Wednesday, January 14, 2015

February 14: A Day of Love



Valentine's Day Theme Clip on Earrings
Valentine's Theme Clip on Earrings




For over 2000 years, the middle of February has been associated with love.  In ancient Greece, Athenians celebrated Gamelian from the middle of January to the middle of February to honor the marriage of gods Zeus and Hera.  However, in ancient Rome, they celebrated two holidays.  The first honored - Juno the Goddess of Women and Marriage then in the middle of February Romans celebrated Lupercalia. A celebration in honor of the Roman gods of agriculture of the same name and it also honored Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.  Then around 498 AD Pope Gelasius declared February 14th as the day to honor St. Valentine of Rome, who is the patron saint of love and honor.  In modern times, it is still about love and honoring the commitment between two people who love each other.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve World Traditions


From walkerthornton.com




The majority of the world celebrates New Year’s Eve with fireworks, music, and the dropping of a lit ball or numerals from a pole ringing in the newest year.   They gather inside of a friend’s home, or they invite friends to their home for a party.  Or people will gather outdoors in a major square celebrating and waiting for the city, town or borough’s countdown to the New Year.  And for still others they have alternate celebrations or combine two into one! 

In the Philippines, children jump repeatedly at midnight in the hopes he or she will grow tall. Over in Italy some people eat a carnival pastry called chiacchiere to have a sweet and lucky New Year.  And in nearby Greece, New Year’s Day is like a second Christmas.  Children leave their shoes by the fireplace or another popular area of the home in the hopes that St. Basil will fill them with gifts. 

 In Germany people, drop melted lead in a bucket of water and try to interpret what it means. Or in Ireland people take bread and bang it on doors and walls to drive out bad luck and bring in good spirits.  They also may light a candle at dusk to burn throughout the night. There are numerous other traditions such as eating lentils as they do in Brazil or in Southern America or Europe consuming as many different leafy greens as possible to increase prosperity and health.  Each and every one of us as our tradition(s) for celebrating New Year’s Eve into New Year’s day.     

It is our wishes to you from all of us at www.cliptomania.com that you will have a great and fulfilling 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

The Beauty of White Especially in Jewelry!



The color white represents cleanliness (think a chef's uniform), innocence (a baby lamb), purity (the bride's gown), neutrality, lightness, and exactitude.  In ancient times, it was one of the first colors used by Paleolithic artists and was made from calcite or chalk and used as a background or highlight.  In ancient Egypt white was associated with the goddess Isis. Also, priests and priestesses of Isis wore white linen in ceremonies, and those who died had strips of white cloth wrapped around them. 

In ancient Greece and other nations white was associated with mother's milk and was written about in mythological stories.  In the Muslim holy book, the Talmud, milk is one of the four sacred substances along with wine, honey, and a rose.  In politics of ancient Rome, if a man wanted to hold a public office, he wore a white toga brightened with chalk called a toga candida (origin for the word candidate.)  A white toga was also worn for ceremonial occasions by all Roman citizens over the age of fourteen. Magistrates and certain priests wore white togas with a broad purple stripe.   Once Augustus became emperor, the white toga became mandatory to wear in order to enter the Roman forum.

White also became the color worn by priests during mass and monks of the Cistercian order under Pope Pius, a former monk of the Dominican Order. He was the first to wear white as Pope and it continues to be the official color worn by popes.  The color white has other religions associations too. The white elephant is considered sacred in Asian cultures.  In Buddhism white is associated with the birth of Buddha.  Native Americans of the Great Plains considered the white buffalo sacred as it represented fertility and the gods of the earth.   White also has a negative connotation. In some Asian cultures, it is a symbol of death. In the Ancient Egyptians, culture white was considered the color of life when black mud covered fertile lands created any time the Nile flooded.  

Today much of the same symbolic associations are still present today.  A majority of brides still wear white gowns. In home, design white makes a room look lighter and larger in appearance. White is also considered a calming color. In the fashion, world white is used extensively and often paired with other colors like black for major contrast. My favorite use of white is in accessories including clip on earrings and used elegantly by various designers including:


These gorgeous Michal Golan Clip on Button Earrings
pictured below.


