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Personalized Jewelry
Why does personalized jewelry make a great gift idea?

Jewelry has been a popular gift for centuries, adorning people with unique and beautiful accessories that add charm and character to their outfits. From necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings...

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Whether it's gemstones or copper, earrings or necklaces, this guide will help you care and maintain all your handmade jewelry. The guide is broken up into twelve sections including Identifying Gemstones and Caring for Mixed Metal pieces.

Don't make these mistakes with your jewelry
Are you making these mistakes with your jewelry?

How many of these mistakes are you making with your jewelry? After reading this, you'll stop...

Why does personalized jewelry make a great gift idea?

Jewelry has been a popular gift for centuries, adorning people with unique and beautiful accessories that add charm and character to their outfits. From necklaces and bracelets to rings and earrings, jewelry can create a statement and create lasting memories. Personalized jewelry takes things to the next level, offering a source of comfort and courage while serving as a symbol of love and warmth.

Each piece of personalized jewelry tells its own story, capturing both loving, tender moments and difficult obstacles in life. Whether it's a necklace with a child's name or a bracelet with an inspirational message, personalized jewelry is a powerful reminder of the special people and moments in our lives. It's also a way to honor those who have passed on or to celebrate special milestones like graduations and weddings.

In addition to its sentimental value, personalized jewelry is also a great way to express your personal style. With so many options available, from classic and elegant to bold and trendy, there's a piece of personalized jewelry out there for everyone. So whether you're looking for a special gift for someone you love or a way to treat yourself, personalized jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice.

How You Can Personalize Jewelry

  • Hand Stamped Pieces
    Hand stamping is a wonderful way to add a personal touch to any piece of jewelry. Whether it's a ring, bracelet, or hanger for a necklace, you can easily stamp a message or quote that holds a special meaning to you or the intended recipient. The options are endless, from a sentence from your favorite song to a memory that brings joy and happiness. You can even include a meaningful date or a loved one's name for a truly unique and personalized gift.

    Not only does hand stamping add a personal touch to your jewelry, but it also ensures that each piece is one-of-a-kind and made with love and care. Your gift will not only be beautiful but will also hold a special significance that will be cherished for years to come. So if you're looking for a special and meaningful gift, consider hand-stamped jewelry that is sure to be a hit with your loved one.

  • Birthstone Jewelry
    Birthstone jewelry has become a popular way to show someone how much they mean to you. It is a unique and personalized present that reflects the recipient’s month of birth. The beauty of birthstone jewelry lies in the fact that it shows that the giver has taken the time and effort to research the specific gemstone associated with the recipient’s birth month. This thoughtful gesture is sure to make the recipient feel appreciated and valued.

    Each month has a corresponding gemstone that is believed to have special properties and significance. For example, January’s birthstone is garnet, which symbolizes friendship and trust. February’s birthstone is amethyst, which is believed to promote calmness and clarity. March’s birthstone is aquamarine, which represents courage and communication. The list goes on, and each gemstone has a unique and meaningful story behind it.

    When choosing birthstone jewelry as a gift, there are many options to consider. From necklaces to bracelets, earrings to rings, there is a piece of jewelry that can suit every taste and style. Birthstone jewelry can be simple and understated or bold and eye-catching, depending on the recipient’s preferences.

    In conclusion, birthstone jewelry is a thoughtful and personalized gift that is sure to make the recipient feel special. By taking the time to research the gemstone associated with their birth month, the giver shows that they truly care about the recipient and their unique qualities. Whether it's for a birthday, anniversary, or any other occasion, birthstone jewelry is a timeless and meaningful way to express your love and appreciation.

  • Give them a Set of Jewelry
    Jewelry is a timeless gift that can be cherished for many years to come. Whether it's for a special occasion or just to show someone how much you care, the right piece of jewelry can make all the difference.

    When it comes to selecting the perfect set of jewelry, there are a few things to consider. First, think about the recipient's personal style. Do they prefer classic and timeless pieces or something more modern and trendy? This will help you choose the right type of jewelry, such as a delicate necklace or a bold statement ring.

