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Cufflinks and Watches

For some men fashion is not important. But you don’t have to live for fashion to know all about accessorizing. This is when you add items to your outfit to make it stand out and become unique. These items can include jewelry, watches, cufflinks, wallets and even shoes. But how do men choose their accessories and which suit them best? How do men match their accessories to their personality?

The most important thing to think about when accessorizing is to determine what style you are going for. Some men like to go modern and sleek whereas others prefer the more classic look.

* Classic

You can never really go wrong with classic. This style consists of timeless pieces that you can match with pretty much anything. Classic pieces will not date or change with the times but will instead keep you looking smart and sophisticated for as long as you wear them. An example of a classic accessory would be a gold pair of plain cufflinks.

They would match any suit or shirt and will look expensive (even if they are not)! Classic watches will usually have a gold or leather strap with a face that contains roman numerals. Again this is a piece that will not age or date. Going for classic accessories are a good investment because they will stay with you for the rest of your life.

* Modern

If you are going for the modern look then stainless steel, titanium and funky designs are more your thing. With modern fashions being designed to look chunky and solid, you won’t find anything subtle! Modern watches for example are almost a fashion trend in themselves. It seems nowadays that the bigger the better! Men’s modern watches now contain more jewels and carats than their wives’ jewelry box! Of course with modern jewelry come the modern way to wear it. It is all the rage for men to have their ears pierced now and great big diamonds are so in! Think P Diddy, think David Beckham. Both men have very good fashion sense and both men have several sets of big earrings!

Of course it’s not always about fashion. Sometimes it’s what you feel comfortable with or what reflects your personality. If you are a traditional sort of guy then the classic look will definitely be for you, whereas if you are into your fashion trends and like to look your best then you will probably want to go for the modern accessories. Everyone has their own unique personality which is why you can buy all kinds of accessories to suit each taste. If you enjoy surfing and outdoor sports then you will find a huge range of waterproof watches and wallets that are perfect to take to the beach with you.

Gold Jewelry and Younger Generations

Gold always makes an ideal gift to give out during because it is exquisite, rare and beautiful. You do not just commemorate a special occasion in a person’s life by giving Welsh gold. You also make it more special. Occasion could be anything from birthday, Christening, anniversary, engagement or simply because you felt like giving it and a Welsh gold jewelry can definitely awe your recipient.

Welsh gold is expensive because it is rare. It is rare because it is mined only from the three mines in Welsh. Clogau Gold Mine is one of the few mines in Welsh that produces this rare gold. Unfortunately, the supply of Welsh gold is almost running out and most experts predicted that it will only last until 2016 considering the rate that it is being mined today. That’s just is years from now. Before the supplies ran out, it is then your generous responsibility to buy Welsh gold jewelry not only for yourself but also for the younger generations who will otherwise not know the essence of Welsh jewelry.

The younger generations currently are not in the position to fully comprehend or have the capacity to invest in Welsh gold that is why it is important that you do so in their behalf. When these younger generations get older, it is guaranteed that they will be grateful that you took the time and effort to purchase gold which is sure to become timeless and priceless. When they start a family of their own, time will come when they will pass their gold jewelry to the next generation-their sons or daughters. For this reason, it is essential that you choose a nice design that everyone from different ages will love wearing. If you are going to give the gift to a boy or a male, you can purchase a watch or a pair of cufflinks which are the most popular items in men’s jewelry, aside from pendants and necklaces that are also specifically designed for males made out of Welsh gold.

On the other hand, women will definitely appreciate rings, bracelets and earrings crafted out of Welsh gold. You just need to choose a lovely design that is sturdy enough to stand decades. You can also consider the fact that Welsh gold is available in silver and Rose gold, as well as yellow and Rose gold. Depending on what you perceive is attractive and what your recipient will feel like wearing, you can make the best choice. Either choices are beautiful and can surely look stunning and are apt to be worn for formal or casual occasions. Giving Welsh gold is also another way of passing down Welsh heritage to the next generations. This particular gift can crate an awareness of Welsh culture.

The people of Wales are very proud whenever they wear gold jewelry that is mined from their own place. If you love Welsh heritage, then you can choose from different symbols that can definitely symbolize the country of Wales. You can opt for sessile oak acorn and leaf, daffodils, Welsh dragon, spoons and many more.

Fashion Accessories A Lot More Than Jewelry

We start on the premise that you’ve got your clothes wardrobe right. Now you need to match your accessories to complete the look.

