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Tips & Tricks For Jewelry Organization

Tips & Tricks For Jewelry Organization

                  Organizing jewelry doesn’t have to be painful. All jewelry lovers know what it’s like trying to pick out earrings and realize that somehow you’ve lost one out of every pair. Or when you see that somehow you’ve got about twenty backings but no actual earrings. Let’s not even talk about untangling necklaces- I can feel my blood pressure rising.

We’ve all been there. But they say prevention is the best medicine- so here are some super easy and cute ways to organize your jewelry before they all become lost in the abyss.

  • The Hanger: Just screw some hooks into the bottom of a wooden clothes hanger and you’re done. You can hang earrings, necklaces or bracelets from the hooks. The wooden hangers look rustic hanging from a wall or can be hidden away in closets.
  • The Ribbon: Stud earrings can be pinned to ribbon. This helps ensure they don’t get lost and stay in pairs! The ribbon with the studs can be placed in a jewelry box, drawer, or even tied to hooks on a wall or cabinet.
  • The Corkboard: Earrings can be put on a corkboard like pins. These boards are functional and can also look really cool when you get creative with the way you arrange you earrings, like in terms of color or geometrical shape.
  • Buttons: Just put your earrings through the buttonholes and store in your jewelry box.
  • Chicken Wire: Cut out some chicken wire, staple it to the backside of a picture frame, and hang the earrings from there. You can even paint the frames and space them on the wall – it’s a very aesthetic option.
  • Embroidery Hoop: Earrings can be hung on lace in an embroidery hoop. The hoop can be put on walls for a vintage feel or placed in drawers.
  • Plastic Bags: Online you can find long rectangular plastic necklace bags. The key here is to fasten the clasp of the necklace inside the zip lock part- this will insure the necklace does not tangle. This is also a great way to protect the metal from oxidizing when you are not wearing it. I recommend traveling with your jewelry in these bags, you can roll them up and place in a pouch with no worries of a tangle catastrophe. You can hole punch the bag and hang it on your corkboard or hanger.

Jewelry organizing doesn’t have to be painful and it can be as crafty or as simple as you want! But jewelry itself is a beautiful and valuable thing, and organizing it can really help to ensure its longevity and significance in your life.

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FULL MOON RITUALS

FULL MOON RITUALS

Connecting with the phases moon has been a celebrated ritual for centuries. Taking the time to create a sacred experience creates a ripple effect throughout our universe. While the new moon inspires setting intentions for new beginnings and manifesting our dreams, the full moon is a time for letting go. The fullness of the moon shines light on the abundance in our life at the same time reflects what no longer serves us. Use this powerful time, to create a space where you can celebrate all that is full and let go of any negative energy that may be holding you back.

 

 

 

Here are some rituals that will inspire you to connect with earth’s heavenly moon.

  1. Cleanse your crystals: Gently wash your crystals on the morning of the full moon. Water from the ocean is ideal, or you can make your own salt water. While cleaning, your crystals think about aspects of yourself that you want to let go of, so the new you can shine through. 
  1. Create a sacred space: If you have a garden, place your crystals where they will be exposed to the moon's brightest light. I converted one of my plant stands into a moon stand. During the full moon, I place  my crystals onto the plant stand to bring my specimens in direct line with the moonlight.
  1. Remove your crystals: On the morning after the full moon, allow your crystals to absorb some sun energy for a few hours and then bring them inside.

 

Taking this valuable time to reflect on the fullness of your life and letting go of what no longer serves you will renew your spirit and lift your vibrations.

Everyday is a new beginning and new opportunity to connect to your higher self. Use the specialness of the full moon to bring you into alignment with the cycles of life.

In today's busy and plugged-in world, it is even more important that we take the time to unplug and truly connect to the earth and the moon.

Wearing gemstones everyday is a way to stay connected and in line with earth's treasures and gifts.

May this month's full moon bring you renewed energy and connect you with the higher vibrations that are all around.

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How To Shop For Gold Jewelry

How To Shop For Gold Jewelry

         Buying gold might seem simple, but not all that glitters is gold. Fancy titles can be confusing- just because the word “gold” is used to describe a piece of jewelry, does not mean it is actually gold. A high price can be deceiving and is not a measure of quality and content. And depending on your occasion, sometimes it doesn’t need to be- it’s all about being an informed consumer; knowing what you need and how to find it.

