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Costume Jewelry Care Tips For Worn Out Costume Jewelry

If you have old, worn out, seen better days costume jewelry just lying around gathering dust don’t throw it out. You can revitalize those dirty, outdated and broken pieces by following a few simple steps:

Worn out gold or silver plating:

Because typical costume jewelry plating is very thin it can eventually rub off from wear or become damaged from the use of harsh chemicals, creams, or perfumes. If this happens there are several options in gold and silver re-plating solutions that can be found online. Some are fairly simple and can be performed without the use of heat or electricity while others are a little more complex. I found one website in particular that offers a very good variety of plating options (e.g. immersion plating, pen plating) and general plating instructions for precious metals including gold, silver, platinum, and rhodium. It is www.shorinternational.com. Click on the contents and search box and then plating gateway. One word of caution: I would recommend buying only cyanide free plating solutions as cyanide is poisonous. For silver lovers there is one product that I have personally used that has worked well for me and it is called Silver Brite. This is an all in one cream that cleans, polishes, and re-plates worn silver on jewelry and other items. It is very easy to use and fairly inexpensive. Just rub the cream on with an applicator sponge or a Q-tip for small items and rub off with the buffing cloth that is included with the kit. The result is a clean, sparking silver finish.

Tarnished or dirty:

Cleaning costume jewelry is simple but choose your cleaner wisely. Only use a jewelry cleaner that specifically states that it is safe for costume jewelry and read the ingredients to make sure that it does not contain alcohol, acids, or ammonia because these can strip the gold or silver plate. Use a children’s soft bristle tooth brush for cleaning around costume jewelry stones. Its probably not be a good idea to immerse rhinestone jewelry because the stones can become unglued.

If your costume jewelry items are only lightly tarnished a good buffing with a soft dry jewelry cloth may do the trick. A good jewelry polish works great in restoring heavily tarnished items.

Loose or missing stones:

If a stone such as a cubic zirconia, plastic, or glass has become loose or fallen out a drop or two of super glue will do the trick. Just be careful not to use too much. You certainly don’t want the glue to leak out and cause the piece to stick to your skin or another object. Most of the time a single drop will suffice unless it is a very large stone in which case you may want to use two drops. If you cannot find the missing stone there are companies online that sell loose cz stones if you have a special chain or ring band you want to salvage. Simply do an internet search for cz stones.

Broken clasp:

If your necklace or bracelet has a broken clasp make sure it is the actual clasp that is broken. Be sure to check the jump ring which is a small metal ring with an open spot where the clasp attaches to the chain. If this is the problem it can be easily fixed. First identify what kind of clasp it is. There are several types (e.g. lobster clasp which is shaped like a lobster claw and has a tiny spring loaded lever, a magnetic clasp which is just as it sounds) then visit your local craft store or do a search online for jewelry clasps and you should find what you need. If the clasp is soldered on you will need to contact a jewelry repair professional.

Outdated:

If you simply want to add a new flair to your old costume jewelry pieces you can simply mix and match. If you have a pendant with sentimental value bring it to life with a more modern chain. Add new charms to your favorite bracelet or re-plate that old silver necklace with a shiny new gold finish. Be creative!

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Men’s Jewelry Becoming A Popular Trend

Generally while talking about jewelry, majority of the times we refer to women jewelry. However these days, mens jewelry is also gaining a lot of popularity. Men have started realizing that they should wear more jewelry and not only the wedding rings.

There is a difference between mens and womens jewelry. Womens jewelry is somewhat flashier and trendier whereas mens jewelry is more on the sober side. You cannot exaggerate mens jewelry. Silver and gold remains the most popular. However, there is a rapid change since industrial metals like stainless steel, tungsten and titanium have debuted. Watches are no doubt among the most attractive male jewelry.

Following it are the rings, necklaces and bracelets etc.

Mens ring speaks about the personality of a man and its growing success. Those of you who are tight on budget they may go for a cubic zirconium silver or gold ring. You can either opt for traditional or something modern. The modern or industrial methods are gaining popularity because of their durability, as they have become symbols of energy and strength.

