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Cyber Monday Sale

Specific pieces from each designer are 25% off. Click on the What's Up tab on the website to view all pieces.
25% off is only good online and on only until midnight PST on November 26th. All sales final. Make sure to read descriptions carefully. Not all ring sizes can be changed. Not all pendants come with a chain.

Alex Sepkus Trunk Show
Join us November 29th, 30th, and December 1st for our annual Alex Sepkus trunk show! It's your one chance all year to see the entire collection in one place. Come see why Sepkus has been a Fox's favorite for over 30 years!

Sethi Couture Trunk Show
December 14th and 15th! Mix and match Sethi's stacking bands with your own rings to create a custom stack that's all you. With prices starting at $800, come in and treat yourself! We'll also have earrings, pendants, and more. 

Holiday Hours
Fox's Seattle is now open every day until Christmas! We will be closed December 30th, 31st, and January 1st. On January 2nd we will resume our normal Tuesday - Saturday schedule. 

The Holidays are Magical at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel!
Come for the jewelry at Fox's, stay for the life-sized gingerbread house in the lower lobby, hot chocolate at the Fourth Avenue cafe, roasted chestnuts every Friday, Holiday Tea in the Georgian Room, and the Teddy Bear Suite.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Cyber Monday Announcement!

We hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving. Fox's will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will reopen on November 23rd and be open 7 days a week until Christmas. 

We are getting ready for our Cyber Monday sale. In fact some of our items are up for sale already. You might have to search a little hard for them right now, but come back on Monday to see all 50 pieces at 25% off in our What's Up section. 

 

All Sales Final. 

Fall at Fox's

SUWA Sapphire rings

September is Sapphire Month!
We were honored to receive a visit this month from Mr. Yasukazu Suwa, the third-generation owner of Suwa, a Japanese company known for the precise setting of every gemstone in their beautifully crafted jewelry designs. They use only the finest, most transparent diamonds and colored gems. If you love sapphires, Suwa’s sapphire and diamond rings are a must see.

 

 

Todd Reed engagement rings on finger

Todd Reed Trunk Show!
Our annual Todd Reed trunk show is right around the corner, on October 19th and 20th. The trunk show is the perfect time to see the entire Todd Reed collection, look for one-of-a-kind bridal rings, add to your existing ring stack, or find something completely new and different. It’s also a great time to bring in diamonds or gemstones you might want to use to make a custom piece!


Gem Water Pet Bowl in white

Gem Water Pet Bowls
If you’ve already experienced the benefits of Gem Water for yourself, now is the time to treat your pet! These gorgeous bowls contain a blend of gemstones selected just for pets: nephrite jade for vitality, brown agate for strength, clear quartz for awareness, peridot for balance and mangano calcite for positive social behavior. These bowls also make a great gift for the dog or cat lover in your life.

 

Arman Bangle bracelets black diamond white diamond emerald snake

New Jewelry and Watches
We are still receiving new jewelry from our summer order in Las Vegas! We have new 24k gold pieces from Gurhan, alternative bridal by Todd Reed, new stacking rings by Sethi Couture, Candy rings by Alex Sepkus, gorgeous cuffs by Arman Sarkisyan, and new watches by Nomos Glashutte. Many of these pieces are one-of-a-kinds!

 

 

Alex Sepkus 18K yellow gold rings martini setting purple blue

Sepkus Save the Date!
Our annual Alex Sepkus trunk show is set for November 29th, 30th, and December 1st. We always have this show the first weekend of December, making it perfectly timed for holiday gift giving. We’ve been carrying Alex Sepkus’s incredible jewelry for 30 years now, and are still thrilled when we get a chance to see the entire collection. This show is not to be missed!

 

Sale case is back 30-50% off

Sale Case
The sale case is better than ever! We are always updating it as new jewelry arrives. This sale is in-store only, so stop by or call us to see if your next treasure is here.

 

 

As always, we validate parking in the Olympic Parking Garage on the corner of 5th and Seneca. If you prefer to take Uber of Lyft, let us know after you arrive and we’ll email you a $15 credit toward your ride account. We also now accept Amazon Pay and PayPal on our website.

Ray Griffiths Pop-Up Show in July!

In July we are so excited to be featuring the work of Ray Griffiths with a month-long pop up shop. Ray is charming, talented, and has an Australian accent, which makes him pretty irresistible! He is the son of a shoemaker and grew up making shoes until he grew interested in jewelry as a teenager. He apprenticed at an old jewelry restoration house in Melbourne and the rest is history! Ray’s signature is his 18k gold crownwork, which he pairs with gorgeous gemstones like chrysoprase, moonstone, and tourmaline.

