Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

3 Things To Remember When You Shop For Trendy Jewelry

by Tammy May

Once you step foot in that exciting jewelry boutique, it can be easy to get carried away with bright colors, new materials, and fascinating designs. Unfortunately, if you start tossing things into your basket without a lot of thought beforehand, you might regret your decisions later. Here are three things to remember when you shop for trendy fashion jewelry, so that you don't have buyer's remorse down the road:

1: Avoid Extremes

It might seem like a good idea to buy those bright neon hoop earrings now, but will you be able to wear them in a few months? If that 80s trend fades away, you might be left looking a little dated or cluttering your jewelry box with some giant hoops. To avoid these types of problems, try to avoid extremes when it comes to trendy jewelry.

Instead, look for items that combine hints of trends with classic designs. For example, instead of buying that necklace with the giant bejeweled clock pendant, think about finding a smaller timepiece with a few little crystals. By playing down big ideas, you might be able to meld the piece with your existing wardrobe and avoid attracting undue attention.   

2: Think of Your Existing Wardrobe

Before you start shopping, take the time to analyze the rest of your clothing and accessories. What do you need? How could you make that boring black dress pop? If you really want to make an impact on your look, search for pieces that serve a purpose. For example, you might decide to invest in a nice gold watch to pair with your cute new blazer, or to grab the perfect pair of solitaire diamond earrings to wear with that sundress.

As you get ready each day, try to keep a list of accessories that you wish you had. For example, do you need a sparkly belt with that boring brown dress, or would a nice necklace improve that boring boat necked sweater? By going into your shopping trip with a purpose, you can emerge with things that you need and that you will really use.  

3: Check the Quality of the Construction

Last but not least, don't forget to check the quality of the construction. Look at the clasp mechanisms to check for broken springs, and pay attention to the finish on metals. If you notice wear patterns or clasp issues in the store, those issues will only get worse as you wear the item day after day.

By exercising a little self control in the jewelry store, you might be able to enjoy your pieces for years to come.


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Metal Sensitivity: Advice From a Jewelry Lover

Ever since I was a child, I've loved the look of fashion earrings. However, I soon discovered that my ears are sensitive to metal-coated earrings. Rather than spend a small fortune for custom made jewelry, I've found retailers that sell hypoallergenic earrings. These earrings are made for individuals such as myself with sensitivity to metals. Check your high-end department stores or local jeweler. You'll find hypoallergenic earrings in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. The main thing is to never choose jewelry containing nickle, as this is commonly the culprit. A good alternative to metals listed above is titanium jewelry, as this is considered to be hypoallergenic. Also, avoid using harsh detergents or chemicals to clean your earrings and jewelry, as this may cause further irritation. Mild dish soap may work well, but be sure to rinse your jewelry thoroughly.