Are You a Silver or a Gold Person?

Back in the early 90s, discovering what “fashion season” you belonged to became all the rage. You were a summer, fall, winter or spring, and all your clothing needed to coordinate depending. I think there is some truth to this. It was decided by my (then) best friend Beth that I was a winter. Thrown from my closet were all my pink and orange shirts (which I was known for) and into the closet were ties and shirts in burgundy, black and so forth.

I have always loved gold jewelry, but was told by Beth that I should from now and henceforth ONLY wear silver! Imagine my chagrin. But what emerged from that fashion evaluation was a new interest in both platinum and jewelry made from silver . I have some gorgeous silver cuff links now that I wear; the side benefit is that they look like paw prints, which shows off my “dog-loving” nature. My little Maltese is so proud!

I’ve discovered that actually, I do look a lot snappier in silver, but once in a while I get out my beautiful gold chain and put it on. There is something so wonderfully evocative about gold. And I don’t think I shall ever remove the gorgeous gold ring my father left me. These pieces of gold jewelry I cannot do without. So you can already see that what type of person really depends on a lot of different factors, Like a lot of things when it comes to jewelry.

Can you mix gold and silver? I don’t see why not. The idea that you should never wear gold jewelry with silver comes from someone’s personal idea, which I think should be subject to change. Why not? I suspect it has more to do with the idea that gold is for the wealthy and silver for the middle-class or poor. It is certainly true that in some cultures jewelry wearing was forbidden for any but the upper class. And keep in mind that a trend is only a trend when someone tries something new and it works. The idea that you have to always play by the rules in jewelry is ridiculous.

My advice is wear what you love to wear, and don’t worry too much about what is considered “proper.” Fashions are constantly shifting and some (I include myself) find the very idea of fashion anachronistic. I realize I am in a very small minority, but I doubt anything will ever change my mind about this. I have a feeling that most people think this way to some degree whether they choose to act on that idea or not.

Some may just think I’m lazy, and while that is certainly true, it has nothing to do with it! Now there are limits to this; I wouldn’t show up at a friend’s wedding, of course, wearing a t-shirt and sandals. But I would wear a t shirt and sandals to some restaurants where some might think it unheard of. Depends on the situation and who I might be going against. I mean if it’s a friend’s wedding, then I value their ideas but if it’s a public space like a restaurant, then I might push the envelope a little more because I take my ideals to be more important than others (within reason of course, we still have to live in a civilized society).

What does this have to do with jewelry? Everything! One of my favorite people, an elderly lady, enjoys wearing her bakelite jewelry from the 1930s with a pair of diamond earrings to church. I love that! If we can’t express our individualism by the time we’re 89, when can we?

So mix and match your jewelry, wear the clothing that makes you happy, and go buy something new to cheer yourself up! Stop worrying about what other people think, and have fun expressing yourself.

Are Key Chains or Key Rings Jewelry?

Well, that could be debated. Creative key rings? I suppose it depends on what you consider jewelry. If you are discussing an accessory that can complement an outfit, I suppose not. But if you are more concerned with a sort of artifact that has a use and is beautiful as well, I believe you could make a case for it. Think about it; a tie tack (who wears ties anymore?) a pair of cufflinks (not for everyday wear, that’s for sure) a belt buckle (does that count?) and maybe a gold chain (too 80s for me). What does that leave? The one earring pirate look isn’t for everyone, and a watch hardly counts in my book. Others may disagree. But there are no rules about key chains. In theory, you could have one to match every outfit you own. I’m not sure that even I would go that far.

I prefer fine pewter as a material for my key chains. My pewter paw print key ring , which I admit to owning, is not only attractive but it feels good in my pocket, like a worry stone. Remember those? Polished rocks you can rub when you get nervous. I’ve owned mine now for quite a while and it doesn’t seem to wear down a bit.

Long ago I owned a beautiful silver key chain made on one of the reservations in Arizona. It was a Hopi design, beautiful. I lost it somewhere between 1972 and today, but that was the point where my love affair with the key chain began. I adore Hopi jewelry and that was the only piece of decorative wear I could find for men. (Thank you, Flagstaff Arizona.)

I admit to being a bit of a freak, but I have 6 completely different key chains. And I do use them all. I own a sterling silver key ring that I reserve for my van car keys. I don’t drive the van so much these days; the gas prices killed me a few months back and I lost my desire for those long, luxurious rides in the country. But that lovely key chain still hangs on a special hook in my bedroom.
I have my other car’s keys on a key ring of a humorously dinky dollar bill. Not so funny anymore. And as I revise this several months later, it gets even fewer laughs!
Then there’s the pewter key chain that keeps safe the all important key for getting into the storage shed on the back of my property. (I happen to be an avid gardener with even more gardening tools than key chains.) Sure there’s only one key on that one, but it stays hooked on a nail where I’ll never lose it. That one I concocted myself from a child’s garden toy. It makes me laugh, and since no one else ever sees it, I think I’m safe.

