6 Jewelry Pieces You’ll Love This Fall

It was wonderful to talk through the fall trends this year with Beth Ann Clyde of LI Pulse magazine – she did an article that appears below:

From statement to understated, the jewelry trend forecast is all over the map. Let Esther Fortunoff of Fortunoff Fine Jewelry help you sift through the bangles, cuffs, silver and gold.

Multiband and Stacking Rings
“The ring stacking trend is not new, but it is certainly here to stay.” This season, multiband rings are taking the guesswork out of getting ready to go out and providing another way to achieve levels of interest with a single piece.

Fortunoff’s silver ring set will add a little extra sparkle on a big night. The texture and understated gems on the stacking set of gold and gemstone rings make them perfect for a day at work that you know will end in happy hour.

Stackable rings at Fortunoff Fine Jewelry take the guesswork out of accessorizing

Gemstones add something different to your look

The open waves on Fortunoff’s Wavy Wire Cuff Bracelet make the piece extra special

Statement Cuffs and Bracelets
Bangles, bracelets and cuffs were all over the runways during fashion week. Expect to see multi-strand bracelets and wide hinged cuffs in various metals, with and without gems. “For fall, you really can’t go wrong because they stand up to the bold patterns of the clothes.” The open waves on Fortunoff’s Wavy Wire Cuff Bracelet add a fun element of surprise that won’t get lost against the dark floral-printed skirts people will be wearing this fall.

The Alice Earrings in sterling silver with 18K rose gold plating are lovely and graceful

Geometric Shapes
Minimalists will love this one: geometric jewelry with defined shapes and angles are en vogue. Often petite and understated, these pieces are cool without trying too hard and are office and date-night appropriate. “Designers are also playfully balancing negative and positive space.” Rock the trend yourself by donning this rose gold pendant.


This Oval Loops Gold Necklace is a great way to amp up your jeans-and-t uniform this fall


Return to Yellow Gold
Time to break out of that silver-and-white-metal rut. “Yellow gold is having a moment right now. Some of the petite pave set diamonds will stand out against the yellow gold, and bold new designs are coming from the influence of the 70s and 80s.” We love the oval shapes and double chain on this eye-catching gold necklace, available at Fortunoff Fine Jewelry. Let it makes its statement and keep the good 70s vibes going by pairing with a t-shirt and wide-legged jeans.


Elegant back-and-front 18-karat yellow gold earrings with pave diamonds are sure to sparkle this fall


Elevated Earrings
Earrings will shine more than ever this year. From tiny sparkly studs to threaders in front-and-back styles, there’s no wrong way to go. “Large and small earrings may be worn together and the proliferation of multiple piercings allows for over-the-top creativity.” One of Fortunoff’s favorite is an elegant back-and-front 18-karat yellow gold earrings with pave diamonds.

My Commitment to Community Service

Here I am at the Brava Awards, with my friend, Joan Axelrod-Siegelwax, President/CEO at EmPowered Possibilities Coaching, who was my co-winner.

Here I am at the Brava Awards, with my friend, Joan Axelrod-Siegelwax, President/CEO at EmPowered Possibilities Coaching, who was my co-winner.

I’m honored to be one of a number of women who received a Brava Award this month from SmartCEO Magazine, at an awards gala held at the Westbury Manor on Long Island. The Brava Awards program recognizes female CEOs and executives who combine entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for mentoring and giving back to the community. Each year, an independent committee of local business leaders selects winners based on company growth, community impact, and mentoring.

I take my commitment to community service very seriously. I live and work on Long Island and its various causes mean a great deal to me. I serve on the board of the Long Island Association, which promotes cooperation among the business, labor, educational, scientific, technology, not-for profit and civic communities here. LIA gives me a good helicopter view of what going on in the region, such as how our population is changing (we’re getting older, and losing more of our young people). LIA supports improvements in transportation, expanded job opportunities, investment in smart energy initiatives, environmental conservation, equal rights for our workers, better family leave policies, and opportunities for our college students.

walk-in-her-shoesI also serve on the board of The Safe Center LI, a group that provides vital programs and services for local victims of domestic and child abuse. This summer, I attended “Walk in Her Shoes,” at Westbury Manor, a fashion show and event that raised more than $23,000 for the Safe Center. I’m proud we were able to accessorize the models with jewels by Fortunoff Fine Jewelry.

My love of nature and the incredible environment we enjoy on Long Island has driven my commitment to the Long Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy, where I served on the board for many years. From our water quality and nature trails to our farming and fishing, I am passionate about this cause for sure.

