Monday, December 17, 2012

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOURS

IS GOLD'S PRICE TOO TEMPTING?



Easily Transportable Gold Krugerrand Coins
 

Why would huge amounts of  gold be shipped-out of the Asian subcontinent right before major holidays in January and February, which prominently feature gold jewelry gifts?  The New York Times recently had a report on mysterious gold shipments. 

I got a scary, foreboding feeling as I read the story NYT Report: AN AFGHAN MYSTERY. I can only speculate about the source of the gold. 

The current gold spot price is $1,696 USD as I write, which may be just high enough of a motive for some individuals to get gold any which way they can. 
Just speculating…. 

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash

Thursday, December 13, 2012

SAFETY FIRST! DON’T GIVE THIS JEWELRY GIFT!


AMUSING??? TODDLER'S COLORFUL BEAD JEWELRY


It’s sparkly, colorful, fun, pretty and to boot, it’s DEADLY.  Children’s jewelry can cause serious bodily injury or death.  Think twice before buying child-size jewelry and then grow-up:  JUST DON’T DO IT.

REPORTS OF CHILDREN’S JEWELRY HAZARDS

  • Toxic dyes that are poisonous
  • Super magnets that critically injure internal organs
  • 
    DANGLING BEAD BRACELET
    
  • Lead that causes permanent brain damage
  • Mercury -  widespread neurological damage
  • Rare metals that cause cancer
  • Choking hazards
  • Other unforeseen design elements that can critically injure or kill a child

KEEP INFORMED ABOUT KIDS' JEWELRY HAZARDS


Here’s a link to information on hazards commonly found in children’s toys and jewelry at NIH.gov Make Sure Toys You Buy Are Safe For Tots.


GIRLS WIRE NECKLACE

Honestly, I don't know where or how a parent can find safe children's baubles.  Buy something else, that's safer.  What about testing the items yourself with home kits? That's preposterous in my opinion!

Don’t buy children’s jewelry, save your child. Then you can save someone else’s child: Send a message to manufacturers that you will not tolerate dangerous children’s products in the marketplace by simply NOT BUYING any of it.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, December 10, 2012

WHAT'S NEW! 5 TIPS FOR FRESH JEWELRY GIFTS


A MASAI WARRIOR'S DRESSY JEWELRY  STYLE

Be the first to give your family and friends the latest look for a present! Here are 5 up-and-coming jewelry styles offered by stores and online jewelers for Holiday gifts this year:
  1. Digital is making a comeback in high-end mens watches. “Dressy” is the key difference this year. Movado and Gucci Watches offer very sleek digital  timepiece designs that are great for upscale events.
  2. Look-out for larger carat sapphire slices especially in pretty pink. The variegated coloring of these gemstones can be as mesmerizing as diamonds in the right light.
  3. Cute charm necklaces are a keeper, now that they are more petite than those from by-gone eras.
  4. Art jewelry never fails-watch out for new ring designs with a collage of multiple gemstones of varying cuts and carat sizes.
  5. Give the impressive like big, bold color enamel fashion jewelry from designers like Liz Claiborne.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…



Thursday, December 6, 2012

STELLAR CHICAGO JEWELRY ARTISAN PROFILED IN NEWSPAPER

Did you ever make a jewelry gift when you were a young child? The New York Times recently ran a feature on artisan jewelry maker Kiff Slemmons.  Ms. Slemmons uses a most fragile medium for her handcrafted jewelry according to the article.  Here is the link to the NYT article: A Jewelry Maker Who Goes Far Beyond Metal.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash…

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SHAHS OF SUNSET SEASON 2 EPISODE 1 - 10 JEWELRY STYLE SECRETS


Persian look gold jewelry
PERSIAN GOLD WITH GOLD JEWELRY STYLE

Reza said it’s all about “Glitz, Glam and Cash” for Persians.  And the lavish luxury jewelry he and other cast members wear on the SHAHS OF SUNSET illustrates just that-extravagantly!

