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Know your Jewelry Styles : Fashion and Beauty

The necklace is one of the most established types of gems known to man – archeologists have discovered examples made of shells that go back to 28,000 BC. Also, with regards to names of necklace styles, they are as variedd as their lengths.

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Taking in the dialect – how a lavalier varies from a choker necklace, for example – can help hugely when shopping for a vintage piece or even another one, since these terms still apply to styles being worn today.

1. Bib Necklace

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This is a kind of substantial, emotional necklace, roundabout or triangular fit as a fiddle. It comprises of a web-like mesh of metal, a base encrusted with stones, or various strands of stones which dangle at consistent or uneven lengths for a periphery like or falling impact.

A great degree old style – varieties have been found in seventh century Greek and Roman jewelry – it has been restored occasionally all through history to go with low profile evening outfits. Current terminology characterizes this as a sort of “statement” necklace. Varieties of bib necklaces incorporate the periphery necklace or waterfall necklace. (see beautiful bib necklaces here)

2. Festoon Necklace

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The festoon necklace is a usually misidentified style. A festoon by definition is a wreath of flowers, ribbons, or leaves hung in a bend as an embellishing component or consolidated as a design highlight. Subsequently, a necklace must have swags or curtains of chain, beads, or metal discoveries as a feature of the outline. Different components, for example, dangling drops might be consolidated, yet without the swags a necklace does not qualify as a festoom.

The festoom necklace wound up plainly well known during the Georgian time frame and persisted into the Victorian time, with some more detailed in vogue (not implied for grieving) dark pieces of necklaces made amid this period joining swags of fly beads. Bohemian garnets and different materials were additionally utilized.

festoon necklaces were mainstream amid the Edwardian time too, with an arrival to more fragile chains in the plans or components reflecting garland style with ribbons, flowers and bows.

3. Choker Necklace

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The choker is a short necklace that fits cozily around the base of the neck, and may incorporate a pendant appended in the inside or dangling simply over the neckline bone. It can be made totally out of beads or stones, generally of uniform size. It is an amazingly old style, going back to old Samaria.

Different varieties incorporate those with a ribbon encrusted with gems (trim was prominent in the eighteenth century, dark velvet in the nineteenth century), or stones set in a metal casing whether of the fine or ensemble gems variety. Chokers were initially tight, yet the band turned out to be progressively wide in the late nineteenth and mid twentieth hundreds of years.

4. Pendant Necklace

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A pendant refers to an object suspended from something else. The name is gotten from the French word pendre, which signifies “to hang.” Thus, when an object is permitted to hang openly from an accessory it frames a pendant.

A portion of the earliest recorded pendants were worn to ensure the wearer in talisman style or to bring good fortunes. Most old and current societies have their form of this kind of necklace. Religious images, for example, the Christian cross and Jewish Star of David are likewise usually discovered fused into pendant pieces of necklaces.

A pendant jewelry can be made of chain, string, leather or ribbon, as long it fuses a hanging feature molded of most any material including metals, gemstones, and glass. These necklaces can differ in size and length from dainty and little to extensive and conspicuous. (see beautiful pendant necklaces here)

5. Collar or Collier Necklace

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The exacting interpretation of collar can apply to anything worn about the neck whether relating to dressing, blossoms, flowers, or gems. A collar neckline alludes to a particular kind of embellishment, nonetheless, that is worn totally surrounding the neck.

Collar necklaces can be made of any number of materials including beads and metal parts connected together in both fine and outfit jewelry styles. Sizes go from half-inch karat gold pieces decorated with gemstones to statement making rhinestone styles measuring a few inches in width.

The word collier, the French expression for collar, is at times used to name this style too. The dog collar necklace is a variety of both the collar and choker jewelry styles.

Half collar necklaces reproduce the look of a collar without having the cost and weight of components totally surrounding the neck. (see beautiful collar necklaces here)

6. Torsade Necklace

Torsade Necklace

Decade after decade, gems craftsmans and designers replicate this style including numerous strands of pearls or beads twisted together. Can be made of fine gems components, for example, genuine pearls, or outfit gems parts like glass beads.

