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Thursday, November 3, 2016

How Mexican Ethnic Embroidery Clothes and Silver Jewelry Has Taken the High Fashion World in Recent Years


Mexico is everywhere you go these days. From Hollywood and Paris runways to movies and television – Mexican culture and clothing have truly taken the fashion and entertainment worlds by storm. No truer is this then when it comes to ethnic embroidered clothing and especially sterling silver sets and accessories.
It was not too long ago, however, that Mexican fashion and jewelry was simply relegated to traditional folklore shops and small crowded kiosks. However, this is no longer the case as the demand for stunning and vibrant Mexican jewelry –and clothes – continues to soar. In fact, ‘Made in Mexico’ jewelry and attire now blanket a myriad of luxury department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The reason for this fashion and jewelry boom is simply a movement by the youth to blend in traditional styles with modern designs. In fact, young and trend Mexicans no longer buy just local products. While many have purchased clothing and jewelry to support local businesses, hipsters are now opting for upscale Mexican fashions at stores like Abercrombie & Fitch and Urban Outfitters.

According to industry experts, Mexican fashion has truly made a strong comeback in recent years – at home and abroad. For example: locally produced Mexican-style dresses, shirts, and embroidered items are literally selling out at international marts and depots. Designers like Paola Quintero – a fashion coordinator at Elle Mexico – has also seen popular brands like Yakampot, Cihua, and Lorena Saravia flourish worldwide due to unsurpassed quality and designs.

Mexican sterling silver jewelry – especially Taxco inspired – are truly setting new trends on the market as well. From sparkling charm bracelets and necklaces to stunning rings and watches, these items are rapidly replacing gold as preferred gifts for countless buyers and customers. When coupled with dazzling Mexican attire, sterling silver truly accentuates any fashionable or trendy look.
Flying Bliss Taxco Silver Earrings

While Mexican textile manufacturers were previously relegated to only suppliers – they now feature industry- leading designers that are meeting the growing demand for products at home and abroad. In fact, Mexican fashions are not only innovative but are also finding mass acceptance by mainstream consumers. This includes cultural jewelry, which truly captures the allure and essence of Old Mexico with a contemporary touch.

So popular are Mexican fashions and jewelry that Mexico City was recently ranked as “the number one fashion market in Latin America.” This is courtesy of Brenda Diaz la Vega – Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Mexico and Latin America. The latest Mexican fashion boom has not only inspired clothing, attire, and silver jewelry – but also trendy and fashionable footwear. In fact, Ricardo Seco – Mexican designer – recently saw his indigenous hand-beaded designs incorporated into New Balance sneaker lines. This is just one of many examples of how Mexican fashion has and continues to impact countless industries and niches across the world.
Whether looking to spruce up your wardrobe or add some
silver pendants or chains to your look - Mexican jewelry and attire will continue to soar in global popularity for years to come.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

How to Properly Take Care of Silver
Happy Spring Taxco Silver Choker

Sterling silver jewelry continues to soar in global popularity. From silver bracelets and earrings to rings and necklaces – these items are synonymous with true elegance and perfect for all occasions. Like other precious metals, however, silver is not exempt from tarnishing or corrosion. In fact, oxygen and sulfur always comes into contact with sterling silver jewelry sets, pieces, and accessories. These elements bond to the surface of the items and cause them to appear dirty or discolored. This is why so many silver items lay dormant in countless jewelry boxes across the world.
Fortunately, there are a few ways to effectively clean, store, and prevent tarnishing for all your favorite silver items. In fact, these following tips and suggestions can truly restore the natural luster and shine of your silver. This helps to increase its value over time – while preventing the elements from gaining a foothold on your sterling silver pieces again.

Preventive Care Solutions

Whether for anklets, charm bracelets, or lavish and exquisite silver jewelry sets – did you know that wearing these items often can prevent tarnishing? In fact, the oils in your skin can help “clean” the silver and keep them looking shiny and robust. While this may seem a bit farfetched –leading silver manufacturers and brands have always encouraged clients and customers to wear their sets and accessories frequently. Simply placing these items in boxes or even glass cases can result in oxidization and tarnishing that can de-valuate your items and render them worthless over time.

