• Watch

    Cool Trendy Watches

    Watches have also turned out to be an essential part of the daily outfit, and a way to impress others. The professional image gets completed only with a proper watch. The main function of a watch today is to enrich appearance and to promote you as a professional person.

    The type and style of the watch we select depicts who we are. Watches spell out elegance and eccentricity. To make ourselves unique we need to select the right watch that suits our personality and enhances our personality.

    The cool watches today, mostly tend to turn others heads towards it. Those who are technological geeks would rather love to carry a mini computer on their wrist. This is made possible by the wide variety of gadget watches that are a result of technological inventions.

    Selecting a gadget watch is the latest trend and this helps us not only with the time, but with multiple functionalities such as, phone in wrist watch, medical records in a wrist watch and much more.

    There are watches that run not using batteries or solar power, but by the flow of blood in our body. The cool watches today have also turned out to be a platform for games and entertainment.

    Watches today perform the role of smart phones, because they include messaging and calling options, social networking, health files, health checkers, music playback, camera, weather updates, and much more.

  • Fashion Accessories

    The Long Necklace

    Now normally we see either the simple diamond necklace or we see the big statement necklaces, but not this year! This year it is all about the long necklaces. This style has been around for ages and ages, but as we all know style is cyclical. The one thing I love about this is that you truly can take a piece that is meant to be casual and turn it into an antique inspired look.

    There are a few reputable products used by celebrities that are a perfect inspiration for this look, especially when we start thinking about layering the necklaces. This is a style that I think every woman can make her own because these necklaces have so many different styles. I have seen simple antique inspired animals, chains and pearls, and even simple stones like turquoise.

    So how would you wear it?

    • Focus on one specific look that is your “go to style” and pick out a long necklace that speaks to that style. Something not too heavy but that will make a statement against a simple long top or tunic.
    • Get funky with it. Try an edgier office look and mix long chains and pearls over a structured white button down. Have the necklaces on the outside of the collar and you will have a look that is so “Devil Wears Prada.”
    • Keep everything else simple. If you opt for a bigger, flashier necklace, keep the earrings simple (think studs). You don’t want to look like a gypsy and have a whole lotta “crazy” going on!

    Remember ladies that the style can completely change depending upon what kind of long necklace you buy and how you wear it. Try different looks in the store to see which one you think is the most flattering on you, and don’t forget, this look can go from day to night so don’t be afraid to try the same necklace with your weekend outfits too!

  • Fashion Accessories

    Stay Warm with Winter Hat

    Get a soft, round, flat-crowned beret for a sophisticated, European look. These days, berets mostly come in hand-woven wool, wool felt or acrylic fiber. You can top any outfit off with a beret, most specifically a simple black dress, or straight leg jeans and a blouse. These floppy hats are a sure-fire way to stay warm and well-dressed this winter.

    For a more casual, street-savvy look, rock a beanie cap this winter. You can pair these head-hugging, brimless caps with jeans, leather jackets and boots for an edgy, urban flair to any winter outfit.

    If you are interested in a classier look, get a fedora, or a brimmed, felt hat that is creased lengthwise down the crown, and pinched in the front on both sides. Even though the fedora was originally a men’s hat, it has become popular among women in the last few years. Fedora’s are a great hat to complement trendy evening wear. Pair it with dress slacks and a sexy top, a blazer and dark-wash jeans or even a dress or skirt with heels or boots. Wherever you go in this hat, you’ll be sure to turn heads.

    Now, equipped with some knowledge on the hippest hat styles around, you can stay warm and fashion-wise this winter. And for all you hat-doubting non-believers, just remember that you lose a lot of body heat through the top of your head!

  • Fashion Accessories

    Cotton Hat Styles

    Cotton hats come in various styles and one of the most popular is the fisherman’s hat. Its recognizable design is timeless and remains a favorite not just among seafarers but fashion-conscious men and women alike. These hats usually come in the neutral colors of navy, white and black but they are available in a variety of colors and even prints.

    For women, a khaki or white fisherman hat would look great when paired with a simple fitted white tee or tank top and baggy cargo pants or low cropped pants with flared legs. Complete your casual getup with a pair of gladiator sandals or some other white strappy leather flats.

