Fall is fast approaching, so straight from the runways of Paris, Rome and New York, here’s a glimpse of the top 18 jewelry and accessory looks that will be on trend this fall and through the winter, courtesy of glowsly.
A stand-out look on the runways were extra-long earrings. There seems to be a competition among designers for who could make the longest pair. While most earrings weren’t extreme, the big exceptions were a few shoulder-dusting mock feather earrings. These unique creations were only worn on one ear, and were constructed of a long silver length, at the end of which a large feather-like pendant was made out of what appeared to be plastic.
Extra-long earrings can be fun, but a pair of delicate dangle earrings might be more practical. Long (but not overly so) earrings made of shimmery strings or drops of metal are timelessly gorgeous and are able to work with both daytime looks and evening wear.
The fiercest of the earring-related fall 2019 jewelry trends is probably the ear armor. This refers to earrings or cuffs that cover the bulk of the ear helix, looking like an especially glamorous armor.
Gold, wing-shaped earrings were tilted up, with a small cuff to wrap around the ears at Lanvin, giving us a semi-armor for the lobe and bottom half of the ear. The most extreme take on ear armor was presented at Gucci, where gold pieces molded to look like ears were fit over the ears of the models.
Symmetry was not necessary or recommended. Wearing only one earring was one of the ways to eschew symmetry in the fall/winter 2019-2020 jewelry trends. Wearing one earring is also a great way of rocking something beautiful and blingy in a non-gendered way, and if we may add, it’ll make you feel a little like a pirate too.
Tassels are a fun way of adding a slightly bohemian vibe to any look, especially when they decorate the head with one on each side in the form of earrings. We saw tasseled jewelry show up on runways with all kinds of different styles, showing that they can actually be quite versatile.
Dripping with rhinestones
Is there anything more glamorous than a cascade of rhinestones along the wrist, décolletage, or side of the neck? Rhinestone-studded jewelry pieces made for some of the most luxurious and striking fall 2019 runway accessories.
The fall/winter 2019 jewelry trends have, by and large, shifted away from the hippie stylings of the previous season, even if designers are embracing a much more eco-conscious mentality.
Models wore a different earring on each ear as a great way of cementing the asymmetrical fall 2019 jewelry trends, but it is also a great way of showcasing as much jewelry as possible, and to tell a story with a pair of earrings.
It’s always exciting to see what kind of new takes on hoop earrings we will see every season. For this year’s fall/winter jewelry trends, hoop earrings were anything but simple and delicate. Designs ranged from latch back earrings with multiple hoops to hoop earrings decorated with a golden fringe.
Studs, metal, and black leather are a few of the elements you can expect out of the statement-making chokers that cropped up in the fall runways. Unsurprisingly, these chokers showed up on runways that already had a punk or grunge vibe, where they perfectly completed an edgy ensemble.
While all the dark and spiky chokers were quite fierce, there was also room in for bejeweled chokers to fit the aesthetic of those who are less dark or edgy.
The fall/winter 2019 jewelry trends saw oversized, nearly overwhelming pieces studded with colorful gems. Colorful gemstones might feel more like costume jewelry, but if all the world is a stage, then why not rock them?
Wild multi-chain necklaces
We saw all manner of chains show up as part of the latest accessory trends, but one of our favorites was the way that different stylists layered different kinds of chains together to create a chunky look that was a little wild.
Big, shiny, and just a little retro, brooches were one of the most fun of the fall 2019 jewelry trends. Some think brooches are a somewhat dated accessory, but all that is old becomes new again, and brooches do feel like they fit in with the cozy, retro aesthetic that some designers reveled in this season.
Big luxury chain links
As much as we liked the industrial chains of the fall 2019 jewelry trends, we also appreciated the elegance that large, more ornamental chain links could have. Jewelry designers crafted necklaces and earrings out of oversized chain links in precious metals, with flowy designs that were glamorous rather than grunge.
Pearls are as delicate and feminine as can be, and the copious use of them stood out as one of the more traditional jewelry trends. Unsurprisingly, pearls were most popular in the big Parisian fashion houses.
