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Best Hack for Lost Earring Backing…a pencil eraser!

It’s back to school and this awesome trick will help her keep her earring on in a pinch, if she loses an earring back. Here’s a great lost earring back fix! Take the eraser from a pencil and used it to make a temporary backing. Stick the earring post through the eraser to make a hole, and swap out the eraser for a regular back upon arriving home after school. Who knew pencil erasers could come in handy for more than just math?!

earring with pencil eraser for backing
Using a pencil eraser for a temporary earring backing

Caring for Silver Jewelry

How do you take care of silver jewelry? Be kind to your sterling silver jewelry that will tarnish over time if not consistently worn and is not rhodium-plated. It tarnishes faster in air that has more pollution or is particularly warm and humid. So, store it in a small airtight bag, like a Ziploc bag, when not wearing it, and use a silver cloth to maintain its shine. If possible, remove your sterling silver jewelry when bathing or swimming. To polish it and remove tarnish, we highly recommend our special Klean Karats polishing cloth. Trust us, it works wonders on your silver jewelry, and gold jewelry too!

Beauties and the Beach ~ Jewelry when swimming

We know everyone wants to wear their jewelry in the pool and at the beach…especially the cute summer themed jewelry like those starfish earrings or anchor ring. But it if you really want to keep your jewelry in good condition, our motto is, “It’s summer and it’s pool time, but not for your jewelry!”

Here is the real deal. Sterling silver jewelry can be damaged by chlorinated pool water or saltwater. The chemicals in the water can cause your jewelry to loose their luster and look dull. As for gold jewelry, all gold jewelry whether it is 10K, 14K or 18K is an made from a gold alloy since pure 24K gold is too soft to make jewelry. Chlorine is reactive with the metals in most of these alloys and can either turn the jewelry black, or cause the jewelry to loose its luster and shine.

So what do we do? Honestly, we do wear our everyday jewelry when swimming in the pool and going to the beach, and so do our children, but we realize we are doing so at our own risk. After a day in the sun, with sunscreen lathered everywhere, we give our jewelry a proper cleaning with jewelry cleaner to remove all the buildup. There are specific jewelry cleaners for each type of jewelry, so we advise reading directions carefully before immersing.

Graduation Time ~ Jewelry Gifts for the Graduate

Spring is here and so is graduation ~ graduation from preschool, elementary school, middle school, or high school.  Whether your sweet princess is 4 or 17, we have beautiful graduation jewelry gifts for kids to recognize her success and milestone. The Jewelry Vine has a wide selection of earrings, necklaces, and rings. Our personalized bracelets are an all time favorite, perfectly priced. Take at look at all of our jewelry to celebrate her on her special day. 

14K Gold Filled Children’s Jewelry ~ What does Gold Filled Mean?

What is gold filled jewelry? Gold-filled jewelry is fine jewelry, comprised of a thick, solid layer of gold pressure bonded to a base metal. It is durable and strong. Gold filled jewelry has the same valuable properties and look of 14K solid gold. It won’t tarnish, rub off, peel, or turn colors.

Gold filled jewelry, like solid 14K jewelry, is part of the fine jewelry category. It has approximately 100 times more gold than gold plated jewelry. It looks and wears like solid 14K gold and has inherent worth unlike gold-plated jewelry which can quickly rub off.

Gold filled bangle bracelets, necklaces for girls and gold filled lockets for children are a fabulous alternative to solid gold which sells for at least triple the price. Our gold filled baby bangles are best sellers. They are classic, durable, and beautiful. Know that our children’s 14K gold filled jewelry is lifetime guaranteed against any manufacturing defects, so you can purchase baby jewelry and children’s jewelry with confidence.

Fixing a Huggie Earring that Won’t Snap Tightly Closed

Huggie Earring with Snap Hinge Closure

Huggie earrings for girls are hoops with a snap hinge closure. Girls love them because they are fashionable and comfortable to wear. They click into place and offer that lovely small hoop look which are a nice change from stud earrings. Over time however, a huggie earring can become loose by failing to click into place as tightly as it used to. If that is the case, it’s time for an adjustment, and we’re going to teach you how to do an easy self-fix and solve the problem!

Take the earring in the open position and gently use your thumb to push up on the curved post. If you do this gently, you will ever so slightly push the curved post upwards and you will find that the earring will close again with a tighter “click.” If you find that you cannot get the earring to close, you may have pushed the curved piece up too much. Try pushing on it ever so slightly to move it downwards a bit. Then try to snap the earring closed. You can adjust the curved post down or up until you hear it click into the locking mode tightly. This small adjustment, from time to time, will keep your huggie earrings tight and working like new. We hope The Jewelry Vine was able to help you figure out how to fix a huggie earring that won’t snap tightly closed anymore!