Avoid Exposure

As with any precious metal or jewelry, contact with household chemicals can cause irreparable harm and damage. To effectively protect your fine silver and secure longevity, you must avoid excessive exposure to the following chemicals and elements:

·         Excessive perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water, and household cleaning solvents and solutions.

·         Any items that contain sulfur, including but not limited to mayonnaise, latex, wool, mustard, and onions.

·         Prevent corrosion and tarnish by removing your silver jewelry from the body when doing household chores, swimming, and especially sunbathing.
Keep silver away from lotions, cosmetics, hair spray, and even perfume. These are considered “enemies of silver” and are known to accelerate tarnishing.
 Storage Solutions

Silver is mainly tarnished by exposure to air –and the chemicals and elements found within. To effectively safeguard your items, you will need airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips. These can be found at local grocery stores, while anti-tarnish cases are available at area jewelry venues. While bags
are a great storage and preventative care solution – NEVER store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag. Remember, silver is a soft metal and contact with other pieces can result in scratches and abrasions.
Link or chain bracelets should be kept unhooked or unclasped to prevent scratches as well. If placing items in cases – try placing these boxes in rooms or areas that have lower humidity. This will prevent moisture from tarnishing the pieces – and you can even place pieces of chalk, activated charcoal, or silica gel in the storage areas to minimize tarnish and refortify protection.

Polishing Tips

Polishing your silver works well when tarnishing is not too severe. In fact, regular polishing (using commercial cleaners but not all the time) is considered the best way to clean oxidized silver – and preserve their natural shine and allure. As mentioned earlier, silver is soft and always susceptible to scratching. Therefore, you should use a special silver cleaning cloth to polish your items. These can be found online or at local jewelry shops – but other soft non-abrasive cloths will work as well. These, of course, must be lint-free flannel or microfiber based materials that will not harm your silver.
Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleaners
When polishing your sterling silver jewelry, cutlery, or even tea sets – use long back-and-forth motions that emulate the grain of the silver. For example: use long motions for long grains and shorter ones for shorter grains. NEVER rub in circles as many people unfortunately do, as this will accelerate any existing scratches or abrasions. You can also use a Q-Tip for small and intricate areas, and always use different parts of the cloth to avoid placing any tarnish back on the silver.

Professional Silver Care Cleaners

Unless your pieces are heavily tarnished – or you simply don’t have time to clean them – professional silver cleaners are always available. With years of extensive industry experience, these specialists have the tools and expertise to remove tarnish and restore your pieces back to normal. They also specialize in cleaning vintage, fragile, or valuable silver pieces, accessories and sets as well.

Commercial Silver Cleaners

Commercial silver polishes are easy to find and use. However, they do have a myriad of drawbacks – and should never be extensively used to clean or polish silver. For one, the vapors from silver polishes can cause health problems, and can even be fatal if inhaled in a closed or unventilated room. The powerful cleaning solvents founds in commercial cleaners may also need to be disposed of in an environmentally-friendly manner. This prevents the cleaners –after they are done – from contaminating groundwater.
In addition to health issues, extensive use of commercial silver cleaners can actually cause more harm to your sterling silver pieces. This is because they remove the anti-tarnish coating and valuable patina within items. While cleaners do secure a temporary shine or buff – your silver will tarnish more quickly since their surfaces have now been breached and broken down. According to silver experts, it is simply best to use anti-tarnish cloths (dry) for regularly cleaning your sets and accessories.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Día de los Muertos
Dancing Couple Taxco Silver Pendant-Brooch

Dia de Los Muertos
  - or Day of the Dead – is a popular holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. It is also celebrated by people of Mexican ancestry living in other countries – namely the United States. As a multi-day holiday and festival, Dia de Los Muertos pays homage and respect to friends and family members that have passed away. The holiday unites friends, loved ones, and neighbors in celebrating the passing of relatives – instead of mourning them. In fact, the celebration consists of dancing, extravagant costumes and silver jewelry to keep away evil spirits, and especially great food and drink.  In 2008, UNESCO officially honored this annual Mexican holiday, which helps support the spiritual journeys of the deceased and is marked by nationwide dances, parades, and much more.

