Shopping Thrift Stores and Pawn Shops For Collectable Jewelry Considered

Finding pristine pieces of collectable jewelry takes a lot of patience and a bit of knowledge. That means it takes some experience and observational talents that must be developed over time. Some folks like to peruse the online ads on eBay, Craigslist and such to find collectable jewelry, but you better make sure you know what you are buying and that the picture displayed is crisp and the actual digital shot of the item that is for sale.

It’s starting to sound a little dangerous buying stuff online or at online auctions isn’t it? Sure it is, so beware. Still, a talented shopper can find some super deals online, again, with patience, knowledge and knowing exactly which questions to ask, before they send the electronic payments to the seller. May I be so bold as to offer some advice on shopping for collectable jewelry another way, using the “what you see, is really what you get method?”

 
Why not go into a nicer area and check out the Pawn Shops? Right now with the economy in the tank, many folks have hocked their collectable jewelry to get quick cash to stay in their homes, pay their mortgages, or get money to stay out of bankruptcy. With job losses increasing at the bottom of the recession, there is quite the supply available.
 
If you have collectable jewelry and you take it to a Pawn Shop do not expect to get much for it, it’s too risky and many Pawn Shops will not give you much for it, as there is no definite market and its value is so hard to judge. There is a market for some specific top end brands like Rolex Watches, but for the most part collectable jewelry is not so easy to Pawn.

 
Perhaps this is why you can get such a good deal for it. And while you are at the Pawn Shop, why not check out the Thrift Stores too. The selection might not be so great during a down economy, since more folks are shopping for low prices for jewelry, but Thrift Stores often have great collectable jewelry, again if you are patient and know what to look for. Think on this.

Is a Diamond Cocktail Ring What You Really Want? Fashion Advice Before You Purchase

Enjoy the beautiful pictures of diamond cocktail rings but still not sure how you could pull of wearing such a ring in public? There are definitely some “do’s” and “don’ts” with fashionably wearing a cocktail ring. They have been gaining considerable interest due to concerns about conflict diamonds in the last few years and taking the time to learn a few quick fun facts will help you out.

Here’s what you need to understand about diamond cocktail rings and when you should wear them.

1. If you want one to wear everyday make sure it only has one center stone and it’s less than 8 to 10 carats in size.

2. Wearing for a special occasion? An expensive cocktail ring with a center stone greater than 10 carats is ideal. Understand that if you go with a cheaper ring over 10 carats it tends to look pretty bad.

A ring is considered a cocktail ring when the center stone is colored and 3 carats or above. There’s many unique designs you can find and diamonds are often included as surrounding stones accompanying the center gemstone piece. There are two main types of cocktail rings to keep in mind. Disregarding the type of metal you go with for the band you have the less expensive ones which consist of crystal, cubic zirconia or blue topaz.

So if you’re in the market for a diamond cocktail ring but want to keep the price under $300 to $400 than going with these as center pieces will help. The second type of ring is more expensive, $400+, with such stones as aquamarine, amethyst, citrine, ruby, sapphire, etc. Depending on the size of the gemstone, additional diamonds and metal prices are vary greatly.

Fashion tips for shopping for your diamond cocktail rings.

1. Fashion advice 101 says to forget a cubic zirconia center stone. As a small stone on a ring they can pass and not look too bad but when it comes to a cocktail ring it’s out of the picture.

2. Try to stick with the darker center stones are you can wear them more often and compliment a woman’s wardrobe. You’ll also find that lighter gemstone cocktail rings are replicated more often for some reason and the darker tend to be more unique.

3. With cocktail rings it’s more acceptable to go with one center piece typically. If you do add additional stones such as diamonds, then make sure they don’t distract and clash with the main stone.

Do you know what’s great about looking for cocktail rings? You can save quite a bit more than you probably expect.

Organizing Jewelries in Classic Armoires and Boxes

Love collecting jewelries? Most women do, which is why jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are essential furniture around the house. If one has a huge jewelry collection, she may need a jewelry armoire. On the other hand, jewelry boxes are for smaller number of accessories. Commonly, this furniture is made from cherry, oak, and pine which make it look more classic and elegant. It may be expensive because of the proven durability of the materials but it is worth buying especially for women who want to organize their jewelry collections. It can last for several generations too and helps preserve precious jewelries and family heirlooms.

When buying jewelry armoires, the main things to think about first are the space and size (for the room it will occupy), personal needs, style and design, and the quality of product. Typically, armoires are described as tall cupboards with at least four to five drawers and locks for safety. But there are many other distinct features which will need careful evaluation first. Now, considering the space is important because it depends on the room where it will be placed. If there is only little space available, do not choose huge armoires. Check the features too like sliding door panels and others that can help in saving space. Size also matters here if the owner will be transferring the jewelry armoire from time to time. Personal needs refer to the function of the armoire. Some armoires are for plates, clothing, television, etc.

For jewelries, know first the total number of jewelries. From it, one will know what to buy – a jewelry armoire or a jewelry box. Jewelry armoire can hold more jewelry on it. Check the number of stacks, pegs, hooks, and compartments too. If one has more necklaces and chains, it will be better to choose the one with more hooks; if one has more stud earrings, those with smaller compartments will be a best buy, and so on. Know the features before deciding to buy one. Style and design will depend on the taste of the person and the style of the house. The quality is tested if products are recommended by other people, so take a survey too. It must be durable too. For jewelry boxes, choose one made of strong wood and good fabric lining. It can help in preventing scratches and nicks in jewelries.

Jewelry armoire and jewelry boxes are important not only for organizing jewelries but also for safety and preservation of valuable jewels. So consider buying one now and keep jewelries safe and organized.