Plus Size Lingerie For All Women

Initially there was a myth revolving that lingerie is not available for plus size women. But it is just a myth or even a thing of the past. Now there are plus size lingerie shops all over the world which is especially meant for plus size cute women. Some plus women do not use any kind of lingerie which is really bad for the way they look and also for their personal hygiene. Even branded lingerie makers have plus size lingerie in their stock.

Plus size lingerie can also be as sexy as ordinary sized perfect lingerie. Plus size women who have good features can use good lingerie to look attractive and sexy. Plus lingerie is also available in all possible materials like rubber, latex, PVC, leather, lace, etc. These types of lingerie are sexy to wear and also make you feel really good about the way you look. Not only bras, but there are body stockings and corsets too available for plus sized women which give an overall body advantage. These plus size body stockings and corsets make you look sexy and curvaceous and also confident of yourself.

In the market that is rapidly growing, now there is lingerie that actually makes you slim by acting on your body in some way. It is said that regular use of such lingerie will actually reduce inches of your body within weeks of its usage. Plus sized women should always see that the lingerie they buy must be of their size, just because they buy lingerie that is one or two sizes smaller than their own size will not make them lose weight but just make them feel uncomfortable. If you are busy and do not have the time to go shop for plus size lingerie in stores buy them online from a trusted website.

Source by Ramit Soni

Charms and Charm Bracelets – More Than Just A Regular Jewelry

Charm bracelets are more like a story of your life with each one of those charms representing some significant moment in your life. Although all those charms dangling from your charm bracelet look pretty, no doubt, but they are much more than just fancy trinkets. They are the millions of your life.

Usually people like starting a charm bracelet to mark a significant event in their lives or most of the times such charm bracelets are gifted. These bracelets are called starter bracelet and every time a significant event occurs a charm is added to the bracelet to mark the event. For example a charm bracelet can be gifted to a mother to be who can use the bracelet to mark the important milestones in her baby's life through various charms like pacifier, booties, teddy bear etc.

This kind of jewelry has been a part of man's life from the very beginning. These bracelets were earlier used as amulets to banish evil eye and other supernatural evil forces. In Egypt, pharaohs wore these bracelets as a status symbol. The advent of the 20th century saw Queen Victoria wearing these bracelets with items like crests and beads and they became immensely popular.

These days people prefer charms and charms bracelets for different reasons. Some like them as keepsakes and others like them due to the fashion statement they make. Moreover charms and charms bracelets are a perfect gift for all occasions. You can gift charms to mark your daughter's graduation day or her first job. Many best friends wear identical charms bracelets to represent their friendship. Some times mothers wear charms bracelets with one charm for each of her children.

You can get some nice charms and charms bracelets from online stores or real time stores like fashion stores jewelry stores and even departmental stores. You can score the flea markets and even the hotel gift shops to get the charm of your choice.

Charm bracelets come in a variety of sizes, which also determine the number of links available. You can add more links or even remove them as per your requirements. Different charms have different meanings so you need to choose your charms with care. For instance a key presents a happy home while an elephant means treasured memories. A ballerina means that you will realize all your dreams one day.

As the charms get added on to the bracelet they almost become a part of the owner's personality. People use different kinds of themes for their charms bracelets. Sea lovers like charms bracelets with anchors, shells and other related charms. People who love animals like having their bracelet with animal charms like lions, bears and other animals.

Sometimes, family heirlooms are also charm bracelets where they are passed on from the mother to the daughter. These represent one of the most treasured pieces of jewelry since they have a rich history associated with them.

Source by Shiran Cohen

Cleaning The Ionic Way – Gets That Jewelry Sparkling!

Ionic cleaning – Never heard of it – or unsure how it works?

First, I will give you a quick run down on using the Ionic system.
It's pretty easy really. The basic unit, of the type I use, is like a small cauldron. It runs on one 9 volt battery. On the bottom, inside the unit, is a round aluminum plate. This creates a reaction with the solution you pour into the unit.

This solution is diluted with water. Only a small amount is mixed with water, typically 1 part concentrate to 6 parts water.

Once you have this set up you are ready to clean! If you are only cleaning one piece, all you do is to attach it to the unit's crocodile clip. If you have several pieces to clean, you can do them all in one go by placing them in the stainless steel wire basket that comes with the unit.
Although you can fill the basket up with jewelry, I have found, for best results each piece should not touch another. A little tip, when cleaning the likes of chains, you get best results by dipping section by section into the solution.

When you have everything ready, sit the item or basket in the solution you activate the unit by pressing a little red button on the side of the unit. Remove after whatever time period, rinse thoroughly and dry. That's basically it!

The amount of time to keep an item in the solution depends on a few things. The main point being the type of metal, sterling silver, other silver and base metal takes the least amount of time to clean. An exact time is difficult to pinpoint as it depends on the amount of tarnish or dirt on the piece. The average time is approximately 10 seconds – yes – only 10 seconds. Gold items, whether solid, plated, rolled / filled or whatever takes longer. Again, exact time depends on tarnish, etc., the average being 20 seconds. I have found the best way to approach all cleaning in the unit is to dip, rinse and check every 5 to 10 seconds and repeat as many times as necessary to get the best results.

