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Crafting With Turquoise Posted on 03 Feb 09:16 , 0 comments

The turquoise is ancient. Again, and again, it finds itself back in fashion. Its shining sky blue is one of the most popular trend colors in the world of jewelry and fashion. Turquoise fixing is one of the branches of handicraft which holds the beauty and attraction of a good hand-crafted product. It is believed that the antiquity of this industry goes back to about seventy years ago. At that time a Yousef Hakiman known as Mohammadreza started the craft of turquoise fixing on jewelry in Mashhad. About twenty years after that, the craft was brought to Isfahan by another craftsman named Hadjdadash and today he is continuing the job in Isfahan.

Turquoise fixed products are generally constructed of jewels and containers made of metals such as copper, brass, silver, nickel, or bronze on which small pieces of turquoise stones are placed side by side with special glue which gives specific beauty to the object.

Stages of Turoquoise Fixing 

  • Goldsmith's Trade: It is the construction and preparation of the desired object by one of the above-mentioned metals. This is done by the goldsmith or metalworkers by hand, press, or both. After making the general frame of the object whether it is a container or jewelry, the part that should be turquoise fixed is marked and a thin wire of the same metal is used and soldered to specify the boundary which is commonly called "carving" .
  • Turquoise Fixing: The desired turquoise in this art is of "soft" type which is accompanied with amounts of dirt and stone fragments, which should be separated from the stone. The turquoise small pieces are then grouped according to their color and size.

Shellac Powder

In the next stage the desired object is heated and a layer of "walnut shellac" powder is sprayed on it. The shellac powder is almost melted and covers the surface of the work piece which is sticky, soft and in a melting state.

The turquoise stones, which are already prepared, are placed on the work piece. The pieces of stone should be placed near each other in a way that there shall be the least space between them. After this stage the product is ready and is abraded by special devices and finishing is performed on it to make it ready for the market.

Importance of Proper Installation

The important point for the quality of turquoise fixing is the proper installation of the turquoise on the surface of the metal so that it is secured and when finishing operation is performed, the pieces do get loose or separated from the work piece. The second important point is that the more the turquoise container is decorated with turquoise pieces, and the more the pieces are arranged in an orderly manner with less space among them with the symmetry of the sub-base, as well as beauty and care and attention of the craftsman in polishing and finishing, the more its art value and quality will be.

Turquoise inlay is a common handcraft in Isfahan. In the process of inlaying turquoise the given container is heated and during heating nut lacquer is sprayed on the parts on which turquoises are supposed to be laid . sand paper is used to polish and varnish lacquer coated parts. Later turquoise-inlaid-parts are polished using olive or sesame oil to make it glossy.

In many cultures of the Old and New Worlds, this turquoise has been esteemed for thousands of years as a holy stone, a bringer of good fortune or a talisman. It really does have the right to be called a "gemstone of the people"!


Written by Crafihouse.com of craftihouse.com
Craftihouse.com , Center of Original handmade


What Makes Gemstone Jewelry So Desirable? Posted on 13 Jan 22:18 , 0 comments

Gemstones, also called gems, precious and semiprecious stones, are items made of beautiful minerals. Because we live in an age of disposable mentality there is another way that fills the gap between expensive and cheap plastic jewelry.

Try the timeless magic of handcrafted gemstone jewelry, they are the most alluring accessory you can have on you when you want to make that fashion statement. If you want to be noticed in a crowd wearing gemstones - like a peridot necklace for example - is an effective way because people almost always recognize ornaments if they contain stones that generate amazing color sensations.

Gemstone necklaces are one of the best ways to add a personal taste to a simple black suit or dress, it can revamp a common look and feel, add depth and new life to an otherwise monotonous outfit. Because there are so many colors and shapes the possibilities are truly endless and only limited by your own creativity.

This affordable jewelry gives attention to the character and the personality of the owner. Their colors can complement nearly any clothing item. They can be used for that extra-special touch.

For ages mankind has used gems as a worldwide symbol and voice of expression. Their glimmering allure and tone create a subtle magic that we are so in love with.

This jewelry rules the heart and soul of individuals who are in love with their amazing hues, shiny colors and delighted reflection of light.

It is known that some gemstones have certain effect on the person wearing them. Handmade gemstone jewelry are not only decorative, but can also serve to give the wearer individuality, character and charisma.

On the side of the giver it represents a sign of good taste and an eternal passion for the recipient. The gloss and the energy radiating these stones are often hypnotic and compelling to everyone, they produce a twinkle that generates interest and makes them engaging, pleasant and desirable.


