The Comeback Pearl
Pearls have long been a favored fine gem among the upper classes and elite. Though not really a gemstone, these beauties of the sea speak of elegance and grace, and were once known as the Queen of Gems. A true, real pearl, farm grown or naturally cultivated still costs a tidy sum. Pearl-diving is strenuous, often dangerous work, and it takes up to a year or more for them form. Pearls have also been seen intimately connected with older women, with younger generations shying away from wearing them; many of us can remember Grandma’s pearl strand necklace.
But times change, and so does the illustrious pearl. Gone are the days of old-fashioned pearl jewelry, and in are a variety of pearly trends sure to excite anyone looking to dress up an outfit, no matter your age. Faux pearls are also more highly coveted, with today’s sophisticated manufacturing of man-made pearls making it hard to tell imitation from the real deal.
Western Style jewelry has also embraced the pearl. With many of the latest designs being reminiscent of the Victorian era, today’s pieces tie in the timelessness of days
gone by, with a bit of elegance and adventuresome spirit. This is not to say pearls with a western flair are stuffy or old fashioned. On the contrary, today’s jewelry accented with pearls work well with more modern materials and in combination with different styles. The end result is a bit of beautiful elegance which can subtly add to a casual outfit, or stunning statements which proudly shows off your own independent spirit.
At West Coast Cowgirl, we have some simple and intricate pearl accented jewelry sure to please. Our Umbra Necklace combines a bit of elegance with a whimsical flair in the
dangling double pearl pendant. Our Sunshine Heart earrings add a splash glitz highlighted by two faux pearls in each, perfect for a big night out when you want to make a splash yourself.
We have posted about Western Style chokers, which make a strong fashion statement themselves. Adding in a pearl accent can make for some enchanting designs. The
simplicity of our double leather My Lucky Charm choker is set off with a touch of class by the dangling pearl, one of the various charms you can select to go with this casual design.
Anyone who wants to turn heads with a bit of Victorian flair, or set off a Western-Steampunk ensemble, won’t go wrong with our Baby Doll Floral Choker. The faux pearls set against soft, grey velvet are timeless in their allure.
Western style jewelry accented with pearls brings a bit of elegance and simple beauty to whatever you wear. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. 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.
Get Yourself a Vegan Handbag, or Two or Three
In the world of fashion, leather is still a very popular material. But not everyone wants to have leather in their closet. We have gone from a time when real fur was all the rage, and everyone who was anyone had a mink stole, to finding man-made options which can reproduce the look and feel of luxury without harming any animals. Leather clothes and accessories are also seeing a similar shift, with man-made, faux, or as the new buzz word calls it, vegan materials replacing the real McCoy.
When you hear the term vegan, most likely you think of a specific diet which omits any meat, dairy or egg products. But there is more to being vegan than just food. A vegan approach takes all animal products into consideration, searching for non-animal alternatives. Many fashion designers are listening to consumers who are seeking solutions to classic fashion styles and elements. Vegan Fashion gives the look and feel of leather and luxury, at a lower cost, and without harming any animals; these are clothes and accessories with a conscience.
Western-style fashion may have embraced leather for generations, but that doesn’t
mean a socially conscious cowgirl can’t find alternatives. At West Coast Cowgirl, we have you covered, especially when it comes to handbags and purses. Yes, we need a practical carry-all for our essentials, but there is nothing that says your handbag can’t have style, enhance your outfit or make a statement all its own.
Western-style handbags come in a variety of materials, and make a great fashion statement themselves. Vegan bags are a wonderful solution for the look and feel of leather, while being animal-friendly too. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. 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.
Jewelry Sets Make a Bold Statement
One way to make a bold statement about your Western sense of style is with jewelry sets. These typically consist of a necklace and matching earrings. These pairings make creating an ensemble of accessories simple and convenient. West Coast Cowgirl has several sets which will make you stand out from the crowd. When you want to get noticed, whether in the board room or out on the town, a striking necklace with vibrant earrings will set off any outfit with beauty and class.
