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The Ultimate Self-Love Mantra Guide

Ayana MillerComment

Do you love mantras and the power of positivity?

Or maybe you've just been curious about the methodology for quite some time and haven't gotten around to making any intentional and continuous change. 

If you follow Love Yanz, then you know my story of how I used (and am still using) mantra jewelry to transform my relationships, career, and finances.  Specifically how I've: 

  • Improved cocommunication in my relationships
  • Made thousands of dollars in less than 6 months with a hobby
  • Opened a franchise that is projected to gross over $1 million in sales this year

This isn't a gimmick or a get rich quick scheme. I'm no guru or life coach trying to upsell you a self-love training course, because it's unnecessary. The power already exists within you. The question is whether or not you'll learn to intentionally begin to tap into that power.   

Do you believe it?  Download the free guide to learn tips to act on it. 

Do you believe it?  Download the free guide to learn tips to act on it. 

The power of mantras are not just a myth. When intentionally applied, they can have a real impact on how you perceive the world and how the world perceives you. I could get into the subject of spiritual dimensions, vibrations, and what not, but I won't waste your time. If you're still reading, then chances are that you: 

1. Have experienced the power of mantras and want to go to the next level  

or

2. Have never experienced the power of mantras but are curious about how to get started

 So, what thoughts are holding you back right now? 

Love, 

Yanz

How to Rock a Bangle the right way

Ayana Miller

Who doesn't love a cute bangle? It's a nice way to add a little pizazz to an otherwise plain wrist and outfit. However, we've all seen the case of bangle gone wrong- too many, too colorful, too thick, or just wrong. Here's a quick punchlist of how to wear a bangle the right way:

  1. Do stack. Mixing and matching is a great way to make your bangle stack stand out. Play with texture too! 
  2. Don't mix metals. Things can get tricky quickly, but one rule you'll likely want to follow is sticking to one metal- silver or gold are usually the most common. 
  3. Do wear bangle on both wrists. If you're going to stack, be sure to strike a balance. Both of your wrists want some love! 
  4. Don't go to mid-arm. Too many bangles can look like a mess! Instead, find a healthy balance just above the wrist. Preferences will vary, but it may be useful to use the weight or sounds as indicators of what will be comfortable for you! 

Love,  

Yanz  

How to Use a Statement Necklace to Stand Out in the Right Way

SPRING 2016Ayana MillerComment

Love statement necklaces? You're in luck!

Statement necklaces are all over the place right now and are a fabulous way to take a simple outfit up about a thousand notches. In fact, that's part of the secret to you wearing the necklace versus the necklace wearing you!

Your statement necklace speaks a thousand words. Regardless of whether it's multi-colored, short or long, thick, thin or in-between, the necklace is putting in work, so let it do its job and keep everything else simple.

Compliment.

The best way to contrast a statement necklace is with a complimenting color. Black on silver, black on gold, color block on color block. Give your piece a complimenting fabric (via your blouse or dress) that will make it pop. Patterns may work, but proceed with caution! 

Prioritize. 

If you decide that you want to wear a statement necklace, then you must make that your priority accessory. Skip huge earrings, big bracelets, and other accessories like hats or scarves that may create a distraction. You want the focus on you wearing the necklace and nothing else. 

Scale. 

Size matters. Always. While it may seem that "Bigger is better" when it comes to statement necklaces, that is not necessarily the case. Your statement necklace should be proportional to the rest of your outfit and body. If you're petite, don't try to pull off anything too huge. If you've got broad shoulders, opt for a statement necklace that will accentuate your features as opposed to conceal them. 

 

Love, 

Yanz

 

 

How to Wear Silver and Gold Jewelry at the Same Time

SPRING 2016Ayana MillerComment

Have you ever wanted to wear a gold ring, but you already decided on a silver statement necklace because it went perfectly with you outfit and you just don't think it looks "right"? Or do you feel like you have to wear silver rings the rest of your life because your wedding ring is silver? Stop. Breathe. It's going to be ok.  

Because guess what? The fashion police are not going to come after you. The rule book is pretty much out the window on this one. 

Fashion (and especially accessories!) are meant to be fun. Nevertheless, here are some simple guidelines to consider as you rock multiple metal hues: 

Limit yourself to 2-3 different metal colors.

While it's ok to throw the rule book out, you don't want to go too crazy with your newfound freedom. Gold and silver are a nice combo as well as rose gold and gold or rose gold and silver. When you start mixing more 4 or more metals, you may take away from every individual piece. 

