Pop of Color – The Gemstone Engagement Ring trend continues

The ‘pop of color’ trend continues as consumers waiver against tradition – turning away from the ‘norm’ of white diamonds in their jewelry, white walls in their homes and subdued colors in their wardrobes. Whether your personal taste leans towards traditional, vintage or modern there is no better way to make a style statement than with a POP of Blue, Pink, Red or Green.

It is exciting to see this bold color trend continue throughout the 2012-2013 engagement season, with a recent influx of requests for Engagement Rings with Ruby gemstones. MiaDonna’s Lab Created Ruby Gemstones are breathtaking – perfect in color and full of fire. Sometimes referred to as a Burmese Ruby or Pigeon’s Blood Ruby for their deep blood red color with just a hint of blue, these richly colored stones are the perfect symbol of love and can represent July birthdays, 40th anniversaries or the birth of a daughter. 

The Sapphire has long symbolized truth, sincerity, and faithfulness – maybe that is why the Sapphire is the most sought after gemstone for Engagement Rings or Wedding Ring Sets. The most popular color of Sapphire chosen for Wedding Rings is Blue, which makes perfect sense since it represents everything that is constant and dependable. MiaDonna® offers a wide range of Lab Created Blue Sapphire Gemstones in varying colors from the Ceylon Blue Sapphire to the beautiful Blue Kashmir Sapphire.

For the Sapphire lover who desires a more feminine touch – the Pink Sapphire is the must have gem, representing passion, acceptance and love. MiaDonna’s Lab Created Pink Sapphire Gemstones make a vibrant statement with their deep pink color. However, if your idea of feminine isn’t defined by the color pink, the best Sapphire choice for you may be the orange-pink or pink-orange colored Padparadasha Sapphire – considered by jewelry industry experts to be the finest, rarest, most prized fancy gemstone ever created.

If you are looking to make your friends or family ‘green with envy’ then one of our deep green Lab Created Emerald Gemstones is the perfect choice for your Engagement or Wedding Ring – after all, some people believe that the Emerald gemstone can have a tranquilizing affect on the heart and mind, inspiring calm, clear assurance.

If you cannot decide which ‘pop of color’ represents you best, why not opt for the Alexandrite Gemstone. Representing love and luck, the Alexandrite Gemstone is considered by many to be the most expensive, rarest gemstone in the world. MiaDonna’s precision cut Lab Created Alexandrite Gemstones display a beautiful Purplish – Red when viewed indoors, changing to a shade of Bluish – Green as you bring it into the daylight.

At MiaDonna® each ring is hand-crafted to order, allowing you to customize your ring to match your individual preferences. Virtually every setting can come set with the Gemstone or Fancy Colored Diamond of your choosing. Our beautiful selection of Lab Created Gemstones are the most scientifically advanced, awe inspiring, precision cut, rarest colored lab created gemstones being offered to jewelery consumers. These gorgeous gems are identical in every way to their earth mined counterpart and are available in a full spectrum of colors and shapes – from the traditional Round and Square cut Sapphires to more unique options like a Marquise cut Alexandrite.

 


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Friday, May 24, 2013

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Meet the face behind the MiaDonna® Brand: Anna-Mieke Anderson

 

 

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The Kat and Katherine Antique Engagement Ring’sinspired by celebrities designed by Anna-Mieke 

 

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Meet the face behind the MiaDonna® brand – former model turned Jewelry Designer and Entrepreneur, Anna-Mieke Anderson

PORTLAND, Oregon – May 16, 2013  – Anna-Mieke started out in the fashion world – and is now a mother, philanthropist and entrepreneur. A woman passionate about learning the origin of her earth-mined diamond – what she found was startling. The unethical harvesting of diamonds is damaging communities and lives. The female entrepreneur knew there was a better way and quickly discovered she wasn’t the only one in search of an ethical, environmentally friendly, beautiful and affordable diamond alternative – MiaDonna & Company was born.

