Archive for December, 2008

28 December

Gold Costume Jewellery

As mentioned in the last blog Costume jewellery comes in many colours, styles and finishes. Gold costume jewellery encompasses glamour jewellery which, worn with the right outfit can really make you stand out and finish any outfit.

Gold costume jewellery mainly embodies plated rhodium with the colour of gold. This crystal costume Jewellery looks spectacular, especially in the world famous Bollywood style wedding, as recently done by Elizabeth Hurley. This is worn as a statement necklace or statement earrings during the main ceremony. Its not only limited to the bride, Bridesmaids benefit from the glamour, and this can match the dress, which is normally embodied by bright colours such as greens and reds. The Bollywood wedding themed wedding can not be seen more and more, and companies like Shefaly make this east meets west theme more real then ever before.

Gold costume jewellery can be very sexy. Not only are we talking about bridal or wedding pieces, but also for Christmas events, New Year’s parties, and can even spread into valentine’s jewellery. Make sure you take the time to find these fashion changing pieces during the new years sales, the bargains are out in some real force!

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25 December

Silver Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery comes in many colours, styles and finishes. These range from colourful reds, pinks and amber blues, to antique, silver and gold.

Out of all of these, the most popular is the crystal costume Jewellery. This is because, originally the name costume jewellery was given to bright and bold pieces, today that is now regarded mainly as silver costume jewellery. People who wear this range from an ever growing amount, formally it was simply extravagant, rich and excentric individuals. Today, as it is more common, it is brides, bridesmaids, girls on a night out, or just a piece of subtle jewellery for work! Brides wear it as part of their outfit such as a crystal brooch, or crystal bangle, or even a statement necklace or statement earrings. Bridesmaids benefit from the colour approach, and this can match the dress, such as baby pink or light blue.

Silver costume jewellery is fashionable, and even classifies as fashion jewellery in today’s high street. Large companies such as Swarovski have truly revolutionised this industry, and allowed the extravagant jewellery acceptable and marketable to the everyday lady alike.

23 December

The Glamour of Crystal Costume Jewellery.

Not only does Marilyn Marnroe  and Audry Hepburn get to have all the glamour with jewellery in the 60′s and 70′s. Costume Jewellery is back in fashion, and is in more demand then ever before! This has been driven by the worlds top designers and fashion houses placing as much emphasis on Jewellery as they do on clothing.

Today crystal costume Jewellery comes in all types and forms, and can be worn with almost any outfit. Examples are Crystal Brooches, worn on dresses or coats, Crystal cocktail rings, worn on nights out with the girls, or in bed with the hubby! Further, you have glamorous crystal necklaces or crystal earrings which can add the finishing touch to any outfit! Also, you can glamourise any outfit with a beautiful crystal encrusted belt!

image courteousy of: http://www.curly-hair-styles-magazine.com/marilyn-monroe-hair-style-06.html

So, fashion has taken a new turn, and houses, be it, fashion leaders or online costume jewelley shop, cater for any budget or style! We love costume jewellery!

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20 December

Celebrity costume jewellery

This festive season the A to C celebrities can be seen in central London the latest fashions available this festive season! And with key brands and companies going down and into administration choices are shrinking. Many celebrities obtain high quality gold and costume jewellery from diamond house, but others such as the girls aloud and Paris Hiltons opt for high street and online fashion jewellery stores.

These range from companies such as the House of Jewels, to fashion jewellery online, as well as the brand Mikey. Don’t be fooled into thinking these online fashion jewellery stores are small. They have the latest fashion trends to due to the high volume, low price sales models they operate under. This is the reason they can offer celebrities free jewellery as gifts (with the added benefit of seeing their products at the hottest party events during Christmas and the New Year.

Key products spotted by our scouts in London the last few days includes costume jewellery rings, crystal bracelets, Swarovski brooches, sparkling belts, as well as statement necklaces, and large crystal earrings.

Go one, be a celebrity this Xmas and new years, and pick up a great piece of fashion jewellery online today!

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16 December

Armbands

Armbands can be such a great accessory. They are so unusual, and as costume jewellery it is very rarely worn, so we thought we could let you know how and when to wear them. Armbands can often also be worn as a bracelet.

