Body jewelry is a trend that is here to stay. While a single, sparkly bellybutton piercing can be sexy, it is possible to take the trend too far. Body piercing can be meaningful and has existed in some cultures for generations but it’s fairly new to most of us. It is difficult for someone in their 60’s to understand why a teenager has spikes sticking out of his face.
Keep your jewelery in a space that is dry and doesn’t have any air flow. To maximize protection, put your jewelry in a jewelry box or a small drawstring bag. Air and humidity can cause the metals that the jewelry are made of to tarnish. You will be able to polish precious metals to remove tarnish, but non-precious metals may lose their coating, showing the copper metal beneath.
When looking to invest in jewelry containing sapphires, opals or rubies make sure that you understand what lab created means. Lab created gemstones are grown in a laboratory using scientific means. Jewelry that you see labeled as lab created such as sapphire has never seen Mother Nature. If you are looking for natural gemstones, you may be paying a higher price and spend significant time looking for a vendor outside of your local mall.
Many people see jewelry labeled as sterling silver plated and oftentimes think they’ve hit the jackpot when they purchase it at a very low price. In this case unfortunately, you do get what you pay for. This type of jewelry only contains a very thin coating of sterling silver on top of a cheap metal which can usually be identified as copper. The jewelry will eventually tarnish and cause the copper to show through underneath with enough wear.
There are two types of categories that jewelry falls under. Fine jewelry is jewelry made from silver, gold or platinum and is combined with any precious or semi- precious gemstones. Jewelry classified as costume is any form of jewelry made from low cost metals that contain only a silver or gold surface finish as well as synthetic or plastic “gemstones”. Both categories have their pros and cons, and it really depends on personal taste and budget that helps determine which to buy.
Jewelry is a nice accessory to any outfit. Jeans and a t-shirt can look so ordinary, but paired with a cute chunky bracelet, or a fun pair of earrings, even the dullest outfit can look unique. A colorful choker necklace can brighten up any look, and a uniquely beaded ankle bracelet can accompany any old skirt. Mix and match traditional looks with nontraditional jewelry pieces to create one-of-a-kind looks you’ll love.
Try to be fashionable with this trend but don’t go too far. You may regret putting multiple holes in your face when you are 30 years old and have scars from your teenage piercings. Not everyone appreciates this look so try to be patient with your grandparents. It’s good to be an individual but that means not doing what everyone else does.