Let’s start with shoes. Before you start worrying about the latest fashion, think of your preferred style because anything that you can pull off well is great fashion. And this applies to shoes the most since shoes are directly related to comfort. For instance, if you are not comfortable with stilettos there’s no point wearing them just for the sake of fashion. Once you decide what you would be comfortable in the most – think of the style that matches your dress. You should not choose to wear handcrafted booties with a chic A-line dress or any other combination as weird as that.

After shoes the most important fashion accessory affecting your look is your jewellery. Wear matching jewellery with every dress. The concept of your momma-gifted-gold-jewellery is so passé. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still great for keepsakes and looks great when worn on an occasion that calls for it, but you just cannot wear the same earrings daily with every dress. That’s so not fair. Anyways, when it comes to jewellery follow the golden rule – your jewellery cannot be more or less – it needs to be just right. For instance, avoid a necklace with chandelier earrings to keep away from too dressy. Or a ridiculously oversized ring and chandelier earrings might be the only jewellry you wear or something else completely. The trick is your jewellery needs to compliment your overall look and not steal the show. And remember gaudy is not always classy.

Then come to your hand bag. Not many of us consider a hand bag as a fashion accessory but there’s where we have been wrong. Right? I mean while as a woman I feel almost naked without a bag, I also need to realize that my hand bag would add to my overall look. Look for a handbag that’s the latest in trend. For instance the current trend is oversized hand bags. Go grab one. Have at least 2-3 hand bags in different styles for your daily use. And be sure you change your bag to match your style.

Wearing Costume Jewelry and Fashion Accessories

Why would costume jewelry have a role in your confidence and state of being you say?

On the surface it doesn’t seem it would have anything to do with self confidence or state of being, but when you really think about it, doesn’t wearing beautiful jewelry, like a nice bracelet or an eye catching necklace and earring set give you more confidence and doesn’t it uplift your state of being when people compliment you on them? Doesn’t that compliment linger in your mind for a while and make you tickle inside? You see?!

Contributing to your self confidence in a positive way would always lift your state of being to higher levels and send a signal to the universe that you are more certain about yourself and like yourself!

Why is sending out positive signals to the universe even important? If we have already realized that like attracts like, then when we send out positive signals out, we get positive results back in what we want in life.

Although, living in the physical universe is not always predictable and it can play tricks on us and manifest stuff that seem negative in nature and contrary to what we asked or even imagined for, keeping our state of being at a higher vibrational level would provide more possibilities for the universe to respond in levels that match that higher vibration and create opportunities for our surroundings to stay positive, thus making life more pleasant.

Wearing beautiful costume jewelry, watches, clothes, purses and such that add to your beauty is perhaps the most economical way to provide self confidence and make you feel good! And, perhaps the most important thing you can do in life is to do things that make you feel good.

If you deprive yourself from this basic and important right, then you are sending a signal that you are undeserving and you can not afford to look good and feel good, because there is always something more important that you can spend your money on! So, the universe will act accordingly and fulfill your wishes and provide no opportunities, or occasion for you to meet the right people or circumstances to move towards what you want in life! However, that is OK too, because that is the way you choose to live.

If you study the people that usually do not hold themselves back in adding to their beauty, especially with beautiful jewelry and dress wear, you will notice that they’re generally much happier in life and live in more pleasant environments.

Jewelries and Stars Shine

What makes awards night and movie premieres a much-watched event is to see the current jewelry the celebrities are wearing? Most often celebrity attendants are clad with different kinds of lavish, expensive and sparking diamonds, and often personalized jewelry for public show-off. Often than not, those jewelry are borrowed or loaned. It can be endorsements from famous jewelry designers who want to showcase their masterpiece tastefully. Celebrities are the perfect endorser a jeweler can possibly have. Whatever a famous celebrity wore, it will become a trend that the mass and the consumer obligingly follow.

Jewelry worn by the celebrities became an instant hit. That is how powerful their charisma and charm are. But when you see those ensembles, remember that it’s common for stylists to dress celebrities for important events the jewelry doesn’t always reflect their true tastes. But one way of determining a jewelry that reflects the stars true sense of style are those personalized jewelry worn on private events.

One particular celebrity favorite jeweler is Neil Lane. Madonna stacked Neil Lane’s diamond, onyx and platinum bracelets on her right wrist for her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Sophia Vergara wore a diamond and platinum earrings from the same jeweler. Emma Stone wore Neil Lane garnet and gold earrings to a Hollywood event. Cartier is also a staple jewelry mostly seen during gala events. Cate Blanchet, Anne Hathaway and Fergie are frequently seen with Cartier fine jewelries.

