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Hand accessories may accent the fingers such as rings, or the wrists such as bracelets and watches. Fingerless gloves cover the entire hand except for the fingers. Sporty hand accessories include terry cloth wrist bands and hand grips.
Cycling gloves are hand accessories that help cyclists get a firmer grip on bicycle handlebars. Full finger cycling gloves also add warmth to bicycle riders' hands in cold weather. Fingerless bicycle gloves fit close to the hand and usually have an adjustable closure at the wrist.
Some types of fingerless cycling gloves have gel padding on the palms to help relieve the pressure put on the nerves in the hands and arms from the constant contact with handlebars when bicycling. The sides of cycling gloves may be made from breathable mesh material, while the top is often made of terry cloth. Terry cloth is a soft, looped absorbent cotton toweling fabric and it is used on bicycle gloves to allow the cyclist to wipe sweat from the face. Fingerless gloves used by motorcyclists are much different from those used by bicyclists as they are designed mainly as protection from the wind. Many fingerless motorcycle gloves are made of black leather and some types feature decorative silver studs.
Terry cloth wristbands are hand accessories that are available in many different colors and patterns. They are also called sweatbands since they help keep sweat from dripping from the arms to the hands. Sweatbands or wristbands are also decorative and may be worn in team colors as part of a sports uniform.
The most commonly worn non-sporty hand accessories include rings, bracelets and watches. Men's versions of these items are usually wider and heavier than women's. Men's bracelets may be made of chain links, leather or even shells with a few pendants. Some classic women'sbracelets include the loose fitting bangle, the close fitting cuff and the charm bracelet. Charmbracelets feature a main chain with hanging pendants or charms.
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Wire jewelry is, essentially, jewelry made from wire. Beads or gems may be wrapped in wire or attached to wire links to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The wire used for jewelry making varies in gauge, or thickness, with the higher numbers indicating thicker wire. Gauges of 24, 26 and 28 grams are popular sizes for making wire jewelry.
While silver and gold are the most commonly used colors for creating wire jewelry, copper, black and brown wire are also sometimes used. Wire in colors such as green, purple, pink and blue are used less often, but can add interesting accents to wire jewelry pieces. A technique for making a wire ring, bracelet or choker involves taking several lengths of wire and placing them side by side. Then, shorter lengths of the same colored or contrasting colored wire can be wrapped horizontally across a few different sections of the wire lengths to form an interesting two-directional look
Tools used for wire jewelry making include cutters, jigs and pliers. A wire cutter has a cutting edge to snip or cut lengths of wire into pieces. A jig is a flat, rectangular piece of plastic or wood that features rows of pegs. When wire is wrapped around jig pegs in different patterns, many possible designs can be created. These intricate wire jewelry pieces may be used as pendants or links for bracelets and necklaces.
Pliers are tools with handles on one end and an opening called a "nose" on the other end. The nose end holds, bends and shapes wire. Differently shaped noses on pliers create different shapes in wire pieces. For instance, needle-nosed pliers have a long narrow end and are used to make small, precise bends in wire. Round-nosed pliers help create curves and loops, while flat-nosed pliers have straight edges that straighten bent wire and create angles.
Split ring pliers are designed to separate the loops in a split ring so that a wire jewelry finding may be inserted and then held in place by the ring. A split ring is a type of jewelry finding that is basically just a smaller version of a key ring. Jewelry findings are any type of connecting piece used in making jewelry. Besides split rings, other common jewelry findings include earring backs, pin backs and necklace clasps.
Beading wire is very fine wire that may be used for making wire jewelry with beads. Glass and ceramic beads are popular types of beads used with beading wire to create beaded necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Beading wire may also be used on its own to make hoop earrings. Different thicknesses or gauges of beading wire create different thicknesses of hoop earrings. Hoop earrings usually feature smooth single wire circles, but the wire may be hammered, doubled or twisted to add texture.
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When selecting copper jewelry, choose pieces that will coordinate with your existing jewelry and your wardrobe. For selection and quality, it's best to shop at a jewelry store that specializes in copper jewelry. Also, keep in mind that mass-produced jewelry may cost considerably less than hand crafted one-of-a-kind copper pieces.
Copper jewelry comes in various styles, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. If you want to wear pieces that are unique, you can buy specialty jewelry handmade with intrigue designs. If you shop at local department stores, however, the selection might be limited. Buying your copper jewelry online can offer more variety, but inquire about the return policy.
If you wear a lot of sterling silver jewelry, you might want to consider buying two-tone copper jewelry. You can find attractive bracelets, pendants and necklaces that are made from copper and silver. Some are designed with silver, copper, and brass as well. Two-tone or multi-color jewelry can be very versatile, as you can mix and match your entire collection. A two-tone bracelet can be worn with either a solid silver or solid copper necklace.
