Where to Buy Affordable Jewellery

Where to Buy Affordable Jewellery

Jewelry is fashion staples because it can upgrade any outfit from drab to fab. They also come in various designs, depending on what you need. There are pearl sets appropriate for formal and mature events, diamonds for glamorous nights, and lengthy gold chains that are perfect for the summer. The good thing about jewelry is that it’s not exclusive to the rich. Nowadays, there are numerous affordable pieces and it’s just about finding where they are located. Here are a few options as to where you can purchase affordable jewelry: Shopping centers Malls have everything, but you’d discover that while there are official jewelry stores, there are cheaper counterparts in the department store. Check out the off-brand pieces in the department store and you’ll see that you can save a few bucks with them. Online There are a lot of online jewelry shops that you can choose from! Most of them are cheap because they do not require complex machinery to be manufactured. The only problem is usually the shipping fee, but there are bundle deals that can get you a few dollars off. Local jewelry stores Buying handmade jewelry is also a good idea. Since these are small businesses from designers, they don’t have additional costs for the expensive machinery. Buying from them is also more meaningful than purchasing from a manufacturer because you can directly impact their lives. You’ll know for a fact that your money goes directly into supporting an artist’s career. Antique shops Antique shops have vintage pieces that are timeless and will never go out of style. The fact that they’ve withstood the test...
A List of Things You Should Know About Handmade Jewellery

A List of Things You Should Know About Handmade Jewellery

Jewelry has always been considered as a closet staple for decades. These are handy accessories that can significantly improve any outfit. There is a particular preference for handmade jewelry. Listed below are a few facts that you may not know about handmade jewelry: You are supporting real people Handmade jewelry pieces are not mass-manufactured. They are usually small businesses that apply their craft into the form of wearable fashion. These small businesses cannot afford fancy equipment for mass production. Each piece is handmade and personal. Each piece has witnessed sweat and labor in order to attain completion. By purchasing a handmade jewelry, you make a personal and direct connection with the artist. That is definitely more rewarding than letting your money go to multi-million corporations who do not need each sale to feed themselves for another day. There is a story for each piece Whenever an artist crafts a piece, it takes a lot of time, energy, effort, and creativity. This essentially means that that piece is literally a part of their life. That piece has a story as to why it is created. It is a product of inspiration from real-life events. Handmade jewelry possesses unique designs that narrate a unique story. The artist’s process As aforementioned, there is no huge machinery involved in the creation of each piece. The process of creating a piece is very intimate and personal. It blooms from a spark of inspiration from an artist, which turns into a concept, which becomes a design, which then gives birth to a piece. Each piece is special because it undergoes a very personal process. The...
All About Diamonds: Interesting Facts About Diamonds

All About Diamonds: Interesting Facts About Diamonds

We all get bedazzled by the glittery elegance of diamonds. Even the humblest among us can’t help but feel special at the thought of owning a piece of diamond jewelry. After all, we all see it in movies – royal kings and queens sporting diamond-encrusted crowns, a spoiled heiress flaunting a satin gown bedecked with these translucent, tear-shaped gems. Indeed, diamonds are the embodiment of the finest qualities and standards that human beings can ever aspire to.   So, we all know how captivating diamonds can be, but do we know all there is to know about these special gems? Here, we share some interesting facts about diamonds that will blow your mind:   Surprise, Surprise! There Are Diamonds in Space According to scientists, there are white dwarf stars in space that contain a diamond core in each one of them. But the most mind-blowing facts of all is that there’s a planet that is composed mostly of carbon. Scientists believe that this planet is composed of one-third pure diamond. This planet is named “55 Cancri e”, perhaps too bland a name for a thing of beauty, huh? Yeah, we think so too. Scientists have also discovered another star that is basically a diamond of ten billion trillion carats. And they named this star “Lucy” after the Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. Now, that’s a name befitting a glamorous star.   An Everlasting Gem for an Everlasting Marriage The ancient Greeks used to believe that these gems were the tears of gods or splinters of falling stars. While the Romans, the romantics that they were, believed...
Latest Trend in Fashion and Jewelry for Summer

Latest Trend in Fashion and Jewelry for Summer

Summer is just around the corner. Even if it’s still a few months away, you’ll find that time flies pretty fast and before you know it, the sun is shining and it’s once again the season for beach trips and tan lines. The reason why you should start preparing as early as now is that everything’s on sale. Summer trends are quite predictable and you’ll save so much more shopping now than during the season itself. To find out what you should shop for, here are a few trends:   Jewelry Don’t be scared to go all-out on summer bling. Anything loud and wild is acceptable for summer. If you want bright pieces, you can opt for floral rings or gemmed necklaces. As for the color, gold and copper jewelry are more suitable. You can try layering gold chains around your neck or wearing multiple metallic bangles on your arm. You may also want to wear big hooped earrings as they suit practically any outfit. To check for the authenticity of the pieces you are about to purchase, consider consulting an appraiser.   Clothes Anything bright and flowy is a must! Try floral tops that are loose. Pair those tops with denim shorts or plain white shorts. Summer dresses are also timeless pieces for the season. For the dresses, you can opt for anything brightly colored or something with a floral pattern. There are also slip-on that you can use to cover up your swimsuit. Avoid dark colors such as black, gray, and brown. Those colors may be worn, but keep it to a minimum. They’re sad and they’re...
Trending Jewelry After 3 Months

