What’s better? Fine or Fashion?

What is the difference between fine jewelry and fashion jewelry? Nowadays, fashion jewelry seems to be more popular than fine jewelry because of it’s affordability and the fact that this kind of jewelry is the one you’re okay with wearing everyday, because it didn’t cost you a fortune to buy. Let’s take a look at the reasons why fine jewelry, regardless of the high popularity or the majority of people wearing fashion jewelry, will always be better.

Fine jewelry contains precious metal or precious stones. Fashion jewelry usually contains semi-precious stones or other types of material that are of low-quality. Therefore the number 1 reason why fine jewelry is better, is it’s HIGH QUALITY. Next, fine jewelry is an investment. Years to come, this jewelry can be sold, especially if this piece of fine jewelry has been worn by a celebrity or by royalty! Fashion jewelry, with it’s charming appeal, will wear-out and won’t even last long enough to be an investment. Fine jewelry also stands the test of time. Because the jewelry is real and of higher quality, you can be sure that this jewelry will last and stay durable throughout a lifetime. This is the type of jewelry that grandmothers pass down to their grandchildren. Fine jewelry is also more attractive, because of the fact that real stones or metals were used to make it. Fine jewelry also pays a lot more attention to the detailing in the jewelry piece. Fashion jewelry may look more complicated, but in actuality, the detailing is very simple in fashion jewelry. Lastly, although fine jewelry is more expensive (not budget-friendly like fashion jewelry), fine jewelry is the type of jewelry that doesn’t follow a trend. Fashion jewelry relies on the trends that are hot right now. Fine jewelry, regardless of time, will always have a classical elegance and sophistication that in and of itself, makes it priceless.

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Gemstones as Birthstones: the History behind the Mystery

 

Nowadays, for every birth month of the year, there is a corresponding gemstone to accompany it. How this came to be or happened, has never been fully known, but there have been myths and biblical stories which have been used to try and piece the gemstone mystery together.

It has been said that the first people to ever use gemstones and actually introduced it into the world, was Aaron from the Bible. For reference, check the following bible verses- Exodus 28: 17-20 & Revelation 21: 19-20. In these verses, his religious breastplate, covered in precious gemstones, was said to be linked to the twelve Israeli tribes in ancient times.

From mythical stories, Tibetan culture used gemstones where these stories have been rooted to thousands and thousands of years ago. Some even claim that around 1500 BC, it was Indian culture (gemstones seemed to have an agreed-upon fact that they originated from the East), who found out that these gemstones were actually healers of the sick.

George Frederick Kunz, who wrote the Curious Lore of Precious Stones, wrote about Poland in the 15th century- 1700 (where stones first achieved status and popularity), and the belief that these gemstones had numerous abilities: to being good health and luck, and to get rid of any possible misfortune.

Finally, in 1912, the Jewelers of America, organized a standard list of gemstones and their associated birthmonths. To wear your own birthstone in today’s culture, is to wear the beauty of your own birth month. The historical belief still remains though, that these birthstones can guard oneself against bad luck and to make oneself more likely to gain power, wealth and luxury. The American standard identification of birth months with gemstones is the one used by the majority in today’s culture.

American Country Music Awards 2011 – Hit or Miss

On Monday Dec. 5, 2011, the American Country Music Awards were held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Although this event is about awards and achievements in American country music this year, the real thrill of the night, is showing off the shoes, dresses and jewelry on the red carpet. The night had some fashion hits, leading this hit was Kristin Chenoweth, the spirited host of the evening, and some fashion misses, making the list was Kimberly Perry from the Band Perry.

Susie Brown was a miss that night, wearing a long black gown, partially sequined at the top, with nude-coloured areas near the stomach area of the dress. She decided to wear an all black outfit, but paired it up with gold dangly earrings with diamond studs all around the top of the earrings. The whole ensemble just did not match. She should have gone for black diamond jewelry, specifically just studs, since her bangs already drew enough attention to her face.

Danelle Leverett, on the other hand, was a hit that night. Fashioning a gold necklace with flower shaped diamonds forming the chain, it was the perfect jewelry combination to match her simple, shiny long tube dress. She did not overdo the jewelry, since her dress was already patterned enough.

Shawna Thompson took a chance and was actually hit this night. She went with leaflet shaped fangled silver earrings, and oversized black cocktail ring and multi laytered bracelets with a cross, leopard print and silver and black patterns. Although her dress was already a little over the top, the over the top jewelry, somehow complimented the whole ensemble, making it a hit.

