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Happy Browsing: The Best Part of Buying Jewelry Online

  1. No 3rd Party Influence

With online shopping, browsing happens at your own leisure. You can make a decision without being influenced by a salesperson and their personal tastes. You also have the freedom to browse without a salesperson hovering around you, asking if you need help every three seconds.

  1. Enough Information

Every product being sold online includes a very detailed description of the item, including all the specifications. This makes it impossible for surprises to occur – that is as long as you actually read the description.

  1. Efficient 

You don’t have to travel from one place to another to explore the different options available. You simply open a new tab and bookmark your favorite items and weigh the pros and cons of each and make your decision.

  1. No Additional Costs

Normally, with online products, the price tag is usually reflective of the actual price of the item. In stores, companies usually price a bit higher to include costs like the store’s rent price, employee salaries, etc.

  1. Wide Array of Options

The luxury of online shopping all boils down to the search bar. All you have to do is type what you want in the search box and you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. The results will tell you how many options you have to choose from.

  1. Delivery

Instead of making excuses about not wanting to travel long distances to get to a particular shop, you can simply have the piece of jewelry delivered to your doorstep. All you have to do is open the door.

Note To Jewelry Lovers: Bigger Diamonds Aren’t Always Better

CUT is what gives a diamond its sparkle

The way a diamond is cut determines the quality of its angles, brilliance, value, and ability to sparkle. If a diamond is big in size but is cut in a way that hinders its sparkling effect, it is not worth investing much in it.

The “round brilliant” cut is said to be the most popular.

COLOR is what determines a diamond’s value

The more colorless a diamond is, the more valuable it is. This is mainly due to the fact that colorless diamonds are extremely rare.

Diamonds are usually assigned a grade that starts at D (the most colorless grade) and runs through the alphabets until Z (the lowest grade which is normally yellow, brown or grey). Most diamonds sold range between F and J and hover in the colorless to near-colorless scale.

CLARITY is everything

Diamonds, as they are formed under the earth, come with impurities. “Clarity” looks at these impurities and determines a diamond’s value and final price. A diamond with many inclusions is one that will be sold at a lower price as its beauty is perceived to be “flawed.”

Would you rather invest in a small, sparkly, colorless, and clear diamond or a big, dull, and flawed stone? The choice is yours, but we’ve done our part to inform you of the elements you should be looking for when diamond shopping.

Ring Stacking 101: Here Are Some Tips

Here are some tips worth following:

1. Choose a statement piece and add one or two thin bands on the nearby finger

2. If you wear rings of the same color, make sure they vary in shape and size to tone down color intensity

3. Rings of different colors work as long as they complement each other in the overall final look

4. Stack thin, delicate rings on the same finger

5. Wear one or two dainty rings on three or four fingers, perhaps also with a midi ring

6. Get creative by striking a balance among different item sizes, gemstone rings, and plain bands

7. Put on two small gemstone rings on the same finger and a thin band on another

Ring stacking is not just limited to mixing and matching different ring styles, but it also involves mixing different metal colors to create an exceptional look. You can get as creative as you want to, but make sure the integration of different bands is natural, not forced. If you follow the above basic tips, we’re sure your fingers will catch someone’s eye.

Sunkissed Jewels: Wearing Jewelry To The Beach

1. Avoid wearing rings at the beach, especially in cold water which makes the body shrink and, sometimes, causes rings to fall off your fingers and disappear.

2. The harder the stone, the less likely it is to be affected by the salty air of the beach. In that case, it’s preferable to avoid wearing pieces with semi-precious gemstones.

3. The fewer alloys a piece has, the safer it is to wear it to the beach.

4. Silver jewelry is best avoided at the beach because salt causes it to oxidize, though it’s not permanent and can be cleaned afterward.

5. Avoid plated jewelry as pieces can be easily damaged in the beach’s salty weather.

6. Avoid wearing pieces made of copper (found in rose gold), wood, and turquoise to the beach as salt is very harsh on these elements.

7. Wear jewelry that is not difficult to take off and put back on every time you apply sun lotion.

8. Regardless of which pieces of jewelry you decide to take to the beach, never take it with you to the water as the risk is just not worth it.