The terminology “torsade” signifies “twist” or “cable” in French. While an old style – cases have been found in old Egypt – today the term is regularly connected with the thick, short, multi-strand necklaces prevalent in the 1980s like the case appeared here.

A torsade can likewise reference a bracelet style additionally included numerous strands beads, pearls, or chains twisted together and fastened around the wrist.

7. Dog Collar Necklace

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While present day “punk” necklaces of this assortment truly do look like leather dog collars enhanced with spikes, the one worn here by performer Kristin Wiig highlights a less exacting current yet ladylike plan. Antique cases of this kind of choker have a tendency to be considerably more dainty and exquisite, yet can likewise put forth a strong expression.

This kind of jewelry started in the mid-1800s, and Queen Alexandra apparently wore a dog collar neckline to conceal a scar on her neck.

8. Bayadère Necklace

Bayadère Necklace

The name Bayadère references a style of plaited necklace made out of strings or strands of beads, typically seed pearls, curved together. The pearls can coordinate or multi-colored. There are less strands, however, in this style than in the torsade.

In spite of the fact that it goes back to the eighteenth century, the style was particularly well known around 1900, when the rope-like primary necklace was regularly enlarged with a pendant or decoration toward the end. Basic bayadères were additionally a typical blessing to bridesmaids at trendy Belle Époque weddings at the turn of the twentieth century.

9. Lavalier Necklace

Lavalier Necklace

 

This necklace style includes a chain or little connection necklace, genuinely long, that ends in a solitary extensive pendant or decoration, which thusly frequently has extra pendants or tassels dangling from it.

Despite the fact that named for a special lady of Louis XIV, the style is normally connected with turn-of-the-twentieth century adornments. The lightness and delicacy of the lavalier superbly supplemented the foamy, pastel-toned styles of the Edwardian period. It stayed well known into the 1930s in spite of the fact that materials and colors wound up plainly bolder moving into the Art Deco time.

A variety of the lavalier is the négligée. This term is used while danging pendants are of not of the same length.

10. Rivière Necklace

Rivière Necklace

The name of this necklace really means “river” in French and refers to the way it streams effortlessly around the neck. The rivière is a short (as a rule 14-16 inches) necklace hung basically with a line of faceted pearls or rhinestones, frequently graduating in size, and exclusively set.

At the point when the style initially created, in the late seventeenth or mid eighteenth century, the settings were shut back. Later forms had open settings so that the impact was a constant, sparkling stream around the neck. Some ornate cases have extra gems dangling from the primary necklace. (see beautiful Rivière necklaces here)

 

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How to Care for your Jewelry

How to Care for your Jewelry

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So you got yourself a set of jewelry from our shine-baby-shine collection and you were wondering “how do I care for my jewelery set?” No problems. In this post, i’ll be showing you how you can effectively care for your jewelery and keep it shining.

1. Keep your shine-baby-shine jewelery clean and dry

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The most practical steps to maintain your jewelery are quite often the easy steps. After that special occasion, having to remove that piece of jewelery, cleaning it with soft dry clothe to maintain its shine might be a tedious task as your body wants to jump right into the shower. It is advisable you clean your jewelery and store it in its case before you hit the showers (as you are likely to tamper it with not-totally-dry hands). And don’t forget, lotions and creams can react chemically to some metals (like copper, brass and bronze).

2. Store your jewelery carefully

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Maybe you purchased the radiant set and it all looks beautiful, shiny and you can’t get enough of its beauty, you slept-off admiring it. You wake-up in the morning feeling a little prick of pain. You lifted yourself up to discover “I laid on my jewelery”. Trust me, this does happen and you would′nt want to be “caught on the wrong-side of the bed”. In order to avoid tarnishing, chipping and excessive wear, it is advisable you store your jewelery individually.

3. Keep jewelery away from excessive heat

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Hey, your jewelery are mostly made of metals. These metals were crafted under certain temperatures to give their dinstinct feel, color and design. Gold for one is very malleable. Heat, over time, and in excess can also fade or damage some gemstones, such as amethyst, kunzite, topaz and shell cameos. Pearls and other delicate materials, such as ivory, will bleach under extreme exposure to light. Other gems, especially amber, can darken over time when exposed to too much light. Wouldn’t you love to bequeath some wonderful piece to your grand-child as a memento?

