Monday, August 24, 2015

Accentuate Your Style with Cable and Byzantine Link Chains

There's a reason why both cable and Byzantine link chains are so popular – they provide a stylish alternative to other chains, adding a little substance and style to your look. These chains are available in a number of different lengths, widths and metals, ensuring that you’ll have no trouble at all finding one to coordinate with the other pieces that you have on, whether they are watch, several rings, or a pair or two of earrings.

All About Byzantine Chains
Byzantine chains have a unique look. They consist of links that are looped in and through each other to form an unusual pattern that resembles a rope. The technical jewelry term for this is “four in one” meaning that four loops pass through one single loop. This keeps on repeating over and over throughout the entire length of the chain.
Byzantine chains were named for the Byzantine Empire, where the design originated. The Byzantine Empire was founded in the year 330 A.D by Constantine after he moved the seat of the Roman Empire to Constantinople (today, known as Istanbul in Turkey.)

Choose the Right Byzantine Chain
Byzantine chains are available in several different types of metal, including sterling silver, 14 karat gold and 10 karat gold. Both versions of gold chains come in your choice of either white or yellow gold, thus ensuring that you’ll find one for your needs. On top of this, the chains come in various lengths, such as 22, 26 and 30 inches, going all of the way to 40 inches long.

Background on Cable Chains
Cable chains are just as popular as Byzantine chains, even though they look different. Unlike the intricately linked loops of Byzantine chains, cable chains are much simpler. Each individual link loops though the ones that come before and after it, forming an uncomplicated pattern that resembles the construction paper chains made by students, albeit on a much more smaller, expensive and sophisticated scale.

Buying a Cable Chain
Cable chains come in a number of different metals and sizes, some designed for women, others for men. The ones for women are thinner (look for those that are 1.5 millimeters thick) and shorter (between 16 and 22 inches.) Cable chains for men are both thicker and longer. Despite these basic differences, both those for men and for women are available in 14K and 10K white and yellow gold, as well as in sterling silver.
Finding the best size, metal and style of chains is easy, thanks to the variety of cable chains and Byzantine chains available. You should have no problem at all expressing yourself with one – or more – of them!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Show Off Your Spiritual Side with Rosary Chains

In the beginning, rosary chains were used for prayer only. Each bead signified a specific prayer, making it easy to keep track of how many were done. Over time, simply carrying a rosary with you gave way to wearing one as an expression of one’s Catholic faith, although the practice is not unique to Catholics, as some other Christian denominations use it as well. Today, it is acceptable to wear a rosary outside of church, and keep it on as you go about your day.

 The History of Rosary Chains
Although the ideas behind the rosary were established around the 13th century, and a 15th century holy apparition was nicknamed “Our Lady of the Rosary,” they did not become popular with Catholics until the 16th century when they were embraced by Pope Pius V. The rosary is associated with the Virgin Mary, hence the emphasis placed on the Hail Mary prayer by worshippers.

The Beads on a Rosary
Like with all jewelry, some rosaries are simple, while others are more ornate. The beads on them can be made of any material, although high quality rosary chains have beads made of sterling silver and various shades of 10-karat gold. As described above, each bead calls for a specific prayer. The most common set up requires ten Hail Marys (the smaller beads) with a Lord’s Prayer represented by the larger, eleventh bead. The idea is to keep you from having to count the prayers, and instead reflect on their meanings as you move around the necklace.

Men’s Rosary Chains
There are rosary chains designed just for men (although, as with most jewelry, all of them can be worn or used by either gender). These tend to have a more masculine look, complete with black PVD (physical vapor deposition – a type of bonded metal coating developed by NASA) details. Stainless steel, 10K yellow gold, 10K white gold and sterling silver also provide a masculine edge, but what really makes a difference are the sizes of the beads. They are larger and “chunkier” on rosary chains designed for men.

Women’s Rosary Chains
Women can wear any of the men’s rosary chains, particularly the tri-color chains that come with beads made of 10K rose gold, 10K yellow gold and white rhodium surrounding sterling silver. Other rosary chains for women include one made entirely of 14K white gold with a diamond-accented heart at the center from which the cross dangles.

No matter what type of rosary chain you choose, the most important thing is that you wear it for the right reasons: to show the world how much you appreciate your faith!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple and Traditional CZ Earrings

Cubic Zirconia, also known in its shortened form as CZ, gets a bad rap. Many people associate it with “cheap” jewelry that is designed and sold for kids and tweens. However, that is wrong. In reality, cubic zirconia is an affordable alternative to diamonds, with all of the sparkle that goes along with them – but without the high price tag. It can be set into many different types of jewelry from bracelets to necklaces, but CZ earrings are the most popular. 

The Basics of CZ
Unlike diamonds, rubies and other precious and semi-precious stones, cubic zirconia is man-made in a laboratory. It does resemble diamonds and other gemstones once it has been polished and cut, and it comes in many different colors, the most popular of which is clear and colorless. In fact, because a CZ is man-made, they are often completely colorless, unlike most diamonds, which even when considered the utmost of quality, rarely look as perfect. (For the record, other colors of CZ include black, purple, green, pink, golden brown, red and shades of yellow and orange.) CZ is made from zirconium dioxide, and once it is in its “mineral” state it is almost as hard as a diamond.

CZ Stud Earrings
The most popular style of CZ earrings is that of studs. To put it simply, these are earrings that don’t dangle from the earlobes. Instead, stud earrings consist of one or more stones set flush with a small post and a backing attached. These earrings are very traditional and simple, and can be worn just about anywhere and with anything. They are not flashy – even when the CZs consist of multiple carats, and can be worn to work, the grocery store and everywhere in between. Even men can wear a CZ earring of this type in the workplace.

Round or Square-Stoned CZ Earrings
Once you’ve decided to buy a pair of CZ earrings, the next question is: round or square-cut stones? Both are equally stylish, and the decision comes down to preference, more than anything else. A round-cut CZ, when set into a backing of 14K yellow or white gold, is the more classic of the two. However, a square-cut (also known as princess cut) set of CZ earrings is just as simple, albeit slightly more modern.
Once you’ve chosen the cut, the next choice is the size. Cubic zirconia are sold based on carat size, just like precious gemstones. The color of the stone (clear and black are the most traditional, and they match everything in your closet) and the color of the metal (either white or yellow 14K gold) are the decisions that you’ll need to make. The best part? Due to the price of CZ earrings, you don’t have to choose just one pair!