The Origins of the “Something Old, Something New” Wedding Day Tradition

The Origins of the “Something Old, Something New” Wedding Day Tradition

If you’ve ever been a member of a wedding party, you’ve probably heard somebody at some point mention the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” wedding custom. This practice is intended to bring the bride good luck on her wedding day and a lifetime of nuptial bliss. Many people, while loyally following this…

How to Shop For Jewelry When You Have a Metal Allergy

How to Shop For Jewelry When You Have a Metal Allergy

The materials used in jewelry making have changed quite a bit over the years. To make jewelry more affordable and accessible, precious metals are being combined with cheaper metals and alloys. In some cases this practice makes the jewelry sturdier, but it can cause contact dermatitis in many people. This irritating condition often makes people…

First Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Awards Held in Paris

First Fine Jewelry and Timepiece Awards Held in Paris

Before smartphones, laptops, and handheld tablet devices, whenever we wanted to know the time, we stretched out our arm and glanced at our wrist. These days, watches might not be the ubiquitous fashion accessories they once were, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a devoted contingent of jewelers and fashionistas who hold a deep…

Is Your Gold Jewelry the Real Deal? Let’s Find Out!

Is Your Gold Jewelry the Real Deal? Let’s Find Out!

At first glance, it’s not always easy to distinguish real gold from clever imitations. Fortunately, there are a number of tests jewelers can use to confirm the authenticity of gold pieces.   The easiest way to tell if you’re handling real gold is to check the piece for a stamp that says something like “10k” or…