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Kiss, Kiss. An American Icon Becomes A Jewelry Sensation

(NAPSI)-What do you get when you cross an American icon with the ongoing fallout from the financial meltdown? Why, Hershey’s Kisses jewelry, of course.

With gold prices at nosebleed levels—reflecting the commodity’s status as the skeptic world’s currency of choice—something had to be done to accommodate women dying for affordable, eye-catching baubles to adorn their necks, wrists and earlobes. Something silvery. . .Something instantly recognizable. . .Something—no, make that exactly-like a sterling silver version of the bite-sized pieces of chocolate, with their distinctive flat-bottomed teardrop shape, that have been coming wrapped in aluminum foil and tied with a narrow strip of paper since first being introduced in 1907.

Yes, that’s right, the necklaces, bracelets and earrings all have the famous Hershey’s Kisses plumes—or ties—on them emblazoned with the word “kisses.”

“It truly is a kiss that lasts forever,” says Murray Shabot, president of the New York−based World Trade Jewelers, which created the collection.

And while sterling silver is the easiest on your wallet, alternative versions can be viewed in 14K and 18K yellow, white or rose gold, with or without diamonds, at www.hersheyskissjewelry.com.

You can decide which ones celebs like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Love Hewitt and “Gossip Girl”’s Leighton Meester have been sporting.

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How To Prevent Heart Disease

(NAPSI)—There are several ways-from eating right to buying jewelry-to combat the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.: heart disease.

What You Can Do

To protect yourself, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recommends:

• Eat for heart health. Have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high blood cholesterol. Limiting sodium in your diet can also lower blood pressure.

• Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can increase your risk for heart disease.

• Exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The Surgeon General recommends adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week.

• Don't smoke. Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. If you do smoke, your doctor can suggest ways to help you quit.

• Know your numbers. Talk to your doctor to determine your personal risk factors for heart disease.

What Others Are Doing

Swarovski is the fashion industry's biggest supporter of women's heart disease awareness and has contributed more than $2 million through partnerships with the heart health movement.

For the seventh year, the leading designer and producer of glamorous jewelry is a national sponsor of The Heart Truth® Red Dress Collection Fashion Show, which raises awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women.

 As part of its effort, the company created a special jewelry collection to raise funds for women's heart health research in partnership with The Heart Truth®. The collection includes a Red Dress pin, Nettle bangle, Nastasia collar, Nelda pendant and Nelda earrings. Swarovski is proud to donate $310,000 to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to support women's heart health education and research.

Any of these pieces would make a great gift for someone you love on Valentine's Day or at any time of year.

Where To Find It

The collection is available at Swarovski boutiques, authorized retailers and www.swarovski.com.

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Diamonds Add Sparkle To Your Wedding Day

(NAPSI)-While an engagement ring is the ultimate symbol of a couple’s commitment to each other, it may also be the first of many diamonds in a bride-to-be’s wardrobe.

Women want to stand out on their wedding day, to sparkle and shine with classic diamond jewelry.

A diamond necklace is one of the most elegant diamond pieces and has been the accessory of choice for many celebrity brides. From a classic ?-carat diamond solitaire pendant from Sam’s Club to a show-stopping diamond Riviera necklace, there’s a diamond necklace to fit every bride’s style.

Looking for something with a twist? A layered diamond by the yard chain is a great alternative to the classic, or an Everlon Diamond Knot lariat pendant for just $1,100 from Sam’s Club.

Another wedding day trend and the ultimate red-carpet accessory: diamond bracelets. Diamond bracelets come in several styles, from a classic diamond tennis bracelet for $1,300 from JC Penney to an Everlon Diamond Knot bangle bracelet from Fred Meyer. Diamond bracelets can be stacked up the wrist, layered or just worn alone for a little hint of sparkle.

One of the most desired diamond pieces is a pair of diamond stud earrings. Diamond studs are an elegant and timeless way to accentuate a bride’s beauty-from one-carat diamond studs starting at $2,500 from Helzberg Diamonds to simple diamond drop earrings for $1,500 from Fred Meyer.

Want something with a more romantic sentiment? The Everlon Diamond Knot Collection is an excellent choice for brides on their special day and the whole bridal party. Based on the Hercules knot, the Everlon Diamond Knot Collection is a beautiful way to express the bond you share. The collection comes in various styles and prices, such as a beautiful pair of ¼-carat Diamond Knot earrings from JC Penney for $200, or an elegant ?-carat Diamond Knot pave pendant from Zales for $1,000.

Don’t forget fragrance. Elizabeth Taylor’s fragrance, White Diamonds, is the most successful celebrity fragrance and a best-seller year after year. This classic and timeless fragrance stands true to its name, and just like diamonds, evokes feelings of glamour and fantasy.

