Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lizard Jewelry

Since a long time one of the favorite adornment forms has been jewelry in lizard designs. The Etruscans and the Greeks were also fascinated with this kind of jewelry made from a variety of precious metals. This kind of antique jewelry has given inspiration to many of the jewelry designers in the modern times which is well displayed in many of the modern jewelry line-ups you get to see today. Similar antique designs are being copied in the effort of providing customers unique antique jewelry designed in lizard form.

lizard jewelry  The Victorians and the Romans too were very fond of this jewelry which is proved from the fact that it was freely flaunted during that time. Many of the antique designs that you see today are classics and will always be worn in style for years to come. The era that has passed by is still remembered by delicate designs used in the making of jewelry in the lizard designs. Since the 1900, this jewelry is being designed which makes it an antique jewelry piece.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Saint Jude Medals

Saint Jude medals are one of a group of saints offered as a religious symbol for wearing, to those in the Christian faith or even those who are not. Catholics especially seem to favor this icon as a symbol of their faith, yet wearing a Saint Jude medal (see more anyreligiousjewelry.com) is not limited to those of religious faith. A Saint Jude medal can be found around the necks of anyone wishing his assistance. Sometimes those in the medical profession wear a Saint Jude medal as a symbol.

Saint Jude Medal
Many people may be confused by why one would pray to a particular saint or wish to wear this emblem. A saint medallion or emblem is often personally appealing to the wearer because of the story of the Saint themselves, which is often easily identified with by the wearer. The story of Saint Jude is that he was one of the Apostles. Also called Saint Jude Thaddeus, he is known commonly as the Saint of Last Resort, the one to pray to when there’s slim chances, all other things have failed, and needs are heightened. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Macy’s Fine Jewelry - Department Store Jewelry

Macy’s was founded in New York City in 1858. It is a department store that sells everything from footwear to housewares. Fine jewelry has nearly always been a part of the store. Their selection includes some designer jewelry and watches. The most popular of designer jewelry is carried at their counters. They sell diamonds, pearls, and precious gemstones. While there is not much unique jewelry sold at Macy’s department, it can be a good way to buy fine jewelry at a good price. Macy’s fine jewelry is fairly accessible for every customer shopping for affordable fine jewelry.

Diamonds at Macy’s are in fairly basic designs. Their engagement ring selection comes in solitaires, three-stone rings, and a few bridal combination engagement and wedding band styles. These are all basic designs; no designer engagement rings are included. Diamond necklaces at Macy’s fine jewelry are also standard. Some of the most popular and simple designer necklaces may be included in their selection. The same goes for bracelets. Though the most basic styles are all that is available, the quality is high and the diamonds are good. Anyone would appreciate the beautiful jewelry found at Macy’s.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Adjustable Toe Rings - Why You May Need Some

Have you ever thought about adding toe rings to your jewelry collection? Everyone seems to focus on the big jewelry like necklaces and earrings, but no one casts an eye at the lovely adornments available for the feet. You’d be surprised how sexy a simple toe ring can make you look and feel, to the point where this should be a necessity in every woman’s jewelry box. Here we will look at just what you may be missing out on by not having a toe ring in your collection, and what you can do to change that.
Adjustable Toe Rings
Toe rings as a whole can add flair to an area of the body that seemingly goes unnoticed. Why spend tons of money on designer heels and sandals if you’re not going to spice them up with a little bit of jewels? Your feet deserve just as much sparkle and beauty as your hands do, and maybe more since they do all the hard work during the day. You can look into adjustable toe rings so you can move them around from toe to toe based on the look you are going for. If you get the right ones, they can instantly transform your footwear collection more than anything else possibly could.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Italian Jewelry Designers

Those who can afford the creations fashioned by Italian jewelry designers are generally familiar with the names of those same designers. They recognize the fine work of those designers. They spend their money in shops that would never carry any sort of fake jewelry. They can feel confident that each jewel they wear reflects the actual input of the Italian jewelry designers. Not everyone is so lucky. That fact thus explains the proliferation of pirated jewelry. Modern-day pirates do not devote time to digging up a buried treasure. Present-day pirates simply pay others for a clever copy of a well-crafted and valuable fashion accessory.

Steel IP Plated Cross Necklace

In early 2003, two Italian Jewelry designers, Stefan Hafner and Rand Rahm, created a special jeweled dress. Put on display just before the 75th Annual Academy Awards, that dress was worth millions of dollars. The dress obtained its amazing sparkle from the many diamonds covering the dress fabric.

Stainless Steel Necklace

Those same two Italian jewelry designers joined forces with more than ten other Italian jewelry designers. That group of skilled and fashion-conscious Italians decided to hold an auction. They indicated that the proceeds from the auction would go to a children’s charity.

The diamond-covered dress was supposed to be one of the items auctioned-off at that charity event. The jewelry designers hoped that they could catch a large number of potential bidders by scheduling the auction for the six days prior to the actual Oscar ceremony. The designers anticipated receiving bids from celebrities who would be going to that very ceremony.

On the night of that ceremony, the auction-goers arrived in impressive and expensive cars. No member of the bidding audience chose to use the available mass transport vehicles. No auctioneers, no bidders and no Italian jewelry designers knew on that night that some of the auctioned jewels could later have a plausible connection to the L.A. Metro system.

In early 2008, members of the Los Angeles Police Department found a large stash of jewels at a Cal-Trans right-of-way. That Cal-Trans right-of-way, a part of the Metro system, was located in Granada Hills. Those sparsely covered Hills had been hiding a plastic pipe. A jewelry thief had put his buried treasure in that pipe.