Wearing bold pieces of turquoise will make you the Talk of the Town, especially with our jewelry set of the same name. Set in silver plating, this necklace features a large stone pendant and oval pieces which are duplicated in the matching earrings. The vibrant color works great with black, be it a business suit or little black dress.
You can take a layered look to a whole new level with our Moonlights Kiss jewelry set. This necklace of two delicate gold chains are set off with beads and two pieces of turquoise, one of which resembles a tusk. With earring in the same style, the set brings a bit of the wild together with a touch of elegance.
For a big night out where nothing but elegance will do, the multiple strands of our Fidela Necklace set will make you feel like a queen. Seven strands of gold beads are set off with different accent colors, so you can pair this set up with your favorite dress or outfit. Color choices include onyx, linen, coral and turquoise. The matching earrings ad a splash of color, and will set off your neckline with elegance, especially with an up-do. Have a bit of fun with more than one set, you can swap out the earrings for an extra bit of drama.
Our Casse Noisette Jewelry set makes a truly bold Western style statement. Designed with a squash blossom motif, this stunning set brings a classic Navajo art form to the forefront of your jewelry collection. Traditional squash blossom necklaces often include turquoise stones. With a Casse Noisette set, you can choose between turquoise, coral and onyx. The earrings also follow the squash blossom motif, making for a complete ensemble.
Western style jewelry sets make a bold statement, and are a convenient way to accessorize with flair. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or you’re ready to treat yourself to something new, you will find that we are adding products regularly so be sure to check back often.
Eye Catching Jewelry Trends for 2017
A new year means new fashion ideas. Wearing jewelry and adorning with accessories will always be a popular way to show off your own style. Fashion experts and magazines will differ in the details, but current fashion ideas are clear to see a variety of applications. Western-style accessories and jewelry, many which you can readily find on West Coast Cowgril.com, are right in line with what are being touted as 2017 Jewelry trends.
Shining, dangling earrings are making a comeback. There is even a growing trend to wear one long, glitzy or big hoop earring only. Whether you go for a single one or a pair, earrings that sparkle and shine draw attention to your face and hair, and make an ideal complimentary statement. Our Anevay totem tassel earrings will be sure to turn heads and make others take notice. For some elegant dangling glitz, try our Phoebe Chandelier earrings, perfect for an evening out.
We have already talked about the big trend in layered bracelets. Now, layered necklaces are getting into the mix. Wearing several necklaces together allows for a great way to mix and match your moods and outfits. We make it even easier by offering a variety of layered necklaces, providing multiple strands within one piece, a great practical idea to help keep your chains from tangling while worn. Some of our layered necklaces also showcase another growing trend for 2017, the talisman, or good luck
charm necklace. Dangling charms have moved from bracelets to chains, giving us another way to make a symbolic statement in the jewelry we wear. Our New Friends Layered Necklace comes in silver and gold, and includes dangling feather and coin charms. A fun and bright good luck charm piece can also be found with our Wealth & Plenty Necklace. These beaded necklaces include classic western charms for wealth and abundance. Put one of these on, and you are sure to feel lucky.
Another trend for the year are tassels. These fringe heavy adornments made a big splash in fashion circles with the growing popularity of the Steampunk movement. But Tassels have been long used in western wear, and still make an excellent color statement. Wear a touch of the Victorian era when going out on the town with our Tender Mist earrings. Our Ocean Breeze Necklace combines the allure of the tassel with the statement of layering chains into one piece.
Fashion trends come and go, yet classic elements remain exciting to wear as you can see in the big 2017 jewelry trends. The start of a new year is also a great time to refresh your accessory collection. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of jewelry at our website. 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.
Three Things to Consider When Wearing Statement Jewelry
When it comes to wearing spectacular, bold jewelry, there is a right way and a wrong way to make a statement. Wearing large pieces of western style jewelry is a great way to show off your style, but there are three key areas to think about before you step out.
