Lepidolite Crystal Stone

    Discovered in the eighteenth century, it is not a typical gemstone, but a very beautiful purplish type of mica that contains a substantial portion of lithium and is the Earth’s most common lithium-bearing mineral. Lepidolite is from the Greek ‘lepidos’, meaning ‘scale’, and ‘lithos’, meaning ‘stone’. Lepidolite was uncommon mica but in recent years Brazilian finds have made it much more available on the mineral market. Lepidolite, like other micas, has a layered structure of lithium aluminum silicate sheets weakly bonded together by layers of potassium ions. These potassium ion layers produce the perfect cleavage.

    The typical violet to pink color of Lepidolite is characteristic and is the only field test available to identify Lepidolite from other micas. Pink muscovite or very pale Lepidolite may confuse identification. Since Lepidolite colors can be confusing, a melting and flame test is desirable if there is any reason - such as the presence of colored tourmalines or of other lithium minerals for suspecting mica to be Lepidolite, rather than the commoner muscovite. The fluorescence and flame tests will also distinguish some of the more intensely colored chromium chiorites, dumortierite, and similar hydrous silicates.

    Lepidolite crystals accompany other lithium bearing minerals such as tourmaline, amblygonite and spodumene. Lepidolite crystals can add character and value of these specimens. Crystals can be tabular or prismatic crystals with a prominent pinacoid termination. Lepidolite's four prism faces and two pinacoid faces form pseudo-hexagonal crystal "books". Well developed crystals with a Sharp hexagonal outline are rare. The sides of the crystal often tend to taper. Sometimes borders ordinary muscovite mica, but the cleavage flakes are not quite continuous. Commonly occurs in medium to fine-grained aggregates; One- to two-inch crystals, tapering down to a slender point and more prismatic than tabular, occur at some localities.

    Traditional properties of Lepidolite include protection from outside influences, relieve everyday stress, and promote restful sleep when placed near your pillow, attracts good luck and drives away negativity.

    Lepidolite provided by Panther Creek Minerals, San Antonio, Texas.
    Researched from various websites, mineral-rock-gem and crystal books.

Socially Responsible: Fashionably Fabulous

    If you have seen the film “Blood Diamond,” you will know that diamonds have a history of causing both social and environmental damages. While the diamond industry has remained secretive, many consumers are now aware of the social and environmental impacts diamonds can have due to films and the internet. The diamond market is a monopoly as it is controlled by one major company with very few competitors. This company controls the availability of diamonds to the public and therefore the price. The company has the ability to make diamonds appear rare and special. Commercials and society only perpetuate and regurgitate this idea. Diamond jewelry sets sell for way over their actual worth. Here is a Cubic Zirconia Jewelry set that looks extremely similar to a diamond jewelry set that would be very expensive and possibly very detrimental in several ways.

    jewelry sets
    Cubic Zirconia jewelry is just as beautiful, but does not hold the same connotations as diamonds in society because they do not have the reputation of being rare or special. However, savvy consumers know that jewelry is more than showing off. CZ jewelry is affordable and socially responsible as it does not have any of the same impacts that diamonds can have socially and environmentally. Jewelry should represent something more than just status and wealth. Jewelry is often bought to mark or celebrate a special event like a graduation, marriage, a wedding anniversary, or Christmas. Giving jewelry should be more of a symbol of love and affection than a status symbol. Fortunately more and more consumers are looking for companies that allow them to reflect their interests and social responsibility. More consumers are looking towards homemade jewelry, recycled jewelry, and fair trade jewelry. These options have many beautiful styles that will have you feeling great not only about how you look, but also about your socially responsible choices.

The Perfect Accessory for your Holiday Party

    It's never too early to start thinking about what you'll be wearing to all those holiday parties. From work soirees to family gatherings and nights out with friends, winter calendars fill up quickly with all kinds of events and excuses to get together and get dressed up. But this year, it's going to be more about understated elegance and a return to basics as women pinch pennies and opt for fashion and jewelry that is affordable as well as stylish. Some of the best (and least expensive) accessories for looking fab are cubic zirconia rings.
    CZ ringsCZ rings are fun, flirty and festive for the holidays. They work well with cocktail attire like a LBD, velvet pantsuit or blouse and skirt combination. Cubic zirconia rings add a dab of color and spontaneity to any outfit, while not being too over the top, like some hard to wear trends. Plus, cubic zirconia rings are a welcome escape from other pieces of jewelry that might cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. What's great is that these CZ rings look almost identical to the real thing. Plus, with a budget friendly price tag, you might be able to afford more than one.