Fortunoff also supports the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island, and in May, provided jewelry for its inaugural fashion show, at which “Bigs and Littles” walked the runway together modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear. It was very moving to see the special closeness between the Bigs and Littles, and the funds raised at the fashion show will assist BBBSLI in its efforts to match many of the children on its inquiry list with a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own.
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Please join me in supporting these worthy organizations or others of your choice. I smiled recently when I saw a hashtag on Instagram that read #communityserviceisthenewblack – it’s always a good day when giving back is in vogue. If you’d like to learn more about my Brava Award, click here.

July’s Birthstone – Ruby

Throughout most of recorded history, ruby has been the world’s most valued gemstone. Even diamond was considered common in comparison to the supreme beauty and value of this glowing red gem. Ruby is that boldest of colors: the gem of the heart, of desire, passion, courage, and emotion.

We recently had the pleasure to work on a special request to create a one-of-a-kind ruby ring. This young man, a member of our Armed Forces stationed far away, envisioned a beautiful ruby and diamond ring for his beloved. During his quiet moments, he created the design himself, using his laptop (see his design below). Our job was to guide his dream to reality — without ever meeting him!
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ruby-03We began the search first for the stone and showed him many. He chose the very unusual octagon-shaped ruby on the bottom left side. [Photos were sent to him by cell phone.]

We put together all the elements and below is the final ring. Breathtaking! And of course, she said Yes! It was our honor to be part of this dream come true.

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In all its shades, from hot pink to dark red, we love ruby and you will too! Interest in these dazzling red beauties has skyrocketed, but at Fortunoff Jewelry, we keep our pledge to offer prices that make sense. Browse our selection of genuine ruby jewelry to surprise that special someone born in July, or treat yourself to something unforgettable. We also have a much larger selection of unique beauties in store.

From Gem to Jewel – Part 1

We just returned from Las Vegas, the largest jewelry trade show of the year. After walking miles and visiting countless jewelry designers, manufacturers, and gem dealers, our heads are full of new ideas!

Over the past months, I had been accumulating a little “treasure trove” of gemstones, taking my time, thinking about how I might like to set each one. I knew that eventually each one would tell me what it wanted to be! A few suites, like this one, lent themselves to hand-crafted drop earrings – including these. But still I had not found just the right style for many others.

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Visiting the Design Center, when I met husband-and-wife team Catherine and Michael of Michael Jensen Designs, it was clear that I finally had found the right homes for these gems. I had first “met” Catherine in a telephone call a few months before. She and Michael have combined their individual talents – she as a Graduate Gemologist with a passion for art, history and archeology, he as a sculptor and metal-smith – to create a jewelry line where each piece is truly a wearable work of art.

I sent them my gemstones, to allow them to think about how they might set each one. Here are some pictures of just a few pieces they’ve made in the past – to give you a taste of what you will see when MY project is done!

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Weekend of Pearls

Dramatic necklace features different shades of grey and black Tahitian pearls in a variety of shapes and sizes – $1,495.

I am so pleased to be hosting a Pearl Trunk Show and Restyling/Restringing Event at the store this weekend. Hope to see you there!

I love to wear pearls — all types, all colors. They’re so versatile! Pearl jewelry can be simple and elegant … romantic and feminine … cool and edgy. They’re beautiful on their own and when combined with gemstones or other jewels.

Once accessible only to royalty (queens AND kings) and the rich and powerful, pearls today are as perfect with jeans as they are with elegant evening wear. Thanks to pearl-loving (and wearing) icons Coco Chanel (“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls”), Jacqueline Onassis and TV supermom June Cleaver, pearls have become a jewelry box must-have.

Lustrous pearl necklaces light up the face, and they practically glow against suntanned skin. Not surprisingly, pearls are a favorite choice for graduation gifts and mementos for members of the wedding party. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Freshwater Cultured Pearls 50 Inch Mixed Sizes, Sterling Silver

At 50 inches, this beautiful strand of cultured pearls can be worn long and loose, or doubled, twisted, knotted… the possibilities are practically endless! White cultured pearls from 5 mm to 8 mm, made by hand in New York – $450.

Natural Grey-Hued Tahitian South Sea Cultured Pearls

These are definitely not your grandmother’s pearls! Natural Tahitian South Sea cultured pearls in shades of light to medium gray are carefully matched and strung by hand in New York. Every lustrous strand is unique and includes a sterling silver ball clasp. About 18 inches – $695.

Things My Mother Taught Me

I often think of my grandmother Clara, and wonder what she would think about Fortunoff if she could see it today. The world, and our business, have changed so much since that first store on Livonia Avenue in Brooklyn. Clara worked tirelessly to build the business, but never lost sight of the importance of building her family, as well. Following Clara, my mother Helene enjoyed a great career, shattering glass ceilings, accumulating accolades and awards, and making a huge impact in the world of jewelry. She, too, would tell you that she kept an equally firm eye on her family. It is inspiring — and a little daunting — to follow in the steps of these great women who built my family business.

