Archive for February 9, 2014

Q&A: Claddagh Belly Button Rings

image of  one of bellybling.net's Claddagh belly button ringsWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up, we’ve received several questions about our Claddagh Belly Button Rings. Well as you know by now, your wish is our command! Here are the answers to some of your top questions about these intriguing symbols.

Q: Where do claddagh rings come from?

A: Claddagh rings have been around for quite some time. In fact, the actual date is unknown simply because there are so many old legends surrounding the symbol. For example, one legend says that a woman named Margareth Joyce married a man from Spain. Sadly, Margareth’s husband died shortly after their marriage, and he left her with lots of money. She later went to Ireland, remarried, and used that money to build bridges. As a token of her kindness, an eagle flew overhead and dropped the ring into her hands.

While we don’t have a definitive answer on the date, all of the stories seem to originate in Ireland, more specifically the Irish fishing village of Claddagh.

Q: What do the crown, the heart, and the hands stand for?

A: The crown stands for loyalty, the hands represent friendship, and the heart naturally symbolizes love. Essentially they’re the factors that form the foundation of any good relationship.

Q: I’ve heard it means something if the ring is pointing one way over another?

A: Good question! Yes, it does mean two entirely different things if the ring is facing away from your body or towards your body. It also means something different depending on which hand you wear it on. Here’s how it breaks down…

Right Hand, Heart Facing Away from Your Body: While you’re open to the possibility of love, your heart is still free. It doesn’t belong to anyone. Essentially, you’re single and looking.

Right Hand, Heart Facing Toward Your Body: Now you’re “Facebook official.” You’re in a relationship, and your heart is no longer out in the open for anyone to come along and try to win over.

Left Hand, Heart Facing Away from Your Body: As you can imagine, once your claddagh ring has been switched to the left hand it means things are getting serious. Your heart belongs to someone. Claddagh rings are often worn like this upon an engagement.

Left Hand, Heart Facing Toward Your Body: This shows that your two hearts have become one. It’s the claddagh equivalent to a wedding ring.

Q: Can men wear claddagh rings too?

A: Claddagh rings are unisex, and they mean the same thing when being worn by either a man or a woman. That said, while the symbol itself is open to either sex the design may not be. A woman’s claddagh ring often contains extra jewels or flare, and men’s tend to be plainer.

Q: Have any celebrities been known to wear claddagh rings?

A: Everyone from politicians to movie stars have been seen wearing these relationship status symbols. Former presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Jennifer Aniston, John Wayne, Bono, and even Walt Disney!

 

Tie One On: Bow Belly Button Rings

We’re quick to jump on board with some fashion trends, and others, well… they just take a little getting used to. This is particularly true of trends that are newly surfacing (you know, the ones that aren’t looping back around for the tenth time).

lLike them or not, bows are big.

Like gold and the color purple, the value we have come to associate with bows is symbolic. Men wear them to weddings and work functions, and women find them the perfect accent to any outfit, but if you think about it, why are we so crazy about a  piece of fabric weaved and tied into a particular knot?

Bow ties first appeared during the Prussian wars when mercenaries wore a bow to tie the opening of their shirts together (for those of you who didn’t pay attention in history, that’s the 17th Century). After that, like all major fashion trends, the French adopted the style, and the rest is history.  However, women didn’t start wearing these status symbols until approximately 30 years ago. Not coincidentally, that’s right around the time many women began taking on jobs that were traditionally left to men.

Fast forward to today. It’s a trend that’s been slowly picking up steam for a while now, and with spring on the horizon, looks to be hotter than ever.

Don’t miss out. We’ve rounded up our favs here: Bow Belly Button Rings. Get ready to tie one on.

 

 

Country Charm: Belly Bling for the Rough Riders

Photo credit: Fraziermuseum.com

Photo credit: Fraziermuseum.com

It’s no secret that throughout history women have had to work to have same rights as men, and women’s participation in the rodeo has been no exception. Fortunately, that’s where Annie Oakley came in.

Born a no-name girl in Ohio that wanted to break into a “man’s work,” Annie had her work cut out for her. Being the first real woman in rodeo, she wasn’t taken seriously during the beginning of her career. However, as time went on even the boys couldn’t ignore a woman who could handle a gun.

