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Beautiful Valentine Jewelry without Hearts

3 Feb

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and many women receive jewelry from their significant others in the shape of a heart. It is sort of cute the first time, but once you are older and collect a little pile of various hearts it gets kind of boring. So here is a tip for men, if your beloved is a little more mature, don’t give her more tacky and cliche heart jewelry! Here are some pieces I saw recently that would make your darling feel like a queen:

Colleen Lopez 6.65ct Sapphire and Diamond Sterling Silver “Buckle” 7-1/2″ Bracelet” from HSN

Colleen Lopez 6.65ct Sapphire and Diamond Sterling Silver

Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie 21.39ct Colors of Sapphire and Diamond Earrings from HSN

Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie 21.39ct Colors of Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Tagliamonte “Cupid” Capri Blue Venetian Glass Charm Bracelet
Tagliamonte

So please, give something unique this Valentine’s day.

Bracelets for Boobies

22 Apr

In honor of all the strong women out there battling breast cancer, a Christina Applegate inspired bracelet has been crafted to remind us of the struggle of these beautiful women. The bracelet is sterling silver interwoven with pink suede and is fitted with a pink enamel ribbon charm as well as a heart which reads "Together we can make a difference".

It's delicate appearance creates a beautiful piece of jewelry that will not only accent a casual outfit, it also serves a purpose. 25% of the proceeds received by Emitations Jewelry will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

You can snag your very own Silver Breast Cancer bracelet from Emitations for $24.99 and help the cause. The price isn't bad for sterling silver and it truly is a pretty bracelet.

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Bangles That Pop

10 Mar

Bangles That Pop

I love fab bangles but whats better than a stacked bangle? Each of Melinda Maria's Infinity Bangles add an extra bit of glamour whether you one or more together? These have been found on various celebs and although they are perfect for red carpet glamor, it's also perfect when you're stepping out for brunch or just doing a bit of shopping. I have always loved anything that is sterling silver and the varying size of each orb has such a boho chic look to it. Her bangles can be found using various materials and Max & Chloe has been known to sell various items from her line. This is definitely a great way to add in pops of color and glitz to your overall look!

A Little History

2 Mar

A Little History

When I'm heading to events as the Editor in Chief of Kitten Lounge and I have the opportunity to ask a designer why they wear what they do, I tend to hear the historic response. People love wearing something that has a meaning or a soul in many respects. This is generally found when you wear heirlooms or go to an antique shop. Suffice it to say, that pieces found or obtained in these areas have a story and a heft. There is a way that you look at them and you're able to gravitate to them. So I'm glad to see that these elements are finding their way into pieces that are brand new. JCrew is in the midst of various collaborations with artists such as Fenton and Fallon which is known for their love of antique, edgy and femme qualities. This Crystal Rock Bracelet is not within this collaboration but is available on J Crew and is the perfect piece to wear with a number of outfits regardless of where you're going.

Wrist Jewelry

12 Feb

Wrist Jewelry

My computer will be pried from my cold, dead hands. I'm on it all day, and have palpitations when I'm separated from the Internet for too long. I carry a smartphone just so I can always be "in touch."

Like most computer addicts, I never wear bracelets. Still, I keep noticing that at dinner, or at parties, my friends have these lovely ornaments on their wrists. They must, I think to myself, have a life!

Recently, I noticed my friend's mom wearing a set of gorgeous gold bangles. My best friend's mother is from Israel and every time she visits Tel Aviv she brings back the most amazing jewelry. She says she's had the bangles forever, and that's probably true. Still, they look new and fresh and really tasteful.

I found the set pictured above after an extensive search. Apparently they're not so hot in the U.S., which is weird, since nothing looks more svelte with a slim-fitting black cocktail dress than gold bangles.

Well, unless diamonds are involved, and that's a whole other level!

Photo above is from Shopbop.com.

Charmed Life

12 Jan

Charmed Life

You're fighting rush hour traffic to make it to the dry-cleaners to pick up the shirt you absolutely have to wear to work tomorrow. You pull into the loading zone and put on your blinkers. Five minutes later, dry-cleaning in hand, you have a parking ticket.

Sound familiar?

Problem: evening ruined by very bad mood.
Solution: buy yourself a present to cheer up in amt. equal to parking ticket.

Juicy has been coming out with some really cute jewelry but nothing beats their adorable charm bracelet available here and here. I spotted this cupcake charm right off the bat (if you can't eat one, why not wear it!). For about $75 you've gotten a great new bracelet to wear with your dry-cleaned shirt.

