How to Style Your Rings Like a Pro

When I’m browsing Pinterest and Instagram, I always without fail see a hand full of the most gorgeous rings you’ve ever seen. There are rings of all different styles, shapes, and sizes – yet they all look fabulous worn together. I had a little trouble with this at first – I couldn’t quite figure out how to look more fashionable than refugee. I got it in the end though, so read on if you’d like to learn how to do it too!

Use Thick Rings for Your Base

One great trick I like to use is selecting a couple of thick rings for my base, and then using thinner, more delicate rings over the rest of my fingers. This isn’t too overpowering and looks very put together.

Mixing Metals on Different Fingers

Mixing metals is a definite yes when you’re trying to create a look such as this. Don’t listen to people who tell you otherwise! The trick is to keep one metal on one finger, for example, rose gold on your index finger and gunmetal on your pointer.

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Balance the Feng Shui

Try to get the balance right on your hands when piling on lots of rings. You don’t want it to look too heavy or too light. Try to think of the ancient practice of ‘Feng Shui’ to help you. What seems to flow better?

Use Midi and First Knuckle Rings

Don’t just wear rings at the base of your fingers. Wear them all over your fingers in different places! This means stocking up on midi rings and first knuckle rings too. You can create some great looks using rings like this.

Wear Huge Rings on Each Finger

Let’s say you want to make a big statement. In that case, there are no rules against wearing huge rings on each finger. Try to keep them in the same sort of style though, so that they don’t look too haphazard.

Stack ‘Em High

If you want to wear every single ring you own, that can work too. You just need to play around with combinations and the way you stack them to see what looks best. For example, you could mix the latest styles with vintage pieces to see what works.

Mix Edgy and Cute

Mix both styles of edgy and cute to balance one another out and create a beautiful looking combination.

You Don’t Have to Match Hands

Don’t think for a second that both of your hands have to have the same rings on them, or that your rings need to be on the same fingers. You can mix up both hands as much as you like.

Try the Same Brand

I usually find that if I buy rings from the same brand, they all look great together automatically.

Remember, these tips are just a general guide for you to look at and take inspiration from. There is no right and wrong when it comes to wearing rings! Wear them in whatever way you love best.

The Most Charming of All Bracelets

Whether it’s the jingle-jangle that attracts you or the kitschy-cute miniatures that reveal your true passions, or the newest beaded trend, charm bracelets have an enduring appeal that has outlasted many other fashion trends.

A Charmed History

As early as the pre-historic period, charms were created out of shells, animal bones, and clay—and in later times out of gems, rocks, or wood. Ancient Egyptians used charms to identify an individual to the gods in the afterlife, and Christians in the Roman Empire would hide tiny fish charms in their clothing to identify themselves to other Christians. Jewish scholars used charms to hold tiny passages of sacred law, medieval knights wore charms for protection in battle, and in the Dark Ages charms were worn to denote family origin and political connections.

Bracelets

In the late 1800’s, famed jeweler Tiffany and Co. introduced their first charm bracelet, which has since become their iconic symbol. In the 1920’s, platinum and diamonds were introduced in charm bracelet manufacturing and by the 1950’s American teenagers were collecting charms to record significant events in their lives. Screen icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Crawford helped fuel the popularity and interest in charm bracelets. More recently, the bead style of charm bracelets has once again renewed this ongoing fashion statement.

A Charmed Autobiography

The charms you choose to adorn your wrist express your unique, personal style and help tell the story of the life you’re living. Perhaps you have inherited charms passed down from beloved family members and connecting you to family history, or maybe you have charms from your own youth that tell the tale of childhood fantasies and dreams. Your charms might represent hobbies you enjoy, cherished events, favorite sports or animals, or even significant trips. Maybe you admire a certain time period such as the 1940’s, and wish to express that affection with vintage charms that people in that era collected from gumball machines or the popular comic strip characters Popeye, Betty Boop, or Mickey Mouse. Part of the fun with charm bracelet fashion is that it tells a part of your story.

