10 tips for using fashion jewelry

lyWe 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 10 tips on how to use 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.

  1. Bracelets and rings go together really well! They don’t have to be match as long as they complement each other.
  2. Layering necklaces is okay as long as you maintain a discreet look; one can be longer and thinner, and one can have more details, as long as one doesn’t compromise the look of the other.
  3. Invest in finer and

How to Clean Costume Jewelry

 werClean your costume jewelry like a pro!

Costume jewelry: so pretty, usually cheaper than the real thing. I love it!

What I don’t love is when it turns funky colors or starts feeling gritty, kind of like sand.

Let’s back up a bit. Costume jewelry can be gold or silver plated (a thin layer of the real thing over brass or nickel), with fake diamonds or gemstones and beads.

I have a ‘gold’ Kate Spade bow bangle which looks like the coating is peeling off. I have earrings which I adore, from a gorgeous boutique in Orlando.  The backings have turned green. I’m kind of scared to touch them, let alone put them anywhere close to my body!

So … why DOES costume jewelry change color?

If it gets wet (in the shower, swimming pool, hot tub, while washing dishes, etc), that can leave dark water spots which are hard to remove or it could even rust.

If cleaning products come in contact with the jewelry that can take off the finish, because of the harsh chemicals. Perfume and hairspray can change the color for the same reason.

Good old oxygen is another

How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

tingHandmade Sterling Silver Necklace, Siam Butterfly

It’s hard not to be crazy about sterling silver jewelry. Between its luster, its brilliance, and its versatility, it’s easy to see why silver is one of the most popular materials for jewelry.

Still, many of us find ourselves neglecting all the beautiful silver pieces in our jewelry boxes for one simple, annoying reason: tarnish.  When oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver, they chemically bond to its surface and cause the silver to appear dirty or discolored.  Who wants that?

Fortunately, caring for silver and reducing tarnish is as simple as doing the dishes. All you need is to arm yourself with a few facts about the metal and a few tips and tricks for care and cleaning. With this ultimate guide, you’ll leave ready to start wearing your fabulous silver again with all its shine!

A few things about sterling silver

Knowing a few industry terms will help you understand the physical attributes of your jewelry and how to care for it. The purity of the metal, for instance, determines how malleable the silver is and how quickly

Tim Gunn’s Jewelry Tips

I love jewelry, and I don’t mean the Hope Diamond. My reference is to beautiful, affordable items that enhance your look and supply you with an oomph of glitz and glamour. Think about the items you wear not only as a reflection of your personal taste, but also as a sign, a communication about who you are. My mantra for getting one’s style right is Silhouette! Proportion! Fit! This applies to accessories just as much as it does to apparel. The visual relationship between your jewels and your clothes should strike harmony and balance. But while we expect earrings to match, please avoid matching sets, as these are predictable and, frankly, old-fashioned.

Got a question for Tim Gunn? Email him here!.

Bracelets

Accuse me of being a fan of Wonder Woman (I am): I love a cuff. A cuff is not for a shrinking violet. It’s a bold, graphic statement and one that I find rapturous. If you’re wearing slim-fitting long sleeves, then wear the cuff on top of the garment. Furthermore, cuffs can be stacked — two or even three on one arm. It’s a fabulous look, but not for the faint of heart. Second on my must-have list are classic bangles. They come

Jewelry Tips To Help You Accessorize Every Outfit Like A Pro

If I told you it’s possible to become a master at styling your outfits with the perfect jewelry each and every time, would you believe me?

Well, get ready to boost your accessorizing confidence!

It’s no secret I am a fashion enthusiast and a firm believer in using what you wear strategically as a tool, especially in the business world. Jewelry is an essential part of the equation.

There are so many inspiring and beautiful pieces of jewelry available in the marketplace providing you with countless styling options. The trick is to discover which pieces add the best finishing touches to your outfit.

Here are five jewelry tips and tricks, so you get it right each and every time:

  1. Each piece must add value to your (entire) outfit. As Coco Chanel infamously recommended, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” It’s great advice and still holds true. I also recommend checking to see if you need to add another piece of jewelry before you leave the house too – over-accessorizing and under-accessorizing are common jewelry errors. Just because it’s pretty or sentimental does not mean you should wear it with every outfit and just because you’re

12 Jewelry Tips for both the Devoted and the Hopeless Jewelry Collector

Top 12 jewelry tips:

1. Cut up those layered gold chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain. If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Use a wire cutter to cut near the clasp.

2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.

3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet.

4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. You can keep

Why Do We Wear Jewelry As Accessories Ccessories

Most people add jewelry to their outfits without even asking themselves why they feel the need to wear these objects. Why do we wear jewelry? What is so special about a piece of gold, sterling silver or gemstone jewelry?