As I said, there are other factors to consider though if you follow the dip, rinse, dip method you really can not go wrong. The worst thing to do is thinking that an item is so dirty, I'll leave it in for a minute or two – maybe even 3 minutes. This can result in damage through over exposure. Stick to seconds for each dip.

I have used this method on my jewelry for quite some time now and over time you get to know how long it takes for the various metals and concentrations of tarnish, dirt, etc.,
The results I have experienced on cubic zirconia stones is nothing short of fantastic, what a sparkle they have after cleaning! I have also cleaned some old and very dirty pieces with good results. Sometimes perfect results are not achievable if an item is so far gone, but certainly far superior results than using many other methods. Ionic cleaning gets into every nook and cranny.

Using this type of unit gives you cleaning and polishing in one easy step. It is a form of electro polishing. The Ionic system uses polishing agents and gentle soap cleansers to remove tarnish and dirt with a safe bubbling action. These bubbles are formed by the carefully controlled electrical current that passes through metals reducing surface tension of dirt and floating it and tarnish away – instantly. Restores metal lustre and stone brilliance. It is a safe cleaner for emeralds, opals, pearls and is an especially good cleaner for diamonds, really makes them sparkle.
The reason it is so good for so many stones is that the cleaning solution contains no acids or ammonia, it is also odorless. Using the same solution, you can clean gold, silver, gold-filled and costume jewelery.

Note: I have heard that drusy (quartz crystal) stones should not be cleaned in an ionic cleaner because of their delicate crystal structure. I have not tested that theory, but I do not recommend ionic cleaning of drusy unless you can first test a small piece of it that you do not mind messing up if it gets damaged. Always test small items or areas if unsure!

    Now, a little more in depth information about the cleaning solution

The concentrate is an odorless cleaning solution an effective, fast-acting degreaser, which also removes oxidation and brightens metal to a like-new finish. It acts as the electrolyte in the ionic cleaning process and can be used repeatedly before it needs to be replaced. Dilution for general cleaning is 1 part concentrate to 6 parts water.
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Indian Style Clothing

Clothing in India depends on geography, ethnicity, local cultural traditions and climate. It can vary from region to region.

Traditionally, Indian people clothing roots back to plain Langotis and loincloths (one-piece garment kept in place by a belt). They were mostly worn on a daily basis or on such festive occasions as dance performances and various rituals.

Today western clothing is commonly worn by Indian people of all social strata. India is well-known for its gorgeous diversity of fibers, weaves, materials and colors of traditional clothing. Moreover, clothing color codes followed by some people are based on the ritual and religion concerns. For example, Hindu women typically wear white-color clothes to indicate mourning.

Woman’s clothing

As we already mentioned, Indian woman’s clothing varies greatly depending on the religion, local culture and climate. Indian sarees and lehenga cholis (or Gagra cholis) are considered traditional clothing for women in the east and north, south women typically wear sarees and their children wear pattu langas.

Sarees made out of silk material are considered the most elegant. Being the capital city of Maharashtra state, Bombay, also known as Mumbai, is one of India’s fashion capitals. Women prefer wearing a saree, a long piece of colorful patterned cloth, draped over a plain blouse. Such forehead decoration as Bindi is considered a part of women’s traditional make-up. Indo-western clothing presents the fascinating mix of Subcontinental and Western fashion. This mix gives birth to Khara Dupatta, dupatta, huridar, gamchha, mundum neriyathum, kurta, sherwani and so on.

Traditional Saree Magic

Being a female garment in the Indian subcontinent, a traditional saree is an unstitched cloth, 4-9 meters in length, that drapes over the body in a great variety of styles. Do you already know which style works better for you? Sambalpuri saree from East? Or you prefer mysore silk of Karnataka from South? Maybe your best choice would be paithani from West? Or Banarasi saree from North?

As a rule, the saree is worn over a petticoat, with a backless or halter neck style blouse. Sarees are generally known with different names in different places. For example, In Kerala white sarees with golden borders, called kavanis, are worn on special occasions. Plain white sarees worn everyday are known as mundus. In Tamil Nadu sarees are called pudavai, but in Karnataka, they are called seere.

According to Indian fashion designer Rahul Mishra, whatever be the mode of expression of the designer, each garment should have a sense of purpose and only then it can meet the expectations of the buyer.

Today there are a variety of online stores that offer a rich repertoire of unique Indian clothing designs. There you may find various Indian ethnic wears, including designer sarees, salwar kameez, anarkali suits, bridal lehenga cholis, salwar suits, bollywood anarkalis, pakistani anarkali suits and many other traditional Indian costumes for any taste and budget.

Source by Anna John Raynor

The Glorious Jewelry of Ancient Rome

Buongiorno!

I lived in Italy for 5 years and adore this country. Their food, their language and their culture. Like a sponge, I soaked it all up. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits of ancient jewelry, lovingly displayed in museum showcases.

When one thinks of ancient Rome, visions of gladiators, their swords flashing in the Italian sun, billowing cloaks fastened in front with ornately decorated gold brooches, women in flowing robes, fabulous necklaces resting beneath a head of curls, comes to mind. Glorious drop earrings of coloured stones adorn their ears, gold snake-style bracelets their upper arms.

