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Yaf Sparkle among America's coolest stores

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Instore Honorable Mention in second location

 

We did it again! After coming in third with our first location in 2016, we are so grateful to find ourselves in the top ranks again, this time honoring our new location at 249 Broome Street - still representing the Lower East Side, of course ;) We still can’t believe we have received our second America’s Coolest Stores Award. None of this would be possible without our beloved customers and our vibrant neighborhood.

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6 pieces that will give you an instant stylish look

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Yaf Sparkle Heavy Plated Bar Climbers

 

The new season is just around the corner, and it’s going to be your most stylish! Cleverly accessorized, your outfits will look in a completely different way and will make you feel elegant and classy. It’s just a matter of picking the right pieces, and we already did for you ;)

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10 facts you probably didn't know about diamonds

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10 facts about diamonds you probably didn't know

 

The hardest substance produced by nature has been widely used since the beginning of the times. But, did you know that it wasn’t until the 19th century when diamonds became valuable? European women started wearing them at their social events, increasing their popularity in the jewelry industry. Here’s ten facts you probably didn’t know about diamonds!

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Manhattanhenge on Broome Street

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Manhattanhenge on Broome Street

 

July 12th brought such an amazing phenomenon to the city. We celebrated NYC’s most spectacular sunset with some of our friends, the tastiest treats and hundreds of laughters!

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Plan your Lower East Side vacation itinerary with this cool widget

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Thank you from Yaf Sparkle

 

If you love traveling as much as we do, then you probably have searched for cool tools that will aid you in planning ahead. The trip planning experts from inspirock have created a widget that will help you strategize your time in New York City's Lower East Side.

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Yaf Sparkle wishes you a wonderful Mother's Day

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Happy Mother's Day

 

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

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New Essex Market Grand Opening Party on May 18th

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Essex Market Grand Opening Party in the Lower East Side

 

The historic Essex Market is on the move… It’s been 5 years in the making, and we’re finally ready to cross Delancey Street on May 13th!

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Yaf Sparkle, named as one of the best fine jewelry online stores worldwide

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Thank you from Yaf Sparkle

 

It’s time to celebrate at Yaf Sparkle! The Yaf Sparkle Family is truly honored to be named one of the best luxury jewelry websites. We are so touched by this mention, and incredibly humbled and grateful for this acknowledgement.

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Our 3 favourite jewelry trends to wear this season

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Favourite jewelry trends spring 2019

 

Spring is just around the corner! And it’s bringing longer days, warmer weather, beautiful blooms and… exciting jewelry trends! The Academy Awards carpet have made it clear, pink is definitely the color of the season! A pink piece in your jewelry collection has become a must have for 2019, according to the world’s leading celebrities. Play with a wide range of shades: rose, bubblegum, magenta, baby pink, rose gold… And guess what! They are the perfect pieces to combine with your wardrobe, in short: Pink is the new black, it always works.

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Lower East Side Gallery openings: Early March '19

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Gallery openings this week in the Lower East Sid

 

If you are ready to rock and stroll, here are your Lower East Side Gallery opening updates for the first week of March: There is a bunch of new exhibitions coming up in the following days. For starters, Sarah Entwistle’s first US solo exhibition is about to be unveiled. "It may prove a mere accident that we met, or it may prove a necessity" is her particular autobiographical exploration through her grandfather’s personal effects. Clive Entwistle was born and bred in Manhattan and committed all his life to architecture. In fact, the installation is inspired by an original design by Clive, and contains a wide range of objects that had been retained for decades in a storage room: drawings, prototypes, architectural models and even his personal correspondence with lovers. Despite the fact that Entwistle never met her ancestor, she has examined every single piece from this treasure to discover her grandfather’s agitated life, and now...

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Looking for a magnifier lamp, too? The latest gen won my heart!

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Jewelry Magnifier

 

Today I want to share with you a company I came across during my research, when I was looking for a new LED magnifier lamp. Many factors are of importance when you work long hours on the bench, requiring precision all the way. Your eyes will thank you for every Dollar invested in good quality, but I aimed at an affordable solution. I ended up choosing the Lightview XL lamp from Brightech, and I wasn't sure what to expect at that price...

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Pickle Day celebrates its 19th birthday this Sunday!

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Lower East Side Pickle Day

 

Few street fairs have this much right to exist: The Lower East Side and its pickles go wayyyy back!!! Early in the 19th century, mass immigration brought on a boom in pickle production, and non-English speaking Polish, German, and Jewish immigrants began selling their pickles to customers on the street using pushcarts. The first peddlers appeared on the Lower East Side in the 1860s, and by 1900, there were about 3,000 pickle vendors throughout the city. Believe it or not, its fame almost brought the pickle down...

