Jewelry

A Look at Syd & Pia

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Fernanda Medina, founder and creative director of independent jewelry brand, Syd + Pia NYC started jewelry back in college. Initially, she was studying fashion illustration at FIT and then Parsons School of Design.

While at Parsons, she took a tour of the jewelry department, where she became enamored by the process of creating 3D pieces as opposed to a flat sketch. She got genuine gratification from the possibilities of using her hands and heavy work tools to build pieces that were not only jewelry but also house objects; therefore, she immediately switched departments.

She took off to start a family which is where the name Syd + Pia came from. The name is a combination of her first born, Sydney and Pia is her youngest daughter, Saffia. Saffia was difficult for Sydney to pronounce as a child so she started calling her Pia.

AMer college, Fernanda landed a corporate position in jewelry design, designing flat on paper. She discovered her confidence and value when she noticed that her sketches were never edited by any higher-ups and were selling really well in the companies’ market.

Through it all, Fernanda always found to build with her hands, creating personal handcrafted jewelry pieces on her workdays off. Many of her friends wanted to buy the pieces she wore on any given day. Fernanda realized, between the success in her corporate position and the feedback she received for her own pieces…that this was her calling to launch Syd + Pia. It started as something that Fernanda love as a business prac/ce that she equally adores being a part of.

“I’m designing jewelry that offers bold statements effortlessly” Fernanda stated. The critical part of Syd + Pia is maintaining the craftsmanship at a high level yet keeping an affordable high end price point. In general, the pieces are metal driven and possess a sleek finish. The brand uses affordable materials that feel luxurious and special like brass plated in 1 micron of gold, sterling silver and bronze accented with gold filled chains or sterling silver chains and her favorite component to work with, genuine pearls in all shapes and sizes.

With the designs, Fernanda is always thinking of ways to redefine classic silhouettes by incorpora/ng different elements. For example, the hoop earring is con/nuously getting a new interpretation in Syd + Pia. Fernanda is a traditionalist in her craM and jewelry silhouettes in some sense in her designs, yet she dares to modernize and redefine it. Fernanda thinks that’s what makes a Syd + Pia piece so unique. To con/nually redefine classic silhouettes but daring to make them bold. She thinks that’s what makes the pieces universal for many kinds of consumers.

In the process, Fernanda always starts with, “would I wear it?” It then expands to the people that are following the brand. she feels the people following the brand are in a way like her. “We’re people passionate about standing out, and we invest in ourselves. We do this by investing in luxury and unique items without spending thousands. We care about upping the ante in our wardrobe. We also care about responsible fashion by shopping and supporting local independent brands.”

In a way, it’s a New York story. To dare to be passionate about our hustles and dreams in a luxurious, confident, and stylish way.

Syd + Pia has been featured at Henri Bendel in New York, W Stylelab at the W Hotel Time Square, December Thieves in Boston and Flock GiM, a specialty boutique in Austin, TX. The brand has had the pleasure of being featured in many publications and television, including but not limited to High Maintenance, series on HBO, Vogue IT, Harper’s Bazaar USA, Elle Vietnam, Elle Canada, Elle USA, Nylon, LadyGunn, Instyle USA, L’Officiel, Raine Magazine, El Diario NY newspaper, WOR Radio 710 AM, Joan Hamburg’s Bridal Show, the Dominican newspaper El Caribe and many more online and paper publications.

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5 Amazing Bracelets That are More Than Just Beautiful

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Today we want to share 5 amazing bracelets that are more than just beautiful. Jewelry in all manner of forms has been enjoyed in different cultures for thousands of years. Rings are exchanged in marriages across the world, and some women choose to wear a black ring to symbolize power and strength. Jewelry is not always something that is worn as an accessory, it can have a deeper meaning.

In some countries, gold is brought as an investment but also as a way of displaying wealth. While gold doesn’t always yield the same return as stocks or bonds, it has grown by 330% over the last 15 years and is an investment that can be enjoyed and worn.

Other materials used in jewelry can have different spiritual powers, and bring about protection, or luck. Bracelets have traditionally been a way to harness power, luck, protective forces, healing properties, and perhaps even magic.

For some, a bracelet may just look attractive and nice to wear, but it may be holding more power than you realize. 

The spiritual power of precious metals and stone

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It is believed by many that different precious metals have their own powers. Silver, gold, steel, and natural stone are commonly used for this. 

Gold

This metal has long been seen as a symbol of wealth, and in some cultures, it is normal to flaunt this. Gold is a popular purchase in some Asian countries such as Thailand, where it is worn and shown off in good times but in a period of hardship can be redeemed for cash.

It is also believed that gold can open the Crown Chakra, which is also known as the sahasrāra chakra in Sanskrit, is the key, or bridge to the cosmos. This can help to overcome black energy and bring about a higher level of understanding and spirituality. 

Silver

This precious metal is linked forever with the Moon, and Goddesses such as Diana, and Artemis. It is believed that not only can silver protect but provide good luck and help with psychic abilities. It is also well documented that silver can be used in the prevention and treatment of infections, dating back to 4000 BC or earlier. 

Steel

This metal may not be the obvious choice when it comes to bracelets or rings but it has some powers of its own. Firstly, steel is hypoallergenic, making it better than silver or gold for allergy sufferers. It is heat, corrosive, and scratch-resistant, and it is believed by some to offer protection against psychic attacks and negative energy. 