    For men, a white fisherman’s hat is the perfect accessory to top off an outfit consisting of a pair of knee-length shorts and a matching short-sleeved shirt. Put on a pair of white boat shoes or sneakers and you have a casual but sharp look that is perfect for various weekend activities.

    Another style of cotton hat that you can wear is the golf hat, which has a fun design that is made even funkier by all the available patterns and colors. A plaid golf cap matches a punk getup while a neutral-colored one will match a preppy outfit.

    Women can achieve the preppy look using a golf-cap style cotton hat by wearing it with a polo shirt, a nice pair of city shorts and canvas sneakers. A cotton golf cap worn with tailored khakis, a button-down shirt and loafers will do the trick for men.

    Other pretty choices in cotton hats are bucket hats and knitted hats, which can all add a touch of whimsy to your outfit. Of course, baseball caps never go out of fashion and you have countless designs to choose from in this category. A baseball cap may be ordinary but depending on its design, it can be a nice addition to your wardrobe.

    For the summer, women can exude celebrity chic with large brimmed summer cotton hats. Not only will this hat protect your face and eyes from the sun, it is also incredibly stylish. Rimmed cotton hats are also available for men. When starting your hat collection, buy the plain and neutral-colored ones first. You will find that they easily complement many of your wardrobe pieces.

  • Fashion Accessories

    Murano Glass Earrings

    Over the years Murano glassmaking evolved into an art where Venetian artisans had no equals due to their talent not only as glassblowers but also as tireless researchers and inventors of new glassmaking techniques. Working with basic glass furnaces and primitive instruments, Murano artisans discovered methods of creating a wide range of glass types from clear glass (Cristallo) to Calcedonio (imitation of Chalcedony mineral) to Lattimo (milky-white glass) with decorations such as enamel, filigree, engraving, crackled appearance (Vetro Ghiacco) and many more ingenious ways of making glass worthy of royal palaces and the most refined clientele. Most importantly, Venetian glass creations were never colored or decorated after they were made. All of the coloring, decorating and other work on the glass always occurred during the glass-making process while the glass was hot or when it was cooling down before going back to the furnace for further work. This made Murano glass extremely durable and long-lasting with colors that would never fade and patterns that would not change over time, and thus it was one of the most sought-after components of interior d├ęcor and jewelry for the wealthy and the influential elite of all times.

    It is precisely this quality of Venetian glass that makes it a perfect material for earrings. Today Murano glass earrings are a fashionable and sought-after accessory featured in many magazines, websites and fashion shows. The wide variety of styles, colors, and shapes makes Murano glass earrings a desired part of the overall look for any woman, as they help bring out the woman’s eye color, skin tone, and bolster her sense of uniqueness. One of the most popular and unique Murano earring designs is Millefiori (a thousand flowers in Italian), which has become a trademark of Murano glassmaking. Millefiori earrings with their symmetrical patterns of bright flowers are symbolic of the one-of-a-kind nature of Murano glass products and the hard manual work that goes into creating each one. Millefiori earrings work well with a wide variety of outfits and styles, from casual to business to eveningwear, and add romantic Venetian flare to the woman’s appearance.

    Other signature Murano earring styles include the use of Avventurina, a sparkling quality that is given to the glass by adding tiny particles of 24K gold to the hot glass mix before it solidifies; gold and silver foil, creating a magical shimmer by using the thinnest sheets of 925 silver or 24K gold underneath the glass; Calcedonio – a complex method of creating opaque glass with uneven patterns of various colors that looks like Chalcedony- a semi-precious stone; and many more unique to Venetian glass-making.

    Owning a pair of Murano earrings means owning a piece of art with centuries of history, a piece of the enchanted City on the Water, and a beautiful hand-made creation that no-one else has. With their durable colors and patterns, and the precious metals used in creating them, Venetian glass earrings also make a perfect gift to the important women in your life that is guaranteed to bring them many compliments and lift their mood for years to come.

