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Diamond Vintage Style

Diamond Vintage Style
where is the best place to buy vintage style rings?

I can’t seem to find a store that sell vintage-style rings that are simple and small. I prefer no diamonds, but I don’t mind if there is a small diamond on it. I like to wear them 24/7 so hopefully it’ll be sterling silver or something along those lines so that it doesn’t rust.
Thank You!

try places like goodwill, pawn shops, and antique stores – you can find sweet vintage costume jewelry at awesome prices

Diamond Vintage Style
Diamond Vintage Style
Diamond Vintage Style

Vintage Diamond Ring

Vintage Diamond Ring

When one is shopping for diamond jewelry, they will come across many different styles and eras of jewelry. Vintage is one category of which many people are after these days. The look is unique and this is just one reason why it is such a highly coveted style. This type of jewelry varies in a few different ways from modern jewelry. The following will describe some of the differences between vintage diamond pieces and modern.  

The Age of the Jewelry Piece   One of the main differences between vintage and modern is the age of the item. Jewelry with the classification of vintage is usually 20 years old or more. With that said, there are various eras of vintage jewelry and one will be able to see the differences between each item depending on the era which it is from. On the other hand, modern diamond jewelry is a piece which was manufactured in the last few years.   

The Style of the Jewelry Item   Another difference which one will see between vintage pieces and modern is with the style of the piece. Vintage usually has an antique look and feel to it whereas most modern items are akin with today’s style of jewelry. Therefore, by looking at a piece you can often tell if it is vintage or modern in style.  

The Craftsmanship of the Jewelry   Also, when comparing vintage with modern, all one really needs to do in order to tell the difference is to take a look at the overall craftsmanship with each item. One who looks at the vintage piece will see that it has been put together using older varieties of clasps and connectors whereas the newer pieces may have a more modern craftsmanship technique to them.   

Where These Items Can Be Purchased   Another great way to tell the difference between vintage and modern style of jewelry is where these items can be purchased. For example, vintage jewelry is often purchased at antique stores or estate sales whereas modern items are usually found at retail stores or department store jewelry sections. By shopping at one type of store or another you will often narrow down the selections with regard to the era of the jewelry. This is just one other way to tell the difference between vintage and jewelry which is more modern.

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Vintage Diamond Ring
Vintage Diamond Ring
Vintage Diamond Ring

Pink Crystal Rhinestone

Pink Crystal Rhinestone
Whats the rhinestoned sex and the city phone?

i KNOW i’ve seen a phone like covered in pink rhinestones/diamond/crystal thingies and it was advertised as a sex and the city phone (the design maybe? did carrie have one like it in the movie? or when the movie came out was it the pink color maybe?) or somethhing…. anyone know what i mean? WOuld it be cool if i got my voyager covered in pink rhinestone things or is doing that uncool now?

u should do what u want cause it’s ur phone. and if anyone talks crap about it, skrew em!! they can shut up.

Pink Crystal Rhinestone
Pink Crystal Rhinestone
Pink Crystal Rhinestone

Rhinestone Pink

Most little girls go through a big princess phase where everything they seem to like is centered around different princess themes. This typically happens between the ages of 3-5 years of age. This article will give you the steps to give your daughter a great princess themed birthday party that she will never forget but also will not break your budget. It will have everything from the hot pink decorations, to the make your own princess rhinestone tiaras station, to the princess themed food to the guests goody bag items including rhinestone chokers for the little princesses to wear home.

Once you have the date picked out be sure to set a good time for this preschool age group. Typically late morning leading into lunch is the best time and no longer than two hours too for the party. Most little princesses require everything to be pink and sparkly and this can be done inexpensively with a lot of crepe tissue rolls and pink balloons everywhere. Much more than that is really a waste for this age group. A fun idea is to paint a huge castle on butcher block paper and hang it near the front door. Have all of the guests arrive in their princess costumes and get a Polaroid picture in front of the castle when they arrive with the birthday girl.

The key to a successful birthday party for younger kids is to keep them busy and entertained the whole time with short activities that flow right from one to another. The next idea is to have the princess guests go to the craft of making their own tiara. Have precut out poster board crowns already made where the girls can glue on jewels and rhinestones to make it their own.

Then follow that activity with a more physically active one to get some of the energy out. Simple games like Duck, Duck goose are popular but use different words like princess and wand instead. Another fun idea is to have a princess parade with the princesses riding on stick ponies around the yard. After this it is time for them to decorate a cardboard frame that will have their Polaroid photo in it. Crayons in sparkly colors are easy and fun for them to use as well as some pink feathers to glue on the frame.

Now it is time for lunch. Stick to the princess and pink theme by serving little sandwiches cut own like crowns and pink animal crackers as well as pink watermelon and pink juice. This will be followed by the birthday cake which also could be pink served with individual strawberry sundae cups of ice cream.

Hopefully after all of the games, crafts and food the party goers will be pleasantly tired out and have enjoyed the princess party. Along with their princess tiara and framed photo that they decorated, give them a little princess rhinestone choker necklace that they can wear home and add to their dress up collection.

