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...
GOLD RISING HAS A WORLDWIDE IMPACT ON THE JEWELRY MARKET

GOLD RISING HAS A WORLDWIDE IMPACT ON THE JEWELRY MARKET

The price of gold is synonymous with global markets. There are very few valuable metals or gems that can be considered “global currency,” though throughout history, Gold has always been just that. Widely accepted everywhere, with an often volatile market. In nations like India and China, we’re seeing a rise in gold prices all across the board, especially from 2016. The demand for jewelry is elevating, bringing in a higher demand for everybody’s favorite setting—gold. The Worldwide Impact India and China have the seventh and second largest economies, respectively, per the rating of the United Nations. With such a hefty stake in the global economy, their set prices for gold affect the rest of the world. Using both India and China as examples, here’s how their shifts in prices may affect gold prices for the rest of the world in 2017. India’s Impact In 2016, India faced a great financial shock in the form of demonetization. With their recovery gaining slowly—the way national recovery should regain momentum—we’re seeing their effects take place on the world’s economy in the gold market. Gold prices leapt up 16% from the previous year’s detrimentally low levels, signifying that the market conditions are changing, and changing for the better. This has jewelry retailers rejoicing, ensuring that their businesses will stay afloat after all. When the Rupee suffers, the rest of the economy suffers. The RBI specifically eased on their laws, allowing residents to withdraw larger sums of money with fewer restrictions, with the hopes of surging the economy in a similar fashion to George W. Bush’s famous move back in 2007 in the United...
DON’T THROW OUT YOUR COSTUME JEWELRY!

DON’T THROW OUT YOUR COSTUME JEWELRY!

Next time you’re going through an old box of ornamental, seemingly cheap and worthless jewelry, you might want to take another look (or better yet, have a jewelry appraisal expert take a look)—you may be surprised on how much your junk costume jewelry is really worth! Costume jewelry, by definition, is jewelry crafted from cheaper materials and/or mock gemstones. But according to Erik Hoyer, co-owner of EJ’s Auction & Consignment and J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, there’s a certain style of this vintage jewelry originating from the 1920s and booming in the ‘50s that could be worth a pretty penny, depending on the quality and craftsmanship. Upon a recent visit to a woman’s house to sort through unwanted items for an auction, he thumbed through a box full of jewelry the woman had deemed worthless and made a few surprising discoveries. “I quickly scanned what she had,” said Hoyer, “…and started pulling out pieces that weren’t, in fact, cheap costume jewelry but actually well-known brands. Some contained 14-karat gold.” The woman, who’s box of jewelry had been passed down from her grandmother, was quite delighted in finding out that some of her “outdated, junk jewelry” was actually worth hundreds of dollars. And who wouldn’t be? So before you donate that box of Granny’s old rings and necklaces from the ‘50s to your local Goodwill, you might want to consider having someone experienced in jewelry appraisal to a quick gander at the goods. It doesn’t even have to be gold! Many vintage pieces are worth some serious cash without having any gold in them at all. You can also scan...
TAYLOR SWIFT TUB OF DIAMONDS – REAL OR FAKE?

TAYLOR SWIFT TUB OF DIAMONDS – REAL OR FAKE?

Apparently the only thing fake about Taylor Swift’s eyebrow-raising bath in a tubful of diamonds was the act of bathing itself… Maybe. On August 27, 2017 pop star Taylor Swift released a music video for her single “Look What You Made Me Do” on YouTube, which has racked up almost 130 million views in just a week. Now, Swift is no stranger to going above and beyond in the production of her music videos and this one does not stray from that trend. But there’s one scene that stands out that gave the celebrity gossipers plenty to talk about—Ms. Swift submerged in a bathtub of sparkling, shining diamonds. The video starts off in a cemetery, presenting an undead Taylor Swift bursting through the ground like multi-millionaire zombie seeking revenge on some unsuspecting boys that broke her heart. If that’s not ridiculous enough, the video then juxtapositions to Swift in the recently iconic scene of her bathing in diamonds, which raised the question many tabloids were asking: “Wait, were those real?” The answer: “Yes. Well, kind of.” According to Neil Lane, an infamous jeweler known for supplying celebrities with extravagant bling for award ceremonies, outings, and now music videos, all of the diamond jewelry that Taylor Swift is wearing is 100% real. But as for the shiny jewels covering Swift’s naked body? Eh, not so sure about that. Some of the same sources that are asking these questions are also claiming that the net worth of the diamonds Taylor Swift “bathed” in were worth in upwards of $10 million. That being said, an authentic diamond necklace alone like the one...
JEWELER REPLICATES FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FOR RELATIVES TO ENJOY