    Our top picks of CZ rings for the up and coming holiday season include those that use bold color. Go for a ring set in gold tone and accented with a giant gem in red, green, blue or black. This is the perfect go-to accessory for an office Christmas party, a family gathering or a cocktail reception. CZ rings are great for dressing up an outfit and keeping your pocketbook in check. So plan ahead and start scooping up CZ jewelry for the season ahead. You'll get the best selection now, plus you can even start wearing these accessories right away.

Wire Wrapped Ex-Large Pendants

    I got the challenge from Panther Creek Minerals to wire wrap several very large agate slices. It was a little challenging, because I hadn’t ever taken on such large pendant sizes to wire wrap; but I did succeed and these are the results. Each Brazilian ex-large agate slice pendant has been carefully handcrafted with either non-tarnish artistic silver or bronze wire.

    Agates: Balancing physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual energies; perceptiveness, strength, inspiration, awakening talents.

Jewelry Sets: Your Formal Event Back-up

    In these days, even the worst accessory shopper can look amazing in hot, trendy jewelry. There are some shoppers who have a real hard time mixing and matching accessories and dealing with outfit choices. If you are afraid to mix and match your own outfits and jewelry, try purchasing jewelry sets! They are the best option for finding jewelry that is not too expensive, but is also not cheap looking. The great thing about jewelry sets is that you can wear each part separately if you so choose. However, if you are in a rush or are too lazy to mix and match, you can always throw on your jewelry set and look as polished as anyone else, maybe even more so. Penelope Cruz looks absolutely stunning below in very simple jewelry. The simplicity of these pieces is what makes them so beautiful. This is just one style of jewelry sets.

    jewelry sets

    Jewelry sets come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and styles these days. High end jewelry sets are studded with diamonds and other pricy jewels, but there are many cubic zirconia jewelry sets that look just as glamorous as the jewelry pieces with the real jewels. CZ jewelry is becoming more and more popular these dCZ jewelryays due to the state of the economy and wide availability of CZ jewelry. There are beautiful colored gemstones available for jewelry sets, but you can also vouch for sterling silver jewelry sets, as well as pearl jewelry sets. Many celebrities opt to wear jewelry sets to red carpet events. Here Cameron Diaz is seen wearing a vibrant turquoise jewelry set proving that jewelry sets are not strictly limited to sparkly gems. They come in a variety of styles. If you are ever in a bind for a formal event and don’t know how to accessorize, consider jewelry sets as your option!

Leftover Turquoise Pieces

    Every wonder what happens to the leftover Turquoise pieces; left on the floors and scattered around many mining and cutting lapidary company….maybe the answer is in this strand of Turquoise disks. A mix and maze of different Turquoise pieces ranging in color from blue to green and beautifully matrixes in brown, black, rust, cream, yellow, and even green and blue. The disks are cut in a rough hex, stabilized and graduated to form stunning bead structures.

    This design takes that stunning mixture and highlights it with Onyx, sterling silver spacers and toggle; mounds of Turquoise in dangle hoops can be worn with the necklace or accented with other pieces.

    Uniquely handcrafted custom natural stone jewelry, browse and purchase from our website.

Mystery Gem or Mis-Mash

    I found this to be an interesting tidbit from the Color Stone Newsletter’s ‘mystery gem game’; is it a mis-mash or astronomy phenomenon? To find out more, read on……

    Suddenly gems with multiple personalities are becoming all the rage and gemologists are as baffled by their identities as psychologists might be by patients with multiple personalities. This gem displays evidence of at least eight distinct mineral strains in its complex makeup. What is this gem’s marketing name, and why are we featuring it? Here’s a clue: study the picture of the gem and determine what sky-watcher’s phenomenon it reminds you of.

    If you’re familiar with astronomy, you’ll notice a more than subjective resemblance between the black body color and orb-covered patterned surface of this gem and what are known as spiral nebulae. Hence the stone was named "nebula stone" by its discoverers
    Karen and Ron Nurnberg, who lucked upon it during a camping trip in southern Mexico in 1994. To this day, theirs is the only known deposit of this ornamental rock. So don’t ask them for directions to the mining site. We had to beg for the vague locality information contained here. Of course, you’re wondering about the stone’s gemological identity. Well, so are the mineralogists who have studied the stone and found traces of quartz, four feldspars (riebeckite, arfedsonite, anorthoclase and aegirine), acmite, calcite and zircon. No wonder an undecided classification debate is on for this gem. Is it, like unakite, a partial feldspar that acts as a kind of foster father for this material? We thought so, and decided to use it as a poster child for the very strange alkali branch of the feldspar family—a huge, sprawling gem group.

    Reprinted from Colored Stones Newsletter

Wild Horse Crystals & Turquoise Mixed Design

    Another new design for our fall collection! This one is a beauty in Wild Horse Magnesite disks, accented by hex light Topaz crystals and gold-tone spacers and hanging from the center is a brown matrix Turquoise cross, handcrafted bail in non-tarnish brass wire. Wear it long or short with the extender and matching dangle earrings.