Maintain a theme.

Remember in science class when you had the independent variables (the thing "I" change) and the dependent variables (the things that change on their own)? Well, that's coming back (Sorta). While it's fine to play around with color, you don't want to go over board with other variables, like the styles you choose. Let's use rings as an example.  There should be some obvious themes if you decide to wear multiple rings of various metals. Maybe they are all simple, wire rings or thin midi rings or double rings. Just make sure you keep some elements consistent since you are changing

Keep it balanced.

Following closely to the importance of theme is the importance of balance. Try wearing the rings on different fingers of your hands and spreading them out in a way that looks and feels balanced to you. If you're wearing a large statement necklace, then opt for simpler rings or bangles if they are a different metal color. It's an art, not a science, so go with what feels right to you! This is supposed to be fun, after all. 

Have you played around with different metal colors with your jewelry? Feel free to leave a comment below or share some pics on Instagram and tag @loveyanzjewelry in your post. 

Love, 

Yanz

3 Surprisingly Free Jewelry Services

SPRING 2016Ayana MillerComment

Although most things in life aren't free, there are some jewelry services that actually are offered at no charge to you! Why? It's simple. These services are an opportunity for jewelry stores to get you to come in and look around. Plus, it feels so special and exclusive.  The free services are low cost to them since they have the tools and materials in stock anyway, but it shows that they care about their customers. You don't even have to own jewelry from the store to have them do this work! However, the pieces you ask them to service should be quality pieces (sterling silver, gold, rose gold etc.) Nice perk, right? 

Try out these free services at a fine jewelry store the next time you're at your local mall. Your friends will be impressed with your knowledge of fine jewelry services and you'll have jewelry that's like new! 

1. Clean. 

It takes under 10 minutes for a professional jeweler to run jewelry pieces through an ultrasonic cleaner. 

Pro Tip: Be careful of having delicate pieces like chains cleaned using this method. You may want to call ahead to ensure they will have someone there who can assist and set aside the time needed to ensure your piece is taken care of! 

2. Inspect.

Have you inherited a piece of jewelry or found a piece at a local thrift store that you want to learn more about? While a jewelry appraisal will cost you some cash, you can take the piece in to get inspected. This basically means that they tell you if there's anything wrong with the piece- if it may need a new clasp, if the plating is worn, if the chain is weak, etc. This will give you an initial understanding of the maintenance required for a piece. They of course will then make an offer to fix it for you for a fee. You can choose to taken them up on the offer, shop around, or just keep the info in your back pocket until you'ready to do something with your piece. Knowledge is power!  

3. Polish.

Similar to cleaning, you'd be surprised how quickly a simple polish can take your jewelry from plain to sparkly. There's nothing quite like walking around with clean jewelry. Just stop by a jewelry store and ask if they would be willing to polish your piece (typically rings). They may start talking up some products while you wait, but it's so worth it to have your piece returned to you as fresh as the day you received it. 

Have you had any luck getting free services for your jewelry? Share your experiences in the comments below and signup for the newsletter to stay up to date on the latest! 

Love,

Yanz 

How to Find Fine Jewelry that Won’t Break the Bank

SPRING 2016Ayana MillerComment

There's no doubt that buying inexpensive jewelry has it's perks:

- You can always afford to have the latest fashion and styles to go with every outfit and style you can imagine

- There is very little, if any, maintenance needed

- If you lose or break the piece, it's easy to replace it or move on

However, there may come a time when you want to treat yourself. Maybe it's to celebrate a special occasion like landing your dream job or buying a piece for your wedding that you'll want to pass down in your family. Whatever the occasion, you should know that finding a high end piece of jewelry doesn't have to mean handing over your entire life-savings to a jewelry store. 

Here's how to approach shopping for nice jewelry pieces that won't break the bank: 

Focus on one accessory.

Unlike walking into your favorite department store and picking out an outfit, shoes, jewelry, and grabbing some candy from the checkout line, finding a nice piece of jewelry will require some planning. It's unlikely that you will build your entire jewelry collection all at one time (although that's awesome if you can!) Pick one key accessory you want to wear as a staple piece of jewelry or that you'll enjoy wearing for special occasions. Is it a cocktail ring with a gemstone, a diamond necklace for formal events, or a pair of pearl earrings for everyday wear? Narrow your accessory goals to what makes sense for your immediate needs and budget (see number 3 for more on this point). 

Research respected brands.