Then of course I have to have a separate one for my house and my condo. And my favorite, my latest one with the paw print design I reserve for the office. Do I ever lose them? Nah, I’m so organized that they all have a place to “live” when I’m not using them. Besides, I choose them so carefully I couldn’t bear to misplace a single one.

You can keep your whiskey, drugs and wild women. I’ll stick to collecting unusual key rings.

The Meaning Of Giving Jewelry

Giving the gift of jewelry has never been so easy as it is today. With the options available online and the ease with which you can purchase, you can give jewelry for any occasion. But what message does it send? Is it always romantic in intent?

Sometimes, the meaning of giving jewelry has romantic significance. But just as often many people give jewelry as thank you gifts, bridesmaid gifts or even new baby gifts.

There are just as many styles as there are personalities to wear them. Pearls are sophisticated and classy, sterling silver is wonderful on so many levels and diamonds are still a girl’s best friend!

Let’s go over a few of the occasions that would call for jewelry as a gift and talk about what would be appropriate for the message you are trying to send.

Jewelry – The Height of Romance?

The most obvious occasion that calls for jewelry as a gift is a romantic occasion. The act of proposing marriage probably tops this category as well. What proposal would be complete (in a traditional sense of course) without a diamond engagement ring? Now, you don’t have to give a diamond ring for an engagement, but it is highly recommended by most women if you want the answer to be yes.

Know Your Audience

The act of engagement in marriage is probably the best scenario to talk about “knowing your audience”. Or in other words, knowing what your intended recipient expects. While most women expect a diamond engagement ring, some women are perfectly fine with something else. But there are many other gemstones besides diamonds to love. I’m especially fond of rubies and emeralds- their clear fine brilliance draws me in. I don’t know that I would wear a pair of ruby cuff-links myself, but I certainly admire them! Perhaps a different gemstone like a sapphire or ruby ring? Maybe a synthetic diamond like a cubic zirconia? These are options that would be delightful for certain women and horrible for others.

Not Just For Engagements

The concept of knowing your intended recipient’s expectations doesn’t just apply to engagement. For other romantic occasions that call for jewelry, you need to be aware of what your significant other expects and the message you are giving along with the jewelry.

For example, a less serious relationship might call for a pair of earrings or a necklace. Sometimes, giving a ring, even if it is not followed up by the ultimate question, can imply a level of seriousness to the relationship that either you or your recipient is just not ready for. Don’t make that mistake and make sure that is what you a re looking for if you give a ring as your jewelry gift.

Jewelry for Non Romantic Occasions

There are also perfect opportunities to give jewelry as a gift that do not have to be romantic in nature. However, jewelry is usually reserved for big occasions like achieving a milestone in life. The first one that is usually synonymous with jewelry is graduation. Either High School or College graduation is the perfect time to give the gift of jewelry.

What Are You Trying To Say

While giving jewelry for graduation is not unique, you can make it extra special by putting in a little extra thought into the gift. Something that signifies the moment like a watch (to commemorate the time involved in getting the degree or diploma) can be very thoughtful and show an extra level of caring in your gift.

Engraving can also be added to jewelry gifts to make an item unique and give you a way to set the tone of your gift with extra precision.

Other Occasions For That Call For Giving Jewelry

In addition to graduations, there are an infinite number of occasions where jewelry would go a long way in making your gift recipient happy.

  • Birth of a Baby
  • New Job
  • Promotion
  • Christening
  • Retirement
  • Christmas
  • Birthday
  • Mother’s Day and other Holidays
  • SURPRISE! (Probably the best one)

Don’t forget that you can surprise your significant other or loved one (or maybe just your friend) with a piece of jewelry! I know from experience that I have gotten the best reactions to this act alone. Everyone expects jewelry at certain times (ie engagement) so a surprise gift of jewelry can go a really long way.

There are practically infinity of styles and types of jewelry. All of them have a place, from the most primitive uncut stone to a highly polished emerald or diamond. And to me, every one of them has beauty and grace.

Gold Facts

One of the most common tuypes of jewelry is gold jewelry. It’s so common, that we take it for granted at times and forget both its elegance and its practicality in uses for everything from everyday wearing to an elite night on the town to celebrate. It can fit in at a local friendly gathering and a celebrity ball! But what is gold all about anyway? Where did it come from and why d owe value it so highly? That is what we’re going to explore in this article today.

Gold is a natural mineral found in practically all of nature. Rocks, oceans, rivers, and plants all have small amounts of gold as part of their makeup.

But finding it in concentrated areas is a rare thing, indeed. There are gold mines in scattered locations around the globe, and no one seems to know for sure from whence it came. I’ve heard it theorized that gold is from the stars, and others, perhaps less romantically inclined, believe it originates from deep within our own planet.