JEWELER REPLICATES FAMILY HEIRLOOMS FOR RELATIVES TO ENJOY

One of the premier spots in all of Minnetonka for antique jewelry would have to be Jewel of Minnetonka, where you’ll also find a jeweler with a specific knack for recreating antique jewelry, Ann Eliason. Not only is she also the shop’s owner, but she helps her customers remake piece of inherited jewelry that aren’t quite their style. Outfitted as one of the premier spots for jewelry appraisal in Minnesota, Eliason also brings this specialty to the table. “A lot of people come in and have things they inherited from family members that are out of date or don’t fit them,” Eliason said. “They want something modified into something a little more wearable. A lot of people inherit something and put it in a drawer, and never wear it their whole life.” Eliason doesn’t just make her income from jewelry appraisal. Jewelry appraisal only accounts for a portion of her business, and does what she loves by redesigning family heirloom jewelry. Some of Eliason’s most prominent clients go so far as to learn her travel schedule, so they can see her findings upon return. Her shop and service has become somewhat of a phenomenon to the people of Minnetonka. Eliason designs everything by herself as well as working alongside expert craftspeople to accomplish the physical construction of her pieces. She aims to keep her clientele’s family heirlooms, while creating a piece of jewelry that they can actually wear. Located on the corner of Minnetonka Boulevard and Country Road 101, the Jewel of Minnetonka is brimming with antique pieces of jewelry that Eliason has managed to purchase from numerous estate...
ON THE BLOCK, AN EMERALD WITH A PAST

ON THE BLOCK, AN EMERALD WITH A PAST

Half the excitement of what we do at AZ Jewelry Appraisals comes from knowing that we often hold priceless pieces of history in our hands. Granted, that might sound as though we assign some pretty lofty importance to examining and professionally estimating the value of exquisite necklaces, rings, brooches and the like. We wouldn’t exactly disagree with that observation, either. However, some of the world’s oldest, most valuable and cherished jewelry could tell some stories to make even our heads spin, if only they could talk. That’s why we always keep one eye trained to such marquee Sotheby’s auctions as the sale of the acclaimed Stotesbury Emerald for a jaw-dropping $996,500 on April 25: believe it or not, many a precious stone has quite the tale to tell. In the instance of this verdant hexagonal-cut 34.4-carat Colombian beauty, the odyssey has already passed through the hands of some significant American names before hitting the auction block with expectations to fetch somewhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million a few months ago. Around 109 years ago, Cartier first fashioned the Stotesbury Emerald into a necklace along with the equally stunning 94.8-carat Star of the East diamond on behalf of colorful mining heiress Evalyn Walsh McLean. The stone’s origins are a mystery prior to that particular piece, but its travels after are so astounding, we can’t imagine any beginnings that could compare. AZ Jewelry Appraisers can find out the past of any piece of jewelry. McLean’s complicated trade three years later involving the lavish Paris house, the Stotesbury Emerald and the legendary Hope Diamond ignited a court standoff that eventually returned the...
JEWELRY BECOMES SHINING ARMOR IN ROUGH TIMES