We're all familiar with Tiffany's and Kay's, but there are so many talented jewelry artists and companies that can offer you quality pieces without paying for the brand name. Once you know that you're looking for quality pearl earrings, for instance, it's easier to search who's who in the pearl earring industry and learn more about your options. For instance, for pearls alone, you have the option of type (ahoy, freshwater, tahitian, south sea), color- often referred to as the body color (black, white, white rose, pink, gold, and silver), shape (round, off round, semi-baroque, oval and teardrop), size, and smoothness. 

Pro tip: Any reputable jewelry company will provide some education about the options available and explain why they offer the services that they do. Ask questions! If you don't like the responses, then keep shopping!

Determine your non-negotiables.  

As your research deepens, you will begin to get a better understanding of the market for your piece. You'll learn what the high end of the market includes as well as some options you may not have realized you had. Ultimately you will have to decide what are non-negotiables for you. For instance, does the roughness of a pearl matter to you? The smoother a pearl, the higher the cost. If you can handle a pearl that is rougher, then you're going to find cheaper options- without sacrificing overall quality! This pearl will last forever regardless of how rough it is. On the other hand, if you want a rare, very smooth conch pearl, then you may have to keep saving or searching until you find a brand that can provide exactly what you're looking for. 

Splurge (wisely)!

Now that you've done your research and determined your non-negotiables for your special piece, you are ready to approach the jewelry stores you know will carry exactly what you're looking for. You will know what questions to ask and will help the jewelers identify the best options for you. You may even find that they offer seasonal discounts, promotions, or have an annual sale on the exact item you're looking for. All the planning and research you've done to this point will make the purchase that more meaningful. 

Have you already started purchasing fine jewelry? What steps did you take to in order to ensure that you were getting the most value for your money? Share your comments and experiences in the comments section below!

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Love,

Yanz  

5 Foolproof Tips for Gifting Jewelry

SPRING 2016Ayana MillerComment

Jewelry is a great gift for any occasion, however, you have to understand the person you're buying for in order to make sure it's a hit and not a miss! Here are 5 foolproof tips for gifting your girlfriends jewelry that will be sure to win you respect without spending a fortune.

1. Budget.

Avoid spending too much or too little for a piece. The best way to go about this is to decide up front how much you're willing to spend and do some research about the best quality jewelry you can afford in that price range. When you decide your budget upfront, you can go into higher-end stores and shop the sales with confidence and know that your friend will appreciate both the thought and quality of your gift. If you're really strapped for cash, keep an eye on sites like ebates.com which offers money back on purchases. Who knew gifting would put money in your account!?!? 

2. Be Subjective.

Seriously, ladies (and gents). This one should be a given. Don't buy anything you wouldn't wear. Don't take this too literally though. While you and your friends may have different styles and tastes, when you're gifting, think about things that you'd want to receive. It's your chance to be picky! Think about how your friend asks your opinion when shopping- use that same perspective to make purchases for them! 

3. Observe.

Look for patterns in the person you're gifting jewelry to. Do they wear more gold or silver? Hoops or posts? If they've never worn a statement necklace in their life and haven't mentioned wanting to do so, then this occasion is not the time to think they'd like to branch out. Start taking notes of what they say they want and what they actually wear. The perfect gift will be a combination of both. 

4. Customize. 

Buying custom is a great way to show that you put thought and energy into a gift. It goes a step beyond saying, I got this at XYZ store. Custom gifts are unique and one-of-kind. They are a great way to get more bang for you buck. Try a site like Etsy.com and search for custom pieces. You can pretty much do anything you want with customizations- a name, birthday, birthstone, nickname, inside jokes, special dates. The possibilities are endless!  

Pro Tip: Loveyanz.com offers free customization on all applicable purchases and will include a personal note on all orders noted as gifts! 

5. Plan.

This may seem like an obvious tip as well, but you'd be surprised as to how many people wait until the very last moment to shop for gifts for the important people in their lives. It happens to everyone- time gets away and you find yourself without time to get the gift you truly want- the custom gift, the thing your friend really said they wanted but will take 5 days to arrive, being strategic to find out their ring size, etc.. The best workaround for this is to plan ahead. Set reminders on your phone for the months leading up to special gifting occasions and start making steps (like budgeting and shopping around) to make sure you have enough time to actually get an amazing gift! 

Have you ever gifted or received amazing jewelry? Share your stories below and be sure to sign up for the Love yanz newsletter so that you never miss the latest! 

