Using Swarovski Crystals Or Pearls As A Wedding Theme

Using Swarovski crystals and pearls is a very easy and fun way to create a theme throughout your wedding accessories and decor. Crystals and pearls can be added to just about anything to create a stunning and classic feel. Since details are the key to planning a wedding that your guests will remember for years to come, this is a great way to ensure that your wedding will be described as fantastic and whimsical.

Since there are so many ways that you can incorporate crystals or pearls, I would recommend choosing one item and use it as a reference. Speaking as a woman, one of the first things that I thought of when I started to plan my wedding was my dream dress. On the day of a wedding, most peoples’ eyes are on the only princess in the room, the Bride. So what better place to start planning the decorations for the ceremony and the reception than to have them all flow from the accents on your dress.

First you can start with your jewelry. If your dress is accented with crystals, it is a great idea to carry them throughout your entire ensemble. You can wear them everywhere, in your hair, around your neck, on your wrist, or even your garter. Be careful not to over-play your dress though. If your dress is heavily decorated, choose jewelry that is a little more simple. If you have a dress that is very plain it is very safe to go with jewelry that has a lot of detail and more Swarovski crystals or pearls to add drama and interest to your outfit.

You and your bridesmaids can carry Swarovski Crystal Bouquets and the Groom and his attendants can wear Swarovski Crystal Boutonnieres. Don’t forget your flower girl, she can carry a Ribbon Flower Ball that has Swarovski crystals peaking out from within the flowers. They are a very fun way to continue your theme throughout the wedding party and to make a very bold statement that will compliment your personal style.

Swarovski Crystal Stems can be added to just about anything. You can insert the stems into all of your centerpieces for the tables at your reception, or placed in large bows at the end of each pew or on the back of a chair cover. Imagine your guest as they arrive, since Swarovski crystals are so brilliant, all you need to do is walk by them and they will catch the light and sparkle. The entire room will twinkle like a fairytale.

Swarovski Crystal Stems can also be added to your wedding cake. There are many ways that this can be accomplished. Stems can be placed among flowers that are used as a cake topper. They can be placed alone to create a burst of crystals, like a firework exploding out of the top of your cake. They can also accent flowers that are placed randomly over the entire cake. And last but not least, you may choose to have a metal or acrylic monogram that’s accented with crystals. The possibilities are endless.

I hope that I have helped you realize the potential for a breathtaking theme on your wedding day. Incorporating Swarovski crystals and pearls into your decor is a very fun and easy way to create a classic and warm setting.

My Father’s Handmade Black Pearl Necklace And Pearl Appraisals

While in WWII my father sent home a necklace. On the box it says “Handmade black pearl necklace, purchased while he was in Italy.” It is black with orange beads between pearls shapes. It looks more like mother of pearl to me, but the black color throws me off. The pearls could be genuine, but to be sure you really need to get a professional evaluation either by an estate jewelry appraiser or gemologist.

Another way to tell if they are genuine is to rub a pearl against your teeth. If it is smooth, it is not genuine. Pearls will always have a roughness that you can’t detect visually. The orange beads could be coral. If they are genuine black pearls, their value would depend on size, quality and color. Something only someone with a “hands-on” examination could determine.

I’m going to sell an antique strand of pearls and a potential buyer asked to know how the pearls were “signed”. Generally in old items and even some new, signed simply means some means of identification of the maker or designer. On antique glassware for example, a signature mark may be pressed or cut into the glass. Some antique costume jewelry is “signed” with a makers mark and that does increase the value if the maker is among the popular ones at the time.

For pearls, a “sign” is difficult. The only place for a signature or makers mark is generally on the clasp area. This will be either on the clasp or the “tongue” that goes into the larger clasp body. Clasps can be changed when pearls are restrung and a signed clasp can always be suspect as to the real “maker” of the pearls. If these are genuine or cultured pearls, the value is likely more in the pearls than in the “signature”.

If these are costume pearls, the value is partially in the signature and then in the condition of the strand. The condition of the pearls is more imprtant than the condition of the cord used for stringing.Stringing can be and should be done regularly for pearls worn often.

