How to pick the perfect necklace for a friend

Take special care to pick the right necklace for someone special.When giving a gift to a close friend, women often turn to jewelry. One of the best gifts someone can give a dear companion is a necklace. Special care should be taken to pick out a piece that evokes their personal style.

Some women prefer silver, while others love gold, so be sure to choose a metal that you know your friend will love.

Most girls will often have a favorite gemstone. Do some research to discover if they adore rubies, emeralds, sapphire or any other jewel, such as their birthstone.

Work environment is also important, as many women love to wear jewelry at their job. If their career calls for business-casual attire, a sleek chain adorned with a small pendant is a great choice. If their job allows for edgier outfits, feel free to go for louder, bolder pieces.

Personalized jewelry is currently a hot trend. Pendants in the shape of your pal’s zodiac sign, or a bangle bracelet inscribed with a personal message – a meaningful song lyric for example – will be much-appreciated.

Your friend will think of you every time she dons her new necklace, making it an ideal way to let her know that she is appreciated. ADNFCR-2807-ID-19934900-ADNFCR

Match your necklace to your neckline

 A shorter necklace looks lovely with a high neckline.While matching your necklace to your ensemble is important, women often look at the color and style of their outfit. Another dress detail that should not be overlooked is the neckline.

For clothes that feature a high neckline, a longer necklace is best. An elaborate string of pearls or a long silver chain will look just lovely with a turtleneck.

When donning a garment with a plunging necklines, shorter necklaces may be a wise choice. Girls who choose to don a V-neck or a piece which highlights her décolletage would look lovely in a short gold chain adorned with a pendant.

Mid-length necklaces are also lovely, and can work for necklines of all heights. These pieces can also add a little weight to feminine, floaty blouses, and make your get-up appear more polished.

Ladies should make sure they have these go-to pieces in their jewelry box at all times. A waist-length necklace that can be looped, a mid-length piece and a shorter chain that rests on your clavicle are all necessities.

Just like the Little Black Dress, having staple jewelry items on hand is a must!ADNFCR-2807-ID-19933798-ADNFCR

Trend Spotting: Good as Gold

Gold is one of Fall 2010's hottest trends.
Gold is one of Fall 2010's hottest trends.
Fall is right around the corner and so it’s time to look at what’s been hitting the runway and what’s gonna trickle down. One major trend that’s popping up again and again is gold.

Gold pants, gold on jackets, and of course, gold jewelry. Now, a lot of people, myself included have generally stayed on the safer side of the playground with white gold, but if there’s ever been a time to reclaim the power, passion and shameless glam of yellow gold, this fall is it. Decadence is in. In fact, has a whole trend report on just that.

If it’s time to add some (or some more) yellow jewelry to your collection, start with something like this hot green tourmaline necklace. The green will accent perfectly with fall colors.

You’ll also never go wrong with a classic pair of gold hoop earrings. I’m also really loving the contrast of yellow and black of these gold and onyx dangle earrings.

So have some fun this fall. Shamelessly embrace the glitz, glam and decadence, and get some jewelry to match.

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.


Keep your jewelry looking its best

Apply perfume before jewelry.Every woman adores their favorite jewelry items, but between the harsh effects of the environment and day-to-day wear and tear, a girl’s favorite pieces can be damaged. Here are the best ways to keep your baubles in tip-top shape.

1. Apply perfume before jewelry. While some girls feel bare without a spritz of their favorite fragrance, perfumes can damage the finish on jewelry. Make sure to put on your favorite scent prior to wearing necklaces, bracelets and rings.

2. Remove jewelry before applying lotions and creams. A little lotion is often needed after a shower or bubble bath, but certain ointments might harm your favorite items. Try to remove all pieces before putting oily substances on your skin.

3. Clean your jewelry at least once every two months. Whether you prefer to do it yourself at home, or drop your gems at a jewelry store, making sure that your items are spic-and-span is vital to keeping them shiny and beautiful. Consider purchasing at-home cleaning kits, or use a bit of soap and warm water to increase the longevity of investment pieces.

Having jewelry is wonderful, but keeping it looking fabulous takes time, care and consideration. A few small steps can go a long way.

