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!
It is finally back to school time here in south Louisiana - the schools were in session for only one day before the floods came and now the schools are slowly getting back up to speed.
Back to school time also heralds the eminent arrival of fall, which is never far away once the kids get back to school. We are looking forward to cooler weather and cozy inside time with with friends and family.
At this time of year there are also lots of articles and blogs that talk about jewelry and fashion "trends" for fall/winter, 2016-2017. I, for one, enjoy looking at trending fashion but rarely follow it; I am much more comfortable depending on my tried and true classics to get me through my days.
As it happens, one of my favorite "trending" pieces this fall is pearl jewelry. Both classic and trending, best of both worlds! Pearls go with everything in your closet and are easily dressed up or down; but you knew that, didn't you?
Another trend this season is stacking rings, which many of us have worn and enjoyed for years; so we can wear our favorite classic jewelry pieces and still be in style! It's a win-win!
There are other trends, to be sure and we can all enjoy and be entertained by them. As for me, I will stick to the classics! How about you? Do you have a favorite trending jewelry piece or do you set your own trend? I would love to hear from you!
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The cross is one of the most ancient of human symbols and is the universal symbol of faith of the Christian religion. The cross is related both to the crucifix and to the more general family of cross symbols. The ancient Greek goddess Diana was often pictured in art with a cross over her head and Bacchus, the Greek god of wine, was depicted wearing a headdress adorned with crosses. Different types of crosses were used in Mexico centuries before the Spaniards arrived. The Egyptians used cross symbols in abundance, as did the Hindus. Use of the cross as a symbol of faith was seen as early as the 3rd century when it became hugely popular in Christian art.
Aside from its religious symbolism, the cross is also sometimes used to indicate the division of the world into four elements (earth, water, air and fire), into four cardinal points (north, south, east and west), or as the union of the divine (the vertical line) and the world (the horizontal line).
Whatever you understand the cross to represent for you, you are sure to appreciate the artistry of the sterling silver crosses shown as part of the Cherish Collection: the dramatic sterling silver cross earrings, the simplicity of the petite hammered silver cross necklace or the swirling drama of the Byzantine cross necklace.
Perhaps no other geometric shape feels more ancient and all encompassing than the circle. A simple, perfect, closed curve, we see it in nature in the sun and moon, and in one of the greatest inventions of man, the wheel. The circle has held profound meaning for humanity since the beginning of time, and represents wholeness, eternity, completion and inclusion. It’s no wonder that the ultimate symbol of human union, the wedding ring, is a circle enclosing the fourth finger, which was associated in ancient times with the heart.
The circle is at the heart of both the Signature and Luxury jewelry collections. Chain mail itself is the intertwining of small circles to make an incredibly strong, resilient, and beautiful fabric-like weave. From sterling silver wrap rings to handmade silver earrings, to bangles and chain bracelets, there’s almost no limit to the circles you can add to your jewelry collection. With no beginning and no end, the circle radiates a sense of infinite symmetry and stability. Wearing one, or a thousand woven together, will bring you a feeling of strength and peace.
The heart shape has been a part of human culture since the very beginning. It’s found in early cave drawings, though no one is exactly sure what its meaning was then. Ancient Egyptians associated the heart with life and mortality, and for Greek philosophers, the heart represented thought, reason and emotion. Hearts are abundant in the natural world in flowers, fruits, animals, and leaves. In the Middle Ages, heart shaped leaves began to show up in paintings depicting romantic love, and eventually shifted from green to red, a symbolic color of love and passion.
In the modern age, the heart symbol has become one of the most recognized on Earth. It evokes thoughts of love, affection, and loyalty, and is depicted especially at Valentine’s Day on everything from clothing, to stationary and cards, to chocolates and jewelry. The Cherish Collection has captured the heart and essence of its meaning in rings, earrings, and necklaces. The sterling silver wire used to craft these pieces allows for simple and elegant interpretations of the shape, letting it stand on its own. Freshwater pearls, believed on a metaphysical level to inspire love and acceptance, are the perfect match for the hearts in this love-inspired jewelry. Whether your Valentine is a lover, a friend, a daughter, a niece or a granddaughter, she will delight in wearing a piece from the Cherish Collection any time of year.
Some of my newest work. Here is my partial inspiration for these pieces. The truth is that sterling silver is so very expensive, the result being that I have quite expensive jewelry when you look at my bracelets and necklaces. What I have needed to do is design a "line" or a collection of pieces that are in the middle price range, between my earrings, which are roughly $20-$30 and the upper end for bracelets and necklaces. Sterling silver is a must, of course, so the trick is going a bit lighter on the expensive metal and incorporating some other interesting components to round out the design - such as these wonderful freshwater pearls which are just so yummy with sterling silver, IMO! These hit exactly at the price range I was going for - $35-ish for the earrings, under $100 for the bracelet and under $200 for the necklace. Hope you love them!
Ok, this is an absolutely wonderful way to clean sterling silver using ONLY things you have around the house - no chemicals! yay!!! Best of all, it really does work great. Just to prove it, I did a little experiment this week with some pretty grungy sterling silver jewelry - you can see what I started with at left - nice earrings but boy are they nasty looking! Let's see if we can clean them up a bit! Following are the results of my effort! Click here to see the previous posts on cleaning your jewelry!
WHAT YOU NEED:
1. baking soda
3. aluminum foil
4. boiling water
That's it. You are ready to clean!
Scrunch up the foil (is scrunch a word??) and put it in the bottom of your container. Just make sure the foil is bumpy, NOT smooth. The silver will get cleaned where it touches the foil so you want a lot of "surface" foil for the silver to lay against. With me so far?
Sterling silver on top of the foil - it's kind of hard to see the earrings here but they are laying on top of the foil - sort of nestled down in there - see??
NOW, we get to the fun part. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the jewelry. This is not a science....I am liberal with the soda. Just dump some on - you can add more later! Then pour boiling water on top, just to cover it. It will immediately start to bubbly & fizz & you may smell a sulfur type of smell - getting rid of the oxidation - hurray!! Move the jewelry around a bit with a wooden spoon or chopstick - whatever you have on hand. Remember that it gets cleanest when it comes into contact with the foil. At this point, I let it do it's fizzy thing, then I add a little more water & maybe some more soda - I want it to fizz as much as it can & baking soda is cheap so I keep adding it with water until it stops fizzing & bubbling - then, rinse well and........
WHOA! Check it out! I would probably now use my sweet little Sunshine Polishing Cloth to finish it off but it is not really necessary - these babies are clean & shiny!
So - that's it - so easy, so cheap, so GREEN - Give it a try & let me know your results!! :D
I just added these to my website and i just love them - the perfect little gift for yourself or someone else AND the sky's the limit when it comes to word on the disks! I cut the disks myself and hand stamp them - pretty organic and maybe a little funky looking? They can also be earrings - matching or not, which can be a lot of fun. I have plans to make bracelets as well - too many ideas, not enough time. Want to see more? Go HERE:)
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.