What is your engagement ring telling you?

What is your engagement ring telling you?

1)    Take me off!

 

A survey was done that over 25% of people NEVER take off their engagement ring. This leaves your diamonds, gemstones, and settings susceptible to damage. Knowing when to take it off will help prolong the life of your prongs, brilliance of your stone, etc.

 

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FACT: A 14k White Gold ring will completely disintegrate if it’s placed in household chlorine bleach for 34 hours.

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Now I know that’s extreme but it just shows that gold is not indestructible. A chlorinated swimming pool or hot tub for example, has chemicals that can weaken the metal.

 

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You should also avoid wearing your rings while baking and gardening. Certain things like dough and dirt can accumulate and harden making your ring very difficult to clean.

 

 

Remove rings before applying lotions and creams. These will greatly diminish brilliance and  hasten the need for cleaning and can even damage certain gemstones. Avoid getting hair spray on diamond rings as it will stick to the stones and make cleaning very difficult as well.

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Hard water or well water can discolor settings and diamonds by leaving a film on them if you keep them on in the shower. Check out this photo of my sister in law’s ring from just showering a few days in well water.

 

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The fine fabrics found in bed linens over time can work their way in between your prongs and stones. If your prongs are snagging on fabrics or constantly getting little fibers stuck this could be sign of a misshaped or damage prong.

 

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Remember: cold water can shrink fingers, so never swim in the ocean or lake while you’re wearing your rings. They could slip off without you even knowing it.

 

2)    Don’t take me off!

 

Do NOT take off your rings and set them next to the sink in public restroom to wash your hands. This is one of the most common ways of losing a ring.

 

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3)    Clean me!

 

A simple cup of warm water with a few drops of Dawn dish-washing soap and a soft bristle toothbrush is all you need at home. If you want a deep clean, your local jeweler can assist better with an ultra sonic and steam clean upgrade.

 

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4)    Get me checked!

 

If you hear a slight rattling or can feel a loose stone, do not delay, go see your local jeweler ASAP. Keep a record of your repairs and maybe even consider getting an insurance policy for your beloved ring through your home owner’s insurance. Also, your jeweler can restore white gold’s brilliance by “dipping” the setting in a rhodium bath. This will not harm your setting and is also safe for platinum rings as well.

 

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5)    Be careful with me!

 

FACT: Diamonds are incredibly hard, but impacts on points or the girdle edge can damage them.

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Sudden impacts can chip stones and dent metal, so remove your rings before doing physical activities.

 

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Enjoy your engagement ring but keep these hints in mind to keep your beautiful piece intact and beautiful for years and years to come! To see the engagement rings photographed click here.

Fall Must Have List

1) Black & White Striped Long Sleeve Shirt

I don’t really know if this is just a fall must have. I am obsessed with a basic striped tee for summer or fall. It is so versatile. You can pair it with black leggings or jeans. It looks great layered with a floral shirt under it or a vest on top. Here are a few styling photos to help inspire you. There is a fabulous long sleeve version online at Nordstrom’s for less than $30!!!

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Photo credit: https://www.slant.co/topics/3955/~long-sleeve-or-3-4-sleeve-breton-stripe-shirts

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Photo credit: http://wachabuy.com/75-fall-outfits-to-copy/


 

 2)  Peep Toe Booties

These little beauties are prefect for us living in Florida or the Mid-West. They transition easily from summer to fall and look cute with virtually anything. Here are a few of my favorites!

 

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Photo Credit: http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/fashion-2/toms-majorca-peep-toe-bootie/

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3) A blanket scarf ~ with some plaid preferably

I’m obsessed with blanket scarves. If you are sitting around a campfire, the sun is setting, there is a little chill, your honey is making you a s’more, and you take your gorgeous blanket scarf and wrap it around your shoulders…that is just pure fall bliss!

