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It's Baaaaackkkkk. The Choker Trend!

Love it or hate it, the Choker Necklace trend is back with a vengeance this year! All over the runways, but with some unique twists...

2018 Jewelry Trends and the Choker | Laura James Jewelry Blog

Lots of ideas there, but I prefer these delicate alternatives: 

Choker Jewelry Trend | Laura James Jewelry | Jewelry Blog

The Gold Choker is Back! | Jewelry Trends 2018 on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

What's your preference? Not ready to take the dive, yet? I actually have several necklace options that can be worn as almost chokers in my latest MidCentury Necklace Collection... in case you want to gently jump on the bandwagon!

Enjoy :)

Laura

 

photos via pinterest

Sensitive Ears? Here's A Fix!

Earring Allergy Fix on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

After being in the Jewelry business for the past 11 years, I have come across more customers with Earring Allergies than I can count!

It's certainly not a fun thing to have happen to you, or to have to deal with, I can personally attest. And just WHY does it happen?

Well, the bottom line is this...

Metals often are mixed with a base. Metals such as 14 karat gold are only truly 58.5% gold... which means that there is a lot of base metal that is mixed in! With Nickel being the most common base AND irritant for people, it is often the culprit.

What about those 14k Gold Earrings that didn't bother you for 10 years... but suddenly you have developed an allergy to?

Metals break down over time and use, so after years of wear and tear from sweat, chlorine, etc, that 14k Gold is wearing down to the base metal...which is what is causing the allergy!

What to Do?
Well, aside from having to have your posts or earwires switched out to (rarely stocked) Niobium, Titanium or Stainless Steel...there's a new option I just found out about. Before you have to forego all of those fabulous earrings you see and wish you could wear...I think it's worth giving this Jewelry Shield product a try. I found it on Amazon for $8.99...

Earring Allergy Solution on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Basically, the silicone coating goes on like Nail Polish... and you just coat the metal, wait 6-12 hours for it to dry, then voila...no irritation, they say! 

Earring Allergy option with Jewelry Shield on the Laura James Jewelry blog 

Let me know if you give it a shot...and whether it works for you or not! I am ordering my bottle today... :)

Here's to wearing earrings with ease!

xox, Laura

Finally, A Cool Jewelry Organizer!

Cool Jewelry Organizer Storage on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Yes, it's true...there is definitely a lack of cool Jewelry Organizers out there in the world! It's actually of the top requests I got from customers when I had my storefront in Charlotte.

I pretty much had given up on finding one...until I came across this post for this very cool DIY jewelry organizer that you can create yourself if you love a craft project.

DIY Jewelry Storage Organizer on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Finally...something functional that doesn't scream "i'm a jewelry organizer"! I especially am in love with the remove-able palm frond wallpaper from Chasing Paper that she used here...to me, it's the best part about this piece.

DIY Jewelry Storage Organizer on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

For those of you who want to DIY one of these for your room, here is the link to the tutorial from the post on the A Beautiful Mess blog.
(Please post a pic if you make one! Would love to see how it turns out.)

Have fun!
xox-Laura

Tutorial and pics from: A Beautiful Mess