Pushing boundaries in an industry heavily dominated by men and old traditions, she would offer consumers an alternative to mined diamonds: a man made, eco-friendly, beautiful and affordable diamond. “We can now make diamonds in a modern-day lab environment, that are more beautiful and affordable than earth mined diamonds; without the conflict that is associated with getting them out of the earth.” – Anna-Mieke, MiaDonna® Founder 

The response to her online boutique and jewelry designs going viral on social media outlets, has created an overwhelmingly positive consumer demand for MiaDonna’s eco-friendly offerings. It has also landed MiaDonna® a spot on the Portland Business Journals’ Fastest Growing Private Companies with an impressive growth rate, for two consecutive years.

Fueled by her passion to give back, Anna-Mieke has built her eco-friendly empire from the grassroots level creating one of the greenest eco-friendly jewelry stores online. And it wasn’t long before Engagement101 crowned her, “The Queen of Eco-Friendly Engagement Rings.” While humbled by this title, she considers it a true honor to be seen as an eco-friendly industry leader.

She has taken her efforts a step further. Anna-Mieke founded The Greener Diamond (TGD), which is a foundation dedicated to rebuilding communities negatively impacted by the harvesting of earth mined diamonds. Passionate about her foundation’s work, she has personally visited West Africa to oversee the 100-acre rice farm in Sierra Leone and is currently planning a community farm in Liberia, all funded by MiaDonna® consumers.

The work Anna-Mieke is doing has captured attention around the globe by creating a conversation among diamond consumers. She was selected as a finalist for the NEXT Woman of the Year award, which highlights women who are exceptional achievers and deserve to be celebrated for their passion and success.

“I was so delighted and humbled to be listed among such amazing women for a chance to be NEXT magazine’s Woman of the Year,” says Anna-Mieke.

 Anna-Mieke is an example of the growing number of women, who are leveraging entrepreneurship, to reinvest in their communities.

 A study conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found that 50 economies show that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies and in four others, the rates are nearly equal. Evidence also shows that women are more likely to reinvest their profits in education, family and their communities.

 The Dali Lama once said, “Western women will save the world” and Anna-Mieke is proving that he might be right.

 For more information about MiaDonna & Co.® and eco-friendly jewelry, call (866) 996-9642.

 About MiaDonna & Co.®:

MiaDonna & Co.® was founded by consumers, who wanted access to eco-friendly jewelry. The company is an advocate for diamond and gem consumers, global societies and the earth; offering the latest in man-made diamonds and gem alternatives. MiaDonna® only uses the finest recycled gold and platinum for their magnificent American made settings. The company is dedicated to creating a greener diamond culture, and has risen to become a world leader, in modern-day, ethically produced fine jewelry. It’s an affordable diamond alternative that repairs lives and land damaged by diamond industry conflict.

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Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, May 16, 2013

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The Great Gatsby: Daisy’s 1920’s Engagement Ring

As fans roar into the theater today to see Baz Luhrmann’s silver screen take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, “The Great Gatsby”; we could not be more distracted by the style of Gatsby’s main squeeze Daisy Buchanan. And it was her amazing accessories, of course, that we cannot stop thinking about. According to Miuccia Prada, who styled the costumes worn by Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) for the film, there are jewels from Tiffany & Co., some from the archive and some invented purely for the film.

Aside from the glittering headbands and bracelets, we had our eyes fixated on Daisy’s gorgeous Engagement Ring. Her ring’s design is just like her character; elegant and timeless. The beautiful elongated center stone is surrounded by a delicate, pavé set, diamond halo with accenting diamonds extending down the band. When worn together with its matching diamond wedding band this classic wedding set is something we could see today’s brides dreaming about. 

