Friday, February 17, 2012

Why Mens Beaded Bracelets Make Awesome Gifts

Any woman who has been in a serious relationship with a man will tell you just how difficult it can be to buy a man a great gift. We all want to be remembered for giving great gifts, especially to the important man in our lives.
If you are looking for a great gift, you can't go wrong with mens beaded bracelets. Here's why mens beaded bracelets make awesome gifts:
1) Bracelets are a great addition to your overall look: Bracelets are such an understated way to accessorize a look. There's no need for a real man to wear flashy jewelry to prove how manly he is. Nothing says relaxed but stylish quite like a mens beaded bracelet. 2) The variety of bracelets available is astounding: There is a huge range of bracelets available today. From the imposing, to the delightful, mens bracelets come in every imaginable design, shape and material.
A handmade mens beaded bracelet is one if the most thoughtful gifts you can buy for a man. 4) Make a grand gesture, or a small one: Bracelets make great gifts for the men in your life, whether it's your husband, boyfriend, brother or father, a simple beaded bracelet or an extravagant high quality bracelet. You can easily find cheap bracelets that are great for a modest budget, or you can splurge on some of the top of the range designer bracelets. 5) Everyone can appreciate a beaded bracelet: No matter what age or size or style, any man will appreciate a beaded bracelet as a gift.
There's no doubt about it, beaded bracelets make great gifts. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Earrings From Antiquity to the Present - 2500 Years of Earrings by D Mascetti and A Triossi

Earrings From Antiquity to the Present: 2500 Years of Earrings (available in hard cover or paperback) presents a history of these important components of a woman's and man's appearance. The authors are specialists in the history and archeology of jewelry. Etruscans amassed great wealth and fashioned elaborate jewelry decorated with tiny sculptures of birds, rosettes, and chains with pearls. The elaborate headdresses, high collars, and complex hair styles of the Middle Ages left little room for earrings.
During the Renaissance women began to wear earrings again. The 18th and 19th Centuries show a myriad of earring designs, many of them wild and wonderful: dangles made to resemble a bushel basket full of (ruby) apples, onyx hens sitting on (ivory) eggs in a woven gold basket, carved faces of Greek gods, a 5-inch long earring set with kite-shaped aquamarines. Jane Shafrin has been conducting a love affair with jewelry since her childhood. She designs jewelry, collects and sells vintage jewelry, and her web site, Beads by Mail, contains pages full of information about gemstones, beads, how to make jewelry, and publishes free bead patterns. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

"I Can Only Wear Gold Jewelry" - The Truth About Jewelry Allergies

"I can only wear gold jewelry, everything else breaks me out." My mother, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. The dermatitis is a result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common. More women tend to suffer from nickel allergies than men. First I looked at gold jewelry. However white gold may. White gold alloys contain nickel and other "white" metals to produce its silver coloring. Gold filled jewelry metal is created when a base metal is coated with a layer of gold. Gold filled differs from gold plated by the amount of gold applied. The layer used in gold filled jewelry is typically 50 to 100 time thicker that the layer used to coat gold plated products.
Next I looked at silver jewelry. For those who are nickel sensitive, fine silver and sterling silver are great choices for "white" metals.
Fine silver is by definition 99.9% pure silver. Typically silver jewelry is made of sterling silver. Sterling silver is by definition 92.5% pure silver. Since copper is the normal metal used, sterling silver is a great metal for nickel allergic people. Some other metals that are considered safe for people with nickel allergies are:
Copper - Copper jewelry is generally considered pure and not mixed with nickel or nickel alloys.
Platinum - Platinum jewelry contains 95% platinum and 5% of a secondary metal typically iridium.
Titanium - Titanium jewelry is both hypoallergenic and durable. It is a highly recommended metal for those who suffer from nickel allergies.
Fashion or costume jewelry typically contains base metals that include nickel.
German silver or nickel silver is a metal to stay away from where jewelry is concerned. German silver does not contain any silver. The silver refers to the silver coloration of the metal. If you do buy a piece of jewelry and are concerned that it may contain nickel, commercial test kits are available online. April Williams is the owner of Eluna Jewelry Designs, widely known for an exquisite selection of gemstone pendants, sterling silver earrings, and reproduction sea glass jewelry.