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Fall 2016 Color Report

 

White Bear Jewelry Fall 2016 Color Report

 

Fall 2016 color report                         Summer is almost over…bummer right?! School is back in session (for us parents YAY!!) work hours seem to last longer as the days start to grow shorter.  If it weren’t for the gorgeous colors of fall this would all be very depressing.  Each year color experts at the Pantone color Institute scour through all of the fashion and design industries to predict the “it” colors for future seasons.  And…since fall is almost upon us I wanted to share their exciting color predictions for the fall 2016 season.  So grab your coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy White Bear’s Fall 2016 Color Report!

 

    Aurora Red

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Magma Red Coral and Copper bracelet, copper bracelet, copper jewelry, coral jewelry, red coral, red coral jewelry, red coral braceletAurora Red has to be my favorite color for the fall season.  I love seeing bright colors in otherwise drab situations.  Red is also the most beautiful color of fall.  When the leaves turn and all the trees are on fire with color ignites a fire in my creative soul.  Combining aurora red with cooper is stunningly warm.  This color will definitely transition into winter well helping the traditional black and gray blahness of winter with bursts of color. Our magma coral and copper earrings and bracelet embrace aurora red and will add warmth to any fall or winter outfit.

Riverside, Potter’s Clay and Sharkskin

Shell Storm Wrap Bracelet Riverside and potter’s clay make a very earthy combination.  They remind me of earth and sky and spark all kinds of creative thinking.  You can dress these colors up or add them to any casual outfit.  Tangerine Summer Wrap BraceletI have added small sea shells to these colors as well which brought in a bit of the sharkskin gray. Combining all three of these colors makes the riverside and potter’s clay really pop.  The seashells also add to the earthy vibe of our two bracelets.

 

Dusty Cedar and Warm Taupe

Dusty cedar feels a bit like traditional rose or mauve.  Warm taupe is a classic neutral tone.  These colors add elegance and grace to the fall season.  These two are more for the introverted at heart not standing out but still drawing attention through their subtle beauty. Dusty Cedar and Warm taupe are both very feminine.

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Airy Blue and Lush Meadow

Aventurine and blue glass earringsaventurine scrollsThese two colors remind me of earth and sky, an endless field that stretches out to meet the glorious horizon.  They are the tale end of summer.  Fresh colors in an ever graying world.  Blue and green are both calming colors.  They trigger our minds to send peace to our bodies. Not to mention they look fabulous together!

 

 

 

Bodacious and Spicy Mustard

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I have left the bold and the beautiful colors, Bodacious and Spicy Mustard, for last.  These two awesomely rich hues will make your fall wardrobe jump with excitement.  They take me back to the fashion of the 80’s with bright makeup and outlandish designs that rocked the world.  You know the times when even men wore eyeshadow and had big hair!  HA!

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I love this season’s colors.  Whether you are fierce or soft and romantic, fall 2016 meets all of your needs.  Keep your eyes out for new designs arriving soon.

 

Sarah

 

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Why Do We Wear Jewelry?

Why do we wear jewelry

 

Hey Besties!  Have you ever wondered why we wear all this shiny stuff? Why do we love to adorn ourselves with dripping jewels and metals?  Well, it all started about 75,000 years ago when man began to wear clothing, use tools and have their basic daily needs met.  They used any material they could get their hands on.  Early man used animal hides, pebbles, animal teeth, feathers, and plants to make their jewelry.  Three main areas, Egypt, India, and China, began expanding and perfecting metallurgy, glass making, and gem collecting.  India was the first area to devise new methods to use and collect gold making them one of the earliest civilizations to use jewelry in their everyday lives and in their religious beliefs.  This made them a well known place for trade.

