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    Birthstones are the latest trend you need to follow !

    Birthstones are the latest trend you need to follow !

     We all believe in something. Some believe in the power of zodiac signs, some believe in birth flowers. We at HOTCROWN fully believe in the power of birthstones! Not everyone knows what birthstones are and what they represent, so what better time to introduce you to your one and only special stone?

    Birthstones are gemstones that represent a person month of birth. Every stone has a special power and a reasoning behind it. Below you will find the special gemstones for each month. So what are you waiting for? Search for your month and go buy your one and only stone for good energy and luck.

    The January birthstone, garnet, is thought to keep the wearer safe during travel.

    The February birthstone, amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.

    The March birthstone, aquamarine, was thought to cure heart, liver, and stomach diseases—all one had to do was drink the water in which the gem had been soaking. 

    The April birthstone, diamond, in addition to being a symbol of everlasting love, was once thought to bring courage

    The May birthstone, emerald, was one of Cleopatra’s favorite gems. It has long been associated with fertility, rebirth, and love

    The June birthstone, pearl, has long been a symbol of purity

    The July birthstone, ruby, was regarded by ancient Hindus as the “king of gems.” It was believed to protect its wearer from evil. Today, the ruby’s deep-red color signifies love and passion.

    The August birthstone, peridot, symbolizes strength. It is sometimes called the evening emerald for its light green color. 

    The September birthstone, sapphire, was once thought to guard against evil and poisoning. It was believed that a venomous snake would die if placed in a vessel made of sapphire.

    The October birthstone, opal, symbolizes faithfulness and confidence. The word comes from the Latin opalus, meaning “precious jewel.” Necklaces with opals set in them were worn to repel evil and to protect eyesight

    The November birthstone, topaz, symbolizes love and affection. It is believed to give the wearer increased strength and intellect.

    The December birthstone, turquoise, is regarded as a love charm. It is also a symbol of good fortune and success, and it is believed to relax the mind and to protect its wearer from harm.

    Now that you know the meaning behind every birthstone, you can understand why we at HOTCROWN are obsessed with this trend and have actively incorporated in our collections! Below some of our dazzling rings: 

    The Amy Ruby ring 

    The Sofia Ruby ring

    The Josephine ring with Emerald stone 

    The Katherine ring with an Aquamarine stone

    Chess Grandmasters are officially cool !

    Chess Grandmasters are officially cool !

    While thinking of a new name for our beautiful collection, we stumbled upon the idea of naming it after the Chess Grandmasters. You probably ask to yourself, why would we at HOTCROWN do that out of all our other options and possibilities? Well, to answer that question, it is very simple: The black and white contrast of these shiny diamonds reminded us of a game of chess. And what better way to celebrate #girlpower then to honor the legends that succeeded in entering this competitive game and transform it from a male-oriented environment to a completely gender free competition! Each piece is named after a powerful woman that changed the game of chess forever! So below, enjoy our beautiful collection paired with the beautiful women named after them. Check mate!

     

    Tatiana Anatolyevna Kosintseva is a Russian Chess Grandmaster. She is two time European women’s champion and three time Russian women’s champion. She was also a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Women’s chess Olympiads! She's golden! 

     

    The beautiful Nona earrings are named after the one and only Nona Gaprindashvili ! She is a Georgian chess player and is 76 years old. She is the sixth women's world chess champion and first female Grandmaster. Nona is known as is the strongest female player of her generation. Naming these dazzling earrings after her was a must! 

    Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk is a Russian chess Grandmaster and a former Women's world chess champion. She was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Women's Chess Olympiads and at the Women's European Team Chess Championships. 

    Natalia Andreevna Pogonina is a 32 year old Russian chess player who holds the title of Woman Grandmaster. She is the runner-up of the Women World Chess Championship of 2015. You go girl! 

     

    Judit Polgár is a 40 year old Hungarian chess grandmaster. In 1991, Polgár achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, at the time the youngest to have done so!  She is generally considered the strongest female chess player of all time ! 

     

    The Valentina necklace is named after infamous Valentina Evgenyevna Gunina. She's a Russian chess grandmaster. She has won twice the Women's Individual European Chess Championship and three times the Russian's women Championship.

     

    Elena Sedina is an Ukrainian-Italian chess player who holds the titles of International Master  and Woman Grandmaster. She has also won the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship, the Australian Open Chess Championship, and is a Chess Olympiad and Mitropa Cup gold medalist.

     

    Hope you enjoyed these little facts of the day, see you next week!

     

    Xoxo, HOTCROWN

     

     

    Best Places to Visit in Europe This Summer!

    Best Places to Visit in Europe This Summer!

    One of the most amazing things about traveling in Europe is how incredibly easy it is to get around. With so much to see and do, a summer trip through the top European destinations is a new experience every time you go. We chose our favorite European destinations for this summer – take a look and pick your favorite!

     

    It’s the season to enjoy la dolce vita! Whether driving through the Amalfi Coast, hiking along the Cinque Terre or tracking down the best gelato in Sicily, you can never go wrong. This beautiful country isn’t just for travelers who crave the world’s best pizzas, pastas and wines. The food (and wine) in this unique country is one reason to add it to your bucket list, but the historic cities, clean coastlines and rich turquoise Mediterranean waters will assure you that one visit is not enough.

    Amalfi, Italy

    Cinque Terre, Italy 

    Tuscany, Italy 

    Sicily, Italy

    Puglia, Italy 

    Venice, Italy 

    If you're pondering a vacation in Greece this summer, there's no reason to hesitate. Greece has so many diverse aspects that provide something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are a history lover or prefer a quiet vacation lounging on the beach or maybe you are looking for an alternative extreme sport-filled vacation — whatever your pleasure is, Greece is sure to please!