Men necklaces are often referred to as neck chains. These usually vary from 18-25 inches. This is large enough to prevent snoring necks, however not as much as string extends below the serum. There are some things that hang from the chain; these are called medallions and hanging. In general, pendants are sold along with chains. Even the dog tags appear to be very popular these days.

If you want to be flashier then opt for cuff links. They come with professional team logos, symbols, classic and abstract art grounds etc.

You will even find them in crystal and glass. These provide an opportunity to reflect a man about his ethnicity, employment, hobbies or himself. It allows you to display your fine jewelry that simply no one can overlook.

Until recently, men bracelets were usually unheard for. However, times have changed now. The gold bracelets, be it white gold, yellow, gold etc are among the most common with sterling silver and silver particularly chosen. ID bracelets are among the hottest men accessory sold these days. It is a waist chain that contains an engraved plate. You can get your name engraved, or of your spouse or kids. Also, you can go for a personal motto or something.

Earlier earrings were not at all preferred for men. However, they now are being accepted as a legitimate form of jewelry. Men obviously have got the advantage of wearing this jewelry as they require it to wear only in one ear.

Nothing beats anything better than money clips when it comes to mens jewelry. These are basically designed to carry cash as well as cards in a secured and compact format. They are really very stylish and elegant.

The ones that are made up of tungsten or titanium are preferred. Before you make a major purchase, it is recommended that you opt for an independent valuation. Also, do enquire about the credentials of the store from which you are buying the jewelry.

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Diamond Jewelry In Indian Designs Bollywood Style!

They say diamonds are a girls best friend. When it comes to Indian women, nothing seems to make quite an impression as much as diamond jewelry can! From exclusive chokers, diamond studded Bollywood jewelry to a host of other classical designs, diamonds have remained a popular choice when it comes to embellishing Indian jewelry.

Authentic Bollywood styles

In many of the Bollywood movies you will find the heroine with exotic diamond jewelry adorning her neck and wrists. Right from exquisite rings, diamond bracelets to intricate gold jewellery chokers there is a whole range of designs to choose from. If you look at Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif etc. you will notice that they have all sported diamond Indian jewelry in their movies. Whether they wear it with a western evening gown or traditional Indian sari, lehenga or salwar kameez, diamond jewellery never fails to inspire and complement the beauty of an Indian woman. At Bombay Jewelry you will find a classic range of authentic Bollywood jewellery made with an assorted collection of exotic diamonds. Bombay Jewelry specializes in creating exotic designed Indian jewelry with colored diamonds and exclusive stone works.

Wide range of choices

The range of diamond Indian jewellery from Bombay Jewelry is available in a wide range of choices. You can take your pick from exclusive necklaces, chokers and bracelets, to even matching earrings. There are entire sets of such Indian jewelry comprising necklace and earrings. Take for example this authentic set comprising a delicate necklace with teardrop red ruby tips and encrusted with diamonds. If you want to accessorize your Indian outfit with a more elaborate or chunky diamond indian jewelry then Bombay Jewelry has that too for you! Check out this trendy and chunky necklace comprising maroon beads, diamonds and a heavy pendant for extra style statement! For a more delicate version of Bollywood jewelry like what Katrina Kaif wears in Namaste London you can choose sets like this or this. These are variations of the earlier set described but the difference lies in the color of the tips. These come in colors like amber yellow, fuchsia pink and deep red. The this season of summer, these are the perfect complementing Indian jewelry for all Indian women!

Cluster designs

Bombay Jewelry also has a fantastic collection of diamond Indian jewellery such as these clustered sets. These are very intricate and comprise exotic necklace designs and matching earrings too. They are available in a wide color palette comprising colors like turquoise blue, amber yellow, fuchsia pink, ebony black etc. If you wish to opt for a more stylized Indian jewelry accessory then these sets are perfect for you. Team these with a classical evening gown for a cocktail party about town or wear it with a sheer chiffon sari for an extra glamour quotient! These cute sets will be perfect for daily wear as they are simple yet elegant!

