The Hileman Collection just launched its new Australian opal jewelry website last week. Our new website TheHilemanCollection.com is mobile user friendly and includes a shopping cart for easy online purchasing. Stop by and browse our Australian opal rings, wedding sets, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Check back often as we are adding new opal jewelry designs every week. Our old website will still be available for reference and viewing our opal jewelry portfolio. If you don’t see the item you are looking for on the new website contact us or the store nearest you for assistance and pricing information.
There are magazines, webzines, and blogs all about the “Alternative” wedding style, which simply means less cookie-cutter ceremonies and more weddings that match the personality of the couple. The “natural” bride, the “pagan” bride, and “same-sex” couples are just a few of the kinds of couples becoming more the norm than ever before in history.
Engagement and wedding bands have always been one of the most traditional and classic parts of the ceremony. “Something old, something new…” has often referred to a passed down engagement ring or set of wedding bands from the bride’s grandparents. The couple may have chosen to accept the gift of one or the other to save money, and because it means a lot to the giver, but may feel a bit left out of their own special day.
Today, more couples are realizing that the wedding day, belongs to them. It’s nice to try and make concessions for parents and close relatives, but ultimately, it is the couple who should be ecstatic about their own unique wedding. Choosing unique engagement rings and wedding bands are a way to express yourselves and your individuality without making a huge scene. If you are not the types to go completely outside the box you can plan a traditional wedding and walk down the aisle with a unique wedding band option like a dinosaur bone ring.
For many alternative couples who may also practice alternative forms of spirituality, they may find it to be a true sentiment of their love for nature and the Earth: to wear something that was once a part of nature. Many couples today, whether they consider themselves alternative or not, are seeking other ring options besides diamonds. Colored gemstones, unique inlay materials and non-traditional metals like stainless steel or sterling silver can add to the individuality of their wedding rings
Turquoise is also a beautiful option for engagement rings and wedding bands, as it signifies strength, protection, and healing. There are a multitude of gemstones and natural materials that have significant mystical and spiritual meaning. No matter what background, culture, or religion you practice, gemstones are a fantastic choice to make your wedding bands stand out and memorable to everyone who sees them.
Although you may not want to have your wedding in the midst of a circus or haunted house, you can go outside the norm with your ring choices to express your true personality as a couple.
After years of working with top grade Australian opal in our jewelry, we have decided to expand our options to include lab created opal rings and jewelry. In recent years top quality natural Australian opal has become harder to obtain and the price has steadily increased to reflect its rarity. We realize that not everyone has the budget for Australian opal jewelry in 14 karat gold so we have decided to offer laboratory created opal as an affordable alternative in our silver and stainless steel rings and wedding ring sets. The lab created opal we are using in our lab opal rings is available in a variety of colors and rivals the fire and vibrant colors of natural opal. Laboratory grown opal has essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as natural opal with the exception of water content. Natural opal is composed of 5 to 15% water and man-made or synthetic opal contains no water. Instead the water is replaced with resin which increases the lab created opal’s strength and durability.
We hope that you will be as pleased with the look of this laboratory created opal as we are. We will be adding more rings with the new lab created opal color choices as soon as possible. Until then, here are a couple of examples of lab opal colors or you can visit our Flickr photo page for more photos. Keep in mind that any of our ring designs can be inlaid with the new lab created opal in the color of your choice.
Great news! For a limited time, we are offering discount coupons for both our silver and gold jewelry. The discount is available on all Hileman jewelry currently listed on our two Etsy.com shops. The discount on all our sterling silver jewelry is 10% off and is available November 24th through December 1st. To use your silver jewelry discount coupon, visit our shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/thehilemancollection , select the item you wish to purchase and enter coupon code E10Silver1. The 10% will be deducted from your total.
If you are interested in our 14k gold Australian opal jewelry, visit our Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/HilemanJewelry and use coupon code E20Gold1 at checkout. We are able to offer a 20% off discount on our gold jewelry. This coupon is also valid November 24th through December 1st. Savings on our gold jewelry ranges from a minimum of $316 up to $2560! The discount only applies to items currently for sale and does not apply to custom orders.
Mark and John