Natural stone

Gemstones and natural stones can reduce stress and help the wearer to focus. Gemstones are varied and come with individual powers and healing abilities of their own. 

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The use of gemstones in bracelets

Below you can read about five very different bracelets that each have their own significance and power. Before you dive below, here are a few gemstones and their abilities. If you are considering designing your own or buying jewelry for someone special, then you might want to think about what each stone means and what it can bring.

  • Onyx – beautiful stone that is linked to the Root Chakra, and brings control over emotions
  • Amethyst – can help with several symptoms including pain, insomnia, arthritis, and circulation
  • Peridot – helps in relationships by reducing jealousy and anger
  • Ruby – this deep red gem can bring about devotion
  • Turquoise – throughout lore, this stone has been known to bring balance to its owner
  • Sapphire – can bring about inner peace and help with meditation

However, some of the most powerful bracelets do not contain precious metals or gemstones. Some of them are simple in design but have hidden strengths that may surprise many people. Some of them are well known in certain cultures, while others may be new to you. 

Kabbalah and other religions

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A scarlet string bracelet is worn by followers of Hinduism, Kabbalah or Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism.

Depending on the wearer, the bracelet may be made of a number of beads or may contain one single gold bead. They may also just be a string with no other adornments. The bracelet is used to symbolize many things in each religion.

In Hinduism, it can show if a woman or man is married. Unmarried women wear it on the right wrist, and married females, on the left. The string is sacred and is used to bring luck and protection.

Kabbalah followers use the bracelet partly for protection. Before the bracelet is worn it must be tied seven times while reciting a prayer. Traditionally, these bracelets were cut from a string that was wound seven times around Rachel’s tomb. 

Evil eye bracelet

Anyone wearing an evil eye bracelet will be hoping to invoke the power of God and bring protection to themselves. The symbol of the evil eye goes back to around 5,000 years ago and has been used in many cultures and religions. It was probably first used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans but was adopted by Christians, and by the Jewish and Muslim faiths.

Someone wearing one of these bracelets can look for protection over material items in their life or spiritual life, depending on how they wear it. If you want to look after your career, finances, or material assets, then it should be worn on the right wrist. If however, you want to care for your emotional wellbeing, then it is worn on the left.

This is because the left side of the body is thought to be linked to the emotional side of our makeup. 

Laos’ baasi bracelets

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North of Thailand, and landlocked by China, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam, lies the secretive country of Laos PDR. The country is made of several ethnic tribes with Lao Tai being the largest, followed by Khmu, and Hmong. Despite the diversity in tribes, Theravada Buddhism is practiced by around 66% of the population.

Ceremonies in Laos are known as baasi or a baci ritual. They are used for many purposes but generally, they are there to provide luck and prosperity. During the ritual, thirty-two white string bracelets will be tied to the recipient. These strings represent the 32 guardian spirits or khuan, and the tying ritual is to bind these protective spirits to the individual.

This is often done before someone goes on a long journey to ensure that they are in perfect balance and have all their khuan with them. 

Charm bracelets

A charm bracelet can, at first glance, look like a pretty piece of wrist jewelry. To the owner though, they can have deep personal, religious, or even spiritual meaning.

Many bracelets are handed down from one generation to another, and some are given to mark certain events in one’s life. Charms can be added to the bracelet to aid in protection or luck or to mark the birth of a child, with a zodiac symbol for instance. 

Rheumatism copper bracelets

Metal has often been believed to have healing effects, and this is partly because the human body contains traces of different elements itself. Copper is one of these metals, and its purpose is to reduce inflammation.

Rheumatism bracelets these days can look very elegant with intricate engraving but they are much more than just a piece of jewelry. It is believed by many users that copper is absorbed through the skin to help bring relief to pain and inflammation.

Summary

Five very different bracelets that have much more going on than meets the eye. One of the jewelry trends that are going to take over may be items with hidden meaning, power, and healing abilities. Although some of these are linked to ceremonies, others such as the evil eye can be worn by anyone.

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The Imperia Collection

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Prominent, Dubai-based jewellery house La Marquise’s new collection draws inspiration from the culturally rich heritage and artistic flair of the Italian town of Imperia. Amalgamating the new and contemporary design ways with traditional Arabesque motifs, the collection mirrors the town’s strong design nuances.

Demonstrating the high caliber of La Marquise’s stone craftsmanship and selection, each piece in the collection uses gemstones that went through a highly stringent selection process, were hand-picked and caliber-cut to match each design.

Playing with strung tassels, comprising the finest of pearls, rubies, emeralds and sapphires, each one of the Imperia collection pieces mirrors an unparalleled elegance. Using three key design concepts, layering, double-coloured motifs and single motifs, each piece in the collection is easy-to-wear, versatile and a perfect fit for any abayas and kaftans. This coupled with each piece’s unique availability makes it a true jewel find.

 

Learning the Difference Between a Radiant Cut and Princess Cut Diamond

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Today we want to share tips about learning the difference between a radiant cut and princess cut diamond. With a flare of weddings and proposals that always have something ‘diamond’ in attendance, it is now necessary to explore what can give your precious diamond ring some company. Your proposal ring, wedding jewelry holds a special place for a lifetime and that delicate diamond ring on your fingers deserves all the love.

