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2015-05-24 09:26:42
 

2015-05-14 14:38:12
 

While it may be taking its time getting here, and the jackets and sweaters aren't yet packed away for good, summer is just around the corner.  Besides that uber fashionable new swimwear you've purchased, remember to complete any summer look with accessories.

 

Photography:  James Ogilvie, Jewellery 3Shahs

Here are some of our favourite picks that will get you feeling the season while on the shoreline with your friends and family this summer.

 

From our Pura Vida Resort collection:  The sky blue, champage and ivory colour combination was inspried by the beach culture in Costa Rica. From the waves to the soft sand, life is lived simply and to the fullest.  Below, Devon is wearing our 'Noah' cocktail ring and 'Cielo Azul' feather & Swarovski earrings.  This is a great look with a neutral tank and acid wash denims.

 

Photography:  Nelson Dolan & Vanessa Jackman, Jewellery 3Shahs



From the Yacht | Resort Collection: Inpired by the life of ocean dewellers, brilliant whites with burst of red, indigo blues and sunflower yellow.  From our 'Sail Up' four style necklace to layering bracelets for an arm party...wear these playful jewels with a anything that matches...like a white and navy stripped dress or an anchored pattern fabric or better yet sandles.

 

 

Another colour combination that we adore from our Yacht | Resort Collection is the white and champage one.  The perfect soft tones suitable for summer.  Below are 'Castway's Paradise'and 'The Weekender' shell earrings.  Wear this combination with neutral tones...from camel to mocha or be bold and thrown on some pattern on top of pattern.

 

 

 Whatever pieces you're in the mood for this summer season, we've got your covered. For custom orders, shoot us an email

 

In closing...as Shakespeare once said;


"Summer's lease hath all too short a date." 


So get out there friends, and enjoy every minute of it!
 

2015-05-10 22:06:26
 

To all the MOMS out there, thank you for all that you do!

 

2015-05-10 21:51:20
 

What can express how much you appreciate your mom more than a hand-made gift from the heart - that represents her?! 

 

If you still haven't got a clue on what do get your mom this year for Mother's Day, watch our do-it-yourself video on making a custom brooch and see if this inspires you to make your very own!  For other do-it-yourself gift ideas, feel free to tune into 3shahsTV.

 

2015-04-29 19:51:52
 

Sometimes it's not easy being green, but if you're the colour of May's birthstone, the Enticing Emerald, then it's a relative breeze!

 

 


Pantone's 2013 Colour of the Year, the term Emerald is derived from the ancient Persian word that translated to the Greek as Smaragdus, meaning “green stone."  Emeralds were sold in the markets of Babylon as early as 4000 BC, while tools dating back to 1300 B.C., during the reign of Rameses II, have been found in emerald mines in Egypt.  Queen Cleopatra’s emeralds were believed to originate from mines in Southern Egypt, near the Red Sea.
 
Once believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth, the emerald was also seen as a symbol of rebirth.  It was also thought to prevent epilepsy, stop bleeding, cure dysentery and fever, and protect the wearer from panic. Its magnificent green color was said to rest and relieve the eye. To the ancient Romans, emeralds were dedicated to the goddess Venus because the green emerald symbolized the reproductive forces of nature. Early Christians saw it as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ.  In the Middle Ages, emeralds were believed to hold the power to foretell the future. 
 
The emerald belongs to the beryl family of minerals that include aquamarine (one of March’s birthstones), heliodor, and morganite. Beryl, or beryllium aluminum silicate in chemical jargon, is a six-sided symmetrical crystal. Beryl contains beryllium, aluminum, silicon, and oxygen.
 
Several famous historical artifacts were made of emeralds. Among them is the Crown of the Andes, said to be made from emeralds worn by Atahualpa, the last Inca (king) of Peru. The crown is set with about 450 emeralds, collectively weighing 10 ounces (1523 carats).   In fact, the emerald was regarded as a very holy stone by the Incas.
 
The Vedas of India characterized the emerald as bringing good luck and well being, and the treasure chests of the maharajas and maharanis contained many fine examples.   One of the largest was the 218 carat Mogul Emerald, which was auctioned off by Christies of London for over $2million back in 2001.   The Iranian National Treasury also has many fine examples, including those in the diadem of the former Empress Farah. 
  
Most of the world's emeralds are mined in Columbia, Brazil, Afghanistan and Zambia.  Due to a limited supply,treatments to improve clarity are performed regularly.  Consequently by weight, they are the most valuable gemstones on the market today.  They are also found in the United States, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Zambia, Brazil, Pakistan, Norway, Austria, India, Madagascar, and Australia. 
 
St. Hildegard of Bingen, the noted lithologist, declared,
“All the green of nature is concentrated within the Emerald"

So embrace the natural world and your birthstone with this truly enticing gem!

2015-04-14 13:49:32
 

2015-03-31 15:08:36
 

If your birthday falls in April then your birthstone is the durable Diamond!




 

Dating back billions of years, diamonds are the hardest substance on the globe, and are four times harder than corundum (sapphires and rubies).  Known as the "rich cousins" of graphite, both are crystalline forms of pure carbon.  They way diamonds' carbon atoms are bonded together however, makes it so tough versus the relative softness of graphite (used as "lead" in pencils).  

 

Derived from the Greek word "adamas" which means invincible, diamonds come in a wide variety of colours depending upon which impurities exist within the stone.   For example, yellow stones have small traces of nitrogen while blue ones contain boron.    Other notable colours include black, green, pink, red, purple and orange.  
 

