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1. Cut up those layered chains.
The trend is moving toward ‘statement’ jewelry…that’s one standout necklace. Maybe it’s a dramatic medallion. Or a rich textured chain, or If you have a long layered necklace, you can clip off some of the chains to turn it into a solitary piece. Add a ring and adjust the length to shorten your necklace, or simply cut the chain and readjust the size of your necklace.
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2. Less is more.
National Jeweler is recommending wearing bolder, larger pieces that are gem- and color-intensive. Check your jewelry collection for dramatic pieces. Then wear only one or 2 at a time: an oversized cocktail ring or dangly earrings. Whatever you choose, be sure they make an impression.

3. Look for versatile pieces.
A long necklace with a clasp can be worn several ways: as a single strand, as a triple strand choker, even as a bracelet. Long necklaces can be worn as double necklaces or even triple necklace. Our long necklaces come with an extra clasp so you can double it and you can use the clasp we give you to make it easier when you put on your necklace.

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4. Earn a compliment.
Pay attention to which piece of jewelry wins you a compliment. If your best friend, or a neighbor, or a stranger compliments you on a necklace, wear it more often. Jewelry is meant to enhance your look. It should catch someone’s attention. Same goes for what you like…if you find yourself giving a compliment, remember the piece. Here at Evelyn Brooks, we are well known for making a statement. Most of our customers come back telling us many stories of I walked into a room and everyone looked at me and the beautiful necklace I was wearing. Specially our exotic braided necklace with a reversible clasp that can be worn not just on the side but also on the center or all the way in the back. Giving you multiple options.

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5. Buy what you love.
If you’re out shopping and something catches your eye instantly, respect that instinct. That first reaction is powerful. You really like a piece when you feel that emotion of “I want that.” If you love it, buy it. You’ll love it every time you put it on.

6. Stack your bracelets.
Women’s Wear Daily declared the bracelet THE piece for this season. Wear any style you like: thin, thick, cuff, beaded, silver, gold, bronze. Many trendsetters are stacking them. Often it’s the same style stacked together. Or it’s the same color in a few different styles. Or it’s a group in complimentary colors. Any way you want to wear a bracelet, you’ll be a fashionista. We have tons of options for you, from stretchy bracelets to wrapping bracelets, to bangles, leather bracelets. ALL for YOU or if you are looking for a gift to surprise someone. Shop NOW our latest BRACELETS designs.

7. Give up the watch
If you don’t wear bracelets, your excuse is “but I wear a watch so I can’t wear a bracelet!” So wear bracelets on your other wrist. Or buy bracelets that are thin and will coordinate with your watch (same metal, same color). Better yet, give up your watch. You carry a cell phone…get the time from that. Or ask a handsome stranger for the time.

8. Buy jewelry in neutral colors
They’ll go with most of your wardrobe…giving you versatility. Greys, camels, frosts, blacks are all good choices. They go with everything. Or look for a multi-colored piece. Something with 10 hues in autumnal colors will look good with a lot.

9. Repair your favorite pieces
If it’s an expensive piece, take it back to the store you purchased it from. If it’s from a local designer, call them…most local artists will do repairs for free…(YES, WE DO) they want you to be able to wear their creations. If it’s a costume piece, you can visit a craft store or a bead store. They might offer repairs. Or you can buy supplies to re-string a necklace or replace a clasp.

10. Ask Grandma for her jewelry
So many retro and vintage styles are back in fashion. Take a look at your mom’s, aunt’s or grandmother’s jewelry box. Look for enamel bracelets, Swarovski crystal necklaces, oversized earrings…all in vogue now. You can also find great vintage jewelry at estate sales, antique fairs and thrift stores. You’ll love digging into a world of treasures you didn’t imagine and you can end up creating beautiful new jewelry pieces.

11. Store your jewelry in an air tight container
Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won’t tangle.
Oxygen is what makes sterling silver tarnish. So when you’re not wearing your jewelry put it in your jewelry box. Or you can even use a small ziplock bag. One from a grocery store is fine, or The Container Store has small bags in heavy plastic that are the perfect size for jewelry. To prevent tangling, store one necklace in one ziplock bag. Leave the clasp sticking out a bit from the zipper. That way the chain won’t tangle

12. Keep handy a clean cotton cloth Why? simple because the minute you see one of your pieces is not sparkling or has a small dirty spot, or something that doesn’t look right, the first thing you should do is use a clean cotton cloth to clean it and maintain it from getting dirty.

