How to Care for Your Vintage Costume Jewelry

Vintage costume jewelry pieces can be found in abundance at estate sales, flea markets, and antique stores, often at surprisingly low prices. This availability and affordability make collecting vintage costume jewelry fun and rewarding. It was the fabulous Coco Chanel who really helped put costume jewelry on the map, and ever since the 1920s people have been mad for it. These pieces need special care to keep them looking sparkling and bright, so read below to find out how to care for your special adornments.

Care Tips For Your Floating Diamond Engagement Ring

The floating diamond is a beautifully designed set for any engagement ring. Prongs grips the outer edge of the diamond, leaving the base, top, and sides completely free and exposed within the ring. The effect is a gorgeous set that shows any center diamond off. Caring for your floating diamond engagement ring is the best way to preserve its beauty over time. Here are care tips you should know about and apply to your own ring regularly.

Summer 2015 Jewelry Chokers

Jewelry trends for summer 2015 are bigger, bolder and flashier than in the recent past. One trend that is taking center stage is lush and ornate chokers. Previously, chokers were delicate and accented the neck just above the collar bone. There is nothing delicate about the chokers of summer 2015. The look may start at the collar bone, but that is where the similarity ends. This summer's chokers are statement pieces that combine textures and colors and fill the neck from collar bone to chin.

Indian Head Cent Coin: Five Facts You Did Not Know About The American Penny

The last five generations of Americans have never seen or heard of the Indian Head penny. If you were to ask anyone under the age of fifty what types of pennies they have seen during their lifetimes, all of them will tell you that the penny with Abraham Lincoln's head on the front is the only one they know. However, the Indian Head cent coin served as America's penny for over fifty years before it was replaced with the Lincoln cent.

Diamond Shopping? Know The Benefits Of Bonded Diamonds

Buying a diamond for the first time is not as simple as just going to the jewelry store and picking one out. In fact, the more you research the diamond industry, the more confused you might become. You have probably learned what you need to know concerning cut, clarity, color and carat, but you also need to know what the benefits are of purchasing a bonded or insured diamond. This guide explains what those benefits are.

What You Need To Know About Engagement Ring Insurance

Being engaged is a magical time with so many tasks calling for your attention. If you've recently become engaged and are now showing off a beautiful new engagement ring, you may not be thinking of making sure it stays protected. You are no doubt treasuring that sparkling symbol of you and your fiance's love for each other. But if the worst were to happen, would you easily be able to replace such a large purchase?

The Complete Beginners Guide To Art Deco Jewelry

If you enjoyed the most recent 5th season of the hugely popular Downton Abbey television series, you can see the Art Deco era come to life with loose flapper dresses and simple jewelry as well as women taking a giant leap forward in both fashion and freedom. Read on for a short primer on the advent of the one of the most prominent movements in jewelry design. The birth of Art Deco took place at the Paris Exposition International des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in 1925 and served as a showcase for not just fashion and jewelry, but a new, freer way of life.

How To Get The Most Cash For Your Pawned Jewelry

When you need cash quickly, a pawnshop is an excellent venue for you to use. If you have jewelry that you don't need for a while, you can consider pawning it to get the funds that you need. A pawn is different than a sale. Pawning your jewelry means that you are allowing the pawnshop to hold your precious gems for a certain amount of time in exchange for cash. You have to pay the money back, but if you do within the time frame you've agreed upon, you can get your jewelry back in your hands while still being able to meet financial needs.

Together Is Better: Bring Your Beloved In To Choose Jewelry Together

If you're considering getting your significant other a gift of jewelry, you might want to think carefully about how to tell them. Many people have commercial-worthy scenarios in their heads, where they surprise the person with a particular piece -- and of course, the person loves it. But in reality, jewelry can be a touchy subject. So many meanings and superstitions about stones and metals abound that, unless you know the recipient very, very well, you could end up creating more discord than joy.

The Man-Gagement Ring: Pick Out The Right Bling For Him

A new trend is on the the rise – the "man-gagement" ring. More engagements are being approached on equal footing, with either the woman proposing or an engagement occurring without the official proposal. Couples want to both share in the symbol of their pledge to love one another, so it makes sense that both the man and the woman both wear a ring. If you're considering exchanging rings for your proposal, here's some things to keep in mind when selecting his ring.