Jewelry was big in ancient Rome. Very big. Since the Romans believed that jewelry warded off the “Evil Eye”, no one went without at least one piece.

The most common pieces of jewelry in early Rome were brooches and rings. The brooch was a versatile item, securing not only cloaks but clothing in general. Since clothing was generally pinned rather than sewn, decorated items called a fibula, made of gold and decorated with semi-precious stones, were used to secure the folds.

The early Italians sculpted jewelry from crude gold, rather than silver. This jewelry was afforded by the nobles. The poor wore cheaper versions, usually from bone or cheaper natural stones.

Romans, because of the reach of the Roman Empire, were able to make their jewelry from a myriad of wonderful and exotic materials. They had access not only to gold, but to bronze, bone, and natural stones. Egypt provided them with the treasured Lapis Lazuli and pearl. They imported sapphires and diamonds from the East. Emeralds, amber, turquoise, amethysts, garnets were all present in Roman jewelry, adorning necks, wrists and arms, as long as 2,000 years ago.

The affluent women, adorned themselves with trinkets all the time, at home and when in public. It was a sign of wealth and stature, just as it is today. Bracelets, rings, amulets, necklaces, cameos and rings and an assortment of adornments on their heads such as tiaras, diadems and coronets. They copied the filigree finish which was an Egyptian style. Filigree is a delicate, lace-like design, made then in gold. Filigree is popular today and is found in costume jewelry that looks as real as the gold version. Bracelets were kept closed with a toggle-type pin. A closure that is used today for practical and decorative purposes.

Men were fond of finger rings, and were expected to wear at least one. Some men would display a ring on every finger. Placing a seal on documents, to keep the contents safe from the wrong eyes, to identify the sender and to show prestige. Rings with an engraved gemstone were used with wax.

Another popular and important item was a large pendant filled with perfume. At any time, they could dab a little on their wrists. Bathing was not a daily event, particularly with the poorer classes so this was a means to keep themselves smelling fresh.

For centuries, adorning ourselves with precious, semi-precious and imitation jewelry has been of significant importance.

Adorn yourself. Never be boring.

CIAO!

Source by Anne Barrows

How to Clean a Diamond Ring

Diamond rings pick up quite some dirt and grime over the weeks and months they are on your finger and cleaning your diamond in order to bring it back to its original sparkling self is not as easy as it might seem as certain precautions must be taken before proceeding.

There are several cleaning methods of which the first, whether done at home or professionally is in using an electric high frequency vibrating machine where the diamond ring is placed in a recipient containing a special cleaning fluid and it is literally ‘shaken’ clean by the vibrations within the solution created by the machine.

We do not recommend this method as it can cause the diamond, especially if it is set in gold or silver and is of a certain size, to wiggle itself loose within the setting due to the vibrations.

This will allow a loose claw to get caught on any material. Pull apart, perhaps slowly, with as a result that the diamond will be prone to fall out especially if it is set between 4 claws.

So under no circumstances should you allow anyone to use such a method to clean your diamond ring even if it is offered to you free of charge unless of course you accept the risk factor.

The best method is what we call the ‘soap sud’ method.

You pour a small amount of boiling water in a small recipient in which a drop or two of liquid detergent has been added. Then taking an old tooth brush, dipped into the solution, you begin to brush the ring seeing to it that the bristles of the brush are penetrating the small openings around the diamond. This you do several times until you are satisfied that the bristles have penetrated all of the orifices around and within the mount and on the diamond itself.

Making sure, of course, that the sink has been blocked so that there is no risk of your ring falling into the water evacuation hole, rinse your diamond ring under the hot tap in order to remove whatever soap suds that may remain and then dry your ring using a clean kitchen towel or tissue.

Having done this there is one more important step to take and that involves methylated spirits.

Place the ring in a small recipient containing some methylated spirits for 15 seconds, then wiggle it a bit within the solution in order to create movement. The diamond ring is then dried using the kitchen towel or tissue again.

The methylated spirit will revive the brilliance of the metal and it will again shine and it will remove any ‘haze’ effect left by the liquid detergent, giving the diamond that extra sparkle it deserves.

This is the only method we at the Jewellery Web Shop actually recommend as no damage can be done to the diamond and its mount.

Under no circumstances must any hard objects be used to pry into the orifices of the ring nor anything harder than the bristles of a toothbrush as otherwise there is a risk of further scratching to the metal of the ring.

Source by George Zaidmann

How to Clean Ostrich Leather Handbags

Ostrich is a soft and exquisite leather distinguished by its pattern of quill. It’s also one of the toughest, but most pliable of the exotic leathers. Full of natural oils, ostrich leather handbags have a high resistance to drying, cracking and stiffness. This is not a license to get careless with them, however. There are some specific guidelines that need to be followed in the care and cleaning of ostrich leather. When cared for properly, ostrich leather handbags can last a lifetime.

