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Sexy and Strong: Hot Jewelry Trends for 2018

Jewelry Trends for 2018Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and are ready to embrace the new opportunities of 2018! In this first issue of the year, we look at the latest jewelry trends of 2018.

The new year is here, and for jewelry buffs, it’s time to look to the coming year and consider upcoming looks and trends.

Representing women’s strength – If there’s an overarching theme to the 2018 aesthetic, it’s interesting to note that fashion jewelry buyers are gravitating to pieces that reflect a woman’s strength and power—looks with swords, shields, daggers, and royal crest motifs. This look is also certainly influenced by the HBO show and pop culture smash hit, “Game of Thrones.”

Pearls: always in style – Pearls have been cool since Coco Chanel wrapped herself in dozens of luminous ropes. Have they ever gone out of style? Not really, but pearls are back in a big way for 2018.

Playful plastic charm necklaces – Plastic charm necklaces are a trend that’s been brewing for some time. Colorful and playful—think multi-colored teddy bears – they can brighten up your winter wardrobe and inspire smiles.

DIY jewelry – Hand-made quality and fabulously unique, DIY jewelry is still a big look this year. Stripped down, oversized, handmade jewelry that borrows from tribal decorative traditions are especially hot with millennials and Gen Zers.

Chain-drop jewelry – Chain-drop jewelry has become a celebrity staple on the red carpet and no surprise why—it’s a refined, dramatic look that flatters universally. Pieces can vary widely style-wise, from a simple ball on a string look to ornate detailed pieces suitable for a queen.

Cameos: Old World look back in – Cameo jewelry, known for its stylized silhouette profiles of a woman, are decidedly “Old World,” yet back in vogue. Look for unique pieces at estate sales, especially brooches.

The brooch is officially back on the runways and red carpets – and younger consumers love pinning bejeweled brooches to their jean jackets. (A mash up of vintage and ‘80s?)

Enamel and inlay – Jewelry incorporating color and illustration, via enamel and inlay, is having a bona fide moment in the style spotlight. Look for unique hand-made pieces.

Vintage is timeless – While sleek and simple styles have been popular in jewelry for a while, the romance and femininity inherent to vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry—mainly Victorian, Edwardian, and Georgian—represent a pendulum swing back to a more romantic aesthetic. In 2018, look for dainty pieces, bold, geometric necklaces and bracelets, and clean, minimal metal cuffs and earrings. And of course, you can’t forget the fabulous cocktail rings – not one, but several.

Post-back button earrings – This adorable coat button look hasn’t been in vogue in years is suddenly all the rage with younger jewelry lovers. For a great winter look, try and find post-back button earrings that match the buttons on your coat. Too cute!

Mix and match to combine styles – No matter what your jewelry preference, hybrid looks are completely acceptable in 2018. So, have fun setting yourself apart from the crowd by mixing and matching different jewelry pieces.

The best thing about this fashion concept: You don’t have to spend a lot of time, money and energy on shopping—just look in your box of jewels and take the first two contrasting earrings that you think will be fun to wear together.

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Looking to buy a piece of jewelry for 2018? Adina Jeweler’s has been business for more than 25 years, and is the largest wholesaler of fine jewelry, watches, diamonds, gold, sterling silver, estate and vintage jewelry, coins and other precious metals. Visit Adina Jeweler’s eBay store today!

How to Find Fine Jewelry at Estate Sales

For many, summer is the ideal time to scour yard and estate sales for interesting fine jewelry pieces. There are great finds out there, but it’s sometimes difficult to know what you’re looking at—unless you know what you’re looking at. Here’s an overview of the definitions and differences between estate, vintage, and antique jewelry.

Estate, vintage, and antique jewelry have similar meanings but the differences between them can greatly influence the value of the jewelry pieces. Before you purchase a previously owned piece of jewelry, it’s important to know the differences.

Estate jewelry: an umbrella term

In general terms, many people consider estate jewelry to be any piece of jewelry that has been passed down from a previous generation, but it actually refers to any piece of jewelry that was previously owned, regardless of its age.

Estate jewelry can be broken down into two types: vintage jewelry that is less than 100 years old and antique jewelry that is more than 100 years old.

For more on the difference between vintage and antique jewelry, we reference about style.com’s jewelry article, “What is the Difference Between Antique, Vintage, and Estate Jewelry?” 

Vintage jewelry: Less than 100 years old

Vintage jewelry has to be at least 20 to 30 years old, and created between 1910 and 1990. Vintage is probably the most common term of the three, since it encompasses a large collection of jewelry ages.

