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Great Tips for Jewellery Shopping

What girl doesn’t like buying jewellery? You’ll see plenty of unique pieces in their collection. Fine vintage and antique pieces that are exquisitely hand crafted are also treasured possessions in any woman’s jewellery box. If you like shopping for fine jewellery, here are a few tips to help you make the right choices.

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Know your Budget

We would all love to spend our time acquiring fine jewellery, but one must be realistic. Work out how much you can afford, and do not go over that figure, as you can easily find yourself short, and jewellery is definitely not considered a necessity. Knowing your budget will make your search a lot easier, and the frequency of a purchase should reflect your lifestyle. If you would like an update, there are some of the popular jewellery styles, which might give you some inspiration.

Buy Online

If you are interested in acquiring antique or vintage jewellery, search online for a reputable antique dealer, who would have an impressive catalogue of items, and that allows you to browse literally hundreds of fine items of jewellery, and from the comfort of your living room too! Check out the pieces of art deco jewellery worn by celebrities and you are sure to find something that hits the spot. Online shopping is convenient, and you are not paying extra for plush showrooms, and with the dealer’s expertise, whatever your preferences, he can source the right pieces to add to your growing collection. Once you have found the perfect item, a secure online payment will see the piece packaged and delivered to your door, and you can’t get much better than that.

Think Investment 

When buying jewellery, it is always best to look at vintage or antique items, as they appreciate in value, providing they are looked after. Your jewellery collection will grow as time passes, and with some astute purchases, the collection will become a valuable asset. When you purchase a modern jewellery item, you lose at least 30%, should you wish to sell, yet with a fine antique piece, the value will only increase. Whatever your preferred style, the online antique dealer has a great selection of vintage and antique jewellery items, and all at affordable prices.

Do Some Online Searching 

Google images is your best friend when wanting ideas for jewellery, and once you see something you like, you can start looking for it through a reputable online antique dealer. If, for example, you sent the dealer an image of a necklace you like, he would be able to source something similar, and with his help, you will always find what you want. Forging an alliance with such a dealer will pay long-term dividends, and whenever you want to source a particular jewellery item, give him a call or send an email.

It is always best to have a firm idea of what you want prior to shopping, and with a budget in mind, you can search the online antique dealers for suitable items. Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings of all shapes and sizes can be found through an online antique dealer, and whether you prefer art deco or the glitzy forties, the online dealer has an extensive catalogue of fine items, and what he hasn’t got, he can easily source.

The Top 5 Precious Gemstones Used in Jewellery Today

There are, of course, many gemstones that Mother Nature has bestowed upon us, and some are more popular in jewellery than others. Over the centuries, jewellery tastes have evolved, and so has the lists of precious stones they used, and with that in mind, here are the top 5 precious stones that are used to create jewellery, in order to popularity, of course.

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Alexandrite – This extremely rare stone has a unique ability to change colour in different light conditions, giving it a kind of exclusivity from the other forms of precious stone. If you would like to view some stunning alexandrites, there is an online jeweller based in London who has access to some of the best alexandrites available. These rare stones have been found in a handful of countries, such as Russia, Brazil, Tanzania and Mozambique, and will change from red to green as the day progresses.

Diamonds – Just pipped by alexandrites, diamonds come in all colours, and as far as quantity of jewellery goes, diamonds win hands down. Thanks to aggressive marketing in the 1930s by diamond broker De Beers, diamonds are now a girl’s best friend, and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon. Diamonds come in many colours, with pink diamonds particularly in demand, and there are colourless diamonds, which are quite rare. Engagement and wedding rings have long been decorated with diamond clusters, and the really big stones usually end up on the finger of a celebrity or member of a royal family.

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Sapphires – Blue is the colour for this attractive gemstone, although they can be yellowish green, and this is the birthstone for September. Sapphires can be found in all forms of jewellery, and can be found naturally in parts of South East Asia and Eastern Australia, and there are online jewellers with a wide selection of stunning sapphire jewellery.

Rubies – A ruby is from pink to blood red in colour and is related to the sapphire, as it has similar chemical makeup, and the name stems from ruber, the Latin word for red. It is the element of chromium that causes the stunning redness, and generally, the deeper the red, the more expensive the stone. Ruby is the birthstone for July, and is very popular in all forms of jewellery, and you can find a great selection of ruby jewellery at the online jeweller, who would probably be a little cheaper than a traditional High St retail outlet.

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Emeralds – Green is the primary colour associated with emeralds, and with green tint is the result of minute traces of chromium, which gives the stone its attraction. Graded using the same 4Cs that are used to grade diamonds, emeralds are very popular stones when it comes to jewellery making.

Of course, there are other gemstones that are commonly used in jewellery making, but the above 5 are at the top, and that hasn’t changed for many centuries. Whatever your personal preference, when buying precious stones, either separately or in jewellery, it is important to verify that the stones are of good quality, and the best way to ensure this, is to buy from a reputable online jeweller.

Are Bridal tights for you?

So, you have ‘said yes’ to the dress for many brides the most exciting part of wedding planning. It’s perfect, everything you have dreamed about but it doesn’t stop there. Now you are searching for the perfect veil, lingerie and hosiery to go with your dress.

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Choosing your wedding dress

When I got married, I wore a strapless bra and lace pants, along with stockings and a suspender belt. All very ivory and pretty, I think that having something pretty under your wedding dress really helps you to feel confident and sexy on your wedding day.

Of course it is all dependant on what you are wearing. It could be you have a short dress, a long silky dress, backless, A-line, princess style. There is such a wide variety of wedding dresses and each one would need something different underneath. Some brides are wanting to wear stockings, or tights and some do not feel the need for either.

Choosing your bridal tights

Of course not only does your choice of dress effect this, it also depends on your shoes. For me open toes and tights is no, however I know that many people are happy with this. But footless tights could be just thing answer to this, if you are really wanting to wear tights and open toed shoes. Also if you are going to have a rather high heel, then you might need to think about the possibility of these needing to come off as the day goes on.

Would you be wearing flip flops, shoe-less or changing to a comfy flat pair. I know that I’m a shoes off kind of girl when it comes to my feet hurting, but I’m also more than aware that it often leads to holes in your bridal tights and stockings, which might not be want you want. So popping a pair of flat shoes under the table might be a good idea. It’s awful when your feet start to hurt.

One of the other things to think about when choosing your wedding underwear is, are you having a garter? Or are you wearing a garter but not having it removed by your new hubby during the evening reception? I think this will play a part in deciding if you are wearing hosiery.

There are so many things to think about when it comes to planning your big day, and I think you often forget the small little elements when you first start to plan.

 

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