The need to wear jewelry appeared 75,000 years ago with trinkets made from leather, bones, feathers, animal teeth, shells or pebbles. These objects were crafted into basic necklaces, pendants, bracelets, beads and other decorative accessories.

It is believed that jewelry was first worn to display one’s social status. The use of jewelry became more popular as humankind became able to satisfy primary needs such as shelter or satisfy hunger. Sociologists believe that secondary needs such as comfort or luxury naturally appear once primary needs such as being warm or eating are fulfilled.

Why do we wear jewelry? It is widely believed that decorating one’s body with jewelry or other accessories is a remnant of a mating ritual. Seduction and mating rituals can be observed in the animal kingdom. Animals will display a trait considered as superior such as strength or a brightly colored feathering to attract a mate. Adorning one’s body with jewelry is for instance a way for women to attract the gaze

How to Take Care of Diamond Jewelry

Although diamond is considered to be one of the hardest known natural materials, when it is set in a ring, necklace or somewhere else, it can be quite vulnerable to cracking, breakage, or spoiling. If you are not careful when wearing or cleaning diamond jewelry, you can damage the diamond. This article provides some advice on taking care of the diamond jewelry on a daily basis, as well as explaining how to gently clean such jewelry now and then.

Caring for a diamond during daily activities

1. Remove all diamond jewelry before performing any heavy-duty tasks. Taking off the jewelry will prevent mishaps such as knocking it, spilling cleaning chemicals on it, or causing any other physical damage. Tasks that should be done without wearing jewelry include: Gardening, working in the kitchen, cleaning the house, doing outdoor jobs and any heavy lifting work.
2. Apply your makeup before putting on your diamond jewelry. Lotions, perfumes, hairspray and cosmetics contain chemicals that can damage diamond jewelry. Only put the diamond items on after you have done with using these products.
3. Remove your diamond jewelry before you take a shower. Soap can form a

How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver is the brightest of all the precious metals. It reflects a mirror shine that produces a sparkling effect, and many people prefer to wear sterling silver over their gold jewelry. The popularity of sterling silver always seems to rise along with the price of gold. In recent years, the gold price has risen, and consequently, the number of sterling silver jewelry items have followed suit. Jewelry lovers have the added advantage of being able to wear their sterling silver jewelry along with their white gold jewelry. There is no noticeable difference in the appearance between the two metals. However, unlike gold, sterling silver needs special care, and it must be cleaned and polished more often than gold. With the right care, sterling silver will last a lifetime.

About Sterling Silver

Sterling silver contains 92.5 percent of fine silver and 7.5 percent of other metals. The other metals are usually copper or nickel. Contrary to what most people believe, it’s not the silver in sterling silver that oxidizes and tarnishes; it’s the alloy metals such as copper. Everyone has seen the patina or tarnish that copper produces over time, so they should understand how adding such a metal to silver would

Keep Your Bling Jewelry Sparkling Like New

Caring for Sterling Silver

Clean your sterling silver jewelry with a soft 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or flannel cloth and gently rub off any excess makeup. Remember, silver is a very soft metal and you can scratch it if you aren’t careful so don’t rub it too briskly. Never use anything but a clean 100% cotton or a special sterling silver cleaning cloth (a popular choice is Sunshine Polishing Cloth) or very soft bristle brush, like a baby’s tooth brush or a horsehair silver brush. Paper, polyester, and coarse fabrics often contain wood fibers or synthetics that can cause tiny scratches in the surface of your fine sterling silver jewelry. Dirt left over from previous cleanings can scratch the surface as well.

Note: We recommend that you don’t use silver dips for removing oxidation from your silver jewelry as it will leave microscopic pits causing it to darken faster. Instead, focus on preventative care by storing your jewelry in a closed box or plastic baggy as silver will tarnish when exposed to air.

Caring for Cubic Zirconia

Use a cotton or flannel cloth to wipe your jewelry clean. A special jewelry polishing cloth would be perfect (a popular choice is Sunshine Polishing Cloth).

