• Fashion Accessories,  Jewelry

    Sugar Crystals

    Crystals that form out of sugars are used to manufacture glass-like surfaces. These surfaces are used in movie stunts. When an actor comes crashing through a window, for example, he breaks sugar crystals, not real glass. The use of props made of sugar crystals minimizes the risk of injuries, without sacrificing the edgy look of the stunt.

    In the kitchen, sugar crystals for use in pastries and other concoctions are easily made. The sugars used in the process usually come from sugarcanes, a bamboo-like plant whose stalks produce juice that is processed to become sugar granules. The sugar can also come from sugar beets. Practiced cooks pay attention to the use of the right quality of ingredients, as sugar crystals are highly soluble and highly viscose.

    Growing sugar crystals is easy. There are two simple methods you can use — the evaporation method and the slow cooling method. These two methods require that you begin with a saturated solution of water and sugar granules. The evaporation method employs the use of heat to separate the water from the sugar. This process may take a long time, depending on the solubility of the sugar in your solution. The slow cooling method produces sugar crystals by letting a very hot and very saturated sugar solution cool down slowly. The slower the processes, the bigger the sugar crystals are formed. The process may take as long as several hours to several days.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Cubic Zirconia Bracelet

    Real diamond bracelets are wonderful. There’s no doubt about that. But they are also incredibly expensive and you can’t enjoy wearing them as much as you’d like because you’re always a little paranoid that something’s going to happen to them. Cubic zirconia, on the other hand, is a more affordable option, and only you need to know that all that bling isn’t “real” diamonds.

    My favorite style is the cubic zirconia tennis bracelet. The design is classic and it looks great on women of any age. Plus it’s the perfect accessory for business attire, formal wear, and to go with jeans. A long row of sparkling clear stones hanging on a woman’s wrist has an infinitely feminine appeal, is far more delicate than chunky costume jewelry pieces, and will never go out of style.

    A cubic zirconia tennis bracelet is also a great way to attract additional attention to graceful hands and the new ring you may want to show off. Whether your new ring is an engagement ring, wedding band, or anniversary band, it will go beautifully with your bracelet, and more importantly, your bracelet will help showcase your lovely hands and ring. It’s definitely a great way to garner a little extra attention.

    Cubic zirconia bracelet make the perfect gift for the woman in your life-without breaking the bank. It is the ideal piece of jewelry to give for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or perhaps for no reason at all. You can slip one-beautifully gift boxed, of course-into a Christmas stocking for a little surprise from Jolly Old St. Nick. Or you can tuck one into a beautiful velvet box and present it to the woman you love with candy or roses on that special day in February. It’s also the very best way to celebrate the anniversary of your first date-especially if you think it’s just too soon to pop the question.

    Women love diamonds, and cubic zirconias come in only a close second. They look so much alike that most people won’t immediately know the difference. But they are actually affordable, so it really increases the chance that a woman will wear this jewelry on a daily basis. Fine jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed, not tucked away into a safe or safety deposit box.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Cubic Zirconia Station Necklace

    The first way to wear a shimmering layered CZ necklace look is by selecting one or more different necklaces of varying lengths. Mix station chains with some hanging close to the neck and others at the chest or even waist level. You may also combine CZ station necklaces with other types of chains. This is a great look because you have the flexibility to adjust the necklaces to best accent your outfit and neckline. Longer necklaces can be worn as is, or wrapped one or more times around the neck.

    Another way to achieve the multilayer necklace look is with a pre-layered single necklace comprised of several strands secured together at the clasp. In this style, you are wearing one necklace, but it contains 2-8 gemstone studded chains. Each chain falls at a different length and gives the impression of wearing multiple dazzling CZ necklaces.

    Layered cubic zirconia chain necklaces are all about relaxed glamour created by multiple strands of differing lengths. Draping beautifully around the neck, you will see this sparkling CZ jewelry look in both casual and red carpet situations. There are two ways to achieve the layered cubic zirconia chain necklace style. Both ways feature long “station chains” where you have a sterling silver or gold chain punctuated every 1-3 inches by a cubic zirconia gemstone. This CZ gemstone detail, often round and bezel set, goes all the way around the length of the dainty necklace. Because of the number and breadth of stones, this layered style of necklace makes a stunning visual impact.

