The Many Uses And Forms Of Quartz


Quartz is a well known mineral to geologists and the general public by virtue of its common use in jewelry. On one hand, geologists know it as the second most abundant mineral present in the Earth’s crust—beaten only by feldspar. A geologist might also describe it as composed primarily of silica, or they might simply label it as a seven on the Mohs scale of hardness. But all of these properties are generally lost to the public. Instead, the public knows quartz as the main component of many reasonably priced jewelry sets.

Perfect for necklaces, earrings, or bracelets, quartz comes in a variety of colors. There is one common form of quartz, which is clear, but it also appears in purple (amethyst), yellow (citrine), milky white, and many more varieties. Another common and popular form is rose quartz, which is pink in color and most often seen in a rose quartz necklace or rose quartz figurine. No matter which color of quartz you find most appealing, the mineral always offers jewelry and other items an element of beauty

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Adjusting Your Necklace to the Desired Length


When you purchase a necklace, there’s nothing more important than the length of that necklace. If it doesn’t fall in a convenient place, the beauty and aesthetic of the necklace can be completely destroyed. After all, if it’s too long, it can often slip underneath the neckline of a shirt, and this completely obscures the pendant itself. If it’s too short, it can be uncomfortable, and this often means the wearer will eventually discard the necklace.

This is why so many people turn to beaded necklaces. These can usually be adjusted with a few simple jewelry tools and a little bit of know how. If it’s too long, simply remove a small section of the beads from the strand and re-adhere the jump rings. If you want to make these kinds of at-home jewelry adjustments, all you’ll need is a pair of needle nose pliers and the confidence that you won’t irreparably break the necklace!

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The perfect matching gift



Jewelry is the perfect gift for women of any generation, but there are so many options to choose from that it can be hard to decide what to buy. Rings can be difficult to buy because you need to know the woman’s ring size. Necklaces and earrings, on the other hand, are one-size-fits-all. Plus, it’s usually easy to tell what kinds of necklaces and earrings a woman prefers just by looking at the ones she usually wears.

Necklace sets consist of necklaces and matching earrings, and they make extra special and useful gifts. A woman can look coordinated and put together by wearing both the necklace and earrings at once, or she can mix and match each of the pieces with other items in her jewelry collection. Choose a necklace set in her favorite color, or in a color that goes well with colors she often wears. They’re also available with many different types of stones, so you could choose a necklace set that features her birthstone or another stone that is special to her.

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Affordability with Flair


gemstone-necklacesThe pearl necklace stands out as a timeless, elegant piece of jewelry fit for queens, actresses and models. Matching necklaces fetch exorbitant prices in part because of their rarity. In reality, genuine pearl necklaces are so scarce that they aren’t a viable option for the average woman. Luckily, there are a number of equally extravagant substitutes that don’t cost a pretty penny.

Semi precious gemstone necklaces offer style and sophistication at an affordable price. These necklaces have the power to breathe new life into a stale ensemble. They can be found in all manners of style and color, which means you won’t have any trouble matching preexisting outfits. Gemstone necklaces are practical in casual and formal situations alike, and they are virtually guaranteed to draw compliments.


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Fun Activities for Mother and Daughter


Jewelry accessories are one of the few passions my daughter and I can share; we both love to wear and own jewelry.  But aside from that, we don’t have much in common.  I love to read novels, and she loves to go hiking outdoors.  When she was about sixteen, I bought us a set of gemstone bracelets, and gave one to her.  She seemed to like it a lot, and she kept it with her all the time.  We later got into making custom jewelry together, and soon were creating our own original gemstone accessories.

Designing custom gemstone accessories is a passion we’ve been able to share together for some time now, and it’s a great way for us to relate to each other despite being so different in most of the conventional likes and dislikes!

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Lend Me an Ear for Some Fashion Advice


precious-gemstone-earringsAs a woman, you’ve most likely picked up tips over the years to accentuate your physical appearance – enhancing the strengths and obscuring the flaws. But did you know that celebrity stylists are always spending time doting over the proper set of earrings? It’s not easy to settle upon a pair that truly brings out a woman’s best facial features, but these tips might help.

First, examine the shape and bone structure of your face. If your jaw is pronounced and your face rather long, you’ll want to stick with hoop earrings or studs – something that softens the facial shape. On the other hand, women with round faces look best wearing semi precious gemstone earrings that are elongated and dangly. These are not necessarily hard and fast rules of fashion, but they can be used as a general guideline.

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The Significance of the Rosary



Last year I visited a convent just outside of Spokane, WA and had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with a few nuns. Admittedly, I know little about the Catholic faith and the various prayers and rites that the religion practices. One item that I had seen before but didn’t understand the significance of until I went there was the rosary.

Rosaries are a set of prayer beads that are used with an accompanying devotional prayer. The beads are used to count the amount of Hail Mary’s and other prayers that are recited as part of the meditation practice. The custom was established in the 16th century by Pope St. Pius V.

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The Mythos of the Chinese Zodiac


chinese_zodiacOne of the most well-known Chinese traditions is that of the zodiac, which consists of twelve animal signs. Every year is represented by an animal, which signifies how people born that year are perceived and present themselves. Each of the animals has a corresponding element, such as wood, fire and metal, as well as a Yin Yang Direction.

Although its origins are in China, this use of the zodiac is recognized by cultures around the world. It is easy to look up birth dates online to see what animal you are under. There are many ways to display your animal, including Chinese zodiac pendants, necklaces and charms.

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Anticipating the Next Big Fashion Trend


handmadebraceletsWhile it’s only natural for a woman to keep tabs on the latest fashion trends, I sometimes like to go my own way. Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate the artistry and innovation of the styles runway models wear in New York in Milan. Still, I can’t help but wonder if most of those off-the-wall trends will ever translate to practical clothing and jewelry. It seems that half of the looks that are tested out in Europe and in the various fashion capitals of the world are forgotten just as quickly as they were introduced.

For that reason, I like to look in unexpected places for fashion inspiration. Craft shows are a great place to find handmade bracelets, but lately the rise of Etsy and other online sites have been on my radar as well. When all I want is something that’s unique yet classical, edgy yet not over-the-top. Is that really too much to ask? I think not.

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Making Stunning Jewelry from Scratch


roundfaceWhile I might not make enough money to make drastic changes to my wardrobe on a regular basis, I’ve found other equally effective ways to express myself through fashion. It’s amazing how much difference one’s choice of accessories can make. The very same outfit can go from understated to stunning depending on the earrings, necklace and watch that are paired with it.

I come from a crafty family, so jewelry shopping for me either means scanning the market for beads or larger elements that can be incorporated into a grand design. Lately I’ve been purchasing watch faces online and using my own creativity and initiative to make semi precious gemstone watches from scratch. By the time the piece is completed, I’m left with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that I now own a one-of-a-kind

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