Armbands are great when worn with your Asian bridal jewellery or as Asian bridesmaid’s jewellery. It can make you really stand out in a crowd.

Or wear with your wedding dress if it is sleeveless, it will add a real twist to your gorgeous outfit. If you go for a Grecian themed wedding, an armband will make your whole theme look really authentic.

Why not tell us other ways in which you could wear arm bands below?

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Up until now the must have accessory was either the “it” handbag or statement costume jewellery, but next season we see a huge trend towards hair accessories being a real must have for any fashionista.

Hair accessories come in many different styles, shapes, colours and designs and we have just about anything for anyone’s taste. We stock hair combs, hair slides, hair claws, hair pins, hair chopsticks, tiaras and hair bands.

Why not try adding a gorgeous little sparkle hair slide to your luscious loose locks, or wear a hair comb in a French pleat on your wedding. For little girls we have the beautiful mini winged beauty hair claw, or for bridesmaids the gorgeous sparkly crystal hair band. For those of you who like to have your hair up and out of the way, wear your hair up in a pony whilst sparkling with a stunning crystal pony holder.

Hair accessories can be worn in so many different ways for so many different occasions. And, as you can see, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg (unlike the “it” bags of last season!) so you can be trendy whilst not having to pay a fortune.

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Nappy cakes are the new baby shower gift, and the best gift you could give an expectant mum-to-be as not only does it look spectacular, but if you know the gender of the baby you can add some gorgeous girls costume jewellery to the cake too to make it sparkle!

Nappy cakes are fairly new to baby shower scene but are very pretty. They are made from many nappies put into circular sections (like cakes!) with baby accessories added onto it like bibs, soft toys or even champagne and in our case little crystal hair accessories for gorgeous baby girls. Nappy cakes can come in many different sizes and you can make it into a four tier cake, three tier cake, two tier cake or even a single tier cake! It all depends on your budget.

As you can see from the one above, it’s a spectacular sight! They really do look better in person though. And we have decided to make our own nappy cakes too. We can make the nappy cake in any colour combination you like. Click HERE to get more information on what we can do for you with regards to making a nappy cake for you.

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Everyone is obviously thinking about Christmas and what costume jewellery they will be wearing for on Christmas day and for their Christmas party costume jewellery too. But we like to plan ahead, so we are helping you decide what costume jewellery or fashion jewellery to pick for your New Years Eve parties, whether you are going out or staying in.

New years eve celebrations can be so wide ranging, from staying at home by yourself or with friends, to going to the city for example to the celebrations at Trafalgar Square or going to a New Years Eve Ball. Whatever you do on New Year’s Eve, you can always wear costume jewellery with any outfit.

So if you decide to stay at home with loved ones or friends and lounge around watching TV or getting movies, then make it a little more special by adding a classy pair of sparkly costume jewellery earrings, or a stunning costume jewellery ring. Who says you can’t wear costume jewellery with your lounge wear…the celebrities do!

Or if you are having a house party why not have a themed party. You could plan a James Bond themed party, where women have to getting dressed up like Bond Girls, and could accessorise their outfit with crystal costume jewellery, like crystal earrings and crystal cocktail rings with hair accessories, and the men can wear suits or tuxedoes with double cuff shirts and crystal cuff links.

Finally if you are one of the lucky ones who have been invited to a New Years Eve ball, you can really afford to go all out there with your outfit and jewellery. Since you can’t always afford diamonds, you can wear the next best thing sparkly costume jewellery! Wear crystal belle costume jewellery necklace and earring set, with a Swarovski crystal cuff bracelet to be the belle of the ball!

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Retaining the finish and value of your costume jewellery is quite easy. It’s simply a matter of knowing what and what not to do! Listed here are tips on how to take care of your precious jewels, what to avoid, how to clean costume jewellery and much more……!!

