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Valani Atelier Bespoke Emerald Jewelry is the Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day

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Beautiful and one-of-a-kind, just like mom, Valani Atelier celebrates the holiday with emerald jewelry selects.

A source of fascination and reverence, the green in emerald delights designers and wearers alike. Its bright vitreous luster and eye-catching color universally flatters, and it is recognized as the ravishing birthstone for May. This upcoming Mother’s Day, Valani Atelier has created seven high jewels in honor of mothers. Face-framing earrings, elegant cocktail rings, and pendants that sweep the collarbone are the collection’s signature, each a unique and timeless modern heirloom.

 

With emerald being the cornerstone of Valani’s seventy-year legacy, the family sources and sets exceptionally high-quality stones from the Muzo, Chivor, and Coscuez Mines in Colombia, and the Kagem Mine in Zambia. Bright, beautifully faceted, and ideally saturated with the perfect balance of bright emerald green, each Valani Atelier stone is hand-selected to represent the highest quality gem material from the source, exhibiting exceptional lapidary cuts from renowned craftsmen from Brazil to New York.

Cleo Emerald Drop Earrings

For over six thousand years emeralds have enchanted, from Incans and Ancient Egyptians, through today. Heena Shah, Creative Director for Valani Atelier, says of the collection, “I believe vivid green emerald jewelry expresses the individuality of the women wearing them. For the mother who is the leader of the pack, uninterested in commercial fashion imagery, fed up with being force-fed traditional beauty standards, the gift of an emerald piece is a distinctive and thoughtful choice.”

 

 

Reimagining the elegance of stud earrings, Shah has turned them into attention-grabbing statements in their own right with the Hailey Emerald Earrings and the Phoenix Emerald Set. The Hailey earrings feature large cushion cut center stones, surrounded by a dance of diamonds in mixed shapes, adding texture to the design.  The Phoenix Emerald Set has stunning drop-shaped emeralds, accented by diamond feathers, reminiscent of the mythical creature. The collection also features the Cleo Emerald Drop Earrings, which juxtapose the orientation of diamond drops and rounds, adding a stateliness to elegance.

The Hailey Emerald Earrings

The Phoenix Emerald Set

The Tidore Emerald and The Cavalieri Emerald Pendant offer contrasting, yet equally provocative necklace looks. The Tidore Emerald features two large emerald-cut emeralds, both haloed by a symmetrical pattern of round diamonds. The larger of the two gems has an added layer of dramatic beauty outside the halo, with east-west set oval diamonds, set with round faceted emeralds in between. A feast for the eyes set in 18K white gold, it is the perfect gift to add a royal look to mom’s jewelry wardrobe. Similarly, the Cavalieri Emerald Pendant also has two large emeralds, but the top stone is square-cut, while the bottom features an emerald-cut gem. Surrounded by drop shaped diamonds in varied orientations, this necklace playfully alternates space, with leaf-like diamonds dripping above and below the square-cut gemstone.

 

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The Eliza Emerald Ring

Beautiful, one of a kind emerald jewelry

The Elsie Emerald Ring

The staple of any gala, party, or black dress is the cocktail ring. Make mom the center of attention with the bespoke Elsie Emerald Ring, or the Eliza Emerald. The former stuns with its silky color, capturing all in a vivid globe of green. The cabochon sits upon its diamond floral frame, with scalloped round diamonds over marquise cuts, an interplay of shapes on a half-paved band.  The Eliza Emerald, on the other hand, is a straight, geometric masterpiece, reminiscent of the rings worn in the roaring 20’s. An emerald-cut stone sits above a tour-de-force of racing baguettes, drops, and hidden delicate round diamonds in varied sizes, adding sparkle from below.

For more information about Valani Atelier, visit valaniatelier.com, or call 212-702-9703.

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There is Too Much Fake Health Information – Exposing Weight Loss Gimmicks

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Welcome to another weight loss article. Hopefully this one will shed some new light on your life.

Weight loss is a big concern for many people and has been for a little while now. Perhaps it’s to do with how we look and feel, or all the trends we follow, or a doctors concern. Whatever it is, excess weight is simply unhealthy, and loosing it in a healthy, sustainable way is very important.