Wedding bands have gained limelight and women are often seen wearing it along with their engagement ring. Symbolizing togetherness for a lifetime, the wedding bands are also at times customized with your wedding date engraved on it. Not just wedding or proposal rings, a priceless radiant cut diamond studded on your ring looks even more elegant with a plain gold, white gold, rose gold finish band. The mesmerizing look of a radiant cut diamond ring is enough a reason to make it a part of your collection. A radiant cut diamond looks very similar to the facets of an emerald gemstone that is a tapered edge rectangle. Diamonds are inevitably versatile, it can easily become the perfect piece of jewelry for every attire in your wardrobe.

A few women leave their rings precisely as they were set on their big day, with the wedding ring on top of the wedding band, in light of the fact that the feeling behind their accomplice slipping that ring on their finger implies a lot for them to transform it. Different ladies stick stringently to the custom of wearing the wedding ring underneath (or behind) the wedding band, since that puts the wedding ring nearer to their souls. Then again different ladies eliminate the wedding band from that finger for wearing JUST the wedding ring, picking rather to put their wedding band on their other ring finger, or to eliminate it from their clothing inside and out. Along these lines, to respond to that question, it truly is dependent upon you, and the inclinations of you and your accomplice.

So many diamonds in the market, and almost every man or woman is spoiled for choices when shopping for these jewels. What confuses the buyer is a princess cut in comparison to a radiant cut. Are you curious to know the difference between a radiant cut diamond and princess cut diamond. How are they different?

The geometric look of both the diamonds marks key differentiation. Diamonds with the radiant cut have sharp uncut edges, popularly known as “cut-cornered square mixed cut”.

Shaped differently from one another, the both precious diamonds are equally charming. While the radiant cut diamonds are rectangular in shape, princess cuts are mostly square. In terms of popularity among the masses, princess cuts stand over the radiant cuts in position hence, not widely available in the market. The most popular diamond still remains to be the round cut classic diamond that stands as a first preference for buyers.

Both the diamonds embody a classy cut. Having a close look at the beautiful princess cut diamond, one can notice the ‘X’ right at the center which is the result of a vertically cut pavilion and chevron-shaped facets. The modern princess cut has more facets than the earlier available versions. The radiant cut diamond is structured with a higher crown and smaller table. When looked at these diamonds have a spherical pattern as a result of multiple facets.

Difference Between a Radiant Cut and Princess Cut DiamondAs a result of its splendid aspects, the Radiant Cut mirrors light better compared to the Princess Cut and in this way has better shimmer, settling on it as a mainstream decision for commitment, wedding, and anniversary rings! The Radiant Cut was imagined by Henry Grossbard in 1977, who needed to create more interest for square and rectangular precious stone shapes in adornments pieces. He took the fundamental state of the Emerald Cut and added more splendid features to build up the Radiant Cut.

Not long after Grossbard’s production of the Radiant Cut, the Princess Cut was conceived. This new square cut was the aftereffect of the craving to hold a greater amount of the unpleasant precious stone’s load by adjusting the Radiant Cut’s aspects, accordingly keeping away from patent encroachment. The Princess Cut emits high contrast reflections on account of its differentiating direct features.

The radiant cut diamond rings are more qualified for those with dynamic ways of life since it doesn’t highlight sharp corners that can get captured or broken off with thorough exercises. It is additionally the best cut for various prong settings on account of its cut corners. Then again, the Princess Cut highlights a mathematical shape that makes it ideal for the individuals who favor channel settings.

The financial plan is additionally a thought while picking between the two precious stone cuts. The Princess Cut is more reasonable than the Radiant Cut since it holds up to 80-percent of its unpleasant precious stone weight. It is likewise less expensive to create, since one harsh jewel ordinarily yields two Princess Cut precious stones.

Tracking back at what goes best with everything, there is no clear winner between the two diamonds as both of them stand with their own beauty. However, we would mention that the radiant cut is a favorable choice for a ring, while the princess cut goes best with earrings. As an example, you can visit the ItsHot website to browse through their large selection of dazzling princess cut diamond earrings, with designs ranging from classic princess cut diamond studs to elaborate fancy color princess cut diamond earrings. To pair up with your diamond-laden finger can be a dainty piece of necklace that can look put together like one set. For adornments, rose gold is perceived as an unobtrusive and heartfelt shade that praises every one of the frilly shades and unbiased tones. Regardless of what your tone or undercurrent is, it is constantly complimenting shading. Rose gold changes itself into fantastic and exquisite fine adornments, primarily wedding bands, because of its unmistakable and stylish tone.

Discussing the age of today, the most utilized and trendiest type of adornments material is rose gold. It has gotten so well known that on the off chance that you go for a fast stroll across the road, you may see in any event one piece of adornment that is rose gold as it is the perfect sort of gem that will make you look great. Today, with the ease of online websites one can just search ‘diamond stores near me’ to reach their desired diamond studded heaven.

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Appropriate Jewelry Pieces for Every Work Occasion

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Today we want to share appropriate jewelry pieces for every work occasion. Every fashion lover knows that the one element that can either make or break an outfit are accessories. They come in many forms and are the perfect way to add more style and vibrancy to every look, especially at the office. The most popular one that no trendy, sophisticated woman can live without is jewelry.

