Category: Jewelry

Take the Tarnish out of Heirloom Jewelry

When it’s shiny and new, there are few materials as eye-catching as sterling silver. The substance pairs perfectly with pearls, especially in the case of tasteful teardrop earrings. By its very nature, sterling silver tarnishes over time. That’s not a cause for concern, however. By following a few easy steps, you can restore the glitz and splendor to the metal, making it look as attractive as it looked on the day the earrings were purchased.

Begin by placing a layer of aluminum foil at the bottom of a heat-proof dish with the shiny side facing up. Place the silver hoop earrings on top of the foil and add a tablespoon of baking soda. You’ll then need to cover the jewelry with boiling water. Then sit back and observe as the tarnish is attracted to the aluminum foil, leaving the sterling silver as clean as a whistle.

Making Stunning Jewelry from Scratch

While I might not make enough money to make drastic changes to my wardrobe on a regular basis, I’ve found other equally effective ways to express myself through fashion. It’s amazing how much difference one’s choice of accessories can make. The very same outfit can go from understated to stunning depending on the earrings, necklace and watch that are paired with it.

I come from a crafty family, so jewelry shopping for me either means scanning the market for beads or larger elements that can be incorporated into a grand design. Lately I’ve been purchasing watch faces online and using my own creativity and initiative to make semi precious gemstone watches from scratch. By the time the piece is completed, I’m left with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I now own a one-of-a-kind accessory.

Anticipating the Next Big Fashion Trend

While it’s only natural for a woman to keep tabs on the latest fashion trends, I sometimes like to go my own way. Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate the artistry and innovation of the styles runway models wear in New York in Milan. Still, I can’t help but wonder if most of those off-the-wall trends will ever translate to practical clothing and jewelry. It seems that half of the looks that are tested out in Europe and in the various fashion capitals of the world are forgotten just as quickly as they were introduced.

For that reason, I like to look in unexpected places for fashion inspiration. Craft shows are a great place to find handmade bracelets, but lately the rise of Etsy and other online sites have been on my radar as well. When all I want is something that’s unique yet classical, edgy yet not over-the-top. Is that really too much to ask? I think not.

The Many Uses And Forms Of Quartz

Quartz is a well known mineral to geologists and the general public by virtue of its common use in jewelry. On one hand, geologists know it as the second most abundant mineral present in the Earth’s crust-beaten only by feldspar. A geologist might also describe it as composed primarily of silica, or they might simply label it as a seven on the Mohs scale of hardness. But all of these properties are generally lost to the public. Instead, the public knows quartz as the main component of many reasonably priced jewelry sets.

Perfect for necklaces, earrings, or bracelets, quartz comes in a variety of colors. There is one common form of quartz, which is clear, but it also appears in purple (amethyst), yellow (citrine), milky white, and many more varieties. Another common and popular form is rose quartz, which is pink in color and most often seen in a rose quartz necklace or rose quartz figurine. No matter which color of quartz you find most appealing, the mineral always offers jewelry and other items an element of beauty.

The Deep Green of Puget Sound

I’ve always fancied the various colors and shades of green, whether emerald, chartreuse, or the sea green of the Puget Sound.  I suppose its coincidence that I came to live in the Pacific Northwest where the sea is green all the time.  I can recall mornings looking out onto the Puget Sound, seeing the dawn peek over the islands on the horizon, and reflect against the green sheen of the water.  It’s a wonderful feeling, because of all the other places I’ve visited where the ocean met the land, the Puget Sound is the only place where the water isn’t just a different shade of blue.

Despite persistent comments from friends and family about my green obsession, I drive a forest green car, live in a light green house, and I just adore my Emerald is also know as (Panna Stone)  Isle beaded necklace.  I can’t help it, I just love the color green!  Even though the Pacific Northwest is now my home, when I lived in the Midwest where there were no oceans for a thousand miles, I often thought of swimming in a green sea!

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Lend Me an Ear for Some Fashion Advice

As a woman, you’ve most likely picked up tips over the years to accentuate your physical appearance – enhancing the strengths and obscuring the flaws. But did you know that celebrity stylists are always spending time doting over the proper set of earrings? It’s not easy to settle upon a pair that truly brings out a woman’s best facial features, but these tips might help.

First, examine the shape and bone structure of your face. If your jaw is pronounced and your face rather long, you’ll want to stick with hoop earrings or studs – something that softens the facial shape. On the other hand, women with round faces look best wearing semi precious gemstone earrings that are elongated and dangly. These are not necessarily hard and fast rules of fashion, but they can be used as a general guideline.

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