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  • 7/16/2006
     Summer Fall Trends
  • 6/7/2006
     Something Old ...
  • 4/11/2006
     7 Tips for Accessories
  • 4/10/2006
     Charms! Not Just For Kids
  • 4/8/2006
     The Truth!
  • 4/6/2006
     Love Affair with Jewelry
  • 4/1/2006
     Swarovski crystals
  • 3/31/2006
     Jewelry Use by Employees
  • 3/27/2006
     Beaded Jewelry History
  • Date: 7/16/2006
    Title: Summer Fall Trends
    Summer and fall fashions are continuing along the neutral and pale-colored trend we've seen during the past year. Jewelry manufacturers are ready for the look, offering plenty of options to help you either spice it up in a big way or blend with it for a more subdued appearance.
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    Date: 6/7/2006
    Title: Something Old ...
    Whether you're of Eastern European, African, Chinese, Japanese, Dutch, or Irish heritage, or a combination of many backgrounds, if you're looking to incorporate tradition into your wedding look, brides today have more options than ever before.

    While some religions are very strict when it comes to bridal wear, you can still bend the rules and honor tradition. All it takes is a little creativity and research. For example, when Tina, a recent bride from Norway living in New York, decided to find a headpiece, she went with the traditional herb wreath but wore a modern up do. Michelle, a Chinese bride, decided to add a modern spin to her wedding by wearing red and gold crystal hairpins to match her ceremonial red bridal dress.

    “I knew I wanted to incorporate the colors from the tartan kilt my fiancι was wearing,” said Jennifer, a Scottish bride, “so I used blue and green flowers in my bouquet along with those colors in my tiara.” Catherine wanted to remember her Spanish heritage by wearing a tiara with colored stones to match the embroidery to her Flamenco-style gown. “I wanted a different twist on the white dress and veil thing,” she explains.

    If you're searching for inspiration, first try looking at old wedding photographs of grandparents and great grandparents and think of ways to add your personal touch. Some other ideas to jump-start your creativity:

    Use traditional colors or patterns in non-traditional ways, like using flowers or colored stones in your headpiece or tiara. Use accents of jade if you want to include some green, or rose quartz to capture the look of cherry blossoms, or tanzanite stones to capture the look of African violets.
    Look at old magazines from your grandparent's era for beading and accessory detail. Add Art Deco beading to your tiara or the front of your dress, and match it with an antique beaded handbag from a flea market or beaded shoe clips.
    Take your elderly relatives to tea and listen to their wedding stories. Ask them about their favorite flowers, colors or traditions. You might learn something!
    The point is to have fun mixing the old with new, and create your own tradition. Think of your wedding look as a marriage between the past with the present. Some day, an excited bride-to-be may find your picture and try to capture her grandmother's look.

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    Date: 4/11/2006
    Title: 7 Tips for Accessories
    Accessories, chosen correctly, can change an outfit from boring to fabulous in minutes. Chosen incorrectly, accessories can ruin your look. The following suggestions are a starting point to help you choose the accessories that will spice up your wardrobe.
    1. Choose accessories to match the outfit, not an outfit to match your accessories. Before you purchase accessories know what outfit they will go with and how you will wear them.
    2. Accessories should be in balance with the weight of your clothing. For instance, if you are wearing a skirt or suit in a heavy fabric don't wear sandals.
    3. Rings are great, but wearing too many at one time will look gaudy. For business, wear only one ring on each hand. Also, if your rings have become too tight they will create an unflattering look. Getting them off and stretched to fit your finger would be a good idea.
    4. Wear earrings that flatter your face shape. If you have a long face avoid long dangling earrings. The long lines of the earrings will make the face appear longer. That style is better for those who will look better with the added length to their face.
    5. Eyeglasses are considered an accessory. When you wear glasses limit the accessories around your face to two.
    6. Match your earrings to the style of clothes you are wearing. Pearl earrings are best worn with a dressy outfit and flashy, ornate earrings are best kept for festive, party events.
    7. Shoes are a great accessory and can really make a difference to the look of an outfit. Leopard prints and shoes with designs may be difficult to fit into a wardrobe and are usually a passing trend. Wear them with an outfit that picks up one of the colors in the shoes and keep other accessories to a minimum.

