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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Select and Clean Jewelry Items

For instance, the dealer of these valuable accessories can personalize products such as adding an embossed name, birthstone or charm on a necklace or ring. These can make your jewelry more unique and memorable. Quality jewelry means that classy and expensive materials have been used. These include gold, fine silver; sterling silver; copper; lead-free pewter (tin or silver-gray alloy); and, gold fill.

There should also be a warranty or return policy if customers are not satisfied with the item. In most instances, free shipping and delivery is provided for customers with substantial orders. Try to look for indicators that you will get only the best merchandise from these jewelry suppliers. Otherwise, find another more responsible seller.

Once you have chosen your desired earring, necklace, bracelet or ring, the next step is to learn the techniques in cleaning jewelry. The cardinal rule is that the jewelry must be the last accessory that you have to put on and the very first to remove. Never go swimming with your precious accessories. Chlorine, which is present in pools, can cause stains and dents in your favorite item. Abrasive chemicals can lead to discoloration while salt water can corrode the gems. Apply renaissance wax polish with microcrystalline to build an impediment between the metal and air that causes smudges.

Use the special polishing cloth in cleaning jewelry pieces. This material has micro abrasives that do not scratch the metal. It can take away dirt, oil and fingerprints without applying any force. You will notice that the cloth turns black right away. Wipe gem stones with a moist and soft cloth. These stones are very sensitive and can be damaged easily by detergents. Make sure to take off your jewelry before washing dishes, cleaning the house or gardening. Do not place your gems under the sunlight since this can bring about fading, darkening or weakening. Keep all you jewelry items in sealed bags or boxes. You can make use of no-tarnish strips that saturate airborne pollutants. This must be replaced every two to three months.

Beyond the Blue

Hue

Sapphires are generally thought of as blue; however, the range of different colours is extensive. So, sapphire engagement rings can be found in all the colours of the rainbow. Gemmologists use three terms to describe the colour of sapphires and other coloured gemstones. The first of these terms is called the hue. This is basically the actual colour of the gem. The gem might have secondary colours, which can alter a true blue into either a greenish blue or a yellowish orange.

Tone

This refers to the colour tone and describes how light or dark the sapphire is. The tone is very important in determining the value of the sapphire. It should not be too dark so that the colour is lost or is inky, or too light so that the colour is not vivid. The most desired sapphires have a medium to a medium-dark tone. With the development of heat treatment in the 1990s, the colours of the stones can be modified, rendering sapphires that are too dark lighter and ones that are too light darker. This has resulted in more sapphires being available on the market, and so sapphire engagement rings are easier to find instead of being a rarity.

Saturation

The final criterion to asses a sapphire’s worth is termed its saturation, and this refers to how intense the actual colour is. Determining the sapphire’s colour is the saturation modifier; in blue, green and violet sapphires, the modifier is generally grey. In yellow, pink and orange sapphires, the modifier is usually brown. The results of poor colour saturation result in greyish blues, greens and violets; whilst in orange, pink and yellow sapphires, they are described as brownish. Saturation is vital to a sapphire’s value. Despite its hue, if the stone does not have a high saturation, meaning low levels of saturation modifiers, it has a lesser value.

Cut

The gemstones’ cut will affect the colour and the brilliance in sapphire engagement rings. Various cuts bring out the brilliance of the sapphire, such as the brilliant cut and the vintage cushion cut. The emerald cut enhances the colour, but the effect is less brilliant.

Smart Shopping for Sapphire Engagement Rings

Choose a metal setting that complements the stone

Sapphires can come in a variety of different tones, so you will want the band of your sapphire engagement ring to be made from a metal that complements its shade. Metals such as silver and white gold are popular complements to any hue of a sapphire’s natural blue colour. The orangey-pink of Padparadscha sapphires usually pairs well with yellow gold settings, while pure pink sapphires tend to stand out in both silver and gold settings. All in all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the way you design your ring is a matter of personal preference.

Be aware of potential fakes

Less trustworthy retailers may try to sell ignorant buyers a cheaper stone that looks like a sapphire instead of a real sapphire. Blue spinel, blue tourmaline, and tanzanite are among the gems that some jewellers may try to pass off as true sapphires.

Only work with reputable dealers

A good place to start your shopping for sapphire engagement rings is with large chain brand jewellers because their business practices are more closely scrutinized than those of independent stores. If you do want to examine the selection of local artisan jewellers, be sure to ask for official certification for any sapphire you consider purchasing. A legitimate jeweller will be able to provide paperwork that validates the gemstone’s origins and attributes.

Save by buying loose, wholesale sapphires

Retailers tend to inflate the price of their jewels since they need to charge more than the price they paid in order to make a profit. Wholesalers, however, can sell you loose stones, or stones that have not yet been set in a ring, at near wholesale prices. Once you obtain these stones, you can have them have them set in a ring separately by a bespoke jeweller. This process also allows a greater role in customising the piece of jewellery.

Shop around at various jewellers

Every jeweller will have a different stock of sapphires in his or her collection. As a result, it is wise to compare the different designs as well as prices of different jewellers. You may be able to find two similar designs you like at varying costs. As with any other product, shopping at multiple stores and weighing your options in a calculative manner will ensure that you make the best purchase for your budget.