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Mikimoto Pearls

June isn't over yet! Pearls are the perfect gift for graduation, wedding and anniversary gifts, and birthday presents for June babies. We carry both Akoya and South Sea pearls by Mikimoto, which has been the finest name in pearls since 1893, when Mikimoto Kokichi created the first cultured pearl by seeding oysters with a small amount of mother of pearl. Only the top 5% of all pearls Mikimoto produces are sold under their namesake brand.

Ray Griffiths rings

In July we are so excited to be featuring the work of Ray Griffiths with a month long pop up shop. Ray is charming, talented, and has an Australian accent, which makes him pretty irresistible! He is the son of a shoemaker and grew up in the family business until he grew interested in jewelry as a teenager. He apprenticed at an old jewelry restoration house in Melbourne and the rest is history! Ray’s signature is his 18k gold crownwork, which he pairs with gorgeous gemstones like chrysoprase, moonstone, and tourmaline. We are partial to his tassel earrings and pendants, which are incredibly fun to wear. Ray is one of our newer designers at Fox's, and we’re sure you’ll love his jewelry as much as we do.

 

We’ve just received a new shipment of all the new blends from GemWater. If you haven’t already seen GemWater in our shop, it is a collection of personal glass water bottles. The natural vibrations from the gems purify and alkalize the water, and the ayurvedic properties of each gemstone promote different health benefits such as wellness, love, and motivation.  These make wonderful gifts for yourself and others! Our favorite Item is the handblown glass wine decanter with amethyst wand. The ancient Greeks believe that amethyst prevented drunkenness. What it really does is smooth out the tannins in red wine. And it’s so beautiful you can leave it out as table décor.

Zoey just returned from the annual jewelry show in Las Vegas and brought back so many treasures from all of our favorite designers! Be sure you are following us on Instagram and Facebook to get the first glimpses as each new piece arrives at the store. We will be getting lots of one-of-a-kind alternative bridal from Todd Reed, colored gemstone pieces from Alex Sepkus, 22k gold from Arman Sarkisyan, stacking bands from Sethi Couture, and so much more!

Sethi Couture stack bands

We also ordered several pieces from Sethi Couture’s new collection. We had a wonderful trunk show last month with Prerna Sethi, half of the sister team behind Sethi Couture. The trunk show was all about stacking new Sethi bands with rings you already have to create a totally personalized look. The sisters’ philosophy is to “Elevate the Everyday” and their dainty, stackable, layerable rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are big favorites of ours at a price point that is perfect for treating yourself.

In order to make room for all of our new jewelry, we have put some lovely pieces in our sale case. The sale is in store only, so stop by to take a look at what treasure you might find. As always, we validate parking at the Olympic Parking Garage on the corner of 5th and Seneca. If you prefer to take Uber or Lyft, let us know after you arrive and we’ll email you a $15 credit toward your ride account.

September's Birthstone: Sapphire

September babies are lucky indeed to have sapphire as their birthstone. Most people think of classic royal blue sapphire when they think of this gemstone, but sapphires actually come in every color of the rainbow (except the color red, which is classified as ruby). They are a material called corundum, which is naturally colorless. Trace elements like iron, titanium, chromium, copper and magnesium present when corundum is formed create sapphires in blue, yellow, purple, orange or green, respectively.

Due to the hardness of sapphires (they are a 9 on the Moh's scale of hardness, second only to diamonds which are a 10), they make a wonderful choice for an engagement ring. Lady Diana thought so in 1981, when she chose a 12-carat sapphire for her engagement ring. Prince William then gave the iconic ring to Kate Middleton in 2010. Sapphires are also used for scientific instruments, high-durability windows, watches and electronics.

Sapphires symbolize loyalty, nobility, sincerity and integrity. They are associated with focusing the mind, maintaining self-discipline and channeling higher powers.We have some very special sapphire pieces in the store right now. This one-of-a-kind handmade 18k rose gold ring by Todd Reed features sapphires in blue, pink, yellow, and lavender.

We hope you'll stop by and see all the lovely sapphire pieces we have!

 

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August's Birthstones: Peridot, Spinel, and Sardonyx

August is one of only three months of the year that has three birthstones! They are peridot, spinel, and sardonyx.

Peridot is the most common birthstone associated with August, and has a very interesting history. It is one of the oldest known gemstones, with ancient records documenting the mining of peridot as early as 1500 B.C. The main source of peridot in the ancient world was an island in the Egyptian Red Sea, and some historians believe that Cleopatra's famous emeralds were actually peridots.

