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Trying To Put A Sparkle In A Pair Of Green Eyes? Try Earrings In These Gemstones

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Trying To Put A Sparkle In A Pair Of Green Eyes? Try Earrings In These Gemstones

Green eyes are so unique that it’s estimated that only 2% of the world’s population has them—which means that if you’re in love with a lady that has eyes that are some shade of emerald, she’s a rare find indeed! Consider buying her a pair of earrings with gemstones that will compliment her most unique feature. Here are some choices. Chrome Diopsides Chrome diopside gems are relatively new in the jewelry market, but they’re rapidly gaining in popularity because they’re less expensive than emeralds, and they’re an incredibly rich forest green in color. They’re particularly beautiful when set in clusters, and the best quality pieces come all the way from Siberia. While generally a little too soft to be worn in rings, chrome diopsides are perfect for earrings and look stunning when set in yellow gold. Tsavorite Garnets Most people think of red when they think of garnets—but, back in the 1970s, green tsavorite garnets became one of the favorite gemstones among fine jewelry collectors. While the stone can range in color, the most prized pieces are a highly-saturated green. The only known source of the gemstone is on the border of Kenya and Tanzania, making this particular gem as rare as your lady’s eyes. Peridots Peridots only come in green; although, the shade can vary from yellowish-green to deep brownish-green. The majority of the peridots used in jewelry tend to be bright green in color, like that of new leaves. It is found in deposits all over the world, including Burma, Arizona, China, and Vietnam. It was used in Egypt for jewelry for centuries and may have graced the neck and ears of Cleopatra. It’s also said to have the power to dispel bad dreams and help balance the nervous system. Green Amber Amber, in all its colors, was beloved by the Russian Tsars and Tsarinas for centuries. Green amber, however, is like green eyes—only 2% of all the known amber is green in color. That makes it exceptionally popular for jewelry. Because amber tends to be set in silver, a pair of green amber earrings would be more budget-friendly than some of the other options. Aventurine Aventurine is another budget-friendly stone that is often used in silver jewelry. It has a slightly shimmery appearance, and it comes from India. Aventurine is believed to bring good luck, especially to gamblers, so a pair of earrings made from this stone would be perfect if your girl is a risk-taker. Because aventurine is fairly plentiful, you may also be able to find an affordable necklace or pendant to go with the earrings as a set. If you’re looking for a gift this holiday season that will highlight the beauty of your lady’s eyes, check with your local jewelry store to see what options they have available. Let the salesclerk know that you’re looking for green stones in particular and that, while emeralds are nice, you’re thinking about something a little more interesting and...

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3 Tips for Picking Out Earrings for Your Baby or Toddler

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Picking Out Earrings for Your Baby or Toddler

As the parent, you get to choose when you have your daughter’s ears pierced. Having them done when they are a baby or a toddler is super fun, and they will look very cute with their little earrings. However, because your daughter is so little, it is important that you do a few different things to ensure that the earrings are safe and pain free for your daughter. This article will discuss three tips for picking out earrings for your baby or toddler. Choose Earrings That Have Safety Backs Earrings are small and can be lost very easily. They are also easy for your child to stick in their mouth and choke on or for their siblings to stick in their mouths. To stop your child from being able to remove their earrings on their own and also to help avoid the earrings getting lost, you should purchase earrings that come with safety backs on them. These safety backs click or “lock” into place once they are pressed onto the back of the earring. The earrings can still be removed when the time comes, but this will take quite a bit more force. This stops your child from being able to remove them on their own and also helps to avoid the earrings falling out when your child is sleeping, playing, and so forth. This makes the earrings safe to wear at all times.  Choose Earrings That They Can’t Grab Your baby or toddler is going to be naturally curious about what is in their ear. Because of this, they may try to pull or otherwise tug on their ear to see what is in it. If they have a hanging earring in their ear when they do this, they risk actually ripping the piercing in their ear. This would cause them a great deal of pain. Rather than having to worry about this, you can instead choose earrings for your daughter that she isn’t able to grab, at least until she is a bit older. Stud earrings are perfect starter earrings for your daughter because they are so close to the earlobe that she won’t be able to grab and pull on them.  Choose Earrings That Are Made of Pure Gold or Silver Another issue that some babies or toddlers have with their ear piercings is a high level of sensitivity to what the earrings are made out of. For example, their ear may become infected or inflamed when an earring made of cheap metal is placed inside of it. To avoid this, you should only purchase earrings that are made of pure gold or silver. These earrings are much higher quality and will not cause the ear to become irritated. They do cost a bit more than the cheaper metals, but they are well worth the cost both because they are safer and because they last longer.  Talk to a company such as Rinehart Brothers Jewelers for more advice about what kinds of earrings are appropriate for your...