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    Date: 4/10/2006
    Title: Charms! Not Just For Kids
    Charm bracelets have been popular from as early as 500 B.C., when Assyrians, Babylonians and even Persians wore charms which they associated with special powers. In recent years gold charms and silver charms are becoming popular once again.
    Charm jewelry was also very popular during Victorian times in England, when charm bracelets were standard attire among fashionable women seeking spiritual protection and trendy jewelry. Queen Victoria was known to wear charm bracelets containing tiny pictures of family members.
    Charm fashions did not become popular in the U.S. until the 1940s, when soldiers often collected gold and silver charms from cities they visited during the war.
    Today charm jewelry is most often purchased as a keepsake; many charms are theme based, while others are sentimental in nature, often purchased as a souvenir of a trip or reminder of a special occasion. Charms are even passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms, often given to children when younger.
    Owners may add their own charms to bracelets over time, including those representing favorite places, hobbies and interests.
    Italian Charm Bracelets
    Italian charm bracelets are slightly different from traditional silver charms or gold charms. Most charm bracelets are fashioned with the charms dangling from a chain; Italian charm bracelets however, are made with the charms soldered to flat links that can be removed from a stretch bracelet. Charms can easily be switched on and off depending on the owners personal preference. Italian charm bracelets are a unique and fun twist on the standard charm bracelet because they are dynamic, fun to wear and trendy. Popular among the young and old alike, these link style charm bracelets are usually made of high quality, hypo-allergenic stainless steel. The actual charms may be fashioned from a variety of different materials including 14 or 18k gold.
    Most charm bracelets come in standard sizes, small-medium-large. For Italian charm bracelets these sizes are categorized as follows:
    • Small - includes 17 charm links
    • Medium - contains 18 charm links
    • Large - contains 19 charm links
    Traditional Charm Bracelets
    Traditional charm bracelets are made of a silver or gold chain with charms dangling. There are literally hundreds of different styles and themes to choose from when purchasing traditional charm jewelry. Some of the more common themes and styles of charm bracelets available include:
    • Beach lover themes
    • Victorian style charms
    • Vintage charm jewelry
    • Memoir or locket style charms
    • Silver charms
    • Gold charms
    • Gemstone charms
    Traditional charm bracelets make superb gifts. You can literally find a charm to represent almost any interest, hobby or theme. Sports, animals, travel, landscapes... you name it! In the world of charms, almost anything is possible. Many people enjoy receiving and exchanging charms as part of a hobby or friendship building. Others pass on charm jewelry as part of family traditions. Charm jewelry fashioned with lockets is most commonly the type used for family heirlooms. Perhaps the best facet of charm gifts is that they can be modified at any point in time to reflect a person's changing interests and style preferences. Bracelets or chains can even be upgraded over time without losing the original charms.

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    Date: 4/8/2006
    Title: The Truth!
    Beads have been used to create jewelry and adorn costumes since the dawn of time. If you were to look back on the Ice Age you would discover small objects crafted of natural "beads" including animal bones and teeth, seashells and colorful stones. These items were usually attached to clothing or plant fibers to form the most primitive forms of beaded jewelry.

    Beaded jewelry symbolizes many different things for different people; different cultures have associated beads with varying spiritual beliefs, cultural customs and social traditions. Beads, like many other jewelry items, have been used throughout time to adorn the bodies of men and women alike, signifying power, beauty and the human spirit.
    The very first actual "beads" that have been discovered date back to approximately 38,000 BC. Made by cavemen, these beads were crafted from animal parts. In later times, beads were crafted as symbols of fertility and animal spirits.

    During the stone age, beads were crafted primarily as a means of adorning the body; they were also used for trading on occasion however. A couple thousand years later, beads were crafted out of coral and other "precious" substances. In ancient Greece there is evidence that carnelian beads and beads made of lapis lazuli were worn by wealthy members of society. The use of semi-precious stone beads began to become more popular about 2800 BC among the Syrians, who fashioned beads of materials like agate and serpentine.

    Since that time beaded jewelry has become more and more valuable and popular. Gold and other semi-precious stones are often used to craft beaded jewelry.

    Perhaps the most popular form of beaded jewelry is glass jewelry. Evidence of the first glass beads suggests that glassmaking was common in Mesopotamia around 2180 BC. Glass beads were popular then and are popular now in part because of their durability and inexpensive pricing. The Egyptian and Phoenician cultures are well known for their use of glass to make beaded jewelry. Beaded jewelry was commonly found buried with wealthy pharaohs in the ancient tombs of Egypt, though it was not uncommon for glass beads to be buried with poor families as well.

