Add elegance, sophistication and fashion to your wardrobe with fabulous jewelry. Earrings are the ideal accessory because you can keep up with the latest trends without overpowering your outfit. A basic diamond stud in a simple setting is the perfect addition to your little black dress. For casual everyday wear, try hoops or twisted styles.
If you are in the market to buy some silver jewelry, don’t forget to take a magnet along with you. If an item of jewelry is attracted by a magnet, it is not sterling silver! Only non-precious metals can be drawn to a magnet. Another way to tell if a metal is sterling silver is to check for a hallmark stamp, for example .sterling, .ster, or .925. Be wary of pieces that lack any silver hallmarks, as this is an indication that they’re not genuine sterling silver.
When buying diamonds, do not fall for the selling ploy of deceptive jewelry lighting. Many of these have quartz or halogen bulbs. The kinds of lights they emit can really make stones appear much brighter. This is because they shine it purposelessly behind them to give them a false glow in an attempt to attract customers.
The best tool for any jewelry hunter, whether searching for personal treasure or for the profit in reclaiming gold or silver, is a jeweler’s loupe. Jeweler’s loupes are small, but powerful magnifying instruments designed specially for use in examining jewelry at very close range. Some jeweler’s loupes also have a built-in, battery-powered light which can be very handy if examining pieces in a dimly lit area. Most jeweler’s loupes are extremely economical in cost and can help you make the most of your jewelry-buying dollar, especially when buying from second-hand sources.
If you see a ring that claims to be diamond and has a sterling silver setting, be very wary. Diamonds are only professionally set in white gold, yellow gold or platinum. Very rarely and mostly never will you see a diamond ring set in sterling silver. There are a few infrequent cases with a few low grade diamond chips set in silver, but usually this will not happen. If you see a jewelry store with this practice, they are usually selling zirconia and claiming them as diamonds.
Before purchasing a diamond ring, earrings, or pendant, familiarize yourself with the wide variety of cuts available. The Asscher cut diamond is uniquely cut, in a square shape with cropped corners. This particular cut draws the eye to the diamond and is perfect for those with an appreciation of art deco styling.
A pave setting can be a unique choice when selecting a diamond ring. A pave setting is actually a bunch of tiny diamonds set together, rather than one single large diamond. The diamonds are placed in tiny holes, with their surface almost at the same height as your setting. It can be difficult to distinguish a pave setting for a single setting with the naked eye, but the cost is significantly less.
Remember to add sparkle with emeralds, sapphires, rubies and diamonds without detracting from your outfit. Two of the newest trends are twisted earrings made of silver and hoops in bright colors. It’s easy to try something new because earrings are such a subtle piece of jewelry. Enjoy fashion and try the latest trends to dress up your ears.