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Wednesday Inspiration: Green & White

April 16, 2014

Happy Wednesday everyone!

And what a pretty Wednesday we’re having here. Spring is definitely in the air these days. Flowers are blooming, the air smells fresh and clean, the sun is shining…

And of course, green leaves and buds are popping up everywhere!

There’s something so wonderful about this time of year. It’s a time for fresh beginnings and new adventures. A time to grow and change and blossom.

So today, we’re celebrating the burst of fresh life all around us with a green and white wedding palette!

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Green and White wedding inspiration

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Clockwise from top left: white and green table centerpieces – Erich McVey Photography via Style Me Pretty // green wedding heels – JJ Horton Photography via The Wedding Chicks //bride & bridesmaid in green and white – via Panacea Flowers // white wedding cake with succulents – Simply Bloom Photography via Ruffled //green & white aisle decor – Candice K Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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There is something just so delightful about the freshness of green paired with crisp, clean white. And we love how you can combine any number of shades of green together and they look truly wonderful!

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If you’re looking for a pop of fresh green for your wedding or special occasion, we’ve got a few ideas for you…

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Celadon Marquis Necklace Set

Celadon Marquis Crystal Necklace & Earrings Set

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Emerald Green Crystal Art Deco Bracelet

Emerald Green Crystal Art Deco Bracelet

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Emerald Green Crystal Drop Earrings

Emerald Green Crystal Drop Earrings

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Green Tones Statement Necklace Set

Green Tones Chunky Statement Necklace Set

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Olive Green Beaded Vintage Evening Bag

Olive Green Beaded Vintage Evening Bag

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Which shades of green are your favorite?

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All About Rhodium

April 14, 2014

If you browse the designs on our website, you’ll see that a lot of them are made with silver rhodium.

In fact, you’ll see a lot of jewelry designers and companies selling pieces made with “genuine silver rhodium” or “silver rhodium plating.”

But if you’re only used to hearing about silver, gold, and platinum, that probably means nothing to you, right?

So, if you’re curious about what you’re getting ready to buy and wondering what makes rhodium special, read on! We’ve got you covered.

 

Art Deco Tiara, plated in silver rhodium

Art Deco tiara, plated in silver rhodium

What exactly is rhodium?

Rhodium is a naturally occurring metal in the platinum group of metals. In its pure form, it is silvery-white and very hard. It is one of the rarest and most valuable of the precious metals.

 

Why isn’t a lot of jewelry made out of rhodium if it’s so valuable?

Making a solid rhodium piece is difficult because rhodium has a high melting point and very low malleability. These make it very difficult to work with and shape. It is also very expensive, so jewelry made out of it would be out of reach for most consumers.

 

 

Why are jewelry pieces plated in rhodium?

While jewelry made out of rhodium is rare, jewelry made out of metals is often plated in rhodium to improve its appearance and durability.

Rhodium has a high, silvery-white shine, very similar to platinum, so rhodium plating gives less brilliant metals a lustrous appearance. It is also very durable, so metals that scratch easily (such as sterling silver) are plated in rhodium to make them stronger and less prone to damage.

 

How do I keep rhodium jewelry looking shiny and new?

If you do not wear your rhodium-plated pieces too regularly, the plating will last for years, looking just as dazzling as the day you bought it.

To keep the plating in tact, don’t wear your rhodium jewelry when cleaning, in a chlorinated pool, or bathing.

 

Etched Art Deco earrings, plated in silver rhodium

Etched Art Deco earrings, plated in silver rhodium

What do I do if the rhodium plating on my jewelry starts to fade?

Because rhodium is used as plating on top of other metals, over time it can begin to fade. This doesn’t mean you have to throw out your jewelry! Simply take it to a jeweler who works with rhodium, and they can “dip” it for you to re-plate it.

 

Should I buy rhodium plated jewelry?

Absolutely! If you love dazzling, high-shine pieces, rhodium plating is the way to go. It will give you the brilliance of designer platinum jewelry at a fraction of the cost.

Have another question about rhodium or rhodium plated jewelry?

Share it in the comments!

 

 

 

 

How to Manage Facebook’s New Display Options

April 11, 2014

In the past few weeks, you may have noticed some changes to your news feed on Facebook.

Through whatever mysterious algorithm changes or social media voodoo that Facebook employs, new posts aren’t necessarily the ones that show up at the top of your news feed. You may have noticed the same post there for hours at a time, or things showing up from days before, rather than new content.

You may also have noticed that posts from pages you’ve liked aren’t displaying.

This definitely bugged us when we first noticed – after all, we follow pages because we want to see what our friends and colleagues are up to!

If it bugged you too, don’t worry. Here’s how you can make Facebook display the most recent content posted by your friends and pages.

Make Facebook Show Updates from Pages You Have Followed

How to See the Most Recent Posts in Your News Feed

Instead of letting the Facebook algorithm select posts to stay at your news feed for days, you can change your settings to simply display the most recent content.

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How to Show Most Recent Posts on News Feed

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To make this work, go to your Home page and find the news feed section in the menu on the left.

Drill down next to that (by clicking the little upside down arrow). Facebook automatically selects “Top Stories” so all you need to do is select “Most Recent” instead.

Posts should now show up in the order that they were posted!

 

How to See Posts from Pages That You Have Liked

Facebook is making it harder for pages’ content to show up. This is, of course, to make more businesses buy ads. It’s hard to fault Facebook for wanting to make money, but there is a way around the system that doesn’t involve checking every page individually.

