Thursday, March 20, 2014

15% Off Sale on Select Prom Earrings


Prom season is coming up and Cliptomania has prepared a 15% off sale on selected glitter and pearls, which include some petite and nickel free styles.

Click to see RG276
Every year, except this one, we have been able to research and determine what earring trends will be popular for prom goers. However, when we looked at four pages of search results only two had links to sites that listed what jewelry would be popular for Prom 2014. All the other sites were about prom dresses or prom hair styles.  Wow! Is prom jewelry not as cool this year or as important?  We think it is!  Whatever the reason is, at least for those who need help deciding what earring accessory to wear, hopefully the information we give will be helpful.

This year big and colorful pearls are trending either as a single pearl or as clusters of pearls.   Then there are sparkling crystals among pearls like these pearl cluster clip earrings. And small doesn’t mean not glamorous.  For example, these petite clip earrings give off a lot of sparkle for their size while single bigger crystals  fit the subtle, minimalist trend.  The bolder crystal style might be seen in a pair of large crystal earrings.  Other popular prom trends mentioned include ear cuffs and surprisingly punk, which might put a feminine and funky edge on a black prom dress.

Cliptomania has seven whole pages of Prom Season clip on earrings including clip on buttons, clip on dangles, color, glitter, plain white or cream pearls….you name it!  We are confident you will find more than one earring on these pages (or our other pages) to accessorize your attire for prom or another special occasion.  We have also included earrings based on prom dress color trends for 2014.  See  Blush, Aqua, Mint, Red Black,  White, Periwinkle (light blue),  Nude, Navy,  Royal, and Coral.

Visit the Prom Season section of our website and save 15% now through April 10.  Also, don’t forget our website has an Advanced Search feature that allows you to filter results based on your preferences, be that designer, color, size, clip style, etc. Also, don't forget New Arrivals!

 
Click to see RG275


Cliptomania.com has been in business since 1999. We continue striving to be your first clip on earring source with quality, affordable earrings in a variety of styles and colors. 
 


 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BAMBOO Jewelry: A Green Company

 Written by Christy Santo & Melissa Stewart
Cliptomania.com

Click to see Dragonfly RB293
Bamboo Jewelry was brought to life in 2005 by Christine Gonsalves and Steve King.  A major driving force behind their company goals is their effort to maintain the lowest carbon footprint possible  Along with their ten to twenty employees, they are not just focused on creating quality necklaces, pins and earrings, but are also determined to be as environmentally friendly as possible.  Endangered wildlife and global warming are two things very important to Christine and Steve.


Two years after forming Bamboo Jewelry, the company decided if they couldn't reduce their carbon footprint to zero, they would offset it by buying carbon credits making Bamboo Jewelry the world's first carbon neutral jewelry company.  They have incorporated compact fluorescent bulbs and eliminated  air-conditioning, instead turning to fans to keep everyone cool and comfortable.  It doesn't stop there.  The jewelry boxes are made of bamboo which is a self-sustaining and fast growing plant often used like wood.  They also incorporated paper tape and use non-toxic, bio-degradable plastic for shrink wrapping. Even the paper printed cards within the box are created using recycled paper, in a duplex printer.  They can print 100,000 pages generating only five pounds of waste verses 157 pounds of typical waste from a regular laser printer.  Future eco-friendly goals include purchasing a new company car - a hybrid Aptera that will get 300 mpg - and remodeling their facility to be completely solar powered. 

Celebrating Nature

Each piece of jewelry that is designed is created to celebrate a small portion of nature, art and science.  Almost all the silver used as the base of their jewelry is recycled, and they are striving for 100% recycled.  Using finely braided wire to create each cloisonne color cell, they can do multicolor blending which results in their three dimensional contours and realistic shading, hallmarks of their splendid craftsmanship.  Once the original artwork is finished, they are sent to China to be mass recreated by the hands of other skilled artisans.


Who's Who At Bamboo

Click to see Penguins  RB311
Steve King is a fifth generation Californian with degrees from Yale in Art and Environmental Studies.  When he is not designing jewelry, he enjoys his work as a scuba instructor or organizing whale watching expeditions to Baja, Mexico.  Steve has also helped create a life-size whale sculpture, and notably, produced an hour long, prime time documentary aired on ABC on blue whales which won an Emmy for its cinematography.


