Showing posts with label Bridal Jewellry Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bridal Jewellry Tips. Show all posts

If you want to save money by going for a close alternative to diamond without sacrificing quality, then read on. It may be that you are planning a proposal and you want it to be a memorable one. You are not alone. One in three engagement takes place between Thanksgiving and New Year. If you are Shopping for an Engagement Ring, you may want to consider a diamond alternative due to the high cost attached to it. So, in this blog post, we are going to share with you the best alternative to diamond and our reasons.

The Best Alternative to Diamonds to Save Money without Losing Quality

Diamonds are not the only option for an engagement ring or any piece of jewelry. There is a better option that is not just much more affordable but also come with more fire than a natural diamond.

After conducting many laboratory research, we came to the conclusion that moissanite is the only best alternative to diamond. It is no more news that if a moissanite and a diamond are placed side by side, it will be difficult for you to differentiate between them unless you are an expert in gemstones.

Moissanites are naturally occurring crystal that forms after a meteor hits Earth. Although, lab-grown versions can be easily seen in the market. Moissanites are rare mineral on its own comprising of silicon carbon, whereas diamonds are pure carbon. It was discovered by a French scientist, Henri Moissan and was named after him.

Why Moissanite?
Here are few reasons moissanite is considered the best alternative to diamond;

The price of diamonds can never be compared with moissanites. Diamonds are way more expensive than moissanites. When shopping for moissanite, you could spend 80% less than you would on a natural diamond with almost the same details. The price and value of a diamond is determined by the 4C's (Cut, Clarity, Color, Carat).
Why go into debt just to buy a diamond engagement ring when you can save almost 80% of the money and still get something very close? Like it was stated earlier, unless you are an expert in gemstones or informed about moissanite and diamond, it is very difficult to state their differences ordinary.

In terms of hardness, moissanites are the only stone after diamond. Moissanites are 9.25 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness while diamond comes at 10. This makes them the best fit for jewelries as they can withstand scratches.

For those wanting a colorless stone just like diamond, you can find such in some jewelry stores. Though they are rare, but if you really search for them, you will find them. You can get a near-colorless moissanite stone if you search correctly. It is noticeably less yellow than a normal moissanite.

The Best Alternative to Diamonds to Save Money without Losing Quality

If your reason for wanting to buy diamond is sparkle, then you will do yourself a lot of good by going for moissanite instead of diamond. Moissanites shines with much fire than diamonds. When light enters moissanite, the fire produced is more intense than that of diamond.

You can get different shapes and sizes of both gemstones. The most common is round, which is sometimes difficult to tell the differences.

Other Alternatives
Now, aside rating moissanites as the best alternative to diamond, they are other beautiful options that can still be considered an alternative to diamond but not as close as moissanite. They are even less expensive to moissanite.

White Moissanite
Sapphires are gemstones suitable for engagement rings. Although, they don't emit fire like moissanite or diamond. They are quite hard but not as hard as a moissanite or diamond.

White Topaz
For those on a very tiny budget, you can go for white topaz. It is softer when compared to moissanite and diamond, and neither does it has the kind of sparkle a diamond has.

Cubic Zirconia
This gemstone looks almost like moissanite but it is not. Cubic Zirconia also emit more of a rainbow sparkle when light is shined on it. It is even very hard to tell the difference between CZ and diamond. 

Bottom Line
Should you go with moissanite for your engagement ring or piece of jewelry? That is a matter of personal choice. There is no law that state that an engagement ring must be diamond. Cheap doesn't mean fake. Your happiness should be a deciding factor here.

Author Bio:  
Ashish s. Expert in moissanite & Diamond industries in last 10 years. Share some customers tips & Update latest trends. Now working in Loose Moissanite stone & jewellery products. 

Weddings are special, particularly for the bride. It’s ‘the’ day she’d been waiting for, and now it’s almost time to embrace that encompassing wedding dress alongside the bridal jewellery. Thinking of which, have you ever thought how bland a wedding ceremony would be without those glittery jewels as part of the picture? In fact, a bride without her bridal jewellery can be metaphorically connoted as a dark sky without those shimmery twinkling stars. Makes sense?

What I’m trying to say here is that to be able to pick the perfect bridal jewellery makes a whole lotta difference. And now that the market has grown humongous, with vivid jewelers offering extraordinary designs, it gets really difficult to decide as to what serves the purpose and what redefines the magnificence of the bride.

6 Bridal Gold Necklace Designs You Must Watch Out

In this blog, I will present before you 6 latest bridal gold necklace designs and styles that you ought to watch out for prior to deciding what suits you the best.

