The number one question we get asked when summer comes around is: “Can I wear my jewelry at the beach or in the pool?”
The short answer is – you probably shouldn’t, but we know you will!
After this year’s never-ending and brutally cold winter, many are ready to enjoy the summer months with days spent poolside or at the sandy shore. Which leads to the question: “Should I wear my jewelry at the beach or in the pool?”
That’s a tough one, because of course when you are on vacation, you want to look fabulous. Not to mention, we see jewelry on bikini-clad women throughout our favorite fashion magazines. But is this really a good idea? The quick answer is probably not. There are lots of reasons why jewelry at the beach or poolside can end badly. The most obvious is the potential to lose a favorite piece in the waves or sand. The chemicals in chlorine from a pool or hot tub are damaging to metals; water can loosen any piece set with glue; sand can scratch a piece; and suntan lotions will gum up your gems, making them lose their shine.
That being said, of course jewelry can look beautiful with your favorite bikini or caftan. If you simply must wear some jewelry, maybe this is a good time to p ull out some of your fabulous costume pieces. Pieces like this can usually hold up to more wear and tear, and should something terrible happen, you won’t be out hundreds (or thousands). Any jewelry you DO wear to the beach or pool should be cleaned afterward to remove any oils (from sun lotions), salts (from the ocean or sweat), chemicals (chlorine) and sand. Use a cleaning formula that is appropriate for the piece (ask your jeweler if you are unsure) and polish it well with a polishing cloth.
And always be SURE, SURE, SURE to completely DRY your jewelry after it gets wet, which will help more than anything to avoid the annoying dark spots – caused by oxidation – that can occur in even 14 & 18K gold jewelry.
You’ve seen them…those cute little “Kids” charms with the different poses:
14K Gold “JOY” Girl Charm with Pink Gold Dress/Bow
14K Gold “KISS” Boy Charm with White Gold Shirt/Hat
14K Gold “HUGS” Girl Charm
14K Gold “LOVE” Boy Charm with White Gold Hat
These were created by New York jeweler Stanley Cohen in 1990, to address the need for something a little finer and more elegant for moms/grandmoms to represent their precious kids/grandkids.
Rona K Kids was born, and we are proud to say we have been carrying this iconic line of “Kids” charms since their inception.
14K Gold Tri-Color Brother/Sister Charm
14K Gold Big Sister/Little Brother Charm
Now available in many different configurations, with birthstones and diamonds if you wish.
14K Gold Boy with Birthstone Heart
14K Gold Yellow/Rose Gold Diamond Girl
See them all HERE
The other day my cousin asked me if I made “promise rings” – he wanted to get one for his girlfriend. He’s 52.
As much as I wanted to make fun of him – full disclosure: I DID ask him if his girlfriend was 12 – I realized that the whole concept of wearing “couples” jewelry is actually making a comeback…among adults!
His & Hers Jewelry from Alison & Ivy
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux even wear matching 14K Gold Name Rings, although they kind of lose points for wearing their OWN names instead of each others. Oh vanity, celeb be thy name:
Large 14K Gold Name Rings
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux with their fabulous matching name rings
The matching name ring thing is really hot right now actually, and let’s face it – it’s a great way to show your love without being quite so…permanent.
The locket (a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item) has been around a LONG time. It’s true – Google it.
Originally worn with a hand painted portrait of a loved one inside, they became more popular with the invention of the daguerreotype photo in the 1840s.
1850 Daguerreotype Photo
This original form of photography would require the subject to sit for about 30 minutes to capture an image, and was originally reserved for the aristocracy. Lockets became a way to carry a daguerreotype, which was already fused to glass. The industrial revolution and the advancement of photography made lockets accessible to everyday people. Like us.
While many people still insert photo’s into lockets the old fashioned way, there are new methods of fusing a photo image directly onto a gold or silver plate which is then fused onto the locket for a more permanent – and waterproof – solution.
We also put all different types of things inside them, including little charms made to dance inside clear lockets like our own Diamond Circle Lockets.
There are also Prayer Holder and Ash Holder Lockets, specifically designed to hold things other than photo’s so they can be worn inconspicuously yet close to the heart.
See all we have to offer – locketwise – HERE!