Chrstine Gonsalves comes from a family of entrepreneurs.  She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a MA in sculpture.  Before she began Bamboo Jewelry nine years ago with Steve, she began a company called Whales and Friends that is a popular Alameda, California gift ship that has been around for 20 years. Her interests include cats, orchids, art and nature. Christine splits her time between Bamboo and Whales and Friends, and is even known for bringing her beloved Tonkinese cats, Carson and Sagan, with her.

Cliptomania.com has sold earrings by Bamboo Jewelry since 2006.  Featured in our
 Something Special/Animals categories, we have had butterflies, bears, birds, insects, bats, sea life and others including our most recent addition, the Koala Bear (shown below).  The overall quality and attention to detail is amazing, and we are sure our nature loving customers will appreciate these fine, heirloom quality, clip on earrings.


Koala Drops Clip On Earrings

Sources:
bamboojewelry.com
cliptomania.com

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Holiday Shipping Schedule!


We at Cliptomania want to make your holiday shopping experience positive and easy. Therefore, we are posting this Shipping Schedule to provide information concerning shipping dates to specific locations around the globe.

Orders placed with us before 2pm (EST) daily during this holiday season will be shipped the same day.





First Class
Mail
Priority
Mail
Express Mail
United States
Dec. 20th
Dec. 21st
Dec. 23rd
Canada
Dec. 9th
Dec. 12th
Dec. 16th
Australia

Dec. 9th
Dec. 14th
New Zealand

Dec. 9th
Dec. 14th
Ireland

Dec. 12th
Dec. 14th
Japan

Dec. 9th
Dec. 14th




Military
APO – FPO – DPO’s

First Class
Mail
Priority
Mail
Express
Mail
Zip 090-092
Dec. 10th
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th
Zip 093
Dec. 3rd
Dec. 10th
n/a*
Zip 094-098
Dec. 10th
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th
Zip 340
Dec. 10th
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th
Zip 962-966
Dec. 10th
Dec. 10th
Dec. 17th

*Express Mail is available to selected Military/diplomatic offices.
Check with local Post Office to determine if the service is available.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Gemstone Highlights: Lapis Lazuli

Unpolished Lapis Lazuli
Lapis lazuli is classified as a rock whose most important mineral component is lazurite (a formula comprised of sulfate, sulfur and chloride.) Along with other constituents, most lapis also contains calcite (white), sodalite (blue) and pyrite (metallic yellow). Its intense blue color is due to the presence of the radical anion (a charged, free radical) whose molecularity creates a very intense absorption line. Lapis lazuli usually occurs in crystalline marble as a result of contact metamorphism, a result of the temperature increase caused by the intrusion of magma into cooler country rock.  Simply put, Lapis is a rock consisting mainly of diopside and lazurite and came into being millions of years ago during the metamorphosis of lime to marble.


Polished Lapis

Lapis is the Latin word for stone and lazuli is of Medievel Latin, taken from Arabic and formerly the Persian word lazaward, which is the name of the stone in Persian and also of the place where lapis lazuli was mined. The English word azur comes from the name and color of lapis lazuli. In many cases a color is associated with the naming of the stone, but not with lapis.  The name of the stone instead came to be associated with its color.



This deep blue stone ( usually abbreviated to just lapis) has a record of being mined in northeastern Afghanistan
King Tutankhamun
as early as the 7th millennium BC. However, beads have been found at 4th millennium BC settlements, and a dagger with a lapis handle, a bowl, amulets, beads and inlays have been found in the Royal Tombs of Ur dating back to the 3rd millennium BC.  The eyebrows of King Tutankhamun (shown right) are made of lapis. Another interesting fact is that powdered lapis was used as eyeshadow by Cleopatra.  As lapis began to be exported into Europe, it was ground into powder and made into the finest and most expensive of all blue pigments.  It was used by artists of the Renaissance and Baroque periods often reserved for the clothing of the central figure of the painting, like the Virgin Mary.  Afghanistan is still a major source of lapis, however other notable mines include Lake Baikal in Russia and the Andes Mountains in Chile.  Small mines include those in Italy, Canada, Mongolia and the United States.


