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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.

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.

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.

Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings for Girls

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 rings 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!”

Unicorn Jewelry for Girls ~ Unicorn Earrings and Necklaces

Girls of all ages love unicorns. 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 determine her 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. 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. 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.

Pacifier Clip

Rainbow Jewelry

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!

Rainbow Bolo Bracelet
Tiny Hoop Earrings