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Collect Antique Men’s Watches

Since its the only piece of jewelry a man ought to wear (except a wedding ring), a first class watch commands power and gives your wardrobe a classy spin. But if you’re glancing at your Rolex as we speak, wondering where I’m going with this, then you’re ready to move on to my next piece of advice.

You already know so as to there’s nothing like a white-faced men’s watch with a black leather or stainless steel band. If a classic timepiece hasn’t yet made its way into your fashion arsenal, then that should be next on your to-do list.

A fashionable watch is a great way to add some style to your weekend or evening look. Whether you’re looking for a trivial image change or simply want to give your classic watch a rest on weekends, today’s fashionable watches might just provide you with the time of your life. Let me share some different types and styles that you can watch out fr vintage men’s watches.

On every occasion you’re up for a dose of diversity in your image, you can count on leather to give you a kick in the hide. Leather seems to be a mainstay of the fashion world, appearing in the form of jackets and pants, and even making a cameo as a detail on your sweater and of course, as a watchstrap. In fact, one of the hottest looks out there today for guys is a wide leather wristband, and that style has seeped into the watch market – this is the kinds of watch that you should look for, Vintage men’s watches.

While this timepiece is simple, it reeks of style thanks to its white, minimalist face and steel bar detail. The hands are almost reminiscent of cigarettes, but one thing is clear: wearing this watch with a pair of jeans for a casual night out will make all your insecurities go up in smoke.

The second option combines a leather watchstrap with a leather wristband. In stark contrast to the first watch, this timepiece’s effect comes from the busy face, more prominent numbers, and double watchstrap. This timepiece is a great way to complete an evening look for a night at the hottest club in town. Both watches are sure to catch the eye of female passersby, who will want to ask you for the time as an icebreaker.

If you want to play hard to get, you can obscure the time with a popular watch that seems to know its place as a piece of jewelry. One of today’s popular watches features a face covered by a steel flap, adding an element of originality to your timepiece.

Whether you choose a stainless steel or leather strap, this style is a sure-fire way to hide your true intentions. Since it’s more of a gimmick than a power accessory, you might want to stick to your executive style watch for the office.

In addition, a tan strap gives a timepiece a more casual appearance, while the face’s shape and style lend a modern, minimalist appeal. This is the perfect watch for your business casual attire, especially when wearing a stylish button-down shirt, flat-front pants and a happening sports jacket.

Hot New Diamond Jewelry And Swiss

The jewelry industry has gotten very creative over the last couple of years and with that creativeness has come an amazing assortment of jewelry designs. Technology has also advanced and complicated styles that weren’t possible are not being made. Finally, manufacturing costs have come down and now can you choose from an amazing collection of jewelry styles while spending much less than in years past. Read more and you’ll learn what’s at the front of the pack.

Add-A-Bead Charm Bracelets

Pandora and TrollBeads have created a new phenomenon in jewelry that includes a contemporary spin on the charm bracelet. TrollBeads is a brand name “add-a-bead” charm bracelet designed by Scandinavian artists using sterling silver and Murano glass beads. The silver beads are a collection of symbols and animals each with a meaningful story behind them. Each artist has there own bead that they’ve created using inspiration from mythological stories and fairy tales. The Murano beads are hand-blown genuine Murano glass – made by Italian craftsman. Pandora is similar in style and concept but places a bigger emphasis on the silver while TrollBeads has both sterling silver and glass to choose from.

These charm bracelets make wonderful gifts and most people buy one for themselves as well as for friends. The beauty of the jewelry is the ability to build bracelets together with friends and family, once built they look amazing and very fashionable.

Yellow Gold is on the Move

For years white gold and platinum have dominated jewelry fashion however, many jewelry designers are now showing new styles in yellow gold. This recent movement has been seen in styles created by Tacori and Simon G, most notably with Tacori’s new yellow gold Medallion. This medallion has been voted the hottest new jewelry style by readers of various women’s magazines. What we’ve seen is that women are now wearing yellow and white gold jewelry together and it seems to be quite fashionable. Look for two-tone bridal jewelry to make a comeback very soon as well.

Be a Star

Tiffany & Co. has been selling a diamond studded silhouette of a star and this necklace has created an interest in star jewelry. You’ll notice many jewelry stores carrying similar stars in necklace, pendant, rings, and earrings. Most of these stars are basic but classy looking 5 point stars pave set or channel set with round diamonds or baguettes. Carat weights for these items normally range from .25ct to 1.50ct total diamond weight. These styles have been hitting the market since Summer of 2007 but you’ll see many more variations as time goes on.

Journey Jewelry Debeers created the concept of Journey Jewelry a couple of years ago but it took a while to catch on. Recently, it became one of the most popular diamond jewelry gifts available. Journey Jewelry is created with a collection of diamonds growing in size from smallest to largest, these diamonds symbolize the growth of love that people have for one another. As your love grows so should your diamonds, at least that’s what Debeers believes. Journey styles have been shown mostly in white gold set with princess or round diamonds. The concept is based loosely on the Past, Present, & Future 3-stone jewelry that was also created by Debeers.