The most commonly collected are vintage pieces from between 1940 and 1970. That includes the glamorous, Hollywood-inspired 1940s jewelry, the fabulous Jackie Kennedy-inspired jewelry of the ‘60s, and even the bold jewelry of the1980s.

Jewelry eras within vintage include: Modern, Mid-Century Modern, Retro, and Art Deco.

Antique jewelry: More than 100 years old

Antique jewelry is any piece of jewelry that is at least a century old. So, by definition, all antique jewelry is considered vintage, but not all vintage jewelry is considered antique.

When shopping for antique jewelry, beware of the term “antique style,” which is a tip off that the piece is not really antique, but rather made in the style of older, antique jewelry.

Anytime the word “style” is used when describing a piece of jewelry that appears to be old but there is no other mention of the item’s age, this most likely means the item is a reproduction.

Many pieces from the 1920s are now considered antique, especially those made in the earlier part of decade. Jewelry eras included in antique jewelry are Art Deco, Edwardian, Belle Epoque, Art Nouveau, Victorian, and Georgian.

It’s important to remember that the use of the terms estate, vintage, and antique can be confusing, and in some cases misleading, so it’s very important to understand the differences to avoid accidentally buying a reproduction piece. Of course if you’re looking for a less time consuming way to find fine estate, vintage and antique jewelry visit Adina’s eBay store. You’ll find fine jewelry that’s already been appraised by GIA-trained experts at true wholesale prices.

Source: Style.com

Cool and Classic Father’s Day Jewelry Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18. Here are some cool and classic jewelry gift ideas to help show the father figure in your life how you really feel about him.

History of Father’s Day

Let’s first start with some history of the holiday. Created in 1910 by Sonora Smart Todd, her idea was to create a day to complement Mother’s Day, which had been established in 1908 by Ann Jarvis. Although it would take almost two decades for the holiday to gain popularity, it eventually took hold, as we still celebrate it today.

A piece of jewelry to cherish

To really impress the dad in your life, you may want to consider giving a piece of jewelry, such as a watch, tie clip, or cuff links. As jewelry designer David Yurman said, “I’ve always felt that jewelry is one of the most personal and emotional gifts you can give your loved one.” Men really do appreciate a good piece of jewelry as much as women do, especially if it’s wearable and practical, in addition to being beautiful.

A timeless watch – Watches are truly a unique statement about the wearer. If you’re considering giving a watch, take a moment to think about your father’s personality. Is he classic and conservative, or edgy and cool? Is he active and in need of a durable sports watch? Or tech-savvy who will appreciate a smartwatch that is an extension of his iPhone? If so, then consider the Apple Watch Sport or a host of other iOS-compatible smartwatches on the market.

Depending on your budget, if his taste leans toward classic styles and higher end brands, a fine watch can become an heirloom that is handed down for generations. Before you spend more than you should, read 6 Things to do before Buying a Rolex.

A unique necklace — Like a watch and most pieces of jewelry, a necklace should really speak to your father’s personality and taste. Consider a pendant that reflects his personal beliefs, likes and interests. Is he a religious man? How about a nice gold cross or pendant with the Hebrew Life sign? Or a guitar if he’s a musician; or maybe a dog tag proclaiming your love for him. There are some unique options out there, including a Batman logo with the saying, “You are my superhero.” Take time to investigate and you’ll be sure to find the perfect piece.

A pair of classic cufflinks — Few pieces of men’s jewelry say class and elegance like a pair of gold or silver cufflinks. Prices range widely for cufflinks, so don’t be intimidated. A basic pair of stainless steel cufflinks generally starts around $20.00 and increase into the thousands, depending on the metals and gemstones attached to them. Go the extra step and have them monogrammed with your father’s initials.

Whatever you decide to give to your dad on Father’s Day, remember that time is the most precious gift of all, so if you can, spend Father’s Day with your dad doing something he likes. Or take time to reminisce and remember him with family. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

How Antique and Vintage Watches are Valued

Whether you’re an owner of antique and vintage watches, or you’re in the market to buy, understanding the factors that determine a watch’s value is key to getting the best sale price. Here is a general overview of how antique and/or vintage watches are valued and estimated, based on the article “How to Understand the Value of Your Vintage or Antique Watch,” on PocketWatchRepair.com.

Know what you have.

The most important factor in understanding the value of a watch is knowing what it is. Before attempting to buy, sell, or pawn a watch, make sure you have a clear understanding of who the manufacturer is, its model, age, grade, condition, and any other details about the particular watch.

A watch made with precious metals adds to the value of the watch. Does yours have a gold or gold-plated case? Many watches contain gold in the movement itself, including gold-plated train wheels and gold jewel settings.