Clip On Earring: gem 139
On the Moh's scale of hardness, it sits at 5 to 5.5 and when cutting or polishing the stone, it must be handled gently and not given too much pressure.  It normally has a dull finish, but most lapis is sealed with a colorless wax or synthetic resin extending and improving the stone's wearing qualities and retaining its ability to be re-polished.  It is said that many a cutter "turns up his nose" when cutting lapis as it gives off a notable smell when it comes in contact with the cutting device.

Clip On Earring: gem 86

Lapis jewelery should always be protected from acidic substances, and never exposed to too much sunlight. Cleaning is simply wiping with a polishing cloth, and a little warm water and very soft brush if necessary.  Because it is not very hard, lapis jewelry should be stored away from other jewelry as to prevent scratching or other damage.


Clip On Earring: MR 44

Lapis is regarded as the stone of friendship and truth. Said to encourage relationship harmony, it helps its wearer to be authentic, wise and open.  It is also purported to be a powerful crystal for achieving a higher state of mind and enhancing one's intellectual ability.



Clip On Earring: MR 58
Although the traditional birthstone for December is Turquoise, the recommended alternative is Lapis Laluzi. It is also the stone for the 9th Anniversary.


Cliptomania is an internet store devoted to selling quality, affordable clip on earrings.  500+ earrings in stock including hoops, gold, silver, nickel free, sterling, kids, big & bold, petite, designer and gemstone earrings including lapis.  See the gemstone section or use the Advanced Search feature to find earrings according to your requested filter. Click on the earring's item number (underneath image) to go directly to its page for further information and/or purchase.






Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapis_lazuli
http://www.gemstone.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=117:sapphire&catid=1:gem-by-gem&Itemid=14
http://www.crystalvaults.com/crystal-encyclopedia/lapis

Monday, November 18, 2013

Gemstone Highlights: Citrine & Topaz

November's traditional birthstone is Citrine while the modern birthstone is Topaz.  Although nearly impossible to tell citrine from yellow topaz, there are differences, including their mineral species.

Citrine
Gem 106 click to go to

Citrine is a quartz variety varying in color from pale yellow to a dark orange-brown. Quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the earth's crust with hardness on a Moh's scale of 7. Natural (yellow) citrine is rare, therefore most citrine is amethyst or smokey quartz that has been heat-treated. Hence, most citrine on the market is this type.

Its name is derived from the Latin "citrina" meaning "yellow." The original reference point for the citrine color was the citron fruit, a fragrant citrus from Asia.  Citrine was first recorded as a color in 1386. 
Brazil, Bolivia and Spain are noted as the best producers of citrine.

Popular for thousands of years citrine was revered for its rarity. Citrine was used as a gem in Greece as far back as 300 B.C.  Romans used citrine for jewelry and intaglio work. It was also used extensively in19th century jewelry.  In the Art Deco period, large gems were prized and elaborate pieces were made for Hollywood stars.

The stone is not considered rare anymore and thus has little to do with opulence and luxury nowadays. Its abundance lends to getting a lot of gemstone for your money, and the ability to expand your wardrobe with very affordable pieces of jewelry.


Topaz
SG80

Topaz is a gemstone that is available in a rainbow of colors.  Pure topaz, without impurities, is colorless.  Topaz colors include white, yellow, pink (rare), purple, blue, green and orange. Once upon a time, all yellow gems were called topaz, and often confused with citrine and smokey quartz. The topaz color most prized is Imperial Topaz, named after the Russian Czars of the 1800s.  It has a full bodied orange color with pink undertones. The orange topaz is the November birthstone.

Its name is from the French Topace and Latin Topazus from the Greek Topazios, the ancient name of St. John's Island in the Red Sea.  A yellow stone (believed now to be chrysolite) was mined there in ancient times.  Pliny said that Topazos is a legendary island in the Red Sea and the mineral "topaz" was first mined there.  The word topaz is related to the word tapas meaning "heat" or "fire" and also to the Hebrew word for "orange" (i.e. the fruit) tapooz, both which predate the Greek word.