Diamonds were discovered in India around 800 B.C.   Sanskrit texts dating back before 400 B.C. found people associated significant value and wonderment with them, and they were first brought from India to Europe by Alexander the Great in 327 B.C.    Evidence of diamond cutting was found in Venice back in the 1330s, while the opening of trade routes to the East enabled the diamond trading business to flourish In the 15th century.


 
Early theories touted the magical powers of the diamond;  ancient Hindus thought lightning bolts formed them, while others around the world put forth that they were the tears of God.  In the Middle Ages, diamonds were thought to have healing powers, curing ailments from the pituitary gland and the brain.  By heating it and taking it to bed, it was thought to expunge harmful toxins from the body.  They were also thought to enhance balance and clarity and boost one's energy when combined with other crystals like Amethyst.  It is also the symbol of enduring love.  
 
Individual diamonds sometimes have great stories behind them.  One such gem is the Koh-I-Noor ("Mountain of Light" in Persian) which is 5000 years old, and was featured in The Mahabharata, the great Sanskrit epic.   The Rajah of Malwa in India originally owned this gorgeous crystal, but it has since been a player in victories and defeats spanning India, Persia and Afghanistan.  A few of its owners through time included the great Mogul dynasty from 1526 to 1739, the Shah Jahan, (who built the Taj Mahal in memory of his queen Mumtaz), Nader Shah, the Persian ruler who possessed it until his assassination in 1747, various Afghan rulers, Rajit Singh, the Rajah of Punjab, and finally Queen Victoria of the British Empire.  The gem ultimately became part of the British crown jewels.  
  
There is an adage that says "diamonds are a girl's best firend"...we think a girl's best friend is the love she has for herself.  But hey...why not have two best friends?!


2015-03-28 17:44:53
 

Twice a year David Pecaut Square comes alive with the sounds of fashionistas strutting in style. The occasion is World MasterCard Fashion week and fashion lovers from across the globe come together to celebrate Canadian design. It is a wonderful platform for Canadian fashion designers to display their art and share it with the world.

 

Each year attendees get a chance to experience the art of fashion and are exposed to the marvellous creations of designers that make Canada proud. This year was no different and guests were blown away by the quality and sheer genius of these creative masterminds. While we loved everyone's work, here is a list of our favourites that you can effortlessly style with 3Shahs jewellery.

 

Tatsuaki:

 

 

Owning a little black dress is a timeless fashion tradition. A staple in every fashionistas wardrobe, it is one accessory that every style icon has cherished with all their heart.


Tatsuaki, an award winning Canadian designer, describes his creations as chic yet elegant and the above pictured dress is testament to that. You can style it with the "Celestial Goddess" earrings from 3Shahs' "Black Tie" collection and channel your inner goddess or a Margaret Thatcher inspired "Iron Lady" cocktail bling ring (below) for a night out on the town. 

 

Stephan Caras:

 


 

Stephan Caras is a name synonymous with elegance and femininity. Hailed as one of the top 25 most beloved and inspiring fashion designers of the world, Stephan Caras' runway shows never cease to wow audiences. This year with model and singer Renee Thompson sashaying down the runway in his glamorous creation was a vision to behold. 
 

Renee rocked the runway in a sizzling red dress that can be effortlessly styled with a "Foxtrot Frenzy" bracelet from 3Shahs' Black Tie collection. 

 

Narces:

 

 

Delicate and graceful, the above pictured dress is fit for a goddess. Designed by Narces, a Toronto based fashion brand run by Nikki Wirthensohn, this dress is versatile enough to be worn for an elegant evening affair or by a blushing bride. Style it with a sophisticated "Pearl-ternally Yours" necklace or a "Midnight Chandelier" necklace and get ready to be the belle of the ball. Statement necklaces are like that little Tatsuaki black dress; watch our helpful video on statement necklace tips on 3shahsTV.

 

We also LOVE checking out and getting to know attendees from all walks of life and corners of the globe at World MasterCard Fashion week.   Such diverse, colourful, textured and fun styles.  For photos of our new fashion-forward friends check out our album here.

 

3Shahs and team had an amazing time soaking in all the fashion that Toronto has to offer. We will see you again at the tents in October. Till then, adios and stay fabulous! 

2015-03-22 20:47:25
 

2015-03-19 21:03:02
 

Every year around spring just as soon as the sun starts kissing us with its golden rays, the fashionistas come out to play! For Toronto that means the World MasterCard Fashion Week (WMCFW) is back at David Peaut Square from March 23-27.  Founded by the Fashion Design Council of Canada, it is held annually in March and October to showcase the next season's fashions. For our coverage of last October's Fashion Week, please go here.  

 

 
Over 28,000 designers work in the city, and Toronto has the third largest design workforce in North America.  Amongst this pool of incredible designers, 27 emerging and established Canadian Fashion Designers will get the chance to unveil their Fall 2015 offerings to their peers, the press and the general public during WMCFW.  They include Pink Tartan, Rudsak, Mélissa Nepton, Hillary MacMillan, and Narces.  For a full schedule of the fashion shows, seen below.  

 

 

3SHAHS is a proud supporter of Toronto designers and their unique voice, and we'll certainly be there this week to support our fellow designers.   We're looking forward to seeing you all out and about downtown enjoying World MasterCard Fashion Week!