Beautiful, colorful, gem jewelry from Biographie (giveaway ends 7/31/16)



Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a simple person. I have a few main staples in my life that I stick with. That doesn’t meant that I don’t enjoy mixing things up a bit – I do! After all, I’m a Gemini and we tend to get bored with things easily. Just ask my husband and how many time I’ve asked him to re-paint rooms and move furniture and wall art around.

When I was a teen/young adult I used to go all out with my jewelry. I had jewelry is all different color and styles. I even have three holes in each ear and would wear different earrings all the time.

I never left the house without my hair perfectly coiffed, my make-up looking great and not wearing jewelry to match my ensemble (earrings, necklace, bracelet – often rings).

These days I go by the “less is more” ideology. Less make up (a lot less – as in just mascara for the most part), my hair up in a ponytail and usually just my wedding ring. I do however have other pieces of jewelry that I tend to wear often.

When I turned 16 my mom gave me the most beautiful opal ring. I still have it but it’s buried in my father’s basement in my old jewelry box. I loved that ring, but sadly she bought the wrong size and I could only wear it on my pinky.

That was the first time I ever saw an opal. I love how it had a rainbow effect to it. It was constantly changing color depending on how the light hit it. From that moment on I loved opals.

I would have to say my top three favorite gem stones are diamonds (I only own one real one – my engagement ring), emeralds (my birthstone – I also love the color green) and opals.

If you are a fan of colorful gem stones you might want to check out the website Biographie. Biographie offers stunning, colorful, and unique jewelry designs.

I love how Biographie uses colored gems to add a pop of color to their beautiful jewelry designs. Here are just a few gorgeous examples.








It was hard for me to find some pieces to showcase in this post. There are way too many beautiful pieces to choose from.

I was fortunate that Biographie wanted to send me a piece of jewelry to review. I was sent to review an opal bracelet. I was so excited to receive it that I stalked our delivery guys every day.

This opal bracelet would be the second opal jewelry I’ve ever owned (aside from my Sweet 16 ring). This time I knew it was going to fit me, unlike the ring.

The bracelet took my breath away! It’s more beautiful in person than it appears in photos. It’s very colorful! These opals truly shine in the light – especially the sunlight! In hindsight I should have taken a photo in the sunlight to really show off how colorful these opals are.

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If you look at the close up photo (above) you can see the variety of colors the opals give off – from neon green to hot pink and from sky blue to orange and just about every color on the rainbow.

The bracelet is beautifully made. I always have some hesitation when I wear fine jewelry that it’s going to snap and break and I’ll lose all the gems. I didn’t feel that way with this bracelet. You can see and feel how well made it is.

I love that this bracelet can go from something casual, like running errands, to a fancy dinner or night on the town. It’s a very versatile bracelet that you can wear all day long. It’s also comfortable to wear too. I don’t even realize it’s on my write most of the time.

This has quickly become one of my favorite pieces of jewelry to wear. As I mentioned earlier I tend to be more of a minimalist. This bracelet fits right in to that way of thinking because it’s lightweight, it can go from day to night and I hardly feel that I am wearing it.

I won’t wear this to work only because I work with little kids and I often come home with glue, paint or other sticky things on my person. I don’t want to take a chance of getting something on my bracelet from Biographie. I wear my bracelet outside of work (I just take it off and put it back one before/after work).

If you would like to learn more about Biographie, or check out the beautiful gem jewelry, visit Biographie.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left of their homepage.


Biographie has generously offered to give a lucky reader a lovely opal necklace valued at $150. The necklace is gold with a 16″ chain. If the chain is too small you could always move the opal charms to a longer chain.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be contacted via email will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package and/or what is your favorite gem stone?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Gift Mom a Beautiful Mother’s Day Heart Locket from PicturesOnGold.com (giveaway ends 5/1/16)



Are you still on the look out for a Mother’s Day gift for that special someone?

Flowers are always a great choice, especially if they come in a vase/vessel that can be re-purposed/reused again and again.

I’m all for chocolates. I LOVE chocolate! I’ll gladly accept chocolate any day of the year.

Other wonderful Mother’s Day gift ideas include dinner out, cleaning the entire house so mom doesn’t have to, a clean car (inside and out), gift cards to their favorite stores, books on their “must read” list, a day at a spa, getting their hair and/or nails done and just an entire day to herself to rest and relax.

As a mom I’ll gladly accept any of these gift ideas.

Sometimes moms want gifts that they can enjoy year round. Jewelry is usually a great choice if you want to give a gift that can be used and enjoyed year round for many years to come.


