Diamond Necklace – 3 Tips on How to Choose One and Get the Most For Your Money

The most common type of Diamond Necklace is a single diamond set in a 14k gold basket mounting that hangs on a simple chain. In the jewelry industry this is known as a Diamond Solitaire Pendant. For the readers of this article, our buying advice is aimed mainly at this type of single diamond pendant, or necklace.

1. How to choose the right diamond size: most people can not visualize diamonds by weight, so here is a handy starting point. A 1 Carat diamond is the same diameter as the flat top of a standard pencil eraser, a little over 1/4-inch or 6.5mm. Worn on a choker length chain, this size diamond will command attention and convey status upon the woman that owns it. Depending upon the diamond quality a 1 carat pendant will cost from about $1,200 to $5,000.

For those of us on a budget the good news is that almost any size diamond can look beautiful and appropriate when worn as a necklace. There are a few basic guidelines that you should consider before you purchase. For example, a 1/4-carat diamond will look precious and correct on the neck of a woman 24 years old or younger. A 1/2 to 3/4-carat diamond is appropriate for a woman up to her late 30’s, especially if she is a petite size.

Consider the character and style of the woman as well when choosing your diamond size. The fashion minimalist woman who wears simple black or white clothing, as well as the tailored woman, can wear a smaller diamond. On the other hand, for the extrovert woman who wears layers of vivid colors, the smaller diamond simply will not look correct.

2. How to judge diamond cost versus quality: the cost of your diamond will be determined by what is commonly called The Four C’s: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight as measured on the GIA rating scale. While there is much to be read on these characteristics, the following is a very brief guideline that will result in a beautiful diamond at the lowest cost.

For diamond Color, the best value is G-H-I. The higher grade colors (D-E-F) will cost you up to twice as much, and the average person will not perceive a noticeable difference. The lower color grades (J-K and below) will exhibit a definite dirty-yellow cast.

For diamond Clarity, any diamond rated SI or higher is considered “eye clean”. This means that you don’t need to invest in a VS or higher Clarity diamond because the difference can only be discerned under 10-power magnification. The best value is often an I1 Clarity diamond with minute white crystal inclusions. The cost difference between an I1 Clarity grade and a VVS Clarity grade can be as much as 400%. Although bargain prices can be found on the lowest Clarity grades of I2 and I3, the majority of diamonds in this grade will appear either dark or very dull and cloudy.

For diamond Cut, choose either Excellent or Very Good grades. The hand of the Cutter is what breathes life, fire and a shower of scintillating colors into a diamond. No matter what the other characteristics are, a Poor Cut diamond will appear dull and lifeless. At the end of this article, you will find a link to a single page that compares prices of 48 different quality and carat weights of diamond solitaire pendants.

3. How to choose the right style and length of necklace chain: the chain most commonly sold with a diamond solitaire necklace is an 18-inch.5mm link chain. Most retail jewelers choose to sell it because it lowers their cost. Unfortunately this is a poor choice since it will easily break and 18 inches may be too short depending on the woman who wears it.

In terms of chain width and style, the better choices are a 1 to 1.75mm twisted rope, or a 1 to 1.5mm box link chain. Perhaps the most elegant choice is a 1 to 2mm round snake chain. These chains are well worth the difference in price since they both enhance the look of your necklace, and they will secure the diamond safely on your neck. Don’t accept a standard lightweight link chain because sooner or later it will break and you will lose your diamond.

In length, a solitaire diamond should always be set on a “choker” chain which would be between 18 and 23 inches long. The neckline of a woman will depend on her body shape and size, and the chain should match. Here is a simple rule for determining your chain length: the diamond should rest in or just below the small depression of skin between the collarbones. For many women a common 18-inch chain will place the diamond on their thyroid cartilage, and this is too short. You can use a string or thread to measure this length before you buy your chain.

If you consider the advice above you will acquire the diamond solitaire necklace that suits your style as well as your budget.

Men’s Tie Accessories – Helpful Tips

Today’s tie is a descendent of the European cravat which was a long strip of cloth worn about the neck. A starched, white ruff was then attached to keep the jacket or doublet from becoming marred or stained as well as functioning as a napkin or bib as the need arose. Ties are used now as a fashion statement or as part of a uniform.

