This Mother’s Day selection by Alex and Ani is the most unique to date!  I absolutely LOVE being able to give flowers that will last, and there is an interesting mixture of traditional and non-traditional flowers in these collections.  Rather than their usual round disk charms, these are oblong or octagonal for a cool new change.  I simply love how Alex and Ani continues to reinvent themselves and provide the hottest trends at affordable prices.

The flower descriptions from Alex and Ani below are well worth the read…rather you choose your flower on beauty, color, energy, or birth month, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

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Carnation: the flower of the affectionate heart. The intoxicating aromatic alchemy of this flower was cherished as a centuries-old ingredient for love potions. With soft ruffled petals, its allure is ancient, and its Greek name, dianthus, means ‘heavenly flower’. The Carnation is associated with January, an emblem of sheer affection.

Violet: the flower of the faithful heart. This flower charmed Empress Josephine, who was seduced by its innocence and grew obsessed with its elegance. Trios of delicate petals comprise the flower’s bloom. Associated with February, the Violet symbolizes faith and the heart’s ease.

Jonquil: the flower of the wondrous heart. With radiant petals of gold, this flower’s high-vibrating energy is said to attract forest nymphs, bestowing a blessing upon all who appreciate its beauty. Associated with March, the delightful Jonquil promotes self-love.

Sweet Pea: the flower of the nostalgic heart. The folds of this flower’s blossoms hold precious oils that, in ancient lore, were believed to entice strangers and invite chance meetings. Associated with April, the endearing Sweet Pea brings fortune’s bliss.

Lily of the Valley: the flower of the pure heart. With graceful petals like little white bells, this flower is said to have sprung from the tears of the Virgin Mary. Associated with May, the divine Lily of the Valley signifies purity of heart.

Rose: the flower of the healing heart. With a beauty that is legendary, this flower has deep velvet petals that invoke passion and the myriad mysteries to be found on the road to romance. Associated with June, the Rose’s oils are said to heal any heart.

Larkspur: the flower of the playful heart. Adorned with pointed, spur-like petals, this flower is joyful to behold. Ancient Romans believed it was originally a dolphin who called upon the god of the sea and invoked Neptune’s protection. Associated with July, the Larkspur is a playful reminder of the humor in everyday life.

Gladiolus: the flower of the moral heart. From the Latin word meaning ‘sword,’ the vertical blooms of this flower signify gladiator-like strength. Associated with August, and believed by ancients to represent a warrior’s will, the Gladiolus energizes the heart’s morality.

Aster: the flower of the enchanted heart. Blossoming in a burst of delicate petals, this flower’s name comes from Latin, meaning ‘star,’ and it is known as a flower of deep mystery. An emblem of patience associated with September, the Aster is a doorway to enchantment.

Marigold: the flower of the creative heart. Flaring with brilliant, fiery hues, the Marigold was a flower of medieval blessing, placed on doorways and believed to offer powerful protection. Associated with October, the Marigold promotes independence and the spread of creativity.

Chrysanthemum: the flower of the happy heart. Derived from the Greek word meaning ‘golden flower,’ this flower is prized for its luck. Brightly blooming with plush, sun-like petals, the Chrysanthemum is associated with November, and radiates warmth and happiness.

Narcissus: the flower of the honorable heart. An elegant blossom, the Narcissus is a flower of cleansing, light, and self-love. Associated with December, the Narcissus is pure and known to empower truth and honor.

– Nicole

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With the Kentucky Derby® only days away, we thought it would be fun to educate ourselves and our blogging friends on this iconic event.  Held at the historic Churchill Downs, it is the longest continual sporting event we continue to celebrate.  This year marks the 141st Anniversary, and there are no plans for slowing down. So whether you are planning to attend the Valwood “Derby Day” Auction or have a party of your own, here are Few Fun Facts that are sure to please!

 

The Starting Gate | www.kentuckyderby.com
The Starting Gate | www.kentuckyderby.com

 

*Fabulous Fashion Is A Must- I think it is near impossible to think of the Derby and not think of the fabulous fashion! The men and their seersucker suits or color coordinating ties with straw hats, and the women donning their oversized hats and bright colored headpieces are always eye catching.  An amazing compliment to any outfit would be an Alex and Ani bangle from the Kentucky Derby Collection.  Whether you choose a horseshoe bangle or derby hat dangle…there is something for everyone!

*Catch A Rose – This tradition started when roses were given to the women attending an annual Derby party in Louisville.  It was such a hit, the Kentucky Derby is often referred to “The Run for the Roses,” and now the rose is the official flower of the Derby!

*Eat And Drink In Style – Burgoo is the traditional dish to try!  It is a hearty stew filled with an array of meat and vegetables- perfect while enjoying all of the festivities.  The most popular drink during this celebration is the Mint Julep.  This iced cocktail is made up of bourbon, sugar, mint, and water and is primarily served in a frosted silver julep cup.  Alex and Ani makes a beautiful bangle with a mint julep dangle…one for you and a friend!  You can always complete the look by stacking several more Alex and Ani bangles – like Mint Juleps, the more the merrier 😉

We would love to hear what you enjoy most about the Kentucky Derby!

– Nicole

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Working at Steel’s (like any job) can sometimes mean long hours and hard work.  However, we are so blessed to have so much fun while we do this!  Out of all of my job descriptions…celebrating our friends and clients special moments is by far my favorite.  I think a second or third would be learning more about our ever changing industry and the up and coming trends in jewelry.

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Opening new arrival packages is like Christmas morning up here…especially when it is a memo package and you haven’t seen the collections at prior shows.  This diamond ring caught my eye right away!  This “blog-worthy bauble” boasts nearly 2.5 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds pave set in a large oval shape. The craftsmanship behind each diamond set is truly amazing, and the exquisite gallery is detailed…leaving nothing unfinished.  This limited edition opulent right hand ring is sure to bring a smile…and possibly blind your friend! 😉

Nicole

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