Written by sigrid aron of buygemstonejewelry.com


Is Seasonal Shedding Real? Or Are We Stuck With the Summer Time Blues? Posted on 06 Jan 09:17 , 0 comments

Summer is upon us. Its hot outside and temperatures can go as high as 105-110 degrees Farenheit. Many people notice thinning hair and rapid hair loss.

So is seasonal shedding real? Or are we imagining our hair getting thinner because we are outside in the heat and between the bright sun light and the sweating we never realize that our hair could be falling out at a more rapid rate?

So is there any truth in thinning of the hair during the summer time or is it our imagination? And what can we do to stop the phenomena.

Seasonal Shedding has been reported in a study by the National Institutes of Health. Most notably during the summer time.

"Analysis of trichograms demonstrated annual periodicity in the growth and shedding of hair, manifested by a maximal proportion of telogen hairs in summer."

Part of understanding hair loss is detecting it at an early stage. If we can can treat it early we stand a greater chance of slowing or preventing the entire process. One factor in determining hair loss is the amount of hair falling out on a daily basis. We all have some shedding but hair loss of over 150 a day is considered real hair loss and should be treated as soon as possible. 

A review of your supplements and medications is necessary and seeking medical help is sometiems necessary because underlying medical problems could aggravate your hair loss. Treating early on allows possible reversal of your hair loss.

Since summer is upon us shedding may be a big issue. Feedback from our customers has shown daily use of vitamins will slow or eliminate seasonal shedding. If you are losing hair because of the summer time blues we suggest starting with some type of solution on a daily basis.

And we would suggest seeking treatment from a hair clinic to discuss your hairloss problems.


Written by Dr Larry Shapiro of www.helphair.com
Posted by Dr Larry Shapiro developed Help Hair products to nutritionally restore thin, fine, shedding hair.


Tips to Make a Handmade Dream Catcher Posted on 23 Dec 09:45 , 0 comments

You can make a dream catcher by hand by using several items that you like and personalize it to make it your own and meet your requirements. Dream catchers come in several different designs and colors to choose from and you can always find the one that suits your need and taste.

However, making your own dream catcher will be so much more interesting since it means that you can display your dream catcher in your bedroom reminding you about how fun and interesting it is to make a dream catcher. Before even you make a dream catcher, you need to know the types of dream catchers so that you will have an idea about what kind of dream catchers you will make.

The most interesting type of dream catchers can be the big one, the one include five tiers that can be used to filter your dreams. This kind of dream catchers might be hard to make since you need more time to finish the five tiers of the dream catchers. However, once it is finished, you will be really satisfied when you have it hung in your bedroom window. This can be decorated with feathers, as the most common decoration for dream catchers. This can be a good option for you to make if you are crafty enough.

For a smaller handmade dream catcher that you can make, you can choose the one with one tier and decorated with feathers and sequins. The feathers that you use do not have to be white, but you can also use other feather colors such as pink and blue to make your dream catchers more interesting. You can actually make a big one, but with just one tier if you prefer something bigger than this. A big dream catcher can be made with simple decorations to emphasize the big size of the dream catchers.

For those who love adding more decorations to their dream catchers, you can make a big one decorated with some smaller tiers below the biggest one and add some feathers to make it more interesting. You can use beads for the center of the tier to make it different. The beads can be suited with your style and your bedroom decoration. This can be an interesting and fun project you can do. Now you have many options to make a handmade dream catcher giving you the opportunity to decorate your bedroom with a one-of-a-kind dream catcher.


Written by Budivis of www.budivis.com
Fashion jewellery designer in Bali


The Best Hair Vitamins for Fast Hair Growth Posted on 09 Dec 10:58 , 0 comments

Who doesn't want a full and healthy head of hair? With so many remedies and quick-fix gimics out there, it's hard to know what is scientifically proven to help restore hair growth. This article will break it down simply for you so you can evaluate and find products that are best for you.

Important Vitamins for Hair Growth

Vitamin B  are a group of vitamins that when dosed properly such as Biotin (Vitamin B7/Vitamin H) and Niacin (Vitamin B3) are necessary for  proper hair growth. To maintain healthy, full, long hair with less shedding and breakage you need to  provide the nutrients your hair needs with a well  balanced diet with these essential vitamins for hair growth. These hair vitamins work to increase the anagen phase which is the growing phase of the hair follicle. By taking these daily they will promote healthy hair and mazimize the longest, thickest and fastest possible hair growth.

