The two queens of all gemstones, diamonds and pearls, are almost always used to create dazzling jewelry. Increasingly, rough-cut diamond beads are finding their way onto clothing and accessories as embellishments. Because cultivating pearls is so widespread, they are plentiful, inexpensive, and increasingly used as embellishment on clothing and accessories.Diamond Beads: The hardest known substance on the planet, diamonds can only be scratched, cut, or polished by other diamonds. They are approximately 140 times harder than any other known mineral. Diamonds reflect light as they break it into its color spectrum, which is in turn reflected as the stone is moved.White Diamonds: The vast majority of diamonds mined, cut, and sold are the clear, or white variety. White diamonds reflect the full light spectrum with more clarity and brilliance than diamonds in other colors. They are unequaled in their ability to sparkle and shine with every movement of the lucky wearer. Almost all gem-quality diamonds are sold as gemstones for traditional settings. They are almost always cut into faceted stones in the most popular shapes; you rarely find rough-cut diamonds in jewelry.Faceted diamonds are available as beads, although they can be pricey. White diamonds cut for beading are a cloudy, grayish-white and the beads are not of uniform shape or size. Strung together on a necklace or used to embellish a fashion accessory, white diamond beads won’t catch the light as much as set diamonds do, but they will out-sparkle most other types of gemstone beads.Colored Diamonds: Although not widely known, diamonds form in almost every color of the rainbow. All colored diamonds are rare, but red is the rarest of all, with blue diamonds a close second. Gemologists can alter diamonds of low quality and less desirable color through irradiation and heat treatments. This turns brownish or pale yellow, but low-quality, natural diamonds, into richly colored ones.Pearl Beads: Offering the power of love, money, luck, and protection, pearls impart wisdom as they facilitate the laws of karma and love relationships. Chinese myths recall them falling from the sky as dragons fought. The Greeks believed they would bring marital bliss. Ancient legend too old to attribute to any culture says that pearls are the tears of the gods. Another ancient legend says that when the tears of angels fell into the open shells of oysters, they were transformed into pearls.White or Cream Pearls: Most pearls are white or cream-colored, whether from the sea or a freshwater river or lake. Perfectly symmetrical natural pearls are rare, although ocean pearls tend to generally be more rounded than their irregularly shaped, freshwater cousins.They come in a variety of shapes, from teardrops to saltwater blister or freshwater mabe–both flat on one side–to tiny freshwater nuggets or sphere-like saltwater pearls. These shapes are most beneficial for embellishing clothing. The smaller pearls can be sewn on like seed beads and the blister and mabe pearls are perfect to embellish a pair of shoes or a bag.Colored Pearls: Pearls naturally occur in different colors, primarily due to environmental conditions. They can be pink, peach, gold, lavender, brown, gray, black, or several other colors. Black and gold pearls are thought to bring prosperity to the wearer. Pink brings power and health, while brown pearls (also called chocolate pearls) are sometimes considered masculine. Colored pearls are frequently created by dying them with an irradiation process or by infusing them with colored dye.Copyright Sharon Shares, 2011
In today’s marketplace there are many different choices when buying reusable diapers. In this article we will look at the main types and individual traits of the: flat fold, pre folded, contoured, fitted and all in one diapers. One of the most essential facets of infant boy clothing is the diaper.The flat fold diaper is the cheapest option and is what would have been used traditionally. It is a single layer of material, square in shape. Fasteners such as diaper pins or Snappis (T shaped fastening) are required. An additional cover is needed to help prevent leakage.Prefolded diapers are very similar to flat folded diapers, the only difference is they are usually rectangle in shape and have multi layers of material. They still require fastenings and the waterproof cover to go over the nappy.The contoured diaper also requires pins and an additional covering, but has an hour shape which helps fit to infant’s shape.Fitted diapers are slightly more expensive but have more features. They have elastic around the leg holes and the waist to gather the material. Velcro or snaps are commonly used, meaning no pins or fasteners are needed. The diaper is already shaped so folding is not necessary. There is still a need for a water proof covering.The last type of diaper which I looked at is the All in Ones (AIOs). These have a built in water resistant covering unlike the diapers above. They are adjustable in size and have elastic at the leg and waist openings. Velcro or snaps are used to bring the diaper together. This type of diaper is manufactured in many varied colors, styles and sizes to suit the individual infant.All of the above diapers come in various materials but the popular fibres are: flannelette, cotton, terry towelling and hemp.Some common accessories for diapers are covers, liners, inserts and fasteners. Covers are used for all diapers except the water resistant AIOs. The most popular cover is plastic but their life is the shortest. Also the plastic does not allow the diaper to breathe. Heavy materials are used for the diaper covers and they are either water resistant or water proof. Some other common materials for these are: polyurethane laminate (PUL), nylon, wool and fleece. There are two types of covers. Those are the pull ups and the side snap covers. The side snap covers are less popular as they have a larger problem with leakage.Liners are placed inside the diaper for extra absorbency and they can be disposable or reusable. Inserts are similar to liners but they are bulkier. Inserts are better for night time sleeping.Diaper pins and Snappis are the two most common ways to fasten diapers. Diaper pins can have metal or plastic heads to them and have pointy ends. The pointy ends make them easier to move through the material diaper but this can also make safety an issue. Snappis do not have any sharp points to them so they are safer but less durable. They are also better for the younger children who are less mobile. This is because they have a higher rate of falling off, or being pulled off, when on an active child.Today’s society holds many options in regards to diapers. Your personal situation should be considered to choose what suits you and your infant best. There is no one option that is better than another. Using a variety of the above mentioned options assists the many varied scenarios in everyday life.