Peridot's formation is also different from that of almost all other gems. Most gems are formed in the Earth's crust. The two exceptions are peridot and diamond, which are formed much deeper in the Earth; in the mantle. Peridot forms in magma in the upper mantle, about 20 to 55 miles deep. It is brought to the surface by tectonic or volcanic activity. Diamond, by contrast, is formed much deeper in the mantle, around 100 to 150 miles below the surface, under extreme pressure and high temperatures.

Peridot was used anciently as a talisman and has a mystical reputation. It was believed to dissolve enchantments, ward off anxiety, and cure asthma. It was considered most powerful when set in gold.

Spinel is an incredibly beautiful gemstone which has spent most of its history being confused for ruby or sapphire. Some of the most famous rubies in the world, including the Timur Ruby and the Black Prince's Ruby in the crown jewels of England, have actually turned out to be spinels. Spinel is now a gemstone that is treasured for its own beauty, its wonderful brilliance, hardness, and wonderful range of spectacular colors. One member of the spinel group, magnetite, even has magnetic properties. As early as the 11th century, mariners used this form of spinel to magnetize their compasses. We have two stunning spinel pieces in our store right now, perfect for an August baby likes a gemstone that's off the beaten path.

Alex Sepkus raspberry spinel and 18k gold "Flora" necklace

Alex Sepkus 18k gold and purple spinel ring

Sardonyx is the last and most obscure of the August birthstones, although it was the original birthstone for August before the other two came along. Sardonyx combines alternating layers of sard and onyx—two types of the layered mineral chalcedony—to create a reddish zebra-striped stone with white bands.

Used as a stone of strength and protection since ancient times, sardonyx is associated with courage, happiness, and clear communication. Some believe that placing sardonyx at each corner of a house will grant protection against evil.

 

 

 

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Thank you Abreham and Mulugeta!

Yesterday, our old garage, the Rainier Square Garage, closed its doors for good in advance of the upcoming demolition of Rainier Square. We want to take a moment to recognize Abreham and Mulugeta, our beloved valet attendants. If you've ever taken advantage of our validated parking over the years, no doubt you've met these two. For 20 and 17 years, respectively, they have parked both our cars and our clients' cars with friendliness and professionalism. Always asking, "How is your family?" and remembering exactly when we'd need our cars and having them ready for us. When we went down to say goodbye to them on Saturday, the play at the 5th Avenue Theatre was just getting out, and they were inundated with hugs and goodbyes from 5th Avenue regulars, many of whom we recognized as Fox's regulars as well!

Abreham fondly recalled parking Sid Thal's famous black cab, and remembered asking Sid the secret to his longevity. His answer? "Drink good whiskey!" 

We will continue to validate parking at the Olympic Parking Garage on 5th and Seneca, but we will miss our friends Abreham and Mulugeta, and wish them well.

July's Birthstone: Ruby

July's birthstone is one of the most highly prized of gems throughout history. Symbolic of passion, protection and prosperity, the ruby has been revered since ancient times. Records suggest that rubies were traded along China’s North Silk Road as early as 200 B.C.

Rubies were once considered to have magical powers, and were worn as a talisman against evil.  They were thought to grow darker when peril was imminent, and to return to their original color once danger was past—provided they were in the hands of the rightful owner! 

The word ruby comes from the Latin word "ruber," meaning red.  It is a variety of the mineral corundum, which is the same material as sapphire. Corundum is the second hardest material after diamond, making ruby an excellent choice for an alternative engagment ring gemstone. Rubies are symbolic of eternal love, and if worn on the left hand, ancient lore has it that rubies bring good fortune to the wearer, making it a very romantic choice!

 

Here are some lovely gift choices for July babies:

 

Alex Sepkus 18k gold, ruby, and diamond "Candy" ring, $3,060 

Alex Sepkus 18k gold and ruby "Sticks and Stones" earrings, $4,810

Suwa 18k gold, ruby, and diamond anniversary band, $6,450

Suwa 18k gold, ruby, and diamond anniversary band, $6,450

Understanding Diamond Shapes

Are you just starting to look for a diamond engagement ring? One of the most important steps is to choose what diamond shape to buy! There are so many wonderful choices, all with a different look.

Round brilliant: The round brilliant diamond was devised by Marcel Tolkowsky in 1919 as his doctoral thesis at the University of London. He created a mathematical formula based on 58 facets to get the most sparkle and brilliance from a round diamond. Diamonds cut according to this formula are called ideal cut. A round brilliant diamond not cut to ideal specifications will be less expensive than an ideal cut diamond, but will not sparkle nearly as much.