Quick tips on how to avoid jewelry tan lines

Take off bold bracelets before sunbathing.Those who get a sun-kissed glow may be worried about the tan lines caused by their favorite jewelry pieces. In order to avoid any embarrassing spots, follow these 3 steps:

1 – Remember to apply sunscreen in the morning before putting on your favorite jewelry pieces.

2 – When soaking up the rays, take off all of your necklaces, bracelets and earrings and slip them into a jewelry bag or travel case. Stash the items somewhere safe, like the glove box of a locked car, or keep them close by your person.

3 – Remember to rotate your favorite pieces throughout the season. Changing your jewelry on a daily basis will naturally prevent tan lines from occurring. Also, girls can rotate jewelry while they’re in the sun from their right arm to their left, or even move their necklace up and down.

60s-inspired jewelry can be both funky and classy

A string of pearls is both nostalgic and trendy.The ’60s were a time of love, peace and – of course – great fashion. Jewelry from the era is often revered as some of the loveliest of any decade.

Feeling inspired by this time period and wearing ’60s-influenced pieces doesn’t mean a girl has to look outdated. In fact, this trend is coming back into fashion as celebrities such as Zooey Deschanel and Evan Rachel Wood have been spotted embracing it at several red carpet events.

The first way for women to incorporate this style into their look is by turning to the fashion of one particular group of people – hippies. Colorful items such as beaded bangle bracelets or Lucite necklaces are modern pieces that still bring to mind the spirit of the infamous era.

Those who want to mirror the iconic look of Audrey Hepburn also have many options. Putting on several strings of pearls at once will evoke memories of the decade and yet still feel fresh.

Wearing great jewelry is also about making daring choices. Look for ’60s-era pieces to make your mark at work, a party, or event.

The perfect jewelry for the mother-of-the-bride

A cocktail ring is great mother-of-the-bride jewelry.When a woman’s daughter gets married, it’s likely to be one of the happiest days of both of their lives. A mother-of-the-bride wants to look her absolute best on such a special day.

So what jewelry should one wear to mark such an important occasion? While all eyes will certainly be on the bride, wedding guests will undoubtedly turn their attention to her mother as well.

Women getting ready for a daytime affair have many options. A classic string of pearls can be paired with any outfit, and the piece will offer any ensemble a refined elegance.

For a mid-afternoon event, dangling chandelier earrings will give a dress a bit more formality. The items will also look fantastic with both classic updos or long tresses.

For evening soirees, women shouldn’t hesitate to put on bolder, heavier pieces. Statement necklaces and cocktail rings will look stunning with a striking ball gown.

Take the time to try different pieces and test them out with hairstyles and the dresses you’re considering. The pictures taken on the big day will last a lifetime, so choose wisely! ADNFCR-2807-ID-19850056-ADNFCR

How to shop with a jewelry allergy

Jewelry allergies aren't the end of the world.Can you be allergic to jewelry? The short answer, sadly, is yes. However, women who find themselves sensitive to certain items can still go shopping for their favorite pieces.

If you experience discomfort or redness when wearing jewelry, you are likely allergic to one of the metals present. Nickel, zinc and copper are often mixed with silver and gold to help harden the more malleable metals. It’s probable that one of these components is making you uncomfortable.

Women who find themselves in this situation can start off by shopping for stainless steel pieces. This metal contains a small amount of nickel, but it is so tightly bound that it will not reach your skin.

Choosing items made from pure gold or silver is another option, as women are unlikely to be allergic to the elements.

Finally, jewelry that is plated in rhodium is another solution. The plating is used mostly on white gold and gives it a shiny, finished look. It also serves as a barrier between your skin and the metal. However, this is only a temporary solution, as it eventually wears off and will need to be replated.

Keeping skin dry and clean may also prove helpful. While it may be difficult to stop sweating, keep in mind that perspiration can be a catalyst for allergic reactions, as salt reacts with metals.

Be sure that no soap residue is left on your body after bathing. Soap breaks down the barrier between your skin and the jewelry, which will lead to further irritation.

Those who are allergic to jewelry shouldn’t give up on wearing their favorite items. Beauty is pain, but it doesn’t have to be itchy!ADNFCR-2807-ID-19805801-ADNFCR