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For combined helpfulness and coolness, it’s hard to beat Apartment Therapy. They have such a great eye for decor and style, and they’re always cognizant of price. It was a real thrill, then, to see their posting on jewelry display.

Here’s one of the examples, from a “cool and kitschy” apartment in Austin:


And here’s one that uses ice trays!


See? You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to have a nice (and convenient) place to store your rings, pendants, cuff links and bracelets.

Casual in its timeless simplicity or dressed up with more ornate designs, Sterling silver is a versatile metal. It can also tarnish when used or worn frequently. It’s quite easy to clean silver, but here are a few important tips to keep in mind when polishing silver jewelry (especially when set with pearls).

1. Clean Them Frequently: If you wear silver jewelry every day, consider washing it with a mild detergent every evening. This will reduce tarnish buildup and the need for professional silver polish.

2. Use Proper Polish: When your silver rings or pendants develop dark tarnish stains, buy a small jar of silver polish and dampen the enclosed sponge. After dabbing the sponge in the polish, clean your silver in up-and-down strokes (not circular). Rinse under the tap and allow to dry.

3. Toothbrush Cleanse: For jewelry with deep crevices (like John Christian’s monogram rings or posey rings) use a toothbrush to reach the tough places.

In addition, here are some helpful silver tips:

  • Avoid wearing silver jewelry in swimming pools, as the chlorine can be damaging.
  • Avoid standard detergents and cleaners. Some people use baking soda or toothpaste to clean silver, but it is not recommended.
  • Silver polish contains chemicals. Be careful when using around children.

Finances are going to be tight this holiday season, so you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on gifts that won’t be appreciated a few months (weeks, hours) after you give them. Food is always a thoughtful present, but how about something that lasts a lifetime?

John Christian Jewelry’s Monogram Collection is a great place to start. Offering a selection of monogram rings in 14K Gold, 18K Gold, Two-Tone Gold, Silver and Platinum,  they make a thoughtful gift for just about any adult age group. You can find ladies monogram rings, monogram pendants, and of course monogram cuff links.  See the images below for examples of John Christian’s dedication to personalized craftsmanship:

The John Christian, innovators in personalized jewelry, site has a whole new look: Check it out here.

Whether you’re looking for wedding bands, monogram rings, Roman numeral rings, or cross pendants, John Christian products provide high quality and excellent prices.

The John Christian name inside your ring is your assurance of the very finest quality. John Christian Jewelry is designed and handcrafted to today’s exacting standards, while still maintaining Old World custom-made craftsmanship. John Christian’s one-of-a-kind custom jewelry is made by craft people whose hand-crafting skills are unsurpassed anywhere in the world. All John Christian Jewelry is warranted against any imperfection in design and workmanship and comes with a full 30-day money back guarantee!

In another round of useless celebrity news… pop singer Jessica Simpson and Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo were spotted in Dallas’ Neiman Marcus looking at wedding rings.

(While they’re at it, they should check out some Diamond Charms from John Christian!)

Now, you’d think, after the Cabo San Lucas scandal of last season–not to mention the ‘Boys drubbing by the Skins on Sunday–that Romo would not hang around Jessica Simpson, who’s clearly bad luck for the team.

Instead, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, they’re planning a winter wedding. I guess some things really are more important than football.

If you’re used to the kind of pendant that stays tucked away or buttoned up, these may strike you as a little brazen. In fact, I thought the same thing at first. They’re round, carved with large letters and dangle from a thick rope. Then, it hit me: They are totally hot.

Taking a timeless approach–another word could be prehistoric (in a good way)–the new Bold Pendants from Carved Creations look earthy and almost runic. Yet, they’re made of Sterling Silver, 14K Yellow or White Gold, or Platanium™–Carved Creation’s unique alloy that has a platinum look with a titanium durability.

Plus, they are completely customizable. On your own personalized pendant you can feature a special date in Roman Numerals, your childrens’ names, a spouse or partner’s name, or your unique, carved design embossed.

The coolest thing about them? These pendants look like you never want to take them off. (Think of those ceramic hoops surfers wear all year-round). And they dangle perfectly with crucifix pendants or a lockets. Another great detail is that they are not too masculine or too feminine, making them an ideal anniversary gift, wedding party favor or graduation gift for anyone.

Check them out here.