Chuck R. Stewart and his daughters noticed the beautiful rhinestone tiaras and the rhinestone chokers worn by the pageant winners on TV.

Rhinestone Pink
Rhinestone Pink
Rhinestone Pink

Cameo Crystal Brooch

Cameo Crystal Brooch

The Ancient Greeks were aficionados of jewelry, wearing simple to complex jewelry often complemented with effigies of the Greek Gods Eros, Nike, Artemis, Isis and Aphrodite. Mycenae, the ancient Grecian city ruled by King Agamemnon, was the center for jewelry production in the 2nd millennium B.C. The Mycenaeans created jewelry of beads in the shape of animals and shells, gold, amethyst, emeralds, pearls, agate and other semi-precious stones in the evolution of their jewelry production from 1,400 BC- 300 BC.

The Greeks created the cameo, produced by using an agate stone striated with pink, cream or brown also called Indian Sardonyx. As jewelry design and techniques became more complex, they developed a laurel wreath to be worn as a crown of honor by scholars and heroes, sacred laurel leaves represented Apollo, the god of prophecy and intellect. Pendant earrings bedecked with Nike, Eros or dove figurines became popular fashion of the times. Pendants in the shape of Amphorae (the classic two-handled vase shape) ornamented with enamel or gemstones, hung by a rosette and capped with the crown of Isis. Spherical or wide chains of gold were worn as necklaces with hanging calyxes or fruit and clasps of animal heads or dolphins. The Greeks were fond of wearing gold wreaths as ornamental headdresses, elaborately decorated with flowers, acorns, foliage or images of Eros and Nike. Greek gold rings were set with gemstones or sealstones (containing an engraving used for seals).

After the fall of Greece by Alexander the GreatÂ’s viscious conquest, the Hellenistic age begins, dating 330-27BC. Jewelry of this time was influenced by the Far East and Egypt, initiating new fashions, tastes and styles not only in jewelry design but overall aesthetics of life. Gold became the dominating metal accompanied by gemstones such as amethyst, cornelian, garnet, rock crystal and chalcedony during Hellenic rule.

Etruscan jewelry, highly influenced by Greek culture, produced a large amount of intricate and ornate jewelry styles that further influenced the Romans. The Etruscans developed granulation (where the surface of gold was soldered with tiny grains of gold to create a delicate pattern) dated to the 7th century BC. By the end of the Etruscan Period, as they were absorbed by the Roman Empire in the 3rd century BC, the ornate designs were replaced by more austere qualities and filigree (fine wire work with silver or gold) was utilized. The Phoenicians contributed colorful beads, inlay and enameling. Rings of this period included a scarab or single set gemstones in an oval formation set in an engraved bezel.

As the Romans came to power the craftsmanship of jewelry included many natural resources found in the vast regions of the Mediterranean and European continents. Romans invented the brooch which was used primarily for holding robes together. Gold continued to figure prominently and hemispheres constructed into bracelets, earrings and necklaces came into fashion. Bronze, pearls, bone, emerald and glass beads were used, complementing the gold settings. Although early Roman jewelry style borrowed from established Greek and Etruscan design, new motifs such as the Heracles knot (two loops intertwined) with an apotropaic figurine for averting evil spirits or bad luck was introduced. In 330BC, hoop earrings became fashionable with finial elements of animal heads, figure of Eros, maenads and negroes. Cameo portraits on rings and pendants and coiled gold snake-shaped bracelets made an appearance at this time. Upper class women of Roman times wore extensive amounts of jewelry and men were expected to adorn themselves with a minimum of one ring, made of gold or carved stone including a seal stone for wax-sealing important documents.

Eric Hartwell is involved in The World’s Best Home Page (please visit to read and share opinions) and Jewels To Love

Cameo Crystal Brooch
Cameo Crystal Brooch
Cameo Crystal Brooch

Antique Vintage Diamond

Antique Vintage Diamond
Old Vintage/Antique ring question? (Mostly about the metal used in it)?

While cleaning out my grams apartment, I found a ring, that was hidden in a jewelry box in paper.(She was put into a nursing home, and I’m supposed to get all her old jewelry) I was given the box no one knowing what was in it. It looked similar to this: http://www.jewelryexpert.com/catalog/graphics/Antique-Diamond-Ring-5.gif

The metal on it though was tarnished severly. The picture is almost an exact match. The only thing is the band was almost black in color and tarnished. Can white gold tarnish that bad if it is not taken care of for years? (All her other wedding bands are white gold…with the exception of one that is yellow gold). The actual band was in excellent shape, it was just black…has anyone seen sever tarnishing in a ring probalby bought in the 30′s and never really taken care of? (No one really knows exactly how long it was in the jewelry box to begin with).

I’m no expert, but have been through this same exercise with my Gran’s jewelry, and my Mom’s.

My finding concerning very black tarnished metals [jewelry and tableware] is that the “black tarnished” material was SILVER, or silver plated.

Silver which is exposed to the atmosphere for long periods tends to build up a thick layer of OXIDATION [tarnish, the same as rust is to iron].

