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Swarovski Crystal Pendants

One way to get the sparkle you crave, without burning a hole in your wallet is to buy or make a necklace with Swarovski crystal pendants. These pendants are specially made from cut lead glass by the world famous crystal makers, Swarovski. They are designed to reflect light in many of the same ways that diamonds do, meaning their appealing glint is great for less expensive pieces of jewelry which want to look classy, not tacky.

All of Swarovski’s products are renowned for their brilliant craftsmanship and exceedingly high quality, and Swarovski crystal pendants are no exception to that. The experts at Swarovski have been working with cut lead glass since the end of the 19th Century, so they have had over a century in which to perfect their art, and the knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. Besides these pendants, the company also makes a huge range of art, sculptures and home decor pieces, all out of cut lead glass.

Many of the world’s top fashion and jewelry designers use Swarovski crystal pendants and beads in their work, so pop stars, film stars and even minor royalty have been seen wearing items adorned with Swarovski. Therefore, …

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Pewter Beads

Pewter is a metal alloy which is traditionally about 90% tin, with the remaining 10% consisting of a varied mixture of copper, antimony, bismuth and occasionally small amounts of silver. There are different standards worldwide as to what proportions these elements must be used in for the alloy to legally be classed as pewter. Pewter alloys in Europe traditionally use less tin than alloys in Asia, which means that pewter in Asia is slightly softer than pewter in Europe. Because pewter is so malleable, it can easily be formed in to things like pewter beads and pendants which can be used in jewelry making. As well as being used for these beads, is also now in use for many other decorative objects, such as collectable figurines and aircraft models. In some sporting contests, pewter medals are given to the fourth place finisher, behind the bronze medal winner.

The earliest pieces of pewter were found in a tomb in ancient Egypt, but they were not in the form of pewter beads. Evidence shows that the use of pewter became more common in the 12th century as craftspeople began to work with it more often to create jewelry and “fine” tableware. It …

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Salwar Kameez

The three parts of the dress are designed in different ways in order to come up with the different types of the dress. The different types include:

  • Anarkali: it’s also known as the royal dress and it represents the Mughal period. It’s usually made from net or chiffon and is worn during festivals and religious functions. It’s also common to find girls wearing it during weddings.
  • Knee length: this dress is very popular. The kurta is usually knee length while the pajama is open at the bottom. To make the dress ethnic the dupatta is longer than the kurta.
  • Full length: this is a common dress with the modern Indian woman. Here the kurta is full length from the top to the bottom.

For the dress to look elegant on you, you need to wear it properly. To guide you here are ideas on how to wear it.

For an excellent look you should always wear the dress with a long scarf draped over your shoulders. For a great look you should go for a scarf that complements your dress.

If you are attending a formal occasion, you should consider accessorizing your dress. Some of the best …

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Reverse Hoop Earrings

Today there is a new style of hoops on the market: the reverse hoop earrings. These earrings differ from the classic hoop earrings in a number of ways. First, they are clasp-less. Due to their design, these hoops do not require a clasp to secure them.

The second difference is that they are always thin. They are generally created to be about as thick as a standard earring post. Reverse hoops have to be created thin due to the way they are worn. This also means that the earrings are super lightweight, almost feather weight.

So how are Reverse hoop earrings worn? It may sound a little silly, but they are worn backwards. This is because unlike a classic hoop, these earrings are inserted into the back of your piercing. They are then gently pulled forward until the clasp on the back of the hoop is felt touching the back of your earlobe.

So what should you look for when purchasing a pair of reverse hoop earrings?

First you will want to see how thick the earrings are. An ideal thickness for reverse hoop earrings will be less than 1.0 mm is diameter. If the reverse hoop earring is larger …

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Famous Black Diamonds

The Amsterdam Black Diamond

Some coloured diamonds are known for their carats, others for their iconic shaped cut, but the Amsterdam Diamond is known for its intrinsic high quality. The Amsterdam Black Diamond was found in 1972 by D. Drukker and Sons Jeweller Company, based in Amsterdam, at a mine in Africa. The stone’s unusually pure black colour is caused by the presence of small graphite particles within the lattice. The diffusions within the feathers are similar to the mechanisms observed in storm clouds. The gem is officially classified as fancy black, natural by the Gemmological Institute of America, and is regarded as one of the highest quality diamonds in history.