Holiday Origins and Traditions
Flirty Catrina Taxco Silver Earrings
Dia de Los Muertos, of course, is a public holiday in Mexico – that dates back to the 16th century. Before Spanish colonization, the celebration primarily took place in the beginning of summer. However, the holiday became associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2 to correlate with the Western Christian traditions of Halloween and All Saints/Souls Day. Traditions between the Western and Mexican holidays also complimented each other – especially when it came to donning extravagant costumes and even sterling silver jewelry to ward off evil spirits or apparitions. Like in other Mexican cities, Taxco celebrates the holiday with traditional private altars called ofrendas. These are built to honor the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods or snacks of the departed.
Like other faiths and religions, Mexicans also mark the holiday by leaving possessions of the deceased at their respective graves. This practice is even observed in other nations where they also leave ornaments and even jewelry to mark the passing of their loved ones and friends. These items are then given to the cemetery staff to keep or to submit as charitable donations.

Celebrated Across the World
According to scholars, the modern Mexican holiday dates back hundreds of years to an Aztec festival. This event was dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl, and was primarily observed by the indigenous people and tribes of Mexico. The holiday has since spread across the word – and many cultures have utilized Dia de Los Muertos as a model for honoring their own relatives and friends that have passed on. In Mexico, the holiday has become a national symbol, which is taught at several schools. The celebration is also intertwined with All Saints Day, which is associated with the Catholic Church.

Holiday Observance Jewelry
Decorated Mexican Silver Skull Ring

Like Mardi gras and other popular holidays, Dia de Los Muertos is observed by wearing vibrant and innovative jewelry. While families gather to honor the dead –they also celebrate with parades, music, foods, drinks, and national festival parties. These events feature people of all ages wearing costumes, along with innovative and creative jewelry to express their feelings and pay respect to fallen loved ones and friends. Some of the more popular jewelry sets and accessories include but are not limited to:
* Colorful Day of the Dead charm bracelets.
* Sugar Skull earrings, anklets, and sparking necklaces.
* Cross Skull charm bracelets, rings, and chains.
* Sterling silver ornaments and lavish jewelry sets.

From Taxco, Mexico, to Spain and America, Dead of the dead jewelry continues to soar in global popularity. With so many styles and designs to choose from, families are truly able to cherish their memories of their love ones with singing, dancing, music and specially jewelry and accessories worn in their honor.
The Mexican Day of the Dead celebration is similar to other culture's observances of a time to honor the dead. The Spanish tradition included festivals and parades, as well as gatherings of families at cemeteries to pray for their deceased loved ones at the end of the day.


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Organizing your Precious Jewelry

Handcrafted Taxco Silver Jewelry

So you are a big fan of jewelry, you may not have anything that cost you a fortune exactly but apart from money value there is often tremendous emotional value attached to these pieces. There is your first pair of sterling silver ear hoops your mother bought you for your 13th birthday, the exquisite vintage Mexican onyx pendant you saved up for ages to buy so you could wear it to your prom, or perhaps the handcrafted silver bracelet set with Malachite your husband gave you when you were first dating. It doesn’t matter what a broker would give for the trinkets you have. For you it’s a treasure that makes you feel richer than the Queen of England.

The question arises: how do you organize all these pieces so they don’t get damaged and to make sure you have no problem finding them when in a hurry? This is what I am going to help you out with in this article. Read on below for some great tips on how to organize your jewelry:

Tip No. 1: Put all the jewelry on a table and carefully look through it. Are there any pieces that are broken? Anything that is mismatched or belong in a museum? Get rid of it.

Tip No. 2: The pieces that can still be redeemed despite being broken or damaged, fix them!

Tip No. 3: Clean the sterling silver jewelry with a silver polish. Another amazing way of cleaning it is to rub it with toothpaste. Do it the old fashioned way using a toothbrush. Reach into all the cracks and details. When you are satisfied, rinse and dry.

Tip No. 4: If you own any gold or platinum jewelry, clean it by diluting 2 tablets of Alka-Seltzer in approximately 250 ml water (a glassful I should say). Dip the jewelry in this solution for 2 minutes.

Tip No. 5: Again, for gold or platinum jewelry, you can make a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid and soak it. After several minutes, take out the jewelry and rinse it. Dry with a lint-free cloth.