Vintage Style Heart Locket with Garnet Accent, Sterling Silver

Vintage Style Heart Locket with Garnet Accent, Sterling Silver – $150

Other lessons they taught me were: find great designs that our customers will love and always offer the customer a fair price.

My team and I strive to offer you our legendary large selections that are high quality and affordable. The pieces I select are ones you can be proud to give to your mother, so she will cherish and wear any of them with joy. I’ve chosen some beautiful new lockets and jewelry with messages to add to our collections.

Among the gold and silver lockets we offer, here’s a new oxidized sterling silver one in the shape of a heart.

A great gift that fits everyone, a Gemstone necklace adds color to any outfit. Or show your mom she’s a star with this diamond star necklace.

Champagne Quartz and Black Onyx Station Necklace, 36 Inches, Sterling Silver

Champagne Quartz and Black Onyx Station Necklace, 36 Inches, Sterling Silver – $250

Pave Diamond Star Necklace, 14K White Gold

Pave Diamond Star Necklace, 14K White Gold – $395

 

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Pear Shape Amethyst Dangle Earrings, 14K White Gold – $250

Blue Topaz and Blue Sapphire Ring, 14K White Gold

Blue Topaz and Blue Sapphire Ring, 14K White Gold – $750

Like my mother and grandmother I love adding precious gemstones to an outfit. So add more color to someone’s life this season.

“Straight from the Heart” by Go Love

Occasionally our friends agree to share their experiences and inspiration with the
Fortunoff audience. We are delighted to share this from Beth Golove…

'Love of Self' Heart Earrings, Sterling Silver

‘Love of Self’ Heart Earrings, Sterling Silver – $75


Guest Post by Beth GoLove

Some designers take their inspiration from nature, or from pretty objects in their environment. Mine came from a much more difficult experience, one which changed my life, but also gave rise to hope, and to this amazing new journey, “Straight From the Heart.”

Back in the late 1990’s, my mother and I lived about 10 minutes away from each other. We were so close, spending almost every day together. I was pregnant with my first child, and we passed many a day dreaming together about all the wonderful future that lay ahead. It was such a joyous time, and we imagined we would have many years together.

Heart Charm Necklace, Sterling Silver

Heart Charm Necklace, Sterling Silver – $175

Suddenly, when my son was just three months old, my Mom passed away. All of our hopes and dreams were shattered, and so was my heart. I did not have the chance to say goodbye, or to tell her one last time how much she had meant to me. With her passing, I began to spend much more time with my mother’s mom, “Nanny.” Her love and the time we spent together helped to bolster my spirits. Sadly, within just a few years, I lost my Nanny as well. I was devastated. My life seemed to be spiraling downward, and I became severely depressed. I could not even rally to take care of my family, which by this time included my two children. Life seemed hopeless. I felt like an empty shell.

'Straight From The Heart' Toggle Bracelet, Sterling Silver

‘Straight From The Heart’ Toggle Bracelet, Sterling Silver – $99

Miraculously, six years after she left us, my mother came to me in a dream, and rescued me. Mom decided she was going to set me straight! All my senses came alive in this dream. After so long living a black-and-white, one-dimensional existence, I could suddenly see things in all their vibrant colors, and three dimensions. In the midst of this vivid dream, my Mom stood in front of me, took my hand, and said, “Beth, you’d better live your life. Even though I am not there to hug you, I still love you.” I woke up crying, yet completely comforted and alive again.

Mom had sent me a very strong message to live life to the fullest. I knew I was not really alone. I realized I had to help others who were similarly in need of comfort, to remind them that there is always hope with love.

Turtle Pair Pendant, Sterling Silver

Turtle Pair Pendant, Sterling Silver – $65

This became the core meaning behind my collection, “Straight From the Heart.” Love of oneself, of others, of the world around us, and love of the spirit, are all part of my story. I hope you will find my story resonates with you, too.

Stay Serene with Aquamarine

Serenity - Pantone color I’m delighted that the Pantone Color Institute, which helps the fashion world predict color trends, has named the lovely color of aquamarine as one of its two colors of the year 2016. Calling the shade “Serenity,” Pantone says it speaks to consumers’ desire for “mindfulness and well-being, as an antidote to modern day stresses.” That’s something we all could use a bit more of during this rancorous election season, right?

