REPAIRING OLD, BROKEN FASHION JEWELRY

Jewelry is expensive and prone to damage and depreciation. While we always recommend you visit your nearest jeweler to get broken jewelry repaired, it is sometimes too hectic and time-consuming. In no circumstances should you attempt to repair jewelry that is severely damaged or too expensive for chances of further damage.

With inexpensive fashion and costume jewelry, however, you can alleviate many problems on your own, provided you employ skillful precautions.

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Tanisha Howard shares solutions to the most common jewelry repair problems. Read on

Problem 1: Dirty or Tarnished?

Cleaning fashion jewelry is simple but choose your cleaner wisely. Only use a jewelry cleaner that specifically states that it is safe for costume jewelry and read the ingredients to make sure that it does not contain alcohol, acids, or ammonia because these can strip the gold or silver plate. Use a children’s soft bristle tooth brush for cleaning around costume jewelry stones. Its probably not be a good idea to immerse rhinestone jewelry because the stones can become unglued.

If your fashion jewelry items are only lightly tarnished a good buffing with a soft dry jewelry cloth may do the trick. For more heavily tarnished items a jewelry polish can work wonders.

 

Problem 2: Worn out gold or silver plating?

Because typical fashion jewelry plating is very thin it can eventually rub off from wear or become damaged from the use of harsh chemicals, creams, or perfumes. If this happens there are several options in gold and silver re-plating solutions that can be found online. Some are fairly simple and can be performed without the use of heat or electricity while others are a little more complex. I found one website in particular that offers a very good variety of plating options (e.g. immersion plating, pen plating) and general plating instructions for precious metals including gold, silver, platinum, and rhodium. It is shorinternational.com. Click on the contents and search box and then plating gateway. One word of caution: I would recommend buying only cyanide free plating solutions as cyanide is poisonous. For silver lovers there is one product that I have personally used that has worked well for me and it is called Silver Brite. This is an all in one cream that cleans, polishes, and re-plates worn silver on jewelry and other items. It is very easy to use and fairly inexpensive. Just rub the cream on with an applicator sponge or a Q-tip for small items and rub off with the buffing cloth that is included with the kit. The result is a clean, sparking silver finish.

 

Problem 3: Loose or missing stones?

If a stone such as a cubic zirconia, plastic, or glass has become loose or fallen out a drop or two of super glue will do the trick. Just be careful not to use too much. You don’t want the glue oozing out of the sides and causing the piece to adhere to your skin or some other object. Most of the time a single drop will suffice unless it is a very large stone in which case you may want to use two drops. If you cannot find the missing stone there are companies online that sell loose cz stones if you have a particular chain or ring band you want to salvage. Simply do an internet search for cz stones.

 

Problem 4: Broken clasp?

If your fashion necklace or bracelet has a broken clasp make sure it is the actual clasp that is broken. The problem may be a broken jump ring which is a tiny metal ring that is open in one spot which connects the clasp to the chain. If this is the problem it can be easily fixed. First identify what kind of clasp it is (e.g. lobster clasp which is shaped like a lobster claw and has a tiny spring loaded lever, a magnetic clasp which is just as it sounds, or a spring ring which is also spring loaded) then visit your local craft store or do a search online for jewelry clasps and you should find what you need. If the clasp is soldered on you will need to contact a jewelry repair professional.

 

Problem 5: Out of date:

If you simply want to add a new flair to your old fashion jewelry pieces you can simply mix and match. If you have a special pendant that you are especially fond of give it a new life with a more contemporary chain. Add new charms to your favorite bracelet or re-plate that old silver necklace with a shiny new gold finish. Be creative!

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Visit Monarch Jewelry for repairs that you simply cannot handle and jewelry that is too high-end to repair on your own. Our jewelry experts are always at your service. Call to book an appointment – (407) 677-8354

Jewelry Trends of an Era Past: 1990s

After the explosion of outrageous trends throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s, ‘90s saw a shift toward minimalism, and who can forget, GRUNGE – ah yes, Kurt Cobain-esque, unkempt hair, flannel, ripped jeans, combat boots, oversized sweaters, Doc Martens, Soundgarden, Nirvana, doesn’t it just scream nostalgia!

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While some trends came and went, others had a far deeper impact on contemporary fashion. Fashion jewelry was no exception.

CHOKERS

Yes, chokers. Chokers were hot in the ‘90s. Although the trend has come a long way and you have way more options today than you did in the ‘90s, there is no denying that ‘90s gave this Victorian-era style the push into modernity.