  • Ostrich leather handbags don’t require a lot of maintenance to keep them in good shape. But there are some things that you should avoid at all costs.
  • Don’t use any soaps or solvents on the leather. Ostrich leather doesn’t have a heavy finish like other exotic skins such as alligator or crocodile, so there isn’t much protecting it.
  • This is okay. The leather’s natural oils keep it soft and well conditioned. The oils from your hands will also help condition the leather, adding to its natural sheen. Ostrich leather handbags are known to improve in appearance over time.
  • It’s resiliency to drying and cracking protect it from the elements, but certain steps should be taken to prevent extended exposure to moisture and especially direct sunlight.
  • Because ostrich leather finishes are generally transparent, sunlight can cause the leather to fade over time.
  • Ideally, you’ll want to clean your purse at least bi-monthly.
  • To remove moisture, simply wipe off with a clean, dry cloth.
  • To remove stains, all you need to do is wipe it off using a clean, damp cotton cloth (not wet). Remove stains immediately so they don’t have time to set in.
  • Let the purse dry naturally, indoors. Don’t dry it in direct sunlight or with a hair dryer. If it got soaked in the rain, you can use a small fan. Be sure to wedge it open and turn it regularly so it dries evenly.
  • Don’t use any cleaners or conditioners for conventional leathers or other exotic leathers. We have heard of ostrich-specific products, but we haven’t tested any yet, so we can’t recommend them. We will be testing them in the future on our website.
  • For greasy stains, sprinkle a light layer of talcum powder onto the soiled area and let it sit for an hour. Brush it off using a clean, dry cloth. Don’t use brushes or paper as these can scratch the surface.
  • Ostrich leather should be stored in a cool, dry place when not in use.
  • It should also be covered in its box or dust bag to prevent dust from settling on its surface.
  • Don’t fold or stress the purse in any way. Allow it to rest naturally, with plenty of space and nothing sitting on top of it, pressing it under its weight.
  • Tuck the strap inside, especially if there’s a chain or hardware on it. This will prevent it from scratching the leather.
  • Simply protecting ostrich leather handbags from the elements, not allowing stains to set and wiping off dust periodically will keep them in great shape.

Every stylish woman should add an ostrich leather handbag to her collection. The soft, supple leather feels gorgeous to your touch and the delicate pattern of the quill follicles is incredibly chic. It confers an air of sophistication and quality and though more expensive than most other exotic skins, it’s an investment that really does last for years. Ostrich leather handbags have been known to become family heirlooms, being passed on from one generation to the next. Understanding and caring regularly for your purse can give you a lifetime of happy memories and add to your stylish image.

Source by Alexandra Maria D

The Importance Of A Sewing Accessory

For many people, the art of sewing is a long gone skill that is no longer necessary. As we head to the many retail stores that offer the clothes and other materials that we need, we find that there is no longer a need to sit down with our needle and thread – or at our sewing machine – and create a piece that we can easily purchase in a fraction of the time. But for others, sewing is a skill and hobby they will never relinquish as it allows them to save money and infuse their own personal style and creativity into every piece they make. And for these people, having the proper sewing accessory at hand at all times is necessary for success and enjoyment.

There are a great many fabric stores today that offer all that you need to complete your latest sewing project – miles and miles of fabric and every tool imaginable. Of course, the added benefit of these stores is the helpful and knowledgeable employees who will assist you in finding everything you need. In order to begin and successfully complete your project however, you must know what sewing accessory is integral in the process.

For those who sew by hand, the sewing accessory that is needed is very different than if they were to sew by machine. In addition to material, hand sewn items require a needle and a variety of thread colors that match your fabric. Additionally, fabric scissors, a ruler, and a thimble are all worthwhile tools. For those who sew by machine, the needle is still a necessary sewing accessory. Of course thread, scissors, and a ruler are also needed.

In either case, for most people, a pattern is, by far, the most important sewing accessory needed to get the job done right. A pattern will act as a template to help you design and complete the project. A well-chosen sewing accessory will put you well on your way to a beautiful outcome.

Source by Michelle Bery

Casual Is the Mantra for Mens Fashion!

Men's attire mostly consist of a pair of trousers in dark colors or a pair of jeans topped by a collared shirt. With changing styles and men's designer clothes reaching new heights, the same old trousers and jeans have been given a totally different look. They now come in different fabrics and shapes. Bell bottoms, tights, elephant pants, low waist jeans, seamless pleated trousers, belt less jeans etc. have surfaced due to designers' innovation.

Today in men's fashion, the casual look is cool and trendy. A pair of jeans with a bright colored red, green, or half sleeve shirt looks great for a day out with friends and collections. If it's a slightly more dressy occasion, just wrap a bright colored scarf around your shoulders, pull on a shearling jacket, and you are set to make a cool style statement. Get a pair of military boots, and turn up the jeans to show off your shoes, this is another cool look and a perfect trendsetter!

Denims are here to stay. They will never go out of fashion. If you are in love with denims, then the double denim look is definitely for you. Opt for the double denim jeans with a light casual shirt, or if you think you can carry off a denim shirt also with this ensemble, go for it! Sport a scarf to give a relaxed party look. Denim trousers paired with a casual shirt suits almost all occasions.

The look this season in men's fashion is all about sporting a casual look with little bit of detailing. To your casual pair of jeans, tees and jacket, you can add a badge, or a contrast color zip. To get unusual stylish looks that set you apart from the rest, tune into the Ministry of Fashion site. They have a large collection of jackets, coats and blazers. You can choose from a bikers jacket, or a aviator jacket, or the happening shearling jacket.