There are many types of gold jewelry: karat-gold, gold-filled, vermeil, and gold-plated.  We will be explaining the difference between, gold-filled, vermeil and gold-plated jewelry.

         Gold-filled, also known as “rolled gold” or “gold overlay” is made up of a layer of solid gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass (alloy composed of copper and zinc). All of the chains used in our Lulu collection are 14k gold-filled. Since it has a layer of solid gold, this layer can be in different fineness of gold: 14k or 18k. When reading 14/20 stamped on a piece of gold-filled it means that the layer of gold is in 14 karat gold and that the fraction of gold on the total weight of the piece is 1/20 aka the mandatory 5%. In order for a metal to be legally considered gold-filled, it must have a gold content of at least 5% of the total weight of the item.

         When price is an issue, gold-filled jewelry is a good alternative to karat-gold jewelry. Since gold-filled is a fused metal and not plated- it can be cared for like karat-gold pieces. In order to keep your gold-filled pieces in good condition, avoid water. While our pieces are delicate and durable, exercising or swimming is not recommended for your vermeil or gold-filled jewelry. The less moisture your gold-filled jewelry is exposed to, the better. With time, oxidation can occur on all metals, use a professional jewelry cloth to polish off the oxidation.

         Vermeil jewelry (pronounced “ver-may”) is composed of a sterling-silver base metal coated in a layer of gold. The thickness of gold plating is measured in microns. The thicker the microns, the longer the gold plating will last. A vermeil piece must have at least 10k gold- plating to be called vermeil, most luxury pieces are 14k and up. All of Lulu Designs’ vermeil jewelry use 18k gold plating.

         Lastly, lets tackle “gold-plated”. Jewelry called gold-plated is any base metal plated in gold. There are no requirements for gold-plated jewelry, so they are often made up of a very small percentage of actual gold. While some base metals are better than others, manufacturers are not required to tell you what the base metal actually it. Sometimes it can be brass or copper or a mixture of many metals, which is why it turns pink or brown over time. Something to watch out for, many gold-plated pieces can contain nickel- a metal that some people are allergic too. If you get a rash after wearing gold-plated jewelry, you are probably allergic to nickel. Unlike vermeil or gold-filled jewelry, “gold-plated” jewelry will not stand the test of time. Lulu Designs does not make any “gold-plated jewelry.” Our goal is to create well-made jewelry using higher quality metals and gemstones.

Deciding what to buy and working with your budget is important. Being informed is step one of that process. The more you know about what you are buying, the better.  If you have any questions regarding the metals used in our collections, please email us: info@luludesignsjewrly.com

 

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Emerald- The Stone Of Divine Love

Emerald- The Stone Of Divine Love

The emerald is nothing more than a gem. A greenish-bluish stone that sleeps within the depths of the earth. A rock; a mineral; the result of thousands of atoms crystalized into a crust, enclosed – hybernating – in the earth’s core. At face value, the emerald is nothing more than elements and compounds come together by the mystery of nature.

            But nature does not make things by coincidence. The universe is intentional, calculated; every inch made with intent. Earth did not form mountains or rivers or waves to merely look beautiful. Mother Nature is not that shallow. Each of her creations has a specific and meditated purpose. And therefore, the emerald could never be just a rock. It has a deeper power within.

            The emerald is the stone of divine love. It is believed to open your heart to invite an abundance of compassion your life. It strengthens connections with those you love and encourages one to reach out and connect. The wearer of the stone will give off profound levels of devotion and care, and will attract the same from others in return. If a relationship is wavering, the emerald acts as a salve to heal resentment and revives sympathy.

            This gem also shares a bond with the heart chakra, which is the chakra that connects the spiritual with physical body; the chakra finds the human empathy underneath feelings of anger and pain. When the heart chakra becomes unbalanced, an emerald can help: this love stone reaches deep within and pulls out compassion and the yearn to connect, which will ultimately overcome any negative tensions.

            But whether or not you believe in the literal powers of the emerald, or even just gems in general, their benefits can still be reaped. By just taking time to meditate on a gem and its ability, you unconsciously direct your energy to live out that power. Every time you look at your emerald, you are reminded to embrace friendship and romance. Just taking a moment to harness the emerald allows you concentrate on the gifts it spreads: love, compassion, understanding, patience. And so, in the end, it does not matter whether a person is truly strengthened by the rock itself or if they are transformed by just directing their focus, the emerald will always leave its mark; for Mother Nature does not make things without purpose.

