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Shopping for Cheap Fashion Jewelry Online

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

When shopping for cheap costume jewelry online, you are likely to come across numerous stores which sell discount costume jewelry, especially during special holidays. There are some things that you should keep in mind when shopping for your cheap costume jewelry in order to ensure that you get the best deal possible.

In order to find the best inexpensive jewelry online, you should remain up to date with the latest trends. Even if you are not a connoisseur or expert in the very latest fashion trends, you can still remain in the know about what’s currently happening in the jewelry industry. Even if you don’t plan on buying your jewelry wholesale, wholesale costume jewelry stores are a great source of information on what’s currently hot in the world of jewelry. This is because these stores will typically only stock the very latest fashion jewelry designs in a wide selection to choose from. By taking a look at their collection, you will be able to know what to buy when you do find the right online retailer.

When shopping for your cheap real jewelry items, go for those constructed out of materials designed to last a long time and withstand repeated wear. For instance, you may want to go for colored glass beads which are more durable than painted beads whose color may come off with time. Go for cheap fashion jewelry designs that consist of metal wires used to connect the beads instead of string or plastic. This is because metal wire is more durable and stronger, and also tends to look more expensive than what you actually paid for your cheap fashion jewelry accessories.

Cheap fashion online jewelry made with natural semi-precious stones such as shell, agate and turquoise is ideal for those with a tight budget. This is because they make great cheap fine jewelry items that also look wonderful. For a night out on the town, you can find a great cheap fashion jewelry set to add some glitter and sparkle to your overall look. Cubic zirconium is another great choice if you want to dazzle the other party goers at your next get together. This is because it looks as expensive as a diamond but only costs a fraction of the actual price. You therefore get to look like a million dollars without having to break the bank in the process.

The Best Way to Repair Costume Jewelry

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Whether you buy costume jewelry for your own collection, for investment or for resale, it’s important to know when to repair a piece that has damage or missing stones, and when to walk away. Whether you intend to wear it, or plan to sell it “as is” will determine the wisdom of repairing it. If you plan to repair the piece and then sell it, be sure to factor in the cost of repairs to see if it’s worth fixing.

The most common problem I see in costume jewelry is with the stones – rhinestones, crystal, glass or plastic, they may come out of their settings, be loose, or crack or dull. Older pieces may be set with glue that has dried and let the stone fall out. It’s important to use the right kind of adhesive, and to not use too much. Krazy Glue or Super Glue is not recommended, as it may break down when attached to glass. Super Glue may be especially damaging to vintage pieces – a film may develop if it reacts to old metal and plating. If you get it on the surface of the stone, it’s difficult to remove. Never use hot glue – it can expand and contract with temperature changes and may crack the jewelry or loosen the stone. The best adhesive to use would be one designed specifically for jewelry, which can be found in craft stores and on jewelry supply web sites.

Be careful not to use too much glue when replacing stones. The glue will not dry properly, and the adhesive will flow out around the stone and onto the metal. I use a toothpick dipped in a little pool of glue to drop minute bits of glue into the setting, a drop at a time, using as little as possible.

Putting the stone back into the setting is a delicate process – you can wet the tip of your finger to make the stone stick and then carefully drop it into the setting.

Save your old broken jewelry, or any unmatched earrings for their stones. You might find broken pieces at flea markets, yard sales and antique shops. It’s hard to exactly match a missing stone, but if you build up a collection of orphan pieces, the right size and color just might be available. You can also access jewelry suppliers for stones. Keep in mind that whatever you purchase for repairs should be factored into the price if the piece is for resale.

One way to make old jewelry look new again is replating. Replating can be costly, and should only be done if you are keeping the piece for yourself to wear. Replating may diminish the value of vintage jewelry, just as refinishing antique furniture would decrease its value. An Internet search should provide the names ofc in your area.

Now, what about that green stuff that you sometimes see on vintage jewelry? Some jewelry collectors simply pass on pieces that have green verdigris on them, as it can indicate corrosion that can’t be cleaned off. You can try to clean it with a cotton swab dipped in vinegar, but if the metal is heavily coated and degraded, you may need to gently chip the green away, taking care to not damage the metal beneath. Wipe the piece with a damp cloth and let it air dry completely. You can also try the same process with ammonia. Be careful to never immerse the piece of jewelry in liquid, as the stones may loosen or discolor due to water getting into the setting.