Completing an office look with fine jewels simply proves that you are an elegant woman who invests time and effort into her style to always look her best. Jewelry is intended to make a statement so it must be chosen wisely in order to match your personal taste and fit flawlessly in the work environment.

From the classic pearl bracelet to the diamond stud earrings, there are endless styles the ladies can choose from to take their office fashion up a notch. To help you along the way, here are the different jewelry styles you can wear to the most common work gatherings and occasions.

Jewelry Pieces for Every Work Occasion

Everyday office style

In most conservative workplaces, there is a specific dress code that must be followed. This includes wearing a neutral color pantsuit or a below-the-knee pencil skirt matched with a cute blouse to keep up with any work guidelines. However, such everyday office looks can often become dull for stylish women, so they turn to jewelry to add more playfulness.

For example, although the pearl necklace is considered a minimalistic jewelry piece, it has the power to instantly enhance any monotone work ensemble. It is available in many shapes, sizes and colors allowing you to choose the one that will best match your office look. The most sought-after is the princess-length pearl strand that makes the perfect focal piece for your work outfit.

Also, keep in mind to opt for lightweight jewels to wear around the neck or your wrists as the heavier ones may get uncomfortable for your 9 to 5 schedule.

Business meetings

Business meetings are more formal than the everyday work setting which usually requires incorporating an even more sophisticated style. And because of this, it is recommended that women go for a minimal amount of jewelry to complete their looks.

For example, a pair of diamond earrings is one of the best choices to wear on such an occasion. They are considered effortlessly stylish and are a safe way to elevate your business meeting look. Whether you opt for a workaday suit or a high-neck A-line dress of appropriate length, your diamond studs will be an excellent option.

If you want to add some subtle playfulness to your outfit, you can opt for a pair of emerald ear studs which you can match with a ring of the same style. They are perfect for when you don’t want to go overboard and draw all eyes to your jewelry pieces.

Jewelry Pieces for Every Work Occasion

Formal office dinner

In general, formal dinner parties and functions are the perfect work occasions where you should aim to impress not only with your garments but also with your jewelry. The dress code is quite similar to the office setting, so you should go for graceful jewels to help you look both professional and stylish at the same time.

One of the best options for this occasion is to wear a matching jewelry set. For example, a pair of gemstone drop earrings matched with a bold cocktail ring, necklace or bracelet is an excellent choice. The earrings will compliment your jaw and neckline while making you look more elegant. You can even pull your hair back or in an updo to enhance the sophistication of your look.

Since this is a formal dinner occasion, you should go for expensive-looking gemstones. Some of the most common ones include jewels with diamonds, emeralds, ruby stones or sapphires.

Casual Fridays

Although almost every work setting has a strict dress code, there is the occasional casual Friday which doesn’t require you to wear a workaday pantsuit. Instead, work fashion is less formal which gives you the perfect opportunity to express your personal taste with playful, yet elegant jewelry.

For example, tasteful hoop earrings are a very popular choice among fashion lovers. They come in every size, color and style, making them an excellent option to give that final sleek touch on a casual office look. Most trendy women choose to wear them with their hair up in a bun which leaves room for the pair of hoops to really shine.

Another jewelry piece that is perfect for a casual Friday look is a pendant necklace. You can look for a multicolored style to match the color palette of your clothes and make a bold statement in a sleek and minimalistic way. 

Jewelry Pieces for Every Work Occasion

For an interview

Interviews are often regarded as formal occasions that call for well-put-together looks so you can make a great first impression on your potential employers. That’s why your appearance including your jewelry should be as subtle as possible in order to look your best.

For example, bangle bracelets are a very common choice that can be a great accessory to your interview look. They come in different styles and metals, so if you want you can wear more than one to make them the focal point of your outfit. Just remember to keep them on the same wrist and don’t add anything else on your other one. Check out various types of bracelets from ARY D’PO.

If you are looking for an even more minimalistic jewelry style, then the classic watch can be the ultimate finishing touch to make your outfit. A very common choice is the gold and stainless steel watch that will undoubtedly make you look both formal and stylish for your interview.

Final thoughts

No matter what the work occasion is, every trendy and sophisticated woman should always strive to look her best. This doesn’t only include putting together the perfect elegant office look but also choosing a jewelry piece to complete it.

Fortunately, there are endless gem styles available that can fit every work situation, so the only thing you have to do is choose the one that will best suit you. In case you are looking for inspiration, you can borrow some of the ideas mentioned here and always look sleek and stylish at the office.

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How to Take Care of Tungsten Rings for Men

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Today we want to show you how to take care of Tungsten rings for men. Tungsten rings are popular with couples because they are less costly. You can wear them on your fingers instead of the expensive gold or silver rings. Thus, it could be an affordable alternative for a couple that has spent all their resources on wedded expenses. Also, the rings do not require any polishing and are highly durable. They are also easy to polish and maintain. 

Taking care of the tungsten rings entails cleaning and ensuring that they are kept separate from other jewelry to avoid scratching and contamination. If the ring is stained, to clean with water and soap and polish them. It helps the ring to remain shiny and attractive. 

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Here is how you can take care of tungsten rings for men

  1. Avoid impact 

Although tungsten rings are durable and do not lose shape or bend easily, they will shatter and crack if struck by force. For that reason, you must avoid instances that will expose the rings to impact. Besides, avoid dropping the ring and knocking it against hard objects. Also, consider buying one from a vendor that gives a warranty. They will always replace the ring if it breaks or gets damaged within the warranty period. 