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*Gatsby images source: Google Images

If you would like to pull inspiration from “The Great Gatsby” and get 1920’s glam, MiaDonna® has a gorgeous selection of Antique Engagement Rings to satisfy your style desires. From enchanting Engagement Rings like the KatEmpress and Heirloom to classic wedding set designs like the Novu, Marilyn and Hope, we have a ring for every women who dreams of having her own Daisy Buchanan moment. 


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Friday, May 10, 2013

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Save or Splurge: Fancy Color Man Made Diamonds vs. Natural

Do you love fancy color diamonds, but maybe the price tag seems a bit over the top for your budget? 

Recently there have been two separate fancy color diamond sales that have caught the attention of anyone who has been eyeing one of these gorgeous stones. 

First, on April 16th, we saw the sale of a 34.65ct Fancy Intense Pink diamond, known as “Princie,” which sold for $39.3 million at Christie’s in New York. According to a bloomberg.com article, this diamond was estimated at $30 million, however, the stone failed to break the record for any jewel at auction of $46.2 million, paid in 2010 at Sotheby’s in Geneva for a pink diamond of 24.8cts. Then on April 24, we saw a 5.3ct Fancy Deep Blue diamond sell for $ 9.6 million at Bonhams’ Fine Jewellery sale in London. The sale of this diamond actually set a record for the highest price per carat, at $ 1.8 million, for a diamond of that color.

Any person would agree that these diamonds are stunning, however, spending $40 million dollars on a diamond is not exactly in the budget for the average consumer. That is why MiaDonna® is so excited about our selection of fancy pink and blue Man Made Diamonds. Our pink Man Made Diamonds are are offered free of conflict and about 5% of the cost of a natural. The average price per carat ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. Our blue Man Made diamonds are offered free of conflict and about 10% of the cost of a natural. The average price per carat ranges from $5,000 to $9,000 per carat. 

Our Man Made Diamonds, also described as Synthetic Diamonds, Cultured Diamonds, Lab Created Diamonds or Lab Grown Diamonds are real diamonds that are optically, physically, atomically and chemically identical to a natural diamond. These diamonds are grown in a lab environment that replicates the earth’s natural growing process. MiaDonna’s® line of Man Made Diamonds, are solid, pure carbon diamonds and they will absolutely test positive on any jeweler’s diamond tester and also come with either IGI, EGLUSA or GIA certified grading reports.

When pricing out a Man Made Diamond or Earth Mined Diamond, you will see that they are priced based on the diamond’s cut, clarity, color and carat size. When shopping for Man Made Diamonds, with the exception of whites (at this time), there are HUGE financial savings to buying a Man Made Diamond over an earth mined diamond, not to mention the immeasurable environmental and humanitarian benefits these Lab Created Diamonds offer society. MiaDonna® is your source for stunning fancy color Man Made Diamonds. If you have looked through our Man Made Diamond selection and can’t find the exact shape or color diamond your looking for please contact us and we would be happy to help as we do not have every Man Made Diamond available, listed on our site.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Happy Earth Day!

It was 43 years ago today that the United States began observing Earth Day and today over one billion people in 192 countries are participating. While a lot has changed over the last 43 years, one thing is still certain…the choices we make everyday have an impact on the environment.

Here at MiaDonna® we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible by working for consumers, the earth and global societies to build the greenest jewelry store ever created

 

 Did you know…

  • There is no such thing as a conflict free natural diamond, especially when it comes to the environment. So called “conflict-free” Canada diamond mines are often built in environmentally fragile ecosystems, have significant ecological footprints, and will significantly impact the caribou, wolverine, bears, ptarmigan and fish which provide food for Aboriginal peoples.
  • Each one carat Diamond Hybrid®, Man Made Diamond or Lab Grown Gem sold in place of an earth mined equivalent prevents up to 250 tons of ore from being extracted from the earth.
  • It takes the removal of nearly 20 tons of earth to produce enough gold to create one gold wedding band. Chemicals such as cyanide and mercury are used when mining for gold and are continually being released into near by water sources. These two chemicals are well known to be hazardous to people’s health.
  • An average of 4 metric tons of wood chip – or approximately 23 large trees – is utilized to produce a metric ton of traditional wood-pulp paper.