The flow of white pearls in these Jan Michael's designed Ovalicious Genuine Pearl Clip-onDrop Earrings





And these Pearl Grape Cluster Clip on Earrings designed by Sadie Green (Pictured)




These are just a small sample of the numerous clip on earrings that feature white alone or as an accent. Cliptomania has a dedicated section for white earrings as well as many scattered in other sections.  If white is not the only color you like, there are countless other colors among the 500+  non-pierced earrings you can check out when you visit the top site for clip on earrings, Cliptomania.com!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

2015 Jewelry Trends



The 2015 fashion earrings trends are out, and they are electric!  The metals for the New Year are brass and golden jewelry either polished to a shine or muted.  Another trend is unbalanced whether asymmetrical in shape,a difference in length or varied with materials used.  If you are into this look, you will be very pleased with designer Arleen Geller's clip earrings!   And past styles like 50s sheik, 70s bohemian streamlined and chunky earthy have returned as well as a touch of the 80s!  Other styles simply never got a chance to take a breather, and they will continue to be featured. They are mirrored, large faux or real pearls, colorful glitter, tribal, wide earrings, vintage, feather, fur, chains, wood, and natural stones

Complement your natural beauty and individual style with earrings from Cliptomania.com.  With over 500+ non-pierced earrings from which to choose, you will find the color and style that is perfect for you.

See other pages for helpful information including our Information Section that includes New Arrivals, Birthstone Clip Earrings, All About Clips and more.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Color Red: Beyond the Holidays!

Blown Glass Clip on Drop Earrings


The color red was one of the first colors used by artists in the upper Paleolithic Age most likely because sources for this and other natural pigments like white and black were readily available.  The color red has several sources. These include red ochre (a mineral found in nature) that contains iron oxide, as well as specific insects like the female Cochineal and the Kermes, a scale insect found in Mediterranean regions. The plant world is a source of red dye too. The Madder plant has tiny yellow flowers and grows in Europe and the Middle East where India has used it for centuries to make red dye.

Red has been more than a color for artists who used it to express danger, sacrifice, passion, anger, happiness or pride. Red is the hair color of 1 to 2% of people in the world, the color of certain birds the color of poisonous snakes. It is also a warning color for insects like the Lady Bug and much more.
In Ancient Egypt red was a symbol of life, health and victory and  also used in prayer to the god Isis to protect from evil.  The word "red" (as used in place of words like destruction and harm.) At the same time, red was used in cosmetics and tomb murals as a skin color for men. Sometimes kings, queens and other people with high status dyed their hair red as a sign of beauty, wealth, and power.

From Wikipedia.org

In Ancient Rome, Tyrian purple was the color of the Emperor, but red had an important religious symbolism. Romans wore togas with red stripes on holidays, and the bride at a wedding wore a red shawl, called a flammeum. Red was used to color statues and the skin of gladiators. Red was also the color associated with the army. Roman soldiers wore red tunics, and officers wore a cloak called a paludamentum which, depending upon the quality of the dye, could be crimson, scarlet or purple. In Roman mythology red is associated with the god of war, Mars.  The vexilloid of the Roman Empire had a red background with the letters SPQR in gold. A Roman general receiving a triumph had his entire body painted red in honor of his achievement.  The Romans liked bright colors, and many Roman villas were decorated with vivid red murals.

After the Western Roman Empire fell, and the Byzantine Empire came to the fore, the princes of Europe and the Roman Catholic Church decided to take the color and use it to project majesty and authority. It was a signature color worn by Roman Catholic Cardinals.  It was used in banners by Emperor Charlemagne and for the shoes we wore on his coronation.  Red clothing was worn by merchants, artisans, and townspeople especially during holidays and special occasions.  While people of wealth wore clothing dyed red from kermes or carmine (carmine acid found in female scale insects),  the red townspeople wore tended to be made from the madder plant.   Another popular shade of red during these times was called Brazilian and came from Sapanwood trees that grew in India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka. Brazilwood that is similar and found in South America was also used to make red dye. Not only was it a  popular export from the region, it gave the name to the nation of Brazil.