Travails of a Sapphire Ring

It was in the medieval era in the year 1215, that the Pope Innocent III instituted a mandatory waiting period commencing at engagement and going up to marriage. This was anointed as the real period of engagement. During this time, a belief took root that a sapphire’s color would undergo a change if an impure and untruthful person wore it. This belief of course was not tested, but it was passed on from generations ago. It is also commonly said that the fidelity of the wives of the Crusaders was tested with sapphires when their husbands returned after their campaigns.

As of today, the popularity of a sapphire ring has remained intact. It is considered an ornament of great value, which is worn by either celebrities or people who are known publicly for their wealth. The most famous sapphire ring owned by Kate Middleton is currently in the news. Like many other rings belonging to famous owners, it has increased in value with time. This ring was bought by Prince Charles for lady Diana in the year 1981 for 28,000 GBP. This piece of jewelry consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, set in 18-carat white gold. It is now valued at 300,000 GBP.

This stunning sparkler sits atop a list of 20 other famous rings, placed in the order of appreciation in their values over time. There are many other rings which adorn celebrity fingers, which are also a part of this list. Truly speaking, wearing a sapphire ring enables a celebrity to make a statement in public circles. It sends out the message that they are doing well or that they have illustrious friends who are doing very well. The story of Kate Middleton is one such.

Art Deco Engagement Ring

Know the size of ring you need to be looking for. Remember when choosing an art deco engagement ring, if you choose slightly too big, it can be resided, but buying too small can make it slightly harder and it will take longer to have it sized perfectly to fit your future brides finger. Obviously you cannot ask your future bride for her ring size without letting her know you are ring shopping. This means that an average guess is the only way to ensure you get it right.

Know if the woman you are about to ask to marry you follows current trends. Is she fashionable, does she follow what everyone else is wearing, does she focus heavily on fashion? Knowing how she feels about fashion and current fashion trends can help you identify which of the art deco engagement rings is the best choice for her. If she is very modern and up to date, then you may find that a ring like this is not the best choice moving forward and you need to focus on a modern ring that meets her personality perfectly.

Her career is also going to play a role in the best design and styled ring to choose. A woman who works in an office environment can wear a delicate ring with ease without the risk of breaking and damaging it. Yet a woman working with her hands, whether in the kitchen environment or in a manufacturing environment, will benefit from a ring that is strong, durable and sturdy. A delicate ring is only asking for damage in this type of working environment.

Choose a reputable jeweler to work with to help you find the perfect art deco engagement rings which are going to make a statement when you propose to your future wife. You want her to be wowed by the ring, the fact you know her so well and that your selection is something she would have chosen herself. This means working with your jeweler, letting them make recommendations and then making a final decision you feel is something that she will want to wear with pride now and in the future.

Make Clay Beads

Polymer clay is a colorful material which you can mix and match. This makes the purchasing of the material fun and exciting. You will be inspired to create many beautiful and useful things when you see these stunning, colorful materials. While you can make clay accessories as simple as you like, you can activate your inner creativity and try using other materials to make your creations more colorful, more fashionable and more unusual; in fact, whatever you choose as you will come up with so many great ideas. You can use glitter, paint or any other art materials you can think of. It is your choice, your design, your creation. There are even starter kits available to help you get started. You can also find books on how to make polymer clay beads and learn about different styles and techniques in making different accessories using polymer clay.

Learning to make clay beads is not at all difficult. In fact, you will find it simple and easy to do. First, you will need to cut your clay into little pieces and knead them to make them warm so that they become flexible. Mold the clay into whatever shape you want. You can do whatever you want; you can experiment and bring out the creativity in you and make your very own designs. You need to pierce a hole at the center of your beads using a big needle that is dusted with either cornstarch or talcum powder so it will not stick to the bead. They are now ready to bake. Arrange them on a baking tray and bake as instructed on the packaging label. Put a sheet of parchment paper beneath the beads to keep them from sticking and another sheet on top of the clay to prevent them from burning.

After the clay has been baked and cooled they are ready for decoration. You can use paint of different colors; you can add glitter, colored stones or anything you fancy. You can use sponges or brushes to apply your colors. Try to come up with unique designs that are your own.

Using Sphatik

HEALING WITH A SPHATIK CRYSTAL

Healing is a property very commonly associated with sphatic crystals, and the sphatic crystal accentuates healing at all levels, be it physical, psychological, emotional, or even spiritual. Correspondingly, as we find that spiritual products are made using sphatik, these could be used for prayers, healing or meditation.

So there are numerous ways that one could go for sphatik accessories in one’s everyday life.

SPHATIK BRACELETS

One could, for instance go for sphatik bracelets. These not just look good on the wearer, but have a great deal of spiritual prowess associated with them.

When someone adorns a sphatik bracelet, he is blessed with bravery and energy. He finds the power to defend himself from disapproval. Sphatik Beads could be used with Rudraksha or coral beads to further accentuate the benefits.