Jordin Sparks was a hit, portraying a classic simplistic look on the red carpet. With a round neck, tight fitting white dress, she mixed this ook with diamond studded dangly earrings, a single diamond studded bracelet and a silver thumb ring. Nothing that stood out, but she rocked the simple girl look.

All three ladies (two of them from Pistol Annies), and the last girl being Miranda Lambert, were a bit of a miss. The first girl on the left, had a very patterned and coloured short dress, mixed with a large amber cocktail ring on the middle finger. The middle girl, had a simple black short tube dress, with a few sequins on the top portion of the dress and black diamond studs. Miranda Lambert was wearing black diamond studs that dangled and 3 different rings: one big square cocktail ring, a diamond studded band and a simple dark coloured band. The first two ladies just did not use jewelry that properly accentuated and complimented their dresses. Miranda Lambert should have worn a simple bracelet or maybe two, just to even out the look.

Kimberly Perry was an absolute miss that night. Wearing a long black diamond studded chain necklace, when her dress already had a very low neckline and ruffles around the neckline of the dress, was just too much. She also wore a black cocktail ring that was hardly noticeable with the necklace. Next time, someone should tell her that less is more.

Kristin Chenowith, by far, was the biggest hit of the night. She sparkled in her emerald green dress and her complimentary emerald jewelry added to accentuate her facial features (especially her eyes) and her skin tone. She wore silver eiffel-tower shaped earrings with an emerald on each earring hanging from the bottom and oversized emerald ring around the middle finger. Not only did this jewelry and this outfit give her a look that stood out, but it added an elegance and refined beauty to her overall outfit.

How valuable is a gemstone?

When looking through your jewelry box, and deciding whether a particular piece of gemstone jewelry is actually worth much, or whether you are shopping for holiday jewelry, and wanting to make sure you don’t get ripped off, it’s important to understand where the value of a gemstone comes from, and how it’s actual worth is determined. It has been said by expert investors, that recently, diamonds and other precious stones, are more stabilized investments than real estate. This craze of jumping into the jewelry market to stabilize the economy, is catching a lot of attention from investors. Therefore, it is important to figure out what to look for when buying gemstones (even if it’s not for investment purposes).

There are five main factors determining the value in a gemstone: the beauty of the gemstone (determined by the 4C’s: colour, clarity, carat, cut), the lasting power of the gemstone, the scarcity of the gemstone, the demand or interest raised from the gemstone, and the use of the gemstone in culture and society.

How much beauty does the gemstone resonate?
Generally speaking, when we look at beauty, we look at the quality of the gemstone. In terms of colour, when the gemstone is brighter & more vivid, it is usually more valuable. You want to avoid any gemstone that may be too dark or too light, even colour that is distorted. A clear colour that is intense and bright will be of good value. When it comes to clarity, as long as there are no visible flaws, and it is clear and transparent, this is usually a sufficient judgment of it’s good value. Carats are determined by weight, not size for gemstones, and differs greatly in the varities of gemstones, but the stones that have a higher carat, combined with rarity, will be much more expensive. Finally the cut, which is used to add value to the beauty of the stone. Certain cuts create a reflection in the light that is more appealing. Popular cuts are: brilliant cut, heart cut, marquise cut, round cut, and so forth.

When looking at the lasting power of precious gemstones, most gemstones have a longer withstanding ability than other metals and lesser precious stones. The longer the staying power of the gemstone, when handled with care and proper cleanliness, the higher the value of the gemstone.

The scarcity and the demand for the gemstone go hand in hand. The demand has to be high enough (or the gemstone has to generate enough interest) in consumers and this has to be mixed with very rare precious stones, for the value of the gemstone to skyrocket through the roof. If the quality of these rare precious stones is also of the finest, then the value is even more.

The final point to look at when seeing the value of the gemstone, is the “name” this gemstone has made for itself throughout history and in culture. From the sapphire wedding ring worn by Kate Williams at the Royal Wedding, to the use of certain precious stones in churches, the name that these precious stones make for themselves, also adds into their final value. If the precious stone has established some sort of achievement (being used by churches or as a symbol to represent a certain event), then that adds to the final calculation of the precious gemstone’s value.

If you can’t beat the necklace trend, then join it!