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But again Why do we wear jewelry?  This question has many answers.  It is believed by anthropologist and sociologists that early woman used jewelry as a type of mating ritual, a way to attract men,  much like male birds use their feathers and have intricate dances and rituals in order to attract a female.  Ladies, men are attracted to shiny stuff!  *giggles* It grabs their attention helping them to notice you! At least that is what the scientists say.  Jewelry has also been used to show social status and still in some places.  For example in India Hindu woman wear a decoration called a bindi.  This is often a red circle or a jewel.  The bindi shows the woman’s marital status.  Men will also wear a bindi showing off their social status.  Native Americans also used jewelry to delineate social status and religious distinction.  They used jewelry in their rituals and dances.  Many people also use jewelry as a way to identify with a religion or social order.  Christians wear crosses.  Jewish folks wear the star of David.  No matter the reason jewelry since its inception has led people to art and beauty through body decoration.  Today people wear jewelry as a social or emotional expression.  I wear my jewelry because it expresses my inner self.  Being yourself is often difficult and wearing jewelry that you love helps you to be yourself.  Wearing jewelry can also boost your self esteem, helping you to feel more beautiful.

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Keep being Beautifully Free and Beautifully you!  Wear what makes you happy! And always remember that if you don’t see you in our designs we can design something just for you!

-Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

This week has been crazy busy for us here at White Bear Jewelry.  Creating a new line is always stressful, exciting, and ultimately fun.  This week I wanted to share a little bit with you about what goes on behind the scenes here at White Bear Jewelry, a little something about who helps me through my process and what inspires me to create.

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IMG_2605First, this is me!  Sarah Stewart-Skelton, designer and creator here at White Bear Jewelry.  I began making jewelry when I was first diagnosed with NASH (a liver disease that was discovered just a few years ago and is being studied).  I am not allowed to hold regular work because of the symptoms so I needed to find something that I loved and do it.  And I found shiny things and started putting them together! Since then I have reached out and learned so many new techniques.  I have obtained my certificate in jewelry design from The New York Institute of Art and Design in Manhattan, NYC.  So exciting for me YAY!!!  Wire working and simple metal working are my current forte but I am quickly learning more advanced metal working skills. So look out world here I come!  I am inspired by a lot of cultures around the world.  I have always valued my freedom and fantasized about the gypsy lifestyle.  So it was easy for me to design bohemian jewelry.  I am also inspired by Steampunk and enjoy tinkering with watches, watch parts and vintage findings.  I love nature and the glorious things that God has created.  The colors and textures found in nature are amazing.  I use natural objects such as gems and sea shells as much as I can.  I truly enjoy working with silver and copper.  I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting.  Patterns fascinate me.

 

 

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This handsome man next to me is my husband Shawn Skelton.  He is my quality control man.  He inspects every item for jagged edges and wires that stick out.  He is not afraid to look at me and say “Is this wire supposed to be sticking out?” or “This part right here feels rough”. I am so thankful to him and his amazing sense of touch.  He also helps me make some design decisions when I get stuck, like “hey honey does this chain seem to be to big to you?” He is an awesome support system.  He always has my back physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I could never have asked for a better partner in crime.

 

 

 

 

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This lovely young lady is my daughter, Angie.  She is my fashion trend consultant.  This girl has her finger on the pulse of fashion daily.  She wants to be a photographer and cosmetician when she grows up, which isn’t really that far away! UGH….LOL  She is a brilliant young lady with a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do.

 

 

 

 

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This little guy is William,  my youngest son and my apprentice.  Whenever I am working this little guy is right there with me.  When I finish a piece he eagerly runs it over to his dad for the quality control appraisal and then back to me for fixes or polishing.  He is so much fun to watch.  He is a very creative little man and enjoys playing with all of my tools and bits of large gauge wire.  I think he is going to be a musician, artist and jewelry designer when he gets older.  He just loves to create no matter the medium.

 

 

 

 

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This cool dude is my son Nero!  He also loves to play with my tools and wire (not always when he is supposed to LOL).  He is my shipping assistant.  He helps me pack every piece that goes out to its new home.  Nero is an energetic 6 year old who loves to play video games, draw, and play outside.  When he grows up he would like to be “a chef, a fireman, or a policeman”.