  • Watch

    Watch Winder

    1. Does the watch winder has the industry standard Automatic “Turn-and-Rest” programming? This Turn-and-Rest feature that automatically control the turning cycles of the winder; and to automatically stop the program intermittently so as not to over-stress the watch’s internal moving mechanism.
    2. Does the watch winder has the capability to turn in 3 different directions so as to fit the different rotation requirements of different watch brands? The three different directions are: Clockwise mode, Coutner-Clockwise mode, and Alternate Bi-directional mode (Bi-directional mode – turns clockwise and counter clockwise alternatively, as required by many watch brands such as Rolex.
    3. Does the watch winders have the “Adjustable” TPD function? TPD represents “Turns per Day”, the numbers of turns the winder rotates in a day. Different brands of automatic watches might require different TPD to be fully wound up. The TPD is controlled by the watch winders’ internal electronic programming. In general, the adjustable TPD ranges from 400 TPD to more than 1000 TPD, with most automatic watches requiring somewhere between 400 to 800 TPD. By having this Adjustable Turns per Day (TPD) feature, a watch winder can accommodate a wider selection of automatic watches, in particular the more sophisticated complex watches that are becoming more popular nowadays. Winders that do not have this function might not be sufficiently wind up certain types of automatic watches.
    4. Does the watch winder has an automatic daily ON/OFF function? With this function, the winder users do not have to reset or power on/off the winder daily. Not only is this a convenient feature for the winder owners, but also an essential feature so that the winder will power ON daily automatically, to keep your watch wind-up all the times, such that your watches are ready for you to wear any time, any day.
    5. Can the watch winder be powered by batteries? Most winders on the market can only be powered by AC power. Only very few winder brands can be powered and operated by both batteries and AC power. With the capability of being powered by batteries, one can store the winder inside a vault, or at a place where there is no electrical plug in outlet. Thus, if you need to keep your watch and the winder inside your vault, you need a winder that can be powered by batteries as well as AC power, so that in case the batteries run out, you can still use household AC power to operate the winder.

    Another factor to consider is the ease of use of the winders. Some winders are very complex to operate and require a deep learning curve to actually make the winder functional. In additional to the above functions, the workmanship, types of wood used to manufacture the watch winders, the aesthetic appeal, should also be considered.

    Of course, the warranty policy provided by the dealer or the manufacturer of the watch winder is also an important factor to consider. Most winder brands offer a standard 6 months warranty, while some offer a one year warranty.

    Price is one factor to consider, but not the most critical one. A cheap inexpensive watch winder might seem to do the job in the short term. However, without the appropriate winder program technology, these cheap low cost watch winders could actually cause damages to the mechanical life your valuable watch.

    For example, a winder without the industry standard “Turn and Rest” fuzzy logic programming could over-stress and over-wind the internal main spring of your automatic watches. Over the long term, the stress and over-winding effect could cause your watch to lost the accuracy of the time; and could very well result in irreversible main-spring defect to your valuable watches. The only remedy could well be an expensive replacement or overhaul of your fine watches. Thus, the initial small savings of purchasing these low cost cheap watch winders could actually be more costly in the long term.

    Also, the type of watches you own could affect the types of watch winder you purchase. For example, a vintage antique watch might require a different type of winders than most modern automatic watches. Due to the delicate internal movements of most antique vintage watches, it is advisable to use a winder that has a TPD (Turns per Day) of less than 450. While most modern newer automatic watches require a TPD of 450 or more.

    Many watch brands like Rolex, also require to be wound up in the “Alternate Bi-directional” mode. That is, a program to control the winder to turn clockwise and counter-clockwise alternatively and automatically. While some watch brands require Clockwise turning rotation and others require Counter-Clockwise winding movements. Thus, if you have different types of watch brands, it is advisable to select a watch winder that have all these 3 different rotation directions.

  • Fashion Accessories

    About Embroidered Bucket Hats

    The materials used for embroidered hats are cotton, denim, canvas, nylon. Even in cotton, there are different varieties like 100% washed cotton, cotton twill, etc. There is also pigment-dyed washed bucket hat, normal-dyed washed bucket hat, washed cotton bucket hat, assorted print bucket hat, pigment-dyed bucket hat, flower-print bucket hat, bio-washed bucket hat, pigment-dyed bucket hat zipper pocket, safari-style bucket hat, etc.

    The sizes of embroidered bucket hats also vary as per the head size of the person. If the head size is 6″-7 1/8″, then small and medium bucket hats will fit. But if the head size is 7 1/4″ -7 3/4″, then large and extra-large embroidered bucket hats will fit.

