Staying organized when planning your first hiring tier.Wedding is all about deadlines. Just as every wedding is different, every couple’s planning schedule will be different too. In some parts of the country, couples can begin to plan their weddings 18 months to two years ahead of time. Other parts of the country won’t allow you to reserve space for your wedding and earlier than nine months in advance.

When planning your wedding, consider hiring your wedding vendors based upon a hierarchy of which vendors can do the least amount of wedding in one day. For example, your photographer most likely can only do one wedding in a day, so they should be among the first vendors you hire. Then move on to vendors who can do more than one event in a day. The following is a suggested order for planning your wedding:


1. Complete guest list including addresses and phone numbers
2. Decide type of wedding to determine color scheme
3. Finalize budget
4. Choose your wedding party


1. Hire a wedding planner
2. Determine ceremony site
3. Determine reception site
4. Reserve hotel rooms for out of town guests
5. Select photographer
6. Select videographer
7. Select reception band/musician/DJ
8. Select ceremony musician
9. Shop for and order wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses
10. Select hair and make up artist and schedule trial run when your headpiece arrives


1. Select florist
2. Select linen company
3. Send out save-the-date and reservation forms (done at least six months prior to the wedding)
4. Select pastry chef
5. Select grooms and groomsmen attire
6. Order invitations
7. Select calligrapher
8. Confirm wedding rehearsal time
9. Meet with caterer
10. Attend menu tasting
11. Plan honeymoon
12. Arrange wedding day transportation


1. Select wedding favors
2. Send invitations to calligrapher
3. Mail invitations
4. Enroll at bridal registries
5. Plan rehearsal dinner, bridesmaids luncheon, golf outings and any other weekend parties.


• Make a list of songs you would like played at your reception
• Purchase bridal party accessories
• Meet with florist and make final floral selections
• Make final linen selection
• Schedule final fittings
• Select ceremony music
• Discuss ceremony with officiate, choose reading for ceremony and arrange for your rehersal
• Apply for marriage license
• Contact floral and gown preservationists
• Write thank you notes for gifts as they come
• Design transportation insert for out of town guests
• Give ceremony musicians music requests
• Give photographer checklist for photos
• Give reception musitians music requests and introduction list
• Choose gifts for wedding party
• Breake in shoes
• Follow up on guests who did not respond
• Give final head counts catering manager, florist, pastry chef, linen company
• Set seating arrangements
• Write place cards
• Pay balances before the wedding


• If you are planning on having a facial, do it at least a month prior to the wedding. You don’t want estra breakouts on the wedding day.
• Do not tan too much prior to the wedding.
• Plan to relax the last few days prior to the wedding.
• Get lots of sleep and drink plenty of water.
• Don’t forget to eat something on the wedding day.

Spring - Summer 2009 Trend. Fashionable Overalls.

Fashion tendency keeps gladdening us with new TRENDS. Overall a new fashion trend of Spring - Summer 2009 ! This season an overall is for the all cases. Blue denim overall is for business noon, an overall made from silk is for cocktail party, an overall from variegated silk is for party in your garden. It is a good alternative to dresses. Overalls are as self-sufficient as dresses but look much more defiant than dresses.

See Fashionable Overalls Gallery below. Click image to enlarge.

Summer silk overall Leonard

Green cocktail overall Pucci

Denim everyday overall DKNY

Silk evening overall BCBG

Smart red overall Salvatore Ferragamo

Light summer overall Moschino Cheap & Chic

Chic evening overall Chloe

Spring - Summer 2009 Trend. Fashionable Overalls.

Fashion tendency keeps gladdening us with new TRENDS. Overall a new fashion trend of Spring - Summer 2009 ! This season an overall is for the all cases. Blue denim overall is for business noon, an overall made from silk is for cocktail party, an overall from variegated silk is for party in your garden. It is a good alternative to dresses. Overalls are as self-sufficient as dresses but look much more defiant than dresses.

See Fashionable Overalls Gallery below. Click image to enlarge.

Summer silk overall Leonard

Green cocktail overall Pucci

Denim everyday overall DKNY

Silk evening overall BCBG

Smart red overall Salvatore Ferragamo

Light summer overall Moschino Cheap & Chic

Chic evening overall Chloe


Different types of pearl necklaces used in wedding jewelry

The various lengths of pearl necklaces include the dog collar, choker, princess, matinee, and opera. A dog collar is made up of several strands of pearls stacked up on the neck. A necklace that rests at the base of the throat is termed a choker. A princess-length necklace rests above the bustline. A matinee-length necklace rests below the bustline. An opera length necklace falls around the waistline. A lavaliere is a pendant on a necklace.

Matching bracelets

Bracelets can be worn with sleeveless, short-sleeve, and three-quarter sleeve gowns. You can combine a bracelet with gloves as a dramatic accessory worn over tight-fitted gloves. Most watches are not appropriate wedding jewelry for the bride or her maids.


A button earring accentuates a round face. A dangle earring widens a narrow face. A squared earring adds interest to a long face.

Jewelry for bridesmaids

Most bridesmaid ensembles can be enhanced with earrings and perhaps a necklace or bracelet. All maids should wear the exact same jewelry.


