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  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Zeta Tau Alpha

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Zeta Tau Alpha ~ ΖΤΑ

     

    Open Motto: "Seek the noblest."
    Mascot: Crown, strawberry
    Colors: Turquoise, Steel Grey
    Flower: White Violet

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On October 15, 1898 Zeta Tau Alpha internation women's fraternity was founded by nine young women: Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen M. Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith, Ruby Leigh Orgain and the Virgina State Female Normal School. Several of the women met together regularly. They shared beliefs, education and a sisterhood. They enjoyed each other so much that they wanted to figure out a way that they would be tied to one another forever. According to Wikipedia Maud Jones wrote: “For a whole year before our sorority was established, the need of such an organization was strongly felt. There were six or seven of us who used to frequently meet together and talk over and try to devise some way by which we could unite into a helpful and congenial band. We knew we sadly needed something, but we had no idea how that something was to be found. The beginning of session 1898–1899 our little crowd again at the Normal and just as eager as before, if not more, to find something to satisfy our desires.” The women then took steps to form an organization that would help keep them together and help other women form lifelong bonds. It took a year to get it officially approved but after working to get everything completed Zeta Tau Alpha came to be.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    According to the official Zeta Tau Alpha website their motto is as follows:

    Mission Statement:
    To make a difference in the lives of our members by developing the potential of each individual through innovative programming, which emphasizes leadership development, service to others, academic achievement and continued personal growth for women, with a commitment to friendship and the future based on the sisterhood, values and traditions of the past.

     

    Philanthropy is an important part of of Zeta Tau Alpha life. Some of their previous philanthorpies have been; Currin Valley (Va.) Health Center, Cerebral Palsy Division of the National Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Easter Seals, Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC).

    In 1992 they adopted the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation as their national philanthropy and that sponsorship lasted for 19years. However, the women's fraternity wanted to broaden their focus to include other education resources as they relate to breast cancer. Today Zeta Tau Alpha's national philanthropy is Breast Cancer Education and Awareness.

  • 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.

  • Phi Sigma Sigma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

     

    On November 26, 1913 the Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma was founded at Hunter College in New York. Its 10 founding members; Lillian Gordon Alpern, Josephine Ellison Breakstone, Fay Chertkoff, Estelle Melnick Cole, Jeanette Lipka Furst, Ethel Gordon Kraus, Shirley Cohen Laufer, Claire Wunder McArdle, Rose Sher Seidman, and Gwen Zaliels Snyder had a very clear vision about the type of sorority they wanted to establish. They wanted to establish a nonsectarian sorority and welcomed women of all faiths and backgrounds. In fact, Phi Sigma Sigma was the first collegiate sorority of this kind. The founding members were definitely pioneers of their time.

     

    According to the official Phi Sigma Sigma website, their core values are:

     

    Lifelong Learning
    As new members, as collegiate members and as alumnae, learning is a priority and we encourage our sisters to make the most of educational opportunities at our colleges and in our communities. Through education and challenging ourselves to reach new goals, we become women of influence and substance.

    Inclusiveness
    An inclusive sisterhood prepares its members for a world filled with diversity. By embracing our differences, we become a stronger organization that benefits not only our members, but those around us. We seek out and include women of various races, cultures, levels of ability, socioeconomic origin, backgrounds and perspectives.

    Leadership through Service
    Phi Sigma Sigma believes that a woman who serves is also a woman who leads. By serving others, our members become more valuable citizens, students, parents, workers and community leaders.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    As stated in the Phi Sigma Sigma core values, philanthropy is exceptionally important to teaching leadership. The official philanthropy is the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation. This foundation provides scholarship and educational grants among other assistance for the members and alumnae. The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation also contributes to the National Kidney Foundation. It's members also work hard to raise funds and donate their time to local organizations as well.

