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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mother's Day - The perfect holiday for personalized gifts!

Mothers Day is just around the corner and I'm sure you are wondering what you should get her this year!  Flowers are trite, candy is fattening and quite frankly, you are frustrated trying to think of a gift that has meaning, is affordable for you, and is different!

This quote, published in Southern Living Magazine is a good inspiration!

I think we will all agree that mothers are heroes!  They tirelessly work to make our lives better, sometimes to their own detriment.  Why not give her a symbolic nod to her achievements? A badge she can wear every day to remind her that you recognize her efforts and love?  

Personalization is key!  

Some of the most popular and trending items in the jewelry category are birthstone pieces and necklaces containing multiple names.  

Stacking bangle bracelets allow for layering and endless individualized combinations.  They can be set with multiple stones representing the birthstones of children, or feature charms with children's initials, and even their fingerprints.   For inspirational bangles, they can be stamped with statements like "My Hero", "Amazing Mom", "Courageous", "Faithful", "Star" or your favorite phrase!

And the best part of it all?  You can do this within your budget!  Item's range from $25 and up, and will be customized to your specifications!  You can choose from Sterling Silver, Gold Filled or Gold, depending on your budget.

Celebrate your Mom's individuality and strength!  Her friends will all be envious!  And, she will feel very special!

Contact Me today if you would like more information about personalizing a jewelry gift for your Mom. But hurry!  It takes a little time to make these special gifts!


or see me at M&F Casuals, 380 Fairhope Avenue, Fairhope, Alabama 36532 on April 23, 2019 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm during my annual spring/summer trunk show!

For all those Mothers out there, Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Easter and Passover Season


A Time for Renewal and Thanks!  

Our nation has been in turmoil for several years and the political climate is at its worst in decades!

During this season of resurrection and celebration of freedom from bondage, let us commit to renew our faith and celebrate our diversity!  We are all children of a higher being, and it's time that we remember to treat one another as we would want to be treated by others.  

It is our wish that you will have a Peaceful, Happy and Loving Holiday Season, and that you will remember to help those that are not as fortunate as we are!  Peace and Love is our Motto!

Thank you for being our customer!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Has Sprung! Have you started your spring cleaning?

Jewelry, like clothing, houses and yards should be cleaned regularly.  We tend to neglect cleaning our jewelry on a regular basis, and sometimes we don’t clean it at all!
Why not start a routine jewelry cleaning schedule, beginning in the Spring?

Think of your jewelry like clothing: No two pieces are alike, and they all come with a unique set of cleaning guidelines.  That means some of your jewelry can be cleaned at home, while others might require the attention of a professional.
Gold and sterling silver can be cleaned at home, but more delicate metals, like platinum, can sustain small scratches more easily than its other metal counterparts. While many enjoy the unique matte look, if you prefer to maintain your piece’s lustrous appearance, a professional re-polish is best.
In general, jewelry made of precious metals set with diamonds, sapphires and rubies is safe to clean yourself with most commercial jewelry cleaners, and I personally prefer the eco-friendly, natural, biodegradable types.  If you cannot find this type of cleaner, contact me and I can provide it to you.   You can also clean this type of jewelry with a mild soap and warm water.

How to clean your jewelry at home:

First, gather your jewelry and separate it based on costume base metal jewelry (most inexpensive), solid precious metal jewelry (silver, gold with no stones), and fine jewelry, solid precious metal jewelry with gemstones ( diamonds, colored gemstones)., and jewelry with pearls or opals.

Before you start cleaning, inspect each piece for broken parts, loose stones, rough metal or missing stones.  Put these items aside.

Starting cleaning with your costume jewelry. Take any antique costume jewelry to a professional and don't attempt to clean it at home.  It is far too delicate!.  Add Dawn blue dish washing detergent to a bowl of warm water large enough to allow complete immersion of your jewelry.  Add your jewelry and allow it to soak for approximately five minutes.  Remove each jewelry item separately and inspect for cleanliness.  If there is caked on dirt or make-up present, brush the area with a soft toothbrush dipped in the Dawn/water solution.  Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.  Leave on a fresh dry cloth to continue drying.  Many costume pieces have glued in stones so you should never use vinegar, ammonia, acetone or chemical cleaners for this type of jewelry, or scrub vigorously as you may loosen the stones.  If you are cleaning discolored brass jewelry, you may use a soft jewelry cleaning cloth and test an area on the back of the piece to see if you can remove the discoloration without damage.  Proceed with caution or take the piece to a professional for help.

For Silver and Gold jewelry with no stones, there are several safe methods used for cleaning.  If the metal has a darkened background ( called a patina) avoid using a ultrasonic cleaner or chemical cleaners as they may affect the oxidized finish.  You may clean high polished Silver and Gold without patina with a ultrasonic cleaner or a chemical or natural cleaner designed for cleaning jewelry.  As an alternative you can use a paste of baking soda and water applied with a very soft toothbrush.  Rinse well with warm water and dry with a soft towel, then leave the item on a fresh towel to finish drying.

