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The Importance of Jewelry in Our Daily Lives

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Jewelry is categorized under two subdivisions, contemporary and traditional, each displaying attractive and eye catching designs. Both classic groups exhibit jewelry constituting of precious gem stones, gold, silver, other metals and natural materials.

The primary objective of wearing jewelry as pieces of ornament is to look beautiful and this trend is not confined to recent times but rather from time immemorial, as jewelry has been associated with women for their personal beautification. The origin dates back to ancient times when beads and shells were used as body ornaments, while bones, wood, elephant tusk and ornamental stones were carved and etched to produce attractive artifacts.

They had widespread usage ranging from functional utility like pinning clothes or were status symbols and adorned the person from head to toe. However, nowadays the increasing demand for jewelry pieces has made craftsmen more creative and stunning items in gold, silver, platinum and gem stones have flooded the market in variety of styles and designs. The major items include necklaces, amulets, bangles, bracelets, earrings, nose ring, anklets to name a few.

Today, the jewelry designs are not merely based on the traditional metals, rather the contemporary jewelry items reveal a gamut of materials ranging from wire, tumbled stone and other lesser known elements. They create affordable and inexpensive items which are popular with masses and are used as accessories to highlight the wearer’s appearance. The manifold functions of jewelry are widely acknowledged. It is still used as a form of currency and exhibits the affluence of the owner. The lesser known usage includes buckles, clasps, brooches or pins, as well as amulets which are mostly worn to ward off evil influences, according to ancient superstition.

From the ancient periods, the trend of amassing wealth through jewelry acquisition still continues today. This is believed to stem from the fact that this pattern of stocking of jewelry is a source of future security against economical blow down or other such unforeseen eventualities. Wedding in the Asian countries still centers around jewelry gifts and exchanges between the two parties which again reinforces the phenomenon of security considerations. In some nations, it is a renowned practice for commercial trading while in other countries, jewelry, especially ornaments of gold, symbolizes group bonding and wearing a ring connotes the marital status of people.

The purity of American or European gold is specified in karats. While the American gold jewelry has at least 10K purity, the European ornaments center around 9K purity. In the Asia, Middle East and Africa, the gold jewelry of highest purity of 22K or 24K is mostly prevalent. Other precious metals such as Platinum alloy range of jewelry are of 90% and 95% purity while silver jewelry is predominantly known to be of sterling silver.

Costume jewelry primarily constitutes of items made of enamel, natural clay, stainless steel, glass and other such similar raw materials. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts, etc., made of bead are also very popular, especially with the younger generation. Necklaces and bracelets made of …

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Auspicious Wedding Feng Shui

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Selecting Wedding Colors for Good Luck

As soon as a bride announces that she’s engaged, friends ask, “What are your colors?” While many women choose colors based on nostalgia or what will look good on their bridesmaids, color choice really should be taken more seriously.

When a bride plans her wedding, she pays close attention to the meaning of each detail… except color. And since everyone has such strong reactions to color, doesn’t it make sense to choose colors that are harmonious and beneficial for the couple so that their special day will be a happy one?

Colors shouldn’t be a clash of elements

When it comes to selecting colors for a wedding, it is important to consider the colors that are being paired. Many times, colors are chosen that are opposing according to feng shui. For instance, blue and yellow are often combined. This is a class between earth and water elements. Pairing opposing colors creates opposition from the start.

Harmonizing colors makes a wedding go smoothly

Think about pairing colors based on their harmony together. A good example of this is the bride a groom. Interestingly, the most harmonious and beneficial pairing of wedding colors comes from the tai chi symbol of yin and yang.

That color pairing is the colors of black and white. Black is yin (female) and white is yang (male). This is why, when a man wears a black tux, his male energy is harmonized with the female color, and when the bride wears white, her female energy is balanced with male energy.

Feng shui is often referred to as a technique for creating harmony. Harmony – in feng shui – means that colors, elements, shapes, and numbers are all supportive and beneficial for one another. It’s often used in homes and offices, but the technique can also be used for weddings.

Pick colors with auspicious meanings and that promote happiness

When it comes to matrimonial happiness, the bride and groom might want to take a cue from the Chinese. To the Chinese, red and gold together create success and harmony. These two colors together are especially auspicious for making families get along well, too. And keeping relations friendly is very something important when two families come together, often for the first time.

