Give the gift of jewelry for Father’s Day

Cuff links make a perfect Father's Day gift.Father’s Day is right around the corner, which means dads are only days away from a celebration with their loved ones. If you’re still wondering what to get your father, why not skip the usual presents and go with jewelry?

Some men may be hesitant to wear bracelets, rings and necklaces, but if they’re given from a special somebody, they’ll happily don the gifts with pride. And, it’s not difficult to find the right items to match your dad’s sense of personality and style.

Bold bracelets and rings are masculine and appealing. If your dad is confident and outgoing, these pieces may be a pleasant surprise for the guy who has endless ties and golf clubs.

Thick gold chains can also work for most men. The pieces, which can be paired with any outfit, will make dad look macho and confident.

Cuff links are another gift dad will appreciate. The items are not only useful, they can transform a drab outfit into something more attention grabbing.

Dads aren’t always easy to shop for, but they certainly appreciate the effort. A gift of jewelry is bound to put a smile on your father’s face. ADNFCR-2807-ID-19844507-ADNFCR

Feel inspired by Egyptian jewelry

Feel inspired by Egypt and wear a gold necklace.The Egyptians are revered for their many accomplishments – the ancient civilization built the pyramids and devised hieroglyphics. But, in our opinion, their greatest achievement was their jewelry.

The earliest signs of jewelry making began in Egypt. Citizens who wore gold items were regarded as powerful and intelligent, and were respected in society. To display their wealth and power, Egyptians would cover themselves in gold bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings.

The influence of the Egyptians on modern jewelry is astounding. One of the most prominent shapes that made its way into popular culture is the Ankh, the ancient hieroglyphic character that meant "eternal life," and the cartouche, an oblong symbol which contained a royal name.

Egyptians also used rich, colorful stones in their gold jewelry, a style that can still be seen today, such as on the runways and on fashionistas.

To add some timeless style to your look, opt for bold pieces in gold that are accentuated with rich, vibrant stones. Search for cuff bracelets that are at least an inch thick and don bold, heavy rings. For earrings and necklaces, the bigger your pieces are, the better.

Modern jewelry is wonderful, but looking back through history can be inspiring. Think of it as deconstructing the fashion of the past, and take the time to research some Egyptian jewelry – then stock up on your own.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19809146-ADNFCR

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.

Will Alice in Wonderland inspire a rise in girlish jewelry?

Fans of Alice in Wonderland may sport jewelry similar to that of the heroine.Many moviegoers are excited to see the latest Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland, on the big screen.

The director’s stylized take on the timeless tale is sure to inspire the fashion world, and we’re betting that this spring will see a rise in simple and girlish jewelry as a result of the film.

The film follows 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) as she makes her way down the rabbit hole for a second time and finds herself embroiled in a subversive plot against Wonderland’s cruel and greedy Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).

Alice is the epitome of Edwardian grace and simplicity, and as such we expect that she might inspire a few clean-cut and simple ensembles accessorized with classic pearl earrings, a delicate gold locket or a sweet and simple charm bracelet.

In the film itself, Alice sports a sparkling gold charm on a thin gold chain.

If there are any garden parties or casual soirees in your future, channel the sweet and chic literary character’s style for a totally fresh look.
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Locket Jewelry Hers and His!

Sterling silver polished locket cufflinks - a great gift!
Sterling silver polished locket cufflinks - a great gift!
The one piece of jewelry that is so incredibly personal to anyone that owns one is a locket. Lockets have been around for hundreds of years and during all that time they have been used for many things. Lockets are generally associated with pendants that are worn on a chain (it keeps the charm close to your heart), but lockets were often used on a ring as well.

Today even men can wear lockets – as cufflinks. Timeless and sophisticated, these elegant cufflinks show of the classic beauty of sterling silver to perfection. Gleaming silver is exquisitely crafted into a dramatically simple design that requires no outside adornment to take away from the pictures he chooses to place inside.

In the past a locket was used to carry around small things that had some value to the wearer. Medicine could be kept inside them as well as poison! Lockets were also used by those who held certain beliefs in herbs and like charms to ward off evil and sickness. The hair (a lock!) or ashes of loved ones was often kept inside a locket as one of many items kept as a keepsake.

Lockets were often used to put a miniature hand painted picture inside. These tiny images of the person inside were very tedious work, but done by an expert artist the result was a beautiful work of art. In the past hundred years or so is when the most popular use for lockets developed so to speak. Placing photographed pictures inside them became their most common use and photos could be had by almost anyone.

The Victorian era was an extremely popular time for the locket. They used the locket for a jewelry piece as much as for their storage capacity. The heart locket was very fashionable. These lockets were made in some very elegant ways. Monogramming a locket was one way to personalize the piece even more. They could be set with gemstones or pearls and the finest metals were used for making them. Although in the past lockets had been made from all sorts of metals such as copper, brass, platinum and silver amongst others. Antique and vintage lockets are very collectible for jewelry lovers.

Lockets are still widely available today and can be bought in many styles. The techniques used for making lockets have improved over time, but they are still delicate, which really only adds to their beauty. They still make as lovely a gift for someone you love as anything you could give them in the way of jewelry.

What’s better than a blanket with sleeves?

Cute Red Enamel Heart Pendant
Cute Red Enamel Heart Pendant
Goodness! This February sure has been a rough weather month for many parts of the country. You may very well be reading this today from the comfort of you home and enjoying a “snow day” from work. Considering all this cold weather, this Valentine’s Day you may be tempted to give one of those “blankets with sleeves” that strangely have sold like hotcakes this year. Well, save your money! Nothing warms the heart and soul like a thoughtful gift of jewelry for Valentine’s Day.

So, instead of frumpy lounge wear, get your sweetheart a gift from the heart. A red enamel heart pendant is just the thing. At just $50, it won’t break the bank either. The round cut diamond on this heart pendant add a special sparkle to any outfit.

The one thing Jewelry and the you-know-what have in common is that they’ll always be the right size (although it is possible that your lady may think the gemstones and diamonds should be bigger!) Do yourself a favor and cross the “will it fit” worries off your list. If your sweetheart has a more sophisticated style, take a look at this freshwater cultured pearl and carnelian bracelet. This chunky bracelet is perfect for daytime wear but will add a touch of sexy red to an evening ensemble too. Can we say “Date Night”?

For the ultimate red jewelry for Valentine’s Day, you have to go for rubies. Get in good with a gift of this ruby sterling silver heart pendant. With 20 bright red rubies, this pendant shows up a dozen red roses any day.

Combine silver and gold for an edgy look

Silver and gold can be worn together if you like the look. Bear with us here: silver and gold might be the new black and brown. A formerly abhorrent combination that just suddenly looks so right. Kind of like Amy Winehouse and Blake Fielder-Civil.

If you have divided your jewelry box into silver and gold days, now is the perfect time to integrate some of your favorite accessories. Trust us, it will be liberating. Matching all of your jewelry suddenly seems really stuffy and old school, and not in a good way.

We especially like rose gold combined with platinum or silver: it looks funky, warm and like you’re not trying too hard.

For mixing novices, search for a single accessory that combines silver and gold. The one purchase should work with almost all of your other pieces and will hopefully allow you to branch out a little.

For maximum impact, make sure that your mixing looks deliberate. For example, pair a small gold locket with another silver necklace, or wear two bangles in different metals.
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