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ Sorority Spotlight

     

     

    Kappa Kappa Gamma ~ ΚΚΓ

     

    Open Motto: N/A
    Mascot: Owl
    Symbol: Fleur-de-Lis, Key
    Jewel: Sapphire
    Colors: Dark Blue and Light Blue
    Flower: Fleur-de-Lis

     

     

     

     

    On October 13th, 1870 Kappa Kappa Gamma women't fraternity was founded at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois. It is said that in the late 1860's two friends Mary Louise Bennett and Hannah Jeannette Boyd were frustrated that there weren't any women's organizations similar to men's fraternities.  At a time when very few women were encouraged to seek higher education, the women who were at these colleges and universities needed the support and sisterhood that a women's organization could provide.  Soon after their initial discussion the recruited 4 other women; Mary Moore Stewart, Anna Elizabeth Willits, Martha Louisa Stevenson and Susan Burley Walker. As noted on the official Kappa Kappa Gamma website:

    "Kappa's six Founders were exceptional young women who believed they could take on the world and create something totally new. Taught to love learning and literature, these educated ladies not only originated the idea of Kappa Kappa Gamma but wrote its constitution, planned its motto and chose its badge and name."

    There are strict regulations regarding the Kappa Kappa Gamma badges, which since it's founding have been golden keys. Member are discouraged from loaning their badges to those who are not initiated members because they represent membership. As noted on the KKG website, it is strongly recommended that badges be returned to the main headquarters upon a member's death. This is to help ensure that only initiated members are in possession if these keys.

     

     

     

    Currently there are 138 chapter and over 240,000 collegiate members nationwide. They are all strong women who support each other through their endeavors and they also active members in their community through their philanthropy. In addition, these caring women have also partnered with RIF - Reading is Fundamental. They share their time, treasure and talent to help young people discover the joys of reading.

     

  • Kappa Delta ~ Sorority Spotlight Kappa Delta

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      Kappa Delta ~ ΚΔ

       

      Open Motto: "Let us strive for that which is honorable, beautiful and highest
      Mascot: Teddy Bear
      Symbol: Nautilus Shell, Katydid, Dagger|
      Jewel: Diamond, Emerald, Pearl 
      Colors: Olive Green and Pearl White
      Flower: White Rose



      In the fall of 1897, four friends gathered together to found the sorority Kappa Delta. In Farmville, Virginia  - at the State  Female Normal School  (now Longwood University) -  Lenora Ashmore Blackiston, Julia Gardiner Tyler Wilson, Sara Turner White and Mary Sommerville Sparks Hendrick came together to found Kappa Delta. Their objective, as stated on the official Kappa Delta website, was (and is):

      "The object of Kappa Delta Sorority is the formation and perpetuation of good fellowship, friendship and sisterly love among its members; the encouragement of literature and education; the promotion of social interest; and the furtherance of charitable and benevolent purposes."

       

      On October 23rd, 1897  Kappa Delta officially became a sorority. It is noted that Kappa Delta was the first sorority to be accepted to the National Panhellenic Conference as soon as they petitioned to join. Today there are 142 active chapters and 516 alumnae chapters and they are now headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. There are also more that 230,000 members throughout the world.

       

      Philanthropy is a huge part of Kappa Delta life. They work hard in their community and for each other. They also support four national charities; Prevent Child Abuse America, Girl Scouts of the USAOrthopaedic Research Awards, and Children's Hospital of Richmond, Virginia.

  • How to Care for Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

     

     

    Hopefully you were one of the lucky people to receive a fine quality piece of Charming Chick sterling silver jewelry over the holiday. If you were - or you already own, love and enjoy this gorgeous metal - we have some tips on how to keep it looking it's best. There are just a few things you need to know about silver before we talk about how to care for it.

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver consists of 92.5% silver and 7.5% of another metal, which is usually copper or some other alloy. You can tell if a piece of jewelry is Sterling silver because it is commonly stamped with -- 925 or sterling. Silver is much more abundant than gold and platinum, so the price of the piece is largely determined by the craftsmanship and labor involved in its creation.

     

    As some of you may know, over time sterling silver reacts with the sulfur or hydrogen sulfide in the air and the metal can become tarnished. Tarnish (which appears as black patches) occurs when the compound silver sulfide if formed. It is important to note that silver can react poorly when it comes in contact with other things like; rubber gloves, cleaning products, chlorinated water, perfumes, hairsprays, etc.

     

    How to Reduce Tarnishing:

    To reduce tarnishing, we recommend keeping your sterling silver jewelry in an air-tight protective bag made of tarnish proof cloth or a plastic zip lock bag made of Mylar or polyethylene. Charming Chick stores and ships our jewelry in small zip-lock style bags for this reason. You can continue to store your jewelry in this bag if you wish, or purchase another larger bag for storing your sterling silver collection. If you properly store your sterling silver charms, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings, brooches, etc., they will require minimal cleaning to keep that beautiful shine. We also recommend storing it away from other articles that might rub against it and causes scratches. Sometimes wood finishes can contain chemicals that are not good for sterling silver, so avoid storing on wood surfaces.