    Turquoise: Spiritual attunement, cleansing, healing, protection, valor, soothing, peace of mind, guidance through the unknown, romantic spontaneity.

    Magnesite: Promotes original and dynamic ideas. Instills peace, good for meditation, eliminate self-deceit and stimulate passion.

    Custom handcrafted natural gemstone designs, visit and shop our website!

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Get the Look of the Emmys – for Less

    It's always fun to watch the red carpet arrivals for events like the Emmys. This year was no exception, with some beautiful starlets dazzling in gorgeous gowns and delectable diamonds. But what a lot of women may not realize that the jewelry styles you see on your favorite silver screen actress are readily available in the form of CZ jewelry. In fact, many retailers create celeb inspired CZ jewelry that is a near replica of what you saw on TV. Here's what was hot this year:
    Celebrity JewelryChandelier earrings – Starlets like Leighton Meester, Heidi Klum and Mila Kunis complimented their dresses with drops that were quite noteworthy, albeit quite pricy as well. However, you can achieve the same wow factor with cubic zirconia jewelry accented with colorful crystals and set in gold or silver tone.

    Giant gems – The ever awe-inspiring Drew Barrymore hit a fashion high note in a gorgeous blush colored floor length gown. She sported megawatt shine with several carats in each ear. To get this look, simply try cubic zirconia jewelry with statement stones. The clarity and resilience of cz jewelry is unparalleled, even to diamonds.

    Cuff bracelets – Beauties Kate Walsh and January Jones paired fabulous cuffs with very different looks. The former Grey's Anatomy star accented a Grecian cut with a thick cuff, while the Mad Men actress added simple sparkle to a gown with a geometric neckline. Both of these ladies were fashion winners in our book, as they let the cut of the dress be the center of attention, and chose to keep the accessories simple and understated. To imitate their style, check out cubic zirconia jewelry with smaller stones set closely together. Cubic zirconia is also great for adding some glam to a tried and true ensemble which requires an extra boost.

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Ammonites of Madagascar

    Ammonites are an extinct group of marine animals belonging to the cephalopod subclass Ammonoidea and are excellent index fossils. They are utilized by geologists and paleontologists to link the rock layer in which they are found to specific geological time periods. The closest living relative of the ammonite, is not the modern Nautilus, which they somewhat outwardly resemble, but rather the octopus, squid and cuttlefish. Their fossil shells usually take the form of planispirals, although there were some helically-spiraled and non-spiraled forms (known as "heteromorphs"). They ranged from the lower Jurassic (200Ma) to the Upper Cretaceous (65.5Ma).

    Ammonites provided by Panther Creek Minerals, San Antonio, Texas.

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Revival: Old Hollywood Glam

    For all the ladies that love a classic black and white movie and the pin up girls of eras past, you can breathe easy knowing that these trends have come full circle, experiencing a revival on the runways and the pages of respected fashion magazines. The best thing about this trend is that you don’t have to spend a lot to achieve effortless chic glamour.

    Vintage looks are a welcome break from the hit and miss trends that are in one day and out the next. Plus, with vintage, you can find pieces in thrift stores, at flea markets and even in your mother’s and grandmother’s closets. Vintage jewelry is especially fun to wear and play dress up with.Celebrity CZ jewelryCZ jewelry has been around for many years, but we are just now witnessing resurgence in the form of statement necklaces, bodacious bracelets and signature cocktail rings. These pieces are fun to wear and they look just as great at the office as they do on a date or a night out with the girls. There aren’t too many accessorizes that can be worn with both jeans and a LBD, but cubic zirconia jewelry fits the bill.

    To achieve an authentic vintage look, may we suggest classic shapes that are well made and have great attention to craftsmanship. For example, art deco Cubic zirconia jewelry is a hot seller. This is especially due to the fact that celebs like Angelina Jolie and Cate Blanchett have recently been spotted rocking this Old Hollywood style glam. Now you can get their look with CZ jewelry that looks just as beautiful, but doesn’t cost nearly as much.

    Try adding CZ bracelets to a classic sheath (think Mad Men style). Throw on a pair of pumps and some red lipstick and you’re good to go. Retro glam is back and we couldn’t be happier!

