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Custom Jewelry is the Perfect Holiday Gift December 04, 2013

The Perfect Holiday Gift – Custom Jewelry for a Lifetime of Memories

The holiday season is a special time of the year in which gifts are exchanged and smiles are shared. It is a once-a-year opportunity to give special gifts to your family and friends. Presents with a little extra personal touch always wind up meaning a little more. It is presents like those that bring out wide smiles.

This year, Le Vive Jewelry can make smiles shine with a unique kind of holiday present unlike any other. We offer custom-made jewelry in which you help with the design. At Le Vive Jewelry, we count on our customers to put their own touch on our custom-made jewelry. When you decide to go with Le Vive Jewelry, it involves more than just a quick stop at the mall. It is an exciting experience that allows you to design your very own gift. What better way to say happy holidays than with a custom-made piece of jewelry designed by your own hand.

Le Vive Jewelry invites you to come down to our store and let us help you get started. Once you make an appointment, we’ll invite you to visit us with your personal sketches, pictures and any other items you are looking to incorporate into your jewelry. That can include loose stones, pieces of gold and platinum, or anything else with special meaning. A design specialist will then help you decide on the exact look of your custom-made jewelry. Before you even get started, we will offer you a price quote as we strive to provide very affordable rates on these truly unique gifts.

Le Vive Jewelery will also offer free advice from our master jeweler who will actually produce your own custom-made jewelry with expert precision. But it will be you who inspire the design of your jewelry. You will be involved in the entire process from beginning to end. And whatever design you choose, it will include a personal piece of you.

Your custom jewelry can take as little as two weeks to finish up and be ready right in time for the holidays. Why waste time browsing aimlessly from aisle to aisle? You don’t have to worry about running from store to store in search of the perfect gift any longer. Give a gift directly from you with tour own personal touch. Le Vive Jewelry is ready to help make your holiday a happy one with a custom-made gift that you can’t buy anywhere else.


Mohammad H Alnajafi

Owner of Le Vive Jewelry

Choosing Between White Gold and Platinum September 17, 2013

What’s popular with engagement and wedding bands

White is still the most preferred color for metals when people are looking for jewelry. Especially when it comes to engagement rings and wedding bands; platinum and white gold are the most obvious metal choices.

Gold and platinum are rare and precious metals that are very suitable to making jewelry. They have always been associated with wealth and luxury. Both are given the term “Noble Metal” because of their resistance to rust, corrosion, and to most chemical reaction.

History of Gold (Yellow & White) and Platinum

From prehistoric times; gold has been mined and used by people in many civilizations. It has such an attractive yellow color that has captivated the dreams and imagination of people for millennia; it is the universal sign of wealth, and still plays a very important role as a financial medium. Gold is found in nature in almost pure form; it is relatively easy to mine, melt, and process into coins and jewelry.

As a substitute for yellow gold, white gold is made by adding alloys, such as platinum or zinc, to yellow gold. White gold was created in the 1920’s and has gained popularity especially for making engagement and wedding rings. White gold rings compliment gems of different colors and make the appearance of the rings very eye-catching.

Because of the high density and malleability of gold; it is easy to shape it into thin and workable wires and plates. Although; in its pure form it can be used to make some type of jewelry; gold is mostly used as an alloy with other metals (typically 58% pure in 14 karat gold, and 75% pure in 18 karat gold). The reason for alloying gold is to make it more workable and durable; and also to give it different colors. Therefore; jewelry can be made in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold depending on the other metals used in the alloy.

Platinum is a relatively new element. This beautiful noble metal was discovered less than three hundred years ago, and the process to use it in jewelry was perfected in the second half of the nineteenth century. It is such an extremely rare metal; that it was calculated that all the platinum that has ever been mined in the world (about 180 million troy ounce), would fit in a cube twenty feet on each side.

The density and malleability of platinum is even higher than that of gold. It is used in jewelry in an almost pure alloy (typically 90% or 95% pure). Platinum gained a reputation of exclusivity because of its rarity, high price, and purity. Since the style and fashion of the time was to use only white metal in the making of diamond jewelry; the beginning of the twentieth century saw platinum being offered by the famous luxury jewelry brands (like Tiffany and Cartier).

New Metals and Mixes for Jewelry

When the Second World War came, there was a lot of rationing for metals that were needed for the war effort. The government restricted the use of platinum except for the military industry purpose. That restriction led the jewelry industry to search for an alternative to platinum that will fill the gap in the demand for precious white metal. The industry succeeded in developing the alloy mix and the technique of making white gold. Basically; the alloy or mix needed to produce white gold is a combination of nickel, palladium, and silver in various percentages depending on the type of jewelry and the method of manufacturing.

During the 1980’s, platinum gradually came back and stayed side by side with white gold in the jewelers’ showcases. By then the styles has changed, and for the next thirty years, yellow gold was the popular choice for the type and color of metal being used in making jewelry. In the 1990’s; there was another shift in the styles, and the appetite for white metals came back strongly. Both white gold and platinum became very popular again, and this trend is continuing especially in wedding rings.