Traditionally, there was a very simple answer to this question – the bride’s family paid for just about everything. Today, weddings are paid for in any one of several ways: sometimes the bride and groom, sometimes the couple’s families, sometimes only the bride’s family and sometimes only the groom’s family. In some cultures, the betrothed couple have sponsors who pay for various items in the wedding celebration.

No matter who is paying for the wedding, it is very important to decide how much you are going to spend before you begin shopping. It is very difficult to shop for your wedding vendors if you don’t know how much money you have available.

An important factor to consider when planning your budget is the number of guests you are going to have. It is also important to have a sense of your own priorities as you plan. Knowing what is most important to you will help make your decision easier.


The first step to planning the perfect wedding is to plan your guest list. The most variable expense you will have is the cost of providing your guests with food and drink. There is a huge cost difference between having 100 guests and 150 guests. In order to plan a realistic budget, you must have a good estimate of the number of guests who will attend.


To get a more accurate idea of the true number of guests, write out your guest list, then divide the guests into those who will most certainly attend, those who will most likely not attend and those who are just as likely to go either way. Divide the list of those who are likely to go either way in half, and add them to the list of those who will most likely attend. That will be a good estimate of your final guest numbers.


Once you have a working guest list, the nest step is to decide what items you want to include in your wedding budget and how important each item is to you. Once you set these priorities you will know how much money you are able to spend for each vendor.


Searching for the perfect wedding gown should be fun process, and trying on all the beautiful dresses and wonderful styles will make you feel like a princess.

Look through the bridal magazines to determine what styles you like, but go shopping with an open mind. Very often, gown consultants can direct you to a style you didn’t consider, but will be perfect for you.

Begin shopping early. Some designers can take six months to deliver a gown. Make an appointment with the salon; you want to have the gown consultant’s undivided attention.

When budgeting for your gown, remember to include alterations. You also need to include undergarments, hose, shoes and jewelry.

Once you have selected your gown, you need to select your bridesmaids’ dresses. Try shopping for the dresses on your own at first, so you can choose the style you like the most. Keep in mind all the girls’ body shapes and size while making your selection.


The bride isn’t the only one who needs to look stylish on the wedding day. The groom needs to take the time to find the perfect tuxedo to complement the style of the wedding.

Take the time to go to the reputable formalwear shop in your area. You don’t necessarily need to go to a national chain, even if your wedding party doesn’t live in town. Most tuxedo shops will do measurements even if you aren’t renting the tuxedo from their shop.

Have your entire wedding party try on their tuxedos as soon as they arrive at the shop. Make sure everything fits correctly, and that all the pieces are there. Count cuff links and button studs if they are included. And don’t forget to try on the shoes.

Make sure all the groomsmen have black socks to wear with the tuxedo. You may want to pack some extra pairs in your wedding day emergency kit, in case someone shows up with white tube socks.

You’ll wear your engagement ring every day for the rest of your life. Invest the time and effort to find rings you will be happy with for decades to come.

Always work with a reputable jeweler. Ask friends and family if they have any experience with a particular company. Do your research up front to find a jeweler you can trust.

When shopping for rings, take the time to try on several different styles of rings. See how cut looks on your hand before deciding. Also, consider how the engagement ring looks with your ring. You will be wearing them together, so they should coordinate.

Educate yourself on the grading scale of diamonds, so you know what you are looking for when you shop. Find a design you love! Cut, clarity, and color are important once you’ve settled on a design, but the ring should make you say wow!
Don’t take any chances in case it gets lost or stolen; insure your ring immediately after purchasing it.


What would you do if you are not interested in wearing a tiara on your wedding day and you think it looks beautiful on other brides, but it’s not really your taste… you like some kind of floral/roses head piece that resembles the shape a tiara would give, but you can not find anything like that on the on-line. Some people are saying that real flowers may not be a good idea because of discoloration, etc. Any alternative suggestions? …Sure just go to a florist and ask them to make you a flower arrangement in place of a tiara, ask them to have them dried for you. Or you can go to a fabric or crafts store and buy the flowers and create one yourself.



Our outstanding designs and craftsmanship allow us to provide affordable custom wedding and evening jewellery as well as bridal accessories that you will be proud and excited to wear!

Indulge yourself and those you love with our unique line of high quality hand-crafted jewellery. You can be assured to look glamorous in our featured Swarovski elements, fresh water pearls and semi precious stones. Glamour Jewellery is the place where classic beauty meets charm. From the stunning lines of the Pearl collection to the sheer glamour of the DreamOn creations, you will find the perfect adornment for any occasion with our designs.

The newly introduced Love Life collection brings you fabulous fashion jewellery accessories straight from the global runway. It was inspired by Yves Saint Laurent exhibition “The First Retrospective to Span 40 Years of Creation”. These bright custom made jewellery are created in different colours, from Swarovski crystals, gem stones and sterling silver. You know you can count on Glamour Jewellery for style, luxury, chic, and most importantly - quality.

We hope you have a wonderful experience visiting Glamour Jewellery fabulous collections!

HOW 2 SELECT Bridal Hair Pins

Do different trials to see if the hair pins look best worn alone or with another accessory, such as a veil or heavy necklace. The presence of another accessory will affect the style of hair pins that will look best.