I truly hope this ideas help you take care of your jewelry pieces, gives you ideas for what or how to wear your jewelry and helps you to take care of your beautiful treasures.

Till next time,

Evelyn Brooks

Hello everyone! This is a special blog written by Yuri Lopez, Wanda Hernandez, Maia Dahan, Bridget Coral and myself…

Yuri Lopez – George Mason University

“My name is Yuri Lopez and I have had the pleasure of working with Evelyn Brooks and her company, Evelyn Brooks Designs, doing event planning. With Evelyn’s guidance, I was able to gain management and marketing skills that have helped me as I work to complete my degree in Public Relations and Event Planning at George Mason University.”

Exhibition of EBD at the Embassy of Peru during passport DC. Picture left to right Yuri Lopez, Peruvian Ambassador Harold Forsyth and Liliana Alvarez

“By working with Mrs. Brooks on specific events, I have been able to network with many professionals including Gloria Del Pozo, Director of Finance and Administration for the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI).  Thanks to Mrs. Del Pozo’s kind words of encouragement and support, I was able to gain the courage to apply for the NHLI’s Latinas Learning to Lead Program (LLL).”

“After a rigorous application, on June 17, 2012,  I was selected along with 19 other Latina Leaders from across the country to participate in NHLI’s LLL Program. The LLL is dedicated to helping young Latinas stay in school and prepare to enter the workforce of the 21st century.”

“Overall, the journey with Evelyn Brooks Designs has truly been a rewarding experience and one that I continue to learn from. The skills that I have learned from Evelyn and LLL give me much strength and energy to take on any challenge and follow my goals. I look forward to everything that awaits! Thank you Evelyn Brooks Designs for everything that you have taught me and for the opportunities that I have received.”

“On a funny note, during one of the end-of-the-year events where I participated as part of the Evelyn Brooks Designs team, I got so excited when I saw the famous bachata singer Andy Andy, and I was thrilled to have my picture taken with him. I was telling Ms. Brooks, “Do you know him?” And she said, “NO?! Who is he?” And I kept telling her, “It’s ANDY ANDY!” And Ms. Brooks’ face was like, WHO IS ANDY ANDY??? But I was so excited to be able to meet him!”

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Bridget Coral-Soria – Northern Virginia Community College

Working with EBD has been a great pleasure. I have learned so much and it feels great to be a part of this wonderful, growing business. I hope that I can continue learning and be part of EBD for a very long time.”

Bridget & John working in the studio

I met Bridget Coral-Soria when she was around 10 years old. In one of my many trips to Virginia, I learned that she happened to be my friend’s niece. Years later, I was invited to give a speech at West Potomac Academy for their Fashion Design Program and Bridget was there. At that time, I welcomed junior and senior high school students to intern with EBD. She asked me if she could intern with me, and she was only 15 years old. Bridget began working for Evelyn Brooks Designs when she was 18 years old and learned a lot. It has been four years since she started working for me. I have seen her growing professionally, but most importantly, I can trust her 100% when it comes to making my jewelry pieces with her golden hands.

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Wanda Hernandez – Virginia Commonwealth University

“I’ve been interning for Mrs. Brooks since the age of 16. Working alongside Mrs. Brooks has made me feel like a pivotal part of her company because we have built a great relationship with one another. However, the best part is seeing Evelyn Brooks Designs grow into the jewelry company it is now. I’m excited for the company’s prosperous future.”

When my little Tyler comes in the studio, he wants to work too!

When my little Tyler comes in the studio, he wants to work too!

I met Wanda through the Fashion Design Program offered at the West Potomac Academy High school. I was truly impressed by her work ethic, being only 16 years old. She was always proactive. I kept telling her if you continue being as proactive as you are, please let me know when you graduate, because I need people like you to be by my side as my company grows.

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Maia Dahan – American University

“I very much enjoyed working with Evelyn Brooks Designs. The challenges that I faced while working for Evelyn Brooks Designs will benefit my future.  It was an honor to be a part of a great team and I wish the best success for this company.”

Ericha Richards, Maia Dahan & Trini Ruiz at the Green Cup Polo fundraising event

Ericha Richards, Maia Dahan & Trini Ruiz at the Green Cup Polo fundraising event

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Evelyn Brooks Designs opens opportunities for internships in different fields like marketing and social media, event planning, jewelry design and business management. If you are ever interested in becoming an intern, please contact us on our website.

Sincerely,

Evelyn Brooks Designs