Category: Jewelry

Silver Italian Jewelry

Castellani was inspired to pursue the ‘granulation’ technique, which was perfected by the Etruscans in the 9th to 4th centuries B.C. and made Italian jewelry of this period so unique. Castellani’s passion for excellence became close to an obsession and resulted in the revival of many ancient techniques which have become some of the greatest contributions to the history of Italian jewelry making.

Fortunato Pio was joined by his two sons, Alessandro and Augusto in the 1850’s, creating and marketing their Italian jewelry designs to local, international patrons, artists and educated tourists visiting Rome. By the 1860s, popular demand for their unique styles, prompted Alessandro Castellani to establish a workshop in Naples in addition to opening shops in London and Paris. The Italian jewelry of this family won widespread acclaim leading to international expositions in Florence, London, and Paris, ultimately becoming the design that every jeweler throughout Europe wanted to …

Men’s Jewelry

Classes of Jewelry for Men

Men like women have some basic categories of jewelry. They fall into the groups below

  • Watches
  • Rings
  • Chains
  • Ear Rings
  • Bracelets

Men’s Watches

Today a man’s watch can be a very valuable item of jewelry. Prices are astronomical down to logical.

Many men have more than one watch, and if they are to be used as jewelry, the best rule is to match the watch to the style of dress.

Expensive but still casual clothes can find the perfect accent in a fine golden watch with white gold instead of yellow.

The classic suit is best accented by a thin and serious watch, but also can benefit from the newer styles of designer watches.

What not to wear is very casual and inexpensive clothes with an expensive watch. This is overkills, and overstatement.

Rings

A man’s ring can be with or without stone.

The classic …

Antique Jewelry

The jewelry has its own unique character which cannot be copied or imitated. In most cases antique jewelry is handcrafted. It has exquisite craftsmanship and a very special whimsical aura surrounding it, which sets it apart from all other jewelry, however beautiful or expensive they maybe. There is an understated classic elegance inherent in the design and styling. Though widely looked upon as being something worn by only those who are older; perceptions are gradually changing. It is now also seen as a very fashionable ornament which is quite in vogue and is worn by almost anyone, irrespective of their age group.

This kind of jewelry is not available in just any departmental store or some other normal jewelry shop, it can most often be found in niche show rooms, exclusive boutiques, and big auction houses and in antique dealer stores. These are the more reliable places from where you …

Wear Jewelry Watches

Prices

Jewelry watches are understandably expensive (from $5,000 to upwards of $20,000) because it takes time to find and match precious stones for your timepiece – these stones have to perfectly fit the design, need to be of the same clarity, color, and size, and are painstakingly handcrafted by artisans onto the watch.

How to Choose?

If you’re on the lookout for jewelry watches, your best bets would be the classics from the more popular name brands such as Rolex and Omega. If you aren’t looking to spend too much on your first jewelry watch, at least look for either a vintage model, which may give the impression that you’re a collector and that you chose that particular model because you searched far and wide for it, or find a piece that is freshly out in the market.

Pre-Owned Watches

Another alternative would be to purchase a pre-owned jewelry watch …

Costume Jewelry

Costume Jewelry came into being in the 1930s as a cheap disposable jewelry meant to be worn with a specific outfit, but not meant to be handed down through generations. It was intended to be fashionable for a short period of time, out date itself, and then be repurchased to fit with a new outfit purchase, or with a new fashion style. It became available in large quantities during the 30s.

Cheap jewelry also existed prior to the 1930s. Paste or glass jewelry as far back as the 1700s. The rich had their fine jewelry duplicated for a variety of reasons, using paste or glass stones. By the mid 1800s with the growth of the middle class there were now different levels of jewelry being manufactured using fine, semi-precious and base materials. Fine jewelry of gold, diamonds, fine gems such as emeralds and saphires continued to be made. Jewelry from …

Sterling Silver

Silver jewelry has been a staple in the lives of mankind since humans discovered the versatility of silver and the many uses it has. Silver has been used for functional and aesthetic purposes. In times of old, silver was used to create flatware and armor to protect soldiers on their way into battle. Silver jewelry was later created and used by Phoenician and Egyptian citizens desiring attractive and convenient pieces to add to their jewelry collections. Over time silver has been used to create flatware, decorative art, coins, dental fillings, jewelry and more.

Silver is produced in many different areas, though the highest concentrations of silver output come from Mexico and Peru.

One of the reasons sterling silver jewelry is so popular is its affordability and versatility. Sterling silver can be crafted into many different jewelry items including charms, rings and chains. Silver jewelry is often mistaken for other more …

Gothic-style Jewelry

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Searching for yourself and your hobby – you can try gothic thing. It might be interesting for you some time, and there are good chances you’ll find something more interesting. At least you are doing new things, which can lead you to new ways of looking at world. At least I always enjoyed new paths in life – it always …

Antique Diamond Rings

An antique diamond engagement ring is the perfect way to celebrate your love. Genuine antique jewelry is sourced in many ways, from estates and antique stores, and there are many high quality jewellers who specialise in antique sales. An antique diamond ring captures a sense of longevity and offers a sense of hidden history to the celebration of a burgeoning relationship that implies the continuation of love and life. The giving of an antique diamond engagement ring can fill a time of hope with a sense of completion, the feeling that as one love affair has ended, another one begins.

Antique diamond rings offer a sense of real individuality. Unlike much of the mass marketed jewelry that is available today, an antique piece is truly one of a kind. This also means, however, an antique ring comes as it is seen – unlike many modern rings that are made to …

Charm Bracelets

As time passed, charms lost their protective spiritual functions and became fashion jewelry. The 1890’s saw a renaissance of charms, especially in Victorian England, where elaborate and intricate jewelry was in vogue. Queen Victoria helped popularize the trend by wearing a charm bracelet of small lockets holding family portraits.

WW II caused another revival of charm bracelets in America in the 1940’s and 1950’s, as soldiers stationed abroad picked up charms as souvenirs in the European cities they visited and brought them home for wives and girlfriends. The fashion trend continued well into peacetime.

Charms still remain a popular jewelry item, as personalized keepsakes in an increasingly mass-produced jewelry market. Popular themes include horoscope signs, birthstone charms, travel souvenirs, and family keepsakes. Many women start collecting charms when they are children, and the charm bracelet grows along with them, reflecting hobbies and personal experience. A charm bracelet can hold a …