Jewelry for New Year’s Eve

Large diamond earrings will make a beautiful statement on New Year's Eve.In a few days it will be time to ring in the New Year. But well before the clock strikes midnight, you’ll want to make sure that you’re sporting the perfect jewelry to welcome 2011.

When dressing for a flashy event like a New Year’s Eve party, bigger is better. Add lots of flair with sparkling diamond earrings and a matching necklace. However, take your dress’ silhouette into consideration when selecting pieces. Your jewelry should enhance the cut, not interfere with it.

This is also the time to load up on the layers. Jazz up a cocktail dress with stacks of bangles or multiple necklaces. If you’re wearing a cool color, like cobalt, opt for silver. Gold pieces will complement warmer hues, such as aubergine.

Remember not to skimp on the shine, even if your dress already boasts sparkle. Ladies sporting a sequined outfit can maximize the glitz with a few bold cocktail rings or a great cuff bracelet.

Add Glamour to Classic Ensembles This Winter

Sapphire earrings are perfect for day or eveningPair timeless garments with smartly sparkling pieces. Here’s what to wear:

Opulent gemstone earrings in rich colors will add that touch of shimmer to an otherwise basic ensemble. Whether you’re stepping out during the day in a classic peacoat or slipping on a cocktail dress for a party, emerald or sapphire earrings look fantastic.

Diamond-studded timepieces elevate even the most casual ensemble. A simple button-up shirt and jeans can be enhanced by a sparkling watch, but it will work in formal settings, too. Never take it off.

A strand of diamonds under a crisp Oxford shirt will create an unexpectedly luxe look. Just make sure you look classic, not stuffy: leave a few buttons undone and drape a beautiful diamond pendant across your neck.

Remember: a little glitter goes a long way. A few luxurious touches will make it easy to look pulled-together without spending hours agonizing over your outfit.

Halloween jewelry: Festive sparkle will complete your costume

Take a page from Katie Couric and channel Marilyn Monroe this HalloweenHalloween is only days away, and while some ladies may be working on ways to achieve the perfect poof (a la Snooki), or choosing between a pink or platinum Lady Gaga wig, those who are still trying to narrow down their costumes can use jewelry as a jumping off point. Continue reading

Fashion Advice From: Nurses

Safety and style are what nurses look for in jewelry
Safety and style are what nurses look for in jewelry
Nurses are an integral part of the health care system. They really keep it humming. My aunt Camille has been a nurse her whole career and now supervises teams of nurses. I recently asked her about what she and her co-workers wear for jewelry on the front lines of health care.

So, I bet that wearing scrubs all the time gets boring. How do nurses add sparkle to their work wear?
Well, not all nurses work on the floor or directly with patients. There are some nurses who don’t wear scrubs but the ones that do have a hard time adding a personal touch. Wearing protective gloves means that you really can’t wear big rings. Depending on the protocol at the workplace they might even require that nurses not wear rings at all. Our main goal is health and safety for everyone we care for – even ourselves! I think that earrings are probably the best way to add a unique touch.

When I started working in nursing almost 40 years ago we had to wear all white – you know the traditional nurses uniform. These days there are all kinds of patterns in scrubs and professional team wear that keep things from being too boring. I was recently in a pediatrician’s office and all the nurses there had on scrubs that the kids there loved.

Are there any trends in earrings that you’ve noticed on the nurses you work with?
Diamond stud earrings have always been popular. I think that anything small and conservative is a good bet. Dangle or long tear drop earrings aren’t safe or suitable for the professional setting. You want to have earrings that are easy to keep clean.

What about down time? What about Friday night?!
Ha! Are you kidding?! Lot of nurses work 12 hour shifts and they’re pooped when the work is done. Just like lots of other women, they work hard for their families when they get home. On special occasions though, when they can have a night out, the nurses I work with love to be pampered. Something special like bold gem earrings – or a long necklace is a lot of fun. They want to wear something that is normally off limits at work.

Nameplate and initial necklaces making waves

Initial necklaces are all the rage now.Juliet once asked her beloved Romeo “What’s in a name?” When it comes to looking like a stylish girl on the go, we say everything.

We hope most women are happy with their moniker at the moment. That’s because the nameplate is back!

Once a revered trend in the 90s, this statement necklace has been resurrected from the fashion graveyards and given a second chance at life. More and more dapper women have been seen baring their IDs loud and proud lately and we’re pleased to report the fad is “in” again.

Whether you’re looking for a diamond-studded necklace or a girlishly gold pendant, you can purchase this gorgeous number in a variety of colors, sizes and prices. Women with lots of cash to spare or even those on a budget will find they can easily partake in this craze.

But, because sporting your whole name can feel a little too much like wearing a name tag, we recommend wearing an initial-only necklace. Gorgeous celebs like Kim Kardashian have taken advantage of the trend – the dark-haired beauty has been snapped by shutterbugs showing off a daring gold “K” pendant.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19664995-ADNFCR

Fashion Advice From: Teachers

Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!
Teachers don't have look like schoolmarms!

Next to parents, teachers may very well be the most important people in our kid’s lives. They care for them five days a week for almost 10 months out of the year. Teachers can teach us a thing or two about a professional yet easy care style.

I recently sat down with my teacher friend Robin (she’s 37) and asked her about her casual chic style. Here’s what she shared with me:

What’s one piece of jewelry that you think is a “must have”?
Other than my wedding rings, it has to be earrings. I think it’s good to keep earrings classic and simple. I generally stick with smaller diamond or pearl earrings – nothing too dangly or flashy. I want to be taken seriously by parents and co-workers. More conservative jewelry helps me do that. I have a pair of sapphire earrings my husband gave me for my birthday one year that I wear all the time!