Precious gems in the setting also adds to the value of a watch, and its jewel count is sometimes marked in the movement, as in 20J. Most antique watches have a minimum of seven jewels. According to PocketWatchRepair.com, under 15 jewels is considered a lower-grade watch; 15-17 jewels is considered a mid-grade watch, and 19-24 jewel movements is considered high-grade.

Age, appearance, and authenticity

Age – To determine the age of a watch, find the serial number from the movement, aka the moving/working part of the watch, not the watch case. With certain European and Swiss watches, it is more difficult to find the serial number. If this is an issue, you may be able to find out the age based on the style of the movement, and/or the way the watch was made. This may be tricky, and you may need help from an expert watch appraiser.

Appearance – Like anything else, the appearance and condition of the watch will have a big impact on its estimated value. Is the watch clean and in working order? Is the glass face and case without scratches and cracks? Are the hands clean and movement smooth? Does the case align correctly? If the watch is in working order, listen to hear if the ticking is “clean and crisp.” These and other factors of appearance contribute to the overall value of a watch.

Authenticity – Like a classic car, a watch that is “authentic,” or in original condition is  more in demand than one that has been refurbished with “after market” parts. Make sure the hands are the same, and also look for extra screw marks on the case, which would indicate that the case has been replaced. Make sure a watch is not counterfeit, especially if you’re thinking about buying it.

One final thought…

Determining the value of a watch can be complex, but you can do some research ahead of time to get a good idea of what you have and its worth. Keep in mind that condition, uniqueness, and rarity all contribute to the value of a watch, but it really comes down to what someone is willing to pay for it.

If you’re looking for fine vintage or antique watches, we’ve taken the guesswork out of the process. Make sure you visit Adina by Empire Jeweler’s remarkable online store. You’ll find an exquisite selection of authentic vintage and antique watches, plus fine jewelry at true wholesale prices.

What to Know About Buying Jewelry Gifts Online

s-l1600Online holiday shopping is big business. Last year in the U.S., Americans spent $56.43 billion shopping for the holidays via their desktop computers. And $2.3 billion was spent online on Cyber Monday alone, making it the biggest online shopping day ever, according to a statista.com survey.

If you plan on shopping online for jewelry this holiday, here are some important things to know and do so you can “Buy Now” with confidence, courtesy of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America).

Benefits of buying online

Clearly, there are myriad reasons to shop at home on our computer, or on-the-go on our tablet or smartphone. Certainly, the convenience of being able to buy wherever and whenever we want is appealing. Also, shopping online eliminates the pain of driving in traffic, wading through crowded stores, and waiting on long lines for sale items that may or may not be sold out.

Another big benefit is the research aspect of online buying. Whatever type of jewelry you’re looking to buy, from vintage estate jewelry to high-end diamonds and luxury watches, you can research the online vendor via  third-party reviews and consumer feedback.

On many online jewelry shops and consumer review websites, you can find comments from customers who’ve bought products from that shop. This is a great way to find out what kind of experiences people had, and if there are any trends in either a positive or negative direction.

Also, like most websites, online jewelry shops have a “contact us” section, where you can ask questions about the products available, and specifics such as colors, sizes, grading, availability, shipping, payments and other purchase details.

Here’s some GIA advice on buying jewelry online.

Smart buyers do their research

As with any significant purchase, start by researching your specifics about the piece you want to buy, such as how the price is determined and variations in quality. With diamonds, for example, understanding the 4Cs—Carat, Color, Clarity and Cut will help you understand the variations in price and quality. The more you know about what you want, the better deal you’ll be able to find. Also make sure the website you are considering purchasing from is reputable—more on that below.

Beware of counterfeit jewelry

One downside to buying online is that you can’t see the piece you are buying up close, in your hands. Still, there are ways to confirm if a piece is authentic or not, starting with shopping at reputable websites.

Buying signed jewelry is one way to ensure you are purchasing a high-quality item — as long as it is the real thing. Genuine signed jewelry is any piece of jewelry stamped by the company that makes it, such as Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Cartier, Harry Winston, etc.

Signed jewelry pieces are almost always made from precious metals and genuine gemstones. That is the main reason they are more expensive than non-signed pieces — you’re paying for higher quality materials and craftsmanship.

Conversely, most replica jewelry pieces are made of non-precious metals and synthetic stones because it is much cheaper to produce and they are usually made in mass quantities. So, when looking to buy a signed piece — especially if it is pre-owned — make sure that it is made of the exact same metals and stones that the designer uses for that specific line or design.