PHOTO SOURCE: Pictures on Gold Facebook Page

Have you heard of Pictures on Gold? If you are a regular reader of She Scribes you might recall that I have written about them before.

Pictures on Gold offers consumers beautiful, high quality pieces of jewelry some of which can be laser engraved with your photos, making it a truly unique gift that will be treasured for a life time.

I was recently asked to review a Build Your Own Sterling Silver 2-Picture Heart Locket. This precious heart shaped locket allows the consumer to design the front, back and both sides of the inside of the locket.

Inside the locket you can upload your favorite photos to have them laser engraved on to the jewelry.

It is so easy to Design Your Own Locket. ANYONE can do it. You don’t need any special skills. Simply select which side of the locket you want to personalize, choose the type of personalization you want, and then check over the proof to make sure it’s exactly the way you want it. Once you are 100% satisfied you can go ahead and process the order.









You’ll see what is available for each side of the locket. For example, here are your options for the front of the locket.

Front engraving optionsThere are a lot of choices when it comes to the clipart. They have everything from people, animals, symbols, careers and so much more.

I chose the Chinese symbol for “Family” for my locket. I also uploaded a photo of me and my husband on the left side and our son and daughter on the right side. I left the back of the locket blank.

Here is the “proof” of my locket. It’s clearer than the photos I am able to take of mine (my photos are not as good).


The locket is so lovely in person. I love it! It’s also easy to open. I have had lockets in the past that were really hard to open up to see the photo/photos inside. That is not the case with this locket.

You also get your choice of chains to make it suit the giftee’s preferences (I prefer longer chains because I have a thick neck).

Pictures on Gold carries a variety of jewelry to suit anyone’s tastes including jewelry for men and children.

For more information, or to check out the available jewelry, visit PicturesonGold.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom right of their website.


Pictures on Gold would like to offer a lucky reader the same locket I was sent to review which can be personalized just like I did with mine. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 1, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize and/or who the locket would be for (you, your spouse, your grandmother…)?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Isabelle Grace Hand Stamped Personalized Jewelry



I have a very nice selection of jewelry. Sadly most of it is in storage in my father’s basement. We had packed up most of our stuff when our condo was on the market and moved it to my father’s basement (he lives upstate). My jewelry box was in one of the boxes we brought up there. I haven’t seen most of my jewelry in almost three years.

When I was younger I always wore jewelry. I had necklaces, bracelets and earrings in just about every color to match all my outfits. The older I got the less jewelry I wore. These days I don’t wear as much jewelry as I used to. I also tend to stick to pieces that have special meaning to me rather than something that matches the outfit I am wearing.

I am a big fan of personalized jewelry. I have several pieces with either my children’s and husband’s name or initials engraved on it, their birthstones or something else that has personal meaning to me.

Many months ago I received a beautiful necklace from Isabelle Grace Jewelry. It was a simple necklace with a charm on it that read “To the Moon and Back.” It also featured a little golden moon on it.

I love that saying, “I love you to the moon and back.” I have said that to my kids many times over the years – and to my husband too. When ever I think about that saying I think of my kids when they were little. They are teenagers now and I miss those days when they were still little children.

This is what my necklace looked like.

To the Moon and Back necklace

It was such a pretty necklace. I have a thick neck and it still fit me just fine. It was a perfect length too.

Because of the coloring it matched with just about anything I wore.

Sadly my necklace broke. It got caught in my hair (unbeknownst to me at the time). When I went to pull my hair up to put it in a ponytail I didn’t know it was snagged on my hair. When I encountered the snag my first impulse was to pull harder – which I did – and in doing so I broke the chain.


I knew I could fix it with another “jump ring.” I intended to take a ring from a necklace I didn’t wear much to fix the chain.

I put the necklace in my coat pocket until I got home. When I got home I totally forgot about it (I’m a mom – I’m always being pulled in a million directions). A few days later I remembered that I needed to fix the necklace, but when I went to retrieve it from my coat pocket it was GONE.

I looked everywhere for it. I have never been able to find it. The only thing I can assume is that it got caught on my car keys when I put them in my coat pocket and when I took the keys out they probably fell out. That means the necklace could have been anywhere – our parking lot, the parking lot at work, in a store… I have no clue.

It’s not easy to do a review on a product no longer in your possession, but I can tell you for the few weeks that I did have it I loved it. It was made very well (despite me yanking it off my neck with my hair). And it was so lovely. I wish I still had it. I would be wearing it today if I did.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry offers a beautiful section of personalized jewelry, including jewelry for men and children.

Here is just a little tease of the wonderful jewelry found at Isabella Grace Jewelry.

