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Pear Shaped Engagement Ring at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces, a Chicago engagement ring boutique located in the Gold Coast at 112 E Oak Street, features the most unique and romantic engagement rings.

Our 2-carat pear shaped diamond is a distinctive choice for an engagement ring. A striking shape, the pear's brilliant facets are designed for sparkle, while it's silhouette blends curved lines and stylish points.

When paired with our expertly crafted Geneva Seal 18K white gold fashion ring with 1.8 carats of diamonds, you have a strikingly stunning pair.

You Have to See the First Pictures of Jennifer Aniston's Wedding Ring

Jennifer Aniston showed off her diamond encrusted gold wedding band for the first time at the premiere of She's Funny That Way. She looked as breathtaking as ever as she graced the red carpet, but it was her beautiful wedding ring which was drawing all the attention at the premiere.

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Prepare yourself, because here come the pics.

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On the other side of this clutch... is history.

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Let's ZOOM in.

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How are your corneas? Fine? Good. Let's check it out from a different angle.

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Simply stunning.

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Gotcha. That's her right hand. Let's go back to that legendary left one again.

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The photo is a little overexposed, but that band of gold is the opposite of underwhelming.

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It looks lovely from afar, does it not? Now change positions for me.

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New position. New position.

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OKAY. Let's do one more.

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Are you all doing OKAY? Can we move on? If you need to scroll back up and relive the symbol of Jennifer's love, be my guest. I'll wait.

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The Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring You Have to See to Believe

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is proud to house this magnificent 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Designed and created by Chicago's favorite jeweler and Geneva Seal's very own, Leonard Goldberg. Geneva Seal Yellow Diamonds possess a sublime color that is rivaled only by the rays of sun. Hand selected by Goldberg, a master gemologist and set to perfection, this rare jewel glows as if lit by an inner flame.

 

The Geneva Seal Yellow Diamond is presented in a phenomenal new setting. Goldberg specifically created and obsessed over every detail of this extraordinary 7 Carat Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Each facet meticulously measured, the mounting was handcrafted in pursuit of absolute perfection.

Our 6 Carat Princess Cut Engagement Ring Is a Chicago Brides Dream

At Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago, engagement rings are our specialty. Our 6 carat princess cut diamond ring is an incredibly stunning choice for an engagement ring. A popular shape, its facets are cut for sparkle, combined with a modern square silhouette. This popular diamond cut has a presence that is both elegant and dramatic.

The ideal engagement diamond is clear to the point of being colorless. At Geneva Seal, experts determine the color of each diamond by comparing it to authenticated “master” diamonds. Each stone is then color-graded to a precise scale from “D” (colorless) to “Z” (saturated). Only diamonds of “I” level (near colorless) or better are accepted at Geneva Seal.

Near Colorless or Colorless grades are advised if you intend to select a white metal. The faint yellow in K or L graded diamonds is balanced by a yellow gold setting. Setting your 6 carat diamond in a French-set halo will add extra sparkle with a vintage influence. A solitaire setting gives a contemporary effect.

There Is a Magic Number for Marriage, According to Science

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago has experienced some of the most magical moments with our clients; especially when they're shopping for an engagement ring.

We've had clients as young as 18 & as old as 80 shopping for engagement rings. Whether it's their first or tenth marriage, they have a magical glow to them, a sense of contentment, fulfillment and happiness. We've always wondered if there is an ideal age for marriage, so we did some research and found there actually is a magic number -- or so says science.

An article in The New York Times last December boldly declared that the oft-cited statistic that 50% of marriages end in divorce is a myth, and in fact, the divorce surge is a thing of the past

"The delay in marriage is part of the story, allowing people more time to understand what they want in a partner and to find one."

According to The Institute of Family Studies, and conventional wisdom, getting married under the age of 20 carries a risk of divorce within the first five years: a whopping 32 percent. And it decreases after then. Between age 20 and 24, the risk is 20%; between 25 and 29, it's 15%; and between 30 and 34, it's 14%. But then, the trend reverses: From age 35 and up, the divorce risk climbs to 19%.

"My data analysis shows that prior to age 32 or so, each additional year of age at marriage reduces the odds of divorce by 11 percent. However, after that the odds of divorce increase by 5 percent per year," writes Nicholas H. Wolfinger, a professor of family and consumer studies and adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Utah."

Thirty-two, it appears is the magic number.

We're not ones to disagree with science but we are supporters of love and marriage at any age. Maybe it's not the age that matters, maybe it's the time it takes to find your perfect match. When you've found your perfect person, we're here for your engagement ring needs.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces has a fine collection of Simon G. engagement rings: Scroll down to shop our picks or CLICK HERE to view part of our collection.