Silver and Gold Fine Jewelry with stones.  I do not put jewelry with precious stones in an ultrasonic cleaner even though many jewelers use these cleaners.  The vibration can loosen the stones and some stones are sensitive to heat!   For everyday cleaning, you can use baking soda and water with a soft toothbrush, brushing gently.  Do not use standard chemical based jewelry cleaner unless it was purchased from a jeweler and recommended for use with stones.  The best option is to take your pieces to a jeweler, like me, for a professional cleaning and a check for loose prongs, loose stones etc.  White gold is usually plated with rhodium to whiten the color and protect the metal.  Over time this plating may wear and the metal will start to look slightly yellow.  To freshen the white gold, take the piece to a professional jewelry for re-plating and your jewelry will look fresh and new!

Jewelry with pearls, opals, turquoise, coral and platinum metal should be cleaned professionally by a jeweler to avoid damage.  These stones are very soft and can be damaged easily.  Platinum is easily scratched.  Antique jewelry can be tricky to clean and if it features a closed back it should not be moistened.  Pearls can be cleaned by soaking in a warm bath of mild soap and water,  and placed on a soft cloth to dry.  Then wipe carefully with a lint free cloth.   Pearls, opals, coral and turquoise should never be placed in an ultrasonic cleaner!

Damaged items should be repaired before worn again!

I will be happy to repair your broken or damaged jewelry, whether it is costume or fine jewelry. Costume jewelry can sometimes be more costly to repair than its monetary value but if it is a favorite piece it may be worth it.  Often it is a simple repair, such as replacing a jump ring or clasp or re-gluing a stone.  

Knotted pearl strands should be restrung every three years or when string is dirty or pearls are slipping over knits.

Damaged prongs are an open invitation to lost stones.  You should have your fine jewelry inspected every six months for prong damage and wear and tear.  Dirt and grease on your jewelry can dull the stones, taking away their beauty, and cause wear and tear on the prongs.  It can also cause irritation to your skin.

Don’t just throw your damaged jewelry in a drawer, bring it to me for a fresh new start!  That’s what Spring Cleaning is all about, isn’t it?

Dirt and Damage Prevention

Daily wear and tear dulls your jewelry, and when you subject it to soap residue and perfume or skin lotions it adds to the potential damage.

Remove your jewelry before bathing, swimming or active sports.  Salt, chlorine, dirt and skin oils are not good for your jewelry.  Apply perfume or lotion before adding your jewelry to minimize contact with chemicals which can damage soft stones and pearls and even metals.  DO NOT get leather jewelry wet!

Avoid storing your jewelry in direct sunlight or heat.  You can still display most of  your jewelry in those small trinket receptacles or on jewelry displays,  but be aware that it will necessitate frequent cleaning to keep your jewelry fresh and dirt free.  Always clean the receptacle to eliminate build up of dust.

Certain colored gems can be more sensitive to sunlight, like emeralds and tanzanite, for example. Other color-treated gems can also be more sensitive to prolonged direct sunlight, so if you are not sure if the gem is color-treated, do not leave it in the direct sun.

For easy storage and less cleaning, consider keeping your jewelry in a box with individually lined compartments to keep your chains from tangling and your jewels from rubbing against or scratching each other.  I recommend acid free boxes to prevent oxidation.  As an alternative, you can put silver pieces in sealed acid free plastic bags, and include a small piece of sidewalk chalk or a charcoal strip (available through jeweler supply stores).

Jewelry boxes, jewelry bags or open trays should have separated areas for rings, earrings and soft bracelets. Hanging your necklaces will keep them from getting tangled.   For cuff bracelets, stand them in a plastic tray with compartments enclosed with an acid free plastic bag.

I hope these tips are helpful!  

My final bit of advice:  Get in the habit of cleaning your jewelry at least every six months, and use 1st day of spring and 1st day of fall as dates for a reminder.  Put it on your calendar and stick to the schedule.  If you jewelry needs attention in between those times, don't put it off!  You could lose a valuable stone or damage a piece more!

Happy Spring Cleaning Everybody!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwaanza & More

Southern Snow!  About the best we can do here!

A big thank you for all your support throughout the year. Look for new announcements and products plus redesigned website in 2018. 

 And, don't forget about jewelry repair services offered on costume to fine jewelry!  Quick turn around on restringing, Repair, sizing, resetting and redesign services!

We are your full service jeweler!  Shop at, use coupon code FAVORITE for extra discount!  Still shipping for Christmas delivery!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

AHH! Springtime will be here soon!

Our spring fashion colors are related to the great outdoors! 