Do NOT try to remove this layer of Silver Oxide with abrasive polishes or cleaners like Brasso. That tarnish contains Silver and you don’t want to remove it.

Instead use a product that chemically removes the contaminants that mix with the surface of the Silver and cause the black coating.

I have used a product called Tarn-X Tarnish Remover which “CONVERTS” the tarnish back to Silver without removing any Silver. This will leave the Silver, but will not leave a polished finish.

To restore the shiny, polished finished, they have a new product called Tarn-X Silver Glaze which is to be used AFTER using their Tarnish Remover.

Back in the “old days” years ago the only place to get Tarn-X was via TV infomercials. But today it is available at most hardware supply stores, and sometimes at home improvement outfits like Lowe’s and Home Depot, and probably at Wal-Mart and K-Mart.

Here is info for contacting the Tarn-X manufacturer. Jelmar, 5550 W. Touhy Avenue, Skokie, IL, USA, 60077.

To prevent damage to the finish of those Silver items, DO NOT soak them in the Tarnish Remover. FOLLOW THE LABEL DIRECTIONS TO THE LETTER!!!!!

Also, on items with uneven surfaces do not try to remove all of the tarnish from within the cracks and crevices as that is what gives these patterns their character. To do this the instructions are to use a clean, damp cloth or sponge and work a small area at a time.

With those items that are tarnished so bad that they are black, IT WILL TAKE A LOT OF PATIENCE, cloth patches, and “ELBOW GREASE!!!!!!”

After the tarnish is properly removed, THEN use the Tarn-X Silver Glaze [a gentle polish and protective film] precisely according to the label instructions.

Do the job correctly and you’ll be rewarded with magnificent Silver jewelry and Silverware.

Antique Vintage Diamond
Antique Vintage Diamond
Antique Vintage Diamond

Crystal Victorian Style

Crystal Victorian Style

For many a Victorian style bedroom has an antique but typically feminine feel to. The Victorian era started in the 1830Â’s and was around until 1900 (when Queen Victoria died) and there are many variations to be had relating to the style of a Victorian bedroom but hopefully the points provided below will help you when decorating a Victorian bedroom for yourself.

1. Bed

A Victorian bed should be showy wooden affair or made from either cast-iron, brass or a combination of both these metals. You may be able to get a skilled carpenter to produce or adapt a full bed to queen size or merging twin beds together to produce a king size. But if you really do not have the money to spend on such a luxury there are many modern reproduction beds available at a fraction of the cost.

2. Dressing the Bed

The bed should be elaborately dressed with canopies and drapes, lots of pillows, flounces, ribbons and other trims. If you can search out your local fabric store and see if they have period type quilts etc., available.

3. Tables

It is important that you include either a marble topped table or cabinet in your room design as well as a wicker, bamboo or faux bamboo table, round or skirted table as a nightstand. Why not visit your local junk or antique shop to see what turned and carved wooden tables they may have for inclusion in your design from that era.

4. Lighting

It is vital that you get the lighting right in decorating a Victorian bedroom and this should include the classic ginger-jar style, or those that are made from porcelain, crystal or brass. You may even decide to use candlestick holders which have been transformed to be used as a light. Under each lamp you should place a crocheted doily for obtaining the authentic period look.

5. Dressers & Chest of Drawers

These should be typically made from either dark stained oak, mahogany or walnut and be embellished with carvings, pediments and have either ornate brass or carved wooden drawer pulls. You may be lucky to find ones that also have a candle stand, tilting mirror and marble top to them.

6. Flooring

To provide that authentic Victorian look to your bedroom use Oriental area rugs or straw type mats. You may if you wish us hooked or machine loomed rugs that have a floral or a swirly abstract pattern on them.

7. Accessories

Such accessories you should include in your room are period pictures (include subjects such as botanicals, children, maidens (young women) and animals in these pictures). Also include an elaborate golden or stained wood framed mirror in to your design. If you can also place fresh flowers in period style vases in the room and visit your local junk or antique shop to find some Victorian style collectibles for inclusion in your design such as china dishes and figurines.

8. Windows

These should be dressed with full curtains or drapes which have ruffles, valances, braid, lace, bows and tassels on them (but you donÂ’t need to have every just one or two will suffice). The materials your should be using to dress your windows should be either velvet, brocade, delicate florals and then layered with lace sheers.

So decorating a Victorian bedroom can be quite easy all you need to do is just carry out a little research and hopefully you will be able to design and decorate the bedroom of your dreams.

Lee Dobbins writes about bedroom decorating. Visit http://www.bedroom-designs-and-decorations.com/ for more great bedroom decorating ideas.

Crystal Victorian Style
Crystal Victorian Style
Crystal Victorian Style

Diamond Vintage Engagement

Diamond Vintage Engagement
any jewely shop that can take vintage diamond and put into engagement ring that has good reputation in N. Cali

Northern California…..

Depends on where in norcal.
There are plenty of nice jewelry shops around here that can set jewelry.

Go to yelp.com and your area and you can find ratings of different shops and the reasons for the ratings.

Diamond Vintage Engagement
Diamond Vintage Engagement
Diamond Vintage Engagement