Trending Jewelry After 3 Months

Jewelry is a piece of accessory used to complement our outfit. It comes in different types and designs. You can find costume jewelry, retro jewelry, celebrity-inspired jewelry, and even theme jewelry. Likewise, jewelry also varies depending on the season. If you’re a jewelry lover, you may find this post interesting.  It’s essential to know the trending in both contemporary and fine jewelry. If you’re into fine jewelry, it makes sense to know the top trends in fine jewelry. Pearls Definitely, pearls are coming back in the scene. This only shows that pearls are indeed timeless. Peals are commonly used in crafting jewelry since time immemorial. It is used in earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pendants, and even men’s jewelry.  Colored gems Jewelry makers are using colored gems. It is very common on earrings, bracelets, and engagement rings. The color of the gemstone adds pleasant surprises to the jewelry. By using a statement colored gems earrings can transform and enhance your wardrobe. Even an eye-popping cocktail ring that has a colored gemstone can make you elegantly beautiful. The ruby gemstone adds a personal touch to any outfit. Chains Another type of jewelry that is popular is the chain. It is a piece of jewelry designed with dainty layers. This type of jewelry is very common in men’s jewelry. It comes in a different length, perfect as a support to various styles of pendants or worn alone. You can find bracelets and necklaces chains jewelry. The present trend of chains jewelry is chunkier making it more visible. Enamel Enamel is a jewelry trend that is easy-to-wear. It is a good alternative to the...
Things to Know in Starting Gem Collections

Things to Know in Starting Gem Collections

For many people, minerals and gems are the shiny and sparkling stones found in jewelry. However, to some, gemstone and mineral collection is the deeper appreciation of the beautiful crystals and stones found underneath the surface of the Earth. Most often, these stones adorned in pieces of jewelry are polished. However, these can be as beautiful even in their unpolished and raw form. If you are interested in starting a mineral and gem collection of your own, you can check out the important things you should know about starting a gem collection. Educate Yourself First It is important that you educate yourself first before starting a gem collection. Many books today will help and guide you in starting your passion. Choose books that will help you identify the rocks, crystals, and gems. Take note of the rocks that attracts you or the colors that strike you. Other books also contain the best locations for different kinds of minerals. You can also check the Internet and read blogs and journals of experienced gem collectors to learn more about the hobby. Take Advantage of Social Media Aside from learning gem and mineral collecting the traditional way, you can also take advantage of the social media. You can search for accounts of collectors and sellers of gems and minerals on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Aside from this, most collectors share their collections on their social media and even disclose where they purchase or get their gems. This can also help you build the connection with others who share the same passion as yours. There are also several hashtags that you can follow...
5 Important Reasons To Get Your Jewelry Appraised

5 Important Reasons To Get Your Jewelry Appraised

Jewelry is one of the best possessions anyone can have. We give or receive jewelry during special occasions in our lives. This includes engagement, birthday, wedding, and anniversary. When you receive a sparkling and shiny piece of metal or gem, the least that you want to think about is getting it stolen or damaged. Realistically speaking, getting stolen or having it damaged, are just some of the imminent threats that could happen to your valued jewelry. These are just some of the reasons why you need to have your jewelry appraised. Jewelry Should Be Insured One of the reasons why you should have your jewelry appraised is for insurance purposes. The value of your valued pieces of jewelry can greatly fluctuate over time. If you have appraised your jewelry but it was done a couple of years ago, it may be outdated.  As a result, your jewelry could be insured at a value lesser than its replacement value. In case that your jewelry is lost, damaged, or stolen, you run the risk of a significant financial loss. It is important to note that you cannot successfully insure a piece of valuable jewelry unless it has been appraised properly. Jewelry Can Be Replaced During Repairs Jewelry, like all other personal possessions, is subject to damage. There are some instances when a particular bracelet or ring requires some repair. If your jewelry is not properly appraised, there is a chance that you could be a victim of jewelry swaps or replacements. It is not recommended to leave your valuable jewelry to a particular repair shop without having it appraised first. In...
How Much Is Your Jewelry Worth: Understanding the Importance of a Jewelry Appraiser