The clothes you wear, other accessories, and simplicity all play a role in making the right bold statement about who you are when wearing statement jewelry.
What you wear can either enhance or detract from large accessory pieces. Statement
jewelry is typically big and full of detail and color. You want others to notice your necklace, not the clash of a pattern which can hide it away. To make your jewelry stand out, stick with single colors; neutral, black, or white are best. For both necklaces and earrings, attention to the neckline of your top or dress is important. Collars with their own details or higher necks can draw the eye away from your jewelry. If you have a
bright cuff bracelet to wear, keep your arm bear if possible, or wear something with close fitting sleeves and wear your bracelet on top.
Wearing a piece of statement jewelry will also impact the other jewelry you wear. To
help keep from looking weighed down, it is a good idea to avoid wearing big earrings and necklaces together, or large rings and bracelets. Mix them up instead. Go for a ring with bling along with a striking necklace, or pair a colorful cuff bracelet with large dangling earrings. By breaking up where your jewelry is on your body, you make a flowing statement, creating a coordinated look. These pairings for statement jewelry also help balance out your ensemble, sure to attract positive attention.
Bold statement jewelry ultimately comes down to simplicity. If you keep it simple, your statement of style will not be missed; you’ll be the talk of the evening. Often, one
colorful piece is all that is needed. Layering pieces together can also make a big statement, but do so with simplicity in mind for greater impact and less confusion. A lot of necklaces or bracelets can look too busy and less sophisticated. Keep large bracelets and rings to one arm or hand. This can help create a symmetry of interest in what you wear.
Western Style statement jewelry can say a lot about who you are in a bold and colorful way. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of statement jewelry at our website. 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.
The Beauty of Feathered Jewelry
We wear jewelry to feel good, to enhance our own beauty and take pride in our appearance. Jewelry is a wonderful way to express yourself, who you are, and what you like. Western style jewelry speaks to the cowgirl in each of us, showing off our pride in the West with traditional elements, materials and symbols. One symbol that can readily be found in many types of western jewelry is the feather. Feathers may be delicate, but they speak volumes.
The feather has many symbolic meanings attached to it. Native American tribes and other indigenous people around the world connect the feather with the wind, powerful energy, such as thunder, and wisdom. As birds fly high in the sky, they are closer to the sun, stars and cosmos beyond. In many Native cultures, birds are messengers of the spirit world, bringing lessons and wisdom to those who receive them. The feather as a sacred symbol for many Native Americans ultimately represents trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power and freedom.
When it comes to fashion trends, feathers have been popular throughout various times in history, and probably even before then. Native American ceremonial headdresses, were worn only by men and at special occasions. Feathers reached
their peak in popularity with the high-fashion feathered hats of the 18th and 19th Centuries. Unfortunately, exotic feathers were often sought after during this time, which led to the decline of many beautiful birds around the world. The practice of using real feathers from birds declined itself with the modern age. Today we have synthetic feathers such as can be found in the feather boa of today’s entertainers. There are better supply practices in place, with feathers being sustainably harvested from more common birds, such as roosters. Feathers have been used make a bold statement in a beautiful way.
In current western style fashions, feathers are still a popular element and can be found in a variety of pieces. Feathered earrings and necklaces can add a bit of whimsical fun to an outfit, and make for a wonderful conversation piece. Feathers can also add a bit of romance to your mood. The soft flow of feathers dangling from filigree earrings can feel like the wind gently whispering by. But a feather need not be a real one from a bird. Antiqued gold or silver feathers provide beautiful details, as a delicate accent, or as a bold centerpiece. At the office, they can bring a bit of flair, and at a party or big event, they can highlight a new dress or stunning outfit.
Feathers make a bold and beautiful statement, and are a great way to show off your Western style. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you can find a variety of items with a feathered centerpiece or accents at our website. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or you are ready to treat yourself to something new, products are added regularly so be sure to check back often.