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Are Those Gold Coins Worth Keeping, Or Is It Time To Sell Some?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are Those Gold Coins Worth Keeping, Or Is It Time To Sell Some?

Gold has traditionally been seen as one of the best protections against inflation for people who want a simple investment. Buy a few gold coins now, let them sit and gain in value, and if paper currency suddenly tanks and there’s inflation, you’ll get more cash when you sell a coin. But are you better off holding onto a large store of gold coins, or should you sell some of them and convert part of your stash into something like gold jewelry, or coins made of other metals like silver? Gold is still a great investment, but diversifying away from solely gold coins may be a sensible path. Banned Currency Is a Risk One issue with having only gold coins in your precious metal collection is that the type of coin could be banned or otherwise made unsellable. This happened with the South African Krugerrand, which was essentially banned (the U.S. Congress voted to prevent the sale of Krugerrands from South Africa to the United States) from 1985 to 1994. While Krugerrands were eventually welcomed back, their value as a coin to keep dropped because investors were now more interested in Gold Eagle coins. So it’s possible that one day, a type of gold coin you have could sell for less than it does now due to political issues. Or, your coins could become niche collectors’ items that sell only to people who are interested in that particular coin. That sort of happened with the gold Liberty Dollar, a private currency issued by a U.S. citizen. The Liberty Dollar and its compatriots were for sale on online auction sites, but the Secret Service banned at least one site from selling the coins. This ruling was later revised to allow the sale of newer silver versions of the coins that had modifications made to them. The older gold coins were relegated to waiting for collectors to buy them privately. There is likely gold scrap value in the coins, but you may find buyers less likely to want these because they are not official government-backed coins. Of course, these two situations focus on particular types of gold coins, and not all gold coins, but you can see how an investment that you paid for could quickly lose its appeal among buyers. Executive Order 6102 But you’re still not that well off if all you have are gold coins, even different types of gold coins. In the 1930s, then-President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 6102, which required citizens to turn in most of their non-jewelry/non-home-goods gold. So, people with large stashes of gold coins had to give up the coins. People were eventually allowed to buy gold coins for themselves again, but imagine being ordered to give up all of your gold coin investments. People were compensated with cash, but that cash itself wasn’t going to increase in value while sitting in people’s homes like gold would have. Don’t let these events scare you away from owning or buying gold coins; the chances of the Canadian Maple Leaf or Gold Eagle becoming pariah coins, or the chances that the government will again confiscate gold coins, are not really on the radar. But let history be your guide. It may be time to sell gold coins and increase the types of metals you...

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Appraising And Evaluating Your Antique Diamond Jewelry

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Appraising And Evaluating Your Antique Diamond Jewelry

Antique diamond jewelry is valuable because of its rarity and beauty. If you have antique diamond jewelry, you should have it appraised every 3 to 5 years by a certified jewelry appraiser. A certified jewelry appraiser is a skilled professional who has expertise in precious and semi-precious gemstones and metals and is certified by national and international jewelry appraisal associations and societies. A jewelry appraiser with a certification from one of the following associations and societies means that he or she is properly educated and has current knowledge of the very latest gemological information and grading systems: Accredited Gemologists Association (AGA) American Society of Appraisers (ASA) Appraisers International Society (AIS) International Society of Appraisers (ISA) National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) Once you have found a certified appraiser that you wish to use, he or she can evaluate and appraise your antique jewelry according to the four Cs of diamond standards. Ask your appraiser for a written appraisal that documents where your antique diamond jewelry fits within the following diamond standards: Diamond Color – Colorless diamonds are the rarest of natural diamonds and the most valuable. Natural colored diamonds are color-graded on a precise tonal scale that ranges from colorless to saturated with color. Natural colored diamonds come in colors ranging from red, pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, gray, and black. Diamond Cut – The cuts that form the facets of the table, crown, pavilion, and culet of your antique diamonds have precise and perfect angles. This means that all of the square, rectangular, and triangular facets of a diamond should be identical to each other. The cuts of these facets should be smooth, uniform, perfectly proportioned, and meet precisely at critical angles that reflect light.  Diamond Clarity – Diamonds are formed under tremendous pressure and heat from the center of the earth and have microscopic inclusions. The fewer inclusions that an antique diamond has, the more valuable it is.  Diamond Carat Weight – This diamond standard measures the total weight of your antique diamond gemstones. Carat weight does not determine the value of a diamond. It is solely a way of judging a diamond’s size and weight.   It is a good idea to have your antique diamond jewelry photographed every time you have it appraised. This will document the condition of your jewelry at the time of appraisal and is a valuable record for insurance purposes.  Throughout history, diamond jewelry has been a valuable possession of kings, queens, and the wealthy that signifies strength, endurance, and beauty. By taking proper care of your antique diamond jewelry and having it professionally appraised and insured, you are affirming these qualities and creating a historical...