Opulent matching sets
It’s been a while since anyone really thought about matching their necklace to their earrings beyond, maybe, trying to match gold with gold and silver with silver. Beyond that, it’s been everything goes. However, for fall 2019, matching sets are officially back.
We think chunky bracelets are the most interesting of the bracelet-related fall/winter 2019-2020 jewelry trends. They’re as ostentatious as the other jewelry pieces we saw on the runways, but they’re less high glam and a bit more accessible, since they are made of resin or acetate rather than expensive metals and gems.
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Do you own expensive jewelry? Or something priceless with great sentimental value? You may want to consider the benefits of insuring your prized pieces.
Here’s why, courtesy of Laura Gilbert and theknot.com.
While putting an insurance policy on your beloved’s engagement ring doesn’t sound very romantic, should the ring get lost or stolen, you’ll be the hero when you can replace it quickly thanks to an insurance check that covers what you paid for it.
Understanding personal property insurance
While most renters and homeowners’ policies cover items inside the home, they only do so up to a certain dollar value. Expensive or sentimental items, like engagement rings, art and even electronics, are guaranteed through scheduled personal property coverage—an insurance policy extension that you purchase to cover specific items.
Another option is to insure your ring through a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, which might offer more coverage than a standard homeowners policy. These kinds of policies can vary widely company by company (usually a jeweler will offer a policy that’s underwritten by a smaller company), so ask specific questions about the level of coverage provided.
Who needs it most?
Any person or couple with jewelry that’s expensive and/or has sentimental value should get extra insurance for the piece or pieces. Whether your wedding and engagement rings are worth $500 or $50,000, an insurance policy is a way of honoring not just their financial value but what they represent to you. The sentiment behind your jewelry might be irreplaceable, but the rings themselves can be replaced—if they’re insured—in the event that something happens to them.
How it works
When you purchase the policy, be sure to take pictures of the ring or piece and upload it to your policy page on the insurance company’s website for reference.
Should the ring or piece get lost or stolen, you’ll need to provide your receipts, as well as an appraisal, which costs a small fee. You can get an appraisal from a certified gemologist at a jeweler.
In the case that the ring gets damaged, take pictures of the damaged ring and upload it to the insurance site. Then, when it is repaired, submit the receipt to the insurance company for reimbursement.
When you shop for a “ring rider” policy, make sure to read the fine print. A good policy will cover every potential ring-threatening situation, from theft and damage to accidentally dropping it in the garbage disposal.
If you move, make sure your “ring rider” follows you—some couples have the ring insured at the bride’s address before the wedding, but forget to add it to their new home’s policy when they move in together.
Questions to ask before choosing a policy
Is the ring covered if you lose it accidentally—or only if it’s stolen?
How will the company replace the ring? With a check? Will they require you to purchase a replacement through a specified jeweler?
What if it’s a vintage ring or other unique piece? How will the quality and size of your diamond—and that of a replacement if needed—be documented?
Is the ring insured to full cost or a fraction of it?
How will you need to prove the ring vanished if you make a claim?
Are there any circumstances of loss or damage that aren’t coverd?
Average cost of a policy
The average yearly cost to insure your ring ranges between $1 to $2 for every $100 that it would cost to replace. This means that if your ring would cost $9,000 to replace, you might expect to pay between $90 and $180 per year to insure it—or slightly more in areas where the risk of theft is higher.
If you’re in the market for an engagement ring or another fine jewelry piece, visit Adina by Empire Jewelers. You’ll find certified fine diamonds and jewelry at true wholesale prices and a professional buying experience beyond your expectations.
Whether the dad or father figure in your life is a stylish trendsetter or just an average joe who likes to keep his look simple, here are some jewelry gift ideas for Father’s Day, June 16, courtesy of Overstock.com.
Update on men’s jewelry
Like other areas of fashion, men’s jewelry is undergoing an evolution. The era of the one-size-fits-all ring or watch is in the past. Style and variety are the call of the day—bold rings, chunky bracelets, and pendant necklaces aren’t just for ladies, anymore.
