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Fashion Report Summer/Fall 2018

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

The reports are in... humans are wearing whatever they want in the jewelry realm.  The biggies right now? Stones with a magical feeling are the thing.  Whether the wearer feels that certain stones have that special vibe, or the look of the stone is just left of center, there is something in Western culture these days that craves the ethereal. Moonstone, labradorite, druzy, shell, fossils. Anything heaven sent, anything from Mother Earth, it all nods to the magic in the world. Check it out: This white gold ring accented with diamonds features the mineral chrysoberyl that has needle like inclusions...

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Costume Jewelry- Loved by Many, Repaired by Few

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

Costume jewelry is not a new creation, but the materials used in today's are far more complex and volatile than your grandmother's day.  Old materials: brass, sterling silver, copper.  New materials used: zinc, pewter, miscellaneous metal of indeterminate lineage, stainless steel, titanium, tungsten, brass, copper...etc, and more often than not with a heavy duty plating of another metal. Costume jewelry is more widely owned & worn due to its accessible price point versus precious metal jewelry, but it is often more challenging to repair.  The metals used may not want to be soldered, or rhinestones can easily be damaged in the repairing...

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Spring's Hatched: What is Trending??

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

The Oscar's are over, the Spring/Summer Fashion Shows are over...what did we learn?  Big outrageous earrings are the thing. Anklets are back. Two-tone remains a warmly embraced phenomenon.Spring-style is cliche but totally cool. And for good measure, Pantone's color of the year is Greenery #15-0343. For earrings, drama is the thing: big long sweeping chandeliers.  We just repaired a pair of Gucci rhinestone earrings: they were made up of a stack of four 1" long stone encrusted hands...they rubbed her shoulders! But if your earlobes can't take the weight, be clever in your design distribution- some earrings are bold but...

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What the Athletes are Wearing

Posted by Joanna Rubini on

Final comments: the bulk of jewelry worn at the 2016 Rio Olympics is definitely by the track & field set.  Earrings, necklaces and bracelets, Oh My! On men and women- we love it. The most popular item, for those of you aiming for a sporty but adorned look?  Is hands down stud earrings.  They won't get caught in your racket, or snag while passing your baton, or hook on a close proximity bar.  Practically perfect jewelry- the ear stud, good for men, women, athletes and fans.

Train hard and look good!  Thanks for an entertaining and awesome 2016 Rio Olympics

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