 

 

 

IMG_2861   This is a little peek into what my worktable looks like on most creative days.  I surround myself with what I want to work on, materials that gave me ideas and put beautiful pictures in my head.  Most designers sit down and draw out what they want to create.  My creativity works a bit different.  I have to work on my ideas as they strike my brain.  A piece of wire, a bead, or a stone will tell me what I should do with it.  They call out their purposes to me.  I know it sounds a bit mystical but that’s what happens.  I am not the neatest of artists either.  My bench is usually cluttered and I constantly search for a tool that I just had and am now missing.  Teehee.  I find inspiration in common things like leaves and flowers and the wind.  My spirituality is really important to me.  I put a prayer in every piece.  I want my customers to have a feeling of peace and joy when they wear my creations.  I believe that every woman is exceptionally beautiful. God made them with purpose and personality!  Each woman should have a piece that is uniquely them.  A piece that when gazed upon feels like home, like it matches their inside, a soul mate in a jewelry sense.  I strive to make my jewelry like that.  I want you to feel that and to know that you can be Beautifully free and Beautifully you!

 

Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

Welcome to another edition of What to Wear with White Bear.  week twoI continued this week with the bohemian look.  I have a thing for the freedom loving style.  Of course skirts are not the only thing in boho style but the maxi skirt is surely one of my favorite summer time go to items.  Plus its always fun to spin in a field of flowers!  So this week I am bringing you a top, skirt, and boot that have been matched with two of my newest items.  So here we go!

The maxi skirt is by Yoga Trends.  It comes in 5 different color combinations.  I chose the plum colored skirt because purple happens to be one of my favorite colors!  It has a very pretty abstract pattern that features a bright teal color.  I found this skirt on Amazon.com.

Women’s Indian Sequin Crinkle Broomstick Skirt                                                                                                                           $20.00

 

The top is a racerback tank top with lace around the neckline.  It is by MBE and comes in 10 colors. I chose the black top but there are two teal colors that would also be great with the skirt.  It would also be killer with a pair of jeans or shorts.  I found this tank top on amazon.com as well.

MBE Women’s Soft Button Racerback Tank Top                                                                                                                          $8.94

The boots I chose are to die for!  Great high heel that goes with skirts and pants.  I chose the black pair however, there are 7  other colors available.  They have a simple buckle at the ankle bone. They lace up the back, which is a very sexy look.   (shhhh but I so want these boots LOL)

Top Moda Women’s Knee High Round Toe Laced Up Slouched High Heel Boots                                                                                                                                                                        $39.99

 

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The Thistle is the newest piece in the White Bear Boho Heaven line.  It is a lariat necklace which gives it versatility.  The pink and purple beads pop out against the black top and look great paired with the skirt.  Its handmade chain and tassel go great with the bohemian aesthetiFigi Wrap Bracelet, what to wear with white bearc.

 

The Fiji wrap bracelet is also one of the newest editions to the Boho Heaven line.  It has four wraps that will fit any size wrist.  It contains peace jade, dyed coral, dyed mother-of-pear, wooden, jasper and glass beads.  It has a spiral charm that dangles for the second wrap.  The colors in the bracelet pop out against the skirt and top.  The wrap bracelet is a huge trend right now.

 

As always click on the links to see more information on each of the items.  The links for the outfit will take you directly to the amazon listing and the links to the Jewelry will take you directly to the piece on this website.  I hope that we have inspired your creativity and your unique fashion sense again this week.  As always please leave me comments below.  I would love to hear from you!

