Buying Gold Jewelry Without Being Ripped-Off

Written by Sam Serio

Buying gold jewelry can be fun, exciting and confusing. Whether youíre considering a gift of gold jewelry for someone special or as a treat for yourself, take some time to learnrepparttar terms used inrepparttar 145813 industry. Hereís some information to help you getrepparttar 145814 best quality gold jewelry for your money, whether youíre shopping in a traditional brick and mortar store or online.

Gold The word gold, used by itself, means all gold or 24 karat (24K) gold. Because 24K gold is soft, itís usually mixed with other metals to increase its hardness and durability. If a piece of jewelry is not 24 karat gold,repparttar 145815 karat quality should accompany any claim thatrepparttar 145816 item is gold.

The karat quality marking tells you what proportion of gold is mixed withrepparttar 145817 other metals. Fourteen karat (14K) jewelry contains 14 parts of gold, mixed in throughout with 10 parts of base metal. The higherrepparttar 145818 karat rating,repparttar 145819 higherrepparttar 145820 proportion of gold inrepparttar 145821 piece of jewelry.

Most jewelry is marked with its karat quality, although marking is not required by law. Nearrepparttar 145822 karat quality mark, you should seerepparttar 145823 name ofrepparttar 145824 U.S. registered trademark ofrepparttar 145825 company that will stand behindrepparttar 145826 mark. The trademark may be inrepparttar 145827 form of a name, symbol or initials. If you donít see a trademark accompanying a quality mark on a piece of jewelry, look for another piece.

Solid gold refers to an item made of any karat gold, ifrepparttar 145828 inside ofrepparttar 145829 item is not hollow. The proportion of gold inrepparttar 145830 piece of jewelry still is determined byrepparttar 145831 karat mark.

Jewelry As A Fatherís Day Gift

Written by Sam Serio

It is widely known that many men enjoy fine jewelry. So, why not present Dad with a gift of jewelry this Fatherís Day.

Jewelry gifts that you might consider for that special Father in your life could include a gold or silver watch, a handsome sterling silver or 14kt gold chain or masculine link bracelet. With a chain you might include a manly pendant with a nautical or sports theme.

As for rings, there are many rugged designs available in 14kt gold or sterling silver with stones like turquoise, onyx, malachite and lapis. Also, many men are fond of masculine settings of small diamonds and other gemstones.

Celtic jewelry designs, such as Celtic crosses, Celtic knots, etcÖ are great choices for Dad on Fatherís Day.

If your Dad has a pierced ear maybe he would appreciate a small stud earring;repparttar choices here are endless.

Remember this, men tend to avoid interchanging jewelry inrepparttar 145812 way that many women do. With this in mind, avoid costume jewelry and focus on durable quality pieces that Dad can wear day in and day out.

The following are some tips for buying jewelry for Dad on Fatherís Day. He will be proud of you for being a smart jewelry consumer and for saving some money, too.

Here are some helpful guidelines to keep in mind when you are shopping for a jewelry gift to celebraterepparttar 145813 next chapter of your special Fatherís life.

1. Thereís a big difference between 14 karat gold and gold-plated jewelry. Fourteen karat (14K) jewelry contains 14 parts of gold, mixed in throughout with 10 parts of base metal. Gold-plated describes jewelry with a layer of at least 10K gold bonded to a base metal. Gold plating eventually wears away, depending on how oftenrepparttar 145814 item is worn and how thickrepparttar 145815 plating is.

2. If youíre buying a watch, determine whether you want one that runs on a battery or one that must be wound daily. Ask if a warranty or guarantee is included, how long it lasts, and what parts and repair problems it covers. Also ask how and where you can getrepparttar 145816 watch serviced and repaired.

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