Refined ruggedness is the key to men's designer wear. It applies to your shoes and boots too. If you can pull it off, try out bright colored ankle length socks with traditional suits, matching it to your shirt color. Men's military boots are making a fashion statement too this season. Military boots with bright colored socks, a pair of jeans with brightly colored shirt, or a leather coat with a scarf will complete the look, and floor any onlookers completely!

Source by Neil Martin

Marketing Strategy and Movie Distribution Plans

It’s too easy to neglect having a marketing strategy and movie distribution plan when producing on an indie film budget. Producers are focused on fleshing out a tight screenplay, hiring cast and crew while keeping track of every dollar they spend. Studio budget movies hire goliath companies to develop a marketing strategy and movie distribution plan for their latest blockbuster.

Indie filmmakers have to get creative with their marketing strategy and movie distribution plan so their creative hard work doesn’t just disappear after it’s done. I’ve been learning a lot of good stuff by following what other filmmakers are doing to market a movie in order to make film distribution money.

One movie with a sexually driven theme created artwork and an attention grabbing marketing package that included condoms with the name of the film printed on them. I read they stood out at film festivals with this creative approach. There are also rare indie produced movies that are so damn entertaining they secure meaningful movie distribution without a strong marketing strategy to promote them.

But why take the gamble that your movie will be one of the rare ones? Thinking about a marketing strategy and movie distribution plan early as possible is what successful indie producers do. I don’t read entertainment industry trades like The Hollywood Reporter or Variety because they don’t have information based off the real life indie cinema scene.

I’ve been turning to blogs more and more that are ran by indie producers and filmmakers that share what marketing strategies and movie distribution plans have worked for them. I really like reading Indie Slate Magazine and MovieMaker Magazine because they spend time focusing on the business of indie filmmaking not just the creative part of the process.

Creating an online buzz for an indie feature is one of the most effective ways to market a movie without having to spend money you don’t have. It only takes personal time to run a movie blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, Google +1 and other popular social networking outlets. Crowd funding for indie movies has really shown that people do respond to online marketing. The effort to keep a movie blog fresh and stay connected with people pays off in the end. Building interest for a movie online is the way to go.

Having an idea of what the movie distribution plan is going to be will depend on what you want as a producer. Are you going to self-distribute or look to land a distribution deal with a company?

Movie self-distribution makes financial sense for smaller budget indie films. Self-distribution allows the creators to keep control of the rights to their movie. Less money has to be made from direct sales to make a real profit from a movie because there aren’t distribution fees and percentages taken out by a distributor. Many filmmakers have made money for their film investors and themselves from their work through self-distribution combined with an aggressive online marketing push they do themselves.

Landing a movie distribution deal normally offers greater exposure and more people see a movie that is released by a film distribution company worldwide than a self-distributed titled. Movie distributors that cater to releasing indie films usually don’t put together a big marketing strategy. They have relationships with film buyers all over the world that receive their catalog of available titles or see what they have at film markets.

Avoid a past mistake I made by sitting back after signing a distribution deal expecting the distributor to market the hell out of the title. It’s important to still have a workable marketing strategy after you sign a movie distribution agreement. You’ll have to check with the distributor to see what you can and can’t do to market your movie online. But overall it’s a win-win for both parties in exposure and film sales.

Source by Sid Kali

Jewellery For The Ages

One of life’s great problems for many people is the regular worry and disturbance that comes with the responsibility of gift buying: exactly how do you keep coming up with fresh ideas that meet the wishes and expectations of those near and dear ones that you are buying for? As members of a consumer driven society and in an age when even tiny tots from the beginning apparently grow up with a certainty that their every wish should be fulfilled, a high degree of obligation is placed on many of us to repeatedly demonstrate our “duty” by presenting glorious gifts when it comes to Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries and so on. A few lucky people seem to have the knack of conjuring up unique and pertinent surprises almost all the time, but the rest of us struggle. So what can you do?

Well, one approach is to focus on a theme. There are some tried and trusted concepts such as books, music or clothes, but what if you want to do something a little differently? What if you’re looking for an approach that is suitable for people of all ages, so that the theme woks for all members of your family or group of friends at times such as Christmas or is valid for close friends or relatives as time goes by? One theme that can give you a great deal of leeway, particularly for the ladies in your life that you’re buying for, is jewellery. It is widely welcomed and loved by most girls and ladies, and that statement in itself suggests one concept for a theme – buying jewellery for ladies at different stages of their lives:

– Young girls seem to assimilate their elders’ love of jewellery almost from the beginning. And by the time girls have started school and begun to socialise with friends, the concept of identity has taken hold – so how about a piece of personalised jewellery such as a necklace with their name picked out in letters as pendant items?

– Teenagers are more and more into the rituals of make up, appearance and relationships, so try out a romance-based item such as heart bracelets or a more diverse one such as charm bracelets.

– Bride to be are consumed by thoughts of the future and their big event to be, and rightly so. As a contrast, and whether she has opted for conventional jewellery or something more unique such as art deco engagement rings or vintage rings, try to find a matching piece of jewellery that will complement her choice.