Sadie Green Clip on Earrings #89






In Renaissance times, red was used by artists to draw attention to their work.  In most instances it was used to depict the cloak of Christ, his mother Mary or other important figures.  Also, trade routes were opened to the New World, Asia, and the Middle East. These routes imported lots of varieties of red pigment and dye into Europe where guilds of dyers specializing in a particular color or type of dye began.  The Rubia plant was regularly used  to create a dye for the common people. A different red dye called Kermes dyed  the clothing of the wealthy, and Polish Cochineal or "Blood of Saint John" to create a high quality and expensive red dye for the very wealthy.

From Wikipedia.org  

But early in the 16th century, a brilliant new red appeared in Europe.  When the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his soldiers conquered the Aztec Empire in 1519-1521, they discovered the Aztecs had other treasures besides silver and gold.  They had the tiny cochineal, a parasitic scale insect which lived on cactus plants, which, when dried and crushed, made a magnificent red. The cochineal in Mexico was closely related to the Kermes varieties of Europe, but unlike European Kermes, it could be harvested several times a year, and it was ten times stronger than the Kermes of Poland. It worked particularly well on silk, satin, and other luxury textiles. In 1523 Cortes sent the first shipment to Spain. Soon cochineal began to arrive in European ports aboard convoys of Spanish galleons.

Three centuries later red became a symbol of revolution in France signifying liberty and personal freedom, and was used by the Jacobins and other radical parties of the time.  Many of them wore a red Phyrgian (liberty) cap modeled after caps worn by freed slaves in Ancient Rome.  During the Reign of Terror in the 18th century, women wore red caps around the guillotine to celebrate executions.  Even the French flag was changed to red, but after the Reign of Terror was over the traditional flag colors of red, white and blue were restored.

In Ancient China red was an important color in religion, culture, industry, fashions and court ritual. Silk was dyed red as early as the Han Dynasty 25-220 B.C.   China had a monopoly on red silk until the 6th century A.D. when it was introduced into the Byzantine Empire and in the 12th century to Europe.

From Wikipedia.org

Red played an important role in Chinese philosophy. It was believed that the world was composed of five elements: metal, wood, water, fire and earth and that each had a color. Red was associated with fire. Each Emperor chose the color that his fortune-tellers believed would bring the most prosperity and good fortune to his reign. During the Zhou, Han, Jin, Song and Ming Dynasties, red considered a noble color, and it was featured in all court ceremonies, from coronations to sacrificial offerings, and weddings.


Slender Double Drop Clip on Earrings





 Red was also a badge of rank. During the Song Dynasty (906–1279), officials of the top three ranks wore purple clothes.  The officials of the fourth and fifth ranks wore bright red; those of the sixth and seventh wore green; and the eighth and ninth wore blue. Red was the color worn by the royal guards of honor and the color of the carriages of the imperial family. When the imperial family traveled, their servants and accompanying officials carried red and purple umbrellas. Of an official who had talent and ambition, it was said "he is so red he becomes purple.

Red would become a symbol of the 20th century American Revolution, and also a symbol in Eastern Europe's Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.  Even China used red during the Cultural Revolution of 1949. In Russia's U.S.S.R., red became the color symbolizing communism along with Vietnam and Cuba. On a pleasant note, red was a symbolic color used by artists such as Matisse of France and American artist Mark Rothko.

As you can see, red has quite a rich history, but we haven't yet touched on red used for my favorite accessory...clip on earrings!  These can be found throughout the Cliptomania website in categories such as Tomorrow's Heirlooms, My Favorite Color, Pretty & Petite and Big & Bold.  There is no way to avoid shades of red, in the most pleasant sense that is!  So if you are a fan of various shades of red or just like all colors of the rainbow come by www.cliptomania.com where we have nearly every color one would want. 