The internet has thousands of weight loss articles, tips, hacks, and quick weight loss solutions. Many companies sell pills and drinks that are meant to boost weight loss. Health bloggers sell clean eating ebooks, fitness influencers share what they eat in a day, and the list continues…

While some of these are good advice and very helpful, many of them are unhealthy, only work short term, and have more bad effects than just regaining the weight. For most of us, the internet is our biggest, best source of information, and there is simply too much fake health info and too many weight loss gimmicks to ignore. The key is to weed out the good ones, and toss the bad. We’ll show you how to do that in just a minute. Meanwhile, read about why weight loss gimmicks are unhealthy, and why fad diets are considered a gimmick, too.

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Weight Loss Gimmicks

A weight loss gimmick is a trick intended to attract attention to a method for losing weight easily. Most, if not all, are extremely unhealthy and dangerous. Any method of weight loss that is either of those is considered a gimmick. The promise of quick results is a give away for most of them.

  • fasting
  • supplements
  • crash diets
  • false claims
  • anything that seems too easy (wight loss takes time and effort)

Dangerous weight loss gimmicks

  • Smoking. You might lose weight. …
  • A plastic tongue patch. In which eating solid food becomes beyond painful. …
  • Stimulants. Don’t use caffeine to lose weight. …
  • Tapeworms. …
  • Tube feeding. …
  • Laxatives. …
  • Purging. …
  • Restricting calories.
  • Waist trainers

Google: How to lose weight fast?

People make money off your google searches “how to lose weight fast,” “fastest way to lose weight” etc. They are proving unhealthy information. Things like this lead to unhealthy lifestyles, unhealthy hopes and dreams, depression, weight retention, serious illness, and even deaths.

Here’s the thing about fast weight loss. Losing weight quickly is neither safe nor sustainable. If you crash diet to drop pounds—or try something like a juice cleanse—you will lose weight quickly, but most people gain the weight back relatively soon. It’s not that losing weight slowly is the better choice, but losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is the right choice. If you are going to attempt quick weight loss, the researchers suggest you speak with a dietitian to work on a plan that ensures you get the vitamins and minerals that you need. And keep in mind that, even if the quick weight loss crash diet helps you see results sooner. The slow-and-steady method is still much less disruptive to your everyday life—and therefore a much less miserable approach if you’re trying to drop pounds.

Weight loss gimmicks work

Yes for sure alot of these do work but the health risks are not worth it, even if you lose 11 pounds in one week. Waist trainers, for example, could help decrease body fat but unless you already exercise and eat right, and your body fat is already very low, you will not have a Victoria Secret model’s body overnight. Guaranteed. Weight loss pills are full of chemicals and most are made with cheap and harmful ingredients. It is essential for your health that you research anything before you use it, and consult your doctor.

dieting: Managing consumption of food and drink with the intent to lose, gain, or maintain weight.

But here’s the key,

You lose weight, typically, no matter what kind of weight loss diet you’re on. That’s what happens to your body when you cut back on it’s fuel source. It’s science. Whether you lose it in a healthy way or a dangerous way. However, the weight never stays gone unless you change. Not your current diet and not your calorie count. You.

How you can change to lose weight and keep it off for good

  • change mentality
  • change lifestyle
  • stay off the internet
  • make better decisions

Exercise and diet is about more than losing weight. It’s your life. You choose to live healthily or poorly. Make the choice now, and make the changes now. Do you research. Find the correct information that you need. Weight loss will happen if you make the correct choices, and live with them. Food and exercise are essentials

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.

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A Truly Unique Gift for Father’s Day from Wilensky Gallery – Million Year Old Minerals

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Full of tradition and truly unique the Wilensky Gallery offers a fine opportunity for those searching for a meaningful and masculine Father’s Day gift. This collection features a variety of minerals and fossils for Father’s Day. Welcoming and knowledgeable, the Wilensky family can help dad begin the mineral collection he’s always dreamed of, or help curate and grow an existing collection with custom suggestions.

Even non-gemologists get caught up in the Wilensky gallery’s incredible display of rare, natural minerals and stones.  The business is an inherent homage to fatherhood, with Stuart Wilensky closely running the gallery with his two sons and daughter-in-law, co-founding the company with his wife, Donna. Stuart and Donna Wilensky, internationally renowned fine mineral collectors and dealers, have amassed this collection for more than three decades.

As far as the fine mineral business goes, the Wilensky name is universally recognized as the “best of the best. The family is renowned amongst the trade as curators and dealers of the finest minerals collections in the world, developing the Wilensky Approach, the standard by which the finest minerals are graded.

So far, Wilensky has published six books cataloging the world’s rarest minerals that have passed through their hands.

