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Discovering Design Inspiration in Colorado Springs - My Favorite Places

Having wandered through the rugged landscapes of Colorado Springs, I've found that nature here isn't just scenery—it's provides profound inspiration, particularly for crafting nature-inspired jewelry. Each place I've explored, from the tranquil Palmer Lake reservoir to breathtaking Lake Haiyaha and the iconic Garden of the Gods, has left an indelible mark on my creative spirit.   Lower Columbine Trail: Walking the wildflower trails, I've been overwhelmed by the kaleidoscope of colors that can be found in a beautiful wildflower field. The delicate columbines, vibrant sunflowers, and elegant lupines have sparked ideas for jewelry designs that capture their beauty. From petal-shaped pendants to intricate floral motifs, each piece reflects the vibrant hues and delicate forms of the various local flowers as well as the bees, bugs and...

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Your 14K Gold Jewelry: What NOT to Do!

14K gold jewelry is a perfect choice for its balance of durability, quality, and appearance. However, to maintain its luster and longevity, it's important to avoid certain chemicals and activities that can damage the metal or diminish its shine. Here's a guide on what NOT to do with your 14K gold jewelry. Avoid Exposure to Harsh Chemicals One of the primary threats to your 14K gold jewelry is exposure to harsh chemicals. These substances can cause tarnishing, discoloration, and structural damage. Here are some specific chemicals to avoid:1. Chlorine: Found in swimming pools and hot tubs, chlorine can cause a chemical reaction that weakens the structure of gold, leading to cracks and breaks over time. Always remove your jewelry before...

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Insuring Your Valuable Jewelry for Travel: A Smart Move for Peace of Mind

Traveling with valuable and sentimental jewelry is a joy AND a source of anxiety. Whether it's a family heirloom, an engagement ring, or a one of a kind piece of fine jewelry bought to commemorate a special occasion, the fear of loss, theft, or damage is real. This is where insuring your valuable jewelry becomes essential. Here’s why and how to ensure your precious pieces are protected while you’re on the go. Why Insure Your Jewelry for Travel?1. Protection Against Theft Jewelry is a prime target for thieves, especially when traveling. Airports, hotels, and tourist attractions are hotspots for theft. Insuring your jewelry means that if it is stolen, you can recover its financial value.2. Coverage for Loss It’s easy...

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The Big Four - A Guide to Precious Gemstones and Common Treatments

Precious gemstones are characterized by pleasing characteristics and a certain level of rarity that make them highly sought after. The result is a stone with a high cost and high demand. But with that high demand comes the attempt to make lesser quality precious gems look better. The precious 4 have captivated humanity for millennia - diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies. Each gemstone possesses unique crystal characteristics and beauty, yet they all share common treatments to enhance their appearance. Understanding these treatments and knowing what to watch out for when buying these gems can help ensure that you make a wise investment.   Diamonds Common Treatments: 1. Laser Drilling: This process removes inclusions by drilling tiny holes into the diamond...

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Crafting Your Jewelry Statement

In the world of fashion, jewelry is your exclamation point, and can transform almost any outfit. Whether you’re dressing for the work, a formal event, or a casual lunch, your jewelry can convey your personality in a language that needs no words. How do you make sure your jewelry truly stands out—communicating who you are and what you want to project to the world? Choosing the Right Pieces When it comes to picking the perfect pieces, certain guiding principles can help you avoid a fashion misstep. First, consider the outfit you're accessorizing and the function you're dressing for. A pair of unique diamond dangle earrings might be just the thing for a formal event, while chunky circle earrings or statement...

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