Decide on your hairstyle for the big day. No single hair pin design will go with every style.

Make you decision on two basic looks: modern or classic. Classic hair pins tend to be simple and elegant, whereas modern styles involve more colors, designs and shapes.

Buy your wedding gown before you buy your hair pins/accessories. The pin or pins you wear should match the style of your dress.

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We wanted to offer our customers an on-line version of our store since many would call and request our products over the phone. Now we are expanding and adding more jewellery lines and offering custom personalized designs in order to bring you an even wider array of personal accessories.

We are highly committed to providing our customers with the best products and services. We value your feedback and strongly encourage you to contact us if you ever have a question, comment, or need assistance with anything else, we are dedicated to help you in anyway we can.


With pearl's popularity growing back dramatically, a traditional white pearl strand becomes a kind of must-have jewellery in each woman's wardrobe. Surprise her by giving her a piece of pearl jewellery as a special gift becomes such a romantic thing for a man to do.

However, when we imagine that we must look for a computer game for our boyfriends, we understand how hard it is for guys to find the right jewellery for their lovers.

As the fans of pearls, working in the pearl jewellery industry, we would like to give you some great ideas... Start from learning some basic knowledge of pearl quality and then, find out the style she likes.

Always remember:

1. Nacre of the pearl
2. Surface
3. Luster
4. Shape
5. Size

A good quality pearl is always thick in nacre, smooth in surface, high in luster, and round in shape and big in size. However, shape, size and color are more for personal preference.

If you are looking for a strand, you also need to pay attention to its matching. Lay the strand into a straight line. Compare the size, color, surface, shape and luster of each pearl. A good match in these aspects results in a good strand.

Pearl jewellery style

When you are deciding the style, there are so many aspects to consider, such as color, pearl size and shape, pearl strand or designed pearl necklace, etc.

You may pay attention to the clothes and jewellery she often wears.

If you have already got some ideas but not so sure, you may seek for a chance to tactfully find out her ideas. For example, she is reading a fashion magazine, and you come to sit next to her and pretend you accidentally see a celebrity picture, then you make a fake commend, such as "This necklace is too big for her! I think a pink smaller one is better, what do you think?" or "I think this necklace looks better on you!" Women are always excited to talk about fashion. When you seem to be interested in it, she will patiently give you a full lesson about all her ideas of fashion - from blouses to shoes. In the end, you may skip most of the lesson, but pick up the information you want - which style of pearl jewellery she likes.

If you still have no idea, go to shop around. Ask the store assistant to show you some feminine style of pearl necklaces or bracelets. Feminine style is universal because it is always suitable for weddings, birthday, anniversary.

Spring 2009 Fashion Trends. Leather Leggings. HOW TO WEAR LEATHER PANTS (trousers) CORRECTLY.

Okay, rent is always a worthy cause, but, to be honest our regrets to liquid latex leggings. If you can swing it, don't neglect an opportunity. No other article of clothing on earth ccould give you the same heady wild-child feel as slipping on a pair of skintight (real) black leather pants.

They suck you up and in, and have the power to transform even the squarest, boring librarian into a sexy Viper Room-trawling, crazy-hot mess. Alexander Wang's paper-thin, curve-huggers from his spring 2009 show are a rock-n-roll fantasy come true and worth every penny.

But the one thing you have to know is that with this fabulous power comes responsibility as well. There are a couple of things to remember: The nature of leather is that it will stretch out. So, if you can wriggle your way into them, buy one size smaller, because they will expand, and there's no getting around that. And find yourself a tailor who can take in leather pants. Before you sit down, pull up the knees, so that you don't have horrible sagging old-lady knees later.

Also, keep the leather supple by buffing it with mink oil and a soft cloth. We are hesitant to issue any sort of rules about how to wear them, but remember, such a statement-making piece of clothing also sort of magnifies whatever you pair it with, If you ever wear them with Converse and you will look like a Ramone. If you wear them with fancy heels, you will look like some renegade socialite attempting to be "downtown".

So try to dress very simply, carefully, and most importantly, in whatever you are the most comfortable in.

Spring 2009 Fashion Trends. Leather Leggings. HOW TO WEAR LEATHER PANTS (trousers) CORRECTLY.

Okay, rent is always a worthy cause, but, to be honest our regrets to liquid latex leggings. If you can swing it, don't neglect an opportunity. No other article of clothing on earth ccould give you the same heady wild-child feel as slipping on a pair of skintight (real) black leather pants.

They suck you up and in, and have the power to transform even the squarest, boring librarian into a sexy Viper Room-trawling, crazy-hot mess. Alexander Wang's paper-thin, curve-huggers from his spring 2009 show are a rock-n-roll fantasy come true and worth every penny.

But the one thing you have to know is that with this fabulous power comes responsibility as well. There are a couple of things to remember: The nature of leather is that it will stretch out. So, if you can wriggle your way into them, buy one size smaller, because they will expand, and there's no getting around that. And find yourself a tailor who can take in leather pants. Before you sit down, pull up the knees, so that you don't have horrible sagging old-lady knees later.