 

—Sarah

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Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

Serpentine Cabachon by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead by Gabrielle Hampton and Marc Lapidary of Hampton’s Rock Shop

Serpentine: The Serpent Stone

 

Serpentine gets its name from the Greek word “serpens”, which means snake, because of the appearance of the stone resembles snake skin.  It is not just one stone but a group of minerals.  It belongs to the metamorphic rock type and is an important mineral in the rock forming process.  The mineral is made up of a basic silicate of magnesium, iron, aluminum, zinc, nickel, and manganese along with hydroxyl and in some rare cases water.   It comes in various colors including: green, yellow, white, gray, brown, black, purple and sometimes it is multicolored.  The multicolored varieties are most often found to be green, yellow and white.  It’s semitransparent to opaque.  Serpentine’s hardness on the Mohs scale ranges from between 2.5 to 6.  Its luster ranges from greasy to waxy to silky.  It can be found   in Australia, Britain, Russia, Norway, Italy, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Brazil and the USA.  The Aztec culture highly prized the stone and there is a rare form found in Arizona, known as Arizona Lizard Stone.   The stone is also called New Jade in some circles.  The mineral was highly prized by the Aztec civilizations.  It is often used in jewelry and architecture.  In ancient times it was used as an offering to the gods when asking for blessings.

Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Metaphysical Uses

Serpentine is often used when communicating with the Devic Realm or the realm of the elementals. This is because it resonates with earth energy.  The mineral encourages contact with the elementals and may even help to contact the angelic realm for guidance.   This stone is most powerful when stimulating the crown chakra but is extremely useful in unblocking all of the chakras’ and clearing stagnant energy.   It is one of the safest stones to use when activating the kundalini energies.  It helps to raise the Kundalini up the spine.  This process can be dangerous and can also arouse sexual feelings.

Brown Serpentine Cabochon and necklace by Marc Lapidary
Brown Serpentine focal bead and necklace by Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton

 

Physical uses

Serpentine is believed to protect against diseases, snake bites, and the bites of venomous creatures.  It assists in the healing of the heart and lungs and in cellular regeneration.  It is also believed to help ease pain associated with the kidneys, stomach cramps, and tension.

Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewely
Earrings featuring Serpentine by White Bear Jewelry

*White Bear Jewelry is not a qualified medical professional.  If you are experiencing any of the above issues please seek proper medical attention.

 

A special Thank You to Marc Lapidary and Gabrielle Hampton for the use of their beautiful pictures of Serpentine.  You can see more of their work at Hampton’s Rock Shop. Please see below for the shop’s contact information.

Source Links

“Serpentine: A Stone of Earth Energy and Kundalini Activation” by Healing-Crystals-for-You.com

“Serpentine Gemstone Information” by Gemselect.com

“The Serpentine Mineral Group” by Minerals.net

 

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Kerby, OR 97531

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Amethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst: The Royal StoneAmethyst: The Royal Stone

Amethyst is the purple member of the quartz family. Its color can range from a light lilac to a deep royal purple. It can also range from a more brownish purple to a very vivid purple. Amethyst also has color zoning, a phenomenon in this case that makes the color go from dark to light. Amethyst can be found in clusters or in single crystals in nature. It is often cut or tumbled to be used in jewelry.

Fine amethyst stones have been used in religious and royal jewelry since ancient times. The gem as described by Moses has been used as a symbol of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews. Empress Catherine the Great of Russia sent thousands of miners into the Ural Mountains in search of the stone. Amethyst has been worn on the fingers of bishops and is used in the coronation regalia for British royalty. The ancient Greeks associated the stone with Bacchus, the god of wine, because of its wine like color. The gem’s name comes from the Greek word, Amethystos, meaning not intoxicated. The ancient Greeks believed that wearing Amethyst would prevent you from becoming drunk and help you to keep a clear head during festival season, which is in February. The ancients also used the gem as the birthstone for Capricorn, Aquarius and Aries. In modern times the gem is the birthstone of February. It is used to celebrate the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.