 

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Photo Credit: http://www.stylishwife.com/2014/09/stylish-fall-outfits-for-women.html/2

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Photo credit: https://waysof.life/article/60-of-the-most-popular-fall-outfits-on-pinterest-1#P2ntIsB7bc


 

4) Gold Stud Earrings

My hair gets tons of static once the seasons start to change. I find myself usually turning to my tried-and-true messy bun or French braid. This makes way for some bold statement earrings. I like wearing studs so they don’t catch on my scarf or hat. Check these out…

 

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Click Here to View Ruby Studs


 

5) Floppy Hat

These are not only trendy but keep the snowflakes out of your eyes (if you have to worry about such things). They come in all different colors and give a boho yet polished vibe.

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Photo Credit: http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nordstrom-floppy-wool-hat/3955165?mr%3AreferralID=NA&mr%3AtrackingCode=9AC441C9-232B-E511-80F7-0050569419E4

 

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Photo Credit: https://www.society19.com/best-fall-outfits-to-copy-right-now/


 

5) Green Stackable Rings

 

I tend to gravitate to all black, grey, and white attire during the fall and winter so a happy splash of color is a good thing. Green is one of my favorite colors and stackable rings are the best thing since pumpkin spice latte. Here’s a few examples. Stack ‘em up!

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Click Here to View Emerald Ring

 

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Photo Credit: http://www.polyvore.com/sweetlime_rings/thing?.svc=pinterest&utm_campaign=default&.src=share_android&id=172844803&.embedder=3162416


 

6) Burgundy Lips and/or Nails

I love this color pretty much anytime but fall/winter is the best time to break out some new lipstick in a rich shade.

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Photo Credit: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/index.php

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Photo credit: http://www.herbsandoilsremedies.com/2013/07/10-unusual-uses-for-nail-polish.html


Be sure to follow us on Pinterest to see our other fall must-haves! Happy Friday!

 

What “Vintage” Means To Me…

My grandparents live on a small cattle farm in Florida. There is a little cobblestone drive that leads to the side of the ranch style, brick house, where the garage is. On Saturday mornings when I was younger, we would go over for some of my Papa’s pancakes. He was a cook in the US Air Force and can make pancakes that are so sweet and cake-like that you can almost feel your teeth rotting. As a kid, these were my absolute favorite! Nanny would make bacon, grits, and eggs to go along with these pancakes. (There is no such thing as a simple, small meal on a farm.) I would watch my Nanny scurry about the kitchen that she had cooked in for over 40 years, it was like a well rehearsed dance. She was always dressed to the nines, even on a Saturday morning at 8am, her ruffle apron covering her blouse. She had a gorgeous wedding ring that would sparkle even when caked with pancake batter and she always had great earrings on. She didn’t believe in having “naked holes” or no earrings. Her hair was short and permed and the perfect style to showcase a pair of statement earrings. She was always so put together and beautiful to me. Even the neighbors who would come by early for coffee before starting their day, knew that Nanny would be up, dressed, and ready to receive them.

On the days that Nanny and Papa went to the flea market to sell old tools and other amazing vintage finds, she would still be decked out it all her jewelry. With her diamonds glistening in the Florida sun, she literally didn’t sweat, she sparkled! She was a believer in being thankful for what you had, enjoying it, and not letting it just sit in a box and collect dust.

I guess you could say that “vintage” is not just a type of jewelry style to me, it’s memories of days passed, it’s the smell of pancakes sitting around a farm table, it’s excellent craftsmanship, and it’s pure elegance. Now that I get to work in a place that has tons of beautiful, nostalgic, well-made vintage pieces, I get obsessed with all the amazing jewelry we have to offer. Our boutique has everything that is precious about the word vintage to me. Each piece has been carefully cleaned and inspected. Each piece is photographed to show its beautiful details. Each piece is ready to be a part of what vintage means to you! I’m sure you will be able to find a piece that brings back some memories of childhood. Or maybe you will find a piece that just speaks to you and you’re ready for it to come home with you and be a part of your kids’ and grandkids’ memories. Each piece is ready to become a keepsake for you and generations to come! Here are a few of my favorites!