Frugal and Fabulous Jewelry for fall

    Being fashionable doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to spend a lot to do so. In fact, some of the biggest trend setters in Hollywood – like Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker – like to mix and match high end and low end pieces to create unique looks that are coveted by many. They’ll take a designer skirt and pair it with a thrift store tee. Now, you can take a cue from these savvy shoppers as you try out the latest gemstones for fall – in the form of CZ jewelry, sterling silver jewelry and jewelry sets.
    Fashion StyleCZ jewelry is a great way for any fashionista on a budget to get in on what’s hot. Cubic Zirconia jewelry so closely rivals the real thing, that it’s hard to tell the difference anymore between what’s real and what’s fake. If you’ve seen a celeb jewelry style that you adore, it’s pretty likely that you’ll be able to find a replica of it in the form of cubic zirconia jewelry. It’s leading lady fashion for just a fraction of the cost.

    Sterling silver jewelry works well for any season, but it’s especially popular this year. Go for bold pieces like wide cuff bracelets and chunky chains that work well with heavier fabrics. Sterling silver jewelry is affordable to own, makes a great gift and will work for many seasons to come. Many women have sterling silver jewelry that is engraved. Functional and fashionable, sterling silver jewelry is a must-have accessory staple.

    Jewelry sets are a fabulous find this fall. From casual cool to dress up chic, jewelry sets help you to create a pulled together look that is perfectly polished. Most often, you’ll find that jewelry sets some with bracelets and pair of earrings, which is great because you always have the option to wear one or the other. Plus, you can mix and match with other pieces in your jewelry box for even more possibilities.

Bead Shopping Hints – Part II

    As a follow-up, here are some helpful hints and guides to bead shopping at all the shows!! Good luck and enjoy!

    1) So when will bead shows be in your area? Check the sites of your favorite venders they often list what shows they attend through-out the year.

    2) Set a budget as to what you will spend; this may be determined by stock you are out of and some left over for purchases of specialty items.

    3) Bring a couple of checks, plenty of cash and your credit cards just in case you run into someone who doesn’t take one or the other.

    4) Be sure to bring a copy of your Tax ID certificate and business cards. Some shows are known as wholesale only and will require these items for entrance. If it is a public show, don’t be afraid to ask the vendors for a wholesale discount and provide both these items to them to get a discount.

    5) Make a list of items you are out of; these will be the first things to look for at the show. If I know that I’ll be buying from previous vendors, I’ll group those items together on the list for ease.

    6) I also make a list of items I am looking for and want; it could be stones or pendants I’ve seen online or a combination of colors in another design. This helps to keep the ‘impulse’ buying down by knowing what you are looking for and can afford.

    7) Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag to load all your goodies into.

    8) Include in your shopping bag several sizes of zip lock bags; as you find things that go together, put them in the little baggies, this makes it easy to determine why you purchased these little gems when you get home.

    9) Paper and pen; I bring paper and pen to mark bead names if they are not already marked. This makes identifying much easier than guessing or having to go through the process to indentify each unknown stone or pendant.

    10) Bring baby wipes for easy cleanup; looking through tons of strands of beads and boxes of findings can get a little messy and dusty.

    11) Take brakes and rest, get something to eat, drink and take time to review your shopping list and bag; typically it takes an entire day to attend a bead show.

    12) Last but not least; this takes willpower but walk the entire show first to see what is available, check out pricing and watch what others are buying. Many vendors have the same products and offer different discounts; look for the best quality and prices available. Make note as to vendors you want to return to for purchases of those goodies after you have finished walking the whole show.

    13) Above all --- be a smart shopper and have fun!

Clip On Earrings Make a Comeback

    Not everyone who loves fashion happens to have pierced ears. In fact, more and more women are choosing to forgo the piercing process in favor of clip on earrings that are just as fashionable and fun to wear. There are many considerations to weigh when making this decision. Here are some of the pros of clip on earrings.
    Angelina Jolie clip on earrings
  • Anyone can wear them – Even if you already have pierced ears, you can easily switch it up and try earrings -clip on earrings as an alternative. Clip earrings are great for little girls who want to play dress up, as well as older women who may not be able to deal with small pieces and jewelry backs.

  • You can avoid infection – Many women who've had their ears pierced can attest to the fact that there is often a long and cumbersome healing process that goes along with the procedure. However, with clip earrings, you don't have to worry about any of that. It's as easy as clip and go.

  • You never have to worry about losing an earring back – These one piece wonders make it easy to keep track of your jewelry. With clip on earrings, there's less to worry about.

  • They're better for your ears – Clip earrings don't weigh down or stretch your earlobes. Instead, they gently hug your earlobe, securely holding the earring in place. This is especially beneficial for women who like to wear larger or heavier earring styles.

  • They're available in a variety of styles and settings – It used to be that you were dealing with a limited number of clip earring designs, but designers and retailers have been better keeping up with the demand and the realization that not all who want to be fashionable have pierced ears.

  • They're adjustable – If you have sensitive ears, you can look for a pair of clip on earrings that have adjustable screws on the back. This is your best bet for trying to achieve the most comfortable fit possible.

