Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Is Your Sterling Silver Jewelry Tarnished?

How to take care of your Sterling Silver jewelry the easy way!

Sterling Silver is a precious metal that will tarnish but there are a few things you can do to extend your beautiful shine on your silver before cleaning them.

But first, a little information you should know about sterling silver. Silver does not react to oxygen or water at ordinary temperatures, which means it does not tarnish easily. However, silver has other metals in the alloy, usually copper that may react with oxygen in the air which over time will tarnish your silver. Therefore, many manufacturers have started plating sterling silver with rhodium which provides maximum durability and prevents silver from tarnishing quickly.

What makes sterling silver tarnish? Common chemicals in perfumes, hair sprays, soaps, and lotions will make sterling silver and rhodium plated silver tarnish. Chemicals such as chlorine in swimming pools will tarnish your jewelry as well, so keep from wearing your jewelry to the pool or beach.

How should you clean and take care of your sterling silver and rhodium plated silver jewelry? The best item to use for cleaning your jewelry is a jewelry polishing cloth that is infused with a special jewelry cleaner. It is quick and easy to use and can be stored for future use. Although you may be tempted to use a silver liquid cleaner, DON'T, it is too harsh and can damage your rhodium plating.

For optimal care, keep your silver jewelry in a dry and air-tight jewelry box or zip-lock bag. You can find jewelry boxes that are lined with an anti-tarnish lining which works wonderfully.

Just a little bit of care and your sterling silver can look beautiful for years to come!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How to Wear Layered Necklaces

Layered necklaces have been on the top of the fashion list and I don’t see it moving down the list for a long time. These necklaces are so versatile that they can be worn with jeans, dresses, blouses, and t-shirts.  Layered necklaces are a lot of fun, they add texture, color, and uniqueness to your outfit.

Here are a few tips on how to look stylish with layered necklaces

I am sure you have a nice collection of necklaces of all lengths, so try putting a few together.  Put together two or three necklaces, one longer than the next.  You can go simple with multiple chains

or be more creative by mixing chains and beaded necklaces together.  A simple chain with a beaded necklace adds color and boldness. 

A choker with a longer chain is showing up everywhere this season.

Another great look is to add a pendant necklace, this will add a focal point to your layered necklace.  It can be a natural stone, metal disc, metal bar, tassel, or anything that strikes your fancy.  But if putting together your own layered necklace is not for you, buy a necklace that is pre-layered.  

Have fun and experiment, the sky is the limit when it comes to fashion!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

How To Care For Your Earrings

Update Your Earring Holder

If you are like me and have dozens of earrings and a regular jewelry box than you may do what I do, I toss them in compartments! Not the smartest thing but I am always in a rush and don't take care of my earrings as much as I do my necklaces. With that said, I have come to the realization that if I want to save time in the morning I need to be more organized. Being more organized will not only save me time but it will protect my earrings from getting tangled, broken, and losing one of the pairs.

I was looking around for earring holders and found some really cute and fairly inexpensive earring holders

But I could not find something that really screamed ME so I turned to Pinterest! There I found DYI earring holders that would satisfy anyone's needs. Most of them are very simple and only need a few items that you can find in your home or at your local store.

Here are just a few great ideas I found:

One was made with old CD's, another with a baking rack and the third with plastic storage drawers and some foam. I loved all these ideas, they are simple and will accommodate different style earrings and I can keep adding on to them.

Need to update how you store your earrings? Take a look at Pinterest for great choices.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Necklaces For Every Neckline

Which Necklace Goes With This Neckline?

Do you ever feel that you don’t know what style necklace to wear with your outfits? Well we are here to give you some simple guidelines. These are not hard and fast rules, just a guideline to make picking the perfect necklace fast and easy.

V Neck

V-necklines usually show more skin which means you have more room to express yourself. Necklaces in a ’V’ shape or short collar style compliments this neckline. A ‘V’ shape necklace can be anything from a simple metal chain with a pendant to a bold beaded necklace with a pendant or multi stone bib necklaces. As with the ‘V’ shaped necklaces, collar necklaces of metal or stones look just right.


A button up shirt is a basic top that you will find in every women’s closet, its simple, neat and compliments skirts, pants, jeans, and shorts.  But do you know what the best necklace to wear with it is?

Bib and collar necklaces look polished with a fully buttoned shirt by wearing the necklace under the collar so the front is seen between the collar ends. But even if you have an open collar, a collared necklace will still look great.

Another popular style for open collars is the layered look; this can be short or long layers. Layering metal with metal, metal with beads, or beads with beads this will make a bold yet subtle statement.

Crew Neckline

Crew necklines are the most versatile necklines when it comes to necklaces.

If wearing a crew neckline, collar necklaces worn close to the neck with bold beads and or metal really elevates an outfit.

Long and short necklaces are simple and effective as are the layered look.  Short to long layers is a simple effective look.

Scoop necklines which are crew necklines just a little deeper have more room for play like the ‘V’ neckline. Statement necklaces, bold and beautiful make it easy to accessorize a plain top. Go for color and texture. If you want to keep it simple opt for a simple metal necklace, layered or not, its simple and easy.



A strapless dress or top is a classic look, it can be elegant or fun, it’s all about your neck and shoulders and with that said, short necklaces looks great, emphasizing your neckline. A necklace 12”-16” sits far above the neckline emphasizing your neck and shoulders. But that's not to say a multi strand of pearls wouldn't look just as fabulous, all eyes will be on your necklace. 

If you are making an elegant statement my first choice is a simple strand of pearls but a gold or silver thick chain looks just as pretty. 

But if you want to make your outfit pop add a bold statement necklace with mixed metals, beads, stones, flowers, or nautical themes for fun.

Don’t be afraid to go bold with vibrant colors, textures, or crystals, there are so many beautiful options out there. So have fun and create new looks for yourself, that’s what jewelry is all about!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

2016 Jewelry Trends from the London, Milan, Paris, and New York Fashion Weeks

 As with every fashion week, we see outrageous outfits that get our attention, some we will wear and others we just admire. And just like the clothing we see, some pieces of jewelry fit our everyday lives better than others.  And that’s not to say that we don’t love the outrageous because we do, jewelry helps us to be the person we want to be and want people see in us, just like our choice of clothing. Sometimes its easier to put on a little black dress and look elegant and simple but when paired with a bold chunky colorful necklace makes our little black dress pop and so do we.  The beauty of jewelry is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to change your look by buying new clothes; accessories are and always will be a key element in fashion.

Every girl should have the simple, elegant pieces of jewelry in their jewelry box that they can throw on without a thought knowing they will pair nicely with any outfit like pearls, gold or silver chains, and simple chain bracelets but you need spice in your life and that’s where your statement necklaces, chokers, brooches, statement rings, stacked bracelets and all the other exciting jewelry come in.

This years jewelry trends are pearls, chokers, statement necklaces, vintage necklace, brooches, multi rings, and statement rings.  We will be seeing these in bold colors, chains, fringe, crosses, large hoops, and crystals.  But that is not all, we will still be seeing a lot of tassel’s, stacked bracelets as well as wrapped bracelets.  

I think what is great is that almost any jewelry style is seen and admired. And what will always remain true is that gold and silver will never go out of style but can always be taken to a new level.

So be bold, or not and accessorize your lovely outfits to meet your personality, mood, or image you feel, but have fun!