Crazy for Chrysoprase

June 1st is only a couple days away and with that comes the first day of summer! The weather is heating up and so is your wardrobe. Bright colors are a must this season so time to bring out the sizzle in your accessories. LJ is officially infatuated with our chrysoprase stones and the fun, flashy lime green hues that comes along with them!

Here are a few, fun facts about Chrysoprase! It is a gemstone of the chalcedony family and can range in color from a vibrant lime green, to a deep forest green. Chrysoprase is cryptocrystalline, which means that it is composed of crystals so fine that they cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. This is one thing that sets it apart from a rock crystal such as amethyst or citrine. The green color of chrysoprase is due to small amounts of nickel that are in it and not the a presence of chromium. Now that we know a little bit more about our newest favorite let’s see how it dazzles!

Molly, Rowan, Peyton, Clary, Sabrina

Chrysoprase is a stone that is all about making a statement. You cannot put on a stone that speaks so loudly without turning some heads and lighting up a room. Even if you are more of a wallflower than a social butterfly we have pieces like our brand new Rowan with a dainty look and feel that may make you more comfortable than the bold Clary. If it is true that wearing bright hues gives you a sunnier disposition than any of our chrysoprase pieces are guaranteed to help you wear your good mood around all day and into the night.

Although you can pair this green gemstone with any clothing of your choice it does sit well on a neutral background like black or white. Wearing this on a white dress, shirt, etc. adds some splash to what may be a bit of a blank canvas. On the other end of the spectrum laying over black gives it an extra flavorful pop with the fun contrast between light and dark. However you choose to wear it we promise you will be pleasantly surprised with the compliments coming you shall receive as well as the positive aura surrounding you.

How do you like your chrysoprase? Big and bold, or quiet and dainty? Send us your favorite photos of you in your Liz James, especially if you have one in chrysoprase!

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Night & Day… You are the One

We are back in full swing this week at LJ, preparing for a long holiday weekend and showing you how to go from career woman chic, to night on the town glam with one fabulous necklace. If you are searching for that perfect statement piece that you can wear to the office and then take off into your night time festivities, we have a great new friend for you. Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration and creativity, but really all you need is a few changes in your outfit and the rest should fall into place.

Meet LibbyBlazer, Lace Tank, Pants, Flats, Libby, Skirt, Heels, Lip Gloss

Libby is a necklace made up of three different 14kt gold filled chains, hand-wired together with large pieces of lapis. If you are looking for something with a little “chunk” and sass this necklace can definitely accomplish that. This cool, blue piece is vibrant and striking and should not be limited strictly to casual wear. Libby can be worn everywhere from your board room meeting to ladies night out. Although you can match these blue stones up to just about any color, LJ loves to pair the deep blue hues of the lapis stones with sunny coral and bright whites. These great color combinations give you a splash of summer in and out of the office. So pull out your corals and unleash your inner Libby lapis spirit!

And don’t forget… If you are feeling really wild, you can always pair the necklace with the Libby bracelet which brings both lapis and coral to the table.

What will you wear your Libby with?

This One is for Mama

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday and who will you honor on this day? A mother, a wife, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, or even a friend, there are mothers in all of our lives who deserve gratitude on this day for all that they do in our lives. At Liz James most of us are mothers, or are blessed to have a special mother in our life. We share with you a Mother’s Day poem today and a few snapshots from our lives in motherhood, or as a daughter. When this Sunday rolls around remember to give the special woman in your life thanks for all of the ways she makes your life beautiful.

A poem from daughter to Mom expressing her love and thankfulness.

A Poem For Mom

© Champagne S. Baker
You are the sunlight in my day,
You are the moon I see far away.
You are the tree I lean upon,
You are the one that makes troubles be gone.
You are the one who taught me life,
How not to fight, and what is right.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my mom.
You are the one who cares for me,
You are the eyes that help me see.
You are the one who knows me best,
When it’s time to have fun and time to rest.
You are the one who has helped me to dream,
You hear my heart and you hear my screams.
Afraid of life but looking for love,
I’m blessed for God sent you from above.
You are my friend, my heart, and my soul
You are the greatest friend I know.
You are the words inside my song,
You are my love, my life, my Mom.

 A Poem For Mom

Liz James would like to wish you all a Happy Mother’s Day! And don’t forget if you want to get the amazing woman in your life some dazzling jewels to adorn herself in LJ can help. We are offering a special 20% off for Mother’s Day TODAY ONLY, May 8th, from 9am-2pm. Take part in this offer by shopping in our studio showroom or online with offer code MOM2012.

Tell us about your mother or life as a mom! How will you celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day?

It’s a Glorious Day for a Horse Race

It is that time of year again where the horseshoes go on and the big hats come out. The first Saturday in May marks the annual tradition of the Kentucky Derby. Known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” people attend this event and watch from all over the world. What we absolutely love most about the tradition of the Kentucky Derby is the fine outfits heavily accessorized with lavish jewels and large, elaborate hats. Whether you will be sitting in the stands live for “The Run of the Roses,” or attending a themed party you will need the perfect accessories to model your personal Kentucky Derby style.

The Kentucky Derby is a long streaming tradition that goes beyond just the horse race itself. The traditional dress seen years ago at the start of this event is still seen in fashions today. Men in suits and bow ties, women in dresses, heels, adorned with pearls… oh and who could miss the hat! The classic derby style is fashionable and sleek. Playing a bit of dress up is what it is all about, and the more fun you have with it, the more it shows! Take chances with creative or large hats, but one thing that LJ does not want you to forget about is of course your jewels.

You can never go wrong with the pearl. Classy and elegant the pearl is a staple that all women should have in their jewelry collection, and all women should be prepared to drape themselves in them this weekend for the Derby festivities. LJ has no shortage of pearls or the possibilities of how they can be worn, so don’t worry ladies if you haven’t gotten your pearls ready for this weekend yet, we have you covered!

Time to play a little dress up…

Lori Necklace, Linda Necklace, Niki Necklace, Caroline Bracelet, Lucy Bracelet, Claudia Earring

There is no shortage of fabulous at the Kentucky Derby. Be brave, and be daring for this is an event that is no less than extraordinary. The more extravagant you get with your accessories the better. Of course you always want to keep it classy, for you are after all playing the part of a sweet southern bell. So go ahead, get in your dresses, grab your pearls, get you a Mint Julep, and enjoy the races…. Oh and don’t forget your spectacular giant hat!

Eat your heart out Louisville!

What will you adorn yourself in at your Kentucky Derby soiree?