Cleaning & Caring for your Jewelry

Keep your jewelry looking fresh with these simple jewelry cleaning ideas from Brilliance Found. I believe that you can do all your jewelry cleaning without using unnecessary chemical cleansers, and I’m going to tell you how. Polish up your jewelry with ingredients you can find in your kitchen or bathroom :)

CLEANING YOUR METAL JEWELRY

BRASS

  1. Before cleaning your brass, check to make sure it’s actually brass. The easiest way is to use a magnet: brass isn’t magnetic, so if the magnet sticks, it’s not pure brass.
  2. Wash the piece with warm, soapy water first. This will remove any dirt, oil or buildup on the jewelry & make it easier to clean.
  3. Pick your cleaner. You don’t need any professional cleansing tools, you can head to the kitchen and find natural products to use. Vinegar or any tomato-based product works well (tomato sauce, ketchup, etc). The acids in these products eat away at the tarnish, and will return the piece to it’s original bright shine. Cleaning can be done by soaking or gently rubbing.
  4. Rinse well with water after use. If you forget this step, the acids will be left on your brass & will continue eating it away! Not

Tips on Wearing Fashionable Jewelry

Fashion trends are constantly changing, which may leave you wondering how to wear trendy, fashionable jewelry and clothing. Wearing fashion jewelry should be a creative endeavor, opening you up to new styles and fashion possibilities. Because fashion jewelry is so affordable and because it comes in so many different styles, you can experiment with new fashionable jewelry whenever your wardrobe needs a lift. If your current look is leaving you bored, then use these tips to wear fun and trendy jewelry with everything you own.

Wearing Fashionable Jewelry:

  1. Opt for color: One of the best ways to embrace fashion jewelry trends is to choose colorful pieces. Colorful jewelry is wonderful for a modern wardrobe because contemporary clothing tends to be neutral. Your collection of black pants, grey sweaters and beige shirt dresses are easily enhanced with bright pink gemstone rings, blue glass drop earrings, purple beaded bracelets and oversized yellow pendants. Use fashionable jewelry to inject your daily look with bright splashes of color.
  2. Choose pieces with personality: The most fashionable outfits are those that match your personal tastes. Rather than selecting the most popular fashion jewelry, choose fashionable jewelry with unique and interesting details. If you love animals, wear owl necklaces, frog

Jewelry Care Tips

Always:

  • Apply lotion, cosmetics, hairspray and perfume before dressing in jewelry.
  • When undressing, wipe each piece with a clean soft cloth to remove oils and perspiration.
  • Store in a fabric-lined box, separately or individually-wrapped in tissue to prevent scratches.

Never:

  • Never wear jewelry when doing physical work such as housekeeping, gardening or exercise.
  • Never expose jewelry to household cleaning products.
  • Never expose jewelry to chlorine swimming pools or hot tubs.

Tips for Cleaning:

  • Follow the instructions appearing on the label or box.
  • Clean in a secure location, not the rim of a sink where a piece may slip down the drain.
  • Use only a soft brush, never sharp or hard objects, to remove dirt or particles.
  • Clean your jewelry often; lotions, soaps and skin oils alter the optical properties of diamonds and gemstones, causing them to look dull.
  • Seriously soiled jewelry should be cleaned professionally.
  • Clean diamond jewelry with a soft brush dipped in warm water and mild detergent; rinse under running water.
  • Never expose pearl jewelry to chemicals or solvents and store each piece in a soft bag.
  • Don’t expose colored gemstones to chemicals, solvents or ultrasonics without knowing their specific cleaning requirements.

Tips for Long Life:

  • Keep your Laboratory Reports in a safe location, separate from jewelry pieces, for security.
  • Have your jewelry cleaned and checked by

How to Properly Care for Copper Jewelry

it is important to take special care of copper jewelry. The warm rustic finish of copper can become tarnished or develop a patina if the material is exposed to various chemicals and moisture. Copper is also a soft metal, and can bend easily. Be sure to handle your copper jewelry carefully, and to care for it properly, in order to maintain its beauty.

Step 1 – Cleaning Your Copper Jewelry Regularly

Polish your copper jewelry on a regular basis. Use your polishing cloth to gently rub away any residue, and to polish the finish of your jewelry. Be careful not to apply too much pressure. This could cause the copper to bend.

Step 2 – Mixing and Applying Your Copper Cleaner

Create your own copper cleaner that can be applied to your jewelry to remove resiude. Boil 2 cups of water in a pot. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 cup of vinegar to the boiling water. Carefully dip your copper jewelry in the solution. This will quickly remove any residue. Rinse the jewelry in cool clear water. Allow it to sit on a soft clean cloth to dry completely. You can also create a lemon and salt paste, to remove any difficult

The Best Ways to Clean Your Jewelry, From Cheap Stuff to the Real Deal

Last year, a friend of mine got engaged to her longtime boyfriend and excitedly posted a photo of her vintage opal engagement ring online. It was beautiful, but I was worried: Opals are the silk blouse of the jewelry world—gorgeous, feminine, and incredibly temperamental. They require extraordinarily gentle handling to keep them looking their best, so I emailed my friend to tell her so (I offered her my best wishes too, I’m not that myopic!).

For all that I know about the care and cleaning of jewelry, from opals to diamonds and vintage to costume pieces, I’ve got nothing on jewelry writer and historian Monica McLaughlin, who writes the popular Estate Jewelry series for The Hairpin. I talked to Monica about what she uses to clean her baubles, the difference between caring for hard and soft gemstones, and why she hates the fact that I clean my diamond wedding ring with denture tablets.

