Little bit of Luxury

I love a little bit luxury, something that adds a elegance and shows high quality. Every girl needs some luxury in their life.

Is A Luxury Watch A Good Investment?

The term ‘investment’ can refer to a variety of things. There is both emotional and financial investment and commitment, for example. When it comes to material items and self-image, you can invest in your abilities, looks, and emotions, all of which can be time and/or money-consuming.

 When it comes to wealth, you put your money (and frequently your effort) into something with the expectation that the item would provide future income or profit. In the case of luxury watches, we can state unequivocally that they are an excellent emotional investment. Wearing the watch will make you feel happy if you enjoy it. Watches elicit a deep personal connection that few other items can equal. Yet what about the monetary side of things? Will a luxury watch give you a return on your money? The answer has to be that it depends.

 When it comes to the worth of a watch, it all boils down to market demand and whether or not someone is prepared to purchase it. You can guess how much a watch is worth quite accurately if you know what you’re doing, but it’s only worth anything if there’s a buyer. It’s not like stocks in that you can sell your asset at any time you want to. Of course, this is true for many things, including homes. The difference with watches is that they are a collector’s item, they are sold at auctions, so prices might be worth more or less than predicted, and demand for certain models can fluctuate.

 However, owing to social media, the worth of certain watches is less ambiguous. A watch can now be quantified and rated more easily than ever before. Furthermore, the expansion of knowledge and respect for timepieces and specific brands has resulted in a significant increase in resale value. As a result, a watch is a fantastic investment, and the time to invest in a watch has never been better.

 One excellent brand is Patek Philippe. This infographic will give you some more information.


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Where Do Your Diamonds Come From?

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but most of us know very little about them above and beyond the fact that they’re beautiful, sparkly and mined from the earth. This is such a shame because the more we know about the diamonds in our engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces and other much-loved pieces of jewellery, the more interesting our diamonds become. Not only that but the more we know about the origins of our diamonds, the easier it will be for us to make more ethical choices around purchasing them next time we’re trying to choose between our favourite Valentina Fine Diamonds.

 

So where do those diamonds you love so much come from? They’re mined from deep pits all over the world. The main producer of diamonds right now is Russia who manufactures around 22.4 percent of all of the world’s diamonds, and which is home to no less than 12 open-pit diamond mines. Botswana is the next biggest producer with responsibility for around 19.9 percent of production.

If you want to find out more about where your diamonds come from, how they are produced and how the diamond industry works in practice, so you can make more ethical choices and choose the diamonds that best fit in with your lifestyle, take a look at the infographic below.  Not only does it lay out exactly where diamonds come from, but it will also teach you a great deal about diamond mines, which is a subject few people really know about at all.


Infographic designed by:  Valentina Fine Diamonds

Platinum vs White Gold: Which is the best metal for your engagement ring?

When you start looking for a diamond engagement ring, you may be surprised to learn that yellow gold is not ideal when teamed with diamonds – unless the diamonds are fancy, brightly coloured ones that look good against the gleam of yellow or rose gold. This is because diamonds are cut to reflect light, and if mounted against yellow gold, they will reflect yellow, instead of that evocative rainbow fire that marks a diamond’s quality. You will very quickly decide that you need to make a choice between white gold and platinum, but which should you choose and why?

Platinum vs White Gold

White Gold

White gold is something of a misnomer, but calling it ‘gold mixed with some other pale metal’ is not likely to garner it too many purchasers, even though that would be more accurate! White gold is gold mixed with, usually, one of three silver-hued metals, nickel, silver, or palladium. Because of the high content of gold, the metal is not actually ‘white’ (by which a silvery hue is actually meant). Rather, it is like a very pale-yellow gold. Like its more colourful counterpart, white gold is categorised in carats of purity, and the price is very much the same as yellow gold, itself an alloy, usually. This is because pure gold is very soft, and any jewellery made from it would be misshapen after one day of use. When rings are offered for sale as white gold and betraying no hint of yellowness, this is almost always because the ring has been plated with rhodium, a beautiful silvery element that looks very attractive. However, this plating will come off in time, perhaps giving your engagement ring time to shine moonlit silver until the wedding ceremony, after which time it will revert to the colour of pale gold! White gold tends to be a hardy metal, given durability by the addition of the other metals, so it is a good choice as an engagement ring which will be worn all the time.

Platinum vs White Gold

Platinum

Platinum that is used in jewellery is also an alloy, albeit with a much higher purity. Most platinum only has about five percent of other metals mixed in with it, and this is why platinum costs a little more than white gold, which may have ten percent or more of other metals mixed with it. Platinum naturally has an attractive silvery shade and will not discolour over time as there is no plating to wear away. Like gold platinum is highly un-reactive, so rings made from either metal will not tarnish or discolour with day-to-day use. It is also very hard-wearing which makes it ideal for regular wear as a ring – the jewellery item that takes the most abuse, given how often we use our hands during our lives! One big advantage of platinum is that it is hypoallergenic, while one of the metals commonly used to make white gold, nickel, is a metal that more people are allergic to than any other.

So, which should you choose? It is entirely your choice. Platinum is heavier, being a denser metal, and it is more expensive. It has the advantages of being hardwearing and hypoallergenic. On the other hand, if there are no allergies involved, and cost is an important factor, then white gold is an excellent option. For more advice and help in making up your mind, there is an impartial platinum vs white gold comparison at Pricescope diamond and jewellery forum that can help you weigh up the differences between two metals that will both set your diamond off to a great effect. Happy shopping!