Twilight: Breaking Dawn Sparkly Ladies

The Twilight Saga, either you love it or you hate. There’s been much hype over the movie, as with all of them and Twi-hards are eagerly awaiting the premiere this Friday. Earlier this week, the Hollywood premiere of the movie was held and the stars of the movie looked amazing on the red black carpet.

There was sequins and sparkly embellishments on many of the women in the cast. Kristen Stewart aka Bella Swan, looked mature in her long purple J. Mendel gown with a thigh high split. All the ladies in the Cullen clan where dressed to impress wearing long gowns. Ashley Greene pulled off the vamp-look with a stunning red Donna Karen dress with matching lips and nails. She opted for a black & gold ring that broke up the all-red ensemble.

One of my favorite looks of the night was by Nikki Reed (pictured right). She wore a Grecian Marchesa gown in a fabulous minty green accented with gold sequins. I loved her long drop earrings featuring an array of earth-tone colored gemstones.

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The Duchess in the Princess’ Jewelry

As we know Prince William (now the Duke of Cambridge) gave his then girlfriend Kate Middleton his late mother’s Sapphire engagement ring. He didn’t stop there, he recently gave his new wife Princess Diana’s Sapphire and Diamond earrings. She’s been seen on their tour of Canada and the US sporting them a few times.

These earrings were a favorite of Diana and she was often photographed wearing them over the years. They were originally made as studs but Kate added her own touch to them by turning them into drop earrings. They match nicely with Kate’s engagement ring.

We have very similar earrings to these at Ice.com that resemble both the original Sapphire & diamond studs and Kate’s updated drop earrings version.

What do you think of remodeling jewelry that was a family heirloom? Would you keep it as is or alter it to fit your personal style?

Get This Oscar Look: Helen Mirren

We can always count on the British film icon Helen Mirren to dazzle us with her red carpet jewelry. She loves wearing big bold necklaces as she did this past Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards but the look we want from the actress is her drop (dead gorgeous) earrings.

As we pointed out already in our previous post, earrings were the hottest accessory at the Oscars this year.  Dame Helen Mirren wore some of the most glamorous earrings of the night featuring diamonds and pearls. She pulled this look off exquisitely with her cropped cut and gorgeous charcoal Vivienne Westwood gown.

Get this look for less at Ice.com:

The gorgeous design is crafted from beautiful warm rose gold and studded with shimmering white diamonds and brown Tahitian Pearls.

Pearl drop earrings featuring cultured Freshwater Pearls accented with bezel-set diamonds that can be worn casually or for a night out.

Search our collection of Pearl Earrings to find a pair that suits your style the best.

Second Piercings: A Do Or A Don’t?

A pair of diamond studs are perfect for second piercingsMany women have second piercings in their ears. If you’re considering an additional piercing, here are the pros and cons.

1. A second hole is perfect for showcasing your diamond studs while still rocking chandelier earrings. For those women who like to pile on the jewels but still keep their look polished, a set of diamond studs are the perfect selection

2. If you have sensitive skin, reconsider, as the backs of earrings could be irritating. Not all women’s ears are the same – some may find that a second hole is uncomfortable. If you find the you’re constantly fiddling with your current earrings, rethink another piercing.

3. Another hole is a fun way to add a little edge to your look without being unprofessional. Second piercings are still suitable for the office as you can place small studs in for daytime wear. When you get ready to go out for the evening, switch them out for something a little more dramatic like colored gems or hoop earrings.

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.

Let Your Earrings Complement Your Cut

Large earrings pair perfectly with pixie cuts.Many celebrities have shorn their locks this season for edgier styles. Ladies who are looking to trim their tresses as well should remember to select jewelry that best complements their new cut.

We always advocate staying true to your own personal style, but a fun and fashionable cut can make for a refreshing change. Women who have opted for shorter hairstyles should look for jewelry pieces that accent their new looks. Large, dramatic chandelier or hoop earrings will create a fierce and playful style, as the statement pieces won’t have to compete with an abundance of waves and layers.