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How MiaDonna® makes a difference…

  • MiaDonna® plants a tree for every order shippedMiaDonna & Company offsets the CO2 created when shipping our products to your door by investing in reforestation projects. 1,400 trees each year absorb those emissions, so for every shipment we make, we plant one tree through our partnership with The Nature Conservancy.
  • MiaDonna® has been awarded the Green America seal of approval. The seal is presented to businesses that go beyond product and service quality to set the highest standards in environmental sustainability and social justice, and work to solve, rather than create, environmental and social problems.
  • MiaDonna® only uses the finest recycled metals in our American made settings – solid Gold, 950 Pure Platinum or 950 Pure Palladium from refineries that represent our commitment to the earth. 
  • MiaDonna’s® offices are 95% effective in reusing, recycling and minimizing the potential power and natural resources a traditional office would use. Turning off energy efficient equipment and lighting, using recycled materials and being smart about our consumption. We use electronic communications and send the packaging we receive from our suppliers back to them for reuse.
  • MiaDonna’s® gift bags are made from Stone Fiber, they are paperless bags. This is Calcium Carbonate using a unique waterless paper making technology. This process involves no chemical bleaching and produces no toxic gas emissions or hazardous waste.
  • MiaDonna’s® line of superior hand crafted jewelry is free of unethical mining, unethical labor practices, exorbitant prices and is conflict free. To ensure that we are doing our part, MiaDonna® continually works with a number of highly recognized national charities to create awareness and raise funds. 
  • MiaDonna® makes a donation to The Greener Diamond Foundation for every order we receive. The Greener Diamond and MiaDonna & Company were created together, to work as a system, towards the common goal of bringing the beauty of love back to diamonds by repairing the damage caused in the wake of the unethical harvesting of diamonds, gems and precious metals.

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 How you can make a difference…

  • We believe consumers hold the power, so why not support companies that share your same values? Every time you spend or invest a dollar, it goes to work in the world. Too often, it goes to support institutions and corporations that perpetuate injustice, pollute the environment and destroy communities. We CAN change that! Real change comes from consumers making a more educated choice with the products we purchase and to reduce the excessiveness in which we purchase products.
  • Reduce impulse and excessive buying. Do we really need a new cell phone every few months? Only purchase when absolutely necessary and only purchase recycled, refurbished or used electronics.
  • Buy locally.
  • Remember not all products are disposable. Before a product got to your front door think about how many people were effected by its production. 

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If we all do our part we can help make the Earth a better place to live now (and forever)!


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Monday, April 22, 2013

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April’s Birthstone: The Diamond

Traditionally, the birthstone symbolizes the month that you were born in; with the history, legends and folklore surrounding their magical, healing and therapeutic properties being passed down through many generations and civilizations. The American Gem Society shares that, the origin of birthstones is believed to date back to the breastplate of Aaron which contained twelve gemstones representing the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Do you know what your birthstone is? 

If you were lucky enough to be born in April, then your birthstone is the DIAMOND!

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April Birthstone poem – The Diamond
“She who from April dates her years,
Diamonds shall wear, lest bitter tears
For vain repentance flow.”

According to birthdaygems.org, the April birthstone poem reflects some of the properties with which the diamond is associated – enhancing relationships and increasing inner strength. April’s Birthstone is also known to have the traditional metaphysical properties of balance, clarity and abundance and it’s healing properties are reputed to be effective for health problems relating to brain diseases, pituitary glands. It is also believed that the diamond can draw out toxins and therefore was used as a remedy for poison.

If you have a loved one who celebrates an April birthday and you are not sure what to get them, nothing is more sentimental than a special piece of jewelry with their birthstone, the Diamond.  

…And now you have more choices than ever!

