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 If you have appraised your jewelry but it was done a couple of years ago, it may be outdated.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...
The Season’s Most Stunning Jewelry

The Season’s Most Stunning Jewelry

We are often asked about the season’s most stunning jewelry. Here are a few of the season’s most stunning jewelry. CORAL PENDANT, MIKIMOTO From Mikimoto’s high jewellery collection, the great ocean is revealed in stark extravagance. Precious stones are partially hidden in a fantasy work of diamond-embellished corals, stunningly recoiling around opals, diamonds and pearls. Iridescent and superbly crafted, the pendant is set in 18K White Gold with a coral of opal, spinel, tourmaline, diamond and of course, a white south sea cultured pearl. PRAISE TO NATURE, MIKIMOTO From the treasures of its high jewellery collection comes a “Praise to Nature”, unveiling a re-imagination of the sea. A dazzling amalgamation of pearls, sapphires, diamonds and a stunningly rare 54 carat aquamarine, find the necklace set in 18K White Gold. A white south sea cultured pearl and akoya cultured pearl are undoubtedly the stars of this aptly named homage to nature. HIMALIA NECKLACE, CARTIER The 18K white gold Himalia necklace glistens with 0.25 carat worth of 14 brilliant-cut diamonds. Clean lines are elevated with a generous ounce of glamour, but the highlight remains the rare and exotic Tahitian pearl in its signature dark hue. A perfect choice for the one who like simplicity with an edge. HIMALIA EARRINGS, CARTIER Part of the Himalia collection, these stunning 18K white gold earrings are each set with a stunning freshwater pearl, glistening amid some 12 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 0.21 carat. An understated option for the classic woman. JARDIN DES DÉLICES RING, VAN CLEEF & ARPELS From the Les Jardin collection comes this stunning ring, elevating the simple pearl with Van Cleef & Arpels’...
Different Types and Colors of Gold

Different Types and Colors of Gold

What Is Gold?   Gold is a soft, yellow metal. Like all other metals, gold is also highly malleable and ductile. Moreover, gold is able to conduct both electricity and heat rather easily. Our chemical symbol for gold, au comes from the Latin word “aurum”.   Gold is a member of the transition metals and sits in the same periodic table column as silver and copper. The group that gold can be found in is often termed the ‘coinage metal’ group since its members are frequently used to produce money. Gold is, in fact, one of the first metals known to man with its origin being dated back to 3400 BCE by the Egyptians.   Brief History of Gold   The earliest evidence of gold comes from 3,600 BC. By about 600 BC people were making gold coins. People have always plundered gold from other nations. The Vikings plundered monasteries in Europe of gold and jewels. The Aztecs and the Incas also had gold – until they were conquered by the Spanish. The New World provided Spain with huge amounts of treasure. In the 16th century 150,000 kilograms of gold and 7.4 million kilograms of silver were shipped to Spain. In England in the mid 17th century people sometimes deposited their money with goldsmiths for safety. The goldsmith’s issued a note promising to pay the bearer a certain sum on demand. In time people began to exchange these notes instead of coins because it was easier and safer. Goldsmiths began to lend the money deposited with them in return for a high rate of interest. They also paid interest...
Gucci Transitions Its Fine Jewelry Line

Gucci Transitions Its Fine Jewelry Line

What Is Gucci? It is an Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods, timepieces, jewelry and more. Part of the Gucci Group, Gucci generated about €4.2 billion in revenue worldwide in 2008 according to BusinessWeek and climbed to 41st position in the magazine’s annual 2009 “Top Global 100 Brands” chart and it retained that rank in Inter brand’s 2014 index. Gucci is also the biggest-selling Italian brand. Gucci operates about 278 directly operated sales worldwide as of September 2009, and it wholesales its products through franchisees and upscale department stores. Who founded Gucci? Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci  in the 1920s. Slight history of Guccio Gucci – he was an immigrant in Paris and then moved to London. He used to work in big hotels and was always amused by the luggage the guests used to carry. He was often inspired by the lavish lifestyle of others. He decided to integrate the lavish living with his art of craftsmanship. He started working with the skills of Tuscan artisans. About Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry is one of the most reliable and consistent brands with a clear design approach and positioning. They have been designing, developing and manufacturing iconic Gucci watches since the early 1970’s. Rigorously made in Switzerland, Gucci watches and jewelry are recognized for their innovative and contemporary design, quality and craftsmanship and are distributed worldwide through the exclusive network of directly operated Gucci boutiques and selected watch distributors. Gucci Timepieces and Jewelry has also been distributing the Gucci Jewelry collections, capitalizing on the expertise gained in the watch sector and leveraging the synergies between the watch...
The 10 Most Fabulous Pieces of Jewelry Featured in T This Year

