva Seal. Choosing the perfect engagement ring is one of the most difficult decisions a person in love makes. The look on your partners face after you hand them the engagement ring of their dreams is priceless and at Geneva Seal, that look is our only goal.

Just In: Diamond Ball Earrings

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"You can always tell what kind of person a man really thinks you are by the earrings he gives you" — Audrey Hepburn

At Geneva Seal, our clients have become our family. Knowing our clients taste in fine jewelry makes it easier to pair our newest arrivals with a happy client. Many of our male clients come to us when shopping for their leading lady becomes difficult. After years of gift giving, there isn't a man out there who doesn't need a little help steering him in the right direction. Our newest addition to our earring collection are these stunning round diamond ball earrings. Perfect for a bold, fierce woman who loves to shine within a crowd. Being Chicago's best jewelery boutique, we've added the most exquisite diamonds to these brilliant drop down earrings.