JEWELRY BECOMES SHINING ARMOR IN ROUGH TIMES

There’s so much to fine jewelry beneath those precious metals and artfully polished and cut stones. Underneath it all, the most celebrated crafters in the world see to it that each piece fills its wearer with a singular irreplaceable spirit. Something much more than 24-karat gold and starry diamonds defines the most exquisite pieces AZ Jewelry Appraisals has examined through the years. Much like New York-based designer Pamela Love, we recognize and honor the art of jewelry that emboldens the soul with its presence. Her acclaimed decade-old Dagger collection’s demand rose to new heights after President Trump’s historically polarizing January inauguration, in no small part because the titular ferocious-but-subtle miniscule knives that dangle from necklaces and earrings exude strength beyond anything the sharpest of tailored power-suits could ever hope to evoke. “Women want to feel tough,” she told The New York Times said. “They want something that reminds them they are tough, and they want something that shows the world they are tough. It’s not about violence. It’s about feeling strong and protected.” Clothes make a fine shield, Love would say. It simply isn’t always “protection” one seeks when vulnerable, so much as a revival of influential fortitude and to be seen as one not to be reckoned with lightly. As AZ Jewelry Appraisals and our esteemed customers know very well, civilizations spanning centuries have cherished the potential for exemplary handcrafted jewelry to inspire unsurpassed bravery, resolve and connection to one’s heritage. Given America’s stormy socio-political climate since Trump’s stunning November 2016 victory to claim the Oval Office, it should come as no surprise that women across the country...
KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER IN DIAMONDS, IT’S WHAT THE JEWELRY APPRAISAL SAYS THAT COUNTS

KIM KARDASHIAN SHOWS SIZE DOESN’T MATTER IN DIAMONDS, IT’S WHAT THE JEWELRY APPRAISAL SAYS THAT COUNTS

Kanye West is a showstopper and when it came time for him to pick out a ring for wife Kim Kardashian he stole the show. The music star gifted his wife with one of the holy grails of jewelry appraisal, a 15-carat diamond ring. Although the ring is smaller than than the one that Kim received from ex-hubby Kris Humphries, some jewelry experts think it may be worth more. The catch is that sometimes in appraising, the smaller diamond may be of higher quality than another even if it is smaller in size. Compared to the 20-carat ring that Kim got from Humphries, experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that the stone in the new ring may be worth a lot more according to an evaluation. The ring Kim received from Humphries recently went to auction for a measly $750,000 which is a whole lot of a load lower than its $2 million retail value. Experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that when it comes to getting your jewelry appraised on your special and valued items, the retail value may not matter much to anyone outside of insurance companies. Often, the appraisal returns two very different values on your piece of jewelry depending on why you are getting the appraisal done. Experts at az jewelry appraisal can tell you that the retails value and the actual value of your item can sometimes differ vastly after a jewelry evaluation. Especially when it comes to diamonds, the value of the stone in a jewelry evaluation reflects the quality of the stone instead of simply the size. Like many things...
 ELAINE ALDEN ENGAGEMENT RING: A JEWELRY APPRAISAL POINT OF VIEW

 ELAINE ALDEN ENGAGEMENT RING: A JEWELRY APPRAISAL POINT OF VIEW

Every once in a while there is a spectacular piece of jewelry which has become a part of a larger news story. This is exactly what happened this week when Landry Fields proposed to Elaine Alden. His proposal was accompanied by a magnificent ring which was designed around a 3.5 to 4 carat center diamond. This diamond is surrounded by two rows of smaller diamonds in a setting called a halo and double pave with a classic double band. A jewelry appraisal would estimate that the retail value of this piece is between $100,000 and $110,000 due to the unique design and high quality. Any appraiser like AZ jewelry appraisal would determine the exact value of this piece based on the color, cut and carat weight of the center stone predominantly but would also factor in the features of the smaller surrounding stones. Numerous instruments such as a gemological microscope, a refractometer and a 10x triplet lope would be used to closely examine each stone to determine a precise value for any of the three most common types of appraisals. The most common appraisal is for replacement cost of a new piece of jewelry and is used for insurance purposes. This takes into account the quality and availability of the stones as well as the cost and time involved in making custom pieces. Another type of appraisal is replacement cost of a used piece which would apply in the case of antiques. This applies a value to pieces that are no longer in production or could not be replicated due to lack of availability of necessary materials. The final...

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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