Trends for Spring: Flower Power

Floral designs can be sophisticated and chic
Floral designs can be sophisticated and chic
I have to come clean. I can’t hide it any longer. I have a bad, bad case of Spring Fever! We’ve had a couple of 60 degree, sunny days and I am completely ready to bring out the sandals and shorts! I’m getting way ahead of myself because spring doesn’t really start for another week or so. In some parts of the country there’s still a ton of snow on the ground. Well, just because it’s not quite yet spring officially, doesn’t mean that you can be ready for the warmer weather when it comes to your neighborhood.

Year after year one of the hottest trends for spring is floral inspired looks. This is kind of a no-brainer since flowers are out everywhere at springtime. To be honest, I generally think floral jewelry is for two kinds of females – older women and young girls. However, let me be the first to say that I have been proven wrong (yet again) with this sophisticated and chic flower ring. First of all, it’s just $65. This is a great price for a seasonal piece of quality jewelry. Uniquely elegant, this delicately crafted ring combines contrasting tones of precious metal. That means you can wear it with white and yellow gold, platinum, or silver jewelry – very versatile! A graceful floral design is gorgeously rendered in sterling silver and yellow gold. It’s even kinda sexy!

You don’t even have to give a second thought to, “what earrings will I wear with this ring?” That’s because this ring comes has a matching pair of sterling silver and yellow gold floral earrings. Just like the ring, these striking earrings are unique and very stylish. Delicate floral two-tone silver and gold earrings are a gorgeous combination for any outfit.

Together the ring and earrings combine to create a perfect spring look.

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

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!

Ice Insiders: Love Stories

Share your love stories!
Share your love stories!
Ahh, ’tis the time for hopeless romantics. Hope springs eternal, they say, and that is never more true than it is with love. Even when we’ve been burned once or twice (or three times, or…keep counting, I know) all it takes is someone’s true tale of love found to melt our hearts like the spring thaw. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I went snooping for good love stories that might exist right under my nose.

Well, ladies and gentleman, I found one.

I recently spoke to Britta Dreckmann, who acts as manager of our customer relations call center. She just celebrated her one year anniversary with us on February 9, as well as an anniversary of another kind. I’ll allow her to explain:

Well, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and I was in Montreal and feeling very alone. All my friends were already coupled or married. I had just started working at American Airlines and had this awful 4am shift at the airport. There was another woman who worked with me, Joanne, and we started carpooling together. It wasn’t long before we became good friends.

Then one day when I was at her house and looking through her family photo albums. She turned the page and all of a sudden there was this man in a blue sweater looking right at me. I can’t tell you what it was about this photo but all of a sudden I had butterflies in my stomach. I asked “Joanne, who IS that?”
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Three great jewelry trends of 2009

Pearl necklaces were a big trend in 2009. Since the new year is upon us, now is the perfect time to revisit some of the most popular jewelry trends of 2009. Here are three of our favorites that don’t show any signs of stopping. We’re hopeful that they’ll keep on truckin’ right through 2010.

Chain necklaces. These were incredibly popular this year – and we don’t mean the industrial links that resemble a dog collar. The ones that we favored were delicate and airy, adding a little glamour to every outfit. We like this trend for its versatility. A long chain necklace looks just as appropriate with a t-shirt as it does when you’re dressed for a night on the town. We especially love hammered metals.

Giant baubles. From oversized cocktail rings to gi-normous necklaces, sparkly, flashy pieces were all the rage in 2009. Maybe Americans were indulging their penchant for ostentatious displays of wealth despite (or because of) a shaky economy. Whatever the reason, we’re glad that big jewelry made a comeback. We say, wear your huge pearls and flashy cuff bracelets with pride!

Layered necklaces. We. Love. Layered. Necklaces. Silver or gold, beaded or chained, these necklaces look great on everyone, everywhere all the time.

Think we missed one? Tell us about a jewelry trend that you think should have made our shortlist in the comments below.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19533092-ADNFCR