Amethyst: The Royal StoneMetaphysical Properties

Amethyst is known as one of the power stones. It has been used for many years to open the psychic and spiritual centers. The stone is associated with the Zodiac sign Pisces. Its planet is Saturn. It is also coupled with the Crown chakra. The stone has been used as a power, protection, and wisdom stone through the centuries. The Egyptians used the gem to protect against guilty and fearful feelings. It has also been used to protect against self-deception and witchcraft. It is also a great stone to use during meditation when worn as a necklace. It also symbolized piety, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. It is also known as the Bishop’s stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops.

Healing Properties

Amethyst is a stone that focuses a healer’s energy when worn by the healer and placed on the heart and lungs of the person to be healed. It is known to help with maladies of the heart and with breathing and lung issues. Crystal clusters help to purify the air and keep the life force of a home positive. Placing crystal clusters, single crystals or several tumbled stones in a window that receives sun for the majority of the day will help to healing the body and to heal negative energy in the home. Placing them in the moonlight helps to increase the feeling of calmness in your home. Rubbing the stone on your forehead will help to cure a headache. The gem also helps to increase positive spiritual feelings, reduce fear and anxiety and curb cravings.

*White Bear jewelry has gathered this information from sources found below.  If you have a medical condition please consult a medical professional.  White Bear Jewelry is not a medical professional.  Alternative healing sources can be consulted after traditional healing sources.  Please see a medical professional if you are experiencing any of the above medical issues.

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Source Links

“Amethyst” by  Gemstone.org

“Amethyst” by GIA

“Amethyst” by Crystal-Cure.com

 

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Tiger’s Eye: The Harmonious Stone

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Tiger’s Eye is from the quartz family.  It is formed when quartz grows over crocidolite.  Crocidolite is a type of asbestos with a bluish-gray color.   It is made of very fine dense fibers.  The crocidolite’s iron dyes the quartz crystal as they overtake the fibers. This is what gives the Tiger’s eye its golden brown or golden red color.  The fibers are parallel to one another and are wavy. This causes the chatoyant effect that is seen in the stone. If the process is not complete the crocidolite may still be seen and retains its blue color.  This is called Blue Tiger’s eye or Hawk’s eye.  It can also combine with hematite or limonite.  This forms streaks and patterns in the stone known as The Tiger’s Eye Matrix.

Tiger’s eye has a hardness between 5.5 and 6 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Its luster is silky.  It is the stone of the 39th anniversary and in ancient times was the birthstone for November.

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Metaphysical Properties of Tiger’s Eye

This gem is associated with the root chakra, thus being known as a grounding stone.  It helps to calm the emotions, fear and anxiety.  It also calms the mind enhancing a person’s ability to concentrate.  For these two reasons, Tiger’s Eye is the perfect stone to hold while meditating.  It aids in self esteem and courage.  The gem also helps your to fight off negative energy for outside influences.  Zodiologically, the stone is aligned with Pisces, Capricorn, and Gemini and is associated with the planet Mercury.  It is believed that when worn or carried close to the body for most of the day the stone is more powerful.

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Physical Healing Properties

Tiger’s eye is known for its ability to balance your system.  It is great for those with high blood pressure, diabetes, and asthma.  It is also great for balancing the emotions and to help calm anxiety and depression. It is also known to help in the healing process of broken bones.

White Bear Jewelry is not giving medical advice.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions please consult a medical practitioner. Please do not stop medical treatment. This is for informational purposes only and can be used in conjunction with proper medical treatment.

 

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Moonstone: The Balancing Stone

 

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Moonstone and Hematite Circlet by White Bear Jewelry

A ghostly sheen moves under the surface of this feldspar, like moonlight glowing in water.” GIA

Moonstone is a truly beautiful stone.  It comes in many colors including colorless, white, gray, blue, and peach.  This semi-precious stone has tiny layers of feldspar. These layers can be as small as a wavelength of light, about .5 microns.  Light bounces around between these layers and causes the stone’s signature glow.  This effect is known as adularescence.  The gem can also display a cat’s eye affect.  Moonstone can also have small tension cracks called centipedes.  Its Mohs hardness is between 6.0 and 6.5.   This jewel is found in Madagascar,  Sri Lanka, India, and Tanzania.  The moonstone is most commonly cut into a cabochon.