And this store has lots more charms so you're ready for a little pick-me-up next time you forget to feed the meter.

Caribbean Hook Bracelets

22 Apr

The Caribbean Hook Bracelet first became popular on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands to celebrate love and good fortune. Recently, the islands of the Caribbean have adopted the Hook Bracelet as their signature piece. The traditional horseshoe design was introduced to the Caribbean over forty years ago, and since then, new island bracelet designs have become very popular, including the Fish hook, Knot, Lizard, and Dolphin and many others. Caribbean Hook Bracelets are now worn by people all over the world.

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Original Caribbean Hook Bracelets
Whether you call it a Love Bracelet, or an Island Bangle, there is only one Original Hook Bracelet with a patented integral locking clasp. Sterling Silver with 14k Gold wrap.

Handcrafted gold and sterling silver hook bracelets are made in the Caribbean and have a unique style all their own. Folklore has built up around the bracelet's simple horseshoe design. If you wear the open end of the hook pointed up toward your heart, it means your love is taken, and that good fortune will come your way. If you wear the hook away from your heart, it signifies that you are available, and that you're sharing your good fortune.

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Sand Dollar Hook Bracelets
Children have been known to say that sand dollars are the money of mermaids washed-up from the deep. This stunning sterling silver bracelet with 14k gold wrap and sand dollar will remind you of the times spent trolling the sandy shores searching for the shells of these delicate sea creatures.

Folklore
Sometimes the men of a Caribbean village have to leave to fish or deliver goods to other islands in order to make a living for their families, often for weeks at a time. When the men set out to sea, their wives wear their bracelets with the open end of the hook pointed away from their heart and down their out stretched arms, sending love and faith as they wave goodbye to their husbands. When the men return and their ship is spotted in the harbor, their wives turned the hook up toward their heart, symbolizing the safe return of their men from the dangers of the Caribbean.

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Palm Tree Hook Bracelet
In many historical cultures, palms were symbols of victory, peace, and fertility. Today, palms remain a popular symbol for the tropics. You will remember your vacation to the islands every time you look at this stunning sterling silver palm tree bracelet with 14k gold wrap.

Magnetic Bracelets

10 Mar

Magnetic Bracelets
The aesthetic value and therapeutic power of magnetic bracelets have gained more recognition and popularity, because they are believed to improve health by increasing blood circulation.

In recent years, Titanium has found its way into fashion jewelry, because it's lightweight, tough, corrosion-resistant, and biologically compatible with the human body. Titanium is 45% lighter than stainless steel and nickel free, which makes it perfect for fashionable and healthy magnetic jewelry.

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Cats Eye Magnetic Titanium Bracelet

Titanium Magnetic Bracelets
Most of the Titanium bracelets I've seen are plain gray metal links – no style, no personality. But these I love. They're stylish, they're magnetic, and they're Titanium!

These titanium magnetic bracelets are made of Commercially Pure Ti2 grade titanium – an ultra-light premium metal that is hypoallergenic and extremely comfortable to wear. And there's a magnet in every link.

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18k Gold Trimmed Lady's Titanium Magnetic Bracelet

Magnet Therapy
Magnet therapy was rediscovered in the 1950s in Russia and Japan. Space research has shown what happens when human beings are removed from the influence of the earth's magnetic field for any length of time. Scientists observed that Russian cosmonauts suffered from significant osteoporosis and severe depression upon their return to earth. These phenomena have been appreciably reduced by incorporating artificial magnetic fields in space ships and space suits. Today five million Americans – including Bill Clinton and Sir Anthony Hopkins – swear by magnet therapy.

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Titanium Magnetic Bracelet

Magnetic Field Deficiency Syndrome
The earth's magnetic field has decreased considerably over the last 500 years. Dr. Nakagawa (Tokyo) wrote an article in 1976 in which he described a condition he called magnetic field deficiency syndrome. Symptoms include stiffness of the shoulders, back pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, disturbed sleep, digestive problems, circulatory problems, and general fatigue.

Dr. Nakagawa asked 11,648 users of magnet therapy about their experiences. Over 90% rated magnet therapy as effective and only 10% as ineffective. No side effects were reported. Our life in concrete and steel buildings, cars, trains, planes, etc. also reduces the effect of the earth's magnetic field. A further disruptive factor is the electronic smog caused by computer screens, radios, TVs, mobile phones, etc.

How does Magnetic Therapy work?
There are many schools of thought and countless studies on the positive effects. Some doctors believe that the magnetic field affects the iron component of blood, hemoglobin, thereby increasing circulation to the area where magnets are applied, and the more blood to the area in pain, the more it helps it heal.