  • Watch

    Tips on What to Look for When Buying a Sport Chronograph Watch

    People buy watches for many reasons. Maybe it’s your daughter’s graduation, or maybe your son has made the local football team or maybe it’s your partners birthday.

    Maybe you’re going on an expedition or holiday and your current watch is not up to it. Or maybe your watch has just plain died and its time to get a new one.

    Well, you’ve come to the right place!

    The internet has become a huge part of peoples lives these days. It’s a great way to research the options and a great place to buy.

    You’ll want to decide on the main purpose of the watch. Just telling the time? Just telling someone that you love and appreciate them? Or being able to measure your race car’s performance. There 101 reasons to buy. Yours will boil down to a few.

    Once the purpose is decided you’ll want to think about the image. Big Brand watches have a no-nonsense story to tell. But you don’t want to be attacked by someone who wants your watch! There’s a good case for owning a number of watches. A beautiful, top brand watch, for those special occasions, when you need to impress, a cheapo for touring 3rd world countries and a daily for the office or school campus.

    If the watch is a gift you want to be remembered by, consider a mechanical watch. Its likely to retain its value, certainly if it’s a big name and one day, it may be handed on to another generation, with the words, “my father gave me this watch when I went to my Prom. Its always been very special to me. I want you to have it now.”

    Watches are jewelry too and can have a lot of meaning to those who receive and own them.

    Who knows, you may be remembered one day by the watch you buy today.

    What is a Sports Chronograph Watch?

    Basically, a Sports chronograph watch is a watch with additional timing functions. Many sports have the competitor completing a task in a set time. Any watch can tell you roughly how fast the competitor is going. A chronograph watch has separate functions to precisely measure the elapsed time. Check how many timing features your watch has. One additional dial means you can start, stop and cancel a sequence. Two additional dials usually mean you can stop and zero one-timer, while the other continues. This gives you elapsed time and individual lap times.

    Waterproof watches

    Many waterproof watches have a screw down winder function. Like divers watches. This improves their waterproofness. If you want a watch to go diving with, you must check whether the watch is just “splash-proof” or is OK to dive as deep as you can. Manufacturers are careful to specify what conditions their watches will perform in. Always check these figures, before plunging your watch. Jumping into the water can considerably increase the pressure on your timepiece. Be sure it can handle it.

    What is a “Flyback Function?”

    This means that the timer part of your watch can be zeroed after a timing event. i.e. the timer hand “fly” back to zero. Different watches have different functions. If this is important to you, check before you buy.

    Watch Movement

    The “movement” is the driving component inside your watch case. You can get basically 3 types of movement.

    Mechanical movements:

    These date back 100’s of years to when timepieces were first made. Huge strides have been made in the manufacture of mechanical watches. The metals used, the techniques and the functions of mechanical watches are amazing and delicate. Mechanical watches are the most collectible. Clearly demonstrating the makers’ skill. Check that the watch you are buying is “mechanical”. If it is, you will need to have it serviced every 3 or 4 years, more important with the better quality ones. They do wear and get dirty. They are also more prone to sudden shock. Like mountain biking etc. But they are the most fascinating. Early watches had to be wound every day. It is a daily ritual. Create a “habit” by stopping to wind it, every time you put it on. Modern watches are often “auto winding”. If you have one of these, they should be removed during vigorous exercise.

    Quartz and Electronic

    Many modern watches now have no moving parts. Except for a vibrating crystal. A battery powers the crystal, which oscillates at a constant frequency. This gives the watch its amazing time keeping qualities. They are easy to own and manufacture. So you can often get very good value, with a lot of functionality and good looks. They don’t need winding, but its a good idea to replace the batteries every three years. Sometimes the batteries will corrode and leak. This can damage the function of your watch.

    Timekeeping is accurate and maintenance almost zero. So you will always know the time, without any effort.