I have not seen pearls “signed” very often and as I said, that can be suspect as to accuracy. Look for some mark on the clasp parts to see if any names or “trademarks” are stamped there. That will be the only signature you will have.

Could be the potential buyer is looking for a particular make of costume pearl or then again might be asking and not really knowing what the buyer is asking for! The best thing is for the buyer to look at the pearls and to offer you a price. If not happy with the price, just refuse it. Some buyers are in the business to resell the items and only offer prices way below market values.

It is possible to take the strand to a qualified jeweler for an appraisal. If the pearls are costume, the jeweler should be able to tell right away and advise against a full appraisal. If they are real pearls, the jeweler can appraise the strand based on the pearls, not on the antique value. That is at least a starting place.

I cannot see your pearl brooch but assume the pearls radiate in some floral pattern, perhaps on individual “stems” or as part of “flowers.” If this is the case, you have some space between the pearls which will make cleaning easier. If the pearls are closely grouped covering much of the gold, cleaning will be more tedious and difficult.

I will get into specific cleaning in a moment: First, consider care and cleaning of pearls in general. In a nutshell, cleaning the brooch yourself will come down to baking soda, a good jewelry polishing cloth and a mild detergent. You may opt for a jeweler to do the cleaning. I will get into the specifics later.

“Pearls.” Composition of a pearl and why care must be exercised in cleaning and wear. Pearls form naturally in both fresh and saltwater mollusks. The most well-known pearls are saltwater pearls formed inside various forms of pearl oysters. While “oriental” or totally natural pearls were the gems in ages past, pearl farming has led to a supply of cultured pearls which would be impossible from free ranging oysters and the efforts of pearl divers.

Only chance will bring a free swimming oyster to produce a pearl and only fortunate environment will lead to a natural pearl being well-formed, smooth surfaced and beautiful. In pearl farms, many conditions are controlled to help insure a good crop but today pollution in the waters are damaging the growth and supply of fine cultured pearls.

The pearl forms around some type of foreign object inside the oyster shell. In cultured pearls, the object is a bead of mother of pearl (pearl shell) placed into the oyster by pearl farmers. Seeing the object as an irritation, the oyster covers the object with layer and layer of a material called nacre. This is essentially the same material making the shiny and lustrous lining of the shell.

Pearl nacre is made of aragonite, a type of calcium carbonate. A sort of “pearl glue” holds together microscopic plates of aragonite. As long as the oyster is healthy, the nacre forms and becomes thick over the core, developing the luster and shine we recognize as a pearl.

Why all of that information? There is one reason: aragonite or calcium carbonate. This is the substance of the pearl, the nacre. This material is soft compared to earth formed gemstones. This material is easily damaged by acids, certain chemicals and abrasive substances. The general cleaning methods used for mineral gemstones cannot be safely used to clean the tarnished metal and pearls at the same time. Where a simple gold item may be placed into a mild acid to remove tarnish and buffed to restore shine, that same mild acid will etch the pearl and can actually dissolve it.

“What to avoid when cleaning pearl jewelry?” As important as how to clean the jewelry is knowing what “NOT” to use as a cleanser. Commercial jewelry cleaning liquids are too strong for pearls. Most of these cleaners contain ammonia and ammonia can damage the pearl, reducing the luster. Jewelry cleaners are pretty much ineffective in removing tarnish and are designed to free up and remove dirt and grime more than remove tarnish.

Avoid any cleanser with ammonia, chlorine or abrasives added. Avoid jewelry or silver polishing cloths with a red rouge layer. The rouge is a polishing compound but the red material(iron oxide) can easily get lodged in unseen recesses of a pearl and make the pearl unsightly.

“What to use to clean pearls and remove tarnish from metal?” Oh my, now we get into basic elbow grease! At home cleaning in the safest form is done by taking a wet paste of baking soda and gently rubbing the metal. If the tarnish is not severe, the mild abrasive nature of the damp soda will remove it. Rub with your fingers on the metal only, using a soft brush or implement such as a wet toothpick or cotton ear swab for hard to reach areas. To restore shine to the metal, follow-up with a fine quality jewelry polishing cloth metal.