Weddings are happy occasions, but they can often (unfortunately) be punctuated by heightened emotions, ill feelings, and sometimes, anger. Diffuse the situation (especially if you know there are some ill feelings in the family) by creating a color palette that is harmonious and will draw positive attention toward the happy couple — rather than amplify any negative feelings. Better still, select color choices that will benefit the bride and groom and put them on the road to marital happiness.

WEDDING COLOR CHOICES CAN CREATE GOOD OR BAD LUCK

Color combinations that create BAD LUCK:

* Greens and metallic colors (white, silver, gray, gold)

* Red and blue

* Black and red

* Green and yellow

* Yellow and blue

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Bridesmaid Dresses to Pair With Red Wedding Gown

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Red wedding gowns have become increasingly popular with brides who choose the color either to honor their cultural heritage or who just want to wear something other than the traditional white bridal gown. A red wedding gown can be absolutely gorgeous, but it can make it tricky to pick out bridesmaid dresses to coordinate. While any color goes with white, the same is not true of red, after all. These are some terrific ideas for bridesmaid dresses to pair with a red wedding gown.

A red wedding gown can actually take on a lot of different styles, from elegant to retro to dramatic, and that is a great place to begin when shopping for bridesmaid dresses to match your gown. Let’s say that you are having a formal evening wedding, and really want your attendants to look sophisticated and elegant. Black satin column dresses would be very striking for the bridesmaids. You can bring in the red wedding theme with custom red crystal bridesmaid jewelry sets and bouquets of deep red roses. If you want to bring a touch of the bridesmaids’ black to your bridal attire, add some black feathers to your bouquet, and maybe even wear them in your hair.

Black and red are a fairly dark color combination, so it will not suit every wedding. Metallic neutrals are a fantastic option for a chic bridesmaid dress color to pair with a red wedding gown. Silver or pewter chiffon dresses would be elegant for a summer evening wedding. In the autumn, a rich tone like bronze silk dupioni would be magnificent with a bride in red. Match the metallic to the undertone of the red of your wedding gown. If you are wearing a cool cherry red, silver would be a good complement. Brides in rich burgundy would look best surrounded by bridesmaids in warm metallic colors like gold. Glittering Swarovski crystals in a coordinating metallic shade would be great for the bridesmaid jewelry sets.

Red can also be retro, especially if the bride has chosen a tea length red wedding gown. It would be really cute to put your bridesmaids in dresses with a similar silhouette to yours in a color like yellow or pink. The yellow and red can be used together to create a retro picnic feeling. The pink bridesmaid dresses with the red are reminiscent of the popular color combination seen in vintage inspired letter press wedding invitations. This could make for a really unique wedding color palette if you choose to carry it into the decorations.

For brides who like the royal associations of a red wedding gown, the perfect bridesmaid dress color is another one with regal undertones: purple. Rich aubergine bridesmaid dresses will look like the epitome of elegance and style next to a bride in a deep red wedding gown. Tie the colors together with bouquets which combine the red and purple. The bride’s bouquet could be mostly purple flowers with a few red blossoms, and the bridesmaids could carry …

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Discover 7 Proven Shopping Cart Enhancements to Increase Your Sales

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For online businesses with their main goal of selling products, shopping cart abandonment can mean the difference between profitability and loss. But since recent surveys suggest that less than 50% of retailers know their shopping cart abandonment rate, let’s review what it is and why it is important to know.

What is “shopping cart abandonment”?

Basically, shopping cart abandonment is when a visitor initiates your checkout process but leaves before completing their purchase.

Why is it important to know?

Industry publications report a 70% average shopping cart abandonment rate for the majority of retailers. Since, on average, websites convert visitors-to-sales at a rate of 1% to 2% then 98% to 99% of the visitors to your website leave without purchasing!

These percentages identify an enormous improvement opportunity for online businesses.

A Traditional Retail Example of Shopping Cart Abandonment.

Let me illustrate shopping cart abandonment using a traditional department store.

Imagine walking into your local department store to pick up a gift for a friend’s wedding.

You find the three items you want but together the price exceeds your budget so you drop one of them and head with just two to the checkout counter.

When you get close to the checkout counter, you grow frustrated with the long lines ahead. After a ten minute wait in line, the cashier asks you to complete a membership form before they will compete your purchase.

The membership form requires your driver’s license information so you pull out your wallet while people behind you start huffing impatiently.