4. Remove when not in use

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I know you love to admire the regal set but you have to put it in its place when not in use. Its beautifully crafted pieces locked in with utmost sophistication would make you dance with it for hours but “you gotta let the lady lie”. When not in use it is best advised they are kept away in order to prevent incidence of chipping and/or tarnishing. Never go to sleep with fashion jewelry on, it is a sure way to damage it, to make it tarnish more quickly or even break it. And besides damaging your jewelry, it could also color, injure or scratch your skin. This advice also applies when you exercise, when you go to the pool etc. The green traces left on the skin (particularly by fashion rings) are due to a chemical reaction between the metal and the acidity of the skin. The sweat will naturally tend to amplify it. Finally, for any activity that does not require the presence of costume jewelry, go without!

5. Wear your costume jewelry occasionally

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Do not forget to give your costume jewelry a little break from time to time. Fashion jewelry is usually not meant to be worn every day. Therefore, if you wear the same pieces of jewelry on a daily basis, you might see discoloration coming quickly. To preserve the life of your jewelry, change it as often as possible by varying the outfits. As they are pretty affordable, do not hesitate to buy for example two or three fashion necklaces in the same style and alternate them.

Don’t you just stare in admiration when you see a piece of jewelery that is a lot older than you? There is this reverent awe you feel when you grasp it in your hand.I’m sure you would love to have your jewelery command such reverence. So i say “a jewelery well cared is money well-spent”.

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Your Jewelry And Your Personality

Your Jewelry And Your Personality

your jewelry your personality

In my last post, I wrote on how jewelery came about. I also wrote on its uses and the messages they were created to convey as ancient times.

Well, these days we majorly buy jewelries that follow trends. Now don’t go all berserk on me, fashionable trends are fine, but much of what you’ll call trendy have actually existed. For example, the chokers which are beginning to trend (again) have actually been in use since the 90’s. (i’m talking before 1960’s).

One of the ancient uses of jewelery was for identity. Are you passionate and fearless, you probably would love red-gold jewelries. Do you love simplicity and utterly get bored when you see anything complex? Then, get a jewelery with simple designs. You see, jewelery is all about YOU (Your Uniqueness)

Its about what brings out the beauty in you. When I look in your eyes, I see the beauty radiating from within amplified by the beauty without, forming a unique blend of overall awesomeness. Jewelery has a voice and it does speak. Make your  jewelery speak well of you and you never know when your style trends.

You can order your bespoke jewelries with us @ sb@sheilablackstar.com or contact us on whatsapp +44 7495 364029 to order your custom-made jewelery. Check out our colllections

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How Did We Come To Love Jewelry?

HOW DID WE COME TO LOVE JEWELRY?

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No kidding. You’re not alone in this. To answer this question, i’ll have to share with you, the history of jewelery.  Jewelery, (any decorative piece worn for personal adornment) has been in use as far as recorded human history.

It all began when the early humans began settling into communities. In this early period, minerals and metals were not in existence and jewelry items, such as preliminary form of necklaces and bracelets, were made by using bone, animal teeth, shell, wood, and carved stone.

But after the discovery and extraction of minerals and metals, people started using gems and metals in jewelry items. These have greatly evolved to the sophisticated gemstones, socketed with utmost precision and worn to weddings and special occasions by you and me (so you see you are making history).

Jewelry had always been used as a means of communication- either to accentuate beauty, achievement, class(example being the ancient priests), power, status or symbol.

Three ancient civilisations have contributed to the evolution of jewelery to the expression of art and craft that it is now; India, Egypt and the Chinese.

Egypt

Egyptian Jewelry

The first sign of crafted gold jewelry in ancient Egypt was around 3,000-4,000 years ago. In combination with gold jewelry, Egyptians mainly used colored glass instead of precious gems, as they preferred glass colors more to the natural colors of gems. For nearly each gemstone available that time, there was a glass formulation used by the Egyptians to imitate it.

