1. Shine silver
Tarnish is the enemy, and here are your weapons: For items that are merely dull, filmy, or starting to discolor, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water, and dip in a soft cloth. Rub the jewelry, then rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry. For heavier tarnish, mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth (not paper towels, which can scratch). Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray. Rinse; buff dry. Don’t soak silver; this speeds up rather than removes tarnish.
2. Brighten gold and gems
Ever look under your ring? Lotion, soaps, and everyday dirt can clog the prongs, making stones appear facetless and flat. Even gold chains and pendants can get gunked up through everyday wear. Give gold a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda (in Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests, the
Sapphires are an alluring alternative to diamonds. They come in every color of the rainbow, from vivid blues to feminine pinks. Another reason to consider sapphires: they’re more affordable, which allows you to buy a larger sapphire on the same budget.
When selecting the perfect sapphire, the most important factors to consider are color, shape, and size. There are no standard measures like the 4C’s for diamonds. Rich, deep blue is the most beloved sapphire color, and is the color most people prefer. The saturation of the color is also a key indicator of the quality of a sapphire. Sapphires with an even coloring command a
premium over lighter, less saturated sapphires or darker, inkier ones. In addition, make sure the sapphire you select has no inclusions, or tiny imperfections, visible to the eye.
For sapphire center gems, many shapes are available. Overall, the most popular shapes are round, oval, and cushion. The standard size for a round sapphire is 6mm – the equivalent of a .75 carat diamond – though at Brilliant
We love fashion jewelry! Even people that claim they don’t like fashion jewelry enjoy seeing someone wear a beautiful necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings, in moderation of course. How do know if you don’t like certain jewelry if you have never worn it before, or how will you find your own style if you don’t experiment.
Here are tips on how wearing fashion jewelry :
1. Never wear maxi earrings together with a maxi necklace! It’s an overly exaggerated look, even for people with long necks.
2. People with short necks should not wear maxi necklaces on top of a high neck blouse like many do, or wear chokers that are too tight either.
3. Wearing silver, gold and pink tone jewelry at the same time is permitted. There was a time when mixing these metallic tones was not okay.
4. Bracelets and rings go together really well! They don’t have to be match as long as they complement each other.
5. Layering necklaces is okay as long as you maintain a discreet look; one
You’ll need: A set of three pliers. Having all three will help you cut, bend and crimp wire any way you want.
- Chain-nose pliers
- Round-nose pliers
- Wire clippers
Beads and Wire
Invest in quality products from the beginning and you won’t have problems with wire snapping mid-project.
- Flexible beading wire
- Crimp beads
- Craft wire (24 gauge)
Tips and Tricks
Making jewelry can be a little intimidating when you’re starting out, but with this advice from Susan, you’ll feel like a pro in no time!
- Grab a serving platter from the kitchen and lay out all of your beads, wires and tools on it, so nothing rolls off or gets lost.
- Store your leftover beads in a plastic container with compartments – an embroidery floss container (you can find one at any craft store). It will help you stay organized so you can find everything you need without having to search through a million plastic baggies!
- Smooth, cylinder-shaped beads are the easiest to work with (and you don’t have to worry about them
Ruby is a red variety of the mineral corundum and is one of the most expensive gemstones. It is also one of the most durable gems, with a hardness rating of 9 on the Mohs scale (diamond is a 10). The highest quality rubies come from Burma, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Kenya and Vietnam.
Evaluating Ruby Color
Color is one of the most important factors determining ruby quality.
When choosing among stones, be sure to evaluate each of these color characteristics:
Hue: The primary hue of ruby should be red. This stone often exhibits other hues such as orange or violet.
It is worth noting that a secondary hue of purple can underscore the red color of ruby, but what hue you would prefer comes down to personal taste.
Tone: This characteristic refers to how dark the color of the gemstone is.
The most valuable rubies tend to have medium darkness, i.e. they are not so dark as to appear almost black. Look for rubies that are not too light or too dark.