Necklaces have become the new signature must-wear with every outfit. From every possible combination to every possible length size and colour, necklaces have turned into a necessity for every trendy fashionista. The hottest new necklaces are the collar necklaces and statement necklaces. Back in the older days of fashion, necklaces were worn for more traditional, religious and cultural purposes, or even on special occassions. Now, everywhere you go, some girl can be spotted, flashing their necklaces. If you can’t beat’em, join’em! Here we give you what styles of necklacs to wear with different outfits and even different body shapes.

The collar necklace is the trendiest among the celebrities this year. There’s no one way to wear them and definitely no one-style possible with the collar necklace. The collar necklace can look like a choker necklace or it can be mad of precious gemstones to compliment any formal attire (most suited for strapless dresses). However, if you’re in a dressed down, casual look, basically wearing a plain outfit with jeans or tights, sometimes it’s nice to make the outfit look less dull, by adding a leather collar necklace with the outfit.

Although collar necklaces are the hottest thing right now, the bib necklace is still very popular, alongside the waterfall necklace, rope necklace and statement necklaces. Very often, these sorts of necklaces look the most appealing when worn with monochrome outfits, but since this is the season of the extravagant, bold and daring, most have thrown the rule book out of the window!

Something to keep in mind when choosing a necklace for your day or night attire, is the age you want to look. Definitely choosing an all-around the chain pearl necklace, is a sign of either going to a fancy ball, or you’re a grandmother. You want to make yourself look fresh and funky, while also still looking classy and not too young (sterling silver necklaces almost always make you look like a teeny bopper).

In terms of face shapes and body shapes, if you have a round face or a thick neck, it’s important to keep in mind that certain necklaces will accentuate those parts if you wear them. You should not be wearing short necklaces or chokers, but instead you want to draw attention away from there, by wearing long multi-string necklaces or layering those necklaces so that the attention moves downward and gives you a slimmer look. If you have a very thin face, on the other hand, and a very long neck, it’s important to make the neck look less flamingo-like, and more attractive: chokers or collar necklaces are a must-have for you.

If you have average facial and neck features, then the only thing you have to worry about is what necklace to pair with what type of clothing. Of course now that fashion trends have turned into the unusal, there are no strict rules. However, if you still want to compliment your outfit, it’s important to follow these guidelines. When wearing a v-neck, it’s nice to wear long and dangly necklaces, so that the attention isn’t towards the chest area, but away from the neckline. If you’re wearing a scoop neck, a choker or collar necklace is complimentary. For really high boat neck outfits, collar, bib or choker would look awkward. What would be better are the longer waterfall or rope necklaces.

Whatever necklace you choose to wear, choose what your mood is for the day. Do you want to be wearing necklace pieces that stand out? Or necklace pieces that complement your outfit? If you want to stand out, make the neckalce, oversized, extra long and colourful. Wear crazy motifs like snakes or birds or a combination. If you want to compliment your outfit, follow the rules above. But fashion do’s and don’ts only go so far. So take a chance and throw the rule book out completely!

Gem Expressions

Gemstones are not only an artistic expression of one’s fashion taste and love for flattering jewelry, but behind the gemstones’ crystalline structures, are their symbolic representations. A gemstone then, isn’t just another part of jewelery, but comes with it, a meaning that can either be supressed or expressed within the jewelry wearer. If you look at the list, you may be able to match which expression you wish to convey through gemstones:

Garnet: represents constancy; willpower and self-confidence. Said to contain the ability to strengthen one’s heart, control one’s heart rate and regulate blood pressure. Also able to give one career success, bring them luck and make them more passionate.

Amethyst: represents sincerity; protects against extremes of passion. Used for meditation, peace and to heal addictions.

Emerald: represents love & success. Said to have the power to cure backaches and heal one’s eyes. Brings about love and safety during childbirth and other milestones in the wearer’s life.

Pearl, Moonstone: represents health & longevity. Said to be able to heal women by controlling and harmonizing their hormones. Brings about psychic abilities and able to fulfill the wish of the wearer.

Ruby: represents contentment. Allows the wearer to have more vitality and appear more youthful. Makes one less fearful of the future. Said to bring about more love and wisdom in one’s life.

Sapphire: represents clear thinking. Said to have the ability to give whoever wears this stone, peace of mind/ inner peace.

Diamond: represents innocence. Makes the wearer more pure and virtuous. Has the ability to bring longevity to the wearer’s relationships and human connections.

Regardless of what the stones represent individually, the mood that can be brought about by receiving one or being praised for wearing one, is a representation of gemstones as a whole and creates within the jewelry wearer, it’s own range of emotional expressions.