Valid Tops To Buy Gold & Silver

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With each passing day a visible increase is coming in the popularity of silver and it is widely opinioned by the experts that a great majority of human population is turning towards modes, which enable them to buy gold because the prices of silver are getting very high. Well the point can’t be ignored that along with gold the prices of silver have also increased, but still in comparison to gold they are still a cheaper option. In case you also have plans related with buying silver, then continue reading this article because we will discuss some valid tips which will enable you to select the most appropriate pieces present in the market.

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What are fracture filled diamonds, and how recognise them?

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ring4I recently met with a jewellery valuer who values all types of jewellery. One of the services this valuation company provides is insurance valuations for diamond engagement rings that were purchased abroad, mainly Antwerp, Dubai and New York. Several Irish couples head to these locations each year in the search for a better deal, as they believe Irish Jewellers are too expensive due to higher margins, overheads etc. Read more »

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Tips for Jewellery Valuations

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Round-Brilliant-Cushion-CutIf you have jewellery of value you should more than likely have it insured. With the recent rise in home burglaries and crime, having your jewellery insured has never been more important.

Before you can insure your jewellery with an insurance company, you will need to get the items valued and a report on each item prepared. The insurance company will then provide you with a premium based on the value of the items insured. Read more »

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Secure Storage Facility In Merrion Vaults

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Glasgow-Vaults-Safe-Deposit-Box-facility-in-GlasgowMerrion Vaults is the largest independent safe deposit box center in Ireland and provides account holders a protected area to store valuables in Dublin City Centre.

The vault is found in the basement of a workplace structure near Merrion Square in Dublin 2.

Merrion Vaults opened in September of this year after the development of the company by entrepreneurs Seamus Fahy, owner of Voltaire Diamonds and David Walsh, Chief Executive Officer of Citybox.

The vault provides an array of safes suitable for the safe storage of jewellery, gold, silver, money, documents such as title deeds or wills, family treasures and other useful possessions. Read more »

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Buying / Selling Gold As An Investment – Some Great Tips

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Rare supply of fresh gold to the market have led the skyscraper of rate of gold in the bullion market. The supply of fresh gold into the market is rather low, hence the total graph of the gold cost in the lengthy run is constantly increasing. Therefore marketing gold, be it coins, bullion or even just marketing gold precious jewellery proves to be lucrative. Read more »

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The Perfect Princess Cut Engagement Rings

princess-cut-diamond-semi-bezel-set-engagement-ring-with-matching-wedding-ringThe princess cut comes in a close second to the round brilliant shape for diamond rings. So what is a princess cut exactly? It is either a square or rectangular cut diamond with four sides that are beveled and on the side you can see that the shape resembles an inverted pyramid.

The cut itself was created in the swinging Sixties and it has become more and more popular recently. The difference between the princess and the brilliant cuts is that the princess cut has corners, whereas the brilliant cut is round. This also means because of this a princess cut diamond will weigh more.
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Guide in Choosing Your Engagement Ring Setting

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As equally important as the band of the engagement ring and the center stone is the setting of the ring. The setting gives the ring its unique look and it also helps a lot into fitting what you prefer your overall engagement ring to look like. If you prefer it simple with a bit of edginess, you can do so. If you want it flashy and eye-catching, there is a setting perfect for it. If you want to give your center rock a good emphasis, there are also different available settings for it.

Now, as you are looking at different rings and their settings, you encounter words such as pave, halo, double halo, cathedral, three stone, split, bypass, claw (prong), solitaire and you do not have a clue as to how they look like, exactly? Check the following below.

The Claw (Prong) Setting

This is the classic, timeless and most preferred setting for a ring. The claw (prong) is a metal that holds the stone tightly in its place. Below are some of the different kinds of claws.

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Halo Setting

This is the type of setting where the smaller stones are etched in or on the metallic circle that wraps the center stone. This kind of setting gives a larger center stone illusion and it also increases the ring’s overall sparkle. This is a setting that is good if you want to have some money as the stones that are used on the halo are small, more common ones so these stones are much more affordable. This is a way to really save money without sacrificing the ring’s overall look. This setting is usually paired with paved or channel bands which adds to the vintage look that the halo creates. Of course, a simple band also works beautifully as well. There is a single halo setting and of course a double halo, which is made of two concentric circles.

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Channel Setting

This setting is a safe way to protect the smaller diamonds in a row that is put into the ring’s band, making the shank look flashier. There are no prongs that hold the smaller diamonds which makes it far more secure.

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Pave Setting

Pave Setting may look similar to channel setting at first glance but it is placed on the ring band differently. This is where the small diamonds are placed very closely together and thus creates a more luminous and vibrant sparkle. This is made through drilling holes into the ring and carefully placing the small stones, and then securing them well after. Diamonds are usually pave set when the size of the stones are usually .01 to .02 carats and anything smaller than that are called micro-pave.

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Three-stone Setting

This is not a usual, classic design for the ring but many have opted for this kind of setting already. Some would give meaning to the three stones. They say it symbolizes the couple’s present, past, and future while for some, it means “I love you”.

There are many ways on how you can use this setting. You can have the three stones at the same size but usually, the center stone is bigger. You can also opt on having colored gems as the accessory stones to add a little dash of color to it.

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Buying an Engagement Ring

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Before heading to the different jewelry shops or before checking the website of different jewelry shops to look for the perfect ring for her, you should know a lot of things about her preference. It also pays to take her personality into consideration.