Saturation: Color saturation refers to how intense the hue of the stone is. With ruby, stones that
Great pieces of wooden jewelry display and accentuates the natural beauty of the wood it is from. Because of this the best wooden jewelry need to be made from the most interesting and striking woods. For most woodwork, uniformity is required, but for jewelry it is interest, burls, bright colors, extreme grain, spalting that are all important.
Selection of the wood to use is ninety percent of the craft, paying attention to grain pattern and color, the beauty of the wood really is all in making great jewelry. For most of my work I use spalted birch, and spalted oak. Most of the wood I use is gatherd from the forest, as windfall branches, or the odd spalted oak stump. Also scraps of exotic woods or even laminated scraps of veneercan be excellent.
Design and Shaping
Once you have selected your wood, you need to cut and shape it. The design for my jewelry is normally suggested by the wood itself,
Here are the symbolic meanings of nine colored pearls, and a few of our favorite estate pieces featuring these colored beauties:
White pearls symbolize innocence, beauty, sincerity, and new beginnings. This is what makes the white pearl a true classic for bridal jewelry. It’s the most common pearl that you’ll see used in any sort of jewelry today.
Pink pearls represent energy, success, fame, romance, and good fortune. They are soft and romantic in color. Pink pearls make for great graduation gifts because of their promise for the future!
Purple pearls symbolize artistic, wisdom, complexity, nobility, and passion. Purple pearls are great for those in the teaching and philosophy professions where education is paramount.
Blue pearls represent truth, tranquility, trust, and courage. Give a blue pearl to someone who needs strength in their life or who appreciates the peaceful and tranquil moments.
Green pearls are absolutely beautiful and unique in color. Green pearls represent balance, nature, hope, growth, and renewal. They are perfect for someone who is ready to start a new chapter in life or who is inspired to continue their personal growth.
When you’re looking to purchase a new piece of jewelry to add to your collection, you should consider antique or vintage jewelry. These pieces are made in a distinct manor and style that will allow you to stand out from the crowd versus a typical contemporary piece worn by everyone. Also, antique and vintage jewelry holds their intrinsic value, meaning they’re something you can pass down through the family tree and treasure for generations. From Georgian to Retro, there are several eras of jewelry to explore.
But you may be asking: Where do I start? What do I look for? We’ve got you covered! We have these five tips that you’ll find helpful when purchasing antique, estate or vintage jewelry.
Do Your Research
With so many options available on the market today, it’s a good idea to know what to look for and understand the history behind each jewelry piece when available. Don’t be afraid to ask the dealer about the details and background on a piece. The key is to find a dealer you can trust and with whom you can build a relationship. Dealers who frequently exhibit at antique jewelry consumer and trade shows
Coral and turquoise are favorites for summer casual and elegant jewelry. Their vibrant colors evoke the sensations of warm sunny days and bright summer skies. Find out how you can expertly mix and match coral and turquoise estate jewelry this season to celebrate these two vibrant hues:
Coral Estate Jewelry
Coral especially is experiencing a big comeback this year! The shortage of contemporary coral due to the protection of the reefs has created a resurgence of fabulous vintage coral pieces. Coral jewelry has become one of the latest hot jewelry trends. The stone’s summery color is appearing on this year’s bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings. The Oscars and other Red Carpet events that have celebs including Heidi Klum and Paula Patton showing off their coral jewelry which gives these gems an exclusive flair.
Coral comes in a variety of colors, like the deep red or light pink hue in the vintage pieces above from our estate jewelry collection. Because coral is created organically in nature under water over thousands of years, it’s similar in structure to pearls though exotically different in appearance. Like the above examples, colors range from creamy pink to a deep red orange.
It should be one of the most memorable moments in your life. You pull an engagement ring out of your pocket and ask the love of your life to be your wife. You desperately want her to say yes and fall in love with her ring too, right?
You can make sure that happens if you follow these tips to pick out the perfect engagement ring:
DECIDE HOW MUCH YOU WANT TO SPEND
You will be confronted with a dizzying array of choices when it comes to engagement rings. Have a price range in mind before you start to shop. Going in with fairly specific parameters will help your jeweler find the right engagement ring to fit your budget.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
There’s a lot you can learn about diamonds before you even set foot in a jewelry store. Start with the 4Cs – Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight – so you understand how each influences the value of the diamond and adds to the overall appearance of the stone. You’ll learn what is most important to you and where you might want to compromise to fit your price range.
