How To Rock Silver Like The Star You Are
Whether it’s a silver necklace, bracelet or silver statement rings, there seems to be a growing demand for silver accessories.
Perhaps you’re one of the many who have decided to make room in your jewelry box for some silver pieces. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to learn how to wear them. Here are some tips for pairing that silver with your wardrobe so you always look like the rock star you are.
WEAR BLOCK COLORS
If you really want your sterling silver statement rings to pop on your fingers, consider wearing them with block colors. The best choices are black, white, and grey. They create a cohesive backdrop for showcasing your silver rings.
Wearing block colors gives your outfit some style without taking away from your silver accessories. darker jewel tones, such as burgundy, royal or navy blue, and eggplant also work for color blocking as a neutral palette for your silver pieces.
BE CAREFUL MIXING WITH GOLD
For bracelets or rings, silver mixed with gold tends to work better than with necklaces. Unless you’re pairing your silver with a fancy evening gown, mixing metals is generally not recommended. Instead, let the silver be the star of the show by wearing it on its own.
At night, mix a simple silver necklace with matching shoes and a handbag. During the day, wear a delicate silver necklace to work or for lunch with friends by pairing it with a t-shirt or a simple dress.
SIMPLE OR DETAILED SILVER NECKLACE?
When you wear simple silver rings or a simple silver necklace or bracelet, you can pair either accessory with a pattern on your outfit. However, if your silver jewelry is more detailed and intricate, it’s best to let it shine by wearing it with an outfit that is a solid color and that isn’t too busy or bright. In either case, allow your silver to take center stage and don’t end up wearing an outfit that is too much to look at or that looks cheap.
STACK RINGS FOR A UNIQUE LOOK
If you have several simple silver rings, consider wearing them all at once for an elegant and modern look that is enhanced when compared to wearing each of them alone. Make sure the edges are flat so they nestle together on your finger and that they aren’t too detailed to make your hand look busy and overdone.
If you have one funky ring, go ahead and stack it, but make sure the others are basic. Don’t wear too many or your fingers will look too busy and it might not be all that comfortable either.
WEAR SILVER WITH LEATHER
If you’re looking for a western or cowgirl look, wear your silver rings or necklaces with leather. Both tan and black leather work for this style choice as long as the item isn’t too busy itself. Stay away from studded leather or pieces that have a lot of zippers.
Instead, wear your silver with a simple leather jacket or vest layered over a tank top or t-shirt. You can also pair a leather jacket with an evening dress and heels to give your silver pieces a night on the town look that you’ll love.
AVOID WEARING SILVER WITH CERTAIN COLORS
As mentioned above, silver pairs best with black, grey, white and jewel tones. On the other hand, silver shouldn’t be worn with some shades. The main colors to stay away from are anything pastel, including baby blue, lilac, or pale pink. A simple silver necklace won’t stand out as well against these colors and tends to get lost in the outfit.
You should also stay away from bright colors like green and yellow because they’ll take over the silver color and you won’t find your pieces standing out as well against these hues.
CONSIDER THE SEASON
The great thing about silver is that it can be worn year-round since it pairs best with neutral colors. Wear your silver necklaces and rings all year round, summer to winter. Pair your silver with black or grey year-round as well.
When it comes to wearing jewel tones with your silver, this is the iconic option for the holiday season, especially if you choose ruby red or emerald green as a backdrop for your chains.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR FINGERNAILS
When you wear your silver rings, keep the look of your nails in mind. Even the best and most beautiful silver ring will lose some of its impact if your nails look like you've been mucking stalls all day.
Because your ring will likely draw the eye to your hands, be sure your nails are well manicured. That means clipped evenly, buffed, filed and painted. Even a clear coat is better than nothing.
YOU CAN’T GO WRONG BY BUYING SILVER JEWELRY
If you don’t already have a silver piece or two, it’s time to start shopping. You’ll love the new heights that your outfits go to when you pile on some silver instead of gold. Whether it’s for work or for date night, bring some new drama and dimension to any outfit with a lovely silver piece around your neck or on your fingers. You won’t be sorry!
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Leo Gemstone Jewelry – “The Lions” Shine in This Summer Spotlight!
As part of our ongoing spotlight on each Zodiac Sign it’s time to take a look at Leo, also known as “The Lion,” just in time for their birthday period! Born between the dates of July 23rd – August 22nd, Leos are believed to be warm, gregarious, and generous individuals who embrace their own style above all others! As with the other eleven Zodiac Signs, Leo has gemstones associated with their rulership – these gems, metals, and minerals are believed to be especially lucky when worn by members of this passionate fire sign. Whether you’re shopping for yourself, or for a Leo loved one, we hope that these suggestions help you find the perfect jewelry piece!