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Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both coming up in the next couple of months. What mother wouldn’t appreciate a personalized piece of jewelry to celebrate her special day. Or how about a “Super Dad” key chain for that special day in your life.

Communion/Confirmation season is also upon us. We already have our first invitation to our neighbor’s communion. I already have my eye on this necklace for her.


If personalized jewelry is not you thing, Isabelle Grace Jewelry also carries plenty of non-personalized jewelry to choose from too.

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I LOVE the leaf earrings.

Isabelle Grace Jewelry is not that expensive either. Many pieces are in the $25 – $50 range.

Personalized jewelry is made to order. Non-personalized jewelry ships quickly.

If you would like to learn more about Isabelle Grace Jewelry, or to check out their jewelry for gifts (or for yourself) visit www.IsabelleGraceJewelry.com. You can also find the brand on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom right of their website.

What do you think about Isabelle Grace Jewelry? Did one of the pieces catch your eye?



*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The power of Pure Hazelwood



What is up with all these drug commercials on television these days? Every day I see several commercials for drugs for this and that from Psoriasis to Diabetic never pain and just about anything else you can think of. When did this become the norm? Do people actually walk into a doctor’s office asking to be prescribed something they saw on a commercial?

What bothers me the most are the side effects caused by these drugs? Have you ever stopped to listen to the side effects? I have heard such side effects as bleeding, fainting, dizziness, heart attacks, stroke, cancer and even death – Yes – DEATH! I’m sorry but I’d rather deal with the condition than have to worry about the side effects. Any drug whose side effects include heart attacks, strokes, cancer and death I don’t want any part of.

When it comes to whatever ails me I try and find the most natural remedy possible before resorting to drugs. I know there are times I have no choice, but whenever possible I opt for the more natural remedy possible. I realize they might not always be the most effective, but I rather not have to deal with all those potential deadly side effects of man made medications.

I have Eczema. I used to get it on my hand so bad they would split open and bleed. These days my Eczema forms on my scalp, neck, back and in patches on my face – including my eye lids.

Years ago my Dermatologist prescribed me a topical medication to help with my Eczema. I had to use it on my eye lids too. If found out that it contained steroids. Ugh! I was putting that stuff on my eyelids, which as you know is very thin skin. I don’t want that stuff around my eyes!

Road sign with eczema

A friend of mine has a daughter with Eczema and she used to go to New Jersey (we are in NY) to purchase a handmade product made from Kudzu (a weed-like plant). It was not cheap, and it was made by hand so it wasn’t readily available, but it did work well for me. Sadly our friend moved and the person that made the Kudzu cream no longer does it. So now I am forced to use a lot of topical creams and lotions when I have an Eczema breakout.

Not long ago I was introduced to a company that makes jewelry (and a few other things) out of Hazelwood. The company is called Pure Hazelwood and they are located in Canada (they ship their products to the U.S. too). They also offer Free shipping!

World leader for more than 18 years and pioneering of scientific research on hazel wood, Pure Hazelwood has developed a wide range of jewelry for the whole family. Sold worldwide, their products are of premium quality, 100% natural and made of hazel wood from the Canadian boreal forest.

Hazel wood is now known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Thousands of testimonials from satisfied customers demonstrate the effects of hazel wood to help relieve symptoms related to inflammation such as: skin problems, joint pain, heartburn, baby teething pain, and more!

Pure Hazelwood makes jewelry that you can wear 24/7 to help relieve a lot of the above mentioned symptoms. The jewelry can be worn by young and old alike.

PHOTO SOURCE: Pure Hazelwood's Facebook page. www.facebook.com/PureHazelwood

PHOTO SOURCE: Pure Hazelwood’s Facebook page. www.facebook.com/PureHazelwood

You cannot tell that this jewelry is helping what ails you. To the rest of the world it looks like normal jewelry. Only the wearer knows it’s true purpose.

The jewelry is made out of hazel wood. As the wood ages it changes color. After several months it’s suggested that you replace the Pure Hazelwood jewelry with fresh, new wood in order to continue to reap the benefits.

I was interested in learning how Pure Hazelwood could help with my Eczema. I couldn’t imagine just wearing a pretty necklace or bracelet could help my Eczema and not have to resort to slathering myself with creams and lotions.

Pure Hazelwood sent me a lovely necklace and bracelet to review. I have a thick neck and wrist, and these pieces fit well. So well in fact that after a day or two I didn’t even realize I was wearing anything.

My necklace and bracelet from Pure Hazelwood.

My necklace and bracelet from Pure Hazelwood.

