Jewellery

Cocktail rings - the sign of pleasure and living by your own rules

Cocktail rings - the sign of pleasure and living by your own rules

As with cocktail dresses, cocktail rings first appeared in the USA in the 20s of the 20th century at the time of the ‘Prohibition’ when sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages were banned, but under-the-counter relaxed parties where the prohibited drinks were sold, bought, and drunk in the company of regular customers were thriving.     The main aim of the cocktail dress was quite prosaic. It became popular not because of its flirty sexiness, but because it was much simpler to run away from illegal places in case of a police raid, rather than in long evening dresses.  ...

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What is sterling silver?

What is sterling silver?

The fineness of a metal represents the percentage ratio of the main metal (in this case silver) and other metals or impurities in the alloy. For example, 830 means that the alloy consists of 83% silver and 17% of another metal. Buying jewellery from alloys with low fineness is not the best decision. Although it is cheaper, the jewellery made from such alloy will darken quickly and take a lot of time and effort to clean. Furthermore, the formula actually affects the appearance of the jewellery - the higher the fineness, the whiter the piece will look, and the lower...

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How to match your manicure to your jewellery

How to match your manicure to your jewellery

At first, even the thought of picking a special nail polish to match your jewellery or vice versa seems like a very impractical whim. However, this is exactly what is meant by “the smallest details can make the biggest difference”, this time in terms of style. This does not mean that you have to change your manicure every time you wear a different ring or a bracelet. Instead, by following a few simple tips you can come up with a couple of general ideas for balancing your look, which will be easy and pleasant to perform later on.    ...

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Larimar

Larimar

Larimar is a very smart stone. Nobody knows how many thousands of years it had managed to stay away from the prying eyes of humans, until, finally, in 1974 it got into the hands of a local master. The Dominican jeweller polished the rock and saw just what beauty had been hiding from humanity. Miguel Méndez named his discovery in part after his daughter Larisa and in part after the Spanish word for sea, after the colour of the gem. That is how the blue precious gem with white marks, which look so much like sea waves, got its name. This...

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Silver jewellery to complete your look

Silver jewellery to complete your look

Sterling silver jewellery is the perfect choice for everyday wear. Its relatively low cost is the perfect match for the glorious cold shine that makes the jewellery look enticing and distinguished. If you want to buy silver jewellery online, hence have no opportunity to try it on, below are some tips on how to choose a piece that will suit you. Silver jewellery can be the perfect replacement for golden one. Subtle necklaces or rings can be the perfect addition to an elegant dress. In this case, however, it’s important to remember that silver looks better in daylight than at...

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How to choose and wear jewellery to work while looking attractive and appropriate

How to choose and wear jewellery to work while looking attractive and appropriate

Dress codes at work are an important part of the business culture. The times when women were required to dress in strict black male suits have thankfully passed. Over time the rules have become more liberal, but there are still some tips worth considering in order to positively impact your professional career. Today a woman can make a statement not only with her style of clothing, but also with her carefully and wisely chosen business style jewellery and accessories.     Of course, what you wear depends on the company you work for and what that company does. If it’s...

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Why do people wear and buy earrings?

Why do people wear and buy earrings?

Earrings are one of the most popular pieces of jewellery, which a lot of women and even men wear every day. It’s safe to say that earrings will always be in style, and with the vast variety to choose from it’s easy for anyone to find something they like. Earrings are made from all kinds of materials, from precious metals and gems to plastics, fabrics, and cheaper metals for more affordable pieces. There are many kinds of earrings too: stud, screw back, dangle, and drop earrings, as well as charm earrings made in unusual shapes and sizes (typically with small...

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How to choose and buy gemstone jewellery

How to choose and buy gemstone jewellery

Since the ancient times people were attracted by the beauty and mystique of gemstones. The rare and amazing creations of nature were always highly priced. Gemstone jewellery dating to 1200BC was found at archaeological sites in Greece and in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs, gemstone rings were worn by ancient Chinese emperors, European kings, and Russian tsars, where they were essential symbols of power.     Nowadays gemstone jewellery is affordable and no longer a hallmark of social status. Nevertheless, it remains favoured by both jewellers and fashionistas. A huge range of rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces adorned by gemstones...

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Topaz Gemstone: Colour, Stories and Meanings

Topaz Gemstone: Colour, Stories and Meanings

Topaz is a very common and not so expensive gemstone. Most people have come across at least one of those beautiful gems, as they are frequently used in jewellery. Topaz has a wide colour range that varies from brown tones to blue, green, yellow, red, and purple. The most common topaz, however, is colourless, which is often irradiated or heat treated to give the stone a blue tint.   Sometimes the clear gem is used as a simulant for diamond, as it is just as shiny and smooth as the more precious stone. The most expensive and valuable topazes are...

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How to buy and wear a pendant necklace

How to buy and wear a pendant necklace

A pendant necklace is different from just a necklace or other jewellery. This small, or not so small, piece of jewellery called pendant quite often performs other than just adornment functions. For example, if you hear the word “talisman” or “amulet”, the first image that may come to your mind is a pendant hanging on a chain, rather than another piece of jewellery. This is quite logical, as since ancient times when one would rely on the magical protection of amulets it was easier to keep it safe on the neck, hidden under clothing from prying eyes. Another popular form...

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