  1. Clean it regularly

Cleaning the tungsten ring is important. But thorough cleaning should only be done if the ring has been tarnished. To clean it, start by removing the tarnish using a commercial tungsten cleaner. Rub the cleaner generously on the surface until the dirt disappears. 

  1. Don’t clean tungsten using Ultrasound cleaners.

Although using ultrasonic cleaner is likely to give quick results, tungsten will be affected by the cleaners’ vibration. Also, avoid using harsh chemicals like ammonia and bleaches since they are likely to cause permanent spotting which may further tarnish the tungsten. 

  1. Wash with soap and water

Soap BarTungsten rings are hard to scratch, but occasionally, they will get marks and scratches. These are fake scratches that should be removed as soon as they are visible. In most cases, they consist of material residues which can be removed with soap and water. 

Cleaning Tungsten ring

It can be done by pouring drops of mild detergent into the water and mixing them. The solution obtained is free of the harmful chemicals found in other cleaning products like ammonia and chlorine, which can easily damage the ring.

Once the solution is ready, swish the cloth into the solution and utilize a wet piece of cloth to clean the ring’s exterior parts. Also, ensure to add some elbow grease to help remove the dirt. 

Use a toothbrush or cotton swab to get the liquid into the ring’s cracks and let it soak for a while. Once it is properly socked, use the brush to remove the stain. 

Rinse it in warm water and use clean cotton wool to dry it. If the ring looks dull, you will need to polish it to restore the shine.

To do this, ensure that you wear some gear to protect your eyes from the flying polishing paste. Also, use leather gloves to protect your fingers from heat injuries. Notice that the ring will become too hot during the polishing. So ensure to use a high polishing compound of about 0.5 microns. Also, it would help if you can make use of a polishing machine and a handheld rotary tool. 

Procedure for polishing the paste

Smear a little paste onto the ring and use a paper towel to spread it around the ring. Place the ring on a piece of paper before inserting it into the machine. But ensure it is placed vertically and crimped tightly. Smear some paste on the rotary pad to make the dirt come off faster. Polish, the ring for at least a minute or until the pad starts getting darker. At that point, it implies that the polish is cutting into the dirt. It will allow the ring to start shining once again. 

But if you want to get the best results, it is prudent that you keep the following maintenance tips in place after cleaning: 

  •  If possible, avoid using ultrasonic jewelry. But if you must use it, ensure it is used exclusively. Do not try to combine it with other cleaning solutions, including soap.
  • Do not leave the ring in the cleaner for too long. 
  • Do not store the tungsten ring together with other chemicals. It helps to reduce contamination. 
  •  If the tungsten ring gets exposed to harmful chemicals such as ammonia, ensure that you clean it immediately to decrease the probability of damage.

Of course, there are other things you may need to do to clean tungsten rings for men. But ensure you don’t use harsh chemicals or tough cleaning agents. Lastly, ensure that your tungsten ring is kept separately from diamond jewelry to avoid scratches.

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Top Jewelry Gifts for Women This Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air this year. Starting off 2021 with love and appreciation for one another has been the glue that is holding us together during times like these. The pandemic and election has taken a toll on all of us, but nothing brings a bigger smile to one’s face than the gift of love. 

While the Tiffany blue box is a signature (and safe) Valentine’s Day gift, there are so many styles, selections, and stores to choose from. If you’re not ready to pop the question, a romantic gesture in $260 or less will always suffice. That’s right, no ring or excessive spending necessary.

If you want to find a gift that is simple, but still gets the job done one of the five Valentine’s Day items below might just be the perfect match for you. Shopping online this year for gifts may be temporary, but showing love to some of our favorite brands will never go out of style. 

We’re here to help! From earrings to bracelets, we at Cliche have you covered. Read on to check out the top jewelry gifts for women this Valentine’s Day. 

Tiffany Beaded Bracelet, $175

Nothing says I love you like the gift of a Tiffany Blue box. The bright red heart is just the perfect touch to top off your romantic holiday. You’ll remember it forever with this stackable beaded bracelet. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alison Lou Heart with Arrow Stud, $255

Emojis are brought to life with the help of Alison Lou. Instead of sending it through iMessage, try sending it in the form of 14K gold and custom pink and light blue enamel. That’ll surely top last years long-distance letter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordgreen Rose Gold Infinity Watch, $209

There’s no better time to flaunt off a new watch, especially when it’s on theme with the holiday. For watches under $300, this rose gold Nordgreen watch is a timeless, staple piece that you need not only for Valentine’s Day. Grab it wile you can, it won’t last long! 