In Egypt, jewelry was a symbol of power and wealth and worn by wealthy Egyptians throughout their life and after their death these jewelry items were placed among grave goods. Egypt and Mesopotamia set standards in metallurgy (study of the physical and chemical behavior of metallic elements), gem collecting, and glass manufacture. Their several thousand year long tradition of jewelry production laid a solid foundation for all European civilizations that came after them, and their unique style affected fashion trends even four thousand years later.

India

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India is considered the first country to mine diamonds dated back 300 BC and involved in a continuous development process of jewelry making. Before 2100 BC, the natives of the Indus Valley Civilization used to trade jewelry beads as that time, metals were not widely used in jewelry items. In the Indus Valley, jewelry beads were made by using some simple techniques which also involved heating and polishing of a stone for color improvement. By 1500 BC, the natives of the Indus Valley were using metals such as gold to create earrings, necklaces, rings, bead necklaces and metallic bangles. In the Indus Valley, women wore jewelry items like gold rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, brooches, chokers, forehead bands etc. Unlike many other ancient cultures, Indus Valley jewelry was never buried with the dead and natives of Indus Valley used to pass these to their children or family members.

China

Chinese jewelry

As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, China started producing jewelry around 5000 year ago during the rise of Yang-Shao and Lungshanoid cultures in the delta of river Yangtze. As the time went on their civilization grew, and new jewelry designs rose to such popularity that all the Asian surrounding countries soon found themselves under heavy influence of Chinese culture which preferred silver over gold, and jade over any other precious gemstone.

Chinese jewelry designs focused greatly on the use of Jade, which was viewed as a stone who has best human qualities of hardiness, durability and beauty. It was thought that jade protects the bearer as a talisman, and it provided status symbol that indicated grace, dignity and morality of the owner. Jade was held in such high regard that it was more precious than gold and new techniques of jewel making were introduced because of it and not gold or other precious metal (such as 7th to 4th century BC ring making technique of compound milling machine, which appeared in the rest of the world many centuries later).

Recent Times

By the 17th century, the Renaissance and exploration had vital impacts on the growth of jewelry. At these times, it began to feature as a very important part of fashionable clothing. By this time, wide ranges of gemstones were available due to increase in exploration and trade. In 17th century, craftsmen studied as well as explored many ancient cultures and made some important technical improvements in gemstone cutting, which helped in enhancing the popularity of gemstone jewelry. Beautiful floral art was on peak at that time and flower designing became a dominant theme for fine jewelry.

By the 18th century, diamond jewelry became very popular and began to express changing trends in fashion. In this period, some new stone setting styles including prong setting was invented which multiplied the brilliancy of a diamond.

In the 19th century, the Industrial Revolution brought enormous change to the whole world including jewelry industry. Mass production of jewelry and concept of imitation stones made jewelry available to everyone. In this period, jewelry and jewelry accessories became very popular even in middle and lower classes.

In the 20th century and afterwards, jewelry reached onto new highs and now is available in more stylish and trendy forms. This century was characterized by the beginning of a new era in jewelry making. New technological improvements in stone cutting, polishing and setting were developed as well as new metals such as platinum and palladium were used in jewelry. In addition, new casting technologies along with new sophisticated machinery allowed for the production of more versatile jewelry by using different patterns, shapes and styles.

In today’s world, jewelry has become part of our day-to-day life and our culture. Now jewelry making has improved exceptionally well due to involvement of computers and technology but still maximum cutting, polishing and finishing work of a gemstone is done manually by experts.

 You are not alone

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So you see, jewelery is almost a primal instinct, our identification with the beauty of nature and the undeniable expression of beauty, elegance and a pristine personality. Don’t just wear jewelery to follow trends, express your uniqueness through them. You can find statement jeweleries here.

