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TOP 12 JEWELRY TIPS...

1. Cut up those layered gold chains.
 The trend is moving toward 'statement' jewelry...that's one standout necklace. Maybe it's a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain. If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Use a wire cutter to cut near the clasp. 

2. Less is more.
 National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression. 

3. Look for versatile pieces.
 A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet. 

4. Earn a compliment.
 Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone's attention. Same goes for what you like...if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. You can keep that in mind when shopping. 

5. Buy what you love.
 If you're out shopping and something catches your eye instantly, respect that instinct. That first reaction is powerful. You really like a piece when you feel that emotion of "I want that." If you love it, buy it. You'll love it every time you put it on. 

6. Try it on!
 That being said, try on jewelry before purchasing. Be sure it's comfortable. Is it the right length? Can you work the clasp? Does it stay on? That test run is important because if a piece doesn't fit, you won't wear it. 

7. Stack your bracelets.
 Women's Wear Daily declared the bracelet THE piece for this season. Wear any style you like: thin, thick, cuff, beaded, silver, gold, bronze. Many trendsetters are stacking them. Often it's the same style stacked together. Or it's the same color in a few different styles. Or it's a group in complimentary colors. Any way you want to wear a bracelet, you'll be a fashionista. 

8. Give up the watch!
 If you don't wear bracelets, your excuse is "but I wear a watch so I can't wear a bracelet!" So wear bracelets on your other wrist. Or buy bracelets that are thin and will coordinate with your watch (same metal, same color). Better yet, give up your watch. You carry a cell phone...get the time from that. Or ask a handsome stranger for the time. 

9. Buy jewelry in neutral colors.
 They'll go with most of your wardrobe...giving you versatility. Greys, camels, frosts, blacks are all good choices. They go with everything. Or look for a multi-colored piece. Something with 10 hues in autumnal colors will look good with a lot. 

10. Repair your favorite pieces.
 If it's an expensive piece, take it back to the store you purchased it from. If it's from a local designer, call them...most local artists will do repairs for free...they want you to be able to wear their creations. If it's a costume piece, you can visit a craft store or a bead store. They might offer repairs. Or you can buy supplies to re-string a necklace or replace a clasp. 

11. Ask Grandma for her jewelry.
 So many retro and vintage styles are back in fashion. Take a look at your mom's, aunt's or grandmother's jewelry box. Look for enamel bracelets, Swarovski crystal necklaces, oversized earrings...all in vogue now. You can also find great vintage jewelry at estate sales, antique fairs and thrift stores. 

12. Store your jewelry in an air tight container.
 Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you're not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won't tangle. 

TIPS ON CARING FOR JEWELRY

Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. An elegant pair of pearl and platinum earrings, for example, makes an individual statement, nestled against the skin and resplendent in lustrous light. Yet, according to experts at the nonprofit GIA, chemicals found in everyday substances like hairspray, lotions, perfumes, or other cosmetics can permanently damage the nacre of your dazzling pearl and corrode the alloys in that shiny setting.

 Understanding how to care for your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping its heirloom quality sparkling for generations to come.
 GIA says light and heat can affect a colored gemstone’s durability and color. Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage our skin, over time and in excess, it can also fade and weaken some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz, and pink conch-shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, like ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light.

 Excessive heat and sudden temperature changes may also fracture the gem. Heat can easily remove the natural moisture some gems need to keep their beauty. Pearls, for instance, can dry out, crack and discolor. Opals will turn white or brown, develop tiny cracks, and might lose their play-of-color.

 Exposure to chemicals can damage and discolor precious metals – gold, silver, and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool, or before using household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, and are only safe for diamonds and the more durable colored gems. Chlorine bleach, another common household solvent, can pit gold alloys.

 GIA recommends cleaning most colored gems with warm water, mild soap (no detergents), and a soft brush. A pulsed-water dental cleaning appliance and a soft, lint-free cloth can also be used. Be sure to stop the sink’s drain or use a rubber mat in case the stone comes loose from its setting.

 Soft gems, such as pearls, on the other hand, can easily be scratched. GIA suggests using an unused makeup brush instead, and warm, soapy water. Lay the pearls on a towel to dry. The wet string can stretch—and attract dirt—so don’t touch a string of pearls until they are completely dry. Pearls worn every few days should be restrung once a year.

 Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser—that’s a recipe for scratches and fractured gems. Most jewelry pieces come in a box or pouch from the store, which is a perfect place to keep them. Sterling silver, for example, should be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth.

 Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings, and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets, are also ideal. Like pearls, opals draw moisture from the air. Storing your opal ring or pearl earrings in a dry area, such as a safety deposit box, can actually do more harm than good. When traveling with jewelry, protect the pieces from scratches or other impact damage by padding the jewelry.