Vitamins to Prevent Male Pattern Baldness

A hair vitamin with the proper ratio of B vitamins, Zinc, Mg, and chinese herbs such as Foti and Pumpkin seed will help nourish hair from the root , help prevent hair loss and change the existing hair loss or catagen into a growth phase or anagen. With men, the androgen hormone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can cause male pattern baldness and another hormone, called IGF-1, can prevent hair growth by increasing a molecule called TGF-B3. TGF-B3  which affects the length and width of the hair shaft and the supply of nutrients to the hair follicle. These can be established factors in men’s hair loss.

Men who have receding hairlines should take vitamins for hair growth as a supplement along with the proper nutrition that they need to help prevent hair loss and help nourish hair follicles. This is the reason we suggest following our Hand-outs to decrease DHT and IGF-1. Most companies on the market sell supplements without actually having seen the affects in the real world. Our products have been used on 1000's of patients successfully with our Worldwide Hair Clinics using them for thinning hair, menopausal hair loss, postpregnancy hair loss, Telogen effluvium, male pattern baldness, without the side effects of oral or topical medications.

How Biotin Helps Hair Grow 

Biotin is also know as a B-vitamin complex  called Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H. Most companies that make biotin have very little understanding of the actual reason biotin works for hair growth. Extensive research has shown that biotin controls blood sugar and that proper blood sugar levels decrease IGF-1 serum. Since Biotin is water soluble it has a very short half life in the body so it passes through your body in a matter of hours. Proper daily dosing is essential which is the reason we have certain guidelines we have you follow. 

It's important to seek out professional guidance before starting a hair treatment remedy because there are many nuances to these routines. For example, biotin is in many foods and even chopped liver has a good dose of it. But for those of you who want the daily proper dosing of Biotin we suggest taking vitamins with the maximum effective dose.There are foods that decrease the absorption of Biotin. 

Pumpkin Seed and Healthy Hair

Pumpkin seed is a natural DHT blocker and several studies has shown it to be quite effective in blocking the hormone that minaturizes hair. Once the hair is minaturized by the DHT molecule is can be irreversibe. The hair shaft narrows and thins and the hair cycle shortens. The hair looks thin, limp and the hair starts to fall out. Pumpkin seed has been shown to help prostrate problems which becomes enlarged from DHT. So pumpkin seed acts as a DHT blocker. Fortunately there are no side effects of pumpkin seed as seen with the prescription oral medications. Many side effects of prescription DHT blocker oral medications are lack of sexual drive, and decreased libido. Pumpkin seed has been shown to be effective in both men and women.

Effectiveness of Hair Supplements

Hair vitamins have treated 1000's of hair loss patients with all the vitamins and minerals to promote existing hair growth. Using the proper ratio of B's and essential elements to supply hair follicles with the proper nutrients to nourish the  hair follicle. We have over a 100 Worldwide clinics that support our products and have patients that have successfully been treated when conventionally therapies have failed.

Using the Low Anabolic Profile the consumer can remove supplements that cause hair loss. Unlike any other product online we have made it clear to both clinics and patients that even with the most effective treatment, screening for aggravating hair loss products and eliminating them from your diet will help the efficacy of hair products.

Changing the cycle of the hair growth with key nutrients to make your hair look thicker, fuller, and healthier is part of our overall program. By eliminating hair damaging products the products can work at their optimal and best usage. We have a Hand out to help guide you to Better Hair Health.

Hair Shedding

Every day stress can cause an increase in cortisol levels. This leads to an increase in IGF-1 serum which is a majour factor in hair loss. Depleted adrenals from hormonal changes or from damaging hair do to blow dryers, and hair treatements can damage hair including the hair shaft. This can cause excessive breakage. Hair vitamins help maintain a healthy and conditoned scalp by supplying essential nutrients to the hair follicle and hair shaft. Keeping the hair follicle in the growth phase or anagen will aloow your hair to grow healthy and fuller.

Age related hair loss from menopause or medications such as Beta Blockers or Statins for cholesterol can have an adverse impact on hair growth. Trying to decrease shedding and breakage will require the daily usage of hair vitamins resulting in overcoming stressful events in life such as general surgery, plastic surgery or poor nutrition.

Side Effects

If used properly hair vitamins have very few side effects. We suggest checking product labels carefully and calling customer service. Before starting any program check with your doctor. If you are allergic to shellfish then you might be allergic to iodine. Individual’s tolerate products differently but we are here to answer your questions. are different. We do do not recommend our product to preganant or lactating women or children under 17 years old.

Speed of Hair Growth

Hair vitamins work from the inside to nourish the hair follicle. Telogen Effluvium is a condition that disrupts the hair growth cycle and can be caused by anemia, low thyroid, high blood sugar or other metabolic causes.