When selecting a copper bracelet or necklace, consider your skin tone and hair color. Copper jewelry that has flecks of red might look attractive on redheads and brunettes, while lighter shades of copper might look best on blondes. Choose necklaces that are appropriate for the shape of your face. If you have an oblong-shaped face, consider a copper necklace that is short in length. If your face is full and round, try a longer copper necklace.
You can accumulate a copper collection faster by buying your jewelry in sets. There are various copper jewelry sets to choose from, including watch-and-bracelet sets. Copper rings, pendants, and earrings are also sold in sets. Copper costume jewelry sets are often sold during the holidays and make nice gifts. For a more exquisite look, choose jewelry made with copper and precious gemstones.
Some cultures believe wearing copper jewelry can renew strength and improve endurance, as well as heal minor skin irritations. Although there is controversy surrounding this belief, magnetic copper bracelets are often worn by people who claim they help reduce joint inflammation. It should be noted that wearing copper for health benefits is not intended to replace treatment by your physician, nor is it intended as a cure for any affliction or disease.
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A cuff bracelet is a piece of jewelry that goes around the wrist as decoration. The term "cuff" usually means that the bracelet is wide or thick, or both. Both men and women can wear cuff bracelets, but women usually wear silver or gold bracelets, while men typically opt for leather cuff bracelets as a fashion statement. There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to wearing bracelet jewelry.
These types of bracelets have the distinction of fitting tightly against the wrist. They should be adjustable as well. When buying a cuff bracelet, one should measure the wrist of the person receiving the bracelet to ensure a good fit. It also is important to note that leather bracelets are easier to adjust than metal bracelets.
The two most popular metals for women's cuff bracelets are silver and gold. The metal is usually shaped or hammered into a thin, flat sheet that is then curved to fit a small wrist. Engravings or other decorations may be added to the bracelet as well.
Leather cuff bracelets are mainly worn by men or such social groups as goths or bikers. Black leather bracelets generally look edgy and give the wearer a "tough" look. Natural leather, which is usually pale brown to dark brown, adds a more feminine touch to an otherwise masculine look.
Humans have been wearing cuff bracelets for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were famous for their elaborate bracelet jewelry. Ancient Celts, Native Americans, and Asian cultures all wore cuff bracelets as jewelry as well.
Cuff bracelets also are commonly given as gifts. One can find all types of bracelets for religious jewelry, anniversary gifts, or for children. It is easy to distinguish a man's cuff bracelet from a woman's or child's due to its size and decoration.
Braided leather cuff bracelets also are popular with both men and women. They go with all types of outfits, from dressy to casual. Several modern Native American cultures incorporate stones, feathers, and artwork on their leather cuffs. One can often find these ethnic bracelets in Southwestern American jewelry stores.
Since cuff bracelets are large fashion pieces, one should keep the rest of the jewelry to a minimum. Rings, earrings, and necklaces can take away from the cuff bracelet's look. If other jewelry will be worn with the bracelet, it should coordinate. For example, one could pair a silver bracelet with silver-toned earrings or rings. Likewise, someone wearing a leather bracelet should wear neutral or natural jewelry.
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The difference between a dress and a gown is largely one of semantics and personal preference. Gown tends to refer to more formal dresses, like those worn for weddings, proms or balls. A dress can be any one-piece garment with a skirt of any length, and can be either formal or informal. While many gowns are referred to as dresses, like wedding dress and prom dress, you seldom hear less formal dresses referred to as gowns. For example a sundress is never a sungown.
This helps illustrate the difference between dress and gown. All gowns are dresses, but not all dresses are gowns. In earlier English examples from the 16th century onward, dress referred to both men and women’s clothing ensembles. It might be modified by terms like evening, traveling, riding. You can still see examples of this on invitations to certain events. An invitation might state that a function requires semi-formal dress or semi-formal attire. When an invitation states that the occasion is formal, women are expected to wear an evening gown.
When the term is used strictly, a gown is fancy and frivolous wear, with a tight fitting bodice and a full floor-length skirt. Certain styles of close-fitting gowns, like the form fitting types worn by actresses to award ceremonies, are still more gown than dress. Attending the Oscars, for example, tends to require formal evening wear for both men and women, though notable exceptions have been fashion disasters of the past.
Another related term to gown is frock. A frock may also be a less formal dress, but may also be an evening or formal gown. The word "frock" is more popular in the UK than in the US for referring to any one-piece garment with a skirt.
An exception in the use of the term gown is a graduation gown, which is worn over clothing. A woman might wear a dress under such a gown if she is planning to attend graduation celebrations after the ceremony. Usually the graduation gown, which is flowing and oversized is worn over other clothes, though a few graduates have tried to get away with wearing only the gown as part of a prank or bet. This may be cause for amusement but is considered inappropriate for the event of graduation from high school or college.