 Many jewelry stores offer free check-up or professional cleaning at scheduled intervals (once a year is common). GIA recommends consulting a professionally qualified jeweler, such as a Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Jeweler, or Accredited Jewelry Professional.
TIP ON WEARING 
FASHIONABLE JEWELRY

Fashion trends are constantly changing, which may leave you wondering how to wear trendy, fashionable jewelry and clothing. Wearing fashion jewelry should be a creative endeavor, opening you up to new styles and fashion possibilities. Because fashion jewelry is so affordable and because it comes in so many different styles, you can experiment with new fashionable jewelry whenever your wardrobe needs a lift. If your current look is leaving you bored, then wear fun and trendy jewelry with everything you own.
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FASHIONABLE JEWELRY

Opt for color: One of the best ways to embrace fashion jewelry trends is to choose colorful pieces. Colorful jewelry is wonderful for a modern wardrobe because contemporary clothing tends to be neutral. Your collection of black pants, grey sweaters and beige shirt dresses are easily enhanced with bright pink gemstone rings, blue glass drop earrings, purple beaded bracelets and oversized yellow pendants. Use fashionable jewelry to inject your daily look with bright splashes of color

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FASHIONABLE JEWELRY

Choose pieces with personality: The most fashionable outfits are those that match your personal tastes. Rather than selecting the most popular fashion jewelry, choose fashionable jewelry with unique and interesting details. If you love animals, wear owl necklaces, frog earrings and kitten rings. If you like tribal styles, wear leather bracelets and gold stackable rings. Don't hesitate to wear a unique combination of fashionable jewelry that portrays your individuality.

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FASHIONABLE JEWELRY

Copy another decade: Creating a great look with fashionable jewelry is often as easy as looking to the past. Fashion jewelry includes vintage-inspired pieces that can help you craft a 1960s style or a 1980s outfit. Elongated beaded necklaces go beautifully with long, colorful peasant skirts and smocked sundresses. Leather cuffs will accent your skinny jeans and high-top sneakers perfectly. An oversized gemstone cocktail ring is a fabulous addition to a tailored 1950s dress. Gemstones are not out of the question when shopping for fashion jewelry. Many semiprecious gemstones are available in affordable jewelry collections. Look for stunning aquamarine, jade, turquoise, amethyst, marcasite, peridot, garnet and iolite when shopping for vintage-inspired fashion jewelry. Choose fashionable jewelry that will help you express your retro side.

JEWELRY TIPS TO HELP YOU ACCESSORIZE EVERY OUTFIT LIKE A PRO

It’s possible to become a master at styling your outfits with the perfect jewelry each and every time.

Get ready to boost your accessorizing confidence!

It’s no secret in using what you wear strategically as a tool, especially in the business world. Jewelry is an essential part of the equation.

There are so many inspiring and beautiful pieces of jewelry available in the marketplace providing you with countless styling options. The trick is to discover which pieces add the best finishing touches to your outfit.

Here are five jewelry tips and tricks, so you get it right each and every time:

1.  Each piece must add value to your (entire) outfit. As Coco Chanel infamously recommended,  Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.  It’s great advice and still holds true. Check to see if you need to add another piece of jewelry before you leave the house too – over-accessorizing and under-accessorizing are common jewelry errors. Just because it’s pretty or sentimental does not mean you should wear it with every outfit and just because you’re a serious professional does not mean you can’t have fun with your jewelry.

2.  Each piece must be proportional to your body frame and facial features. The trick to the success with every outfit is to control where the ‘eye’ goes. When done well, the focus remains on ‘you’ and your outfit complements this goal. Jewelry can support or divert this objective and the size of each individual piece or the overall jewelry layout plays a key role. For example, layering necklaces can divinely style an outfit as long as the net effect does not overpower you. Pay special attention to the length of your necklaces too – you do not want to truncate your neck. Have you ever seen someone wear real or faux diamond stud earrings that were so large they simply overlapped and overwhelmed the earlobe? Avoid this. When you’re talking with a client whose eyes are fixated on your earrings and away from your eyes, the odds of her or him paying attention to what you are saying decrease. A bold cuff bracelet may just be the perfect accessory to your shift dress, simply make sure the cuff width does not visually shorten the length of your arm. For more specific tips on statement jewelry read here.

3.  Each piece must complement your skin tone as well as your outfit. It’s so important to select jewelry that not only looks great with your outfit, but enhances you too. Opt for jewelry metals and gemstones that illuminate your natural skin tone. There is a wide color spectrum of various hues in gold, silver, rose gold, turquoise, amethyst, etcetera. Perhaps you look better in green turquoise rather than blue turquoise or shiny yellow gold verses dark matte gold. Silver metal is a favorite for so many, but it  should be worn solely on women with silver gray hair. White gold jewelry with real or faux diamonds is an exception. Overall, gold tones look best on most women even when their skin has blue undertones.

4.  Each piece must be occasion and outfit appropriate. Today’s style rules are much more lenient than times past, even at work. It’s acceptable to wear baubles during the day. For instance, a chic, sophisticated crystal necklace may be the ideal accessory for a day full of meetings, but wearing it to give your closing trial argument is probably not a good idea – the shimmer will distract rather than attract your audience. It’s also important to note the tone/vibe of your outfit and jewelry. It is okay to mix centuries and seasons. The trick is to make sure the contrast is complementary. Daytime floral jewelry paired with a black silk evening jumpsuit will likely not work, but an ornate 1920’s vintage bracelet styled with a conservative, equestrian, tweed blazer may just be the perfect contrast. Experiment and use your best judgment.

5.  Each piece must be versatile. The whole point of accessories is to add additional interest to an outfit. A great jewelry buy is when it’s not only a beautiful piece, but it complements several of your outfits. This is actually one of my pet peeves about wearing “matchy-matchy” jewelry. Ninety-nine percent of the time a matching necklace paired with matching earrings or a matching bracelet adds no additional value to an outfit – it’s not only outdated, but more importantly, it’s a visual distraction whereby people pay attention solely to the jewelry and not you. Plus a matching set is not versatile. Even if you break up the jewelry set and wear it separately, it’s not adding anything new, fresh or exciting to your daily outfits. Noisy jewelry also has its limitations. Always wear noise-free jewelry especially on the job and since you work the majority of your week, this limits its value to your wardrobe.