– Moms frequently miss out when it comes to thoughts of glamour but a pair of carefully chosen silver earrings can work wonders in giving her some options for freshening up the look of her existing outfits.

– Grandmas have a lot of memories to look back on and a family to remember. One way to help with this is to give them a heart locket so that they can insert photos of their closest loved ones.

Those are just a few of the many opportunities and thoughts that jewellery can provoke – so the next time that you have a major gift buying task on hand, why not pursue the theme idea in general and the jewellery concept in particular to come up with some special surprises for the people you need to delight?

Source by Sue Stafford

Qualities of Gold Bracelets

Gold bracelets always cater women and men equally. There were times when these bracelets were only worn by women. Today, men and especially teenager boys have a craze to wear them. Gold is a metal that is expensive yet alluring. Its flexibility and malleability allows its inclusion in much gold jewelry like necklaces, rings and bracelets etc.

There are many designs available in the market. The price tags of these bracelets also vary. There are certain factors which determine the price and quality of a gold. Some of these factors are described below.

The foremost factor that catches the eye of a bead holder is the beautiful and elegant design of the bracelet. There are various designs that can be incorporated using the gold metal to create unique and attractive bracelet. It is this design which awestruck a woman and she is boosted up to buy that bracelet. This factor usually determines whether the gold bracelet would be purchased by a customer or not. Sometimes the gold metal used in the bracelet is of high quality but the design is not well enough to make up the minds of customers to buy it. Women go for a particular design and color of stones engraved in it according to their dresses. A bracelet that suits well with their dresses and personality is usually liked.

Next factor is the metal weight. Heavier the metal, more durable will it be. The total weight of the bracelets includes the weight of different gemstones used in it also. Inclusion of different precious stones means that more gold would be needed to support and secure the gemstones. Buy the type, which has a good gold percentage which will tell that gold bracelet is durable.

Gemstones engraved on this type of bracelet make up another factor. Gemstones, making up a bracelet, determine which woman will take that bracelet. Different persons have different likings. There are some religious, traditional factors also involved in choosing a gold bracelet type having a particular gemstone. Some people go for their birthstones. So whatever may be the gemstone is, always look for the genuine and real gemstones. Some jewelry manufacturers design and make gold bracelets using fake, unreal and artificial stones that resemble real ones a lot and customers can be fooled. Beware of those gold bracelets.

Price is also an important factor. Some of these bracelets are quite expensive while others are not and can be affordable. It is you who knows which one is affordable and which is not. If you are rich enough to buy an expensive gold bracelet, you should definitely go for it. But it is not at all necessary to buy the expensive items. Opt for the gold bracelet that is unique, elegant and beautiful in design, yet affordable and cheaper.

Source by Declan P Tobin

Wedding Jewelry Tips Tricks and Helpful Hints

So your not one of those fabulous actresses or models who has the luxury of the finest gems and diamonds being loaned to them by the likes of Harry Wintson. No matter, you can add a little sparkle and look extra-ordinaire in your gown on your wedding day. Here’s some helpful tips on how to shine on your most important day!

Faking It is Fine! It doesn’t matter if you cannot afford to adorn yourself in diamonds and pearls. The quality of Faux diamonds, gems, and pearls is amazing.

Gone are the days were anyone could tell real from fake. Only your gemologist will know real from fake. You can sparkle like a million dollar babe and you won’t break the bank.

The best way to choose earrings is to try them with your gown. The best styled earring will depend on the neckline of your gown, the type of necklace you are wearing, and how you will be wearing your hair. You want your earrings to be seen but you do not want them to be overpowering.

Drop earrings or short dangle earrings work well and pearls or diamonds [real or fake] add elegance and sparkle. If you’re not wearing a necklace you may want to wear more dramatic earrings. If your dress is beaded and sparkly then you’ll want to choose a more subtle earring so as not to detract from your gown..

Diamonds are a girls best friend, Pearls are truly a bride’s best friend. Pearls never go out of style, but this season they aren’t just in style, they are “hot”.

Not only are they “hot” they are very versatile. Pearls have been worn by fashionable women for ages. You can choose to spring for cultured pearl or purchase quality imitation pearls for a fraction of the cost.

When buying pearls you will need to choose a strand length that enhances the neckline of your gown. The best size pearls to choose are in the 5 to 7 mm range. There are many length choices with pearls.

A pearl collar is usually made of 3 or more strands and measures 12-13 inches. A pearl collar will hug the middle of the neck so it works well with a v necks, plunged necks or off the shoulder gowns.

A choker measures 14-16 inches and is the most versatile length to own. It will work with any gown neckline. The 17-19 inch

Princess with either very high or very low necklines. There are longer lengths of pearls available however they are not very suitable for wedding gowns.

If your lucky enough to have a fabulous piece of jewelry that’s a family heirloom, your wedding can be the perfect time to wear it. Feel free to ask family and friends to borrow a piece of jewelry you adore.

They’ll be honored that you asked. It’s also a great way to cover the “something borrowed.” Wearing jewelry that’s close to your heart is extra special because of emotional attachments.