If you’re ever unsure about your jewelry pieces, just leave them at home. It really isn’t worth losing or ruining precious items just because laziness got the best of you. You’ll thank us later.

ZEIN PIECES: THE STORY OF HOW IT UNFOLDED

It was not until her son was born that she began pondering over how she can manage her time between motherhood, her career as a graphic designer, and her passion. The birth of her son opened the doors to her passionate journey.

On just another regular day following his birth, Zein picked up a pencil and paper and began sketching the Arabic word for passion, i.e. شغف. Staring at the three dots in the first letter lasted for more than just a few seconds. It felt as though the word was speaking out to her, connecting the dots in her dreams so vividly.

That is when Zein decided to sketch the three dots, adding a turquoise stone to the design, something she had in her possession for a long time. She took another look at the sketch and realized that it should be something more than just a drawing on a paper. She just had to have it in her hands; as a piece of a much larger jewelry line.

She sent her design for production, and the rest is history. Upon receiving the finished product, she knew she had to turn her passion into a full-fledged jewelry line. So, she did.

Today, Zein Pieces continues to craft jewelry born out of passion, driven by persistence and embodied with originality. It is an inspiration to every idea waiting to become a reality and proof that dreams do actually come true.

THE IMPORTANCE OF JEWELRY

1. Adds style to the ordinary
Jewelry has the power to mirror one’s taste and personality in the same way words and attitudes do.

2. Highlights status
Though things have changed since ancient times, jewelry is still used to indicate some kind of social status.

3. Holds meaning
The value of jewelry extends beyond just its monetary one. Normally, pieces of jewelry hold sentimental value from the person who gave it to you. If you bought it for yourself, that is meaning all on its own.

4. Makes for a good surprise
Because what better way to surprise someone than to gift them something as valuable as jewelry?

5. The perfect way to store wealth
The value of precious metals and gemstones is not just in their decorative nature but also in their investment purposes. Many people invest in jewelry, particularly gold, for its value does not diminish over time.

In the end, regardless of the opinions, there is no debating the value of jewelry in form and function. Or else it would not have served the same purposes today as it did in the past.

YOUR CHOICE OF JEWELRY TELLS A LOT ABOUT YOU

1. Statement Jewelry
A statement piece is one that overshadows all other aspects of the outfit through its unique traits. People who wear statement pieces normally like to be the center of attention and are confident in their own skin.

2. Classic Jewelry
Those who wear classic pieces of jewelry tend to be more selective in their choices – jewelry and otherwise. They are not the easiest to please and are sometimes described as picky. Women who wear such pieces are usually credited for their fine taste and confidence.

3. Matching Jewelry
People who match their jewelry or color coordinate pieces to match their outfits tend to be incredibly organized in their everyday lives. They have an eye for detail which explains why they thoroughly think through their outfit, from shoes to jewelry.

4. Designer Jewelry
While brand names may not mean much to some, they may be everything to others. Those who like to wear designer jewelry usually enjoy grabbing the attention of others and often try hard to leave a good impression on others.

5. Oversized Jewelry
There is no rule book that says so, but people who like to wear big pieces of jewelry are often said to be outgoing by nature. They are extroverts who find it easy to socialize and make new friends.

6. Practical Jewelry
Jewelry made with imitation gemstones or simple materials such as rope bracelets are usually worn by practical people, especially those with an active lifestyle. They don’t pay much attention to the originality of the piece, rather focus on whether it’s convenient for them to wear at all times.

No matter your style, it is always important to remember that you should only wear pieces of jewelry that resonate with your inner self. Always choose pieces that reflect your spirit and personality. It wouldn’t hurt if the piece adds a touch of glam to your everyday attire, too.

SHADES OF GOLD: FROM YELLOW TO PURPLE

Just as it comes in all shapes and forms, gold equally comes in a variety of colors. It is worth noting that gold is naturally yellow and only yellow. Any other color of gold is an alloy, which is a metal made by mixing different metallic elements. These alloys vary in nature and can even alter the color of gold from its original yellow to almost any desired color of your choice. Here’s a glimpse of some of those shades and a brief explanation on how the hues came to be:

1. Yellow Gold
The original color of gold is yellow. Changing the purity of the gold is possible with the addition of alloys. Silver, zinc, and copper allow for that to happen without changing the shade of yellow found in pure gold. The difference, however, would be in the tone of the yellow color; pure 24K gold is bright yellow, and less pure types are not as bright.