Make a Bold Statement with Layered Bracelets
Wearing several bracelets together is growing in popularity. Layering, or stacking groups of bracelets on an arm, creates a statement of intrigue, color and design. These fashion accessories are also a lot of fun to wear and a great way to shine with your own sense of style. Western-style bracelets easily lend themselves to layering, in fact some styles incorporate a stacked look into their design. With splashes of colors and a variety of materials, bracelets are an easy way to make a bold statement. Let the inner cowgirl out with western-style bracelets.
There are some suggested basics which are recommended for layering several bracelets together. Having a starter, or ‘everyday’ set of bangle bracelets gives you a foundation to build on. Check out the Kestral Bracelet, with many layers to work with. Picture our Lady’s Bracelet with several other bangles or as a stand alone on your wrist. It’s versatile and can be worn as a dress up or a dress down. With bright crystals this leather buckle bracelet is a fun and whimsical way to accessorize.
Some may ask how many is too many? It truly depends on where and when you are showing off your collection. One of the fun aspects of bracelets is the noise they make. Some occasions call for quieter dress however, such as job interviews, or an evening at the theater. But you can still wear layers of bracelets. Lasso-style bracelets, made with cording, leather and braided material, allow you to layer without worry. Our Trixie Feather Bracelet makes a stylish statement, when paired with our Braided Bling Bracelet; you get the look of several bracelets without all the jingle-jangling. Even better, with the Braided Bling Bracelet collection, you can get a selection of colors to mix and match
Layered bracelets make a bold style statement. When you mix colors and materials, you make that statement even bigger, and better. To really get the wow factor with mixed bracelets, wear a monochromatic color, in black, white or a neutral tone. Simpler clothing design will make your wrists and arms pop with a chic attitude. West Coast Cowgirl has some stunning bracelets which will put you on center stage. Our Spell Bound Bracelet will have you and others transfixed with vibrant turquoise beads intermixed with a variety of colorful beads in a coil, creating the look of layered bracelets within one piece.
Layering bracelets is a great way to make a style statement. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of bracelets, many of which work well layered together. 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.
Horse Sense in Western Jewelry
The American West and horses go hand in hand. As an icon of independence and beauty, the horse has long had a place in western style jewelry as well. As the world has become more globally connected, so too have various fashion styles, including those with an equestrian flair. Today, western style jewelry has become popular with people sharing a wide range of tastes. The horse lends itself to a variety of jewelry options from showy and glitzy, to simple and alluring, and everything in between. As an accessory theme, all things equine related can make stunning statements to enhance your personal style.
There is more to horse inspired jewelry than stallions in profile and bejeweled spurs. Today’s western style includes other accessories as well, including handbags, such as the Blazing Pony Handbag which you can find on our website. This new addition to our product line offers a stylish and unique way to step out on the town with purse in tow. The shape and way these handbags drape easily across your body are reminiscent of the mailbags used by the Pony Express.
Horse lovers can express their passion with the simple design of the Wild Hearts Sterling Silver necklace. Taking inspiration from heart silhouette pendants with a bit of bling, this necklace features a unique heart formed from a mare and foal with their heads touching. The cubic zirconia accents make this a sparkling piece perfect for dressing up or any casual day.
No western style wardrobe would be complete without at least one glittering horseshoe.
Legend has it that an up turned horseshoe on a door can keep evil spirits, or bad luck at bay. The traditional use of 7 nails to hold a shoe in place is also considered lucky. You can carry your own bit of luck with a glittering horseshoe of your own, besides horseshoe jewelry is hard to resist! West Coast Cowgirl has Lucky’s Chance Bracelets which feature a crystal horseshoe on a sterling silver chain. You can enhance your horseshoe collection with our Rhiannon Earrings, dangling horseshoe post earrings, as well.
