The Importance of Jewelry in Our Lives
The glamour of trinkets and Jewelry has eluded minds since its evolution and will never fade out. There are a number of ornaments that fascinate everybody like necklaces, bracelets, watches, scarves, rings, handbags, brooches, belts and clips. In fact the power of its dazzle has kept men and women spellbound till today. The glitter, its sheer worth and the aura it radiates has gripped us all. Society owes importance to women and women owe it to Jewelry. When it is Diamond, it is not only the investment of your money but also like rewarding your emotions. Exceptional and mesmerizing, mysteries and magical, the diamond has brought up flames in romantic passion throughout history. The one, signifying wealth and status, the diamond remains one of the most luxurious and sought-after gifts for any romantic and triumphant occasion, a gem whose purity and brilliance symbolizes long lasting love. As it is an old saying that Gold is an investment, but Diamonds are forever. You can get a wide range of classic and modern Jewelry at incompatibly lowest prices. And their designs take your breath away.
Jewelry is categorized under two subdivisions, contemporary and traditional, each displaying attractive and eye catching designs. Both classic groups exhibit jewelry constituting of precious gem stones, gold, silver, other metals and natural materials.Nowadays the increasing demand for jewelry pieces has made craftsmen more creative and stunning items in gold, silver, platinum and gem stones have flooded the market in variety of styles and designs. The major items include necklaces, amulets, bangles, bracelets, earrings, nose ring, anklets to name a few.
Today, the jewelry designs are not merely based on the traditional metals, rather the contemporary jewelry items reveal a gamut of materials ranging from wire, tumbled stone and other lesser known elements. They create affordable and inexpensive items which are popular with masses and are used as accessories to highlight the wearer’s appearance. The manifold functions of jewelry are widely acknowledged. It is still used as a form of currency and exhibits the affluence of the owner. The lesser known usage includes buckles, clasps, brooches or pins, as well as amulets which are mostly worn to ward off evil influences, according to ancient superstition.
Costume jewelry primarily constitutes of items made of enamel, natural clay, stainless steel, glass and other such similar raw materials. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets and belts, etc., made of bead are also very popular, especially with the younger generation. Necklaces and bracelets made of various sizes of beads were highly popular during the Victorian Era, however, these types of jewelry has always been in vogue in the African countries. This trend has made fresh inroads in other parts of the world as well.
Collectors’ items of jewelry have been known to be produced from excellent craftsmanship of silversmiths and goldsmiths. Tiaras and rings from dazzling diamonds have captivated the market for a long time, especially within the affluent class. Precious stones, besides diamonds, such as emerald, sapphire, ruby, jade and quartz, etc., have also been used to create and design spectacular range of attractive jewelry items.
Some Importent you need to know:
- Learn how jewelry pieces are marked. Gold jewelry is marked with the karat marking. 18k means 18 karat gold. Pure gold is 24 karat. Gold jewelry is an alloy of gold and other metals for strength. 18k is 18/24ths pure gold or 3/4ths gold by weight. Sterling silver jewelry can be marked “sterling” or 925. Sterling silver is 92.5 percent pure silver and 7.75 percent other metals. Pieces marked silver plate or gold filled are only electroplated with a thin layer of precious metal.
- Become familiar with jewelry designer names and markings. Many costume pieces are made by contemporary or vintage artists and design companies. Some designer’s are sought after by collectors and have enthusiastic buyers for any piece you find. If you find a jewelry piece with a name, do a Google search or search online auctions like eBay and see what turns up.
- Learn about styles and materials used in different eras. The back fastening on a broach can date a jewelry piece by the type of closure. Bakelite was a common material for bracelets and broaches until the mid-20th century. Bakelite jewelry pieces of good quality can sell for hundreds of dollars. Bakelite is often overlooked at estate sales. Ivory and shell was a common material for carved cameo pins and rings in the Victorian era. The more you know about fashion and style changes, the easier it becomes to date vintage jewelry.
JewelryÂ Guide Tips:
If you are buying an expensive piece of jewelry that you have saved for years to buy, then first and foremost – buy a loupe and learn to use it. A loupe is a special type of magnifying glass, specifically designed for the minute examination of cut stones and precious metals.
For silver jewelry that will last, choose durable sterling silver. Blue Nile offers only sterling silver, so your gift won’t wear down to brass like silver plating can. Silver is very affordable, and many of the sterling silver bracelets, key rings, and cuff links at Blue Nile can be engraved for a truly personalized gift.
For the most beautiful pearls, the most important thing to look for is a high to medium luster grade. Luster gives a pearl that deep, reflective look only pearls are known for. Also, for a smooth appearance, choose pearls with a surface grade of flawless to lightly spotted. At Blue Nile, you’ll find pearl jewelry that upholds these standards. And pearls make the perfect gift. The classic pearl necklace – an Akoya princess-length strand – is an essential for every woman’s wardrobe. And for an affordable gift for any occasion, she’ll love Freshwater pearl stud earrings.
For beautiful gold jewelry, look for 18k gold. It has more beautiful gold color than 14k, but more strength and durability than pure 24k gold. Our gold jewelry is all 18k gold, but may include 14k gold accents, clasps, or posts in instances where strength is essential. Choose a beautiful 18k gold Byzantine necklace and matching bracelet for a gift she’ll love to wear – and she’ll think of you each time
Choose only the finest jewelry-grade platinum with 95% purity. Our platinum jewelry includes 95% pure platinum, and 5% alloys of metals to increase the metal’s beauty and durability. We set all loose diamonds in our engagement settings with the strength and security of platinum prongs. For a gift she’ll love, choose stylish platinum hoop earrings or a classic platinum woven necklace.