Just Class Jewelry Carries Official Officina Bernardi Collection November 2, 2015 08:30


Just Class Jewelry Makes Being Brilliant Easy With Official Officina Bernardi Collection

Just Class Jewelry (JCJ) is proud to be a carrier of one of the finest Italian made jewelry lines from Officina Bernardi. The authentic made-in-Italy creations, carried in high-end jewelry stores around the world are now available at Just Class Jewelry located at 1050 N State Street in Chicago, Illinois.

Just Class Jewelry chose to add the Officina Bernardi line to its inventory because of its incredible brilliance and one-of-a-kind laser-cut design. The Officina Bernardi collection is the epitome of elegance... simply stated, JCJ's motto!

The Officina Bernardi brand is owned by Chrysos spa, a leading company in manufacturing and exporting gold and silver chains all over the world, since 1987. The owners of Chyros Spa, Carlo and Francesco Bernardi, decided to develop a new, innovative jewelry brand in 2008 combining elegant Italian style with technical skills and high technology offering a unique moon cut that they have officially patented. 

The unique, one-of-a-kind moon cut has brought high recognition and success to the Officina Bernardi brand since its debut. What is a moon cut? It is a small bead made of both gold and silver with a unique brilliance made possible through the use of a special diamond cutting technique similar to a moon. If you examine the beads closely the cuts look just like crescent moons. 

In different colors and shapes, the Moon bead is both the compositional unit and the distinctive trait of the Officina Bernardi brand. Please view some of the Bernardi pieces carried at Just Class Jewelry below and visit our showroom to see their brilliance and sheen in person.



When is Sweetest Day & How to Pick the Perfect Gift October 12, 2015 09:14

Just Class Jewelry has excellent Sweetest Day ideas to pick the perfect gift and guarantee a very happy Sweetest Day 2015 for you and your loved ones. Have you ever wondered exactly what is Sweetest Day and why we celebrate it? The American holiday encourages people to express their love and appreciation for others and dates back to the early 1900’s.

Sweetest Day is often referred to as a Hallmark holiday but its origin is rooted in the early 1920’s. Legend traces the holiday’s start back to a candy company in Cleveland, Ohio that wanted to spread joy to people who were often forgotten about by giving them free candy and showing them that they were cared about, too. The candy company and some actors passed out thousands of candy boxes to newspaper boys, the elderly, orphans, the poor, and patients in Cleveland hospitals.

Today we celebrate Sweetest Day on the third Saturday in October every year and though often thought of as a holiday for lovers, the Sweetest Day idea of spreading cheer has expanded to include everyone from lovers to family members, friends, coworkers, and even acquaintances.  

Sweetest Day ideas should be a simple reminder that a kind deed, small gift, or thoughtful word can positively impact people’s lives. Though the celebration of the holiday has spread throughout the country it is still most popular in the midwest region of the United States, including Illinois. Sweetest Day is similar to Valentine’s Day and is often celebrated with gifts of cards, flowers, chocolate, candy, and jewelry.

When is Sweetest Day 2015 and how will you celebrate it? Sweetest Day 2015 will be celebrated this year on Saturday, October 17 and Just Class Jewelry has some great gift ideas whether you’re shopping for a friend, significant other, colleague, or family member. See images below for excellent Sweetest Day ideas from Just Class Jewelry and visit for more inspiration and gift ideas.  

Below are suggestions for Sweetest Day gifts from the Just Class Jewelry boutique. We have something for everyone.... you girlfriend, wife, mother, secretary, friend, and every special someone in your life that you want to recognize. You can visit us in store at 1050 N State Street on the Mezzanine Level of Newberry Plaza above Morton's Steakhouse. We offer up to 3 hours of complimentary parking in the garage with any purchase. You can also shop our online inventory at

**Ladies.... if you want to make it easy for the men in your life, feel free to pick out the perfect gift for yourself and contact us at 312-600-6681. We can have your choice giftwrapped and ready for your guy to pick-up.