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Gold Diamond Jewelry For Investment Purposes

Many of us purchase gold jewellery because – it looks good, our mother said so, it compliments the color of our clothes, its a great possible investment, yaddy, yaddy yah. The reasons are as plentiful as the overly honest dealers who would sell you the gold jewellery.

Perhaps I shouldn’t pass too quickly over the “great investment theme” because its or can be somewhat important to know that “10 Carat gold” all the way up to “18 Carat gold” is generally not considered to be great investment material. And unfortunately the fact that your home insurance will cover it still doesn’t make it investment grade material.

If investment is your reason and you don’t want to buy gold bars or certificates, and of course you want to flaunt your investment on your skin during special occasions then go for jewellery that is at least 22-24 Carat Gold. Typically, the areas of the world where stronger than 18 Carat Gold can be purchased are parts of India,Philippines,Hong Kong and the Middle East

Most jewellers who don’t sell 24 Carat gold are likely to tell you that there is no such thing in jewelry since its too soft for most applications. They do have a point there however from experience I can tell you that 22 Carat Gold necklaces of 110 grams have been known to support the pull of a 22 klg child.

I first started buying gold in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. It was, at one time very cheap there. Then I moved on to the gold souks of Dubai and the other middle east commercial centers. Genuine 24K stuff can be purchased there – not the 10K worthless stuff sold in england or the 14K **not-to-die-for* stuff sold as gold jewelry in Canada and the United States.

Truth was, I thought it was 24, but it was often only 97-98% pure, but hey, still better than the 14k fluff sold in North America.

Then I found them. These were the massive jewellery stores on both the Hong Kong and Kowloon side. They sell fantastic pearl, emerald and exquisitely carved gold pieces. We are told and shown paper that indicates that, the HK government certifies what they are selling, but a few of these tourists traps have all kinds of interesting motivational **deals** especially in Kowloon. Anyway, they have certificates claiming their 24 Carat Gold is 99.999% pure, but when I took their stuff to Toronto, I was told oh no, its only 22K not 24.

When I took this material to an internationally known goldsmith to melt down, he again informed me that the material was only 22 to 23 Carats Gold purity. I keep thinking about how embarrassing it would be to pull out one’s own little gold volume/weight measurement tool in one of those massive elite stores and proudly if not loudly proclaim that their 99.999% gold isn’t truly what it claims to be – I am also imagining that one would be set on not unkindly by the police for creating such a golden disturbance.

I am expecting a counter plug where someone will say I am from HK and the government certifies these big shops blah blah but I have purchased big items 4 times in 6 years and each time while trying to sell elsewhere in North America and the UK have been told similar bad news ( Even when I presented the govt stamped HK certificate|It made no difference to the buyers even when presented with the certificate of authenticity which comes with each piece purchased from HK ) Can authenticity certificates be faked? Certainly. Might certain shops fake them? I can’t say.

The lesson to learn perhaps is when buying gold internationally don’t ever fully 100% trust your seller or your buyer because the value of the metal is so high, understand that if either of the two groups can sucker you for even 2-3% of the value, they will, they can and they won’t stop – irrespective of govt certifications blah blah blah.

Lesson learned, when buying precious metals in the form of jewelry internationally don’t ever fully 100% trust your seller or your buyer because the value of the metal is so high, understand that if either of the two groups can sucker you for even 2-3% of the value, they will, they can and they won’t stop – irrespective of govt certifications blah blah blah.

If your goal is truly for investment and you have no real need to put on your bling then buy a regulated certifiable gold bar from a western based dealer who is very much liable in western courts and has both insurance and liability coverage.

If what you are looking to purchase is 14 Carat or below, ignore everything said above since, 14 Carat is not investment quality anyway.

If you are in Hong Kong and not sure if you should buy. Don’t hesitate, just understand that very rarely ever will a street vendor sell you absolutely 24 Carats, even if he/she believes that is truly the gold carat. Dicker the purchase price with the knowledge that what you are getting is substantially more than 22 Carats but really not 24 Carats. Compare this to the North American or even UK experience where you are most likely being sold only 14 Carats.

