Monday, 5 December 2011
Man's appearance has always been of great concern. Since the beginning of time, mankind has sought to improve his appearance through the use of physical modification such as, piercings, foot binding, head boarding, and tattooing. These types of physical modifications are present in nearly every culture from the Celtic and Germanic peoples of Western Europe, and the world-renowned Chinese dynasties to the various Native American tribes who called the Western Hemisphere home, long before the age of Exploration. Although physical modification is common, there is yet another development, which has assisted humanity in always looking their best. The development of mining technology and specially designed tools throughout the world has led to the development of jewelry. Despite the fact that the construction of jewelry takes both skill and technological machinery, it serves no other purpose than setting the wearer a part from his or her fellows. Jewelry constructed out of precious metals such as silver, gold, and platinum has been used by nearly every culture both modern and the ancient to demonstrate differences in wealth, social status, occupation, and political power. The use of jewelry as a ranking system stays with us to this very day. For instance, during the winter and summer games, which allow international athletes to compete with one another, gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded to the top three performers in each event.
While modern jewelers traffic in sterling silver earrings and necklaces, rings are also quite a lucrative item for those in the retail industry. The importance of a ring to Western culture should be obvious, considering the fact that rings are awarded were given as gifts at stages in people's lives. For example, high school and university graduates are given class rings following their graduation. Furthermore, newlyweds often exchange rings the prior to their engagement and during the wedding ceremony. The importance of rings to Western and Eastern societies is as old as these aforementioned societies. For example, feudal lords in Western Europe, who served under their respective kings, were often given weapons and armor as well as silver ring to alert any passerby to the wearer's high political rank and social status. Similarly, ancient Chinese and Japanese scholars were also given either sterling silver rings or copper rings based on their level of education and experience.
The gift of a ring can be also observed in religious ceremonies within the Christian and Catholic traditions. For example, young men are usually gifted a small sterling silver ring upon their confirmation day, while young women often receive either gold or platinum jewelry on this auspicious occasion. In conclusion, jewelry has played a major role in continued development of human society throughout the world. Pendants, hairpins, broaches, necklaces, and rings have been warned to differentiate wealth, political power, and social status. However, these things serve no real purpose except for improving the wearer's self image.
Monday, 28 November 2011
Be sure not to overdo it with rings, bracelets, or necklaces, because too many accessories often proves to be quite a distraction for people around you, and can often hinder the wearer when performing many manual tasks such as carrying boxes, writing, shredding documents, and making copies. Furthermore, too much jewelry may also hinder a person's financial security. However, there are methods that can be used to ensure that you possess interesting, unique, and functional accessories without breaking your bank. While gold jewelry is most often worn to demonstrate a person's perceived wealth, social status, and political power, it is not always good to wearer gold to work. Gold tarnishes easily, and is also quite malleable, meaning that it will bend even under the slightest stress. For this reason, many women elect to remove their wedding rings and other jewelry, while engaging in intensive labor such as washing dishes, moving heavy objects, and cleaning. Men also remove gold jewelry while engaging in remodeling operations and yard-work.
A silver bracelet and silver necklace are an excellent addition to any professional or casual ensemble. These types of jewelry can be worn by either men or women, and are also cost effective, when compared to the prices charged for both gold and platinum. Furthermore, silver is a far more durable metal than either of the two that were previously mentioned. Therefore, if you want to work hard, and still look your best, then you might consider purchasing a silver bracelet or a silver necklace to accessorize your wardrobe.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
There is jewelry, which is made from the silver available for sale in the market. To be able to get them, you make use of the internet. You will be provided with a big list of the jewelry to choose from. There are so many details to read about each of the jewelry before deciding which one to purchase. Those who have bought the various brands also state how useful they find them. With all the information about the jewelry at your hands, you are able to make a good decision on the purchase. You can’t regret for what you purchase.
The prices for the jewelry, especially the sterling silver rings jewelry are very much reasonable and affordable. This is more so when you do purchase them online. It compared to buy the jewelry on the shops you will be able to save good money that you can use to buy something else. You can easily acquire them when once you place an order online. Order your package today so that you may make a perfect buying for your jewelry. You will indeed be grateful, since they will never ever let you down at any single day.