BRACELETS

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Bracelets were the charm of nineties’ fashion. From punk-inspired to bondage-inspired fashion bracelets to ID bracelets, everybody had a favorite and we all loved it!

MOOD RINGS

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Here is an old trend that is thoroughly ‘90s’. Mood rings contain liquid crystal that reacts to the changes in skin temperature to change its color. Different colors indicate different moods and hence the name. The idea sounds as ‘90s’ as it can get! Although synonymous with 90s fashion, mood rings were not created in the ‘90s. In fact, it was a trend carried on from the ‘70s. But well, the ‘90s are notorious for an obsession with ‘70s pop culture.

ANKLETS

Anklets are way more popular in the orient, so to speak, than in the rest of the world. In the US, the trend began in the 1930s but didn’t quite become the rage it did in the nineties. Last we heard, anklets were making a comeback in more sophisticated and glamorous avatars (read fine jewelry).

TOE RINGS

Toe rings, like anklets, are oriental in origin. Think royalty of the past, important figures too glamorous to not adorn their feet. While the trend picked up steam in the nineties, we vote it the least likely to make a comeback, unless paired with anklets.

 

For more information visit our jewelry store:

 

Monarch Jewelry

1860 Semoran Blvd,

Winter Park, FLorida 32792

Ph. No. (407) 677-8354

 

 

 

Engagement Ring Insurance

If you have bought an engagement ring, you should get it insured so that your investment is protected well into the future.  When it comes to protecting your newly-wed investment, engagement ring insurance should be on the top of your priority list.

The following article by theknot.com shares tips on wedding ring insurance and advice on how to best put an insurance policy on your engagement ring.

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What Ring Insurance Is:

 

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There are a few ways to insure your engagement ring. Ring insurance can be purchased as an extension (also called a “rider”) for your renters or homeowners policy. Renters and homeowners policies cover the stuff in your home, but only up to a certain dollar value. Expensive, special items, like engagement rings, art and electronics, are guaranteed through scheduled personal property coverage—an insurance policy extension that covers particular items. Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowners policy (replacing a lost or stolen ring rather than paying a set amount of cash, for instance). See full post here….

 

Shop our brilliant collection of Engagement Ring only at – Monarch Jewelry And Art

Other Tips for Picking a Wedding Band

You’ve been through all of the ‘guides’ on picking the perfect wedding  band, and most of them say the same things – start early, set a budget, get the right size – and for good reason! These are points that need emphasizing. However, they’ve probably been emphasized enough for you by now, and you need just a few more healthy tips to get the creative juices flowing.

Here are some suggestion, you may or may not follow.

Keep at Least One Thing in Common with your Engagement Ring

You don’t have to match everything – in fact, we advise against it. But to symbolize continuity, make sure there is at least thing in common between your wedding band and engagement ring, like similar cut stones.

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Avoid rings that overwhelm

Wedding bands are forever (that’s what we hope), and so are engagement rings. It’s important that the two rings don’t overpower each other and go well together. Your rings will look best when they complement each other.

Go for the same width

Engagement rings and wedding bands of the same width look best together. When the rings are the same width, it makes more sense to experiment in tone and color. For instance, you can try a dual-tone look with yellow and white gold rings.

Matching with your spouse not a necessity

There is hardly anything you wear that matches the apparel of your significant other. So why should your wedding ring be any different. You both have different tastes and personalities – that’s what makes this union so amazing.

Leave room for customization

Don’t solder the rings together, to accommodate future customizations and upgrades. (In fact, we can’t ever stand for soldering.) It so happens that the human body changes with age; some lose weight and some get fat. This affects ring size. If you are prone to weight changes, keep in mind that eternity rings are near impossible to resize. In any case, leave room for small changes.

Reasons to Opt for Vintage Rings

Face it or not, making jewelry at such an enormous rate as we are doing worldwide right now is not very comforting to the environment. Mining for gems and metal itself is an environmental hazard, not to speak anything of the manufacturing process. There is also widespread concern over what have come to be known as blood diamonds – mining through unfair labor. For the most eco-friendly of us, one of the most suitable options is to go for vintage jewelry. It has already been manufactured and will therefore cause no further damage to the ecosystem. Plus it comes in exquisitely beautiful designs!

Celeste Perron form Brilliant Earth gives us 5 reasons to go for vintage rings.