Charmed Beads

The newest trend in charm bracelets uses beads, which can be made from any material.  These gold, silver, or glass beads are interchangeable and allow you to create your own look. Beads can be sculpted to look like anything from animals to people and come in a wide array of patterns and colors.  Charm bracelets, whether traditional or the newer beaded variety, appeal to a diverse consumer base due to the wide range of pricing. The cost of any charm can be anywhere from pennies to hundreds of dollars, making them truly available to anyone.

Your Charmed Story

Designing your own charm bracelet is a way for you to narrate your story. Once you clarify your budget and the type of bracelet you desire, the next step is to establish your story’s plot. Does family play an important role? Are you an animal lover? Is travel an important part of your life? What are the hobbies that keep you grounded? Where is your favorite place to be? These are all questions to consider as you select the charms that represent the themes of your life. Modern-day charms, while decorative and pretty, contain a powerful force: memory.

Top 5 Jewellery Products You Can’t Live Without This Christmas

If you haven’t bought your loved one something special for Christmas yet, it’s about time to started getting your bottom in gear, because there’s only around one week until the big day and nobody wants to be out fighting the crowds on December 24th. Also, if you’re planning to order off the internet, most retailers are only guaranteeing delivery for another couple of days, which is why you really must place your orders now to avoid any disappointment. The last thing anyone want’s to be doing at 4pm next Tuesday afternoon is panic buying presents, so pay attention.

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Below are my top 5 jewellery products sure to bring a smile to your partners face. Some are cheap; others are a little more expensive, but they’re all truly noteworthy and almost certain to impress whoever receives them. Take a few moments to read through, and I’m pretty confident you’ll find something suitable.

1 – Swarovski Sensible Small Heart Pendant

Nothing says “I love you” better than a heart on a chain, and so you definitely want to spend some time looking at this new design from Swarovski. The rhodium plated pendant with a clear pave crystal heart is simply irresistible and has been selling incredibly well for the last few months. Also, if you fancy getting a headstart, this item would also be suitable for Valentines day.

2 – Ti Sento Silver Cubic Zirconia Bracelet

We all know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but unless you’ve got a few thousand pounds to spare, buying precious stones like this for Christmas is a little over the top, which is why the new designs from Ti Sento could be absolutely perfect for your loved one. With sparkling zirconias set in a rhodium plated sterling silver band, you really can’t go wrong.

3 – Eternity Rings – In General

There are far too many beautiful eternity rings available from jewellery stores and online to select a single one for this list, which is why I’ve decided to include them all. These products are ideal for letting someone know you love them without having to offer your hand in marriage. Also, they go down well as anniversary presents, so if you’ve had a December wedding in the past, eternity rings will do a good job at showing your wife you still care.

4 – Gucci Watches

As one of the most recognisable brand names in the world, Gucci has long been a favourite amongst watch buyers in the UK, and this looks set to remain consistent for the foreseeable future. It’s not just the ladies who can get something really cool though, if you follow the link in a moment, you’ll find some really fashionable and desirable Goldsmiths mens watches in the Gucci range.

5 – Guess Sophisticated Socialite Earrings

And finally, the single most beautifully crafted earrings available today have the be in the new range from Guess. The multistone design with bases created from rose gold plating is becoming the most sought after jewellery accessory of 2013. Who knows what will happen next year, but if you’re looking to buy before Christmas, you could definitely do a lot worse.

So, now you’ve read through the top 5 products and gained some much needed inspiration, what’s stopping you from placing your orders now and really impressing your partners over the festive season?

Have a fabulous Christmas folks!

How to Match Your Hairstyle and Your Earrings

When you’ve gone to considerable lengths to find the perfect outfit and hairstyle for that special occasion, the last thing you want is to ruin the whole effect by wearing the wrong earrings and yet it can so easily be done. Even on those casual occasions, the wrong earrings can prove to be a nightmare. There are, however, a few simple guidelines that can help you avoid making disastrous mistakes.

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Short hair

Short hairstyles leave the earlobes and neckline exposed meaning that you can wear virtually any style of earrings and be sure that they will look gorgeous – provided that they suit your face shape. Studs look stunning while drop earrings and chandelier styles lend a flourish to your appearance.

