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Jewelry and Earrings

  • What is Estate Jewelry?

    May 17, 2016
    Estate jewelry is the term for a collection of previously owned jewelry. This can also include significantly older pieces that are vintage or antique, although there are many which contain newer, modern items as well. Why Buy Estate Jewelry? Purchasing estate jewelry can be the perfect way to acquire unique items, such as rings, earrings, and necklaces which cannot be found in average department stores. Many collectors often look to estate sales when searching for one-of-a-kind pieces that can add value to their collections. Estate jewelry can not only offer distinctive items, but also pieces that come from specific time periods, giving them historical value as well as monetary. Is It a Good Idea to Buy Secondhand Jewelr ...
  • How to Measure Your Own Ring Size

    May 16, 2016
    Though most jewelers can easily resize a ring to make it fit, it is easier to just buy a ring that is already your size. You can have your ring size measured at a jewelry store by a professional, or you can to do it yourself at home. When finding out your ring size, keep in mind that each individual finger is normally a different size, so you will need to measure the finger you want to wear the ring on. Fingers also tend to swell when warm and shrink when cool, so measure your size while your hands are comfortably warm. Ring Size Measurement Steps: Step 1: Start by cutting a thin strip of paper that is long enough to fit around your finger. Use tape to make a paper ring that fits perfectly on your finger. The ring should ...
  • Jewelry or Jewellery: Which is the Right Spelling?

    May 9, 2016
    Have you written a word one way, then the other, and thought that whichever way you wrote it, it just looks wrong? Or maybe your spell check program has flagged one spelling or the other, but you feel sure that either is correct. One such word people often get confused about is jewelry – wait, or is it jewellery… The reason that it’s so easy to get confused about the spelling of those beautiful ornaments we like to decorate our bodies with is that there are technically two different correct spellings – although one is primarily used in North America and the other outside of North America. British and American English, as they are commonly known, differ from one another in a number of ways, and one of those ways i ...
  • The History and Meaning Behind Birthstone Jewelry

    April 15, 2016
    Birthstones are the specific gemstones that have been assigned to each month of the year. Each has its own special meaning and history. Traditionally, each month is associated with one stone, but a few months have multiple stones attached to them. The history of birthstones dates back to Biblical times. The book of Exodus describes the Breastplate of Aaron, a religious garment, which contained 12 stones representing the 12 tribes of Israel. The ancient scholar Josephus later determined that the 12 stones correlated to the 12 signs of the zodiac. It became popular belief that each stone had powers of luck, healing and prosperity if worn during its assigned month. In order to take full advantage of this idea, a person woul ...
  • Tips for Buying Estate Diamond Earrings

    April 14, 2016
    Estate jewelry describes any piece of previously owned jewelry, whether very old or fairly new. Shopping for estate jewelry can lead to finding great investment pieces at a lower price; however, those who shop for pre-owned jewelry also run the risk of ending up with a piece worth much less than their investment. Here are a few tips to consider when buying estate diamond earrings: Know Your Dealer It pays to know that you’re buying your estate earrings from a reliable source. Ask around and make sure your dealer is honest and knows their stuff. If buying online, be sure to investigate whether the dealer seems legitimate by reading customer reviews and visiting their social media pages. Additional reading: How to Recogn ...
  • Bracelets for Men: How to Pull It Off with Style

    April 13, 2016
    In the past few years, bracelets and wrist fashion have become more popular among men. It’s a subtle way for men to show off their personalities without going over the top, which can be difficult in the corporate world of business suits and clean, white shirts. Bracelets may not be for everyone, but if done right they can add a subtle fashion touch to your wardrobe. Many designers and jewelry experts stress that you have to feel confident about wearing any type of jewelry in order to look good in it. If you feel uneasy about adding accessories, chances are people will be able to tell. An article in Vogue suggests: “As it turns out, a strong accessories game may actually be an indicator of character and defined sense ...
  • Designer Spotlight: Tacori

    March 25, 2016
    Fearlessly dream big. As the primary mission of Tacori, this mantra is emulated in what the company does and how it all started. Haig Tacorian, creator and CEO of Tacori, grew up in Europe but left in 1969 to come to the United States with his wife, Gilda. The two settled in California and began creating jewelry inspired both by European elegance and California’s easy style. They credit much of their success to their new beginning in California. Tacorian says, “California has given us the opportunity to bring our own dreams to life.” Tacorian remains as the head of the company, but his son and daughter have taken on major roles as well. His son, Paul, is currently President of Sales and Marketing, and his daughter, ...
  • Designer Spotlight: David Yurman

    March 24, 2016
    David Yurman is more than just a jewelry designer—he’s a sculptor and an artist. His goal is to make jewelry that is “both a fashion statement and a work of art.” Yurman was born in Manhattan in 1942 and began to take an interest in art at the age of 11. He spent a summer during high school in Provincetown, Massachusetts studying under Roger Rilleau and sculptor Ernesto Gonzales. Gonzales taught him direct welding, which has influenced Yurman’s jewelry throughout the years. He also studied under sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, eventually opening his own sculpture studio. Yurman met his wife Sybil, also an artist, in 1969. She became his business partner as well as his life partner and bega ...
  • Designer Spotlight: James Avery

    February 12, 2016
    “To celebrate life through the beauty of design.” This is the motto that the folks at James Avery Jewelry follow to provide customers with beautiful, meaningful pieces that express the joys of faith and living life to the fullest. Today, James Avery jewelry has risen to high popularity, but the company came from modest beginnings, including a budget of just $250 in 1954. Its founder, James Avery himself, wanted to design jewelry that would hold special meaning for his customers and commemorate life’s milestones. From his garage in Texas, Avery began creating Christian-themed jewelry and releasing his own catalogues in order to attract buyers. As Avery’s jewelry began to catch fire in the market, the company moved ...
  • Designer Spotlight: John Christian

    January 12, 2016
    Over the better part of the last century, John Christian has become a company dedicated to bringing innovative and unique jewelry design to the popular market. From class rings and to wedding jewelry and other personalized pieces, John Christian has developed a repertoire that, despite roots in the uncertainty of the Great Depression, has managed to grow and flourish well into the 21st century. History John Christian’s jewelry making history began with brothers John and Robert Waugh. The brothers shared a passion for creative jewelry and decided to pursue it as a career. They opened the Waugh Brothers jewelry store in Oklahoma in the 1940’s. Soon, the brothers gathered a respectable following from university students ...

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