Archive for May, 2011

Classic luxury – Stone cigar cases

While many people store their cigarettes and cigars in the box they came in, for everyday use, for those special occasions, where every element of your outfit has to speak to class and luxury, then you need a semi-precious stones cigar case.

These cases are usually metal with inlays of semi-precious stone in the top of the container and are designed to hold enough cigarettes or cigars for an evening out. They are a great way to limit how many you smoke while at an event, and can make a strong statement about your taste in stone and colour – adding a splash of colour and to what is an otherwise bland and similarly decorated package to other smokers. While this doesn’t matter to some, others might feel this extra touch of class is exactly what they need to make a statement, or add a touch of luxury to their cigarette or cigar storage.

Three classic stone inlays

Stone inlaid products are often designed to look incredible – a layer of stone is affixed to the areas of a case or other box as a decorative layer. This creates an elegant, amazing product that looks good, feels good and is highly functional in any situation that you could think of.

Some products are made of mosaic style overlays, while others are designed with one single sheet of stone – each product choice is designed around highlighting the unique and perfect beauty of the piece or pieces of stone and can be enjoyed no matter what the occasion, whether that occasion is formal or casual.

There are three classic stone inlays for stone cigar cases – depending on your taste in stone it will depend on the type of case you finally choose, but there are three distinct types – Jasper, Rhodonite or Charoite.

Jasper is orange, golden or pale yellow and works well with lighter colours and tones. Rhodonite is a deeper colour, red, a touch of blue and black or sometimes, a very pale purple purple, while Charolite ranges from light to deep purple. Each inlay works well most suit colours, and protects the contents against various weather conditions in any climate.

Other uses

There are several dozen other uses for stone cigar cases, one of which is storing business cards. Using these cases to store business cards might seem odd, but if you can’t find a business card case that you like this might be the ideal solution – especially if you’re a smoker – buy one to keep your cigars and cigarettes, and use the other for your business cards – the matched set or even two complimentary stones will impress people and give you a strong talking point no matter what sort of meeting you’re at.


The three best pieces of semi-precious stone jewellery and why you should choose them

While it’s often not critical to follow the advice of fashion blogs when you follow the trends and enjoy experimenting, there are five pieces on our site that are just too gorgeous not to highlight – which is why we’ve put together this list of the five best pieces on our site, in our opinion. There is a wide range of other items out there for you to enjoy, these five are must haves, no matter what outfit or style you’re looking at.

Beads and necklaces

Nothing says elegance like the sublime lines of two of our pieces – if you’re looking for contemporary, classic beads, but don’t want to go with pearls, our Snowflake obsidian necklace is the perfect piece for you.  The blend of black, white and muted greys means that it matches with almost any outfit, and makes a statement without being overwhelming or over bearing with certain outfits.  Paired with a simple black shift dress, or with a white shirt and skirt, these beads say perfection and flawless beauty.

Looking for something a little more off beat?  Choose beads such as soft rose quartz, or elegant pieces of turquoise cut one of several ways – they make a statement that will catch anyone’s eye.

Earrings

Earrings

While there are a myriad of choices out there, our favourites are the understated Jasper, or the bold and beautiful Sardonyx.  The sardonyx earrings are specifically designed to make a signature statement without being domineering.  It’s critical however to understand that choosing earrings is a process that can’t be rushed and that like shapes of dress, certain styles match certain face shapes, so it’s important to ensure that you choose the style that suits you.

If you can wear them, the Rhinestone chandelier style pieces are some of the most elegant and will make your neck look longer and more refined.  Wear with an up do and an understated necklace and a show stopping dress and you’ll be ready for a night on the town.

Bracelet

One of the area’s most women overlook is bracelet – they can be an accent statement to any necklace or earrings, or can be signature pieces all on their own.  One of the best ways to wear bracelet is to find a piece that really speaks to you and then go for it – heavy or light, you’ll find a piece that works with your style.

Lazulite is an amazing statement piece, though if you find that you’re anxious and highly strung, using something like hematite will provide you with some much needed grounding and balance.  Quartz is good for clarity, and can be clear, making it an easy piece to wear with anything, while agate speaks of good taste, and can be worn without much effort.