Modern men are decked out with unpolished metals, rugged leather, and wooden beads. Whatever your dad’s style, here are some gift ideas that range from cool to conservative.
Hey man, nice beads
No longer exclusive to the fashion world of rock stars, punks, and hippies, beaded jewelry is hitting the streets with a range of styles. From rockers to stock brokers, beaded bracelets and necklaces offer effortless styling that can coordinate with looks from every lifestyle. Give casual dressers earthy wood or colorful beads to lend a laidback air to their style. Opt for black and greyscale beads to complement business attire.
Leather and metal
Whether wound around the wrist or suspended from the neck, a leather cord is an earthy material that exudes masculinity. Leather cord jewelry possesses casual sophistication and effortless styling. Pair leather bands with metal details to create a refined look that complements both casual and business wear.
Long, cool necklaces
Men’s necklaces featuring 24- to 30-inch chains or cords weighed down with unique, yet subtle pendants, are a trendy finish to casual wardrobes. If you’re going for the gold look, stick with chains that’re unadorned to keep the look intriguing yet understated. A night on the town calls for a simple and sleek heavy chain of either yellow gold or silver.
Make it personal
Customize the piece by choosing to have a special message or date engraved. We offer many jewelry pieces and watches that can be taken to a reputable jeweler to be personalized.
Paracord safety bracelets
For the adventurous man who thrives on preparation, a paracord bracelet offers both style and function. Woven with durable nylon rope that can unravel to a length of 3 to 20 feet, depending on the bracelet, the unraveled cord can be used to perform a variety of useful and potentially lifesaving tasks out in the wild. It can be used as a survival bow, a tourniquet for a bleeding injury, a makeshift fishing line, or for tying down a temporary shelter.
Authentic luxury watches
Luxury watches are the quintessential accessories in any well-dressed man’s wardrobe. Not only do they boast classic appeal, but luxury watches complement nearly every look. If you’re searching for an extra special gift for the lucky gent on your gift list, consider a pre-owned or vintage-style Rolex, or another luxury brand to surprise him with for Father’s Day.
If your father figure has a bad boy or biker vibe, then a skull ring is his jewelry match. Sturdy metals like stainless steel or sterling silver give these bold rings a solid, heavy feel while keeping them stylish. Look for a skull ring that makes a statement and complements your dad’s personality. From simple metal to crystal studded, a skull ring is just the thing to add a little edge to his look.
Fine watch designers are embracing the smartwatch trend. These watches have the same sophisticated look of fine timepieces, but with smartwatch capabilities. With Bluetooth connectivity and other features, like step tracking, they make an ideal gift for tech whizzes and style lovers alike.
Raw, brushed, and unpolished metals are setting the trend for men’s jewelry. Look for strong metals like titanium, stainless steel, and tungsten that feature unburnished finishes. This reflects masculine qualities that appeal to both the casual and business wardrobe. Look for rings, bracelet clasps, and necklaces with unpolished metal details to keep him on trend.
If you’re looking for a unique or unusual gift for Father’s Day, visit Adina by Empire Jewelers’ eBay Store, where you’ll find fine estate watches and men’s jewelry at true wholesale prices.
A bride’s gown is clearly the most important piece when it comes
to her wedding day style. However, the jewelry and accessories are close
runners-up, because they tie her dream ensemble together. While the perfect
pair of shoes is a must, jewelry choices are also of utmost importance
(especially the wedding bands, since they will be worn daily).
With all the
choices available, here’s a look at the jewelry trends dominating the runways
this spring, courtesy of Amanda Hennigan at premierbride.com.
Colored stones making a comeback
According to Premier Bride, colored stones are increasing in
popularity as a choice for engagement rings, including rubies, sapphires,
emeralds or colored diamonds. They’re becoming increasingly popular in wedding
bands as well, being used by brides as a way to bring eye-catching color to
their ring set.
Partners are also
choosing to experiment with stackable rings as an alternative to the
traditional wedding ring set. These rings can bring color, texture, and even
mixed metals to the set. This trend is a great way to play with different looks
and get a feel for what works best with your existing rings.
