Tips to Consider When Picking Pearl Jewelry

They say, it is a female’s first necklace! Exactly, am referring to a strand of pearls. Coming in huge colors and sizes, pearls complete your look – from being peppy to classic, flirty to exotic; they give you the apt look. I will take you through the variety of styles of pearl jewelry, their price decisive factors and a few more handy tips. This is actually what I learned after traveling recently to a jeweler in St George, and he taught me a lot about picking the right pearls.

Sheila Pearl BraceletPhoto Credit: Elaine Thornton

Necklace Types

Although the pearl jewelry pieces have ear tops and bracelets too, nothing is more sought-after than the necklace or strands. You have a great variety here:

·      Collar – it is 12 to 14 inches long and was in demand during Victorian period. It is worn like collar, on the neck.

·      Opera – it is an exceptionally long style of necklace especially for formal wear. However, you can convert it and give a more casual look by tying a knot.

·      Choker – it is similar to that of collar, just somewhat longer up to 16 inches.

·      Bib – it is a multi stranded neckpiece of varying lengths

·      Rope – as the name suggests, it is the longest pearl strand with more than 36 inches length. You can double or put a knot and mark your style quotient.

·      Matinee – it is 20 to 24 inches in length and goes along with formal or semi-formal attires perfectly.

·      Princess – it is typically 17 to 19 inches in length and can be paired with any type of dress. It is a classic versatile strand.

This equips you with the preliminary idea about the pearl necklaces available to match your style and occasion. Besides, youngsters can start with smaller pearl sizes (say 6 to 7 mm) strands and as they mature, allow the size of pearls to grow as well.

What about the cost

There are several factors to bear in mind while verifying the cost of your pearl jewelry, be it cultured or natural. Natural ones are always more expensive than the former. Here are the 4 S’s:

1. Shape: Rounder the pearl to perfection, greater is the cost. If they are oval or not exactly round, they will be quoted less.

2. Size: As it is said, size matters and with respect to pearls it does very much. We know that it takes considerable time for the creation of pearls. And bigger the size, more time they consume and so is the cost.

3. Surface: Another important aspect is a clean surface as this in turn affects the luster. Buyers generally prefer mirror-like luster and hence cleaner the surface, better is the luster.

4. Smoothness: Take the tooth-test to check if the pearl is a real one or imitation. It’s simple. Rub the pearl gently on the front side of a tooth. If it feels gritty then bingo! You have the real pearl in your hand else it is counterfeit.

Knowing these 4 S’s would indeed increase your probability of going for the fairest deal. Besides, you also need to ensure a few more things, which are:

·      Photos can be deceptive. Don’t go by the shine. The piece may appear different without those picture perfect effects. If you cannot visit the store yourself, ensure that your deal is backed with a good return policy.

·      You should know your vendor well. And your vendor should know the pearl jewelry even better. Most of the sellers sit with half knowledge about their products.

·      Explore before picking your perfect pearl jewelry.

There you have it, that’s how you pick the perfect pearl. And if you’re going to be doing any traveling to find the right pearl, make certain you follow these tips and you’ll find success.

Need to Know When Traveling With an Infant

Air traveling can be stressful enough when you have to bring children or even one child, it could be a real challenge if you need to take an infant with you. There is limited space inside the plane and the air pressure will surely hurt the baby’s ears. Prior to boarding, the infant will have to deal with the crowd and the endless announcements from the loud speakers. These things are not normal for babies and may irritate them to no end. We had to deal with these issues with our baby when we did a photo tour of hwy 12 Utah photos.

Leaving Bryce, along Hwy 12

Photo Credit: -ted

If you think flying with children requires planning, flying with an infant requires double of that planning. Though airlines are said to be baby-friendly these days, there could still be some difficulties and instances that may turn a flight into a frustrating or even a disastrous one.

The first thing you should do if you have to take you infant on a flight is to prepare yourself. If you are not ready, do not expect the child or everybody else to be. You are the one responsible for the baby’s welfare therefore you are the one to be extra ready for the worse.

Planning Stage
This starts with preparation of the required documents, flight booking, airfare payments, listing down what you need to bring, and stuffs you do before you go to the airport. At this stage, you also need to decide if you want to put the baby on your lap for the rest of the flight or you can buy a ticket and bring a car seat. There are strollers that can be convertible into car seat and you may already have them at home.

At the Airport
You have to be prepared on how you can easily navigate checking in, make sure the documents are easily accessible to you. Then you have to go through the security screening and the gate area. These can be very difficult for both you and the child, but if you come prepared the hassles will just pass through.

During the Flight
At the pre-boarding stage the child may start to whine, it is therefore ideal if you can put the baby to sleep. This may be hard especially since there will be a lot of people and napping may not be possible for the baby. Always have something for the baby to play with. And do not forget to keep the bottle formula handy at all times. Most times, the first few minutes on board are the hardest, usually though a child behaves as soon as he/she realized that everything will be fine after all. If the baby cried, do not be too upset, everyone on board will understand that even if some people will not probably like it. Just try to cajole the baby into good mood, you must know what makes your baby happy and quiet, so do your best trick here.

All in all, flying with an infant will never be an easy thing. There will be hassles no matter how well-behaved an infant is. The best thing to keep in mind is that the whole flying thing is not going to take a lifetime, in a few hours, everything will be back to normal.

How to Score the Best Seat on the Plane

Anyone who’s ended up in the dreaded middle seat on the plane knows that not all seats are created equal, but with a bit of luck and these simple tips you can score the best seat on the plane.

What makes a good seat? If you want to exit the plane quickly upon arrival, you’ll want to sit in the front of the plane; if you want to sleep during the flight you want a window seat so you can rest your head and if you want more leg room, many people think the exit row is the best. Others prefer bulkhead seats; they rode directly behind the wall that separates different sections of the plane. The middle seat is of course the most undesirable as so with the seats near the back of the plane near the bathrooms.

Here are a few things you can do to get the seat you want, first do your homework; most airlines have their sitting maps available online. You can check these maps against websites like Seek Guru and Seek Experts which provide useful information about seat dimensions, amenities and leg room.

Buy your tickets early so you can choose from the widest selection of seats possible. Many airlines allow you to select your seat when you book. If your first choice isn’t available go ahead and select another seat just so you can be sure that you have one, usually it can be change later.

Join a frequent flyer program, status is key to improving your ability to choose a seat. In fact preferred seats are often reserved for frequent flyers. So when you buy your plane ticket use your frequent flyer number, buy a better seat. Some airlines including Jet Blue and United Airlines allows flyers to pay an additional fee which can be as low as $10 to each way for an economy class seat with extra leg room; ask for an upgrade.

If you can’t get the seat you want you don’t give up, talk to the ticket or the gate agent in charge of your flight to see if you can get seat changed. Many airlines block available seats until the last minute. Having a good seat can make the difference between comfortable flight and a miserable one. With a little effort you can avoid the dreaded middle seat.