For past years, Oscars annual event showcased different kinds of jewelry, but diamonds seems to rule year after year. Layered necklaces, bangles and earrings made of platinum and encrusted with diamonds had been the favorite of the celebrities.

Artisan Jewelry and Accessory Trends

It’s spring/summer jewelry fashion trend time. When the snow starts to melt, green grass and spring flowers are popping up and eventually fresh spring temperatures turn into hot summer nights. We eagerly anticipate spring and summer bring out the flip flops and the bright seasonal colors after a long winter.

While it’s fun to watch and be aware of the trends, it’s also recommended to pick and choose which trends to incorporate into your wardrobe based on your personal style and body shape. There’s no point in being a slave to fashion trends. Go with what you love and while it’s great to have a few trendy pieces, the best fashions stand the test of time. Select your pieces carefully choosing ones that fit into trends but that you’ll still love in years to come.

The following are the key spring and summer 2009 jewelry and accessory fashion trends:

I. It’s All About The Ear-ring

II. Bangle Mania

III. Piled On The Neck-lace

IV. Eco Jewelry

V. Weaved IT Bag

VI. It’s A Wrap

VII. It’s A Romance

VIII. Metal It Up – Metalics

IX. All About The Color

I. It’s all about the ear – Earring that is

This season it’s move over statement necklace, it’s all about the ear, earring that is! While the statement necklace is still in (see below) there was a lot more focus on the ear for spring/summer runway fashion. The earring is this season’s must buy artisan jewelry piece.

The earring takes center stage and is set off perfectly with the beauty trend of hair swept up off the face. The earring cascading down the neck with hair swept up creates that stunning long swan like neck a perfect look for the warmer weather.

Long chandelier earrings and the bigger the better are hot this season, but that isn’t for everyone. Wear what works for your proportions. There’s a wide range of artisan earring choices available this season in appropriate sizes and weights for every woman. The chandelier look can be achieved with long chunky earrings or light long dangling filigree style. The trend earring effect can be achieved with either the delicate or chunky styles but with proportions appropriate for each woman’s size.

II. Bangle Mania

There seems to be no end to bangle mania as it continues to play a strong role in fashion and is a great investment. For around $20-25 you can achieve this trend effect. This spring and summer bangles on the runway were an eclectic mix of colors and styles piled high up the arm for a dramatic look.

Stack them up the arm in a colorful mix to achieve the runway look or if this look is just a little too over the top choose one or two bangles for a more subtle but on trend look. Whether you choose bright colors, resin, tribal, stone accented, brass, copper or silver, there’s no end to the choice this season and all variations fit into the trend.

III. Layered Necklaces

Many of the designers featured layers of beaded necklaces during the spring/summer fashion weeks. To achieve the runway version of the look, pile them on high. If you are seeking the layered effect without the over the top weight of multiple necklaces, seek out a more subtle artisan necklace which has multi strands to it. In this way you’ll achieve the layered look without the heaviness of the piled effect.

IV. Eco Jewelry

Eco jewelry is here to stay, look for pieces which are recycled, or produced in an eco friendly way.

V. Weaved It Bag

Spring/Summer 09’s hot handbag is the weaved bag. This is the IT bag for the season. While most of the ones on the runway are leather and with mighty big price tags you can also seek out eco recycled plastic weaved bags. There are weaved bags available which have been hand woven by a Fair Trade organisation in India and have the IT weaved effect without the leather. As an added bonus they are available in a bright range of colors for a burst of color. These bags are perfect for everyday wear or to take to the beach.

VI. It’s A Wrap

In addition to the earring, the scarf is another must have seasonal fashion accessory. They’re so hot they’ve been featured in all the major fashion magazines and blogs with lots of how to wear tutorials.

A scarf can add a perfect punch of color to any outfit and an elegant way to stay warm on a cool spring or summer eve. While hot for this season, scarves are a great investment as a wardrobe essential.

VII. It’s A Romance

Spring and summer is the perfect time for a little romance. This spring/summer there is no shortage of romantic fashion and accessories – pretty florals, transparent fabrics, ruffles, chandelier earrings, pastel and blush colors and more. Adding romantic touches to your outfit is easy with artisan jewelry. What could be more romantic than a pair of chandelier earrings or a piece of handmade silver jewelry with intricate filigree detailing?