Emerald: The emerald cut has been around since the 1500's, but gained popularity in the 1920's, when their sleek and elegant lines were the perfect look to go with the Art Deco movement. The emerald cut is a step cut diamond, meaning that the facets of the diamond look like stairs. The emerald cut diamond typically has 57 facets. Because the emerald cut diamond has such a large table, it isn't good at hiding inclusions. Be sure to choose a clarity grade of VS2 or better.

Oval: Diamonds have been cut into oval shapes for hundreds of years, but the modern day oval cut diamond was devised by Lazare Kaplan in 1957. Oval diamonds have 58 facets and will typically look larger than a round diamond of the same carat weight. When shopping for an oval, be aware of proportion (the ideal length to width ratio is 1.35 to 1.50), and beware the bow-tie. Oval diamonds almost always have a bow-tie effect in the center of the diamond, but results will vary - so this is an important cut to shop for in person.

Asscher: The Asscher cut diamond was designed by Joseph Asscher in 1902, and was one of the first patented diamond cuts in the world. The Asscher is step cut like an emerald cut, but the shape is square with cut corners. Like the emerald cut, the Asscher was popular in the 1920's, making it feel both vintage and elegant. The original Asscher cut diamond had 58 facets. In 1999, the Asscher cut was reinvented as the Royal Asscher by Edward and Joop Asscher. This cut has 74 facets and can only be purchased by an authorized jewelry store from the Royal Asscher Company.

Cushion: Cushion cut diamonds have soft, rounded corners, giving them a wonderful pillowy shape. Other than that, nearly every cushion cut diamond you see will be different. Some will be more square, and others more elongated. The faceting structure will be different as well. Some cushion cut diamonds have lots of small facets, giving it a shimmery crushed glass look. Others will have larger facets, giving the diamond larger flashes of light. Whichever look you prefer, you'll want to choose one of these unique diamonds in person.

Radiant: Radiant cut diamonds are available both square and rectangular, but unlike the emerald and Asscher cuts, radiant cut diamonds have the faceting pattern of a round brilliant. The radiant is a popular choice for fancy colored diamonds such as yellow, because the cut brings out the color of the diamonds. When buying an elongated radiant cut, watch out for the bow-tie effect. The ratio can have quite an effect on the look of a radiant, so this is another diamond you'll want to shop for in person.

Marquise: The marquise cut diamond dates back to the 1700's, when King Louis XV of France commissioned a jeweler to design a diamond that resembled the lips of his mistress, Jean Antoinette Poisson, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour. Current day marquise diamonds have 56 facets and an elliptical shape with pointed ends. Marquise diamonds are traditionally set facing north-south, but famous marquise diamond wearer Catherine Zeta-Jones has her diamond set east-west.

Princess: This cut was developed in 1961, and quickly became one of the most popular diamond cuts. It is a square diamond with pointed corners and a brilliant faceting structure. Princess cut diamonds have 58 facets, but use up to 80% of the rough diamond they are cut from. In contrast, round brilliant diamonds only use about 40-50% of the rough diamond. For this reason, princess cut diamonds are less expensive than round diamonds. But watch out for those pointed corners! They are fragile and can be easily broken.

Pear: The pear-shaped diamond can be traced back to 1458, when it was created by Flemish polisher Lodewyk van Berquem. This diamond is shaped like a teardrop, with one rounded side and one pointed side, and has a brilliant faceting structure. The most famous pear-shaped diamond in the world is the 69.42ct Taylor-Burton diamond, purchased by Richard Burton for Elizabeth Taylor for a whopping $1.1 million in 1969.

Heart: The origin of the heart-shaped diamond is unknown, but the earliest mention of one is letters from 1463. Mary, Queen of Scots sent a heart-shaped diamond ring to Queen Elizabeth in 1562, as this diamond shape used to be a symbol of royalty. The heart shape is essentially a pear-shaped diamond with a cleft at the top of the rounded side, creating two shoulders. This is one of the most expensive diamond cuts, as it is labor intensive to cut, and difficult to create a perfectly symmetrical shape.

Whatever diamond cut you're looking for, come in or give us a call at 206-623-2528 and we will find exactly what you're looking for! If you know what shape of diamond you'd like to buy, but are unsure of the setting, let us set it into a beautiful diamond solitaire ring for you. The diamond can then be reset later into a setting of your choice.

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