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Four Tips For Having A Piece Of Gold Plated Jewelry Engraved

If you want to give someone a gift they are sure to love, consider having a piece of jewelry customized for them. You can have a piece of gold plated jewelry engraved with something that will be of importance to the person that you plan to give it to. The guide below walks you through a few things to know about having a piece of gold plated jewelry engraved. Take the Jewelry to a Professional You first need to take the piece of jewelry to a professional jeweler. The jeweler will need to inspect the jewelry to determine if the plating is thick enough for them to be able to engrave it or if the metal that is under the plating will show through when it is engraved. If the plating is too thin, the jeweler may be able to guide you toward other options to consider. Choose a Design to Have Engraved If the jeweler determines that the piece can be engraved, consider what design you want to have engraved on it. You want to be sure that the design is not too detailed or the fine details may be lost when the engraving is done. Be sure to choose a design that will be special to the person who will be receiving the gift. Phrases or basic images are often ideal for engraving. Choose the Font You Want Used When you choose to have words engraved on a piece of jewelry, you need to choose the font you want to use to create the words. You can choose from cursive, block, or any other font that you think will look the best on the piece of jewelry you plan to have engraved. See What the Engraving Will Look Like Before any engraving is done, the jeweler will show you an example of the design that you have chosen. If you have chosen to have cursive used to create phrases on the piece of jewelry, be sure that the words are easy to read. If you are choosing an image, be sure you can easily identify the image you want to have created. Engraving can take quite a while, if the jeweler does not have the tools to do the engraving in their shop. Many jewelers send out pieces that need to be engraved to professional engravers who can take the time to be very detailed in the work […]

3 Tests You Can Use to Tell Whether the Turquoise You Bought at the County Fair Is Real or Made Out of Howlite

County fairs are a good place to go have fun and buy jewelry at one of the little stands scattered around the fairground. However, you do have to be careful when buying turquoise jewelry, as some of it can be may actually be made out of howlite. Howlite is a white porous borate mineral that is commonly used to mimic other types of minerals—including turquoise. Howlite can be dyed to look like turquoise, so you may not know whether you’re buying natural turquoise or an imposter mineral. Here are three tests you can use to determine whether the turquoise jewelry you are thinking of buying at the county fair is real or not. Heated-Pin Test Howlite can be mixed with magnesite and dyes to form a stone that looks a lot like turquoise. The stone can also be covered with an epoxy material to give it a hard shell. One way to tell whether the stone you are thinking of buying is covered with an epoxy is to do a heated pin test. Take a regular household pin and heat it up with a lighter until the end of the pin glows red. Once the pin is heated, press it against an inconspicuous spot on the stone. If the piece of turquoise is actually made out of howlite covered with an epoxy, the heated pin will melt the epoxy and expose the lighter color of the howlite mineral. Nail Polish–Remover Test The dye used to change the color of the howlite can be made to run by applying an acetone-based material to it. Nail-polish remover typically has acetone and works just fine when doing this test; make sure to read the ingredients on the nail polish–remover container to verify that the remover has acetone in it. Take a regular cotton ball and soak part of it in the nail-polish remover. Carefully pick a spot to wipe the stone, and rub the acetone-filled cotton ball against the spot. If a dye was used to color the piece of jewelry, the color will run, and the cotton ball will turn blue while the spot you rubbed will either turn white or become noticeably lighter in color. Physical-Appearance Test If you are buying a necklace or bracelet made up of small stones, you should closely examine the color and design of the stones. Natural turquoise stones will vary in shape, color, and design […]

4 Tips to Prevent Body Chains from Snagging on Your Clothing

If you have been wearing body chains this summer, then you may have experienced a few unfortunate snags. Occasionally, body chains can catch on your clothing or other people’s clothing and create an embarrassing snag. Below are some tips to prevent such snags and keep your jewelry flowing freely.  Choose High-Quality Chains  Lower-quality chains may be made from open loops or from closed loops that have rough edges. This makes the jewelry much more likely to catch on clothing it comes into contact with. Alternatively, high-quality body jewelry, similar to a high-quality necklaces or bracelets, will have closed loops in the chain, making it less likely to catch on items. When assessing jewelry, run your fingers along the chain to make sure it feels smooth. If purchasing online, zoom in on product pictures to make sure the individual loops are closed.  Make Sure the Chains Fit Snug to Your Body  Although some body chains are meant to fit loosely, the majority of them are meant to fit snug to your body. Make sure you follow the sizing charts and select the jewelry that is appropriate for your size. Then, adjust the chains so that they lay flat against your body. If you are wearing the chains over clothing, select tight clothing. However, if you are wearing them under clothes, select looser clothing to prevent friction.  Wear Clothing with a Tight Weave  Clothing with a tight weave will be less likely to snag on your jewelry. Avoid open-weave fabrics such as fishnets. If possible, opt for clothing without fibers that can get caught, such as leather or pleather. Also, if you are wearing the chains beneath clothing, be aware of loose threads on the inside of the clothing that could get caught in the chains.  Be Careful of How You Move  Feeling the way body chains roll over your skin while you dance or walk can be exhilarating. However, it is important to be aware that extra movement can cause tangles and snags. It is a good idea to wear your body chains at home and practice moving around before you take them out to a party or event. This will make you more comfortable in them and help prevent snagging.  Body chains can spice up any outfit and can be fun to wear. However, it is important to take some time to make sure you prevent snags before you leave […]