HERE ARE 10 PERSIAN JEWELRY STYLE SECRETS ON SHAHS:

  1. Cast members combine antique Persian 24kt Gold jewelry  with contemporary luxury designer jewelry, like Chanel or Versace featuring oversized colored gemstones.
  2. Many cast members showcase more traditional Persian colored gemstones like turquoise (Persian blue), blue lapis and onyx. Many items appear to be antique or vintage jewelry but all are huge.
  3. The occasional diamond studs are large rounds cuts, surrounded with more round diamonds. Otherwise, color gemstones rule on the Shahs of Sunset.
  4. Most of the finely wrought gold jewelry the cast members wear is 21kt to 24kt with the distinct, sunshine buttery yellow  color of pure gold. I can’t remember more awesome or expensive jewelry on a TV show ever.
  5. Artist Asa especially favors wearing antique jewelry styles like Cleopatra collars, breast shields and the bracelet-ring thingy.
  6. The women are not afraid of wearing full, flowing dresses and caftans which re-enforce a royal vibe or priestess look when combined with the lavish jewelry.
  7. Cast members are not afraid of radically changing jewelry styles to suit the moment.  Asa, for example, last season, on the way to a short vacation, wore a finely wrought, elaborate 24kt gold necklace along with 10 or more thin gold bangles on one arm. On the other arm she wore about 5 South African woven bead bangles, one with cowrie shells.  In Season 2 episode 1, Asa changed her style for a meeting with a fashion designer:  She switched to hip-hop bling style, a la Beyoncé:  She wore a huge chunky gold name necklace with even bigger chunky gold hoops.
  8. The women’s’ long dark hair styles are the perfect backdrops for large traditional Persian gold crescent hoops and other long earring styles.
  9. Coin jewelry and large gold medallions are very big on the show.
  10. None of the men wear earrings. Most of the mens jewelry styles on Shahs are understated. A very expensive, but understated gold dress watch will be paired with a small pendant on a leather string or a basic gold chain with a simple gold medallion. 
The Persian royal  treasury is the largest ever accumulated in history.  I’ve read news reports that state that the Persian empire’s royal jewelry is still ensconced in Tehran and IS STILL the most expensive royal treasury in the world. I am grateful that SHAHS OF SUNSET allows a refreshing peek into the vestiges of Persia’s ancient culture. The show is an incredibly refreshing change-of-pace on TV
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time.


Monday, December 3, 2012

TOP 20 STATS FOR AMAZON.COM’S 2012 CYBER MONDAY JEWELRY STYLES

Jewelry Gift Box and Pouch

 

Informal Statistics Online Jewelry Style Sales Cyber Monday 2012

You can use this statistical spotlight  of Amazon.com Bestsellers for holiday jewelry gift ideas.
  • The average sales price of 18 items was $28.26.
  • Prices for 2 items were not listed.
  • The median selling price was $24.00 for 18 items.
  • The highest sales price was $89.00 for a twisted silver cable bracelet.
  • The lowest sales price was $13.50 for a set of 3 silver box neck chains.
  • 35% of items were sold were for prices under $20.00 dollars.
  • 60% of items were sold for prices of under $30.00. 
  • Prices for 2 items were not available, so the total per cent is not 100%.
  • 2 items were 14k gold
  • 12 items were designed with silver (2 items with diamond or colored gemstone designs).
  • 5 items were silver-plated
  • 1 item’s metal was not described
  • Items without prices, no longer available included a double oval silver diamond pendant and a silver cubic zirconia heart pendant.
  • Sales included 3 jewelry sets
  • The ratings history for these jewelry items ranged from 4.5 to 5 stars for all items.
  • The top 20 jewelry styles included: 60% necklaces-12 and 25% earring pairs-5.
  • The balance were 1 each bracelet, book/jewelry set and charm. 
  •  The 60% of pendants included 1 set of box chains. 
  •  The 25% of earrings included 1 set of hoops.
  • There were no rings in the top 20.