You can wear the jewelry 24/7 – even in the shower. It’s recommended that you don’t wear it in the pool or a hot tub because the chemicals can destroy the Hazelwood.

I was told to wear one (or both) pieces of jewelry for 1-2 weeks in order to really notice any benefits. It is OK to take them off at night, but I left mine on.

At the time I received the Pure Hazelwood jewelry I had a huge patch of Eczema on the back of my neck, just below the hair line. I had tried out a new shampoo/conditioner to review but there was an ingredient in it that triggered an Eczema outbreak. I had to stop using the shampoo/conditioner because of it. Even after I stopped I was left with a big, red, scaly looking patch of Eczema on the back of my neck. I had to keep my hair down because of it. It was itchy and dry and looked horrible.

Necklace - I love the little butterfly charm.

Necklace – I love the little butterfly charm.

I wore both the necklace and bracelet every day. I did notice that the patch on the back of my neck was getting better, even without slathering it with topical solutions. Since my hair rested on top of it I didn’t want to get stuff in my hair (creams, lotions…). When I was wearing the Pure Hazelwood products I wasn’t using anything else and the patch of Eczema cleared up in just under two weeks. Even a small patch of Eczema on my upper shoulder cleared up without any topical products.

The back of my neck looks like I never had any issues (so my husband tells me – I can’t see the back of my neck). The patch on my upper arm is gone, but there is a wee bit of redness where it was.

I also noticed that I woke up less stiff in the morning. I don’t know if it has to do with the Pure Hazelwood jewelry or not, of if it’s just a coincidence. My husband and I sleep on a sofa bed. If you have ever had to sleep on a sofa bed you know how incredibly uncomfortable they are. Some mornings it feels like it’s almost impossible to get out of bed because they are so uncomfortable. When I wear the Pure Hazelwood jewelry I seem to wake up and get out of bed less stiff and sore.

I’m not the only one who has noticed a difference when wearing the Pure Hazelwood jewelry. Other people have had positive experiences with the products, including other bloggers. You can read testimonials from their customers on the Pure Hazelwood website.


For more information about the benefits of Pure Hazelwood, check out these articles.

If you would like to check out all the products offered by Pure Hazelwood visit their online store.

To learn more about Pure Hazelwood please visit PureHazelwood.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found at the bottom left of their website.

Have you tried Pure Hazelwood products before? If so, what was your experience with them?

Do you suffer from an ailment that Pure Hazelwood products might be able to help you with?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Introducing V19.69 Italia Jewelry



I may not appreciate many “girly” things (shoes, handbags…) but I do enjoy jewelry. Especially shiny “blingy” things.


My husband jokes that he needs to put “blinders” on me when we go to the mall because something always catches my eye when we pass high end jewelry stores. I can’t help it. When I see something that stands out to me I need to go check it out.

I’m not an expert in jewelry – not even in the least. I just know what I like and it doesn’t matter what brand makes it. If I like it that is all that matters (well that and if I can afford it – LOL).

I was recently introduced to a jewelry line called V19.69 Italia. It’s certainly an interesting name.

The V19.69 Italia brand was founded in 2001 by Alessandro Versace of the famed Versace fashion powerhouse. Delmar Jewelers have been named the North American licensee for V19.69 Italia’s jewelry line.

Featuring 11 distinct collections, V19.69 Italia Jewelry epitomizes Italian quality, sexiness and sophistication. With pieces for both women and men, the brand caters to those who appreciate a confident and sensual style at an accessible price point. The V19.69 Italia Jewelry line will be carried by top North American jewelry vendors.

Check out some of the pieces available in the V19.69 Italia collection.


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These are very interesting designs.

Maybe I’m using the wrong word, but these (to me) have a very “art deco” look to them. It’s interesting how they try and incorporate a “V” in many of the pieces.

I was offered the opportunity to try out a pair of earrings from V19.69 Italia. I was sent to review the following earrings called Moonlight Earrings – Sterling Silver with Black Rhodium.

V19.69 Italia Earrings

These earrings look bigger on your ears than they look off your ears. I would consider them very “dainty.”

The earrings are very sparkly. They really capture the light. So much so that the little kids that I work with – ones that would normally not even notice my earrings – commented on how they liked my earrings.

What I love about these earrings is that they go from day time to evening. You can wear them to the office, or running errands to a night on the town with your friends or date night with your significant other.

Since these are silver and black in color they match with just about any thing in your wardrobe.

I tried to snap a few “selfies” with me wearing the earrings, but they didn’t turn out well (it was hard to get a good look at the earrings).

My earrings that I placed on a flower.

My earrings that I placed on a flower.

