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  • 11 / 16 2016

    COORDINATES ENVY: NICARAGUA, 12.8654° N, 85.2072° W

    With the northern hemisphere now fully immersed in Fall, even us in mild-weathered Los Angeles residents are dreaming of sunnier, balmier, warmer places. Currently on the mind? Nicaragua.

    Capital: Managua, 12.1150° N, 86.2362° W

    High Season: December through April

    Hotspots: Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya Volcano, San Juan del Sur

    Cool To-Dos: Surfing, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining

  • 11 / 16 2016

    break the rules

    What are the rules of mixing metallics? In our opinion, none. Yes, we've all heard it before, "Don't mix your metals." But mixing metallics can add interest and depth to your look. Also, jewelry carries with it so much more than just a "look" - pieces can be nostalgic reminders of some of the best parts of life or the people who mean the most to you. As these collections grow through the years, not every piece will "match." Which is perfectly okay. With that in mind, here are some tips to mixing your metallics.

    Tip 1: Wear a piece that contains both silver and gold. A mixed metal bracelet easily works as a transition piece between a silver necklace and a gold ring, connecting the two visually.



    Tip 2: Stack your metals. Everyone loves a good arm candy and curating a stack with various different metals can create a visually stimulating appearance. It can add a great pop to a simple outfit.

    pop-bracelet

    pop bracelet

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    open-air

    Open Air

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    Tip 3: Take one piece off before leaving the house. Yes, this seems contradictory to the theme of this post, but keep in mind that more can be less. Include a strong statement necklace in one finish and a dainty bracelet in another.

    Tip 4

    What to do with rose gold? Rose gold is like the cool new kid on the block and definitely deserves to be mixed in. Our tip when stacking rose gold, yellow gold and silver is to keep the silver between to balance out the warm hues.

  • 11 / 15 2016

    meet the metals

    Here at Coordinates Collection, we pride ourselves on the ability to offer a range of metals to fit various styles and budgets. But having so many choices can also be a bit daunting (we know). So how do you choose? The first step is knowing a little about what you're picking out.

    We use brass in our plated pieces. Brass is a mixture of copper and zinc. It is durable, long-lasting and afforable. It can then be finished with various plated materials to fit the color of your choosing.

    legend-bracelet

    legend bracelet

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    fjord-necklace

    Fjord Necklace

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    precious

    Timeless and classic

    Gold is a precious metal as well and also needs to be mixed with other metals to provide it strength and durability. The higher the number of karats, the more gold there is in the piece. 14kt gold contains 58.3% pure gold and is a great combination of gold and other metals (also usually copper) to maintain the beautiful golden look while being durable enough for wear.

    Another option is Sterling silver. Pure silver is a precious metal and too soft to use only in jewelry. Sterling silver contains 92.5% silver and is mixed with other metals, usually copper, to be strong and durable. This combination allows the jewelry piece to keep the beauty of the precious metal while being wearable for years and years.

    The question still remains...how do you choose? Consider the style of the person this piece is for (Do they wear a lot of silver jewelry? Do they love the flashiness of gold?), then think of when and where they will be weaing this piece. Pick something more precious for a special occasion piece or a more durable, plated selection for everyday wear. Be confident that whatever you decide, each piece is hand-crafted beautifully and will carry with it some of the fondest memories.

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