     

    Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry:
    Often you can simply rub your sterling silver jewelry gently with a 100% cotton cloth to remove excess dirt and restore shine. Be sure not to rub too hard, because sterling silver is a soft metal that can be bent and scratched. Also, make sure that the cloth is very clean. Rub in a lengthwise motion, not circular since this can scratch the surfaces. You can use a very soft toothbrush to remove debris in hard to reach crevasses.

    If you would prefer to soak your jewelry to remove dirt that seems to be stuck to the surfaces, add a small amount of very mild detergent to warm water. Do not use a detergent with bleach. You can also use a silver paste cleaner, silver dip polishers or silver polishing spray. Often these cleaners can damage gemstones and crystals (especially Swarovski crystal), so we do not recommend using these methods if your jewelry item is not entirely composed of sterling silver.

     

     

    Helpful tips:

    1. Always remove your jewelry before using abrasive chemicals such as bleach, alcohol, etc.

    2. Clean your jewelry before storing it

    3. Prevent tarnishing by cleaning before the silver becomes tarnished

    4. Lotions can wear away at the finish on your sterling silver, so avoid wearing them on surfaces that come in contact with your jewelry

    5. Remove your sterling silver jewelry when doing household chores

     

    Following these tips will elp to ensure that you will be able to love and enjoy your sterling silver jewelry for many years to come@

     

  • Sorority Spotlight ~ Alpha Sigma Alpha

    Alpha Sigma Alpha ~ AΣA

     

    Open Motto: “Aspire, Seek Attain.”
    Mascot: Dot the Lady Bug
    Symbol: Phoenix
    Jewel: Pearl, Ruby
    Colors: Crimson, Pearl White, Palm Green and Gold
    Flower: Narcissus and Aster

     

      

      

    Alpha Sigma Alpha was founded November 15, 1901 at the Virginia State Female Normal School, which is now Longwood University. During the time of its founding, higher education for women was still a highly debated topic. Because of this, many women who were enrolled in these schools sought out the commandery and support of other women facing the same obstacles. The founders of Alpha Sigma Alpha were searching for the same.

    Virginia Lee Boyd-Noell, Juliette Jefferson Hudley-Gilliam, Calva Hamlet Watwon Wootton, Louise Brooks Cox- Carper and Mary Williamson-Hudley had become very good friends and i the fall of 1901 they were recruited and bid by other sororities. However, they quickly realized that this would mean the five friends would not be sorority sisters. So in November of that year they formed AΣA. Early on it was decided that only teacher's colleges or universities and colleges of education within universities.

      

    According to the official Alpha Sigma Alpha website the sorority's purpose as stated in the charter is as follows:

    The purpose of the association shall be to cultivate friendship among its members, and in every way to create pure and elevating sentiments, to perform such deeds and to mould such opinions as will tend to elevate and ennoble womanhood in the world.”

     

    In 1958 Alpha Sigma Alpha's philanthropic focus became aiding the mentally challenged and in 1976 the Special Olympics was named their national project. In 1990 and additional project was added:

     "The S. June Smith Center is a private non-profit agency providing early identification, education, training and therapy to infants and children in the Lancaster area with developmental disabilities and delays." via www.alphasiggmaalpha.org

    Currently there are 145 Alpha Sigma Alpha chapters and over 100,00 members nationwide.

  • Alpha Epsilon Phi

    Alpha Epsilon Phi ~ AEΦ

     

    Open Motto: “Many hearts. One Purpose.”
    Mascot: Giraffe
    Jewel: Pearl
    Colors: Green and White
    Flower: Lily of the Valley

     

     

     

     

    In 1909 - at Barnard College - seven Jewish women met to form a "club" that would later become known as the sorority Alpha Epsilon Phi. In the early 1900s it was very rare for women to attend college but in 1907 Barnard College opened its doors to young ladies of well-to-do families. Helen Phillips was the one who came up with the idea of starting the group. She along with Ida Beck, Rose Gerstein, Augustina Hess, Lee Reiss, Stella Strauss, and Rose Salmowitz founded Alpha Epsilon Phi on October 24th, 1909. The women shared common heritage, interests and an appreciation for true friendship. Their goal was to form a group that would help foster lifelong friendship and provide a home away from home for its members.

