Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays

As the year draws to a close, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas indeed and a marvelous 2015 ahead.  This holiday season is especially meaningful as the world finds itself at a crossroad.  On the one hand we see so much political strife and economic troubles bedeviling us, that we feel a fair bit of trepidation for the days ahead.  Yet we must believe in the human spirit, that in the end, reason and love will ultimately prevail.  There is goodness in the world after all.


We had just commemorated the centennial of the Great War in August, now let us also remember the remarkable Christmas Truce of 1914 when goodwill made itself felt over the trenches and the senseless slaughter.  I bid you all dear friends, a blessed and peaceful holiday, whatever your faith and creed may be.  See you all next year.
Football match between the English and Germans during the truce...if only all conflicts can be settled in this way.

Monday, December 8, 2014

5 Must-know Rules for Wearing Christmas Jewelry & Earrings

Christmas is approaching, it is a season to be jolly. It is also a season to be surprised... the season for Christmas parties at work, home and all over town. Many people add Christmas jewelry to their outfits this time of year without knowing the fashion rules. With Christmas themed jewelry, you need to think about your personal style, how it will look with your wardrobe and what kind of occasion you might be wearing it. In most situations, choosing jewelry and accessories is mostly a matter of finding pieces you love and pairing them with the right clothing. However, selecting holiday jewelry can be a little more complicated. Here are some tips around wearing seasonal jewelry and accessories that will help you get into the festive season without compromising style:

1. Know Your Own Style
"Personal style is accepting who you are"- Diane Von Furstenberg. Do you agree with this?  What is style? It is effortless confidence in being yourself, it is a way putting yourself together according to your mood and what you want to project. Personal style appears to come naturally for some, but for others it can take a while to find it! Style is something each of us already has- all we need to do is find it yourself... I personally think seasonal items are very rare items in everyone's jewelry box. Your everyday style generally  reflects your  personality, so if you get to zealous with the holiday pieces, you may feel uncomfortable. You’ll want to keep reasonably close to your usual style of jewelry in order to feel comfortable, confident and happy wearing seasonal items. On the other hand, if you are normally conservative with your choice of jewelry, you may consider keeping your holiday jewelry simple and classic but with simple Christmas-themed earrings or jewelries.  

 2. Think About the Event/ Occasion
The type of event/ occasion will impact the jewelry you choose to wear. If the event is on the formal side, you may want to tone down the holiday jewelry and keep it classy,  elegant  and  simple.  For  informal  or  casual event,  large broaches,  dangling earrings  or  flashy  Christmas-themed  earrings  &  jewelry  may  be  appropriated. However, you also would be wise to not wear too dressy or showy, formal jewelry to a very casual event. So think twice and do matching before you put on those dress, earrings or jewelries...

 3. Make Everything as Simple as Possible, but NOT Simpler
When it comes to holiday jewelry, avoid the temptation to accessorize yourself like a Christmas tree or too eye catching.  One way to prevent this fashion disaster is to remember that less is more, and you’ll be better off aiming for a few classic pieces that enhance and not detract from your outfit.  Always bear in mind, simple is the best!

 4. Capture One's Attention(The Right Impact)
Because  it  is  the  Christmas  holidays,  you’ll  find  Christmas  jewelry  ranging  from gorgeous and classic to extravagant. A simple black cocktail dress with a sparkling red necklace with a pair of pearl earrings would be stunning. Avoid too much color or busyness by the pattern of the outfit or dress.  You may also pick  something that highlights one of the colors in the jewelry, or just choose black or white. The color tone of the jewelry and your outfit have to be matched accordingly. Last but not least; remember, your jewelry should enhance but not compete with one another.

 5. Choose a Color
At Christmas season, it’s easy to see that the usual festive colors like red, gold, green
and silver. Keeping your color scheme uniform is the best way to accessorize with holiday jewelry. Picking a single color will give disparate pieces a sophisticated. Avoid the scenario of red earrings, a green broach and a gold necklace, for instance, as this would overwhelm the outfit from head to toe. Opt for one main theme to keep things fresh, chic and classy. Remember these 5 tips for wearing holiday jewelry and you'll be perfectly festive and fashionable at your next get-together. Use your own best judgment and err on the side of under-accessorizing, and you'll be the hit of the party.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pearl Earrings As Cute As a Button

It is a very interesting phrase, Cute as a Button. The original expression I believe was “acute or as clever as a button”...... referring to the shine of bright buttons. Some may say it as making reference to a bird or a flower known as a bachelor’s button. No matter the origin, we now use it to refer to something very lively and bouncy.  How about these very 70s-looking button earrings , purple in a cool and psychedelic way!
Vintage purple button earrings

category – an effervescence that’s evergreen.  The young teenage girl within you have that essence of cuteness. This is not some desperate attempt to claw back the years, but simply that the quintessential girl still resides in us despite the years…and sometimes it’s OK to let her out!


