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How Do I Choose A Cocktail Ring

Cocktail RingI get this question all the time and I can tell you from one jewelry lover to another, it’s not always easy. I mean, there are so many styles and kinds of cocktail rings in so many mediums that the task can be quite daunting. So I will attempt to steer you to choosing the perfect ring for any occasion.

The first thing to consider, and by far the most important, is your own personal style. Are you a traditionalist who wears suits to work and crisp woolen slacks with a cashmere sweater in your leisure time? Or are you a bohemian sort of gal who never wears matching anything and loves to mix colors and textures? Then there’s the modern woman who likes to dress up for special occasions but otherwise prefers sweats or jeans. And lastly there’s the woman who loves to dress up, even for such mundane tasks as grocery shopping or checking out an audio book at the library.

There is a cocktail ring for each type of woman, except those who simply don’t like wearing jewelry, in which case they won’t need this advice. I do feel sorry for these women, however, because they are depriving themselves of such fun! I mean, what is more fun than poring over a large selection of bright, beautiful rings in a variety of mediums? Nothing comes close in my opinion.

Now, as to what kinds of cocktail rings are out there; the selection is as varied as are we women. There are the “traditional” rings in precious metals, such as silver, gold and platinum but the assortment doesn’t stop there. Some modern cocktail rings are made with rhodium plating and others are even made of Lucite! While this may be shocking to more traditional women, these rings do have their advantages, one being that the cost is much lower than for the precious metal rings. Another advantage is that this allows for more creativity in the design.

The next item to factor in is whether you want a single large-gemstone ring or a dazzling collection of smaller stones, known as pave, or both. Just the other day I picked up a black, Lucite cocktail ring with black pave cubic zirconia. It is stunning! The most popular stones are diamonds, of course, but due to the high cost, these can be prohibitive. My mother had a large {we’re talking one inch length) smoky topaz set in gold and another gold cocktail ring with a one inch long amethyst. Both were good alternatives to a diamond.

If however, you love the diamond look but can’t afford those expensive baubles or just want to avoid earth-mined types, there are substitutes worth exploring. Artificial diamonds can be made in two types. The first is the synthetic diamond which possesses the same chemical composition and structure as a real diamond. The second is the simulated diamond which appears diamond-like and does possess some of the characteristics of a real diamond, such as hardness and refractive capabilities. It’s the refractive capabilities which make a diamond sparkle as it does. The first synthetic diamond was created by Dr. Henri Moissan in the year 1893, and was named moissanite, after its’ creator. The most widely known synthetic diamond, the cubic zirconia was made by Russian scientists in the 1970s. Since then, there have been many advancements in lab created diamonds and precious stones. You just need to decide which kind you want.

One of my favorite types of cocktail rings is the new enameled version. It’s bright colors and shiny surface appeal to many women, especially since they come in so many whimsical shapes! If, for example, you love butterflies, there are several cocktail rings with butterflies on the face. They also can sport bold geometric patterns for the truly modern look! And if you love the gothic style, there are plenty of rings which you will enjoy.

How To Make Your Silver Beads Appear All New After Use

How To Make Your Silver Beads Appear All New After UseWe have all been there. The first day, your product glistens nothing like anything. After many rounds of usage, your silver beads start getting dull nothing like anything. You couldn’t help but hate the fact.

What causes your silver jewelry to become dull?

Tarnishing reaction between your silver beads and the atmosphere relates to dullness. It can usually happen from air, moisture, sweat or oil from your own hands. If you live in coastal areas then you are likely to see your jewelry go black rapidly.

Now a surprising fact: Tarnishing reaction can be prevented if you frequently wear your jewelry, not like 24 hours, but more time than you keep them in storage.

Let us now learn the ways to make your dull jewelry appear glistening and new:

Things you need:

• Bowls – reasonably sized but big enough to accommodate your beads collection

• Towel

• Shampoo or liquid hand soap

• Soft toothbrush

• Jewelry polishing cloth

Start with pouring warm water in your bowl, then some drops of liquid soap. You need to use a mild cleaner. I recommend you go for a Sulphate free shampoo. Soak your beads in a solution of water & soap/shampoo. Please note that this is adhesive for all kinds of beads apart from those that can hold glue on their surfaces.

Now you need to gently clean your beads with a soft toothbrush. Do not be vigorous and scrub too roughly. Always use a soft brush! You could scratch the surfaces if you go too hard on them.

Afterwards, fill another bowl with clean water. Now you need to shift your beads from the water containing shampoo/soap to the water containing nothing. It is okay if your beads still have some moisture on their surfaces. Take a moment and let them soak in to the clean water.

Now take them out of the bowl and spread them on a towel surface. They would dry up. Any residue of soap/shampoo would have been removed when you put them in the clean water bowl. If they still have a dull texture on their surfaces, know that it is the residue still stuck to it. Clean it.

