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Springtime symbolizes new beginnings, and as the festivities during the month of April wind down, it’s time to start thinking about May, and most of all Mother’s Day. It’s sometimes hard to decide what to get our Mother for Mother’s Day - after all, our Mother’s are the most important people in our lives. Mother’s Day is the time to tell her how important she really is, and if we do not say that often enough, Mother’s Day is the perfect time to let her know. One of the best ways to acknowledge this is by purchasing a special gift of jewelry. There are so many items to choose from, and online buying has made shopping for jewelry, a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Best of all, most online jewelry stores offer free shipping and a fast turnaround from initial order to delivery.
Most women love jewelry, and whatever their preference, when you do your online jewelry buying you’ll be sure to find something within your budget, and that will have her feeling like the most special mom in the world. Whether you’re looking for diamond earrings, gemstone necklaces, tennis bracelets, necklaces, rings, or custom orders, you’ll find it online.
Another great idea for the mom’s who have enough jewelry, and insist they don’t need another piece; a unique and special gift is a photo image bracelet, or a photo image key chain, in sterling silver or gold. For this item, find your mom’s favorite pictures, send them to the online jewelry store, and they’ll do the rest. Mom will have a bracelet or key chain adorned with her family members that will be with her at all times, and a gift she will cherish for a lifetime.
So for Mother’s Day, take advantage of buying your jewelry online. You can find fabulous deals, and quality items, and most of all, there is something for every mom out there!lifetime.
Let’s face it, as exciting as an engagement and planning for a wedding can be, few would not disagree, that it can also be a stressful time. Whether the ring is purchased before the proposal, or shortly thereafter, shopping for that perfect ring, whether together, or left up to the future groom may be less stressful, and more convenient when purchased online.
When shopping for your engagement ring, there are many things to consider, and some may find they do not know where to begin. As much as we’d like to imagine strolling arm in arm, browsing at jewelry store windows, and finding that perfect ring, we will cherish for a lifetime, and at a bargain price, this is not always a reality.
One way to take a bit of stress out of this major purchase might be to try the online shopping experience. There are many reputable online jewelry stores that offer exceptional designs, and prices. Many of them offer you the opportunity to build your own ring, if you have something specific in mind, if not, you can browse the varied collections of three stone diamond rings, solitaire rings, antique styles, or more contemporary designs. Before buying, of course at any online jewelry store make sure there is a working telephone number listed on the website, as many offer 24 hour live customer service. Many future grooms will love the idea of making their brides-to be happy with just the click of a button.
When purchasing a ring, there are many things to consider, such as the size of the diamond, the shape, the cut and clarity, as well as the type of metal you prefer, such as gold, white, green or rose gold. The choices can seem overwhelming, unless you know exactly what you are looking for. Reputable online jewelry stores may offer easy navigation and clarity, with rings organized by style and price, making the whole shopping experience more pleasant.
Bottom line, secure online shopping for an engagement ring, just might alleviate some stress. And although the image of strolling arm and arm in search of the perfect ring may suit you, a purchase with the press of a button, may be the perfect way to go for some
It’s that busy time of year again, long weekends, barbecues, father’s day, graduations, and more. Shopping for presents can be a nuisance when you’re busy planning and organizing other things. Fortunately, with the age of on-line shopping, pounding the pavement for that perfect gift, is not the only option.
The great thing about online shopping is it that it can be done 24/7, and in the comfort of your own home. Even those who love the stimuli of stores, are not always up for going in and out of several stores and/or looking for parking. With even more secure online shopping, there are a myriad of items at your fingertips.
Jewelry sites are a great place to start when looking for June presents. You can find the perfect fathers day, and graduation gift in one place. For dad’s and grad’s, watches are a smart choice. A variety of top-notch brand name watches can be found. Watches are also a wise choice for the girl grad, or perhaps an important piece of 14k gold jewelry such as diamond stud earrings, gemstone necklaces, bracelets, or rings, for example. Many jewelry sites offer free shipping, special discounts, and coupons for your next visit.
