December Birthstone

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BLUE TOPAZ:DECEMBER

Blue Topaz was long ago considered a stone that had “cooling properties” meaning that if it were thrown into a pot of boiling water it would immediately cool it down. This belief also led to the idea that it was able to cool down hot tempers. Some healing properties that it was thought to have were: the ability to cure insanity, asthma and weak vision. Blue Topaz was also thought to have magical powers that could make its wearer invisible in a threatening situation. It is the hardest of the silicate materials and comes in a variety of colors such as blue, pale green, red, yellow and pink. If you were to go looking for a place to mine Blue Topaz you would want to travel to Brazil, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Pakistan, China or the United States. Who knows, you might have some waiting to be dug up right in your back yard, but that’s highly unlikely. If you were thinking of giving a gift of Blue Topaz to someone it would symbolize love and fidelity.

Celestial Wheel Alex and Ani: Aries

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Aries Celestial Wheel Charm Bangle

Adventurous • Dynamic • Courageous

The first sign of the zodiac, coinciding with the spring equinox, the symbolic rebirth of the year, Aries is a courageous pioneer and a natural leader. Passionate, forthright, and brave, Aries is not afraid to stand up for what is right. The ultimate fire sign, the ram has a great exuberance for life, enjoying everything the world has to offer.

Crafted in our Yellow Gold and Shiny Silver Finishes, each charm is adorned to our signature Expandable Wire Bangle. Expandable from 2” to 3.5” in diameter.

CUSTOM DESIGN

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YES, we do custom jewelry design!

Thinking about creating something unique? How about remaking something old? The Dazzling Duo specializes in custom design! Take a look at our NEW custom design area! Bring your ideas or let us show you ours and create a one of a kind piece that you have always dreamed of. You may use your own stones or start from scratch!  Capture- custom corner

Raising The Bar

barIt has many names – trapeze, column, bar, matchstick, line drop; it has many admirers – Drew Barrymore, Blake Lively, Rihanna, and Jessica Alba – just to name a few; and it’s hotter than liquid gold in the metal room. It’s the bar necklace. And we can’t get enough.

 

bar2Consider it a step up from ID tags. The delicate, yet statement motif can be kept classically plain, engraved for a personal touch, or bejeweled for mega effect. It can be worn with any outfit, for any occasion – going from red-carpet-ready to weekly-grocery- store-trek without much effort.

The bar necklace is in line with a lot of other popular trends like layering, minimalism, and the geometric look. It’s a trending item that can work for a variety of customers and price points.”

– Lauren Garvey, Diamond & Gem Product Manager

Now, let’s talk options – a girl’s gotta have ’em right? And while you may think there isn’t much you can do to spice up a straight line, we’d be happy to prove you wrong.

Traditional
While the classic horizontal, straight bar looks fantastic by itself, you could add a diamond, gemstone, or even engraving to make the look your own.

14kt Rose 1/10 CTW Diamond Bar 17.5" Necklace

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14kt White 3-Stone 17.5" Necklace for Mother

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14kt Yellow 6x34mm Engravable Bar 17.5" Necklace

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Vertical
Rotate that baby 90º clockwise for a chic vertical look. And adding stones, whether they are of the diamond or gem variety, is always a good idea.

14kt White Bar Pendant

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14kt White 1/5 CTW Diamond Vertical Bar Pendant

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14kt White 3 Stone Pendant Mounting for Mother

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Contemporary
For a more modern look, opt for a wave, a curve, multiple layers, or even a little extra metallic flair.

14kt White 1/8 CTW Diamond 18" Necklace

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14kt Rose 1/8 CTW Diamond 16" Necklace86291 14kt Yellow .08 CTW Diamond 17.5" Necklace

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14kt Yellow 1/6 CTW Diamond 17.5" Necklace86290

Got thoughts on this trend? Like it? Leave it? Let us know in the comments below. And visit Stuller.com to see our entire assortment of bar necklace options.

DIY- Clean your jewelry at home!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

jewelry cleanertoothbrush1: JEWELRY CLEANER- You can find this at any local jewelry store! We have it priced at $3.00 per bottle (it will last FOREVER). Ours comes with its own mini brush, but i always suggest a regular tooth brush since it works a little bit better!

2: TOOTHBRUSH- It will scrub away all the lotion, dirt and everything else that sits in your jewelry!

Let your piece soak in the solution as desired.  Ten minutes should do the trick! After it soaks take it out and brush it very gently with the toothbrush. Brush the stones and even the metal for the most shine and sparkle!

After it has been brushed, place it back into the solution to make sure that all of the leftover dirt has been removed! Let it soak for another five minutes to ensure that everything is out of the ring! Remove the ring and wipe it off with a soft cloth! Your ring should be extra sparkly.

DONT’S:

do not use toothpaste!

do not replace this method with getting your jewelry checked and cleaned professionally.

do not soak sterling silver- it will tarnish.

DO:

use this as a secondary cleaning method, with also getting your jewelry checked and cleaned at least twice a year by professionals.

use on gold, platinum and lightly brush silver.