Know who you’re buying from

Here are a few things to check regarding the seller, before you buy.

How long has the company been in business?

What kind of reviews has the company received?

Does it belong to any jewelry trade associations, such as the GIA?

Do they offer secure transactions?

Are the online representatives helpful?

What is the return policy?

Where is the seller located?

How will the jewelry be shipped?

Is the shipment insured?

Is a signature required for delivery?

In addition to the above, if you’re buying from online auction sites, you’ll also want to look into buyer feedback and ratings and determine if the seller is providing sufficient evidence of the quality of the jewelry offered for sale, such as photographs, a grading report, or report number that can be verified.

Consider the payment method

Each online retailer or auction site will specify how it will accept payment. If you paid with a credit card and if there is a problem with the purchase, most credit card companies provide recourse. Using a check or a money order for your purchase can reduce your options.

Proceed cautiously with out-of-country online sites

For example, U.S.-based consumers have options for recourse when buying from a U.S.-based company, such as filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Jewelers’ Vigilance Committee (JVC), Better Business Bureau (BBB), etc., or pursuing a legal case in civil court. Websites that do not have a physical presence in your home country may be insulated from recourse and attempts to recover funds can be frustrating.

If you like it and can afford it …

Finally, remember that choosing the right piece of jewelry for yourself or others is also subjective: Don’t just focus on the price or rating —go with what looks beautiful to you and is in your budget. If you’re buying for someone else, apply the same logic. Know his or her tastes. Does he or she prefer size over quality, or quality over size? If he or she prefers size and quality, you may need to do some real comparative shopping! Also, make sure you know the person’s ring size, as well as the jewelry store’s return policy.

‘Tis the Season to Sell Some Jewelry

dec-news1215The holidays are coming quickly, and with them the added expense of food, gifts, and travel. If you need some extra income, consider selling some of your nice, but unwanted, jewelry at your local pawn shop. Here’s some expert advice to get top dollar!

Understand the process. You don’t have to know the exact value of the jewelry you are selling, but it’s a good idea to have a general and realistic idea of what your piece is worth, and how the transaction will take place. With gold jewelry, for example, an appraiser will quote you a price based on the weight of the gold content—indicated in karats—also taking into account the current market price, and minus a handling fee. Solid gold is 24 karats. Most gold jewelry is less than that because it is mixed with other metals. If it contains precious or semi-precious gems, that should increase the value.

Get it appraised in person. There are many online jewelry companies that advertise that they buy and sell online. Some are legitimate, and others are not. How they generally work is, you mail them jewelry you want to sell, they appraise it and mail you back a check. To ensure that you are happy with the appraisal and amount offered, it’s best to get your jewelry appraised in person by a reputable appraiser at an established jeweler.

Seek out several appraisals. It’s smart to shop around and get your jewelry or coins appraised at more than one location. Once you have some jewelry stores or pawn shops in mind, call ahead and make sure the appraiser is Gemological Institute of America (GIA) educated. The GIA is the industry standard for gem and precious metal appraisals. A GIA-educated appraiser will abide by the strictest industry ethics and methods to ensure that a seller is given the fair market price for the piece being sold.

Realize the market fluctuates. The price of gold and silver changes daily based on various factors, including market demand, manufacturing supply, and the financial markets. It’s important to understand that the price you are quoted for a piece applies to the day that the piece is appraised and is based on the market value in the industry at that time.

On appraisal day … Don’t be afraid to haggle, within reason, and make sure your jewelry never leaves your eyesight. A legitimate appraiser will make a point to explain the process, do the appraisal in front of you, and answer any questions. Finally, trust your instinct. If you feel comfortable with the appraiser and the price and are ready to sell, go for it. If not, politely decline and say you’re going to think about it. Remember, selling your gold, silver or estate jewelry is not just about getting the most money—it’s also about the transaction and being happy with the outcome.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for jewelry for a holiday gift, Adina has a lovely collection of estate, vintage and antique jewelry at true wholesale prices to help you help you make the perfect choice and save on your holiday budget. We have an extensive collection of fine jewelry necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and more. Make sure you visit Adina by Empire Jeweler’s online store this season.

Adina Gemstone Q&A: Opals

October Birthstone: The Opal

October Birthstone: The Opal

The opal is the birthstone for the month of October—the Zodiac sign of Libra—and the 14th wedding anniversary gemstone. Opals also have a rich history dating back to Ethiopia about 4,000 B.C. Whether you were born in October or not, test your knowledge of opals with Adina by Empire Jewelers’ True or False quiz! Scroll down for the answers—but don’t cheat!