Extraordinary Kundan Necklaces
Out of all the traditional style jewellery you might come across, nothing matches the extravagance of Kundan jewellery. Even more, it also considered to be the most expensive traditional jewellery kind.

Kundan jewellery comprises of multi colored gems embedded in highly refined 24-carat pure gold. This style of jewellery became popular during the Mughal Empire, and ever since, adorning a ravishing long Kundan necklace makes the bride feel royalty.

Polki Necklaces
Polki jewellery are quite similar to Kundan. However, it is the involvement of unfinished Diamonds and gems, that makes this style stand out amongst other designs. Traditionally, Polki jewellery originated in Rajasthan, adorned by the royal families. It is considered that Polki jewellery is even costlier than Kundan due to the presence of unpolished stones. Not to mention, when Polki jewellery is combined with enamel work, the overall essence of the jewel magnifies to a huge extent. If you’d ask your fellow married girlfriends, they’d surely have a lot to tell you about Polki necklaces! Any jeweller you go to will show you some extraordinary Polki designs that will definitely melt your heart.

Bespoke Diamond Necklace
One thing that’ll never change is the bond between women and diamonds. In-fact, nothing can match the shimmery essence of diamond jewellery. Lately, Diamond is not only being presented as stand alone, but also being amalgamated with various forms of gold, like white gold, rose gold etc. It is this combination that adds an extra charm to the overall beauty of diamond jewels. Visit your favorite jewellers to take a look at their diamond necklace catalogue.

Jadaau Necklaces
Always impressive, Jadaau jewellery has a distinctive style that will never fail to add an extra spark to the bride’s charm. This style of jewellery originated in West India, particularly Rajasthan and Gujrat. Jadaau necklaces comprise of a beautiful uncut diamond, ruby, sapphire or any other precious gem as the center of attraction, embedded in gold. Trust me on this, a Jadaau necklace when adorned by the bride will make her look extremely elegant! Almost all the jewellers promote Jadaau jewels, however if you want to make things much special, you’d better visit Rajasthan or Gujarat to get your hands on the most exquisite Jadaau jewellery.

Radiant Meenakari Jewellery
If you have a thing for colorful gems and jewels, this one is just perfect for you. Meenakari style of jewellery originated from Rajasthan and lately it has become quite popular not only in India but around the globe. Under this style you get some fancy necklaces with beautiful motifs of peacock and flowers resonating different colors; totally apt for the bride!

Shiny Gold Necklaces
No matter what century we are a part of, Gold will always remain a bride’s favorite option. Always classy and elegant, purchasing gold necklaces is totally worth every penny you spend. As part of the Indian customs, Gold is symbol of Goddess Laxmi, even better known for its everlasting durability and shine.

You can find vivid styles of gold necklaces, however make sure you purchase Hallmarked gold jewels from an authorized jeweller. Not to mention, gold has a great resale value too and it’s after care is also easy compared to other gemstones and precious items.

Stay tuned for more interesting blogs discussing the latest GoldNecklace Designs for the year 2017.

India has always been a hub for everything handcrafted right from jewelry to clothing and small intricate show pieces to soft and colorful cushion covers. Handicrafts have always been important for the development of the Indian economy.

Handicrafts & the Indian Economy

Now, the Indian hand-made industry is on its way to achieving the status that it has been denied for decades. For centuries the Indian subcontinent is known for handcrafted items manufactured by labor intensive techniques. Indian artisans are skilled people who have mastered the art of working on wood, shells, clay, stones and rocks and metal, etc. India is the manufacturer of various kinds of handmade products such as:

      Wooden and terracotta jewelry
      Bamboo Handicrafts
      Cane Handicrafts
      Bell Metal Handicrafts
      Bone and Horn crafts
      Brass Handicrafts
      Clay products or Pottery
      Dhokra Handicrafts
      Jute items and crafts
      Paper Handicrafts
      Rock and stone Handicrafts
      Shell Handicraft
      Silver Filigree or Meenakari or Tarakashi Handicrafts
      Hand weaving or Embroidery
      Wood Handicrafts

The rural parts of the country in particular stand to gain a lot from this sector because it is highly labor intensive. This is beneficial for the country as a sizeable section of population here is unemployed. 

The ongoing globalization trends though in favor of many industries do not favor the handmade goods sector as there is quite a bit of competition that they have to face from machine made produce that is insanely low cost. These substitutes are the immediate choice of consumers worldwide due to their wide availability. The handmade goods industry offers higher returns at lower cost and the Indian Government is working to provide maximum assistance to artisans at minimum cost. This is expected to help them garner sustainable growth in the long run and increase employment opportunities.

