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Pearl Earrings

How to Grade Pearls for Jewellery

Pearls are not something that typically feature in your average engagement ring. In saying that, they are popular in many different pieces of jewellery you can buy. However, if you’re wondering why some jewellery is expensive, while others are not, then it can come down to the pearl quality. How do you grade pearls for jewellery, and why are there different grades to begin with?

How Pearls are Made

To understand how to grade pearls for jewellery, it’s worth understanding how they are made in the first place. A mussel, clam, or oyster may find itself in contact with an irritant, such as a parasite, that it wants to get rid of it. It covers it in a liquid known as nacre as a form of defence against that parasite.

It will keep coating that irritant with nacre over time until it forms the pearl. Humans now get involved in the process to keep a steady supply of pearls by inserting irritants into oysters, clams, and mussels, and controlling the whole pearl creation process.

In saying that, some pearls are not pearls at all, but rather, imitation pearls. They tend to be glass balls that the manufacturer coat in a fish scale colouring to make them look like pearls. You can tell the difference between a real and fake pearl by scraping your teeth along them. A fake pearl is gritty, and the coating may even come off. A natural or genuine pearl runs smoothly through your teeth.

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Gym Etiquette

All You Need To Know About Gym Etiquette

For many people joining a gym for the first time and then going along for their first workout, it can often feel akin to their first day at school or in a new job. Not knowing anyone, wondering what it will be like, and the realisation that you do not know where everything is so you find yourself wandering around, obviously looking lost, can all make you feel like the quintessential newbie.

Thankfully, most gyms are welcoming, with staff and other members happy to welcome new people, and the vast majority of them being friendly and helpful. However, there is one way in which those levels of friendliness might be tempered, and that is if you fail to follow normal gym etiquette. Whilst there may be specific nuances in individual gyms, the etiquette in each will be akin to the dos and don’ts of gym etiquette we have outlined outline below.

Gym Etiquette Dos

Wear Appropriate Clothing: The gym is not a fashion show, nor somewhere that you should ‘dress to impress’. Instead, your clothing should be appropriate for the workouts you plan to follow, and be worn for comfort and safety, rather than their style.

Practice Good Hygiene: Apart from obviously showering after your workout, as you use equipment ensure that you wipe it down with a towel to remove sweat, for example. We are sure you would hate it if you went to sit at the bench press and the seat was covered in someone else’s sweat. Yuk!

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7 Proven Tips That Will Help You Stop Smoking

We are going to assume you are reading this, either out of interest or more importantly, that you wish to give up smoking, so what you will not be reading here is a list of reasons why stopping smoking is highly beneficial for your health. We presume you already know that it is, plus all the negative consequences of smoking for one’s health.

So, we will instead outline 7 proven tips that thousands of smokers have used to help them stop smoking, and stop for good. We list them in no particular order as that would suggest one of them is more likely to work than the others. The problem with that is that each individual will react positively or negatively to specific stop smoking techniques. So, choose which appeals to you most, be it #1, or #7, or indeed all of them.

#1: Give Yourself An Extremely Powerful Reason To Stop

Nothing will keep you motivated more in weaker moments if stopping smoking is a means to an end. By that we mean you set yourself a powerful reason for stopping with examples being around to see your grandchildren grow up, using the money you save to send your children to college or to buy yourself a new car.

#2: Tell Everyone You are Stopping

Nobody likes to admit they are weak-willed or a failure, and whilst it might be a negative motivation, the important point is that they still work. So, tell as many people as you can that you are going to stop smoking, and in addition, ask them to encourage you if they ever see your resolve is weakening.

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Why Walking Is So Beneficial To Your Health

Whenever you listen to fitness experts talking about exercising you will likely hear them discuss all kinds of activities such as jogging, aerobics, swimming, weightlifting and yoga, to name but a few. Whilst each of these have varying benefits, they also require certain physical attributes and a commitment from participants in terms of time.

Add all that up, and those who are less disposed to exercise, will more than likely see these as the ideal excuses not to exercise because a) They are physically unable to participate, b) They do not how to participate, or c) They do not have the time to participate.

