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Vintage: What’s Old is New

What’s trending now is vintage-inspired jewelry.

Jewelry that is vintage-inspired is sweeping through all jewelry categories right now.  Pendants with filigree work or encrusted with gems are soaring in popularity.  Earrings are also inspired by this look, including chandeliers and posts styles.  The metal colors which are being used for these jewelry pieces are rhodium plated silver and oxidized silver for a more authentic look.  Oxidized silver has a blackened look to it, and almost gives a tarnished cast to the piece of jewelry.   It has an appearance of being around for 20 or 50 years, but it is new.

 

Why is vintage so popular?  I think it is the sense of the past being more elegant.  Jewelry, clothes and buildings all have an air of beauty when they come from a different time period. Think of Hollywood in the ’30s or ’40s or the Jazz Age when women wore beautiful pieces of jewelry to adorn their beautiful, flowing dresses and furs.  Think Jean Harlow or Lana Turner.

So go through your mother’s old jewelry, girls, and pick out some pieces to wear.  if there isn’t anything that sends thrills through you, then visit a store or go online and do some shopping. The sky’s the limit.

 

April Jewelry Give-Away

Enter our April Jewelry Give Away for an opportunity to win a piece of beautiful sterling silver with cubic zirconia jewelry. To enter go to: http://promotion.binkd.com/Direct.aspx?id=8228

We are giving away a Bezel Set 6mm Diamond CZ Solitaire Necklace in Sterling Silver with an Adjustable 16″-18″ Chain. This necklace is set in rhodium plated sterling silver, and the pendant features a white brilliant round .80 carat diamond CZ secured completely by a sterling silver bezel setting. For more details, please go to http://www.shoppingbadger.com/.

Extra bonus: if you refer the contest to a friend, you get an additional entry for every friend who enters, increasing your chances of winning.

Good luck!

Spring Sparkles

Spring has arrived. Soon the spring flowers will be blooming and the skies clearing. One of the sure signs of the season is that spring fashions have started to pop-up in the stores and boutiques. The colors are vivid — bright shades of reds, corals, blues and greens. Yellow is mixed with unexpected shades like gun-metal grey or turquoise. Pastels remain popular, and neon seems to be everywhere.

Jewelry is reflecting these color trends more than ever. In the market place we are seeing shades of pale green and peach gemstones mixed together. We are seeing different shadings of blue topaz from light and pale to bright and brilliant. And, some new topaz colors are sprouting up: pink and even hot pink.

It’s all out there. Ready to make a special outfit sing a new song or liven up an old favorite with something new? The spring jewelry trends are a fresh bouquet of colors just waiting to be picked.

The 6mm Bezel is Back

Back in Stock: One of our best-selling items, the Bezel Set 6mm Diamond CZ Solitaire Necklace in Sterling Silver, is back! This necklace is beautiful. The high-quality 6mm CZ is the size of a 0.84 carat diamond with just as much sparkle. Order now — they move quickly! See it here.

March Jewelry Give-Away Results

Congratulations to Dorothy who won the drawing for the ShoppingBadger.com March Jewelry Give-Away. We will be sending her a CZ-by-the-Yard necklace as her prize.

Watch for the April contest. You could be the next winner. And remember to tell your friends about the contest — every referral gets you an extra entry.

Silver, the New Gold

Gold and platinum have been around forever as the go-to metals for jewelry. Everyone likes the idea of getting a diamond engagement ring set in these two metals because it shows a certain sign of wealth and stature.

But, due to the fact that gold and platinum are traded commercially in the financial markets, the prices fluctuate up and down when the markets are up and down. Right now, and it has been noted, that the price of gold has soared more so than the other precious metals since 2008 when the financial markets crashed. The markets are still trying to navigate their way to coming back to where they were. It’s a sign of people’s anxiety about the future that even as the Dow set an all-time record today, gold prices remain 100% higher than in 2008.

In the mean time, a girl still has to have her jewelry, right? So this is where silver comes in. Silver is the new gold. You find it everywhere, from engagement rings to beautiful tennis necklaces. Bracelets with semi -precious stones and colored cubic zirconia are all the rage now. If you think diamonds come in every color, you should see the colors they have in cubic zirconia!! And, some silver jewelry comes rhodium plated so it stays shiny all of the time. No tarnishing. That’s incredible!!

Do you know what’s even better? You can buy gold-plated silver now, too, so if you like the look of yellow gold, but can’t afford it, you can have gold-plated silver and no one knows but you. So, if you are thinking of buying someone a gift, or if you just want to treat yourself, silver is the way to go.

Pre-Valentine’s Day Sale

Exciting Valentine’s Day shopping news: ShoppingBadger.com is proud to announce the addition of twelve new jewelry pieces on our website offered at special introductory prices. These pieces are absolutely beautiful and made of the highest quality materials. You owe it to yourself to check out the new arrivals today — at these prices, they will not last long.

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