Now that they have dried, rub them off a polishing cloth. You can easily find jewelry polishing cloths in stores. They are even made by some of the biggest brands. They have a polishing agent, and cannot be washed and need to be replaced at irregular intervals. You will notice that the blackness will be left onto the cloth and yourbeads will appear shiny again.

Apart from silver ones, some matte glass ones can also become very dull causing you to throw them away. Their shiny surfaces can easily be revived again using mild soap, water and a soft toothbrush.

Now that you know how to clean your jewelry, get about your abandoned stacks and make them appear all new again. I hope you found it helpful. I will be presenting more guides soon!

Learn How To Organize Your Jewelry Making Supplies

Organize Your Jewelry Making SuppliesToday we are going to learn about managing your supplies and jewelry. First of all, it is important to know as why you need to lay great stress in organizing your jewelry making supplies. So, I am going to explain you…

It largely builds as a challenge over time when you have materials in bulk and especially the tiny & delicate objects that better need to be handled with care. As far as utility goes in terms of organizing your jewelry making supplies, there’s nothing better than having things put in a place where you could just resort to and pick out what you need. Also, it is productive and saves you a lot of time and money. Being organized is often difficult for creative heads because they are too impatient to keep things in their respective places, which is why I present you with a tutorial of your very own custom designed storage.

So, let us first consider the things required to organize your jewelry making supplies:

1. Bead storage boxes

2. Spool bins

3. 15 Drawer rolling cart(s)

4. 4 Drawer, 4 shelf scrapbook storage

5. Labeler

Let’s begin with carts. You can get multiple carts. I have 6 of them. Just hang them against your wall where you think is likeable.

You should put labels on your carts using your labeler, specifically of chains, cords, wires, cords, clasps etc. This way you can easily spot what is where.

That was fundamental. Now, beads and other findings; I would recommend you place them inside your bead storage boxes. The boxes can be placed inside the scrapbook shelves where you can have them always at a quick glance. For their organization, I would advise you to go in terms of colors; not shape or sizes. Each unique color would allow you to determine where the particular bead that you need is. It works in this way that when you’re deciding to make a piece you’re always going to start with imagining a color. First you are sure of a color then you’re likely to go for a type and size. It works the other way as well in some cases, but mostly this way happens.

Your jewelry making supplies, especially beads, come in all shapes and sizes, so, you cannot ignore that. A medium sized beads strand would fit finely in a tiny storage box. Larger size of beads strand can also fit, but it mainly depends how you store it. These boxes can easily come out, so you don’t always have to pick out from them. Saves you a lot of time and nothing mixes up!

Now at the end, I would simply say that a long lasting solution is always productive for you. It is very important to be organized because your mood largely depends on your crafting. You find things easily, you make things happily and the product is of quality. I hope you make use of the inspiration. Stay tuned for more posts on yourjewelry making supplies.

What Are The Common Types Of Jewelry Findings You Can Work With

Common Types Of Jewelry FindingsThey say knowledge is power. Well it is true and certainly productive when you are in the business of handcrafting jewelry.

Today I am going to tell you about some of the most common jewelry findings you can use in making your projects, and specific details of each. So, let us begin now…

Bead Caps: These are also called Bell Caps. They are mainly used to align your beads in a professional touch. As a general law, decorative bead caps are meant to be mantled with simpler beads. You can cap each end of your bead or just a single one, with this one presenting an overall acorn look. You can avoid head pins slipping into larger bead holes or even cover any damage around bead holes.

Calottes: These jewelry findings are also known as Clam Shells, Bead Tips and Knot cups. They are generally utilized at the finished points of bracelets or necklaces in order to wrap a crushed crimp bead or just hide a knot. They look like hollow metal beads. You would find a metal hook atop for attaching to one clasp. You use flat-nose pliers in order to close them once they are put in position and closed gently. You can even attach these jewelry findings to the loop of your jump ring or clasp.

Clasp Tags and Chain Tags: These jewelry findings are flat metal pieces, usually rectangular or square, having one hole at each end. You will find a stamp by a jewelry maker promising for their quality.

Button Clasps: They are also sometimes referred to as Snap Clasps, Ball and Socket Clasps and Trailer Hitch Clasps. They are closures with a side having a raised pellet above from which the ring part of the clasp is put prior to being forced down. An intrinsic metal framing of the ring will provide a secure closure as it crosses over the pellet. These clasps are somewhat able to go within the clasp in a horizontal way.

Hook and Eye Clasps: Simply what the name implies about these sorts of jewelry findings that a hook is fixed to an end and an eye to the opposite end. The clasp is attained by fixing the hook amid the eye. You can find these in simple forms or decorative forms as in the form of subtly gauged wire. They are quite fashionable and well used by reputable jewelry makers. If you are choosing to add heavier materials then they are best because they are designed to endure heavy weights since the gravity helps keeping these claps closed and secured.

These were the common jewelry findings you can come across to. I have found some of them extremely helpful, which is why I decided to mention quite details about them in this post to share with you. I hope you have got enough information about them and shall now know how to incorporate them in your jewelry making projects.