Saturday, May 14, 2011

While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend

When it comes to animalistic jewelry, few style are as alluring as snake-inspired pieces. But when rocking serpent-shaped pieces, there are three things to keep in mind for a truly fantastic look.
1. Stick to one animal. If wearing a snake bangle bracelet, refrain from pairing it with a bird-shaped pendant or a leopard print dress. Instead opt for a simple ensemble and basic accessories that won’t detract from or contrast with the unique jewelry.

2. Don’t over-indulge. Piling on a plethora of snake-inspired pieces can be overwhelming. One great serpent-shaped statement piece, however, can go a long way.

3. Pick the right occasion. A chunky snake-shaped bracelet may be too funky for a black-tie affair, but a delicate ring would look simply stunning.

Snake-inspired jewelry is great for any season, so pick-up a piece today and embrace your wild side.
While diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, pearls aren’t far behind – they are elegant, refined and timeless enough to instantly elevate any look. However, many women may not be aware of the best ways to wear and care for their pearls.

The natural oils on your skin are good for pearls, and will help them maintain their luster. However, if you are wearing a necklace, don’t wear perfume or makeup on your neck, as the substances could harm and discolor the pearls.

Additionally, think twice before sporting strands of pearls in warm weather – your skin’s oils may be beneficial to the pretty pieces, but sweat, which is naturally acidic, is not good for them.

If you notice that your pearls look dull or dirty, you can easily clean the jewelry as long as you’re careful. Wash the pieces in distilled water, using a mild baby soap and a soft, natural-bristle brush. Then rinse the pearls in distilled water, pat them dry with a soft cloth and lay the items out until the string is completely dry.

For extra shine, pearls can be rubbed with a bit of olive oil after cleaning. To keep them looking lustrous between washes, gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wearing.

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