Leo is said to rule the heart and chest, and the precious metal of gold. Their other gemstones and associations include petrified/molded wood and sunny, summery minerals like citrine and amber. Fortunately, West Coast Cowgirl’s collection of gold jewelry is versatile and vast, and we have many pieces worthy of royalty! (Leos are often referred to as the royalty of the Zodiac!)
One of the most traditional associations for “The Lions” and their rulership is Onyx. Our Sonador Dreamer Necklace in Onyx is a regal, eye-catching statement piece! This exquisite piece has silver-plated medallions paired with large, round onyx discs and simulated natural stones. The majesty of this piece certainly blends well with the regal, refined demeanor of many Leos, and is sure to be a big hit!
Our New Friends Layered Necklace in Gold is a charming, elegant and interesting blend of the layering trend that’s so popular in 2017 with the gold associations of “The Lions” rulership. With tiny round discs that resemble little suns – Leo’s traditional ruler is the Sun, too – and delicate feathers and beadwork, this gorgeous necklace is summery and understated but sure to go with every wardrobe.
If earrings are more your style our Tanya Earrings capitalize on the Geometic trend for Summer 2017 while incorporating the Wood rulership of “The Lions.” Embellished with sunny metal accents, these beautiful earrings are modern and sophisticated while subtly combining numerous hot looks. Made with Zinc Alloy and 7.8cm long, our Tanya Earrings are a versatile addition to a summer jewelry collection that can blend splendidly with any wardrobe.
West Coast Cowgirl’s collection has numerous bracelets that are gorgeous gifts – to you, or to someone else! But our Kestral Bracelet is a particularly ideal choice when shopping for a Leo because of its vast color availability! Each piece combines the Gold associations tied to “The Lions” with an accent leather strip and rhinestone embellishments; this stunning jewelry piece is available in Lavender, Tan, Black, Pink, Sea Foam Green, and Purple! At 19cm in length, the Kestral Bracelet also captures the layered look in a charming, original way.
“The Lions” are one of the most social, endearing, charming members of the Zodiac according to Astrology, and we hope that our collection inspires you to find something ideal for the Leo on your shopping list! Ruled by the Sun, Leos rein over the summer like the regal lions they are, while being chic, sophisticated, and fun!
Mineral Jewelry Spotlight: An Earthy Trend for Summer 2017
One if the fastest growing trend for Summer 2017 is what designers and stylists have dubbed “Mineral Jewelry.” These pieces feature large, eye-catching examples of raw, earthy materials, such as a pendant made of agate or turquoise. West Coast Cowgirl’s assortment of jewelry choices that focus on these stunning, natural features make it an excellent blend for this style in particular. In fact, Western and Rodeo Chic jewelry is quickly dominating this trend because of its focus on these rugged but sophisticated styles. We hope that the following suggestions inspire you to incorporate Mineral Jewelry into your wardrobe, and that one of our Rodeo-worthy pieces might speak to you as the perfect addition to your jewelry collection!
Our Diego Necklace is a splendid example of the Mineral Jewelry trend, and a very popular piece of our collection. This exquisite piece features agate and turquoise beads which complement the large, statement-piece pendant of natural agate! The slice of agate varies in color, shape, and size, but the approximate measurement is 33.5” with the beaded necklace.
West Coast Cowgirl’s Outlaw Necklace is another great example of a jewelry choice that blends multiple trends together in one stunning, bold Summer 2017 style! Functioning both as a statement piece thanks to its large stones and eye-catching beadwork, the Outlaw Necklace’s turquoise resin stones also capture the charm of the Mineral Jewelry theme. With wood and silver-plated beads as well, this lovely necklace is chunky, earthy, and sure to be a favorite this summer!
Mineral Jewelry doesn’t need to be a bold, statement jewelry design to fit in with the trend. For example, our Savanna Necklace is an understated, delicate, feminine style that still utilizes this hot trend via a pop of color thanks to a turquoise center bead. Paired with delicate silver accents and a sophisticated chain necklace that’s 50-60cm long, this piece will compliment any outfit and wardrobe.
If necklaces aren’t your jewelry style of choice, may we recommend a bracelet alternative, such as our Pearls Dream Bracelet? The large turquoise stone beads are a great example of versatile Mineral Jewelry features, and the freshwater pearl accents add the pearl trend that’s been huge in 2017. With silver accents and a 17-19cm adjustable length this bracelet is a surefire way to be trendy and playful with your jewelry choices all summer long!
We hope that these selections have given you some ideas for how to incorporate Mineral Jewelry into your wardrobe! If you’re looking for additional ideas and inspirations a local gem and mineral show can be an excellent showcase of earthy, natural-stone jewelry and accessories. These styles combine beautifully with Western and Rodeo Chic looks, and will carry you through Summer 2017 into the fall season as well!