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A ring like my Nanny’s in our Etsy store… click here to view listing

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A right hand ring similar to my Nanny’s…click here to view listing

Diamond earrings that remind me of the antique ones that I loved as a child…click here to view listing

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Gorgeous Art Deco vintage watch…click here to view listing

One of my favorite antique brooches…click here to view listing

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These RARE Tiffany & Co Diamond Earrings would be my Nanny’s new favs…click here to view listing

One more cluster ring that I love…Click here to view listing

September Birthstone ~ Sapphire

We have reached the start of fall folks!

Have you had your first pumpkin spice latte? (Basic, I know!)

Have you been to your local pumpkin patch yet (in Florida that means your local grocery store has put down some hay and created a faux farm experience for you)?

My favorite things about September are the changing weather, even if very slightly, and SAPPHIRES!

Did you know that sapphires come in all colors and when they reach a certain color of red they are rubies? The most desirable color is probably blue but it is nice to have such a durable stone available in any color you fancy.

One particularly famous blue sapphire is the one that Princess Kate wears as her wedding ring. It was originally from Princess Diana. Sapphires are an excellent choice for an everyday piece such as an engagement ring or wedding ring because of their resilience. They are second only to diamond for their hardness.

Here are some other fun facts about sapphires:

~Sapphire is Greek for Blue

~Sapphire is one of the “precious four” which also includes red ruby, green emerald, and diamonds (that’s a good group to be in association with!)

~ Sapphire has industry use because of its hardness. Apple recently used lab-created sapphire in its glass screen.

~ Sapphire, particularly the royal blue color, has been associated with royalty – hence its name

~ There are even special types of sapphires such as the star sapphire and color change sapphire

Because sapphire has been so desired among the masses, cultured sapphires and imitation sapphires were created. Keep in mind that when created sapphires hit the market, they were viewed as an advancement in sparkling science. Created sapphires make it possible for everyone to enjoy their beauty and not just the royals. Synthetic sapphires feature some synthetic counter parts but virtually the same physical and chemical components as a natural sapphire, they were just assisted in a lab by man to make them “grow”.

Our store features a lot of options for sapphire lovers! Check out a few of these…

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Natural Sapphire & Diamond Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Synthetic Star Sapphire in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Natural Sapphire & Diamond Custom Made Ring in our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Vintage Dark Blue Sapphire & Diamond Ring in our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Sapphire & Diamond Tennis Bracelet in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing blog-5

Princess Kate Inspired Sapphire & Diamond Engagement Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

A story of a “used” wedding ring set ~

My husband gave me a “used” or “pre-owned” diamond for my engagement ring. When I tell people that my engagement ring is not “new”, the typical response is usually utter shock, like my husband should be captured by the four horsemen of the apocalypse and taken to where he belongs. I want to address this topic because I have dealt with this for years. Most young ladies want their ring or diamond to be “new” so that it isn’t cursed or something. First off, diamonds aren’t really “new” unless you have a CZ or moissanite that is man made. Otherwise all diamonds come from about 90 miles under the earth’s surface and are made from extreme heat, time, and pressure. It is absurd to think that diamonds jump out of our earth and into your local jewelry retailer. It may catch you off guard to hear that most diamonds are “used” and have a history. This fact has never bothered me, actually I plan to write a book one day about the journeys and love stories of one diamond. I know what the main problem is though. Some people believe that if they get their engagement ring, wedding band, or anniversary gift from a store other than a retail store that there is some deep, dark, story associated with it and it is going to carry a hex that transfers over to them. I really am not that superstitious, even though my great-grandmother was Native American and had all kinds of superstitions that she adhered too. I guess I am more of an optimist. I have sold and traded jewelry that had nothing but happy memories attached. Just because a piece of jewelry is for sale in a second hand or estate jewelry shop does not mean it has a horrid past. Here is a story that I was a part of that may make you rethink “used” jewelry.