VIII. Metal It Up Metalics

Silver, Gold, Brass and Pewter oh my! Metallic influences abound in clothing and in accessories. Pick your favourite metal jewelry and accent that outfit with a little shine.

IX. It’s All About Color

This spring and summer season there is a beautiful mix of bright, pastel colors and even black and white in fashion and artisan jewelry trends. Bright colors for this season include green, purple, red, pink and blue. Pastel and nude colors are blush pink and skin tone colors.

Glow Jewelry And The Available

Jewelry is becoming more and more fun, and does not have to be the sort of family heirloom that is passed down through generation to generation. It may no longer be as elegant as it used to be, but there is a lot more when it comes to choice and it is a lot more fun. A current trend of glow jewelry is spreading and more items seem to be available on a daily basis.

Jewelry covers a wide range of items including bracelets- wrist and ankle – necklaces, rings, and watches. There are some glow ear rings but due to the size there is a limited amount of these. Colors vary and you will be able to get matching sets in the same color and often even the same shade. Many necklaces will be made of silver and will have sections cut away in a specific design.

Inside the item will be the parts that glow, and when it is dark, they will shine out through the lattice work. Regardless of whether it is an item or simply a pattern, the effect will be outstanding. Some will have delicate and well-designed figures such as the moon or stars, and while their gentle glow will look effective, imagine something as daring and stunning as blood red rays coming out of the eyes, nose and mouth of a skull.

Rings are designed in pretty much the same way. Some will be plastic or rubber and the entire ring will light up when the chemicals are mixed, but others will have a specific design and that will only be seen once the light begins to shine out. Although children will love them, there needs to be care taken when they wear them due to the fact that chemicals are involved. Bracelets follow a number of patterns and can be provided in the same way the necklaces can.

They can also be a lot more basic and be a glow stick that has been bent. With the aid of a simple clip, the stick that has been waved around for a while can now be bent into shape and worn on the wrist for the rest of the night. You can light up the event without the fear that you stick will fly out of your hand and be trodden underfoot.

Glow bracelets are also available in cord and they will be just as bright and just as comfortable to wear. Although most glow jewelry will be limited to the one color, there are items that can show more than one. Depending on the item the results will be varied, but when you do find colors that blend, the result is outstanding and hard to forget.

Jewelry and the Art of Selling

Two of the most frequently asked questions we get at the Online Jewelry Appraisal Center is:

“How do I sell an item of Antique or Estate Jewelry?” or…
“How much should I ask for it?”

Very often people receive an item as a ‘Hand Down’ or ‘Bequest’ after someone has passed away.
It may or may not be worth something, or the person ‘Just doesn’t like it’….

So what to do?

# RULE 1: Take back control.

The Antique Trade in general are a Fine and Trusting lot, but there are always the ‘Shyster’ or ‘Fagin’ characters out there.

In this case it’s not Buyer Beware, but Seller Beware…

Sometimes the Second-Hand Dealers or Pawn Brokers (all of whom have a great general knowledge on Buying and Selling) may not QUITE know what your particular item is really worth.

So the first thing to do is get your item appraised and valued by a qualified gemologist (if there are gemstones involved) and/or a member of the local Valuers association. Your local, TRUSTED Jeweler might be both.

It is greatly suggested that the person you obtain a valuation from, is NOT INVOLVED IN THE PURCHASE OF THE ITEM.

But a further word of advice is given here too…

Let these people know ‘WHAT YOU WANT THE VALUATION FOR’.

There are several TYPES of Valuation and all will have a different price on the bottom line.

Did you want an Insurance valuation?

Did you want to sell the item to a third party?

Did you wish to sell the item through an Auction?

Did you just want to know what it would fetch?

All of these are very valid points, yet all are different.

If you are not sure which applies to your particular situation, why not check our very helpful information section on ‘TYPES OF VALUATIONS’ at the Online Jewelry Appraisal Centre (address shown below).

If you don’t want to go to a great expense, you might take advantage of the useful ‘Do it Yourself’ ONLINE Valuation Self Appraisal Kit. At such a low fee (less than the price of a Big Mac and Coke) it’s money well spent. Indeed, if you just purchased something on eBay or Yahoo auctions for example, you might wish to confirm an approximate value by using this easy to use valuation kit.

