Buying Guides

Fashion Jewelry
Collecting jewelry is truly one of the most exciting hobbies. Beware, "all that glitters is not gold." This series of guides are designed to help you make informed buying decisions.

Bridge Jewelry vs. Artisan Jewelry star
While many consider artisan jewelry to be a segment of the bridge jewelry category because of their similar pedigrees, there are some major differences that qualify it for a class of its own.

Buying Jewelry for Men star
Buying jewelry for men can be an intimidating experience, but not with this helpful advice.

Children and Lead Poisoning from Jewelry star
Young children are particularly at risk from the toxic effects of lead, which is present in some jewelry. Learn how to protect your kids from exposure.

Crazy About Jewelry Book Review star
Born of Susan Eisen's life-long passion for jewelry, her book, "Crazy About Jewelry", is an invaluable resource for jewelry owners, the ultimate guide to efficiently organizing, caring for, maintaining, expanding and recreating your jewelry wardrobe.

Gold Jewelry - Karats & Color star
Gold jewelry has taken center stage in fashion this season for its warm color, rich glow, and luxury feel. In this article we learn about gold "karatage" and discover why gold is available in a variety of colors.

Gold Jewelry - Plate, Filled, and Vermeil star
A look at the most common affordable alternatives to full karat gold jewelry.

How to Buy a Diamond - Clarity and Carat star
If your passion is collecting diamond jewelry, there are many factors, aside from the size of the diamonds, that determine quality. Clarity and carat (weight) are two of the four "C's" used in determining the value of diamonds.

How to Buy a Diamond - Cut and Color star
If your passion is collecting diamond jewelry, it's important to consider the cut and color of the diamonds, two of what's known as the "four C's" used to evaluate diamonds.

How to Choose a Diamond star
Two of the four "C´s" used to determine the value of a diamond.

How to Clean Jewelry – Gemstones star
Instructions on the various cleaning methods for use on gemstone jewelry, based on the type of gemstone.

How to Clean Jewelry – Metals star
Use these tips to keep your metal jewelry clean and looking like new.

How To Wear Necklaces star
Guidelines and suggestions on how to wear the most flattering jewelry styles for your body type and outfit.

Jewelry Shopper´s Checklist star
When you´re in the market for a piece of jewelry for yourself or someone you love, shop around. Compare quality, price, and service. If you´re not familiar with any jewelers in your area, ask family members, friends, and co-workers for recommendations.

Jewelry Travel Tips star
If you take your jewelry with you on your next trip, here are a few suggestions on how to do so safely.

Native American Jewelry Buying Guide star
These buying guidelines for Native American jewelry will help you decide which pieces are authentic and collectible; worthy of adding to your collection.

Nickel Allergies and Fashion Jewelry star
How to cope with an allergy to your favorite pieces of jewelry that cuase you to break out into a rash.

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