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Fine Jewelry Designs, Trends, & Tips

Inspirational Jewelry

Merlon Diamond Choker and Diamonds by the Yard Necklace

Jewelry is very much about emotion. Out of every accessory a woman can own, jewelry is such an emotional thing to own. For this reason, it is important for me to design pieces that will convey emotion. 

For those looking to purchase jewelry, fall in love with the jewelry and purchase the one that has a purpose. You will live with your jewelry all the time and it will be an extension of your personality. 

In the picture above, the model is wearing the Merlon Diamond Choker and Merlon Diamonds by the Yard Draped necklace. These necklaces are dainty and cohesive. Often times, we do not want jewelry that would get noticed. We want to wear pieces that would make us feel something instead. When the model was asked how wearing these necklaces made her feel, she replied "Like a queen." 

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14 Karat Vs 18 Karat Gold Jewelry

14 Karat Vs 18 Karat Gold Jewelry

Not all gold is created equal.

In its purest form, 24 karat gold is too soft for daily wear. This is why jewelers alloy gold with other metals to increase its strength, thus producing 14 karat and 18 karat gold jewelry. In this brief blog post, I'm going to point out the major differences between 14 karat and 18 karat gold jewelry, hopefully making your gold jewelry buying lives a little easier.

So, what are the differences between 18 karat gold and 14 karat gold? 18 Karat contains 75% gold and 25% alloyed metals, and 14 karat contains 58% gold and 42% alloyed metals. The higher the karat of the gold, the more yellow it appears; therefore, 18 karat yellow gold has a deeper yellow color than 14 karat. In addition to this comparison, 14 karat white gold has a stronger white color than 18 karat, and 14 karat rose gold is also more pink. Sometimes the color of 14 karat gold can better complement a specific gemstone. 

Second, those with an active lifestyle should consider purchasing 14 karat gold jewelry because it is more resistant to wear and tear than 18 karat gold is. Since 18 karat gold jewelry is typically softer than 14 karat, it is mostly worn on special occasions.

Lastly, sometimes where you live can simply affect your buying choices. For instance, 14 Karat gold is more popular in the United States, meanwhile 18 Karat gold is more popular in Europe and Asia.

All in all, it is important to know which aspects of gold jewelry matter to you most, so that you may pick the right karat. 

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Jewelry and Feminine Strength

Jewelry and Feminine Strength

Did you know that you can know a woman better once you've seen her jewelry? Every piece of jewelry worn tells a story. It shares a chapter of your life. That is exactly why you can't ever have too much jewelry.

Jewelry has the power to compliment your natural beauty and make you feel unique. My mission is to inject the jewelry market with exclusive designs to make every woman feel and look uniquely beautiful and confident.

In 2017, I launched my first collection, Fortress. I chose to first make available its rings, which are influenced by feminine identity through strength and unbreakable spirit. Strong vertical bars in 18 karat gold glaze the fingers and are held together by horizontal peak motifs. Truly a timeless and sophisticated design, the Fortress rings stacked up together form the appearance of a castle tower.

Because, after all, a Fortress doesn't fall unless her towers are weakened. 

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Do's & Don'ts For Jewelry Care

Do's & Don'ts For Jewelry Care

Hey there and welcome to our first blog post! At Vardui Kara, we love and enjoy fine jewelry. Jewelry can be associated with the most awesome moments in our lives. Sure, fine jewelry can tend to be a little high-maintenance, but jewelry is also a personal means of self-expression. That is why we have decided our first blog post to be about the do's & don'ts for keeping you and your jewelry happy. 

1. Do: Use Water

Some jewelry cleaning solutions in the market can be too abrasive for natural stones. When in doubt, use a warm water solution with a couple drops of non-detergent soap to clean and soak your fine jewelry in for about 5-10 minutes. 

2. Do: Use a Soft Toothbrush

When worn often, diamonds can get not-so-shiny. Not to worry, just simply soak your diamond jewelry for 10 minutes in a mixture of warm water and non-detergent soap. Then, gently brush the stones clean using a very soft toothbrush.

3. Don't: Slather in Lotion

This is extremely important because lotion, perfumes, and cosmetics can ruin the finish on your fine jewelry and discolor the metals. 

4. Do: Store Properly

After removing your jewelry, store each piece separately into a soft fabric pouch. This will prevent it from getting scratched, especially when placed inside a purse.

5. Don't: Wear When Swimming / Showering / Cleaning / Exercising

Remove your jewelry when taking a dip in the swimming pool or taking a shower. The chlorine in the pool can cause discoloration and wear the metals down. When performing chores, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals found in cleaning fluids. Add sweat to the list of things that can cause discoloration to your jewelry and its colors to fade. 

Jewelry is meant to be worn, seen, and treasured. Enjoy it with care!


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