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How to Choose a Gold Necklace

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Gold necklaces have always been a favorite jewelry piece, for the simple reason that these can create an instant buzz no matter what outfit you wear them with. Most people like to select gold necklaces according to their style and make. Some of the most popular styles that are repeatedly in vogue include gold heart necklaces, gold circle necklaces, gold cross necklaces and Italian fancy necklaces. As you can get gold necklaces in different sizes, styles and colors, you can easily pair the jewelry with the outfit of your choice and turn up looking regal and elegant. Gold necklaces are expensive. So, you need to keep certain things in mind before you make a purchase.

Karat

When deciding what karat your gold chain should be, keep in mind that the purer the gold, the softer and less durable it will be. So, if you are going to wear your chain every day, you might want to skip the 20Kt and 22Kt pieces, which will scratch more easily compared with 10Kt or 14Kt chains, which are harder since they contain a higher percentage of non-gold alloys.

Although low-karat gold is more durable, it is not recommended if you are allergic to nickel – many gold alloys contain this metal, and the lower the gold purity, the more nickel the piece may contain. If you are concerned about having an allergic reaction, do not buy 10Kt gold (unless you are sure it is nickel free). Stick with 14Kt or 18Kt gold instead. (Please note that 14Kt gold may still cause an allergic reaction if you are really sensitive to nickel.)

Link Type

The type of link you choose for your gold chain will determine how easily it will kink and how likely it will be to break. For example, flat chains such as the omega chain and the herringbone chain are more prone to twisting. Another problematic link type is the round snake chain. These chains will be more likely to catch on your clothes and twist, and a kinked necklace could be very hard or impossible to repair.

It is also important to decide how thick the links should be, and this depends not only on your style preference but also on whether you will be wearing a pendant. If you are going to put some kind of charm on your gold chain, make sure it is thick enough to bear the additional weight.

Some of the best choices for a chain link type include the box chain and the wheat chain: They are both sturdy (in case you want to hang a pendant on them) and relatively flexible. Other good link choices include the Figaro chain, the mariner chain, the anchor chain, the curb chain, and the rope chain.

Clasp

Make sure your gold chain has a clasp that closes well and is not easy to break. The lobster clasp is one of the best choices – it is solid and does not open easily if you happen to pull your chain harder.

A lot of chains come with a ring clasp that is spring-loaded – these clasps are cheaper, but they are usually thin and not as durable and secure as the lobster clasp.

Is It Solid, Plated or Hollow Gold?

One of the most important questions you need to answer when looking at a gold chain is whether it is solid gold or just gold plated. Plated gold chains are cheaper, but the plating will wear off after some time, exposing the metal underneath, and you will need to have the chain replated if you want to restore its color. If you are going to wear your chain often, solid gold is a better choice as far as durability is concerned.

Some gold chains are made hollow – you will notice that they feel much lighter than solid pieces of similar size. Hollow chains are less expensive, but there is a potential problem with them: These chains are easy to break or dent, and if that happens, they are nearly impossible to repair. If you decide to go with a hollow gold chain, you will have to be extra careful when wearing it.

Is the Chain Smooth?

An often overlooked characteristic of gold chains is their surface: Make sure it is smooth. You might think this is not a big deal, but if the chain is rough and you wear it for several hours, it will irritate your skin. Run your fingers over the chain to make sure there are no jagged pieces that could rub your skin or catch on your clothes.

Diamond Engagement Ring

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

It is always necessary for the dealer to explain why a smaller finer diamond costs more than a larger not as fine gem. The consumer must be aware that some small imperceptible defects may exist on the less fine stone, but they do not hurt the appearance of the it. These small imperceptible defects will however lower the price of the stone. It may make sense for a consumer to buy a bigger less fine stone for the price of a smaller fine stone for the same price.

The buyer must always beware that these small imperfections will hurt the resale value. High grade stones will always retain a lot more monetary value than a stone of a poorer grade. It is also harder to resell a stone of poorer grade. If the buyer entertains the converting of the stone into cash, it is much wiser to buy only the better grades as regards to perfection.

In color, the public is also advised not to go with the very highest of grades, but a stones of rather less rare tints. Never buy a low grade off color stone that is perceptible to average eye. It is suggested that colored diamonds be purchased in the grades of Crystals and Silver Capes. The average retailer will probably call them blue white and fine white. Always insist on seeing the stone in broad day light, as to check for imperfections. In regards to the cheaper colored stones they possess more bang for the buck. The resale value on a colored stone with imperfections is not very high. On the other hand, the resale value of a fine grade colored gem is fairly high.

The next step in choosing a stone is the cut or make. The cut more than any factor, determines the brilliancy of the stone. The brilliancy includes both the perfect reflection of white light and the prismatic display of colored lights. The consumer can test the brilliancy of a stone without the use of measurements. If the stone is cut well it will have the same brilliancy from any distance up to twenty feet from the eye. At no distance should the stone appear weak or less brilliant in the center. Over thick stones will appear vacant, or dark, in the center. The stone that is cut too thin will have a ring of brilliancy around the outside around a black center, producing the fish eye effect. Over thick and over thin stones should be avoided.

The buyer must also scrutinize the finish of a stone. All of the stones facets should be symmetrically related to each other. The facets should be above the girdle should match those below in position. The upper facets and the lower facets should directly line up and the edges should meet. The finish of the stone should also be well checked. Most rough or chipped areas will be around the girdle.

Only a stone that appears perfectly round should be accepted. Stones of other contours are much less salable. The buyer must be aware that the price per carat advances rather rapidly with increase in size up to somewhat over a carat. Smaller diamonds are much more abundant in the mines than the larger ones. The law of supply and demand dictates the prices of diamonds on the market.

Capri Jewelry, a family owned and operated company, has been in the business of diamonds and jewelry for over 30 years. Having established a well known, and recognized retail store in the Los Angeles Jewelry District for over 3 decades, their family decided to expand their services worldwide and offer their high quality products online. As they say, “No two diamonds are ever exactly the same”, and they at Capri Jewelry like to see themselves in the same manner, much like “diamond in the rough”, never the same as the typical jeweler. Their work ethic, their inventory, expertise, and personable staff is what distinguishes their company from the rest. They strive to give you, the best customer service, the upmost attentiveness and care when shopping for your next piece of jewelry. Their goal is to treat each and every customer with the highest regard, as your satisfaction is their most valued asset.