Love, 

Yanz

 

Love Yanz Basics: How To Remove Tarnish

Ayana MillerComment

Even with the best intentions and care, jewelry will tarnish over time. Base metals  (the kind that most fast fashion/costume jewelry is made of) tends to go through this process much quicker than precious metals (14K gold, sterling silver, and platinum, for example) due to the chemical reactions that occur when metals are exposed to the air and chemicals in it. 

At Love Yanz, we embrace costume jewelry because we recognize its convenience for people who don't want to spend a fortune on a jewelry piece that they don't need long-term or don't plan to keep forever. It's our philosophy that some jewelry is meant to be fun and for the moment. Creating jewelry out of base metal allows for that flexibility at an affordable price.

If you're a savvy customer, you still expect to get the most bang for your buck. This means that you may have to dedicate some time (and a few resources) to keep your costume jewelry looking as great as the day you bought it. 

Exposing your jewelry to sun can cause damage over time, but there's one type of sunshine that's great for jewelry. Keep reading to find out more!

Exposing your jewelry to sun can cause damage over time, but there's one type of sunshine that's great for jewelry. Keep reading to find out more!

Here are a few at-home remedies for getting rid of tarnish: 

Sunshine Cloths (Our Pick)

Sunshine cloths are a professional jeweler's dream, but are easy for anyone to use. They are the secret to getting high shine with final effort. These professional cleaning cloths and their competitors have become more readily available in our direct to consumer culture. 

Pro Tip: You can buy sunshine cloths in bulk on Amazon.com. They are super effective in cleaning and polishing simultaneously, but if you have multiple pieces, then you'll definitely want to grab more than a few. They turn a dark color as they clean and they cannot be washed. 

Ketchup

The acidity in ketchup makes it an ideal cleaning agent for fast removal of tarnish. The fact that most people have this ingredient at home helps too! Place the ketchup on a soft cloth and gently polish the piece; applying additional pressure in areas that are severely tarnished. Rinse any additional ketchup off with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Water, Salt and Baking Soda

Warm 3 parts water in an appropriately sized bowl for your jewelry piece. Mix in 1 part salt and 2 parts baking soda. Gently dip the piece in the bowl and mix to ensure the piece is submersed in the mixture. The piece should clean without much scrubbing, but follow up with a soft cloth as needed. As an alternative for heavy duty needs, try creating a paste out of the same ingredients and applying to areas in need of attention. Be sure to dry the piece thoroughly.

Pro Tip: There are few variations on this approach that you may want to try depending on your tarnish levels and available ingredients. One alternative is water, vinegar and salt. Be aware that vinegar is highly acidic! You shouldn't leave any jewelry in a vinegar bath for extended periods of time. 

Love, 

Yanz

 

 

 

 

Love Yanz Basics: How to Care for Copper Jewelry

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Take out a handful of pennies. It's likely the case that they vary in patina (color) and shade, Pennies are one of the most well-known real-life uses of copper. Copper is an attractive metal for money and for other items such as jewelry because of its price and durability. However, simply touching a solid copper item can cause it to patina (also referred to as discoloring). This process can be expedited by your body's own reactions (e.g. medications, perspiration, and general body chemistry). 

At Love Yanz, we prefer to use the term "patina" over discoloration because patina is a natural process that is highly desirable and sought after. In fact, some jewelers will use chemicals to create a patina effect. Love Yanz bangles include a dark lettering that is achieved by a process called oxidation that adds a dark patina to the entire piece. This is then buffed away during the final stages so that it is only left in the creases of each letter. The basic point is that while "patina" often gets a bad reputation because of a lack of understanding, it's actually controllable, reversible, and desirable in some cases!  

Prevention

 One at-home method used to protect against copper patina upfront is to coat your jewelry piece with clear nail polish in the areas where the piece will come into contact with skin. It may seem weird, but it's effective! Be sure to let the piece dry thoroughly before wearing. Understand that just like any other prevention method, the coating will eventually wear off and will require refreshing. 

Pro Tip: If you purchase a piece of jewelry from Love yanz, all jewelry comes waxed. This wax coating same the purpose as the nail polish. Adding additional layers of coating such as nail provide additional coverage from elements such as your skin, exposure to the air, and other potential chemical reactions. 


Maintenance

If you already have a piece that requires maintenance, check out the Love Yanz Basics: How to Remove Tarnish to learn how to clean your piece and restore it to it's pre-patina state.

Love, 

Yanz