There is availability of the shipping for every order that is up to a certain amount you make. For those people who want to start their businesses for the sales of all the jewelry, they should be able to book them online and be able to enjoy the services of the free shipping. Let them use the toll numbers for any clarification that has to be done. This is from the time of research to the time when you have the delivery available. Keep on requesting for the updates when there is new jewelry in the market so that you will be adding to the stock you have.
Friday, 18 November 2011
Bali silver is a totally handmade product. From the melting down of the silver to rolling out the silver into wire pieces, there are no machines used. The wire is then worked into intricate patterns or, cut into small pieces which are then slightly heated down to form granulated bits of silver formed into designs particular to the island. Bring home these sterling silver rings as a wonderful memento of your visit. Many of the large shops offer tours and the artisans are kind enough to show the tourists how the silver is created.
Bali carvers create all kinds of home décor for the world-wide market. The artistic but practical carvings are fabulous to help create interesting looks for your home environment. Made up Baliwood, teak or jackfruit, the wood is brought in from Java and carved into mirrors, wall decorations, and furniture. Many of the designs are religious in nature since Balinese people incorporate much of their religion into their daily lives. Workshops are also available for tourists to learn more about these carvings, which are completely handmade without the use of electric equipment. The carvers also do much of their work on the floor rather than on tables or pedestals.
Batik work is a design process of placing wax on fabric in specific designs and dying it in layers. In between, the old wax is removed and new wax is placed and the fabric is re-dyed making for a colorful piece of textile which is then made into clothing or other accessories. Traditionally, batik is used to make sarongs for women and collared shirts for men, however, current fashions include dresses and shorts and other accessories.
Whatever your taste in art and fashion, you will find something in Bali that will inspire you. Theses crafts are unique and you will learn all about their origins. You might even find something for you to bring home.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Monday, 7 November 2011
Almost everything we used to do without the help of computers and the internet in the past can today be done with the help of this device and this omnipotent tool. Nowadays, we have people who use the World Wide Web to do their jobs, we have people who use the internet to date, and the internet is used for studying and acquiring degrees and so on. Another thing that can be easily and conveniently done over the internet is online photo printing, creating photo cards online or creating photo books online.
As far as the question of online photo printing goes, it can be said that doing this over the internet has a lot of advantages. In fact, everything we do over the internet has a lot of advantages when compared to the way we did it before the internet became so popular. Therefore, here will be given a list of some of the most important advantages of online photo printing:
· Convenience – You do not even have to leave your home in order to print your favorite digital photos. You can arrange everything over the internet, choose the photos you wish to print, edit them if this is needed, pay for this service and wait for your photos to arrive to your address.
· Quality – People are today so used to getting their photos printed at the local drugstore that most of them do not even know how good their photos can look. Namely, websites that deal with online photo printing will provide you with photos of very high quality, which is far better than having some mediocre-quality photos printed at the same or even higher price.
· Financial aspect – Due to the fact that any online shop is cheaper to run than an actual shop, online photo labs will almost always offer competitive pricing of their services. What this means is that you will get high quality photos at a more affordable price than in any photo lab near you.
· Decorations – Apart from ordering your photo prints from your armchair, you will also have the chance to edit your photos, add some decorations to them or make them fun in many different ways. Unfortunately, this option is not available in photo labs and this makes online photo printing a much better choice.
From the advantages of online photo printing explained above, it can easily be seen why one should go for it instead of choosing to visit a photo lab in their hometown, for instance.
Have you seen the information about fair trade? It's a form of purchasing products from developing nations in a fair way so as not to exploit the natural resource or the manufacturer. Historically, indigenous products such as coffee or tea would be purchased with disregard to a sustainable plan or responsibility to the farmer. Cheap labor was the answer for great pricing. This practice was deemed unacceptable by many consumers and now, associations formed to create regulations for fairness in purchasing without responsibility, for fairness to all involved in the final product.
Fair trade includes all items, not just natural food products. It also means those items made that are unique to the culture, such as sterling silver jewelry, handbags, fabrics or even baskets. These new associations also include help with marketing initiatives that help in selling the items. Many stores carry the fair trade labeling to help consumers choose with awareness. These associations also help with marketing and design of the original product to better fit the salability of the western world and with figuring out better sales channels. With more and more of consumers aware of the issues and concerned with the rights of the developing nations, the time is right to develop these types of products.
