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Her Ear Piercing Looks Uneven ~ What should I do?

You’ve finally got your little girl’s or your baby’s ears pierced, and the piercings seem uneven. So frustrating…and now what? First, know that you are not alone and this is unfortunately not uncommon. The idea placement for the earring piercing is the center of the lobe. If the hole is off to one side and doesn’t look balanced on both ears, it will continue to look this way. If it is too high, it will likely appear even higher over time if the ears were pierced during infancy or early childhood since the ears grow.


The only real remedy to this problem is to take out the earring and let the hole close up. This can be done for both piercings or just one. Once the holes completely heal, you can have the earlobes re-pierced. (You will want to check with your pediatrician regarding how long you will need to wait until you can re-pierce the earlobe.) The re-piercing will be done in a slightly different spot, so if you like where one of the piercings is, we suggest keeping that hole open on the ear by continuing to wear one earring. Yes, it might look a little strange for a few months, but it’s worth it over time.

To make sure the piercing is done correctly, whether the first or second time, go to a reputable piercer who is patient and confident. Ask around to get recommendations for a piercer who has a detail-oriented eye. Many parents opt for their local pediatrician who will use a needle rather than a piercing gun. The angle of the piercing is better controlled with a needle. Know that ears may not be perfectly symmetrical, so make sure that a sterile, surgical marking pen is used before the piercing is done, to mark the exact spot. Look at her face “head on” to see if the appearance of the hole on both ears looks balanced and symmetrical.

And then there are tricks for masking uneven holes if it doesn’t bother you or her. For a stud earring, you can try using a larger earring backing which can position the earring stud in a firmer way against the ear and position it to mask the “unevenness”. Hoop earrings can be slightly bent or adjusted to compensate for uneven holes so that they hang at almost the same length on the ear. Asymmetrical earrings designs can also help mask the unevenness.

Hypoallergenic Jewelry ~ Allergy Free Jewelry: A Little Education – What You Need to Know!


Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Girls love to wear jewelry, but it’s not fun if an allergic reaction sets in, especially an infection caused from an earring. Itchy, red earlobes are irritating. Purchasing fine jewelry from us, as we are a trusted source in fine jewelry for girls for almost two decades, is a good way to avoid an allergic reaction. (We only sell fine jewelry, as opposed to fashion jewelry which has a base metal such as brass with a thin overlay of silver or gold. Fashion jewelry can create itchy, infected ear piercings or fingers because the thin plating wears off and exposes the skin to the base metal.) So here is some helpful information:

How To Know What Jewelry Causes an Allergic Reaction?

Figuring out if a child has a jewelry allergy to a specific jewelry metal comes from trial and error. If the skin by the jewelry is itchy, red or infected, and you’ve ruled out other causes, there may be a metal allergy. This does not mean that you haven’t purchased solid gold or solid sterling silver. Allergies can occur from a metal in the alloy. Some people cannot wear certain metals and may be allergic to a component metal in the gold or silver alloy.

What Are Common Metals in Jewelry that Cause an Allergic Reaction?

The most common culprit of jewelry allergy for some girls is nickel. Our jewelry is nickel free. A few people find they are highly allergic to copper. Copper is a small percentage of the silver alloy used in making sterling silver jewelry and is also part of the alloy in yellow gold jewelry and rose gold jewelry.

What Are Different Types of Hypoallergenic Jewelry?

To avoid an allergic reaction, make sure the jewelry you purchase is hypoallergenic. Our styles are hypoallergenic and 99% of customers do not have an allergic reaction. These are the metals used in jewelry that are most hypoallergenic:

  • 18K Gold
  • 14K Gold
  • Platinum
  • Sterling Silver (92.5% Silver)

What Can I do with an Earring that May Be Causing an Allergic Reaction?