MoonstoneMoonstone Associations

Moonstone was sacred to the ancient Romans as a symbol of the goddess, Diana, goddess of the moon. The jewel continues to have this association with its namesake.   It is a sacred stone in India with special importance to lovers and is a traditional wedding gift.

Zodiologically, the gem, is a affiliated with Cancer and Sagittarius.  It is aligned with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. It is also linked with the element wind.  Moonstone is the traditional birthstone for June but was also paired with April, August, and October in ancient times.  This treasure is the gift for the 13th anniversary.

 

Metaphysical Properties moonstone

One of Moonstones biggest metaphysical properties is tied to love.  It is said in folk lore that if you give your beloved a moonstone on the full moon there will always be passion between you.  It is also believed to reunite lovers who have been fighting.  When worn the stone gives protection to travelers on land and sea especially at night.  Using moonstone during quiet contemplation helps in inner growth and strength.   The gem is also great for artists or for those who have to work creatively because it provides inspiration.  It also bring success in business and gives a person good fortune.  This treasure is also used to enhance psychic ability and intuition.

 

 

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Healing Properties

Moonstone stimulated the pineal gland and balances the hormonal system of the body.  It aids in fertility.  The jewel also balances emotions and mental health issues.

This website provides information only.  Stones can not take the place of actual medical treatment.  If you are experiencing health issues please see a qualified medical practitioner.  Stones should only be used in conjunction with medical treatment.

 

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Necklaces: What do you mean princess length?

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Necklaces are a type of jewelry that is worn around the neck.  They are usually made of a flexible material such as chains or beads on silk or leather cord.  Necklaces have been found in archeological digs that have dated back to 4200 B.C.E.  They represent wealth, prestige, political or social position.  Some have special cultural of spiritual meanings.   A necklace can vary in length and reflect a person’s sense of style.  White Bear strives to make jewelry that captures what makes each person special.  You will find a variety of necklaces, in all lengths, colors, gemstones, and types.

Necklaces: What is each length called?

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The length of the necklace can help you to decide what to wear it with.  It can also be important to the comfort of the wearer.  The majority of those made by White Bear Jewelry fall between 16 and 20 inches, making them fit into the choker and princess categories.

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Earrings: All about style

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Earrings

Earrings are one of White Bear’s favorite accessories.  They can be dressed up and casual.  There is a style for every personality.  These adornment have been worn by both men and women since at least 3000 B.C.E.  They are mentioned in the bible and are seen in ancient carvings.  Earrings have been used to show social and political standing, cultural identity, and spiritual affiliation.  They have even been used as currency!  Earrings are the first version of body modification.

Earring Styles

Studs

Studs are the simplest form of earring.  They rest on the earlobe and appear to not be held on by a closure on the back of the ear.  Studs are very stable and rarely fall out of the earlobe when worn.

Hoops

Hoops are the oldest type of earring.  They were once worn by ancient tribesmen. Hoops can be simple or very complicated.  They are round as the name suggests and are made to look like circles that are going through the earlobe.

Tribal

Tribal style earrings can be found all over the world.  Jhumkas, or Indian tribal earrings are very popular.  They are long dangly and chandelier like.  This is a favored style  here at White Bear.  They can easily be paired with a bohemian style or with a fancy gown.

Dangle

Dangles are long earrings usually an inch or longer.  They can be fancy or casual.

Dangle Drop

Dangle drops are a type of dangle earring.  They feature teardrop or briolette shaped bead that elegantly dangles from the earlobe.  They can be dangled from a French hook or a stud earring.

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