Child labor laws are another consideration of the fair trade industry as well. In past history, many families living in developing nations relied on the children to bring home money some time. The textile industry was hit hard with the child labor problems and when it was brought to the public, regulations were put in place to curb this practice. It is still an issue but it is not as rampant as it used to be. Other regulations include farming in a sustainable way and a stop to slave labor. These regulations may not totally eliminate these problems but it may help to slow down and minimize the practice.
So before you buy the sterling silver rings from Bali or the fresh pineapple from Peru, check out if it is a fair trade product. Ask your retailer to carry items from fair trade industry. Assure yourself that there is responsibility in the end product and that the standards are all carried out ethically. With enough consumers demanding these things, a better lifestyle may be the end result for those in the developing country.
Friday, 4 November 2011
According to the required standard, the minimum content to be in a silver necklace should be 925 parts for every 100 parts of the necklaces content (92.5%). This is why you will find numerous silver products having the “92.5” numbers on them.
Commonly used metals in making sterling silver
In the making of the sterling silver, there are metals that are commonly used to fill up for the 7.5%. In most cases, Copper alloy is the commonly used material, it makes the silver stringer and harder. But on the downside, the copper makes the silver to have a tarnishing tendency which also makes it to darken. The darkening is basically brought about by the coppers reaction with the gases in the air or other gases that might be in the air.
Another alloy that is used and found to be better than the copper alloy is the platinum alloy. This is said to be harder and resistant to tarnishing compared to the copper kind of alloy. This is more expensive and was discovered in 2003. The precious silver jewelry and more expensive ones have their 7.5% of alloy made of the platinum alloy.
Caring and cleaning the sterling silver Jewelry
Caring for your silver ornaments contributes largely to its durability and sustenance of beauty. When you are storing your silver necklace or bracelet, make sure that you store it in cloths or bags that will prevent tarnish. These kinds of storage reduce the rate at which the tarnish happens and also keeps it from other jewelry that might scratch it.
Cleaning of the jewelry should also be taken keenly. To have a clean silver jewelry, make sure you clean it using the recommended polishing cloths. Many people believe that use of toothpaste would clean better but this is not the case. You should be aware that toothpaste is corrosive and might leave your jewelry with scratches.
With this kind of information, I believe you will be in a position to make an informed decision in cleaning your sterling silver jewelry as well as caring for it.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Nowadays, people can find a lot of information on the subject of photo greeting cards owing to the fact that these cards have proven to be pretty useful in many different situations. People from all across the globe use these cards for special events such as birthdays, weddings and holidays. In addition to this, photo greeting cards can also be used in many situations when there are no special events, but you only want to show them to your loved ones. While many people like to print photos online, there are also people who like printing their photos in their homes.
It is a fact that the most beautiful photo greeting cards are the ones made from your heart, which is why so many people make and send their own cards or at least want to learn how to make them. The creation of these cards is not complicated at all and the simplicity of it is the number one reason why people make these cards. In just a few words – you need great photos, but it is best these photos are yours and not templates, a printer, a scanner and any photo editing software.
There are a lot of greeting cards which can be bought on one of the many websites that deal with photo greeting cards, as there are a lot of wonderful designs. As opposed to these cards, there are also homemade photo greeting cards that are even more beautiful in their design than the ones you can buy. What appears to be the most popular when it comes to photos for your greeting card are children’s drawings, as these are the most unique pictures. In order to turn your kid’s drawing into a greeting card you will need to scan the drawing. If you don’t have a scanner at your home, you will need to take the drawing to a photo lab.
After you transfer a picture to your computer, you will need to use photo-editing software. There are a lot of photo editing programs which are very easy to use and which can help you customize your photo greeting card the way you want using wonderful frames, colors and your own text. The final step of creating your own photo greeting card is printing. If you have a printer at home, then this should not be a problem to you and in case you don’t have a printer, you can upload your cards online and have them printed and sent to you.
