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Wearing costume jewelry on different occasions

costume-jewelleryYou are attending an event and you have bought your shoes, your dress, and have chosen from your collection of bags but what jewelry do you wear. Knowing the dress code should give you an idea what costume jewelry to wear so you will stand out from the rest of the crowd.

White Tie

You can go crazy with costume jewelry if you are going to a white tie event. Have fun with your accessories! You can go very glam with a jewel-dropping piece of necklace and pair it up with some matching earrings. In case you have your hair up, go for some sparkles and wear an elegant, chandelier pair of earrings. Vintage costume pieces will also look excellent.

Black Tie

You have an endless list of choices when going to a black tie affair as you have a very wide range of stuff you can wear. The key is to go for an elegant and glamorous look whether you will do that with glitzy earrings or a nice ravishing necklace is up to you. Think of what you will be wearing if you will be attending the Oscar’s. Think of the red carpet. Add some color to your black dress by wearing a chic and bright necklace or tone down a bright attire with some clear crystals hanging down your earrings or neck.

Cocktail Party

A cocktail dress can be spruced up with some costume jewelry. You can go for a sparkling brooch or an elegant necklace. You do not want to overdo all the glitz but the right accessories will complete your amazing getup. Do not forget the cocktail ring!


Relax and express yourself. Smart-casual affairs will allow you to show your individuality. As you can almost wear anything, a lot of women tend to go very simple with a sundress or a trouser suit. You can splash some colors to make a bit of a statement.


02 2013

Victoria’s Secret reveals $2.5-million brassiere

victorias-secretEvery year, Victoria’s Secret unwraps a multimillion brassiere bejeweled with diamonds and gemstones in unimaginable proportions for an underwear. One lucky mode also gets to don it on the runway.

This year the gem studded bra is priced at $2.5 million featuring a a floral theme. The bra-and-belt jaw-dropping set sports 5,200 gems ranging from yellow diamonds, yellow gold, rose gold, pink diamonds, and white diamonds.

The bejeweled intimate piece was designed by London Jewelers, a retailer based in New York. The Very Sexy Push-up item has two diamond pins taking the shape of flowers with a drop centerpiece using two big white diamonds measuring 20 and 12.5 carats.

Alessandra Ambrosio was tapped this year to model the much awaited bra following the footsteps of the past models who donned the Fantasy Bra like Claudia Schiffer, Heidi Klum, and Gisele Bundchen. She will also wear it on the runway during the Secret show of Victoria’s Secret this week.

For 2012, the brand also added a perfume bottle embellished with diamonds, tsavorites, rubies, and sapphires. The price tag for this Bombshell collection is a whopping $500,000.

The designers of the bra, the belt, and the perfume bottle went thru the painful manual selection of gems. They picked the best from the 15,000 stones they examined.

Interested parties can purchase the bra, the belt, or the perfume bottle thru their Dreams and Fantasies Catalog for Christmas or via their iPad app especially designed for the holiday season.


12 2012

Finding exclusive jewelry without breaking the bank

jewelry-ringYou may be looking for pieces of jewelry that you want to add to your precious collection but you do not want to use up your retirement money for them. In case you do not have the money for the big diamonds, you can still get amazing statement pieces or a beautiful accessory that you can use everyday. Here are some tips to help you those wonderful pieces of jewelry:

Think of other brands

As much as we want to fancy a small box from Tiffany & Co., buying from this store is paying about 80% more because of the brand. Try to balance how you spend your money and how you want to find the nice piece of jewelry. Checkout local brands and shops that can offer high quality at more affordable prices.

Go for your birthstone

If you want a unique piece of jewelry, diamonds are not just the only answers. You can go for birthstones like peridot, tanzanite, or garnet. You can still use diamonds as accents to your statement piece. These stones are more affordable than the bigger diamonds.


Diamonds maybe forever but another choice is to use pearls for your exclusive jewelry pieces. Aside from being more affordable, they are also very elegant. You can also look for cultured pearls which are way cheaper than the natural pearls. Avoid pearls with cloudy surfaces since with pearls, your number one gauge for quality is its luster.

Alter old pieces

You can take older pieces of jewelry and upgrade them. You can reset the stones of your silver or gold rings to platinum for example. This is still cost effective since you already have the elements for the jewelry you want to make. You just need to pay for the labor.


07 2012

Affordable and colorful jewelry for spring

A lot of people are already enjoying the warmer weather these days while some are still waiting for spring. As you browse thru the pages and sites of the fashion world, you will be overwhelmed by bright clothes, pastels, florals, and neons. If you are looking for jewelry ideas for spring, here are some good pieces that will be very affordable for you:

Shawn Warren

Shawn Warren based in New York came up with wrap bracelets that you can get in neon colors. The bracelets coil around your wrist smoothly while the magnetic clasp will not cause any problem. The chunkier chains look better with more dramatic effect. Cheap yet classy, this is how I will describe these wrap bracelets.

Some of the choices include a wrap bracelet in blue leather with silver and gunmetal chain. The eye catching neon yellow version too also look great. You can get them for $275.

Shawn Warren also came up with a single band version that makes use of snap closure. This comes in blue, coral, and neon yellow leather and 2-tone metal. Each sells for $225


If you are looking for bracelets with that perfect spring vibe, BaubleBar is another site to visit. They made use of bright enamel and vibrant metals for their bracelets this season. Everything is bright at BaubleBar and they offer a ton of options over at their website.

