Learning About Key Pieces of Jewelry

Are Black, Brown, Cognac, Champagne, And Chocolate Diamonds Really Diamonds?

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When it comes to a diamond’s color, consumers have long had a strong preference for clear stones – the clearer, the better. Colorless stones are relatively rare, and with diamonds, rarity equals value. However, colored diamonds are not unknown – and some of the fanciest blues, pinks, and yellows are the rarest of the rare. Other colored diamonds are also in vogue, however. Despite the fact that they aren’t nearly as rare, black diamonds, chocolate diamonds, cognac diamonds, and champagne diamonds are also getting a lot of love these days from jewelry buyers. Read More»

Repairs And Antique Jewelry

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Jewelry has played a critical role in helping individuals express their wealth and prestige for centuries. Antique jewelry is highly sought after for not only its beauty, but its historical value as well. Any jewelry pieces that have some age to them may have been subject to repair or will need to be repaired after you have purchased them. Here are three tips that you can use to help ensure the jewelry repair process hasn’t or won’t hurt the overall value of the piece in the future. Read More»

How To Make Dance Recitals More Affordable

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If your son or daughter loves learning to dance, of course you want to cultivate that interest by enrolling them in dance lessons. But while the dance lessons themselves are not usually unbearably costly, the cost of participating in recitals can be overwhelming. The glitzy costumes, complete with jewelry and other accessories, can cost hundreds – and in most cases, your child will only wear the costume for one recital!  Read More»

Identifying Native American Jewelry By Region And Materials: Four Examples

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Before Europeans took over North America, the Native Americans (or First Nation people of Canada) used precious stones, beads, and other goods for trade. These items were their currency, and it worked very well. This tradition of using and making precious items in their jewelry continues today. Here are three examples of Native American jewelry for sale, and how to identify them by their regional materials. Paua Shell and Hawaiian Native Jewelry Read More»

Plan Your Christmas Gift Giving On A Shoestring Budget

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Part of the fun of Christmas might be following the tradition of exchanging gifts with friends and family members. And, of course, if you have children, they are probably excited about what Santa Claus might bring them this Christmas. It’s not as much fun if you’re worried about how you’ll pay for all the gifts you want to give, though. Don’t stress! From making your own gifts to shopping at a local pawn shop, here are some ideas on how you can plan your Christmas gift giving on a shoestring budget. Read More»