Every girl likes diamonds right?
And boys (in many cases) are the ideal deliverers.
Thanks, pop culture. It’s because of you that I have this grossly generalized fantasy in my head:
Girl meets Boy.
Boy is smitten.
When you propose, it will preferably be on a cruise to Costa Rica.
Think that’s too cliché? I’ll ask again when our mouths are full of lobster, and we’re riding a horse named Steve through the rainforest.
But most importantly, I would like you to present me with a 10 carat, princess-cut diamond in a platinum setting . . . or was it a marquise in white gold with two emeralds on the side. Or maybe I . . .
On second thought. Don’t propose until I consult my jeweler to find out what the heck it is I want.
Love, your adoring darling baby cakes shmoopie.”
Well, this is how it used to go in my head anyway. Except now, I want a wedding on the beach, and maybe a proposal that takes place on a ferris wheel. And the ring. Jewelry is either supposed to be extravagant or sentimental, right? Well, maybe expecting a10-carat Harry Winston is a bit much. So let's go for sentimental. You know, like a test of how much the boy knows me. (It seems the boy never wins in my fantasies)
Except I haven’t found any jewelry that’s quite up to my taste and sentiment. Until now. Which is where Gemvara steps in – with the perfect combination of two things I love: bling and tech.
Everyone’s a critic and I am no exception. Owning a domain name and fingers with which to type a blog suddenly makes me an expert consumer, right? Well, it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to. I want my cake and eat it too. That sort of thing. Which makes it no surprise that one of the first things I asked Cheryl Kremkow, Gemvara’s VP of Content and Merchandising, was whether customers were uncomfortable with the idea of creating and buying jewelry online because they couldn’t try it on. I mean, half the fun of buying bling is putting it on and imagining the subsequent avalanche of compliments, right? Luckily, Kremkow was incredibly sweet, especially when pointing out that even if you are creating custom jewelry at a store, there is no way to actually visualize or touch the exact piece until it is made – which is sometimes too late. But on Gemvara, you can pick and choose until you get it just right. In fact, each gemstone has 16 different varieties, and there are eight different metals to choose from. So, take a standard ring, let’s say – a diamond with two supporting stones, 16 choices for each stone – you do the math. The possibilities are endless. And here’s the awesome part: you can SEE every single one of those possibilities, as long as your patience matches the number of times your index finger can click the mouse.
In fact, the endless customer stories Kremkow receives on a daily basis are proof of the platinum pudding that Gemvara is filling a very hungry niche.
“One of the surprises for me, is the different colors of engagement stones. People want something different, and we can give that to them. Sapphire, amythest, emerald – even a black diamond. We’ve seen birthstones, and if it’s a second marriage and there are kids, the ring might even have the birthstones of the kids. I’ve discovered that people want to do so much more than just a diamond. There really are no rules. We want to help our customers express themselves. If you’re only going to do this once, you should do it right!”
So, I went to express myself. This is what I just added to my wish list:
One of the reasons Gemvara is doing so well is because this sort of thing has never been done before. And it's being done so well Now because the technology is finally starting to exist for jewelry designers. The CAD cam (computer aided design) is just now becoming more accessible. And along with CAD comes a whole new community of designers who are versing themselves in this tool. And that’s what tech is for right? A niche need surfaces; a tool is built to aid that need; a community is born to aid that tool; everyone goes home with a nice piece of jewelry.
And the women in tech? No women developers just yet, although their Chairman of the Board is female, and a lot of their designers are women. In fact, Gemvara is looking to expand their team, looking for: online marketers, graphic designers, front end developers, and people who are familiar with the CAD system, particularly those who use Rhino and Matrix design and manufacturing platforms. So if any of you ladies (or gents) are partial to the industry of bling, you might want to consider a Gemvara career. Or if not, you can just join the rest of us who are relishing in the luxury of creating our own combinations of diamonds and sapphires and rubies and rivers of yellow gold. Not a bad way to spend a few indulgent hours online, I'd say.
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