    Mykonos, Greece

    Zakynthos, Greece 

    Paros, Greece 

    Santorini, Greece

    Let me guess, you’ve been pretty much everywhere in Europe, but never really thought of visiting Portugal. A lush landscape bursting with coast-side cliffs and golden beaches, Portugal is one of Europe’s most picturesque countries – but it’s more than just a pretty face. From its bustling capital to its laid-back beaches, Portugal offers everything you crave in a European getaway.

    Algarve, Portugal

    Lisbon, Portugal

    Porto, Portugal

    Despite the hoards of tourists, summer is a pretty nice time to be in France. Long hot summer days. Unlike what you may be used to, the sun doesn't set until 11pm, allowing you to enjoy your day to the fullest. With plenty of outdoor activities, bustling markets overflowing with fresh produce and lots of beaches to work on your tan, this is a great time to be in the country! 

    St. Tropez, France

    Provence, France

    Mont Saint Michel, France

    Cannes, France

    Paris, France 

    Travel lovers, listen up! With approximately 1,200 islands, Azure waters and picturesque villages rich in history, Croatia is drawing more and more travellers to it's shores. It is fast-becoming the kind of travel destination that should find its way to the top of your bucket list. From the unforgettable Game Of Thrones scenery and beautiful architecture, to a legendary music scene and the perfect climate, there are countless reasons why Croatia is becoming such a travel hot spot, so make sure to go visit!

    Hvar, Croatia

    Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Istria, Croatia

    Zagreb, Croatia

    Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

     

    XOXO, HOTCROWN

    TOP HOTCROWN ENGAGEMENT RINGS

    TOP HOTCROWN ENGAGEMENT RINGS

    Planning your wedding requires making various meaningful decisions while investing a long time coordinating one of the most important days of your life. What is the most important detail to remember? The engagement ring of course! Choosing the perfect ring that is going to last with you forever! We at HOTCROWN are so honored to be part of that chapter in each couple’s life. It’s a monumental moment that two people share and we couldn’t be more delighted to help guide our couples into their future.

    Every engagement ring has its own story and we are here to help you illustrate it. We know each love is unique in its own way and we want your engagement ring to exude that. Whether you’re looking for a unique design, custom engraving or precious assortment of stones, HOTCROWN has it all!

    Below are some of our most popular engagement rings. Keep in mind that each ring can be custom-made to any person’s wishes!

    The Bianca: Bianca is our glamorous engagement ring. The center diamond is fully surrounded by radiant diamonds which create a fan effect around the center stone. It has too much sparkle to resist ! 

     

    Amy Ring with Ruby: Our stunning Amy is an art-deco inspired ring with a delicate hexagon shaped center diamond. The gorgeous Ruby is adorned and surrounded with dazzling small diamonds which compliment the stunning shape. The Amy can be customised with stones of your choice! 

    Elizabeth Ring: Our Elizabeth has a stunning classic halo with a unique curved pattern band encrusted with fine diamonds. This ring is a hybrid of old and new- it combines a classic vintage halo and a modern curved band, for an elegant and beautiful piece.

    The Audrey: Audrey is our fancy 18k gold ring embellished with three shimmering white diamonds. It is one of our most elegant and minimalistic rings with a bold center stone accompanied by two fine side diamonds. This timeless piece can be customized with and stones of your choice

    The Luna: Our captivating Luna ring is our statement creation made with a pear shaped black diamond in the center of the ring. The stunning black stone is lined with 14 fine accent white diamonds. The halo frame on the diamond creates a timeless and elegant appeal.

     

    XOXO,

    The HOTCROWN team 

     

    WHY GAL GADOT IS OUR GIRLCRUSH!

    WHY GAL GADOT IS OUR GIRLCRUSH!

     There is no denying that Gal Gadot is creating a huge buzz as wonder woman! She’s making both males and females drool in the theaters with her smashing performance as Diana, the unconquerable warrior and princess of the Amazons. Here are reasons why WE at HOTCROWN are absolutely obsessed with this Israeli goddess

    1)Her badass action scenes in Wonder Woman – Because who else can walk through a war zone with such perfect hair and a goddess bod while beating the bad guys?

    2)She was a sports instructor for the IDF (soooo badass). When you’re a citizen of Israel, like Gadot is, you’re required to serve some time in their military. She spent two years serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. It was her military background and knowledge of weapons that helped her get her breakout role as Gisele in “Fast & Furious.” In 2009, Justin Lin, the director of “Fast & Furious,” thought her fighting spirit was so obvious that he added to her character’s back story by making her a Mossad agent.

    3)She was Miss Israel in 2004 - Yup, before she was an actress, Gadot competed in pageants in Israel and worked as a model, and a very successful one, at that.

    4)Gal was pregnant while shooting Wonder Woman. She was 5 months due when she had to return to the studio to do some reshoots and the director had to green-screen out her baby bump.

    5)She breaks fashion norms and sets her own trends - Even Wonder Woman gets tired of high heels, which is why during this season’s biggest superhero film, Gal Gadot was wearing flat sandals (best red carpet moment EVER) For the film's Los Angeles premiere, she showed up in $50 flats from Aldo rather than pricey heels. When asked, she responded "it's more comfortable."

    6)Gal does her own stunts - Her first mainstream role was Gisele in Fast & Furious. In an interview with Real Style Network she said, “All of the stunts on Fast 5 and 6, I have done myself and on Fast 6 we went crazy with the action moves.”  She continued, “The adrenaline was just incredible and I enjoyed being able to do the stuff that in real life you can’t.”

     

    Gal, WE LOVE YOU!