Jewelry Allergies: Causes, Symptoms and Solutions

Jewelry allergies are a common problem for people who have sensitive skin. They occur when the skin comes in contact with a metal, especially nickel. The allergic reaction makes it difficult to wear metal jewelry such as earrings, watches, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Finding jewelry that doesn’t irritate the skin can be a challenge. Some people think that they are allergic to precious stones, gold or silver, but this isn’t the case. The truth is, they are allergic to metal alloys (mostly nickel) Read more [...]

What’s the Difference between Moissanite and Diamond?

In our previous post, we discussed various semi-precious stones that can be excellent alternatives to diamonds. One of those sparkling stones was Moissanite. It stands out from the list because it’s the closest substitute. Both diamonds and moissanite are rare gems that are similar to each other in appearance, but differ on colour, durability, price and brilliance. Many people opt to buy moissanite in place of diamonds, but don’t understand the differences between them. Here’s a comparative Read more [...]

7 Semi-Precious Substitutes to Diamond for Bridal Jewelry

Is your wedding date fast approaching? Congratulations! Since your special day is coming soon, you must be busy shopping for your bridal jewelry. Many soon-to-be-brides buy expensive diamond jewelry items and end up spending a lot more than their budget allows. But you don’t need to follow their example because there are many economical, yet beautiful alternatives available. Here are 7 alternatives to diamonds that you can consider for your bridal jewelry. 1) Moissanite Moissanite is a naturally Read more [...]

Why It’s Okay to Buy a Second Hand Engagement Ring

Are you planning to propose to your girlfriend, but you find yourself in a difficult financial situation? Before emptying your wallet to buy a diamond ring for the engagement, why not consider a second-hand engagement ring? Many people think that engagement rings should never be pre-owned, that they must be bought new as they are the symbol of a new relationship. Some fear upsetting their partner if they ever found out the ring is ‘used’. However, not everyone has the luxury of being able Read more [...]

6 Different Types of Diamond Cuts

Buying gold or silver band for an engagement ring is fine, but it’s just shiny junk without a beautiful diamond attached to it. Nothing can replace this precious stone. Before buying a diamond, many factors need to be considered such as carat, clarity, and colour. But the quality of a diamond is determined by its cut. The shape or cut of this gem has a huge impact on how big it looks and how well it shines. If you’re planning to buy a diamond for your engagement or wedding anniversary, then Read more [...]

Why Second Hand Jewelry Shouldn’t Be Overlooked

It’s no surprise that jewelry is the universal form of adornment. With its longstanding popularity, Canadians purchase large amounts of jewelry every year. The Canadian jewelry, luggage, and leather goods industry, combined, had sales of $229 million during December 2016. A large percentage of those sales were jewelry. For some Canadians, it isn’t always financially feasible to shower ourselves or loved ones with jewelry. A great alternative to buying brand-new, is purchasing second hand/used Read more [...]

Traditional vs. Technology: Comparing Gold and Bitcoins Investment

The go-to safe alternative currency for many has been gold. Whenever there’s been political or economic uncertainty, people would buy and store gold. Things are no longer so black and white. Recent technologies have been incredibly disruptive for several industries—including investments. Whereas gold was seen as the smart investment for many centuries, the rapid rise of bitcoins has seen some experts debate as to which alternative currency is superior. What’s a Bitcoin? In a nutshell, a Read more [...]

3 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Luxury Watch

The role of watches has evolved in the last one hundred years. They used to be a necessity, for both business and personal life. There simply wasn’t a more convenient way to keep track of time. But, as digital technology became more readily available, the practical role of watches was slowly phased out; replaced by cell phones. Watches aren’t gone though. As mentioned, their role has evolved. Nowadays, having a well-made watch is a sign of wealth. They are now luxury items in the same category Read more [...]

8 Benefits of Gold Loans You Can’t Ignore

Are you in dire need for cash? Instead of selling off your gold ornaments, a better solution might be to opt for a gold loan. Let’s have a look into the benefits of gold loans: Faster Processing It is easier and faster to get gold loans as they are backed with your precious metals. In case you default, the lender has the option to sell off your gold. Lending against gold is safe for the lender which makes the processing quick and easy. No Processing Fee There are some places where processing Read more [...]

Estate Jewelry – How to Find Quality Buys

If you are into antique jewelry, there’s a chance you haven’t come across the term, ‘estate jewelry’. Estate jewelry is basically pre-owned jewelry. However, it shouldn’t be confused with antique jewelry. The main difference is that antique jewelry needs to be 100 years or older, while estate jewellery can be any age. If you’re a fan of wearing beautiful jewelry, and don’t mind it being used, then estate jewelry is what you should be looking for. Keep the following points in mind Read more [...]