The better way might be to build yourself a pearl collection, and accumulate a range rather than just button pearl earrings. In this way we can choose pieces to wear to match a particular occasion or mood. Browse and explore our collection of high luster pearls. They come in a variety of colors from black to pink. Pink shades favor the younger wearer, while darker hues accentuate sophistication.   Obviously, I've got strong attachments to all things pearl...
Pearl button earrings

The photos show button pearl earrings and a selection of other types.   Button pearls are round when seen from the front, but look slightly flattened from the side.   You are welcome to visit my web pages in search of the perfect match for your cute or acute as a button teen, whichever the case may be.
...chic and substantial!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Many Kinds of Earrings

I thought I knew about earrings, and I took some pride in that.  But after talking to someone at a shop recently while browsing, I was given a short little lesson on just how little I did know. First, a bit of neat naval history.

The Pirates and sea farers wore hoop golden earrings for several reasons:

1.      They hung wax off of them that could be used to plug their ears when firing the cannons that can shatter your ear drums when you fought in one too many battles;

2.      They helped with seasickness (I’m a bit dubious on this one), and they were a badge of honor given when a sailor first passed the equator; and

3.      The earrings were usually made of gold that was meant to compensate for burial if they drowned and their body were washed ashore after a shipwreck.

Throughout the centuries the trend continued amongst men, until tables turned and women began to dominate ear adornment. During 1970’s  piercing  reached  new  heights  as  nurses  began attending  ear  piercing  parties  at  department  stores,  alleviating  the  need  for home piercings using a needle and a prayer that infections wouldn’t occur. Eventually ear piercing guns were invented and improved sterilization techniques promoted further adoption of fashion piercings.

Here are the common ones that everyone's heard of:

These kinds of earrings create the illusion of floating on an earlobe, they are also the first earrings you wear after piercing your ears. Post earrings consist of the post that goes through the piercing and an embellishment that is fused or soldered to the front. Designs can be enhanced with drop rings for dangles. Stud earrings stay in place using a clutch or butterfly backing.


Shepherd Hooks - the most popular of all pierced earrings, hook earwires are inexpensive and easy to make by forming wire. Many variations exist by changing the shape, altering the wire or adding ornaments to the hook itself. The drawback of earwires is that they often push forward out of the ear when the end-user wears certain hairstyles, scarves or turtlenecks. A rubber back stopper can help to secure these earrings in place to avoid losses.  


V-wires or Marquise wires - this is currently a popular variation on the standard hook shape. V-wires are typically larger than standard earwires and can support heavier dangles.


Ear Threads – these long earrings thread through the ear and out the opposite side so dangles appear both in front and behind the lobe for an interesting illusion effect.


Kidney wires – are made from wire shaped like a kidney with a hook that latches the finding together. Kidney wires are inexpensive and more secure since they rarely push out of a piercing. Current variations include larger wires that hang lower from the ear.


Hinged Ear Findings

Leverbacks – are a premium ear finding option. These findings have a hinge backing that securely snap into place behind the ear lobe.


Earharp-- shaped like a harp, these findings consist of a post and hinge backing that snaps in place for a secure hold.


 Wire Hoops – these lightweight and inexpensive hoops are ideal for beading or wirework additions. Wire hoops usually have one end flattened and pierced so the hook end can latch into the hole. Or, they may have a circular loop at one end to receive the bent latch hook. Wire hoops come in all shapes and sizes.

 Hinged Hoops – are a more expensive, premium option. These earrings have a hinge that securely latches it into place. Hinged hoops are often made with hollow tubing or solid castings. The larger surface area on the hoops allows for more ornate patterns, shapes and designs.

Endless Hoops – are primarily made from hollow tubing. The top arch is a finer gauge wire that goes through the lobe and then inserts into the open end of the tubing to create an “endless” loop shape.

 Non-pierced Earrings

 Clip-ons – are the most popular non-pierced earrings. They just snap to the lobe to hold it in place but do tend to slip off fairly easily when dangles are too heavy.

Screwbacks - literally twist into place, holding the finding securely to the lobe.


Cuffs – wrap around the cartilage in the middle of the ear. They are purchased as a pre-made cuff or many designers create their own using ear cuff blanks. These are often embellished with a charm or a chain is added linking it to another earring located elsewhere on the ear.


Chandeliers – usually hang from an earwire. These resemble a chandelier and create a cluster effect in jewelry designs.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

An Exciting Jewelry Trend: Double-sided Earrings

For many women, choosing their earrings for the day is part of the fun of being feminine. Earrings set the tone for the whole outfit. And a new jewelry trend is like finding a buried treasure. A look you didn’t even know existed until you find the jewelry item can become one of your favorite or go-to pieces.

 How about trying out this very chic new earring trend?

Double-sided, or back-and-forth earrings are interesting, a bit daring, and are ladylike meets fashion forward. Many are pearl-based and are super feminine while mixing classic with totally modern. Double-sided earrings are also all reversible, so it’s up to you which part you put in the front or the back! Some celebrities are even rocking these types of earrings in just one ear, capturing even more attention to that beautiful solo stud.