Does she prefer diamond and not any other precious gems? Does she have a cut and color that she prefer? Maybe her parents or her friends know? Or maybe she has rings that can be your basis on what exactly she prefers. What kind of metal should you get for her ring? Does she like it gold or the classic silver? Should there be an engraving? For a more complete guide on how to buy the perfect engagement ring for her, the infographic below will guide you in a very helpful and interesting way.

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Creative Ideas For A Beautiful Wedding Day!

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Wedding is something special! Two becoming as one is very special! No doubt, it will be a day to remember! Enjoy it! Weddings are just as unique as the people are that make up the marriage. It may range from large to small, expensive or inexpensive, formal or casual. However, decisions have to be made. Following are some tips and tricks others have found valuable to make those decisions easier:

Leave a gift for out-of-town guests in their room as a thank you for coming so far to attend your wedding. A nice basket of snacks, like crackers, fresh fruit, and drinks, will give them something welcoming to enjoy while they are away from home. Another excellent choice would be a gift card for a local restaurant!

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How To Choose Jewelry

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Choosing your jewelry is no different than choosing your wardrobe. Most important is to stick within your comfort zone and your personal fashion style. That said it never hurts to step out of the box once in awhile.
What’s most important is that your jewelry matches up with your outfit. Your jewelry is the finishing touch on your total look. Make your fashion statement count!

You need to determine what you want your jewelry to do. Do you want it front and center stage? Do you want it to compliment? Do you want it subtle? The occasion or event you’ll be wearing your jewelry to is also important – make certain it is fitting. A sexy oversized choker might be perfect for a night on the town but may not be fitting for the boardroom. ring3

Although you may have a favorite designer. There’s really no need to stick with just one designer. In fact there’s no need for the pieces to actually be designer. There are plenty of wonderful pieces on the market that are unsigned but certainly make a fashion statement. Mix and match your jewelry to give it character and a little pizzaz!

Costume Jewelry, both signed and unsigned, is an affordable way to complete your look. Costume Jewelry can be bought for a low price and has plenty of life. Heck we see costume jewelry back to the 1920s still in excellent condition. What’s great with costume jewelry is you can use it, get tired of it, put it away or give it away and have still gotten good value for your money.

Designer pieces tend to cost a little more, last a little longer, and they usually follow more traditional lines so you can wear them for more than one or two seasons.

Sterling Silver is affordable and very versatile. If you don’t want to spend the money for sterling, then purchase some silver plate pieces. Silver is a must have to any wardrobe! You can go from dainty and delicate to large and noticeable. It can be dressed up or down and is acceptable for any event or occasion.

We always recommend have some gold plate or gold tone pieces in your wardrobe basics also. 10-14k gold may be a bit too pricey for many but gold plated jewelry is quite affordable and will give you good value for the cost. Gold like silver can be dressed up or dressed down and is perfect for a very classy look.

When purchasing rings you can have great fun – again the choices are endless from large and overwhelming to dainty and feminine. The length and size of your fingers plays an important role in what will look good. For example long skinny fingers don’t look good with huge oversized rings, yet a woman that has long thicker fingers they look exquisite. Long nails? Short nails? it all makes a difference. Play and see what you like what looks good. Also determine where you will be wearing these rings. For example if your working around fine fabrics you’ll not want any rings that have sharp edges that could snag. Your rings are also part of your total statement.
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When purchasing necklaces be certain you know your neck size so that you get a good fit. This is very important when purchasing on line as you don’t get a chance to try. If your neck is average in size then a 16″ necklace will look great, however if you have a somewhat larger than average neck then a 16″ necklace could be too tight. Measure the length of some of your favourite necklaces you already own. This will give you a good indication of what length you prefer. Opera necklaces which are over 30″ are terrific. They can be double wrapped, knotted, or whatever else your imagination comes up with. When choosing colored necklaces make sure its a color that compliments your skin tone. It may match your outfit fabulously but if it doesn’t match or compliment your skin tone your look could be lost.

When purchasing bracelets you’ll need to decide where you’re going to wear them, and how noticeable you want them to be. The availability of size and shape is endless – you can go from large bangle bracelets to dainy gem bracelets. If it is a slip on bracelet be sure that it will fit over your hand. Make certain to measure your wrist as the fit of a bracelet is very important. To large and it will look sloppy and may even slide off. Too small can constrict your wrist movement.

When purchasing earrings – the shapes and styles are endless – from dangles to chandeliers to hoops to studs to buttons. From enamel to beads to gems to metal to wood. Size of the earrings is very important to the statement your making. The larger the earring the more noticeable and the more incorporated they become into your total look. Large earrings aren’t for everyone – depending on your face size and shape they may actually detract rather than attract. Experiment and find what looks best on you.

Your jewelry choices are endless – no matter what your tastes, your likes, your dislikes. You’ll be able to complete your look just the way you want it with little effort. So be sure to make your fashion statement!

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Shopping For Engagement Rings

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Getting engaged is certainly one of the most exciting experiences that any couple can go through. While there are a lot of couples who will opt for shopping together for rings, there are still some brides to be who prefer the surprise element of her guy popping the question. No matter what type of situation you are in, there are several things that you need to keep in mind as you shop around for engagement rings. After all, this is not only a gesture of love and commitment but it is also an investment in your future together as a couple.

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