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Archive for October, 2009

The Piercing Trend of Body Jewelry

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Body piercing is the art of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, to create an opening in which jewelry may be worn. Piercing has been practiced in nearly every culture all over the world for hundreds of years. This body art is reflected in many cultures for various reasons which may include religion, spirituality, fashion or eroticism. In the United States body piercing, that is piercing body parts other than ears, started in the early 70’s, but has become most popular over the past ten years.

In the united states there are a select group of people that have come to appreciate the beauty of body jewelry. It has become a very popular trend with teens and young adults. However, caution should be taken when deciding to wear body jewelry as there is a possibility of infection. You should not use any type of fake gold or other jewelry made from base metals as they will be likely to corrode when exposed to body fluids. There are metals which are safe to use such as surgical implant stainless steel and surgical implant titanium. A professional may also suggest other safe metals.

If you prefer not to go through the trouble of body piercing, but still want to keep up with the trend, you may consider wearing certain types of jewelry which will make it look as though piercing has been done. The following are a few examples of such jewelry.

-Clip-on earrings that can also be worn as a naval ring.

-Magnetic earrings look as if the person is wearing a stud.

-Stick on earrings have adhesive backs which stick to the ear lobe.

-Ear cuffs are curved metal bands that press against the ear.

-Spring hoops stick to the ear by means of a spring force.

Wearing body jewelry can be fun and fashionable if certain precautions are taken before and after piercing. If you are willing to go through the trouble of body piercing which may include some pain, which varies in different individuals, then you are among the select group of people that will appreciate the fashion statement that is made with this type of body art.

Wedding Ring Shopping Tips

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Your wedding rings are symbols of your commitment and love. Wedding rings are highly symbolic pieces of jewelery, and it is likely you will want to wear your ring all the time, and for many years, so it is important to select the style and design of the ring very carefully. Here are some tips for your search for wedding rings:

Don’t delay: Start window shopping and browsing right away. You might think you know what you want. But when you see all the beautiful styles out there, you might change your mind. You need some time to see what’s out there and decide on what you really want. Once you have zeroed in on ”the one” be sure to visit it a couple times to make sure it feels right before you go for the final purchase. Don’t buy the first ring you see. You want to feel like you’ve looked around and you’re confident in your final choice.

How much can you afford? The old rule of thumb for how much a man would spend on an engagement ring used to be one month of his salary. Many times the engagement ring was part of a set that later joined together and became the bride’s wedding band. Gold bands are very popular and inexpensive. Precious gemstones or diamonds will add quite a bit. The main point is to discuss your budget with your future spouse so that you both have the same expectations. The bride may have high hopes for an expensive ring set that the groom cannot afford.

Think about shape and style: If you’re very active with your hands, you might not want pointy edges or a center stone that sticks out too far. It might get caught on clothing or get damaged. You might go for a simple band or a center stone that is recessed in. Stones and intricate designs will trap dirt and you will be cleaning your ring every few days if you want to maximize its sparkle. If you are allergic to some gold alloy rings, you can consider platinum as it is hypoallergenic. Simple, classic looks will stand the test of time. Unusual gemstones or designs may go out of style quickly.

Look on the inside: If you’re purchasing an 18K gold ring, you’ll want to see 18K stamped somewhere on the inside of your ring. Platinum rings are stamped PLAT. Designer rings also usually have a manufacturer’s mark. This is a good sign that you have a reputable jewelry manufacturer. If you’re considering having the inside of your rings engraved, take a look at how much room inside you have and how long of a message you can have engraved. At the bare minimum go for the wedding date so you don’t forget your anniversary!

Proper sizing: Try to do your final ring fitting in the afternoon. You want your body temperature to be normal. You don’t want to be feeling cold or feel hot or sweaty. If you have a ring with a simple band or an area where part of the band is smooth, you can get it re sized at a later date if you lose or gain weight. The final weeks of any pregnancies will cause you to retain water and you may even have to just take your wedding ring off for a few weeks for comfort.