Many people active in sports have asked for a lightweight magnetic bracelet that would not affect their playing performance. The most vocal have been golfers, who suggest that heavy stainless magnetic bracelets can adversely affect their swing.

With titanium, they can have a substantial bracelet at a fraction of the weight of stainless steel, still enjoy the benefits of the magnetic properties, and have a piece of titanium jewelry that will last for years.

In my book, that's a win-win.

SOURCE
Magnetic Bracelets and Jewelry
Titanium Magnetic Bracelet Information

Slide Bracelets

5 Mar

Victorian-style slide bracelets – sometimes called slide charms or sliders – are unique collectibles that make great gifts. Or they can become a treasured heirloom in your family.

You can choose from 14 karat yellow or white gold and from a selection of stones: Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Garnet, Peridot, cameo, and more. Each slide is made with holes to slide onto a chain bracelet.

The slide bracelet concept allows you to begin with a plain two-strand starter slide bracelet, like this:

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14K Yellow Gold Starter Slide Bracelet

Then, you add slides to it whenever you wish, like these:

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14k Yellow Gold Butterfly Slide with Peridot
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14k Yellow Gold Swirl Slide with Pink Tourmaline

Or you can buy a complete Slide Bracelet, like this:

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14k Yellow Gold Complete Slide Bracelet
Rainbow slide bracelet featuring Garnet, Peridot, Amethyst, Citrine, Blue Topaz, Garnet, Peridot, Citrine, and Amethyst slides with our bulls eye clasp.

The Story of Victorian Slide Bracelets
During the Victorian Era, 1837-1901, jewelry became more commonplace due to a growth of wealth in the middle class. Successful businessmen displayed their wealth by buying expensive jewelry their wives.

Some women from that era wore hunting case watches around their necks on long chains with a decorative slide on it. The slide allowed them to adjust the watch to a specific position. Wristwatches eventually replaced necklace timepieces, and antique enthusiasts began collecting those watch slides around the 1930's and making them into bracelets.

They cut the slide off the watch chain and strung it on a double-strand chain bracelet. Eventually, they collected enough to complete a full bracelet. The Victorian style slide bracelet was born.

Over the next several decades, slides became lighter, and designs became more modern. In the 1990s, reproductions of the Victorian Era slides became popular again.

SOURCE
Brooks Fine Jewelry

Charm Bracelets

15 Feb

Charm Bracelets change in looks over time, but they never go out of style. There are thousands of charms to choose from, with many themes. Some high fashion names such as Louis Vuitton and Juicy Couture have begun issuing their own collectible charms.

Traditional Charm Bracelet:

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Time For Shopping Stainless Steel Charm Bracelet and Watch
Moschino stainless steel bracelet watch with Italian heart and handbag charms.
This polished bracelet adorns the wrist with fun and sophistication.
Made in Italy.

Modular Italian Charm Bracelet:
In 2001, a new fashion was launched for Italian charm bracelets, in which the charms are snapped onto the body of the bracelet rather than dangled from it. Italian charms are flat, modular links that hook together to form a charm bracelet, key chain, or other accessories.

Modular bracelets and charms are beautiful and versatile. The modular design means that the charms are interchangeable. An individual Italian charm can be switched out for a new look or to better suit the mood or changing interests of the wearer.

A starter Italian charm bracelet consists of eighteen blank links. In order to create a personalized bracelet, the blank links are replaced with Italian charms that are flat, modular links that hook together. While traditional charms dangle, Italian charms feature individual pieces soldered flat onto the surface of the link.

You begin by choosing your starter bracelet in the metal and style you prefer, like these:

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Zoppini Starter Bracelets
The charm bracelets stretch to fit over your hand for ease in taking them on and off. It can fit either loose or snug, depending upon your preference. Our starter bracelet has 14 links & is available in your choice of Shiny, Matte, or Diamond design.

Zoppini Charms
These charms are made in florence italy. Zoppini offers more than 1,500 designs to provide customers with the greatest range of imagination and creativity. You can choose from a large selection of charms: animals, bugs, hobbies, family and friends, signs of the zodiac, spirituality, patriotic symbols, letters of the alphabet, and more. You design your own bracelet by choosing the charms like these:

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Four-leaf Clover Charm

You can wear the story of your life on your wrist. Each time you hit a new milestone, simply add a meaningful charm. Add charms that commemorate the important events in your life, symbols that reflect your deepest heartfelt beliefs, or the cherished people who have helped you along the way.

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Wedding Bells Charm

So cute!