The Mark Schneider Design Blog

TO DIAMOND OR NOT TO DIAMOND: ARE NON-DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS A WISE CHOICE?
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Whether they’re round brilliant cut, princess cut, or pear-shaped, diamonds are a timeless emblem of love and longevity. Diamonds signify a deep-abiding love between two people. However, the use of diamonds for an engagement ring is...
THREE EARRINGS EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO OWN
Earrings are a fundamental part of an outfit. Because earrings rest near a woman’s face, they are one of the first items noticed by a viewer. In fact, earrings are often part of a person’s first impression. Because of this,...
THIS FATHER’S DAY THINK “INSIDE THE BOX”
The month of June announces the beginning of summer, the start of vacations, and the frantic scramble to find a Father’s Day gift that dad will actually appreciate—in other words, something besides the sad necktie that seems to be the...
THE WEDDING TIMELINE
You know that you want to marry your partner. Whether you’ve been together for a few months or over ten years, it doesn’t matter. The truth is that you know. This is the person you want to share your life...
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO GIVING JEWELRY AS A GIFT
Gift giving is an art, and like most art forms, it’s difficult. After all, when choosing a gift there is a lot to consider. It’s critical to find a gift that is usable, unique and stunning, and jewelry is the...
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CUSTOM ENGAGEMENT RING INSPIRATION
Whether you’re engaged, soon-to-be-engaged, or a few years away from even having the conversation, it’s never too early to start thinking about your engagement ring. In other words, now is the perfect time to start looking for the perfect ring....
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE ENGAGEMENT RINGS
There are a lot of different traditions when it comes to marriage—ceremony, white dress, bridesmaids, and bouquets. In some ways, it seems as if the list of traditions is endless and some brides are tired of adhering to the status...
THE ULTIMATE ACCESSORY—HOW TO PAIR JEWELRY WITH CLOTHES
Jewelry is an indispensible accessory when putting together an outfit. It can completely transform an ensemble from something relatively casual into something extravagant. There are several easy ways designer jewelry can take your look from comfy to catwalk. Certain jewelry...
THE STUNNING OPULENCE OF ROYAL JEWELRY
Obviously there are certain perks to being royalty—having a personal valet, wearing the best clothes imaginable, and donning the most exquisite pieces of jewelry. Throughout the centuries, royals have been dabbling in and refining the art of jewelry making. However,...
THE STUNNING BEAUTY OF HALO ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS
What is a halo engagement ring, you ask? Beside the catalyst that starts a refrain of Beyonce’s song of the same name, halo style engagement rings are a chic trend among the recently betrothed. Halo diamond engagement rings are so...
THE RIGHT STYLE FOR HIM: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT WEDDING BAND
Finding a unique engagement ring for any bride-to-be is tricky enough, but when it comes to finding a men’s wedding band that fits the personality of the groom-to-be, it takes the challenge to an entirely different level. Women are often...
THE ORIGIN OF BIRTHSTONES
Birthstones are an accepted and cherished tradition. Although typically gifted for birthdays and anniversaries, they’re a beautiful present for any occasion. Rooted in history, each birthstone possesses unique properties and according to some experts, specific powers. Scholars trace the origin...
THE NEW DYNAMIC DUO: HEELS AND JEWELRY
In order to create a stunning outfit, it’s crucial to pay attention to details. According to the old adage, “the devil is in the details,” but the truth is that good fashion stems from details as well. The latest “detail”...
THE LOOKS AND JEWELRY OF GAME OF THRONES
With fans still reeling from the season finale of the HBO drama, people are looking for various ways to stay connected with the universe and the characters that live there. The world of the four kingdoms is home to several...
THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MARK SCHNEIDER’S CONTEMPORARY ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Mark Schneider is often inspired by contemporary architecture to make his creations. One of Mark Schneider’s favorite architects is Frank Gehry. Much of Gehry's work falls within the style of Deconstructivism, which is noted for going beyond current modalities of...
THE HISTORY SAPPHIRE GEMSTONES
Sapphire is a stunning blue stone known for its beauty and exotic color. Historically, the stone is said to represent nobility, truth and sincerity. Keeping with tradition, sapphire is the truest blue. In fact, the breathtaking blue of sapphire is...
THE HISTORY OF TOPAZ GEMSTONES
Primarily known for its vast variety of colors, Topaz is a beloved, but often-misunderstood stone. In fact, the name “topaz” comes from the Greek name “Topazios.” Topazios is a small island in the Red Sea and although numerous gemstones were...
THE HISTORY OF OPAL GEMSTONES
Perhaps best known as the birthstone of October, opal is a unique gemstone with a colorful past. Today, opal is renowned for its “play of color,” or ability to display a multitude of colors upon first glance. The most prominent...
THE HISTORY OF PEARL GEMSTONES
Although a gemstone, pearls are different from every other stone. In fact, pearls are not really a stone at all. While other gemstones are mined for and then extracted from the earth, pearls are formed above ground; they are formed...
THE HISTORY OF GARNET GEMSTONES
Known for its rich red hues and renowned beauty, garnets have been considered a prize possession since the Bronze Age. In fact, the oldest dating garnet was found on a man who was buried in 3000 B.C. Although the stone’s...
THE HISTORY OF CITRINE GEMSTONES
Citrine boasts beautiful autumn hues that can range from light yellow to bright orange. Often reminiscent of a forest on a crisp fall day, Citrine is appropriately appointed the national birthstone of November. The name “citrine” replaced the standard name...