They have this rope cuff with gold plated metal, lucile, and enamel. They also have a collaboration with DKNY producing three pieces of elegant bracelets for spring.

Gerard Yosca

The designer made brilliant enamel bracelets that retail for just $98. The pieces use Swarovski crystals and semi precious gem stones.


03 2012

Jewelry Basics: Understanding the common settings for an engagement ring

You might be a knight in shining armor looking for a ring to seal an engagement or you might be a bride day-dreaming about a precious gem on your ring finger. Either or, deciding on the how a stone should be set on your engagement ring may be a daunting task for many. Do not fret though, here are some basic things that may help you out:

Classic Solitaire

set01This is a very popular setting for diamond engagement rings. The stone is positioned high to allow maximum exposure and enhance its brilliance. The diamond also appears bigger in this kind of setting.

Cathedral Solitaire

set02This setting puts the stone well inside the confines of the bands which extends from each side. This is basically done to have good protection of your diamond.

Contour Solitaire

set03The Contour Solitaire setting also offers maximum protection of your center diamond as it uses the band to hug the stone but the band tapers upward.

Knife Edge

set04This engagement ring setting makes use of angled shanks that are highly polished which exposes the center diamond to light enhancing its brilliance. This is very similar to the classic solitaire.

Trellis Solitaire

set05This is another popular setting which follows the Art Nouveau style. It makes use of interlaced prongs to hug the diamond in the middle. It is very elegant to look at and very easy to wear.

Bezel Set Solitaire

set06This kind of diamond engagement ring setting provides maximum protection as a whole rim overlaps the perimeter of the stone. The bride to be can wear her engagement ring without the fear of losing the stone while she busy with her everyday stuff.

Multiple stones or with Sidestones

side01Adding additional diamonds will definitely add brilliance to the stones. You can consult your jeweler what cuts of stones would fit the look you want to achieve.


12 2011

Blason Jewelry by Pharrell Williams for Louis Vuitton

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I’d just EAT HIM UP. He’s so sexy.

The jewelry is amazing too — LV Jewelry is smart hooking up with such a creative talent.


04 2009

Wear Your Secret Deodorant and Win a Fifteen Thousand Dollar Diamond

What two things come to mind when you hear the word “flawless”? Well naturally “Secret Flawless™” and “flawless diamonds”. And if you still do not understand, then let me explain. Most of you in the US and Canada know the commercial where the girl walks through the streets with her arms in the air touting the reasons to wear Secret’s new Flawless deodorant. It is a catchy little ad that is hard to resist.

In order to promote the product further, Secret has announced that with the purchase of specially marked packages of Secret Flawless™, there will be chances to win prizes that include a brilliant and spectacular one carat flawless diamond worth fifteen thousand US dollars. Sorry Canada, apparently the contest is only being offered to US residents.

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12 2008

Vivien Leigh’s Ring to be sold at Bonhams

The Art of Jewels Sale to be held by Bonhams on 4 December in London is shaping up to be a star-studded event. A stunning 18th century diamond, ruby and emerald ring, given by Vivien Leigh, the female star of the Hollywood blockbuster Gone with the Wind, to her life-long friend, is expected to fetch £1,500-2,000.

The “giardinetto” ring, designed as a bouquet of flowers, was a gift from the actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967) to the vendor’s grandmother, the actress Mercia Swinburne (1900-1993). The pair became life-long friends after they were introduced by Vivien’s husband, Sir Laurence Olivier.

Mercia and her husband George Relph acted in many performances with the Oliviers, including a number of plays during a six-month tour with the Old Vic Theatre Company of Australia and New Zealand in 1948. The writer George Cotterell in his book Laurence Olivier, London, 1975, records, “The Old Vic touring party comprised ten administrative and technical staff and forty actors, including some of the Oliviers’ closest friends, most notably George Relph and his wife Mercia Swinburne”. Swinburne and Leigh performed alongside one another in The School for Scandal and in the Old Vic’s revered performance of The Skin of Our Teeth. The tour was met with high acclaim.

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11 2008

Good resource on Home Jewellery Parties

If you’re planning on doing a home jewelry party, it’s always important to make sure that the party plan you choose for your home party is one that suits not only yourself, but also the people you’re inviting… You want to focus on having fun, not necessarily making money, even though the hostesses in most plans will give you a little cut most of the time…

I’ve been to a Lia Sophia and a Silpada Designs party myself, and I have to say I loved Lia Sophia way way way more, but that’s just me maybe… They looked more professional and way more prepared for the needs of my friends…

If YOU have ideas, pointers, etc… let us know in the comments section!

Hearts on Fire’s Architectural Collection

Without doubt, there are several jewelers throughout the world who are known for their exquisite pieces, dazzling creations, and superior workmanship. Hearts on Fire is one of those companies. Founded in 1996 by Glenn and Susan Rothman, the American based company takes pride in being the supplier of “perfect diamonds”. So enraptured with perfection, they trademarked the term ‘The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond”.

Quickly becoming a leader in fine diamonds and luxury jewelry, the company is accepted by the community as one who defines the diamond industry. In 2006, The Robb Report, a magazine that writes about luxurious and expensive products ranging from boats to jewelry, recognized Hearts on Fire as an icon and an innovator. In the same year, the company designed a spectacular six and a half million dollar diamond bra for Victoria’s Secret.

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10 2008