Monthly Archives: May 2016

Jewelry – Earrings, The Most Important Piece of Jewelry – 2009 Emmy Awards

Why are earrings the most important piece of jewelry? By important I mean the piece that will do the most for your appearance. As with all jewelry it should blend with your overall amazing look. You don’t want people to first comment on your great jewelry and then you. Your overall look is what needs to be attractive, then after the comments of how amazing you look, they can notice your cool jewelry.

Earrings are what frames your face, if the colour and style are right they will be like two spotlights adding a glow to your face, making it brighter and more alive. On the whole an earring with a decoration on the front of the post covering the pierced hole gets the reflected light starting from the right point. Earrings with a shepherd hook usually start from a lower aspect and if they are a heavy earring it also shows up the drag on the lobe, these are more suited for casual wear. Some, especially older women probably will look a lot younger if they do not wear this type at all. There is nothing attractive about a saggy earlobe.

Looking at the Oscars 2007, on the Red Carpet almost all of the earrings worn were decorated from the front of the post, very few wore shepherd hook earrings. Most earrings at the Oscars were quite elaborate but not overly so. Some like Nicole Kidman only wore tiny studs.

Little has changed in the last two years. Here are some examples from the 2009 Emmy Awards – who from some groups were voted the top ten best dressed.

Olivia Wilde – 1.5 inch drop earring with a gem at the piercing and another at the end of the drop.

Rose Byrne – Flower shaped button style

Kate Walsh – A small wide hoop

Kristin Chenoweth -Stud earrings

Mila Kunis – Stud over piercing with a large drop chandelier

Heidi Klum -Large button over piercing and a very long shoulder duster.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Stud over piercing with a short chandelier drop

Christina Applegate – Stud earrings

Tina Fey – Stud over piercing with a 1 inch drop and round gem at the bottom

January Jones – Small stud with a 1 inch drop and a larger round gem at the end.

From the examples above, none of these well dressed women had exposed pierced holes. One may conclude from this that especially for formal wear, don’t expose the holes in the lobes.

The history of earrings seems to date back to the earliest of times. The examples found in the ancient countries were nearly all a variation of the hoop earring, a style that is still popular today. In Cyprus, from the middle of the 2nd Millennium BC the popular earrings were painted terracotta in the form of stylised nude females. Earlobes were pierced 2 or 3 times and large terracotta hoops suspended from them.

In Ancient Egypt jewels were an important part of the costume, worn by men, women and children. Jewelry was also used to adorn statues. The earrings were in various hoop styles. Earlobe piercing was evident and earlobes were often extremely elongated and deformed by the use of very heavy ear ornaments from early childhood.

From the late 4th Century BC earrings were becoming more elaborate in design. The earrings often had suspended pendants and chains. Filigree, granulation, leaf, rosettes and doves were all used to decorate the boat or lower half of the hoop.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it was a lean time for earrings due to the fashion of high collars and a headdress that often covered the ears. It took centuries up to about the 1530s for the earring to emerge again as hair and headdress styles changed. The new earrings were in the form of plain gold hoops with a pearl drop. It was not until the 17th century that the earrings started to make a real comeback, again they often contained pearls.

By the middle of the 17th century earrings were an essential item and they became more complex and interesting. They used ruby, pearls, emeralds and enamel in floral motifs.

18th and 19th centuries saw some beautiful and elaborate designs, often using semi-precious stones. Also diamonds and pearls and very intricate goldsmith techniques.

Early in the 20th century around 1910 to 1930 Art Deco style was popular. Around this time ear piercing began to be thought of as barbaric, and clamping earrings to the lobe with a screw fitting became popular.

1947 saw the feminine new look by Dior. This set the scene for earring design to come to the fore in a creative new way.

1970s saw earring design become larger and more varied. The ever popular hoops were back in demand, many of these hoops were decorated with precious stones.

Then in the late 1970s ear piercing started to become popular again. This trend has continued up until today when almost every woman, a large number of men and children have their earlobes pierced.

Today the styles are very diverse from studs to shoulder dusters. The very elaborate and expensive to the economical. Fortunately the economical earrings can look nearly as good as some of the more expensive ones. This is due in part to the technology and quality of man- made gemstones that can be very beautiful. For example the cubic zirconia which is made from minerals and resembles the much more expensive diamonds. Cubic zirconia is not quite as hard as a diamond but it can be cut and faceted in the same designs as a diamond can be cut. They can be colored to resemble ruby, emeralds, sapphire or any other stone. The choice is yours, try all styles and see which does the best for you. Enjoy your earrings and look amazing.