At MiaDonna® we have a fantastic selection of gifts and accessories that you can customize with your choice of Diamond Hybrid® or Man Made Diamond as well as stunning pieces hand crafted with our natural recycled diamonds. Whether you decide on a special occasion cocktail ring for her right hand, a stunning pendant that she can wear around her neck or a classic pair of earrings that she can show off every day, MiaDonna® is here to help. If you need a suggestion, one of our most popular gifts is the gorgeous Basket Earring and Pendant Set or you can’t go wrong with a beautiful diamond accented bracelet or eternity band, like our Arctic Diamond Band.

 


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Friday, April 12, 2013

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Meet our Featured Couple: Allison and Josh!

We are excited to introduce our new Featured Couple, Allison and Josh! 

…My fiancé and I got engaged a little over a week ago on vacation in Universal Studios. He proposed to me with the Gwen antique engagement ring with a .75 carat diamond hybrid stone, and I couldn’t be happier with this piece! I was hesitant at first to get a diamond hybrid rather than a genuine stone, but knew that ensuring my ring was completely conflict free was more important than a “genuine ” diamond. This stone is so beautiful! There is no visible difference, IN ANY LIGHTING, between this stone and the earth mined diamonds my fiancé and I looked at. In fact, I find this to be a much more brilliant cut and clarity than any other stone we could have dreamed of purchasing. Not only am I in love with this ring, but I’m in love with this company. The philanthropy work MiaDonna does with countries negatively effected by the diamond industry inspires me to be more vocal about the costs of our “pretty things”. This company gives their customers both the beauty, and the peace of mind that what they’re getting is 100% conflict free and more Eco-friendly. I just want to thank MiaDonna so much for doing what they do, and supplying my finance and I with the most beautiful ring I could have ever hoped for. Thank you!!

Allison & Josh / her stunning Gwen Engagement Ring!

* Allison & Josh / her stunning Gwen Engagement Ring!

Do you want to be a featured couple at MiaDonna.com?

From time to time we will add a new Featured Couple and we would LOVE for it to be you! Being the Featured Couple includes a blog post on you and your partner with your picture and testimonial as well as a highlighted testimonial on our testimonials page. Please send us your images, videos, suggestions, kind words, etc… We know you have a great love story to tell and we want to hear it!

There are 3 ways you can do a testimonial for MiaDonna and Company OR The Greener Diamond.

1. Call us and leave a voicemail 
Call: 1866 996 9642 
Enter extension: 5 
Leave us your message

2. Send us an email

3. You Tube Video
Upload your video to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com and send us the link.

Get creative, but please remember to include:
1. Your first name (and your partners)
2. If and what you purchased at MiaDonna & Co.
3. Your message 
4. Your images and/or videos

We look forward to hearing from you!


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, April 4, 2013

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Our Man-Made Diamonds (also known as Lab-created Diamonds) are produced using the most scientifically advanced methods to create results that are optically, physically, and chemically identical to a natural diamond, without the conflict or price of traditional diamonds. Our Man-Made Diamonds are produced in a laboratory setting that simulates the earth's natural growing environment. Our Diamond Hybrids®, on the other hand, are constructed from a non-precious crystal core that is infused with a form of Lab-Created Diamond to create the realistic natural beauty you expect.

At MiaDonna® we are committed to love, humanity and the earth by focusing on sustainability through every step when creating our superior line of quality Engagement Rings, Wedding Ring Sets and Fine Jewelry. We start by using the finest grade eco-friendly metals, which can be accented with recycled natural side diamonds in sizes below 0.20 carats. You can then select your conflict free center stone from our extensive selection of Man-Made Diamonds (which are Lab Grown Diamonds), the Diamond Hybrid® (a hand cut diamond infused diamond simulant) or Lab Created Gemstones (which are Lab Grown Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds). With each purchase we plant a tree on your behalf and a donation is made to The Greener Diamond Foundation, funding agricultural projects in mining provinces in Africa.

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