Today, Friday the 21st is the summer solstice. It is also the longest day of the year! Solstice literally means the sun is standing still. In the northern hemisphere, it is the shortest night and longest day, but in the southern hemisphere the Winter Solstice is the longest. The Celtics and Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing and bonfires, in praise of the sun.

The Druids’ celebrated this day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth” which has a tie into modern day solstice, and explains summer wedding fever! Weddings in June are considered lucky.

The toe ring is a classy, trend especially at the beach; the beautiful sand, a lovely contrast to your tanning, oiled up skin, snack food, a good book, and the heart-warming sun. It’s just what you need to get away. You can tie that toe ring or anklet in with short shorts, flowing bright top, and large brim hat. The way you dress will absolutely impact the kind of day you have. If you feel sexy, you will radiate confidence and sexiness. You will turn heads.


These Men Wear Tights, Heels, AND Jewelry

Little known fact (though, it’s easily accessed via Google and you can check it out in our previous blog) but men wore jewelry and heels well before women did. The first men to wear heels were Mongolian horsemen as a means to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrup (explains cowboy boots now!). In towns that had dirt roads and horse-drawn carriages, the streets were unclean so men and women alike would wear heels to avoid dirt and poop.

Looking hot there, stud.

Hey there King Louis XIV.

Romans, in particular, had streets full of mud and garbage so they donned platform heels. Egyptian butchers wore high heels, to avoid stepping in offal (fancy word for internal organs and entrails of animals). King Henry II wore narrow pointed toes; many say it was to hide his deformed toes. Today, celebrities such as the singer formerly known as Prince, Elton John, and Mötley Crüe wear/wore heels more recently as a fashion statement.

In society, in the past and now, jewelry, gemstones, precious metals make you stand out. They glitter under the sun, impossible not to notice. The fancier you dress, the more people respect you. E.g. a man wearing a suit to an event will be spoken to more kindly than somebody dressed casually. Jewelry was a non-verbalize status and class, whether or not you were royalty or rich. It would have been awkward to walk around announcing your title and position.

My point simply is there were reasonable justifications for men wearing heels as well as wearing jewelry. It showed (it still does) status, grants a high stature (literally and figuratively) and I’m not altogether sure why heels and jewelry became a feminine trend. While jewelry may not be for everyone, and walking in heels is damn hard, jewelry has never gone out of style.

There are a few types of rings that jewelry makers designed to be more appealing for men (but women wear them too), let me break them down for you.

Spinner rings – These are by far my favorite type of men’s rings. They’re a blast to play with, while you’re sitting there waiting, bored, or just hanging out. It’s a better habit then chewing your nails, twiddling your thumbs (who still does this?), chewing your lip, doing dip, smoking, whatever may have you. I personally have a friend who purchased spinner rings to help combat her need to smoke and she hasn’t smoked for about a year now.

A spinner ring typically has two stationary sides; and a middle part the rolls/spins around the base. It can be composed on one singular metal, or a few different types. If you’re particularly religious you can check out our cross spinner ring clicking the words ‘spinner ring’ above.

spinner ring

Signet rings – Think in terms of how things like envelopes used to be sealed; typically with wax, via an insigma carved into a piece of metal or wood. These rings are a lot like that, and signet rings come in oval shapes, triangles, and shield shapes. They can be inscribed with text, or a shape. Masonic rings are a common type of signet ring.

signet ring

Rolling rings – Come in a series of two-three rings that are intertwined. There an interesting piece of jewelry, sometimes lined with diamonds and used as wedding bands.

rolling ring

Affiliation rings – Think Masonic, military, or scholarly like high school or college. These are typically a type of signet ring, but we’re giving it a separate category because these are probably the most common type of ring that men wear. Don’t forget sports jewelry, especially NASCAR.

affiliation ring

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Gemstones, Precious Metals and Jewelry

That will blow your mind.

1. The average age of diamonds varies from one to three million years old.

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

Diamonds are as old as some dinosaurs!

2. In Asia, the people swallow pearls whole and powdered for medicinal purposes

To this day, pearls are eaten for medicinal reasons. Don't try this at home for obvious reasons.

To this day, pearls are ingested! Invest don’t ingest!

3. Pure gold is always yellow in color, but it is much too soft to wear.

Melts in your hand, not your mouth. Oops, that M&Ms.

You’ll be golden with a few of these nuggets.

4. Lapis Lazuli was used by the Ancient Egyptians in the form of powder as eye shadow.

Talk about expensive makeup!

Talk about expensive makeup!

5. The only black gemstone that exists is the jet, composed of carbonized wood and coal, and usually comes from fossilized trees.

Don't jet, have a jet!

Don’t fret, have a jet!

6. Garnet comes from the Latin word granatum, which also means pomegranate.

These look good enough to eat!

These look good enough to eat!

7. Blonde-haired women used to don opals to protect the blonde color of their hair.

Give an opal to your Opal, oppa!

Having an opal is probably better than sunbathing.

8. Sapphires and rubies are mined together; both are a type of corundum mineral. Rubies are red due to chromium impurities, while sapphires get their color from iron, titanium, and chromium impurities. They are virtually indistinguishable other than color.

They're basically twins with different dye jobs.

They’re basically twins with different dye jobs.

9. Men wore jewelry before women did; they even wore heels before women.

Rock those pearls, sir!

Rock those pearls, dude!

10. The ocean actually contains gold; it is assumed there is nearly 20 million tons of gold under the mysterious surface.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

Grown on trees? Not quite.

11. Emeralds were Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone.

Ours too, Cleo!

Ours too, Cleo!