Drop statement earrings
What adorns the ears plays a big part in wedding jewelry.
Hairstyles can either hide or accentuate earrings, but for brides with pierced
ears, they often are used to tie together the entire ensemble.
Trending for 2019
are drop statement earrings, encrusted with diamonds and other stones. This
style complements traditional, sleek partial or full updos, and is perfect for
the bride looking to add a dramatic accent to her bridal attire.
Statement necklace pieces
Depending on the neckline of the gown, necklaces can be statement
pieces or understated additions to the overall look. With this year’s trend of
statement earrings, necklaces are taking a back seat, encouraging simple and
delicate, yet elegant pieces.
Layered necklaces create a similar effect to stacked rings. They
add color and texture, while accenting the bride’s décolletage. Designers are
even incorporating that mixed metal trend that we’re seeing, while keeping the
Choker necklaces, which have been making a comeback for the last
few years, are being seen with an addition of a long end that’ll work with most
necklines on bridal gowns.
Whether you want to style your wedding look with this spring’s bridal jewelry trends, or have your own unique style, shop for your wedding jewelry at Adina By Empire’s eBay store. With a wide variety estate, vintage and antique jewelry, plus a huge assortment of wedding bands and engagement rings, you’ll find perfect wedding jewelry at true wholesale prices and a shopping experience beyond compare.
Selecting an engagement ring for your future spouse can be one of the most daunting tasks a romantic can undertake. You’ve found the “one” to be your life partner and want to find the “perfect” ring he or she will love and want to show off to friends and family.
There are many choices, but fear not, we’ve put together six steps to finding the perfect engagement ring for your future spouse, courtesy of the GIA.
Make it a surprise. While the trend of couples shopping together for an engagement ring is on the rise, we suggest you try to figure out what he or she will like on your own. Yes, it will take some detective work, but if you get it right, the reward will pay dividends. There are few opportunities for a really big surprise in life—let your engagement ring be one of them.
Decide on and stick to your budget. Like any major purchase, decide on what you can comfortably afford, and stick to it. Then do your due diligence so you can save money. Spending more than you have to won’t make the ring any nicer than it is. In fact, getting a good deal may endear you even more to your future spouse. Rather than expensive retail jewelry stores in malls (remember, you’re paying higher mark ups), consider visiting a high-end pawn shop like Empire Jewelers for beautiful and unique pieces at a fraction of the cost.
Pay attention to what they wear. You could ask one of their close friends for advice on the kind of ring he or she would like, but you run the risk of them talking and ruining the surprise. We suggest putting on your detective hat and paying attention to what your SO is wearing from day to day.Are the rings and other pieces classic and traditional or funky and modern? Are they full of bling or more subdued? If you buy something similar to what he or she already likes, you’ll probably choose the right one.
Know their ring size. This is an important one, because you’ll want to know the ring will fit when you present it. If he or she wears rings, borrow one they already own. Trace the inner circle on a piece of paper, or press the ring into a bar of soap for an impression. You can also slide it down one of your own fingers and draw a line where it stops. A jeweler can use these measurements to identify his or her approximate ring size.
Know what diamond shape suits him or her. After determining the style and ring size, you’ll need to pick a design. As your future spouse will be wearing this ring every day during his or her engagement and into your married life, it really needs to fit their personality. To help you decide, here are some popular engagement ring designs to consider for him or her:
Engagement ring designs for women:
Solitaire – Featuring a single stone, this is the most popular choice in engagement rings. Solitaires can be set with four prongs or six prongs. A four-prong-setting shows more of the diamond, but a six-prong setting is often more secure.
Side stones – Diamonds or other gemstones, flank the main stone for additional sparkle or color. Popular side-stone settings include ”channel,” which protects stones by keeping them flush, and ”bar channel” which allows more light to enter the sides tones.
Three Stone – One diamond for the past, one for the present, and one for the future. Typically, the center diamond is larger than the two side stones.