A Collateral Loan Can Help You Solve Your Financial Woes

Life is full of unexpected turns. For many, these turns mean sudden financial disasters. When faced with these types of situations, having a little financial assistance can really help. This assistance can come in the form of a collateral loan. What Is A Collateral Loan? Collateral is basically a pledge of security. This pledge of security, or collateral, can come in the form of any asset that is considered valuable. Property, collectibles and jewelry are just some of the items frequently used. So in terms of a collateral loan, this is in essence a loan that is backed by the pledged item. In the event the borrower defaults, they also default their rights over the item. For most collateral based loans, the value of the collateral must be equal to the total value of the loan, or at the very least, within a close percentage. Benefits Lower Interest Loans are all about risk assessment. The less confidence a lender has in a borrower’s ability to meet the loan terms, the greater the risk. Higher risks result in higher interest rates. Securing a loan with collateral reduces the lender’s risk. In the event the borrower defaults, the lender can use the collateral to recoup their funds. This reduced risk generally translates into a reduced rate for a loan. Credit Forgiveness If you have had credit difficulties in the past, you know firsthand that this can significantly reduce your ability to secure a loan in the future. Collateral loans afford a renewed opportunity for people that fall in this category. Given the fact that the loan is secured, many lenders are more willing to offer people with less than stellar credit an opportunity to secure the funds they need in the event of a crisis. If you have bad credit, you have a greater chance of approval than with other options. Faster Approval One of the factors that can really extend the time it takes to approve a loan is the investigation process. With traditional loans, lenders thoroughly research your employment history, financial standing and credit history. With a collateral loan, much of this is eliminated. Aside from the basic information, the only thing that has to be evaluated is the value of the collateral you plan to use. For you, the borrower, this generally means that you will have the money you need in your hand much faster. If you are […]

Additions That Give Your Chain Maille Jewelry That Extra Edge

If you have recently started wearing chain maille jewelry, and especially if you like to put pieces together yourself, you’ve likely come across multicolored jump rings that make the pieces look grander or more intricate. Adding more details to chain maille can really make a piece pop, but jump rings aren’t the only materials you should look for. If you really want to start color coordinating your chain maille jewelry with your outfits, look for items containing these three materials. Glass Smooth glass beads add a glossy, full look to chain maille, transforming what could look like plain costume jewelry into a more elegant piece. The glass often has a secondary effect of protecting many of the jump rings from being bent. You still have to be careful how you handle the jewelry, of course, because the glass beads can break if you hit a counter or something similar too hard. But the glass really adds another dimension to the chain maille, and if you create your own pieces, you can often find glass in more colors than you can jump rings. This increases the variety of pieces you can make and buy. Swarovski Related to glass are the faceted Austrian crystal beads from the Swarovski company. Like glass beads, these beads come in many colors and sizes, but their facets make them perfect for being the spotlight or focus points in pieces, rather than having them always mixed into the denser jump ring sections. The many facets on the beads, especially those coated with an iridescent layer called aurora borealis, or AB, really catch the light as the jewelry and you move around. Rubber If you’d rather not mess with breakable materials like glass and crystal, you can also try adding rubber rings to your jewelry, or looking for pieces with rubber rings. These rings tend to be stretchy, making them great for everyday wear or for items you intend to give to kids. You can find chain maille pieces with subdued-color rings or neon. Chain maille jewelry can be so intricate that some pieces can even be appropriate for more formal occasions, but you need to find the right materials. You may want to talk to other sellers who have chain maille to see what other materials they’ve worked into their jewelry pieces. Talk to seller and to jewelry supply companies, like Bead Me a Story , if you […]

