Jewelry Boxes in Endless Variety

Collecting jewelry boxes can be fun and interesting encompassing everything from famous people to different eras in our history. A collection can focus on ancient Egypt with beautiful wood boxes with mother of pearl inlaid in rectangular and octagon shapes or a hand painted cast metal box with scarabs and lotus.

Most are lined with velvet of a coordinating color. A fun collection would be one of Disney characters with the most popular ones being Tinker Bell and Cinderella. There are jewelry boxes shaped like the Cinderella castle that open with a drawbridge. Imagine a shelf of jewelry boxes with all the Disney princesses and a castle. That would be a beautiful and fun display in any room.

Like animals? A cute green turtle jewelry box or an elephant or a dolphin jewelry box all can begin a great collection of sea animals or African animals. Maybe you would like a collection with various animal patterns such as snakeskin and leopard spots? Do you have a friend that collects lighthouses? A jewelry box in the shape of a lighthouse or a fine wooden box with a beautiful painting of a lighthouse on the shore with waves lapping at the rocks can be a meaningful gift to a collector.

A collection of jewelry boxes does not have to be the large boxes we normally see on dressers that have hooks for necklaces and drawers for rings. There are trinket boxes that usually range in size from an egg to a coffee cup. These can be made of wood, metals, plastic and even box materials. The lids either left off or up or slide to one side and are often the most decorative part of the trinket box. These are a great collection starter for a child due to their size and cost.

Some people collect based on the material the jewelry box is made from or the decorations on the box whether it is carved wood or inlaid mother of pearl on the lid. Others collect based on the designer or manufacturer. A collection of any type can reflect your personality and provide you with pleasure and satisfaction.

Remember that little pink jewelry/music box with the ballerina that popped up and danced to a love song? I wonder how much mine would be worth in a collection or even more, what it would be worth to my granddaughter if she had it sitting on her dresser?

Before Buying Vintage Estate Jewelry

For people who enjoy old collectibles as a way to keep in touch with the past, a trip to an estate sale can be a real treat. Jewelry lovers can usually find at least one or two items that interest them at bargain prices. Many women, and even some men, enjoy collecting jewelry. Vintage estate jewelry offers the opportunity to connect with the styles and fashions of the past that are now sometimes difficult to find for sale at retail outlets. If you are spending a minimal amount of cash, then buy to your heart’s content. If however, you are thinking of making an investment in a very expensive piece of estate jewelry, you should take some precautions.

An investment in vintage jewelry can bring great returns later on, but you must make sure that what you are buying is worth the asking price. Beware of fake stones when buying vintage gemstone jewelry. You should do a bit of research to educate yourself in the ways to identify authentic stones. The idea of reading a book or doing online research simply to prepare for the purchase of a piece of jewelry may seem extreme, but the knowledge you gain will be yours forever. If you intend to continue purchasing estate jewelry, the few hours spent studying could be worth a considerable amount of money down the road.

You should learn about how to identify a variety of gemstones, but one of the most commonly seen gems on sale at estate clearances are diamonds. Most people have heard of the “four C’s” as they pertain to diamonds. These identifying characteristics are cut, color, clarity and condition. You should make yourself familiar with the definitions of these terms as well as how to determine the quality of any stone you are considering.

The phrase buyer beware holds especially true at estate sales. You should not necessarily trust the appraisals you are given by the seller of the jewelry. They obviously have everything to gain by misleading buyers. This is not to say that all people selling at estate sales would cheat you, but you should certainly be careful, as many sellers have a no return policy. Most areas have a few prominent estate companies who handle the bulk of estate sales in their region. Try visiting the sales they host on a regular basis, and if possible, get to know the owner of the business to get a feel for whether or not you think they are completely trustworthy. Once you are familiar with both the process of purchasing vintage jewelry and the people selling the merchandise, you may be able to find and buy yourself some wonderful vintage treasures.

Fashion Advice For the Modern Man – 10 Simple Rules Every Man Must Follow

When you step out of the house, your clothes advertise much about you. Along with your face and hair, you clothing is one of the first things people will notice and they will judge you quickly on first impressions. When you are at work and about town, it is important to present a confident and capable appearance.

One would think that today’s modern man would have good fashion sense already locked away in his brain, but one good look around will tell you differently. Every day, men are committing fashion suicide and this could be costing them at job interviews, meetings with the in-laws, or trying to get that all important phone number from Heather. Don’t be that man. Follow these simple rules:

1. Don’t look like you tried too hard. Unless you have a part time job as a clown entertaining at children’s birthday parties, keep your look simple by not wearing more than three major colors. Also, keep the jewelry count low. There is only one Mr. T and you are not him. A good rule is one ring per hand and one necklace only.

2. Take a friend. When you go shopping for your wardrobe, take a friend. Even better if the friend you take is a woman. You want an honest opinion of what looks good on you from somebody else’s view point.

3. Don’t overlook your shoes. I have heard that women will judge you by your shoes. I’m not sure how true this is…but why take chances. They seem to have a “thing” for shoes, as evidenced by how many pair they usually own. Check for dirt, scuffs, frayed laces, etc. Take the extra time to make sure your shoes are in top shape. Do not leave the house with ratty shoes.

4. Sandals are for the beach. Don’t wear them out of earshot of the surf. Nobody wants to see your ugly feet and toes. If you insist on wearing sandals and think you can pull off a slick look…please, please, please do not wear socks, with them.

5. Don’t spend too much. In other words, don’t buy an article of clothing just for the brand name or the logo. You can find other brands that are just as good for less money. You can further enhance your wardrobe with the money you save.

6. Keep the PJs in the bedroom. Do not ever wear your pajamas out and about. I don’t care if this is the latest fad and everyone else is doing it…you should not. Some women can get away with this…most women can’t. Men can never pull this off.

7. Hats. Seems every guy is wearing ball caps these days. Ball caps are fine…but take them off when your not “playing”. If you are not wearing shorts or jeans, you shouldn’t be sporting a ball cap. Also, remove your hat indoors. This is a rule that never goes out of style. Don’t wear your cap in a restaurant, movie theater, church, etc.

8. Look behind you. Don’t forget to check out your backside in the mirror. You don’t want to wear pants that give you a baggy butt.

9. Underwear should stay under. Nothing looks sloppier than several inches of boxer shorts sticking out of the top of your pants. Keep your pants around your waist…and your underwear in your pants. Wear a belt for crying out loud!

10. Dress for the occasion. You wouldn’t show up for a job interview in shorts and T-shirt, would you? Make sure that you wear the right clothes for the right occasion. When in doubt, it is far better to over dress than under dress. Where a necktie. If that makes you over dressed, you can take it off and stuff it in a coat pocket for a quick dress down.

You may not be a fashion model, but follow these simple fashion rules and you will not fail. You will look sharp and, in turn, you will feel confident…and that, my friend, is the point. Look better, feel better.