    In modern times beaded jewelry is popular because of its versatility and diversity. Beads can be crafted from almost any material including the following:
    • Coral/seashells
    • Gemstones
    • Glass
    • Rock Crystal
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Stone
    • Pearls

    Beads can even be crafted out of plastic (though this is of course less lovely than some other more traditional options). Though in times of old beads served as symbols of status, wealth and heritage, today beaded jewelry is more much representative of a persons unique style preferences and personality. Beaded jewelry can be custom made in almost any style, using any type of chain and any type/combination of beads.

    Beaded jewelry is just as popular today, if not more popular than it was in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian times. Buying online is easy, and perhaps the best option for bead savvy and not so savvy consumers alike. Buying online eliminates the hassle of traveling from store to store, which can take days or more to find the right beads or beaded jewelry. By shopping online, you have literally tens of thousands of unique selections to choose from. Though no longer traded for food, modern jewelry enthusiasts often engage in bead trading for fun and camaraderie.

    Costume Jewelry

    Costume jewelry is sometimes referred to as "fake jewelry" by some well meaning but unknowing individuals. Costume jewelry is crafted from among other items, rhinestones, glass stones and gold plated metal or sterling silver. Costume jewelry first surfaced in the United States around the early twenties; it was very popular among European immigrants that settled into the states during this time. Movie stars and common folk alike wore costume jewelry that was carefully crafted and ornamentally designed.

    Costume jewelry, particularly antique pieces, are well worth their weight in gold. Many hand crafted pieces can fetch thousands of dollars on the open market. There are some designers that are more well known than others in the world of costume jewelry:
    • Napier
    • Nettie Rosenstein
    • Ciner
    • Hattie Carnegie
    • Miriam Haskell

    Even celebrities currently invest thousands of dollars on costume jewelry every year. Because unique pieces are harder to come buy and rarely mass produced anymore, some pieces created in the early 30s to late 40s can be hard to find. More common are pieces that were created in the 1960s or later. Costume jewelry is fun in part because the wearer is at liberty to make a bold statement. Not modest, most costume jewelry shouts out "here I am, look at me!" An excellent choice for the bold and daring, costume jewelry can be a wonderful accessory to just about any wardrobe.

    Costume jewelry collecting has even become a favorite pastime among many jewelry enthusiasts, much like beaded jewelry trading and collecting. The appeal of both of these styles is their uniqueness and diversity. Though in some instances hard to find, costume jewelry can be easily explored via online shopping. When buying online, be sure to have in mind a price range and style before shopping. The selection available online might leave you a bit overwhelmed.

    If you collect costume jewelry, you might be wondering just how much it is worth. Just as there are popular designers for look and feel, some designers work is more valuable than others, including:
    • Ciner
    • Marel Boucher
    • Eisenberg
    • Hobe
    • Kramer
    • Vogue
    • Hollycraft
    • Monet
    • Coro
    • Kenneth J. Lane

    These precious gems are often marked when crafted.

    Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

    Cubic zirconia jewelry has to be among the most popular inexpensive "knock off" jewelry items to buy. Part of the appeal of cubic zirconia jewelry is its remarkable ability to look exactly like real diamond jewelry. Most cubic zirconia is hard to distinguish from its natural cousins.

    The widespread use of cubic zirconia became popularized around the 1980s, when it first became mass produced. It is created through a chemical process that combines zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide, which when melted together form a radiant and shiny crystal resembling a natural diamond.

    Most cubic zirconia jewelry is very durable, brilliant and long lasting. Some people have to look at a cubic zirconia under a powerful magnifying glass to distinguish it from a real diamond, a testament to its quality and aesthetic appeal. If you are looking for a clear, brilliant and inexpensive option to traditional diamond jewelry, don't hesitate to shop a wide selection of cubic zirconia jewelry. Buying online provides the most advantages, because there is a wider selection and you have the ability to customize your pieces with the click of a button.

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    Date: 4/6/2006
    Title: Love Affair with Jewelry
    Throughout time, both men and women have worn jewelry for power and for protection from ghosts, deities, snakes, and even bill collectors! Our ancestors wore jewelry for good reason. Personal adornment and the use of bright, shiny items to attract a mate is as old as time. Jewelry is our way of showing off, spreading our "peacock feathers" to make a hit with the opposite sex.
    Put on jewelry and you're putting on protection. (Not that kind!) What we call jewelry is really the evolution of personal adornment that has its roots in power-bestowing charms and talismans. Today, fashion forward jewelry wearers covet "conventional jewelry," but with a unique touch. Many of the unique pieces people wear today are rooted in cultural and ethnic traditions, interpreted in a decidedly 21st Century way. The goal is for jewelry to express a link between the present and the past.

