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Excellent Tips To Create The Perfect Wedding 6

Excellent Tips To Create The Perfect Wedding

Weddings are amazing ceremonies that you can truly make your own. Whether you are a bride or groom, you can have fun planning the venue, guest list, menu, centerpieces, and music that you want to play. Read this article to get some tips on having your special, memorable dream wedding!

While it is possible to hold a wedding on a budget, even the most frugal of wedding planners will be surprised at how much they spend. If your budget can not support a wedding at this moment, perhaps it is better to wait just a little bit longer until you have a better situation.

If the bill for alcohol is eating away at your wedding budget, consider just offering a champagne toast. Offering only champagne at toast time keeps you from having to spend a ton on a full bar. It also means that guests are guaranteed not to drive home from your reception drunk. This is a win win situation for all.

Select flowers that are local and in season when planning your wedding floral arrangements. Doing so will mean that you have the freshest flowers, and get the best price on them too. Transporting flowers means time, which can cause your bouquets to wilt. There is also expense involved in transporting them, and that cost is passed on to the consumer.

Choose a wedding ring that is both appropriate for you and your future spouse; diamonds are always popular, but sometimes cliche and very costly. Sterling silver and white gold are more affordable than platinum and shine up just as well. There are many natural gemstones also available that make a great alternative to diamonds and are more affordable. Shop around to make the right decision because this is a ring that you will have for years to come.

Be sure to shop around when looking for a banquet hall to host your event. Then when you find one that you like, try to see if you can bargain with them. Banquet halls do have flexibility in their pricing and they should be able to at least give a little. This could end up saving you quite a bit.

Planning is everything in weddings. Make sure that you have everything taken care of months in advance, or you may find you’ve missed something silly like flowers and can’t find anyone to provide it at the last minute. It’s very important to have the wedding set and scheduled far in advance so that unexpected hitches can be dealt with in time.

When you have selected your wedding date and theme, one of the first things to tie your wedding together will be the invitations. The invitations typically include the colors of your wedding and clue your guest in on the theme. Be sure to consider all of your options before selecting wedding invitations.

You can really express yourself and your love for your new spouse at your wedding. Whether you want to go classic, funky, or a mix, you can show your flair and have a wedding that everyone will remember. Just remember the tips in this article to make sure that the wedding goes smoothly!

Why You Should Invest In Buying Some Nice Jewlery

Why You Should Invest In Buying Some Nice Jewlery

What can complete an outfit or reveal your personality better than jewelry? However, it can be hard to find the right gift for someone, or choosing something that will look good with what you usually wear. Read these tips to learn more about jewelry and what it means or how you can wear it.

Understand that there are definite no-buy zones for diamond shopping. One of the most notorious and disreputable (yet unreasonably popular) buyer traps is New York’s Diamond District, which is located on 47th Street in New York City. Tourists and inexperienced shoppers fall for the tricks and deception of these street-level vendors, who are more than willing to offer fakes, frauds, and low-quality stones at very low prices.

Men are very picky about the jewelry they wear, especially when they are gifted some that may seem feminine. When selecting jewelry for a man, make sure it something that goes with the way that they dress. Also, when selecting what you will get for him make sure that it is subtle and not flashy.

Buy a jewelry box or other container with separate compartments to store your jewelry. Jewelry pieces can scratch each other if they are stored where they can touch each other. Properly storing necklaces will keep them from getting tangled. Organized jewelry will be easier to find when you want it also.

Whether you’re a man or woman shopping for jewelry, avoid asking store clerks how things look when you try them on. To make a sale, people are obviously going to be very flattering with you. A false sense of confidence here can result in a really bad purchase that you’ll end up regretting later.

One of the most important things you can do while shopping for jewelry is to shop around. Salesman will try and commit you to a purchase before you leave their shop. Be sure and be firm and tell them that you will return if you don’t find a better offer.

When buying jewelry is it important to know what you are looking for. Before you go into the jewelry shop be sure to know the language that jewelers use. If you aren’t careful salesman will grab you and you will be buying a ring before you know it. Be sure and shop around before making a purchase!