Pavé (pah-vey) – The main stone is surrounded by tiny diamonds to add sparkle and the illusion of greater size.
Engagement ring designs for men:
In addition to traditional gold and platinum, men’s engagement and wedding rings come in an array of unique, modern metals. Select from titanium, zirconium, tungsten carbide, and steel. Even natural materials, such as wood are becoming increasingly popular. Men may also choose a ring that’s accented with stones such as black diamonds for added brilliance and intrigue. Plain bands featuring textural elements such as a woven or hammered design are also quite popular.
6. Create an experience. Once you’ve made the effort and decided on the ring you think your loved one will truly cherish, create a proposal experience that’s unique to your relationship. Whether together you enjoy sports, horseback riding, taking in shows or have a favorite romantic hiking spot, create one of the fondest experiences you can and make a memory to last your lifetime together.
If you’re looking for a fine diamond engagement ring, make sure to visit Empire’s eBay store for an incredible selection of hundreds of high-quality new and estate diamond rings at up to 70 percent off what you would pay at retail.
Happy birthday March babies! Your official birthstone is not only beautiful, it’s full of history and mythology. Here are some interesting facts about your birthstone, the aquamarine.
In addition to being the birthstone for March and the zodiac sign of Pisces, aquamarine is also the gemstone used to celebrate a 19th wedding anniversary.
The aquamarine is a transparent pale blue variety of beryl (beryllium aluminum silicate) — the same mineral family that emeralds belong to.
Like many beryls, aquamarine forms large crystals suitable for sizable fashioned gems and carvings.
The word aquamarine is derived from the Latin phrase “aqua marinus,” meaning “water of the sea” because they are said to resemble the beautiful blue-green color of ocean water.
Aquamarines were said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. Sailors were known to wear aquamarine talismans engraved with the likeness of Neptune, as protection against dangers at sea.
March’s birthstone was also thought to enhance the happiness of marriages.
Aquamarines come in a wide range of shades and colors, from pale pastel to sky blue and blue-green to sea-green. The rarest and most valuable aquamarines are those with a deep blue color.
The best gems combine high clarity with transparency and blue to slightly greenish blue hues.
The color of aquamarine is due to trace amounts of iron that works its way inside the crystal. Most commercially-sold aquamarines are heat-treated to produce a more desirable blue-green color.
Aquamarines have a hexagonal-shaped crystal system. They are pleochroic in nature, meaning they can show three colors, depending on the angle they’re viewed.
Like many gems, aquamarines are thought by some to have metaphysical powers, including the ability to clear and cleanse, refresh and uplift. Some say they also promote courage, calm, compassion, tolerance, love, communication, self-expression, reasoning, intellect and connection to one’s higher self.
Aquamarines are also said to aid in the healing of sore throats and swollen glands, and in calming nerves, improving vision, and cooling sunburns and fevers.
The ancient Romans believed that Neptune, the god of the sea, obtained aquamarines from the jewel boxes of the Sirens. Legend has it that Neptune gave aquamarines as a gift to the mermaids.
Because of their bond with the sea, aquamarine is the gemstone of several sea goddesses, including Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Aphrodite was also widely worshipped as a goddess of the sea and of seafaring.
Aquamarines are mined in exotic locations including Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan and Mozambique, but most modern aquamarines come from Brazil.
One of the largest aquamarines ever mined weighed 110.5 kg. It was found in 1910 in Marambaia/Minas Gerais, Brazil.
In the United States, the only location where you can mine for aquamarines is Mount Antero in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The elusive gem is said to be found at altitudes of 14,000 feet or more.
If you’re looking for an aquamarine for a March birthday gift, or any other fine birthstone gift, visit Empire’s eBay store for wholesale prices and an above-your-expectations buying experience.
Amethyst, the birthstone for Pisces and the month of February, is said to have calming qualities
• In addition to being the official birthstone for February, amethyst is also the gemstone for the 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
• Amethyst is the purple variety of quartz, occurring naturally as crystals within rocks.
• Amethyst is the most valued member of the quartz family, considered a semiprecious gem for its violet color.