If you’re in the market for the best men watches under $300, check out Nordgreen’s newest male selection. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex and Ani ‘You’re My Lobster’ Duo Charm Bangle, $44

In the love language of Ross and Rachel, saying “you’re my lobster” is just as meaningful as those three little words that we so long for on this one day of year. If you’re looking for a quirky, inside joke type of gift that doesn’t break the bank, we hope this FRIENDS referenced bangle will do the trick! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Spade Loves Me Knot Mini Pendant, $58

Simple, small, and gold— a Valentine’s Day gift success story if I’ve ever heard one! This Kate Spade bestseller is surely one to add to your basket if you’re in a pickle and need a quick (yet meaningful) Valentine’s Day present. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Engagement Rings And Their Nation Of Origin

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Today we want to talk to you about engagement rings and their nation or origin.  Engagement rings date back thousands of years. First being noted back in the time of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the symbolic ring culture before the wedding was passed to ancient Rome. The practice was also rich in ancient Greek history and soon moved to France and England. Now in the modern era, just about every single culture in the world has an engagement ring. Each nation has its own unique style and with it, passionate followers that proclaim it to be the most beautiful style. But let’s look at the different types and see if they would speak to you.

A very British tradition

Of course if we’re going to talk about Great Britain, we have to talk about the British Royal Family. The most epic engagement rings of this nation are always made out of sapphire. The main stone that Mrs Middleton Windsor wore, was a giant sapphire that was originally Lady Diana’s. It was in a leaf shape and is surrounded by other diamonds with a single elegant band. This is a regal style, with the color of royal injected into the design from the precious stone. The elegant band is more than enough for an ‘initial’ ring and allows the large stone to look even larger.

France’s diamonds

France is very much into the ethos of the more shiner, the better. Nothing is too lavish for a nature of such elegance, style and marvelous reputation. So only a diamond engagement ring will do. Nothing above 18 karats however, as this would rival a true wedding ring.

18 karat engagement rings are a good benchmark and allows for you to go as low as 10 karats. Check out these designs with the single, double bands and the halo design, very much loved by French ring designers. Just like the British, the French don’t want to upstage a real wedding ring that can have double bands, twists, knots and a more impressive design in general.

China’s green jade

Jade is a very rare stone that can only be found in various parts of the world. While precious stones are usually found in Africa, jade is almost an Asian specialist. Chinese culture is known for making the best jade rings, as the methods of cutting and smoothing the stone are second to none. The green is so visible and hotly admitted in Asian culture for it’s the mystical allure and good luck charm. If you want an exotic engagement ring that will turn heads for it’s impressive uniqueness, we recommend this rare stone style

Irish legendary emerald

 

You know where we’re going with this one; the amazing emerald gemstone! This type of engagement ring is very special for its rarity and it’s Western European history. For ages, the emerald stone was used by Kings to charm and swoon princesses. And guess what? It always worked. The great thing is, your emerald engagement ring can go with gold. Many engagement rings stick to silver, but gold looks better for this type of gemstone.

What kind of style do you like? Remember that it has to fit your personality and then your interest in that type of culture or nation. Engagement rings are more a matter of design than the gemstone, however.

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Basic Caring Tips for Silver Jewelry

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Today we want to share with you basic caring tips for silver jewelry.   Silver jewelry exists in various forms. There is pure silver and sterling silver. The sterling silver is a composition of 92.5 % pure silver and 7.5%, copper.

Many people are accustomed to accessorizing at all times. Silver is one of the most common accessories that you will usually find in one’s collection.

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Silver rings for women are a great fashion statement. Nowadays, most women prefer silver to gold. It is popular among women because it is easily accessible, affordable, and malleable.

You must have realized that after wearing your silver pieces for some time, they turned dirk or appeared dirty. The act of the silver metals turning dark is tarnishing. The best and the only way you can restore them to their shiny and luster state is by cleaning and polishing them.

Caring Tips for Silver Jewelry

Owning silver jewelry may have placed you in a very difficult state of not knowing how to care for, clean, and maintain them. Here are some bits of advice to guide you into knowing how to care for and maintain your pieces of silver jewelry.

1.      Wearing advice

  • When handling household chores, you should keep the silver jewelry at bay. Remove them to prevent the jewelry from coming into contact with chemicals such as sulfur, which is present in cleaning chemicals. Also, the water may be containing chlorine. Sulfur and chlorine react badly with silver and may result in their
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    corrosion.
  • It is also advisable to avoid being in direct contact with the sun when wearing silver jewelry. That is because the sun rays are strong and can cause the silver to tarnish.
  • It is always good to adorn your silver jewelry last, that is after you have applied make-up, body lotion, and perfumes, and allowed them to dry. This will reduce the rate at which the silver jewelry tarnishes.
  • Another care tip is to always wear your silver jewelry. Funny enough, is that storing your jewelry for long without wearing it may cause it to tarnish.

2.      Cleaning advice

Cleaning silver jewelry at home is possible. You only need to abide by your jeweler’s home cleaning advice.

  • Clean using soap and water. You can make this your first and most preferred sure way of removing tarnish from silver jewelry.
  • You can choose to use a mix of baking soda and water to clean the tarnished silver metals. You only need to make a little paste from baking soda and water and then get a soft cloth, dip it in the paste and gently rub the silver jewelry.
  • A mix of baking soda and white vinegar can also be utilized. This is very effective when dealing with heavy tarnish. You only need ½ cup of vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda. Soak the silver jewelry in the mixture for two to three hours. After that pat the jewelry and use a clean soft cloth to dry it.
  • Finish the cleaning process by polishing the silver jewelry. You can accomplish this by using a polishing cloth that is designed for silver.
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Maintain the cleaning process and do it as often as desired. Do not allow too much tarnish to form on the silver jewelry, as this may make the above cleaning methods ineffective in a single wash, necessitating repeated washes which is no easy task.