However, there is one form of exercise that almost everyone can participate in, regardless of their fitness, how much time they have available, and it does not require any equipment either. Further, it requires no special skills as we have all been doing it since we were about 12 to 18 months old. We are talking of course about walking, something which we do every day, and most of us take it for granted.

With no possible excuses not to do some walking, there is no reason even the most sedentary amongst us cannot use it to get some exercise. No doubt even then some will be asking “How can walking possibly count as exercise and be beneficial for your health when you are moving so slowly”, and to be fair it is a reasonable question, so let us answer that question for them, and you if you are also wondering.

Walking Can Aid Weight Loss: Every physical activity burns calories, and that includes walking. By walking you burn calories, and the beauty is that you can control how many calories you burn by altering your pace, the distance, the terrain (flat or sloping) and the length of time that you walk. As you know burning calories is one of the most effective ways of controlling and losing weight.

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Top Tips For Choosing Your Bridesmaid Robes

You may have thought long and hard about the best gifts for your bridesmaids, only to settle on bridesmaid robes. After all, they are beautiful, practical, and affordable.

However, before you jump into the purchasing process, take the time to think about the best ways to purchase your new robes. A little bit of research can go a long way. We’ve included some top tips for making sure the shopping process goes off without a hitch.

Research the Supplier

Even though you may have found the most beautiful robe on the internet, don’t rush into buying it right away. Take the time to find out more about the supplier so you can be sure about their reputation.

Look for online reviews from real customers. Real testimonials can give you insight into things like garment quality, shipping timeframes, value for money, and more.

It can also be worth finding out where they are based so you can enjoy peace of mind that you’re not waiting too long to receive them. For example, if you’re based in Australia, purchase bridesmaid robes online in Australia.

Check the Sizes

Even though robes are available in all different shapes and sizes, that doesn’t mean your preferred stockist will have the sizes you need. Narrow down your options based on whether they are able to cater to your sizing requirements. You can do this by clicking on your desired style and seeing the dropdown menu for sizes.

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How To Boost Your Website’s Ranking By Reducing Its Bounce Rate

If you have done any research into SEO or discussed it when employing an SEO agency, you may have come across the term “bounce rate”. Nothing to do with trampolines, it is a term that may at first seem rather simplistic, but unfortunately for many website owners, it is also something that can cause them a large amount of consternation.

Bounce rate, when being applied within SEO, is a metric that measures how quickly a visitor to a website leaves it after landing there. Consider it the online equivalent of you walking into a restaurant talking a quick look around and deciding to walk straight back out again. That is not good news for the restaurant, and for a website owner, it paints a dark picture too, especially as it can have negative consequences for their SEO.

The reason for that is much to do with  Google’s obsession with user experience, or UX. UX is top of Google’s priorities because it is a measure they use to try to ensure they remain, not just the most visited search engine on the internet but the most website. They want anyone who searches on their search engine to find as close to what they were looking for having clicked on one of the results Google serves up.

Google has several ways of evaluating the experience a visitor has, and the bounce rate is one of them. If it finds that people are clicking through to one of the websites it has given a high ranking,  but the majority of them are leaving that website again almost immediately, it throws up a red flag. It suggests that the website is not worthy of a high ranking and thus Google moves it down, and worse still, down to a lower page.

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Healthy Eating Habits

7 Healthy Eating Habits You Should Try

If you do any amount of research into staying fit and healthy, you will undoubtedly find copious text relating to the fact that what we eat plays a huge role in our well-being. Everything from diets to help lose weight, to lists of healthy and not so healthy food can be found. No doubt for some, the reason they have not yet altered their eating habits to healthier ones is that the sheer number of available diets make their head spin trying to decide which one to pursue.

You will be pleased to know that in this article we are not going to outline or recommend any specific diet that we believe you should follow. For a start, every person reading this will have different dietary needs, so any single diet is not going to be suitable for all of them. Instead, what we are going to do is highlight a range of healthy eating habits, many of which can be incorporated into any specific diet you may be following, or at least compliment it in some way.