    Bucket hat styles vary as per the gender of the user. For girls, bucket hats come in flower, denim, and embroidered sun designs, whereas for boys, corduroy newsboy caps, denim hats, camouflage twill hunting hats are popular.

    The customer has to select the color and size of the hat and embroidery position like front center, right side, left side, back or all sides. If embroidered bucket hats are customized, then the customer has to select the font faces, thread color, personalized text, etc. to be used in embroidered bucket hat.

    Careful combination of fabric, color, style, comfort and embroidery make an embroidered bucket hat a qualitative product. This is a gift commonly praised by all who get it.

  • Jewelry

    Jewelry Repairs

    Over the course of marriage, people’s fingers can grow, shrink and altogether change. This may cause a wedding band or engagement ring to no longer fit over time. So, what should one do? Bust out the pliers and get to work? That is probably not advisable. Most wedding ring adjustments are intricate, involving soldering, then cutting and disposing of the metal if the ring is too big, or adding metal if the ring is too small. Using pliers or any other tool to distort the shape of the metal will only ruin the ring’s structural integrity and monetary value, so it is probably best to leave ring-related jewellery repairs to a professional.

    What about chain alterations? One of the biggest problems a necklace chain faces is hair or lint getting caught in it. If the hair is jerked out quickly, the chain can become crimped and twisted; this can happen in herringbone, serpentine, link, filigree and anchor chains. There exists a quick fix solution to this problem if there is not too much hair stuck in the necklace. One can cover the necklace in shaving cream, let it sit for five to 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly to remove the hair particles. However, if too much hair is stuck in the necklace to the point in which a bad amendment attempt could compromise the structural integrity of the accessory, a professional who performs jewellery repairs regularly will do so for a better price than the total loss of the jewellery itself.

    Lastly, what should one do about a diamond or stone that needs to be buffed and polished? This can be performed easier than the previous two examples. Most large retailers carry cleaning kits that contain tools to buff and polish dirty diamonds. The price for one of these kits is reasonable, and the cleaning only takes a few minutes. If the results are not proficient, then a jewellery retailer can buff and polish dirty diamonds more thoroughly for a higher price.

    If the problem is superficial, many jewellery repairs can be fixed independently with the proper tools and steady hands. But if a personal ornament is subject to further physical damage, and the owner does not fix the problem properly, the fix may be in better hands with a professional. The best solution to making sure one’s pieces stay well kept and unbroken is to have a professional regularly inspect the jewellery to ensure that one’s valuable pieces will last a lifetime.

  • Diamond

    Choose Loose Diamonds

    First, Focus On the Cut

    The cut of a diamond determines its shine and shape. A well-cut diamond reflects light beautifully and gives you a brilliant sparkle, whereas a diamond that is cut too deep or shallow does not reflect light as well and is considered low quality. Choose the highest quality of cut in your diamonds that you can afford. According the GIA, an “Excellent Cut” diamond is of the highest quality and also the most expensive. It will be smart of you to choose a “Very Good” if not “Excellent” grade diamond, which will still be a high-quality stone but relatively less expensive.

    The shape is one of the most important aspects of buying diamonds. If you are buying a loose diamond for an engagement ring it will be a great idea to ask the receiver what they would prefer. But if you absolutely do not want to ask and spoil the surprise, then stick to a classic. The most common shapes are: round, princess and cushion-cut. Go for a non-traditional diamond shape like marquise, pear or heart only if you are sure that your partner is into that!

    Now, the Clarity and Color

    Diamond are formed deep inside the earth’s crust and most of them have some flaws. These little flaws are known as “inclusions”. Most diamonds have imperfections that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and some do not have any imperfections at all. A diamond with no imperfections is known as “flawless”, it is very rare and very expensive. Honestly, it is a good idea to buy a diamond with a lower clarity than flawless as it will still look clean and perfect without magnification and you will save money that you can then invest on the cut or carat of the loose diamonds you’re buying.

    Most diamonds have a very slight yellow tint which again, is hardly visible without comparing with other diamonds. Completely colorless stones are rare, expensive and of the highest quality. While choosing the color of your loose diamond, remember that the cut, shape and color of the metal used in your ring’s setting will affect the color of your stone. For example, a rose or yellow gold setting is more forgiving for tinted diamonds. So while you are buying a loose diamond, instead of getting a colorless stone, choose a slightly tinted diamond that will not make a big difference and look just as beautiful in a ring.