Cancer Gemstone Jewelry – “The Crab” Takes the Spotlight!
As the summer continues to grow long, it’s almost time for Cancer to shine in the spotlight of the Zodiac! Also known as “The Crab,” Cancer people are born between June 22nd and July 22nd – so right in the middle of the hottest months here in the northern hemisphere! Astrology tells us that Cancer is ruled by the Moon, and no other Zodiac Sign has stronger ties to the lunar phases, the vast, mysterious ocean, and our emotional well-being. For centuries, Astrologers have associated precious metals and gemstones to each of the twelve signs, and “The Crab” is no exception to this rule! In addition to a connection to rubies, the traditional birthstone for people born in July, Cancer has a host of gems that are believed to be good luck and beneficial for “The Crabs” in the world to wear.
Whether you are a Cancer, or you’re shopping for a “Crab” loved one, West Coast Cowgirl has an assortment of jewelry pieces available that tie into these traditional and modern Astrological associations. Whether or not you believe in Astrology, gifts tailored to someone’s Sun Sign can be a fun, unique way to celebrate their birthdate and other milestone events – besides, who doesn’t love a gift that has a built-in wish for good fortune, long life, and unlimited happiness included?
Given that Cancer has strong associations with the ocean, it’s no surprise that Astrologers have long associated “The Crab” with pearls. These shimmering, stunning jewels of the sea also mimic the luminescence fullness of the full moon, which is said to watch over Cancer people. Our new arrival, the Baroness Pearl Bracelet, is an exquisite piece of pearl jewelry that begs to be worn. Featuring leather banding and two twin layers of pearls with an adjustable length of 17cm to 19cm, this gorgeous bracelet is sure to be a favorite. This piece features authentic freshwater pearls, so their color, shape, and size may naturally vary.
Alternatively, if you’re in the market for a stunning new pair of earrings, our Britt Pearl Earrings are an exceptional piece of pearl jewelry. Hand-knotted with leather cording, these drop earrings feature cultured, freshwater pearls that are natural – which means their color, shape, and size may vary, as with our bracelet above. These earrings are charming and sophisticated, and can easily pair well with any wardrobe choice or hairstyle.
Cancer is also associated with the precious metal of silver, which has long between associated with the moon and its phases. Given that Cowgirl jewelry often features this stylish, beloved metal, it’s very easy to pair our favorite pieces with “The Crabs” in terms of style! Our Triple Circle Necklace feels like a nod to the moon, featuring an artistic, silver three-circle cascade design. With an 18” chain, this chic piece could be a subtle nod towards the Moon-ruled jewelry lovers in your life or be a piece for yourself that reminds you of your Cancer heritage.
Cuff bracelets are one of the hottest jewelry trends for Summer 2017, and our Simply Sensational Bracelet is an ideal opportunity to capitalize on that fun style while incorporating Cancer’s Silver rulership into the equation. This silver-plated cuff bracelet features layers of delicate, stunning bands that wrap elegantly around your wrist, joining in a cuff closure, making it adjustable in size. It is a chic, elegant look that can complement any outfit and other silver jewelry pieces, and can be an understated present for “The Crab” on your wish list!
We hope that our ideas have inspired you to find a piece of jewelry for yourself or a loved one with subtle Cancer associations. “The Crab” and their connection to the moon is a timeless, enchanting bit of trivia, and these jewelry options can become fun, quirky conversation pieces in addition to shining examples of your Cowgirl style!
Graduation Day Gifts: Elegant Jewelry Options for Every Wardrobe
With spring in full swing and summer rapidly approaching that means we’re all entering another exciting time of year: Graduation Days! From April until late June, intrepid students across the country ---- whether graduating from high school, college, or another form of education – will gain recognition for their accomplishments via a graduation day ceremony. Whether you’re shopping friend or family member who is on the cusp of an exciting graduation, West Coast Cowgirl has you covered!
Shopping for jewelry can be a daunting task for anyone, even shoppers that are confident they know their recipient’s style. This “Graduation Season,” please consider these charming, elegant jewelry suggestions that are chic enough to shine in any jewelry collection, without being too bold or trendy to be gift-friendly choices!
Our luminous Tyra Earrings are a stunning, dangle style jewelry choice that is trendy and modern without being too personalized for a gift. The matte gold hooks compliment any outfit, and their stunning, opaque shell material is a versatile design that works great with any wardrobe. These lovely earrings conjure up images of summer at the beach, making them an excellent choice for a graduation day party before the hot months arrive!