But there’s a compelling case for choosing a vintage engagement ring. It might take a little more hunting before you discover the perfect one, but the hunt can be a big part of the fun, and putting extra thought and effort into the search can mean finding a ring you’ll adore forever. Take a look at five reasons that a vintage engagement ring might be the right choice for you, and then browse our extensive collection of vintage engagement rings: See full post here

 

Vintage or not, head over to Monarch Jewelry  to find an immense collection of extraordinary wedding and engagement rings at the most approachable prices.

Engagement Rings: Trends of the Season

What’s trending in the engagement ring market? A lot of people are getting married in 2016, and it’s shopping time. Every season, most people seem to gravitate toward certain styles and thereby set the trend.

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Here is Celeste Perron from Brilliant Earth with an article on what’s trending this season.

 

TODAY’S TOP ENGAGEMENT TRENDS

Brilliant Earth we spend our days helping couples select the rings that symbolize their love and commitment, and designing rings that capture their individual styles and personalities. We’re excited to share some of the latest engagement ring trends we are seeing. Here are a few things we’ve noticed about the styles couples are loving in 2016 so far:
 

DELICATE SILHOUETTES

 
We’ve seen a return to classic elegance as couples opt for thin, petite bands, both in engagement and wedding rings. Often these rings feature accent diamonds that add subtle shimmer and make the center gemstone really pop, as seen in the Lissome Diamond Ring, which features scalloped pavé diamond accents on a thin band that rises to a cathedral setting.
 

SCALLOPED PAVÉ ACCENTS

 
When it comes to accent diamonds along the band, today’s couples gravitate toward scalloped or French pavé diamonds (a seen in the Simone Engagement Ring, above). This look minimizes visible precious metal, creating an effect of pure shimmer. Not too long ago bands with channel-set diamonds and straight pavé with metal “rails” were the go-to look. We suspect the shift toward scalloped pavé accents may be inspired by the current popularity of handcrafted vintage rings, which often feature this style of pavé. See full post here

 

 

Are you up to date with the current trends? What do you think is the most trendy style of this year? Let us know in the comments.

For the most extraordinary engagement rings at the most approachable prices, take a look at the immense collection on our website.

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As we prepare for Thanksgiving, what better way to kick it off than with Kendra Lott, owner and publisher of Edible Orlando and the Florida Hospital Foundation Special Events Team!  This group of amazing women is behind the Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree.  The Florida Hospital Gourmet Soiree’s Children Mission: FIT Possible Program helps teach children in local schools to eat healthy, exercise and fight childhood obesity.

Here are photos from their fun photo shoot!  Starting with Kendra, who looks astonishing wearing jewelry from our luxurious amethyst and diamond collections.

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Amethyst ring. (18K white gold, 16 x 12 mm amethyst, .60 ct tw diamond halo. Item RG914413)

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Semi-mount diamond wedding band.  In our diamond/bridal room we have numerous unique diamond engagement and wedding rings at various price points and qualities. (18Kt white gold, semi mount .90 ct tw, with 26 diamonds in a halo setting)

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Diamond tennis bracelet. (14Kt. white gold 13.20 ct tw, 0.40 ct tw with SI-1 / H-1 Grade, Item BR714402)

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Diamond hoop earrings. (14k white gold inside out 0.75 ct tw diamonds SI1 G color, Item ER713019)

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Amethyst and diamond necklace.  (14 x 14 amethyst trillion cut gemstone, with diamond halo setting, PD814401). Please inquire if you are interested in this design.

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Kendra was a great Monarch Mugshot guest; she was a natural in front of the camera. Especially in the outtakes seen below.

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The Florida Hospital Foundation Special Events Team is made up of: Ayslinn Husebo (Director), Tamara West (Sales Development Officer), Jami Smith (Sales Development Officer), Stephanie Gasparri (Marketing and Social Media Coordinator) and not pictured was Kristen Jacobs (Auction Coordinator). They each add a different piece to the puzzle that makes their events for Florida Hospital a success. They all have a passion for fundraising and special events, love what they do, and find it truly rewarding.

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Stephanie’s serving up pumpkins!  She sparkles in our Gregg Ruth ruby and diamond striped ring.  (18K white gold 1.72 ct tw rubies and 20 diamonds, 0.17 ct tw, Item RG912024)

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Ayslinn dazzles in this 7” radiant diamond tennis bracelet (7 ct tw, Item BR214402) and classic ruby marquise and diamond halo ring (Item RG9120220) 

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Tamara sports this Aztec style ring.  The 18K rose gold ring and has 129 natural chocolate diamonds and white diamonds in a pave setting.  (Item RG311003) 

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Jami looks picture perfect in our 28 inch dyed coral custom necklace from our Francine Collection (Item NE525512), and our dyed coral sterling silver fashion ring (Item RG515661).