 According to Leatrice Eiserman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, "Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling.  From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 13-0755 Primrose Yellow to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale and desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise, designers applied color in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for each Spring."

As jewelry designers, it is important that we pay attention to these top fashion colors, in order to coordinate our fashion jewelry to complement this theme.

PANTONE Fashion Color Report Spring 2017

If you are shopping for jewelry, or making jewelry yourself, select bright colorful stones that compliment your clothing and accent your outfits.  Add natural features to your jewelry, such as feathers, leaves, seed pods, sticks, flowers, trees, birds that are fabricated in metal,   Depict the sea in your design themes, with waves, beach elements, birds, beach glass and pottery shards.  Add some color with resin, enameling or alcohol inks.  

We are moving away from the petite jewelry, back to statement jewelry, so do not be afraid of larger pieces, layered necklaces, big earrings and bracelets.  Single long theme based earrings are in style, as well as asymmetric earrings.

Leather is still a major component in men's jewelry and more casual women's jewelry.  Stamped designs in leather or metal overlays are popular, with lettering content and etching.

Enjoy shopping for new spring jewelry, or making it yourself!  I'll be rolling out new spring designs in the next few weeks. Watch for them on Etsy and in M&F Casuals.

Wishing you a mixture of Vitality, Relaxation, and Enjoyment of the Great Outdoors!

Happy Spring!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, Peace, Love, and Joy!

Thank you for your support!  Many times we are working so hard to gain new customers and business that we forget to thank the ones whom have supported us throughout the years.  Without you, my business would not be here.  You have brought me joy, friendship and love!

May you have a happy and prosperous New Year, and most of all, PEACE!

Anita Park-Rosenbaum

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The following is an article from Andy Andrews which I believe can be helpful to everyone!  I just had to share it!  It applies to personal and your business relationships.

May 12th, 2016

The Big Misunderstanding About Forgiveness (And What It’s REALLY Costing Us)

As adults in our society today, why do so many of us carry regret?
We’ve done so many things we wish we hadn’t done.
We’ve had so many intentions we didn’t fulfill, promises we didn’t keep, goals we never reached.
Many of us are usually more disappointed in ourselves than we’ve ever been with anyone else—even those who may have wronged us.
But do any of us ever stop and actually think…
What I mean is…
What’s the point of holding onto feelings like these?
Do they serve a purpose? Do they somehow help us?
Instinctively, we know the answer is no.
Holding on to pain, anger, or resentment—whether it’s directed at other people or yourself—serves no purpose.
Not for your spouse, your children, your employees, your clients, your coworkers, or yourself.
Too often, though, we focus only on the internal cost associated with pain, anger, and resentment. It’s easy to see why. After all, we’re the ones in pain.
But in addition to the internal cost, there’s an external cost we largely overlook.

The External Cost of the Pain, Anger, and Resentment We Hold Inside

Just like dogs can sense fear in people, people sense bitterness in other people.
They don’t always know what they’re sensing, but I’ll tell you this:
  • They don’t do business with it.
  • They don’t stay married to it.
  • They don’t invite it to dinner again.
People avoid those in whom they sense bitterness. So if you’re wondering why you can’t seem to get ahead at work, or why your partner is unhappy, or why you can’t attract more clients—or any type of opportunity—perhaps you should examine what you’re carrying around inside.

The 2 Options You Have for Dealing with Negative Emotions

There are two choices for dealing with the emotions that lead to bitterness and the external consequences we just discussed.
1. The Traditional Route: Anger Management
You’ve likely heard of anger management. The American justice system has made a fortune for someone by promoting the concept. Quite often, people are actually sentenced by our courts to attend an Anger Management course.
Effective? Not long term. Ridiculous?  It depends upon what one wants.
If a person wants to “manage” their anger and learn how to keep rage and resentment bottled up inside them forever…anger management seems designed to do exactly that.
However, if your goal is to get rid of the anger all together, then there is an alternative…
2. The Solution That Actually Works
What if, instead of “learning to live with” negative emotions, we learned to let go of them altogether?
Forget Anger Management. You want Anger Resolution! Why manage it when you can get rid of it?
“How?” you ask.
It boils down to one word: forgiveness.The Big Misunderstanding About Forgiveness
Forgiveness is THE RESET BUTTON for your mind and heart. And you can press it any time and as many times as you need. Know this: Forgiveness is a decision—not an emotion. Most of us have treated it like an emotion for most of our lives, which is why thoseFEELINGS seem to drag us around like a dog on a leash.
Remember Psychology 101?  There we learned that emotions follow decisions. Yes, it may require us to make the decision again. We might have to make the decision six or seven times. Perhaps even seven time seventy times…but sooner rather than later, our emotions follow our decisions. That’s one more reason to make good ones!
It’s easy to understand how forgiveness can pay dividends in your personal life, but it’s a bit more difficult for most of us to grasp the value it holds in our professional lives. Allow me to explain it simply…
A lack of forgiveness is costing you money. It’s costing you opportunities. It is preventing sales. A lack of forgiveness makes it easy to pass you over for a promotion.
A lack of forgiveness cripples your ability to roll with the punches and keep moving forward toward the best possible result. Instead of freeing you to build the future of your choosing, a lack of forgiveness traps you in the past.
As The Designated Noticer for major corporations, I have seen a lack of forgiveness poison entire companies. I have seen it chain corporations to destructive cultures and horrendous workplace environments. All without anyone ever realizing that a lack of forgiveness was the root of most of their problems.
And the worst part, of course, was that even if they had identified the issue, they probably wouldn’t have realized how simple this one is to fix. But then, most people don’t…
See, for a long time I thought forgiveness was like a knighthood. It was something I would bestow upon some lucky person who begged me for it. Preferably on their knees. Tears would have been considered a plus.
Curiously, however, after researching the topic for almost thirty years, I still cannot find a single expert or book (including the Bible) to tell me that for one person to forgive another person, the person being forgiven has to ask for it, deserve it, or even be aware that they are being forgiven!