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Here's why fancy pink and red Diamonds are the best investment you will never make

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Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Western Australia

 

There's no time like now. Whether it's the next bear market looming over our near future (or not), or an unnerving bitcoin market volitality, add this note to your near term investment strategy: Red and Pink Diamonds are super rare. And they are about to go extinct!

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Yaf Sparkle Jewelry on Rihanna's runway: Savage x Fenty FW '18

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Yaf Sparkle Jewelry on Rihanna's runway: Savage x Fenty FW '18

 

It's that time of the year again...New York Fashion week makes the streets of New York even more interesting than they already are, in fact even boring back alleys turn into photo locations or runways of some sort, and one can not be informed well enough to not miss out on one of the key events. When Rihanna closes NYFW with her lingerie line and promises to celebrate women however, full attention is guaranteed. The Yaf Sparkle family was partly, present partly glued to the live stream of the show, as we had the honor of gracing several models with our body chains.

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Info: Charters Bus to Washington For March For Our Lives Rally

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Charter bus to March for our lives Rally

 

Huge crowds are expected in Washington, D.C. Saturday, March 24 to take part in March for Our Lives, a rally initiated by the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Read on for charter Bus info.

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Senior Women and #MeToo

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Senior Women and #MeToo

 

As the #Metoo movement has owned the media for months now and for a good reason, our dear friend Linda Dyett, a writer and NY Times contributor, published an article about the topic of Senior Women and #Metoo, to add to the perspective - from the women, who truly initiated the movement as you know it today, long before Instagram was around.

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"Beyoncé Is Bonkers for This Woman’s Lace Jewelry" - Monika Knutsson's Gilded Lace Jewelry featured in the New York Times

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Monika Knutsson

 

We are so happy for Monika! This article in the New York Times captures Monika's path to inventing the gilded lace, from discovering her late grandma's lace leftovers in a backyard bin in Sweden when she was six years old to becoming a go-to designer for Beyonce, Whoopi Goldberg and other celebrities.

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Delanacre Jewelry featured at Yaf Sparkle

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delanacre

 

We introduce to you Delanacre Jewelry by Cécile Olivera. This line features details and craftmanship cultivated from hands on fashion industry experience.

Traditional Tahitian art is manipulated in a French technique mastered by the designer who discovered an eye for style during her childhood while being involved in contemporary dance. After four years of dance training in both New York and Paris, she was recruited by Christian Dior for their women's and children's department. Soon after Chanel noticed her talents and brought her on board. During her tenure there, a yearning to be set free from boundaries led her to design unique jewelry for Delanacre in 2009.

The Mother of Pearl is what will make your jewelry unique. The shell is cut in different facets to produce its form. Unpredictable iridescent colors and varieties give off light and textures that are unparalleled.

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Mayweather vs. Liz: Who wins the Jewelry Battle of the Bling?

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Mayweather

 

Floyd Mayweathers vs. Elizabeth Taylor would break a few records in a head-to-head, bling versus bling match up. Elizabeth Taylor had no previous boxing experience, but she had a knockout jewelry collection. Here we look at how the two icons measure up. Cast your vote for the winner of the 3 round Big Bling fight.

Tale of the tape: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, the Legendary "Jewels Evening Sale" achieved $115,932,000, becoming the most valuable jewelry auction in history and setting the tone for Christie’s highly anticipated four-day series of landmark auctions devoted to the iconic collection of Elizabeth Taylor. A tribute to the discerning eye of this celebrated film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian, the sale was 100% sold by lot and 100% by value, with 24 of the 80 jewels fetching over $1 million and 6 jewels over $5 million. 7 new world auction records were established: price per carat for a colorless diamond and for a ruby; a pair of natural pearl ear pendants; a pearl jewel; an Indian jewel and an emerald jewel.

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With August comes the Birthstone of the Peridot!

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Emerald is the birthstone of May

 

Peridot is a mystical gemstone with a captivating history! Not only is this stone considered by Ancient Egyptians as, “The Stone of the Sun”, but it is the National Gem of Egypt!

It is widely known how fond of Emeralds Cleopatra was, but unbeknownst back then, Emeralds were often confused with Peridots. In fact, people believe the Emerald mine she owned, was Peridot!

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Elléments Photoshoot featuring Yaf Sparkle!

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ellements

 

Good day to everyone! We have some exciting news for all of you today as we were just featured in the fashion section of high-end fashion magazine Elléments for the summer edition!