Special times deserve special gifts, so bookmark some special jewelry sites for the next big occasion!
From azure blue to yellow sun to orange sunset, topaz is the jewel of the sky. The pure transparency plus the vivid colors of topaz remind one of being on top of a mountain and reveling in the changing beauty of the sky.
Topaz is clear and transparent when pure and it’s the impurities that give it its various shades of yellow, gold, pink, orange, red, light-purple, light-brown, green, and blue. Blue topaz has become very popular and its color ranges in tone from the very light sky blue to the mid-toned Swiss blue, and finally, to the darker-toned London blue. Pink and yellow precious topazes are particularly well sought after as they are quite rare, with some of the yellow gems exhibiting the even rarer (among topazes) cat’s eye effect. Imperial topaz shows the characteristic but varying combinations of pink, yellow, tan, orange, and red hues.
Topaz legends ascribe various beneficial effects on someone wearing this gem such as better vision, greater strength, increased intelligence, higher creativity, and so on. When choosing topaz jewelry pieces, consider carefully the design of the settings, making sure that the gem is adequately protected from the jolts and knocks of daily use. Jewelry worn on parts of the body that do not often come into contact with everyday objects are the ideal pieces for setting topazes. Earrings and Necklaces, for example, are ideal mounts for topaz gems.
Topaz is harder than quartz and ranks 8 on the Mohs mineral hardness scale. Topaz is in fact the indicator mineral for that rank. Topaz also exhibits a perfect cleavage in one direction which make it less tougher than other gemstones such as beryls and sapphires. But when set properly in well-designed mounts, topaz gems can last a lifetime and can easily outshine other more well-known gems.
High-quality topaz gems have no visible blemishes (surface scratches) and few or no visible inclusions (internal “bubbles” or tiny trapped non-topaz crystals). Large topaz gems of the highest clarity (“flawless”), vivid colors, and sparkling cuts command the best prices. The pink, red, or deep-yellow colored natural topazes, especially cat’s eye topazes, are the most valuable.
Famous topaz gems
Considerable topaz gem deposits can be found in many parts of the world from the Americas to Asia, Europe, and Russia. Famous topazes include the colorless Braganza (previously mistaken for a diamond) on the Portuguese Crown, the El-Dorado Topaz (31,000 carats, yellow-brown color), and the Lua de Maraba (>25,000 carats, gray color). All of these topazes are Brazilian in origin.
The modern birthstone associated with the month of October is opal. Opal is one of the things that Australia is famous for, and that country has the largest known deposits of this amorphous mineral. Consequently, the Australians have adopted precious opal as their national gemstone.
Although most opal has a non-crystalline or amorphous structure that is somewhat similar to that of glass, some opals do exhibit localized micro-crystalline structures. Viewed through a microscope, regular amorphous opal consists of tiny spheres of silica that have been stacked together in layers, with water filling the spaces between the silica spheres. Generally, the greater the micro-crystallinity of an opal specimen, the more striking its appearance becomes and the more its value increases. Other minerals that find their way into the opal structure become impurities that provide additional physical properties (color variations, for example) to an opal.
Play of color
Opals come in a wide variety of colors and color patterns; but the most valuable types, the precious opals, display different shimmering rainbow-like color “flashes” or patterns when viewed from different angles. This striking visual display of “color play” is a type of iridescence which occurs as white light passes through the layer boundaries of the silica spheres and gets diffracted into the separate wavelengths of visible radiation that comprise white light. Also, the multiple structural layers redirect or reflect these diffracted wavelengths of light in such a way that they mix or interfere with one another. The same optical phenomenon can also be observed on the plumage of some birds, on insects wings, on some snail shells, on some pearls and agates, and on soap bubbles.
Opal stones typically contain about 10% water by weight. This water is chemically bonded to the silica spheres but the bonding is weak enough that excessive exposure to heat can cause this water to evaporate. Therefore opals need to be kept away from sources of heat to prevent them from dehydration. Excessive heat can alter the color or translucence of an opal gem and can even cause the gem to crack.
