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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!

2015-03-16 19:59:42
 

Boho chic, or Bohemian style, has been an anti-fashion staple for over 200 years.   Appearing after the French Revolution, boho chic was propelled by the lack of patronage that artists found after 1789, and that ensuing poverty they found themselves in.   Consequently, the Romantic movement came about whereby these artists lived a nomadic lifestyle, cheaply, wearing worn out and unfashionable clothing of varying styles and colours.  



 

Soon people would compare these bon-vivants to Gypsies and begin to call them "Bohemian" after Bohemia, an area in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.   The stories featuring Bohemian characters written by novelist Henri Murger inspired the famous Puccini opera La Boheme.  This eclectic style of fashion would captivate Murger, often considered "the first bohemian," his generation and generations yet to come.  
  


 
Bohemian style would find expression in the ensuing decades within the Aesthetic and Pre-Raphaelite movements of the 19th century, the Hippie movement of the 1960's, and at various times throughout the ensuing decades. 

 

 

Now it is back in a big way for Spring 2015...see some of these trends below.   One can also see it in the style reflected by a broad range of celebrities; from actress Vanessa Hudgens to model Georgia May Jagger.  

 

 


 

Generally boho chic has no boundaries or rules, and is whatever the wearer wants it to be.  In other words, a state of mind versus a defined fashion trend that will fade over time.   3SHAHS have been the soothsayer; raising the boho-chic flag with their unique, wide-ranging, casual yet dressy jewellery selections for over a decade...like the jewels below on beauties Kyla and Devon.  If you have any accessorizing questions, shoot us an email, we are happy to help. 

 

 

 

Are remember to be easy and live a life of a free-spirited soul...



2015-03-08 12:06:49
 

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2015-02-27 20:59:11
 

If your birthday is in March, then your birthstone is the Absorbing Aquamarine or the Biblical Bloodstone! 


The serene colour of Aquamarine was believed to cool the temper, allowing whomever wore it to remain calm and level-headed.  It ranges in colour from greenish blue to blue-green, and is more intense in larger stones.  Also called the “poor man’s diamond,” aquamarine is a form of the mineral beryl, which includes other stones like emeralds, heliodor and morganite.  It consists of four elements; beryllium, aluminum, silicon and oxygen. 

 


Derived from the Latin word aqua (meaning water) and marina (meaning sea), this gemstone was believed to protect sailors and to guarantee a safe voyage.  Aquamarines were believed to have originated from the jewel caskets of sirens, washed ashore from the depths of the sea. They were considered sacred to Neptune, Roman god of the sea.  Its first documented use was by the Greeks between 480-300 BC. They wore aquamarine amulets engraved with Poseidon (the Greek god of the sea) on a chariot.

 


The most massive example of an aquamarine of gemstone quality ever mined was found in Marambaia, Minas Gerais, Brazil, in 1910. It weighed over 110 kg!  The largest cut aquamarine gem is the Dom Pedro aquamarine, now housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.  

 

Bloodstone, the other March birthstone, is a form of the abundant mineral quartz.    It is part of the quartz variety called chalcedony, and bloodstones are essentially green chalcedony spotted with red flecks. 


According to legend, the bloodstone was created during the Crucifixion of Christ, when a Roman soldier thrust his spear into Jesus’ side.  When drops of blood fell down upon some pieces of dark green jasper lying at the foot of the cross, bloodstone was the result.   Consequently, it is a favoured material for carving religious subjects,  particularly of the Crucifixion.  In “The Descent from the Cross” by Matteo del Nassaro in 1525, the flecks of red within the stone represent Christ’s wounds and His drops of blood. 

 

 


Babylonians used this stone to make seals and amulets, and it was also a favorite with Roman gladiators.   Bloodstone was believed to hold healing powers in the Middle Ages, particularly for stopping nosebleeds. Powdered and mixed with honey and white of egg, it was believed to cure tumors and stop all types of hemorrhage. Ancient alchemists used it to treat blood disorders, including blood poisoning and the flow of blood from a wound.  It was also believed to draw out snakes’ venom.

 

2015-02-17 21:15:22