2013 Comes To A Close

ImageThe Shēngxiào (literally “birth likeness”), also known in English as the Chinese zodiac (in Western Astrology meaning “circle of animals”), is a scheme and systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat. The following are the twelve zodiac signs (each with its associated Earthly Branch) in order and their characteristics. In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself.

If you were born in the Year of the Snake 2013 was significant for you because 2013 was the Year of the Snake. But hold on, because on the 30th  the Snake is coming to an end and Year of the Horse will begin the Chinese New Year. From all of us at Bel Air we hope you had an amazing Snake year! Adorn yourself with something signifying the sleek ringlets of the beautiful snake before it slithers away with our Two Row Squared-shaped Emerald and Diamond Bracelet.

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Pink Is The Color Of Love!

ImageA Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide. Trace amounts of other elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium can give corundum blue, yellow, purple, orange, or a greenish color. Chromium impurities in corundum yield a pink or red tint, like the dazzling French Cut Pink Sapphire Diamond Earrings by Bel Air Jewelry.

Pink (first used as a color name in the late 17th century) is a pale red color, which takes its name from the flower of the same name. According to surveys in Europe and the United States, pink, especially when combined with white or pale blue, is the color most commonly associated with femininity, sensitivity, tenderness, childhood, and the romantic. However, when combined with violet or black, it is associated with eroticism and seduction. Let your inner magnet prowl and adorn yourself with anything pink this winter!

Wearable Art!

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Today we wanted to feature the designer Claire Prebble. She has created costumes for the Navi charactors in Avatar and her work has been sought after for a shoot with Kate Moss and requested for a Vogue Italia shoot. Her work is described as full body jewelry that is woven from sterling silver. Like Bel Air Jewelry, she has an eye for design and fashion. Her creations are fantastical and creative. We wanted to inspire our clients to be creative with the jewelry they select. Diamonds may be forever, but don’t be afraid to try a brilliant blue, or flaming yellow sapphire! Reach for the stars, and you just might hit the moon!

Martin Luthar King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He advanced civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs that attracted national attention following television news coverage of the brutal police responses to protests. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. In order to honor this brilliant, brave man; we at Bel Air Jewelry took a piece of his speech and wanted to share it with you today. We hope you enjoy the holiday this monday and remember the importance of standing up for equality and freedom for all religions, races, sexes and beliefs.

“We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children…” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Wolf of Wall Street

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The Wolf of Wall Street was based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government. Leonardo DiCaprio depicts a suave, brilliant business man devouring life at an insatiable speed. The films itself was a staggering three hours of living the high-life to absolute debauchery. In it’s finer moments, the costumes and cast are beautifully touting the highest quality of, well, everything! We at Bel Air Jewelry were inspired to nudge the men out there to reach for classier attire. Check out our white gold sapphire diamond cufflinks, and don’t be afraid to let your inner class extend outward… just don’t go Belfort on us!

May Your New Year Sparkle!

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May your new year be as glamorous as Great Gatsby! Filled with sophisticated parities and fine jewelry. From all of us at Bel Air, no matter what you decide to do in this year, we hope you do it with everything you have; all of your heart, body and soul! We wish you the utmost success on all of your resolutions and plans!

January Born

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Garnet, the birthstone for January,  signifies eternal friendship and trust.  Garnet, derived from the word granatum, meaning seed, and is called so because of the gemstone’s resemblance to a pomegranate seed.  References to the gemstone dates back to 3100 B.C., when the Egyptians used garnets as inlays in their most prominent jewelry settings.  When thinking of Garnets, most people think of a beautifully rich red color, however the mineral comes in a rainbow of hues, from the deepest of crimsons, to pyrope, and even vibrant green tsavorites. Don’t let this January pass without exploring a world of color with the famous January birthstone by Bel Air Jewelry.

Five More Tips For Staying Warm!

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#1 – Check that all heat registers are adjusted open, especially where plumbing pipes might freeze. Unblock cold air returns in heated rooms (they may be blocked with furniture or rug) so heat can circulate efficiently.

#2 – Put down a rug or carpet. Rugs and carpets help prevent heat loss through the floor. They are generally warmer to the touch than wood or stone, and so offer a warmer surface to walk on.

#3 – Add insulation in the attic and the crawl space. A lot of heat escapes through the attic, as warm air rises and cold air sinks. Make sure that your attic has enough insulation.

#4 – Cook. Bake cookies or a pie. Your oven will help to dry the air and heat the kitchen. The kitchen will be warm while you are cooking, and then you can have a great home cooked meal too! Limit cooking that gives off steam, as this will increase the humidity in the air and make your house damp. Lowering humidity in the winter time helps you to feel warmer. Water vapor (humidity) has a greater heat capacity (ability to absorb heat) than dry air. As a result, humid air feels colder in winter than does dry air and it takes more heat to make damp air feel comfortable.

#5 – Light a candle. A candle/candles can produce a lot of heat, just be mindful of where they are placed and do not leave them unattended. A trip to most any grocery store or discount store can provide you with a number of candles cheap! You can also use a candle heater. It doesn’t create as much heat as a fireplace or real heater, but will create warmth very cheaply.

From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry, keep bundled up out there!