Braided hair

Braids and plaits expose the earlobe and, as with short hair, are the perfect styles for stud earrings. Hoop earrings are also a great complement for this casual look and will add some dimension to the side of your face, so be aware that if you have a round face you should avoid them.

Ponytail

The ponytail is a simple style that many women favor for wearing to work. Although the hair is drawn back and will suit drop or chunky earrings, the work environment dictates a less flamboyant look. The always versatile stud earrings are therefore the best choice. Small hoops are also a good option and, like studs, will go perfectly with both ordinary working clothes and formal business suits.

Tied up hair

Hair tied up in a bun at the back or a twist, offers the same opportunities as short hair. Studs as always look superb while chandeliers and dangling pieces are excellent alternatives.

Long Hair

Cascading over the ears, long hair will conceal studs and tiny hoops, but they will still have an allure all their own. For your earrings to be more easily seen, they will have to be larger and longer to show through the hair. Long earring and extended geometric shapes are ideal. Being partially covered, they will bring a touch of mystery to your look.

Hair color

Hairstyle is, of course, only one of the factors you need to consider when choosing your earrings. Hair color is important too. While yellow and white metals with diamond mounts suit all hair colors, blondes should go for strongly-coloured gems while pastel colors are more appropriate for brunettes. Redheads, on the other hand, should wear cool shades to temper the fiery color of their hair.

By following these simple guidelines, you will be able to avoid a clash between your earrings and hairstyle. But remember, you need to take other factors into account such as your outfit and the occasion. With careful selection, however, you can rest assured that you will look stunning.

Birthstones! They Are Fashionable!

The gemstones have been considered of vital importance since ancient times. It has been documented that people in 3000 BC used to think that gemstones have healing and magical properties. They used to believe that the gemstones are associated with the stars and planets which is why they used to consult the astrologers when they wanted to buy gemstones. During that time, gemstones were associated with zodiac signs on the basis of the color system. In the 18th century, Polish people started wearing birthstones or zodiac stones when they got to know about the therapeutic and medicinal properties.

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Significance of birthstones

The birthstones have always been thought to bring good luck and health to the person wearing it. The gemstones are believed to be sacred and also look beautiful. So, people are tempted to wear these birthstones to take benefit of its supernatural power.

Meaning of Birthstones

January:

Garnet which is the birthstone for January is a deep red or purple-coloured gemstone that gives protection when the wearer is traveling. It brings success and good luck to the person wearing it.

February:

Amethyst is this month’s birthstone that acts as a healing stone and reduces the anxiety of the wearer. This gemstone is believed to bring courage to one’s heart and originates from the Greek word “Amethystos” meaning “sober”.

March:

Aquamarine is believed to have healing properties. In ancient times, people used to think that it is the stone of the Greek God of Sea, Poseidon. Sailors used to use this gem on their sea voyages and believed that it would protect them from rough weather.

April:

Diamond has its origins in the Greek word “adamas” which meant “invincible”. This crystal clear stone symbolizes eternal love and is believed to give courage to the wearer.

May

Emerald is a green stone that is associated with fertility, rebirth and love. This birthstone for May is a symbol for happiness and success. It originates from the French word “esmeralde” that has meaning “green stone”.

June:

Pearl which symbolizes purity is believed to be the hardened tears of joy from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Apart from pearl, there are two other birthstones for June known as alexandrite and moonstone.

July:

The ancient Hindus have termed ruby as the “king of gems” though it is now associated with love and passion. It is believed that this deep-red coloured gem wards off evil and is believed to make the wearer devoted and loyal.

August:

 Peridot is a yellow-green coloured gemstone which is similar to emerald. It is found in volcanic ashes and is a symbol of strength. Wearing this gem with gold can protect the wearer from nightmares.

September:

Sapphire symbolizes purity and wisdom and helps in protecting against evil. It is known to protect against poisons too. It is believed that poisonous snakes would die when they were kept inside a container made of sapphire.