The Mystery of Rhodium Plating October 4, 2015 23:39 1 Comment

Though few jewelers carry it, Just Class Jewelry is happy to share that they only sell rhodium plated jewelry. Discovered in 1803 by English chemist, William Hyde Wollaston, Rhodium is one of the rarest and most valuable precious metals and rhodium plated jewelry is becoming highly sought after.

What is rhodium? Rhodium is a silvery-white, hard, durable, chemically inert metal. It has a high reflectance and is a noble metal that is resistant to corrosion and typically does not form an oxide, even when heated. It very closely resembles the most precious of metals platinum but is much more affordable.  

What is rhodium plating? Rhodium plating is a metal deposition process. Due to its bright and hard finish, rhodium plated jewelry affords a durable and exceptionally shiny result which can enhance the appearance and longevity of your jewelry and means pieces with a rhodium finish also do not require frequent polishing.

What is black rhodium? Black rhodium results in a dark finish via a chemical process transforming the color of the metal. Black rhodium is primarily used in jewelry making.

What are the primary uses of rhodium? Rhodium is most often used in jewelry and decorations. Rhodium plated silver and black rhodium are two of the most common uses of the metal in jewelry.

Does rhodium tarnish? Rhodium is frequently used in coating sterling silver to protect it from tarnishing. The only way to dissolve rhodium is with sulfuric acid.

Will rhodium plated jewelry last forever? Though a rhodium finish means a longer lifespan for your jewelry it does not mean it will last an eternity. There are a number of factors that will contribute to the longevity of your rhodium jewelry including amount of wear, original thickness of the plating, the quality of the plating, the color of the underlying gold used, and even individual body chemistry.

How can I prolong the life of my rhodium plated jewelry? If you want to guarantee long-term wear of your rhodium jewelry it is very important that you clean it with a mixture of mild liquid shampoo and a little water. Never use chemical cleaners on jewelry with rhodium plating. Also, do not use polishing cloths that are typically used to polish gold and silver jewelry. Instead use non-abrasive, lint-free, streak-free, microfiber cloths. Finally store your rhodium jewelry in a protective box when not being worn. Follow these precautions and you will be able to enjoy your beautiful rhodium plated jewelry for years to come.

Rhodium costs approximately six times as much as gold by weight and some of the most expensive consumer items in the world are made from this precious metal. Though it’s one of the world’s rarest and most expensive metals, rhodium plating is typically more affordable than platinum and it protects the underlying metal from scratches, tarnishes, and discolor. For these reasons, Just Class Jewelry is proud to carry only rhodium plated jewelry for our consumers to shop including bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. View some of our beautiful rhodium jewelry pieces below and visit or stop in our Gold Coast studio located at 1050 N State Street to make a purchase.







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Pantone Fall 2015 Colors: Adding Them to Your Wardrobe September 28, 2015 17:04 1 Comment

Pantone Fall 2015 Colors: Adding Them to Your Wardrobe

The worldwide color authority, Pantone, has spoken recently announcing their fashion color report to coincide with New York Fashion Week. 2015 color trends combine a nice balance of earthy neutrals and bold color statements creating the perfect juxtaposition. The color trends for 2015 are androgynous lending easy wear for both men and women. It's the first color palette that is truly unisex highlighting ten key shades.

These top ten fall 2015 color trends include Marsala (2015 color of the year), Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, Dried Herb, Oak Buff, Biscay Bay, Reflecting Pond, Cadmium Orange, Cashmere Rose, and Amethyst Orchid.

The first four are earthy tones reflecting nature while the others let you add beautiful pops of color to your look. There are several ways to incorporate these lush shades into your daily wardrobe with everyday staple pieces of clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, makeup, and even nail polish.

We’ve got some great ideas how to wear all the top shades with gorgeous one-of-a-kind accessories from Just Class Jewelry. Below we’ve picked some of our favorite handbags, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even scarves showcasing fall winter 2015 color trends.