The size of your jewelry in relation to that of your body is very important in creating the right overall balance and aesthetic. For example, if you have a petite build, do not wear large pieces of jewelry as they will not compliment your physique or add to your outfit in a positive way.

When buying jewelry be sure and know what you want before you go into the shop. It is easy to go into the jewelry shop with one idea and walk out with a ring that you do not particularly like. Stick to your guns and walk out with the ring you always wanted!

Now that you know more about jewelry, you should be able to select personal gifts, shop with more taste or find better deals. Why not go to a store and use what you have just learned? You can also help your friends and family choose the right kind of jewelry.

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The Romance of Jewelry

The Romance of Jewelry

“Well,” you may ask, “isn’t jewelry romantic by it’s very nature?”

To some extent this is true, but we wear jewelry for any number of reasons that are not romantic… to look sophisticated, to look professional, to impress our friends and neighbors.

So what about the romance of jewelry?

In this case I’m talking about romance in a broader sense than simply relationships.

Something more like this definition from the dictionary:

“A quality or feeling of mystery, excitement, and remoteness from everyday life”

That wonderful fission, that bit of a chill that you get from something that is just, well, more than day to day life.

Romantic jewelry is that jewelry that makes you feel special, different, like a princess or a prince. That jewelry that takes you out of your normal hum drum life each time you put it on. The little something extra that comes of wearing something truly special.

Perhaps that is why gold is such a popular metal for jewelry. I love silver and platinum and there are other metals (titanium comes to mind) that make great jewelry, but there is nothing like the romance of gold. To wear gold is to wear the jewelry of kings and queens. In ancient Egypt only the pharaohs and those especially favored by the pharaohs were permitted to wear gold. This feeling of being special and above the fray has continued to the modern day. If you want to feel like royalty (or if you want to give a gift that says you think of your beloved as a king or queen), gold is the answer.

Other jewels that inspire feelings of romance are pearls, emeralds and rubies… and, of course, for many people, diamonds.

Somehow though diamonds don’t seem to have the same warmth and romance as the other stones. Actually diamonds were not historically valued as highly was we do today. Much of the romance that has been generated around diamonds is do to de Beers in the early part of the 20th century instituting a brilliant and very effective advertising campaign… so I will leave diamonds for another day.

On the other hand pearls… Pearls feel wonderful against your skin. They are sensuous and mysterious. To look deeply into a fine pearl is to look into eternity. There is also something intriguing about a pearl, knowing that is came not from the cold hard ground, but from an industrious mollusk.

Pearls have been prized in all time periods and all cultures. Historically baroque pearls (large irregularly shaped pearls) were used to make wonderful and fantastic jewelry by embellishing them with gold an gems. Frequently these took the shape of Neptune or other greek gods, sirens, beautiful women and animals. The Canning Jewel in the Victoria and Albert museum is a famous and elaborate use of a baroque as the base for a handsome merman.

Black pearls, particularly Tahitian black pearls have become very popular in recent years. They come in a range of colors from spectacular purples and greens, through pinks to sophisticated browns. All are lovely and the range of colors gives them a great deal of flexibility in choosing just the right pearl for your outfit and mood. The most beautiful black pearl necklace I’ve seen was from Morrison’s a small manufacturing jeweler in Berkeley. The pearls were arranged in a rainbow strung together so that each color melted into the one next to it — stunning. And of course what could be more romantic than pearls from Tahiti?

(By the way, if you wear pearls, do wear them against your skin, it is good for them, but be sure that you do not wear any perfume, scent or lotion, at least not where it might contact your pearls.)

Emeralds and rubies are traditionally the emperor and empress of gems. Perhaps it is their vibrant colors that inspired our ancestors. Certainly that vivid blood red and cool serpent green are hard to ignore. Even today emeralds and rubies of equal size and quality are more expensive than equivalent diamonds.

In Victorian times colored gems were used to spell out love messages. Sometimes this made for interesting and not necessarily attractive settings; but it is very romantic. For instance a piece of jewelry might have these gems in order:

LOVE: Lapis, Opal, Vermeil and Emerald.
REGARD: Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby and Diamond.

The shape of jewelry too can harbor a romantic message. Hearts and clasped hands, hands holding a heart (Claddagh) and cupids are self explanatory, but some shapes are a bit more subtle.