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Different types of Cocktail Rings

    Sure, you've probably seen a ring or two that you love on the finger of a celeb. And you've probably lusted after a huge rock in the window of a jewelry store. While most of us can’t afford to run right out and drop a pretty penny on these styles, it doesn't mean that we can't still get the same look with cubic zirconia rings that pack all the punch as the real thing – but come with a discounted price tag.

    Cubic zirconia statement rings – This style is increasingly popular this year. It includes CZ rings with oversize center stones, as well as CZ rings with a design that uses many stones to create a "wow!" factor.
    Angelina Jolie CZ rings and earrings
    Animal inspired CZ rings – If you want to add a little fun fierce fashion to your wardrobe, animal inspired cubic zirconia rings are the way to go. Choose from bejeweled insects to ocean animals to jungle creatures. Or, go for a design that uses tiger, zebra or cheetah stripes in the form of a CZ ring. These are great for adding interest to any outfit – from jeans and a t-shirt to an all black ensemble.

    Rock and roll inspired CZ rings – This year, dark stones, spiked rings and studded designs are favored both on and off stage. If you want to try this trend, cubic zirconia rings are a great option, as they let you infuse just the right amount of edge into your outfit.

    Cut out rings – If you want to try something a little different, opt for classic shapes, but choose from cutout cubic zirconia rings with hearts, stars, or horseshoes. These pieces are fun for younger women but also work for middle aged fashionistas who are young at heart.

    Whatever your taste or preference, you can be sure that you can find what you're looking for in the form of cubic zirconia rings. These pieces are fashion-friendly and budget conscious.

    Web search labels: CZ jewelry, CZ bracelets

Time For Bead Shows - Part I

    It’s that time of year again and with the harvest, football and cooler temperatures comes the buying season for jewelry makers and designers. For shows in your area, check with your local paper or hobby/beading store; make sure to check with the show to see if it is wholesale only or open to the public. Those that are wholesale only require the buyer to usually have a business license, state sales tax ID, and business card; so make sure to check out the show before attending so that you won’t be turned down if it’s not open to the public.

    To mention just a few of the wholesale shows, you can check their websites for listings and more information.

    Parker Trade Shows
    International Gem & Jewelry Show
    Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers, Inc.
    The Whole Bead Show

    The Gem Shows Blog is a very extensive listing of both public and wholesale shows around the country.

Swarovski Crystal Beauty

    When it comes to crystals in the world, no one does it better than Swarovski. The beautiful cuts, shapes, sizes and colors that revel beyond the rainbow; if you are looking for one of the widest selections of Swarovski crystals components, give Art Beads a try. You can choose between beads, pendants, findings and much more in every shape, style, size and color imaginable.

    This selection of crystals in polygons are one of my favorites, the long slender sleek look of the bead highlighted by Swarovski’s cut makes this one almost a two-tone in the light Colorado topaz (one of my favorite colors); the Olivine is a great compliment for fall colors in the deep hues of color.

    A first for to my color of Swarovski crystals is the cosmic oval ring; here in Tabac, every which way you turn it there is color of all kinds; deep colors of the night almost. These will look great as dangle components to earrings (keep watching, they’ll appear soon!).

    Everyone has the regular staple of roundel, bicone and rounds in Swarovski; these just arrived in a Period, dark Indigo which is a stunning color of midnight, and a new one in Red Magma; all these can be mixed into any jewelry design as an accent or a major piece of the earrings.

    A wide selection of pendants and these are no exception in brilliant colors of Golden Shadow and Silver Shade briolette; mix with the bicones or cosmic ovals and you will have dazzling design for earrings.

    Many thanks to Art Beads for the special gift of Swarovski beads; they will inspire me to create several new designs for fall.

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Best Jewelry for 2009

    As People magazine is ready to hit the shelves with their own "Best and Worst Dressed" of the year, so are we ready to make our selections on the hits and misses of fashion jewelry. With a myriad of trends fighting for the spotlight, not every one of them is bound to be a winner. But there are some great pieces – from sterling silver jewelry to budget friendly CZ jewelry that are making us swoon. That said, here's what's hot so far for 2009.

    Kevin Jonas Engagement Jewelry1) jewelry sets – These all in one accessory packs are great for the fashionista on a budget. Jewelry sets are great for making an outfit look pulled together and pretty. Choose from bejeweled pieces like CZ jewelry sets to daytime friendly sets with big bold beads and lots of personality. Mix and match jewelry sets with pieces that you already have in your jewelry box for maximum versatility and wear.

    2) Sterling silver jewelry – Many women have turned from pricy gold pieces to sterling silver jewelry as an affordable alternative. Sterling silver jewelry looks great with just about anything in your closet, and it will last you for years to come. Sterling silver jewelry is considered a fashion classic for women of any age and with so many new styles to choose from, you're sure to find something to suit your taste.

