August 16, 2007

Costume Jewelry Wholesale

Costume jewelry became known as "costume" jewelry because of its use in stage costumes. Like its use on the stage, costume jewelry is a fashion accessory that is meant just to look good. It is often made of materials that are not considered valuable including glass, plastic and base metals. Gem stones are generally synthetic look-a-likes. Unlike precious jewelry, costume jewelry shouldn't be considered to be an investment but some pieces may be considered worthy of being called a keepsake. Coco Chanel may have been the most recognized designer of costume jewelry pieces, but Kenneth Jay Lane created costume jewelry pieces that may have been among the most recognizable pieces. For instance, Lane created the three-strand pearl necklace worn by Barbara Bush at the inaugural ball. Vintage pieces of both Coco's and Lane's work sell for top dollar at top auction houses in New York including Christie's and Sotheby's.

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May 22, 2007

Pearl Value Factors: How to Judge and Evaluate Pearls

Thanks to aggressive publicity campaigns sponsored by the diamond industry, anyone buying a diamond can confidently go into the transaction armed with enough information to ask the right questions. In the pre-purchase stage, you'll likely query the seller about the five C's: carat, cut, clarity, color and cost. As long as you trust the jeweller, you can be confident about the value of the gem you're interested in based on his or her answers. But what about pearls? What questions do you ask? What does a high quality pearl look like? What are traits to avoid? Here we'll tell you what makes a pearl valuable. We'll also give you questions to ask your jeweler and tools to judge these lustrous gems yourself.

Pearl Value Factors
While there is no international standard for grading pearls, there is a system that is commonly used to evaluate these beautiful colored gemstones. Developed by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world's largest non-profit institute of gemological research and learning, this grading system considers seven pearl traits when determining value. They are: size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching. Let's take a look at each one as it relates to the beautiful cultured pearl.

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May 14, 2007

Ancient shells: human's first jewelry

Shells with holes in center excavated from sites in Israel and Algeria may be the oldest known evidence of personal decoration, an international research team reported on Thursday.

The findings, appearing in the June 23 edition of the journal Science, indicate that the shells are 100,000 year-old beads, supporting the idea that modern human culture emerged gradually in Africa and the Middle East instead of bursting forth later in Europe.

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Mid-year gems emporium begins in Myanmar

A mid-year Myanmar gems emporium kicked off here Thursday, putting the country's quality gems, jade, pearl and jewelry worth over 75 million U.S. dollars on sale on the basis of competitive bidding.

Over 1,000 merchants from 12 countries and regions, including China, China's Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, have arrived to attend the 11-day event being held at the Myanma Gems Emporium Hall and Myanmar Convention Center, said Managing Director of Myanma Gems Enterprise U Thein Swe at a press briefing here.

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