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Birthstones are fashion statements. Bracelets, necklaces, rings and other accessories have morphed them into meaningful gifts. Beyond representing the month a person was born, birthstones have a deeply routed and mysterious past. Here are the meanings and myths behind the glamorous pieces of jewelry.The tale of the birthstone starts in Israel circa early 1900s, according to...more
Regular jewelry cleanings help keep your favorite pieces shiny, but using the wrong techniques can result in permanent damage. Use these easy guidelines to make sure your gems stay sparkling. Silver For heavy discoloration and dullness, Good Housekeeping recommended combining one part water with three parts baking soda. Since paper products can scratch this...more
Stuffing your favorite accessories in a jewelry box often results in a mess of tangled chains and missing earring backs. Instead of locking them away, display them using these creative storage ideas. Not only will you no longer have to deal with knotted chains and broken clasps, but you'll have some enviable new art. 1. Necklace branches This simple...more
With every new year comes a whole variety of fresh trends. Collections for spring 2015 have already appeared on runways, and it looks like this year will feature a variety of beautiful and exciting style movements. Check out these nine fashion-forward accessories that will be all the rage in the year to come. 1. Statement earrings While ear pieces have recently been...more
Only one thing shines brighter than the stars walking down the red carpet - their jewelry. While some celebrities choose pieces from their own jewelry boxes, others actually get paid to wear the luxurious neck and arm candy. Whatever the source, the big statement pieces are the envy of people attending the awards ceremony and viewers at home. Here's a look back...more
Native American jewelry is usually associated with silver and turquoise in a distinctive interplay of metallic structure and turquoise stone insets. But did you know that in addition to American Indian jewelry that dates back to ancient times, much of it - including the use of silver - didn't begin until the 1800s?With the Indians' reverence for nature, it's not...more
Loop bracelets are one of the hottest trends sweeping schools across the nation. Like so many fads before it, it is important to get ahead of the curve and learn how to make loop bracelets so you can wear some great-looking ones before they fall out of style. Most loop bracelets you see were probably made with a store-bought loom, but what happens if it breaks or it is...more
No one says "Cubic zirconium is forever." This common diamond substitute, as well as a few others, can easily trick those who aren't professionals. While diamond substitutes often have a similar sheen and look, they differ enormously in price. This guide may help show the differences between real and fake diamonds.Signature shine Diamonds are much shinier than their...more
Diamonds are commonly referred to as a girl's best friend, but many women aren't thrilled about the prospect of getting anywhere close to one particular gem - the Hope Diamond. Rumors that it's cursed have been swirling around the diamond for centuries, and it now remains under tight security at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. However, it wasn't...more
In the event that a burglar breaks into your home, he or she might not just be interested in money. The automatic instinct is to go for anything that might be valuable, and this may apply to your jewelry. If you think your gems could be stored in a more secure manner, there's no better time to make this change than now. Doing so can reduce the chances of a stranger - or...more