    3) CZ jewelry – It may be a sign of the economic times or just a growing trend among smart and savvy shoppers, but CZ jewelry is growing in popularity. Whether it's a great cocktail ring, a statement necklace or a fabulous cuff bracelet, you can find CZ jewelry that looks just as great as the real thing.

    4) Layering – In the past, the trend has been for 'less is more', but this year, women are having more fun with their looks. Chalk it up to escapism through fashion, but the masses love the layering of jewelry. From long necklaces to bangles, you can't go wrong when you pile it on.

Different Types of Clip on Earrings

    Just with any type of accessory, there are many different styles and settings from which to choose. Clip earrings are no different. In fact, they offer just as much variety as their pierced counterparts. Clip on earrings are a great alternative for women who may not want to go through with a painful piercing, or who may have religious or personal beliefs that prevent them from doing so. Therefore, clip earrings make the perfect accessory.
    Clip on earringsModern clip on earrings use a style that gently hugs the earring to the ear with the use of a small hinge. These earrings are lightweight and comfortable to wear, especially for women who prefer heavier clip earrings styles and designs. They work well for hoop, chandeliers, drop earrings and just about any other style.

    Vintage clip earrings typically have a screw back that is adjustable through the use of a small clamp. This is beneficial, as you can make the clip earrings as tight or as loose as you'd like with just the right amount of pressure.

    Clip earrings are great for the woman on the go, as there are fewer small pieces to worry about. Instead, you have the earrings and the backs as an all-in-one accessory. If you’ve had issues with pierced ears or you’re scared of needles, clip earrings make the perfect alternatives. They are easy to wear and appropriate for women of any age.

    In the past, the selections and styles of clip on earrings have been somewhat limited, but today, all that’s changed, as the demand for clip earrings has experienced a recent boost. Women are re-considering these earrings as a fashionable accessory. Your best bet is to look online for deals. You can also find styles that are up to date and ones that rival celeb inspired looks.

How to Clean Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

    Just as it's important to properly clean and launder your clothing, it's essential to clean CZ jewelry to keep it looking its best. Cubic zirconia is a man made stone that rivals the clarity and resilience of diamonds. Priced affordably and available in the latest jewelry trends, cubic zirconia makes a great statement and an ideal gift. Once you've made your purchase, you should pay careful attention to the storage and cleaning of your jewelry so you can get the most mileage out of your buy.
    CZ jewelryYou can easily clean cubic zirconia jewelry with a special jewelry cloth. Or, use a soft dry cloth made of cotton or flannel, just as you would to clean your eyeglasses or sunglasses. Use straight back and forth movements, instead of circular motions, which could scratch or damage your jewelry. The good thing about cubic zirconia is that it is very hard and dense, meaning that it’s difficult to damage.

    Once you've removed the surface dirt, use mild soap and warm water to remove harder residue. Use a cotton swab or a cosmetic applicator sponge to get in hard to reach places. You can also buy CZ jewelry cleaner at the time of purchase.

    Some women choose to steam clean their cubic zirconia jewelry. However, it's important to use care and caution when using this method. Be sure to wear protective gloves or use tongs to avoid burns. After steaming your jewelry, wipe clean with a soft dry cloth.

    Store CZ jewelry in an airtight plastic baggie, a lined jewelry box or a soft jewelry pouch. The main thing here is keeping your jewelry out of the outside air, which carries dust and dirt. If you take good care of your jewelry, it should last you for many seasons and many years to come, making it a smart purchase.

CZ Jewelry - Fashion Jewelry Trends

    Every season, the trends of what we are supposed to wear are dictated by designer runway shows and the glossy pages of major fashion magazines. Some of what we see is absolutely over the top, albeit fun and exciting to view. Other trends, however, are completely wearable. We've noticed a lot of great cocktail rings this season, and thankfully, now everyone can afford to get in on trend with cubic zirconia rings that offer up all the glam for the gal on a budget. What's not to love about that?Eden's Enamel & CZ Snake RingToday, it's important to scrimp and pinch, saving a dollar here and a few bucks there. But it's also a priority to keep up with the fashion trends of the current season. CZ rings offer a great way to do both. Whether you're going for an oversize statement stone, an intricate animal design or a setting reminiscent of vintage inspired art deco, you can find what looking for with cubic zirconia rings.