Monday, 31 October 2011
You can find sterling silver jewelry from any jewelry shop. Sterling silver jewelry items are much popular among people because of several reasons. Even though we call sterling, these silver jewelries are not made by using pure silver. Making a silver ring or any other type of silver jewelry by using pure silver is not possible because they would not retain their shapes. To overcome this problem, tiny quantity of other metal is combined with the silver to retain the desired hardness of it. Copper is the metal that mixes with the silver to make sterling silver jewelry. Generally, sterling silver jewelry contains 92.5% of silver and 7.5% copper. If anyone says that they use pure silver to make silver jewelry, they are lying to you.
As stated earlier, sterling silver jewelry items are very much popular among people because of several reasons. The first reason is the shine and the color they have. Silver has a stunning luster with a white color that can be matched with platinum.
Also there are various jewelry types available in the market such as silver earrings, silver necklaces, silver pendants, rings and so on. These jewelries come with wonderful designs and patterns. Sometimes sterling silver jewelry items are far head from their stunning look and shine than gold jewelries.
Another reason for its popularity is the intrinsic value it has. Silver is an internationally traded commodity and it has its own value. Also the value of the silver does not change much due to fashions and trends.
Also silver jewelry items are less expensive compared to gold and platinum. Therefore many people buy sterling silver jewelry items because they are available for affordable prices.
One major problem that silver jewelry has is, by the time it loses its shine and stunning look. This happens because of the oxygen in the air. Therefore, when you are not wearing your sterling silver jewelries, make sure to keep them in tarnish prevention cloths or bags. If your silver jewelry lose its shine and become dirty, clean them by using a special jewelry cloth. Do not use any chemical liquids unless you cannot polish it well with a help of a cloth. Also do not store your silver jewelry with other robust objects because it may cause to make scratches on your jewelry.
Now you may have some idea about your silver jewelries and these tips also will help you when you are going to buy jewelry and when polishing them.
Monday, 24 October 2011
Sterling silver rings are something that are commonly thought of as a little juvenile or a cheap imitation of white gold. Recently, though, many companies have begun to re-introduce rings made of this material in a whole new way because of the financial pressures.
Sterling silver jewelry costs nowhere near what white gold costs. Because of this, it has often been given a little bit of a bad reputation. Instead of being viewed as a quality metal, it has traditionally been considered cheap or a knockoff. This isn’t necessarily a true statement, though. Sterling silver is a quality metal with just as much design capabilities as something more expensive that before today had never really been touched upon.
In tough times
But, things have begun to change in a major way recently. Jewelry designers are now beginning to take notice of this fact. Financial pressures are heavy on most people right now due to major economic downturns in many countries. These have caused the sales of expensive jewelry to decline and many people to opt for something more affordable. This has made jewelry designers take notice. They have decided in order to retain their previous sales, manufacturing more affordable jewelry may just be the thing to do.
And in came sterling silver as a major designer jewelry consideration. This was definitely a new thing. Designers have begun to introduce their quality rings in new silver versions. These are the same great looks that have been popular creations of designers thus far in white gold. They are just offered instead as silver rings, which makes them quite a bit easier on the pocket book – and makes customers more likely to buy them during tougher times.
A great thing
This has been the key thing that has allowed many designer jewelry companies to retain their original sales, and maybe the thing that saved many of these companies during times like these when people in general just aren’t buying the more expensive jewelry. And on top of it, customers like it because they can now afford the great designer pieces from the brands they love – something that before recent times was pretty much unheard of. We will surely see more of this trend.
Before, jewelry creators were somewhat scorning and stereotyping sterling silver as a less-than-deserving type of metal, but now it may just be the new thing because jewelry manufacturers are taking notice of the value of this less expensive material.
Monday, 17 October 2011
Sterling silver bracelets look beautiful around any wrist, but with time they can start to lose their shine. This is due to oxidization which causes the silver bracelets to look gray and old. Fortunately, this is not a permanent process and with a thorough scrubbing with the right ingredients any piece of sterling silver rings can look like new again.
In order to perform this cleaning operation there are a few things needed. Luckily, all of them are very common and can be found at any supermarket store. First off, you must create the cleaning agent itself out of baking soda and water. Just put about 3 tablespoons of baking soda in a bowl and mix it with water until it gets a consistency similar to toothpaste.
Use a toothbrush that has been dipped into the concoction and clean the silver bracelets thoroughly. Do not be afraid to use a little force. Make sure that you scrub hard and that you do not miss any crease or groove. After this process cover the sterling silver bracelets in baking soda completely and keep them like this for about an hour.