    New Technology

    New methods of driving a watch have recently come on the market.

    Seiko produced a kinetic watch that is powered by your movement.

    Citizen has created a light-powered watch called an “Eco-Drive.” This uses sunlight to run it and can store as much power as is needed to run the watch for up to 5 years.

    How to care for your watch

    Firstly wear your watch only where it is appropriate. If you are going rock climbing or mixing concrete, it’s a good idea to not wear your watch. They are not indestructible and despite their “rugged” good looks they do need looking after.

    Never leave your watch in direct sunlight. The sun can overheat your watch and damage its function.

    Thermal shock can also damage a watch. Heating in the sun then plunging into cold water can affect your watch. Best to avoid.

    The battery in your quartz watch is affected by extreme heat and extreme cold. Keep your watch at temperatures you live in. Don’t expose to extremes.

    Leather straps can be damaged with household cleaners or any chemicals. Keep your watch away from chemicals. Clean your watch strap, as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Metal straps can be affected by sand and grit. Keep them clean or clean after exposure.

    If your glass “fogs” take the watch immediately to a watch repair agent, to avoid movement damage.

    If your watch is exposed to seawater and is waterproof, rinse it off with fresh water. Otherwise, wipe with a damp cloth to remove any corrosive salt.

    How much to Pay?

    Always a tough question. Just remember the old adage. “A cheap price is great on the day, but quality rewards you, over time.” 2 years down the track, the few extra dollars you spent on buying quality, will be valued far more than the “price paid” on the day. Buy the best your budget will allow.

    Take your time looking for your next, sports chronograph watch. You will get many years of faithful service from the big name watches. They have a substantial reputation to live up to. People rely on the brand and the merchant to deliver a quality product more than capable of delivering excellent service and satisfaction.

  • Fashion Accessories,  Jewelry

    Ruby Earrings

    If you have a special lady in your life and are wondering what would make a good birthday gift, you should consider getting her a pair of ruby earrings. The earrings reflect the love you have for her and really convey the message of how much you care. Any woman would love to receive a pair of elegant earrings with rubies in them. You can further enhance her gift by taking her out to dinner so she can show off her new earrings.

    The nice part about choosing earrings is that they come in so many different styles and designs. You can find earrings for people who have pierced ears as well as for those who do not. You can also find them with different types of materials used in the design such as silver, gold or platinum. You can also choose from earring styles that are small and delicate or long and elegant. You can also have them accented with other types of gemstones besides the ruby.

    A pair of ruby earrings also makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. Red has always been the symbol of love and the ruby is the perfect reflection of that symbol. You can even find little heart style earrings that have ruby stones set inside them. You can also find accessory pieces of jewelry to coordinate with the style of earrings you choose. Often you will find earring and necklace sets together that work well as a gift for that special someone in your life.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Printed Bracelet

    Kids’ Delight

    Printed bracelets are great for kids since you don’t have to worry about them choking on little pieces. A lot of models are non-toxic without using any harmful chemical or metal during manufacturing. These also come in different designs that kids love like animal skins, animal patterns, stars, fairies and their favorite superhero. You may also want to have your child’s name printed on the bracelet for sentimentalism’s sake.

    Printed bracelets for kids come in many fun designs and styles. The slap-on version is very popular which is made of highly flexible material or metal inside coated with rubber or plastic. The accessory straightens out by pulling or unrolling the ends and easily curls up around your child’s wrist through a quick snap-on action. You may want to add educational use for the bracelets as well by printing the alphabet, numbers and hard-to-spell words.

    Bracelets for a Cause

    Several institutions are relying on printed bracelets when trying to spread news or fighting for causes like AIDS, cancer and women’s rights. You can simply print the motives or slogan of your movement on the bracelet and sell them at a very cheap price or hand them out for free. Since the initial LiveStrong silicone wristbands, people are having a blast sporting these casual yet attractive items. You may be surprised that a lot of people actually show concern by wearing the bracelets all the time. These items also make great gifts and promotional tools.