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The team had loads of fun with Kendra, their chairperson!  Kendra was such a great sport!

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Be sure to save the date for the Florida Hospital’s Gourmet Soiree taking place on June 5, 2016 at Rosen Shingle Creek. The Gourmet Soiree is an interactive dining experience hosted by Food Networks Restaurant Impossible Star- Robert Irvine. Gourmet Soiree benefits all vital programs at Florida Hospital and highlights Florida Hospital for Children’s Mission: FIT Possible Program that helps teach children in local schools how to eat healthy, exercise and fight childhood obesity.  For more info visit the Florida Hospital  Gourmet Soiree website  (click here).
As you prepare your shopping list for Thanksgiving, be sure first to read the Team’s knowledge nugget:

“It’s hard not to over eat during the holidays especially for Thanksgiving. Always remember portion control and healthier recipes in place of unhealthy ones. Pinterest is a great source for healthy yet still delicious recipes that will help you not over eat and eat healthier during the holidays, so you don’t feel as guilty. By setting an example for your children to eat healthier and exercise even during Thanksgiving and holidays you will help them live a longer healthy life.”

Be sure to check out our Instagram page to see their video.
FROM THE SHOWROOM: These pieces and many more can be seen and tried on in our showroom!  Stop by and check them out!

Check out our Instagram feed to see more fun outtakes from fun this shoot!

 

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes Bling dressed for sucess with Todd Sykes!

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This week, our Monarch Mugshot guest is Todd Sykes.  He is the current President and CEO of Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce.  The OWS Chamber is a very active chamber, planning and producing many popular events held throughout the year. Their next big event is the Annual Golf Tournament that will be taking place on November 13 at the Twin Rivers Golf Club in Oviedo.

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Out on the Greens!  Hit the links with style sporting this Citizen Golf watch!  Whether you’re a player or a spectator, the comfort fit crown to the left of the case, along with the golf ball motif carried across the black dial and polyurethane strap, will make you feel like a pro. It features proprietary chroma finishing in turf green.

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In the board room!  You will stay on time with this Citizen Eco-Drive watch.  The technology with atomic timekeeping makes this the most accurate watch in the world. This perpetual calendar is radio-controlled in 5 time zones, boasts a 1-second chrono that measures up to 60 minutes, and power reserve. (Item WA661016)

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Taking control!  This men’s 14K Yellow Gold 8mm Flat Band with Grooved Edges, Milgrain, and 4mm Desert Ironwood inlay is quite distinctive!   This hardwood ring is just one of the many NEW styles from our Lashbrook Collection.  In addition to the hardwood rings, other Lashbrook designs in our selection include: Carbon Fiber, Meteorite, Camo, Black Zirconium, Titanium, Precious Metal, Mokume Gane, Damascus Steal, and Cobalt Chrome.  (Item RG215521)

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Signing on the dotted line! Nothing says official, more than looking the part. Writing instruments from William Henry Studios will give you that refined upper edge.   (Item MS619029)

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Attention to detail! Here is a close up of one of the many unique details that make this collection outstanding!   Any item from the William Henry Studio would make a perfect special gift for any graduate, groom, or given as a Christmas gift.   Other items in this extraordinary artisan ensemble include necklaces, key chains, money clips, and knives.

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To read more of Todd’s Monarch Mugshot and learn about his political background, see our Facebook Wall (click here).

 

Be sure to check out the OWS Annual Golf Tournament, proceeds from the tournament benefit the Phil Cloninger Memorial Scholarship.  The golf tournament is an important fundraiser for scholarships for deserving local senior high school students.  For more information about the tournament, please visit (click here).

This week, we leave you with a knowledge nugget from Todd Sykes: “You will get further in life by making a conscious effort to be a good listener.  Show others that you care by giving them your undivided attention.   Good communication is important in life and business.”


FROM THE SHOWROOM ~  Start your Christmas shopping early!  We have many great NEW gifts for dad or that special guy in your life from golf watches to writing instruments this holiday season.  Stop in and see all the NEW Citizen watches, NEW Lashbrook rings, and NEW William Henry Studios gift items available!  Our showroom hours are Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM. Call  407-677-8354 for more information.

A throwback from last year’s HallowBling and Blog event!

We thought we would share these flashback photos of our HallowBling and Blog event with you, courtesy of Rachel V Photography.

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Welcome!!!