As you register, you mind lingers about whether two items is just too much for your friend’s wedding gift. “I mean they only gave us one item for our wedding” you think. So you ask the cashier to remove one of the items.

While ringing up your one item, the credit card reader fails. After the fourth swap by the cashier, you panic wandering if your card has just been charged four times.

At this point you give up and leave the store empty handed. While storming out you wander if the department store up the street will make your purchase any easier.

Know These Top Reasons for Shopping Cart Abandonment

This example is filled with some of the top reasons why visitors to your website may abandon their shopping carts. A recent study by Vividence Corporation, a Customer Experience Management company, reported the most significant reasons for Internet shopping cart abandonment are:

o High shipping prices or long delivery times

o Comparison shopping and browsing

o Changed Mind

o Total cost of items is too high

o Checkout process is too long

o Checkout requires too much personal information

o Site requires registration before purchase

o Site is unstable or unreliable

o Checkout process is confusing

Seven Shopping Cart Abandonment Solutions for Your Online Business

Although some of these reasons may be outside your control such as a visitor changing their minds, the majority is manageable and can be reduced by incorporating seven improvements into your …

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How to Organize a Special Silver Wedding Anniversary Party

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In planning to give a meaningful gift to a couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, you need to plan and use some of your creative juice. Plan ahead and work out your plan taking into consideration important factors in the lives of the celebrants over the past 25 years. Figure out a lavish budget your pocket can afford and within such figure, list down possible best gifts in your assumed order of priorities based on how the couple will react. Visualize what they will comment for each gift. Will they cherish and remember it for a long time?

The traditional theme of a 25th wedding anniversary is silver and with that in mind, whatever appropriate gifts you will list down must have something silver attached to it literally or symbolically. How creative or imaginative can you get when you think of a present focused on the silver theme? Whether the couple is your parent, relatives or friends, your gift should reflect just how much you show your care and affection. Much more if you are the celebrant and your gift is for your spouse of 25 years.

This silver anniversary is classified as a momentous occasion or a milestone in the life of this wonderful couple. It is a proof of true love, respect and honor to one’s commitment to the marriage vows to go through life’s trials, failures and successes, tribulations or triumphs together.

What touching and loving gift can you come up with? How about organizing a silver anniversary party celebration to be mutually funded by immediate family members, close relatives, friends, members of the wedding entourage, wedding sponsors and special guests. If the celebrants are fond of dancing, book a ball room in a classy hotel. The wedding anniversary cake should have a silver topper and 25 candles adorned with silver ribbons. In as much as Iris is the flower symbol for the silver celebration, a bouquet of iris and red roses painted in silver will be presented to the wife and a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne to the husband.

During the scripted program, a video presentation highlighting videos, photos of the couple when they were children, teenagers, adults, as married couple, children, grandchildren, friends, homes, trips, including some greetings from friends and family members. Pre-planned gifts to be presented to the couple can be concert tickets enclosed in a silver envelope, engraved silver platter loaded with fruits, cheeses, Belgian chocolates and nutritional supplements. Some guests may choose to give a silver framed family portrait, a CD with popular songs from the 25 years of marriage, a quilt with family photos, a poem written in silver ink and framed in silver.

Others who wish to honor the couple can present a silver painted wish tree attached with gift certificates to an Italian or Thai restaurant, traveler’s checks, weekend get away, spa and massage therapy certificates, gym or dance exercise membership’s certificates. Special gifts from family members can be personalized silverwares, silver jewelry rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, …

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The Real Meaning of a Bespoke, Couture, Designer Made Wedding Dress

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There are many terms bandied about in the wedding industry designed to both ease the pain and add to the excitement as we part with our cash. ‘Bespoke’, ‘Couture made’ and ‘Designer dress’ are three of the most common.

Most of us probably have a fairly good idea as to what they mean, but taking a look at what they do not mean will help us to arrive at a more accurate definition.

There are not many bridal shops that do not use the term ‘designer’ somewhere in the description of the dress they are presenting to us. All things we use in this life have a designer. Even a paper coffee cup had to be designed by someone. Try convincing the average buyer that the paper cup is a ‘designer’ cup worth ten times more than an ordinary paper cup and you might have some problems.