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Platinum is an extremely rare metal, even rarer than gold. There isn't much of it around and it has only been found in select locations across the planet. Platinum is a strong, dense metal, which allows it to be used in many different ways. Besides jewelry, it is also used to make catalytic converters, and it is helpful in the medical field because it resists oxidation. As the perfect material for pacemakers, platinum not only makes lovely jewelry, but also helps save lives.
Despite its strength, platinum is a very supple, workable material, making intricate designs and details far easier to achieve than with gold. Since it is so pure, platinum jewelry is the perfect hypoallergenic accessory for those who cannot wear gold. Part of the reason people cannot wear gold is often associated with the alloys involved in the jewelry making process. Since platinumjewelry contains very little alloy, it is a good choice for those who are sensitive to metals.
Platinum jewelry is made from very pure platinum. As compared to gold, platinum falls between the 18-karat and 24-karat range, with 18 karat being approximately 75% pure and 24 karat being the purest. Since 18-karat jewelry is 75% pure, that means that the other 25% of the piece is an alloy, such as silver, zinc or copper. This simply means that platinum requires very little alloy to be combined with it in order to make platinum jewelry.
Platinum jewelry is very sturdy and resilient, making it ideal for everyday wear. Platinumjewelry, like other types of metal jewelry, can become scratched, but a scratch won't damage platinum in the same way that it damages other precious metals. Platinum jewelry will maintain its color, brilliance and weight even when scratched, while other metals may lose their luster or become blemished or discolored.
Because this metal is so versatile and so rare, platinum jewelry makes a very special gift that will be cherished for a lifetime. Many people own gold jewelry, while far fewer boast jewelry made of platinum. If you want to choose something truly unique and exceptional for that special someone in your life, consider platinum jewelry.
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The best jewelry cleaner depends on the type of jewelry you have and the materials that make up your favorite pieces. It seems as if every type of jewelry needs a different type of cleaner, and some cleaning solutions that work well on one type of material will tarnish or completely destroy another piece of jewelry. If you have a jewelry box that is filled with a variety of precious metals and gemstones it may be necessary for you to have several different types of cleaning agents on hand.
When choosing the best jewelry cleaner for your bracelets, rings and necklaces, it is important to take into consideration the type of metal, stone and jewelry. Diamonds and gold can be effectively cleaned with a commercial jewelry cleaner. On the other hand, sterling silver and pearl pieces will need specialized cleaners in order to not damage your favorite rings, chains, bracelets and pedants.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a cleaner is chemicals. Think about if you want chemicals around your house, and in your bathroom. Or maybe you do not want any chemicals at all. Most, if not all, types of jewelry can be cleaned properly without the use of harsh chemicals or abrasives.
It is a good rule that chlorine and other chemicals can damage most types of jewelry materials. That is why many people choose to use a mild detergent or soap as jewelry cleaner. You will be able to effectively clean most types of jewelry this way. There are also special cloths that are available for pickier pieces of bling.
A mixture of ammonia and water can also be a great jewelry cleaner. It works best for diamonds, and some metals. If you are unsure what type of cleaner to use for a particular piece of jewelry, contact your jeweler. The retailer where you purchased the piece of jewelry can also suggest proper cleaning products and methods.
For gold and platinum pieces you may want to try an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasonic jewelrycleaners are small machines that can usually fit on a countertop. They clean metals and some stones with a high frequency sound. But use caution: some types of jewelry, like colored gemstones and pearls, can be damaged if they are put into an ultrasonic cleaning machine.
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The most important consideration when buying silver jewelry is to be sure of the quality of the silver. As pure silver is extremely soft, metal alloys such as copper are added to harden silver.Silver jewelry must contain at least 92.5% silver to be considered real, or sterling, silver. Coin silver contains 90% silver, while silver bonded to any base metal is referred to as silver plated and not real silver. When you are buying silver jewelry, look for marks such as sterling, sterling silver, "ster" or 925 imprinted on the jewelry itself.
United States law requires the company vouching that the jewelry is sterling silver must also include their U.S. registered trademark on the jewelry item. Another important consideration when buying silver jewelry is its design. Is the piece consistent when you view it from all its sides? Is the silver jewelry something you really love and will wear many times?
When buying silver jewelry, consider buying several pairs of earrings. Silver earrings are available in many different shapes and sizes to suit many different occasions. Dangling silver and cubic zirconia (cz) drop earrings may be perfect for a cocktail party, while medium-sized silver hoops or studs may be ideal for the office.