In 1885 Annie Oakley made a name for herself as the famous Buffalo Bill sharpshooter, known for her ability to hit glass balls in air. She not only did her career a favor, she did the little girls who wanted to play with something other than a doll a favor. The rest is history.

Photo credit: sageatelier.com

Photo credit: sageatelier.com

That was over a century ago. Since then, not only have men come to realize (and adore) country girls, but fashion has embraced them as well…

Maybe it was all those hunky country boys, or maybe it was just the thrill of riding a horse, but this year brought back the cowgirl hats, buckles, boots, belts, and bags in a BIG way! So with all of those country clothes, couldn’t you use a little country charm?

Here are some of our favorite country girl accessories:

26072-horse-dangling-belly-ring-w-cz_1_320Horse-Loving Hottie: Nothing says country like the feel of wind blowing through your hair as your horse trots around an open field.  That’s why we love this Horse Danging Belly Ring. You can practically feel the wind as this cubic zarconia horse lifts his legs high to pick up speed.31776-cowgirl-hat-belly-button-ring_1_320

True Country: The Cowgirl Hat Belly Bling goes out to all those ladies who aren’t afraid of a little cowgirl hat hair. Afterall it is a way of life, so show off your support.

31785-country-cowgirl-belly-ring_1_320Country Music Fan: Being country isn’t always about the horses and getting your boots dirty. This Country Cowgirl Belly Ring pays homage to the women who are in it for those story-telling tunes (better yet the ones who can pick up a guitar and go to town themselves).

 

Can’t decide on just one country belly ring? Our pack of eight country belly button rings is the answer! You’ll have one for every day of the week, plus Saturday night too. Yeeehaw!

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Trending: Black Belly Rings

Why do we love the color black?

Emotionally, black signifies power and control. It says we are careful to give up important information or too much of one’s self. In that same sense it also signifies protection, creating a sort of barrier between us and others.

Fashionably, the color black goes with just about any other color and helps us hind any extra holiday weight we may be carrying. Slimming and stylish, what more could you want?

However, while the color black has always been embraced in the world of fashion, lately our love for it has expanded from sweaters and shoes to eye-catching accessories. To celebrate this new trend, here are some highlights from our black bling collection:

image of elegant black belly ringElegant Gemmed Black Belly Ring

We love clear gems. They go with everything, and they can draw your attention to any type of jewelry. This piece is great because black steel really makes clear gems pop. But not only do you get some gem on black action with this belly bling, but you get it times 11! 11 gems, black bling, and ornate details make this piece of jewelry is simply stunning.

 

image of vintage black belly ringVintage Gem Black Belly Button Ring

It’s all in the name, “vintage.” This naval ring is a modern twist on a classic. Surrounded by 26 clear stones and iridescent crystals, the vintage cut black teardrop gem sparkles with the attention this beauty deserves. Not only that, but there are two large gems to add a little extra flare. This bling is truly for the classic, classy a heart!

 

image of black dreamcatcher belly ringBlack Dreamcatcher Belly Button Ring

Dream catchers are thought to get rid of dark, evil spirits, which is why it’s kind of cool that this dream catcher is black. Never fear though, there are no “evil spirits” involved here. While it does look nice and dark this belly bling is lightened up by two clear gleaming gems. Think of it as a cross between your sweet side and the girl who will do what it takes to get what she wants.

 

image of faux black pearl belly ringElegant Black Faux Pearl Dangling Belly Ring

Women love two things in their jewelry: diamonds and pearls. Like gems, pearls have a sheer shine to them; however, a pearl’s shine is more subtle. It’s sweet rather than flashy, and there is definitely a time, place, and outfit that fits perfectly with that.

 

 

image of black flower belly ringTriple Flower Swirl Belly Ring

This belly ring is the exact opposite of the Elegant gemmed piece. While the former relies on black to provide a solid base for the clear gems, this piece focuses on clear gems and uses black ones as an accent. Sometimes, with some outfits, less is more. The Triple Flower Swirl Belly Bling is great for when you just want a little something to go with an already pretty dark ensemble.