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Silver Antique Jewelry Investment Strong Advantage Points

October 24th, 2013 10:36 pm

Antique Jewelry is more than just a beautiful handmade, unique and history rich piece of jewelry, antique jewelry is also a smart investment. The prices of metal commodities such as gold, silver and platinum are at some of their highest levels in years. The prices have dipped at bit from the recession, yet still remain high with the promise of increasing as rare metals are becoming harder and harder to find. While stocks and bonds offer value, none of them match the pure value of a rare metal.

Gold is currently priced at almost $1,800 an ounce. Silver is artificially deflated at a price of at almost $50 an ounce. Platinum is just short of $2,000 an ounce. With prices this high it also means the prices of jewelry is also increasing. This is also what makes antique jewelry such a great investment. Paper stocks and bonds are all subject to the whims of the market while rare metals are only getting rarer.

Currently silver is being held at an artificially low price making it a smart investment as eventually silver will have to increase in price to its actual value. Many jewelers know this and are building up their silver jewelry stocks. This is doubly so as many geologists are predicting that silver will be the first rare metal to go “extinct.” Gold is actually in more abundance than silver at this point in time. Many experts predict silver to go extinct by 2020. This is an incredible thing, something the world will have never seen.

This is where antique jewelry really gains leverage. Because many of the pieces were made decades ago, the quality of the silver can be very pure. Silver was really cheap and bountiful. Though this isn’t true with every piece as with anything, there are high quality products and poorly made ones. Knowing this it just takes a little bit of research on a product to make sure it is high quality.

Buying antique jewelry also has more value than just the metal in it, the gemstones to also hold value and their value increases every year as gemstones are on the same trajectory as precious metals are, eventually they will go extinct too. Jewelry offers great value because it can also be worn and adorned. It can be handed down through generations of family. It can be improved upon with repairs and made better with higher quality gemstones. Antique jewelry also offers sentimental value and while this doesn’t increase the pieces actual cost, it bonds the owner to the piece which helps increase the longevity of the piece because it won’t be so easily sold or worse, lost.

Jewelry Picking Guides

June 24th, 2013 8:11 am

You need to know the type of gem that you are purchasing. You have three options as far as the type of gem: natural, imitation and synthetic. While natural and synthetic stones are the real deal, imitation stones are made to look like a real gemstone, but could be anything from colored glass to plastic. Natural comes from the ground, while synthetic ones are created in a lab.

If you have a round face, stay away from long dangling earrings. Such earrings generally make your face look rounder and draws attention away from great features you may have. Instead, opt to purchase small dangling earrings or stud earrings for a look that enhances your round face and features.

When going shopping for diamonds, make sure to set yourself a budget and stick to it. The world of diamonds can seem overwhelming and the prices vary a great deal. By keeping a budget in mind, you can cut down the vast variety, to a much more sensible variety to choose from.

When buying jewelry for someone you love, find out what they’re favorite color is. Some people don’t like gold, or don’t like silver, or maybe they love the combination of red and gold. Look at the jewelry the person already wears, find out their favorite color, then combine the two!

Remember that even costume jewelry needs careful attention. Stones in costume jewelry are usually held in place with glue instead of a physical setting. You will need to avoid immersing your jewelry and make sure to stay away from the use of harsh chemicals. Use a damp cloth, then dry it with another clean, dry cloth. This will keep any costume jewelry that you have looking great.

Be very careful with the types of beauty products that you wear near your fine jewelry. Some types of perfumes and even many lotions include ingredients that can damage your jewelry over time. Try to wear perfume in locations that won’t make contact with whatever you are wearing and you will be able to avoid this problem.

To take care of your diamond jewelry all you need is a baby toothbrush, ammonia, water and a soft cloth. You soak your jewelry in a little bit of ammonia mixed with water and then scrub it softly with the toothbrush. This will help remove all of the grime that builds up on it. Then rinse it off with water and dry with the cloth. It will shine like new after this.

If you’re looking for a good piece of jewelry on a budget have you ever considered a pawn shop? Often times people in hard financial times pawn their jewelry, even brand new and in pristine condition. This affords you the opportunity to get a fine piece of jewelry at a fraction of the price!

If you wear fashion jewelry you have to keep in mind that it cannot be cleaned the same as regular jewelry. You should wipe it with a damp cloth and then dry it. Soaking it in water can lead to damage since most fashion jewelry is made with jeweler’s cement.

Avoid spraying your perfume or hairspray after putting your pearls on. Instead, spray first and then put your jewelry on. Pearls are extremely porous and absorb chemicals found in things like hairspray and perfume very easily. Minimize the contact between your pearls and such chemicals to keep them beautiful.

Always remove your jewelry before swimming. Chlorine is damaging to many types of metals that jewelry is made of. Salt water can also degrade jewelry. You can extend the longevity of your pieces and keep their beauty intact by removing them prior to swimming.

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