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  • How you could be unintentionally killing your jewelry...

    Like a new car, new jewelry eventually requires maintenance. This isn’t a suggestion, it’s a fact. When you love your jewelry, you wear it (as you should). When you wear it, you damage it. This fact is not so much about quality craftsmanship as it is about wear and tear.

    When you drive thousands of miles on your car, it is not the car’s fault the tires need to be replaced. The same concept can (and should) be applied to jewelry. Under elements of normal wear and tear your metals should last you the following number of years without requiring prong or shank maintenance.

    1. Yellow Gold – 5 Years
    2. White Gold – 8 Years
    3. Platinum – 20 Years

    This is under normal wear and tear. Below, I have created a list of activities that unintentionally kills jewelry. If you want to maximize the life of your jewelry and delay repair work as long as possible, please be (unofficially) advised to remove your jewelry when doing the following:

    1)      Cleaning:  Many cleaning chemicals contain chlorine – which is terribly harmful to most metals by causing porosity and weakening prongs and shanks. Even all-natural cleaning agents can do damage to jewelry. While they may not necessarily harm metal, they can damage most gemstones that have much softer compositional properties than diamonds. No, this does not exempt you from performing household chores! When it is time to scrub and disinfect your home, remove the jewelry on your hands first! Unlike your skin, jewelry does not heal and regenerate after chemical exposure.

    2)      Swimming: Just like with cleaning, more leisurely activities like, a soak in the hot tub or a quick swim before dinner, will damage your jewelry because of the chemical exposure.

    -Furthermore, when you swim (even in fresh or salt water) your hands are exposed to cooler temperatures. When your hands are cold your fingers constrict, when your fingers constrict your rings become loose fitting, when your rings are loose they fall off!

    3)      Yard Work: We have all had blisters from raking, weeding, chopping, stacking, digging, and/or harvesting. Am I right? We have all seen what yard work does to our hands (and muscles!), imagine what it is doing to your jewelry on a microscopic level. Over time, you will do damage that will bring your ring to our repair shop. May it be a broken prong, a chipped stone, or a missing stone, you will need it repaired, and it will cost you money.

    4)      Hiking: One of my best friend’s engagement ring was purchased from me. A month after the proposal, she texted me saying her platinum was terribly scratched (and it was!).

    The conversation went something like this:

    Her: “You said platinum was durable.”

    Me: “You climbed a mountain with your ring on.”

    Need I say more? (Sorry, Karis. I use your active lifestyle as an example on a regular basis.)

    5)      Sleeping: This is a big one. The biggest, really. Folks, take your jewelry off before bed. You’re not as delicate of a sleeper as you think you are.

    You may think you sleep like this:

    But you really sleep like this:

    When you toss and turn you are susceptible of snagging prongs in your blankets and stretching/tangling your chains. There is only so much of this that your jewelry can take.

    Eventually, something is going to give and it is going to either need repair or replacement.

    6)      Gym: Kudos to all of you who work out. Really, you put my couch-potato self to shame.  I never damage my jewelry sitting on the couch. Neither will you. You will, however, damage your jewelry at the gym. Whether you are pumping iron, practicing your left JAB, or using the rowing machine (all things, I have never done in my life) you are putting serious strain on your rings. Those of you wearing rings with stones are at the most risk. FYI: Activity that causes your ring to be pressed into your hand or against something else, even if it’s only at the bottom, will bend your ring. It may not be evident right away, but when your ring bends it effects the structural integrity of the tension holding your gemstones in. They will become loose and gold work will be required to strengthen your ring again. You may even chip your stones, requiring replacement. Yes, diamonds are the least likely to chip, but they can and will if under significant strain or impact.

    7)      Carrying heavy loads: If you’re like me, you hate making two trips out to the car to bring in groceries. To maximize your efficiency, I’m sure you carry all 17 bags and a gallon of milk into the house in one trip. This will bend your ring and snag prongs catastrophically. Reread the FYI from point #6.

     

    Jewelry is precious, delicate and valuable. While it deserves to be shown off, it deserves to be treated carefully to maximize its beauty and longevity. Please remove your jewelry before engaging in the activities listed above – they are the most frequent culprits of jewelry damage!

     

    When the time comes, and you need repairs, Day’s Jewelers has the most professional, talented, meticulous, caring, certified and accredited jewelers in the industry. I have had the pleasure of working with most of them, I trust and respect them completely. You will too!

     

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  • Style File: Coast to Coast - Business Style

    One thing that women can agree on, no matter which coast you're on, is that style in business is important. When you step into a board room or a meeting, the way you feel about your look can spike your confidence and help you preform better. Today's Coast-to-Coast Style File is all about Professional Style and how women on both coasts are rockin' it.

    Kelsey | West Coast Style Hunter: 

     

    susanI had this picture in my mind of what LA was going to be like before I got here. I was under the impression that I was going to get to the city and be amazed by the street style like I was in Chicago. That hasn't been the case so far though. Maybe it is because I, myself, am now a professional woman but the looks that have been inspiring me mean business.