2. White Gold
To change yellow gold into white, alloys such as nickel, manganese, palladium, or platinum are usually added. To make 18K and 14K white gold, a combination of zinc, copper, and nickel is added to the gold. In this case, the lower the percentage of gold, the whiter and the more affordable the jewelry is.

3. Rose Gold
The mixture of yellow gold with copper and a small portion of silver is what results in the delicate rose color we see in many types of jewelry today. Because copper is cheap, rose gold is usually much more affordable than white and yellow gold.

4. Pink Gold
To get this shade, a combination of different alloys must take place. The mixture should include double the amount of silver with the gold and copper blend.

5. Red Gold
The same components of rose or pink gold are used to give gold a reddish hue – but with higher copper content and no silver. Silver blended with gold and copper can balance the red effect of copper. If it’s not added, you would end up with bright red gold.

6. Black Gold
Black gold can be made through oxidation using gold and cobalt, electroplating by adding an outer layer to give it a black color, heating enamel on its surface, or simply dying it black.

7. Green Gold
Green is the color that results from mixing gold with silver. Sometimes green gold, also known as electrum, is also mixed with copper, cadmium, or zinc.

8. Blue Gold
When gold is mixed with iron, gallium, or indium, the result is blue gold.

9. Purple Gold
If aluminum is used as an alloy with gold, it transforms the golden hue to purple.

Aside from shades of gold, there are also different types of gold that are used in the manufacturing of jewelry. We’ve compiled a brief summary of the types that’ll give you an idea of what to be looking for the next time you go gold shopping. Check it out here.

MEASURING YOUR RING SIZE: HOW TO DO IT

1. Measuring your finger’s circumference:

1. Prepare a string or a thin strip of paper.
2. Wrap the string around the lowest point in your finger, just before the knuckles. Do not pull the string too tight.
3. Mark where the two ends meet, then use a ruler to measure the part of the string you wrapped around your finger.
4. Follow the same steps to measure your finger joint to make sure the ring will go past it.
5. Use a ring chart to know your ring size.

2. Measuring the diameter of a ring you already have:

1. Bring a ring that fits you well.
2. Put a string (or a ruler) across the center of the ring.
3. Follow the same steps for measuring the finger circumference to know your ring diameter.

It is advisable to take the same measurements at different times because fingers tend to shrink in cold weather, get bigger in hot weather, swell up after eating, or because of water retention. Similarly, the fingers in the dominant hand are usually thicker than those in the other one. Taking all these factors into consideration will ensure that the ring you order is one you’d be able to wear right away.

HOW TO CLEAN GEMSTONE JEWELRY AT HOME

If you’re looking to bring back the shine to your jewelry pieces, here’s what you can do:

1. Soak In Warm Water
Add one teaspoon of mild dishwashing detergent (one that does not bleach) to a bowl and pour one cup of warm water over it. After stirring them well together, place your jewelry in the mixture for no more than 15 minutes.

2. Clean With A Soft Brush
After removing your jewelry from the water, gently scrub the piece with a clean baby brush. Avoid using a toothbrush because the bristles are not as soft as those in a baby brush. You may also use a toothpick, gently and carefully, to clean out the finer corners and sides.

3. Rinse
After the above steps are complete, rinse the pieces in a bowl of water. Avoid rinsing under running tap water as you may risk losing stones which sometimes come loose over time.

4. Dry
Gently dry the pieces using a lint-free cloth. Avoid using tissues or paper towels because while most gold jewelry are not easy to scratch, those made with pure gold are easily scarred.

5. Store Separately
When dry, store each piece separately to avoid scratching and tarnishing.

In A Gemstone:
These aforementioned steps should not be applied to certain types of stones that are better off cleaned using a soft and damp cloth. These include pearls, amber, emeralds, and jades.

While it is natural for jewelry to require some good cleaning every now and then, you must also take care of your jewelry to avoid long-term damage.

Learn more about how to care for your jewelry here.

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