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The Hollywood red carpet did not disappoint last night. There were a number of hot trends and plenty of old tinsel town glam to satisfy the fashion police. Here are our predictions on how the Oscars will influence jewelry design this year. Drop Earrings Teardrop statement earrings are building steam as the top jewelry accessory this year. Notable large drops appeared on several stars including Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana, Kelly Rowland replica cartier bracelet and Amy Adams. Jennifer Hudson rocked a particularly striking pair of Sutra earrings. This trend is already widespread in the xafsplace with teardrop shaped link dangles, puff tears and bezeled teardrop stones. Bringing Sexy Back Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence were the evening’s two belles of the ball and both chose backwards necklaces. Anne Hathaway wore a diamond choker with a tantalizing dangle between her shoulder blades. Jennifer Lawrence chose a plunging delicate chain.  Both looks had everyone talking. This trend can also be interpreted with back tassels or simple chain extenders. The hair-dos were tame but the dresses were a frenzy of textures and effects this year. Rivets, appliques, lace, tulle, sequins and metallics brought plenty of va-va-voom to the event. Simple monotone colors or metallics were the norm but designers added interest with a variety of embellished textiles. This trend has been going stron for several years in the jewelry world with an emphasis on unique finishes and texturized touches. Layer contrasting effects for the most striking results. Pastels & Navy The top color standout at the Oscars was midnight or navy blue. The classic hue is flattering and elegant. The prevalence of navy is likely to further drive sales of Lapis, sapphire and other blue gems. Feminine pastels were also popular. Pale palettes pair best with perennial crystal and diamond baubles. Joana Miranda Studio: Talent To Spare Joana Miranda brings a fascinating background to the bench as a jewelry artist. Born in Portugal, Miranda fake cartier bracelet was a professional violinist and violist before turning her attention to jewelry. She is also an accomplished writer through her popular blog on the. Joana Miranda Studio pieces feature classic metalsmithing motifs with contemporary twists such as the frequent use of rubber accents.  Miranda is a prolific artist with many talents.  Her blog and website are full of sketches and inspirational ides alongside finished pieces. She has won numerous awards for her work including multiple honors from both the Gemological Institute of America and the Women’s Jewelry Association. She was a 2010 finalist in The Halstead Grant, an annual competition for new jewelry design entrepreneurs. Joana Miranda Studio collections are available for sale online at Retail prices range from $35 to $250 for most of her Argentium sterling silver pendants and earrings. She also does a great deal of custom work such as the piece shown above. Sticky Sweet And Sparkling Tiffany Kunz Design Diamonds used to be called ice. Thanks to emerging artists like they may be picking up a new moniker. The clusters of glowing, earth-tone, rough diamonds that Kunz uses as her signature in the new Concord Collection are more like dripping golden honey. She even offers a suite within the collection entitled “In Clover.” In Clover Suite embodies the best of Kunz’s designer jewelry: hand hammered eco-friendly metals, crystalline bunches of glittering diamonds and open organic forms. cheap cartier bracelet The Concord Collection website is reminiscent of a buzzing hive full of honeycomb. And the buzz, buzz, buzzing has already begun. Tiffany Kunz Design is attracting a wave of attention from blogs and magazines. Tiffany Kunz Design is available at several high end boutiques in the Los Angeles area as well as online at Most pieces are available in sterling silver or vermeil of yellow, pink or white gold. Retail prices range from $60 – $625. Santa baby, bring me some honey this year. Tiffany Kunz Design was a finalist in our 2010 Halstead Grant competition for emerging jewelry designers. Lisa Robin Jewelry For Classy Ladies is a new design house out of Dayton, OH. Owner and designer Lisa Adkinson has been a finalist in our grant competition for two years in a row. Her work features heavy cast silver components in styles. In my opinion, this line is ideally suited for the professional woman’s wardrobe. The pieces are classy and powerful without loosing their feminine style. The line is also quite versatile since many pieces are interchangeable or reversible. Lisa’s work is available in fine jewelry stores and galleries throughout Ohio and the Southern United States. Jewelry xxx The debate continues. Is the recession over? Is the “double dip” coming next? Are we in recovery, and if so, will we ever return to the xafs climate of 2007? Many questions still loom; however, one thing is certain: the jewelry xafs may never be the same again. The fierce struggle for survival and dominance during this extended economic decline has permanently altered the jewelry scene. Fine jewelry retailers who once scoffed at selling silver or price points below $250 in their shops are now moving into entirely different xafs segments. This shift is unlikely to reverse when the knockoff cartier bracelet 18k gold economy if fully healed. Due to high metals xafss and the recession, fine jewelers followed the money last Christmas and heavily stocked  sterling lines like Pandora beads. This dramatic move has opened a window of opportunity for many bridge jewelry designers. Retailers who started with mass produced lines are finding that they can indeed sell lower price point jewelry to their xafs of “fine jewelry” consumers. Art jewelry in a wider range of metals is popping up in display cases that once only held platinum and solid gold. Buyers are seeing the value in fine design instead of just traditional materials. Over time this change should greatly benefit jewelry artisans. The handmade movement was picking up considerable momentum prior to the recession and it stands a good chance of thriving in the post-recovery era. Craft jewelers who aggressively pursue new sales venues may find a more receptive audience than in the past. This also presents an interesting challenge to boutique jewelers and American craft galleries that have carved out a niche in bridge jewelry over the last decade. Fine jewelers are now moving in on the turf they have spent years cultivating. Both groups will need to examine their respective strategies and brand identities in order to excel in the new business climate. This environment may very well create a renaissance period in jewelry. The broader range of metals and design styles in the xafs give jewelers a new level of creative freedom. The increase in sales venues should also increase resale opportunities. I am excited to see how that will impact the industry and break down the segment barriers we have always known. Copyright 2010. Halstead Bead, Inc., wholesale jewelry supplies since 1973. Please feel free to share or re-post this blog with proper credit. We also welcome your comments.