October:

Opal is a gemstone that is believed to cure eyesight problems and also repel evil. It has originated from the Latin word “opalus” which means “precious jewel”. It symbolizes confidence and faithfulness.

November:

Topaz, the birthstone for November is a symbol for love and affection. It is believed to enhance the strength and the mind of the wearer.

December:

The symbol for success and good fortune is turquoise that is the birthstone for December. It is believed to protect against evil and calm the wearer’s mind. This blue-green coloured gem is considered as a love charm that has originated from an old French term for “Turkish”.

The birthstones in earlier times were classified based on the colour system while they are now based on the zodiac signs. These beautiful gemstones provide benefits to the wearer and so they so much in demand these days.

Everything You Need To Know About Birthstones

The importance of the gemstones was known to people since the Babylon period. Its history goes back to nearly 3000 BC when the gemstones were considered to have magical properties. During that time, astrologers were consulted before buying any gemstone. The classification of the gemstones was done based on each zodiac sign. A color system was used to assign each gem to the zodiac sign. This system was followed by both Indian and Babylonian systems. Even though there was no documentation of the usage of birthstones till the 18th century, Josephus had proclaimed in his writings that there was a connection between the twelve months and the twelve stones in the High Priest’s breastplate. Poland was the first to use gemstones because of their therapeutic and medicinal properties. In the 18th century, people started wearing birthstones or zodiac stones in Poland.

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Significance of birthstones
Most people are drawn to the materials that are considered sacred. The birthstones have always been associated with good luck and good health so people are lured to wear the gemstone for their birth month. These beautiful natural gems are considered powerful and special by the wearer.

Meaning of Birthstones by Month

January
The birthstone for January is Garnet which is considered to provide safety to the wearer during travel. The Garnet is a beautiful deep, rich red or purple-red coloured stone that is known to bring luck and success to the wearer.

February
Amethyst, the birthstone of February gives courage to the wearer and improves his relationships. In ancient times, this gemstone was considered as a healing stone which would calm the wearer and reduce his anxiety. Amethyst originates from the Greek word “Amethystos” which means “sober”.

March
The March birthstone, Aquamarine is a blue colored gemstone and is thought of having healing properties. During ancient times, people believed that drinking the water in which this gem was soaked would cure ailments related to heart, liver and stomach. Another March birthstone is bloodstone that gives strength and increases physical strength of athletes and warriors.

April
The birthstone for April is diamond that comes from the Greek word “adamas” which means “invincible”. This gemstone is a symbol of everlasting love and was thought to provide courage to the wearer.

May
Emerald, the birthstone of May comes in a mesmerizing green hue that symbolizes success and happiness. It has originated from the French word “esmeralde” which means “green stone” and is associated with fertility, rebirth and love.

June
The birthstone for June is pearl which is considered a symbol of purity. It gives the wearer health and longevity properties. The two other birthstones for June are alexandrite and moonstone.

July
Ruby, the birthstone for July is termed as the “king of gems” by ancient Hindus and is believed to protect the wearer from evil. This dark red precious stone is associated with devotion and loyalty.

August
The August birthstone is peridot that symbolizes strength. This yellow-green coloured stone is found in volcanic ashes and is believed to protect the wearer from nightmares when it is paired with gold.

September
Sapphire is the birthstone for September and is believed to protect against evil and poisoning. Since, it is a symbol for purity and wisdom, many priests and kings prefer this gem.

October
The birthstone for October is opal that is a symbol for faithfulness and confidence. It originates from the Latin word “opalus” which means “precious jewel”. It is believed to protect the wearer’s eyesight and ward off evil.

November
The birthstone for November is topaz which is considered to increase the strength and intellect of the wearer. This gemstone symbolizes love and affection for others.

December
Turquoise, the birthstone for December symbolizes good fortune and success. It is regarded as a love charm and is known to protect the wearer from any harm. It relaxes the mind and repels evil spirits.

The gemstones are considered to have supernatural powers and so are attributed to good luck and protection. Astrologers believe that wearing the birthstone is very beneficial for the wearer.