• A quartz must be purple to be amethyst, but can range in shade from light lilac to deep purple.
• Heating amethyst removes the color or changes it to the yellow of citrine. Today, most citrine is made in this manner.
• The word amethyst comes from the Greek word “amethystos,” meaning sober.
• Throughout history, amethyst has been used to protect against drunkenness and to help overcome addiction. Today, amethyst is considered to be a symbol of calm and tranquility, and a stabilizing force for those struggling to overcome addictive behaviors.
• The astrologer Camillo Leonardi wrote that amethyst quickens intelligence and gets rid of evil thoughts.
• A gift of amethyst is a symbol of protection, said to strengthen the bonds of love and overcome difficulty.
• Amethyst was associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of wine. In ancient Greece, people believed wine served in amethyst goblets would protect against drunkenness.
• According to Greek mythology, Amethyst was a young virgin who angered the Greek god, Dionysus, after he became drunk from red wine. When Amethyst called the goddess Diana for help, Diana turned Amethyst into a white quartz. When Dionysus felt remorse, he cried, dripping his tears into his goblet of red wine. When the goblet overturned, the red wine spilled on the white quartz, coloring it purple—the color of amethyst.
• Amethysts were once considered more valuable than diamonds, until deposits were found, increasing the quantity and lowering the value.
• Amethyst deposits have been found in Brazil, Canada, Australia, India, Madagascar, Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka and in the United States. Today, most amethyst comes from Brazil and Uruguay.
• Amethyst is the official state gemstone of South Carolina, after world-class amethysts were found at the Ellis-Jones Mine near Due West, SC on June 24, 1969. The South Carolina amethysts are presently on display at the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
• In August 2011, the world’s largest amethyst, called the “Empress of Uruguay,” was vandalized by a tourist while the 2.5-ton geode was on display in Queensland, Australia.
• Known as “the royal beauty,” amethyst has been associated with royalty throughout the ages, in part because of its royal purple color. A large amethyst is among the closely-guarded gemstones in the British Crown Jewels, and it is said that amethyst was a favorite of Queen Catherine the Great of Russia.
• Amethyst also has much religious history and symbolism. In the Bible, it was one of the 12 stones that adorned the high priest Aaron’s breastplate in Exodus 39. As a symbol of spirituality and piety, amethyst has also been used to decorate churches and crosses, and worn in rings and on rosaries by religious clergy.
The cold weather is here, and with it thicker clothes and layers that can drown out your favorite jewelry pieces.
Here are five ways to wear jewelry in the wintertime, courtesy of Forbes.com and jewelry writer, Beth Bernstein.
Go bigger with bracelets and necklaces
While graduated chains and charm necklaces are great for the summer with t-shirt and tanks they can compete with your layers of sweaters and scarves. In the colder months, opt for an elongated necklace that is chunky on its own or has a solid look with a large locket.
When wearing long sleeves that are ribbed or textured in knits or jackets under your coats, you want bracelets that you can feel on your wrists without being too heavy. Keep the wide cuffs and bangles for spring and summer—they look wonderful on bare arms and won’t feel too cumbersome. However, in wintertime, go for oversized curb chains or new takes on wide ID bracelets. They can be worn over lightweight sweater sleeves.
Don’t lose rings from gloves
Stack rings are wonderful in warm weather months but taking gloves on and off when the weather is cold could cause you to accidentally lose one or more of your rings. It’s safe to wear one or two larger, bolder rings in winter. You will feel them move around and their stand-out appeal is more suited to your winter wardrobe. Colored gems will pop your winter staples of gray and black and signets with symbolism will act as your winter talisman.
Style with stud earrings
Stud earrings are the perfect go-to jewels to dress up your lobes for winter. They won’t get caught in your scarves or high or oversized turtlenecks. All different styles of earrings have been trending for the past two years and there are myriad imaginative, fun or daring studs out there for you to try on to see which fits your style best.