The 3 Things You Need to Remember About Forgiveness

  1. Forgiveness is about you. Trust is about them.
  1. Forgiveness is about the past. Trust is about the future. Do we forgive somebody who steals from us? Yes. Do we continue to do business with him? No.
  1. Forgiveness, as I stated earlier, is a decision, not an emotion. You can decide to forgive someone while still feeling angry or hurt by their actions. The decision leads the emotions—not the other way around. To paraphrase the psychologist William James, you will not sing because you are happy; you will become happy because you decided to start singing and kept singing even though, for a time, you did not feel like it.
While you may already be formulating a mile-long list of people you wish to forgive (whether or not they have asked for forgiveness, deserve it, or are even aware of it), the most important person you need to forgive first is yourself.
If you don’t, your effectiveness as a spouse, parent, friend, or leader will suffer. The key to moving toward your desired future is forgiveness. Specifically, this forgiveness of yourself.
Let me show you how.
Below is an excerpt from my book The Seven Decisions:
We now have the opportunity to begin anew, to drop the heavy weight of guilt resting upon our shoulders. Month after month, year after year, we’ve added to the load, and it’s about to crush us. All the things we said we were going to do but didn’t, the promises we made and didn’t keep, the things we shouldn’t have done but did anyway have piled up, and it’s just too much for one person to bear. The guilt has turned into resentment, the resentment has turned into anger, and the anger, in its various forms, is taking over our lives.

For many of us, our greatest enemies have been ourselves. Every mistake, every miscalculation, every stumble we make is replayed in our minds. Every broken promise, every day wasted, every goal not reached has energized the disgust we feel about our predicament. This dismay develops into a paralyzing grip. When we disappoint ourselves, it sets in motion a continual cycle of disappointment. It’s true. It is impossible to fight an enemy living in our heads.

Forgive yourself. Begin anew. The simple act of forgiving yourself will change your life! You will be positioned to become the person you want to be when you finally ditch the weight of guilt and shame you’ve been piling on for years. Forgive yourself. Your family’s not mad at you. Your friends aren’t mad at you. I’m not mad at you. God’s not mad at you. You don’t need to be mad at you either. Let it go. Forgive yourself and begin again.

From this day forward, your history needs to stop controlling your destiny. Your life has just begun! Your forgiveness is valuable only when you give it away. By the simple act of forgiveness, you can release the demons of your past and create a new beginning for yourself.

Forgive the people who don’t ask for it. Forgive yourself. From now on, your act of forgiveness will free you from unproductive thoughts. Your bitterness, resentment, and anger will be gone. It’s time to begin again.

“I will greet each day with a forgiving spirit.”photo-1462642109801-4ac2971a3a51
If you want to take this a step further, I invite you to write yourself a letter of forgiveness and appreciation. The purpose of this letter is to free yourself from whatever you’ve been harboring inside. Commit to releasing something that you don’t need to hold on to any longer.
Here is an example from The Seven Decisions to guide you:
Dear [your name],

I’ve missed you. It has been too long since I’ve seen the fun, happy person I know you to be. So now I want to ask for your forgiveness about something.
You will remember, it was five years ago . . . [describe the event].

In closing, I want to acknowledge that you are one of the most special people in the world. These are the things that I appreciate about you . . . [list them].

Thank you for magical moments that you create for so many. The ripples that you create by the way you live reach many more than you could ever know . . . [list them].

Love, [your name]
If you are in a leadership position and find this exercise beneficial, I encourage you to share it with your team. Let them experience the power of forgiveness and watch how it will dramatically improve your work environment, morale, and success.
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