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Category Archives: Jewelry

Black Diamond Jewelries

It forms a lovely combination with other colorful gemstones. The jewelry item becomes one of a kind and tantalizing. The precious gemstone in dark color has been used in several ornaments with architectural designs combined with sensual curves. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a black diamond ring for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar to add dynamism to her photo shoot. That ring made a strong fashion statement and since then the precious gemstone has made it to the jewelry box of various celebs who like to experiment with their wardrobe.

In an excellent example of fusion cuff, the gemstone has been combined with rhodium to bring out the monochromatic chic appearance. The black diamond jewelry plays with the sharpness of rhodium and smoothness of diamond to bring out the edgy side of personality. It is an extremely versatile item as it goes well with the leather jacket, ball gown and also with a pair of battered jeans. An edgy and avant-garde designer ring could be the missing piece in your jewelry box modifying the classic black and white diamond stones combination.

If you wish to possess an entirely black diamond suite, the Turkish jewelry designers have crafted a necklace and earrings suite for you. A constellation in the form of necklace gently trickling down the neck completed with a pair of earrings representing an entire galaxy is a marvel to die for. Gothic designs use dark and mysterious colors. A solitaire engagement ring with a staggering 7 carat pear-shaped black diamond center stone makes the perfect ornament for a Gothic follower.

Types Of Bracelets

Charm: a charm bracelet comes with a single open-link chain where you attach small charms. The small charms are usually minute figures that are made from a given metal such as gold or silver.

The good thing with these bracelets is that you can easily make them. You can also make them in different shapes that you want. For example, if you are musician you can go for a bracelet that has a shape of a violin, guitar or piano. If you are giving the bracelet as a gift to a loved one you can make a bracelet that has a heart shape.

Chain: these are the most common bracelets and are made up of interlocking links. The links come with different shapes and sizes. Due to the designs, these bracelets are very flexible and you can wear them with almost any outfit.

Bangles: they are made from wood, metal or plastic. They are usually made from one rigid piece thus they aren’t as flexible as the chain bracelets. When wearing them it’s wise that you wear them in multiples. For a unique look you should consider curving them outwards.

Bead: they are popular with women and young girls. The bracelets come with a strand of string, wire or hemp. Beads made from wood, plastic or metal are then strung to the strand. Although, most of the bracelets are simple in design, there are others that have complex designs. In most cases the bracelets with complex designs have many strands.

White Gold Engagement Rings

Cost

The biggest advantage of white gold engagement rings is certainly their cost. 1,500 tons of the metal are mined annually which makes their market value fairly low, at least compared to other materials. Also, the element is fairly light compared to other metals, and since such precious jewellery pieces are priced by weight, it is easy to understand why these beautiful pieces can be bought at half the price of some of their metal counterparts.

Composition

Most white gold bands are offered in 14K or 18K versions. The former is 58.3 percent pure, and the latter 75 percent. The higher the karat amount of the gold, the purer the content of the band, but then the ring becomes a less durable jewellery piece. Its purest form is 24K, but in that state it is too soft to use to mount white gold engagement rings. Therefore it must be alloyed with other metals in order to strengthen it.

Culture

Gold symbolizes prosperity, wisdom, and spirituality, as in the Bible’s ‘golden rule’ and Aristotle’s ‘golden mean’. ‘The golden age’ and ‘golden years’ signify the best of times, and the 50th wedding anniversary is called the golden anniversary. This precious metal is also considered to be the most traditional for wedding and engagement bands. Since it will not tarnish over time, it helps to symbolise the couple’s eternal vows to each other. Gold also implies the best of the best, as in the top prize medal at the Olympic Games.

Clean and Preserve Your Jewelry

Girl with a Pearl Earring

As for shine and luster – it goes the same for pearl as for silver: the more you wear the better. The pearls absorb your skin’s natural oils, and they get nice and shiny. Our style advice: wear pearls to brighten up your complexion and give an extra glow for your face without strobing.

If you’re going out, you should finish your makeup and hairdo before put on pearls, as these cosmetics can discolor pearls. You can clean slightly tainted pearls with a soft, clean cloth (preferably made from cotton or bamboo), barely dampened with water. We recommend for every fifth cleaning to use a mild solution of water and Castille soap (made with natural oils such as olive and coconut). Air-dry the pearls overnight.

So Shiny – Diamonds

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they still need some love and attention. A cleaning solution can be created to bring the sparkle back in the hard stone.

A diamond should be soaked for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and ΒΌ cup ammonia. Gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush. This helps get into the small areas between the diamond and the setting.

Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also bring shine back to the setting. Avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach because they might discolor the mounting.

The NO-NO – Cleaning Gold at Home

If you do have special concerns about your jewelry, or if you would simply be more comfortable letting a professional do the job, then the good news is that this option is very widely available. Many jewelry shops will offer this service, and even if they do not, they can typically point you in the direction of a reputable cleaner.