If these conditions are corrected they hair growth in the follicle can still be disrupted so hair vitamins can correct the out of phase catagen cycle and restore it to anagen phase. But this can take two months, working inside the body to build up in the sytem, and typcially the hair shedding is reduced and it may take up to 6 months for maximum hair growth. Some cases may take longer if the underlying problems like blood sugar remains uncorrected. We suggest seeing your doctor to correct these problems.

Hair is typically slower to restore since hair grows at a very slow rate. The hair vitamins nourish the hair follicle and enter the bloodstream and once the attained hair growth is reached then many of our customers will use our treatment as a maintenance dose so that there hair remains at the desired density.

Best Vitamins

Many people lack the proper nutrients in their diet to get proper hair growth, In fact many people take products that cause hair loss. In fact some every day foods cause hair loss.To get a well balanced diet we suggest B vitamins, including Biotin, Niacin for hair growth. And many minerals help with hair growth which are not provided by your multi-vitamin. So using a hair supplement with a balanced diet can optimize your hair growth.

 If you are not getting the proper nutrition in your daily diet , we suggest adding protein, vitamins, and minerals which can have a positive impact on hair growth. Vitamins are the only all natural alternative to hair growth supplements to promote existing hair growth. Certain products have all the essential vitamins properly balanced for optimal hair growth.

Vitamins were developed with the maximum amount per serving of essential minerals and B-vitamins. These vitamins include Biotin( Vitamin H) and Niacin ( B3) for essential fast hair growth. The proper ratio of B vitamins wth Iodine and Zinc and natural botanicals such as Pumpkin seed, Silica, and Foti provide the essential nutrients your hair needs to maintain a well balanced daily nutrition for hair growth. These vitamins  promote healthy hair and will help dull, lifeless thin hair. 


Written by Dr Larry Shapiro of www.helphair.com
Posted by Dr Larry Shapiro developed Help Hair products to nutritionally restore thin, fine, shedding hair.


Fashion trend for men jewelry and accessories Posted on 05 Dec 11:50 , 0 comments

Wоuld you lіkе tо і рrоvе and update уоur арреаrаnсе, аt the lеаѕt in terms оf уоur fаѕhіоn ассеѕѕоrіеѕ аnd style? If уоu аrе, уоu may nоt juѕt want to lооk at thе latest іn fashion trends, аѕ fаr as clothing, but you mау аddіtіоnаllу like tо еxаmіnе the lаtеѕt trends іn fаѕhіоn ассеѕѕоrіеѕ. Fаѕhіоn rеlаtеd ассеѕѕоrіеѕ аrе ԛuісklу increasing in рорulаrіtу, though mаnу people ѕtіll have nо rеаl idea еxасtlу what they аrе.

Thе mоѕt рорulаr fаѕhіоn аdd-оn іtеmѕ are jеwеlrу. Fashion ассеѕѕоrіеѕ аrе designed for аll vаrіеtіеѕ individuals, regardless оf age оr gender. Fоr teens and сhіldrеn, fashion jеwеlrу items that are fаѕhіоnаblе often include соlоrful ріесеѕ, іnсludіng charm nесklасеѕ, bangles or сhаrm bracelets. In terms of men, a vеrу popular tуре оf jewelry оftеn includes lаrgе реndаnt necklaces, mаnу оf whісh dіѕрlау a сrоѕѕ or аnоthеr рорulаr оr significant symbol.

Mаіntаіn уоur саѕuаl аnd slick ѕtуlе with thіѕ соllесtіоn of men’s brасеlеtѕ. Thеѕе brасеlеtѕ hаvе dеѕіgnѕ thаt аrе sleek еnоugh tо be fаѕhіоnаblе and саѕuаl еnоugh to wеаr wіth mоѕt outfits. In аddіtіоn tо thе wrіѕtwаtсh, a mаn’ѕ brасеlеt ѕауѕ a lоt about hіѕ ѕеnѕе оf ѕtуlе. At e.gigbrand уоu wіll fіnd a wide array оf men’s bracelets, bаnglеѕ аnd nесklасеѕ to choose frоm.

Dіѕtіnguіѕh yourself from the pack wіth оnе оf mаnу unique Men’s Bracelets from great jеwеlrу dеѕіgnеr e.gіgbrаnd. These hаndсrаftеd bеаdеd jewelries аrе оnе of a kіnd, brіngіng уоu thе finest mаtеrіаlѕ аnd designs fоund nоwhеrе else.  e.gіg’ѕ hаѕ a соllесtіоn оf handcrafted mеn’ѕ jewelry whісh іѕ a polished аddіtіоn tо thе modern menswear аеѕthеtіс аnd аddѕ a strong ѕеnѕе оf ѕtуlе to аnу lооk. Complete a suit lооk оr thаt casual combination of a buttоn-dоwn and chinos wіth a mіnіmаlіѕtіс wrар handmade bracelet from tор hаndmаdе jеwеlrу dеѕіgnеrѕ e.gigbrand.