“Passing down fine art to my children is a legacy that I can share with them that they can enjoy and appreciate. The art you love is a reflection of who you are. Art can create a sense of calm, of thoughtfulness, admiration as well as simply beauty. Passing down art is a way of sharing something with your children that reflects a feeling or emotion that cannot be captured by other material objects.  Art has both emotional value and financial value. It is a form of wealth, both spiritually and financially. There is no other gift that embodies this spectrum. “-Stuart Wilensky

The Wilensky Gallery features several select minerals and fossils that Stuart Wilensky thinks would mean the world to Dad.

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Quartz with Dravite Tourmaline inclusions

This quartz sphere has dravite tourmaline inclusions. The tourmaline crystals are frozen inside the clear quartz, creating a unique spray of crystals, which are protected from the outside world for eternity.

Inclusions are among the most intriguing of all mineral possibilities; here one species is shown growing inside another. Both minerals retain their properties and appearances, yet are linked forever.


Locality: Yunlu PGE deposit, Sichuan Province, China

Dimensions:7 1/2″ tall x 4″ wide

Price:$25,000USD


Barite on Flourite with chalcopyrite

The combination of gem quality golden barite crystals flowing across a mint green translucent fluorite cube matrix, topped off with a sprinkling of brilliant shining brassy chalcopyrites, is unique from this location. These species do form together in other places on earth, but this combination of colors, textures, the mix of metallic and matte, as well as the orangey gold over green, all add up to a spectacular and colorful arrangement of species that only nature could conceive.


Locality: Xiefang Mine, Ruijin Co., Ganzhou Pref., Jiangxi Prov., China

Price:$15,000USD


Quartz-over-Chrysocolla

Quartz over Chrysocolla

Drusies are quartz encrusted minerals that sparkle as if they were coated with tiny diamonds. Chrysocolla is the most sought-after of all of the “drusies.” Drusy chrysocolla is well-known as a gem material, used by many world-renowned jewelry designers.The chrysocolla appears as if it is encased within clear glass.


Locality: Lily Mine, Ica Dept., Peru

Dimensions:3″ wide x 2 3/4′ tall

Price:$7,500USD


 Wilensky Gallery, Located at 173 10th Avenue, New York, NY

For more info visit the Wilensky Gallery

Events:

Ancient Treasures: Fossils from The Eocene 

Now through August 3rd 2019, featuring The Green Riverstone Crocodile at the Wilensky Gallery

Magnificent Emeralds: “Fura’s Tears”
Runs Sept. 26 – Dec. 30, 2019 at The Wilensky Gallery
*Opening Reception: Sept. 26, 5 – 7 pm*

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The Emergence of Energy Efficient Homes

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The Emergence of Energy Efficient Homes

Energy efficiency isn’t just a buzzword. Energy efficient homes are important to homeowners of all different ages. For them, it’s a way of life, and that includes the design and construction of their homes. Besides numerous environmental benefits, Low-E (low emissivity) homes also deliver big savings.

With an emphasis being placed on the need for greener building practices, there are now multiple options to choose from when it comes to building energy efficient homes.

 

A contractor sprays foam in the rafters of a home designed to be more energy efficient.

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From the ground up

To accommodate families looking to build a sustainable forever home, designers are putting energy efficiency at the centre of their plans. From minimizing waste and materials to making the most of the sun’s energy, designers are embrasing the energy efficiecy movement as well.

While the home is being constructed, thermal mass materials can be used in walls and foundations. These materials include water, concrete, stone and brick, which will slow the rate of heat transfer.

Another building material that maximizes energy efficiency is continuous insulation. Continuous isolation, often appearing in the form of spray foam instead of insulation batting, prevents air leakage and reduces the cost of heating and cooing the home.

 

Windows for every season

Windows are notorious for heat loss. As much as 90 percent of window heat loss is through the glass itself. To combat this issue, builders are opting for windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) window coating.

The coating is a transparent and unnoticeable metallic layer that is applied to the raw glass of the window. It’s used to bounce warm and cool air back into the home instead of allowing it to leak outside. This can drastically reduce the amount of money a homeowner spends heating and cooling the home.

The tech of it all

User-friendly energy consumption tools can drastically lower your home’s carbon footprint. Today’s energy efficient home is enhanced with the implementation of technology and smart home devices, such as wireless energy monitors, programmable thermostats, sprinkler systems, and dimmable LED lights. Pair these devices with energy efficient appliances, and you’ll be one step closer to a greener lifestyle.

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