I recommend one of the chemically treated cloths such as “Sunshine Cloth” from a jewelry parts and tools supplier. Other similar cloths are available at jewelry stores. Frankly, many jewelry store employees don’t know much about the cleaning supplies that sell. So be sure not to get the kind with a red rouge layer, even if recommended. Craft stores and jewelry stores often use RioGrande as a source and should be able to get a “Sunshine Cloth” for you. Like other similar cloths, light action quickly removes tarnish. With light tarnish, you may use the cloth alone and skip the baking soda. These cloths are used “as is” and are simply discarded when used up.

To follow-up this cleaning with a quick rinse in a mild dish detergent is a good idea. This will remove any residue. Simply take a mild solution of dish detergent like Joy (remember, no ammonia!),rub gently with the fingers, rinse in warm water and pat dry. That is it.

“Security of the pearls.” While cleaning the brooch, gently grasp each pearl and see if it turns on the mounting stem or within the setting. If on a stem of metal, the pearl should be removed and re-cemented with a clear two part epoxy cement. This is likely a job for the jeweler to do. If loose in a claw or prong type setting, a jeweler can quickly and gently tighten the settings.

“Cleaning by a jewelry.” You may decide to let a jeweler clean the brooch and secure any loose pearls. If pearls are removed and re-cemented, while the pearls are removed the brooch may be machine polished to an almost like new condition with no fear of damage to the pearls. If cleaned with the pearls intact, the jeweler will use fine rotary brushes to buff away the tarnish. Then, all is cleaned in a mild detergent solution generally using an ultrasonic cleaner.

Before you do any of the things that I have just suggeted to you, you should go see a jewelry and ask him some of the questions that I have just mentioned. That way you get all of your base covered and you will not tarnish the pearls.

Right Hand Rings-fashion Has A New Say / Believe In Difference

If difference and a distinct identity are what you are searching for then right hand rings is the answer to both. Wearing a ring on the left hand is a symbol of engagement however wearing it on the right hand is the sign of independence and success. Rings worn on the right hand reflects the attitude, and creative mind of your inner being. Time hasn?t changed much; women still are being dominated by the so called men, so it?s high time that today?s woman spotlighted their right hand to reflect their self respect and independence and to show that they don?t have to be under someone?s wings to survive in this men dominated world.

Right hand diamond rings have a sparkling look and would undoubtedly dazzle all and make you stand out of the crowd. It would explicitly grab all attention and make you see a sign of envy on all eyes falling on you. It builds a self confidence and makes you look so elegant that all around you would look rusty.

When you have plans to wear a ring on a semi regular basis and want it to be unique however not so much that it embarrasses you and leaves you with no other option but to quit wearing it further, then diamond right hand rings are what you must opt for. It would surely bring a glitter accompanied with charm and class. It can be differentiated in terms of material, gemstone, color and style along with the dashing look of a diamond that would simply make all look at you with envy. These rings also look extremely classy with white gold or platinum embedded with diamonds. It is the in thing today and is very contemporary and defines the women of today who is independent and believes in making a difference.

Now no reason of what so ever can come between you and your diamond. If you are single or married it doesn?t really matter, right hand rings can go well with all. It can even be gifted to your loved one who would surely cherish it till eternity cause just like your love, diamonds lasts forever.

The Value Of Jewelry Hallmark

Hallmarks are applied by a trusted party and refer to the engraved stamp found on authentic jewelry pieces that denotes the metal weight employed in producing that particular jewelry. This mark is found on precious metals of other items as well to signify the quality and the quantity of the metal used. Jewelry hallmark gives an assurance to the purchaser about the genuineness of the jewelry purchased so that he can invest his hard earned money.