Get to know September’s birthstone —

THE STONE AS BLUE AS THE OCEAN It’s finally September! It’s amazing how time flies so fast. Drinking pumpkin spice latte, wearing stylish jackets and wooly shawls, and watching multi-colored leaves fall gracefully from the tree feels just like yesterday. And just like that, it’s autumn again. But before I go on babbling about this warm and cozy season, let’s talk about this month’s birthstone — sapphire, the blue gemstone that Replica Van Cleef & Arpels Earrings will make you feel like royalty. WHAT IS A SAPPHIRE? Sapphires are the on the face of the earth. This stone refers to the blue variety of the mineral, corundum. The term sapphire is referring to all other colors of corundum, including, which is the red variety of the mineral. Sapphires are known for their vibrant blue color, but these gorgeous stones come in too, including violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, and purple. Some are even in the dark colors, like black, gray, and brown. WHAT DOES SAPPHIRE SYMBOLIZE? Traditionally, sapphire represents loyalty, nobility, sincerity, and trust. The gorgeous blue stone was believed to be a protection from harm in the Middle Ages and brings good fortune.  The “wisdom stone” also keeps the wearer in touch with his spirituality. Sapphire is also associated with royalty, as this gem seems to be a favorite of royalties. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, are often seen wearing sapphire jewelry sets. Of course, who would forget about the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring Prince Charles gave Princess Diana? WHAT ARE ITS HEALING PROPERTIES? People believe that sapphire heals blood-related disorders. According to crystal healers, this gorgeous gem can help relieve insomnia and will contribute to cure Fake Van Cleef Alhambra Earrings problems in speech and communication. When it comes to mental and emotional properties, sapphire lessens confusion and bring hope to those who have lost it. It can help with anxieties and depression as well. Sapphire gives in positive energy and prevents evil thoughts. WHAT MATCHES SAPPHIRE JEWELRY PIECES? Since sapphire jewelry reminds us of queens and princesses, these pieces are best worn with formal outfits. When matching with other colors, sapphire works well with yellows, golds, whites, silvers, and black. Of course, it works even well with other hues of blue, just as what the two royalties above have worn in the photos. with sapphire stones are also perfect for women who love to feel like royalty. These gemstones may be pricey, but thank goodness for fashion jewelry. Mabella offers sapphire jewelry pieces at much more affordable prices. Get ready to top off your fall look with jewelry adorned with this vibrant blue stone. See more pieces at our shop! Caring for your silver jewelry Treat jewelry like a piece of art. Sterling silver jewelry no doubt is popular in the fashion world today. Not only are silver pieces more versatile to wear, but they are also more affordable than most fine jewelry. And as with all types of jewelry, caring for them is important. What exactly is sterling silver? According to resource sites, sterling silver is an alloy of silver with 92.5% by weight of silver, mixed 7.5% by weight of other kinds of metals which usually is copper. This metal can be plated in different colors like yellow gold, rose-gold, chocolate, and even black, Although less precious than gold, this metal is now a popular choice for because of its reflective and shiny properties. It may be a durable metal, but it’s fragile compared to other commonly-used metals. If not cared for properly, your jewelry might tarnish or get stains. That said, here are easy ways to care for your beloved silver pieces. Cleaning If your silver jewelry tarnished, there’s an easy way to take it off. All you need is salt (or baking soda), hot water, and aluminum foil. Stir a tablespoon of salt in a Cheap Van Cleef Clover Earrings bowl of hot water until it dissolves completely. Tear the sheet of aluminum foil into small strips and put them in the bowl. Soak your silver pieces in the bowl and wait for at least five minutes. The reaction of materials will cause the tarnish to fade. After the soak, check if all the tarnish has gone before fishing the pieces out of the bowl. If they’re giving off a bright shine and looks good as new, rinse the pieces in running water. Polishing Polishing is a way to maintain your silver jewelry’s brilliance. Buy a silver polish and a lint-free cloth or a sponge. Rub the polish gently on your jewelry in a back-and-forth motion and not in circles. Otherwise, your jewelry might get scratches, making things worse. If your jewelry is silver-plated, take extra careful when polishing; the plating might come off with too much rubbing. Next, rinse the silver pieces in running water and dry with a clean, lint-free towel. Proper storage Storing silver jewelry in airtight containers can minimize tarnish. You can also buy anti-tarnishing bags for your precious silver. Silica gel bags can help with the moisture build up too, so don’t throw those bags of gel that come with your new shoes or handbags. Remember not to store multiple pieces in one container as this may Knockoff Van Cleef Butterfly Earrings cause them to scratch each other. Preventive measures Of course, the best way to avoid scratches and tarnishing is to take preventive care. Tarnishing starts once you stop wearing your silver jewelry. The natural oils in the skin do keep your rings, necklaces and bracelets shiny and in a way clean them too. Exposing them to chemicals such as chlorinated pool water, harmful household chemicals, and even sweat can cause tarnish. Anything that contains sulfur can also cause tarnish. That said, always remove your silver rings before swimming and wear gloves when spring cleaning. Note that some beauty products can cause corrosion too. Always let your lotion and perfume completely dry on your skin first before putting your silver jewelry back on. Do you know any other ways to care for silver jewelry? Share them in the comments below!

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