Vintage jewelry is hot right now and can lend an added dimension to your bridal look. So if you have a favorite piece you’d like to borrow – ask. If you spot a wonderful must have piece to buy, don’t hesitate – it’s a hot statement this season!

Colorful jewelry is a great way to spice up your wedding day ensemble. Rubies, emeralds, and sapphires [real or fake] can add some punch to your wedding jewelry.

This season, colored pearls are a very “hot” fashion statement, available in a wide range of color from silver to bright pink. Just remember a little color is very good, but don’t go overboard and take away from your beautiful gown.

Dare to Be Bare. The options in jewelry can be overwhelming. How do you know which length necklace looks best with your wedding dress? Is your trendy four-strand pearl collar strung on wires a bit too trendy?

One way to go is to keep it simple. As for necklaces, you might decide to skip them altogether. This allows you to show off your dress’ stunning neckline whether it’s strapless or high or in-between.

And it allows you to show off your neck, which you might not want to show off in 30 years. You can also completely forego bracelets. Especially if you’re going to wear gloves, a bracelet can look funny and get in the way.

The norm is to not wear a watch unless it is elegant and delicate enough for wedding day attire. However, these day’s even your watch can count as a piece of jewelry.

There are some fabulous fashion watches available, many look like a bracelet. So if you just can’t bear not wearing a watch, go shopping.

The choices for your hair jewelry are endless. Tiara’s are very “hot” …

Men’s Watches: Jewelry or Tools?

Jewelry can bring happiness to both children and adults, young and old. A favored accessory, some jewelry combines aesthetics with functionality. Because of its versatility, a debate has ignited among jewelry wearers, specifically among men who wear watches. While nonetheless a friendly dispute, the question posed elicits an array of opinions. Is a man’s watch considered fashionable jewelry? Or is a watch a timepiece, a tool of sorts, created solely for displaying the time and date? As co-owner of an online jewelry store specializing in men’s jewelry, it is my opinion that watches are both jewelry and tool. In essence, watches are multi-purposed pieces. They are considered fashion jewelry, with many including bonus features. Today’s watches have the capability of performing a wide range of functions.

Men’s watches, in their various forms, have been around for centuries. Like many other things, the styles and functions of men’s watches have changed over the course of time. In the 1700’s, the traditional pocket watch was born. In 1920, chained watches were replaced with wristwatches, known as wristlets. As technology became more advanced, so did watches. The first electronic watch was developed in the 70’s proving that not only were styles changing; their purpose had matured as well. As the capabilities of men’s watches evolved, the watch became known as the only piece of jewelry having both style and functional attributes.

In order to understand why many consider a man’s watch a necessary tool, you need to look no further than its function. No longer are watches merely timepieces. Today, many of the men’s watches available come fully loaded with alarms, reminders, stop-watch capabilities, GPS (Global Positioning System) and yes, even some can monitor critical information such as heart-rate. It’s easy to understand with all the bells and whistles now available why many consider men’s watches much more than another piece of fashion jewelry.

When purchasing jewelry for my store, I make it a point to choose jewelry that is not only stylish and affordable but versatile as well. For example, many of the pendants and necklaces offered add style to both casual and business attire. The same rationale applies to many individuals who wear watches. While watches are indeed fashionable, they also fulfill a need. At a minimum, they provide the time. At most, they can save your life.

In my many years of working with consumers, I have come to a conclusion. Only one thing determines why a person buys jewelry: their individual need. Herein lies the answer to whether a watch is jewelry, a tool or better yet, perhaps both.

Source by Irit Zeevi

The Story Behind The Snowflake

When you see a young girl in winter wearing earrings or a pendant made in the shape of a snowflake, what would your first thought be? Is there any symbol behind the snowflake or is this just another new thing in fashion? If you look into it a little deeper, you’ll be surprised that even an innocent looking snowflake has not escaped the symbol stamping practice of man.

For people living in countries where it snows, the first sign of the arrival of winter is usually the fall of the first snowflakes. There is really nothing like watching the snowflakes swirling down from the sky and falling silently on the ground, mysteriously covering the land with a white blanket. It’s a delightful feeling to have a snowflake fall on your spread palm or even on the tip of your tongue as many have tried. Man, observing the snowflakes, came up with many meanings and embed many symbols behind the sky-borne ice crystals.

One obvious association based on the whiteness of the snow and its falling straight from the sky without touching anything before reaching the earth is of course immaculateness and purity. This sense of purity can be felt just by looking at an even once familiar land now covered with snow. The snowflake also symbolizes individuality as one very striking fact about snowflakes is that no two snowflakes are exactly identical. This is so because the water molecules which make up the snowflake grow in different rates and patterns depending on the temperature and humidity as they descend the earth. Many attempts were made to find two identical snowflakes by taking thousand of pictures of the snowflakes.

Another thing the snowflakes represent is perfection as they are found to have perfect geometric forms. Snowflakes possess a hexagonal symmetry of six roughly equal arms. Snowflakes also represent serenity and tranquility. Think how tranquil it is just to look outside the window and watch the snowflakes falling silently. It goes very well with the peace that the season brings. And speaking of the season, snowflakes also symbolizes the most popular image of the season – Christmas. This is evident by the silver and white snowflakes on display windows, wrapping papers, and Christmas cards that you can see at Christmas time.