Jewelry hallmarks can be replicated, and such items do not offer an infallible testimony about the authenticity of the items on which they are being embossed. As such there is no specific way to ensure the dependability of a jewelry hallmark, yet the closest is to acquire a guarantee of authenticity and quality with the purchased item, so that it remains when the jewelry is passed down to generations. The value of jewelry hallmark is that throughout the re-selling or alteration process also this piece of jewelry retains the original hallmark embossed proving its authenticity.

People intending to buy jewelry from repute jewelry store feel contented with the hallmark engraved, as this is the simplest way of determining the contents of metal in that particular piece. Jewelry is often viewed as a worthy investment, and the fact that it is hallmarked provides the value of that item to be purchased. The purchaser can see the hallmark by merely turning the item as it is stamped in the underside of the jewelry piece. Apart from this the jewelry designers normally put their symbol along with the jewelry hallmark as a form of recognition.

Jewelry hallmark is of immense help in understanding the time the jewelry was crafted with the help of the date. The period purchased is taken into account from the jewelry hallmark, and this offers an insight about the history of that jewelry, besides offering an authenticity. Basically, jewelry hallmark is the indented number that reflects the metal amount in that piece of jewelry, guaranteeing the metal purity. However, a purchaser should know how to identify the jewelry hallmark and the makers mark as they are not the same. This is essential as jewelry hallmarks are seen on valuable objects and it gives clues about the manufacture and the metal content.

Jewelry Hallmarks are symbols impressed on precious metals implying the value of the product indicating the fineness of that precious metal. The three precious metals that need hallmarks are gold, platinum and silver. Earlier, only gold and silver required hallmarks, but recently, platinum are also included as precious metals that needs hallmark. These precious items are owned by the upper class society and are viewed as luxury items, but now majority of them own it as an investment value. However, the very higher class people own gold and silver items in the form of jewelry, goblets, spoons, plates, knives, brooches, forks and chandeliers.

Gold and silver that are available in the finest and purest form are too soft and need a metal to be added as base, and commonly copper is added to these precious metals to create an alloy. This makes the jewelry hard and gives the beauty, besides blending the metal makes the jewelry strong. Hence, earlier, the goldsmiths marked the items using seal from the guild halls and this process lead the term hallmark to be coined and the value associated with it.

Faceted And Non-faceted Jewellery

The best way to see the sparkle of any jewellery is to see it in the eyes of the one who’s wearing it. Jewellery not only makes us look beautiful, but they also make us feel beautiful from inside. A woman and jewellery are like one divine body complementing another divine body. Faceted or non-faceted, shimmering or matted, all kinds of jewellery can make a person look good and elegant. Different materials have ruled different times. From kings and queens to people in the lower ranks, all have worn jewellery from a time when civilisations did not exist.

Jewellery is something that is never out of fashion. Trends and styles may have changed, new and innovative styles have come, but with all its new and old styles and fashion, the idea of jewellery has remained with us throughout. We have seen faceted jewellery encrusted with gems, precious stones, pearls, all kinds of beads, crystals, semi-precious stones and gemstones etc. Then there are the non-faceted jewellery which enjoy equal attention.

Faceted jewellery are more worn on the neck as lavaliere and on the head as tiaras. Also we find their increasing usage on the bracelets, where they dangle from the wrist, thereby making them look petite. In fact, faceted jewellery can be worn anywhere. However, women usually prefer it around their neck, like in a choker style? the popular style in Edwardian times during the twentieth century.

Faceted jewellery are those which have beads, gems or stones cut and polished in a geometrically shaped flat surface. And non-faceted jewellery are where the gems or the stones do not have any particular geometrically shaped flat polished face, for instance cabochons. More often than not, we find the usage of coloured stones in faceted jewelleryStones like jade, onyx and coral are set in geometric shapes and delicate designs, or bold and chunky designs.

Explore The Fashion World With The Charming Fake Cartier Watch

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Why Gemstone Jewelry Is Becoming More Popular With Men

This could have been due to a variety of factors, the biggest one being that gemstone jewelry was primarily viewed as women?s only jewelry. However with the help of the Internet and a culture that really only wants things that are stylish instead of regarding former taboos, gemstone jewelry is now incredibly popular among men and would make a great holiday gift for any man in your life!