    Some couples are even turning to CZ rings as an alternative to diamond engagement rings and wedding bands. CZ rings deliver that same "wow!" factor but are completely affordable. Many women get inspired by the rings they've seen on the fingers of celebs like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl. Because of their popularity, a lot of these designs are available in the form of CZ rings. Try checking online for options that will suit your taste and budget.Blue's Pave CZ Owl Cocktail Jewelry - RingCZ jewelry may not be the newest fashion fad, but they do pack enough sparkle to make any woman swoon. Why get one piece of expensive jewelry when you can grab a handful of CZ rings for the same price. Plus, you'll have enough left over for a new dress or pair of shoes. It's a win-win situation!

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Street Smart Jewelry

    In fashion, trends come and go so quickly, it's hard to keep up with what's hot and what's not. So when you find something that has true staying power, it's like a breath of fresh air. These are the items that can be worn time and time again and will work with many pieces from your wardrobe. We decided to focus in on a few of our favorite picks for this season's fun and affordable fashion jewelry. These selections will work for the fall and winter months ahead, as well as take you into spring in style. Now that's what we call staying power!Evelyn's Oval Cut CZ Magnetic BraceletCZ jewelry is a great way to adopt some of the latest and greatest fashion trends, plus you don't have to spend a lot to look glam. Whether you plan on rocking a baublicious cocktail ring or a statement necklace, CZ jewelry is your best bet to looking fantastic without spending a lot. Contrary to popular belief, CZ jewelry isn't just for special events. In fact, it's being worked into everyday casual looks as well.

    You can also look into jewelry sets, if you want to get the most mileage out of your accessories. Jewelry sets with sparkly stones are great for dressier occasions, while those with oversize beads or stones can be fun and playful for daytime looks. The best of jewelry sets is that you can break them up or wear them together. By mixing and matching you can create many different looks with just one purchase.Terri's Magnetic Bracelet- Purple & Red CZsSterling silver jewelry makes a great base for any outfit. Best of all, its versatility means that you'll be able to wear it for many months and seasons to come. Sterling silver jewelry has long been considered a classic fashion accessory, but designers are constantly introducing new styles and settings that keep it fresh and relevant to today's trends.

Stones Misidentified or New Name

    Nature gives us some of the most incredible stones, fossils and minerals. How they are identified, classified and names remains a mystery to some sorts. Many stones are called by several different names; is it really a new find or is it just a matter of the miner or lapidary cutting the stone on a different plane or grain that gives it a new name? Though it is rare to have new finds these days, some experts will say that many stones are ‘re-born or re-invented’ 5-10 years later with different names. And just like everything else, this gives the stone new life under a different name.

    The question being asked is “Is it right or wrong in naming the stone differently?” Again, that depends on which person, expert or source you ask. From what I’ve learn, as long as you keep it within the family, such as agates to agates, jaspers to jaspers, and all the mineral make-up is the same, etc., is there really harm done to the stone to as they say ‘re-invent the stone and give it a new name’.

    Here’s what I’ve found so far…..

    These stones to the right I purchased from a reputable dealer that I’ve done business with for some time. When purchased, they were sold as Dragon Skin Jasper. True, they are jasper; however, they have also been sold by many other vendors as Variscite, Dragon Skin Jasper, and Sea Sediment Jasper in varying colors of red, pink, purple, green and blue.

    These stones to the left are sold quite often as Turquoise. While this is true to some extend, they are at not natural stones, but man made beads. Researching them, they are actually composites of all the tiny fragments left of Turquoise, combined together and molded into a mosaic bead. Giving this bead a very unique effect with a mosaic look, it is what I call a ‘half-n-half’ meaning, it is bits and pieces of actual stone all rolled into one by man.

    Lastly, I have yet to see these in bead form, but these pendants referred to as Turquoise Copper to the right have recently made an entry onto the scene. Inquiring about them, what I’ve found is that the jury is still out on this one. Some experts say this is a man made stone by mixing copper and turquoise together and getting this distinctive look; others say this is a true natural stone that was mined back in the 1960-70’s only to die out and then recently reappear today.

    So, is it a new find, man made, or an old find getting a new name; just like everything it is re-born, re-packaged and re-marketed to the world. Just remember to ask questions, do your research and make sure to purchase from reputable dealers, vendors, miners and minerals companies.

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Fashionable CZ Jewelry Sets

Affordable Fashionable CZ Jewelry

    Cubic zirconia jewelry has become popular in the fashion world rapidly in the past years. Why pay hundreds and thousands of dollars for something you may only wear for one season or for some people one day? As seasons change, fashions change. In today’s fashion, ladies and gentlemen like to match different accessories and jewelries with different outfits. It would cost a fortune to match your outfits with thousand dollar jewelries. On the other hand, cz jewelries express the same fashion at a much lower price.
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    Not only does cz jewelry save your wallets from being empty, now a days people cannot even tell the difference between cz jewelry and jewelry anymore. Professionals can barely tell the difference between a diamond and a piece of glass. They look and feel the same as any other types of jewelry and because they can be produced at such low costs, there is a vast selection to choose from. With larger selections of unique and fashionable CZ jewelry people can be more creative than ever.
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    Cubic zirconia jewelry is for people of all ages. Match them with anything or make a nice gift out of it. Wear them to school, work, and parties. Or ask someone to marry you! As mentioned in one of the previous posts, people have turned to CZ rings, engagement and wedding bands. We no longer have to be as rich as Bill Gates to offer our loved ones the perfect ring.

