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Vacation State of Mind

Photography by Laura James of Laura James Jewelry

photo taken by Laura James

 

Nothing refreshes me quite like a visit to the Ocean. Specifically, a very clear blue Ocean with sugar white sand! I frequent our family Florida retreat as much as I can, soaking up the relaxation and inspiration so that I can emerge fresh, renewed, and ready to tackle what's next. It's really the only way for me! 

I loved pulling out my camera to capture this shot at Sunrise this morning. The mix of colors was just what I was hoping for. I am continually inspired by the Ocean and the Beach! It was also fun to vary from my normal Product photography to Landscape photography. It's always nice to try a new route :)...I am already counting down the minutes till the Harvest Moon tonight to see what I can capture!

Where's your Vacation State of Mind?

Jewelry Trends from the Runway at Fashion Week

"Statement necklaces, arm cuffs, art school earrings and raw stones all made an impact on the runway this Fashion Week." Vogue

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It's always interesting to me to see how a Jewelry Trend starts on the Runway as a fantasy and emerges later as a staple!  Trends may come and go, but they often do find their way down the chain, eventually, and I am going to have fun seeing where these Jewelry trends pop up this year...

 
MINERAL JEWELRY 
Agates, Druzy, Stalagmite Crystals...a Mineral Jewelry moment is my favorite trend! I have been juxtaposing shiny objects with a touch of these rough, organic minerals in my own jewelry collections since the beginning:

Mineral Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
ARTY EARRINGS
Do you also love a big, bold statement earring?! This trend gives added leeway, so you can go out on a limb without a worry:
Arty Statement Earring Jewelry Trends on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
DELICATE CHOKERS
Finally, we're downsizing those 3" chokers of yesteryear and trading Goth for Glam with these wispy, delicate options:
Delicate Chokers Jewelry Trend on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

 
STATEMENT NECKLACES
They're here (did they ever leave?!) and they pack a punch...especially with their Pendants:

Runway Trends and Statement Necklaces on the Laura James Jewelry Blog

Now, I can't leave out the UFO Jewelry trend! That's right, there is such a thing. Think TOTAL FANTASY when you see this extremely Avant-Garde jewelry:

Fantasy Jewelry Trends from Fashion Week on the Laura James Jewelry Blog


That's a wrap for today! Now, quick, go through your own jewelry collection and see what's trending...or pick up a new piece or two. :)

xox-Laura James 

 

photos courtesy of Vogue Magazine

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