Also, keep the leather supple by buffing it with mink oil and a soft cloth. We are hesitant to issue any sort of rules about how to wear them, but remember, such a statement-making piece of clothing also sort of magnifies whatever you pair it with, If you ever wear them with Converse and you will look like a Ramone. If you wear them with fancy heels, you will look like some renegade socialite attempting to be "downtown".

So try to dress very simply, carefully, and most importantly, in whatever you are the most comfortable in.


Fine jewelry should be cleaned regularly. There are three good habits to develop that will guarantee that your bridal jewelry will bring you pleasure for many years:
1) get a habit of removing your wedding jewelry before activities that could result to a hard blow to the stone and cause damage.
2) Always put your wedding jewelry on last. Hairsprays and cosmetics contain chemicals that could cause damage, especially to cultured pearls.
3) Store fine jewelry in a soft pouch or in separate compartments of a jewelry box.
4) Store beaded necklaces flat is highly recommended to reduce stretching

Always check with your jeweler on the best cleaning methods for your jewelry. In most cases mild soap and water also works well. NOTE: Never use a soap and water solution with: amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis, lazuli, opal, pearl, or turquoise.

Your jeweler should provide you with an instruction for caring for your pearls. Do not use soap and water to clean them or an ultra sonic cleaner. You should wipe pearls with a soft cloth after wear. It is good to wear pearls regularly. They need the exposure to air and moisture to maintain their luster. Leave them on the bathroom counter when you are showering. The steam from the shower is good for them. If your pearls are stored in a safe deposit box, or not worn that often, it is a good practice to keep a vial of water in the box.


First of all, chose your gown, and then choose your accessories to compliment your gown and you.

Having a good idea of a hairstyle that you like will usually help in deciding on the headpiece.

Match the type of sparkle in your gown with the sparkle in your accessories. Use crystals with crystals, rhinestones with rhinestones and pearls with pearls. Look for a headpiece with similar detailing as your gown. Gold-tone or ivory pearl-accented tiaras are a good compliment to ivory gowns, while silver-tone, rhinestone, and white pearl tiaras best compliment the tones of a white gown. Diamond white gowns are a good match for either gold or silver.

Keep in mind that tiaras are not just for the bride; they are perfect for bridesmaids and flower girls as well.

If you have short or fine hair you will want to decide on a lighter, more delicate tiara that will not require lots of pinning to hold it in place. Brides with shorter hair look best in headband styles or tiaras with a smaller shaped comb.


A 1-Year Plan

Your wedding is one of the most important and exciting days of your life. It also will require a great deal of planning and attention to detail to fulfill your expectations. Here's a checklist to help you remember all the details:

9-12 Months Before the Wedding:

Decide on the type of wedding. How big? How formal?
Choose the date and time of ceremony and reception
Select the locations and make reservations
Make an appointment with the person who will perform the ceremony.
Plan a guest list with names and addresses.
Shop for your wedding rings
Shop for your dress and accessories.
Pick your colors for the ceremony and reception.
Choose your attendants, their dresses and accessories.
Select photographer, transportation and caterer (if separate from reception location).
Plan your honeymoon.
Select Twilite Music Services Ltd. For your Disc Jockey Services.

6-9 Months Before the Wedding:

Announce your engagement.
Register your gift preferences with various Bridal Registries.
Choose a floris; consult with florist on floral needs and preferences.

3-6 Months Before the Wedding:

Order invitations and personal stationery. (Allow four weeks for delivery.)
Keep a record of all gifts received. (See the guest and gift lists in this section)
Send thank you notes immediately.
Help mothers select their dresses.
Check that all bridal attire has been ordered.
Shop for your trousseau.
Choose a baker for the wedding cake and groom’s cake. Meet with DJ to arrange events at the Reception (first meeting).

2-3 Months Before the Wedding:

Start addressing the wedding invitations.
Shop for such wedding accessories as toasting goblets, ring pillow and garter.
Confirm all ceremony and reception reservations.
Arrange for the wedding rehearsal. If your DJ is playing the music for your ceremony, contact them to go over the details.
Ask friends to help at the reception with the guest book or gifts.
Confirm honeymoon plans; get passport or visa if needed
Confirm flower orders with florist.

1 Month Before the Wedding:

Mail the invitations.
Have the final fitting on your wedding attire.
Have our portrait taken; send announcement to the newspaper.
Choose gifts for attendants.
Arrange lodging for out-of-town guests.
Purchase wedding album, guest book.
Select the groom’s wedding gift.
Apply for marriage license with fiancé and witness.
Meet Your DJ to review Reception plans.

The Week of Your Wedding:

Give the final estimate of guests to the caterer.
Check all final details: Baker, Florist, and photographer.
Have your bridesmaids’ luncheon; present bridesmaids’ gifts.
Pack for your honeymoon.
Provide maps for out-of-town guests.
Final meeting with the DJ to cover all remaining details. Everything should be done at this point.

The Day of the Wedding:

Have your hairdresser style your hair.
Begin dressing 1½ hours before the ceremony.
Parents of the groom should be seated five minutes before the processional and before the aisle runner is rolled.
Relax… and enjoy your special day!