Do you ever feel that you slip into the “schoolmarm” look?
Ha! Teaching is fast paced and you have to be ready for anything. So expensive and fancy clothes will just get ruined. No high heels here! I think that be taking fresh fabrics and a more sporty approach keeps me from looking like a fuddy-duddy.

What about necklaces?
Well, long necklaces are problematic. If you lean over students to check their work, you can hit them in the head with a long necklace! I wear a diamond solitaire pendant a lot. It has a shorter chain that keeps it out of the way. I also wear a shorter pearl necklace a lot too.

What about the kids? Do you see any fashion trends popping up in what the kids wear to school?
Well, I am constantly surprised at what parents let their kids wear to school! Seriously, they must be really busy in the morning or have given up the fight. A lot of kids are wearing bright colors and lots of stripes – both are not good for me! Of course girls still love flashy costume jewelry and I have to ask them to put it back in their book bags all the time. I think what I like best about working with young people is their fresh attitude. They mix things up and see the world with optimistic eyes. It’s really the best part of my job – the kids.

Classic Hollywood Glamour

Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
This year at the Oscars, there were loads of interesting looks. The Academy Awards are always a star-studded affair and many celebrities are drenched in borrowed gems for the occasion. You can get a run down of all the best of Oscar night jewelry fashions at Sparkle Like the Stars.

Alas, this year’s event reaffirms that old Hollywood is gone. The days of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor wearing her own jewelry to an event seem to be long gone.

What hasn’t faded is classic and classy glamour! Helen Mirren is class incarnate. When it comes to the Oscars, she can always be counted on to show up in something subtly fabulous and totally age appropriate. Her lavender gown with the gauzy overlay and sleeves take this dress a notch above average strapless. I absolutely covet that necklace!

Helen’s look is refined and restrained but definitely not boring. You can get a similar look by pouring on the diamonds with a bold and beautiful diamond necklace. If you choose a design that has some larger spacing between the stones you’ll get the effect of a more dramatic piece of jewelry without such a dramatic price tag.

As for earrings, you can’t go wrong with a pair of elegant diamond earrings. Don’t overdo it though with dramatic tear drop or chandelier earrings. Those are great for other occasions but if you want a classic look like Helen’s, you have to keep it simple.

For her ensemble, Helen forgoes a right hand diamond ring and just wears her diamond wedding bands. This is in keeping with the “less is more” refinement of her overall look. Just because it’s a fancy formal occasion, doesn’t mean you have to wear every ring you own. Take a few cues from Helen and you’ll get a sophisticated look all for you own.

In Like a Lion

Black Diamond Sterling Silver Aries Pendant
Black Diamond Sterling Silver Aries Pendant
Do you know the origin of the weather proverb about March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”? For most locations in the northern hemisphere, the average temperature at the end of the month is higher than at the beginning (more gentle than the biting, fierce winter), so the proverb typically has some meteorological truth to it. But where did it come from?

The phrase apparently has its origins with the constellations Leo, the Lion, and Aries, the ram or lamb. It has to do with the relative positions of these constellations in the sky at the beginning and end of the month.

Under the tropical zodiac, the Sun is in the constellation Aries roughly from March 21 to April 19, by definition beginning at vernal equinox or the first day of spring.

If someone in your life has a birthday between March 21 and April 19, you should consider a zodiac glyph pendant as a unique and memorable birthday gift. The black diamond sterling silver Aries pendant pictured here is beautifully rendered in brushed and polished sterling silver and highlighted with dazzling enhanced black diamonds. It is truly budget friendly at only $125.

If black diamonds are too racy for you, consider this Aries pendant delicately cut out of a brushed sterling silver disc and with a single accent diamond for just a touch of sparkle. A zodiac pendant is a thoughtful keepsake she is sure to love.

Earrings and cocktail rings make Glamour’s top 10 list

Large earrings are pitch-perfect this season. Glamour magazine recently released a list offering their take on the “10 Most Glam Wardrobe Items. Ever.” Though we think that every girl has her own top- 10 must haves (which is what makes style so fun and interesting), we were curious to see what the veritable fashion source listed among their favorites.

So, you might ask, which jewelry items made the list? Dangly earrings and cocktail rings were the sparkling accessories that Glamour saw fit to highlight, and we kind of agree.

Chandelier earrings are the fastest way to take any outfit from blah to bam in no time flat. Whether you like to wear your hair up, down, straight or curly, a hint of flash or color will draw attention to your face and neck, and make you look like a fashion plate even on days when you had to dash out of the house.

As for cocktail rings, where do we begin?

From emerald sparklers to pearl or diamond-encrusted rings, no fancy outfit is complete without a pretty cocktail ring twinkling and shimmering on your finger.

What do you guys think? Let us know which jewelry pieces you couldn’t dream of living without!

Celtic Cross for St. Patrick’s Day

Delicate Celtic cross pendant
Delicate Celtic cross pendant
This St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Cross jewelry would make a fine gift. A Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection.

The early Celtic stone high cross is generally in the form of a normal cross with a ring joining the arms. In Ireland, it is a popular legend that the Celtic Catholic cross was introduced by Saint Patrick or possibly Saint Declan.

It has often been claimed that Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun. However this theory is now thought unlikely by most art historians, who think an origin from crosses carrying a victor’s wreath around their intersection is more likely. Such a cross is found on the reverse of the Liudhard medalet from Canterbury in England in the 590s. Making the Celtic cross an ancient symbol.

The ideas of eternity make the Celtic cross jewelry this a great gift for your bride-to-be or for anyone with Irish, Scottish or Welsh ancestry.