This is also a great source of foreign exchange and overall socio economic development after agriculture. This is especially true because Indian handicrafts have been admired internationally for their sheer attention to detail and brilliance and finish. The stunning mix of colors and textures further adds to its exquisite appeal. Indian craftsmanship encompasses handmade clothing, crochet, jewelry of all kinds, for both men and women, handmade knitted items and decorative pieces of numerous kinds and the list just goes on. Right now, rurally located units and small scale cottage industries in the country are the main contributors of handicrafts produced in India with a share of about 78%. Close to 76% of the artisans in the country are self employed and both men and women involved in the production of these goods now seek to export their products to countries like the US, UK, Europe and Australia. 

According to studies, demand of such items is continuously growing in the international markets and their overall exports are expected to surpass $400 million by 2017. As I said earlier, being labor intensive the handmade goods sector could help in reduction of unemployment and the average wage of the creator here is far more than what one earns in agriculture and its allied sector. India is not the only country that stands to gain out of promoting its handicrafts industry. It is evident from numerous researches that countries like China and many parts and provinces of Africa too can benefit from this as it promises enhanced social and financial status everywhere. Therefore, what we need is significant attempts at innovations and introduction to modern technology in the handicrafts field which would eventually lead to a better and more flourishing economy.

The promotional efforts undertaken by the ministry showed a growth of 18.25% for the period of April-September 2016 which is a staggering Rs. 13,005.35 crore. According to reports by Indian governmental authorities handicrafts exports are expected to grow to Rs. 23,560 crore in the year 2016-17. The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts Executive Director Rakesh Kumar stressed on promoting these goods to markets in the US, Europe, Latin America and The Middle East as they show better prospects. 

To further improve exports the government has decided to enhance duty benefits for the artisan community. The council is also participating in 30 to 35 exhibitions and fairs oversees every year to promote Indian handmade goods in the international markets. These participations will prove beneficial in promoting a healthy and positive image of the Indian handicrafts industry.

Talking about duty benefits, there are 63 handmade items that are going to boost exports. These include candles, handbags, shopping bags, handmade wooden frames for mirrors and photos and handmade paper and shawls and mufflers, etc. The rates of these items and more have been amended under the MEIS (Merchandise Exports from India Scheme) according to a statement made by the director general of foreign trade. 

Time holds a brighter future for the handmade goods sector in India and the promise of improved employment opportunities is a chance for everyone to live a more complete and rewarding life.

Author Bio
Hi I am John Miller. I love and live for everything artistic. My only crime is that I observe too much and then make sure to write it down before I forget all about it. I am a quality manager at Artisna Market place.
A diamond bracelet is an essential piece of jewelry in any girl’s jewelry box. It is very essential to know if you are looking to buy a bracelet for everyday use or occasional wear. Understand what your daily lifestyle is. Do you work in a corporate work environment? Do you have a casual style life style or a more active lifestyle? Once you know that you will make better choices in selecting the right diamond bracelet. This is a timeless piece in you jewelry collection, thus choose wisely.

How to choose a diamond Bracelet

It is also very essential to know how much you are willing to spend on this piece. Diamond bracelets have a wide range in terms of cost. Most styles start with a minimum of $1500 and can be as expensive as a $100,000+. So it is best to know approximately how much you are willing to spend.

A diamond bracelet is usually made in gold or platinum. I would highly recommend going to a trusted jeweler when you are looking to make a purchase. When you are going for bigger brand names you will definitely be paying significantly extra for the brand name. Going to a trusted jeweler is a great option if you are thinking of this purchase as an investment. 

Let’s get started to understand 5 most important aspects of choosing a diamond bracelet:

1.     Bracelet Style

Let’s talk about design and different styles of bracelets available for you to choose from.

 a.      Bangle Bracelet: This most versatile style. It modern and extremely comfortable to wear. It goes well if you want to wear it at work or special occasions. The bracelet bangles are very easy to wear. It is a rigid bracelet the style is somewhere like a bangle but not completely round, it’s a oval shape that will fit the arm wrist well and in place.

 b.     Cuff Bracelets:  Cuff bracelet is wide oval shape bracelet with no locks. It’s open in the ends and this makes it very flexible and easy to wear. These types of bracelets are typically worn as statement pieces. They are iconic and reflect the personality of the person. Cuff style is an old, antique-type, jewelry style.

 c.      Link or Chain Bracelets: Link or chain bracelets are delicate and flexible. These wrap around the wrist like a loose flexible chain. It’s extremely elegant and girly. Make sure the clasps for this kind of bracelet are nice and high quality and also have an additional safety lock. There are higher chances of losing a chain bracelet if its not connected properly. Also if one of the chain links break, you may have to fix it from a local jeweler. This more delicate style and I may not recommend it for daily wear.

 d.     Tennis Bracelets: Tennis bracelets are one of the most desired types of bracelets available. It is a row of diamonds placed end to end that is flexible. The size of the diamonds may vary based on the aesthetics and budget. Make sure while selecting this type of bracelet it’s well made and the links are sturdy. If the links break, there is a high chance of you losing the piece.  Make sure the clasp is high quality and you hear a click when you close it. It is advisable that it also has an additional safety lock.

