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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,...

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The 411 on Earrings

The 411 on Earrings Earrings are an essential part of almost every woman’s jewelry wardrobe. They complete a look and frame a face. Metals Earrings come in every type of metal, including stainless steel, but we’re starting here because it’s the one thing people can be allergic to. The most common metal allergy is nickel, which can cause itching, rash, swelling and blisters. If you have a nickel allergy, choose nickel-free metals, such as 18K yellow gold, platinum, titanium, copper and sterling silver. White gold is a no-no — it usually contains nickel. If you already have a pair of...

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The 411 on Necklaces

Jewelry lovers have many styles and lengths to choose from when it comes to necklaces. Chain necklaces Chain necklaces are available in many precious metals, such as platinum, sterling silver and various colors of gold. Chain necklaces are a popular jewelry choice for women and men. CHAIN TYPES ANCHOR CHAINS: Double links of uniform size connect to create a heavy, sturdy appearance. BEAD CHAINS: Small metal balls are linked by bits of wire between the beads. BOX CHAINS: Square links interlock to present a boxy design. Very thin versions of box chains are popular, especially for displaying pendants. BYZANTINE CHAINS:...