Whether you ride a horse or not, every cowgirl needs the right hat. If you are as inspired by horses as we are, you will want one which speaks to your horse sense with finesse. Our Coco Lady Felt hat is made to embrace the equestrian within. Available in midnight, claret and saddle shades, this hat’s classic lines and finer details evoke horses and beautiful sunsets.
I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including pieces inspired by the iconic horse of the American West. Whether you are looking for a gift for that special someone or you’re ready to treat yourself to something new, we have new products added regularly so be sure to check back often.
Crystals, Rhinestones & Cubic Zirconia - Oh My!
Value is a big benefit when it comes to fashion and adding to your jewelry choices. At West Coast Cow Girl, we pride ourselves on being able to offer stunning jewelry at a great cost to fit any budget. While many of our items are hand-crafted, all of them are of high quality. When it comes to diamonds in jewelry, we are not shy about how we can save you money.
Diamonds are said to be a girl’s best friend, but the rarity of these gemstone beauties keeps them out of reach for many a fashion forward wardrobe. Luckily, there are alternatives around. From synthetic, or man-made stones, to natural alternatives, you can have glittering jewels without the high cost. The most common diamond substitutes are crystals, rhinestones, and cubic zirconia.
Crystals are the most abundant stones on earth. These natural beauties shine with a
flair uniquely their own, making for a great alternative to diamonds. Clear crystals are often mistaken for diamonds, as they look very similar. Their natural shapes and hardness are distinctly different, however. This doesn’t stop crystals from adding extra bling to jewelry.
One type of crystal which has been used in western style jewelry for generations now is a rhinestone. These were originally crystals found near the Rhine River in Europe. These crystals often shine like a diamond, enough to fool many an eye. Today, however, most rhinestones are actually man-made pieces of leaded or crystal glass.
Another man-made diamond alternative is the Cubic Zirconia. This synthetic stone so closely resembles a diamond that, since the 1970s, cubic zirconia has been the largest competitor when it comes to the question, Diamond or no? for fashion jewelry. These stones are a low-cost alternative, and even come in different colors.
There is no need to spend a fortune on jewelry. With crystals or synthetic stones, you can enjoy the look of a diamond without digging deep into your wallet. I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including pieces with crystals, rhinestones, and cubic zirconia. 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.
Chokers: The New Bolo Tie in Western Jewelry
Chokers, those close-fitting necklaces which wrap around the neck, are making a big comeback when it comes to fashion statements. These are versatile necklaces which can be made of most any material, and make for a stunning accessory. Choker designs have changed over the years, with a new flare for layering being the dominant theme to this type of jewelry. The latest design inspirations for chokers are also reminiscent of the bolo tie, the original western style choker. Enhanced choker styles of today include tying options, as can be seen in the types of chokers you can find at West Coast Cowgirl Jewelry.
Chokers have long been worn by different cultures around the world. One of the biggest surges in popularity came in the late 1800’s, when Alexandra, Queen of Denmark and Princess of Wales, was seen as the epitome of Victorian fashion. It is said she wore chokers to hide a scar, and was influenced by the women of India, and their style of elaborate adornment. Whatever the reason, those who knew high fashion at the time emulated her style. Often wearing rows of pearls or gemstones, Alexandra’s fashion sense broadened the possibilities of chokers from a simple ribbon to so much more.
When it comes to western style jewelry, the choker is a piece that is right at home with the rest of your accessories. With the rising popularity of layering and tying chokers, these necklaces take the idea of bolo tie to a whole new level. Bolo ties are a type of choker, with typical designs made of leather or cording with an ornamental clasp which rests close to the neck. With today’s chokers, some designs are longer than normal, providing the option of tying the choker as close you want it, and leaving the ends to dangle. Often you will find the ends have their own ornamental pieces, much like a bolo tie. These ornaments add to the striking nature of a choker. Layering is another option that is catching on; wearing two or three chokers together can help elongate the neckline and makes for a stunning statement.
I invite you to check out our products at West Coast Cowgirl, where you will find a wide variety of jewelry options, including chokers of different designs and styles. 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.