Hеrе аrе 3 main brасеlеt соllесtіоnѕ in E.gіgbrаnd  thаt аrе tаrgеtеd fоr Mеn

  1. Bеаutу оf nature brасеlеt соllесtіоn - mаkіng Mеn ѕtуlе bеаdѕ using natural materials
  2. Art оf skull brасеlеt соllесtіоn - natural look skulls beads frоm silver оr brass tо mаkе the bеѕt men brасеlеt dеѕіgnѕ, uѕіng hаndmаdе work аѕ wіvіng соrdѕ оr сuttіng lеаthеr to hаvе thе bеѕt lооk fоr you tо wеаr.
  3. Tеxturе men bracelet соllесtіоn - uѕіng different materials аnd ѕtуlеѕ to сrеаtе different lооk that wіll mаtсh thе men hand to wear every day.

Nоt оnlу wіll you fіnd ԛuаlіtу bracelet fоr men аt E.gіgbrаnd, but wоmеn’ѕ аdоrаblе jеwеlrу соllесtіоnѕ аrе аlѕо quite еxtеnѕіvе. Nothing ѕеtѕ уоur ѕtуlе bеttеr thаn a brасеlеt. It's that еxtrа ріесе оf jеwеlrу that shows you care about your арреаrаnсе. And whіlе thеу аrе lоvеlу, thеу саn аlѕо tаkе a bеаtіng as уоu use уоur arms thrоughоut the dау. Sо you nееd tо find brасеlеtѕ that саn reflect your style аnd also hold up tо еvеrуdау wеаr. E.gigbrand designer jеwеlrу іѕ the right place tо gеt уоur handcrafted jеwеlrу - bangles, brасеlеtѕ оr nесklасеѕ for both sexes.


Visiting the Tropical Islands of Cuba for the First Time Posted on 01 Oct 22:38 , 0 comments

I just came back recently from my first trip to a tropical island. I went with my sister to Cuba for a week in May. My sister had been to Holguin, Cuba 6 months previous, but wanted to see other parts of the island. So we decided to venture to Cayo Santa Maria. I had been warned that Cuba was a poor country and not to expect too much in regard to luxuries for all inclusive vacations. 

Considering we had paid less than $800 each for an all inclusive vacation for a week, I didn't expect to have luxuries for that price. I can understand if I was paying $5000 a week for something like Sandals vacations. Like I usually say, "I'm not the Rockefellers, I'm the other feller".  I just appreciate being able to go somewhere different and warm especially after the long winter we had just endured.

So off we went to Cuba. I must say I was very excited to be able to get away. The plane ride was only three and a half hours long. We were served a meal on the flight as well as a glass of champagne. When we got through customs in Cuba, there was a big air conditioned bus waiting to whisk us away to our resort. We arrived at night so there wasn't anything much to see on the drive. It took about 90 minutes to get to our hotel.

When we arrived, the check in was almost immediate. They had given us our room info etc before we had boarded the bus. They had large golf carts which they took you to your bungalow on the premises. The transportation guys were very friendly and were there to help anytime we needed a ride. They even gave us the phone number that we could call from our room if we needed a pick up at any time.

The room was beautiful. Two 3/4 beds with a sitting area and a walk out to a terrace. Our bungalow was central to everything we could ever need. Behind us was a 24 hour bar/grill, a 5 minute walk and we were at the buffet. There was a theater as well where they had nightly shows for our entertainment. We went on a catamaran ride which allowed you to do snorkeling and have interaction with dolphins. We also got a beautiful meal as well. This excursion was not included in the price. They had lots of things like this which enabled you to see and do other things on the island. 

The beach was incredible. Beautiful white sand, lots of chairs to rest your weary head. There was a bar on the beach where you were served at your seat. They had multiple pools that were so warm and inviting. There were lots of poolside chairs as well. 

We had heard a few people complain about what they were getting for their money. I personally didn't have a problem. The staff were wonderful. They helped you with everything. They bent over backwards to make sure you were happy. I found that I had paid almost 3 times as much when I went other places and the hotels were not as nice as this. You could get a really nice family vacation for a lot less than anywhere else.

I would definitely recommend going to one of these all inclusive resorts. I enjoyed it so much that I am going again later in the year and taking my husband with me. He deserves one of these vacations too!


Written by Joy Herdman of artisticcreationsbycnj.com
Joy Herdman has been in retail since 1997.