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Selling Estate and Antique Jewelry

October 30th, 2013 3:54 am

Today you can actually make money selling your old or unsused jewellery to a jewelry store. The prices for antique or estate pieces are some of the highest in history so selling your jewellery is a great option to make some extra cash. If you have any jewelry you do not wear anymore, you may want to consider selling it to a reputable jewelry buyer and take advantage of the reasonable prices. Here are some tips on preparing your antique or estate jewlery for sale to any dealer:

Take Some Good Photos: Photos can reveal a wealth of information, allowing us to view the style and estimate the time period, and even make an educated guess as to the materials that would have been used in the jewelry (i.e., gold, platinum, silver, etc.).

Estate vs. Antique Jewelry? Estate jewelry is previously owned jewellery and is usually of high quality. Estate jewelry can come from many time periods and is often confused with antique jewellery. Estate jewelry is anything less than 100 years old and previously owned. Antique jewelry is over 100 years old. So, antique jewelry may be estate jewelry, but not all estate jewelry is antique jewelry.

What Information We Need to Know About Your Jewelry. We need to know what stones are in your rings. Many colored stones are synthetic (a process mastered as early as the mid 1800’s). We need to know the approximate size and grade of your diamonds. This information can sometimes be obtained from a local jeweler, although it may not be accurate.

What is the Difference Between Consignment and Selling Outright? Many people consign jewelry, however your jewellery may be tied up for a long period of time while you wait for a potential buyer. Selling outright can get your money very quickly.

Tips to Consider Before You Get a Body Piercing

August 15th, 2013 8:05 am

There are several considerations which should be taken into account before getting a body piercing, however, as the decision is a commitment. If you decide you do not like the body piercing later on, you can take it out, but it needs to be allowed to heal completely first, in order to avoid the risk of infection. If you choose to get a piercing in a hard to heal area, such as the navel, it may take up to nine months, or more, to heal, meaning that you could have a long time to live with a body piercing you hate. That is why you should be aware of a few points before you make your final decision.

Placement is probably the most important issue with a body piercing. Consider where you want to be pierced, and think about the implications. A facial piercing such as an eyebrow piercing, for example, may bar you from employment in some locations. It will also result in social difficulties, because of perceptions about pierced people. Whether or not you find these facts troubling and repugnant, they are facts, and you should take them into account.

Placement will also impact on healing. If you are highly physically active, a navel or belly button piercing might not be a good choice, for example, since jostling and trauma increases healing time and the risk of infection. Be aware that the area around the body piercing is going to be tender and sensitive through the healing process, and that you will need to pay special attention to it. Surface piercings will take a long time to heal, as will piercings of the cartilage. Oral piercings and ear piercings, on the other hand, are very fast healing if well cared for.

Aftercare is another thing to think about when are considering a body piercing. You may want to do some extensive research into what is involved, and be aware that aftercare instructions are different, depending on the body piercing. A tongue piercing, for example, requires rinsing with mouthwash after eating food, as well as frequent brushings to keep your mouth clean. This means that caring for the piercing requires substantially more work than healing ear piercings, which are much easier to care for. Only get a piercing if you can commit to the aftercare, because infections are not pleasant.

Timing is also an important factor. A body piercing should not be acquired right before going on vacation on entering a high stress situation. This is a recipe for shoddy aftercare and physical stress which will impact the way in which the piercing heals. Exposure to salt water, sun, or extreme cold can be very hard on a new piercing. You want to keep it clean, moisturized, and healthy, not subject it to trauma. The piercing can always wait for a more opportune time, giving you more time to think about it.

Finally, with every new body piercing comes the possibility of removal. Some piercings remove themselves by rejecting, which is why it is important to keep an eye on your piercings. If you see that a piercing appears to be migrating, you may want to remove it so that it does not leave a scar. You may also choose to remove a body piercing because you no longer like it, or cannot continue wearing it. Some piercings may scar, and some may permanently change your body, as is the case with stretched earlobes. Think carefully about how a body piercing will impact you in the long term before you start researching piercing studios and piercers to work with.