Monday, April 11, 2011

Beaded Jewelry Ideas

Jewelry can be considered to be the extension of a woman’s personality. Every woman has a very particular taste when selecting her favorite piece of accessory. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings have become a mark of a woman, worn as much for style as for flaunting womanhood. But, the next time you plan to don jewelry, add a personal touch to your ornaments, to augment their style and class. This will convey a lot about your fashion sense, taste and creativity. It will also show you as an independent person trying to stay away from the common herd. Create your own jewelry from simple and attractive things, giving vent to your imagination in designing them according to your fancy. The best materials that you can use for creating your own jewelry are colorful beads. They are easy to work on and you can spend a couple of engrossing hours just being your own personal jeweler. Apart from being creatively satisfying, the admiration of your friends and acquaintances regarding your art will surely be more thrilling than anything else. Given below are a few ideas for beaded jewelry that you can try your hand at.

Beaded Jewelry Design Ideas
Beaded Necklace

     First decide on a specific design for your necklace. This will help you to plan how you can string the beads.
    * Now, cut a piece of tigertail wire adding an extra 5 inches to the total length of the necklace.
     Insert a crimp bead and one half of the clasp into the wire. Slide the wire back into the crimp bead and using pliers, flatten the bead so that it stays in place.
     Through the open end of the wire, string the beads. After all the beads have been strung, insert another crimp bed and another half of the clasp.
     Pull the wire so that all the beads are tight fitted. Then, insert the end into the crimp bead again and using pliers, flatten it. Wear the necklace by joining the two clasps.

Oval Bead Bracelet

     Arrange beads of different sizes and colors in two rows in a bead board. Make one row slightly longer than the other.
     Arranging the beads in a bead board will make it easier to string the beads. Using a wire cutter, cut two strands of a wire.
     Take one strand and string the crimp cover. Now crimp on a crimp bead using pliers and fix it in place. Slide the crimp cover over the crimp bed and slide it in place.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gold Rings for Men - Is It a Right Choice?

Gold is one of the popular selections for the rings of men but in gold there are number of styles and designs that are available for both men and women. Sometimes it becomes highly difficult to choose from these various designs. While selecting gold rings for men you have to consider two factors that are carat and color. There are many rings for men having a gold carat of 9kt, 14kt, or 18kt. If the quality of gold used in the ring is high then it will be more expensive and valuable. A gold ring having 18kt is more costly as compared to that of a 9kt but of same size and shape.

Other things that are considered to be important are durability and hardness since the ring has to withstand harsh settings. The gold level of carat affects the level of hardness of gold ring. The hardness of metal is evaluated on Vickers scale, if the Vickers scores is high then the metal will be hard and if the score will be low then it will be softer metal. The Vickers score of 9kt is 120 whereas that of 18kt is 125. Gold is highly soft metal so if gold is of high level and it means a softer ring.

There are a number of colors available in gold rings and the most famous choice of many men is yellow gold, in spite of the fact that white gold or rose gold are also popular. Some of the other varieties of gold are red, lime, bronze gold and peach.

The band of the gold ring of men is wider than that of women's rings. The main reason behind it is that hand of man are larger than that of woman's hand. The band size that is chosen for a man depends on the stature of man so a man who is large would wear a wider band as compared to the band that a smaller man will wear. A man who has a smaller stature will not wear ring that seems to a woman's ring. There are a number of designs and styles available in gold rings for men. Men's gold rings are available in both yellow gold and white gold. Both these colors are similar in their durability and strength.

If you need an engagement ring, wedding ring or gold ring for couple then you have to select the same type of gold for both men and women. But if you want to give a man a gold ring as a gift or for some other purpose, then you have to keep in mind the preferences of man in mind and also for the purpose you are buying the ring.

There are variety of styles and designs that are available in rings for both men and women. There are many couples who like to have simple ring but some like trendy rings with variety of designs and styles.
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