Wear it, enjoy it, don’t lose it and have fun.

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Jewelry Photography Lighting Tips From A Professional Jewelry Photographer

What is the biggest mistake amateurs make in jewelry photography? Read on to find out what the two most essential aspects of great jewelry photography are, and how the successful jewelry photographer manipulates these aspects to achieve dramatic and compelling jewelry photography.

Have you heard the term candela? Yes, it has to do with light that is part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that the human eye can see. So what has candela to do with jewelry photography? Well, everyone knows that photography is a form of art made possible by light. Without light, there is no photography. Understanding and controlling light have always been the most essential aspects of great jewelry photography.

The biggest mistake amateurs make when taking pictures is expecting to capture the same range of light on a digital back as seen by the eye. Not so fast: the amount of light you see is a broader range than the amount of light a digital back can capture. While the eye can see a wide range at the same time, digital chips cannot. The difference is that a digital chip can capture light all across the light spectrum, but not all at the same time like your eye can. Let’s examine a few lighting techniques used in digital jewelry photography.

FRONT LIGHTING

This is the simplest form of lighting for jewelry photography. It is achieved by placing the light source around the camera lens pointing towards the jewelry to be photographed. For example, flash units on top of cameras, ring lights, or soft boxes next to the lens. Front lighting is flat, and is best used for illustrative purposes. When used for jewelry photography, front light is unexciting and sometimes causes glare from certain areas on the reflective surface that reflects the light from opposing angles.

SIDE LIGHTING

Side lighting gives the impression of three dimensions. By illuminating the jewelry from the side, the viewer gets the impression of depth, as opposed to the flat, two-dimensional effect of front lighting. Side lighting can be most effective in accentuating the surface textures of jewelry. When using side lighting in jewelry photography one must be careful in placing the light to avoid unwanted reflections.

AVAILABLE NATURAL LIGHT

Available natural light completely surrounds a subject. This lighting situation is very even and already exists in an indoor or outdoor setting without adding any artificial illumination by the jewelry photographer. When combined with other reflective surfaces such as silver cards, it can be an effective technique in jewelry photography to achieve soft and pronounced edges on metals and gemstones.
DIRECT LIGHTING
Direct lighting results in high contrast, especially when it’s coming from a single source such as the Sun or a fixture equipped with a fresnel lens. It produces high contrast captures with deep shadows and overall drama. In jewelry photography it’s mostly used in combination with other softer light sources in order to add a certain creative effect to the general capture. Using high contrast lighting adds impact and accentuates jewelry textures. It can also be used to light through diffusing surfaces such as acrylic or cloth to create softer shadows.

DIFFUSED LIGHTING

Diffused scattered light rays, produce softer light, lessen contrast, and smoothes out details in the jewelry. The resulting images tend to be dreamy and romantic. This technique is very good for showing overall and shadow details. It is the most widely used method in jewelry photography.

SPOT LIGHTING

Spotlighting is a useful tool to focus attention on a certain area of the jewelry. Direct spotlighting is very dramatic, however, in jewelry photography most surfaces are reflective; therefore special techniques must be applied when spotlighting to diffuse and control the reflections and glare. The end result can yield compelling and dramatic jewelry photography!

Avi Roth’s photography can be seen in publications such as Vogue Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Los Angeles Weddings. His work ranges from advertising to fine art, single products to complex sets, and single models to large crowds. Roth describes his artistic approach as follows: “Every photograph is a story written with light. Like a story without words, it evolves from a concept, thought, or emotion in my mind’s eye, into a latent image, a silhouette of shapes and forms. This shadow-less three-dimensional space is the genesis of my artistic interpretation. I use my personal ‘palette’ of light to create shadow, color, and space, and blend backgrounds to complete my visual composition.” Roth has received numerous awards recognizing his professional virtuosity and fascination with elegance. He attended Tel-Aviv Polytechnic and graduated with honors from the London Film School. Avi Roth is the founder of Digital Jeweller: Digital Jewelry Photography Solutions.

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