 Maintaining your gem’s colourful sparkle! – Gemstone Jewellery and costume jewellery

  • The best single piece of advise we can give you is to wipe your precious costume jewellery with a clean, soft damp cloth after wearing. This little habit will ensure that your costume jewellery is always looking its best.
  • When your costume jewellery is not being worn, storage in a soft pouch is recommended.
  • There are some things to avoid. Salt water and harsh chemicals such as chlorine bleach or detergents can cause damage. The chemicals erode the finish and polish of the gems leaving them dull. Hairspray, perfume and perspiration can also cause dullness if not regularly cleaned off.
  • Because gemstones differ so much, so do their cleaning procedures. It really is best to have your Showcase jeweller advise you on them individually. We can also check its condition and advise you of any repairs that may be necessary to restore its full beauty and value. It’s certainly the safest way to ensure you retain the value and sparkle of your treasured pieces.

 Keeping silver bright and shiny. – Silver Jewellery

As with most precious metals, in time silver will oxidize. Properly maintained silver actually improves with age. It develops a lush patina when treated well.

  • Simply clean with a mild soap and water solution. Pat dry with a soft cloth. If dirt is more stubborn a silver cleaner is appropriate. But don’t rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or fine piece of felt. Tissue paper or paper towels will cause scratches.
  • Like other jewellery, avoid wearing silver in chlorinated water as this will discolour it.
  • Store your silver jewellery in a cool, dry, dark place. A tarnish preventative bag is a good idea, or wrapped individually in plastic pouches, a soft piece of felt or cloth.
  • As air and light cause silver to tarnish, the less of them the better when stored.

 Pearl Jewellery

  • Keep hairspray and perfume away from your pearl jewellery, this can permanently damage the coating on your precious beads. After applying hairspray and perfume wait a few minutes for it to dry completely before putting on your pearl jewellery.
  • Don’t store pearl jewellery in plastic bags, always store in the box or silk pouch that they should be supplied with.

 Beaded Jewellery

  • If you have beaded jewellery made from gemstone, or pearls, store them flat, preferably in a silk pouch. If the string breaks, let a professional jeweller restring them for you. If you are considering buying expensive beaded jewellery look for beads are a knotted between each bead, so that if the string breaks you won’t loose so many beads!

 Fashion Jewellery

  • Gold or Silver plated items can vary considerably in quality. To be called Gold Plated, jewellery only needs to be coated in gold up to 1 micron. Better made products are usually coated upto 3 microns. Because precious metals are only coated onto base metal, the care instructions given above are even more relevant.
  • We would also personally advise you not to wear fashion jewellery on a day to day basis, but rather for “special occassions” – that way you’ll enjoy them for much longer!

 Protecting your costume and fashion jewellery

  • Always protect your costume jewellery from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold. Ideally, store your costume jewellery in a soft lined box or pouch.
  • Try to keep pieces apart, so that they don’t rub together or tangle up.
  • Wear fashion jewellery for appropriate tasks, avoid wearing rings when cleaning, gardening or performing sports activities.
  • Don’t let your costume jewellery come into contact with nail polish removers, perfume and hairspray
  • Clean your fashion jewellery regularly, use a professional jewellery cleaning product (always read the manufacturers instructions)
  • When washing your hands (away from home) – don’t place your cocktail rings on the wash basin – remove them and place them onto your necklace or place in a pouch in your handbag/purse
  • Never go swimming in your costume jewellery, chlorine in swimming pools can cause damage

Be sure to follow out advice and you can enjoy your costume and fashion jewellery for years to come!

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Now you can get wholesale costume jewellery and wholesale fashion jewellery at fantastic prices. As an online costume jewellery shop we have fewer overheads than that of other companies and therefore can pass these reduced savings onto our customers. 

Even though many companies nowadays are worried about the credit crunch and what it will do to their business, we still see many new shops opening up or even more popular, jewellery parties taking place. These are all ways in which women or men can help earn a little extra cash for their household whilst thoroughly enjoying themselves with their friends and family.

It’s not only our costume jewellery that really makes great pieces in a shop, but also crystal cuff links. And with the majority of our cufflinks encrusted with Swarovski crystals you really cannot go wrong with this high quality costume jewellery.

Contact us at Shefaly | House of Jewels and we will be happy to go over your needs whether you are looking for bridal costume jewellery, fashion accessories or men’s cuff links.

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