For many cultures, including the Romans and the Victorians, snakes were a symbol of enduring love. A snake biting it’s own tail so as to make a circle is a particularly potent symbol of everlasting love. Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria a snake engagement ring — the beginning of a long and celebrated marriage.

Interestingly lizards and frogs were (and perhaps still are) also symbols of wedded happiness. Perhaps this explains the continuing popularity of jewelry depicting this wiggly creatures.

Jewelry in the shape of flowers may also be symbolic. To quote Ophelia “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance; pray, love, remember: and there is pansies. That’s for thoughts.”

Other flowers commonly found in jewelry are daisies for innocence, roses for the growth and continuation of love and bouquets expressing the commingling and compatibility of marriage. When you are considering the perfect gift from that next anniversary, rather than the common “anniversary ring” how about a more romantic bouquet pendant?

So the next time you are rooting through your jewel box before that special tryst or looking for the perfect gift for the perfect lover, consider the symbolic romance of jewelry and gems.

Versace Home Miami Opens in Miami’s Design District

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) April 17, 2014

Miami’s Design District is home to some of the world’s most renowned names in high-end fashion, luxury design and fine arts – with plans to house over 120 luxury brands by 2015. It is the go-to retail destination for the sophisticated consumer who has an appreciation for, not only the finer things, but for exquisitely designed and manufactured furnishings that will make their home the ultimate status symbol. The present and future of the Design District, make it the perfect home for Versace Home Miami.

The creative universe of Gianni Versace has always encompassed many disciplines, not just fashion, but design in the broadest sense and the essential art of living were transformed by his great passion for all forms of arts: theatre, dance, painting and sculpture. This passion is evident in the Versace Home collections which are always linked to certain established decorative emblems: The Medusa Head, the Barocco motif and the Neo-Classical Greek Key.

The DNA of the House of Medusa is explored in three distinctive ways: through the soft, feminine lines of Vanitas; the more restrained, masculine application of the Greek Key motif which has now become the iconic symbols of the maison.; and finally through Barocco, where magnified shapes turn into three-dimensional forms.

Iconic prints feature a color palette derived from the Versace pret-a-porter and haute couture collections. Materials are opulent: gold and silver metals, shiny leather, velvet, silk, gold leaf, and precious marbles and wood veneers. The new Versace Home collection clearly demonstrates that the brand is, more than ever, a perfect fusion between fashion and design.

Furniture, lighting, accessories, tableware, wallpaper, flooring, bathrooms, from the Versace Home Collection are on display at the Abitare showroom, 19 NE 39th Street in the Miami Design District.

About Versace Home

Founded in Milan in 1978 by Gianni Versace, one of the 20th Century’s most talented designers, the Versace Group is today a standard bearer of Italian excellence throughout the world.

The Company designs, manufactures, distributes and retails luxury products ranging from the haute couture of Atelier Versace, to pret-a-porter collections, from jewelry to perfumes, from home furnishings to fine porcelain art de la table collections.

Moreover thanks to the Versace Interior Design Studio, the fashion house’s glamour and luxury comes alive into everyday living, from luxury resorts and hotels to private residences.







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Integrating Vintage Jewelry Into Your Jewelry Wardobe! (2)

Integrating Vintage Jewelry Into Your Jewelry Wardobe!

There are many occassions to buy someone a piece of stunning jewelry. Whatever that occassion may be, make sure you know who exactly you are purchasing the jewelry for. If it is not for you, remember you are shopping for them and what they like and not shopping for yourself.

Jewelry is one of the best gifts to give to someone you care about. When purchasing jewelry as a gift, you should consider the person’s interests and lifestyle. For example, if they enjoy sports and the outdoors they may prefer more basic pieces. Think about what they enjoy doing, this should provide a good starting point when you are ready to purchase the jewelry.

Nephrite is a popular stone used for jewelry. It is very tough and durable, and comes in a wide variety of colors, the most popular of which is a deep opaque green. It is frequently carved into ornate shapes and used as a pendant in a necklace or as insets in other jewelry.

If you’re looking for a strand of pearls, consider cultured pearls. They are a beautiful option, and come in many different colors. They are also a fraction of the cost of natural pearls. Natural pearls are extremely rare and so, extremely expensive. Cultured pearls are easier to find and easier to afford too.