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Buying Wholesale Jewelry Online: Tips And Tricks To Remember

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Buying Wholesale Jewelry Online: Tips And Tricks To Remember

If you love costume jewelry, or even if you love expensive jewelry but want to buy it cheap, you can find a wide variety of e-tailers to supply your jewelry craving. If you have never bought jewelry online before, it can be a daunting experience. You are not sure what you might get, even though the featured products for sale are very lovely. Still, if you want to buy wholesale jewelry online, here are a few tips and tricks to remember. Ask a Lot of Questions Most products sold online have very brief descriptions. If something catches your eye but you just are not sure you should grab it up, call the company. Talk to a live person about the product and ask a lot of questions. You will want to know about the quality of the jewelry item in question, whether or not the company will accept returns (they are wholesale after all!), and whether or not you will have to pay for return shipping if the item does not meet up to your standards once you have received it and handled it. If the jewelry is earrings, also ask if they have a specific, no-return policy on earrings. Some jewelry companies will not take earrings back after you purchase them for the simple reason that they do not know if you wore them. Wearing them means that they could have come into contact with blood, or an infection in your earring holes, and then the earrings would have to be destroyed at a loss if they take them back (to prevent the spread of disease and/or infection). Sign up for E-Tailer Emails to Get Deals Sure, it could result in a lot of spam mail, but some of these jewelry wholesale places offer deep-pocket discounts on your first purchase if you are willing to sustain a little spam. If you see a piece you absolutely must have and you want a major discount, sign up for the company’s marketing emails. You can always get off their lists and block or filter the emails later. Scour for Similar Pieces If you see something you like on a internet-only retailer’s site, scour around. You may find similar pieces or the exact same piece of jewelry offered by several other jewelry sellers. You might be surprised to learn that some pieces are mass-distributed to numerous online retailers and you may get the piece you want for far less from another seller. Contact a business, such as Esprit Creations, for more...

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A Jewelry Maker’s Guide To Bead Buying

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Jewelry Maker’s Guide To Bead Buying

If you create jewelry for a living and sell it to consumers, finding the ideal components to make your jewelry beautiful can be a challenge. When it comes to buying the best quality beads, it’s important to get them from a reliable source that can offer you the best items at the lowest prices. Here is some helpful information so you can source your supplies from a reliable provider that can give you high quality without the high price. Trade Shows Jewelry trade shows are a great way to find some really unique beads and other jewelry making parts and pieces. These shows are not only an excellent way to find good products, it is also an excellent networking opportunity. You will get a chance to talk with other jewelry makers and make some integral business connections for buying and selling in the future. When you go to a trade show, you can also physically see the beads you’re interested in so you can get a better idea of how they look in person, and how they feel in your hand. Being able to touch the product and see it up close can help you form a clear vision of what you plan to create. Wholesale Catalogs Wholesalers can provide you with a large quantity of beads at a much lower price. Remember that you must have a business license and a sales tax license in order to buy wholesale. These providers typically offer a larger range of stock varying from tiny seed beads to lovely handcrafted glass beads. Some wholesalers also provide precious and semi-precious stones for jewelry making. You won’t be able to see these beads in person before you order, but it can be a great solution for a larger project you’re working on where you plan to make several pieces to sell in bulk. Flea Markets And Estate Sales If you’re looking for a completely unique style of bead to use, flea markets and estate sales can be a great option. Look for vintage jewelry that is sold either by the piece or in bulk bags. You will be surprised at what you can find here, ranging from Victorian-era pendants to Czech glass beads. If you want to find something truly unique for your jewelry, these types of markets are an excellent choice. No matter where you source your beads, as long as you find high quality materials at an affordable price, you can make some amazing pieces of jewelry that can take your business to the next...