The Basics of Jewelry Cleaning

Monica advises that, when it comes to cleaning jewelry, less is more: “My standbys are soft, clean toothbrushes and makeup brushes, a soft cloth (actually an old white T-shirt!), and water. I tread very lightly and mess with each piece as little as possible. Only

Get Your Shine On 3 Tips for Maintaining Gold Jewelry

Remember the first time you put that gold ring on your finger, or the gold chain around your neck? When you looked in the mirror, it sparkled and so did your smile. As time went on, however, the shine may have faded, and you probably started wearing it less and less. Perhaps, you put it away thinking you could never sell it if necessary. Well, the good news is that you can restore the shine in a gold item you may have lost interest in. Knowing how to do this can go a long way if you want cash for gold. If you’re able to keep your jewelry in good shape, you might convince a buyer to offer you more cash than what they originally intended.

The Sparkle Factor

It’s interesting to take a look at the effect that shiny objects have on people. A pair of shoes that glimmer under a light, or the finesse of a squeaky clean car is something that we stare at and admire. Likewise, it makes sense why there’s a fascination for having jewelry that shines as well. However, for a buyer of gold, the appearance of a well-maintained item, whether it be a ring, bracelet,

Make Your Jewelry Shine Like New

  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 carbonation loosened soil and removed debris). Put the jewelry into a small strainer, and place it in the

7 Tips For Looking After Costume Jewelry

Costume jewelry designs have been a favorite choice for centuries for women and men of all societies. Contemporary fashion jewelry is reaching the same heights of popularity did in the early 20th Century. It is often made to suit the seasonal fashion colors, is affordable and much is unsigned.

Fashion jewelry ranges from cheap and cheerful plastic designs through to the handcrafted necklaces and earrings that are made to last. The best way to ensure your favorite costume earrings, necklaces, bracelets, watches, pins and brooches last is to look after them so you get to enjoy them even more.

Here are 7 ways to look after your costume jewelry:

  1. Costume jewelry and water just do not mix. So avoid leaving it in moist bathrooms, in a wet pile after swimming or showering or in any pool of water.
  2. Display your costume jewelry on earring holders, necklace stands, bracelet and watch displays to avoid messy tangles that can harm the jewelry. Display stands are also great for showing off your jewelry so you get to enjoy it more.
  3. When traveling or carrying your jewelry around use a roll – also known as an jewelry organizer – as it is soft so it protects your treasures from

Jewelry Tips To Help You Accessorize Every Outfit Like A Pro

If I told you it’s possible to become a master at styling your outfits with the perfect jewelry each and every time, would you believe me?

Well, get ready to boost your accessorizing confidence!

It’s no secret I am a fashion enthusiast and a firm believer in using what you wear strategically as a tool, especially in the business world. Jewelry is an essential part of the equation.

There are so many inspiring and beautiful pieces of jewelry available in the marketplace providing you with countless styling options. The trick is to discover which pieces add the best finishing touches to your outfit.

Here are five jewelry tips and tricks, so you get it right each and every time:

  1. Each piece must add value to your (entire) outfit. As Coco Chanel infamously recommended, “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.” It’s great advice and still holds true. I also recommend checking to see if you need to add another piece of jewelry before you leave the house too – over-accessorizing and under-accessorizing are common jewelry errors. Just because it’s pretty or sentimental does not mean you should wear it with every outfit and just

7 Rules for Wearing Statement Jewelry

Jewelry is the perfect way to bring life to an outfit and enhance your best features. What better way to do so than to complete your look with a bold, striking and attention-grabbing piece of statement jewelry?

Statement pieces are designed for you to have fun with, but can make all the wrong statements if they are not worn correctly.

The beauty of statement jewelry is that it only takes one piece to make your whole outfit stand out. The key is to keep it simple and either work your outfit around one big eye-catching piece, or to work well-coordinated statement accessories into your look by striking the right balance.

From cocktail rings to cuff bracelets and bib necklaces, statement pieces come in all forms, designs, colours and sizes. They can work wonders to add dazzle to a simple dress or can help to draw attention to parts of yourself that you would like to emphasize.

Either way, make sure you follow our rules to pull off a look that gets people looking at you in awe rather than dismay.

1. Less is more

Bold pieces should be allowed to stand out, so do not over-crowd your look by wearing them within close proximity of each

12 Jewelry Tips for both the Devoted and the Hopeless Jewelry Collector

Top 12 jewelry tips:

1. Cut up those layered gold chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain. If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Use a wire cutter to cut near the clasp.

2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.

3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet.

4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. You can keep