 Here are some fantastic, affordable options of double-sided earrings. Pick your favorite and teach your friends about this new, awesome trend in ear-wear.

 Alex Earrings - These earrings are a perfect example of mixing fancy and a little punk rock. The Alex Earrings have a front/back design with pearl pendants and gold tusk backings.


PAVÉ PEARL 360 STUDS - This trend-forward earring mixes womanly pearls with a little disco-glam with its combo of pearl and pavé accents. The pavé part looks like a gorgeous disco ball of your ears.


Cut Off Dagger Cuff Earrings - This pair of earrings are amazing. The majority of the pair comes from the back post. It’s gold sunburst design with crystal-encrusted spikes is very chic mixed with the perfect amount of edginess.


Pearl Double-Sided Earrings - These double-sided pearl earrings are a new twist on an old classic.  One smaller pearl serves as a stud earrings while one larger pearl rests behind your earlobe for a cool meets classy look.  These earrings are available in gold or silver colored settings or peach with rose-gold colored setting (pictured below) and they look like the real thing but for an amazing price!


Curbs Front Back Studs, Rebecca Minkoff

These amazing earrings from Rebecca Minkoff feature a silver-tone claw on one side, and an imitation pearl stud. These are another example of the punk meets feminine look that is so trendy, but will never not be in style.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Earrings Evolution

Ear piercing is one of the oldest and most widespread forms of body modification.   Earrings have been worn for thousands of years, with finds dating back to around 3000 BC, and have adorned the ears for reasons other than simple decoration.    Ancient Mesopotamians, Greeks and Romans believed that earrings would guard against danger and prevent evil spirits entering the body, and in many cultures the size of the earrings demonstrated wealth and social status. Historical Hindu, Buddhist and Chinese sculptures depict certain important royal figures with stretched, elongated earlobes to symbolize their greatness and wisdom.

Aphrodite fresco in Pompeii depicting goddess with earrings

 Greek and Roman inspirations

However, not all heavy earrings were worn through the lobe; they were sometimes worn in the hair or on headdresses, such as the jade ear flares worn in Central American around AD 600-1000.  They were also sometimes worn around the ears and contemporary examples of this method include the beautifully sculptured ear ornaments by Apinya Oo Boonprakob, made in oxidized silver and 24ct gold, which elegantly encircle the ears, and the sculptured ice piece by Naomi Filmer. Kahlo self portrait with ivory earrings
In Western society today the wearing of earrings is increasingly common among men.  In the 1970s the trend was influenced by the punk movement, while the fashion is now upheld by male music performers and professional sportsmen.    However, it is evidently not just a recent craze. Paintings of William Shakespeare show him wearing an earring, and the carved images of soldiers on the palace walls in Persepolis, ancient Persia, are one of the earliest indications of men sporting such adornments.  In the 1920s, earrings were also popular with sailors, who superstitiously believed that the wearing of one from a pair, with the other worn by their sweetheart, would ensure their safe return and reunion.
 Modern punkman earring
Elizabethan man with pearl drop earrings

The ears are vital for our everyday existence: they aid communication and play a critical role in the process of balance and movement. So it is not surprising that we choose to draw attention to them through jewelry, and wish to enhance and adorn them with beautiful pieces.


Contemporary earrings are still worn to signify status and beauty and are most commonly worn to enhance and frame the face.  This positioning makes them highly visible and, if hanging from the lobe, will move with the wearer catching the light and coming to life.  The versatility of the earring allows a broad range of design and scale, from the small to the exaggerated length of pieces which extend beyond the ears...


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bali Beauty, Art and Jewelry

I just took a much deserved holiday on the island of Bali.  It wasn’t my first visit, and I did my best to steer clear of the usual tourist spots filled with cheap T-shirts and overflowing beer. As far away from the madding crowd I strove to be, and I largely succeeded.  Bali will always hold a strange captivation for me, which began when I was struck dumb by a Walter Spies painting at a local museum. Below is his ‘Morning Light’, it is simply sublime. He was a German artist whose life was inextricably intertwined with Bali.  My stay this time was spent partially at his original home in Ubud, which has been turned into a chalet style spa resort, I'm sure the process has made it lose much of its mystique. Commercialization cannot be helped I suppose. The paradox is how else was I to get the chance to stay in such a special place?


Bali is beautiful, and filled with art. Her paddy terraces are best experienced in the early morning before the sun grows fierce, or in the late afternoon when it starts to retire over the horizon…


The Balinese are artistic, and this is reflected in the art and jewelry they create.  A typical landscape painting below features the ubiquitous paddies and Mt. Agung barely discernible in the leafy background.

A scene from the Ramayana


A few of my favorite souvenirs this time:
                            Silver mother of pearl earrings


 Coral jewelry
Moonstone dangle earrings
The closest thing to paradise on Tanah Lot

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