Treating an Infected Ear Piercing

Ear piercings can become infected, especially when they are new. But there is plenty you can do to prevent it, and we will also tell you how to treat it should it occur.

If your child’s ear piercing is infected you will know because it will have any or all of these symptoms: pain, itching, burning, redness, swelling, tenderness, puss. What do you do for an infected ear piercing?

To treat the infected ear contact your pediatrician for advice. We recommend using the ear piercing cleaner you received when you pierced her ears, or a saline solution. Do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide as these will irritate the already inflamed skin and will slow down the healing process. These substances may very kill bacteria, but they also kill the fresh skin cells her body is making to heal the area. When using ear solution for pierced ears, make sure to clean both sides of her earlobe.

As for the earrings in her ear, do not remove them, unless you know they are the culprit of the infection. Replace them immediately with sterile, clean genuine gold earrings in 14K or children’s earrings in 18K. Earrings that commonly irritate ears after immediate or extended wear are usually fashion earrings as opposed to gold earrings or rhodium plated sterling silver earrings. Removing the earring may seem like the natural thing to do, but in doing so, the hole will likely close up.

To prevent infection, make sure the skin around her piercing and the earring has room to breath. That means the backing on the earring shouldn’t be too tight against her skin. Children that are prone to infected ear piercings may do better with a hoop or lever back style which allows plenty of air to flow around the piercing and the earring. We hope we were able to provide some help on what to do for an infected ear piercing and how to prevent future ones.

Is it better to buy rhodium plated sterling silver jewelry for children as opposed to plain sterling silver?

What is so good about rhodium-plating? In our opinion, everything! We all know that sterling silver naturally tarnishes. For children with sensitive skin or allergies to silver, rhodium plated sterling has become the answer to getting that white gold look with a truly affordable price tag.

What exactly is rhodium? Rhodium is part of the platinum family and is the most expensive of all precious metals.

Let’s talk about the benefits. Firstly, rhodium makes silver jewelry really shine. It has incredible luster. It provides a true no-tarnish finish, so you no longer have to worry about your silver jewelry oxidizing and turning black. It’s silvery-white, hard, doesn’t corrode or scratch easily. It is simply the perfect plating to put over silver jewelry. And for the big one…it is hypoallergenic which means there shouldn’t be any irritation when wearing it. It extends the life of the sterling silver jewelry making it a total pleasure to wear.

And in the children’s jewelry world, this means she gets the look of white gold or platinum for a fraction of the price. Most children’s jewelry manufacturers are now rhodium plating all of their sterling silver jewelry. It is the trend in silver jewelry for kids and it’s here to stay. We hope our blog post helped clear up any concerns you might have about rhodium plated or plain sterling silver jewelry for your children!

Butterfly Rings for Children ~ BFly Rings

Spring is right around the corner! Life begins anew and butterflies flutter through the air. We proudly sell Sterling Silver BFly rings which feature a patented gem-cut stone in 12 vibrant colors – one for each birthstone month. Look no further if you would like a quality, well-priced butterfly children’s ring in a size 1, 2, 3, or 4. (Sorry, no half-sizes). These butterfly rings for children are adorable and shout “Spring.” These are forever popular, always well received. And the Bfly collection comes with matching butterfly necklaces, butterfly earrings, and butterfly bracelets if you would like to make a jewelry set. Each ring is packaged in an adorable BFly gift box. Surprise her for her birthday, for graduation, or just to say, “I love you!” with our adorable butterfly rings for children.

Unicorn Jewelry for Girls ~ Unicorn Earrings and Necklaces

Kids of all ages absolutely love our unicorn jewelry for girls. The unicorn is a beautiful mythical creature ~ typically a white, silver, or golden horse with a single, straight horn projecting from its forehead. Unicorns are associated with innocence and magic and are often featured characters in children’s books and fantasy fiction.

Dangle Unicorn Earrings

Unicorn jewelry is oh, so popular. We have a limited selection of quality unicorn earrings and necklaces for young girls in both silver and gold.

14K Gold Unicorn Pendant Necklace

Our most popular unicorn earring is offered in your choice of 14K yellow white gold with screw on backs, and 14K yellow gold with regular posts and push on backs.

14K Unicorn Earrings
14k White Gold Unicorn Earrings with Screw Backs

How to Figure Out a Child’s Bracelet Size

Let us help you figure out how to determine your children’s bracelet size, so that when you buy a baby bracelet or children’s bracelet it will fit the first time!