Yet effectively that is exactly what is happening in the case of many of the ‘designer’ labels we see in our high streets as well as the designer wedding dresses we first spoke about. Mass-produced dresses made (and often designed) in the Far East are being presented to us in this way. I don’t know about you, but this to me, seems to weaken the whole ‘designer dress’ ethos. Why pay more if it’s nothing but a mass-produced clone?

So what makes for a true ‘designer dress’?

Firstly, there has to be an exclusive element to the design. Admittedly high prices are in themselves a way of making a dress more exclusive, but there has to be more to it than that.

What about the dresses that grace the Hollywood red carpets and the latest catwalk shows? What makes them a designer dress?

The answer to that is individuality. Most of these dresses have been drawn by a designer and then made by a small, elite team of seamstresses, who are working the movie star or model’s actual measurements.

This is often a ‘bespoke’ dress in the true meaning of the word i.e. a ‘one off’ garment made for the individual.

The word ‘couture’ has in recent years come to mean a garment that is made to an accepted high standard by a skilled designer and sewing team. Originally the term could only be used in certain regions of France. Even today the term ‘Haute Couture’ can only be used when referring to ten current fashion houses based in Paris and three other correspondent fashion houses.

Is it possible to buy true bespoke, couture made designer wedding dresses in the UK? Yes of course, but you have to look for them. Many designers have to a certain extent ‘sold out’ to the enormous wedding dress factories based in China, and who can blame them?

In the wedding trade it is quite usual for a wedding dress ‘designer’ to walk in to a Chinese design room, choose from a range of fabrics, bodice patterns, embroidery styles, sizes required and then effectively leave them to …

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Alternative Children’s Roles in Weddings – All About the "Awww" Factor

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Traditionally, weddings usually consist of one flower girl and one ring bearer. These children are most often from the bride’s side of the family and are children between about three to ten years of age.

But what if you have a large family and lots of friends with young children? What if you wish to include your fiancée’s side of the family as well? Or perhaps you don’t want to cut out including your friends and family that are more in their “tweens”, simply because they’re older than the traditional flower girl and ring bearer age.

Everything about wedding traditions is changing, and the roles of the wedding party are no exception. This opens up new opportunity to include everyone, decreasing the chances of hurt feelings in the family.

Alternative roles for your tiny tots are abundant. You just need to be creative! Think outside the basket or pillow and go for some of these fun and equally adorable ideas. This way, everyone has something to contribute.

Give small bouquets or individual flowers to one or two of the girls to be carried down the aisle and given to the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom.

Make older children junior bridesmaids or groomsmen instead of flower girls and ring bearers.

Ask a couple of girls to carry your train behind you instead of flowers in front of you.

Girls can carry baskets of flowers to be handed out to guests as they come up the aisle. This is usually best done with older girls who won’t be as easily distracted or as likely to “chicken out”.

Ask children to pass out programs, bird seeds, scroll, bubbles, or other hand-outs either before or after the ceremony.

Don’t forget the pets! You can certainly include the family dog as a ring bearer or “best dog.” Just make sure if you’re actually going to tie rings to him/her that someone is responsible for handling the dog so there are no runaway rings! Also, it’s best to be sure the dog is friendly and can handle being in a large crowd.

If you can’t help but include teeny tiny little tots that won’t be able to stand up or walk long enough to make it down the aisle themselves, why not ask older children to pull them down the aisle in a decorated wagon? This is sure to get plenty of “awwww… “

One hot new trend is for children to carry a sign as they walk down the aisle ahead of you. “Here Comes the Bride” is a popular one. After the ceremony, they can follow you with “Just Married”!

If you do wish to incorporate more than one ring bearer but still like the traditional ring on a pillow idea, why not have one little guy carry the bride’s rings and another little guy carry the groom’s ring?

Another popular new trend, usually best for outdoor weddings, is for little ones to blow bubbles to announce the entrance …

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Tips for Female Emcees of Wedding Ceremonies

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A wedding ceremony is something very special for the couple. This is the celebration of the couple’s unity. This is why it is important to hire the best master of ceremony for that special day. Most of the time, the master of ceremony is a male. But there are now lots of female emcees particularly for wedding ceremonies these days. If you think that you can be a great wedding emcee, then you should follow these tips especially if you are a female emcee.

As female emcees, it is normal for you to focus your attention to the bride since you are both females. However, you should never forget about the groom. You should focus your attention to the couple and the celebration. As the emcee, you should know the details of the event. You should be able to lead the event and make it as organized as possible. You should also be informed of the program of the event so that you would know how to introduce each and every part of the event as well as the participants of the segment.