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Is It Worth It To Find A Diamond Buyer?

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is It Worth It To Find A Diamond Buyer?

If you have a piece of diamond and gold jewelry that you want to sell, you know you can walk into a cash-for-gold place to get quick money for the scrap value of the gold. But there is the chance the diamond may be worth something as well. Demand for diamonds has been increasing, and it is tempting to try and find a buyer who will pay for the piece of jewelry instead of the gold — in other words, someone who will pay more for a completed piece of jewelry instead of a lower price for just the gold. But before you do that, take a look at what you may face when you try to find a buyer who will pay for more than just the gold. Mistaken Information If you originally bought the piece of jewelry yourself from a reputable store, then you know it’s a diamond. But if you were given the jewelry, or if you inherited it, you actually have to double-check that it’s really a diamond. For all you know, the stone could be cubic zirconia, glass, or another material. Getting the piece appraised first is a necessary step, and that means taking extra time — and possibly spending extra money — to ensure the stone is real. With gold-only jewelry, there are a few quick tests you can run yourself to see if the piece might be plated; for example, you can hold a magnet to the piece (if the magnet attracts the gold, then you know the piece is plated because gold is not attracted to magnets), or you can look for a stamp that notes the carat weight. But it’s much more difficult to tell if a diamond, especially a small one, is real. Lack of Buyers Even if the piece is real and is quite valuable, you may have trouble finding a buyer who will buy the whole piece instead of just the gold. That means it will take longer to sell the piece, which is not good if you’re selling it because you need fast cash. Or, you could find buyers who want the piece, but they might not be willing to pay you a fair price. If you sell the piece for the scrap value of the gold instead, you at least know approximately what you’ll get because gold prices are posted daily online. Some gold buyers are now looking for diamonds as well, however. If you can find a gold buyer who will check both the scrap value of the gold and the value of the piece as a whole with stones, then the process becomes much easier. The buyer can let you know what each price would be. Plus, if you decide to sell for the gold scrap value, the buyer might let you have the stone. You could get that placed in another setting once your financial situation allowed for it. If you want to find out more about selling jewelry for scrap versus whole-piece value, talk to gold buyers in your area. If they aren’t looking for stones in addition to gold, they can point you toward appraisers and others willing to look at the stone. To learn more, contact a company like Sol’s Jewelry and...

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Estate, Vintage, Or Antique? Learn How To Classify Your Jewelry

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Estate, Vintage, Or Antique? Learn How To Classify Your Jewelry

Jewelry is an accessory that people have been wearing for centuries. Originally reserved for people of royal status, jewelry has become a staple in most people’s closets. While many people love wearing jewelry, others are interested in selling it for extra income. Whether it’s part of an estate sale, a divorce, or just a spring cleaning, there will probably be a time in your life when you consider selling some of your jewelry. Learning how to classify your jewelry as estate, vintage, or antique will help you get the highest value for it and make you a more educated buyer in the future. Estate Jewelry Technically, any piece of jewelry that has been previously owned is considered estate jewelry. Because there are separate terms for old and very old jewelry (vintage and antique respectively), the term “estate jewelry” is typically only used if the jewelry is less than 30 years old. If a piece of jewelry looks older than 30 years, you should ask more questions about when it’s from; shady dealers often create antique replicas and call them “estate jewelry” to try and fool uneducated buyers. Vintage Jewelry Vintage jewelry is technically defined as any piece that is older than 30 years, but the term is not typically used anymore if the jewelry is older than 100 years. For example, art deco jewelry, characterized by bold shapes and colors, was popularized in the mid 1920s, so it is referred to as vintage jewelry. Retro jewelry, which was inspired by what is now known as old Hollywood, also falls into the vintage category. Antique Jewelry Since vintage jewelry is cut off at 100 years, there has to be a classification for jewelry older than 100 years, and that’s where the “antique” term comes in. Antique jewelry is a title that is reserved for jewelry that dates all the way back to before the 1920s. While antique pieces are technically also estate and vintage, classifying a piece of jewelry as antique automatically indicates just how valuable the piece is because of its age. Many pieces of jewelry are inspired by antiques, but are not actual antiques, so don’t let the title “antique style” fool you. If classifying your jewelry has become confusing, this chart can help you keep your classifications straight. It’s also important to note that while jewelry is primarily classified by age, it’s occasionally classified by style; a piece may technically be considered vintage, but dealers consider it an antique because of its design. If you’re unsure about how to classify a piece of jewelry, a jewelry collector can help guide you in the right direction. For more information on classifying and selling jewelry, contact a company such as The Owl’s...

