Turn simple household items into lovely jewelry boxes

A jewelry box is easy to make.Most of us ladies know it’s important to store our precious jewels carefully.

There has been some buzz going around about how to turn a simple ice cube tray into a jewelry box. We love this idea – but we think you can even take it a step further.

For starters, why not turn an egg crate into a place to store your necklaces? You can use a smaller one to keep your precious silver and gold pieces in order. Consider painting it – it will give you a chance to reminisce about your high school art class days!

If you need a ring holder, try wrapping some pink ribbon around a pen or pencil. Then, stick it in a piece of clay (or heck, Play-Doh) and, voila! You’ve got a place to store your adorable finger adornments.

For earring holders, we suggest something crazy. Use an old window screen, cut out a square shape and place it in a picture frame. And there you have it – something old turned into something new!

Remember, it’s important to keep your stones safe and organized. Cleanliness is next to trendiness!ADNFCR-2807-ID-19761080-ADNFCR

Look sexy with Cinco de Mayo jewelry

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an emerald ringIt’s almost May 5th, which means someone you know is probably throwing a Cinco de Mayo bash. So plan ahead and coordinate some festive jewelry for the upcoming fiesta.

Cinco de Mayo parties will certainly be decorated with the colors of Mexico – red, green and white – so why not accessorize in these hot hues.

Rubies are always a muy caliente jewelry choice. Donning earrings, necklaces or bracelets adorned with the red gemstone, will help you become the life of the party.

Don’t forget about emeralds; these green stones are gorgeous and are a great way to add a splash of color to your outfit.

Finally, white diamonds are appropriate for any occasion. Put on a pair of white diamond earrings and wear an adorable green or red dress.

Have fun and watch everyone go loco for your style!

Butterfly jewelry is perfect for the spring

Butterfly earrings are absolutely adorable.Mariah Carey isn’t the only girl who adores butterflies. We think these incredible insects make for astounding additions to one’s jewelry collection.

Necklaces, bracelets and earrings adorned with butterfly shapes are perfect accessories for the spring.

To begin, try purchasing a necklace that has a butterfly pendant on it. The beautiful bugs are synonymous with femininity and beauty. Feel free to choose one that’s covered in diamonds – the extra sparkle will make you smile.

A butterfly charm bracelet is another must-have. They’ll remind everyone that the warm weather is here.

Finally, butterfly earrings are beyond cute. Butterfly-shaped posts or dangling earrings are dainty, darling and just divine.

When it comes to spring style, spread your (butterfly) wings and fly.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19740089-ADNFCR

Coral jewelry is perfect beachwear

A coral bracelet is perfect for the summer.Corals look pretty in the sea, but we think they look best on our bodies!

Jewelry created from this stone is not only gorgeous, it’s perfect for this time of year. If you’re headed to the beach or just spending time in the sun, a coral item is a perfect accessory.

This casual stone is perfect for ladies who don’t like flashy jewelry. If you’re a coral novice, try wearing a necklace or bracelet with a small coral stone on it.

If you want all eyes on you, choose a bolder coral piece. A beaded necklace or bracelet will certainly command attention. If you’re feeling daring, mix in some turquoise and watch everyone’s head turn in your direction.

As always, try to match your jewelry with your personality. Don’t forget – pearls aren’t the only sexy gems from the sea! ADNFCR-2807-ID-19740066-ADNFCR

Trouble deciding on rings? Wear them all!

You can never wear too many rings.Ever heard of the saying less is more? When it comes to sporting sexy jewelry, we’re going to have to politely disagree.

One of the biggest trends of the moment is to wear a bunch of rings at the same time. Women who have three or more pieces they adore can now don them all at the same time. The look lets people know that you’re a woman to whom attention must be paid.

We advise all girls to indulge in this trend, but ladies who are new to it should start off slow. Try sporting two to three different rings on one hand. Experiment with a large emerald cocktail ring, a diamond band and a sleek, silver item.

Today, rings are not just an afterthought – They are a key player in your jewelry ensemble. Dig into your treasure trove and you’re bound to come up with something fantastic.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19687303-ADNFCR

Emeralds: fantastic jewelry pieces

Emerald RingSt. Patrick’s Day may be over, but emeralds – those green, gorgeous gems – are always and forever in style.

So where does this special stone come from, you may ask? Emeralds mostly originate in Columbia – they are found in the three main mining areas of Muzo, Coscuez, and Chivor. Nature gave us a gift and we’re accepting it graciously.

If you’re looking to add some color to what you’re wearing, emeralds are the perfect go-to jewelry pieces. Don’t worry about matching them to your outfit – the gems go with everything.

We suggest sporting an emerald cocktail ring that’s surrounded by small, white diamonds or, perhaps try to work some emerald stud earrings.

Brides-to-be may also opt to skip the usual diamond engagement ring and ask for an emerald gemstone from their hubby-to-be. It’s a perfect look for today’s modern woman.

The next time you can’t decide what jewelry you should accessorize with, just heed our motto – Go with the Green!ADNFCR-2807-ID-19677911-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.

Put a ring on it (a necklace that is)

Wear a ring on a necklace for a change.Can two accessories become one? If you’re the proud owner of too many rings and not enough fingers to sport them, they can. One of the trends making its way to the masses now is rings worn as charms. It’s simple to pull off, just take a ring, throw it on a chain and wear it like a necklace. Think of it as an impromptu pendant.

Made famous by Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw – the iconic fashionista who donned her diamond engagement ring around her neck in a bunch of episodes – we’re spotting this fashion “do” more and more these days. It’s an easy-breasy way to stand out in a blasé crowd.

For people stumped on how to take this trend by the reins, we recommend swiping your favorite ring and the most beloved chain from your jewelry box, put them together and see what happens. For work, start with something simple like a silver or gold band on a unique chain. Just make sure not to mix and match the two types of metals – unless you’re feeling bold!

For evening soirees, use a sexy diamond or a sparkling gemstone to draw attention to your face. We guarantee placing a bold ring on your collarbone will attract more attention and praise than when it’s worn on one of your digits.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19664989-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.

Classic Hollywood Glamour

Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
This year at the Oscars, there were loads of interesting looks. The Academy Awards are always a star-studded affair and many celebrities are drenched in borrowed gems for the occasion. You can get a run down of all the best of Oscar night jewelry fashions at Sparkle Like the Stars.

Alas, this year’s event reaffirms that old Hollywood is gone. The days of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor wearing her own jewelry to an event seem to be long gone.

What hasn’t faded is classic and classy glamour! Helen Mirren is class incarnate. When it comes to the Oscars, she can always be counted on to show up in something subtly fabulous and totally age appropriate. Her lavender gown with the gauzy overlay and sleeves take this dress a notch above average strapless. I absolutely covet that necklace!

Helen’s look is refined and restrained but definitely not boring. You can get a similar look by pouring on the diamonds with a bold and beautiful diamond necklace. If you choose a design that has some larger spacing between the stones you’ll get the effect of a more dramatic piece of jewelry without such a dramatic price tag.

As for earrings, you can’t go wrong with a pair of elegant diamond earrings. Don’t overdo it though with dramatic tear drop or chandelier earrings. Those are great for other occasions but if you want a classic look like Helen’s, you have to keep it simple.

For her ensemble, Helen forgoes a right hand diamond ring and just wears her diamond wedding bands. This is in keeping with the “less is more” refinement of her overall look. Just because it’s a fancy formal occasion, doesn’t mean you have to wear every ring you own. Take a few cues from Helen and you’ll get a sophisticated look all for you own.