The Bib Necklace – Funny Name, Serious Impact

I know the name of this jewelry trend sounds funny but I assure you everyone will take you seriously as an on-trend fashionista when you sport this look.

Are you wondering what a bib necklace is?

Also known as a collar necklace, bib necklaces have been around for a couple of years but has really taken off in 2012. These necklaces are usually made up of large gemstones and metals that take up most of your collar and chest..resembling a baby’s bib.

The peacock black pearl necklace (pictured right) is a great example of the bib necklace. Different variations of this look are available at Ice such as these multi-strand necklaces and this longer version of a bib with multi-layered black spinel.

This necklace style is the focus around an outfit. You can wear it with the plainest outfit such as jeans and a tee and it will transform your outfit immediately. It’s also a great way to disguise that little black dress you always turn to, to give it a whole new look.┬áBib necklaces look best with halter tops but play around with different looks to see how you can incorporate it with your wardrobe.

Would you wear a bib necklace?

Amanda Seyfried Looking Messy – In a Good Way

Amanda Seyfried wore this intriguing necklace to the premiere of her new film, Red Riding Hood.Amanda Seyfried has come a long way since her turn as the dimwitted Karen in Mean Girls. Nowadays, Seyfried is a true leading lady, having starred in the HBO series Big Love and the films Dear John and Letters to Juliet. She showed off her star power at the premiere of her new film, Red Riding Hood, in Los Angeles this week.

Seyfried stars as the titular character in this dark remake of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. She attended the premiere in a striped aubergine Lanvin shirt dress with her hair in a messy updo – the perfect marriage of casual and classy.

But Seyfried really took the outfit to the next level by pairing it with eccentric necklaces bejeweled with dozens of colorful gems. The multi-stranded piece featured golden, white and dark blue stones in a chaotic pattern that perfectly accentuated the messy-but-elegant theme of the outfit.

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.

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.

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!