Men's Jewelry: It's Not Just for Women Anymore

Written by Antigone Arthur

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Finding Quality Men's Jewelry

Finding quality mens jewelry isn't difficult at all. More and more consumers are turning torepparttar internet, buying mens jewelry online rather than in traditional department stores. The benefits of buying mens jewelry online are obvious. A consumer can browse thousands of unique and detailed selections, from mens wedding bands, bracelets, watches and more. Why not shop fromrepparttar 145972 comfort of your home?

Consumers should be looking for several things when shopping online, particularly if buying a mens diamond wedding band. When it comes to diamonds, there are several important indicators of quality including cut, color, clarity and carat. Cut refers torepparttar 145973 shape ofrepparttar 145974 diamond; there are several different cuts available including:

  • Round
  • Oval
  • Pear
  • Marquis
  • Emerald

Color of course refers torepparttar 145975 color ofrepparttar 145976 stone; not all diamonds are clear. In fact, most are a definitive color such as yellow, blue or green. All diamonds have hints of some color in them. When a mens diamond wedding ring shows little evidence of flaws,repparttar 145977 clarity is good. The weight ofrepparttar 145978 stone of course isrepparttar 145979 carat, and price often reflects this valuable assessment.

Other signs of quality in mens jewelry include price, craftsmanship and originality. Antique jewelry is an oft popular option for men looking for something unique or one of a kind. Most antique jewelry offers quality that is time tested and trustworthy.

Tips for Maintaining Men's Jewelry

Once you've foundrepparttar 145980 perfect piece of jewelry, you have to care for it properly so that it lasts a lifetime. The best way to do this is to cleanrepparttar 145981 jewelry frequently to remove built up dirt. The best substances to clean a mens wedding band with are jewelry cleaning solutions or alcohol. These same products can be used on other pieces, such as cufflinks, clips and bracelets. You can clean most mens jewelry with a soft bristled toothbrush. Also remember to bringrepparttar 145982 jewelry in to a jeweler on occasion, particularly if you have purchased a mens diamond wedding band. The jeweler will be able to inspectrepparttar 145983 jewelry for loose prongs or damage torepparttar 145984 ring. Lastly, mens jewelry should always be kept in a mens jewelry box. The kitchen counter or dresser top is no place for valuable gems!

A Final Word on Men's Jewelry

When buying mens jewelry, be sure you take enough time to look atrepparttar 145985 wide selection available. Take your time. Remember that shopping for jewelry can be fun. Findrepparttar 145986 right piece, and you can pass it down from generation to generation. You even haverepparttar 145987 option of customizing jewelry to match your own unique personality and style preferences. When it comes to mens jewelry,repparttar 145988 options are limitless. Masculinity, femininity, pride and personality…all haverepparttar 145989 potential to shine withrepparttar 145990 help of a jewel or two.

Antigone Arthur is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as online jewelry stores, mens jewelry, and mens wedding bands.

Celtic & Claddagh Jewelry

Written by Antigone Arthur

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Each ofrepparttar symbols used in celtic jewelry have different meanings. Some were created by artisans, whereas others were created by tribal members.

Knotwork Designs

Celtic knotwork designs are perhapsrepparttar 145971 most well known celtic symbols; crafted by artisans these designs are woven into rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and wedding bands. Symbols may reflect power and unity, and more commonly spiritual belief and kinship among people and eternity.

Other common designs crafted by Celtic craftsmen included:

  • Triskeles - The Triskele representedrepparttar 145972 importance ofrepparttar 145973 number three, which symbolizedrepparttar 145974 Threefold Sister Goddess worshiped byrepparttar 145975 Druids.
  • Spirals - This symbol was often found on Dolmans and gravesites;repparttar 145976 true meaning ofrepparttar 145977 symbol isn't quite known though many believe it representsrepparttar 145978 outer soul or higher spirit forms,repparttar 145979 idea of growth and expansion and higher energy. A double spiral represents equinoxes.
  • Animal Motifs - Animal motifs represent a variety of different traditions; Birds were thought to represent death transitions; Boars symbolized masculine power; Bulls represent virility and wealth; Cats represented guardians; Cranes suggested punishment or deception; Deer represented profound changes in life; Dragons represent magic and power; Eagles were linked to God; Serpentsrepparttar 145980 cycle of life, particularly when it shed its skin.
  • Crosses - The cross evolved inrepparttar 145981 British Isles, withrepparttar 145982 earliest form dating fromrepparttar 145983 9th century. Legend has it that St. Patrick createdrepparttar 145984 first Celtic cross by drawing a circle over a traditional Latin cross. The circle is thought to represent eternity and God's love which is endless. The four arms ofrepparttar 145985 cross have been used by other cultures to denoterepparttar 145986 four elements andrepparttar 145987 four parts of man (mind, body, soul and heart).
  • Chevrons - These symbols, resembling arrowheads linked together, represent power.
The oldest and most recognized of these symbols isrepparttar 145988 single spiral. Growth, expansion, cosmic energy, all of these ideas could be represented byrepparttar 145989 single spiral. The tightly wound symbol has been used by many other cultures sincerepparttar 145990 time ofrepparttar 145991 Celts. Many believe a spiral spinning in a counter clockwise direction is representative ofrepparttar 145992 larger summer sun.

Celtic knots are consideredrepparttar 145993 most ornamental pattern associated withrepparttar 145994 Celtic people. Celtic knotwork patterns were discovered all over Ireland in early settlements and at burial grounds. The idea that life is never ending, and that people are re-born at death is incorporated intorepparttar 145995 idea of loops or knots with no beginning and no end. One ofrepparttar 145996 more well known celtic knots isrepparttar 145997 Trinity Knot, which is actually a combination of Celtic and spiritual heritage.

Whether purchasing claddagh jewelry or celitc jewelry, you can be assured that you are investing in gems that are rich in symbolism and tradition. Celtic and claddagh jewelry have been around for centuries, and will continue to be popular in many cultures and regions ofrepparttar 145998 world.

Antigone Arthur is an award-winning author and freelance writer providing consumer information on such topics as celtic jewelry, antique celtic engagement rings, and celtic wedding rings.

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