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Pawnshop Loans: What You Need To Know About Turning Your Old Jewelry Into Cash

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pawnshop Loans: What You Need To Know About Turning Your Old Jewelry Into Cash

Do you currently have some jewelry sitting in a drawer or jewelry box simply collecting dust after years of not being worn? If so, this jewelry could be the ticket to the extra cash you need in order pay for a much-needed vacation or cover an unexpected bill or other expense. Best of all, turning this unwanted jewelry into some much-needed cash can be easy with the help of a local pawnshop. However, before you jump in your car and head off to the nearest pawnshop, there are a few facts that you should know about obtaining a pawnshop loan. You Can Sell Rather Than Pawn If you are not interested in the ability to get your pawned jewelry back or you know that you simply will not have the money to repay a pawnshop loan, you can choose to sell your jewelry outright rather than pawning it in the traditional sense. What this means is that rather than being given the opportunity to repay the loan and retrieve your collateral, you will be giving the pawnshop owner the right to resell the jewelry right away. In return for this right to immediate resale, pawnshops will often be willing to pay you a slightly higher price for your old jewelry. Consequently, this is always the best option if you are sure that you will not be retrieving your items. Pawnshop Loans Can Often Be Extended One of the reasons that many people choose to avoid pawnshop loans is that they believe these loans must be paid back in a very short amount of time. This can be a very difficult task for many people to complete while facing financial difficulties. However, the fact is there really is no need to stress over your ability to repay a pawnshop loan quickly as these short term loans can often be extended quite easily. In order to extend your pawnshop loan, all you need to do is return to the pawnshop before your loan expires and pay the finance charges on your loan. This will allow you to roll your loan over and enjoy a longer repayment period. Just remember, if you fail to show up before the original loan expires, the pawnshop owner will have the right to refuse your extension and choose to sell your pawned items instead. Therefore, it is extremely important that you pay your finance charges promptly in order to avoid the loss of your jewelry. For more information about working with a pawn shop, contact a company like Desert Jewelry Mart &...

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Want To Buy Gold Jewelry As An Investment? Here Is What You Need To Know

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Want To Buy Gold Jewelry As An Investment? Here Is What You Need To Know

Buying gold is an investment that many people feel can help them through tough economical times, whether self-induced or created by an economic meltdown of the nation’s finances. However, if you’re considering purchasing gold jewelry as an investment, not just any gold will do. Because the gold in jewelry has been through several processes to create hard, wearable pieces, use this guide to help you determine what to look for. Karat Count Because pure gold is not very useful for jewelry, jewelers use other metals to mix in with the gold to create the pieces you buy. The reason gold is not very useful for jewelry is because pure gold is so soft that you can move it around, fold it and even tear it apart easily with your hands. When you are buying gold, look at the karat (k) count. If you want to have a good return for your investment, it’s best to obtain jewelry that contains 18k to 22k pure gold. Because pure gold is 24k, an 18k gold piece of jewelry contains 6k of other metals; likewise the 22k piece will contain 2k of other metals. Weight in Grams How much your gold weighs is going to play a big part in the return on your investment. Dealers in gold use a Troy ounce to determine how much gold weighs. There are 28 grams per Troy ounce of gold. The more grams the piece has, the more it could be worth in the future. Workmanship Ask the jeweler to allow you to use his tiny magnifying glass to inspect the workmanship of the piece you’re considering. Gold jewelry that brings the highest return is that of very fine detail with little to no flaws. However, just because you are looking at a piece of jewelry with very little detail, such as a gold wedding band, it doesn’t mean that the workmanship is any less significant. On the other hand, if you are looking for a pendant with a lot of designs and fine detail, check to make sure there are no additional cuts, scratches, nicks or any other kind of flaws that could affect the value later on down the road. Ask a gold dealer for ideas and other determining factors when purchasing gold jewelry as an investment vehicle. Additionally, keep in mind that gold does not always go up in price and is subject to the whims of the New York Stock Exchange, as well as how well economies are going around the world. For more information, contact a company like Ed’s...

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