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Supercharge your Solar eclipse experience: Gemstone guidance for transformational moments

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SolarEclipse

 

A very rare celestial occurrence is upon us and with August 21st approaching, I am sure you have been asking yourself where you will be when the light of day disappears and sights and sounds will shift entirely for a rare moment. How does it sound when the animal world responds to this powerful Solar eclipse, and is a trip closer to the epicenter worth the experience? What we know is that we will get the rare opportunity to experience the divinity of the union between the Moon and the Sun. This can bring magnificent change to your life, almost like a new year, and bring a great chance to spiritually shift yourself and awaken yourself to a deeper level of being. Gemstones can help you find your powers in such transformational moments, in particular the following three stones.

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Wedding Planner: Governors Island edition

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Wedding

 

Happy July and a happy summer to all! With wedding season in full swing, we collaborated with some wonderful people to produce a stunning photo shoot. We had the privilege to have off-season access to Governors Island which is a tiny island located between Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York. The island has an old fort, lots of history and an abundance of beautiful skyline views of New York City.

We wanted to honor that history but also use the beautiful industrial details in the space to feature a shoot that was both feminine and moody. The shoot incorporated lots of color, as well as additional ambiance from hanging lights as well as a multitude of candles. You can sense love in the air and it was the perfect time to do a shoot like this to kick off the summer. If you are engaged and ready to take the next step, here are some wonderful sources you could use to get started.

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May is a great month to be born!

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Emerald is the birthstone of May

 

For all those born in this lovely month of May, we bring to you the Emerald! So sit down and let’s learn about your awesome Precious Birthstone. Did you know, it wasn’t always called an Emerald? Emerald comes from an ancient Persian word, which then transitioned into the Greek, Smaragdus. Through the centuries it has gone from esmaurde, esmralde, and in the 16th century to esmeralde.

This beautiful gemstone is ancient, even mentioned in the world's oldest book, Papyrus Prisse. "But good words are more difficult to find than the Emerald, for it is by slaves that it is discovered among the rocks." Although this book is 4500 years old, this is from a passage of writing 1000 years earlier!

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As precious as it gets

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Diamond is the birthstone of April

 

Happy Birthday April babies! This is truly a time for love and celebration, because your birthstone is...drum roll please...the Diamond! Everybody know this is the most precious and therefore expensive of birthstones, but clearly, you’re worth it. The name of your stone comes from the late Latin name, Diamas, which derived from the Latin name, Adamas, which itself originated from the Greek term meaning invincible, and untamed.

In Sanskrit, the Diamond is called Vajra, which means lightning. In Hindu mythology this was the weapon used by Indra, the King of Gods. There is no denying that this Gem is fierce. Early uses for it were as a tool to carve into metal, and refract light, while others used it as a talisman of protection or ingested it for its healing properties. These healing properties are a myth however so do not try this at home. Many others recognized it’s beauty, and chose to adorn themselves with it.

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A few words about Aquamarine

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Aquamarine is the birthstone of March

 

Happy Birthday if you are born in March! Did you know that the name of the March Birthstone; Aquamarine, comes from two Latin Words, "Aqua" and "Marina", meaning “Water of the Sea”? The name is reminiscent of the beautiful shades of Blue that this Gemstone holds, light to dark and ever moving like the sea. Your Gemstone contains many extraordinary properties, utilized throughout history! The ancient philosopher Pliny was just one of many who praised Aquamarines’ name. Multiple uses were applied using Aquamarine to cure eye diseases, as well poisoning. In the 1300’s it became very popular with Royalty, who were constantly in danger of being poisoned.

Warriors also wore this Gemstone for protection in battles, while sailors wore Aquamarine to help guide them through the open seas. The Aquamarine is said to have powers of clarity, which is why it has been used in Crystal Balls since the Middle Ages. Queen Elizabeth I even used one with her advisor John Dee to help find her perfect date for her coronation.

So where does this wonder Gem come from? A modern day Geologist will tell you from the mines of Brazil, as well as Angola, Kenya, central Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Mozambique, Pakistan, the Ural Mountains in Russia, Tanzania, Colorado / USA, and Zambia. However, if we asked one of our ancestors, you would be told to search for a mermaid's treasure box, not only this, but also the mermaids make them from their own tears before they treasure them.

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Chinese New Year celebrations NYC 2017

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Dancing dragons and firecrackers ... the Year of the Rooster is on!!! Find out where and how to celebrate in Chinatown this weekend!

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January Birthstone: Garnet

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Garnet is the birthstone of January

 

To all you New Year babies out there, congratulations! Your birthstone is the Garnet. While Garnet comes in a myriad of colors, the most popular of Garnet colors is the deep red.

The name Garnet derives from the word, “gernet”. Not fluent in 14th century Middle English? It means dark red, and comes from the Latin word, “granatum”, meaning seed. This is due to the red garnets resembling pomegranate seeds! In fact, during the Victorian era, Garnets were made popular for their small red cluster jewelry resembling pomegranate.

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