Marsala - This is the color of the year so we urge you to incorporate it into your wardrobe. We have two great ways you can easily add the hottest color of the year to your fall/winter wardrobe. First, we are gushing over the lush soft genuine Italian lambskin leather embossed COCO Clutch by Sorial. Throw on your little black dress (lbd) and sport this hot bag as a clutch or wear it as a crossbody bag. Either way you can’t go wrong. We are also head-over-heels in love with the beaded tassel necklace available in three different color choices including marsala. There are so many ways you could wear this but we think it'd be super cute with jeans, a white t-shirt, and some black leather booties making the necklace the center of attention. Both items can be purchased at

Marsala and Stormy Weather - Add some sparkle to your wrist with this multi-stone druzy stretch bracelet featuring precious marsala-colored stones and an eye-catching druzy stone in stormy weather. Dress your wrist with this conversation started now by shopping

Oak Buff - Be the chicest gal at the office when you walk in carrying the Rubina Tote made from the finest of exotic snake embossed leather. This North South carry all is soft, very durable and lightweight. This tote features a lobster clasp closure, interior zipper pocket and an interior ring to hold your keys or our Rubina Wristlet. Made to take any outfit over the edge.

Cashmere Rose - The rose gold micro pave double teardrop earring is so elegant, people won't be able to look away from the sparkle. This earring is a beautiful wedding and special occasion accessory.

Cadmium Orange & Amethyst Orchid - Add a little pizazz to your look with these oxidized bangles with cz crystals from Italy. The metal won’t tarnish and its flexible hinge makes it easy for anyone to wear. It comes in three great colors including two fall 2015 color trends - cadmium orange and amethyst orchid. Wear them alone or layer them for a exquisite look.

Stormy Weather - Shawls are a great layering piece for the fall and this embellished "gem" wool shawl is the perfect neutral to mix and match with several outfits. Shop this shawl and others on

Biscay Bay - Polish off your outfit with this stunning vintage-inspired Pacific opal crystal necklace echoing the color of a clear blue ocean very similar to the popular 2015 pantone color Biscay Bay. With it's toggle closure and 36" length it's easy to wear this gorgeous necklace  as a single layer or doubled.

Amethyst Orchid, Cadmium Orange, Biscay Beige, and Dried Herb - Drape yourself in a cozy, embellished "Leena" wool shawl featuring several colors from the fall 2015 color trends including amethyst orchid, cadmium orange, Biscay bay, and dried herb. The colors blend beautifully together and this shawl is sure to be a showstopper. Throw it over a solid color dress pulling out one of the colors in the shawl or wear with your favorite pair of jeans.

Desert Sage, Stormy Weather, and Reflecting Pond - One of the easiest ways to add one of the new 2015 fall color trends to your wardrobe is with a handbag and because we are cuckoo for this Coco Clutch by Soriel we're sharing it again because we carry it in almost all the top 2015 pantone colors for this fall including desert sage, stormy weather, and reflecting pond. We carry a gorgeous collection of handbags in most of the fall colors like the wristlets pictured below. Shop the whole collection at Just Class Jewelry.

There are so many simple ways to rock the latest fall 2015 color trends with Just Class Jewelry. Elegance….. Simply Stated. We also suggest highlighting some of the pantone 2015 colors with your makeup. You can easily find the fall color trends in lipstick shades, eye shadows, and nail polish shades, too. Some of our favorites include Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Stormy Weather and the Pro-Tricks Shadow Palette featuring several Pantone 2015 colors. And of course our color of the year, Marsala, is popping up everywhere.... Dior, Bobbi Brown, Bite Beauty, Buxom, Julep, Topshop, and Rimmel London all have rich Marsala lipstick shades and Essie, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, Tom Ford, and Tenoverten feature a polish in Marsala. See featured Marsala makeup finds on InStyle.

Visit Just Class Jewelry online at or in person at 1050 N State Street on the Mezzazine level.  

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