If you do take your jewelry in to be cleaned, make sure that you get comprehensive information about what will be done to it. Remember though that the exchange of information is a two-way street. That means that it is also very important for you to make the cleaner aware of any relevant history that the gold jewelry piece may have. For example if a gemstone is loose or has needed to be reset in the past, this is definitely something that the cleaner should be made aware of so that he or she can take extra care to avoid problems.

Stainless Steel Necklaces

Versatility: People go after jewelry for various reasons. Some buy it to look good in public, others want a refined look, while others simply want to look beautiful. Stainless steel jewelry fulfills each and every of these wishes. Like indicated earlier, it is also quite cheap making it affordable and meaning that one can buy different designs for different occasions.

Durability: since stainless steel is a hard alloy, it makes it more durable in comparison to other materials such as gold and silver. Since jewelry such as rings gets used on a daily basis, they are subject to wear and tear. Nonetheless, stainless steel holds up quite well to this kind of wear and tear. Thus, you can have your stainless steel jewelry for longer and save up money, which could have been otherwise spent on replacing worn out jewelry. Since it is affordable, and you probably have several pieces; that reduces the wear and tear too.

Good material: as the name suggests, steel is stainless. Other materials such silver get stained easily. That means your gold or silver jewelry will lose its striking look after some time. As for jewelry made from steel, it hardly needs any maintenance. The absence of carbon, not to forget the thin film of chromium oxide forms an actual blockade to corrosion. Consequently, the inner part of the metal gets protected to the maximum ensuring long life. The material is so good looking, very few would point out the difference between silver and stainless steel jewelry. The polished look makes it attractive, and that perhaps is the reason why it is sought after by most people nowadays. Surprisingly, most people would hardly differentiate between well-finished stainless steel jewelry and that made from silver.

Dubai Gold Souk

Once you enter the Souk, you will steer through a labyrinth of covered walkways that are home to over 300 gold retail stores which mostly trade in jewellery. Window after window is hung with racks of gold ornaments that are a feast for the eye. Hundreds of vendors ensure that you are never out of choices, with unique pieces, statement gemstones and alluring Arabic designs that will leave you awestruck. The Dubai Gold Souk offers a stunning collection of 18, 21, 22 and 24 carat gold jewellery such as earrings, rings, necklaces, bangles, bracelets and pendants. The cacophony, colors and chaos in the atmosphere make the Souk even more dazzling.

If your eyes ever get tired of the yellow glitter and shimmer of gold, you will find white, pink and green gold as well. If stats are to be believed, there are at least 10 tons of gold present in the Souk at any given time. The Dubai Gold Souk also trades in precious metals like platinum and silver, and stones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds etc.

Gold is offered at competitive prices that are fixed at the start of day, based on the weight and the daily gold rate. The weight element of the price is non-negotiable but workmanship is negotiable. Haggling over prices is an accepted tradition of shopping at the Dubai Gold Souk. Strict government regulations ensure that the gold meets international quality standards, so you can rest assured that your purchases are genuine. If you’re planning a major purchase you can use a credit card, but paying by cash will get you better discounts.

The best time to visit the Gold Souk is in the late afternoon when the weather is cooler. Thursday and Friday evenings are the busiest. These are great times to witness the souk trading at full throttle.
Even if you have no intention of buying, the Dubai Gold Souk is worth a visit. It is a temptation that’s hard to resist. Because at the Dubai Gold Souk, all that glitters is truly gold.

Types of Silver Jewelry

Pure Silver

Pure silver charms are jewelry types that are crafted from the pure version. Pure silver is about 99.9% wholesome. This silver type has a finish that is glossy and really soft. Due to the soft nature, pure silver jewelry is very malleable. It is thus very easy to craft bangles, necklaces, earrings and other charms from the pure metal. It is very easy to create some elaborate patterns out of the pure element, compared to other types of metals that are used in making jewelry.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver has an unadulterated content of about 92.5%. It is a really hard metal, but also very famous for creating those magnificent adornments. The most common types of jewels made out of the sterling stuff include bangles, necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, amongst others. Such jewels are produced by employing procedures that include inlays, filigree, engraving and chasing. The wonders of sterling silver are always marked ‘925’ which depicts the quality of the metal.

German Silver

German silver is also popularly referred to as the alpaca kind. It is a sort of metal obtained from blending together copper, nickel and zinc. Jewelry produced out of this amalgamation is mainly reputed for toughness, durability, and corrosion resistance. Most ornaments made from German silver are not worn directly on the skin because some people may be allergic to the influence. The jewelry made from German silver includes necklaces, earrings, and pendants.

Silver Gemstone Jewelry

Silver gemstone jewelry is created out of the same material but they get the name because of the fact that gemstones and other metal types are often studded into this kind of jewelry. The gemstones give the fabulous silver a unique, attractive and charming look. Practically any type of jewelry made from silver can be studded with gemstones. The most common gemstone types that are used to stud the jewelry include turquoise, amethyst, ruby, topaz, pearl, emerald and sapphire.

