Elizabeth’s Summer Wedding Dos and Don’ts

summerweddingSummer’s here, which means the wedding season is heating up. A good look can hinge on the perfect jewelry choices, so whether you’re celebrating your BFF’s nuptials or going as a plus-one to your college roommate’s cousin’s second wedding, make sure your jewelry shines.

  1. Use your ice to turn up the heat!
    We all know how sticky PNW summers can get, and it may be tempting to forego traditional fabrics and cuts that you know you’ll swelter in. Dress up flowy, mercifully breathable cotton maxi-dresses and jumpsuits with some well-placed sparkle!
  2. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
    If you have six weddings to attend in the next six weeks, crafting a new look for each one might be a chore. Use your jewelry to refresh a piece for the next event—dress up a daytime look with some dramatic dangle earrings, or keep things casual by pairing bright pendant with a classic LBD.
  3. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
    It’s good to try new things! Just find your groove—if you feel too conservative for a statement ring, try a couple mini stackers instead!
  4. Consider customizing.
    You wouldn’t want to show up in the same dress as another partygoer, so why settle for mass produced jewelry? Consider investing in a custom or one-of-a-kind vintage piece to complete your unique look.
  5. Shop your jewelry box.
    Afraid your jewelry have gotten dull or lifeless? Revitalize your collection with a professional deep cleaning and bust out your faves!
  6. Don’t overdo it.
    You want to make a splash, not cause a scene. Big pieces make a statement, but be sure your rings won’t upstage the bride’s!

Check out The Jeweled Crescent for all your summer wedding jewelry wants and needs!

June is pearl month! Here are my top tips for keeping your pearls pretty

Pearl jewelry is a unique treasure to be passed from generation to generation, but some special handling may be required to keep your pearls looking their best.  Here are a few key tips:

  1. Put your pearl jewelry on last thing and make your pearls the first thing you take off.  Don’t get hairspray, perfume, lotion or any sticky stuff on your pearl jewelry.  Pearls are made pretty by their luster, so don’t let their glow be dimmed.  Your skin, however, is the best treatment for keeping pearls looking young, so wear your pearls often.
  2. Gently, very gently, wipe your pearls with warm water after you wear them.  Don’t let them sit in water or put them into any chemical cleaners.  A soft cloth with warm water is all your pearl jewelry should ever need.  If you need clean metal in which pearls are set, use soft polishing cloths and avoid touching the pearls themselves.
  3. Pearl necklaces are strung with silk thread which can stretch over time.  Store your pearls laying flat, not hanging.  Don’t tug on them and be careful when wiping them clean not to put excess pressure on the knots.  If you do notice space between knots, its time to get them restrung.  A reputable jeweler or gemologist (like me!) will be able to help you.

Pearls are one of the most amazing gemstones the earth offers us.  Jewelry made from pearls has been prized since ancient times.  Take care to keep your pearls looking their best for years to come!

Celebrating the Special Occasions

My nephew was born last week. He’s the first grandchild in the family, and the first boy! I don’t have kids of my own so I can’t imagine the feeling of meeting your child for the first time, but the second I saw him I knew I’d love him forever. All I can think about is how I can’t wait to make him smile and be happy.

This is why I love working with jewelry. Jewelry celebrates special occasions, special bonds and gifts that mean something and last a lifetime.

Every time I get to be a part of someone’s engagement or find a piece of jewelry a new home, I feel a connection to that person’s story and I imagine the life that piece will have. When clients bring in jewelry from their family I am privileged to learn parts of their stories and we celebrate them together. Whether you spend five dollars or five thousand, remember the special people in your life and mark those milestones with something that lasts a lifetime and beyond.

I can’t wait to someday show my nephew pieces that belonged to my grandmother and tell him a little about her. I’m so grateful that we have that jewelry to celebrate her. Every time someone asks about a piece of her jewelry I am wearing I have the pleasure of introducing her to them.

That’s a bond that is the most precious thing of all.