How to Choose a Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring

    Choosing an engagement ring is one of the most important decisions and purchases you will ever make. This ring will be worn for the rest of your life, so you'll want to make sure that you select carefully and opt for a design that represents your personality but isn't so trendy that you'll grow tired of it. With so many couples looking to tie the knot, but wanting to save for other purchases like a wedding or a first home, a lot of people are turning to CZ rings as an alternative to much pricier diamonds. If you're in the market, check out our guide to buying one or a set or Cubic Zirconia rings.

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    First, have a discussion with the bride-to-be regarding what type of ring she would like. Have her look through magazines and cut out pictures of styles and settings she likes. If there's a celebrity engagement ring that she likes, have that replicated in the form of a CZ ring. It will look just as beautiful, but won't cost nearly as much.

    Second, make sure you know the ring size of your sweetheart. Visit a jewelry store to get properly sized. While you’re there, check out the selection of rings to make sure that you find the ideal Cubic Zirconia ring. Typically, you should be in the market for two CZ rings: the first is the engagement ring and the second is the wedding band. Often, it's cheaper if you buy these in a set, but if you don't, that's okay too.

    Third, decide on the details for your Cubic Zirconia rings. Once you've got the basic setting down, choose between the cut and color of the stone. You don’t have to worry about the clarity of CZ rings, as they are completely perfect. Made with man made stones, CZ rings are ideal because they are strong and the closest counterpart to diamonds. If you decide, you can always have the stone in your ring replaced with a real diamond later on. However, many women that have real diamond rings choose to wear CZ jewelry instead.

Haute Homecoming Jewelry

    Now that school has started and football season is in full swing, it's time for many teen girls to start thinking about homecoming activities, including the big dance. As the first major social event of the year, it's important to look your best from head to toe. And this year, you can get some great deals on jewelry that will complete your look without emptying your wallet. Check out our top picks for budget friendly finds that are fabulously fashionable as well.

    Jewelry sets are a great option for homecoming jewelry. The bracelet and earring combination can be worn together, separately or mixed and matched. There are some great modern styles that will compliment any party dress. This season, the top picks for jewelry sets are big bold beads, multi-strand bracelets and statement bracelets. Save money by going with a simple black dress and fun accessories that will put you at the top of the best dressed list.Emerald jewelry setAnother option is CZ jewelry. This depends on how fancy your school's homecoming dance is, but CZ jewelry is a gorgeous and inexpensive statement. Choose from styles that are modern, retro (think geometric edgy pieces or art deco) or vintage inspired. Play around with pieces until you find ones that work for you and are age appropriate. Try CZ jewelry with bright stones and bold settings that are youthful and fun.Charming jewelry setIf your dance is more on the casual side, then opt for classic jewelry, such as sterling silver jewelry. You can't go wrong with a new pendant necklace, a charm bracelet or a great pair of dangly earrings. Plus, sterling silver jewelry is versatile enough to be worn on a daily basis, so you'll get your wear out of it for many months to come.

Custom Design Bling

    The request from a customer came to mix a lot of crystals with bronzite and a pendant. Needless to say, it’s been a challenge, but then I love a good challenge! The customer had a good idea of what kind of set she wanted, just left it up to me to “Create something like you always do, just make sure it has lots of bling”, she said. Working to get the right mix of stones and crystals together, the hardest part was trying to find a pendant. First, I was trying to find a bronzite pendant to accent the entire piece, but I just couldn’t quite come across the right cut that looked good with the piece (though I get one from the resident gemologist, but I have other ideas for that one!).

    What I did finally come across was the Ocos Agates I’ve been working with and the sparkling color mix on this one just struck me to mix with the necklace. So I laid it all out, included a lot of faceted crystals for a good amount of ‘bling effect’; the golden topaz brings out the gold flakes in the bronzite and the amethyst crystals bring out the brilliant pink/purple colors within the Ocos Agate, just accenting the druzy crystals, and handcrafted the agate with artistic non-tarnish brass wire. I added a touch of gold open spacers; fancy gold toggle and small accent dangle earrings, at her request, to complete the entire set.

    The result is this uniquely handcraft custom bling, “Absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking”, she says; onto her next request, long and simple with a splash of gold and multi-color crystal bling. Like I said, I love a good challenge!

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