    Last But Not the Least: Carat

    A diamond’s weight and size is measured in carats. The more carats a diamond has, the most expensive it will be. The weight of a diamond will not affect the quality of the stone; the important part is to find the right balance between the carat weight and cut of the loose diamond that you choose. Size does matter but bigger is not always better. Picking a diamond size depends on the ring style you want, balance between all the 4Cs and your budget. So, look if everything makes sense in the bigger picture while you’re buying loose diamonds.

  • Watch

    Pre Owned Watches

    Is your dealer reputable?

    Although many pre owned watch dealers are fully reputable and have a strong reputation for quality that they seek to protect, there are enough dealers out there that are without ethics and will not hesitate to sell goods that are not up to standard.

    Usually a little bit of common sense and research will cast light on what you want to know about your choice of vintage watch dealer.

    If your dealer is well known in the area and has a large flow of traffic in its used watch trade, it is a fair bet to say they are of a good reputation. Word soon spreads if someone is selling sub quality goods and their vintage trade will be sparse at best. Ask friends, family and co-workers about the dealer and do some research online to see if there are any major compliments or complaints.

    Some people will choose to buy pre owned watches from the internet.

    This is a mixed bag of tricks.

    If you consider buying from a very large and well known online dealer you should generally be fine.

    If on the other hand you buy from an online auction site from private sellers, well, that is of course a gamble, not always a winning one, but a very expensive one if you lose and end up with a bad watch purchase experience.

    Use care and common sense with online purchases.

    Know the standards and features of the watch you choose to purchase “used” with regards to if it was a “new” watch.

    Most watches are available in a select number of models.

    In other words, they may only be available in certain dial colors, metal combinations, and bracelets or straps etc.

    There is a huge market in what is known as “after market” modifications such as diamond bezels, different color dials, straps and bracelets, even adding color coatings to the metal of the watches.

    This may sound beneficial to have a modification to the watch such as a diamond bezel, but the truth is it actually lowers the value of the watch in almost all cases when modifications are made.

    Why? You are probably asking.

    Well, if a watch is only available in white, black, and silver dial choices from the manufacturer and a watch has a blue dial with diamond markers, it is not original and has a dial inside that has most likely been installed by a watchmaker who is not certified by the manufacturer and the dial will not be up to manufacturer standards in almost all cases.

    Most watch manufacturers use very high quality materials and that is reflected in the price of the watches and they are also installed at the factory of origin. Basically quality assured.

    Most after market modifications are not anywhere near of the same standard.

    Also, most people who buy pre owned watches do their research beforehand, and dealers definitely know their trade, so if you choose to sell or trade in the watch at a later date, you will be offered a very low value for your after market watch or even outright refused despite what you may have paid for it in the first place.

    Check the condition of the watch.

    Sounds obvious?

    Anyone can look at a watch and decide that it looks in good condition at face value, the dealers are going to ensure they do.

    They will be buffed out of scratches and looking shiny, they will be in cases that have lights that make them beam and sparkle.

    But there is an underbelly to the inspection process.

    Metal bracelets can wear down in strength over time with use.

    Check the bracelet by holding it by the case on its side so the bracelet is horizontal.

    If it sags heavily, the watch has been worn a lot, if it is pretty firm it has been looked after or has been replaced.

    This does not apply to all metal bracelets, but it certainly is a decent check to perform.

    If the watch has a leather or animal skin strap such as a crocodile strap, then inspect the area around the pins where it fixed to the case to see if it has cracks or looks frayed. Repeat the check for the buckle area.

    Check the sapphire crystal. If you have done your watch research correctly beforehand, you will know if the watch is meant to have a raised crystal, or domed crystal, or thick crystal, or even acrylic crystal. If the watch does not have what it is supposed to have you may have a watch with a new crystal in it.

    Sounds good?

    Not really, because if the watch has had to have a new crystal then either the old one had been broken or was so scratched that it had to be replaced. This is a red flag that the previous owner had abused the watch, this could be a hint at many other underlying problems or fixes that may have occurred.

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