This time when you see a snowflake swirling down from heaven or dangling on the ear of a beautiful girl, take another look. It may still contain meanings that you have never seen before.

Source by Troy Tun

Coach Bags – What’s So Great About Them?

If you’re a girl who loves to have some really cool, long lasting stuff in her wardrobe, then you probably own a Coach bag. But still, you may be a girl who loves cool, long lasting stuff and you don’t have one – yet. It’s time to go out and get yourself one. I’ll tell you why in a few moments, but first, who is Coach? We all know Gucci, YSL, DKNY and all the famous bag designers, but maybe not Coach.

Coach is a leading American designer of luxury goodies, all the way from handbags to purses to jewellery and sunglasses to shoes. They have been around for quite a while – a group of artisans came together in 1941 in Manhattan and founded a family run workshop that was based in their loft. Their unique selling point was to use the best leather possible, and they would treat it till they got it right. They are around to date, and this tells you that they must be producing some great stuff, right?

Anyway, back to why a Coach handbag is so cool?

1. They are made of simply the most beautiful leather. Coach bags have a hallmark – soft leather, and it’s not by fluke. It actually brings us to our second reason why Coach bags are so great:

2. The softer leather is, the longer it will last and the less it will show wear and tear. If you are a lover of things to keep, a Coach bag won’t let you down. They actually get better as they get older (that’s a mark of real fine leather). Even if you change your bags from time to time, you can be sure that when you clean out your wardrobes and get a new set of bags, whoever will get your Coach bag will get to put some mileage into it too.

3. Each Coach bag is made with great attention to detail. The artisans inspect each bag individually after it’s completed to make sure that only the best leaves the factory floors. This of course means that you will not find those unexpected faults after spending a few hundred dollars on a bag. There’s a quality control process that each bag must go through before it reaches a store, and of course they are returnable if you find something amiss (not that you are likely to).

4. The clutch, the zipper and all other bits on the bag are made of similarly tough stuff that will keep going for a long time. No zippers that don’t catch after a month or latches that just don’t sit. Depending on the bag you get, some of the latches are actually made of gold, or plated in gold. Now, that’s not something you see every day on a bag.

5. They are unisex – there’s a range of bags for him too, so you can get your other half something to make him stand out while you’re getting yourself one.

6. Coach bags offer great variety, style and color. They are made for all types of people and all types of occasions and they are designed to suit various body types; tall and full figured, tall and slim or even the right opposite. And the great variety and color selection means that you can have a different Coach bag for every occasion.

7. OK, finally, here’s the best thing about Coach Bags – they are affordable. A lot of designer bags go for thousands of dollars, even hundreds of thousands. You will get a good Coach for the $500-$1000 range that will give you the same service that any other designer bag would. So if you’re into a good bag, and want to save some money, a Coach is exactly the thing to get.

These really are a treasure in your bag collection. As with any other designer bags, there’ll be fake Coach Bags in some places you look. If you want to know whether or not you’re getting the real deal, check on the type of leather used and the kind of finishing. Originals are of the greatest quality. The leather will be soft and will have a subtle look. Do you want to get yourself a Coach Bag right now? Check out our site and get yourself a treasure!

Source by Ted Sikkink

Plastic Cellphone Accessory Markups Create Drastic Profits

For a brief period in my younger days I worked temporarily for an importer of cheap Chinese goods. Indeed, I was completely amazed at the markup of some of the plastic things we import, so cheap in fact, I used to pull them apart just to look at what was inside, after all, I could buy some of these items for around a dollar. I remember pulling apart a little cigarette adapter for a cell phone. I was blown away how cheaply it was made, yet how good it looked on the outside. It worked, worked well, but there was nothing to it.

Buy 1,000 at a time and your price was $.89 and if you buy 100 still only $1.19 and yet, they sold retail for about $15.99 as an impulse item – talk about a mark-up, wow. Okay so, let’s talk shall we?

While I was in the car wash business we used to have such items in the lobby of the car wash for business folks who needed them. At that time cellphones were new and the minutes were costly, not like today, thus, only business people really had them, as they could justify the cost, and yet, they still made their phone calls as brief as possible, and some had cellular phone bills of well over $800 per month.

Today, the quality of these small accessories hasn’t gone up much, although I’m sure they are a little better due to rules and regulations and UL ratings. The price too isn’t very much more than they were back then. The markups are still unbelievable, so there is plenty of money available in that deal. In fact if you offered a small business owner who was selling a cell phone accessory device a mere five dollars, their markup would still be 100%, and that is paying one-third the normal price. So even with all the inflation over the years, and the loss of the value of the dollar, folks that sell plastic cell phone accessories still have incredible markups that truly create intense profits.

It is amazing how valuable information is in this day and age – those that know where to get boxes of these types of items can make a killing, and all those little cell phone stores that can sign you up for service with one of the larger carriers, you wouldn’t believe how much money they make on all those accessories, or how much in bonus they’re willing to pay the sales people were able to get you to buy these items on impulse. Please consider all this and think on it.

Source by Lance Winslow