The gemstone rings are easily the most popular jewelry among men . This can be fastened with any gemstone and color imaginable and would look both stunning and fashionable at the same time. There are also a wide variety of styles available including the donello, swirl solitaire, nugget twist and inset rings. All of the styles offer the perfect complement to any male personality and will show him that you care and were thoughtful when buying his present.

Even if your gift isn?t for the holidays, there?s no reason to worry that men?s gemstone rings aren?t fashionable. Not only do they suggest sophistication and style but if you happen to be a single male who wants to capture the attention of the ladies than some gemstone jewelry may be the answer. Saying that it says your wealthy aside, there?s nothing that a women loves than a stylish man who coordinates all aspects of his appearance. Attention to detail is a good thing, especially when your details are breathtaking and fresh.

Never mind the fact that gemstone jewelry is a great conversation starter. Whether the particular gem, birthstone month, style, or cut is discussed it will always give you an extra option to start a conversation with the apple of your eye. So whether or not you?re looking for a gift for yourself or a male loved one, getting some gemstone jewelry is definitely the way to go. There are several different styles and options available so the strain on your wallet will barely even be noticed at all but your style and taste will. If you?d like to do a bit of research on the different gem types that are available then feel free to browse our vast and detailed database. Every possible thing you could ever want to know about each and every gem is answered in there and it can prove to be a wonderful resource when you?re looking for a stylish male gemstone ring or other piece of jewelry.

Costume Jewelry: Material At A Glance

Costume fashion jewelry is in high demand and this market is growing at a rapid pace. There is a lot of variety available for costume jewelry lovers, Such as hand painted jewelry, ethnic, agate stone, diamond cut, carved bone, beaded jewelry and more.

Agate stone jewelry: Agate stone jewelry is made of semi-precious natural agate stones. They come in different shapes & sizes and assorted color stones which are used to form fashionable jewelry. There are Agate stone beaded Bracelets, Necklaces, Rings, Earrings, Bali and other girls and boys fashionable jewelry that you can wear in every day life or when going to parties etc. It?s a perfect fashion jewelry that adds extra style to your fashion.

Bone Body Jewelry: Bone Body Jewelry is made from animal bones. It is polished and processed in different shapes and sizes that look amazing. These are made into globule of different sizes. Such jewelries are crafted using animal bones such as cows and buffalos. This is simple light weight jewelry and can be carved in different shades. Bone body jewelries are fragile.

Diamond Cut Jewelry : Diamond cut jewelry contains the characteristics of a diamond such as its depth and width and the uniformity of its facets – all characteristics that control brilliance, durability and other features we look for in a diamond. Diamond cut jewelry comprises diamond characteristics like Diamond Width and Depth, diamond symmetry and polishing.

Cowries shell and Hemp Jewelry: Cowry shells (also spelled “cowrie”), are marine snails of the genus Cypraea (family Cypraeidae), found chiefly in tropical regions, especially around the Maldives or the East Indies. The shell itself is smooth and more or less egg-shaped, with a long, narrow, slit-like opening (aperture). In the ancient period cowrie shell was used as currency. Cowrie shells are highly valued worldwide as a symbol of fertility and prosperity adds eye-catching addition to any look.

Hemp is fine Light-colored, Lustrous, and Strong Bast Fiber. It is obtained from the Hemp Plant named Cannabis Sativa .There is variety of jewelry made by hemp. Such as, Cowrie Hemp Necklace , Hemp Anklet and hemp bracelets, Hemp Bone beaded Necklace , Hemp Bone Choker, Hemp Bone Necklace .Necklace with hemp coated tubes and cowrie shell plus to add style. Also alternate bone beads make it more beautiful.

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Diamond Jewelry: Positively Impacting Today?s Society

The existence of the diamond has positively impacted our society, along with others for ages. Diamond jewelry began as a luxury for many wealthy and other well to do individuals; however, in recent times the diamond has become more common in jewelry for all individuals.