Those who prefer a more understated approach can use classic and simple items, like stud earrings and small hoops, to play up their coif and highlight their bone structure.

However, you don’t have to chop off a lot of inches to rock some new baubles. Gals who have opted for an autumn trim can wear sleek drop earrings that will add a subtle bit of sparkle and peek through longer locks.

Support breast cancer awareness with pink jewelry

Ten percent of all proceeds from Ice.com's Think Pink collection will benefit breast cancer awareness.October’s almost over but there's still plenty of time to lend your energy and talents to benefit breast cancer awareness. The American Cancer Society reports that there are currently over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States and estimates that approximately 207,090 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in U.S. women in 2010.

Make a point of proudly sporting pink throughout the month. Purchase jewelry from Ice.com's Think Pink collection, where 10 percent of the proceeds go to benefit the cause. A hint of pink shimmer will express your support and concern. Search for unique pieces in the trademark shade, like pink topaz stud earrings.

Share the goodwill: A pink amethyst cocktail ring, a strand of pink pearls or a pink sapphire pendant would make excellent gifts for all of the women in your life. While donning pink jewelry in October can help to raise awareness for breast cancer and promote solidarity, remember that the sparkling pieces can be worn with pride year-round. 

Bridal jewelry: How to balance it with your dress

Bold jewelry, like this pearl bracelet, is popular for brides at the moment.When a woman envisions her walk down the aisle, she often concentrates on more than just her dress. Jewelry can make or break a bride’s look.

Should a girl enter marital bliss with minimalist or luxurious jewelry pieces?

Many brides this season are choosing elaborate jewelry. Long, layered necklaces, chandelier earrings and elaborate tiaras seem to be the go-to trend of the moment. Eva Longoria-Parker, who is married to basketball star Tony Parker, walked down the aisle in a gigantic pair of chandelier earrings.

Other brides are opting for a simpler, more minimalist look. Pairing frilly frocks with small pendants or stud earrings is also popular at the moment. Carrie Underwood, who recently wed Canadian hockey player Mike Fisher, tied the knot in an elaborate Chantilly lace ball gown that was paired with small, simple earrings.

Women should choose their jewelry to balance their gown. A simple white silk sheath dress can complement bold pieces, while a more embellished gown can be paired with sleeker items.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19908205-ADNFCR

Top 6 ways to care for your jewelry on vacation

Care for your jewelry in the summertime.Whether you favor impromptu weekend drives to the beach or weeklong stays at exotic locales, there is bound to be some wear and tear on your jewelry during the warmer months. Here are a few things that every woman should know when it comes to summertime jewelry care.

1) Store: Keep a small jewelry bag in your purse at all times. This will be ideal for spontaneous trips to the shore, and will ensure that your favorite pieces are never lost, damaged or tangled if you take them off to soak up some sun. Stash the case in the glove compartment box of your car, or keep it close by in your beach bag.

2) Protect: Take your jewelry off before applying sunscreen. The products in protective creams and lotions are not as good for your jewelry as they are for your skin. Be sure to remove bracelets, necklaces and chandelier earrings before applying.

3) Precaution: Don’t wear your jewelry in the water. Whether you’re poolside, oceanside or lakeside, there might be chemicals and materials in the water that are bound to be bad for your accessories. To keep jewelry in tip-top shape, be sure to remove it before taking a dip.

4) Secure: On long trips, check to ensure that your hotel has a safe in the room for your more valuable pieces. If there is no safe available, be sure to keep valuables tucked out of sight in your lugage, or on your person at all time.

5) TLC: Show your favorite pieces some love. After a vacation, give your diamonds, pearls and other favorite pieces a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt, sand or chemicals.

6) Customs: Because some countries may charge duties or other fees if you can’t prove that your items were brought from home, it’s important to keep the correct paperwork with you when traveling. A receipt or certificate of authenticity acquired at the time of purchase should be sufficient.

When preparing for your next holiday, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure a stylish and worry-free vacation.

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