After the Honeymoon:

Finish thank you notes.
If you are taking your husband’s name, change driver’s license, bank accounts and credit cards.
Make an appointment with your bridal consultant to make and needed exchanges.


If you are working woman, then pearl-studs are the right and appropriate choice irrespective of shape of your face and hair style. Select simple studs with pure pearls, or corals, small stones, or pure gold.

If you are going for parties or attending special occasions then beautiful ear rings depend on your face shape will multiply your original beauty
Based on shape of the face:

1. Any earrings will suit the oval;
2. Round should wear hoops, avoid long earrings;
3. Downward triangle should wear drop earrings, avoid studs.

Based on the beauty enhancement factor, drop earrings are the best. Studs bring the least effect, because studs are not quite visible to others, especially if you grow long hair.

Young girls at school age should wear studs, hoops or drop earrings, avoid lengthy earrings. Boys should go with studs and hoops. Same rule applies for adult women in work and daily life. For men, the rule applies for all occasions.

For other occasions, especially party, long earrings are encouraged for women to enhance their beauty. Thread earrings will also look good for parties, but is not practical to wear continuously in daily life.

The right pair of earrings can make or break an outfit. As with all jewelry a pair of earrings should reflect your personal style. There are, however, some guidelines to make sure the earrings you wear can make you look your best.

Keep in mind though that your earrings should complement your outfit, not overpower it. They can also draw attention away from some of your figure flaws as the right pair of earrings draws the eye upward and gives attention to your face. Even if you wear no other jewelry, a pair of earrings can make you look stylish and well polished.


The best way to choose earrings is to try them with your gown. The best styled earring will depend on the neckline of your gown, the type of necklace you are wearing, and how you will be wearing your hair. You want your earrings to be seen but you do not want them to be overpowering.

Drop earrings or short dangle earrings work well and pearls or diamonds add elegance and sparkle. If you are not wearing a necklace, you may want to wear more dramatic earrings. If your dress is beaded and sparkly then you’ll want to choose a more subtle earring so as not to detract from your gown.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Pearls are truly a bride’s best friend. Pearls never go out of style, but this season they aren’t just in style, they are “hot”.

Not only are they “hot” they are very versatile. Pearls have been worn by fashionable women for ages. You can choose to spring for cultured pearl or purchase quality imitation pearls for a fraction of the cost.

A choker measures 14-16 inches and is the most versatile length to own. It will work with any gown neckline. The 17-19 inch

Princess with either very high or very low necklines: there are longer lengths of pearls available however they are not very suitable for wedding gowns.

Vintage jewelry is hot right now and can lend an added dimension to your bridal look. So if you have a favorite piece you would like to borrow – ask.

Colorful jewelry is a great way to spice up your wedding day ensemble. Rubies, emeralds, and sapphires (real or fake) can add some punch to your wedding jewelry.

This season, colored pearls are a very “hot” fashion statement, available in a wide range of color from silver to bright pink. Just remember a little color is very good, but don’t go overboard and take away from your beautiful gown.

Dare to Be Bare. The options in jewelry can be overwhelming. How do you know which length necklace looks best with your wedding dress? Is your trendy four-strand pearl collar strung on wires a bit too trendy?

One way to go is to keep it simple. As for necklaces, you might decide to skip them altogether. This allows you to show off your dress’ stunning neckline whether it’s strapless or high or in-between.

And it allows you to show off your neck, which you might not want to show off in 30 years. You can also completely forego bracelets. Especially if you’re going to wear gloves, a bracelet can look funny and get in the way.

The norm is to not wear a watch unless it is elegant and delicate enough for wedding day attire. However, these day’s even your watch can count as a piece of jewelry.

There are some fabulous fashion watches available, many look like a bracelet. So if you just can’t bear not wearing a watch, go shopping.

The choices for your hair jewelry are endless. Tiaras are very popular right now, however adding a necklace with the tiara might be a bit much. Sparkling crystal and rhinestone clips or pins are a nice touch to the bride’s hair adding a subtle sparkle.

The most important thing to remember is to keep your gown the center of attention. What ever jewelry choice you make, be they trendy, traditional, or funky be certain they work well with your gown and compliment it not over power it.


Agate is a microcrystalline variety of quartz (silica), chiefly chalcedony, characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. It is beautiful mineral that occurs in an amazing variety of colors, shapes and patterns. Although agates may be found in various kinds of rock, they are classically associated with volcanic rocks but can be common in certain metamorphic rocks.

Agate is extremely beautiful and most noted for its banded and multicolored schemes. For instance, the bands on many Agate stones wrap around the stone like a tree’s rings in various colors. These stones have been sought after since the beginning of time and through the ages man has given them mystical qualities such as making one invisible or protecting one from sickness. Today, Agate comes in many different varieties on almost any type of jewelry piece.

Although Amber is usually categorized as a precious gemstone due to some of its qualities, it is actually a fossilized resin. Amber has been known to man since the beginning of time and since Amber forms naturally around the world, it has been used mainly as ornamental jewelry. The largest deposits of Amber are located near the Baltic and Black Seas; in fact, today you can take a net and actually fish for Amber. Usually Amber comes from the floor of the sea that has been fossilized between 30 million and 90 million years ago.

