A Good Time to Sell your Gold Jewelry?

Have you read recently about how the price of gold is so high now that people are digging out their fillings (no, really!) to sell at the pawn shop? Well, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea if you tried to hunt for some old gold jewelry of yours to sell. But when you do that, you should be warned that you probably won’t get all the great full market prices that you go in expecting.

The thing is, when you buy gold jewelry new, you don’t pay just for the metal; you also pay for the design and workmanship that goes into it. When you go back to sell it years later, you don’t get anything for all that fancy work because the buyers are just going to melt it down for the metal it contains. Gold jewelry isn’t made of pure gold. It’s an alloy of gold and other metals like copper. Gold by itself, is far too soft a material to last long as jewelry. That’s what the whole karat measure is all about. The karat scale that they use to measure gold goes up to 24. The lower the number on the scale that your jewelry scores, the less gold it has. Gold that is 12 karat for instance is half gold and half copper. You need to take that into account. And then, the workers who melt the jewelry and separate the gold from the copper actually ask to be paid a quarter of the value …

Love costume jewelry? Get a jewelry making supplies catalog and make your own!

Oh, but for a bigger jewellery budget! Most women agree that owing too much jewelry is just not possible!. However, money always gets in the way of our desires so, if you're hooked on jewelry, here's a fun and inexpensive hobby that allows you to expand your jewellery case contents with original creations you make yourself. Even if you don't feel that you're the artistic type, take heart because necklaces, earrings and bracelets have only so many shapes and variations, so the design process is actually quite easy. All you need are some basic jewelry making supplies and a little time.

Jewelry making supplies are a specialized niche of the arts and crafts market. Craft shops may stock some supplies, but your choices are limited. For an eye-opening look at the variety and breadth of your choices, Google 'jewelry making supplies'. These specialty sites have no shortage of inventory for every facet of jewelry making.

You'll find faux jewels, beads, clay, silver and gold ornaments, chains, earring hooks and necklace clasps. Ideas for fabulous pieces that will match a particular costume will jump out at you. Be sure to check out the tool section for more inspiration. With just a tiny little hammer, you can make trendy one-of-a-kind earrings from rolls of metal wire, pounded flat into any shape you wish.

Most jewelry making supply houses offer both online and printed catalogs. The online catalogs may not include every item they offer, so be sure to order a printed catalog that …

Fun and Fashionable Cubic Zirconia Jewelry

While growing up, I heard the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend" more times than I could ever count. My grandmother was particularly fond of these gemstones, and would regale me with the stories behind each piece in her collection. So when I started buying my own jewels and accessories, I naturally gravitated towards the same sparkling beauties that always caught my grandmother's eye. Of course, one look at the price tag was enough to make me realize that I wouldn't own any of those stones in my lifetime, so I've learned to content myself with cubic zirconia jewelry instead.

Cubic zirconia jewelry is a wonderful alternative to those who can't afford real diamonds or who don't want to wear their most expensive pieces in public. These synthetic stones are just as sparkly and brilliant as their natural counterparts, and are cut and mounted so well that people often can't tell the difference with the naked eye. Best of all, cubic zirconia jewelry is extremely cheap, which means you can buy all the items you want.

I have been buying affordable cubic zirconia jewelry for years now. In this time, I've amassed a very nice collection of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings in a variety of settings. In fact, I never have to worry about accessorizing because I have just the right piece no matter what the occasion. And believe me when I say that my friends are extremely jealous of all my jewels. I haven't told them that …

Choosing The Right Wedding Jewellery

There are a few things from your wedding day that are supposed to last forever, other than the marriage, of course. Your flowers, favors, and food are all going to be consumed and you will use up any leftovers very quickly. Your wedding jewelry, however, is going to be on your finger for life, or as long as you remain married. When you are choosing your rings and any gifts you want to give to each other, take some time and choose wisely. You should both love what was chosen because you will be wearing it for a long time to come, each and every day.

Choose to spend some money on your wedding jewelry. Your cake is important, but it is for one day. Your jewelry is something you are going to be keeping forever. You don't want to skimp on your wedding rings. Some couples do spend less with the promise to replace the rings with higher quality rings on a certain anniversary, but you still have to spend some money on something that will not break and will not tarnish. Make this a priority in your wedding budget. You will be glad that you did.

Start by deciding how much you think you can afford to spend on your wedding jewelry. You may be surprised to find that you can get some great items without having to spend a fortune. If you are low on cash, skip the wedding jewelry that contains diamonds. You can always have …

Ethnic Artisan Jewellery – How To Look Great for Less

Diamond tennis bracelets and emerald earrings with a matching pendant are probably not on many birthday or Valentine's shopping lists this year. If you're looking for some new jewellery, here's a new, more affordable way to add to your collection. If you're not familiar with the eclectic and ethnic artisan jewelry, you should go take a look. You'll find the most interesting and lovely pieces at a fraction of the price of that diamond tennis bracelet. Artisan jewelry is handmade by individual artists who create unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry at relatively inexpensive prices.

So where do you find this handcrafted jewelry? Easy enough. Go to any of the crafts fairs to find at least a half dozen booths featuring artisan jewelry. You can meet the person who made the jewelry too. They're always happy to answer any questions you may have with respect to techniques, construction and stones used in any particular piece that catches your eye. Artisan jewelers live and breathe their craft, and are proud of their workmanship. Another good source of this type of jewelry is the small shops which stock unusual, upscale, ethnic jewelry and clothing.

Many other exciting possibilities await you online. Do an image search on Google – a search on 'artisan jewelry' turns up about 175,000 images, while 'ethnic jewelry' brings almost 240,000 images for you to browse. Some of these pieces are truly knockouts. Scroll through the images until you find a look or style you love – it won't take long! Then, just …