How to tell if your pearls are real ----
True or Not: "You can tell if a pearl is real by rubbing it against your teeth".....TRUE!
Real pearls feel gritty against your teeth. Most faux (fake) pearls will feel smooth.
However, the gritty feel can fool you because pearls that are made of ground mother-of-pearl, will feel like a real pearl against your teeth.
Look at each pearl on your necklace - no two pearls should look exactly the same. (If you have a strand of perfect, exactly round, blemish-free pearls and you did not pay an extraordinary amount of money for it, it’s likely to be fake.)
I am loving the look and carefree style of this lightweight stainless steel necklace and oval freshwater pearls! The longest steel necklace is 40" long, the mid length is 33" and the shortest length is 27". Each necklace has 5 freshwater pearls, hand wrapped with sterling silver wire.
You can buy one, two or all - the choice is yours. See chain detail below - it's a great looking stainless steel chain in the "rolo" style.
Long layering sterling silver and stainless steel necklace - this necklace is seriously long - about 40 inches in overall length! Great for layering with the shorter necklaces in this same collection or for wearing on it's on. Yes, it's ok to wear one long necklace - in fact, it's pretty trendy; see the celeb below who looks stunning wearing one super long necklace!
Ok, so it's not EXACTLY my stainless steel and silver necklace, but it could be, right? LOL!
The longest necklaces in the Strata Collection are about 40 inches long; this stainless steel necklace is accented with handcrafted sterling silver "knots". East "over the head" design!
Three of the layered necklaces from the Strata Collection. These necklaces are stainless steel accented with handcrafted sterling silver "knots".
Another layered necklace from the Strata Collection of stainless steel and sterling silver jewelry! Stainless steel jewelry is great - not only is it lightweight but you don't have to worry about tarnish or rust - just great all around metal for jewelry.
Nothing could be better or fresher than clover jewelry for springtime! Above is the necklace, below, earrings!
Clover jewelry is great - such fun!
1. black felt hat 2. denim jacket 3. large tote 4. Handmade sterling silver persian necklace 5. sunglasses 6. silk plant 7. brown sandals 8. silk dress
Here in south Louisiana, it is just starting to get cool. Since we love our summer dresses, it's easy to extend the wear for these dresses into the fall with a jacket - denim is always correct! Change the sandals for short boots and you are in business for the fall!
I have been so excited about this new collection! It has been in the works for at least a year and it is specifically for those who would prefer a somewhat "daintier" look. You will recognize some original designs, made in a smaller format just for this collection, as well as some new designs. In the photo to the left, you will see, on top, the original "Persian" necklace - below, the same design in the "Little Luxuries" Collection. Several of the new jewelry designs, especially the earrings, have tiny gemstones added. If you look at the collection of new earrings, you will see the gemstones I am currently using including freshwater pearls, lapis lazuli, rose quartz (one of Pantone's two colors of the year this year) and amethyst.
This new jewelry collection is called Little Luxuries because of it is a petite version of original "Luxury" Collection. Each component is, as always, made in my studio in both a smaller size ring and a smaller diameter wire. The result is a wonderfully luxurious and dainty piece of jewelry, perfect for you or for gifting. You can see the entire collection, including the tiny earrings with gemstones, by going to the Little Luxuries Collection here.
In the first post in the series, we talked about categorizing all that jewelry that you have into 4 groups (basically, "keepers" and "perhaps not keepers"); in the second post, we talked about possibilities as you think about those "perhaps not keepers" and ways to move them on in meaningful ways. In this post, we'll look more closely at the "keeper" jewelry and see how those pieces can fit in to your overall jewelry wardrobe - those "must haves" that everyone needs.
Group 1 are the pieces you absolutely love for whatever reason - maybe just because someone dear to you gave it to you. (My mom's wedding rings fall into this category for me.) These do not have to be expensive pieces and maybe you don't wear them all the time or even often. Some of these pieces may well fit into your ideal jewelry wardrobe. Even if they don't, that's no reason to give these pieces away - you do love them, after all, right? That's reason enough to keep them for now.
Group 2 are the pieces that you do wear over and over, day after day. Chances are, many of these pieces will fit into your jewelry wardrobe.
Now, let's look at some "guiding concepts" as you develop a jewelry wardrobe:
1. your jewelry should be things that YOU love - not what someone else loves or thinks you should love
2. price doesn't matter - if you love it & wear it often, go for it. Just because it's expensive doesn't mean it's right for you
3. you might think about having a "signature" piece of jewelry, something that you wear almost everyday
4. as your tastes change (and they do), don't be afraid to change your jewelry over the years; just because you loved and wore those little pearl earrings when you were 20 years old doesn't mean you still have to wear them daily!
5. jewelry you are going to wear frequently should be something you LOVE to wear - that means it's comfortable and that you love the look of it. Do not compromise on this - if it is uncomfortable or doesn't look like "you", you won't wear it.
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.