The Mark Schneider Fine Jewelry Blog

LITERARY LEGENDS: SYLVIA PLATH
Remembered for her work as both a poet and novelist, Sylvia Plath is renowned as a literary genius whose literary prowess is celebrated worldwide. However, Plath’s name is inevitably associated with sadder events as well; namely, her struggle with depression...
LITERARY LEGENDS: J.R.R. TOLKIEN
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, or J.R.R., redefined the genre of fantasy. During his lifetime he created an elaborate and in-depth fantasy world called Arda. Within Arda existed the now famous realm of Middle-earth. Tolkien created genealogies, maps and a full...
LITERARY LEGENDS: HARPER LEE
Known for her critically acclaimed and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee secured her place among literature’s greatest contributors at a relatively young age. Lee, whose full name is Nelle Harper Lee, published only a single book in...
LITERARY LEGENDS: CHARLES DICKENS
Born on the cusp of the Victorian era in England, Dickens witnessed a unique time in England’s history—the return of romanticism. However, Dickens’s childhood was far from idyllic. As a child, Dickens’s father was thrown into debtor’s prison, and as...
LAYERED RINGS TAKE THE CAKE: HOP ONBOARD THE STACKED RINGS TREND
One of the hottest trends this fall is the layered—or stacked—ring trend. The layered ring trend boils down to wearing rings that you can layer or stack onto your fingers. This trend is not limited to rings that are literally...
LATEST ENGAGEMENT RING TREND: CURVES
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: summer. The cold, gray days of winter are finally gone and the sun is here to stay. Your days are filled with relaxing by the beach and cooking out by the pool....
LABOR DAY THE JEWELRY WAY
The summer is coming to an end, kids are heading back to school, and white is being worn before it’s retired for the season—all markers that Labor Day is upon us. In case you did not know, Labor Day is...
LAB CREATED DIAMONDS: THE LATEST ENGAGEMENT RING TREND
1477 marks the first year engagement rings were first recorded in use. It is the year that Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave an engagement ring to Mary of Burgundy when they were betrothed. If 1477 sounds like a long time...
KATE MIDDLETON: THE ROYAL JEWEL
The official “Royal Jewels” might be on permanent display in the Tower of London, but with Kate Middleton as a member of England’s royal family, there seems to be a royal jewel among us. Known for her elegant, sophisticated and...
JUNE - THE OPULENT PEARL
History of Pearls Pearls have adorned crowns, clothing, and temples and were said to be a favorite of Cleopatra, yet they are perfectly suited for young girls and are a popular gift for first communion. Pearls come in a wide...
JEWELRY TRENDS: UNIQUE ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGNS
Your engagement ring is a big deal. It’s the ring that you will show all of your friends and the ring that you will use to announce your engagement to co-workers, family, and social media alike. But even beyond that, it’s a...
JEWELRY TRENDS FROM THE 2016 OSCARS
The 2016 Oscars was filled with gorgeous fashion. From Cate Blanchett’s sea foam green dress with hand-sewn flowers to Lady Gaga’s stunning white pantsuit, the red carpet was filled with beautiful clothes. But fashion wasn’t the only thing adorning the...
JEWELRY TRENDS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
College is a time of intense exploration and growth. It’s perhaps the one time during life in which it is socially acceptable to not know what you want or what your future will hold. But in addition to the notoriously...
JEWELRY INSPIRATIONS FROM THE CW’S JANE THE VIRGIN
The CW’s latest creation, Jane the Virgin, is whimsical, fashionable and endlessly entertaining. Set in Miami, the show follows the surprising and often hilarious life of Jane Villanueva. Due to a medical mistake, Jane finds herself unexpectedly pregnant with her boss’s baby....
JEWELRY IDEAS FOR CASUAL FRIDAYS
Monday through Thursday, blazers are buttoned and conservative dresses are zipped. But as more and more businesses opt for “Casual Friday,” it can be tricky to navigate the switch between Thursday’s attire and Friday’s outfit. After all, when jeans are...
JEWELRY GIFTS FOR GRADUATION | RINGS, NECKLACES AND OTHER JEWELRY GIFT IDEAS FOR GRADUATES
Jewelry Gifts for Graduates Whether your son is graduating high school or a sister has finally completed a doctorate program, graduation is a time of celebration, joy, and gift giving. Finding the perfect present for someone you love can be...
JEWELRY ETIQUETTE: HOW TO ACCESSORIZE AS A WEDDING GUEST
Wedding days are all about brides and grooms. From gasping as the bride walks down the aisle to craning to see the groom’s expression as he views his soon-to-be wife for the first time, wedding days are emotional affairs that...
JEWELRY COLOR COMBINATIONS | HOW TO COLOR COORDINATE COLORED GEMSTONE JEWELRY
Color Coordinating Gemstones Color coordination is largely instinctual. An outfit comprised of hot pink, baby blue, and a splash of orange is typically categorized as “too much,” while a light pink shirt and dark jeans is “just enough.” But the...
JEWELRY ADVICE FOR MEN: MAKING YOUR BETTER HALF HAPPY
“Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” Marilyn Monroe is credited with saying this famous statement back in the 1950’s, but over 50 years later, the quote’s sentiment still rings true. Equally popular is the notorious adage, “Happy wife, happy life.”...
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: A FASHION AND JEWELRY ICON
We hold these truths to be self-evident—that Jennifer Lawrence is an amazing actress and that she is a genuine fashion icon. The buxom beauty is not afraid to make bold jewelry choices, but Lawrence always manages to look elegant. The Hunger...
JANUARY - VARIATIONS OF GARNET
History of the Garnet January’s birthstone, garnet, which acquired it’s named during ancient times due to its likeness to pomegranate seeds, is found in nature in a wide variety of colors and in multiple hues of the same color. The...