SPHATIK MALA

Similarly, the sphatic mala is also an adornment which is believed to be possessed with a great spiritual prowess. While sphatic malas are associated with plainness, the malas have the capability to control and balance energies.

Sphatik mala is the perfect adornment for someone who may be afflicted by stress or headaches, and works very effectively for accentuating the healing process in a holistic way. The wearer is blessed with an enhanced intuition. It works very effectively for someone who works, and also works very nicely for someone involved with religious activities.

Power of the sphatik crystal is such that in Vedas, Sphatik is a gemstone which is associated as a replacement for a diamond. And when one adorns a sphatik mala, an electrochemical balance is established in the body. This calms down an individual and he is able to get over fretfulness.

Invicta Watch

A Rugged and Chic Invicta Watch

Invicta is well-known for both its style and reliability and this bold design from Jason Taylor is no exception. Both men and women clamor after these extremely collectible time pieces, making some models difficult to find and this Jason Taylor Zeus Bolt is doing just that.

The Bolt is on the large end, measuring over 2 inches in width, which can be too bulky for smaller framed men. This watch is eye-catching and has heads turning throughout the design world and among watch collectors as well.

It is sophisticated, yet can be worn casually, exuding a rugged chic vibe. It looks and feels like a winner’s watch, and the different color choices offer a watch for every taste and style preference, from casual sport to opulent elegance.

No matter how understated, or how flashy you wish to be with your watch, you can find your fit among the different options available from Jason Taylor’s Bolt Zeus Invicta model.

Classic Craftsmanship

The Invicta Bolt is a finely crafted with fine Swiss quartz chronograph movement. The Quartz crystal is flame fused. The case is made of tough stainless steel, protecting the mechanism housed within. The face is encircled and accented with a classic braided rope in black which also graces the side alternating with stainless steel braided ropes that give the watch a distinctive industrial feel.

The band is constructed of durable polyurethane with black braided rope in black with silver accents on the buckle and down the sides. The sweeping luminous second hand floats a “Z” emblem. The Invicta watch is available in black as well as a stunning 18 karat rose gold.

Exacting Standards

As with all Invicta watches, the Bolt is crafted with precision. It has several chronograph selections including: 1/10 second, 60 seconds, 30 minutes, 10 hours with three sub dials. The watch has one screw down crown and two push crowns. Water resistant up to 200 meters or 660 feet, makes the bolt a weekend diver’s dream.

The dial window is synthetic sapphire of the highest quality, ensuring a clear view of the watch face. The safety buckle clasp ensures a secure fit. The case diameter is 50 mm and is 16mm thick. The band width is 34 mm. The unidirectional bezel is perfect for divers that need to measure the time elapsed under the water. The watch features an understated date feature that displays the day of the month.

Styles of Engagement Rings

Solitaire

The solitaire ring is timeless and beautifully refined with a single diamond that speaks for itself. This style of this ring is usually simple, yet elegant in design to make it a perfect choice for the women that have a preference for the classic look. The diamond placement on the ring is set high to make it possible for the gemstone to show its true brilliance when exposed to natural light.

Swirl

The swirl engagement ring has an extra piece of metal that adorns the gemstone and is appreciated for creating the jewelry piece that is pretty, romantic, and feminine. This helps to design the more unique and dreamy shape and is a great choice for the creative or artistic woman.

Three-gemstone

The three-gemstone (also called trilogy or trinity) style of ring includes a series of three diamonds which are intended to symbolize the wearers future, present, and past. The central stone is larger than the two gemstones at the side which helps to provide greater depth. This type of engagement ring is great for those that enjoy symbolism.

Vintage

The vintage rings are perfect for those wishing to display timeless beauty. Many of these rings have the ability to provide the brilliance of a bygone era while still able to give a modern twist. Vintage rings include a combination of detailing on the outer edges and engravings to offer the more unique and intriguing design.

Types of Keychains

Accessory

These are units that you wear in order to accessorize yourself. They usually make a fashion statement or express a passion for a hobby, religion, animal, sport, or even music.

They are made from different materials such as silver, gemstone, or even locket and all you need to do is to buy the one that pleases you the most.

If you want to attract attention you can wear a keychain watch, diamond ring, or Crystal keychain. If you a laid-back person you can go for a leather, beaded, or lanyard unit.

Personalized

A personalized keychain is one that is custom made for a special person. For example, you can have the unit custom made for your boyfriend or girlfriend. The units are usually made from sterling silver or leather and they are made to express something special to a special person.

For example, you can write a love message on the unit and give it to your girlfriend. In addition to a message you can also have a logo, monogram, engraving, or even a charm on the unit.

Car

They are characterized by an emblem of a car. For example the unit can have a Porsche, Mustang, Corvette or even a BMW emblem. You can buy the unit in order to let people know the car that you drive. You can also give the keychain as a present to a special person in your life.

Novelty

Novelty keychains are based on the popular board games, toys, and cartoon characters. Units based on games feature popular games such as chess, Candy Land, Cranium, checkers, and Clue.

Toy units feature toys such as Tonka, truck, and Etch-a-sketch. Popular cartoon characters that you will see on these units are Mickey Mouse, Donald the duck, and Minnie Mouse.