Monthly Archives: May 2010

Extra, Extra…

I am so happy to announce that I will be a style & beauty contributor for the wonderful online magazine Chic Galleria! If you have not discovered it yet, YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT! Chic Galleria is your place for all the information you need on home, beauty and entertainment.

Come with me on this journey! Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter and bookmark the website in your browser! Also, as always, share your thoughts on the articles you read on Chic Galleria. They are meant to get the conversation going!

All the best,
Leslie

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New collection preview: Another SWEET sneak peek

Pink Sugar Bracelet-rose quartz, 14k gold filled & vermeil hardware

I have many favorite pieces in this current collection, but I must say our Pink Sugar bracelet is the clear front runner.  Faceted oval rose quartz is naturally pale in color and looks like the hard tack candy I made as a child.  Super sweet!

What lady would deny how sexy rose quartz looks with gold?!  I have a feeling this will be a very popular item in the collection.

Would you like to see something similar in sterling silver?  Comment here or email Leslie@lunateal.com with your thoughts.

All the best,
Leslie

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Sterling silver or gold: A matter of taste

Snow Quartz Circle Necklace in sterling silver

For some women, it’s a constant struggle to decide between sterling silver or gold accessories.  As with most trends in the fashion world, you can find jewelry designers who choose to work exclusively in one metal; however more and more designers are working in both metals when creating their line.

As a designer myself, I had always worked in sterling silver until this year.  It started with a personal desire to expand my jewelry wardrobe to include some necklace and earring sets in 14K gold-filled.  For those who do not know, gold-filled chain, wire and beads are created by bonding solid gold to a metal alloy.  The gold is drawn slightly into the metal alloy and will not wear off. This process allows the wearer to have all the benefits of pure gold without the costs and with reasonable care gold filled jewelry will last a lifetime.  Many of the pieces in my line are made with 14K gold-filled materials.

City Girl Pearls Necklace in 14K gold-filled

When deciding what pieces to add  to your jewelry wardrobe, don’t be too concerned with if it should be sterling silver or gold.  Look for pieces that accentuate you and your personal style.  I would never say limit your jewelry to only one type of metal, even base metals, unless you have some type of allergy that prevents you from wearing it.  The last thing you want is to have a bunch of jewelry you are unable to wear.

When searching for pieces that accentuate you and your personal style, think of all that you have in your closet…not just the outfit you have on at the time.  Often times when we are out shopping for jewelry, we tend to only try on and purchase pieces that fit with what we are wearing at that time.  So when we get home, we have a ton of jewelry that goes well with the outfit we have on but nothing else.

Lush LunaTeal Amazonite Earrings in sterling silver

Ladies, learn to be your own personal stylist!  Don’t be afraid to try something new.  Many jewelry designers who work in both sterling silver and gold offer some mixed metal pieces in their collections.  It is no longer taboo to mix your gold with your silver.  The best way to start to work you way into this trend is to purchase some gold and silver chains of different types and different lengths.  Wear them at work or while at play.  As you become more comfortable, mix it up to make it work with your taste.  You will get compliments on your personal style and fierce desire to take chances when it comes to your jewelry wardrobe.

All the best,
Leslie

This post is cross published on Examiner.com, the Dallas edition for the Dallas Jewelry Examiner.

My new obsession: Beer Quartz & Lemon Quartz

Beer Quartz single & Lemon Quartz strandsMost times I can be found wondering around one of the local bead boutiques.  I hardly ever go in with a plan or shopping list because they always have something new they want to show me.

Earlier this week, I was in search of something that could add a different element of style to my personal jewelry wardrobe.  While picking up components from Splendor in the Grass for my jewelry design company LunaTeal Jewelry, Kristin showed me something I’d been searching for a long time for.  Gem quality beer quartz!  Beer quartz can have a pale to deep honey color and is sometimes called honey quartz or whiskey quartz.  The beer quartz I was shown were faceted coin rounds with a top drill (see the photo).  These were a great find for $4 per bead!

I also visited The Artful Bead in Carrollton this week.  While browsing their gemstone bead wall, I came across gem quality lemon quartz!   Lemon quartz can have a pale to deep tan lemon color.  The store only had small and medium sized round beads on a strand, and I bought all that they had. (see the photo)  These were a great find for $12 per strand.

Quartz is a quality, affordable gemstone that comes in many different colors.  Gem quality bear quartz and lemon quartz are hard to find and I hit the jackpot this week!  These gemstones pack great colors that can be worn during any season. The colors are classy and can add spice to your jewelry wardrobe.

All the best,
Leslie

This post is cross published on Examiner.com, the Dallas edition for the Dallas Jewelry Examiner.