    Next, consider the occasion. Is this a special occasion such as a wedding or anniversary, or is it a casual gift just because? This will help you decide on the level of formality for the jewelry, such as choosing a diamond necklace for a formal occasion or a simple pair of earrings for everyday wear.

    Finally, don't forget to factor in your budget. Jewelry can range from very affordable to extremely expensive, so it's important to set a realistic budget before you start shopping. There are plenty of beautiful options available at all price points, so don't feel like you have to break the bank to give a meaningful gift.

    Overall, a set of jewelry is a thoughtful and heartfelt gift that will be treasured for years to come. With a little bit of thought and consideration, you can select the perfect piece to show someone how much you care.

  • Create a Custom Piece of Jewelry Just for Them!
    When you choose to have a custom piece of jewelry made, you are able to work closely with the jeweler to ensure that every detail is just right. You can choose the type of metal, the gemstones, the design, and even add your own personal touches to the piece. This level of customization ensures that your jewelry will be completely unique and one that they will treasure for years to come.

Whether your purchase hand stamped, birthstone, set, or custom jewelry, your gift will be loved for years to come. Bella Ornamenti offers hand stamped, birthstone and custom jewelry with a lifetime repair/replace guarantee. Just visit our shop (or see our custom order request form under services)

Until Next Time...

Don't make these mistakes with your jewelry!
Are you making these mistakes?

Never taking off your jewelry.
 When you find a piece of jewelry you love, you're tempted to always wear the piece. If you never take your jewelry off it’s likely you wear it when showering, doing the housework, cooking, sleeping, and all those other countless daily tasks. Without realizing you could be exposing the precious metal to harsh chemicals that may cause corrosion, tarnishing, and discoloration over time. Even subjecting your jewelry to a daily shower can take its toll. Remember to remove your jewelry during activities to protect it from accidental damage.

Not storing your jewelry properly
 It’s tempting to take your jewelry off at the end of the day and keep it at the side of the bed ready for the next morning. But jewelry can become easily tangled and exposure to sunlight can slowly cause discoloration. Jewelry should be stored in zip lock bags, with an anti-tarnish strip and most of the air removed. When storing your jewelry, make sure the chain is fastened to prevent tangling and never leave your jewelry in direct sunlight or stored in a damp environment.

Cleaning your jewelry incorrectly
 Searching the internet for DIY jewelry cleaning is a mistake! Simple is always better; we recommend using lukewarm water, a mild soap, and a gentle cleaning cloth. The cleaning methods depend on type of jewelry, metal, stone, etc... When in doubt, ask your jeweler. We provide cleaning instructions with every order.

Putting your jewelry on first
 When getting ready for the day, it's tempting to put your jewelry on first; don't make this mistake! Jewelry can get caught on clothing, discolor from fragrances and make cleaning difficult by getting makeup on the piece. Dress, apply lotions and fragrances and apply makeup BEFORE putting on jewelry.

NOT wearing your jewelry enough
 If you’re worried about damaging your jewelers by wearing it too much or not cleaning it properly, it’s understandable you might only want to wear your jewelry for special occasions. It might come as a surprise that not wearing your jewelry enough can do just as much damage. If stored properly your jewelry should be safe but certain metals, like sterling silver, naturally tarnish over time and wearing it regularly will help prevent the natural tarnishing process. When you wear your jewelry the rubbing motion against your skin and clothing gently polishes the metal helping to maintain its lustrous shine.

Hello 2024!

There were days I thought that 2023 would never end and days when I realized it was almost over! 2023 gave me a new grandbaby, who is too adorable. My mental health went through many ups and downs last year. From dealing with Lichen Planus (not a fun autoimmune disorder) at the beginning of the year to falling into a depression later in the year. I'm lucky enough to have family to talk with when I'm feeling "off" and the amazing support of the online community I've come to think of as friends over the years.

Just as 2023 was coming to an end my funk wore off and my creating mojo came back. I've been creating at least one new item a day and plan to release a new collection on January 12. I'll give you a hint, it's gnome much cuteness!  My goal for 2024 is to release a new collection (some small, some larger) every month. Hopefully my mojo continues!

While I'm not always great at blogging, I will try and do a new post each month.

Until Next Time,