Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks, which has encouraged and … Continue reading

Extend Your Pleasure

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Valentines day doesn’t have to be just one day a year! All of us at Belair Jewelry encourage you to share the gift of love and affection all year long. This can encompass simple gestures or overt displays like a beautiful white gold heart shaped diamond ring! Remember, whatever the season or holiday, it’s always good to share your heart’s passion with the ones you love. Don’t let winter melt into spring without relinquishing that hardened demeanor and softening to those that make this life worth while!

Horse Power

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From all of us at Bel Air Jewelry we wanted to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! Yesterday officially ended the fire snake, and year of the wood horse has begun. So what’s in store for us this year? We’ve reviewed some popular websites and compiled the best predictions here, enjoy!

Shake rattle and roll:

It will be a fast year full of combustion according to some astrologers, who see wood as providing fuel for the energetic horse sign. The later part of the year is “yin fire”, increasing the potential for heated entanglements. Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a ‘yang wood’ year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.”

Money, money, money:

If you have a business involving wood or fire you will do well, according to Canadian Feng Shui expert Paul Ng. This includes lumber companies, agriculture and media companies. Property companies won’t do as well and as the horse is a galloper, the potential is for the prices to gallop downwards over the first six months. However, supported by the fire element in the latter half of the year they may gallop back up, according to Lynn Yap, Singapore’s Feng Shui Queen.

The mirror is looking back:

When horse meets horse, the natural Ying-Yang opposition is no longer balanced and thus over the next year horses are due some tense situations and pressure in their personal life. However Foon Chik, of the Feng Shui Society says it is not that simple and meeting your own sign can be a time for self-reflection.

Not a horse:

Well, what animal you are depends on what year you were born in and how the characteristics of this creature interact with the horse. Foon Chik, of the Feng Shui society has compiled her predictions, reproduced here with her permission. You can read them in full here.

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.

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!

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!

5 Tips For Staying Warm This Winter!

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#1 – Close all of your windows properly. This includes making sure storm windows are installed and closed in place if you have them. Windows should be latched. Open them during the day if the outside temperature is higher than the inside temperature.

#2 – Use cheap clear shower curtains over the windows that receive sun light. This will keep the cold air out, and the warmth from the sun will heat your house without cold air coming in. You could also cover your windows with clear plastic sheets and make it airtight.

#3 – Seal your doors. Check around the door frame and also under the door. You may want to buy weather stripping or a door sweep. Again, at minimum, make a draft dodger or stuff a towel at the bottom of the door.

#4 – Let as much sun hit your house as possible. Check for obstructions (e.g. plants, sheds) that might keep the sun’s rays from reaching your house. Remove items leaning against walls on the sunny side of your house. (Ideally, put them back again at night for additional insulation).

#5 – Close off any unused rooms. The closed door makes that room another barrier between you and the frigid outdoors. It also stops air from circulating as much, which reduces heat loss. Home improvement stores sell magnetic register covers to ‘shut off’ forced air furnace registers in unused rooms. That way when the heater does click on, only the registers in the rooms you use will pump out heat. This makes for more efficient use of the heater.

And when all else fails, Bel Air Jewelry recommends snuggling up with someone you love!