Stainless Steel Cross Necklace

The same thief had since become an inmate in an L.A. jail. As part of a plea bargain, he had agreed to show members of the LAPD where he had hidden his loot. He then took the selected group to the little-noticed spot in the Granada Hills. After the LAPD had dug out the plastic pipe, and had examined its contents, members of the local news media captured footage of a few choice jewels.

Tungsten Cross Necklace

That footage displayed a scene that seemed a far cry from the normal working environment for any Italian jewelry designer. It showed jewelry strewn on a table, with a dark and dirty plastic pipe lying on the same table. That display held little resemblance to the luxurious setting of the 2003 charity auction.

Titanium Band

Anyone who had been to that auction, and who then saw the TV footage of the unearthed jewels, had good reason to wonder how many of the auctioned items might have ended up buried in the hills of Los Angeles. Perhaps L.A residents, at least those who now have valuable jewels, have felt compelled to search for a better way to lock-up their jewels.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Lab Created Sapphire Rings, Better Or Worse

One question that has been asked for a long time now is what is better, natural gems are lab created gems? This is a question that relates to all pieces of jewelry that are made with lab created gems, like the lab created sapphire rings. People want to know if the natural sapphire rings are better than the lab created sapphire rings. You may be shocked to learn that this is an answer that varies, not only by what you prefer, but also by the quality of the lab gems themselves. As we all know, when things are created naturally they do not all turn out the same, and this goes for lab created things as well.

Lab-Created Blue Sapphire Ring

Lab created sapphire rings can be both better and worse than natural sapphire stones. When you look at a natural sapphire stone you can usually see flaws in them. After all, they were created by nature. Sometimes the clarity of them is not as good as they can be, but then sometimes their beauty is unmatched. It just depends on the stone you find. This is something that you can seen in lab created sapphire rings as well. Just because the stones are created in a lab does not mean they all come out perfect. Just like in nature, some come out better than others. Thus, you get some gems that are amazing and some that look flawed. Most of the time, the people making the gems do not have a way of being able to tell how the gems are going to come out. Usually they have a better chance at coming out perfect, but it's still a hit or miss. Thus, you are going to have prices that vary.

Labcreated Sapphire Ring

Just like natural stones, the better the clarity and cut of the stone, the higher priced it is. If you find a natural sapphire that is perfect, it's going to cost more than one that looks less clear. This goes for lab created gems as well. If lab created sapphire white gold rings come out better than the natural ones, they can cost more money. However, if they come out the same or less, the natural ones cost more. Now you may be asking, why are the naturals more if they are the same clarity as the lab created ones? This is because of the simple fact that they were created naturally. Usually people will pay more for a natural sapphire ring than lab created sapphire rings. However, if it's clarity you are looking for, a lot of people look at lab created stones first.

Lab-Created Sapphire Ring

There are tons of different stones out there that you can choose from. Whether it's natural or lab created, the price is still going to vary. Really the choice of which one is better comes down to which one you like the most. If you like things that are natural, you are going to like the natural sapphire rings the best. Of course, if you like crystal clarity, you may favor the lab created sapphire rings more. No matter which one you go with, a sapphire ring is sure to please anyone on your gift list. This is because sapphire stones are such pretty colors that most women love to get them as gifts. All gems can be pretty and make great gifts. Now all you have to do is choose which one you like the best, lab or natural (either way, you could end up spending a lot).

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Buying and Wearing Antique Religious Jewelry

Antique religious jewelry is making a comeback, paralleling the rise in the wearing of contemporary religious jewelry. Antique religious Christian jewelry is often handed down from generations past to younger generations as family heirlooms, but may also be bought at antiques shops, estate sales, and elsewhere as sometimes it becomes sold or lost in the shuffle of life. Religious jewelry, either antique or contemporary, can be a great way for one to express religious beliefs.

Antique Crucifix

Religious jewelry has surged in popularity in recent years. Most noticeably, everywhere one looks they seem to notice someone donning a cross around their neck as a nod to Christianity or Catholicism. But there are other forms of jewelry being worn besides necklaces, and in addition to the recent trend in religious jewelry wearing it is important to note that the idea of wearing religious jewelry is nothing new. Religious jewlery and clothing has been worn for centuries and is a part of many religions, not unique to just one or a few religions of modern day. So, some of those who are wearing religious jewelry nowadays are choosing to wear antique religious jewelry.

Antique Turquoise Cross

Where does someone find antique religious jewelry? Most often, it is passed down generation after generation through families with a strong religious focus and heritage. A religious necklace worn by a grandmother is very likely to be worn by her daughter and in turn her granddaughter. This is common with all types of antique religious jewelry, including pins, rings, and necklaces. Another way one might find antique religious jewelry is by buying it at an estate sale, auction, yard sale, or at an antique store. Sometimes a piece of antique religious jewelry will go unnoticed and unrecognised for what it may be and be considered to be 'junk jewelry' or someone may not understand the meaning of a symbol or portrayal of an image on a piece of jewelry, and it is for this reason that some beautiful antique religious jewelry has met an unfortunate end at the hands of those who were ignorant of what they were holding.

To find antique religious jewelry, shop around a little. Check out local thrift shops, junk stores, and antique stores. Some jewelry does wind up in places like this because of estate auctions or people sell it and have no idea what they are selling at the time they part with the piece of jewelry. Also, jewelers sometimes have a line of used jewelry or know where to acquire pieces of antique jewelry if there is something specific a customer has in mind. They can also be a great source of information about pieces if they are familiar with antique jewelry overall.

Antique Religious Jewelry

Antique religious jewelry is not much different to care for than contemporary religious jewelry, except a person might want to take care with not bending any items that are made of gold. Often antique jewelry items that are made out of gold are made out of a purer form of gold than most jewelry currently is, meaning the piece is softer and more prone to bending or may become damaged easily. Careful care of an antique piece of jewelry can mean continued enjoyment for generations to come.