Go for brooches
If you haven’t tried accessorizing with brooches, you’re missing out on one of the hottest trends of the winter. On trend are antique or vintage brooches, or new pieces designed based on designs by the most iconic jewelers of the past. Brooches are extremely versatile, too. You can affix them to scarves, fashion them in your hair, wear multiples on your jacket lapels and pockets, or to one side on a cardigan, knit dress, sweater sleeve or at the top fold of a turtleneck.
If you’re looking for a vintage or antique brooch or any perfect piece for your winter wardrobe, make sure to visit Adina by Empire Jewelers’ eBay Store for a wide selection of fine jewelry at true wholesale prices.
Thinking about purchasing a high-end luxury watch, such as an Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre or Rolex for a loved one this holiday? Here’s what to know before you buy.
Despite the fact that we all have clocks on our electronic devices, watch wearing has been on the rise. Besides added convenience, a nice piece of jewelry on your wrist can finish an outfit and add to your sophistication.
A luxury watch can be a special item that is built to last and worth handing down to the next generation. Some of the most elite watch brands include, but are not limited to, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger LeCoultre (JLC ), Blancpain, Ulysse Nardin, Rolex, and Jaquet Droz.
Be honest—can you afford it?
Before purchasing a luxury watch, the most important thing is to be honest with yourself if you can afford a brand-new one. Will the watch be an asset or a liability? Do some research: There are various versions of high-end watches available out there, including pre-owned and refurbished. Consider buying pre-owned, but make sure it’s authentic and not a “knock off.” The key is to honestly assess your financial situation carefully and choose your watch accordingly.
Make sure it’s real.
In the past, fake high-end knockoff watches were so poorly made that it was usually easy to distinguish them from the genuine item. Today, counterfeit watches can be almost impossible to distinguish (to the untrained eye) from the world-renowned masterpieces. Online auction houses and individual internet sellers commonly offer very convincing copies. If you want a genuine Patek, Rolex or other specific designer, make it clear to the dealer that you are interested in seeing and buying only a 100 percent genuine, unaltered watch — including the watch band.
Make sure the dealer is legit.
Even a pre-owned luxury watch is an expensive item. It is absolutely essential that you buy from a knowledgeable dealer you know you can trust. Every year, people are scammed out of millions of dollars thinking they are buying “the real thing,” when in fact it’s a knockoff. That is why it is important to buy a new or used high-end watch from a knowledgeable and reputable dealer. If you do find one online that you like, read reviews on the company and make sure their return terms are clearly stated.
A new luxury watch can be purchased from an authorized dealer or it can be obtained from an independent, unauthorized watch dealer selling new, near-new, pre-owned, or vintage watches. If your objective is to purchase a new, current model watch and to save on the price, or if you are looking for a specific model no longer available from an authorized dealer, then buying from an independent watch dealer is a good option. To find an authorized dealer in your area, visit the manufacturer’s website for dealers in your area.
Understand the guarantees.
Before buying, ask the seller if the watch is an authentic, unaltered piece, and if they offer an unconditional money back guarantee. Also ask for a full, written, timekeeping and water resistance guarantee with the watch for one full year, and that the bracelet contains only authentic parts.
Confirm that it’s in good working order.
Also, before you buy, make sure the watch is working properly, and has been serviced by an authorized manufacturer service center, or reputable and experienced independent watchmaker known to specialize in high-end watches.
Get the model and serial number.
Make sure you get and check the model and serial number of the watch before buying. The dealer should give you the opportunity to take the bracelet off and check the numbers located between the lugs for authenticity.
Take your time deciding.
Whether you are buying a new or pre-owned luxury watch, choose carefully and don’t allow yourself to be rushed into buying. Do your research, and if necessary, ask the dealer to hold the watch for you for a day or two while you consider buying it.
Trust your instinct: if the deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with the watch and the purchase—this is an heirloom item that should last your lifetime and be handed down to the next generation. Finally, once you buy, insure it and enjoy it!
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With the holidays around the corner, it’s not too soon to start thinking about special gifts for the ones you love. Here are some beautiful gift ideas for her and him.