The ‘walk through’ instructions are so easy my 6yr old Granddaughter completed the form in under ten minutes. (She had it all wrong of course) but it was under ten minutes.

Entrepreneurial Creativity Is Still Rife in the Fashion Jewelry

It has been a busy spring with introductions of a slew of new products in international cosmetic and jewelry industry trade shows. There was the largest Beauty and Fragrance Industry expo, Cosmoprof in Bologna, Italy and immediately after Cosmoprof there is Basel World in Basel Switzerland, the premiere international couture watch and jewelry show in the world. This past week finished a new Fashion Jewelry product launch at Couture Las Vegas, the exclusive American trade show for luxury jewelry product.

These industry specific trade shows draw store buyers, distributors and vendors from every corner of the world. Cosmoprof offers products from the giants in the Cosmetic world such as Proctor & Gamble, Estee Lauder, Cosmair-L’Oreal and Shiseido. Basel World and Couture are utilized by internationally famous brands such as Harry Winston, Richemont, LVMH and Bulgari. All of the biggest players attend these expositions. And yet, the most interesting, exciting and well-shopped stands are often those representing small, entrepreneurial start-up businesses.

The entrepreneurs you will visit at beauty and jewelry trade shows are unique. They are among the most creative artisans you will find anywhere. Their display will be smaller than the multi-national brand powerhouses, and their marketing minuscule. But their passion, intensity and ability to find a path to success against long odds and heavy competition is often inspirational.

The Couture Las Vegas Jewelry trade show is an ode to luxurious human adornment. There are no Costume Jewelry or mass market products on display. Show management vet’s every product entry and allows only the most beautiful, unique and exclusive lines to be offered. Attendance is strictly controlled and buyers are invited, there are no walk-ins. Nevertheless, there were dozens of small artisan jewelry producers, all offering a range of product created from a novel medium that they had discovered, executed and perfected. The result is innovative jewelry lines that are able to find a niche in the congested world of Couture, High Fashion Jewelry.

The story is the same at Cosmoprof Bologna. There are over 3000 vendors selling every imaginable type of Beauty Product. Aromatherapy, Cosmetic Implements, Cosmetic Applicators and Accessories, Skin Care, Bath and Body Care, Fragrance, Hair Care, Hand and Nail Care, Baby Care, Men’s Treatment, and Color Cosmetics of every type, description and price point from all over the world are on offer to buyers and international distributors from 120 countries. Still, once again, the small producers enjoyed a terrific opportunity to differentiate themselves from their mega-competitors. Their booths were busy and interest levels in the newest products and concepts was at an all-time high.

Cosmetics and Jewelry are industries where we see incredible entrepreneurial activity. The barriers to entry are not as difficult to hurdle as in many categories that require large technology and financial commitments. If you are creative, driven and have a passion to compete there has never been a better time than the present to be a fashion entrepreneur. Nimble innovators are always in demand.

Celebrity Hair Jewelry and You

Today’s celebrity is a modern day Goddess, which is perhaps why we scrutinize every fashion statement they make right down to the hair jewelry they wear. Millions around the world spend their time critiquing what the stars are doing when it comes to hair styles and hair jewelry. Let’s look at some of the latest celebrity hair styles and the hair jewelry they are wearing with them.

When you copy the celebrity hairstyles with their celebrity jewelry for their hair, you can be at the front of the fashion trend when it comes to your hair. While celebrities can afford to hire the best hair stylists in the industry along with the best makeup artists so they’ll always look their best. While you may not be able to afford top notch stylist or makeup artist you can copy what they are doing and you can look your best.

During the 1970’s it was celebs like Farrah Fawcet who were copied. Everyone was asking for the hair cut referred to as a feather so they could look just like Farrah Fawcet especially once that touch of jewelry in their hair.

During the 1980’s it was Meg Ryan’s with those tousled layers and then there was Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie with their fashion sense and jewelry up top. Oh so hot!

The 1990’s through to now, has seen some fabulous hair clips accented with diamonds, rhinestones, or Swarovski crystals. These great barrettes are often inlaid with semi precious stones and they are very affordable. There are also splendid headbands to enjoy.

Fashion is fluid, changing often, but when it comes to hair jewelry there are lots of great styles that go from one decade to the next. Enjoy many of the celebrity hairstyles and celebrity hair jewelry that’s available for great prices. All you need to do is watch the celebs to see what’s in and what’s not. If you want to look like a celebrity you definitely have to keep up with the celebrity hairstyles and celebrity hair jewelry.