Vintage Jewelry Lovers – Protect Your Collection With These Jewelry Organizers

What does it mean when we call something vintage? The common misconception is that vintage items are also antiques. While this is often true, it is not an absolute. Vintage items can come from any era or period, even last year. In fact, the word simply means a period of origin or a date of manufacture. An antique, on the other hand, must be at least fifty years old. In this article, we will discuss vintage jewelry and how to keep it safe.

Like most collectibles, jewelry often appreciates in price, especially if it is vintage jewelry. The most expensive types of collectible jewelry are also antiques that were created in and are representative of different eras. The most important eras for jewelry design were Georgian, Early Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, and Retro.

Any serious collector or professional jeweler could tell you which era a piece of vintage jewelry belonged to on first glance. For example, jewelry from the Georgian Era, the earliest era for vintage jewelry, was handmade, which meant the quality of each piece was inconsistent. The designs were often inspired by nature, with lots of birds and leaves, and jewelers frequently used precious stones to decorate them. Pieces from this era are often over two hundred years old. Needless to say, they are expensive and very rare.

As you might expect, women who own rare collections of vintage jewelry can’t just keep them in a drawer. These pieces are often quite fragile and they can be damaged by dust, debris, or simply by jostling them around. That is why many collectors keep their vintage jewelry in a safe or safety deposit box. But for women who like to show their collections off to friends or perhaps even wear a piece or two on a special occasion, the only practical option is a good jewelry organizer.

There are many different types of organizers, from the classic jewelry box to the more commodious jewelry armoire. The type of organizer that you require depends upon the size and the type of jewelry in your collection. The standard organizer has separate compartments for earrings, rings, broaches, bracelets, and hangers for necklaces so that they don’t get tangled up.

If you are collector who only procures certain types of jewelry, like earrings or necklaces, then you might consider a specialty organizer. Folding earring screens, revolving earring organizers, and tiered earring holders can offer more protection and more space for a specialized collection. Most of these organizers can safely hold and display hundreds of pairs of earrings. For collectors who purchases vintage necklaces, necklace hangers or trees are the easiest way to keep your collection organized and safe.

Of course, most collectors do not own specialized collections. Most vintage jewelry aficionados procure all types of pieces from different eras or periods. They may have a fondness for Early Victorian or Art Nouveau or Art Deco jewelry. But whatever the period, they often need organizers that can store many different types of jewelry from earrings to broaches to necklaces.

The most popular organizer for the home is the upright jewelry valet. Like the standard jewelry box, the valet is designed to sit atop a dresser or on a vanity. It is about twice the size of a standard jewelry box and can accommodate small to medium-size collections. On average, the standard upright jewelry valet has four to six drawers for rings, broaches, pendants, and earrings. It may also have hooks on the inside of the swinging doors for necklaces or bracelets. For safety reasons, we recommend an organizer that has a lock and key.

The next step up from the jewelry valet is the jewelry armoire. These organizers are designed for people with own truly impressive collections that they have amassed over many years. The armoire organizer is available in two versions-the wall-mounted organizer and the free-standing jewelry armoire.

Fashion Advice For the Modern Man – 10 Simple Rules Every Man Must Follow

When you step out of the house, your clothes advertise much about you. Along with your face and hair, you clothing is one of the first things people will notice and they will judge you quickly on first impressions. When you are at work and about town, it is important to present a confident and capable appearance.

One would think that today’s modern man would have good fashion sense already locked away in his brain, but one good look around will tell you differently. Every day, men are committing fashion suicide and this could be costing them at job interviews, meetings with the in-laws, or trying to get that all important phone number from Heather. Don’t be that man. Follow these simple rules:

1. Don’t look like you tried too hard. Unless you have a part time job as a clown entertaining at children’s birthday parties, keep your look simple by not wearing more than three major colors. Also, keep the jewelry count low. There is only one Mr. T and you are not him. A good rule is one ring per hand and one necklace only.

2. Take a friend. When you go shopping for your wardrobe, take a friend. Even better if the friend you take is a woman. You want an honest opinion of what looks good on you from somebody else’s view point.

3. Don’t overlook your shoes. I have heard that women will judge you by your shoes. I’m not sure how true this is…but why take chances. They seem to have a “thing” for shoes, as evidenced by how many pair they usually own. Check for dirt, scuffs, frayed laces, etc. Take the extra time to make sure your shoes are in top shape. Do not leave the house with ratty shoes.