Amber was also given magical powers in ancient and medieval times. For instance, Amber is associated with good luck and the cycle of life. Amber is considered good for longevity, it is also said to make the person wearing Amber more electric or magnetic, ultimately more attractive. It is also said that Amber protected one against rheumatism and gout, as well as a snake bite. Many newborns were given Amber to wear as infants, in order to guard themt from evil forces witches, the devil and witchcraft.

AMBER Treatments
The famous Vienna amber factories which use pale amber to manufacture pipes and other smoking tools, apply a specific procedure when working amber: it is turned on the lathe and polished with whitening and water or with rotten stone and oil, the final lustre being given by friction with flannel. During the working a significant electrostatic charge is developed.

When gradually heated in an oil-bath, amber becomes soft and flexible. Two pieces of amber may be united by smearing the surfaces with linseed oil, heating them, and then pressing them together while hot. Cloudy amber may be clarified in an oil-bath, as the oil fills the numerous pores to which the turbidity is due. Small fragments, formerly thrown away or used only for varnish, are now utilized on a large scale in the formation of "ambroid" or "pressed amber". The pieces are carefully heated with exclusion of air and then compressed into a uniform mass by intense hydraulic pressure; the softened amber being forced through holes in a metal plate. The product is extensively used for the production of cheap jewelery and articles for smoking. This pressed amber yields brilliant interference colours in polarized light. Amber has often been imitated by other resins like copal and kauri, as well as by celluloid and even glass. True amber is sometimes coloured artificially. Often amber (particularly with insect inclusions) is counterfeited using a plastic resin similar in appearance. A simple test (performed on the back of the object) consists of touching the object with a heated pin and determining if the resultant odor is of wood resin. If not, the object is counterfeit, although a positive test may not be conclusive owing to a thin coat of real resin. Often counterfeits will have a too perfect pose and position of the trapped insect.

Amethyst is a gemstone that is crystallized quartz. Amethyst is known throughout the world for its beauty. This crystalline gemstone usually comes in beautiful colors such as violet and purple. It is also important to note that Citrine is created from heat treated Amethyst, Citrine’s color is yellow orange.

Amethyst is the most valuable of the quartz minerals. Amethyst is only used for ornamental jewelry, due to its beauty, hardness and attraction, however it has been coveted for many reasons going back to legends and folklore.

For the most part, Amethyst can be cut to various shapes and sizes and can be found as earrings, on bracelets, charms, and rings. Amethyst was believed to have many special qualities, including the ability to prevent intoxication, for this reason many cups or glasses are bejeweled with Amethyst especially antique glasses from ancient Roman and Greek times.

Amethyst is also the birthstone for February. It is extremely popular during this month as it is given as birthday gifts, usually as ornamental jewelry. It is also popular as a gift for those that are into Astrology. Amethyst is popular with those that are Aquarians and Pisces.

Amethyst has had many uses in ancient and medieval times. For instance, it was used to overcome addictions. Many people that had a hearing disorder, headaches or pain used Amethyst as a way to treat it. Amethyst was also used for insomnia and to stabilize mental disorders.

Cat’s Eye is usually a term used for a property in a gemstone or mineral. Cat’s Eye can be found in many different materials including Quartz, Beryl and ChrysoBeryl. The Cat’s Eye

The Cat’s Eye is mainly used as ornamental jewelry and does not have any industrial uses. The Cat’s Eye is mainly used for ornamental jewelry and has been treasured for thousands of years.

Cat’s Eye is associated with wisdom, truth and psychic abilities. For people looking for a great gift for a philosophical person, a Cat’s Eye is sure to please. Cat’s Eye can be fashioned into many types of ornamental jewelry but mostly likely purchased as a ring or charm.

The Cat’s Eye is not associated with any birth month or astrological signs, however many people give the Cat’s Eye to a person that is Sagittarius or for those that have a birthday during the month of November to highlight the philosophical and intellectual qualities.

Citrine is a type of quartz which is associated with being yellow or yellow orange in color. It is a hard crystal that grows around a macro crystalline structure, this means that its six sided crystal shape is easy to spot with the naked eye. It is transparent and has a wonderful vitreous luster. It is important to note that Citrine gets its wonderful yellow color from small particles of iron inside the quartz. These particles are said to only number about 40 parts per million. Since Citrine is a beautiful looking stone, it is mostly used for ornamental jewelry.

Citrine and Amethyst are the exact same minerals, only the oxidation has changed inside the mineral. You can change the oxidation simply by heating it or irradiating it. In fact, because Citrine is rare in its natural state, a large majority of Citrine sold today is simply Amethyst heated up.

One of the most distinctive ornamental jewelry items around is Coral. Coral is not a mineral or gemstone per say, it is actually a secretion formed by thousands upon thousands of small organisms. Coral is calcium carbonate, which is essentially like aragonite or marble. Small Coral polyps secrete this material to create a habitat for protection in the sea.