Tip No. 6: Like items must be stored together. You can keep especially expensive or fragile items in their original packing. It is best to keep silver jewelry in jewelry pouches or in jewelry boxes that have thick felt lining.

Tip No. 7: Invest in a small but nice looking jewelry box that you can store everyday jewelry pieces in. Like your rings and small studs and hoops in. It would also make for an excellent ornament for your dresser.

Tip No. 8: To store your gold, copper, platinum or silver chains run them through a straw ensuring you fasten the clasp. This will prevent any knots from forming.

Tip No. 9: Get a mug tree for hanging your sterling silver necklaces putting the longer ones on the top-most branches.

Tip No. 10:  If you are looking for a really cheap but safe way of storing your  jewelry, specially silver jewelry, since it can be scratched easily, and it can tarnish very quickly, get ziplock bags. Buy really small ones to separate the different pieces and you’ll still be able to see what’s inside giving you easy access.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jewelry and Clothing - Securing the Perfect Combination

Jewelry and clothing simply go hand in hand. While we define our particular styles through the clothes we don – accessories also play a pivotal role in showcasing our distinct and unique flares. From 
sterling silver pendants and charm bracelets to necklaces and even anklets – jewelry will always have a place at the fashion table. In fact, jewelry helps us tap into a myriad of fashionable trends – and while part of the overall style equation – how does one secure the perfect combination between apparel and accessories? According to industry experts, it is simply a matter of knowing which jewelry set or pieces works and effectively matches your personal décor.
Each Jewelry Piece Must Match the Occasion – and your particular taste
While there are no rules set in stone, today’s trendier styles tend to be less conventional than decades past. In fact, the digital age has seen a strong resurgence in wild and almost outlandish outfits and jewelry sets. No truer is this then when it comes to the fashion Mecca of the world – New York City. In recent years, the Big Apple has seen a strong return of charm and silver bracelets hanging on many a wrist. These accessories seem to go with practically anything you want to wear, including the sexiest nightclub outfits to conservative business suits.
Another past player has returned in a dramatic way as well. This, of course, is the traditional brooch, which is now being sported by countless men and women across NYC and the world. The brooch represents style and sophistication – while truly capturing the allure and essence of traditional jewelry wear. In a nutshell, no matter which jewelry piece you select, it should reflect your innermost tastes and preferences. However, it should also match your outfit and correlate with the occasion at hand.
Less is more – or is it?
When it comes to syncing your jewelry and wardrobe, the “less is more” approach always seems to work. In fact, you do not need overly large or extravagant jewelry just to make a fashion statement. For example: wearing a thin silver or gold necklace with a black dress is the perfect way to showcase style and class. The same can also be said for men that wear geometric or futuristic watches to enhance their look and appeal. In many ways, the more streamlined, polished, and centralized your look – the easy it is on the eyes.
There are some, however, that completely disagree with the current trends and norms. In fact, many of these individuals – both women and men – love testing the waters of jewelry and clothing combinations. This includes wearing long necklaces over ties for men, along with mix and match sets for women. Another popular constant is to choose jewelry that not only matches your clothes but also your skin tone. In fact, metals and gems can truly illuminate your natural skin tones, while enhancing your inner and outer beauty as well. There are a myriad of jewel stones and gems to select from: sapphire, amethyst, gold, and especially silver.
Handcrafted Mexican Silver and Turquoise Choker

While turquoise can bring out the natural color of your eyes, gold is considered perfect for brunettes. Silver seems to go with anything and everything – including casual apparel, sports attire and even the latest evening and social wear. From lavish and elegant dresses to trendy and fashionable suits, jewelry can truly accentuate and enhance the look of any designer or homemade outfit. It’s simply a matter of finding the right items and accessories that not only looks right – but makes you feel great as well.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Wearing Mexican silver pins and brooches

Pins and brooches from Mexico

Pins and brooches made from Mexican silver by local artisans are a great addition to your accessory collection. They are elegant with a unique flair. If you’re unsure of how to wear a pin in your everyday life, we have a few suggestions.