3 Things That You Shouldn’t Do When Cleaning Your Luxury Watch

If you want to keep your luxury watch looking great, it’s important to clean it regularly. Due to its location on your wrist, it can be easy for your watch to get dirty throughout the day with normal use, but this dirt and grime can make your once spectacular-looking watch look a whole lot less impressive. There are a few things that you shouldn’t do when cleaning your luxury watch if you want to keep it in good shape, however, so avoid these things when giving your watch a good cleaning. 1. Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals It can be tempting to whip out a good all-purpose cleaner or degreaser to get rid of dirt and grime, but doing so can damage your watch. The chemicals can get into the inner workings of the watch and cause problems, or they may cause damage to the various external parts due to being too strong. If your watch is waterproof or water-resistant, using a little bit of water that has been mixed with a gentle soap can be a good option. Steer clear of the harsher cleaners, though, unless they are designed for use on luxury watches. 2. Don’t Dry It in the Bathroom It can seem natural to clean your watch in the bathroom and then to dry it off right where you stand, but your watch can become slippery in your hands, and the last thing that you want to do is drop it on a hard tile floor or other hard surface. If you are going to be cleaning and drying your watch in an area with hard flooring, consider holding the watch over a soft towel or rung while drying it. Then, if you do happen to drop it, it won’t be as much of a disaster. 3. Don’t Attempt to Polish It Having your watch polished every now and then can help you keep it in good shape and can make it look like new again. However, if you don’t do it properly, you could cause more harm than good. It is actually best to leave this job up to a professional at a company like Hayes Jewelers who is accustomed to working on luxury watches. Then, while you are having your watch professionally polished, you can also have it looked at to ensure that it does not need any type of repair. As you can see, there are […]

How To Style Boho Necklaces

Boho necklaces have a cool, earthy look and typically feature nature-inspired materials, such as feathers, agates and rustic beads. Although bohemian-style necklaces have a laid-back vibe, they also work well with dresses and skirts. The eye-catching jewelry can easily take you from the office during the day to dinner or a dance club at night.  Here are some ways to style your favorite boho necklaces:  1. Beaded Necklaces  If you’re spending the day at a park or the zoo and want to be comfortable yet fashionable at the same time, use a boho necklace to dress up your look. Start with a denim skirt or jean shorts, and top it with a fitted t-shirt or a tank top. Complete the look with simple hoop earrings and a long beaded necklace. Depending on your preference, pick a necklace with either chunky stone or small glass seed beads. Add color to a plain white or black shirt with a long strand of rainbow-colored beads. If you prefer a more subdued look, go for beads in earth tones such as olive green, taupe and brick red. 2. Natural Stone Necklaces  You can accessorize both breezy, flowing tunic-style dresses and long maxi dresses with boho necklaces. Since you’re going for a classier style, pick a necklace featuring a gold- or silver-tone chain in either a medium or long length. Enhance the chain with one, large natural stone, such as a druzy, which is made of multiple tiny crystals that give off a glittering effect, or an agate. A single pendant not only looks elegant, it will become the focal point of your outfit as well.  You can find these stones in multiple colors, including black, clear crystal, pink, purple, green and blue. Again, choose a colorful stone if your dress is a neutral color. You can also go for a monochromatic style by wearing a black stone with a white dress or vice-versa. Since these are natural stones and every one is slightly different, their imperfections are part of their boho-inspired charm.  3. Feather Necklaces If you’re going for an ultra-casual, hippie-inspired look for a music festival or concert, finish your outfit with a feather necklace. Options include long chains with either silver or gold feather-designed pendants, handmade beaded feathers, or real or faux peacock feathers. There are also dream catcher pendants featuring small, dangling feathers.  Complete the look with matching feather earrings or simple hoops […]

Three Customized Jewelry Options To Consider Getting Your Lady Love For Valentine’s Day

On a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day, you want to be sure that you get the special lady in your life the perfect gift. A great gift is a gift that shows how important the person is to you, is something they will enjoy receiving, and something they will be able to use often. Jewelry is often a great gift to get for a special lady because it can be worn with pride on a daily basis. The following guide walks you through a few trendy fashion jewelry options to allow you to give your leading lady a gift she is sure to treasure and love wearing. Hand Stamped Metal Charms There are now companies that create handmade stamped metal charms that can be worn on necklaces or bracelets. The charms are available in many different colors and sizes to ensure that you can have one made that meets the unique style of your loved one. Be sure to take the time to consider a meaningful symbol, saying, or even picture to have stamped onto the metal so that your loved one can know how much thought and love went into the making of their gift. Birthstone Custom Creations Jewelers can create rings, necklaces, and even bracelets using specific stones to create a one of a kind piece of jewelry that is meaningful and unique. You can choose to have a piece created that has a birthstone for each of your children, for your pets, or even just to represent you and your loved one. The jeweler will let you sit down with him or her and have input on the design of the jewelry to ensure that you are going to be satisfied with the end product when it is done. Picture Perfect Accessories There are also companies that can make pictures onto enamel, stone, or metal to allow you to create a gift that has a specific picture that memorializes an important time in your relationship or in your loved one’s life. Be sure that you choose a photo that has plenty of detail so that it will be easy to see the image after it is created. You can have the image added to charms that are used in bracelets, amulets for necklaces, or even on a broach. Once you have chosen the piece of jewelry that you think would be the best fit for your lady […]