Automatic Swiss Watches

For men, fine quality Swiss watches have become a very important choice in timepieces. The sport watches created by Movado, Rolex, and Breitling have driven the market and still remain the leaders in men’s wrist watches. Another craze seems to be oversized or very large watches, you’ll see this in many of the Breitling designs. The styles are getting bigger and bigger and the bold use of decorative dials is quite striking.

Protect Your Watch Collection

hether you’re an avid watch collector or simply own a few inexpensive watches, you need a watch box to keep your watches in good condition and functioning well. In this age of cell phones, PDAs, and car clocks, most people don’t really need a watch. Men who wear watches do so because they enjoy them, maybe even collect them. If you wear watches because they suit your style, then you should treat them the same way you would a favorite shirt, even if your watches only cost $20.

Improvements in watch manufacturing and technology have produced high-quality watches that last for decades. At the same time, the price of a good watch has fallen. Even if you’re not buying a Rolex, you may find yourself owning your watch for more than a decade. A watch box ensures that your watch will stay in excellent condition while you’re not wearing it.

Watch Box Styles

Watch boxes are also reflections of your personal style. If you particularly like steel or titanium watches, then a hard wood watch box made of maple or oak is ideal for you. If you prefer leather, crocodile, or other soft bands, then you’ll probably want a leather watch case to complement your collection.

A typical watch box holds four watches on soft pillows designed to keep the bands in a rounded shape. Some boxes may store the watches folded in half or laid flat. Depending on your needs, you might want a watch box that can also hold cuff links or rings. Valet boxes, which can also hold keys and coins, often have at least one watch compartment.

How to Organize Jewelry and Cosmetics

When we look at our bedrooms or bathrooms, we tend to focus on the big things: clothes, the bed, towels; and the other items that we consider part of the room like lamps or alarm clocks. When we decide to clean or organize these rooms, we then spend most of our time dealing with these big things.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but you can often save more space by organizing the little things. Things like jewelry, cosmetics and toiletries all end up taking over sections of your counter because individually they are pretty small. But if you look at the amount of space that these items take up as a group, then you realize that you are actually losing a lot of space.

Cosmetics

Cosmetics are a perfect example of small items taking up big space. I don’t want to single out women, so we can also include guy’s stuff like men’s cologne and moisturizer in this group. If you take a look at your bathroom counter or the top of your dresser, you will probably see a lot of these things just sitting there. Usually these things end up where they are because you used them one night and then didn’t properly put them away.

3 Steps to Organize Cosmetics

  1. Pull everything together -Take a basket (or even a bucket) and put all your makeup into it. Now look at what you’ve got and decide if all these things should be grouped together. If you have dozens of lipsticks or use perfume regularly, then you might want to have a separate space for them.

  1. Sort the good from the bad-How much of your makeup is so out of style that you know you’ll never wear it again? How many almost-empty nail polish remover bottles did you find in the back of the bathroom cabinet? If you can’t use it or you have more than you need, then either throw it away or give it away.

  1. Get a cosmetics organizer or a drawer organizer that you can use to keep this stuff together. Your best approach is to have a small organizer on your counter or dresser for the things you use regularly (e.g. favorite shades, brushes, hair dryer) and then a larger organizer or multiple organizers for the stuff you only need occasionally or seasonally. The larger organizer can be put in the back of the closet.

If you have completed all 3 steps, then you should have a smaller and well-organized cosmetics collection. If you can be consistent about putting things away and repeat these step 2-3 times per year, then you’ll find that your bathroom and/or bedroom is much more organized. Imagine how much time you’ll save over the course of the year if you don’t have to scrounge around in drawers every time you need mascara.

Jewelry

Organizing your jewelry is doubly-important because it has real value. You lose some makeup, then you are out may $10 or $20 dollars, but you lose earrings or a bracelet and you could be out hundreds. Jewelry tends to be better managed than cosmetics, but you will still leave it all over the place and it will take up space over time. That’s why you always seem to be missing a couple of earrings (no, it’s not jewelry gnomes) and you may have a hard time accessorizing your outfit.

4 Steps to Organize Jewelry

  1. Sort everything: take the time to sort your earrings into their proper pairs, to put sets (e.g. necklace & earrings) together and then lay everything out on a table or dresser.

  1. Differentiate the precious stuff from the everyday items. You can do this by cost, but also think about the pieces that are most important to you–just because its costume jewelry doesn’t mean it’s not an important piece to you.

  1. Clean everything. I know this doesn’t seem like an organizing step, but trust me that cleaning will help you really appreciate your collection. If you take the time to use the proper cleaning supplies and then looking at everything in good lighting, then it will make you feel good, teach you how much jewelry you have, and probably give you a new appreciation for some older pieces.

  1. Put it away: This seems simple, but having the right home jewelry storage is essential. If you wear jewelry regularly, then look for a clear case so you can find things quickly. If you have a really large collection then consider a jewelry armoire or a wall rack if you don’t have a lot of space. Some types of jewelry like watches have their own special cases. And very expensive pieces should either be stored in a home safe or a safety deposit box at a bank.

When you’ve completed steps 1-4, you will have a beautiful, well-organized collection that is easy to browse and also takes up less space. Make it a point to put things back in the correct organizer when you come home and you may only have to go through this process once or twice per year.