  1. The opal is an ancient mineral known as petrified silica gel that is found deep in the earth’s core where geothermal hot springs once existed.
  2. Opals are most commonly white in color, and usually contain a rainbow-like iridescence known as “opalescence” which changes the colors that appear in the stone depending on the angle it is viewed.
  3. The subcategory of opals known as precious opals are the most common and in demand because of their “opulence.”
  4. The word opal is derived from the Latin word “opalus,” meaning precious jewel, as well as “upala,” the Sanskrit name for precious stone.
  5. Opals are given to celebrate a 14th wedding anniversary, and are a symbol of faithfulness and confidence.
  6. The Great Bard, Shakespeare, loved opals so much, he nicknamed them the “queen of the gems.”
  7. The ancient Romans called the opal “Cupid Paederos,” which translates to “a child beautiful as love.”
  8. In ancient Rome, opals were ground up and consumed because they were believed to be very nutritious.
  9. The opal is Australia’s national gemstone, and its indigenous people call opals “the flash in the desert.”
  10. Goober Pedy, Australia is known as “The Opal Capital of the World” because 51 percent of the world’s supply of opals are mined there.
  11. In 2008, NASA discovered opal deposits on Mars! Since opal is made up of mostly water, Mars may have contained water for billions of years.

October Birthstone True or False Answers:


  1. False. Opals are found near the earth’s surface where geothermal hot springs once existed.
  2. True.
  3. False. Precious opals are the most in demand because of their “opalescence” or “play of color.” This is caused by a hydrous silicon dioxide material that causes the gemstone to flash iridescent colors when the opal is viewed from different angles.
  4. True.
  5. True.
  6. True.
  7. False. “Cupid Paederos” translates to “a child beautiful as love.”
  8. False. Ancient Romans would grind up and eat opals because they believed they had healing properties and the power to ward off bad dreams.
  9. False. The indigenous people of Australia call the opal “the fire in the desert.”
  10. False. The name of the city is actually Coober Pedy, Australia.
  11. True.

If you’re looking for opal jewelry, we’ve got an exquisite collection of fine opals necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants and more. Make sure you visit Adina by Empire Jeweler’s extensive online store. You’ll find antique and vintage estate opal jewelry at true wholesale prices.

How to Buy Estate, Vintage, and Antique Jewelry

Screen Shot 2015-05-01 at 9.47.01 AMFirst, know what it’s worth.

You don’t have to know the exact value of the jewelry you are buying, but it’s a good idea to know what your pieces are generally worth. Next, evaluate jewelry of similar quality and composition. Obviously, the better condition the jewelry is in and its grade of gemstones precious metals, the higher its value. If a valuable piece looks too worn, then their still may be value in the stones and metal.

Understand how gold is valued.

The purity of gold jewelry is indicated by its karat stamp. Most gold jewelry, especially antique pieces, are 14-karat, which means they are only about 58 percent gold. A 24-karat gold piece is pure gold and will be worth approximately the current price of gold per ounce. If there is no karat stamp on the gold piece, it is usually because it’s not real gold. In some instances, the karat stamp may have worn off. A quick way to test if a gold piece is real is to place it next to a magnet; if it sticks, then it’s not real gold.

Just as you should know how gold is valued, the same goes for precious gemstones. You’ll need official certification to know exactly how much your gem is worth. If you don’t have certification, research what type it is and its general popularity and market value.

Has the piece been appraised?

Make sure you are buying from a reputable, established jeweler who has appraised the piece you’re interested in accurately. Make sure the appraiser is Gemological Institute of America (GIA) educated. The GIA is the industry standard for gem and precious metal appraisals. A GIA-educated appraiser should abide by the strictest industry ethics and methods to ensure that a seller is given the fair market price for the piece being sold.

Realize the market fluctuates.

The price of gold and silver changes daily based on various factors, including market demand, manufacturing supply, and the financial markets. It’s important to understand that the price of the metals which apply to the piece.

Enjoy your estate, vintage or antique jewelry!

Most importantly, if it is a piece for yourself, make sure it is something you would enjoy wearing, or if it is for a friend or relative, if it is their taste. Have you seen them wearing pieces like it? The most valuable piece of jewelry is one that will be enjoyed.

If you’re in the market for estate, vintage or antique jewelry, make sure to visit Adina by Empire Jeweler’s remarkable online store. You’ll find an exquisite selection of estate rings, earrings, bracelets, watches pendants and more at true wholesale prices, all appraised by Adina Jewelers by Empire’s GIA-educated appraisers.

 
 
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