How to wear pins and brooches

Ditch the standard practice of wearing a pin on the outside of a jacket or sweater. Here are a few new and cute ways to pin it.
  1. Lapel- To add something extra to a plain work outfit place a pin on your shirt. Wear your smaller, more delicate pins on the lapel of a plain dress shirt or blouse.
  2. Scarf- While running errands, pin a brooch to your scarf. It can work double duty by making your outfit more stylish and even holding your scarf closed.
  3. Straps- For that little black dress, a pin to the strap will make your outfit look more put-together.

Mexican silver jewelry wholesale

For all your Mexican silver jewelry shop at Mexico Sterling. Selling both contemporary and vintage pieces, you’re sure to find a piece that suits your style. For any inquiries, contact Mexico Sterling at (510)235-5859.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Interesting Facts About Amber

Amber is one of the world's most treasures: the transparent substance looks like a gem, but it is not completely of the earth as gems are. Amber began its existence as resin that often trapped insects, then over millions of years, the substance, with the insects still trapped inside, became fossilized. Prized for its beauty as well as its scientific interest, amber enhances its value by preserving an instant in time from millions of years ago.
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Simojovel, Chiapas, is one of the world's top three sites for the most sought amber (the other two are Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, and, broadly, the coast of the Baltic sea). Chiapas is the southernmost state in Mexico and runs along the border with Guatemala. Simojovel amber is clear with colors ranging from a bright golden color to blood-red. Simojovel amber is well known for the primeval insects found locked within it. The amber and its insects date from the late Oligocene to Early Miocene epochs, 23 to 30 million years ago. Mayan artifacts often include amber, and in the latter days of the Mayan culture, many of these artifacts were paid to the Aztecs in tribute.

Scientists say amber is the petrified resin of trees. Resin should not be confused with sap, which is "the blood" of trees that circulates through the a tree to circulate the nutrients derived from the soil by the roots as well as the sweet products of photosynthesis from the leaves. Resin, meanwhile, serves no purpose in the distribution of nutrition through trees. It seeps out the  surfaces of certain trees like pine trees. Yet even scientists do not know what purpose these divine tears of  solar godesses serve.

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On rare occasion, resin falls into a place in nature deep in the earth. High pressure and temperatures modify the resin molecularly so they form long chains or polymers—in other words fossilized amber becomes a substance much like a hard and enduring plastic.
It's important to remember that although amber is a fossil, it doesn't have the durability of stone fossils. Amber will dissolve in in alcohol, ether and chloroform, and heated above 200 degrees C., it will produce an oil of amber and a black residue called amber pitch. It can also be dissolved in turpentine or linseed oil to produce amber varnish.

The oldest amber dates from the Upper Carboniferous period, 320 million years ago, and the more common forms date from the Cretaceous period, 150 million years ago. This latter form often contains insects and preserves soft parts that would not be preserved by ordinary fossilization. In terms of market value, scientific interest, intellectual curiosity, and simple adornment purposes, amber with insects has the greatest value.

For the past 13,000 years—since cave man days—amber has been used as jewelry. Polished stones made from amber are often mounted in sterling silver to produce beautiful pieces. Those with insects visible in the amber have especially good financial as well as conversation-starting value, so they have settings of corresponding value as well.

The ancient Greeks concocted a delightful but sad myth to explain amber. Phaeton was the son of Helios, the Sun. One day ambitious Phaeton persuades doting Helios to allow him to drive the chariot of the sun across the sky. But Phaeton is too young to control the solar chariot, and he loses control of the powerful horses pulling the chariot, and before he can crash into the earth and cause great damage, Zeus zaps him with a thunderbolt. The mourning of Phaeton's sisters transforms them into poplar trees, and their tears become the precious substance electrum, meaning "beaming sun," which was the Greek phrase for what we call amber—the joy of sunlight wrought, through tears of pain, as a precious substance.
Yet beyond its scientific, social, and adornment value, amber might well have a spiritual value as well. You might not believe in Helios, spoiled Phaeton, and the tears that Phaeton's sisters cried, but that beautiful piece of jewelry around your neck links you to over a hundred million years of the history of life on earth. Or perhaps you will simply take great pleasure in owning a piece of beautiful and valuable amber.

If you'd like to see some samples of this amazing fossils, visit Mexico Sterling where Taxco silver and
Simojovel amber jewelry is displayed with the most unique and artistic artisan designs.