Important Jewelry Statistics Information

Disclosure:  These statistics were not generated by or for Amazon.com.  I am not affiliated at this date with Amazon.com.  I was just curious so I crunched the numbers.
Source:  Amazon.com’s “AMAZON BEST SELLERS:  Best Sellers in Jewelry Cyber Monday Deals”. Data was retrieved December 1, 2012.
Note:  Amazon.com’s prices change hour-to-hour or seemingly  minute-to-minute sometimes.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

STUPENDOUS LANVIN TIGER NECKLACE



Lanvin Couture Necklace, photo-Lanvin
Lanvin Pandora Tiger Necklace, Photo Credit: Lanvin
 Whimsical jewelry is not just for charm bracelets.  This amazing Lanvin couture designer necklace just goes to show that amusing animal jewelry comes in all shapes, sizes, colors and...fright levels.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash... 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WALLET-FRIENDLY GOLD JEWELRY GIFTS

 

Solid 24K gold cat coin Isle of Man
Collectible Whimiscal Cat 24K Gold Coin Pendant


Show your love with a higher karat gold jewelry gift, without breaking the proverbial bank. Here are some shopping tips.

GOLD JEWELRY SHOPPING TIPS

  1. Actively seek-out 14k, 18k, 22k and even 24K gold jewelry.  Ask your jeweler if you can view gold jewelry not on display. Ask for a price reduction on obviously older but classic designs, like a vintage working gold watch with a leather strap.
  2. Consider smaller solid pieces to stay under your price limit.  Don’t be swayed by fashion jewelry trends of huge, humongous baubles. Remember, junk jewelry made of bronze or gold tone metals will not sparkle like gold in the long term.
  3. Start a collection of small gold charms that you can add-to throughout the future.
  4. Whether you choose white, rose or yellow color gold, the glint  must bespeak “GOLD!”.
  5. Look for marked, highly collectible merchandise from premier jewelry designers within your price point instead of ubiquitous inventory. So, for example, consider a wheat link chain instead of a box gold chain.
  6. Shop at a trusted luxury jeweler, you normally wouldn’t consider, even if it is just to get ideas.
  7. Spend time looking at estate gold jewelry, from a trusted jewelry dealer.
  8. Buy distinctive gold jewelry without diamonds or gemstones to reduce your expenditures. But only buy well-manufactured, sturdy designed and relatively heavy items.  Don’t settle for cheaply made, lightweight jewelry with manufacturing or design defects.
  9. Consider giving a small solid 24K gold coin instead of men’s gold jewelry, most of which is made with 10K gold for strength.
  10. Shop online to see a vastly larger selection of gold. Review descriptions carefully and make sure you understand return policies and procedures: Shop with trusted vendors and well-known jewelry designers.

  11. Remember, significantly more 14k and higher gold karat jewelry is being advertised this year for Christmas at sales prices, than in recent past months.  According to numerous news reports, jewelry customers are  becoming a very rare commodity. There's room to bargain!

IS GOLD REALLY TOO EXPENSIVE NOW?

Today, gold is firmly priced above $1,700 USD per ounce.  The spot  price has increased 6 times over in the last 10 years.  Government state bankers, institutional buyers, electronics manufacturers and Indian consumers will probably continue buying more gold.  The Gold spot price may well continue to rise.  Then again, maybe it’s hit the ceiling.
But what does any of that have to do with your loved one having the best you can afford to provide.  Love, like higher karat gold jewelry, is wealth.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, November 19, 2012

THIS IS A REALLY BIG COIN!


Australian Silver 2011 Coin for Jewelry
THIS COIN WOULD MAKE AN EYE-CATCHING STATEMENT NECKLACE

This Australian "Lunar Year of the Rabbit" coin is a trifle on the large size, so I'm not sure about wearing this one as a coin necklace.  And it turns-out it's not the biggest coin in the world.  An auto tire size gold coin was sold last year to a Spanish company for about $4 million according to numerous news sources.  It was orginally minted in Australia too.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time...