 

Blog post written by Lila Dubois

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Earth Day is Upon Us

Earth Day is Upon Us

Earth Day is upon us, a welcome reminder of Mother Nature’s majesty, indiscriminate cruelty, and power, as well as the unparalleled beauty that comes when her elements are free to flourish in balance. 

At Lulu Designs, we have long drawn inspiration from the natural world and its many contradictions, as evidenced by our signature Lotus—which takes on many forms within our collections, including both the Bloom and Lotus necklaces, along with our logo—a sacred flower native to India and Vietnam that blooms like a beacon from the depths of murky river waters, its petals somehow immaculate amid the filth. 

As human beings, we are called to a similar pursuit: to overcome obstacles and walk the planet as the highest versions of ourselves. When creating our modern heirlooms, Lulu keeps this endless and cyclical mission in mind. Our Chakra pendant is shaped like a burgeoning (and shimmering) bloom, and calls on the wearer to balance spiritual centers and bring light to the world. Similarly, the Karma necklace inspires thoughtfulness in both word action. What begins as an individual commitment to bettering self soon becomes a spark that ignites the best aspects of the human race, so we are better equipped to handle our planet with care. 

Our commitment to the Earth extends beyond designs inspired by the natural world. Castings are crafted from sustainably sourced materials, forever jewelry dreamed up to showcase metals and minerals without abusing them. 

This year, in celebration of our universal Mother, spend the day volunteering, celebrating, or simply walking barefoot through the woods. And should you need a reminder to keep this commitment all year long, one of Lulu’s organic pieces doubles as a pretty promise to honor the Earth.

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Everyday Earring Play

Everyday Earring Play

A circle is the original symbol of perfection, representative of the eternal cycle of life – no end and no beginning. It has also been the inspiration for many important tools throughout history, most notably the wheel, but also the ball – a necessary item for both recreational and formal games played worldwide throughout history.

With a shape also reminiscent of our perfect planets, endlessly in orbit and mystically predicting our paths, hoop earrings have origins dating back to the Sumerian people of 2500 BC. Throughout history, hoop earrings have carried a variety of meanings and uses for different cultures. In ancient India, they were used as an initiation symbol, and on the open sea, pirates and sailors wore hoop earrings as a talisman of protection, and an indication that a shipwreck had been survived. In Egyptian artwork you can find hoops adorned on their revered cats as an expression of their sacredness, and certain African cultures used hoop earrings as an element to important life rituals, and therefore this favored earring style carried a deep spiritual significance. Whatever your belief about the significance of circles as an artistic or cultural symbol, it is hard to deny the clean elegance and fresh style of hoop earrings.

Hoops are a sweet, clean accent to your sexy cocktail dress when going out on the town, and the perfect pairing for your favorite jeans and hoody, when curled up watching basketball with your beau. The smooth rhythm and excitement of a great basketball game reminds us of the continuous and dynamic quality of Hoop Earrings.

Lulu Designs Jewelry has many beautiful styles to choose from, including round, oval, and cast in your choice of precious metal.

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Aquamarine-The Stone of the Sea

Aquamarine-The Stone of the Sea

 Aquamarine, the birthstone of March can be found all over the world. Aquamarine comes from the beryl family and is one of the most highly prized gemstones. In ancient times, aquamarines; "the stone of the sea", were considered to the most desirable of the beryls. The color of aquamarine may vary from pale blue to a rich and deep blue or greenish-yellow beryl. Aquamarine can be found throughout the world, but are most plentiful in Brazil. Aquamarine can also be found in Namibia, India, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Russia and the United States. Other gemstones included in the beryl family are emerald and morganite. It stands at a 7.5 - 8 on the hardness scale. 

 
 

Healing & Spiritual Properties:

Aquamarine is the stone of courage. It's calming energies reduce stress and quiet the mind. Aquamarine has an affinity with sensitive people. It can invoke tolerance of others and helps to overcome judgment; giving support to those overwhelmed by responsibility. It clarifies perception, sharpens the intellect, and clears confusion. Sharpens intuition and opens clairvoyance. Wonderful for meditation and shields the aura, aligning the chakras. It is highly protective during pregnancy, and helps to guard both mother and baby from harm. 

 

 

Whether it's the lore of the lure of aquamarine that has you spellbound, we have the perfect piece of aquamarine jewelry for you. 

 

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