How To Make A Statement With Your Jewellery

The market is swamped with “European style” charm bracelets, both real and imitation, but are these just for the younger woman? Does the more mature woman want to wear these?

Anytime these appear on eBay, it is always the real pieces that get lots of bids and sell for a really good price whereas the imitation ones usually don’t. Why? Why would people want to spend a lot of money on something (that is made in the Far East) when they could spend a tenth of the amount on something that is also made in the Far East and looks almost exactly the same? Is it snob value? Is it “keeping up with the Jones’s”?

Young women want these real pieces – they would rather pay far more money and get the authentic, branded, trademarked piece, rather than pay less and get an imitation, even though the imitation often looks just like the real thing.

Although we are not condoning the selling of fake branded goods, this can be likened to “Nike Trainers Syndrome”. Young kids – teenagers to early 20’s – NEED to have the £100 pair of trainers. Why? Because it’s what their friends have, or what their friends want. They want to have the designer trainers to show off or to show that they “belong”, they want to be accepted and admired by their peers. They don’t yet have the confidence to make their own “statement”.

However, when you get to your 30’s and beyond, you realise that the £50, or even a £30, pair of trainers can be equally as good, equally as comfortable, do same the job and cost a fraction of the price of the “designer” ones. With maturity comes confidence, self assurance, a better sense of who you are and the knowledge that you don’t have to conform and follow the crowd.

It is surely the same when it comes to jewellery. Yes, these European style bracelets, necklaces and charms can be partially modified by the wearer by selecting which beads and charms you are going to have but, at the end of the day, they all look more or less the same, you can spot them a mile off and they generally get the reaction: “Oh, you have got one of those bracelets as well”. The wearer then has to tell you whether it is real or fake because, at first glance or from a distance, nobody can actually tell the difference! What is the point?

Do people see the “real thing” as an investment? Investment? Any piece made from a precious metal can be seen as an investment but, sometimes, the greatest part of the value is in the “brand” and when that brand falls out of fashion the value/price will probably fall as well.

When buying jewellery – either buy for the investment value (ie. precious metals, diamonds and gemstones) or buy for yourself… buy something that makes you feel special, a piece that means something to you, perhaps a one off piece that nobody else will have. More mature people can express their own individuality through jewellery, buying pieces that they have an affinity to, or which goes particularly well with that outfit for that special occasion, or which says something about their own lifestyle and who they are.

A one-off piece of jewellery is a talking point, people will notice it and ask you about it and you can tell them about it, safe in the knowledge that they will not be able to copy you.

Fashionable Gift Ideas for Women in Your Life

Often we struggle to find the perfect gift idea for the women in our lives. It’s often resorted to either buying her make-up or just giving her money to spend on whatever she wants. What if buying her something from a discount clothing online store would do the trick?

The most classic gift for a woman would be something where she could keep her belongings in. That is a handbag. You won’t come across one woman who isn’t obsessed with a designer handbag in her favourite colour. This is easily the best gift for her and perhaps you could add a couple of chocolates in the side pocket. If you do your research properly, you could find a designer handbag at the fraction of the cost at a factory outlet.

Watches are a great way to compliment a lady’s wrist and her outfit. It sparkles, it shines and it tells the time. It is multipurpose. A watch is a fantastic gift for her because it lasts long and is always in style no matter what the new trends are.

Knowing the finer details about the people in your life could come in handy. If you know her shoe size you could get her a pair of designer shoes. If she loves to follow fashion trends then you know that a stunning pair of stiletto shoes will make her happy. A woman can never have too many shoes which is why they are the perfect gift.

Another item which is always in fashion is elegant jewellery, especially gold or silver jewellery that can be worn with any colour outfit. She will love it because of its elegance and the fact that it can be worn all the time, even to special occasions.

What if your woman loves fashion to the maximum of her ability? Every season comes with a specific style and trend; whether it’s bedazzled jeans or funky t-shirts, fashion is continuous. Get her a trendy pair of Guess jeans or a stylish pair of Holster sandals. That would be an amazing gift for her.

There’s always a time in a woman’s life when she wants something so badly but just can’t afford it at that point. Or she is having trouble making up her mind. It’s always a good idea to get her something fashionable from a discount clothing online store because you know that you will see her in it often.

Fashion: Women’s Winter Trends

It is winter again, and while many people despair of the cold, others rejoice because a new season means a new wardrobe, and nothing feels better than a wardrobe full of new clothes, but what can you expect to see by way of women’s fashion this season? Here we will consider some upcoming trends for our winter wardrobes.

Tops:

Loose Knit
Expect to see many oversized, loose knit jumpers this season. A firm favourite with the fashionista, these are adorable and look fantastic. They will come in a wide variety of styles, including cardigan, hooded, long, short, loose, and fitted – given this huge variety, these jumpers will suit many different styles of clothing: skinny jeans, skirts, dresses – you name it, they will look great together.

They come in a huge variety of materials, from the finest lamb’s wool to luxurious cashmere. Colours are in abundance, literally, every colour of the rainbow will be available for purchase. However, we definitely prefer the natural colours.

Remember though, the larger the knit, the more airy the top, in winter, then, it is important to layer a large knit jumper with warm clothing. When layering make sure the under shirt is well fitted, or you will appear bulky and this will give the impression that you are larger than you are, something most women seek to avoid!

