The Truth About Gold Jewelry

Written by Sam Serio

Without a doubt, Gold is one ofrepparttar worldís most precious metals. It is also a certainty that gold enjoys an unsurpassed popularity as a medium for jewelry expression. Both jewelry artisans and consumers alike are "in love" with gold. There seems to be no end torepparttar 147908 range of colors, finishes and styles available and gold remains a perennial favorite setting for gemstones. Gold can last forever, will not corrode or rust and can be found anywhere. Gold exists in plants, rivers, oceans, mountains, itís nearly everywhere but it is extremely difficult and costly to extract this amazing metal. Did you know that a single ounce of gold can be pulled into a thin wire that stretches nearly five miles long? An artisans hammer can work that same ounce into a very thin sheet that can cover a 10ft x 10ft(100sq. ft.) area. Also, it takes nearly 3 tons of gold or to extract a single ounce of pure gold. Well if you didnít now you know! Gold Basics 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 147909 karat quality should accompany any claim thatrepparttar 147910 item is gold. The karat quality marking tells you what proportion of gold is mixed withrepparttar 147911 other metals. Fourteen karat (14K) jewelry contains 14 parts of gold, mixed in throughout with 10 parts of base metal. The higherrepparttar 147912 karat rating,repparttar 147913 higherrepparttar 147914 proportion of gold inrepparttar 147915 piece of jewelry. Most jewelry is marked with its karat quality, although marking is not required by law. Nearrepparttar 147916 karat quality mark, you should seerepparttar 147917 name ofrepparttar 147918 U.S. registered trademark ofrepparttar 147919 company that will stand behindrepparttar 147920 mark. The trademark may be inrepparttar 147921 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.

Strategies for Success in the Exciting and Lucrative Home-Based Business of Jewelry & Gemstones

Written by Sam Serio

The business of jewelry is one ofrepparttar most fun, exciting and profitable businesses that exist. The demand for jewelry by consumers is unrelenting and consistently growing. Like any other business worth pursuing by a new- comer;repparttar 147907 jewelry business requires research, ongoing education, focus and persistence. Fear not,the rewards for this effort can be well-worthrepparttar 147908 investment of time and energy making jewelry one ofrepparttar 147909 best home-based business opportunities available. Finding your Niche The world of jewelry is vast and can be overwhelming. It is imperative thatrepparttar 147910 prospective jewelry entrepreneur narrow down to a specific area in which to concentrate there marketing efforts. In other words, you must avoidrepparttar 147911 temptation to spread-out in several directions. Rather, you should become an expert, a specialist. The ideal is to find a niche within a niche. Stake your claim and mine that pocket deep and hard. For example, sterling silver cat jewelry ,14 KT. gold Celtic jewelry, wire -wrapped birthstone jewelry etc. Selecting your Approach Afterrepparttar 147912 budding jewelry entrepeneur has settled on their niche, they must decide which business model makesrepparttar 147913 most sense to them. The following represent five basic strategies that one might follow: 1. Buy wholesale-sell retail- Remember, you make your profit by buying well. Any Search Engine will reveal countless wholesale sources, move steadily forward. Do your research. Not all wholesalers are equal. In fact, many so-called wholesalers are not really wholesalers at all and prey onrepparttar 147914 unsophisticated. Applied knowledge is key here. 2. Import directly from manufacturer and sell wholesale. This strategy is notrepparttar 147915 best for beginners, but if you have ties and are comfortable with a country like India, Thailand, Mexico and others. This can be a lucrative approach. Start small and learnrepparttar 147916 ropes before you grow.

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