JEWELRY STYLES - THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA SEASON 5 EPISODE 3

 I’m back to checking-in on the Atlanta ladies and the first thing I noticed was the couture jewelry the cast members were wearing. I’m glad that the wives got rid of the junk jewelry I saw in previous seasons.

 SOME OF THIS EPISODE'S STUNNING JEWELRY:

  • Phaedra Parks wore a very impressive coin necklace.  The coin looked antique but it could be contemporary Versace jewelry.  She wore the statement necklace while in the kitchen feeding hubby a dish of greens and corn. 
  • Coin jewelry always gets attention and it's very business class.
  • Later on, Phaedra wore a 3 circle dramatic statement necklace designed  with gold  and diamonds.
  • Kandi Burruss looked dazzling in a bold gold necklace with 3 strands of different  chunky link styles.
  • Porsha Stewart wore a  delicate diamond round pendant with diamond stations on the chain while she lunched with newcomer Kenya Moore, a former Miss USA.
  • Nene Leakes packed color: She wore green turquoise doorknockers with red and white colored gemstone studded hoops to explain why she is above taking the subway in New York.
  • Kim wore a massive artisan style statement necklace in burnished and hammered silver with multiple flag tabs.

There were no cheap looking earrings, necklaces or rings in this episode!

I’ve got to tune-in to upcoming episodes to watch the ladies, who are thankfully looking more dressed-up in couture jewelry styles.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

PHENOMENAL CHANEL JEWELS IN ANNA KARENINA MOVIE

Extraordinary diamond and pearl luxury jewelry from the design house Chanel is a major part of the costume design in the 2012 movie release of "Anna Karenina."

The YouTube video below shows snippets of the mega-million dollar Chanel jewels used as part of the movie's costumes:




The movie's royal jewels appear be worthy of the Russian Tsarina herself, on a day off.

The movie is only 130 minutes.  Tolstoy's novel is 800 pages!


I've been reading Tolstoy's novel for a number of years now. I occasionally pick-up the book and read a few pages, now and then.

 I don't recall vivid descriptions of the characters' period jewelry style.  But perhaps I haven't gotten to that part of the novel yet.  Thank goodness this movie is out so I can get through the story!


Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

TEENAGER JEWELRY GIFT TIPS

NEW GEN A-LIST CELEBS
Have you put ear plugs and belly button rings on your Christmas shopping list yet?  Nooo…?

Well, here’s a small smattering of hot trending celebrity jewelry lines to make it easier to select jewelry presents for the teens, young  men and women on your gift list.


Every new generation has their own A-list celebrities.  You may not be familiar with some of the names below.  But younger people are very familiar with most of these names.

NEWER CELEBRITY JEWELRY LINES

  • Nikki Reed
  • Snooki
  • Kendra Scott
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Heidi Klum
  • Serena Williams
  • Shaquille O’ Neal
  • Madonna
  • Jimi Hendrix
Ok... I'm just curious, personally, about the last two.

Remember, most of our advertisers on Jewelrystash have hot, new jewelry designs of earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets that young people really want. Please support our advertisers!

Online shopping for Christmas jewelry presents is just so much easier than trooping through the stores.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

ISRAELI AND SAUDI JEWELERS PROVIDE FREE TRAINING

An Israeli jewelry company is providing job training to Ethiopian immigrants in Jerusalem according to Tazpit News Agency.  Itzik and Orna Levy, founders of Yvel jewelry manufacturers, have established a jewelry-making school for Ethiopian students to give back to the community according to the news report.  Yvel’s jewelry is sold worldwide.
Also…
Saudi jewelry designer Yousra Al-Faiz has devoted herself to the rehabilitation of  female prisoners according to Menafn news service. Al-Faiz is developing jewelry design training courses to enable creative women prisoners to develop work skills they can use post-incarceration.
Note-I would provide links for these stories, but I had a great deal of difficulty opening the websites. I am not sure what caused the problems.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, November 12, 2012

TURN-UP YOUR LOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS


SHOWSTOPPING  GLAMOROUS  HOLIDAY  JEWELRY  STYLE 

Tweak-up the volume of your Holiday look this year. More of my skin will be showing and I’ll wear extra lace and velvet for the Holidays.  This look deserves more impressive baubles.