The 10 Most Fabulous Pieces of Jewelry Featured in T This Year

While some people could not care how many carats there are on their finger, there are those people who would literally have the biggest “rock” on the ground. If you’ve ever seen Blood Diamond with Leonardo DiCaprio then you know how many lives can be tossed aside. That being said, the diamond trade is still very alive and as long as people have the desire for it, it will always be expensive. Alice Cicolini jewelry represents a melting pot of global influences. Based in London, the Central Saint Martins-trained jeweler has her designs hand crafted in Jaipur, India, by artisans who are expert in the meenakari enameling technique. Cartier. French luxury goods conglomerate company which designs, manufactures, distributes, and sells jewelry and watches. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has seen wearing the Cartier Ballon Bleu timepiece. King Edward VII of England referred to Cartier as “the jeweler of kings and the king of jewelers”. Oversize Pearls. On rings, necklaces, and bracelets organic pearls make a boldly distinctive statement. A fabulous piece by Chanel,this piece is made from black Lucite – a material similar to acrylic, and features gold toned hardware in the hinges, clasp, and Chanel interlocking CC logo. The Red Scarlet. The placement of rubies and diamonds creates a floral effect which makes the necklace look like a lay of flowers. The stones are set in precious platinum and 18k white gold. Non Identical Earrings. The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds are described as “truly exceptional stones” which are in a “class of their own” when considered as a pair. The Apollo and Artemis Diamonds are described as...
A Macho Home on Guys

A Macho Home on Guys

A Brief History of Male Jewelry In ancient Rome, the average man would have loved to wear jewelry  but he was forbidden by the rule of law. In Western society, wearing earrings were considered womanish during the 19th and earlier half of the 20th century. Why mens jewelry is important? A man’s jewelry is a very important part of his ensemble. If he wears too much, he looks assuming or artificial. If he wears it correctly, the decoration can significantly increase his appeal. 4 Rules for Men When Wearing Jewelry  Keep It Simple When in doubt, keep it simple.  Start with a classic leather-strapped silver watch; if you regularly wear a watch and can afford it, consider a sportier diving watch with a stainless steel band as well.  Match Metals Most men’s jewelry is metallic. Gold and silver tones are the most common.  Your outfits should only feature one metal tone at a time. Gold is a warmer color and reads, predictably. Silver and silver-tone metals like polished stainless steel or chrome are neutral – they read as grays.  Copper and bronze are orange-hued metals and should be treated as such.  They’re bolder than gold or silver and need to be worn with restraint. A single color of stone on a ring or a single colored ear stud is the max.  Understand Jewelry’s Symbolism Jewelry has meaning. You can’t get away from this.  Despite it taking up only a tiny percent of your visual presentation, people zero in on jewelry thanks to its flash and uncommon usage by men. That means a man has to be careful when wearing jewelry...
VIKING AGE SILVER JEWELRY FOUND ON THE ISLAND OF SYLT IN THE NORTH SEA

VIKING AGE SILVER JEWELRY FOUND ON THE ISLAND OF SYLT IN THE NORTH SEA

Back in 2015, a local farmer located a piece of silver jewelry along the coast of Sylt, located in the North Sea. Upon retrieval, the farmer’s family relinquished the piece of jewelry unto their family doctor, who was able to confer with local archaeologists. The area had been determined, and a continued dig had commenced. It was confirmed that the silver jewelry artifact was dated for the tenth century. Over one-hundred and eighty pieces of jewelry were recovered from the island, coming in at a total weight of one kilogram. Ingots, as well as coins, were also found, as well as bracelets, finger ringers, and one neck ring. Given the past associated with Vikings, it’s not completely out of the question that they would have plundered loot from various sources, and carried it with them across the North Sea. A rough translation of old English puts “pirate” and “Viking” in the same light, as well. Claus von Camap-Bornheim, head of the state archaeologists’ office, had the following to say: “This is one of the largest ever silver treasure troves from Schleswig-Holstein.” There’s no telling what the rest of the island of Sylt holds. Excavations are underway. It is significant in understand the last millennium of our global history. In the future, these finds shall be showcased in a permanent exhibition at the State Archaeological Museum, centrally located within the city limits of Schleswig. It is not confirmed at this time if this exhibition will be available for daily view from the public, or if they shall remain event...

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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