Coral comes in many fine colors including orange, white, black, pale or pink which is called Angelskin Coral and even in a deep red, which is the rarest type and sometimes referred to as fire Coral. While the majority of Coral is used for ornamental jewelry, older Coral reefs that are now found in land are used as a building supply, called Coral rag. There are a few prehistoric Coral reefs that are now found in land on the Isle of Portland, as well as in Africa. Because calcium carbonate is a tough and strong material, it is a great product to build homes and other structures with. Since dried up Coral reefs are usually huge in scale, it is an affordable material as well.
It should be noted that while most of the Coral that is sold is natural and genuine, there are fake Coral products available as well. They are usually created either by plastic, glass or porcelain. It is easy to spot fake Coral because true Coral which is made from calcium carbonate will effervesce when it comes into contact with acid, fake Coral from plastic, glass and porcelain will not.

Garnets are a very popular mineral that has been known to man for thousands of years. Garnets are mostly known as a beautiful warm, red stone that can have translucent crystals or be grainy in appearance. Garnets have a long history and were even written about in the Old Testament as Noah Ark’s lantern.

The Garnet come is a myriad of colors including red, green, violet, yellow, and earthy colors such as cinnamon. The only color that a garnet is not available in is blue. One of the reasons Garnets are held in high esteem is the way that they shine and give off light. This is due to their refractive properties. The Garnet gemstone is a great stone to make ornamental jewelry with. It has a hardness score of 7.5 to 8 on the Moh’s scale and can be crafted into almost any shape. They are generally stable and will keep their color for generations as long as they don’t come into contact with intense heat or radiation.

Hematite is a very common mineral, it fact, it is the major mineral that is needed to create iron. Hematite is written as Fe2O3 and is commonly referred to as iron oxide. Hematite is a mineral that does grow crystals and is similar to structure with Limonite as well as Corundum.

Hematite comes in various colors including black, gray, silver, brown, rust, reddish brown and red. Red is the color usually associated with hematite for jewelry purposes, however black Hematite is sometimes referred to as a black Diamond. Hematite is used for many functions, some of them being ornamental jewelry, face paint and it is the major mineral used to form iron. While Hematite alone is harder than pure iron, it is very brittle only having a harness rating of 5 to 6.

Today, Hematite is a popular mineral used in jewelry. Its earthy tones are very attractive to many consumers and you can also find hematite used with fabrics as well as Native American art and jewelry. While hematite is not as popular as other well known gemstones and minerals, hematite is extremely attractive and a great gift for the right person.

Jade is one of the most unique and popular gemstones in the world. While it is popular and precious in Europe and the United States, it is on a much higher level in popularity and tradition in East Asia, specifically China.

Jade is a very hard mineral stone that is actually name given to two distinct stones. Jadeite and Nephrite are both considered true and traditional Jade. It wasn’t until1863 that Jade was discovered to be created from two distinct stones. These stones are extremely similar to one another and are usually indistinguishable by the naked eye.

One of the most interesting stones available is the moonstone. Moonstone has been known to man since the beginning of civilization and its wonderful qualities is what makes it a treat to the eyes and senses.

Moonstone is made from Feldspar an extremely common stone. Feldspar covers perhaps 60% of the earth’s crust and is from the German word meaning field rock. Moonstone contains no metals or ores, but does have a crystal structure to it.
Moonstone’s most common use is that of ornamental jewelry. It has some distinct attributes including adularescence, which is the ability of light to enter into the crystalline structure and bounce back and forth creating an aura or shimmering quality. This quality is what makes moonstone the most valuable. Moonstone can come in many colors; however the most popular color is blue. Other colors that Moonstone can come in are yellow, brown, green and multi colored.

Mother of Pearls is an extremely common type of mineral. While these minerals are extremely beautiful and depending on their quality valuable, they are considered organic minerals because they are created by living organisms.

Mother of pearls are made from mollusks, specifically oysters and abalones. These mollusks secrete calcium carbonate which is silky to the touch and extremely beautiful. Calcium carbonate is generally a hard mineral and will stand up to daily use. While most people are familiar with pearls, mother of Pearls are the same type of mineral except not in a pearl form.

Mother of Pearls are used for a variety of applications. While they can be used as ornamental jewelry, many times Mother of Pearls are used for industrial applications such as home products including tile flooring and materials that are added to fine instruments. Tiles are created from Mother of Pearls and are typically called Tessa Rae. These are small tiles that can be put together with grout for many home applications. Another way to use Mother of Pearl tiling is for it to be attached to large sheets of fiber glass and then applied easily in a kitchen or home.

Mother of Pearls are also used as the lining of a sink and give it a beautiful luxurious luster. Mother of Pearl is white, but usually can be found with beautiful iridescent colors. The reason for this iridescence is that because the structure of Mother of Pearl is very small and very similar to the size of light wave lengths.

Mystic Topaz is usually a clear Topaz stone that has been enhanced or treated. Mystic Topaz is not a gemstone that occurs naturally and its major function is that of beautiful ornamental jewelry.

Mystic Topaz is a fairly new process for treating Topaz. Topaz is one of the more common gemstones and the Mystic Topaz is known for its clear Topaz stone that is then coated with an extremely thin layer of titanium or other type of metal on the bottom portion of the stone, commonly referred to as the pavilion. Treating the Topaz makes the Mystic Topaz refract or reflect wonderful rainbow colors which have beautiful blues, yellows, reds and greens.

