Busting Common Myths about Jewelry Appraisals

Most jewelry store owners offer appraisal services, and most are probably familiar with the occasional customer that requests these services after having their own bad appraisal experience with an unethical jeweler or hearing about someone else’s negative experience. These negative experiences can cause the customer to believe a bunch of myths about appraisals that fuel their doubts about the jeweler and make them hesitant to pay for an appraisal. Below is a look at these…

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Move over Fine Jewelry & Costume Jewelry – There’s a New Kid on the Block…

And it’s Called Demi-fine Jewelry

Demi-fine jewelry is a new category of jewelry that blurs the line between fine jewelry and costume jewelry; it fills the gap that used to exist regarding jewelry that is designed with exquisite craftsmanship, but can be purchased at affordable prices.

Unlike fine jewelry, which is typically crafted from precious stones and metals and saved for those elegant or special occasions, demi-fine jewelry combines beautiful designs with semi-precious stones and…

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Copyright Law and “Post-Purchase Confusion”

As if trademarks, and copyright, and patents weren’t confusing enough (we tried to shed a little light on this subject in a recent post, “Can Jewelry Designs be Copyrighted?”), entering into the legal fray is a new suit filed this year in New York by Van Cleef and Arpels against Nice Ice Fine Jewelers.

In the suit, Van Cleef & Arpels are alleging that Nice Ice Fine Jewelers has infringed upon their trademark ‘Alhambra’…

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10 Secrets of Custom Jewelry

1. You don’t need to be a jewelry designer to get a custom jewelry piece designed. Clients looking for custom jewelry don’t actually need to know a thing about jewelry design. All that’s needed is a sketch (and the sketch doesn’t have to be perfect) or a photo of the jewelry piece desired. This is particularly true with CAD jewelry. For example, if you submit your sketch or photo to Jewelrythis, we can turn your…

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A History of Jewelry: A Jewelry Timeline

The history of jewelry is both fascinating and surprising. Jewelry is nearly as old as civilization itself and the evolution of jewelry techniques, styles and fashions gives us a fascinating look back into the time periods in which the jewelry was created. Much like the world of art, the world of jewelry has also undergone many changes in style, fashion and creation, changes that continue today. The timeline shown below presents a general overview of…

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Piercing Jewelry isn’t Just for Counter-culture Anymore

Once perceived as strictly counter culture, body piercing jewelry has slowly been going mainstream. No doubt the growing number of celebrities seen wearing piercing jewelry has influenced this trend (Emma Roberts, Katy Perry, Zayn Malik, Bella Thorne, and Justin Bieber to name just a few).

Of course, body piercing is not new; it’s been around for 1,000s of years across many cultures. During the Elizabethan era in Britain, men of nobility often had at…

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Irish Eyes Are Smilin’

The cheerful holiday of St. Patrick’s Day comes to us all the way from Ireland – the beautiful Emerald Isle. It’s celebrated on March 17th and is symbolized by shamrocks, leprechauns, wearing green clothing, lots of socializing, and snakes (yes snakes – because St. Patrick supposedly rid the Emerald Isle of all its snakes by banishing them into the sea).

To get in the spirit of this charming and cheerful holiday, we’ve asked our designers…

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Enter the enamel jewelry design contest!

Enter Jewelrythis’s enamel jewelry design competition

With the resurgence in vintage and antique fashion, the jewelry market is reflecting the wearer’s desire for “throwback” or nostalgic pieces which are in hot demand!!!

Enamel pins have always been a kitsch way to express ideas and interests of the wearer, as well as enamel brooches which accessorize a “look” or a specific style of the wearer from formal to casual. Dress up or dress down with…

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Is Jewelry Design a Good Career?

Designing jewelry can truly be one of the most rewarding careers in art and fashion. There are opportunities to create pieces that will be cherished and loved by other people, and seeing your creative visions and ideas turned into a wearable piece of art is rewarding and gratifying. For many, this is all that is needed to make jewelry design a good career choice. However, for a closer look at this undeniably creative and gratifying…

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7 Ways to Find Jewelry Design Ideas and Inspiration

Even the most accomplished jewelry designers sometimes experience creativity fatigue, or loss of inspiration. This is true for most artists in any creative industry. The question is, “how do you rekindle, or if you’re new to the profession, fire up, your creative juices”? Much like any artistic process, finding inspiration and coming up with new design ideas is a personal process, but there are also many things you can do to help that process along.…

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