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How to Get Notifications from Pages You've Liked

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Go to the page whose posts you want to see (which, presumably, is all the pages you’ve liked. Because honestly, if we didn’t want to see their content, why would we like them?)

Next to the “Liked” button, there is another arrow. Drill down on that one and select “Get Notifications.” That way, you are actually following the pages you have followed.

 

It’s a little frustrating to have to go through all these extra steps. But luckily, there aren’t that many of them.

And if you want to make sure to see updates from the Mariell page, it’s right here! Just make sure that “Get Notifications” is selected when you drill down under “Liked.”

 

Do you have any tips for managing the changes on Facebook?

Be sure to share them in the comments!

Red, Yellow & Blue Wedding Inspiration

April 9, 2014

Happy Wednesday! 

We hope your week is going smoothly – it’s been a little hectic here at the Mariell offices, but we’d much rather have too much to do than too little. Do you feel the same way, or do you love slower days?

We’ve been looking at a lot of pale, pretty, spring-like colors the past few weeks. And not that those aren’t lovely, but sometimes, you just need a jolt of something bright and fun. Don’t you think?

So, to mix things up a little bit, we’re featuring a less common color palette today. Something fun and peppy. Something that will make you cheerful just looking at it.

We’re featuring… primary colors!

Because sometimes, a return to the originals is what you really need.

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Red Yellow Blue Wedding

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Clockwise from left: fan program in primary colors – Lillian & Leonard Photography // colorful party straws – Let’s Party Creations //red, yellow, and blue bouquet – Style Unveiled // cake with flowers in primary colors – Amber DeHaas Photogaphy // yellow lanterns with red anemones – Victor C. Sizemore Photography

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It just feel like a party when you look at it, doesn’t it? A fun, laid back, cheerful party… which is really what a wedding should be!

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In the mood for some more brightly colored inspiration? You’re in luck, because we are too!

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What do you think about primary colors?

Loving the brightness – or is it a little too young for your style?

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Frequently Asked Questions

April 7, 2014

First, a huge and happy welcome to all the new blog readers who have been peeking in here lately!

We’re always excited when new people discover Mariell – we’re passionate about beautiful (and affordable) things, and we love sharing that passion with you! We couldn’t be more thrilled that we have so many new followers on Facebook and Pinterest, or so many readers who check in here regularly.

And, since many of you have only just discovered Mariell, we wanted to take some time to answer the questions we regularly get about our brand and how we work.

 

Mariell Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Can I buy my accessories from you directly?

A: You can purchase Mariell accessories from one of the many amazing bridal boutiques that carry our designs. To find out what stores are near you, visit our store locator page. If there is not a boutique near where you live, we recommend shopping with one of our many amazing online retailers.

 

Rose Gold Art Deco SetQ: Are Mariell designs only for weddings?

A: They’re for whenever you want! We have accessories for weddings, prom, pageants, Mardi Gras, bridesmaids, mothers of the bride… or even just a dramatic every day look.

 

Q:  Why don’t you list prices on your website?

A: We don’t list prices on our website (unless you are viewing it as a retailer) because we sell Mariell designs only through authorized bridal boutiques. You can visit our store locator to find an authorized Mariell retailer near where you live.

 

Q: I fell in love with one of your designs, but the boutique near me doesn’t carry it. What do I do?

A: That’s not a problem at all! Tell the boutique manager which piece you want. They can find it in our catalog and order it for you immediately. There is no minimum amount for any order, so you don’t have to order multiple items.

 

Q: How long before my wedding should I order my accessories?

A: You should order your accessories 2-3 months before your wedding to avoid rush charges. That also gives you time to try out a few options or change your mind if necessary.

 

Q: There’s not a lot of time before my event, can I still get a Mariell design? 

A: Of course! Go to an authorized Mariell retailer and have them place the order for you. We will drop ship any number of items within 48 hours, and many times can send them directly to your home.

 

French Net Birdcage Veil

French Net Birdcage Veil

Q: What colors do your veils come in?   

A: Most of our veils are available in true white and ivory. Many of our tulle veils are also available in blush (pale pink), champagne (pale gold) and peach (orangey-pink).

 

Q: How do I know which color to choose for my veil?

A: If you hold a veil against your wedding dress, the tulle should disappear into the fabric of your gown.  If the fabric of your gown is between two color choice, it’s best to pick the lighter veil option, since a veil with darker fabric could risk looking dirty or dingy.

 

Q: What sort of stones do you use in your jewelry?

A: We’re very up front about what our jewelry is made of – generally rhinestone, crystal, or high-quality cubic zirconia. (If you’re not sure exactly what makes cubic zirconia so wonderful for jewelry, we break it down here.) We don’t use precious gemstones; this allows us to provide elegant, fashionable designs while still still keeping the cost manageable.

All our pieces are high quality and will last for years if taken care of.

 

Q: I’d like to customize my veil or headpiece. Is that something you can do?

A: It depends on the design. We have multiple color options available for each design. For our longer veils, you can also choose the length, and some have options for different bead colors. For further customization, we recommend ordering the veil or headpiece that is closest to what you want, then taking it to a seamstress that you trust to make the final changes.

 

Any questions we didn’t answer?

Ask them in the comments, or feel free to post them on our Facebook page!

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