Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jewelry is a Girl's Best Friend

If you are ever wanting to impress your girlfriend or girl buddy then you cannot go past jewelry and it doesn't have to be an expensive diamond. There is an amazing range of jewelry available today - not just in jewelry stores but also online. In the past jewelry has generally been quite expensive and limited to gold or silver jewelry and of course gemstone jewelry - highly priced diamonds and the like. Today fashion jewelry and modern designer pieces have come into their own with a wide choice of bracelets, necklaces, jewelry earrings and often handmade jewelry, all crafted from a range of different materials. Traditional gold jewelry while still very popular is now competing with resin jewelry, sterling silver, leather and beaded jewelry.

Fashion jewelry used to have a reputation of being poorly made but this is no longer the case. Designer and handmade jewelry is now very popular not only because of the uniqueness of many items but also because they are well made with different but nevertheless quality materials. Resin has become increasingly popular because of its pliability and colours and its non-allergenic qualities. Stirling silver bracelets and necklaces are also favoured by girls of today who like its more modern look and the fact that is maintains its shine longer. There is much less time involved in maintaining these materials when compared with the polishing required with silver or gold jewelry.

If you are looking for unique handmade jewelry then you are more likely to find these online as opposed to on display in your chain or jewelry stores. Many designers now market their wares online - they have their own well designed websites with excellent images of their jewelry, clear descriptions of the goods, some detail on the designers themselves: all-in-all very user friendly for the customer. These individual websites also benefit the designer in that they allow a designer to reach a wide market without the high overheads of a retail presence. Most young people today are internet savvy and going online to buy goods is second nature to them. While a ring may need to be tried for size, designer jewelry earrings, necklaces and bracelets have a general fit so there are few problems purchasing these sorts of items online.

Resin jewelry was made popular by individual designers such as Dinosaur Designs who over the years have created collection pieces and expanded from jewelry to handmade resin homewares. Resin is an ideal material because not only does it allow the designer to produce multiples of a style but also provided opportunities for endless colours, sizes (read big!) shapes and forms. Their fashion jewelry and other wares are now exported throughout the world.

Jewelry earrings made from sterling silver and combined with glass or painted beads are very popular and will always go down well as a gift for a girlfriend or buddy. There are so many beautiful designs and colours to choose from, you will have no difficulty finding something suitable. Jewelry has long been a girl's best friend and this remains so even today.

Necklaces - Expressions in Jewelry

Claws, rocks, teeth, pottery and other items made up the first pendants to adorn early necklaces. Ancient man used whatever he could find on the ground to adorn his neck. As civilizations evolved, so did the materials used to create this type of jewelry.

The Egyptians made colored glass beads but they also adored gemstones in their pieces. One style that is quintessentially Egyptian is the usekh which is a gold collar style that was often adorned with charms and gemstones. Today, the choker may be the closest thing to this ancient decoration.

Classic Styles and New Trends

There are so many different kinds of beaded, silver and gold necklaces to choose from that there really is something for everyone. From the simplest diamond solitaire pendant to quirky layers, the possibilities for expression are limitless. There is nothing more classic than a pearl necklace. Whether faux pearls or real, women of all ages are wearing this classic piece on special occasions.

Gold necklaces are also classic and go with everything from casual to dressy. There are simple gold chains that can hold pendants and there are fancy pieces that need no other adornments. Men appreciate this style as well. They tend to wear bolder pieces that are wider and thicker. Often, they will wear a heavy gold pendant or charm as well.

Silver pieces are available in inexpensive simple pendants to very expensive designer fashion jewelry. Some of these designer pieces can as expensive as some pieces with gold and gemstones. A fairly new trend in silver is initial chains. The initials may be dressed up with crystals or diamonds or plain.

Metal or plastic beads that make up some costume jewelry can also come at quite a price. Luckily, there are stylish pieces made of all kinds of materials that can be purchased at any price point.

Caring for Bead Necklaces and More

Beads are usually made from plastic and can be wiped down with a damp cloth. If they are gold, clean them like any other type of gold necklace-in warm soapy water and gently wipe with a soft cloth. Silver necklaces require different treatment because of their tarnishing properties. A special silver cleaner should used to remove these spots. There are wipes, creams and liquids specially designed for this.

To store all necklaces, utilize that section of the jewelry box that has hooks. You know the ones where the doors open up and the hooks are placed across the back of the door? Those are for hanging your pieces. Otherwise, they could quickly become a mass of tangled chains. It is a true test of patience to have to untangle this mess!

If a special occasion is coming up, a diamond necklace or some other style is a great choice for a gift. It doesn't have to be sized and it lasts forever. Whether for a special occasion or she just wants to treat herself, the choices are numerous. Simple and sophisticated or quirky and cute, there is a style for every personality.

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