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  • Jewelry Styling Tips and Tricks

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Jewelry is so much more than simple accessories or an after thought that you add to an outfit before you head out the door. Jewelry is like the icing on a cake -- for without it an outfit may be beautiful -- but let's face it, it's also a bit blase. Jewelry can add interest, a pop or two of color, and dazzling accents. Here are a few jewelry styling tips to help you choose the right pieces, for the right occasion and they will help you make the right statement.

     

    Jewelry Styling Tips

     

    Mix and Match ~ Have fun with your jewelry wear chains with pearls, mix yellow metals with white, pink or green metals, wear a rainbow of gemstones. There is really not right or wrong -- be bold, be daring be YOU!

     

    Take the Old and Make it New ~ Do you have jewelry that you have inherited or maybe the style is completely outdated -- and not in a totally chic, vintage kind of way. Did you know that you can take your jewelry to a custom jeweler who can turn your precious metals, gemstones and diamonds into brand new, redesigned pieces of jewelry that you will LOVE to wear! Make sure you find a reputable jeweler, so do your homework and you'll have a great experience.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Personalize It ~ Jewelry with a personalized touch is a hot trend but it's classic and elegant as well. At Charming Chick we have a vast selection of personalized necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets. These make fantastic statement pieces when you purchase then for yourself and they can also beautiful gifts that will be cherished for a lifetime.

     

    Add a POP of Color ~ Use jewelry to turn your little black dress into something spectacular. You can echo the the colors of each season if you like or echo hues in your ensemble. Create an eye-catching statement by coordinating your jewelry, hand bag, and shoes. You can also thread colorful ribbons and fabrics through wide linked jewelry for added variety.

  • Blue Topaz ~ The December Birthstone

     

     

    The December birthstone is.......well, actually there are many stones that are listed as this month's birthstone.  Some of the most common gemstones used are turquoise , zircon, tanzanite and lapis. Look at all the awesome choices December babies have!  Today on the Charming Chick blog we will be looking at blue topaz because it is one the most popular gemstones used to represent this fun filled and frosty month.

     

     

     

    The gemstone topaz comes in a variety of colors but today - thanks to an enhancement process developed in the 1970's - the most popular variety is the blue topaz. This dazzling December birthstone is available is several stunning shades of blue.

    London Blue -- also known as Super Blue, is a deep rich color.

    Swiss Blue -- is a mid-blue color

    Sky Blue -- is a light icy-blue.

     

    Believe it or not, the blue was once considered the rarest of the topaz colors. However, the use of irradiation and heat can turn a colorless or lightly colored topaz into the beautiful blue December birthstone known as blue topaz.

     

     

     

     

    The blue topaz was named the state gem of Texas in 1969 to celebrate a small deposit of natural blue topaz that was found in the state. The blue is also reminiscent of the gorgeous, clear blue Texas sky.

     

     

    The white metals such as sterling silver really compliment the coolness of the stone. A faceted blue topaz will also sparkle and dance as the light hits it.

     

    Topaz was once believed to change color if there was poisoned food or drink nearby. It was thought to increase strength, dispel enchantment and make the wearer invisible -- but only if there was a emergency. That could come in very handy don't you think?

     

    So as you can see the December birthstone is an amazing an interesting gemstone. If you know someone who has a birthday this month treat them to one of our stunning blue topaz jewelry items.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Amethyst -- The Birthstone for February

    Sterling Silver Amethyst Earrings 

      

    The birthstone for February is amethyst, and it is an absolutely stunning gemstone. It is also the anniversary gemstone for the fourth and sixth years of marriage.

    With its regal color -- it is only natural that it adorns several prominent pieces of royal jewelry. Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz and is found in a range of shades including deep purple, lavender, violet, and mauve.  It is also the most valuable member of the quartz family. Amethyst is sometimes found mixed with citrine which forms the gemstone ametrine.

     

    Amethyst is a seven on the Moh's scale  of hardness; which means it is a relatively hard stone and more resistant to scratches than other semi-precious stones. However, you must keep in mind that heat, can greatly affect the color. Long exposure to sun light - or other heat sources - can have an adverse effect on it. 

    Sterling Silver Faceted Amethyst Pendant with Chain

    The history and mythology associated with amethyst, is as fascinating as the stone itself. At one time it was believed to thwart intoxication and prevent addiction -- so often times wine goblets were carved out of this dazzling gemstone. In addition to preventing the wearer from succumbing to the effects of alcohol; it also has many other remarkable properties and uses.

     

    Sterling Silver Amethyst Cuff Bangle

    Amethyst is said to protect the wearer against evil, promote bravery, protect the wearer in battle, quicken intelligence, and cure insomnia. This gemstone has also been worn to symbolize faithfulness, humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It was even thought to have healing powers.

    Sterling Silver Faceted Amethyst Ring

    If you know someone who is fortunate enough to be born in the month of February, you should give them the gift of their birthstone. At Charming Chick we have several stunning pieces of amethyst jewelry for you to choose from. Most of the stones are faceted, so they sparkle and sizzle beautifully.

    Even if a person isn't born in the month of February, these pieces make a fantastic gift! The richness of the stone, combined with .925 sterling silver is a magnificent pairing.

     

  • Modern and Traditional Birthstone Guide

    Birthstone jewelry makes a great gift for any lady on her birthday.  There are both modern and traditional birthstones to choose from.  The modern stones are typically less expensive and thus make nice, affordable gifts.

    See the chart below for a list of modern and traditional birthstones for each month:

    Month Modern Traditional
    January Garnet Garnet
    February Amethyst Amethyst
    March Aquamarine Bloodstone or Aquamarine
    April White Cubic Zirconia, White Topaz Diamond
    May Emerald Emerald
    June Alexandrite Pearl or Moonstone
    July Ruby Ruby
    August Peridot Sardonyx or Peridot
    September Sapphire Sapphire
    October Rose Opal or Tourmaline
    November Citrine Topaz or Smoky Quartz
    December Blue Zircon, Blue Topaz Turquoise or Lapis Lazuli

    Check out some of my favorite birthstone jewelry by clicking the photos below:

    Peridot Jewelry Set Amethyst Cross Pendant Ruby Beaded Bracelet

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