An older couple comes into our store and has been married for over 45 years. The sweet wife has had the same wedding set since their first year of marriage and that wedding set has been a part of raising babies, taking family vacations, Christmases, sport practices, graduations, etc. Those rings have been a part of the “American dream” love story. All those years of marriage there were many sacrifices made financially so that this lovely family could thrive. Now the time has come when the nest is empty and there is a little extra income to put a little extra sparkle on the finger of the lady who has given her all to her family for many decades. As the “old” set was traded in for a “new” one, you could tell that it was a celebration of where this couple had come from and where they were now. That loving couple walked out with a gorgeous “new” piece of jewelry and were off to continue their amazing love story. The “old” set was then cleaned, polished, and given a little check up (checking prongs, diamonds, etc) by our professional jeweler. When it was shined up like a new penny, it was put out for sale in our store. A few weeks later a nervous but excited young man walks in. He tells me that he only has so much he can spend on his future bride. They are just starting out, just finished school, just beginning new careers, and just starting their love story. He explains that one day he is going to give his bride the world and the biggest ring that he can buy, but right now he needs just a modest wedding set. One that he can afford but one that will be the apple of her eye. Instantly I knew the one! I pulled out the wedding set that had already been a part of an epic love story and handed it over to the young man for him to take a closer look. With eager hands and slightly embarrassed teary eyes, he said, “that’s it!” He went on to tell me that his future wife loved vintage things and that this little beauty would be the perfect ring to slip on her finger. I was ecstatic that this young man was going to “re-purpose” this “old” set and give it “new” life! Off he went with the small wrapped box bearing the ring that held his future! I just kind of paused for a few moments to reflect on the “passing of the torch”. I hoped that the older couple knew that trading in their rings had given this young man’s dreams a start. He was able to give his love a wedding set of quality that had stood the test of time and yet still eagerly awaited being a part of a new adventure.

I am a romantic at heart and working at a jewelry store that has these types of stories behind many of our pieces, just adds fuel to my passion for vintage (used) jewelry. I will forever view estate, antique, vintage, retro, Art Deco, Art Nouveau jewelry as a way of carrying on a legacy.

Check out a few of our engagement ring/weddings sets from the 1950s and I think you will agree with me that their simple elegance, classy look, and history give them even more appeal!

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Antique Engagement Ring Click Here to View Listing

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Classy Solitaire 1950s Engagement Ring Click Here to View Listing

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Mid-Century Square Illusion Head Solitaire Click Here to View Listing

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Ruby 1950s Engagement Ring Click Here to View Listing

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Antique Two Tone Cluster Engagement Ring Click Here to View Listing

Jewelry Gift Guide

“I want a dishwasher for our anniversary”

“For my birthday this year just mow the lawn”

“For graduation just give your money to my parents to help with tuition”

“This Valentine’s Day I want you to completely forget and ignore me”

“For Christmas let’s just work right through it and not exchange gifts”

I’m sure these phrases have been uttered before but I’m also sure that they are not truly meant. If you struggle with what to give as a good gift for any occasion, let me introduce you to the universal favorite gift ~ JEWELRY! (Shocking right?!? – since I write a jewelry blog :o) These are a few ideas to think about if you are coming up on an event and can’t muster up any ideas. We have a wide range of options so please do not hesitate to ask if you do have an idea and just need help with the execution. Our staff loves to help with these kind of details.

Anniversary ~

I’ll start with this very important life event and give several ideas that might help. When clients come in our store, my first thought is to look up and see what gemstone coincides with that anniversary year (see below chart). This creates a special tradition as well for the future.


(there are other charts that have alternative gemstones too)

Our Etsy store is packed full with many different options for most of these gemstones. If you don’t see something just let us know, our brick and mortar store also have a vast variety.

Another idea is the three stone diamond ring or necklace. This design has a meaningful significance behind the classic look. The middle diamond that is typically slightly larger is meant to stand for your present, the two side diamonds are your past and future. The symbolism is to be unique to you and your love. Other couples have said that it stands for friendship, love, and fidelity. You can make this one your own! Check out a few of these options.