Differnt types of bracelets

 A fun fact, many years ago Christie Evert Lloyd (Christine Marie "Chris" Evert, known as Chris Evert-Lloyd from 1979 to 1987, is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles) was playing in the court. When she landed a shot, her diamond bracelet flew off and landed on the court. All the focus and the camera was on Christie's bracelet and hence its was popularly called tennis bracelet.

 e.      Charm Bracelets:
Charm bracelets are bracelets that are adorned with little hanging charms. Traditionally the women bring an simple chain and then chooses and adds special charm designs that have a personal meaning to her own life. There is a long history on how they were introduced by Ancient Egyptians in 3000 BC. Here’s an interesting interview about the History of Charm Bracelets by NPR.

 2.     Metal
 Typically for a diamond bracelets there are 4 metals to choose from yellow gold, white gold, rose Gold and platinum. Although working with platinum can be quite expensive people do prefer it when the diamond carat weight is around 10 carats or more. Platinum is a harder metal and thus the prongs are much stronger.

For standard bracelets we do recommend it to be 18K yellow gold, white gold, raised gold. Gold Karat is measure of the purity of gold and is denoted by the letter K. Gold is mixed with other metals to make it suitable for jewelry making. This affects the purity of gold.

Compared to 18K gold, 14K gold is slightly cheaper and stronger. It doesn't stay nice bright yellow after some normal wear and tear. 18K gold is slightly more expensive but it will hold more value over time and retain the bright yellow even if you wear it every day.

Types od Gold bracelet

There are some creative ways when it comes to choosing the metal for your bracelet. For example, you can opt for a dual tone Diamond Bracelet with both yellow gold and white gold. These make it extremely versatile and will match most of your outfits.

 3.     Design Elements
 There are different graphics and styles based on what culture you believe in. Below are some ideas:

A diamond bracelet can be adorned with special gemstones like ruby, emerald, sapphire, amethyst to add color and personality. One could choose to have diamond all the way or have a small motif in some form of design. Diamond bracelet can be a symbolic representation of some kind of figurine you admire or can relate to. They can be worn individually or in multiples together. 

Indian Diamond Bracelet deisgns

 4.      Bracelet Connections or Clasps to Consider
 Bracelets clasps or connections are very important aspects to consider because diamonds bracelets are expensive and you don't want to lose them. Below are some of the secure connections for you to know that are secure and safe before buying a diamond bracelet.

1.     Line Bracelet Clasp
2.     Decorative Slide mounting Clasp
3.     Barrel Clasps

Bracelet Secure Clasps

 5.      Diamond Quality
 In terms of making sure you are getting the best quality diamonds. Below are some of the expectations you must have in terms of the 4C’s. 4C’s define the standards set by Gemological Institute of America (GIA).

Color: G-H is a nice color to go for

Cut: Excellent cut is what gives the sparkle in a diamond, having the cut excellent is very important for your diamond bracelet to sparkle for many years.

Clarity: I recommend VS clarity quality diamond. It is impossible to see the imperfections in a VS clarity diamond with a naked eye. Therefore spending more money on the clarity will definitely not promise you more sparkle and shine.

Carat: It’s the total weight of the diamonds used in diamond bracelet.

Besides the diamond quality, make sure the diamonds you are buying are natural diamonds and not synthetic. There are synthetic diamonds in the market that have all the above 4C values correct but are manmade in a lab. Synthetic diamonds cost roughly half of natural diamonds. If you decide to purchase synthetic diamonds, ensure they are priced appropriately.

I hope you find these 5 factors helpful to choose the perfect diamond bracelet. To conclude below is the summary at glance:

1.     Know what bracelet style would be best for your needs.
2.     Pick the right precious metal to get most value.
3.     Pay attention to design elements to suit your personality and style
4.     Ensure bracelet connections are high quality to reduce the chances losing it
5.     Diamonds meet high quality standards. We recommend G-H color or higher, VS clarity or higher and excellent cut, natural diamonds.

Author Bio:
Jinal Sampat is Jewelry Designer at Sampat Jewellers Inc. Her focus is on innovation and creation of jewelry pieces that are meaningful and hold long term value. She creates versatile designs with Indo-Western elements. Jinal holds her graduate degree from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). You can find her at Instagram.