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    Date: 4/1/2006
    Title: Swarovski crystals
    Austrian Swarovski crystal is considered by many to be the finest in the world. Certainly there is no comparison to the brilliance of the crystal, but many wrongly believe it is a naturally occurring element. In fact it is not a natural element, but is man made.
    Swarovski Crystal is made using a formula that Daniel Swarovski perfected in 1892. Swarovski Silver Crystal is fired using a combination of natural minerals and quartz sand, and then cooled slowly to avoid stress and inclusions. By the 20th century, Daniel swarovski was using treatments to perfect the colorful effects of his crystals, and by the 1990’s there were many exhibitions featuring many different kinds of swarovski crystals. In 1995, the company he founded celebrated its 100 yr anniversary

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    Date: 3/31/2006
    Title: Jewelry Use by Employees
    Many companies have dress codes, which include jewelry. Some companies do this because they do not wish to offend customers who are of various faiths by employees who wear necklaces with religious symbols. Others out of practicality as some jewelry can get caught in machinery and cause severe injury or even death. You may wish to have a jewelry policy to prevent loss of your customer base and/or prevent employees from dying, which could inadvertently drive up your commercial insurance costs.
    On a lesser and more serious note we have found in the auto detailing business that jewelry can be very damaging and we strongly suggest to our employees; "Please don't wear loose jewelry because it tends to scratch cars very badly."
    Women should avoid bracelets unless they fit snug to the wrist in some professions. Industries such as driving a truck, auto maintenance, pilots, machinists or meat cutters at the super market or deli can be quite problematic for jewelry wearers.
    One thing you can do to prevent loss of customers who have strong religious beliefs, which are different from a particular employee is to tell the employees; "If you have a cross or star and are proud to wear it, that's ok, but the chain should be under twenty inches long so it doesn't get in the way and it is best if you wear it inside your clothing not outside while at work."
    The wearing of watches in businesses is generally acceptable, but if you work around water you might wish to warn your employees and ask them to check to see that it is water resistant first and advise them if it is not. Sunglasses can be worn in certain types of out door businesses and most companies don't have any specifications for sunglasses. They can be sporty wrap arounds, cheap plastic ones, whatever. Life is great from rose colored glasses, but you are not going to be able to do certain jobs very well with some types of sunglasses, for instance cleaning windows and mirrors in hotels or cleaning car windshields with rose tinted glasses. Something you might think on. You will have to take them off to prevent streaking the windows, mirrors, etc and thus you might in that case recommend to employees to have rope leashes help you from losing your sunglasses. If you are in profession that those ropes could get caught in mechanisms, remember they must not be allowed.
    If you wear sunglasses like pilots wear, people can see your eyes. If not, it is advisable to take your glasses off when your employees are involved in selling such as a car dealership, furniture store or gallery. Often customers do not trust you until and unless you make eye contact. Your sales will be increased. People want to see to whom they are talking.
    Make sure your jewelry policy is reality based and meets the criteria and safety of your work place. If you make incessant rules you will have to enforce them to be taken seriously and this can take valuable time and make employees feel like prisoners rather than team members. Put some thought into your employee jewelry policies and think about it.