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Three Stone Diamond Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Three Stone Diamond Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

Birthday~

If you are purchasing for your lady, this is a wide open holiday! Any jewelry item is sure to be well received but a few of my traditional favorites are: diamond studs, diamond tennis bracelets, or a right hand ring. Check out a few of these…

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Diamond Studs in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Diamond Tennis Bracelet in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Right Hand Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

Graduation ~

Our store is based in Gainesville, FL, home of the Gators. We have several University of Florida charms that would be perfect for your UF alumni. If you have a grad at another school I would suggest looking for a piece with their school colors or even just one color. Check out a few of these…

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Gator Charm in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Multi Stone Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

Valentine’s Day ~

We have a lot of great and affordable options for Valentine’s day. If you want to surprise your love this year we have the perfect gifts to suit any budget. Here are a few ideas…

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Cute Valentine Earrings in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Opal Heart Pendant in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

Christmas~ 

Christmas is my favorite holiday. The family time, cooler weather, and festive things to do really makes my heart smile. On Christmas morning I always get most excited about the small box under the tree or in my stocking. Whether it be a classy pair of earrings or a new necklae, the tradition of jewelry at Christmas is one that I hope my hubby always keeps. Here are a few of my choice selections from our store right now…

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Diamond Statement Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Ornate Diamond Vintage Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Freeform Gemstone Brooch in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

There are many holidays in between (check out my previous post about jewelry gifts for our men folk and wedding day jewelry) but I hope this gets you ready for the gift giving season which in my book should be year round! Happy Friday!

 

Date Night Jewelry

Long August days are packed with busy busyness. Sometimes in the midst of our crazy lives as business women, moms, students, young professionals we get to have a romantic date night with our special someone. Date night can be just throwing on some jeans and going to the local pizza place or putting on that special boutique dress you’ve been saving for a while and going to the new hipster place downtown. No matter the venue or your attire, you want it to be special. Some ladies like myself love to go “all out” on some occasions. Life seems to speed by weeks at a time and I find that I have worn the same things over and over or have managed to wear workout clothes day in and day out. So when I do get the chance (and have advance notice) I like to really knock my hubby’s socks off with a new outfit, pretty makeup complete with my long “false-ies” aka eyelashes, freshly washed & curled hair, and some kind of eye-candy jewelry to complete my whole look.

I want to give you a couple of my go-to favorites for date night jewelry. You can shop these looks and others in our Etsy store.

1) Chandelier Earrings

Nothing compliments big, freshly curled hair like a pair of bold earrings that can hold their own with your hair down. These chandeliers have a long, cascading shape to elongate your neck and draw attention to your beautiful hair and fresh face. These are sparkling from every angle with an overall polished finish and natural diamonds accents. Diamonds always look better in candlelight, or natural light, or fluorescent lights, or ANY light for that matter!!!

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Chandelier Earrings in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

2) Layered Necklaces

I love the look of one sparkling, dainty, little choker necklace accompanied by a longer light-catching link chain. Both together add interest and character to a simple black dress or white tee shirt and jeans. Both are very versatile even for your everyday wear.

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Dainty Gold Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Long Layering Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

3) Lavalier or Statement Necklace

A lavalier is a term used for a delicate drop pendant. These are effortlessly feminine and romantic. This one has a flash of color to it. Garnets are a dark but lively gemstone that complement a wide range of wardrobe choices. A statement necklace makes a statement, whether that is a bold pop of color or an eye-catching bling. Statement necklaces are a perfect accessory to add to a simple outfit that you want to take to that next “WOW” level.

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Lavalier Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Statement Necklace in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

4) Gold Bracelets

Gold Bracelets are very in style right now…well really gold anything. Gold is the perfect metal to wear this time of year too. You have worked for months on your tan and gold will make it look deeper and bronzer. A gold bracelet, either simple or chunky, will add a classy touch to your casual or dressy attire.

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Chunky Gold Bracelet in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Simple Gold Bracelet in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

5) Cluster Rings

Cluster rings have a bit of a Retro vibe but I am in love with them. A cluster ring can have a floral or leaf type of motif that adds a time-honored classic feel to any date night outfit. Wear them on your ring finger, middle finger or pointer finger. Just wear them! I think you will find yourself falling for the all over diamond, starburst effect.

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Cluster Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

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Cluster Ring in Our Etsy Store Click Here to View Listing

Happy Friday and enjoy your date night if you have one planned. If not, plan one for next weekend and pick out a piece from our store and we will get it to you in time to shine! In closing, just make every day special for yourself and the one you love. Life like jewelry should be enjoyed! Cheers!