Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Classic Earrings Every Woman Should Own

Jewelry trends, like the change of seasons, come and go; however, a classic pair of earrings are like signature pieces that are the most functional, practical and have stood the stood the test of time. They will complete and compliment all outfits, but most importantly do not have to be updated or replaced.

Pearl and diamond stud earrings can be worn every day and will compliment everything in your wardrobe because they are both neutral color gems--whether you wear them to work, with your favorite pair of jeans or even hit the dance floor with them, they will look elegant and classy. It does not matter what size they are, even the smallest diamond will stand out as long as you purchase a quality pair.

One of our customers, Gemma purchased her first pair of diamond stud earrings. In the work force for only a year and with a limited budget, quality not size was a priority for her. She purchased a 5 point VVS1 diamond stud pair of earrings. When she wears them, they have so much sparkle because they are a quality stone. This is why size should not be a priority since quality makes up for that.

Diamond and pearl earrings are also the building blocks for add-ons in the future. With pearl earrings, you can eventually acquire a pearl necklace, bracelet and ring. With a diamond solitaire pair of earrings, you can add a small solitaire diamond pendant or if you like to play tennis, a matching tennis bracelet.

Hoop earrings are the all time earrings--from babies, flamenco dancers, to tribesman in Africa--they have universal appeal. While the round hoop is among the most popular, they come in a variety of other geometric shapes and are available in a variety of sizes and widths. You can also accessorize hoops by adding charms to them. Hoop earrings will compliment everything in your wardrobe.

Another one of our customers wears her hoop earrings 24-7 because of their versatility. "Whether I have on my jeans, or am in Court, my hoops are multi functional and project a different look with whatever I wear".

So if you do not have one of these pair of earrings, the next time someone asks you what you would like for your birthday, you know what to ask for :) Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Reddit BlinkList Furl Mixx Facebook Google Bookmark Yahoo

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Importance of Photographing Your Jewelry

Whether your jewelry is sentimental, an heirloom piece or very valuable, having up to date pictures of them and hiding the pictures is very important for the following reasons:

When you are purchasing extra insurance for your jewelry, most insurance companies will request that each piece (especially if it is a very valuable jewel) be accompanied with a professional appraisal and picture.

If you went out for the afternoon with a friend for lunch and know you had on your vintage gold bracelet when you left the house, and upon returning home, you noticed it was missing from your wrist, a picture of it would certainly make it easier to distribute photocopies, fliers, within your community.

Now if you had a break-in, and your jewelry was stolen, you certainly would not be in the frame of mind to accurately describe each piece that was missing. You might not even be able to remember all the pieces that were stolen. With pictures, law officials would be able to track them down easier, especially if they apprehended the thief(s) or if they turned up at a pawn. shop.

If your jewelry cannot be found from the above scenarios, with a good picture, you could have them replaced with similar or identical pieces.

A few years ago, one of our customers had a very high strung puppy who was very oral. Besides the numerous holes in the walls, chewed furniture legs--this puppy also had expensive taste. She somehow managed to reach for a very expensive multi gemstone, custom made, cocktail ring and chewed it to unimaginable damage. Luckily, the owner had several pictures of the ring and was able to have it remade. And what happened to the puppy, she's an older girl now, calm and prefers her rawhide bones these days.

So if any jewelry piece needs any major overhaul or repair, a picture will help to restore or reassemble it to its like condition.

If you ever have to sell your jewelry, remember that expression, "a picture is worth a thousand words"--the more detailed, the more close-ups, the clearer the picture, the easier it will be to sell. You want a potential buyer to almost be able to touch it and to get excited about it which can result in selling your piece(s) faster.

You need not go out to purchase an expensive camera. If your camera has a 10x optical zoom, that will do the job. Or if you do not have one, perhaps you can ask your friends if they have one.

When taking the pictures, make sure that they are taken in natural sunlight to capture the true colors of the gemstones, as well as taking shots from every angle.

If you have a safety deposit box or home safe, keep the pictures locked up. If not, then find a very good hiding place within your home.

Look within your jewelry collection and see what is precious to you and start clicking away. Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Reddit BlinkList Furl Mixx Facebook Google Bookmark Yahoo