The earrings slip on and off with ease. They are also light weight so they don’t bother my ears. They are also quality made. You can tell that the moment you put them in your hands. They are even packaged exceptionally well.

These earrings are truly lovely.

With Mother’s Day coming up, these earrings would make a great gift. In fact, any piece of jewelry from the V19.69 Italia collection would make a wonderful gift for that special someone in your life – including yourself.

If you would like to explore their product offerings, visit http://delmarintl.ca/brand-v1969italia/.

FYI… The same earrings I was sent to review are currently on sale at Ice.com. Follow this link to go directly to the earring’s page.

What do you think about V19.69 Italia jewelry? Does it look like a style of jewelry you would love to wear?



*I received free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Citizen Watches – great gift ideas for men and women


PHOTO SOURCE: Citizen Watch Facebook page.

PHOTO SOURCE: Citizen Watch Facebook page.

Gift giving is hard enough as it is without adding the extra pressure of finding the “perfect gift.” It’s bad enough we had to find great gifts for friends and loved ones, but now we have to find an even more special gift for your favorite Valentine.

One gift idea that I used to rely on year ago was watches. Before smartphones people used to tell time the “old fashioned” way with watches. Now people just glance down at their smartphones.

Call me old fashioned then because I still think watches are a handy piece of jewelry. You can always glance down at your wrist to check the time. You cannot always access your smartphone.

Watches might not have changed that much as far as looks are concerned, but they have changed a lot on the inside.

Eco Drive Screen Shot

Take for example Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology. The brand has found a way to harness the power of light – from any natural or artificial light source – to convert it into energy, which is stored in a permanently rechargeable solar cell. That means your Citizen watch with Eco-Drive never needs it’s battery changed ever again.

That was always one of the things my husband and I disliked about watches – having to take it to a jeweler to have the battery changed. My husband has a few watches that need batteries and we just never got around to getting them replaced.

I LOVE the idea that Citizen watches with Eco-Drive uses any kind of light to charge up the battery so that your watch is always keeping time. This is one of those ideas where you wonder why no one thought of it sooner. Kudos to Citizen for coming up with this idea.

Citizen sent me one of their watches with Eco-Drive to try out for myself. I was sent to review their Silhouette Bangle watch.

Shilouette Watch

This sophisticated Citizen Silhouette Bangle features a classic design in a warm pink gold-tone and bold black dial with lines that are streamlined, simple and timeless.

This model features a push button jewelry type bracelet. The button makes it so easy to put on and take off. I was surprised at just how easy it was.

I have a thick wrist. I was concerned that the bangle watch would not fit me and it would be too snug and uncomfortable. This watch fits wrists up to 7 & 1/8 inches. It fits my wrist perfectly!

I learned that extra links can be ordered via the Customer Service team if in the U.S. That is great to know.

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Here are some more of this lovely watch’s features:

Movement Eco-Drive B023
Band Pink Gold-Tone Stainless Steel Bracelet, Jewelry Clasp with Push Button
Case Size 23 x 18mm
Case Material Pink Gold-Tone Stainless Steel
Crystal Mineral Crystal
Water Resistance WR
Splash Resistant

This is a lovely piece of jewelry. It’s hard to believe this is a watch.

You can tell this is an exceptionally well made watch. They put a lot of detail and craftsmanship into it. Even the packaging is well thought out. They simply didn’t toss the watch into a box. They showcased it in the box. I keep it in the box when I am not wearing it.

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Watch 2

This watch goes well from daytime to evening. You can wear it casually to work or running errands around town. I don’t think it’s “too” fancy for that. It also goes great with evening wear and a night on the town.

I wear mine to work and I work with children. I don’t think it’s too fancy for what I do.

This watch would make a great gift for that special lady in your life.

Don’t forget about that special guy in your life. Citizen has plenty of handsome watches for men. They also have additional watches for women – all with the Eco-Drive technology. Below are just TWO examples (there are dozens of watches available from Citizen).

Avion Corso

Shilouette Crystal

If you are in the market for a quality gift for that special person in your life, a watch from Citizen would make a great gift – especially watches with Eco-Drive technology. Not having to replace a watch battery would be greatly appreciated by the lucky recipient.

If you would like to learn more about Eco-Drive visit the technologies section of the Citizen website. There is even a brief video about this amazing technology.

To check out the watches available from Citizen visit CitizenWatch.com. The brand is also found on social media. All of their links are found at the top right of their website.

What do you think about the Eco-Drive technology?

Have you ever owned a Citizen watch?

Would you like to give or receive a watch as a gift? Why or why not?

Eco Drive


*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinion expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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