18k White Gold Simon G MR2459 Passion Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR1498-D Delicate Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G LP1935-D Delicate Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR2525 Passion Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR2220 Duchess Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G TR473 Duchess Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR1546-D Delicate Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR2132 Passion Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR2173 Delicate Diamond Wedding Set

18k White Gold Simon G MR1394 Fabled Diamond Wedding Set

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert Divorcing -- Last Look at Her Engagement Ring

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One of country music's cutest couples has called it quits.

Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert are divorcing after 4 years of marriage. The singers announced their divorce via a statement to the Associated Press Monday.

"This is not the future we envisioned," the former couple announced in a joint statement. "And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately. We are real people, with real lives, with real families, friends and colleagues. Therefore, we kindly ask for privacy and compassion concerning this very personal matter."

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago wants to give you one last look at the engagement ring Blake gave Miranda in 2010 when he proposed: he picked a platinum and diamond engagement ring with a round center stone and two baguettes.

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Blake helped design a classic and elegant ring for his bride. Before making the ring, they sketched Miranda’s tattoo and then spent about 60 hours to make and carve out part of the ring. Miranda wanted something beautiful in the engagement ring accordance with the theme of her marriage and also a ring that can create a brilliant sparkle.

So they made a ring named “Eternity”, made of platinum and a round gorgeous diamond set with ornate platinum prongs in the middle. Unfortunately even with a name like "Eternity" some marriages aren't meant to last.

#TBT: Mother's Day Love: Meet the Geneva Seal Family Part II

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother." Abraham Lincoln

Mother's Day is extra special at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago. Being a family-owned business, family is first, second and third. We wanted to honor the amazing women who created the Geneva Seal family by introducing them to our digital family.

From our family to yours, here's a little motherly love we're happy to share with you.

Alex Kats has a vivacious mother who comes to the boutique quite often. Alex's parents don't live in Illinois, but whenever they're in town, his mother Rachel comes to Geneva Seal to work. Rachel used to organize and set the business in the right direction a long time ago, but when she's in town, you best believe she continues where she left off. She comes in at 9am and doesn't leave until the end of the day.

Much like his mother, Alex has a work ethic you don't see in most people. He doesn't take a day off and will stand for most of the day, giving Geneva Seal his 110% on a daily basis. I was talking to Michael, our Geneva Seal jeweler yesterday and he told me that Alex's leadership changed him from being a salesperson to a friend. Alex's clients always brag about his honesty and laid back approach and we definitely believe in thanking his mother for those sincere compliments. Happy Mother's Day Rachel. We hope to see you soon.

Igor's mother Larisa in no way looks like a mother of two grown adults, let alone a grandmother to three teenagers. Larisa is Alex's mother-in-law, making Igor his brother-in-law. They are closer than most brothers and their family bond is unbreakable.

I met Larisa at the Geneva Seal holiday dinner. Her and her stunning daughter, Alex's wife Irene laid out the most amazing and tasteful spread you could imagine. I could tell that these two ladies were the bond that holds this family together. Irene raises two teenage girls, a husband, and works full-time as an optometrist. I'm not sure how she finds the time to manage her schedule, but she makes it look effortless.

There's strength in motherhood no one but a mother could understand, which reminds me of the story Alex told us about Irene. Two days after his wife gave birth to their beautiful daughter, she was back at school to take the test which determined her becoming a doctor. Strength like that is rare and once again, the only woman to thank for acquiring such strength is her mother Larisa.

Mother's Day Love: Meet the Geneva Seal Family

"All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my mother." Abraham Lincoln

Mother's Day is extra special at Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago. Being a family-owned business, family is first, second and third. We wanted to honor the amazing women who created the Geneva Seal family by introducing them to our digital family.

From our family to yours, here's a little motherly love we're happy to share with you.

Everyday is Mother's Day with these two. Leonard, the Geneva Seal jeweler and his mother Svetlana have the strongest son-mother relationship I have ever seen. Leonard and Svetlana (Lana for short) are not only a family, but a team. Together they overcame tremendous obstacles, coming to America and not speaking a word of English, to a success that was propelled by hard work and unconditional love.

Lana adores Leonard and everything she does is for him. The same is true of Leonard, Lana is the leading lady in his life and treating her like a Queen is an understatement. They take long walks together, enjoy fabulous meals, warm conversations and have a connection that could be felt from afar. These two aren't just son and mother, they are truly best friends.

Rachel, our Geneva Seal jeweler, has one of the sweetest relationships with her mom. Her mother Paula lives in the suburbs, but the two of them never miss their mother-daughter day every Monday. They shop, lunch and catch up with one another. Even though Rachel chats with her mom on a daily basis, she can't get enough of her best friend.