Oxidized Silver Jewelry

Oxidized silver jewelry is oxidized such that they give the silver a dark, antique and austere look. Most people are surprised by the fact that oxidizing silver jewelry gives the ornaments an eye-catching appearance. A lot of individuals are thus very comfortable with using oxidized jewelry as it has the added advantage of innovative unconventional designs. The different types of silver jewelry that are often oxidized include rings, necklaces, toe rings, earrings, and bracelets.

Elegantly Wear Diamond Earrings

When to wear them

Gone are the days when diamond earrings could only be worn to the fanciest occasions and events. Today, you have the freedom to wear your diamonds even in every day settings to any place and event. You simply need to get the style right and they will look the part and actually add that touch of elegance to your overall look. They are versatile, suiting even occasions that are less formal.

Pairing with other jewelry

One of the most outstanding features of diamonds is their clear color that makes them match with everything. This does not however mean that you can go overboard with the diamond earrings. The less the jewelry you have on, the better and the more outstanding the diamond earrings will look. The key here is to give them a chance to shine so be very minimal with the rest of the jewelry whether necklaces or bracelets. If you must pair, then choose silver pieces that are bold and contemporary, but in designs that do not outshine the diamond earrings that you want to trot. Important to remember is that even though it could be okay to pair with other gemstones and gold, the diamonds could end up outshining them and making them look cheap.

Hairstyles that work

Slicking the hair back in an up-do is the way to go when you want to feature the stunning earrings into your look. You can also look glamorous with curled hair that is pinned back from the face if you are going for a romantic setting. If attention to the earrings is not something you are looking for, then you can definitely wear hair down.

Outfits that work

To give the earrings extra sparkle, pair with all-black ensemble for a gorgeous contrasting look. An outfit that has a neckline showing some skin like a V-neck or boat neck makes the earrings shine as they should.

Eternity Rings

When your wedding day begins drawing closer you’ll need to begin thinking about your wedding bands. Men naturally opt for the plain platinum, silver or gold bands however for women the options are endless and today, thanks to the range of specialist jewellers whether the small local companies or large world-renowned brands; the thought of having even more diamonds are too good to resist.

From claw set to channel set, to princess cut and round cut; today eternity rings are growing becoming a popular alternative to wedding bands. Traditionally meant to commemorate an anniversary or the birth of a child; the symbol of endless love makes it the must have choice.

Not sure whether you want the traditional wedding band option or whether an eternity ring is the best idea? Below are a few basic facts and points that may hopefully help you make the right choice for the special woman in your life…

  • Eternity rings are called so as they are considered a symbol of everlasting, eternal love. In many instances the rings are often even used in place of a standard engagement ring as they are deemed more meaningful.
  • Rings are commonly stone set.
  • Full-set rings are often considered impractical as the diamonds are more likely to chip and be exposed to daily wear and tear
  • Half-set rings are the most popular choice as the diamonds sit perfectly on the top head of the band for maximum show, complimenting the engagement ring and adding additional dazzle!
  • Today it is used in many different occasions but the eternity ring dates back to Egyptian times where it was used as a token of eternal love.
  • The 4C’s are essential when shopping for a ring. The cut, colour, clarity and carat of the diamond should be considered before you make any decisions.
  • Although not essential, choosing the same metal setting as the engagement ring is considered the best choice although in many instances women have opted to mix and match but it really is all a matter of personal tastes.
  • The majority of the rings use princess cut or round diamonds in channel or claw settings of different widths.

Comfort Fit Ring Bands

The main difference between these custom-fit bands and standard ones is their interior. Comfort-fit engagement ring bands use extra metal to make the inside of the ring slightly more domed, allowing it to slip over the finger better, particularly if the wearer has large knuckles. This makes them ideal for men, whose slightly wider and bulkier knuckles often make wearing engagement or wedding rings uncomfortable. Grooms with extra-large knuckles can even opt for ‘heavy domed’ bands, which make the dome even higher, and therefore more comfortable.

Not all comfort-fit bands are domed, however. This style of ring is also available in a ‘flat’ variant, which provides a slightly more understated look while losing none of the comfort or breathing room domed bands provide. These can be a good option for people seeking a slightly different and more elegant type of band, while still wanting or needing the advantages brought about by domed engagement ring bands.

Couples interested in these types of bands are advised to look into tungsten or titanium as the material for their ring, since these metals automatically come fitted with a comfort setting at no extra charge. For more traditional metals such as platinum or gold, this process entails a degree of customization which might make the price go up slightly compared to a ‘standard’ band of the same material. As such, couples are advised to consider what the best option will be prior to placing their order, taking into account their budget as well as each partner’s personal preferences

In short, if you or your partner feels ‘regular’ engagement ring bands are potentially too constrictive or uncomfortable, definitely do look into comfort-fit styles as a likely solution!