3.      Storage advice

  • Store the silver jewelry in airtight containers. Any storage containers can be used, but a designated jewelry bag can be more attractive.
  • Keep the silver jewelry in a cool and dark place. That is because you must not expose them to tarnish fastening elements like light, moisture, and heat.
  • You can put in the storage box the anti-tarnish strips to prevent the silver jewelry from tarnishing.
  • Avoid storing them in boxes with paper, cardboard of cotton. All these may contain sulfur which may contribute to tarnish.

 Conclusion

Caring for and maintaining silver metals is mostly about preventing them from tarnishing. The best way you can care for and maintain silver jewelry is by preventing exposure of the silver pieces to tarnish fastening elements like moisture, light, and heat.  

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Why You Should Have More Jewelry in Your Wardrobe

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Today we want to explain why you should have more jewelry in your wardrobe.  No outfit is truly complete unless you have all the right accessories. If you go through the trouble of picking the right shoes, styling your hair, and selecting complementary outerwear, then you can’t deny that jewelry adds that special touch. Lots of people buy a couple of pieces of jewelry and then stop there. In reality, you should have several bracelets, rings, earrings, or whatever other kind of jewelry you choose to wear available to pick from at any given moment.

Why Aren’t You Wearing Jewelry?

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If you don’t have a nice collection of jewelry, then you probably aren’t wearing any at all. When you have various choices, you tend to include jewelry into your daily routine more. So, now that you know why you aren’t wearing jewelry regularly, what are you going to do to fix the situation? Hopefully, you are getting ready to expand your collection, slowly and carefully, so that you can have wonderful pieces to choose from and make each outfit complete.

Customized Jewelry Options

While you are looking for jewelry that speaks to you, don’t forget that you can have the perfect pieces made from scratch. Having a bracelet engraved with your anniversary date is nice; however, commissioning a custom piece of jewelry will grab a lot more attention. For example, Stephen David Leonard specializes in custom jewelry for men that is elegant, modern, and masculine. Featuring jewelry made with leather, wood, and sterling silver, each piece can be customized with your name, special dates to remember, initials, or a heartfelt message. Shop this collection to create the perfect custom jewelry pieces that will make a welcome addition to your existing collection.

Daily Wear Vs. Special Occasions

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When you go to buy a new piece of jewelry, you should always know whether it is going to be something that you wear every day or if it will be kept in your jewelry box and pulled out for special occasions only. Of course, you have the ability to change your mind, but the reality is that some jewelry is the type that should only be worn with very specific things. For instance, you probably wouldn’t wear a broach on your tank top. Unisex jewelry is great for men and women, and fashion is increasingly going in that direction. It is best to have a plethora of jewelry that you can wear all the time or just when the mood strikes you.

Building Up Your Collection of Jewelry

It should take you time to build up your collection of jewelry because you want to buy pieces that speak to you. Quality jewelry isn’t necessarily expensive, but know that some cheaper options are not always the best quality either. Earrings that you buy in packs are cute and all, but they probably won’t last but a couple of months. In addition, you actually want something that is going to last long, look good, and not cause you to break out in a rash. Don’t rush it and know that you will end up with a variety of beautiful jewelry that will leave you with plenty of options.

Learning How to Match Your Outfits with the Right Jewelry

For every piece of jewelry that you purchase, there is the perfect outfit that goes with it. You may already own this outfit, or you could instead buy the jewelry first and then go out and find something that suits it perfectly. Either way, you will start to get an eye for these jewelry and clothing pairings. Leather jewelry always goes well with casual and business attire, while rubies always stand out against lighter colored outfits. Try on your jewelry with each of your favorite outfits to learn how to better develop this skill.

Selecting the Perfect Amount of Jewelry

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After you have a respectable jewelry collection, you could start to feel like you need to wear several rings, bracelets, and necklaces all the time. For some outfits, this will work. However, for the most part, less is more when you are accentuating your attire with jewelry. A single necklace is generally a lot more complementary of what you have on, but a stack of bangle bracelets looks great with most selections. Every person is going to be different, so what could be too little to you could be just the right amount to another individual.

Daily Wear Vs. Special Occasions

Simply put, you should have jewelry that you wear every day or keep on most of the time. For some people, it’s their wedding bands or their class rings. Everyday jewelry is generally low maintenance. In addition, any jewelry that you wear on a daily basis has to be high quality. All jewelry has to be cleaned and serviced, but any piece that gets a lot of wear is going to need more care. If you wear a watch daily, it may need to be taken to the jeweler every year for deep cleaning and calibration. Jewelry that is worn on special occasions still needs to be taken proper care of, but it will be less work.

Precious Stones and Metals

Some jewelry is made with onyx, leather, and pewter, while other jewelry includes gold, platinum, and rubies. Precious stones and metals can make jewelry more expensive, but it can also give pieces a special and unique look. When considering any type of jewelry made with precious metals and stones, be sure that it comes from an ethical source. There is still an industry of blood diamonds coming out of Africa, promoted by warlords committing crimes against humanity. As an alternative, cubic zirconia and other synthetically produced materials can look just as good as precious stones and metals.