The most popular form of diamond jewelry is that of an engagement ring. With millions of couples getting engaged or married each year, many diamond engagement or wedding rings will be purchased. There are many individuals who are unsure where an item came from or how it is made. Since diamonds do not magically appear in jewelry, workers are needed for this careful process.

Once the final diamond jewelry product is developed, it will need to be transported to a jewelry store. The diamond, along with other popular jewelry forms, help create more jobs in this atmosphere. Physical jewelry stores typically have a large number of employees in each store, this allows each customer to get the individual and personal attention that they deserve. Online jewelry stores are also popular. Many jewelry stores with physical locations also offer their products online; however, many other online jewelry stores are just standard people trying to make a living. The easy availability of diamonds and diamond jewelry makes it possibly for stay at home parents or disabled individuals to make a living by selling diamond jewelry.

Employment is often the most thought about positive impact that diamond jewelry has had on society. In addition to traditional jewelry makers and designers, scientists have been impacted and employed by the diamond industry. Technology has come a long way in transforming standard diamonds into breathtaking jewelry. Manufacturing procedures have greatly improved from the past. Scientists and other researchers are constantly working on new ways to produce quality diamond jewelry. The technology used for manufacturing diamonds and jewelry can be helpful for other jewelry makers and other manufacturing fields.

One impact that diamonds and diamond jewelry has on society is how it makes society members feel. A diamond jewelry piece is a beautiful and important piece of merchandise to receive. Many individuals feel pleased and exude self-confidence when receiving or wearing a piece of diamond jewelry. A happy individual makes for a more improved society, even if it is only one or two individuals at a time.

Diamond jewelry has been around for ages and to this day it still continues to have a positive impact on many societies. Whether it be to help create more jobs, improve science, or to improve the overall well-being of many individuals, the diamond has an important purpose in our society.

Vintage Costume Jewelry: Yesterday’s Fashion Today

Jewelry, whether fine or costume, has been a part of human culture since the earliest times. People wear jewelry to satisfy their vanity, to indulge their love for beautiful things, and to look good to others. Vintage costume jewelry fulfills all these criteria, but at a fraction of the cost of real or fine jewelry. It is an inexpensive alternative that does not sacrifice taste as well as style.

Vintage costume jewelry may be less expensive, but good quality ones are never seen as cheap. They are less costly because they are not made from precious gems. Designers of vintage costume jewelry use a variety of materials from cut glass, beads, semi-precious gems, faux gems — even plastic! These pieces were created and released since the start of the Victorian era up to the 1960s. Vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s are especially creative and eye-catching, since the designers of the era had to produce relatively inexpensive yet fashionable items that men and women could afford and appreciate during the war and post-war era.

Some of the most popular designers of vintage costume jewelry were fashion guru Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miriam Haskell. Many of Schiaparelli?s bright and attractive creations were made from multi-colored rhinestones. Haskell, in her finely detailed work, almost always paid tribute to nature?s beauty and bounty. Chanel, the favorite of many celebrities, transformed the way costume jewelry was worn in the 1920s. Other pieces of vintage costume jewelry were made from materials that included beads, corals, faux pearls, and Bakelite — a kind of polymeric plastic.

Vintage costume jewelry continues to be very much in vogue today, and it has inspired many designers to create ?real? pieces made from precious gems and metals. At the 2005 Academy Awards, the jewelry that many women celebrities wore were oversized and sparkly, a tribute to the jewelry designs of the 1940s. Stars such as Madonna, Britney Spears, and Julia Roberts are not only collectors of vintage costume jewelry and dress accessories; they actually wear them in public, too.

A person does not have to be a celebrity to appreciate vintage costume jewelry. Their uniqueness, aesthetic value and superb craftsmanship make them popular collectible items, and with proper care, they can be a good investment, too, since serious collectors will pay top dollar for vintage costume jewelry that is in mint condition. But more than that, the experience of owning and wearing a thing of beauty that comes from a bygone era is simply priceless.