West Coast Cowgirl’s collection of understated, chic jewelry choices is rarely represented more perfectly than by our Rocky Mountain Beauty Ring. This resizable ring doesn’t even require a specific size, and the choice of copper, gold, or silver plated styles lend beautifully to a wide range of tastes. This ring evokes images of the beautiful Rocky Mountains with its delicate mountain motif, and also works wonderfully in multiples or alone.
A wish for good fortune and luck is a fun theme for a gift, and it’s a sentiment that’s very appropriate for a new graduate as they prepare to embark upon a new life chapter. Why not bestow such a favor upon the special scholar in your life? Our stunning, sterling silver Lucky’s Chance Bracelet has a crystal horseshoe for an increase of luck! The adjustable 15.5cm-19cm size has a spring ring clasp, and its subtle Western style makes it a versatile choice as a present. Be sure to wear the horse shoe with the opening facing up towards the shoulder, for even more good fortune “running” your way!
If necklaces are more your loved one’s style, West Coast Cowgirl’s gorgeous Stardust’s Shine Necklace could be just the thing to put a smile on their face. With delicate, tiny stars clustered together like a constellation, plus one lone star boldly adventuring on its own, this necklace is a subtle, elegant look. The side star has double-sided cubic zirconia -- a feature that guarantees this bold little star will always catch the light and shine bright!
At West Coast Cowgirl, we pride ourselves in offering a variety of accessory choices – not just stunning jewelry! Perhaps your beloved graduate would enjoy a new handbag instead of a traditional gemstone or silver ring? Our 9” Dolly Crossbody Handbag is 100% Vegan leather, featuring both interior and exterior pockets to get the job done in terms of carrying capacity! Available in six different colors, including Indigo, Camel, and Coffee, this timeless crossbody bag is a fantastic addition to any spring wardrobe.
Still not sure what to give the new graduate in your life for their big Graduation Day? Our West Coast Cowgirl Gift Card is available in $10, $25, $50, and $100 value increments, allowing you to give a truly versatile, thoughtful gift that fits just right with your budget. There are no additional processing fees, and our Gift Cards are delivered via email with instructions for redeeming them at checkout. These make wonderful gifts, plus, they allow your loved one to find the ideal piece for a new outfit, or check back later for our latest summer, fall, and winter styles!
How to Clean Your Silver Jewelry
The majority of Western-style jewelry includes silver. This brightly shining metal has become synonymous with the west, stemming from the great silver boom of Colorado in the late 1800s. Since that time, many a cowgirl (and boy) have worn pieces of silver jewelry. But many is also the piece of silver which becomes tarnished over time, and in need of a good cleaning.
You may think it is difficult to keep your silver clean, but it isn’t. You do not have to take your items to a jeweler when there are do-it-yourself methods which can work just as well. As a soft metal, silver becomes stained with tarnish over time. Tarnish is a thin layer of corrosion which accumulates on some metals. This happens through long-term exposure to our everyday atmosphere and by coming into contact with other substances, such as oil and dirt from skin.
Some everyday household products work well for cleansing your silver. These methods
offer an inexpensive and less toxic or harsh approach to cleaning your jewelry. Plain toothpaste (without any special additives like a whitener), can be used to gently remove tarnish. The easiest way is to use a soft chamois or polishing cloth with a dab of toothpaste. Gently rub your silver jewelry and watch how the tarnish will transfer to the cloth.
A Caution Tip: Watch for scratching, start on the underside or back of your jewelry. If the toothpaste has an abrasive, it could scratch.
A salt and aluminum foil bath will also clean your silver jewelry. Check out this Wiki-How tutorial for making this cleansing solution. It is best to use a bowl for this method, as opposed to a sink. Stainless steel in particular can damage silver. Salt is a gentle cleanser, ideal for soft metals. When you include some bits of aluminum foil in a salt-water bath, a chemical reaction occurs to tarnished silver, returning accumulated silver sulfide (the tarnish) back into simply silver. Baking soda can be used instead of salt as well.
A Caution Tip: If your silver jewelry includes gemstones, a salt bath may be too abrasive. For these more delicate pieces, I do recommend having them cleaned by a jeweler.
There are also silver polishes and “dips” on the market. While these can work, be sure to follow directions carefully, as they can also be damaging. In particular, silver dips contain a variety of harsh chemicals, which will damage silver if exposed to it for too long. Whatever method you use to clean your silver jewelry, be sure to give it a good final rinse in warm water, dry thoroughly and store your silver away from other items.
A Caution Tip: Many substances are damaging to silver, including paint, stainless steel and rubber. Do NOT wear rubber gloves when cleaning your silver. Nitrile gloves, which are latex and rubber free, are a great substitute, and available at pharmacies everywhere, or online.
If you love Western-Style jewelry like I do, I invite you to check out our products, West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including a lot of silver, from classic motifs, to more modern cowgirl bling. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly so be sure to check back often.