By this time the baking soda should have worked its magic and restore the sterling silver jewelry back to its original shine. Use hot water to rinse it off the bracelet. You can also use a sponge to make sure that every bit of baking soda has been removed from the bracelet. Finally, you can use a soft cloth or a towel to dry the silver bracelets off.
That is the entire process. It is a simple task that anyone can do and that does not take long. All the ingredients are things that are not only cheap, but most people have them lying around the house. The best thing about it is that it works beautifully. Any piece of sterling silver jewelry will look like new. The process can be repeated several times if a particular bracelet is being stubborn and refuses to gain back its shine.
When you consider the fact that the alternatives to this is either buying new sterling silver bracelets every time the old ones lose their sparkle or taking them to a professional jeweler to have them washed with chemicals, this is not only the easiest and most convenient option, but it is also the cheapest one by far. Keep your favorite silver bracelets for years and years without the need to spend money on their maintenance or locking them up in a drawer because they have lost their shine.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Whenever something is handmade it gives it an extra something, it makes it more valuable. Whether it is a piece of jewelry, a birthday card or a sweet, taking the time to make something yourself shows that you care. That is why it is a great idea to learn how to make your own silver bracelets.
The technique is not very hard to master and it will only take a few practice tries before you can create true masterpieces from simple sheets of sterling silver. There are only a few tools needed that can be found at any hardware store: a hammer, a file, stamp letters and a sturdy block to work on (preferably made of steel). There is another tool which can be a little trickier to get a hold of: a mandrel, used to give the sheet metal its round shape. However, there are plenty of objects around the house that can be used as an adequate substitute: for example, pipes have the same circular shape needed, as well as bottles filled with something heavy like sand or cement.
Once you have your tools it is time to create your own piece of sterling silver jewelry. Keep in mind the size of the hand for the silver bracelet when you are cutting out the sheet metal. Preferably make a bigger bracelet than necessary because cutting it down to size is an easy fix. Once you have the sheet metal use the file to make the edges smooth. After that you can place the silver bracelet on a sturdy surface and stamp whatever word or message you desire with a hammer. This is the time when you have the opportunity to create something unique and meaningful; because there is no jewelry stores that will have silver bracelets that will represent your feelings better.
Next you have to wrap the silver bracelet around the mandrel or your substitute and use a hammer to give it a circular shape. Finally, take the hammer again and smooth one edge of the silver bracelet in order to thicken the metal, as well as give it a unique appearance. After that do the same to the other side.
These are all the steps necessary in order to create a beautiful piece of sterling silver jewelry. It might not work well the first few tries, but with a little practice anyone can design and create wonderful and personal silver bracelets that are ideal as gifts for men and women.
Monday, 10 October 2011
When it comes to promise rings, they are more the thing of tradition than of glamour, but thanks to their beautiful design, they can be all together in one single ring. The promise rings people offer to each other in order to prove their love and commitment and to make vows for future life together. These rings can be made from different materials, but mostly there are white gold, diamond, yellow gold promise rings and 14k design, but you can also find some variations such as rings made of cubic zirconium for those who can’t afford better. They are also designed specially to be a perfect combination with other jewelry, such as cubic zirconium necklaces and sterling silver rings, for example.
One of the most popular silver rings of this kind is Claddagh ring that was created at first in the fishing village, so that is what the name comes from. The heard on the ring represents love, the hands friendship and connection and the crown represents loyalty. Because of the meaning, it has become very popular just like the regular wedding ring. It can be made from different materials, but one of the most beautiful is the combination of the silver ring and a purple or blue cubic zirconium. It can be combined with other jewelry freely, mostly with cubic zirconium necklaces or the bracelet made of cubic zirconium, as well. This is just one cheaper idea, but for those who want the best, combination of white gold and the sapphire, for instance will look wonderful.