Necklaces are good pieces to consider when buying silver jewelry as there is sure to be a type ofsilver necklace to go with every outfit. For example, a silver dog tag pendant on a leather cord may be great with jeans and casual wear, while a silver and cz pendant on a silver chain can look very elegant with an evening dress and formal wear. Necklace length is an important consideration when buying silver jewelry as choker length necklaces are often better for blouses, while longer silver chains can be worn with lower cut necklines.
Some people think of rings when buying silver jewelry. Casual rings may have an antiqued silverfinish, while cz and silver rings can look very elegant and diamond-like. Buying silver jewelry can even be in the form of wedding bands, if that is what you are looking for. Silver wedding bands are an alternative to traditional gold wedding bands and are available in many styles and in both round and square ring shapes.
Bracelets are also popular options when buying silver jewelry. Silver bracelets range from wide, hammered silver cuffs to narrow, simple linked silver chains. An engraved silver bracelet is a timeless classic to consider if you are buying silver jewelry as a gift.
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Earrings can add the perfect accent to any look and the earring styles out there today are virtually endless. Yet earrings can be categorized into a handful of basic types and some types tend to look better on some face shapes more than others. Thinking in terms of what your basic face shape is can help you find your most flattering earrings.
ROUND: Long earrings can help make a round face look less round. Long drops and chandeliers are usually the most flattering earrings for this face shape. Larger angular earrings may also work well. Stud earrings, tiny earrings and button or ball shaped earrings should be avoided for the most part as they tend to do nothing for a round face. Round hoops may not be the most flattering earrings for a round face shape either, but longer oval or angular open designs may work.
HEART OR TRIANGULAR: Since this face shape is wider in the forehead and narrower in the chin, the most flattering earrings for this type are often wider on the bottom and narrower on top. Inverted triangles and regular teardrops tend to compliment the angles of a heart-shaped or triangular face. Round hoops don't usually flatter this face shape, but oval earrings may work nicely.
OBLONG: Studs and button earrings tend to suit this long face shape as they bring the eye up and don't appear to be dragging the face downward. Round hoops usually look good and chandeliers can often compliment this face shape as well since they are wider dangling earrings. Multi-layered styles can be the most flattering longer earrings for oblong face shapes.
SQUARE: This face shape tends to have a strong jaw line and larger round hoops can be the most flattering earrings to compliment the look of a square jaw. Square earrings of any size or style generally aren't the best kind for a square face. Dangling earring styles do usually work with this face shape.
OVAL: Since the oval is considered the most versatile face shape, just about any shape and style of earrings may be flattering. The thing to remember is to pick sizes that suit your build and to experiment to find the most flattering earrings for you. Round hoops and studs may work better than long styles.
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Earrings are more than just decorative jewelry for the ear lobes; they represent style, flair, and the way a person sees herself. This jewelry are available in two basic types, pierced and clip-on, and from there they branch out into a wide variety of shapes and styles. Of pierced earrings, popular styles include simple studs, posts with dangling objects hanging off the front, and posts which hold either a round hoop or hugged-style. Many pierced types attach to the ear with a wire running through the earlobe rather than a post. Clip-ons lost much of their popularity when pierced types shot into style in the 1970s, but have since made a comeback in the last decade. They are just what the name implies: rather than attaching to the ear with a hole through the earlobe, they clip on with a spring attachment or screw-in post.
Both men and women of any age can wear earrings. Many cultures pierce the ears of newborn babies and the jewelry is worn long into old age. While fancy, jeweled earrings are often reserved for evening wear, every other shape and style can be worn with any fashion, either casual or formal, night or day. They are often used to signify special events such as holidays or parties, and fine jeweled pieces are popular gift ideas for birthdays, graduations and weddings. Earrings can enhance a hair style, dangling down with flowing long hair or accentuating a short bob.
Earrings are thought to have originated in Asia and the Middle East. Both hoop and pendant types have been found that date back to about 2000 BC. Pierced earrings date back to ancient Egypt around 1500 BC. They were always a sign of wealth and prosperity, as only affluent women could afford the precious metals of which they were made. Throughout the Dark Ages and Middle Ages, women were usually too poor to own earrings and up until late in the Renaissance, this jewelry was looked upon as flashy and inappropriate for proper women.
They became popular again in 17th century Europe as styles changed and new ideas were adopted. Queen Victoria set a trend in 19th century Europe with her long, jeweled earrings. By the middle of the 20th century, earrings of all shapes and sizes were more popular than ever, though there was a clear distinction between more conservative types worn during the day, and the more ostentatious ones worn in the evenings. In the 1970s, pierced varieties gained popularity and at the same time, styles merged and were no longer segregated to either day or night wear. While their popularity has risen and fallen over the years, they have always been a part of fashion.
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