Archive for November, 2009

What to Avoid When Buying Jewelry this Holiday Season: 2

jewelryNow, many people who have worked in jewelry stores will tell you that you really want to avoid buying any jewelry from the sales fliers. The reason? Well, the store is likely advertising those pieces because they want to get them out of there. They may not be great quality; at best, they are totally ordinary. Many people in the coming days will be wearing the exact same thing. Go for something more unique instead.

Guys, you cannot just assume that all women are exactly the same when it comes to the jewelry they like. Diamonds aren’t every girls’ best friend. All women have different tastes — that’s why it’s important to study what the recipient seems to like.

You also always want to make sure you are getting a good piece — and no, you don’t have to be an expert to tell. All you need to be able to do is spot occlusions and determine whether or not a stone has a good setting.

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11 2009

What to Avoid When Buying Jewelry this Holiday Season

jewelry-giftIt goes without saying that jewelry makes a great gift during the holidays. However, you can run into a lot of trouble if you aren’t careful. Fortunately we have pinpointed the top mistakes you need to avoid when buying jewelry for someone else.

You need to do your research, first of all. Know what kinds of jewelry are out there. Heck, just do some Googling on the subject. Find out what qualifies a good diamond, what to look for in different gemstones, what cuts are out there, and things like that.

As well, you absolutely have to know what the intended recipient likes. The worst thing in the world is to buy a ruby ring for someone who prefers sapphires or to buy a beautiful pair of earrings for someone who doesn’t have pierced ears!

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11 2009

Go High Fashion with Amethyst Chandelier Earrings

amethyst-chandeliersJewelry designer Linda Singh often visits India, which is the ancestral home of her husband. She finds inspiration there as well, especially in the form of the one of a kind, breathtaking artisan jewelry which can be found at many of the local shops there.

The ultimate result of this inspiration was Sitara Collections, which contain gorgeous accessories that are completely handmade. The best part? A portion of the proceeds for the jewelry are donated to a school located in India.

And why not buy, when you have pieces like these stunning Amethyst Chandeliers? Chandelier earrings are hugely popular, but I have honestly never seen a pair as beautiful as this pair. There are clusters of dazzling amethyst and other amethysts with bezel settings.

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11 2009

Tupperware Parties Get a Whole New Take

tupperwareWhat do you think of when you hear about plastic jewelry? Probably something that comes out of a Cracker Jack box or a gumball machine, right? At the very least, something that looks cheap and could not possibly be fashionable — but, you know, that is not always true.

Check out the blog called Plastic Girl to see an exception. It belongs to Liana Kabel, an artist who is a down right genius when it comes to creating funky, eclectic, and innovative jewelry … out of Tupperware, of all things.

When you consider the fact that her mother was a Tupperware Lady and her father was a jewelry, it really makes perfect sense.

Liana has the ability to turn old Tupperware pieces into amazing necklaces, earrings, bracelets — you name it, she can do it!

And as you can see from this ring, she can do it beautifully.

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11 2009

Jamie Wolf’s Necklaces Will Leave You Howling at the Moon

necklaceJamie Wolf used to dance with the New York City Ballet, something you can tell in the grace and elegance of her jewelry designs. She only began doing it full time about five years ago, but a ten year history dancing ballet certainly made a huge impact on her design aesthetic.

The 18K White Gold Rose of France Flower Necklace showcases that elegance beautifully. It has a clover chain made of diamonds and 18k white gold, and it is crowned with a Rose of France stone in the center — one that is 26.65 carats. There are eight clovers that have diamond centers surround the gorgeous lavender stone.

I love absolutely everything about this necklace, which goes for just over thirty five hundred dollars.  Hey, you guys, Christmas is coming up … not that I’m hinting or anything.

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11 2009