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Hello again! It has been a whirlwind these past couple of years. I have had the chance to make some beautiful pieces, and I am glad that I can find the time to sit down, share and offer them to you.

I am proud to share that you can now shop our designs online at our Etsy shop!!! If you do not find anything that suits your style, let us design something custom just for you.

Cheers!
Jules

Summertime Jewel Survival Guide

TGIF and three cheers for the weekend! We all enjoy the peak of summer July through August, who doesn’t? The frequent beach trips, spontaneous last minute getaways, basking in the sunrays, delicious food festivals and oh so more! It is the best time of the season to enjoy, but think twice about bringing along those beloved jewels.

Here are a few tips to make sure your jewels stay their best throughout the summertime!

Protect your skin and jewels
With UV rays beaming to their maximum, it is important to lather on that sunscreen. While it may be an excellent idea to prevent sunspots and wrinkles, it is not the best idea for your jewels! Overtime lotions and sprays will adhere to your jewelry making for cloudy stones. Who wants a stone that does not sparkle – NO THANK YOU! In addition, some heat treated stones may change color if exposed to too much direct sunlight. If you are going to slather on the sunscreen, take off your precious jewels and wait till the product dries. Better yet, I would leave those beauties safe in your jewelry box. 

Sand Sans Jewels
I just love a good trip to the beach! There is nothing like sand between your toes, and who doesn’t like to pick up a handful of sand and watch it fall through the cracks of your fingers. This might be fun for your, but certainly not your rings! Sand can be damaging to the surface of your stones causing scratches and dulling to those softer stones. These little grains can get into the little crevices of your ring settings too and trust me it is not easy to get out once it is stuck in there. Again, if you will be constructing sand castles galore, I would leave the jewels at home and opt for a fun pair of costume earrings.

Dip and Dive
I am a big dipper when I am sunning my buns! I am sure a lot of you can relate and probably do this too. It is when you lay out to the point you think you are going to boil, and then you take a dip in the water to cool down. The heat often makes fingers swell and the cold makes them shrink! This hot and cold combo can cause your rings to become loose in the water, and easy enough they can slip off into a pool filter or even worse the dark abyss of the ocean. If you are going to go for a dip, I would remove all and any jewelry! This not only goes for rings, but bracelets, necklaces and earrings! 

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The Great Eternity Debate

Literally, it is the never ending eternity band question. What is the best choice for a band? Do you go with an eternity band with stones around the entire setting? Do you go with the half eternity with stones half way around or do you find a happy medium with three fourths around the band? My answer comes down to personal preference by weighing the pros and cons based on your lifestyle.

Eternity Gals – This would be someone who may baby their jewelry and work in a lightly active workplace with minimal usage of their hands. The pros of an eternity band is never having to worry about the spin factor, which is constantly checking to see if your stones are facing up or down. The spin factor doesn’t happen on everyone, but most fingers fluctuate in sizes based on body and environmental temperature. The cons is that the ring cannot likely be resized unless you have a spring or balls added to make a setting smaller. You are pretty much forever stuck with that size so you better hope your fingers stay the same size. There is always the option of reuse and recycling the setting and stones into something even more fabulous!

Partial Eternity Gals – This would be ideal for someone who might be more active with their hands or mommies! The pros are these are more cost effective so you can likely get more bands for the price of one. If you are big on stacking, this would be a good option for those on a budget. The other upside is resizing can be done within reason. It is likely your fingers will change size due to life body changes so having the option to resize a piece that no longer fits it always a bonus in my book! The comfort of a partial eternity is more comfy for me when I have higher up settings. If stones creep around to the sides of my fingers, I will get a “finger window” where your fingers no longer touch because there are stones in between! The down side of partial eternities is the spin factor. If you have a band with only stones half way around any movement might show some of the metal causing some of your sparkle to be unseen. This can be solved with a three fourths eternity, which has better coverage than a half.

I am 100% an eternity gal if it’s a simple band, but usually go three fourths if there is a center stone taking the stage. What type of jewelry wearer are you? Do you prefer eternity bands or partial bands? Whatever type of eternity or semi-eternity wearer you are, I would recommend taking off your pretties while doing any type of vigorous activity with your hands to ensure the longevity of your pieces. 

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.

History of Jewelry - The Art Deco Period

This one of my favorite time periods of jewelry! The Art Deco period of jewelry was born in the mid-1920s and continued through the 1930s. It all started with the World’s Fair event held in Paris called the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. These pieces were similar to those of the Egyptian period that radiated solid structures, geometric shapes, perfect symmetry and repeating patterns. The use of colored gemstones mixed with diamonds was very popular too. Cartier and Van Cleef & Arples were some of the key leaders in making beautiful signed pieces and keeping this period alive.

Here are some of my favorite Art Deco pieces from some great second hand resalers + a sapphire piece of my own! Photos provided by Lang Antiques & 1st Dibs

JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Lang Antiques Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; 1st Dibs Art Deco Piece
JYB Jewels; Art Deco Piece

Can you tell I'm a little crazy for sapphires? Do you have a beautiful Art Deco piece to share of your own or a favorite? Feel free to share in the comments section below!

XO.XO. Stay Sassy & Sparkly.