The Black Orlov

The Black Orlov is believed by many to have been discovered in the early 19th century in a mine in India. It was then cut down to a more circular shape and to a weight of 67.50 carats. The diamond’s mythological origins state that it was one of the eyes of the Hindu god Brahma in ancient Pondicherry, the ‘French Riviera of the East,’ until it was stolen by a monk. According to the story, this act of thievery caused the diamond to be cursed forever.…

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White Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings

In recent years, people have begun to discover the versatility of this wonderful metal. Blended in with certain other metals, it manages to satisfy a new level of creativity that is being exuded by the newer crop of metal smiths and craftsmen. White gold is a prime example of this. Essentially an alloy, it sheds the usual yellowness of traditional gold and dons a modern silvery garb. This then has become the go-to choice for people looking to transcend the dual chasms of paying homage to the past while still walking proudly into a future that shines through, brightly!

The advantages of this wonderful alloy are manifold. One does not have to worry about being typecast as an old fogey. It is versatile enough to be worn at a conventional family gathering as well as that trendy party at the work-place. Such has been the popularity surge behind it that people have elevated its status to being a worthy contender to precious metals like platinum even. Infinitely more malleable than the latter, it is just right for creations that feature intricate design element. Not only this, but it is far more readily available and hence, vastly cheaper too.

Detractors do …

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Build Aquamarine Earrings

We all love our earrings in every form but also have our personal favorite style so why not create a pair your way. From a pair of studs, hoops and cluster earrings to drops, danglers and chandeliers, you can have what you like. The soft blue color of aquamarines look charming in every style and it is up to you to enhance their appeal. So start with deciding what kind of earrings you want to make followed by stone selection.

Know what to look for in your stones and pay attention to their color, clarity, cut and carat. Aquamarines are generally pale colored stones so choose those that are of a comparatively darker hue. Larger stones have a more vivid color but if you like smaller ones go for a cluster of them to pronounce their look. A mix of stones in different shapes and sizes add a very lively appeal to earrings especially longer and more elaborate designs.

The charming aquamarines are blessed with good clarity which adds to their shimmer but if you can’t resist the dazzle of diamonds, have a few accents thrown in to create a lovely ripple of light. Use them judiciously especially if you …

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Leopard Shoes

Never do we ever think of leopard print as being a subtle fashion statement.Whatever your style is, a girl should own classic pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories in her wardrobe. Because whenever the occasion calls for it, you just have to reach in to your closet for them and need not to freak out and scour the mall just to get them.

Must have pieces in your closet should include (according to Tim Gunn) a little black dress, a blazer, a polo shirt, a good pair of trousers, black high heels and a good pair of under wear. Of course that’s not the only things you need but yeah, you should have at least one of each.

Then if you want to amp up your style, you can get additional pieces that puts an exclamation point into your ensemble like statement shoes, jewelry or bag. What comes to my mind that can give a rather boring little black dress the punch it needs is by pairing it with leopard print shoes. I’ve seen fashion bloggers sporting this get-up and it totally looks chic.

Animal instincts? Not really. Some are afraid to own one because they might be teased about …

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Diamond Studs

There are many ways and means by which you can give a boost to your self-confidence. Some are time-consuming, invasive, complex and involves spending lots of money. They include enrolling and attending personality development classes, workshops, seminars, undergoing plastic surgeries, getting make-overs, sweating out at the gym and so on. However, there are also utterly easy and less time-consuming ways that does not make a hole in your pocket like sporting appropriate clothes and jewellery items. When you talk about jewellery the first thing that flashes your mind would be the diamond ear studs as these items are easy to own and have the ability to boost your self-confidence, instantly.

Before you set-out on an online shopping adventure looking for these diamond earrings designs, you first take note of what inspires you, who do you consider as your diva, your interests, hobbies and your traits. Based on your findings you can start your search online. This is because; the online shopping arena featuring unimaginable varieties of diamond earrings can whack your brain if you shop without any idea.

Diamond ear studs in varying sizes can create varying impacts. For instance, small-sized ones are perfect to go with your daily attire, …

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Colour Changing Sapphire


Considering the rarity of colour change sapphire engagement rings, the stones are mined in a surprising number of places around the world. The most valuable varieties are found in India (the Kashmir region specifically), Sri Lanka, Burma and the Pailin region of Cambodia. However, the colour changing gem can also be found in Thailand, Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya, Madagascar, Australia, China and even the USA.


The colour of the stone is completely dependent on the light to which it is exposed. The most typical transition of colour is from blue to purple, which most often occurs under natural daylight. The gems which change colour more dramatically are much rarer and sought after by collectors and sapphire engagement ring designers alike.

It is important to note that when it comes to valuing this stone, the gems which change colour dramatically are worth the most. Many people assume that value is based upon the attractiveness of the colouring, when, in fact, the purity of the colours that the stone can change to determine its value. For example, a turquoise gem which changes to burgundy under certain light would be worth very high amounts. If the colours are pure with no trace …

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