Gold comes alloyed with silver for the most part; sometimes the percentages are as high as 50% gold and 50% silver. Quartz is also commonly found with gold.

Rocks that contain gold are known as “auriferous” rocks, which mean “gold bearing” and can be of many different types. Volcanic rock is the primary type of this rock. Alluvial deposits are the secondary gold deposits. “Alluvial” rocks are rocks being broken down by the action of water working against rocks in a river bed or lake shore.

The most readily found were the alluvial or secondary deposits because the gold was so easily seen against the sand.

Panning for gold in California comes to mind with that one. The Egyptians had a method of separating the gold from the auriferous rocks by washing the mineral with water and trapping the gold. in the 1800s, gold being found in California changed the course of history. The influx of thousands of people hoping to find their share of the precious metal spurred industry and the huge population growth in that area of the country.

It’s fascinating that all this work was primarily for a metal used almost entirely for decorative purposes. Of course then, as now, gold had intrinsic value as coinage, but even in that case it’s the beauty of and rarity of gold that gives it appeal.

Interesting examples of gold as jewelry are found in many places today. Look around online and you can find examples that fit any style or budget.

Some are playful examples but most people ordering jewelry are quite serious about their purchase. After all, it isn’t cheap and deciding on a gold jewelry purchase is usually an extremely meaningful decision. Gold can be symbolic of one’s profession as well.

Oftentimes, people will use gold to give as a gift or a symbol of one’s achievement. Both High school and college graduation rings are usually commemorated with a gold ring. You can find silver class rings, but the most common is either white or yellow gold.

But gold isn’t just used for jewelry. It’s also a highly sought after investment metal. Although it can be a volatile investment, it is a very old form of currency and it should hold its value in the end.

With the price of gold soaring, it would be a good idea to invest in some of this precious metal as a hedge against future inflation. It would also be in most people’s interest to purchase any gold jewelry you might be interested in before the prices hit the roof. Some jewelers are reporting lower sales of their gold jewelry than previously while others have said their business in this precious metal is as brisk as ever.

Today anyone can wear any jewelry they want- it’s only a matter of cost. However, it wasn’t always that way.
In ages past jewelry was all about symbolism. There were whole casts of people unable to wear certain jewelry because they were of the “wrong” social cast. You had to know your place and stepping outside of the boundaries arbitrarily set for you could be dangerous indeed. Jewelry was used to set you apart as either a person of worth, or a person considered worthless.

It’s incredible how something as seemingly innocuous as a choice of gold jewelry once had such overwhelming significance.

Artistic Name Badges – Practical Beauty

Name tags are akin to jewelry – brooches or pins-so why should they be boring?

Many people look for unusual sterling silver jewelry gifts to give their loved ones; an unusual name tag could be a whole new avenue of gifting!

Veterinary medicine is one profession that could benefit from beautiful name badges. Vets have jewelry applicable to their profession already- why not add name badges as something to set themselves apart with?

I’ve never thought much about name badges before; those things people in various professions wear so you can call them something other than “hey you.” Mostly they’re dull affairs, black or gold rectangles with the person’s name spelled out in very readable type.

And this is the way most of them should look, I suppose- especially for hotel workers and people in most service industries.

But for other professions, name badges can be a jewelry item, worn with a flourish to say something about the wearer’s individual taste. After all, who decided name badges have to be boring? Maybe that came about because of their association with work. But they aren’t clothing, are they? Name tags are accessories, and it’s high time they were treated like accessories!

Besides, who says you can’t express yourself on the job? Or that a person can’t wear a nice pair of earrings, a beautiful brooch, or a bracelet while working? I think there are people who think of their name badges as more than something to begrudgingly wear day after day, an annoyance you have to remember to remove before dumping a shirt in the washing machine after work.

Probably if more people wore name tags that were jewelry-like, there would be fewer “lost” in the wash. My veterinarian told me she used to have to replace her vet tech’s name badges at least twice a year, but since her employees starting wearing badges that had their own darling pet’s images on them, they losses have become minimal.

Most women love jewelry, so why not turn something required into something desired? After all, you wouldn’t expect anyone to put on a name tag that was actually ugly. Why not find a source of name badges that are actually beautiful?

I’ve always loved jewelry, and it’s interesting to realize that this one possible source of beautiful jewelry has become nothing more than a way to identify someone. And another thing, I do believe names would be more likely retained if the person looking at the badge had a reason to remember it.

If I were dealing with a veterinarian, I’m quite sure I’d recall her name if I spent more than a fleeting second noticing her name badge. Now if she had a cute little puppy or kitten on her badge, I’m sure my eyes would rest on her badge for a few extra crucial seconds, long enough to sink her name into my memory.

So that could be an extra advantage.

Overall, I think it’s time for a revolution in name tags!