More Glamour with Jewelry
It’s time for diamonds and stunning jewelry. It’s a quick, easy way to  dress-up.


The way I figure, if I am not going to wear the nice stuff now, when will I?

This time of year  is the time to pull-out all of the stops.  Overall, "more" is probably the best tip  for a stunning Holiday look.

I don't wear timid-looking jewelry with Holiday dresses.



TIPS FOR WEARING HOLIDAY JEWELRY
  • Search through your own treasures now!
  • Keep stylish – Try 1 new hot jewelry look, like chunky Swarovski crystals. There's at least one new look you can wear.
  • See my August post on fall jewelry trends.
  • Bigger, longer and more is better this year.
  • Don’t forget about your clothes already embellished with colorful gems and sequins.
  • Shop online now for new jewelry looks like colored bold chains.
  • Try-out jewelry and clothes combinations early, during quiet moments.
     
Dressing-up for the Holidays is not always easy. So wear the impressive stuff, even if that’s not your jewelry style. You’ll look great!

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…


TITANIC JEWELRY SHOWS UPCOMING

Here’s the link to info on an upcoming show of Titanic Jewelry via Yahoo News
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time...

Thursday, November 8, 2012

SHAQUILLE SHOCKER!


Shaquille O’Neal’s manly jewelry designs for Zales are big, bold and distinctive... just like Shaq.  His designs include very classy, art jewelry imagery of a basketball. Some remind me of Paloma Picasso’s designs for Tiffany.
Shaq's other jewelry styles include:
  • blackened steel
  • faceted onyx
  • chunky chains
  • black rubber
There are no precious metals in his mens jewelry line, but several items include diamonds.
Take a look at this link:  Shaquille O’Neal at Zales.  The distinctive pendants, bracelets and rings would definitely make great Christmas gifts for your big man.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, November 5, 2012

WHAT’S RIGHT WITH WHITE?



Quick! What jewelry accessory would you wear with this white silk shirt instead a tie like the lady in the photo above?

Silk is always dressy so I wear the fabric with an extra-special necklace and earrings. For me, it doesn’t matter if I am wearing a silk shirt with a skirt, jeans or a suit-it's still dressy. 

What’s the best jewelry for white SILK?

  1. White Pearl Strand
  2. Massive Pile of Pearl Strands a la Chanel or Rihanna
  3. Black Sea Pearl Strand
  4. Long Gold Chain
  5. Round Medallion on Gold Chain
  6. Heart Pendant on a Gold Chain
  7. Black Ribbon Choker with an attached Antique Brooch/Pin
  8. Diamond Solitaire Pendant
  9. Green Jade Pendant on a Red Leather Necklace
  10. Short, Necklace with Diamond, Pearl or Gemstone stations
  11. Long, Multi-Colored Gemstone Treasure Necklace
  12. Short, Colored Bead Gemstone Choker
  13. French Designer Jewelry – current season
  14. Vintage Designer Jewelry
  15. Vintage Jewelry
  16. Eclectic Jewelry
  17. Native American Jewelry
  18. Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry
  19. Fashion, Colorful Junk Jewelry
  20. Large Hoop Earrings
  21. Long Chandelier Earrings
  22. Diamond Studs
Thanks for your input, I'm really curious!

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Thursday, November 1, 2012

TIME FOR LEATHER'S HOT LOOK

YOUR COLOR STYLE IN TIME
Upgrade your watch band with color or luxury leather and get a hot new fashion look! A colored watch strap can be part of your personal style.  You don’t have to stick to ubiquitous black or brown leather straps just like every body else.

COLORED STRAPS

Look at your watch brand’s website to see if color bands are available to switch-out to a more trendy color.  For example, Burberry and Fendi leather watch bands are available in subtly colored and embossed styles.
Wearing a big watch with a colored strap can make a bold fashion statement. Smaller watches with bright colored straps look great!