Storing and Caring for Your Jewelry

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If you have a nice collection of jewelry, you need to have somewhere to store it. Ideally, a jewelry box is where you want to house your delicate accessories, but really any type of container that can be secured will work. Some jewelry boxes are lined in soft materials like velvet to protect against scratches, chips, and other damage. You may prefer a jewelry box that has drawers so that you can organize your different kinds of jewelry, or one that features hooks to hang your bracelets and silver dog tag necklace.

How Jewelry Makes Your Outfits Look Better

Ever put on a bunch of different outfits and find that none of them look quite right? You can change up your footwear, re-style your hair, put on a different belt, or even add a scarf. What is missing from your outfits is the right amount of jewelry. A pair of dangling earrings always goes perfect with the little black dress. Guys who put on a simple pair of jeans and a button up shirt that add a men’s cuff bracelet always look impeccable.

While you would never want to put on every single piece of jewelry that you own at once, never wearing any jewelry at all will just make you look drab. A tasteful necklace can be worn daily, punching up the most basic of pieces. Have pieces available for special occasions, so that your styling is complete for big events. Have multiple pieces in your collection so you can match up your jewelry according to the occasion and your mood. When it comes to jewelry collections, you really can’t ever have enough.

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Top Diamond Alternatives for Engagement Rings

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Today we want to share with you top diamond alternatives for engagement rings.  An engagement ring is a very symbolic piece of jewelry that two people in love share. It signifies your total commitment and complete devotion, a love that is meant to last forever. It means that you are both willing to embark on life’s journey together, a promise of your loyalty. This is why couples can be very picky when it comes to choosing the perfect engagement ring.

When talking about the best stones for engagement rings, diamonds are usually at the top of the list. They’re considered the best choice of precious stones because of their fire, brilliance, and hardness–they’re perfect in every sense. These stones can be either set into a band, which looks good and looks simple, or they can be placed in a prong setting, which is less common but looks equally elegant.

Diamonds are precious but they’re not the only stone that’s going to last a lifetime. While diamonds are a girl’s best friend, they shouldn’t be the only focus when it comes to engagement rings. Some of the other diamond options from Tiny Rituals are more unique and less expensive than traditionally mined diamonds, hence they deserve your attention as well. Surely, your special someone isn’t going to say no to anything with a unique gemstone.

While diamonds have always been the popular choice not only because of their unique beauty but also because it is known to be the hardest substance on earth. However, couples are now looking at other stones for engagement rings with their unique charm and which are just as symbolic. You may even find a rainbow moonstone ring that is perfect for your taste.

Here are some excellent alternatives for diamond engagement rings to explore.

  • A classic alternative for diamonds is rubies. They are timeless, remaining as beautiful as they are through the years. You can also expect a ruby to be just as enduring as a diamond. It can also be quite expensive because of its excellent quality. If you are not concerned about the cost and are looking for an engagement ring that is both unique and symbolic of passion and love, a ruby is a perfect choice.
  • There are many metals that are as great as engagement rings. Gold, platinum, silver, and titanium are some of them. While they might not be the best stones for rings, you can still consider them if you are looking for something with high luster and a little bit of color.
  • Another stone that ranks high as a diamond alternative is the emerald. Like the diamond, it is a symbol of love, but it also signifies the start of a new life together, creating memories from new beginnings. The vibrant color of the emerald can be paired with whatever style a woman carries. Emeralds are also known to be resistant to scratching so they can be worn all the time.
  • Colored Stones. In addition to being amazing, colored stones are also considered to be less expensive than their counterparts like white gold and platinum. So, if you are looking for a budget ring for your engagement ring, you should go for colored gemstones. Or, you can even go for colored gemstones paired with white gold, which can be a great combination and looks really good on both men and women. Also, white gold rings have a shine that is less flashy than the other metals mentioned above.
  • Family heirloom. Nothing can be as romantic as presenting your bride-to-be with a family heirloom that has been treasured through the years. Vintage rings, no matter what stones they carry, signify welcoming your partner into your family with open arms. Wearing one makes you feel that you are loved not only by your partner but also by his entire family, who think you deserve to wear a family heirloom.
  • This is a relatively new metal that is fast gaining popularity these days. It comes in many different shapes including a flat oval, pear, heart, and square. Since it’s lightweight, it can easily be molded into other shapes. Many people prefer this gemstone for engagement rings because they don’t feel heavy on the finger. Palladium is also very durable and scratch-resistant.
  • The sapphire is also another popular choice for an engagement ring because of its profound meaning. In years past, royalty treasured this beautiful gemstone that not only carries a beautiful blue color but comes in various hues that you can choose from. Sapphires are symbolic of honesty and loyalty, two significant factors of a lasting relationship, and eternal love for your partner.
  • Lab-Grown Diamonds: Unlike traditional mined diamonds, these diamonds are produced in a lab, making them environmentally friendly and ethical. They look and are identical to traditional mined diamonds except that they come in at a fraction of the cost. Shop Stefano Navi for your next lab-grown diamond engagement ring.

Because of the significance of an engagement ring, you must choose carefully, remembering what your choice of stone symbolizes. The cost of an engagement ring is a factor that should follow after what your intentions are, and be a symbol of the purity of your love and devotion. Take into consideration that the engagement ring you present to your bride-to-be is suitable for her personality and lifestyle. She will appreciate it even more if you know the person she is by giving her an engagement ring that she will want to always keep on her finger no matter where she is.

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