    Printed bracelets come in handy during emergency cases and these are frequently used as medical identity tags for people suffering from underlying conditions. Diabetics, high blood pressure patients and those experiencing sudden seizures and convulsions can rely on the bracelets so that anyone attending them can immediately know the necessary actions for treatment. Doctors and other health professionals have been trained to search for medical alert bracelets first wherein information like blood type, attending physician and hospital, underlying condition and medications may be imprinted.

    The Styles

    Printed bracelets may come from different materials like cheap and expensive metals, nylon, polyester, cotton, rubber, silicone or gel. Usually, a machine or laser screen prints the designs and text quickly so as many as 10,000 pieces can be made in a single day. When you order, choose the material as well as the style and colors you want to use.

    You may choose prints according to a feature showroom the manufacturer may have or you can submit original art and text for them to use. When ordering in bulk, you can place different designs and text on every piece but this might cost you more. Customizing the prints and designs is also subject to price change. When ordering online, you will be asked to fill out a design form for you to choose and upload prints and text. Once your order has been finalized and the necessary payments made, the company will directly send the printed bracelets at the given address.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Color Wheel State of Mind

    The colors arbitrarily represent the state of mind and emotion of the person wearing it. As every individual has different physiological makeup the temperature change is also different thus affecting the color wheel. The ring when not in use reflects the black color as default. All other colors carry some sense of adjective feel and introduce the state of mind to tackle the situation effectively.

    • The black color to an extent represents some negativity; it means the person wearing it is stressed, overworked, tired or harassed.
    • The color white indicates confusion, boredom or frustration of the person wearing it.
    • The color grey not often seen on the ring represents the person being in anxious, afraid, sad, or exhausted state of mind.
    • The many shades of color green represent different meaning like person is in active state but relaxed; other shades reflect calm, peace & relaxed state; additionally reflect if feeling energetic, wandering in time and full of mixed emotions.
    • The color blue is the most occurring color on the ring; generally the color represents optimism, joy, happiness and peaceful state of mind. Its different shades mean deep thinking, feeling flirty, intense mood, calm, love, passion and feeling romantic.
    • The color purple shows that the person is feeling sensual but with clarity in mind. The person’s energy levels reflect tranquil, satisfaction & balance; in addition to passionate, sensual and romantic state of mind. A reddish tone in the shade of purple reflects anger, mood swing or desperate state of mind.
    • The color pink refers to being calm and in relaxed state of mind or feeling; whereas bright pink marks the person for feeling affectionate, loved and being happy.
    • The color red also comes in many shades generally reflecting passionate state of mind, excitement, energy and adventure. The deep red marks feeling of love, arousal & passion. Whereas the bright red depicts feelings of anger, adventure, excitement or terror.
    • The color orange marks the feeling of dare, stress and confusion. Whereas the dark orange represents worry, aggression and tensed state of mind.
    • The shades of color yellow relates to emotion of being imaginative, confused, upset, anxious, feeling poetic and deeply observing.
    • The color brown indicates scared, tensed, restless, mixed emotions, confused, stressed and aggravated state of mind. It reflects that the mind is wandering in time to be able to make decisions.

  • Diamond

    Black Diamond Jewelries

    It forms a lovely combination with other colorful gemstones. The jewelry item becomes one of a kind and tantalizing. The precious gemstone in dark color has been used in several ornaments with architectural designs combined with sensual curves. Sarah Jessica Parker wore a black diamond ring for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar to add dynamism to her photo shoot. That ring made a strong fashion statement and since then the precious gemstone has made it to the jewelry box of various celebs who like to experiment with their wardrobe.

    In an excellent example of fusion cuff, the gemstone has been combined with rhodium to bring out the monochromatic chic appearance. The black diamond jewelry plays with the sharpness of rhodium and smoothness of diamond to bring out the edgy side of personality. It is an extremely versatile item as it goes well with the leather jacket, ball gown and also with a pair of battered jeans. An edgy and avant-garde designer ring could be the missing piece in your jewelry box modifying the classic black and white diamond stones combination.