Top luxury leather watch bands

For luxury leather straps, look for authentic leathers and don’t pay for cowhide imitations.
  • Crocodile
  • Stingray
  • Eel
  • Ostrich
  • Sharkskin
These leathers are naturally sweat proof but they are pricey. Your personal jeweler can help you  with strap selections and by changing a watch band for you.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

BE LIKE KING JAMES

Don't Work-Out? No Problem-Here's Your Championship Ring
Want to wear a Championship Ring even if your athletic activity is limited to watching games on TV? Thanks to the Miami Heat and Jostens Jewelers you can be just like King James.  Here’s the link:  Championship Rings.
This is a great mens jewelry gift idea for Christmas.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time...

Monday, October 29, 2012

LOOKOUT-PERSIAN JEWELRY STYLES COMING


Never, Ever Enough Jewelry Style
 Coming soon...  The imperial jewelry styles on the 2nd season of the Shahs of Sunset. The royal treasury at Tehran, Iran ain't got nothing on the cast of Shahs.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

JEWELRY TIPS FOR NO MAKE-UP DAYS

Violet Amethyst Checkerboard Cut Stud Earrings

“I don’t go to the garbage can without lipstick.” That's what my auntie said about the notion of going sans make-up.  When you do not wear make-up, colored studs can save the day by accentuating your other features like
  • Flawless skin texture
  • Good bone structure
  • Spotless skin color
  • Great hair

jEWELRY TIPS FOr Sans Make-up

  1. Select stud earring colors based on your eye or skin color.  Purple and blue studs work with nearly everyone’s eye color and skin color.
  2. Experiment with the color shades of different gemstones or CZs.
  3. Choose fancy gemstone cuts for more interest and eye-catching color moments.  Round cuts may or may not be the best, depending on the gemstone.
  4. Medium colored gemstones seem to work better than very light or very deep colors. Tanzanite might work better than deep amethyst or dark sapphire.
  5. Transparent gems are usually a better choice than opaque ones. But not always, check the color effect in the mirror on both bright sunny and cloudy days.
  6. Tourmaline's pure colors are good choices whether clear or opaque.
  7. Medium size studs seem GENERALLY more effective than larger or smaller carats.   But, small turquoise cabochons do a spectacular job of brightening just about everyone’s face.
  8. Paua shell studs' ombre,  fuchsia-red or teal-blue intense colors make fabulous-looking accents.
  9. Pink or red coral earrings enliven my skin tone.
  10. Ruby studs are the best for days when I am not wearing makeup. The red color creates a very polished look.

TRADITIONAL EARRINGS BUT NO MAKE-UP?

What about diamond studs, pearl earrings or gold balls?  I don’t personally feel that they look good on me when I am not wearing make-up.  In fact, these earrings seem to beg me to put on full-face make-up.
I’ve also noticed other women wearing diamond studs who look drab without make-up, especially if they are wearing large, 1 to 2 carat studs.
My mirror seems to whisper “where’s the red lipstick” when I’m wearing diamond, pearl or gold stud earrings.
Big or long earrings may or may not work without make-up depending on the person and their age.  Without make-up they look trashy on me sometimes.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, October 22, 2012

TIS’ THE SEASON FOR BUGS!!!

 
Scary Whimsical Bug Jewelry for Halloween

If you are a collector of  animal jewelry, this is your time of year!  Halloween!   Little kids will scream and run away from insect jewelry like spiders.  And BIG kids at heart seem to positively melt at the sight of whimsical jewelry like jeweled beetles and snakes.
I have one pair of insect earrings.  That’s all I need, because bugs gross me out. But if you love insect jewelry, Halloween is the time to flash your Jewelrystash. 

FRIGHT NIGHT TIPS

  • Realistic animal depictions are eerier than abstract images.
  • A bug ring on the hand that gives candy is very chilling-I once used black plastic spider rings to great effect.
  • A costume or overall décor theme related to your insect jewelry can intensify the creepy effect.
  • Bigger bug jewelry works best for scaring kids.