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    Date: 3/27/2006
    Title: Beaded Jewelry History
    Beads have been used to create jewelry and adorn costumes since the dawn of time. If you were to look back on the Ice Age you would discover small objects crafted of natural "beads" including animal bones and teeth, seashells and colorful stones. These items were usually attached to clothing or plant fibers to form the most primitive forms of beaded jewelry.
    Beaded jewelry symbolizes many different things for different people; different cultures have associated beads with varying spiritual beliefs, cultural customs and social traditions. Beads, like many other jewelry items, have been used throughout time to adorn the bodies of men and women alike, signifying power, beauty and the human spirit.
    The very first actual "beads" that have been discovered date back to approximately 38,000 BC. Made by cavemen, these beads were crafted from animal parts. In later times, beads were crafted as symbols of fertility and animal spirits.
    During the stone age, beads were crafted primarily as a means of adorning the body; they were also used for trading on occasion however. A couple thousand years later, beads were crafted out of coral and other "precious" substances. In ancient Greece there is evidence that carnelian beads and beads made of lapis lazuli were worn by wealthy members of society. The use of semi-precious stone beads began to become more popular about 2800 BC among the Syrians, who fashioned beads of materials like agate and serpentine.
    Since that time beaded jewelry has become more and more valuable and popular. Gold and other semi-precious stones are often used to craft beaded jewelry.
    Perhaps the most popular form of beaded jewelry is glass jewelry. Evidence of the first glass beads suggests that glassmaking was common in Mesopotamia around 2180 BC. Glass beads were popular then and are popular now in part because of their durability and inexpensive pricing. The Egyptian and Phoenician cultures are well known for their use of glass to make beaded jewelry. Beaded jewelry was commonly found buried with wealthy pharaohs in the ancient tombs of Egypt, though it was not uncommon for glass beads to be buried with poor families as well.
    In modern times beaded jewelry is popular because of its versatility and diversity. Beads can be crafted from almost any material including the following:
    • Coral/seashells
    • Gemstones
    • Glass
    • Rock Crystal
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Stone
    • Pearls
    Beads can even be crafted out of plastic (though this is of course less lovely than some other more traditional options). Though in times of old beads served as symbols of status, wealth and heritage, today beaded jewelry is more much representative of a persons unique style preferences and personality. Beaded jewelry can be custom made in almost any style, using any type of chain and any type/combination of beads.
    Beaded jewelry is just as popular today, if not more popular than it was in ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian times. Buying online is easy, and perhaps the best option for bead savvy and not so savvy consumers alike. Buying online eliminates the hassle of traveling from store to store, which can take days or more to find the right beads or beaded jewelry. By shopping online, you have literally tens of thousands of unique selections to choose from. Though no longer traded for food, modern jewelry enthusiasts often engage in bead trading for fun and camaraderie.
    Costume Jewelry
    Costume jewelry is sometimes referred to as "fake jewelry" by some well meaning but unknowing individuals. Costume jewelry is crafted from among other items, rhinestones, glass stones and gold plated metal or sterling silver. Costume jewelry first surfaced in the United States around the early twenties; it was very popular among European immigrants that settled into the states during this time. Movie stars and common folk alike wore costume jewelry that was carefully crafted and ornamentally designed.
    Costume jewelry, particularly antique pieces, are well worth their weight in gold. Many hand crafted pieces can fetch thousands of dollars on the open market. There are some designers that are more well known than others in the world of costume jewelry:
    • Napier
    • Nettie Rosenstein
    • Ciner
    • Hattie Carnegie
    • Miriam Haskell
    Even celebrities currently invest thousands of dollars on costume jewelry every year. Because unique pieces are harder to come buy and rarely mass produced anymore, some pieces created in the early 30s to late 40s can be hard to find. More common are pieces that were created in the 1960s or later. Costume jewelry is fun in part because the wearer is at liberty to make a bold statement. Not modest, most costume jewelry shouts out "here I am, look at me!" An excellent choice for the bold and daring, costume jewelry can be a wonderful accessory to just about any wardrobe.
    Costume jewelry collecting has even become a favorite pastime among many jewelry enthusiasts, much like beaded jewelry trading and collecting. The appeal of both of these styles is their uniqueness and diversity. Though in some instances hard to find, costume jewelry can be easily explored via online shopping. When buying online, be sure to have in mind a price range and style before shopping. The selection available online might leave you a bit overwhelmed.
    If you collect costume jewelry, you might be wondering just how much it is worth. Just as there are popular designers for look and feel, some designers work is more valuable than others, including:
    • Ciner
    • Marel Boucher
    • Eisenberg
    • Hobe
    • Kramer
    • Vogue
    • Hollycraft
    • Monet
    • Coro
    • Kenneth J. Lane
    These precious gems are often marked when crafted.
    Cubic Zirconia Jewelry
    Cubic zirconia jewelry has to be among the most popular inexpensive "knock off" jewelry items to buy. Part of the appeal of cubic zirconia jewelry is its remarkable ability to look exactly like real diamond jewelry. Most cubic zirconia is hard to distinguish from its natural cousins.
    The widespread use of cubic zirconia became popularized around the 1980s, when it first became mass produced. It is created through a chemical process that combines zirconium oxide and yttrium oxide, which when melted together form a radiant and shiny crystal resembling a natural diamond.
    Most cubic zirconia jewelry is very durable, brilliant and long lasting. Some people have to look at a cubic zirconia under a powerful magnifying glass to distinguish it from a real diamond, a testament to its quality and aesthetic appeal. If you are looking for a clear, brilliant and inexpensive option to traditional diamond jewelry, don't hesitate to shop a wide selection of cubic zirconia jewelry. Buying online provides the most advantages, because there is a wider selection and you have the 7 ability to customize your pieces with the click of a button.





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