Paula is so sweet and has truly created a remarkable daughter. The love Rachel has for her mother is admirable. She created Rachel Lynn Chicago in 2009, inspired by her mother, a jeweler herself for over fifteen years. Rachel's bracelets are hand crafted to perfection. We love this mother-daughter friendship and believe a love like theirs is what Mother's Day is all about.

180,000-carat emerald from Brazil. Worth $900 million? Or nothing?

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago is intrigued by the case of the 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald from Brazil. Since 2001, the 840 pound uncut emerald has been the subject of a contentious court battle between a colorful crowd of gem traders, miners and a real estate tycoon all vying for the prized jewel - once valued at $372 million.

Bradley Campbell, writer for Public Radio International, explains:

"It’s been used to prop up a struggling tech company hoping to make it rich on high-definition televisions. It may or may not have been submerged in water during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It is said to have traveled from Brazil to (at least) San Jose, New Orleans and Los Angeles. And that’s why the saga of the Bahia is both fascinating and strange. It's been valued at $900 million."

Michael Chiero of Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago thinks otherwise. Michael is a graduate in diamonds, colored stones & an AJP. He thinks,

"that the shear size of the crystal and it's exciting story between the trading hands adds a tremendous value. Which in turn, would label the emerald as more of a collectible with a rich and mysterious history. From a gemological standpoint, majority of the emeralds mined from the Bahia region are know for being cloudy and filled with inclusions, typically selling for $10 or less per carat."

Michael continues, "depending on what could be fashioned into usable material, I would estimate that the emerald crystal would be worth less than $100,000.00. As a rare specimen with said history, well one can only speculate. Possibly a few million depending who's interested. The multi-million dollar values reported were part of an insurance scam where the owners were using it as collateral to fund a new flat screen TV business."

Crazy, yes. Confusing, sure. What we're excited to see is the finished product after this case is closed.  Once the ugly chunk of rock is cut, formed and polished by a jeweler. We can only hope something as beautiful as this unique ring centered upon a rare 20 carat mogul hand carved emerald will come out of this 14-year old saga.

Valentine's Day Contest: Write Your Heart out for a Gift from Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces

Last week, Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago held a Valentine's Day Facebook contest for women, this week we want men to join the fun. Chicago's favorite jeweler, Leonard Goldberg, is asking men to enter this contest. He will personally select the winner, and gift you and your lucky lady.

Men: In 25 words or less express to the world what you love about your woman in the Comment section below or to our Geneva Seal Jewelers Facebook page. Post a picture for extra points. To qualify please like our Geneva Seal Jewelers Facebook page.

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Good Luck to all of you love birds. Chirp Chirp.

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces Announces Valentine's Day Contest Winner

Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces in Chicago took the weekend to think about the winner of our Facebook Valentine's Day contest. We asked the ladies to post a unique idea or a piece of Valentine's Day advice for men in order to win a gift from Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces.

The decision wasn't an easy one. Many ladies took the time out of their day to write a detailed description of a sweet Valentine's Day idea. Chicago's favorite jeweler, Leonard Goldberg, decided between two creative and non traditional ideas after reading every single post.

He explained, "Picking a winner took me some time because we had so many great ideas but most of them were based on your standard date night. A man should be sending you flowers, taking you out to dinner, surprising you with little gestures of love daily so those responses didn't get me. But then, there were three posts, two of which had the same idea that I thought were more original than the rest."

Goldberg continues, "The first one was written by Irina LobanNova and the second/third by Beta Nourahmadi and Maria McCord. Irina focused on spending the day spreading love to those who need it the most. To volunteer at a nursing home or homeless shelter, followed by a romantic night with hot chocolate and ice skating is a charming idea. Irina's idea wasn't focused on herself, instead she wanted to spread love to those who may not be feeling loved. That's what Valentine's day is all about. You could do dinners and chocolates every day of the year. Bita and Maria also came up with a unique idea about creating a scavenger hunt. I thought that was creative and different. But the winner is definitely Irina! Congratulations to all of the ladies who posted some great ideas. It was fun reading your thoughts on how you want to spend Valentine's Day."

Our winner, Irina LobaNova, will be gifted with a special sparkler from Geneva Seal Fine Jewelry & Timepieces. The following text was taken from her Facebook post:

"How about sign up to volunteer at a nursing home or homeless shelter and spread the love. Valentine's day is about showing love and appreciation, and what better way to show share it than sharing it with people who don't have loved ones anymore....and then of course take your lady to a get a cup of hot chocolate and go ice skating at the Maggie Daley Park."

Congratulations Irina!

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.