For more wedding day jewelry ideas and information, visit www.adiamondisforever.com.

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A Heavenly Way To Show Your Love

NAPSI)-Choosing a gift for a special person in your life may be easier if you look to the heavens. The starry sky may inspire you to give a gift that’s as unique and timeless as your love.

In fact, you can give them the stars. That is, you can have stars named for them.

Whether for an anniversary, birthday, engagement, wedding, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just about any occasion, it’s a special way to put a sparkle in the eyes of the people who are special to you.

Many stars have been named for celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and individuals including Taylor Swift, Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Donald Trump and all presidents from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama. One star has even been named to mark Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton. British fans of the happy couple applied to have a star in the Cygnus (Swan) constellation named “Wills & Kate.” Millions of everyday people have stars named for them, too; but don’t worry, there are plenty of stars left.

Naming a star is a unique and personal gift. The recipient gets a beautiful 12” by 16” parchment certificate with the star name, the dedication date and the star’s telescopic coordinates. Also included is a comprehensive booklet by noted astronomer Dr. James Rickard with charts of the constellations, plus a larger, more detailed chart with the actual star encircled in red. All star names are published in the astronomical compendium, “Your Place In The Cosmos.”

Now, you can increase the sparkle and add a sterling silver Tiffany-style bracelet to any International Star Registry gift package, with the name and coordinates of the star engraved on the pendant.

For further information or to place an order, visit www.starregistry.com or call (800) 282-3333.

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Leading Bridal Expert Answers Top Wedding Questions

(NAPSI)-Your wedding day is one of the most memorable in your lifetime. Whether you choose to have an extravagant affair or an intimate beachside gathering, all brides stress about getting their gown, jewelry and wedding rings just right.

To shed some light on today’s trends in everything from bridal gowns to finding the perfect ring, Alison Rowe, Fashion & Jewelry Editor for The Bride and Bloom, answers some of the most common questions:

Q: What’s the difference between platinum and white gold?

A: At first glance they may appear similar, but if you take a closer look you’ll see there are quite a few notable differences. Platinum is the purest precious metal, meaning it’s naturally white, so it doesn’t change color or fade. White gold is actually yellow gold plated to appear white, and will require maintenance to restore its white luster. Though platinum is often perceived as the most expensive metal, I’ve seen quite a few designers introduce new lines of accessibly priced platinum bridal jewelry, which offers the high quality without the high price tag. Designers like Frederick Goldman and Simon G. offer platinum starting at $1,000. A great resource for finding a ring at your budget can be found on one of my favorite websites, www.precious platinum.com/calculator.

Q: How do I know which wedding dress style will look best with my body type?

A: When it comes to finding the perfect wedding dress, fit is just as important as design. Luckily, gowns come in many styles with the goal of flattering every figure. A few tips I always offer brides-to-be: Column-style gowns will give a petite figure length, while Empire waist gowns can give a taller bride proportion. An open neckline with a delicate sleeve is great for those with a larger bust, while A-line gowns can accentuate a tiny waist and hide those hips! A great resource for shopping by body type can be found on DavidsBridal.com.

Q: What are the most popular wedding band trends this year?

A: As a bridal editor, I’ve found channel set and eternity bands continue to be her favorite for wedding bands, while men tend to choose bands that have more textural elements. Check out Novell Design Studios’ textural men’s wedding bands. I love when couples create metal harmony by matching the metals of their rings. Personalization-such as engraving a sentimental quote or date onto the band—is gaining in popularity as well. When you engrave a platinum band, you know it will never wear away, unlike other precious metals. Remember, your rings are the outward symbol of your love and commitment—finding the right band can be one of the most important decisions you make as a couple!

Check out www.preciousplatinum.com/design-gallery for an array of affordable platinum jewelry at every budget. After doing your homework, visit your local jeweler and ask to try on a platinum ring-you’ll feel the difference!

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A Golden Moment To Get Cash

(NAPSI)-You might not keep cash in your jewelry box or tucked into a drawer, but that’s just what you’re doing when you hold on to old, unwanted gold jewelry.

Perhaps it’s a school ring that you never wear, an earring that has lost its mate, a chain from grandma that never suited your style or anything from your ex. That jewelry could get you lots of extra cash.

Gold prices are the highest they’ve ever been and gold buyers want to purchase your old gold pieces. They recycle them, which is good for the environment and good for your wallet.

Selling your old gold jewelry is easier than you might imagine. Mail-in gold-buying businesses make it easy and convenient to get money for your gold, but you should do your homework to ensure you’re getting the most value for your items.

If you do consider selling your jewelry, here is what to look for before settling on a gold-buying company.

• Check out the company’s rating with the BBB.