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shades of gold

Shades of Gold | Fashion and Beauty

Shades of gold

shades of gold

So you love gold, I love gold.  If you don’t love gold, can I see your hands up? (i see no hands, great!!).Gold comes in different colors but did you know pure gold actually has only one true color? Pure gold is very yellow in color. Pure gold is also very malleable( it can be scratched, pounded, bent, stretched, you catch my drift). This makes pure gold not ideal for jewelery especially if you are going to add gemstones to it. Gold in its pure form is 24K(k stands for karat or carat) that is 99.9% gold.

The question now pops to mind: ‟I thought I heard there is white gold”, or ‟I sure have seen pink gold”. Yes, you are definitely spot-on. Infact, i’m going to add mine: there’s blue gold, rose gold, black gold (wait-a-minute, not crude oil) and even green gold. You see, the various other colors of gold jewelry are a product of the various metals used to harden the gold. The Karat(percentage of gold) are usually standardized into:

  • 24k Gold is 99.9% Pure Gold
  • 22k Gold is 91.6% Gold
  • 20k Gold is 83.3% Gold
  • 18k Gold is 75% Gold
  • 14k Gold is 58.5% Gold
  • 10k Gold is 41.7% Gold

In the USA, the gold below 10 karat purity (0.417 gold) is not allowed to be sold as a gold jewelry. The most common types of gold in the U.S is the 14 karat gold. 20 to 22 karat is more desired in Europe.

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The various colors of gold you find around you are actually alloys of gold (various metals combined with gold to give its desired color). The Karat nature (purity of gold measurement) is the amount of gold in the jewelry piece. So you can have various colors with different karats (except, of course, 24 karat).

Do you love white gold? White is basically a combination of pure gold with a naturally white metal like nickel, palladium or manganese. Standard white gold is 58.5% gold purity.

I love Green gold. It is a combination of gold and silver. Usually (73% gold).

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Hmmm, ladies love pink, rose and red gold. These types of gold are manifest as a result of combinations (at different percentages) with copper. For example, common rose gold is 75% (18k) gold. Red gold is 12 karat gold (50% gold, 50% copper).  The darker the red, the higher the copper.

I Know you’d love to know about *black gold. ‟Is it gold mixed with crude?”(I can’t help but squeeze in a giggle”. Black gold is gold combined with cobalt. Ideal is 18k with 25% cobalt.

So whatever your choice of gold, you can still get quality gold, spiced with a color variant to give you that exotic look and make you undoubtedly shine. So which would you love to have? You can check out our collections.

 

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Why Jewelry enhances the real you.

Jewelry enhances the real you.

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You are beautiful, but you can be stunning inside and out. Life is a gift that should be shared with others. It is more important to be inspired by the people you meet and the world around you rather than just being fashion-forward. When it comes to jewelry don′t follow a trend, but instead, follow your own path and purpose in life.

Behind the make-up, the nails, the lashes, ear-rings, neck-laces and bracelets, fashionable clothes, lies the bare you. That’s the meat of the matter (pun intended). Just within the body is the real you. When you look at yourself in the mirror, what do you see? Are you bold and confident, do you love yourself?

Jewelry

You need to believe in yourself, loving yourself and your beauty would shine forth. Its not the skin that defines you, neither is it the jewelry that makes you. You have to feel good about yourself so that others can feel good about you. You have to love yourself so that others can love you. The energy you emit is the energy you attract. Love yourself and others will love you for that. Then put on the mascara, the lashes , the ear-rings , the fashionable clothes and the jewelry.

What makes you shine through is actually what is within. You wear the jewelry, you don’t allow the jewelry wear you. Your beauty,confidence(or whatever it is you want to project) shines forth through the jewelry and we at Sheila Blackstar ltd aren′t just about jewelries but providing opportunities for the inner beauty to expressed outside. So wherever you go,‟ Shine baby shine”. see beautiful jewelry collection here

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Top 5 Wedding Gifts for a Special Friend

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So March may not be a popular month for weddings but now is the time to begin to plan for that best-friend of yours who would be getting married. Having an idea of what your bestie would need and greatly appreciate(even if she has all the money in the world).What then, are the ideal wedding gifts she would need that show you value her and you are joyful she is getting married?(asides what you already know she likes).