The tranquil color of aquamarine, March’s birthstone, has long attracted gemstone connoisseurs as well as fashionistas. The Romans likened it to gazing into limpid pools of water (aqua) or the sea (marine). Many ancients believed that aquamarine, which belongs to mineral family called beryl, made its wearers amiable and more intellectual.

When you wear an aquamarine ring or earrings, or place an aquamarine necklace against your skin, you can almost feel its soothing peace. We have a stunning selection of aquamarine earrings, necklaces, and rings, as well as a sexy cuff bangle that’s on sale, so whether you’re a March baby or not, you can still invoke your inner meditative state any time you want.

“We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil.” That quotation by yoga master Sri Gurudev, sums up how aquamarine makes me feel. Share the glow.

Oval Aquamarine and Diamond Dangle Hoops, 14K White Gold

Aquamarine and Diamond Dangle Hoops, 14K White Gold – $1,150

Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Ring, Sterling Silver and 18K Yellow Gold

Emerald-Cut Aquamarine Ring, Sterling Silver and 18K Yellow Gold – $350



Aquamarine Cuff Style Bangle Bracelet, 18K Yellow Gold

Aquamarine Cuff Style Bangle Bracelet, 18K Yellow Gold – $1,395

Pear-Shape Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant, 1 Inch, 14K White Gold

Pear-Shape Aquamarine and Diamond Pendant, 1 Inch, 14K White Gold – $595

Spread The Love

Who said that valentines had to be for “significant others”? I tell my husband that I love him all the time… sometimes I miss the handmade cards when we celebrated Valentine’s Day like we did in grade school – pretty much everyone was your valentine and you were theirs. It’s too rare that I go out of my way to express my love — through gifts, just kind words — to all the other special people in my life: my extended family, friends from the jewelry business, lifetime coworkers, old college pals, and people who make my day brighter in small ways.

There are many ways to show love – as in the James Taylor song “Shower the People”. At the store we can help with small gifts to shower the people you love with love.

We’ve got pieces for all budgets and unique tastes. You’ll find something for sisters, teachers, a beloved babysitter or granddaughter.

Round Amethyst And Diamond Earrings, 14K White Gold

Round Amethyst And Diamond Earrings, 14K White Gold – $395

Child's Enamel Butterfly Drop Earrings, Sterling Silver

Child’s Enamel Butterfly Drop Earrings, Sterling Silver – $40

For dad or brother there are tie bars and money clips, cufflinks and bracelets of sterling silver, and something specifically for the music buff:

Superman Tie Bar, DC Comics, Silver Plated, Enamel

Superman Tie Bar, DC Comics, Silver Plated, Enamel – $35

45 RPM Cufflinks, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cynthia Gale

45 RPM Cufflinks, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cynthia Gale – $125

For an old friend, consider a heavy sterling silver cuff from designer Natasha Wozniak, or a Love necklace by Tai Design.

Sterling Silver Cuff, Hand Wrought, by Natasha Wozniak

Sterling Silver Cuff, Hand Wrought, by Natasha Wozniak – $450

Yellow Tone CZ Love One Inch, Necklace by Tai

Yellow Tone CZ Love One Inch, Necklace by Tai Design – $85

There are hundreds of gifts of love – available at the new fortunoff store – inspirational messages and items that can be personalized and engraved.

Looking forward to greeting you at the store. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day – History of the Heart Symbol

'Romance de la Poire' Heart Methaphor

‘Romance de la Poire’ Heart Methaphor

As a history buff, I always like to learn about the origins of symbols, designs and icons. One of the most ubiquitous symbols in jewelry is the heart shape. It has been emblematic of love, specifically romantic love for ages. So we did a little digging to learn more.

The first depiction of the heart as a symbol of love comes from the medieval times, in an illustration in a french manuscript from the 1250s called Roman de la poire, or “romance of the pear”, in which a kneeling lover offers up a pinecone-shaped heart to his beloved maiden. The shape evolved over the next few hundred years, and the modern “scalloped” heart that we see today has been used on playing cards since the late 15th century. Have learned a bit about playing cards from Wolf Hall.

For the queen of hearts in your life, or to show your love — check out our necklaces, earrings, and rings featuring the heart.

Diamond Double Heart Pendant, Half Carat, 18K White Gold

Diamond Double Heart Pendant, Half Carat, 18K White Gold – $1,495

Red Enamel Heart Ring, Sterling Silver, Award Winner

Red Enamel Heart Ring, Sterling Silver, Award Winner – $100

Child's Red Heart Enamel Earring, Sterling Silver

Child’s Red Heart Enamel Earring, Sterling Silver – $40

King Of Hearts Cufflinks, Nickel Plated Base Metal

King Of Hearts Cufflinks, Nickel Plated Base Metal – $50