Topaz is a silicate mineral of aluminum. It is a "defining" gem on the Moh's Scale with a hardness of 8.  As a defining gem it embodies the characteristic of a number 8 hardness on this scale to which other gemstones are measured.  It is found in a variety places.  Most notably Utah, United States, but also is plenteous in the Ilmen mountains of Russia as well as Germany, Pakistan, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Brazil and Australia to name a few.

Brazilian pegmatite's of clear topaz crystals can reach boulder size weighing hundreds of pounds.  Some of these can be seen in museum collections.  The Topaz of Aurangzel measured 157.75 carats while the American Golden Topaz, discovered more recently, measured a whopping 22,892.5 carats.




Cliptomania.com is an Internet store devoted to selling only clip on earrings. Over 500 non pierced earrings in stock including hoop, gold, silver, big & bold, petite, glitter, sterling, 14K gold, nickle free and gemstone & crystal earrings including citrine and topaz.  Use our Advanced Search feature and find specific earrings according to your filter preferences.




Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citrine#Citrine
http://www.mindat.org/min-1054.html
http://www.jewelsforme.com/citrine-history.asp

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Press Release November 13, 2013



Cliptomania.com Participates in October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Date of Release:  November 13, 2013

As an annual international health campaign that was organized by major breast cancer charities and drug companies, and originating over 25 years ago, October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  In a concentrated effort, the campaign seeks to increase awareness of the disease, raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, treatment and cure, while promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight.

Cliptomania believes that there are many facets in the battle to fight cancer. They decided to take up the challenge by raising awareness on their website, offering a special pink crystal ribbon clip-on earring with 10% of its sales to be double matched by the owners and given to a non-profit organization within the community serving the needs of cancer patients. They chose Jill’s House.  This organization’s mission is to provide affordable, temporary housing in a home-like environment for caregivers and patients receiving proton radiation to fight cancer.  Jill's House was named in honor of Jill Behrman, an Indiana University student who was abducted while riding her bicycle on the morning of May 31, 2000. It was also built in honor of Steven Howard, who lost his battle with cancer at age 19.

As a first time participant in October’s breast cancer awareness campaign, Cliptomania employees were privileged to speak or read comments by customers, who were purchasing the ribbon earrings, who also shared their stories of survival and how much this meant to them. On November 5, 2013, Cliptomania was excited to present Jill’s House with a check in the amount of $120. 

Cliptomania.com has been in business since 1999 as an internet only store dedicated to selling clip on earrings.   Cliptomania has decided to continue this yearly website campaign and donate to a local organization taking a stand in the fight against cancer.

Cliptomania.com, LLC
Candy Santo, CEO/Owner
P.O. Box 246
Ellettsville, IN 47429
www.cliptomania.com

Friday, October 4, 2013

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Originating over 25 years ago, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. The aim of the NBCAM from the start has been to promote mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.


In 1991, the Susan G. Koman Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. However, it was not established as its symbol until 1993 when Evelyn Lauder, Senior Vice President of the Estee Lauder Companies founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Inspiration for the NBCAM foundation came from AstraZeneca Inc in 1989 when they began a breast cancer screening program withing their company.


Cancer in any form is a concern.
Our thoughts go out to those who rise to the battle every day,
and to family members and caretakers who stand beside them.

Cliptomania.com is offering beautiful pink crystal Ribbon non-pierced earrings as part of this awareness. Ten percent (10%) of the total sales matched twice - by Candy & Jim Santo and by their daughter, Christy Santo, Owners of Cliptomania - and given to Jill's House, a local, non-profit agency. Jill's House is dedicated to those undergoing cancer treatment, their family or caregiver(s) with low cost living accommodations while receiving treatment from a local facility. We believe there are many facets in the battle to fight cancer. We hope you will help us in this endeavor and show your support!


Thank you,
Owners & Staff

Left to Right: Melissa, Matt, Jim (owner), Mel, Candy (owner) and center, Christy (owner).

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Disclaimer: Cliptomania.com is not affiliated with any breast cancer foundation or organization. Cliptomania.com is not an agency, a subsidiary, or an arm of any national or international breast cancer organization. Cliptomania.com is a privately run, LLC company selling only clip-on earrings. This offer and associated product is the sole property and offer of Cliptomania.com. No member of Cliptomania.com is qualified to dispense medical advice. Cliptomania.com is not responsible for any claims made or claims implied.