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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Benefits of Custom-Made Jewelry

Designed from scratch

A major benefit of the custom-made jewelry is that every piece created will be entirely unique. This type of jewelry is completely designed from scratch with the intention to create something that is one of a kind and able stand out from the more traditional designs.

For the fussy wearer of jewelry, this will give a perfect opportunity to give their input to ensure the finished piece is able to fully match their personality. There is plenty to think about in the process of creating the perfect piece of jewelry. Also, the things to consider will vary with the different types of jewelry. For instance, the basic shape of the item is likely to range from rectangular or round for a pendant, while a set of earrings can have a drop or button style.

A further consideration is the specific metal for the custom-made jewelry. The most popular options include titanium, sterling silver, gold and platinum. The preferred metal style is relatively easy to choose because most people have a particular preference for the basic metal color and look.

Additionally, there is the option to choose the type, color, number and size of the gemstones.

Typically, it will benefit to have a rough idea of the preferred style or look of the piece of jewelry before making a visit to the store to make it easier to explain what is needed.

Create an heirloom

Jewelry that is well-crafted and personally designed has the potential to become a much-loved heirloom that can be passed from family member to family member. However, it is essential to have the jewelry piece made to a high standard. For instance, rings with a single or multiple gemstones will need to have them protected and set well to last for the long-term.

Larimar

Even in prehistoric times, people were attracted to pretty pebbles, and when combined with translucency or even transparency with color, they were highly prized. Some high quality of these stones known as precious gemstone like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds & rubies, LARIMAR is one of them.

COLOR is one of the most important and individual characteristic to gemstones. The color should be rich – not as light as to give the stone an anemic appearance, nor as deep as to make it look dark or even black, particularly in artificial light. Too dark color reduces transparency and stone’s lively look, which can be achieved by skillful cutting and faceting by making it a bit sparkle. The blending of the various colors or tints of the same color and the various designs and patterns produced as they are by nature, give such stone an individual appeal that makes each one unique.

Another character that makes a difference in the available gemstone is quality, a high luster. Larimar, amber and some other garnets have a resinous luster, while turquoise is sometimes described as “waxy”. Luster does not give a stone brilliance. In certain gemstones brilliance is produced by the skillful cutting of the stone’s facets in such a way that they reflect light like mirrors, making the whole stone bright and shining when viewed from the top.

These Gemstone characteristics distinguish them and their unique appearance from the entire available sets of other precious and rare minerals. There is, however, a most important attribute which gemstones should posses: permanence.

Some of the popular gemstones are:

a. Agate

b. Amber

c. Ametrine

d. Aquamarine

e. Black Onyx/Black Agate

f. Carnelian

g. Chrysoprase

h. Coral

i. Fluorite

j. Jasper

k. Labradorite Stone

About Digging for Diamonds

Online jewelry sales are expected to reach $3.2 billion this year, compared with $2.5 billion last year. Overall, 8% of all jewelry sales in 2005 are expected to come from the Internet, up from 6% in 2004 and 3% in 2002. BlueNile forecasts 2005 sales of $205 million to $215 million, up from $169 million in 2004.

Ann Poletti at eBay said, they do $1.6-$1.7 Billion in jewelry and watches, and she gave me these two statistics:

50% ($0.8M) is in diamonds and watches.

50% ($0.8M) is in rings and watches.

These are very compelling numbers, indicating a very compelling opportunity.

An easy way to get into this business for an investor could be by buying Odimo (Nasdaq: ODMO) that owns the portal diamond.com, as well as other internet brands such as Ashford. The company did $52 Million in 2004 sales, but is currently valued at a mere $13 Million. Of course, they are losing beaucoup money. However, some of the P&L problems seem to be artificially created by their majority shareholder, The Steinmetz Group, who remains the sole supplier of diamonds to the company, but at questionable terms. Gross margin numbers seem suspicious.

Bottomline, jewelry online is an opportunity worth pursuing, and TAM is expected to continue to rise as more of the web savvy generations enhance their buying power.

Selecting Antique Wedding Rings

Tip one, if you are looking on a website thoroughly read all that material before purchase so that you are clear on what they sell. It may also be a good idea to check with the better business bureau and see if there are any complaints about the marketer. This also holds true if you are shopping in a store or antique market for a ring.

Tip two; don’t let a pushy seller talk you into something you aren’t sure of before you are ready to make the purchase. They should always be willing to hold a ring or let you come back. This is your wedding ring and it’s meant to yours for a long time so make sure you like the one you get.

Tip three, if it’s a real antique you may wish to have it appraised by an outside appraiser so you can see if you are getting a good deal or if you need to have it insured. Also check to see if a ring of this type comes with documentation. Documentation can be anything from an affidavit of the previous owners with preferably a picture of the ring being worn at sometime in the far past to previous appraisals of the ring. Follow these tips and keep a sharp eye out and you’re sure to find some real gems.