How Much Is Your Jewelry Worth: Understanding the Importance of a Jewelry Appraiser

Jewelry is always an important part of our human culture. In fact, anywhere in the world, people are wearing various designs and styles of pieces of jewelry to add glam and class to their look. Jewelry as accessories is always a great choice for expressing oneself. The love for jewelry could be traced back to ancient times. Most often, these valuable shiny metals are passed on from generation to generation. In addition, our culture has taught us that jewelry is a perfect gift for special occasions in our lives. To most of us, we receive jewelry during birthdays, wedding, or anniversary. Some give these precious jewels to celebrate the birth of a first-born child. In our modern society, a fiancé gives his partner an engagement ring as a prelude to their wedding. Jewelry is one of the best gifts that a husband or wife could give to his or her partner. However, it does not only serve as a decoration. Through the years, jewelry has been considered as one of the best investments one can make in his or her lifetime. Because it is a good investment, it is crucial that you know the real value of your jewelry. The best way to do know the value of your jewelry is through appraisals given by a credible jewelry appraiser. Here is a rundown of several details that you should know about a jewelry appraiser and its importance. What is an Appraisal? In the realm of jewelry, an appraisal is a qualified opinion about the design, quality, value, and authenticity of a piece of jewelry, timepiece, or precious stones. This...
Fun Ways To Accentuate Jewelry With Your Dress

Fun Ways To Accentuate Jewelry With Your Dress

Are you having trouble figuring out how to accentuate your jewelry with your dress? Even though many know what they like, some have a difficult time finding the right jewelry for the occasion. Hopefully this article will give you some insight into accentuating your jewelry with your attire.   Here are some tips to help you in the right direction.      Your accessory matches the occasion.   Using dangling jewelry doesn’t match all types of dress and occasion. If for instance, you are dressing for work, you might want to consider not using bangles and hanging bracelets. When attending church, don’t use the jewelry you would use at a club. Make sure to consider where you’re going, what you will be doing, and how the jewelry suits the occasion.       Simple jewelry goes hand-in-hand.   Consider using bracelets, watches, and earrings instead of showy jewelry. Even if you consider the material of your outfit, jewelry can come off just as tacky like busy prints.      Using statement earrings.   If you want to emphasize your face, grab a pair of statement earrings. A flashy and glittery earrings that could highlight your eyes. In doing this, consider also the shape of your face and which pair will do the most to bring out the facial differences that make you.        Compliment your skin tone with your jewelry.   Your jewelry shouldn’t just go with your outfit. Accessorize your outfit with your skin tone and jewelry. Cooler skin tones go well with red, blue, and purple as well as for white gold. On the other hand, for people with warmer skin...
Best Accessories At Golden Globes 2018

Best Accessories At Golden Globes 2018

There’s no disputing that the most-talked about, most monumental fashion trend of the 2018 Golden Globe Awards was the preponderance of black dresses. But perhaps because the red carpet had transformed into a sea of black, the accessories when worn stood out exponentially. Even the most delicate of diamond necklaces was statement-making.   Here are the most unforgettable accessory moments that deserve a second glance: Alison Brie. A low-cut sweetheart neckline gave way to a startling Bulgari necklace. Tracee Elis Ross. The Black-ish star topped off her black dress with a matching silky black turban, likely to draw even more attention to the Time’s Up movement. Sarah Jessica Parker. The Divorce star’s Dolce & Gabbana dress featured a ribboned belt with an ornate diamond waist brooch, and if it wasn’t making a bold enough statement on its own, she paired it with a Time’s Up pin. Issa Rae. What better way to draw more attention to the Insecure star’s plunging neckline than with this geometric Lorraine Schwartz necklace? Jesica Biel. These Bulgari diamond danglers were a true showstopper. Allison Williams. This choker-style diamond necklace by Forevermark Diamonds lit up the star’s entire face. Viola Davis. No one’s neck glittered like that of Viola Davis, whose necklace of more than seven strands of Harry Winston diamonds took center stage. Dakota JOhnson. The Gucci belt buckle stood out atop the star’s simple black gown. She wore Nirav Modi jewels. Angelina Jolie. On any other dress, the star’s simple diamond teardrop earrings by Forevermark Diamonds would seem plain, but they truly brighten her all-black look. Kerry Washington. The Scandal star’s flowery Roger...

About Me

Robert Connelly GG (GIA), GD, AGA, NAJA, ISA AM has examined and appraised several thousands of pieces of exquisite jewelry the world over since beginning his exploration of the jewelry industry in 1989 as an international wholesale buyer and seller in Brazil and United States. A Graduate Gemologist finishing with at the top of his class with a 97% rating from the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA, he established AZ JEWELRY APPRAISERS in 2013 to serve a complete array of appraisal needs within the Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff areas following an educational global odyssey in gemology.

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