The preference between these two metals remains mostly personal, because each has its own appeal and advantage. The advantage for white gold, it is more readily available, the selection of jewelry made in 10 kt, 14 kt, or 18 kt white gold is wider in general and more so in the very important category of bridal rings and wedding bands. White gold jewelry is noticeably less expensive, and it is easier to repair and resize.

The only problem with white gold is it is not really white, it is yellowish-white. It does require periodical maintenance of polish and rhodium finish in order to keep it white and shinny. The rhodium finish process is relatively inexpensive, and can be done by many jewelers in a short time.

On the other hand; platinum has the advantage of exclusivity, and being a status symbol. And because of its high density, it does not wear down or thin out with time. Since platinum is a natural white metal, platinum jewelry does not need the periodical rhodium plating that white gold jewelry needs.

However, even though platinum is very dense and doesn’t wear down; it is easy to dent and scratch and become dull faster than gold. Regular polish is required to keep it shining and elegant.

Rise in Value for Gold and Platinum


During the last four years, the price of gold escalated in a much higher percentage than the price of platinum, that’s why the prices of gold and platinum jewelry are very close to each others, and the price of the metal is a lesser factor in making a choice between them. At the end it remains customer personal preference.

At Le Vive Jewelry, we carry a wide selection of platinum, 14 kt white gold, and 18 kt white gold jewelry. Visit us at our local Jewelry Store in Riverside CA or visit to our Online Store to look at our selection, or to further assist you in making your choice.  If you are looking into trading in your jewelry or selling your gold, platinum or other jewelry pieces, we'd be happy to be of service to you!

Riverside Jeweler – LeVive Jewelry September 05, 2013

Serving the Riverside Area for fine jewelry, watches and more! 

Riverside Jeweler – LeVive Jewelry

We at LeVive Jewelry are a Southern California based, family owned business that serves customers in the Riverside, CA area.  While we strive for excellence in customer service, we are well known within the local Riverside community for our custom jewelry, gemstones, watches and other services. We appreciate the patronage of our valued Inland Empire customers.

Purchases from local Riverside businesses not only result in a positive impact on the community, but help decrease its carbon footprint, benefitting the environment.  Serving the local Riverside area since 1997 has given us pride in being part of the businesses and residents of our community. The following are a few benefits you will gain by purchasing from LeVive Jewelers in the Riverside area:

 For local Riverside, Ca  residents, you benefit from LeVive Jewelery by:

  • Accessing a trusted source for fine jewelry and services
  • Receiving top notch customer service from our team
  • Enjoying unique/ one-of-a-kind jewelry masterpieces
  • Supporting a local business that contributes back to the community

Your Riverside Jeweler

LeVive Jewelry is your ultimate fine jewelry store, providing the best in fine pieces and jewelry services.  We work hard to make it easy for you to access high quality jewelry and watches in the Riverside area. 



Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider LeVive Jewelry of Riverside, CA:

  1. Beautiful selection of unique jewelry masterpieces.
  2. Great prices for name brand watches; Citizen, Bulova, Michael Kors, Movado, Hamilton, Oris, Tissot and more.
  3. Focus on excellent customer service.
  4. Friendly, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere (we want you to feel good coming and out of our store)
  5. Extensive experience. We make it easy to help you pick the right watch, diamond engagement ring, anniversary jewelry or gift for any occasion. We have the experience and can help you find exactly what you want. Just come into the store and we’re ready to please!

Riverside Community & LeVive Jewelry

As a family owned business, LeVive Jewelry understands the importance of community. For this reason, we’ve been proud supporters of many Riverside community events. We pride ourselves on the ability to serve the public. We’ve participated with the Girl Scouts of the USA and other charity events such as the Janet Goeske Foundation.


Below are a few photos of the Girl Scouts of USA visiting our facility and learning more about our Jewelry and Watch business. We enjoyed the time just as much as they did: 



We hope you join us and support local businesses and organizations in the Riverside community.

Excellence in Service & Quality Our jewelers are highly trained and experienced craftsmen. Their expertise allows them to craft masterpiece jewelry that you will adore for many years. In addition to the unique jewelry pieces we offer, we can replicate a commercial jewelry piece if you’d like. There is no job too great for our team at LeVive Jewelry. We realize that purchasing diamond pieces, precious gemstone pieces and other jewelry pieces can be an intimidating experience. Our mission is to work closely with you and treat you like a good friend or family member to ensure that you get the right piece.


LeVive has built its name as a trusted Riverside Jeweler in our local area, because of the referrals we receive. We have long-term customers that continue to come back to us, because of the value we offer to them. It is with great appreciation and gratitude that we thank ALL those individuals who referred new customers to us over the years. There is nothing more rewarding than getting referrals. This tells us that we are doing something right. Please feel free to browse our online catalog to see for yourself. We are confident that you will love our products. Don't forget to visit us frequently for deals, discounts, and promotions. We offer FREE shipping for all orders over $95! Take advantage of these big savings today!

Experience convenient Online Shopping and great On-Site Services at its best with LeVive Jewelry!


