The Long And Flavored History Of Jewelry

Written by Sher Matsen

There is virtually no difference between costume jewelry and antique jewelry. Costume Jewelry dates back torepparttar 1930s. Byrepparttar 148445 definition of antique that would also make it antique jewelry. However, most jewelry experts have come to agree that antique jewelry predatesrepparttar 148446 1930s. Costume Jewelry came into being inrepparttar 148447 1930s as a cheap disposable jewelry meant to be worn with a specific outfit, but not meant to be handed down through generations. It was intended to be fashionable for a short period of time, out date itself, and then be repurchased to fit with a new outfit purchase, or with a new fashion style. It became available in large quantities duringrepparttar 148448 30s.

Cheap jewelry also existed prior torepparttar 148449 1930s. Paste or glass jewelry as far back asrepparttar 148450 1700s. The rich had their fine jewelry duplicated for a variety of reasons, using paste or glass stones. Byrepparttar 148451 mid 1800s withrepparttar 148452 growth ofrepparttar 148453 middle class there were now different levels of jewelry being manufactured using fine, semi-precious and base materials. Fine jewelry of gold, diamonds, fine gems such as emeralds and saphires continued to be made. Jewelry from rolled gold, which is a thin layer of gold attached to a base metal, enteredrepparttar 148454 market forrepparttar 148455 middle class. This jewelry was often set with semi-precious gems such as amethyst, coral or pearls, and was much more affordable. And then there was jewelry that most anyone could afford, consisting of glass stones and base metals made to look like gold. All three types were intended to be passed down to future generations.

There are usually clues that can help one identify what era a piece

The Modern Bridesmaid

Written by Sher Matsen

Itís a whole new day, and there is a whole new look for bridesmaids. Itís a welcome change fromrepparttar past years. At itís not justrepparttar 148444 bridesmaids look that has gotten a facelift,repparttar 148445 brides are sporting a whole new look too.

Traditional wedding gowns and traditional white will always be a choice. Thatís a tradition thatís just not going to disappear. And thatís okay. Butrepparttar 148446 choices now available forrepparttar 148447 modern bride are welcome change, allowing those creative juices to flow, and oneís own personality to stand out.

The history ofrepparttar 148448 bridesmaids attire is quite interesting. In past centuries brides wore elaborate colorful gowns, and bridesmaids wore similar gowns. This was to disguiserepparttar 148449 bride and protect her from being kidnapped by evil spirits. Byrepparttar 148450 Victorian era things had changed producing brides that wanted to stand out inrepparttar 148451 crowd. Thusrepparttar 148452 formal elaborate white wedding gown enteredrepparttar 148453 wedding fashion scene. Howeverrepparttar 148454 bridesmaids attire didnít change, remaining bold and frilly.

Well this century bridesmaids have a lot more to say about what they wear. Not only haverepparttar 148455 traditional dresses taken on a more sophisticated and elegant look. Many brides now let their bridesmaids choose their own dress based onrepparttar 148456 chosen color scheme. All bridesmaids werenít created equal. By allowing them to choose a dress that flatters them, you have happier bridesmaids and better photo ops.

Gowns and dresses worn byrepparttar 148457 modern bridesmaid are often functional enough for other formal events and gatherings. A much smarter alternative torepparttar 148458 expensive gown thatís worn once then buried deep inrepparttar 148459 closet never to be seen again. We all remember wearing one of those ďawfulĒ dresses at some point.

There are also no longer fast and set rules on how many bridesmaids you must have. The size of your wedding often relates to how many attendants, and these daysrepparttar 148460 choice is entirely up to you. Tradition has gone outrepparttar 148461 window, a pleasing thought for many future brides. You can even have more than one maid of honor if you wish. The rules you must play by are your own rules.

The same new rules apply to your flower girl[s] and ring bearer[s] choose more than one, have only one, have one of each. The best age range for this very important little peopleís job is between 5 and 7. Younger children have a harder time staying focused. Now if you donítí mind if they mess up a little bit, then by all means you can choose a younger child. After all they can be a great source of amusement! Older children will also be thrilled to be chosen to manrepparttar 148462 guestbook or help guests. It makes them feel extra special.

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