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5 Tips for Buying Handcrafted Silver Jewelry Online

Le 14 octobre 2015, 10:08 dans Humeurs 0

Summary: Whether you're looking for pieces to add to your collection or are shopping for gifts, there are excellent online sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces.

Genuine handcrafted silver jewelry is as beautiful as it is unique. Whether you're looking for pieces to add to your collection or are shopping for gifts, there are excellent online sources for handmade earrings, pendants, rings, barrettes, and necklaces. For a wonderful buying experience, follow these five tips.

1. Find a reputable source. This may go without saying, but don't confuse commercially manufactured jewelry with handcrafted silver jewelry. The latter is made by artisans that take great pride in their work. It's helpful to look for a company that has been in business for decades, and that has been selling online for at least five years. 

2. Take advantage of customization. When jewelry is handmade, it can be customized in any number of ways, from the lengths of chains to the types of gemstones used in pendants and rings. You don't need to settle for "almost good enough." Instead, you can get the piece you've always dreamed of, in exactly the right size. 

3. Measure carefully. Because customized pieces generally aren't returnable, it's important to make sure that the fashion handcrafted jewelry you order will fit. It only takes a few minutes to get a good measurement, and doing so will ensure that the necklace or ring you order will be exactly what you want. For rings, ask a friend to take a piece of string, put it around the knuckle or largest part of your finger, and mark the string. To determine the size, hold the string against a tape measure and compare your measurement to the website's sizing chart. If you're in between sizes, it's best to go with the larger size. You can also use string to measure for bracelet, necklace, or anklet lengths. 

4. Do your gemstone research. The best online jewelry sites have a wealth of information on gemstones. Before you order, read up on the gemstones you are considering. It's important to know, for example, that aquamarine can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent, but that ultrasonic and steam cleaning may damage the stone. Similarly, you may know that pearls are delicate and can easily absorb liquids, but you might not know that turquoise is also porous and can easily become stained.

If you're going to order statement jewelry with gemstones, it's also crucial to know whether the stones are natural or if their colors have been enhanced. Reputable artisans will freely share this information. Don't be alarmed, however, if the stones have been heated or irradiated to intensify or change their colors. Naturally colored rubies, sapphires, and topaz, for example, are extraordinarily rare; it is an accepted practice within the jewelry industry to enhance gemstone colors. 

5. Invest in the real thing. Silver jewelry is gorgeous, but only if it's real silver. Make sure that the online jewelry store you select uses either sterling silver (.925 or 92.5 percent silver) or fine silver (99.9 percent pure silver). When you invest in handcrafted silver jewelry, you're not only buying a piece you will treasure, but one that is likely to become an heirloom for future generations.


Cloth Diaper Tip: How to earn free cloth diapers online!

Le 18 septembre 2015, 15:39 dans Humeurs 0

It's a pretty commonly asked question across cloth diaper Facebook pages, blogs and forums online. "How can I get free cloth diapers?" or "Is there a way I can earn free cloth diapers?" and "Do you know where I can get free cloth diapers?" free cloth diapers,free diapers

Whether you're just a cloth diapering fanatic and want MORE cloth diapers than you currently have or you're in need and are trying to figure out how to obtain the cheapest and closest thing to free diapers, here are some tips.

Free Cloth Diapers?

First, enter giveaways. Here at Diaper Junction we have a weekly Feed Your Stash Friday Giveaway where we give you a chance to win. We also have Flash Giveaways on our Facebook Page from time to time. Do not underestimate your luck, you can't win anything if you don't enter!

For a great comprehensive list of giveaways you can enter weekly, be sure to follow the blog Change-Diapers and check out her weekly Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup.

Second, keep an eye out for deals. Make sure you're a subscriber of our Newsletter/Mailing List. Sometimes we offer incentives exclusively available to subscribers.

Third, accumulate points each time you shop at Diaper Junction! Every time you order with us you earn points, those points are then redeemable for what we call Stash Cash. Stash Cash can then be redeemed for Store Credit which cloth diapers!

Fourth, blog about it! Have a blog? Did you know we have a Baby Cloth Diaper Blog Squad where we post opportunities for bloggers to create content and earn points as payment? It's a great way to rack up points and earn free cloth diapers!

Lastly, become an Affiliate! Affiliates earn commission each time they refer a sale to Diaper Junction. Whether you recommend something to a friend, share the link on your blog or ask family to shop for you through a link, you can earn CASH or STORE CREDIT, you choose!

Parenting Outside the Relationship

Le 10 septembre 2015, 10:02 dans Humeurs 0

As we continue to discuss parenting while partnering, we would like to give a shout out to parents outside a so-called traditional relationship.

Single parents — WOW — you bring more fire than you even knew you had before you had no choice but to light that spark. You are the textbook definition of “digging deep” — balancing work, life and (OH YEAH) negotiating peaceful parenting relations with your ex.

You are tired and need a break but when you get a break you miss your kids with a throbbing ache unique to your situation. It’s like going from 60 to 0 — sudden stop. You are so consumed with their needs — the snacks, the snuggles, the snow boots — that when they are momentarily out of your care, you feel lost.

Those single-ish parents who have moved on to another relationship might be surprised to find that not a whole lot has changed — you are still, in some ways, a product of love lost and a family unit divided. You take on more parental responsibility than your new partner — naturally — and you still have to communicate with your ex.

But then…you’re good at this, aren’t you? You’ve transitioned from “everyone thinks I’m the worst parent for going through a divorce” to “divorce made me a better parent — stand back while I shine.”

And to the stepparents who fill in the blanks and CHOOSE to love little kids they never knew as babies, who promise to love babies who will never call them “Papa” and who parent really well, if not somewhat from the sidelines — we see you and we thank you for being so darn awesome.

We acknowledge that there are ALL SORTS of relationships. Best friends become “second mothers” to children of busy working moms. Some kids have two homes, some have two dads, some live with grandparents. “Traditional” and “typical” are antiquated words.

Single, married, partnered, step — the message from us during “Relationship Month” is to make time for the supportive relationships in your life. Be it your best friend, your own parent, your partner or your therapist — make time for that part of yourself that connects with other people, beyond the people you parent.

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