4. Sandals are for the beach. Don’t wear them out of earshot of the surf. Nobody wants to see your ugly feet and toes. If you insist on wearing sandals and think you can pull off a slick look…please, please, please do not wear socks, with them.

5. Don’t spend too much. In other words, don’t buy an article of clothing just for the brand name or the logo. You can find other brands that are just as good for less money. You can further enhance your wardrobe with the money you save.

6. Keep the PJs in the bedroom. Do not ever wear your pajamas out and about. I don’t care if this is the latest fad and everyone else is doing it…you should not. Some women can get away with this…most women can’t. Men can never pull this off.

7. Hats. Seems every guy is wearing ball caps these days. Ball caps are fine…but take them off when your not “playing”. If you are not wearing shorts or jeans, you shouldn’t be sporting a ball cap. Also, remove your hat indoors. This is a rule that never goes out of style. Don’t wear your cap in a restaurant, movie theater, church, etc.

8. Look behind you. Don’t forget to check out your backside in the mirror. You don’t want to wear pants that give you a baggy butt.

9. Underwear should stay under. Nothing looks sloppier than several inches of boxer shorts sticking out of the top of your pants. Keep your pants around your waist…and your underwear in your pants. Wear a belt for crying out loud!

10. Dress for the occasion. You wouldn’t show up for a job interview in shorts and T-shirt, would you? Make sure that you wear the right clothes for the right occasion. When in doubt, it is far better to over dress than under dress. Where a necktie. If that makes you over dressed, you can take it off and stuff it in a coat pocket for a quick dress down.

You may not be a fashion model, but follow these simple fashion rules and you will not fail. You will look sharp and, in turn, you will feel confident…and that, my friend, is the point. Look better, feel better.

Men’s Fashion Advice is all in the Bag – The Man’s Bag

Maybe women were right after all these years. Carrying stuff in a purse is much, much easier than stuffing everything in your pants pockets. I know I don’t have enough room to carry the whole lot of items I use daily such as cell phones and laptops, to keys and wallets. Men have a lot of things to haul around sometimes. That may be one of the reasons why men everywhere are beginning to copy women and carrying around men’s bags for all that “stuff”.

Forget about that antiquated notion that carrying a bag is just for women and a fancy way of saying carrying a purse. What do you think that briefcase of yours is? If briefcases are OK for men to carry around then there should be no reason why other bags with classic elements, like messenger bags, can’t be an accepted accessories for today’s modern man. Here are a few of the most popular, classic bag styles that can be mixed and matched with both business and casual wardrobes.

  • Briefcase – When it comes to acceptable handbags for men, there is no other more famous that the good old briefcase. The briefcases used today are a far-cry from the ones used by our fathers and grandfathers. These new briefcases are no longer boxy shaped and don’t have those sharp corners but use a more rounded edge. They still employ the use of buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments making this bag a staple for the working-man’s wardrobe.
  • Messenger bag – The slick looking messenger bag was designed and modeled after the bags traditionally carried messengers throughout history. They are normally made from a canvas material and worn swung across your shoulder. These bags have become a big part of urban fashion. The men’s messenger bag has a laidback style to go with a classic, casual flair, while the leather messenger tote screams uptown sophistication.
  • Holdall – A real man of travel needs to own a holdall for those exciting weekend getaways or out of state business trips. What was once considered big and bulky has become transformed into a sleek and stylish carryall. The design for these bags was inspired by the duffel bag believe it or not. Now thanks to a largely leather exterior and more refined appearance it took on more of a classic look than a practical one.
  • Tote – The tote is this generations take on the classic briefcase. It closely resembles an artisan’s bag with the maximum in casual business attire. It has a pretty basic design with soft leather exterior giving it that classic look. It employs the use of long handles giving it an edge of contemporary. This kind of man’s bag will add a touch of casual masculinity to any casual work wear.
  • Newsboy bag – The newsboy bag is one of those classic styles that are forever timeless. It is almost synonymous with men’s casual wear. Similar to s messenger bag’s style, its traditional exterior of canvas gives it less formality than a messenger bag. The newsboy bag is great for students and workers on the go, leaving a fashion statement mark on anyone who sees it.