    There is something so casual and comfortable about all of the style here on the West Coast, but the professional women that I have encountered have a way of perfectly combining casual elements, with professional accents to create a sexy style for the office. Forget the "Power Pants Suits" that come to mind when you think of powerful woman in business because being a power house doesn't mean you have to look frumpy. Instead, layers are key. Above the knee patent leather boots, little black dresses with challenging hem lines and accessories like a nice belt or a brilliant scarf to top it all off are signatures of West Coast Professional style.

    Pictured is Susan, one of my professors. She is a rockstar when it comes to fashion. Her style has a lot of personality on a day to day basis. She is always able to look so professional, yet edgy and timeless. Here she is pictured wearing a Chanel layered pearl necklace. Layering necklaces is such a fun and easy way to make a big statement with the layers you choose to incorporate.

    I have always admired the way that professional women dress, and how it gives them the ability to suggest power and intelligence through what they wear. Being in LA has shown me this is still true and that women on the West Coast are embracing it more than ever. These high fashion business professionals also recognize a killer designer when they see it and value the designer name almost as much as the look itself. It makes me feel a little like I’m watching a real life version of The Devil Wears Prada and reminds me of the cultural differences between the coasts.

    Melissa | East Coast Style Hunter: 

     

    c600x768I always thought of business attire as conservative power suits and clean lines just like Kelsey. That really isn't the case today though, on either coast. While Hillary Clinton can still rock a pants suit, more women today feel they have more freedom to make a statement with their fashion choices. Attending industry conferences will tell you this is true as you notice that even the presidents of big companies are dressed in fitted pants, killer pumps, a blouse and some powerful jewelry to tie it all together.

    I've been researching a lot of what the "trends" are for business attire and oddly enough - many of them (West or East coast) match well with Kelsey's assesment of layers and edgy accents.

    Some fun things I have noticed is mixing and matching prints, having fun with colors, and not being afraid to own the style! I personally, have NO problem with this. I tend to live in my own world when it comes to fashion. Sometimes I wear things and think, "does this match?" Other times I just like something so much that even if it isn't in fashion anymore, I MAKE it in fashion - but let's be honest, the 70's and 80's are coming back into style. So, I'm not too far off.

    I think I have to agree with Kelsey that the biggest difference in the Coast-to-Coast style of business women is the emphasis on desigerns. While East Coast girls appreciate designers too, we are not in the "hot bed" of new designers like West Coast girls are. When you get this far into the Northeast, New York City is the closest place that hot new designers are trying to stand out and get noticed. Because of that, we notice style based on how it makes us feel, not based on who the designer is. I think that gives East Coast women a unique opportunity to be their own stylists and try things out just to see if they work.

    Take away: 

    Have your own style. Dare to stand out because taking risks is what a true professional is all about. Be sure to wear color and add accessories that best compliment your attitude and your look!

    Easy do's:

    • Color
    • Print
    • Black Dress
    • Power Heel
    • High Boots
    • Statement Jewelry

    Easy don'ts:

    • Drab neutral colors
    • Stiff Suits
    • Grandma's flats
    • No Jewelry

    Here are some of our favorite pieces to help create a killer business style look of your own.

     

  • Style File: 7 Ways To Wear Your Brooch

    Do you ever go through your grandmother or mother's old things and find these beautiful brooches that you think "wow, gorgeous but I would never wear that." I've been thinking about it and there are so many things you can do with these brooches that don't require wearing it on your lapel. Here are 7 fashionable ways to wear those beautiful brooches:

    1. Traditional - We can all add a little flair to our outfits by putting a brooch on our shirts or suit jackets. Traditional never goes out of style.

     

    brooch-scarf2. Pin your purse - Many women will add a little glamor to their purses by adding their brooch to the side or on the straps. Or if it is a buckle / button closing purse, but it on the flap to make it look as though it is the closure.

    3. Around your neck (scarf) - This is my favorite, because for those that know me I am an avid scarf collector, wearer, fashionista. Add the brooch to your scarf as a center focal point or on the side to hold it together. Really you can place it anywhere you think compliments the look!

     

    simpleband4. On your head (hats) - I know this is one that not everyone can pull off because you have to be a hat person to do this in the first place. Stick your brooch on the side of your hat or even the front (depending on the style). This is great because this can be for men and women! Who said a man can't add a little bling to his fedora.

    5. In your hair - Add a brooch to your hair as a barrette, over your ponytail, or pin it onto a headband for added flair.

    6. As a pendant – We all have chains or omegas that we don’t wear because we don’t have the “right pendant” to go with the “right outfit” – but what if you have the right brooch! Add a brooch to your omega or necklace and magic happens.

    7. As a cocktail ring – Do you have a band or a small ring that you want to make big! Add some style to your fingertips. Clip the brooch over your ring and bam - instant cocktail ring.

    There are many more ways you can rock your brooch, I'll share those another time. But for now, enjoy these 7 ways to wear your brooch (or pins). I'm looking forward to number 3 myself. Think it's time to go through the grandmother's jewelry box!

    Happy Monday my fashionistas!

    ~Melissa 

     

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