Peridot, pronounced Pear-ih-doe is a wonderful gemstone that is very popular for its olive green hue. In fact, its gemstone name is Peridot, but the mineral from which it comes from is called Olivine. Olivine is mineral that usually contains many elements including most of all magnesium, some iron, silica rock or stone and oxygen. It is important to note that in particular, deep green stones usually have two element additions, nickel and chromium.

Usually Peridot is found in rocks that are high in iron or magnesium. Unfortunately, Peridot is not found in many regions around the world. This fact is possibly due to the way in which Peridot is very susceptible to weathering. For instance, high heats, water and friction can easily destroy Peridot. This is not only true in deposits in mines and under the surface, but for ornamental jewelry that is created from these wonderfully hued stones.

Topaz is a wonderful gemstone that is extremely popular and found in many regions around the world. Topaz has been known to man for millennia and the name Topaz was generally used for any stone that was yellow in color.
Topaz is a type of fluorosilicate. It is created from many elements including aluminum, fluoride, silicon and oxygen. Besides these elements, it also can include trace elements that can help create or enhance the color of the Topaz. Topaz is found usually near silica rocks that are volcanic in origin. It is also found in volcanic cavities and in pegmatites.

Zircon is an interesting mineral, especially since it is rare and usually misunderstood. Zircon is probably known most of all by its synthetic knockoff Cubic Zirconium. However, it should be noted that Zircon itself, is a natural forming gemstone that has a lot to offer.

Colorless Zircon has the distinction of being the mineral that comes closest to resembling a diamond naturally, usually due to its high refraction and fire. Some of the many regions that Zircon can be found in are Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Sri Lanka. However, Thailand is the world’s leading producer of Zircon.

After removing your gemstone jewellery, wipe it with a soft cloth to remove dirt and other residues.
In general, all you need to clean your gemstones is warm, soapy water and a very soft brush-a soft toothbrush and mild dishwashing liquid does a good job. Remove your jewellery, let it soak in the soapy water for about 20 minutes, and then gently brush it and rinse thoroughly. Be careful not to scratch the metal of your setting. Home ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended for all of your colored gemstones. Ruby and sapphire are typically safe to clean in an ultrasonic cleaner but other gemstones are not. Because of their porous composition, opals should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner. Similarly, emeralds should always be cleaned by hand.

Store your gemstone jewellery in a lined case or a soft cloth, so the gems do not touch each other or parts of other jewellery. Gemstones are harder than gold, silver, or platinum and can scratch the surfaces of your other fine jewellery if they are not kept separate.

While it's true that gemstones such as ruby and sapphire are second only to diamond on the hardness scale, it is not a measurement of their indestructibility. It means that these gemstones are able to resist scratching almost as well as diamond. Abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals, and sharp blows can damage even the toughest gem. Your gemstone jewellery should be the last thing you put on when getting dressed and the first thing you take off at the end of the night. Store it carefully and it will be enjoyed for generations.


The first consideration in selecting your wedding jewellery is deciding whether your wedding will be casual or formal.Casual weddings do not always mean casual jewellery, but the jewellery tends to be more simple. For formal weddings, we recommend something more spectacular which enhances your traditional bridal ensemble and makes you feel stunning on your special day.

Consider your wedding gown's neckline when deciding what type of jewellery to wear. Most gowns have a low or open neckline. This is perfect for accenting with an extravagant necklace and simple earrings. However, if your wedding gown has a high or closed neckline or the gown has a heavily beaded neckline or straps, forego the necklace and wear a striking pair of earrings instead. This is especially relevant if your hair is in an updo.


Using a colour theme allows your wedding to have a distinctive and individual look and enhances the overall glamour of the occasion. For example, if your wedding colour theme is pink, bring it out in the bridal ensemble by adding a touch of the soft pink tone using pink crystals or pearls to your necklace or earrings.


Every bride needs "Something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue." Add the "something blue" and "something new" by using soft light blue crystals in your jewellery. The delicate hues of these stones will give you a look that is unique and light.


True natural pearls are a beautiful, warm, off-white colour, not the bright white of the faux pearls that are widely available in bridal boutiques and they provide a stunning accent to any wedding dress. Faux or glass pearls are a less expensive option, but one boutique's "white" or "ivory" will be different from another's.

For a unique jewellery option, use coloured pearls. From delicate, champagne, gold, pink, to a rich gold or purple, pearls can provide a stunning accent to a wedding dress or to any bridal party. Coloured pearls combined with clear or coloured crystals make a striking combination.


The key to wearing chunky pearls or beads is not to over-accessorize the rest of the outfit. If you have on a major belt, stay away from a big necklace, and don’t wear a huge earring with the huge necklace. Choose your statement and wear it.

Do not reserve pearls only for cocktail dresses or suites. While that’s a classic look, pearls look more youthful when paired with a T-shirt.

Pearls work for every budget because, as lovely as the very expensive Tahitian pearls are.

They can be great looking and acceptable whether you are a liberal or a conservative.

Women with small features should wear small-scale beads – maybe multiple strands – while women with larger features can wear the larger beads.

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