Category Archives: Gemstone Jewelry

The Beauty of Onyx

Onyx is one of our favorite gemstones.  Its deep black color and smooth finish make for a beautiful stone that stands out.  In addition to being a stunning stone, onyx is very easy to style as it pairs well with both 18k gold and sterling silver styles.  At LAGOS it is one of our most popular stones and is the star of our new Maya Collection.

Black onyx jewelry can be styled in many ways.  The rich black of the stone is beautiful enough to stand on its own and is nicely complemented by sterling silver.  Our new Maya earrings are a dramatic statement for day or night.  A pendant necklace also makes a stand out style statement.

At LAGOS we are all about layering.  We definitely recommend styling your onyx with some of our other pieces.  Onyx is a great contrast for clear and white gemstones like diamonds, pearls and topaz. White and black is a classic pairing, whether it is in jewelry or in clothing and is very easy to style.

Black onyx jewelry is also a great companion for dark gemstones like garnet, amethyst, and smokey quartz. The deep color of these stones shines even better against the opaque black of onyx.

All of our onyx pieces are designed to be layered and styled with the LAGOS you already own and love.  Share your style with us by tagging @lagos_jewelry on Instagram!

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Reflect the Color of the Ocean with Swiss Blue Topaz

Who doesn’t love to add a pop of color in their jewelry look? The best way to do this is to add some gemstones to your jewelry repertoire. One gemstone we absolutely love is Swiss Blue Topaz.

The deep blue of Swiss Blue Topaz is classic, elegant, and striking. Plus, it goes with almost everything! Swiss Blue Topaz is the perfect way to add some color into your evening look with an iconic black dress or to add an extra splash to your blue jeans and t-shirt uniform.

Depending on your personal style, LAGOS offers a variety of statement-making pieces in Swiss Blue Topaz.

The Gemstone Cuff Bracelet will instantly garner some attention. When combined with the caviar beading, the Blue Topaz end caps add a level of sophistication and fun to this bracelet without being overpowering.

For those that want to show off even more color try our Color Caviar Gemstone Ring. This cocktail ring is the perfect way to highlight your love of color while providing just a little bit of edge!

The Wanderlust Gemstone Pendant Necklace provides subtle sophistication in a high level of detail that will have people staring for all the right reasons. It takes the beauty of Swiss Blue Topaz and highlights it by surrounding it with blue sapphires, iolite, and 18K gold and silver signature caviar beading.

No matter what type of piece you are looking for, LAGOS has the highest quality Swiss Blue Topaz. With styles matching a variety of occasions and budgets, LAGOS will ensure that your pop of color is elegant and fun!

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Jewelry to pack on your next getaway

The days are longer, the weather is warming, and summer Friday’s are in your future.  It’s time to pack your bags and head away for the weekend.  Whether you’re jetting to the beach or touring a new city we have the perfect jewelry packing tips to keep the focus on your next adventure.

Summer is the time to keep things simple and uncomplicated, the same is true with your jewelry. When selecting what pieces to bring avoid choosing too many pieces and try to select items that are light.  This will help prevent unnecessarily weighing down your suitcase (you’ll need room to bring back souvenirs).

Now that you know you can’t over pack, it’s time to choose wisely.  Aim to bring neutral items that will pair well with a variety of looks.  We recommend small hoops, studs or a classic pearl for earrings that are always chic. Our Mixed metal bracelets are also nice as they complement each other and pair well with all pieces in the LAGOS collection.

Try to avoid jewelry that is clunky or might tangle.  The last thing you need before heading to a wonderful dinner is worrying about untangling a necklace.  Thinner chains are more likely to tangle so if you do want to pack a dramatic long chain necklace, opt for one with a thick chain and tie it in one knot to keep it from further tangling while traveling.

If the idea of keeping it simple is too much, and you really need to pack multiple pieces try statement rings.  They are light, won’t weigh your bag down and they certainly won’t take up much space in your suitcase.

Now that you’ve made your perfect picks, make sure to pack them in your carry-on and don’t forget to tag @lagos_jewelry in all of your wonderful vacation pics!

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Steven Lagos: Treasure Hunter

Designer Steven Lagos has a passion for gemstones and gemstone jewelry.  He travels all over the globe searching for the most beautiful gemstones that best help tell the story of his designs.  Creating jewelry designs inspired by nature and the earth’s elements is not as easy as it might seem.  Behind each stunning stone is a method and a story.

Steven Lagos refers to himself as a ‘Treasure Hunter’ when it comes to finding the perfect gemstone.  As gemstones are made in nature they can be a very unpredictable medium to work with.  Each year Steve travels the globe to meet with local artisans who specialize in gemstones specific to that area of the world.  Discovering what is available each season takes skill and a keen eye for quality. As Steve explains, “Everything we use is real. We’re subject to what’s coming out of the mines in the quantities and sizes that we need. That creates a whole other layer and mystery to the product.”

After finding the right stones for each collection Steve gets to work on creating gemstone jewelry designs that highlight and incorporate the natural beauty of the pieces he has found.  Oftentimes the right gemstone can inspire an entire design whether it be a necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings, as Steve works to create art around the stone rather than forcing it into an existing piece. This results in the unique and truly original jewelry collections that are released each season.  The hunt never stops for Steve, which is why every year LAGOS is able curate new collections full of exciting designs.

Check out the video for more on the LAGOS philosophy on gemstones.

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