There are also other classifications of the promise rings, such as purity rings, commitment rings, upgrade rings, but they all have the same meaning even though they may involve different relations among people. The best thing about these rings is that is can found for everyone and can fit anyone’s budget. The silver jewelry might be the best solution not just because of the price, but also because of its trendy and shiny look, also the fact that the first rings of this kind were made of sterling silver. In addition, you wouldn’t have to worry how to combine the expensive gemstone, when you can always wear cubic zirconium necklaces, earrings, brooches and the bracelet that fit with color and style. Be careful about the message you are about to provide when you are giving this ring to someone, if you don’t mean it than don’t do it.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
It is always true that silver jewelry is one of the hottest choices for jewelry in recent times. However, even if you have the many stylish silver necklaces or maybe one of the most exquisite sterling silver bracelets, if you don’t recognize how to stash those jewelries properly, it will not survive for a long time. Right storage containers is the key to hold ones silver jewelry maintain its good quality as well as keep their appearance for a long time.Being the owner of sterling silver jewelry is likewise complicated because you need to correctly store it. If you don’t store it correctly, it will be prone to tarnishing, the most common problem that sterling silver jewelry owners experience. Usually, tarnishing takes place once you left ones silver jewelries in the open location. Air and moisture leads to your jewelry to tarnish faster. After several days leaving ones silver jewelry in the open air rather than kept, you will notice it will change yellowish in color and ultimately turn black. With this situation, you might not enjoy making use of your own jewelries and you might clean them first to restore bring back their elegant look.
There are many ways in which you could possibly store ones sterling silver jewelry. You can possibly store it inside a jewelry box that is air tight to avoid air as well as humidity reaching to your jewelries. Also you can stash it within an airtight container though make sure that it really is made from cloth that is tarnish-proof. Additionally you can use plastic zip lock however be sure that it is created from polyethylene rather than out of polyvinyl for this kind of plastic material makes the silver jewelry tarnish faster.
Also, it is very important that you solely make use of polishing cloth when maintaining and scrubbing out dirt out of your sterling silver jewelry for various other kinds of fabric can certainly leave fiber as well as dirt on the jewelry. You can purchase polishing cloth on many sterling silver jewelry sellers and some gives them for free after you buy the jewelry.
Together with the correct storage of one's sterling silver jewelries, you can be sure that this will all last for an extended time. This will likely help you avoid purchasing jewelries over and over again every time your jewelries get damage by tarnish. Also, it will enable you to enjoy your jewelries as well as make it last for as long as you would like to.
Sunday, 2 October 2011
It is crucial that you just make certain that every one of your silver jewelry is within sound condition always. That way, you actually cause it to survive as long as you would like to. Even so, keeping them within excellent condition is fairly challenging for a number of stuffs that a person should do to have the standard a person prefers in jewelry.
A good way that can be done so as to take care of the superior quality of one's silver jewelries is usually to maintain them far from toiletries including hairsprays, scents, cosmetics, lotions and creams, and others. This is due to usually when you use these kinds of toiletries along with your jewelries, it can keep a residue within your jewelries that may be difficult to eliminate or perhaps wash away. This can be the most frequent reason behind tarnishing upon silver jewelries. Because of this, it is far better not to use ones jewelries first of all unless you are finished utilizing it and after that take it off right away as soon as you gotten home or even when you go on a shower. Whenever applying some sort of cream, be sure that you take away your silver ring and also your silver bracelet first of all to be able to prevent the item out of getting tarnished. In this way, you possibly can keep your silver jewelries just like new for a long time.
With regards to executing household duties, be sure that you as well take out ones jewelries just before doing your entire chore. For the reason that whenever accomplishing all these chores, ones fine jewelries could get damage or even end up being ruined from chemical compounds you used in cleaning up your home. Making use of chlorine harsh detergents when doing your routine laundry could also ruin your own cherished silver jewelry for doing it could cause tarnishing as well as decline with the jeweler’s cement. Some other household work just like gardening as well as landscape gardening may ruin ones silver jewelries thus ensure that one put on work gloves prior to working. Even so, to get protected, just simply take out your own jewelries preferably just before accomplishing this job to protect them by acquiring damaged.
Make it possible for you to hold your silver jewelries appropriately and also meticulously. You possibly can often utilize a jewelry box having partitions to enable you to organize ones jewelries, or maybe you can even make use of a plastic-type box as their storage containers. Even so, be sure that this storage container is definitely airtight for oxygen as well as moisture may ruin ones cherished piece of precious jewelry. Constantly clean all of it any time to help keep its glimmer.
Wednesday, 28 September 2011