Posts Tagged ‘Jewelry Diamonds’

What Makes Vintage Engagement Rings So Popular?

Vintage Engagement RingVintage engagement rings have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, especially for those couples looking for a ring that is not only timeless and unique but also tells a story.

One of the appeals of these beautiful creations can be attributed to the opportunity to choose an engagement ring that is truly unique. You can choose from such a wide range of designs, styles and gemstones, from the Victorian period to the extremely popular Art Deco period, and you are guaranteed to find something that suits your personal preferences and lifestyle from the huge choice out there. Regardless of what style of vintage engagement rings you are looking at, each comes attached with history, tradition and character, making them instant heirlooms to pass on to your grandchildren.

Some believe the true value of such rings is the superior craftsmanship and inimitable designs. The settings are far more likely to be handmade, rather than mass produced, which makes their elaborate designs all the most spectacular. It would require a huge amount of resources to try and reproduce some of these designs today. The fact that diamonds were cut, set, designed and decorated by hand meant that no two were alike, guaranteeing you a ring that is inherently one of a kind.
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Buying Jewellery For Men: Top Tips

Jewellery For MenWhen it comes to buying jewellery we all automatically assume it is just the poor men out there who have to face hours upon end of traipsing through shops, conducting research and praying that you made the right choice but what about us women? Shouldn’t we be shopping for the men in our lives too?

Naturally we consider jewellery as predominantly feminine and although many men have dabbled a little here and there with an earring or a bracelet; it is only recently that they have begun to embrace jewellery to its fullest extent. From small local jewellers, to high street stores and big named designers; there is now just as much quality jewellery available for men as there is women!

What was once a symbol of effeminate style is now open to the truly masculine. Whether in the form of earrings, a necklace or a bracelet, today’s jewellery can further a man’s style status. With that in mind there is no reason why more women should not be embracing what is on offer and showering men with the right accessories.
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Women and Diamonds

WomenandDiamondsFor decades, women have enjoyed a love affair with diamonds that men couldn’t understand no matter how hard they tried. They couldn’t understand why women threw a fit if the diamond engagement ring they were presented with wasn’t what they wanted and they certainly couldn’t understand why they refused to settle for anything less.

Perhaps it’s because they’ve always been fascinated with the process these gems go through to go from commonplace to coveted. Natural diamonds take years to happen and under extremely high pressure and temperatures at that. They need to be created under the ideal environment to become the precious stones they are known to be. This process they go through is the reason why they are virtually indestructible.

This painstaking method is also something that women relate to their own relationships. If a man proposes with a diamond engagement ring, it somehow meant that he was willing to go through all the ups and downs, highs and lows of a relationship with her for a lifetime and more. This is perhaps also the reason why engagement rings are traditionally always diamond and never anything else.
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White Gold Explained

I think it is important that the properties of white gold, its limitations and care needs are fully understood prior to purchasing an item of jewellery. That way you will know what to expect and understand the best ways to care for your jewellery.

The most important thing to note is that gold is a naturally yellow metal; white gold does not occur naturally but is produced. It undergoes a number of procedures to ensure we see the bright white finish that we are used to and that appeals to us so much.

To achieve this colour, gold is mixed with various white metals to produce an alloy; commonly silver and palladium are used. The result of this alloy is a pale greyish yellow colour. I like to think of it like mixing paint, it doesn’t matter how much white paint you add to yellow you can never create a true white. To achieve the brilliant and bright white finish that has made white gold so popular, the piece is rhodium plated. Rhodium is a hard wearing bright white metal however as with any form of plating, the rhodium will wear off over a period of time to reveal the pale greyish yellow metal beneath. The amount at which the plating wears off depends on what the item comes into contact with. For example if it is exposed to chemicals such as perfume, hand cream or cleaning products, it could wear off more quickly. It will therefore be necessary to have white gold rings re plated from time to time; the time frame depends on the wearer. We always recommend that jewellery items are removed when doing any sort of manual labour, lifting, carrying or cleaning. This will prevent the items being knocked out of shape accidentally or getting scratched or damaged.
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A Battle With the Dollar

Though gold and silver are no longer the currency of everyday use, their prices dictate the current state of the economy. With the recent spate of recessions and economies going on a roller coaster ride, gold and silver prices too have been fluctuating heavily. One of the main reasons for this is buyer sentimentality. Considering that these precious metals are rare and retain their original value plus more, they are often considered the safest investment in a volatile economy. That having been said, there has been a recent increase in the price of gold and silver bullion thanks to the consistent level of purchase by stockists as well as investors.

There is also a strong demand for silver from the industrial sector thus driving up its price. This increase is also compounded by the amount of speculative purchases as well. An observation of the markets will show that even in the European markets gold seems to rule supreme. Another increase for the rise in price of such precious metals is that there is no ceiling on the prices that it can reach, simply because there is no ceiling on the amount of currency notes that can be printed. This is based on the Federal Reserve of America’s announcement and basically influences the way prices go in the international market.

This move to take away the ceiling is what has acted as a catalyst. It has been done primarily to ensure that the American economy comes back on track. The idea is to move towards a kind of progress that will ensure an economy that has ample employment opportunities and a level of price stability. One of the reasons for the Federal Bank going this way is to tackle the pressure that is coming in from the opposing political parties in power. With America’s national debt pushing the $16 trillion mark, bringing down the value of the US dollar seems to be the only way to break the impasse in the economy currently.
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