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  • Remember Your Anniversary in Style with these Gift Ideas

    November 21, 2015
    Anniversaries have a tendency of sneaking up on us. Time seems to pass quickly each year we get to spend with our loved ones, and it is important to take time to celebrate that love when our anniversaries come around. It may be daunting finding the perfect gift to encapsulate your emotions and vows, but fortunately there are many suggestions available to help you narrow down your selection. You can easily find lists that break down anniversary gifts by year. These lists include options that suit any type of couple—traditional or modern. 1-Year Anniversary For year one, the traditional gift is paper and the modern suggestion is plastic. Traditional gift ideas include framed photos, tickets to his/her favorite sporting e ...
  • Periods of Antique and Estate Jewelry

    November 10, 2015

    If you’ve ever been eyeing a piece of estate jewelry, one of the first questions you might ask is “when was it made?” Unless there’s a specific marking or signature, it’s often difficult to determine when a certain piece of jewelry was crafted.

    Jewelry is commonly classified by periods, which help buyers and sellers to identify key attributes of a piece. While not every classification is 100% precise, it’s still a useful way to identify when and how a piece of jewelry came to be.

    Here’s a timeline of major periods in jewelry, from the modern day to the Victorian Age:

    contemporary jewelry

    Contemporary (1950-present) - Contemporary jewelry is known for diversity and for using all different types of designs, metals and stones. This jewelry period encompasses various trends as the jewelry crafted soon after WWII has extravagant clusters of diamonds and gems, whereas newer, more contemporary pieces are departing from that trend to a cleaner and simpler look.
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  • Common Wedding Band Metals for the Perfect Rings

    October 31, 2015
    Found Mr. or Mrs. Right? Great! Now it’s time to start looking for the right wedding band metals that will meet your nuptial needs. Depending on your tastes, wants, needs, and even your occupation, different metals can serve different purposes for you and significant other. Here’s some essential information on common types of wedding ring metals: Platinum Platinum is a popular choice of metal for any jewelry as it is both beautiful and durable. It’s scratch-resistant, hypoallergenic, and maintains its shiny, white hue better than other metals. Although platinum is the rarest, heaviest, and most expensive metal in common jewelry, it’s a great choice if you’re looking for beauty and function. It’s also a good c ...
  • Understanding Diamond Shape Versus Cut

    October 23, 2015
    So you're starting the hunt for a diamond engagement ring. Maybe you've heard talk of "princess cut" diamonds or "cushion cut" diamonds. It's important for you to know that these "cuts" actually refer to the shape of the diamond when viewed from above. Technically, the term cut refers to the diamond's ability to reflect light. Read on to learn more: Diamond Shapes Again, when most people think of diamond cuts, they're actually thinking about the diamond's shape, or its appearance from above.  There are four general categories of modern diamond shapes: Round, the most common diamond form Square, called cushion cuts Rectangular shapes, which include Asscher, emerald, radiant and princess Other shapes, including trillion, ...
  • 3 Famous Men Who Wear Diamond Studs

    October 16, 2015
    You may not think of diamond studs as a men’s accessory, but turn to male celebrities and you’ll find that some of the manliest men around are drawn to this fashionable and becoming look. Here are three celebrities who frequently wear diamond studs: Will Smith has rocked earrings since the days of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but perhaps his most well-known jewelry look is a pair of diamond studs. Whether dressed for the red carpet or in a casual suit, Smith frequently dons diamond studs, including a pair of black diamonds. Christiano Ronaldo – If you watch soccer, you probably know Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo who plays for Real Madrid. This international footballer and men’s fashion symbol is ...
  • Wedding Bells in Dallas County Ring for Same-Sex Couples

    October 9, 2015
    Wedding season peaked on June 26 this year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage rights. Shortly after, Dallas County began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples wanting to tie the knot. The first pair to be wed that day was 84-year-old couple Jack Evans and George Harris. The couple had been together for 54 years prior to getting married. The ceremony was conducted by a member of their church, Judge Dennise Garcia. Despite being on vacation that day, Garcia went into the courthouse to perform as many weddings as she could. In total, Dallas County issued 170 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in one day. The county even waived the 72-hour waiting period between receiving a mar ...
  • A Fine Watch Becomes You

    September 30, 2015
    Luxury watches capture something within us. Perhaps it’s a watch’s artistic intricacy, or the finely tuned mechanics, or the power of holding time itself. Whatever the reason, there’s something magnetic about watches that attract some people and possess others. For those on the fence about purchasing a luxury timepiece, below are a few reasons to take the next step and buy a fine watch. Individuality A fine watch is another way to express your personality. When purchasing a luxury timepiece, you have to consider what that watch says about you. Think of how gold and silver watches express success. Or how leather bands can express a sense of modesty and practicality. Even a nylon fabric band paired with a Rolex or Om ...
  • Real Rolex or a Cheap Imitation?

    September 23, 2015
    Rolex is one of the most recognizable watch brands in the world. These high value pieces can cost tens of thousands of dollars, both new and used. Because of this, counterfeit Rolex watches are in wide circulation and it can be difficult to tell the true Rolex watches from the cheap imitations. Here are a few ways to check and see if that pre-owned Rolex watch you’re considering buying is, in fact, authentic: 1. The Fluid Second Hand Inside a true Rolex watch, the second hand moves almost fluidly around the clock face, while the second hand in a counterfeit watch will stop or stutter on each of the seconds. 2. Inaudible Ticks Counterfeit Rolexes often have loud ticks, which is indicative of imperfect inner mechanisms. ...
  • Tips for Buying Luxury, Pre-Owned Watches Online

    September 16, 2015
    So you’re looking into buying a gently used Rolex as an investment or statement piece. The convenience of buying online is wonderful, but it can also cause lots of headaches – especially if something goes wrong with the order. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a few tips for having the best online shopping experience when it comes to buying pre-owned luxury watches. 1. Research Your Retailer Reputability is key. Do your research on the retailer you are planning to purchase your luxury watch from and read a few customer reviews. While many sites will have customer protection information posted, others may not. It’s often worth it to inquire. 2. Check for Serial Numbers This can be one of the most surefire w ...
  • Understanding Estate Jewelry

    September 11, 2015
    What does it mean when you read "estate engagement ring" or "vintage diamond bracelet"?  Many people aren't quite sure exactly what estate jewelry is or how it differs from vintage and antique jewelry. So let’s clarify all three terms right now: Estate Jewelry: You may think that estate jewelry comes from an estate sale or from someone who is deceased, but that's not necessarily the case. Estate jewelry is just a way to refer to any previously owned piece of jewelry. It can be relatively new and modern or very old. There are many reasons why jewelers buy pre-owned jewelry to sell: it can, like buying a pre-owned car, offer a lot more diamond for a customer's dollar; it can also offer unique styles you may not see in ...

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