Numerous legends, both good and bad, have been associated with opals since ancient times; but it is the distinctive and delicate beauty of the opal that has made it desirable to many men and women throughout history. World-renowned opals include the Olympic Australis, the Andamooka Opal, the Flame Queen Opal, the Halley’s Comet Opal, the Roebling Opal, and so on. Combined with other precious gems as accents and set in silver, gold, palladium or other metals, the opal is truly a beauty to behold.
During these uncertain economic times, all of us would like to have the good fortune to be able to spend a bit and save a bit, and that is why we make a budget, and keep something aside that we call an investment. Since the poor economy is looming over our heads, our future can be better guaranteed by investing wisely.
Now these investments could mean anything- a savings account, investment in property, or investment in jewelry. Yes, that’s right- your engagement ring might become your investment! Many people prefer investing in jewelry. It is simple, it is easy, and it is profitable.
First of all, we all love jewelry. Our engagement rings are perhaps the most precious assets we have. Earlier only women were attracted to jewelry, but now there is special jewelry for men as well. So when you are buying jewelry, you are not just investing, you are actually preparing to look good.
Jewelry prices almost always see an increase. The rates of gold and silver are much higher than what they were 10 years ago. If you bought a piece of jewelry 10 years ago, you can sell it today for a much, much higher price. If you still have your grandma’s engagement ring, then you have a great investment deal with you- apart from the sentimental value of course.
And since jewelry serves dual purpose, it is obviously the numero uno choice of many people when it comes to investment.
As you might know, gold prices act as the harbinger of inflation. But why gold? This is because gold is the only substance that retains its worth at the time of upheaval or war. But when it comes to keeping investments, you don’t have to stick to just gold. There are many other options too- like diamonds and silver.
I have seen many different types of investment schemes, and jewelry is, by far, the best type of investment. If you ask about the rate of interest, it is much higher than that offered by a savings account. So when you buy an engagement ring, keep in mind that is more than just romance- it is an investment.
Now, there are many other types of investments that have high interest rates, but then they all have a risk factor. If you invest in stocks and bonds, then there is a risk factor. Sure, the value of your money can go up, but it can also fall down rapidly. So what do you do? Is there any method to safeguard your hard earned money in such a way that it earns for you? Yes, investing in jewelry is the one thing that can earn for you, and it can be a sure shot high-earning investment that will stay with you for long.
Want to know which type of jewelry to invest in? There are two major choices- diamonds and gold. Which one to select? Basically depends upon you- some people prefer diamonds, and some people prefer gold.
Of course, we don’t want to sell our precious family heirlooms, but the diamonds in your engagement ring are surely an important asset. Apart from diamonds and gold, you can also invest in pearls. Jewelry investments are an extremely personal choice, and basically will vary from one person to another. Apart from their respective values, you should also consider what you like the best. Do you like gold, or diamonds, or pearls? Select the kind of jewelry you like the best, and don’t just consider it another accessory, but an investment of a lifetime.
When it comes to buying jewelry, most people think the best time to buy and give is during the holidays; Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Mother’s Day,The reality is, however, that the best time to buy jewelry is not during holidays at all, and for the true bargain hunter, the best deals are found post holidays.
During the holidays you’re most likely going to pay closer to full price because most jewellers generate one-third of their annual revenues and almost 100% of their annual profits in those two months You’re going to get great value the other eight months of the year ..
Another, and more sentimental reason to give jewelry (the gift of love) during non-holidays, is because fewer are doing it, and also, there’s no other reason than to say. “it’s an ordinary Tuesday, but you are so special, or “I love you so much, I just had to give you this.People expect jewelry during the holidays, but they probably do not expect it during the ordinary work week. Letting someone know they are special to you, should not be reserved for the holidays.
So when the holiday season ends – try visiting jewelers and online jewelry stores for great deals on fine jewelry including earrings, bracelets, diamond rings, gemstone jewelry, bridal jewelry, engagement and anniversary jewelry, eternity bands, custom orders, and morePrices will assuredly be lower, and jewelry giving will be that much more special to the receiver when it is being given. . . . just because.