     

     

    Currently Alpha Epsilon Phi has over 100 chapters and over 80,000 initiated members. Although it is a Jewish sorority they are not a religious organization. According the Alpha Epsilon Phi official website "...membership (is) open to all college women, regardless of religion, who honor, respect and appreciate our Jewish identity and are comfortable in a culturally Jewish environment."  Young women who are part of a legacy are given careful consideration when pledging but  it is not guaranteed a bid.

    Philanthropy and service  are a big part of being an Alpha Epsilon Phi member. From the very beginning their focus was to assist Jewish war survivors, provide scholarships and aid in educational endeavors.  While members are involved in many philanthropic projects their two official philanthropic are the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Sharsheret.

     

     

  • Sorority in the Spotlight ~ Alpha Delta Pi

     

     

    Alpha Delta Pi ~ ΑΔΠ

      

    Open Motto: “We Live For Each Other”
    Mascot: The Lion (nicknamed Alphie)
    Jewel: The Diamond
    Colors: Azure Blue and White
    Flower: Woodland Violet

     

     

     

     

     

    Alpha Delta Pi was founded as the Adelphean Society - on May 15th, 1851 - by Eugenia Tucker Fitzgerald. It was the first secret society for college women and was founded at Wesleyan Female College in Macon, Georgia.  Actually, an interesting fact about Wesleyan College, is that it was the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. A student's day at Wesleyan College was very structured and all the women who attended were from progressive and educated families. Eugenia Tucker enlisted the help of her dearest friends when creating this sorority; Elizabeth Williams Mitchell, Ella Pierce Turner, Octavia Andrew Rush, and Sophoronia Woodroff Drews. According to the Alpha Delta Pi Sorority website, Eugenia wrote in her diary, "The society shall be called Adelphean and shall have for its object the mental, moral, social and domestic improvement of its members."

    In 1905 the Adelphean Society changed its name to Alpha Delta Phi (AΔΦ) and it later had to change again because there was already a men's fraternity of the same name at universities where they wanted to start chapters. In 1913 the organization became Alpha Delta Pi (ΑΔΦ). There are currently 140 chapters.

    In 1979 Alpha Delta Pi adopted the Ronald McDonald House as the national philanthropy. Since that time they have been able to contribute over 5 million dollars to this worthy cause. In the 1983 the Alpha Delta Pi Foundation was established. This foundation was put in place, "...to provide essential resources for Alpha Delta Pi Sorority's educational, leadership and philanthropic activities which improve the lives of women and the communities they serve."

     

     

  • Personalized Jewelry ~ Classic and Elegant

    At Charming Chick we carry a fantastic selection of personalized jewelry. The items we carry are finely crafted, stylish, versatile and make outstanding gifts. Monogram jewelry is a terrific way to let that special someone know that you are thinking of them. Sterling silver pieces of monogram jewelry are classic, elegant and can be worn and enjoyed for many years to come. We will be featuring just a few of these stylish pieces -- be sure to browse our website to view the our collection.

      


     

    This elegant monogram black onyx pendant on 5-strand seed bead necklace is the perfect accessory to add to your fall wardrobe. This super chic necklace adjusts from 18-20 inches to fit with most necklines. The personalization is a fabulous touch to this piece and is available in four font styles.

     

     

     

    This gorgeous sterling silver toggle bracelet is a wonderful piece of jewelry. It is sure to become a signature piece of jewelry to anyone who receives this. This finely crafted heavy-link bracelet fits in perfectly with any attire. It can be worn daily and the toggle clasp is secure but also stylish as well. The round charm can be personalized for an extra special touch.

     

     

     

     

    Our sterling silver square ring with black lettering is a dramatic and stylish look. It is available in a variety of sizes and the personalization comes in three font styles. This ring definitely makes a statement and will be worn and enjoyed for many wonderful years.

    These beautiful diamond-shaped copper monogram earrings are simply stunning. The euro-wires give the monogram plates perfect amount of movement. The hammered finish adds interest and an artistic touch. Of course the monogram makes these earring especially yours.

    The last item we will feature on the blog today is this sterling silver monogram bangle bracelet. The delicate filigree design is exquisite. It is a true heirloom piece which will be worn for generations to come. The bracelet is oval to keep the filigree monogram on top. The bangle opens easily on the side with and open hook clasp and it is available in 7 or 8 inch.

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