So Sunday and Monday we had the one-two punch of the MTV Video Music Awards and 2014 Prime Time Emmy Awards, respectively. It was two nights of high fashion and over-the-top glitziness that I’m still trying to process.
As pure spectacle I have to give it to MTV, but for old-school Hollywood glamor the Emmy’s won out. Are there any hot new jewelry trends we noticed? Not really – but boy, do these celebrities LOVE to dress up!
In the Emmy earrings department, Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik went with an understated pair of Sapphire & Diamond studs to accentuate the ornate Sapphire necklace she was wearing.
Meanwhile, at the VMA’s, Beyoncé decided to skip the ornate neck jewelry altogether and just hang two giant chandeliers from her ears.
Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling was a good example of the Emmy-wide trend of minimalism, choosing not to wear anything around her neck.
Amber Rose took a different route at the VMA’s, wearing a silver chain – and ONLY a silver chain – as her entire dress. Well played Amber, well played.
And finally, lovely Hayden Panettiere of the hit show Nashville graced the Emmy red carpet with the simplest of accessories: a small jeweled clutch and a baby bump.
Katy Perry, on the other hand, rocked the VMA red carpet in vintage blue denim – accessorized with various cowboy-themed jewelry…and some dude named Riff Raff.
Father’s Day 2014 is Sunday, June 15th.
If you like your father even a little, please don’t get him any of the following really bad Father’s Day gifts.
We have provided thoughtful alternatives, because we are thoughtful like that.
Any type of “World’s Greatest Dad” paraphernalia. Eventually he will run into other World’s Greatest Dads…and then it’s just awkward.
Instead, how about a custom engraved Stainless Steel Dog Tag with Diamond?
Try not to get him something that forces him to do household chores – ESPECIALLY if it will make him look ridiculous doing it!
Wouldn’t a 14k gold Father’s Birthstone Ring be a much better choice?
OK, dad’s lost his hair. Don’t remind him of it…or make him look like Guy Fieri
Get him a tasteful custom engraved Stainless Steel Jumbo ID Bracelet instead
Yes, he loves Barbeque. He does not want to SMELL like BBQ. We hope
A Photo Dog Tag with his “angels” is a much better call.
And finally, if you don’t know why this is NOT a good Father’s Day present…
…then you should probably get dad one of THESE as well.
While name & monogram necklaces are STILL our number one sellers, name rings are not far behind. People have been wearing their names on their fingers for well over 50 years, and the tried-and-true classic “script name with tail” is still going strong today:
Classic 14K Gold Large Script Name Ring w/Tail
Now, a classic is a classic, but if you’re willing to step outside the box a little the following name ring styles might be just what the jeweler ordered:
14K Gold Wire-Style Name Ring
14K Gold Curved Script Name Ring
Fancy Cut-out Couples Name Ring
(shown in Rose Gold Plated over Sterling Silver)
14K Gold Relief-Style Script Name Ring
Sterling Silver Two Finger Name Ring
Sterling Silver/Yellow Gold Plated Birthstone Ring with Name
Sterling Silver Roman Numeral Ring
OK, so there’s nothing really “shocking” about this post, I just thought the overly dramatic title fit the tone of the subject matter.
As you may or may not know, the truTV Network films a ‘reality’ show down here called South Beach Tow. The show is centered around the real-life Miami towing company Tremont Towing and it’s employees, although like most reality shows today it’s questionable how much REAL reality is actually portrayed.
What I CAN tell you is real is the jewelry we have made for some members of the ‘cast’.
One of the most popular of the Tremont crew is Bernice, and lately she has been sporting a custom 3-dimensional Old English “Bernice” nameplate with matching two-tone chain.
Word is that Bernice loves her nameplate and likes to wear it even when they’re not filming the show.
Another cast member/employee – Jerome – recently got into some hot water with his Fiance Wanda and had to smooth things over by presenting her with her very own custom 3D script name necklace. Wanda swooned over the necklace and true love prevailed.
While it’s always exciting to be making jewelry for television shows (we’ve done so in the past for Ugly Betty, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and The Game to name just a few), I’m not going to pretend this show is anything but escapist fun.
Although if Bernice DOES wind up winning an Emmy, she’d better be wearing our necklace during her acceptance speech!