 

Monday, December 1, 2014

It is that special time of year again. Happy Holidays!


Captured Dreams Clip on Earrings

Ah December, when the lion of winter arrives in force, and holiday giddiness rises. And radio stations across the United States, no matter the genre, play holiday songs.

Decorative lights are hung from the gutters or garages of houses and on outdoor trees.  And Christmas theme wreathes are hung against front doors. Inside the house, another tree goes up with treasured decorations, more lights, and maybe a decorative topper.  It is also a month with four birthstones: turquoise, blue topaz, lapis lazuli, and blue zircon. 

Even with all of this I still get sentimental over what has happened during the year and the thanks I have another good year lived.  I am also thankful once more for family, friends, and of course my cat Celia! 

I hope you will think along similar lines about this year and the special time we are experiencing.  Also please check out the holiday specials cliptomania.com offers and the many clip-on earrings that will make great gifts to the special persons in your life.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Yellow is Far from Plain!: It has beauty even as clip earrings!



Class Triangles Clip on Earrings



Yellow is a color that instantly grabs my attention. Pleasantly yellow is associated with spring and fall.   One of the first flowers to bloom each spring is the yellow daffodil, and yellow appears as the autumn season gets rolling when the leaves start to turn. 

The English word yellow dates back to 700 AD when it was published in The Epinnal Glossary.  Its origins come from geolu (Old English), gelwaz (Proto-Germanic), and the Indo-European base word –ghel which means bright and gleaming, and to cry.  Even before yellow became a word it was one of the first colors used by prehistoric artists in caves.  

Ancient Egyptians used yellow extensively in tomb paintings using either yellow ochre or orpiment (a deep yellow-orange colored arsenic sulfide mineral.)  They believed yellow was associated with gold which they considered to be imperishable, eternal and indestructible.  Ancient Romans were also fond of using yellow in their paintings and murals as skin tones.  

Centuries later in the Middle Ages, saffron was sometimes used in manuscripts and some painters like Juan de Juanes, who in the 16th century used yellow to depict malice as he did in one of his paintings to create a likeness of Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Christ.  Similarly in Spain, if someone did not renounce heresy he or she was forced to wear a yellow cape. Other painters just used yellow as one of the colors without any malice like 19th century painter J.M.W. Turner who was one of the first painters to use yellow to create mood and emotion.  



Square Art Buttons Clip on Earrings


Excerpt from Wikipedia.org
The painter Vincent van Gogh was a particular admirer of the color yellow, the color of sunshine. Writing to his sister from the south of France in 1888, he wrote, "Now we are having beautiful warm, windless weather that is very beneficial to me. The sun, a light that for lack of a better word I can only call yellow, bright sulfur yellow, pale lemon gold. How beautiful yellow is!"
At the end of the 19th century, in 1895, a new popular art form began to appear in New York newspapers; the color comic strip. It took advantage of a new color printing process, which used color separation and three different colors of ink; magenta, cyan, and yellow, plus black, to create all the colors on the page. One of the first characters in the new comic strips was a humorous boy of the New York streets named Mickey Dugen, more commonly known as the Yellow Kid, from the yellow nightshirt he wore. He gave his name (and color) to the whole genre of popular, sensational journalism, which became known as Yellow Journalism.

There are other instances in history where yellow went back and forth as a positive or negative color, but these days they are just memories.  Now yellow is as used as any other color in existence especially in fashion. And not just clothing but jewelry also, especially clip on earrings! There are three undertones yellow gives off: beige, green, or rosy. Finding which shade of yellow is yours can be known through this undertone as to whether it compliments or detracts.

At Cliptomania, yellow is the primary or an accent color in many clip on earrings.  I especially like yellow amber with cognac amber, and I love it in this creation by Joan Eagle. (C622) Every section on the Cliptomania.com website has one or more clip on earrings featuring yellow.  So if you are looking for that pop of wow color from yellow look no further than the #1 Internet retail store with over 500+ clip on earrings in a variety of sizes, styles and colors! www.cliptomania.com