Barse Jewelry Blog
Spring might be over, but here at Barse, we’re still crazy about pastels – and you should be too! Pastels have been popping up all over the fashion world for months, and it’s easier than ever to hop on board.
Pastels aren’t just for Easter anymore. These muted tones can easily be rocked all year long, and you don’t need an excuse to wear them. From playful green varacite to soft pink opal, these gems are the cutest way to add a subtle pop of color to any outfit.
Try adding some of these beauties to your collection…No Easter Bunny required!
When the days are this hot, we could all use a little beach vacation, and Barse has you covered. Sorry, we’re not flying you all out to Cabo for a weekend to soak up the sun (we wish!), but we do have the nautical vibes to keep you cool all summer long.
From sailor stripes to anchors away, the nautical trend has been all the rage for centuries. I know we all like to think that Chanel was the first to take inspiration from sailors, but people have been dressing nautically since the 19th century, when Queen Victoria requested a sailor suit be made her for son.
What started as primarily children’s fashion quickly became all the rage in Victorian England, and soon every lady in high society wanted to be a maritime maiden.
…And the rest is history.
Nautical fashion continued to grow in popularity well into the early 1900s, when Coco Chanel first popularized the more comfortable nautical look, with looser, more casual silhouettes than was seen in the past.
Since then, everything from high-fashion clothing labels to school uniforms have been inspired by this seafaring trend.
So whether you’re taking it easy off the coast of Maine, or just looking to add a little aquatic fun to your workday, check out these Barse pieces for all of your nautical needs!
We all love that color- the vibrant, happy cross between blue and green that brings our favorite shade: turquoise! But sometimes when buying jewelry, do you ever look at a piece and think, is this real? What IS real turquoise?
Use the following as a guide about what you're really buying when you purchase your next piece of that awesome stone!
Natural, straight out of the ground non-treated turquoise
These are the pieces you see in galleries and estate sales that are VERY expensive. You know, the ones that you dream of having- SOMEday! Only 1-2% of mined turquoise is in this category. Turquoise of this quality is hard and stable enough to be cut with no form of treatment. It's extremely rare to find in today’s market.
Genuine stabilized turquoise
When turquoise is mined, it is generally too soft and brittle to sustain being cut, shaped, and polished for use in jewelry. So, how do we see so much turquoise in the market?
Sometimes turquoise is mined in large chunks straight out of the ground, but it needs to undergo a process that allows it to be cut into cabs and beads, so the turquoise has to first be stabilized. This method involves filling the tiny porous parts of the turquoise under pressure and slowly filling it with a clear stabilizing agent like epoxy or acrylic. This process takes weeks to achieve. The result is a harder, more stable material that can be cut and polished to a beautiful shine.
Sometimes a mine produces chunks of turquoise that are smaller, but no less beautiful than a larger piece of turquoise. These smaller pieces are also stabilized, and are usually done so by forming them together in a ‘brick’ of turquoise that fuses the genuine pieces together, and stabilizes them. This allows larger slabs of turquoise to be cut into beautiful ‘statement’ pieces that Barse is known for.
We use both types of stabilized turquoise (large chunks straight out of the ground and formed ‘brick’ turquoise) in Barse designs. So there you have it, most of the turquoise you see in the market is of this type.
Genuine stabilized turquoise, color enhanced
So what is 'lime' turquoise and 'purple' turquoise? These colored turquoises are the same as the above. However, during the stabilizing process coloring agents that are compatible with the stabilizing materials are added to obtain a color of turquoise that does not naturally exist. So they are a genuine stone, just enhanced to bring those vibrant colors we love!
This process is achieved by taking bits of tiny turquoise pieces, those too small to be stabilized or utilized for anything else, and grinding them down to a powder. This powder is then mixed with an adhesive agent and other fillers to form a block or predetermined cabochon and bead shapes. This is not genuine turquoise; the amount of filler is usually much more than any amount of the powdered turquoise and SHOULD always be identified as Reconstituted Turquoise, but buyer beware! Reconstituted is usually VERY smooth and VERY even in color. We don't use reconstituted turquoise in Barse designs.