While jewelry makes a great surprise gift, you should avoid presenting jewelry at off-the-cuff moments. A really beloved piece of jewelry is one that reminds its owner of a particularly memorable occasion. If there is not a common or personal holiday associated with your gift, make an effort to turn the presentation itself into an experience to remember.

If your crystal jewelry is losing it’s luster, try simply wiping it with a soft cloth soaked in warm water. If the jewelry is very dirty or grimy, you may need to soak it in warm water, mixed with a small amount of dish soap. A soft toothbrush can the be used to brush away the dirt.

Keep your plastic wristwatch clean and shiny. Just because you didn’t spend a lot on your jewelry doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take good care of it. A simple and cheap way to keep your watch looking great is to put toothpaste on a dry cloth and rub. Your plastic watch will look brand new.

Dress up your outfit with inexpensive cocktail rings! You can pick these up at garage sales, flea markets and discount stores for a fraction of the price of gold and silver jewelry. Rhinestones and faux pearls look just as striking, and you do not have to worry about losing or damaging an expensive piece of jewelry!

If you have metal allergies, make sure to purchase nickel free jewelry. Nickel is a common alloy that is mixed in with precious metals such as sterling silver to make them more pliable. Silver itself is very liquid in its original state and therefore not substantial enough to be properly molded into jewelry. Oftentimes, another alloy such as nickel is added. Make sure you check what you are purchasing to make sure it is nickel free.

You did your due diligence. You knew why and who you were buying that piece of jewelry for. The time and effort you put into shopping were well worth every minute knowing that the recipient of that stunning item would absolutely love the level of taste and style.

Need Advice About Jewelry? Answers That Sparkle

Need Advice About Jewelry? Answers That Sparkle

Do you wear jewelry? If you said no, you probably do not know yet what it could do for your looks and outfits. If you said yes, are you wearing jewelry that really brings forward your personality and most attractive features? Read these tips to find out how to wear jewelry.

When purchasing a diamond, always ask for a diamond certificate. It may cost you a bit more, but it’s worth it. To get insurance on a diamond, you need a certificate as it provides the exact details about your diamond. If for some reason you must sell your diamond, having a certificate will enable you to get more money for the stone.

If you like making your own jewelry but just can’t get the hang of making loops for clasps or for hanging lockets or charms, a simple trick might help you turn your mangled messes into perfect curves. Instead of using the pliers to bend the metal you’re holding in your fingers, use your fingers or thumb to bend the metal around the pliers. Not only does this give you smoother loops, but it reduces or eliminates the dents that pliers can leave behind.

When packing for a vacation, planning your jewelry is as important as planning your outfits. Since you can’t take your whole jewelry box, plan your outfits in advance and think about what jewelry you’ll be able to wear with multiple outfits. When checking your bags, never pack any jewelry that you absolutely can’t bear to lose. If you can’t live without it, wear it or leave it at home.

When determining the type of jewelry you should purchase for your significant other, you should always remember that quality does count. Even though you should always aim to make your purchase an affordable one, you do not want to sacrifice quality. When you have a set price, shop around for a good deal.

To take good care of your jewelry, invest in a nice jewelry box. It will keep your necklaces and bracelets from getting tangled and other pieces from getting scratched or tarnished. It is always nice to have a well organized box when you are looking for an accessory before you go out.

If you don’t know the ring size of the person you’re buying jewelry for, just get the size they have in stock – DON’T resize it based on your guess! You don’t want to be messing with a ring over and over again or you could affect it’s hardiness. When you give the ring to the recipient, let them know you will pay to have it resized.

Lampworked beads are a popular element in modern jewelry. Because many artisans hand-make each lampworked bead, they can be unique and customized to suit your taste precisely. Made of glass, they come in a multitude of colors and shapes, and are inexpensive enough to suit almost any budget, making them popular for both kids and adults.

Jewelry is above all a matter of taste, but you can do your best to use jewelry as a way of displaying a certain aspect of your personality or to express your feelings towards someone. After reading these tips, you should have a better idea of the subtle nuances behind jewelry.