The Best Ways To Wear Gold Jewelry

Gold is a timeless piece that is right for most occasions. If you haven’t worn gold before, you should begin by slowly incorporating it into your wardrobe. That way, you won’t regret that you didn’t choose a different form of fine jewelry to add to your wardrobe. Gold That Blends In Vs. Standing Out The first step is to determine if you would like to wear gold very subtlety or if you would like the piece to stand out. Some pieces are very light and can almost disappear into your hair and skin. This can give you a more modest look. But you may prefer a louder piece that is sculptural or that is combined with other elements, such as beads. Gold And Your Outfit If you wear one piece of gold jewelry, the rest of your jewelry should be less eye-catching so that the gold piece stands out more. To make a statement, make sure that the single piece is large and stands out. If you also dress down with your clothing, while still looking fashionable, less attention will be taken away from your gold jewelry. Even though gold jewelry is dressy, it looks great with denim jeans. If the jeans are flared, one stylish option is to combine yellow and white gold necklaces. Black clothing is usually a good combination with gold jewelry. Gold also matches well with autumn colors since it looks warm. Gold And Leather Leather jewelry combines well with gold because of the texture of the leather. Also, combining gold with leather can create a tribal look. Christian and Jewish jewelry includes pieces of white gold connected by strips of leather. Wearing Gold In A Professional Setting If you’d like to wear gold in a professional setting, gold watches are a good choice because the presence of a watch symbolizes your professionalism and focus on punctuality. Gold watches pair well with a silk, white blouse. If you’d like to continue to wear a gold watch in a casual setting, it can pair well with a polo shirt and jeans. Wearing Gold In An Outdoor Setting One of the advantages of gold is that a well-made piece can be very durable. Therefore, if you are an active person who frequently engages in activities such as going to the beach, a gold piece of jewelry can match your swimsuit well, though you should take it off if you […]

Four Types Of Beads To Have In Stock This Spring For Jewelry Making

The anticipated trends for jewelry are all about layering: relaxed silhouettes with layered necklaces and layered bracelets. Even stacking rings are being used to layer rings on fingers. That means that you’ll want to make sure that your store has plenty of available beads to meet the demand. If you’re looking for some ideas on what to buy to entice your customers this spring, here are some good suggestions. Lepidolite  Lepidolite beads are highly popular among those who make homemade jewelry. Lepidolite has a variety of hues, including pink, blue, and a very prized purple called “lavenderine.” It is actually a type of mica. The mica gives even smoothly polished beads bright little flecks and sudden bursts of light that sparkle with movement. Metaphysically, lepidolite is used to help with immunological disorders and is supposed to calm down stress, reduce anxiety, and balance out emotional issues. Lepidolite is often priced according to its quality, with gray-toned beads being less expensive than those with a considerable amount of fire. Moonstone Moonstone beads offer jewelry makers another multi-hued stone that they can use to help create a delicately layered look. According to legend, moonstones are made of solidified moonbeams — an idea no doubt that arose from the way that light scatters when it strikes the surface of the stone in an effect known as adularescence. Adularescence is actually caused by the presence of layers of feldspar in the stone, giving it a milky hue. You can get beads that are mostly white, others that are predominantly blue, and some that have a rainbow effect, although the price tends to rise with the amount of color that’s in the stones. Because of its association with the moon, this stone is supposed to help with pregnancy and childbirth.  Opalite Opalite is actually a manmade glass that is used for jewelry making. It was designed primarily to take the place of natural opals in modern jewelry — since real opals are far too fragile to be made into beads. Opalite has a striking milky blue glow that is absolutely stunning when it is against a dark background. It is thought to help those who are trying to learn meditate and enhance dreams. One of the benefits of opalite is that it is very inexpensive — which makes it more affordable than some other stones. Moonstones with a similar amount of luminosity, for example, would be […]