Monthly Archives: December 2013

Innovation in earring wear

Do you need an ear cuff? These celebs love ‘em!

And we do too.  Think about how this look can brighten up your Holiday Look. And the proper ear cuff earring is appropriate for women of all ages.

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Move over earrings. There’s a new must-have accessory for your ear—the ear cuff! Celebs like Jennifer Lawrence and Rita Ora have been rocking the edgier ear bling in place (or sometimes, in addition to) their standard studs or drops for an extra pop of style.

Chunky, bejeweled versions that encircle your ear (like J-Law and Rita’s mega cuffs) are popular for the red carpet, and are a great way to add an unexpected element to your holiday look. Just keep the rest of your jewelry to a minimum when working a sparkly statement cuff. For every day, daintier cuffs worn just at the top of your ear are a more low-key way to rock the trend and look especially cool if you’re going for a stacked look (like Cara Delevigne’s punk-y mix). Even if your style isn’t super edgy, adding a cuff is an easy way to give any outfit a cool, fashion-y feel.

Just stick to one ear cuff—unlike regular earrings, the look is meant to be uneven. Then be sure to show it off by pulling one side of your hair back into a half-up do or rocking a side part.

We agree with Seventeen Magazine on this one …….

Lets think about being innovative while wearing jewelry

Why is it that almost all women wear brooches and pins on their lapel or right or left chest area near the heart? Is there a rule I missed that says that is the place to put it.

I have this wonderful bee pin and I place it on my back. I have a butterfly that I put on my shoulder in a similar way to the way he would land if he did indeed land on my shoulder.  What about a snake pin on our jeans leg?

Start thinking about the different places you could place a pin on some of your outfits to give that outfit a little extra va-va voom.

INNOVATIONS (con’t): COLORED GEMSTONES FOR ENGAGEMENT RINGS OR WEARING THEM JUST BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK!.

kate-middleton-03-500x375A popular trend in engagement rings (think of the ring that Prince William gave to his bride to be – Kate) are colored gemstones; gorgeous alternatives to the traditional diamond.

Are you interested in a colored gemstone but not sure which is right for you? If you have an active lifestyle, you’re probably going to want a gem that doesn’t scratch easily.  If so, google the ‘Mohs Scale’, a practical way to compare relative hardness of gemstones based on scratch hardness – each mineral can scratch the one below it on the scale, with the hardest, the diamond, as a 10.  Among the hardest stones, next to diamonds, are the Rubies and the Sapphires.

If you plan on wearing your engagement ring and wedding band every day, I would purchase only the hardest stones: diamond, ruby or sapphire.  After that you could chance stones with an 8 hardness on the scale  but I would not wear anything softer for everyday wear.  They are fine for parties and special occasions, or if the stones is set deep within the metal setting where it is difficult to bump it against anything.

I bought a Tanzanite ring on a vacation cruise.. I loved it but the first time I wore it, I chipped the stone’s edge.  I then had to have the stone recut. After that experience, I changed the design of the setting to insert the stone deep into the metal so the metal would protect the Tanzanite from any accidental bump.

You can understand now why diamonds are the preferred stone for engagements as they do not chip and break with everyday wear. However, as an alternative to the diamond,  I would suggest you consider the following gemstones:

STONE

HARDNESS on MOHS SCALE

DIAMOND 10
RUBY 9
SAPPHIRE 9
CHRYSOBERYL CAT’S EYE 8.5
ALEXANDRITE 8.5
TOPAZ 8
EMERALD 7.5  TO  8

*Don’t forget that diamonds now come in colors:  yellow, pink, brown for example.