Sparkle Like The Stars!

There’s a new trend on the horizon, as demonstrated by the beautiful Anne Hathaway and spitfire Jennifer Lawrence (we love your biting humor!) at the Oscars; backwards necklaces! The choker look is beautiful, in addition to the ornate design flanking your upper back. We wonder if maybe designers wear their necklaces to bed too, and when they woke up with their necklaces backwards decided it would be a unique new fashion trend. If that is the case, I guess some of us at GEMaffair are already trend setters!

We’re not arguing too hard, it looks fabulous! Strut your stuff on the red carpet, girls!


Getting Lucky for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to don some green, lucky vibes, and a smile. You don’t always have to wear green for St. Patrick’s day, green is so last season. And a little pinch never hurt anyone.

St. Patrick or the Feast of Saint Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17th, the day of St. Patrick’s death. It is an observed holiday, was originally a feast day but gradually became a celebration of Irish culture. St. Patrick’s day is a national holiday in Northern Ireland, where it is celebrated as a holy feast day, parade, and maybe going to catholic mass.

Dress up the month of March with some four leaf clovers, Celtic knots, and other Irish symbolism for a little extra luck.

Lucky Fashion

Sports Crazy

From Super Bowl parties to parades for World Series champions to March Madness pools, America certainly loves sports. Baseball, football, basketball, soccer, and hockey keep American sports fans busy all year-round. And we don’t even need to rely solely on our professional athletes, either. College athletics are there to fill in the gaps in our need for constant sports. While all of America loves sports, some cities go a little more all-out than others. So what are the most athletically enthusiastic cities in America?


It may not be counted as the winningest city or even the most hospitable to other teams, but Philadelphia certainly takes its sports seriously. Philadelphians have a deep passion for their Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, and Flyers. Their passion does not include much sympathy for the other team or even their own players. Philadelphia is known for being a hard city to play in or even for. Fans commitments to their favorite players come with strings attached. If an athlete wants their loyalty, he better not disappoint! Visitors to Philly can check out the local sports flavor at Chicky and Pete’s sports bar.


Boston is gloating in glory in recent years. From the Bruins to the Celtics to the Patriots to the Red Sox, Boston fans not only have plenty of teams to keep them busy, but plenty of championships to celebrate. While they certainly have had their share of titles in recent years, Bostonians are famous for defending their teams win or lose. Win-loss records are no obstacles for those that want to tote their teams’ greatness. In 2012 the city had another reason to celebrate as the beloved Fenway Park turned 100.


The windy city may be known for pizza, but it is also the home to many obsessed sports fans. Home to the famous Wrigley Field, this town knows its sports. Fans can cheer for the Cubs, Bears, Whitesox, Blackhawks, and Bulls. It has been voted the Best Sporting City three times – 1993, 2006, and 2010. While it lost its bid in 2016, it is in the running for hosting the 2024 Summer Olympics.

New Orleans

Perhaps known foremost for its Mardi Gras and party atmosphere, New Orleans also has an immense civic pride that includes its beloved teams. The Saints and Hornets are showered with the citizen’s love and attention. Every game is treated like a reason to celebrate – the party-like atmosphere includes food and great music. The Sugar Bowl is held here every year. And maybe it’s the excitement of the city that makes it a reoccurring host for the Super Bowl.


The Broncos, Rockies, Avalanche, and Nuggets all call Denver their home. In recent years, Denver has mourned the fact that the likes of Carmelo Anthony and Tim Tebow no longer call Denver their home, but the fans have bounced back. They are passionate about their teams. Maybe it’s their own athleticism that makes them so dedicated. They are, after all, ranked one of the most athletic cities in the country. Tourists and locals alike love to talk sports at Lodos Bar and Grill overlooking Coors Park.

Showing Your Spirit

No matter your city or team of choice, any true sports fan wants to show his spirit. From naked chests painted with the team’s name to head to toe team colors, fans each have their own unique game day style. Are you looking a way to show your team spirit every day and face painting doesn’t fit in at the office? GemAffair has you covered with Professional Sports Watches. They are a great way to show you have spirit anywhere – from the stadium to the office.

NBA Watches

Form the 1st quarter to the last you will always know how much time is left on the clock with GemAffair’s stylish selection of NBA Watches. There are 29 teams represented everyone will surely find a team they love. Men’s, women’s, and youth styles are all there. Some styles like the popular Unisex Chicago Bulls Watch with Official Logo in Youth sizes have a sporty look. Others, like the best-selling Men’s Los Angeles Lakers Watch –Stainless Steel Pro Sports II, have a dressier look. Do you just love the sport and find it hard to pick just one team? No worries GemAffair also offers two NBA logo watches to choose from.

NCAA Watches

Whether you are in college or just wish you were still having that much fun, GemAffair’s NCAA Watchesare always a smart look. There are over 70 schools to choose from. Watches are offered for women, men, and youth. One of the best sellers in the Georgia Tech University Watch – Men’s Rookie Edition has a very modern look. Another popular selection is Challenger of University of Alabama Watch With Black Rubber Bracelet which is very durable. NCAA watches make great gift to student athletes for game winners, to students for making Dean’s List or graduating, and to all students and alumni for any special occasion including birthdays and holidays.

NHL Watches

From the United States to Canada hockey fans can rejoice that all 30 NHL teams are represented in GemAffair’s selection of NHL Watches. Men, women, and children can sport their favorite team’s logo on their wrist. As can the undecided with six NHL watches to choose from, as well. And what is the best seller of this group? The Men’s Fantom Tampa Bay Lightning Watch with Leather Strap comes out on top.