If a child is experiencing an allergic reaction, we suggest healing the reaction by removing the earring and using a different earring you have until the skin shows no sign of an allergic reaction Use an over-the counter anti-biotic ointment if there is any sign of infection and redness by the earring hole. Coat the back of the earring, post, and the earring backing (the screw back piece or push on back) with a layer of clear nail polish. This lacquer will provide a protective barrier. Reapply a layer of polish every now and then and you will hopefully be able to wear the jewelry without issue.

Summer Fun!

Summer is one of the best times of the year, especially if you’re a kid! School is out and warm weather means fun in the pool, days at the beach, sports, barbecues, and loads of no-pressure fun! Accessories always complete the outfit whether she’s sporting a light summer dress, shorts, or a bathing suit. Silver jewelry looks awesome on tanned skin.


Take a peak these themed jewelry collections to enhance your baby’s, girl’s, or teen’s summer look!

Fruit and Food Jewelry like watermelon, cherries, and ice cream.

Flower Jewelry always is fresh and pretty for warm summer months.

The Sea for everything that has to do with the swimming at the pool, the lake, or the ocean.

 

What is Mother of Pearl?

Mother of pearl is the iridescent material on the inside of a mollusk shell. It is typically found in freshwater muscles, pearl oysters, and abalone. This beautiful material is also called nacre. As mollusks protect the inside of their shells from irritants, they coat the shell with layers of nacre, a natural secretion. This substance, with its natural iridescence has been used for centuries in jewelry. It is more common and less expensive than a regular pearl, although made of the same nacre substance. We love Mother of Pearl for its magical beauty and its whispers of the sea. It’s an elegant touch found in many of our jewelry styles for children. To see our nacre jewelry offer, simply type Mother of Pearl in the search bar of our site.

  

2021 Holiday Shopping

When everyone is already talking about holiday season shopping, delivery delays, and supply chain delays you know it’s going to be a challenging situation this year. So is it hype or is this a reality? Well, we’ve been in business since 2016 and in our sage opinion, we don’t think it’s hype. Here’s why…merchandise is sitting on ships at ports waiting for clearance and trucks to unload and then deliver it. Staffing shortages abound. All shipping companies (Fedex, UPS, DHL and our domestic postal service USPS are anticipating, once again, unmanageable volumes. They have all hired additional employees to process the onslaught of packages, but nevertheless there will be delays on every front. It seems that patience is something everyone is going to have to get used to. And this is without inevitable winter storms that slow down transit carriers or COVID related issues. The shipping companies are warning the entire nation that if you don’t buy early, you may not get your gifts by Xmas.

So should you really buy early? Our advice is a resounding “yes”. If you have your gift list ready and your eye on a particular item, we suggest you purchase it sooner than later this year. Restocking sold out items ASAP is our goal, but supplier availability can prevent even our most popular styles from being available until after the New Year. To assist with early purchasing, we are extending our return time for your children’s jewelry purchases this holiday season to January 5th, 2022. (But we always appreciate your early return.)
We certainly hope that the holiday season goes better than expected for everyone. But if it presents challenges, please join us as we focus on all the big and small blessings in our lives, that are priceless and can never be bought. We wish all of our customers a very joyous Chanukah, a Merry Christmas, and a healthy, happy New Year!

Gold Education

If you’re buying gold jewelry for a baby, girl or young teen, here’s a gold education with all the gold information you need!

14K yellow gold and rose gold earrings

Gold is offered in three colors. Yellow gold, White gold, and Rose gold. 14K gold is perfect for everyday wear, although it is still fine jewelry and must be cared for as such.

Pure gold is 24K gold, but it is too soft for jewelry in its purest form. It is combined with alloys (a combination of other metals) and then crafted into jewelry. The percentage of gold is measured in “karats” or “K” or “KT”. This is not to be confused with “carats” which is the weight measurement for gemstones. 14 Karat Gold (14K or 14KT) has 14 parts gold and 10 parts of an alloy. 14K is 53.8% gold. 18K is 75% pure gold.

14K Yellow gold is produced by mixing pure 24K gold with an alloy of other metals, usually silver and copper. A higher amount of copper is used for a darker yellow shade.