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Last year we transformed our Monarch Jewelry showroom into the Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City.  As our guest arrived they walked down the yellow brick road and were surrounded by our human-sized poppy garden.

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They were instructed to “pick a poppy” pen.  Each pen was numbered and was used for fun prize drawings that were awarded throughout the evening.

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Once our guests were in the showroom, they were dazzled by a sea of Emerald green with the use of green up-lights provided by Elegant Entertainment and DJ Services; combined with green balloons adorned with festive tassels compliments of The Flair Exchange.

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Our exquisite emeralds took center stage, and the jewelry cases were filled with green-themed décor and our fabulous gemstone jewelry. 

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Here are a few other images of the numerous event details.

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“We’re off to the see the wizard.”   The entire staff was dressed as characters of the Wizard of Oz: the Scarecrow (John Przeclawski), Dorothy (Melinda Tomasello), the Cowardly Lion (Lee Doughtery), the Wicked Witch (Diane Pearson) and the Tin Man (Shawn Przeclawski).

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Here’s Shawn visiting with Jessica Yutanco (dressed as Lilo and Stitch).

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It was so much fun seeing all our blogger friends dressed up for the occasion; Bess Auer came as an Internet Troll and Sunshine Baker was Poison Ivy.  Sunshine was also the grand prize winner of the evening, winning a pair of diamond stud earrings.

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Prizes included: the Emerald City Prize (a custom purse from Wanda Lopez Designs), the Yellow Brick Road Prize (Ty Style Me a styling consultation gift certificate), Poppy Garden Prize ( Mug from Melissa Creates).  Other gift items included” I’m Melting” a fondue pot from Mobella Events, Rainbow Prize (Soap lollypops from the Naked Bar Soap Company ) and other fine items from Monarch Jewelry.

The gift items were themed and packaged by Melinda Tomasello.

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Our Diamond Bridal Room turned into the Rainbow Room for the evenings festivities.  A perfect room for making wishes, it is a room where dreams really do come true!  :)

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Posing in front of our Rainbow photo booth are the Nice Witch (Jess AKA She Got Carried Away), Pinterest Board (Nicolette Springer AKA Working on a Project), the Devil (Tylar Schweickert AKA Ty Style Me), Minnie Mouse (Bianca Dottin AKA Elle B Styles), and Little Riding Hood (Wanda Lopez AKA Wanda Lopez Designs and My Sweet Zepol).  Bianca models her winning prize, her custom handbag created by Wanda Lopez Design.

Again, thank you Mobella Events and Rachel V Photography, our lovely guests, and to all our wonderful sponsors:  Rachel V Photography, Mobella Events , FL Blog Con, The Flair Exchange, TyStyleMe, All From Scratch BakeryJenny Bevlin Shop ♡ ChicNaked Bar Soap Company, On-Line Labels, Elegant Entertainment and DJ ServicesWanda Lopez Designs, Blogfete, Melissa Creates, My City Beauty, and Melinda Tomasello.

 

To see more pics from the event check out #HallowBling on Instagram.  

Monarch Jewelry is located at 1860 State Road 436 in Winter Park, Florida. 

We hope you enjoyed this fun flashback!  Happy Hallowbling!

Behind the Scenes Bling ~ Hallowbling 2015

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Happy Hallowbling!!!!

Highlighted this week are everyday fashion classics with a spooky flair!

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New to our Winter Park jewelry showroom is this William Henry Studio Blackbeard pendant.  This men’s crafted skull necklace is beautifully sculptured and rendered in sterling silver, with exquisite detail at every level. Offered on a substantial cord made from solid Kevlar, with a sterling hook and eye clasp.  (Item NE515536)

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Creepy crawly!   This little lizard is spooktacular!  It‘s made of bronze and measures 3 ¾ inches.  We have an assortment of collectible bronze insects to choose from, they are a perfect gift for any bug collector.  (Item GI611021)

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Straight from the caldron!  The green amber Celtic design ring is traditional in design, and would make a great conversation piece for Halloween.  It’s the perfect accessory for any witches costume and it is versatile for wearing year around too.  It is from our sterling silver fashion travel line and it’s priced affordably. (RG515574)

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You won’t find magic spells with this yellow amber ring.  It too would make a great conversation piece especially with the million year old pollen particles embedded in the gemstone!  (item RG515606)

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FROM THE SHOWROOM:   For Halloween ( this week only) with the mention of this post receive 15 % off our sterling silver travel rings and 20 % off our bronze collectible insects.    Excludes any other offers.

 

Happy Hallowbling!