We’ve all seen comical situations occur with men and their ties. For instance, when the news camera catches a man walking across the street during a storm and his tie is blowing frantically around his head. Without a doubt, there are also dangers lurking with tie-wearers which need to be taken into consideration, such as when the tie gets caught in machinery. To avoid such circumstances, several smart devices have been invented that enables the tie to be attached to the dress shirt underneath, thereby holding it in place.

The following list gives the names and descriptions of each of these devices:

TIE BAR: Much like the shape and function of a paperclip, this is an elongated strip of metal used to slide across the tie, attaching it to the shirt. Tie bars, also known as tie slides can be found in plain or decorative patterns.

TIE CHAIN: Usually made from gold or silver, and resembling a hanger with a loop to attach to a button with a chain hanging down from either end. The tie is slipped through the loop, hiding the bar and revealing the chain in front.

TIE CLIP: Two or three strips of material joined together by a spring-loaded mechanism which is clipped across the tie and shirt, holding them together. Also known as a tie clasp, they come in a variety of materials, lengths and shapes. Many have decorative engravings, logos or gemstones attached.

TIE STRAP: A relatively new accessory which is slipped through the back of the tie through the label loop then buttoning it above and below. They are usually made of cloth or plastic.

TIE TACK: Also known as a tie pin, this utensil resembles a studded earring with a chain attached to a long, cylindrical piece of metal or weight. The pin is detached from its base and placed through the material of the tie and then reattached to the base. The weight is then slid through a buttonhole, which keeps the tie in place.

It’s a matter of preference which instrument each person uses but one thing to remember with tie pins is that they tend to damage the silk tie cloth when piercing them. When shopping for tie clips, be sure to choose the correct widths and materials to complement your tie collection.

How to Become a Fashion Blogger

Nowadays, more and more girls and women of all ages are going online for their fashion and beauty tips. This is of little surprise really, as online makeup tutorials and fashion guides offer the perfect blend of convenience and relevancy, with the huge choice of fashion and beauty bloggers meaning that any girl can find the right style guru for them.

Due to this new online age of fashion and beauty, more and more people are also deciding to become bloggers themselves and share their beauty and fashion tips and tricks with others. If you are considering doing this yourself, here is a quick guide on how to become a successful fashion blogger.

Firstly, get to know you own style and what you want to share with your audience. You may, for example, love budget high street fashion, and want to share with your audience how to get the best pieces for very little money. You could therefore make your blog or YouTube channel about this.

On the other hand, you may prefer more upmarket products and therefore want to center your tips and advice around finding these. You could, for example, find the best key designer pieces to buy for a reasonable price, helping your fans find the perfect pieces and investment of their money.

The next thing to bear in mind when building your online following is just how you are going to communicate with your audience. Some people are naturally very chatty, and prefer to make videos showing off their fashion hauls or doing makeup tutorials. Other people prefer to write or take photographs, and are therefore better suited to a blog or Instagram.

It is worth bearing in mind that fashion and beauty are very visual fields, and therefore Instagram and YouTube are two of the best social networks to start sharing your content on and building an audience. Indeed, these platforms are where a great deal of famous fashion and beauty bloggers started off.

The next piece of advice is to make sure that you take care to chat with your audience as much as possible and build a strong relationship with them. This is one reason why all kinds of YouTubers are so successful, and that is because they are making a real connection with their audience every time they speak directly to them on a YouTube channel.

Otherwise, be sure to chat with your audience in the comments section of your blog and on other social media platforms. Take the time to listen to their requests and also to answer any questions they may have. This will help you build up a sold relationship with your followers and encourage more people to follow you.

A word of warning, however: it can be easy to spread yourself too thin when trying to become a successful fashion blogger. Due to the fact there are so many social networks out there, it is easy to lose focus on the type of audience you are catering to. Instead, focus on building your audience on just two social platforms before you try to build an audience elsewhere.

Our last piece of advice for those who are wondering how to become a successful fashion and beauty blogger is that it is important not too expect too much to quickly, and remember that persistence is key. Apart from a lucky few, many bloggers take years before they get famous, so you must be consistent in your efforts in order to see results long term.

These are just a few tips on how to become and successful fashion blogger. The first step is to determine what you want to share and who you want to share it with, and then you must put in the effort to build up your audience and be consistent with the quality of your content over the long term.