LOVE LOVE LOVE! Lana Earrings

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I pretty much love everything by Lana Jewelry, but I especially love love love! the earrings. Lana Bramlette, known as the “Queen of Hoops,” amps up her breathtaking collections with shimmering 14kt gold, sparkling diamonds, and designs that drape body contours. Totally flirty, feminine, and very very sexy, if you like dramatic fun pieces, I highly recommend taking a moment to peruse the Lana Jewelry website and treating yourself to something truly spectacular. http://www.lanajewelry.com/
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The Easy Breesy Stretch Bracelet

Stretch bracelet from the Petal Plush Pearls Collection by Arpaia Jewelry with cultured pearls, Swarovski crystal, and 22kt Gold accents.
“Water Roses” stretch bracelet from the Petal Plush Pearls Collection by Arpaia Jewelry with saltwater and freshwater cultured pearls, Swarovski crystal, and artisan crafted 22kt gold accents.

The wearable comfort of a stretch bracelet is undeniable, and its slip-on-and-off ease is a most desirable attribute. From casual to glam, the stretch bracelet makes little chore of putting on and taking off a bracelet.

The downside of no fumbling is well known: breakage inevitably occurs causing components to fly everywhere.

Overtime, stretchable stringing materials loose elasticity or get over-stretched and can tear, snap, or break.

Many jewelry designers choose not to include stretch bracelets in their collections because of durability issues. Personally, I did not start making stretch bracelets until very recently, after so many repeated requests by cherished clients.

To overcome my stubborn fear of breakage, I adopted the old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Correct fit, gentle handling, proper care, and periodic restringing could counteract breakage woes.

Here are a few helpful hints designed to minimize risk of accidental breakage:

1. Good fit. A stretch bracelet should fit the wrist well. Stretch bracelets should not be tight or snug. Constant tension causes greater wear. The best fit is one that sustains no tension on the elastic core during normal wear. Also, the bracelet should not be too loose. Gaping bracelets are prone to catching on things and getting pulled during wear.

2. Roll on and off. The less stretch, the better. Roll the bracelet smoothly over the hand to put on and take off. Breakage often occurs when taking stretch bracelets on and off. I recommend to clients that they slip stretch bracelets on and off while leaning over a bed, so that if the elastic breaks, all components fall onto a soft area where they can be easily collected for restringing.

3. Gently clean stretch bracelets. Follow cleaning instructions of manufacturer/designer. In absence, a safe cleaning method is to gently wipe piece with a clean soft microfiber cloth after each wear.

4. Store stretch jewelry separately in a soft pouch away from other jewelry. All jewelry should be stored away from sunlight and other heat sources.

5. Restring stretch bracelets periodically. Examine stretch bracelets every time before putting on. If the cord appears slack or shows any other signs of wear, it should be restrung. Stretch bracelets that are worn often should be restrung at least annually if not more frequently. Elastic can dry out over time even when not worn, so all stretch bracelets should be restrung every few years. Craft stores typically carry stringing materials. For those who wish to restring themselves, stringing can be fun, awaken one’s creativity, and be a practical cost-saving approach especially with respect to very affordable pieces. I do recommend retaining the services of a qualified professional to restring more valuable pieces.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE! Fringe Collection in Sterling Silver by Coomi

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By Kimberly Arpaia: The Fringe Collection by Coomi is fabricated in both 20kt yellow gold and in sterling silver. While both metals are stunning, I absolutely adore Coomi’s silver fringe jewelry, and if I were in a position, I would layer myself in this collection! Some silver pieces are beautifully paired with gold, like the cuff below, and many are studded with tiny diamonds that drip or glimmer at the edges. As a fine jewelry designer, I appreciate the gorgeous details that blend in such a hypnotic, harmonious way, with a palpable tribal spirit.

Breathtaking and beautifully designed – lucky Neiman Marcus is the exclusive retail place to shop this line. Click on this link to check out collection and pricing.

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Ultra Glam Hoops and A Very Special Promotion

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Sterling Silver Twist Hoops by Arpaia Jewelry

Sterling silver hoop earrings are timeless classics. The subtle curvature and premium dual finish of ice frost matte exterior with high mirror polish interior elevate this stunning pair of hoops by Arpaia Jewelry. Highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Optimal rhodium plated for beautiful wear and longevity. 40% OFF discount code HAPPY applies to online orders placed today and tomorrow only (7/30/15 – 7/31/15). Purchase qualifies for regular FREE SHIPPING within continental US. A very small production run, so quantities are extremely limited. To order, simply click on above image or this sentence and enter discount code HAPPY at checkout.

The Paris Bracelet

JUICY JEWELRY NEWS! RECAPS SOME OF THE BIGGEST STORIES FROM TOP INSIDER INDUSTRY SOURCES. HERE IS ONE SUCH COLOSSAL EVENT HAPPENING IN THE JEWELRY WORLD RIGHT NOW:

The Paris Bracelet Hits the US …

Is it the next big thing?

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Retailers in the US are hoping that “The Paris Bracelet” is the next huge success story like Pandora and Alex and Ani. Currently priced at $29 to $59 retail, the line falls within the magic price point of affordable, accessible jewelry fashion. Plus, adorned with Swarovski Elements, The Paris Bracelet incorporates the ultimate bling factor.

The stretchable color-fast ribbon that serves as the foundation for the bracelet is made in Japan with couture quality. Then, the bracelet is hand-assembled in Paris incorporating Swarovski crystal and base metal.

In Europe, the bracelet is known as “Les interchageables.” It was created by Parisian designer, Audrey Bot, who started out making interchangeable bra straps. The elegant and wearable bracelets have been produced in France since 2009, and they have been steadily gaining market share in several countries.

Pennsylvania retailer, Susan Fotos, who owns Higashi Jewelry and Eyewear in Harrisburg, first saw Les interchageables in the summer of 2013 at a “Who’s Next ” trade show in Paris. In early 2015, Fotos purchased the brand for her own store, and “The Paris Bracelet” was born. After it immediately sold out in her shop, Fotos reordered and astutely collaborated with Bot to become the sole US distributor.

The Paris Bracelet is now in at least 176 US stores, with that number certain to explode. The bracelets come with a one-year warranty: if a crystal falls off in that time frame, it will be replaced at no charge. In the US, the bracelet is available in 20 colors and 24 patterns, with additional designs coming out for the holiday season. The most popular colors are nude and black.

Click this link for a list of US retailers:  Where to Buy

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Iconic Jewelry Couture: High Karat Gold & Bold Color

The hottest continuing trend in luxury jewelry couture is becoming iconic: high karat gold mixed with bright vivid colored gemstones in one of a kind high-end designs of premium craftsmanship. Just a couple of the exceptional designer pieces to see at The Couture Show JCK Las Vegas May 28-June1.

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Bracelet from Couture designer Stephen Webster’s new “Gold Struck” collection in 18-karat yellow gold with quartz red coral, fire opal, white diamonds and orange sapphires.

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Ultra Glam Long Pearl Strands

As with all elite fashion, the beautiful functionality of long pearl strands depends on execution. Quality, quality, quality, in design, materials, and craftsmanship. Long strung necklaces must be strong and secure, yet supple, with exceptional fluidity (drape) and balance. Click this link for more information on the fabrication of Arpaia gemstone and pearl strand necklaces.

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Luna - full length“Luna” one of a kind necklace from Arpaia Petal Plush Pearls Collection. Quadruple length strand of well matched, high gem quality, Japanese cultured akoya semi-baroque pearls with artisan crafted 22kt gold “circles” toggle clasp. Expertly strung on double knotted silk (color of silk hand dyed to match pearls).