1.Household items, gadgets and furniture

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How would you feel if the very bed you and your newly wed hubby spend the night on was provided by your best-friend. You would definitely swell with pride that “I’ve got a friend that’s got my back no matter what.”  Modern electric appliances are indispensable for a modern household and gifting a key piece may be the way to earn some heartfelt thank you. It could be anything ranging from a Home theater, for entertainment purpose to appliances for the kitchen, like a refrigerator or food processor for a wedding gift.

2. Books

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Yep! I said it…and i’m going to say it again! Books. There would be so much going on in terms of physical preparations for the wedding and the love at the initial stages of the court-ship to the early months (or years) of the wedding. A time would definitely pop-up that she would have challenges in are marriage(sure you and her had several quarrels but you’re still strong).

A book about relevant challenges and how to tackle them would tell deeply that you want her happiness above your friendship. You’d be her grandma saying “you gotta go out there and make it work”

3.Stock the couple’s post honey-moon fridge

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Yeah! She’s had a “fulfilling” honey-moon and trust she’s going to be tired. She gets home trying to take some water from the fridge before going off to the grocery store and you’ve stocked the fridge. If she doesn’t  kiss you through the phone, call me, “I gonna  definitely give her some whoopin”. Next!!!

4. Weekend get-aways

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Hey! I’m not saying you should break the bank but you sure can spear-head the idea of a honey-moon get-away with her other friends you are(or can be) acquainted with. This would definitely blow her away.(Just remember to put back her pieces as you need her whole.)

5. Jewelry

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Need I say more? Getting her a piece of elegantly crafted, enduring jewelry would make her twerk in her dreams. Across diverse cultures, jewelry is a gift that is most associated with weddings. This could range from necklaces to wrist-watch, gold earrings to customized jewelry box. So what jewelry should you buy as wedding gifts?

Remember….This can end up being a pricey choice, but when your best friend in the whole wide world is tying the knot, it really isn’t the time to be frugal.  C’mon, talk to me.

The noble set - gold

6 beautiful jewels that keep you shining in an event.

Happy new month guys!!! SBS is here again. So, what occasions are you planning on attending this month? “Clothes: check, shoes: check, jeweleries: hmm.” Not to worry, I have specially curated 6 of our exquisite jewelry brands that are sure to make you glamorous for that occasion. Check it out!!!

1 The Queenly set

The queenly set - gold

Modeled similar to the Cleopatra archetype, this mother-load is sure to make you the cynosure of all eyes. Its beautifully crafted wirings over-laid with gold makes for a glittering effect. Wear this to a presidential gathering and trust me, the president is sure to ask for your acquaintance.
I would love to have one.

2. The Awareness Set

The awareness set - green
Hey, every lady needs to look good and this set is sure to make you stand-out. Fitted with green gem-stones and pink overlay (every woman loves pink), it sure would be a good fitting for that pink dress you′ve reserved for special occasions.
Give it to me.

3. The Glamour Set

The red glamour set
Looking for that cutting-edge look that inspires and radiates glamour? We have the glamour set of necklaces for you. Its muti-colored layering make it fitting for any dress colour.
How do i get one?

4. The Brilliance Set

The brilliance set - silver
My oh-my! This is a set of jewelry that moves me. Made of silver, this jewelry set has high luster and its resistance to microbial attack makes it long-lasting. So you can be assured of an ever glowing jewelry that’s sure to make you look radiantly brilliant anywhere you go.
Interesting!!! Get it now

5. Regal Set-Silver

The regal set - silver
This is for Queens. Well, we′ve all got that uniqueness in us that can stand us out as Queens in our own world. Put this on and you’re sure to feel like the Queen that you’ve always been.
i gotta have these!!!

6. The Paragon Set

The paragon set - grey
I’m going to personally name this “the evidence of beauty”. Its sleek wavy design makes for a trance-like awe that is going to make you garner the admiration of your friends. You will not only look grand, you are sure to look grandular.
Give it to me, now!!!

Whatever your style choice or the impression you want to make at any of your occasions for this month and beyond, you are sure to find our jewelery set-list handy. You can also customize any jewelery you want with us. Talk to us. Till we meet again, Shine Baby Shine.