To begin, know that there are two types of children’s bracelets: the bangle and the chain or link bracelet. A regular children’s bracelet is formed from chain links, and uses a clasp to secure it on the wrist. The bangle bracelet is slipped on and off the child’s wrist and is often oval in shape but can be perfectly round as well. Most of our bangles have a guard and hinge closure, which means they open up to put on, and then the inner guard slides into the bangle to lock and secure into place (picture a pocket door). This type of child bangle is more secure. It opens up wide to put on and then needs to be opened again to take off. The Jewelry Vine has an extensive collection of gold and silver bracelets and bangles .

HOW TO FIGURE OUT A CHILD’S BRACELET SIZE:

  1. Use a flexible measuring tape or piece of string or ribbon, and gently wrap it around the child’s wrist, just below the wrist-bone, in the same place where you would place a watch.
  2. Take note of the measurement if using a measuring tape, or cut the string to the proper length. Then lay the string out straight and measure it using a ruler.
  3. Add ½” to the measurement to obtain the proper bracelet size.

Sizing for the bangle and the chain bracelet are slightly different. Here is a general sizing guide:

SIZE CHART FOR BRACELETS (TO BE USED AS A GENERAL GUIDE)
AGEBRACELET SIZE
 Newborn – 6 months 4” – 4 ½”
 6 -12 months 4 ½” – 5”
 1 – 4 years 5″ – 5 ½”
 4 – 7 years 5 ½” – 6″
 7 – 10 years 6” –  6 ¼”
Teen 6 ½” – 7”+
SIZE CHART FOR BANGLES (to be used as a general guide)
AGESIZEBANGLE SIZE
 Baby  XS 4 ½” circumference
 2 – 6 years  S 5 ¼” circumference
 6 – 8 years  M 5 3/4″ circumference
 8+ years  L 6 ¼” + circumference

When to Pierce her Ears

On her 3rd Birthday, I took my oldest daughter to get her ears pierced. She was so excited. I held her hand as she held back tears. Sometimes it hurts to be beautiful.

My next baby girl got her ears pierced at 4 months. We had the joy of seeing her in earrings as a baby. Cute, adorable, sweet…she looked divine.

Choosing the right age to pierce your child’s ears is a truly personal decision. There is not a right age. It’s right when it’s right for you or her. Some parents want their child to make the decision. Almost every girl decides she wants pierced ears. It is the norm in almost every culture worldwide for girls to wear earrings.

Although we do not have an opinion on what age you should pierce your child’s ears, we do have an opinion on the type of earrings best to purchase once you are ready to move on from the piercing earrings. We highly suggest 14K gold or 18K gold earrings for her first pair.

We warn our customers to beware of buying gold plated earrings because they are usually flash plated, which means a super thin layer of gold is bonded to a base metal. The plating usually wears off super quickly and leads to skin irritation from the base metal that is underneath. If an irritation results, it must be cared for properly lest a doctor recommends closing up the piercing. Yes, those earrings are cheaper, but certainly not better for her ears.

You will see a beautiful selection of earrings, especially gold screw back earrings which are comfortable and secure. Hopefully, this blog post was able to clear up any confusion or concerns about when to pierce your little one’s ears. We invite you take a peek at The Jewelry Vine.

Jewelry as a Children’s Accessory

The world of children’s accessories is all the rage and jewelry for children is more popular than ever before. A pretty bangle, sweet ring, or pair of earrings always adds style and beauty. Jewelry as a children’s accessory is a great way of introducing your little one to her first necklace, bracelet, or pair of earrings. Shopping for children’s jewelry at The Jewelry Vine is like shopping for sweets in the candy store. So many choices and enticing options. Whether you choose bling, classic elegance, colorful, or sparkle, your gift will make a child feel just like a princess.

Aquamarine is the Birthstone for March Birthday Girls.

This aquamarine is a majestic, light aqua blue stone. The aquamarine is a symbol of youth, hope, and health. Girls born in this month are often brave, strong, creative, energetic, loving, thoughtful and bright. The color matches perfectly with March as spring and all its pastel colors are right around the corner. These are the exciting reasons why March birthday girls simply adore our aquamarine gemstone jewelry.
See March Birthstone Jewelry.

New Jewelry Pacifier Clips

Look at these gorgeous baby girl pacifier clips. You’ll never lose another pacifier again! These beauties make a unique baby gift, or they are perfect as an add-on item with your baby jewelry gift to welcome a new baby. See this new baby jewelry in our collection of Gift Items.

Rainbow Jewelry

Children absolutely adore the newest trend: Rainbow jewelry. New trend in girls and teen jewelry. A colorful rainbow of stones that goes with every outfit. This splash of color on children’s jewelry is beloved, because which girl doesn’t love rainbows? For the coming spring and summer seasons, it is the perfect accessory jewelry. Crown her with color!

Tiny Hoop Earrings