Also, you should be well prepared for the event. You can make your own plot of the event according to its proper flow. With this, you would know what to say on each and every part of the celebration. Make sure that you write down your script or lines. It is best if you can memorize the whole program but if not, it is also wise to bring along your script so that you will not forget any of your lines.

Before going to the event, make sure that you say your lines all over again. This will serve as your final practice. By doing this, you would know if there are some things that you need to change in your speech. This will also help you memorize the lines that you will be saying. Keep in mind, practice makes perfect.

You may keep the communication line open with the couple or with the events manager. This will give you an idea on what lines you have to give out during the event. You will also know what things the couple would like you to say or mention in their special day. With this, you will also know the program or flow of the event.

Dress up and make yourself look beautiful as well. It is better to dress up in a simple yet presentable manner. You do not have to over dress because you are not the center of the event. Make sure that the attention of the audience will be on the couple and not on you. Make this the night of your clients. This is their most special day and you should make it memorable for them. Being female emcees entail a big responsibility in managing the event that you are to host. So, make sure that you perform it right.

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Wedding Planning Committee of Friends – Their Roles and Selections

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A Social event contriver can support you in taking charge of the events but you may still demand your friends around at some point in this time. You sure need a committee of friends for your wedding here. This can be made up of your very close acquaintances that would support you to have a remarkable wedding.

To start a committee of friends for your wedding, name your closest friends in a list. Communicate to each of your friends that you are counting on them to make your wedding day worth remembering. As a member of a social organization, you may not find it hard to get other members to become members of your committee of friends.

Before you conclude on engaging a committee of friends for your marriage ceremony, you need to determine what purpose they will play in the wedding. The wedding concept you have will influence the duties of your friends.

You may decide to set up your wedding planning committee of friends to assist you in the following areas: Assist you with finance, decorate the wedding for you, provide supplies needed, joining the bridal group in uniform and engaging in other necessary activity. It is important to note that your committee of friends is a potential wedding and event planner for you.

However, you do not have to rely on a committee of friends completely because they may disappoint you. What I have in mind is that there are some times when our human efforts cannot take care of certain undesirable events in our lives. Apologies could be made by your friends in the course of the wedding preparations.

Hence, you must have an alternative plan for successful wedding.

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Identify The Various Levels Of Expertise You Should Expect From Your Wedding Photographer

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While planning your wedding, it is significant that you take guidelines to ensure you are using the best services and even people to guide your special day toward going off without any hitches. Having every aspect of your wedding ceremony and reception managed by specialists, can help bring a bride and groom great peace of mind as they look towards the future of their relationship. When it comes to wedding photography, it is vital that you make use of the services of an expert in order to capture your wedding memories and even terminate the risks those are related with amateur mistakes. While seeking the best service to make use of on your wedding day, identify the various levels of expertise which you must demand from a wedding photographer.

Wedding Expertise

The first level of expertise each and every couple should take a look for when selecting the best wedding photography service to meet their needs, is found with wedding expertise. Several photographers specialize in various fields of photography, from wedding to portrait to corporate and event photography. Utilizing a person, who is not a specialist in the patterns and recognition of wedding day plans, could prove to be catastrophic when missing out on very important wedding day memories. Utilizing a person who is an expert in the photographing of weddings is vital to avoid mistakes and obtain peace of mind.

Photography Expertise

The second level of expertise that a couple must look for is expertise in the field of photography. While every photographer starts at some point, it is important to utilize a person who is not using your wedding as their possibility to break into the field of wedding photography. Take advantage of individuals who’re highly familiar with the habits of photography as well as would not make amateurish mistakes while it comes to capturing the memories of your wedding day. Photography expertise is a must when we talk about the utilization of this service in your wedding.

Educational Expertise

The final phase of expertise which an individual should pursue while trying to identify the best wedding photography services to assist their wedding preparation, is found with educational expertise. The field of photography is often flooded with amateurs who just pick up a camera and announce themselves as a photographer. Making use of an individual who is not only educated but accredited by a recognized photography resource, can provide you with the surety that you are utilizing a professional, rather than any random person.

When you could discover a wedding photography service that will offer all three levels of wedding, photography, and educational expertise, you would be accessing your greatest resource to improving wedding day success.

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