Jewelry to Clothes - Color Coordination: The Basics July 29, 2013

The importance of your Wardrobe

Whether you are aware of it or not, the moment you walk out the door of your home, you are making a statement of who you are.  A good wardrobe or coordination of an outfit is absolutely essential for success.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do (lawyer, business executive, plumber, teacher), looking sharp will improve how others perceive you.  Oftentimes, perception defines how you will be remembered and whether a potential customer, client or employer will be motivated to pursue a relationship.  So dress to impress!


Color coordination of Jewelry & Wardrobe

When you put together an outfit, color is one of the most important aspects of your entire wardrobe.  Poor choice of color can draw attention to flaws, whereas a good coordination of your jewelry and wardrobe can help you look sensational.  Fashion is about color and how you use it in your clothes and jewelry.   Most jewelry does not require coordination, but if you really want to dress to impress, you must be pickier with your gemstone jewelry.   Le Vive Jewelry offers a wonderful of beautiful jewelry with vibrant colors to make you look great.  Regardlesss of your budget we are sure that we can help you color coordinate your wardrobe.


The ABC’s of Primary and Secondary Colors:

Before we get into what colored outfits look good with what colored jewelry piece, we have to start with the basics.  Primary colors are Red, Blue and Yellow which is the foundation of any color.  This means when you take a look at your shirt, blouse, or pants... one of these colors is sure to be the primary.  Even if you look at your black pants... some black colors have more of a red or blue hue to it. 

Primary colors should be carefully coordinated with secondary colors to bring out the best in you and your look.  What you want to do is take a look at the overall color of your outfit and from there you can then review your secondary colors in the ensemble. 

The secondary colors are made by mixing equal parts of any two complementary. The secondary colors include: green (yellow and blue), orange (yellow and red) and purple (blue and red). 


Gemstone Jewelry Coordinated

Below we will give examples of outfits that suit well with different colored gemstones.  Will will go into the details of why these colors typically look good when put together by reviewing the color wheel.  If you are ever unsure, take a look at the color wheel and you'll be on your way to dressing to impress!

Ruby, sapphire, emerald, citrine and amethyst gemstones have a distinguished flavor and appeal that can be easily added to your style and look.  These red to gold tones look best next to cool colors such as blues to purples.  For example, a beautiful citrine necklace goes very well with a purple top, brown Jacket or beige shirt.

Citrine pendant - Le Vive Jeweler in Riverside, Ca

As discussed in the previous example cool tones (greens, blues and purples) look good next to warm colors such as yellow, orange and reds.  Blue gemstones work well with blue, navy and yellow attire.   These gemstones include; blue tanzanite, blue topaz, and blue sapphire.

blue tanzanite gemstone with yellow top - Le Vive Jewelry, Riverside, Ca

Gold jewelry and Onyx gemstones work beautifully with with Black dresses or White dresses.  Black and white has always been a classic color choice and will be here to stay.

Also, some colorful gemstones are perfect for wearing in spring and summer seasons; this includes the green peridot gemstone and the blue topaz gemstones.  Matching these bright and brilliant colors with more soft neutral wardrobes makes it a perfect spring or summer look!

Diamond and CZ (cubic zirconia) jewelry works well with any colored outfits:

Some Quick Rules on Color Coordination:

The color wheel is really a great tool for beginners.  You use the color wheel to determine what colors coordinate well with each other and what doesn’t.  Start with a color of your outfit or gemstone... look across from the color wheel to see the idea color tone that you should wear to contrast the color.  Example, if your outfit is blue, wearing yellow toned jewelry and gemstones will be a perfect wardrobe!

These are the basic rules to coordinating your wardrobe and jewelry:

  • Blue and Green Outfits:  white pearls,
  • Purple outfits: go with citrine, gold tone jewelry & even green emeralds
  • Red outfits: go with emerald jewelry
  • Black outfits: go with any color!
  • Neutral outfits: go with diamonds and black jewelry
  • All outfits go well with diamonds!


3 Steps to choosing jewelry for your wardrobe:

  1. Figure out the main color of your outfit, if you are wearing a yellow top with grey pants, yellow is your main color. 
  2. Look at your main color on the wheel
  3. Look across from the main color of your outfit and see the complimentary colors of what you should add as an accessory.

Example: If your outfit is on the most part blue, look across the color wheel and see that yellow and orange  hues are complimentary choices for jewelry.  Use citrine gemstones to give your attire the touch it needs to make it look amazing!  We at LeVive Jewelry recommend citrine pendants, citrine rings or yellow topaz jewelry.


About Le Vive Jewelry in Riverside, CA:

While the colors of fashion change seasonally, we are here to help you coordinate the right colors for the perfect attire or occasion. 

Our extensive jewelry selection makes our store the place to be when you are shopping for that perfect bridal ring, or for that special one kind gift for any occasion. For Birthdays, Valentine's Day, Christmas, Anniversaries, Weddings, Holidays, or any special event we will have the gift for you! Currently, we are expanding our online store and you can expect more products to be available soon.

Please feel free to browse our online catalog to see for yourself. We are confident that you will love our products. Don't forget to visit us frequently for deals, discounts, and promotions. We offer FREE shipping for all orders over $150! Take advantage of these big savings today!

Experience convenient Online Shopping and great On-Site Services at its best with Le Vive Jewelry!