Ideas for Her
If you know a gal who’s into glamour, consider getting her a bold and beautiful cocktail ring. Often oversized and stunning, cocktail rings are the perfect way to glam up a basic outfit. Lovely as well as versatile, they can be paired with tailored denim, blazers, and even plain white T-shirts.
The 1990s are making a comeback in the form of chokers, collars, and bib necklaces.
Fashion-forward ladies are rocking metal, fabric, leather, and rhinestone-covered chokers. It can be worn alone or layered with longer chains with nearly every outfit.
These clever earrings are the new style statement of the jewelry scene with their range of subtle to bold looks. From stone-studded climbers that arc up the ear to simple metal cuffs that closely hug each earlobe, ear cuffs make an excellent gift for stylish women.
While some earring jackets are simply an optional frame for the stud to rest in, the latest style features an ornamental backing that clips onto the post from behind and hangs below the curve of the earlobe.
Fashion mavens everywhere are pairing up their favorite chains to create unique combos that make a statement. For the style-savvy gal on your holiday shopping list, pre-layered necklaces are a great way to get that layered look with one piece of jewelry.
Pearls are the perfect gift for the elegant woman on your list. Look for pieces that integrate the soft elegance of pearls with warm metals like yellow and rose gold. Large pearls placed into very simple settings are another way to achieve the look.
From monogram rings to initial pendants, customizable jewelry is both stylish and timeless. If she appreciates sentimental gifts, birthstone jewelry, an engraved pair of earrings or a pendant necklace makes a memorable gift she’ll treasure for years to come.
Rose Gold Jewelry
Fashionistas are flocking to this feminine look as elegant rings, stylish necklaces, and glittering earrings take on the pinkish hue. A complement to most skin tones, rose gold makes an easy and beautiful gift.
Stacking rings have become a fashion staple for the modern woman. The key to layering rings is to stick with similarly sized bands to keep the look cohesive. Look for bands with unique details like small crystals or carved designs to add variation.
If your giftee likes to track her fitness but isn’t exactly into the sporty look, consider getting her a jewelry cover for her tracker. Designers have transformed the way athletic trackers are worn with stylish bangles and pendants that conceal the gadgets.
Whether worn under the collar of a classic button-front blouse or paired with a deep V-neck dress, Y necklaces boast feminine appeal. If your giftee prefers laid-back, eclectic looks, pair a Y necklace with other chains to create a bohemian-inspired look she’ll love. If she’s a minimalist, look for a Y necklace with a simple design that highlights her natural beauty.
Ideas for Him
From rockers to stock brokers, beaded bracelets and necklaces offer effortless style. Give casual dressers earthy wood or colorful beads to lend laidback flair to their style. Or opt for black and greyscale beads to complement business attire.
Leather cord jewelry possesses casual sophistication and effortless styling. Whether wound around the wrist or suspended from the neck, a leather cord is an earthy material that exudes masculinity. Pair leather bands with metal details to create a refined look that complements both casual and business wear.
Necklaces featuring 24- to 30-inch chains or cords weighed down with unique yet subtle pendants are a trendy finish to casual wardrobes. If going for the gold, look for chains that are unornamented to keep the look intriguing yet understated.
Luxury watches are essential to a well-dressed man’s wardrobe. If you’re searching for an extra special gift for the lucky gent on your gift list, consider a pre-owned or vintage-style Rolex, or another luxury brand to fill his stocking.
A paracord safety bracelet is the perfect example of style meets function. It’s woven from durable nylon rope and can unravel to a length of 3 to 20 feet, depending on the bracelet. The unraveled cord can be used to perform a variety of tasks to help someone survive when stranded out in the wild. It can be used to make a sling, tourniquet, or fishing line.
From simple metal to crystal studded, a skull ring is just the thing to add a little edge to his look. Sturdy metals like stainless steel or sterling silver give these bold rings a solid, heavy feel while keeping them stylish.
Raw, brushed, and unpolished metals are setting the trend for men’s jewelry. Look for strong metals like titanium, stainless steel, and tungsten that feature unburnished finishes. Also consider rings, bracelet clasps, and necklaces with unpolished metal details.
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