Faux Fur
A huge fashion trend this season, the faux fur top – in animal print, or plain fur, these are everywhere at the moment and wonderfully fashionable. The vest/jacket is particularly popular.

Trousers:
Leggings are here to stay for another season, this year there is a huge focus on the perfect fit. When choosing a pair of leggings opt for a thick material with little stretch, making sure that there is no gathering effect around the ankles or knees.

Shoes:
Over the knee boots
Over-the-knee boots are set to be a massive trend in women’s fashion this winter. Because this style of boot has been associated with ‘racy women’, many women fear wearing this design of footwear. However, this season, the intention is to wear them with leggings or skinny jeans, and not reveal any flesh – in this way, over the knee boots convey a level of sophistication and class that was never theirs in the past.

Embellished ankle boots
An almost complete contrast to the over-the-knee-boots, ankle boots are hot in women’s fashion circles this winter, particularly when they are sporting various embellishments. Lace-up boots are a firm favourite, as is bold stitching.

Jewellery:
Although always in style, gold and silver are a firm fashion trend this year. With necklaces, opt for the long, pendant style of jewellery, while bangle bracelets and oversized looped earrings are hot, hot, hot.

When accessorising, ensure that you do so in an original manner, this way, even if you are wearing all the fashionable clothes of the season, you can still make your outfit your own.

Spring Fashion Accessories for Women

For those of you out there looking for a bit more than just fashionable clothing this spring, we have the answer for you. Fashion accessories for women this year are incredibly bright, bold and oversized. By learning how to utilize the hottest accessories of the year to go with your favourite white dress or any casual wear ensemble you have planned for yourself. Accessories can turn even the seemingly plain fashion styles into something stunning and head turning.

The very first place you want to start when it comes to fashion accessories for women is deciding what it is you want to add to your existing outfit. Fashion accessories can add more color, class, a sexy tone, a sophisticated tone and so on. You can literally take a neutral color blouse and black pants and turn it into something outstanding. For office wear like this you may want to consider a long gold chain, oversized gold or pearl colored earrings as well as bangle bracelets to take a plain and maybe boring outfit into something classy.

What’s new in accessories this year is hats. Hats are making a comeback this year and if you are sad to hear this, you haven’t considered the various ways hats can be worn and how they can accessorize your outfits. Whether you have long or short hair, you can definitely pull off a hat if you find that perfect one for you. Hats can be very versatile and can take an everyday office ensemble and turn it into something sexy for an evening out on the town. This is how simple it can be to transform your wardrobe from last year to this year.

Let’s talk about shoes. This year, ankle straps and gladiator style sandals and heels are by far the most popular. This style is extremely sexy and can be worn with capris pants, shorts, skirts, dresses and skinny jeans. Because of the incredible versatility, these shoes are a great investment and bright colors are a great choice for this spring. Whether you are familiar with heels or not, you can choose from high to mid-size heels and enjoy the comfort of being a bit taller as well as the appearance of longer legs all with one pair of great heels.

Lastly, I want to go into more details regarding costume jewellery for this spring. Intricate necklaces are going to be seen everywhere. Multiple layering, unique jewels and twists of different fabrics and materials are what are most prominent in the necklace and jewellery trends of 2011.

The great thing about accessorizing your casual wear or strapless dresses is that you can create absolutely any style you want. You can also utilize online retailers to have the latest and most popular fashion accessories for women arrive right at your doorstep. Women’s casual clothing is taking a giant leap this season and fashion accessories are what are making this happen. 2011 doesn’t mean you have to go out and replace your wardrobe, it means a few simple accessories can help you take what you already have and update it to today’s hottest trends.

Facts About White Gold Jewellery

When it comes to gold many people think of the yellow pieces but there are different colors available. One of them is the white one which is becoming popular because it is fashionable. The lovers of jewellery will encounter different types of white gold jewellery such as bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces with different designs and in different sizes. The best thing about it is that it can be used with diamond and other gemstones in order to provide other designs such as wedding rings, engagement rings and eternity rings.

White gold is created by combining it with white metals such as palladium or silver. The white appearance of the pieces of jewellery made from it is as a result of using rhodium plating. These pieces can be distinguished by their hallmarks so as to distinguish them from others made form sterling silver and platinum. To identify them, the buyers need to use a magnifying glass to check the inside of the rings as well as the clasps of the bracelets and necklaces to check for the hallmarks. The pieces will come with carat marks to indicate the percentage of the contents of each piece. Users can also check out for the ‘P’ mark which stands for plumb, a term used to mean that the purity level in the piece is what has been stamped on the label.

It is also important that the buyers consider the processes required to take care of the white gold jewellery before they decide on them. These pieces are usually easy to clean and look after. There are a number of cleaning agents in the market that are designed for taking care of these items and clients should select them because they will be protecting their pieces from damage. It is recommended that the buyers remove the items when they are swimming or using household chemicals as the metal is sensitive to harsh chemicals which may lead to discoloration or pitting. Although rhodium is a strong and durable material, buyers are advised to take their frequently worn pieces for plating up to 2 times a year. They should also ensure that they have stored them appropriately in cloth boxes or bags in order to reduce scratches.

The advantage is that they can shop around in both online and brick and mortar stores in order to find the design and the fit they want. Before paying the price, it is important for the clients to ask for a certificate of authenticity as well as other certificates that indicate the quality of other gemstones in the item bought.