UNDERSTAND HER TASTE
Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.
BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT
Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Over time, and in excess, they can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light
Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture some gems. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture these gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals can turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-color.
KEEP YOUR JEWELRY AWAY FROM CHEMICALS
Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Even everyday
One of the (many) reasons getting dressed is so fun is the freedom to really showcase your signature style. Whether you like keeping things simple or prefer to make a statement, incorporating jewelry into your look is always a good idea. And with spring upon us, it’s the perfect excuse to update your collection! Need some help? Take a style cue from Mackenzie Horan the blogger behind Design Darling. She stepped out to brunch, looking exceptionally cute in Pandora’s spring collection.
Versatility is Key
“I could wear these dainty stacked rings daily. I like how they add a little extra flair to a casual outfit,” says Mackenzie.
“The Silver bangles are an easy everyday layering piece. I kept the charms on mine simple, but you can design them to fit your personal style,” says Mackenzie.
Stack in Odds And Evens
When it comes to stacking rings, there isn’t a straight set of rules to follow. Play with different ring shapes, sizes, and materials, and decide if there’s one particular ring that you want to be the “star,” while the rest play supporting roles. For instance, the daisy cocktail ring, pictured
“Repurpose, reuse and recycle” are all buzzwords of this millennium. People from all walks of life are learning to save money and help the environment by giving old items new life. You may recycle your newspapers and glass, donate old clothing to a thrift shop or paint and reupholster junk-shop furniture to give it a facelift, but have you ever considered “upcycling” your under-used diamond jewelry into new pieces that you’ll be excited to wear every day?
Whether you inherited an old ring or pin from a relative, upgraded your wedding jewelry or simply outgrew the style of certain pieces in your jewelry wardrobe, repurposing the diamonds into new and exciting jewelry is a great way to add to your jewelry collection while saving money.
Instead of purchasing brand-new pieces, you’ll just be wearing your old diamonds in new and more fashionable ways. Your new piece will have so much sentimental value if you use stones you inherited and can pass the new piece down, with the story of how it came to be. You’ll create a tangible way to bridge generations for years to come.
You may be able to walk right into a
What to look for and what to wear this year.
This year look for industrial influences and chains in apparel and jewelry, new directions for earrings, bracelets you can adjust for the perfect look and fit, natural motifs and horizontal bars and forms in necklaces and bracelets.
Chains of love
Starting on red carpets and runway shows, dresses and tops featuring chain embellishments are filtering down into the stores and sites. If you’ve got chains on your clothing, opt for something different in your jewelry choices. Think in opposites.
With, say, a black top with shiny white metal chain shoulder straps, contrast the toughness of the chains with something more traditionally feminine and soft. A string of pearls in white, black or other colors can create a compelling contrast. If you want to let the chain straps or neckline stand on their own, pearl drop earrings or metal hoop earrings in a contrasting color will complete your look.
Get a bold large or woven chain or layer smaller chains for trendy additions to your jewelry wardrobe. Ladies, shop the men’s selection in necklaces for bigger looks. Mix large and small chains and
Travel plans are nearly synonymous with the summer months. Whether you’re planning a big trip abroad, a meandering road trip or plenty of adventures at the beach, you may have questions about what jewelry to leave behind, what to bring and how to pack it.
Don’t leave your accessory plan to the last minute. Instead, start by reviewing these travel jewelry tips.
What to bring — and what to leave at home
No matter where you’re traveling or for how long, keep in mind a vacation is a break from routine and daily worries. For most leisure travel, the simple rule is don’t bring anything you’re going to worry about losing. It’s best to leave items of great monetary or emotional value at home unless they’re a key part of how you plan to outfit yourself for a special trip event.
But this doesn’t mean you should leave all jewelry at home. A vacation’s a great time to accessorize, and a great excuse to expand your jewelry wardrobe to include some inexpensive basics.
For the most part, stick with just a few neutral pieces — small hoop or stud earrings, a small pendant, a chain-link