Natural stones dyed to resemble turquoise
Certain natural stones are sometimes dyed to resemble turquoise. Two of those used the most at this time are Howolite and Magnesite. It used to be very easy to identify these. In recent years the dye process has improved and some of this looks real, and at times hard to distinguish from turquoise. At times these are identified and sold as what they are, and that's fine as long as they are marked properly. Even experts can be fooled by these. Occasionally we use beads in Barse Designs that are colored Turquoise or Howlite, but we always label them so you know what you're buying!
Turquoise colored resin
This is essentially plastic, colored to look like turquoise. In recent years this has been pumped with brown and black lines to resemble the matrix found in a lot of the natural turquoise. This obviously is a synthetic turquoise imitation and should not even be identified as anything to do with turquoise. Unfortunately a lot of manufacturers deceive their customers and a good amount of this material ends up at the retail level, sold to the consumer as real turquoise! This resin is usually very smooth and not cool to the touch like a real stone. Barse does not use this material in our designs.
We hope this has helped clear up any questions about turquoise! For some of our best turquoise styles, browse here.
If limes make you think of half price margs on taco Tuesdays, we hear you. But have you ever heard of lime turquoise? Lime turquoise is natural turquoise that is color enhanced during the stabilization process to give it a vibrant green color. This process enhances the natural look of the stone, showing off its veining and variations. So it's real turquoise, but with a twist!
Lime turquoise makes for a fun pop of color in any outfit, as a statement piece or mixed with traditional turquoise, orange sponge coral, and all kinds of fun, bright stones- we always knew limes made good mixers!
Shop our favorite lime turquoise pieces here:
Meet Jenny! Jenny is the Marketing Director at Barse Jewelry and has been with us an astounding 23 years! Outside of the office, Jenny loves exploring her hometown of Dallas, trying new restaurants downtown and in the arts district, and shopping estate sales for vintage finds. She has two kids, a 12 year-old girl and an 18 year-old boy, and is a total fitness buff who loves to work out every day. Read on to learn more about what Jenny does at Barse!Continue reading
Maybe you didn't rock your geometry class in high school, but when it comes to geometric style? You got this, girl. Geometric prints and color blocking are popping up everywhere, and this is one style quiz you can ace!
One of the best ways to get in on the trend? Geometric jewelry, of course! Try some of these geometric pieces- no angled ruler needed!
Pantone named Rose Quartz the Color of the Year for 2016, and we are definitely on board. Baby pinks may seem frilly, but these hues are all grown up.
Ready to get your big, bad adult self back into the pink game? Try our pink opal and rose quartz stones. You'll be looking pretty in pink in no time!
Meet Sidney! Sidney is our graphic designer and keeps all of Barse Jewelry's media looking pretty! Sidney was originally a Texas girl, but she moved around a bit growing up and finally found her way back to the Lone Star State after attending school at Oklahoma State University. Sidney has two cute cats, Chuck and Ren, and you can read more about her job at Barse and her favorite DFW hot spots below!Continue reading
Nothing says "winter wonderland" like bundling up in a blanket next to the fire, so why not take the experience with you? The flames may not be portable, but oversized blanket scarves let you keep that cozy, cuddly feeling wherever you go!
When it comes to styling oversized scarves, less is definitely more. Let your scarf take center stage, and keep the rest of your outfit fairly neutral. This applies to jewelry as well- skip the necklaces, and wear smaller, more delicate earrings and rings. Go for studs that will stay out of the scarf's way, like our classic Faceted Post Earrings, and simple stacking rings like our Don't Fence Me In Ring. Now go enjoy the chilly weather, feeling stylish AND warm!
Here's our favorite littles to wear with your oversized scarves:
Remember Valentine's Day in elementary school, when everyone shared notes and candy and the room was bursting with love? Wearing pink opal feels a little like that! Pink opal is known as a "joy-bringing" stone that is filled with compassion, and it's even said to potentially help heal broken hearts. And while nothing can compare to those mini Hershey's from your classmates, pink opal certainly looks as sweet!
Some of our sweetest pink opal pieces:
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