14K White gold is made of 24K gold with an alloy of white metals such as palladium, nickel or silver, or zinc. White gold is usually plated with rhodium (a member of the platinum family) to remove any trace of yellow gold. Our white gold jewelry for children is nickel free.

14K Rose gold has become popular over the past few years. Rose Gold is produced by combining 24k gold with an alloy of gold, copper, and silver. The amount of copper added to the alloy determines the shade of the rose gold. The more copper, the more of a pink hue the rose gold jewelry will have.

Your gold jewelry will be stamped, and that is how you know it is authentic, solid gold.

Look for the “14K” or “585” stamp on 14K gold jewelry.

Look for the “18K” or “750” stamp on 18K gold jewelry.

Sterling silver is stamped .925

You can be sure when you buy fine children’s jewelry at The Jewelry Vine that you are purchasing quality, authentic jewelry.

 

Paper Clip Jewelry – Fashion Trend – Don’t Miss It!

Paper Clip Jewelry is one of the hottest jewelry trends this summer. Pretty, rectangle-linked chains go with every outfit and can be worn every day or dressed up. Our pieces come in rhodium plating sterling silver. Don’t miss this popular fashion trend!

https://www.thejewelryvine.com/product/sterling-silver-micro-pave-paper-clip-earrings/

 

Wish List

Savvy shoppers love Wish Lists. A Wish List is a collection of items that pique your interest but you may not be ready to immediately purchase. It’s the middle ground between buying or forgetting!

To use the jewelry wish list on our site, simply click the Add to Wishlist link on the product page. You’ll find the link right under the blue ADD TO CART button. To view your Wish List, click the pink heart at the top of the site (to the right of our logo).

 

Your Wish List will give you an easy way to remind yourself of the jewelry items you are interested in as you shop, or return to shop at a later time. You can also share your wish list by emailing it using the email icon at the bottom of the Wish List page. It looks like this.

Happy Shopping!

Party Favors and Grab Bag Gifts for Under $10 ~ Silver Stud Earrings for Girls

Are you looking for totally awesome and inexpensive party favors or grab bag gift for girls? We have a unique idea for you! Take a look at our silver earrings for under $10. We have the cutest designs in stylish and trendy jewelry motifs. They’re also super-practical as most girls have pierced ears. This is a fresh new gift idea for the girl who has just about everything. And presentation? Our earrings come packaged in our adorable logo jewelry box which is a high quality plastic pink box in the shape of a flower. The look is adorable and easy for gift giving or picking out one from a grab bag. Each pair of stud earrings are .925 sterling silver, hypoallergenic, and no-tarnish. With so many styles to choose from, our girls’ earrings for grab bag gifts are cool, fun, and sure to be adored. You can buy a few of each style, or one of each…it’s all up to you. If you order 15 or more pairs, we’ll also give you the gift of a 15% discount! Please email us for a discount code before placing your order.

Click here to see the whole collection

      

New Luxury Gift Box with The Jewelry Vine Logo

We’re thrilled to present our new luxury jewelry gift box!  It’s the perfect packaging to present your jewelry gift. The jewelry box is finished in a lovely pearlized pink paper with a peach tone. The box is adorned with a gray satin ribbon imprinted with our logo/name The Jewelry Vine. Packed inside its white outer box, it is a stunning presentation and will enhance any jewelry gift you give.

Memorial Day 2020


Some thoughts from us to you…
Memorial Day, May 25, 2020 is especially meaningful this year. Today is an American national holiday honoring those brave souls who served and died fighting for the great liberties we all enjoy. We are privileged to live in a great nation where we have so many freedoms that allow us to live a free and meaningful life. This year, with flags across the nation flying at half-mast, we also remember those we have lost during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This is also a day for reflection. A day to be grateful for the many things in our lives we may have taken for granted against the backdrop of our new reality. Schools have been closed; restaurants, stores, and businesses across the nation are waiting to reopen; social gatherings are limited or non-existent, and life’s celebrations or visits with loved ones have been put on hold.

Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. We’re not sure what summer is going to look like across America this year with COVID-19. We hope all the joys and experiences of summer will come your way.

Our online boutique store remains open and we’re here for you with our beautiful collection of fine children’s jewelry. We’ve been helping grandparents send graduation gifts from afar because this year there are no graduation ceremonies. We’re helping everyone send birthday gifts to young girls because currently there are no birthday parties. We’ve been here for all those new baby gifts to welcome little ones into the world and congratulate their parents on their little one’s arrival. We are still offering free shipping on orders over $50. We are praying that you and your families stay well and we are thankful for the opportunity to service you.

Children’s Jewelry is a special gift from the Tooth Fairy!

An amazing thing about girls’ fine jewelry is it makes a perfect gift to celebrate any occasion. It is also an amazing Tooth Fairy gift idea. One of our customers recently gave her daughter a few silver rings from The Tooth Fairy to celebrate the loss of another tooth. The Tooth Fairy left the jewelry under her pillow one night, with this darling message. We thought this Tooth Fairy gift idea for kids was so original and cute, that we just had to repost it:

Dear Elina,
Congratulations on losing another tooth. It’s a gem! I have been waiting and waiting–just like you! I am so full of joy that I did a few extra twirls in the air as I flew to your house from The Enameled Palace. Enjoy! Don’t eat too many sweets because they aren’t good for your teeth. You are sweet enough already! I look forward to next time.
Tooth Fairy

Too cute, right?

Help Australian Wildlife Harmed in Bush Fires with your purchase of Animal Earrings or Animal Jewelry


Australian Koala Bear and her baby

We love animals and it pains us that Australian wildlife has been devastated from the bush fires. Millions of animals have died and others are in desperate need of care and healing. With your purchase of any animal theme jewelry, we will be donating a portion of the sale to animal rescue and recovery efforts in Australia.

We searched through our animal inspired jewelry and found a pair of sterling silver koala bear earrings and kangaroo earrings styles to add to our collection of fine children’s jewelry. Stand in solidarity with furry friends who need our help!

Toddler Girl Jewelry

Toddler girl jewelry is just precious. Our first pick for your toddler, if she has pierced ears, is our selection of screw back earrings for kids or even small hoop earrings. We have loads of classic and trendy earring styles for toddlers in both gold and silver. Bracelets and bangles are our second pick in toddler jewelry. We love our personalized bracelets which are custom made with her name and your choice of colors. Our guard and hinge bangles are super popular for this age group as well since they don’t slip off the wrist. Rings are our next pick as long as she only wears the ring with supervision and won’t put it in her mouth. Necklaces and lockets make truly beautiful keepsake jewelry for toddlers, and we suggest wearing necklaces daytime only, with supervision.

Since our jewelry is fine jewelry, we always recommend taking the jewelry off for swimming, or playground play or rough and tumble play. Although gift-givers may worry that toddlers are too young for fine jewelry, the truth is that it is safe if worn with care.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and special others in her life love to gift jewelry because it is the type of gift that can be kept as a keepsake and forges strong personal memories for her of the person gifting it. Quality jewelry can become an heirloom to be passed down to the next generation, which makes it especially meaningful in the family. We recommend the gift of fine jewelry from The Jewelry Vine for your toddler to celebrate any milestone such as birthdays, preschool graduations, dance recitals, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and gifts for the flower girl. It’s a treasure she’ll treasure. Check out our jewelry for toddler girls.

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?! We hope this blog post helped provide you with a great earring back replacement hack.

earring with pencil eraser for backing
Pencil eraser is a great temporary earring back substitute

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. Silver jewelry care is important. Trust us, it works wonders on your silver jewelry, and gold jewelry too!

Beauties and the Beach ~ Jewelry when swimming

Does pool safe jewelry exist? 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!” Read on to find out what jewelry you can wear in the pool.

Here is the real deal about swimming and jewelry. 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 fix a broken hoop earring closure easily 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!