On the Street: Classy Multiple Strand Pearl Necklace

Classy Multiple Strand Pearl Necklace
Classy Multiple Strand Pearl Necklace
I was recently out and about at a charity art auction and spotted the women pictured here and her great outfit. I spoke to her and she said that she bought her dress at a local thrift shop! Can you imagine? That dress was such a find! Even though she’s already super skinny, the dress fits her well because the waistline rests right at her thinnest area. The way the dress gathers at the waist poofs out the dress a bit and hides any hippy imperfections she might have. The clingly black top is also very slimming. The hemline accentuates her long legs. It’s a great look!

She pairs this classy look with a multiple stand pearl necklace with a dramatically large clasp. It’s a great way to add presence to a relatively simple ensemble. A pearl ring is a great way to complete the look. While pearls are relatively delicate gems and needs special care, they make for really unique rings.

Of course, you don’t have to stick to a traditional white pearl necklace. Dusky and dramatic, black pearls are the perfect look for someone who craves opulence and intrigue. Black pearl jewelry is a great addition to you jewelry collection. It’s perfect for an evening out!

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.

On the Street: Mardi Gras Inspired Jewelry

Mardi Gras is all about beads!
Mardi Gras is all about beads!
Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” which is the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of Lent. I know you’ve heard about people giving up fun foods or bad habits for Lent. For lots of people Mardi Gras means wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, and parades – parades with beads as prizes! We were out on the town this Mardi Gras season and caught these ladies enjoying themselves at a Mardi Gras party.

Mardi Gras doesn’t have to mean cheap, plastic beads though. For just a little dough you can get in the Mardi Gras spirit in style with necklaces like this lepidolite bead necklace. This necklace is on sale right now for just $40 – marked down from $95! Purple is one of the signature colors of Mardi Gras and this necklace has 13 deep purple to pale pink colored lepidolite beads.

Green is another big color for Mardi Gras parties. Next year you can be prepared for all the Mardi Gras festivities with a peridot bead necklace. A bright green peridot bead necklace is a great way to add a touch of green that will take you from Mardi Gras and into springtime which is thankfully just around the corner!

New York Fashion Week showcases bold jewelry items

Attention-grabbing necklaces have been popular at New York Fashion Week. If what’s happening on the runway at New York’s Fashion Week is any indication of what fashionistas can expect for Fall 2010, (and it always is), it’s time to start stocking up on bold, chunky necklaces and edgy pieces.

"Each season, accessories seem to become more and more important because it’s less expensive to buy accessories than to buy new clothes," Ruth Finley, publisher of The Fashion Calendar, told Reuters.

So what should you look for to remain fashion-forward without dropping a ton of cash? Simple statement pieces like large or chunky chain necklaces in silver might be especially popular, as will thick bracelets.

Designers also suggested to the news source that tough and strong looks with a futuristic or street-wise vibes will be all the rage.

This is great news for girls who love jewelry, as it means you can streamline your wardrobe and add variety and interest by throwing on a few killer accessories. And what could be simpler than that?

Start stocking up now so that you’ll beat the rush and get your pick of fancy baubles and innovative designs.
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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.

So You Just Got Engaged, Now What?

Celebrate your love in classic style
Celebrate your love in classic style

Valentine’s Day is a classic day for wedding proposals. Did you get engaged this Valentine’s Day? If so, congratulations! You’ll have so much planning to do and things to think about. Let me help you lessen the stress by making a few jewelry recommendations for the big day.

A consistently elegant choice, a diamond-encrusted band is extremely impressive without making the wearer appear to be a showoff. Your clothes might match this sentiment, with tiny details and low-key designers making the outfit, like a TSE dress matched up with traditional diamond studs, an ageless Bottega Veneta bag, subtle Bvlgari sunglasses, and topped off with a whisper of Chanel perfume.

Who needs one best friend when you can have at least three? If you prefer multi-stone engagement rings, chances are you’re into wearing flashy pieces on other parts of your body, too. When going out, you might favor a Betsey Johnson dress worn with Tory Burch wedges and a metallic bag to get yourself noticed, and colorful stones like a pair of emerald earrings or a garnet necklace add zing to your look.

Marquis (or marquise) cuts are wonderful because their shape often makes the diamond look larger than it actually is. The savvy woman who decides on this cut might make equally as calculated choices in her wardrobe, choosing pieces for their ability to tastefully and conservatively flatter, like a Theory dress paired with pearl earrings and Stuart Weitzman heels, matched with a pashmina and a suede clutch.

No matter what your style, there’s a wedding ring out there that will match the perfection of your special day.

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.

Is the shoulder jewelry trend a do or a don’t?

Would you accessorize bare shoulders with jewelry?When shoulder jewelry first began popping up as a topic of discussion, it seemed like an avant garde accessory that might make for an interesting accent to one of Lady Gaga’s casual weekend outfits.

But now that there have actually been a few street sightings of ladies who are out and about and wearing these beyond-bold accessories, we decided to weigh in.

First of all, though a bare shoulder is elegant for an evening out, any jewelry item that encourages tube tops or corsets is not a-okay in our book.

Secondly, these crazy epaulet-inspired pieces are not exactly subtle. They might work for a concert, or a performance artist who enjoys deconstructing the military presence in our lives, but that’s where it ends.

When all is said and done, why not just throw on a statement necklace?
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Get ready for Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped jewelry

Heart-shaped accessories will lend a fun vibe to your look. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so why not add a few heart-shaped pieces to your daily ensemble?

We’re sure you have a few cool and unique jewelry pieces on your wish list, but in the weeks leading up to the big day, traditional gold lockets boast a vintage charm. And you can feel free to play with the iconic shape to keep your look young and fresh.

Why not wear a small, delicate heart necklace on a thick gold chain? The contrast will keep the piece interesting while allowing you to show your Valentine’s Day spirit. Similarly, you could pair your heart-shaped trinket with other charms on one chain for a luxe look. We love gold and turquoise or coral together because the combination is so unexpected.

Looking for other ways to sneak the shape into your daily wardrobe this month? Try a beaded heart-shaped charm on a simple chain, or look for heart-shaped earrings for a cute and simple look.

Of course, heart-shaped diamonds (or any diamonds, really) take the cake on V-day, so whether you have your eyes on a glittering diamond necklace or sparkling diamond earrings, be sure to make your wishes known!
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Justin Giunta creates unique pieces by mixing materials

Mixing materials gives pieces a new look.Elle magazine recently reported that Justin Giunta, a designer known for his edgy and cutting-edge designs, has launched a new collection of even more accessible and unique pieces.

His new line features necklaces made from oxidized brass, faux pearls, rhinestone chains, wood, glass and bone bugle beads, according to the news source.

The unexpected materials and contrasting textures and colors combine to create unique and unexpected pieces that any girl would be lucky to have in her jewelry box. However, you don’t have to hunt down Giunta’s coveted items to score a similar look – you could just mix and layer the necklaces and bracelets that you already have!

Try pairing a heavy chain necklace with a turquoise choker, or a pearl bracelet with a leather band. The effect will be similar, and you won’t have to throw down with any feisty fashionistas who might be jonesing for the cool designs.
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