• Check the company’s customer satisfaction rating.

• Understand the company’s return policy. If you change your mind, can you request your items back?

• Get the most value for your gold by avoiding unnecessary fees. One mail-in gold-buying business, Gold Promise, offers a 200 percent Best Price Promise. If you find a better written offer from an online competitor, the company will double the offer.

The company does not charge fees for shipping, insurance or any of its three payment methods. And by providing a custom-designed package that protects items in shipment, insuring all packages for up to $2,500 at no cost, providing a video of the package being opened, and letting consumers track items and payments 24/7, the company offers sellers peace of mind. A 30-Day Return Promise also means consumers have 30 days to decide if they want the gold returned, free and insured.

Visit www.goldpromise.com/kit or call (800) 2-PROMISE to request a GP FastPack kit, which includes the secure GP GoldProtector for sending items, or print out a prepaid shipping label.

For each package of gold or jewelry items sent to Gold Promise, the company will make a $1 donation to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

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Sharing The Joy Of The Season

(NAPSI)-Sharing the joy of the season can be done in many ways. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Lands’ End and Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, respondents overwhelmingly plan to share the joy by performing random acts of kindness (75 percent), sending greeting cards (82 percent) and buying gifts, with 71 percent planning to spend the same as or more than last year.

But giving and giving back isn’t the only way to celebrate the season. Following are a few tips to make your holidays merrier and more festive.

• Welcoming holiday houseguests? Nearly 40 percent of survey respondents plan on hosting out-of-town guests this holiday season. From a festooned family room to a welcoming guest bed, a few seasonal touches can help your guests feel right at home. Greet houseguests at the front door with fresh, fragrant greenery. The survey also revealed that 86 percent plan to hang holiday garland or wreaths. A traditional and festive arrangement includes fragrant Noble Fir, Incense Cedar, Juniper and Princess Pine. When hosting guests, you can also make them feel right at home with a festive and tasteful goodie bag, such as a small monogrammed canvas tote with soaps and guest towels.

• Dashing through the snow? The survey found that more than a third of respondents will travel out of town for the holidays. And if you are one of the millions who board planes and trains to see loved ones, make sure your luggage meets the latest TSA guidelines. Look for a lightweight bag that will fit overhead, such as Lands’ End’s FlightWise Carry-on Upright. If flying with gifts, place them in your carry-on unwrapped. Pack an extra bag so you can bring back gifts or items purchased while traveling.

• Dressing for the season? More than 95 percent of those surveyed said they plan to attend at least one, if not multiple, holiday gatherings this year. What to wear? Women can transition from their daytime look to a festive evening look without a complete fashion overhaul. Start with a classic layer, such as the little black dress, and accessorize to meet the occasion. Add embellishments such as a fine-gauge ribbon cardigan for feminine charm. For men, look no further than a classic blazer to create an easy, pulled-together look.

For more ideas and information, visit www.landsend.com.

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Halt Winter Toe Woes With Footwear Tips

(NAPSI)—Finding a comfortable pair of boots is nothing less than essential when it comes to protecting your feet in colder seasons. Proper footwear—insulated, waterproof boots or shoes—is just as important as coats, hats or gloves during cold weather.

With so many stylish boots to consider, many consumers wonder what to look for. Here are a few tips from the expert podiatrists with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA):

• Avoid boots made from synthetic materials as they trap in heat and moisture, causing odor. Select natural materials such as leather to keep feet dry.

• High-heeled boots may be stylish but they do transfer weight onto the ball of the foot, which can cause pain and numbness. Choose a boot with a stacked or lower heel, no more than two inches high.

• While rain boots are a fun, carefree way to navigate puddles, their rigid shape limits movement and they provide no arch support, so they should not be worn for long periods of time. If you do want to wear them, insert arch supports.

• Classic cowboy boots are very trendy, but this shoe construction often comes with a narrow toe box, which can cramp and blister your toes. Boots should be comfortable and have plenty of toe room when you try them on in the store. There should not be a break-in period as this often results in foot problems.

• Furry snow boots are cozy, but don’t trade traction for style. Select a pair with rubber soles and deep grooves for proper gripping.

• While popular, ankle boots often lack ankle support, which can swiftly lead to foot problems. Avoid walking long distances on them.

• When shopping for boots, remember to try them on in the afternoon as your feet can swell during the day. Also, most people’s feet are not the same size. Select the pair that fits your larger foot.

• Keep feet happy by massaging your feet and applying lotion to help keep skin moisturized.

If you have foot pain or other problems affecting your feet, consult a podiatrist. They are physicians, surgeons and specialists qualified to diagnose and treat problems affecting the foot and ankle. Get more shoe- or boot-buying advice plus foot care tips by visiting www.apma.org.

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