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  • Why wear your watch on your non-dominant hand?


    It may seem like common knowledge…but it’s not. So:

    Why wear your watch on your non-dominant hand?

    Well, for several pragmatic reason:

    First, the obvious. Wearing a watch on your non-dominant hand means you can go about your daily activities easier, since your dominant hand is doing much of the busy work.

    Second, it protects the watch. That’s right: since your dominant hand is going about more tasks, there’s less risk of injury or breakage.

    And lastly, it gives your non-dominant hand a little more to do. When you use your non-dominant hand more frequently, it can increase brain power. While we don’t know if checking your watch would fit in this category, it can’t hurt, huh?


  • Accessories – How much is too much?

    One of the most common jewelry wearing questions: how much is too much? Conversely, how little is too little?

    The answer is strategizing and balance. Let’s now forget: a “hey now” piece.

    Let this video be your guide.


  • Understanding Amber


    Amber ain’t your average gem. On some levels, its strange to think of it as a gem at all.

    That’s because it’s….tree resin! That’s right. OLD tree resin. As a matter of fact, amber must be a million years old to qualify as amber.

    And that is why most amber you’ve stumbled across probably isn’t really amber but composite and reconstituted resin alternatives…so not the real deal. (Remember: if the price is a little too good to be true, it’s probably not amber.)

    Many have bespoke engagement rings with amber as the primary gem of choice. And why wouldn’t you pick a million year old gem for long-lasting love?

  • Dainty Jewelry – Does it Work for You?

    Some people are intimidated by dainty jewelry. Seriously. Because I’m one of them. I’m not a dainty sort of person so bigger pieces seem to match my personality type better.

    But then my aunt sent me a beautiful (and very dainty) necklace. Forced to look past my fashion reservations, I paired it perfectly with a floral summer dress I’m quite fond of. Voila…I look pretty darn good wearing dainty jewelry. Who knew?

    This video does a smart job of showing how many types of dainty necklaces there are out there (many) and how they can be worn by any woman looking for a sweet and delicate touch to her wardrobe.

  • Myth: DON’T Mix your Jewelry Metals

    Undoubtedly you’ve heard this age-old piece of jewelry wearing advice: don’t mix your metals! Get ready to throw these tips into the bin along with “don’t wear white after Labor Day” or “don’t mix navy blue with black.”

    This video details the basics when it comes to mixing metals and layering the right way (stop at three when it comes to delicate necklaces).


  • How to Heal with Rose Quartz



    If you’re not the type to believe in the powers of gemstones, that’s fine. You’re part of the majority. But even disbelievers notice something about the mystical benefits of rose quartz.

    Rose quartz has been used in civilizations throughout time. Ancient Rose and Assyria were the first to use it in jewelry making. It was used as a symbol to show that a business deal had been reached. For the Ancient Native Americans, this “love stone” could allay anger and disappointment. The Egyptians even believed this magical stone could prevent aging!


    Today, people who believe wear rose quartz as a way to heal a broken heart and provoke unconditional love. It helps in this regard by bringing your consciousness to a higher level, taking you up and beyond petty grievances with others and promoting compassion instead.

    Connected with the element of water, rose quartz instills healing properties, which are naturally fluid. These stones can wash away toxic energies and emotions long trapped inside of you. Deeply feminine, rose quartz radiates a pink that heals and cleanses, as well as promotes a “higher love” residing deep in all of us.

    Does this make a rose quartz believer out of you? Probably not. But as many figure it, believing in a healing talisman couldn’t hurt. Sometimes its the most minor of beliefs that can make a big spiritual difference in our lives.

    And regardless of your belief system, its a beautifully pink and radiant stone, begging for appreciation and reverence, don’t you agree?

  • Pros and Cons of Plastic Disc Backs

    Protect your piercings with every pair of earrings you wear.

    Protect your piercings with every pair of earrings you wear.


    Undoubtedly, you’re familiar with plastic disc backs for earrings. Some think they are discardable and do just that–toss them. But before you get rid of these types of backings, realize there are quite a few benefits to wearing them, including protecting you from the dreaded ear lobe droop.

    Plastic Disc Backs for your Earrings – The Benefits


    • They’re easy to grasp and hold while putting on your earrings. This helps the busy woman who doesn’t want to futz with her accessories every day.


    • They support your earrings and keep them positioned correctly. If you’ve worn earrings most of your life, your piercings probably need a little support and protection. Plastic disc backs not only keep your earrings in an exact place but also protect your lobes from the weight of the earring by distributing the weight correctly.


    • They keep your earrings safe. Plastic backs keep your earrings extra secure–more secure than traditional metal backings. If you’re wearing a pair of earrings that are dear to you, then plastic backs are the way to go.


    Yes, there are some cons to plastic disc backs. Some are sensitive to plastic so these types of backings would not be a good fit for those with this tendency. Also, if you’re wearing small stud earrings, there’s a chance you can see the plastic backings when you wear them–not a good look!

    The takeaway? Choose your earrings and their backings carefully. The beauty of your ear lobe depends on it!





  • Distressed metal – is it a look for you?



    Do you like old blue jeans worn to perfection and comfort? Does a tussled, just got out of bed look appeal to your creative sensibilities? How about a penchant for old cars, tin signs and all things considered “shabby chic”?

    Then you might be a perfect candidate for distressed metal.

    What exactly is distressed metal? 

    A common method to alter metal in jewelry is by adding texture. This adds an added level of visual attraction and depth to your piece of jewelry. Sanding and filing is the type of metalwork that results in a distressed metal look.

    But you can also use plain old nail polish to give you this special look. Simple slather on a dark colored nail polish (or a fun, bright color for a different effect), then wipe it off. The nail polish will fall into the cracks creating a fun, fashionable and shabby chic look.

    How to make cheap costume jewelry look vintage. 

    Guess what? You probably have distressed metal in your jewelry box. That’s right – oxidized jewelry (jewelry that’s not polished) is considered a distressed metal and provides that vintagey, worn appeal. Instead of assuming it needs a good cleaning, pair it with a retro outfit that matches its current metal state.



  • Transform your old jewelry using this easy trick!

    Ready for some easy jewelry transformation? It’s just a spray can away!

    No, we’re not talking graffiti art. A lot of that old junk jewelry hiding somewhere in a drawer or jewelry box could be magically transformed into fun, fanciful baubles ready to be worn again!

    First: you’ll want to use high enamel paint. If you use another type of paint, you’ll need to seal your non-enamel spray paint with a product like Rustoleum Clear Gloss enamel and let it dry for 48 hours.

    Second: use plastic wrap or scotch tape to cover any parts of your old jewelry you don’t want colored. This is a good idea of clasps or hooks, for instance.

    Third: Clean the exposed jewelry with soap and water. You want the cleanest surface possible for your fun new color.

    Fourth: Hang your jewelry to a constructed line of some sort, so it hangs like clothes would on a clothing line. This makes for an easier distribution of the paint.

    Fifth: Spray away! But spray lightly, especially for the first coat. Wait about an hour then spray (again, lightly) a second coat.

    Sixth: Wait. Yes, a good, long while. Enamel paint can take up to 48 hours to fully dry. But it will be worth the wait. The enamel paint forms a hard, durable coating on your fun, new(ish) jewelry!


    An example of ceramic jewelry by Anne Laycock/Liverpool Design Festival.

    An example of ceramic jewelry by Anne Laycock/Liverpool Design Festival.

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