Source by Kathleen Luvit

Bridge Jewelry – Artisan Jewelry

Jewelry is more than an accessory; it can be a promise, a remembrance, a statement or a frivolous decoration. Fine jewelry, Bridge jewelry and Fashion Jewelry are all types of jewelry that allow you to have a variety of choices to add to your collection and create your look. The terms Bridge jewelry and Artisan jewelry are sometimes used as if they are synonymous. We will explore this assumption and discover that Bridge jewelry and Artisan jewelry can be the same thing, but are not always the same.

Fine jewelry uses at least 14 kt. Gold or other precious metals along with precious gems like diamonds, sapphires, rubies or emeralds. Fine jewelry can be mass-produced or artisan-made one-of-a-kind pieces or limited-edition. It can be found in fine jewelry stores or in galleries. It commands the highest prices and holds value very well.

Fashion jewelry can also be artisan-made or mass produced. Materials used in the designs are base metals, glass, plastic and other synthetics. This jewelry may also be made of shell, wood and other organic materials. Fashion jewelry is available in craft shows, department stores, discount stores, drug stores and even flea markets. Prices on Fashion jewelry tend to be the most affordable of all jewelry. Its value is in its usability and the addition to your wardrobe.

Bridge jewelry is called that because it is the bridge between Fine jewelry and Fashion jewelry. It may use vermeil, gold filled or silver as the metal and uses semi precious stones such as amethyst, citrine, turquoise, jade, topaz, fresh water pearls, garnet and others. Much Bridge jewelry is artisan-made, but it can also be mass produced. Bridge jewelry is often found in craft shows, galleries and art shows. Prices are in the mid range between Fine jewelry and Fashion jewelry. Depending on the artist and/or materials, this jewelry can be a good investment.

Of course other combinations are found in jewelry. Some designers use precious metals such as 14k gold with amethyst. These pieces are not so easily classified. Price points and materials are the most definitive difference between the categories. Fine jewelry as the most expensive and Fashion jewelry as an inexpensive alternative. Bridge jewelry falls between these two on price.

Bridge jewelry can be a unique and affordable addition to your collection. You may see some familiar names in galleries or fine department stores and begin to recognize them as producers of Bridge jewelry. When you attend an art show, take a special look and you will recognize that much of it is fine artisan-made Bridge jewelry. It can provide you a good value because of the combination of quality materials; creativity and workmanship provided by the designers of these unique one-of-a-kind or limited edition pieces.

Source by Louise Coulson

10 Prom Theme Ideas

Planning your school’s prom? Here are some themes to consider. Remember, you need to pick a prom theme that will create a beautiful atmosphere and look great in photos. Use interesting backdrops and props and pay attention to lighting and details.

Enchanted Forest

Set a romantic nighttime mood with beautiful backdrops of trees and dazzling northern lights. Use rich shades of greens, blues, purples, and browns for the decor. Props: Woodland creatures, unicorns, mini pine trees, artificial leaves.

Similar Prom Themes: Magical Garden Theme, Fairy Tale Theme, Twilight Theme, Alice in Wonderland Theme

Old Hollywood

Make it an ultra-glamourous occasion by rolling out a red carpet; use red, gold, black and white as a colour scheme; create a backdrop filled with black and white pictures of Hollywood actors; have a paparazzi line for guests to walk by and create a Hollywood Walk of Fame for your school. Props: Oscar statues, a spotlight/searchlight

Similar Prom Theme: Oscar Awards Theme

Monte Carlo

A romantic and beautiful destination like Monte Carlo is a great setting to base your prom theme on. Be sure to create lots of decadent visual imagery that captures Monte Carlo’s beauty and luxury. Use backdrops and props to recreate Monte Carlo’s beaches, casinos, racetracks, yachts, and historic buildings

Similar Prom Themes: New York City Theme, Venice Theme, Paris Theme, Rome Theme, Rio de Janeiro Theme

Ice Castle

Create a romantic Arctic winter wonderland for your prom. Use lots of white, silver, and pale blue decor. Props: Fake snow, ice sculptures, polar bear and penguin figures, lots of transparent plastic items to represent ice. Be sure to hang giant sparkly snowflakes from the ceiling to enhance the atmosphere.