Vintage Bug Pin


  • Junk jewelry is the best option so you can keep gold, collectible animal jewelry safely tucked-away.
  • Mexican Taxco sterling silver jewelry comes in numerous, very scary designs for Halloween.  Vintage and modern items are easy to find, online and at silver markets.
Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE JEWELRY

Once I saw a guy wearing a plate-sized gold scorpion pendant at the auto mechanic at 8 am. I actually wondered what he did for a living. But I figured it out after a moment or two.

FLAG LAPEL PINS

Flag lapel pins send a different, very positive message.

Colorful Flag Lapel Pin-Jewelry with a Message

Flag pins are refined, classy mens jewelry.  They add a colorful touch to any suit jacket.  And they do make me feel patriotic.
Enameled silver, full-color versions are the most endearing to me.  But tri-color all gold flag pins are the classiest and not as expensive as they look.

MENS JEWELRY LIST

I am usually suspicious of men who wear larger or more jewelry than I do.

I usually can only handle a wedding band, a chain necklace and maybe 1 earring, depending on the guy.  Also, there is something very primal about shark tooth or bear claw pendants that I admire.

Flag pins will always be on my mens jewelry list.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, October 8, 2012

VOTE FOR MEMORABILIA


The seasons are changing and the hot air is coming and going.  Nooo… I am not talking about the weather. I am talking about all those campaign advertisments blowing hot air during this political season.
While most political advertisements are on television these days, you can still acquire political buttons featuring the presidential candidates.
Stop into the local campaign office to see if you can buy a ticket to a fundraiser in your area.  Most likely, freebie political buttons will be given away at the fundraiser.  Or make a special request to buy, OOPS, I mean contribute to the campaign to get a button.
Political buttons make great collectibles and they are rare for contemporary candidates.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Friday, October 5, 2012

TO GIVE SWEETLY FOR SWEETEST DAY 2012


To Remember to Stay Sweet

Ponder these 5 inspirations for Sweetest Day 2012 Saturday Oct. 20 when you shop for jewelry gifts.

Richard Burton bought Elizabeth Taylor some of the world’s biggest and finest diamonds. But did you know, he then sought the smallest diamond for his love. He bought her a glowing small diamond ring for her pinky finger.
  • Giving less sometimes means so much more.

A modern-day sultan gave all the young women he invited for a game of badminton a small treasure box crammed full with luxury jewelry.
  • Special “Thank Yous” are unforgettable.

Brad Pitt-personally designed every aspect of the unusual engagement ring he gave his love, Angelina Jolie.
  • The “thought” counts for more than you can imagine.

The Duke of Windsor provided the Duchess, the ex Mrs. Simpson with her own crown jewels throughout their time together.
  • Your queen or king deserves the best, forever.

Basketball player Kobe Bryant gave his wife a mega-carat diamond ring to make-up for bad sex-with another woman.
  • Big gifts “speak volumes” when there is nothing you can say.

Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…

Monday, October 1, 2012

GIVING JEWELRY FROM THE DARK SIDE


Gifting skull, Gothic and vampire jewelry styles that shout “Be afraid, be very afraid” has gone mainstream. Skull jewelry is now widely available and easy to buy and give as a gift.
Years ago this type of jewelry was only sold at small darkly- lite shops, at the back of low-rent shopping malls, on the bad side of town.
The popularity of this jewelry is largely due to best-selling morbid and dark-themed video games.  For most wearers, it’s just a fantasy fashion style.

So what, if it's not Halloween yet.
But you may know individuals who need to display this type of jewelry style.  For some, it’s their way of protecting themselves.
The loving symbolism behind a diamond cross or heart pendant is not the message these individuals want to send to people they encounter.  So give them the appropriate jewelry gift choice, unless you really want them to know about a more inspiring message.



Pat Thomas for Jewelrystash until next time…