As with any advice relating to health and nutrition, before implementing it and changing your dietary habits it is advisable to check with your doctor to ensure that they are suitable for you, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition.

#1: Start With A Plan: Any diet or goal relating to your health has a better chance of success if you have a plan to achieve it so plan your meals and your food shopping carefully and sensibly well in advance, including meals out.

#2: Drink More Water: Did you know that 60% of your body is water? To remain healthy, drinking plenty of water is essential. Replace sugary drinks and some of your caffeine drinks with water, and if necessary flavour your water with natural, unsweetened fruit juices.

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A Beginners Guide To Meditation

Whenever the subject of our health and well-being is raised, in most cases the subject being discussed relates to physical health, at least that was the case until recently. With the world being more attuned to the importance of mental health, especially in light of how people had to cope with all that they had to face due to the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is more aware that the health of our mind is every bit as significant, as the health of our bodies.

There are many ways in which our mental health can be affected, both positively and negatively, and if we were to write fifty books on these subjects, we would still barely be scratching the surface. Instead, we are going to look at one subject, and it is one which you will be pleased to know, seeks to impart positive effects on your mental well-being.

The subject we are referring to is meditation, and it is one that, sadly, far too many people know very little about. For those that do know about mediation, and more importantly, practice it regularly, they will all tell you that meditation is a positive experience and one from which they benefit enormously.

What Is Meditation?

Let us first define what meditation is, at least from a general perspective given that meditation can be practised in many ways. The most basic definition is that meditation is a calming and quieting of the mind. An analogy is comparing a busy road junction at peak times with cars, buses, and trucks all noisily driving through, with what that same junction is like at 3 am with barely one car per hour driving through it.

Substitute all the traffic going through the junction with the thoughts that are going through your mind when it is active and busy. With meditation, your mind is quietened, with your thoughts reduced to a bare minimum as you become more mindful.

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How Botox Treats Migraines

Botox is a cosmetic injectable that thousands of people have seen the value in for smoothing out their fine lines and wrinkles. While it’s certainly beneficial for this reason, several thousand people are also seeing the value in it for migraines. Could Botox for migraines be right for you?

How Does Botox Treatment for Migraines Work?

It’s natural to be dubious about using a cosmetic injection as a migraine treatment method. You may not see how the two could work in harmony or even why there would be any success. However, the studies look promising.

In one study involving adults with chronic migraines, Botox was able to reduce the number of days they experienced migraines and other headache types while also cutting down how many days they had off work.

Another study found that 70% percent of migraine sufferers were able to see a 50% reduction in the number of headaches they experienced. While extensive research is still ongoing, doctors believe Botox blocks the neurotransmitters that transport pain signals from your brain. This prevents them from accessing the nerve endings in your neck and head that result in the symptoms you experience.

What’s Involved in Botox Treatment for Migraines?

As nervous as you might be about receiving Botox treatment in your head for migraine treatment, there’s no need to worry. It’s a straightforward process when carried out by a trained medical professional.

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What to Do After Getting Laser Eye Surgery

One of the most daunting parts of any surgery is the recovery process. You know the procedure is reasonably straightforward, but you’re worried about how you will respond after the surgery. Suppose you are weighing up the pros and cons of getting laser eye surgery. In that case, the following information about what to expect after the procedure may be worth reading.

What to Do on The Day of Your Surgery

Your laser eye surgery will be over and done with before you know it, especially if you have an experienced eye specialist to guide you through it every step of the way. Once the procedure is over, it’s essential to follow their advice to give your eyes a chance to begin the healing process.

Have someone bring you to and from your appointment, as you will not be able to drive immediately after your surgery. You will also need to keep your eyes well-lubricated throughout the day with provided eye drops and avoid reading, watching TV, or using a computer.

Your eye specialist will also recommend not staring without lubricating your eyes, avoiding alcohol, and not showering after the surgery has taken place.

Within A Day Of Your Surgery

While your actions may have been restricted immediately after your surgery, you certainly have more freedoms the day after. You may shower, but avoid getting soap or water near or in your eyes.

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