Similar Prom Theme: Viking Theme

Desert Sunset

Capture the beauty and romance of a desert sunset with landscape backdrops. Props: cactus covered in sparkly white christmas lights, silhouettes of cowboys on horses, and lots of palm trees

Similar Prom Themes: African Safari Theme, Sunset on the Mediterranean Theme

Monarch or Renaissance

Recreate a King and Queens court with a renaissance theme. Create backdrops with lots of columns, red carpet, court jesters, and knights. Props: crowns, tiaras, thrones, faux marble and gold ornaments, chandeliers

Similar Prom Themes: Greek Mythology Theme, Egyptian Pharaoh Theme, Art History Theme, Jane Austen Theme, Masquerade Theme

Black Swan Ballet

Do something different and create a dark and twisted ballet theme for your prom. Use the movie “Black Swan” as visual inspiration. Props: an artificial pond with swans, black feathers, mirrors, and silhouettes of ballet dancers.

Similar Prom Themes: Moulin Rouge Theme, Superhero Theme…Any cult movie that you can draw inspiration from

Under the Sea

Create a fantastic under-water aquarium theme. Use images of colourful coral reefs as backdrops; drape shimmery blue fabrics all around. Props: Aquariums with exotic fish (or TV screens showing such), scuba divers, fake shipwrecks with treasure, and lots of mermaids!

Similar Prom Theme: Pirates of the Caribbean Theme, The Little Mermaid Theme


Capture Hawaii’s beautiful landscapes, from the volcanos to the beaches. It’s a fun theme, and can also be very romantic, just keep the setting more elegant than casual Props: Giant fake volcano, surf boards, palm trees, hula dancers, lots of Hawaiian flowers, and vintage maps of Hawaii.

Similar Prom Themes: Beach Party Theme


This prom theme could be gorgeous if pulled off correctly. Use dark backdrops with lots of sparkly light to create a romantic and serene starry galaxy. Props: Astronauts and space ships; hang giant glowing paper mache planets from the ceiling.

Similar Prom Theme: In the Clouds Theme

Source by Roberta Baker

5 Most Influential Hair Designers in History

The following list of the 5 most influential hair designers in history is by no means inclusive of all the hair designers that have become famous and forever affected the popular styles of men’s and women’s hair. This is completely subjective- just one person’s list of the 5 people who seem to have positively changed this industry the most.

1. Kenneth Battelle

This was the first hairdresser who was commonly known simply by his first name. Kenneth became a legend in the 1960s thanks to his work on Marilyn Monroe’s hair, making it look soft and lovely despite countless bleaches and perms. Ironically, he was the one who did her hair when she sang “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to John F Kennedy, and he was also the one responsible for Jackie Kennedy’s famous bouffant hairstyle. Other famous clients that Kenneth worked with included Lauren Bacall and Audrey Hepburn.

2. Olive Benson

This master hair designer was responsible for many of the most popular African American hairstyles that are still common today. Her salon was the first to offer advanced curly hair techniques and treatments for African American hair, and she was the first African American to receive a number of hairdressing awards.

3. Jeanne Braa

As artistic director of John Paul Mitchell Systems, Jeanne Braa was a huge influence on female hairstylists and on the industry in general. After a great career that included being the first recipient of the North American Hairstylist of the Year Trustees Award in 1993, she quit the business and began traveling the world doing humanitarian work with her husband.

4. Christiaan

The man known simply as Christiaan has been a leading name in hairstyling for more than 40 years. This internationally known editorial hair stylist has worked with some of the most famous celebrities, including Deborah Harry of Blondie, model and actress Grace Jones and, more recently, David and Victoria Beckham. He is known for edginess, independence and creativity.

5. Paul Mitchell

Although he is now deceased, Paul Mitchell is still a huge influence on hair stylists all over the world. As co-founder of the world-renowned Paul Mitchell brand, products are available in stores everywhere across the globe, and he has been a household name since the 1970s and 1980s when his cuts appeared on the covers of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Many attribute Paul Mitchell with freeing women from the constraints of bouffant hairstyles.

Source by Erik R Johnson