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Having a Winter Holiday Wedding

Having a Winter Holiday Wedding While most people think about popping the question during the holidays, have you thought about a wedding? It’s a little unconventional, but there are a lot of reasons to consider throwing a wedding into the holiday mix. The whole world seems like it’s already decorated and beautifully lit, families are together and people are in the mood to celebrate. You’ll also set yourself apart — did you know, according to The Knot, June and September are the most popular months to get married? While December sees the most engagements, winter weddings are barely a blip...

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Not the Usual Suspects: Men’s Jewelry

Men’s jewelry choices are expanding. Once upon a time, the jewelry men wore was pretty limited — a class or wedding ring, a watch or two, sometimes cuff links if a shirt or occasion called for it. Tie bars come and go in fashion (they’re trending up right now, as suits and ties are cut slimmer these days). Sometimes a neck chain got worn on a night out. That time is over. Men want jewelry. Men wear jewelry. And there are designs out there to fit any taste, any mood and any occasion. Contrary to once-popular opinions, studies show men...

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Must-Reads for Brides-to-Be

A quick guide to what a bride-to-be needs to know about wedding jewelry You’ve got a lot on your plate these days, what with wedding planning and all! To make it as easy as possible for you to get all of the information you need to select the wedding jewelry that’s perfect for you and your fiancé, here’s a guide on how to approach the process and a roundup of the articles on JewelryWise we think you’ll find most helpful. 1. Selecting an engagement ring Maybe your fiancé already proposed with the ring of your dreams. If that’s the case,...

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Heavy Metal: What You Should Know About Metals

Heavy Metal: What You Should Know About Metals Gold and platinum aren’t your only metal options when buying an engagement ring! Explore the wide world of jewelry metals — from traditional to ultra-modern. If you focus only on the diamond when buying an engagement ring, it’s like thinking about the icing and not the wedding cake. The diamond might be the most “delicious” element of the ring, but the base that holds it all together is equally important. Should you opt for a ring made of precious metals—gold, silver or platinum—or an alternative, more contemporary metal? Each metal makes a...

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Round 2 of Non-traditional Engagement Rings

Non-traditional Engagement Rings Engagement ring options beyond the diamond solitaire First of all, what are we talking about when we say “traditional engagement ring?” When most Americans hear the words “engagement ring,” they usually think “diamond” and most likely, envision a solitaire setting. But what if you or your special someone is in the minority camp of engagement ring shoppers? You want something a little different. But what? There certainly are a lot of options  to choose from, which can be liberating – but also a little overwhelming. So, here’s a general overview of some options to get you started....

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The 411 on Pins and Brooches

The 411 on Pins and Brooches If you immediately think of grandma when you think of wearing pins, think again. Brooches are a unique, versatile and glamorous accessory that can be worn so many ways — you’ll have no trouble incorporating them into your wardrobe. Pins and brooches A pin is a decorative piece of jewelry that usually attaches with a rotating pin clasp. The terms pin and brooch are often used interchangeably, though “pin” technically refers to a smaller type of brooch. Long ago, brooches were a functional add-on worn to hold clothing together, but today you can find...

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The 411 on Jewelry Repair

Jewelry Repair When a piece of jewelry is damaged, it’s a good idea to get it repaired as soon as possible before more damage occurs or additional links, stones or other decorative elements fall off and are lost. Be sure to collect any loose pieces you can, as the jeweler may be able to use them in the repair. What can jewelers fix? The most common repairs include: Ring sizing Ring prong re-tipping or replacement Ring head/setting replacement Ring setting/stone tightening Chain repair Clasp replacement Stone replacement Polishing and cleaning Pearl restringing Warranties When you consider purchasing a piece of...

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Insurance for Jewelry

Insurance for Jewelry No matter how much you paid for your jewelry, insurance is a way of protecting its value. You have a few options when considering insurance for your jewelry: RENTERS AND HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE POLICIES: While these policies may cover jewelry theft up to a certain limit, you may not be protected for other losses, like fire or flood. Full coverage for expensive items like jewelry can be obtained by purchasing scheduled personal property coverage — an insurance policy extension that covers specific listed items. JEWELRY INSURANCE: This specific type of insurance usually covers loss due to theft or...

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The 411 on Watches

The 411 on Watches Now that you can tell time on your smartphone, your car, your microwave and dozens of other places that aren’t traditional clocks, a watch becomes more of a style statement and less of a necessity. Not surprisingly, watches span a wide range of styles and prices, from the simple and affordable to the opulent and more expensive. Start by familiarizing yourself with the primary types of watches, watch materials and optional features. Watch movements QUARTZ WATCHES Quartz watch movements, the most common type, offer accuracy and stability. Plus, quartz watches don’t require winding. The battery should...

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The 411 on Bracelets and Anklets

The 411 on Bracelets and Anklets This article is originally posted from: http://www.jewelrywise.com/jewelry-101/types-of-jewelry/bracelets-and-anklets It can be lots of fun to dress up your wrists and ankles with a bit — or a lot — of shine and shimmer. Bracelets are a versatile, easy-to-wear fashion accessory, while anklets add a subtle touch to an often-overlooked body part. Knowing a bit about different types of bracelets and anklets can make it easier to navigate your options at the jewelry store. In both cases, you should weigh style against how they’ll feel on you. Bracelet types BANGLE AND CUFF BRACELETS Bangle bracelets are round,...