    If you wish to possess an entirely black diamond suite, the Turkish jewelry designers have crafted a necklace and earrings suite for you. A constellation in the form of necklace gently trickling down the neck completed with a pair of earrings representing an entire galaxy is a marvel to die for. Gothic designs use dark and mysterious colors. A solitaire engagement ring with a staggering 7 carat pear-shaped black diamond center stone makes the perfect ornament for a Gothic follower.

    Want to know a fascinating aspect of the black diamond? These are found in river beds and not in mines. Brazil and the Central African Republic produces the majority of these stones. Moreover, in Italy, this gemstone is recommended to couples on the verge of divorce to save their relationship. Really special and attractive, these gemstones have become the apple of the fashionista’s eye.

  • Watch

    Titanium Watch

    As much the same way as different types of materials have different thermal sensations, metals also have their particular standing temperatures. Once these metals are touched with bare hands, the skin responds to the surface temperature of these metals. The metals which have much cooler surface temperatures in normal room temperatures quickly take the heat from the warmth of the skin and thus the thermal receptors transmit the signal of sensation to the brain thereby giving the feel that the metal is cooler than other materials. It is due to this swift change in the body temperature in contact with the metal, which actually dictates the thermal soothe.

    There may be different types of metal that conduct heat effectively at varying degrees such as stainless steel, gold and aluminum, conducting more quicker than titanium. This sudden thermal conduction causes a noticeable sensation of cold when the metal comes in contact with the skin. At very warm temperatures, as in the hot summer months, the metal quickly gets heated up due to extreme hot temperature and thus increases the surface temperature of the metal that has been used in the manufacture of watches. The increase in temperature of the metal casing of the watch may cause the wearer to feel really uncomfortable. Likewise, that spoon dipped inside a saucepan with boiling water will quickly absorb the heat, so will the metals used in watch making when it comes in contact with extremely warm environment.

    This makes good reason to use Titanium in the manufacture of watches as wearers will not actually experience rapid heat transfer, for the very fact that this metal is poor heat conductor unlike other metals. Titanium watches make the wearer feel comfortable even at environments with extreme temperatures. A Titanium watch will not let the wearer feel sudden heat or extreme cold in correspondence to outside temperature.

    Wearing a sophisticated Titanium watch will make the wearer a center stage of attraction for the people around. The stylish watches portray high level of mechanism encased into sleek and trendy casing.

    Titanium watches are very light weight and highly durable. A Titanium watch with scratch resistant and dent resistant casing is extremely resistive to corrosion. These watches look great and can be good gift idea for someone special or those who often travel into situations where there is risk of damage and scratches. Due to its high durability titanium watches are widely popular among sportspersons, trekkers and those who enjoy being adventurous. For the buyers there are huge selection of exclusive designs, uniquely crafted to suit individual taste and personality. A Titanium watch can even be worn as military watches, as well as a casual watch. There are various popular watch manufacturing brands that have their great selection of eye-catching titanium wrist watches. Individuals can select their favorite design from the huge designer watches that fit their style and requirement.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Chunky Necklaces

    Styling chunky necklaces with simple clothes, such as white T-shirt and jeans will never go wrong and can always help to enhance one’s personal style and personality. Here you should always keep one thing in mind that keep the attire simple so that you can add whatever you like to your outfit. If you wear the simplest ensembles, even wearing necklaces in the most flaring styles, you won’t be frowned upon.

    Another way to wear chunky jewelry is to pair them with elegant evening gowns or dresses. You may have noticed that celebrities would always choose to wear chunky necklaces to compliment their red carpet looks especially when they wear strapless evening gowns. Many famous designers also love to use chunky necklaces in their fashion shows. Thus, when you are going to attend a social gathering or an evening party, you can try these chic chunky necklaces to lighten your gorgeous evening gowns.

    In fact, chunky necklaces can be suitable for both formal and causal occasions. They can go well with either formal dresses or casual clothes. No matter whether you are a fashion addict or not, you can wear these over sized voluminous necklaces to make your own fashion statement.