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9 Jewelry Fads From the ‘90s and 2000’s That Had to Go

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Jewelry

90's Jewelry Fads that had to go

Some people remember the ‘90s with fondness, while others look back and shudder in disgust. If a quick peek in your closet reveals a pair of homemade flare jeans, platform flip-flops, or any kind of bandana, this is an emergency intervention. The ‘90s (and 2000s!) are over. It’s a new century, and it’s time to purge your jewelry box of any of these ‘trendy’ items you may still be clinging to. Sure, it’s fun to look back on old times, but are you really ever going to wear that puka shell necklace again? Please say no. It’s time to, as they say in Frozen, “Let It Go!”

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Jewelry Staples Every Woman Should Own

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | Jewelry

Jewelry Staples Every Woman Should Own

Maybe you’ve never been big on jewelry, but love the way it looks and want to start experimenting. Perhaps you’re looking for a great gift for your mom, sister, or girlfriend. Whatever the situation may be, there are a few key pieces that every woman should have in her jewelry box. This jewelry will keep you looking classy and put together, and is versatile enough for every situation. If you like the idea of wearing jewelry but don’t want to worry about changing it every day, this article is for you!

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The Birthstone for September is Sapphire

Thursday, September 4, 2014 | Jewelry

Sapphire gem

Happy birthday, September babies! If you were lucky enough to be born in this month, like Beyoncé, Prince Harry, and Gwyneth Paltrow, then the glorious sapphire is your birthstone. At Lavalier, we see all kinds of sapphire jewelry as people submit appraisals and applications for jewelry insurance, and it holds a special place in our heart. Learn more about this gorgeous sparkler below!

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Survey Says? What Women Want in an Engagement Ring

Friday, August 29, 2014 | Jewelry

What Women Want in an Engagement Ring

When you’re buying an engagement ring for your girlfriend, you want to pick out something perfect. Some men browse the jewelry store, see a ring, and immediately know it’s ‘the one.’ For the vast majority of us, though, there’s a lot more hemming and hawing, and in the end you just hope she loves it as much as she loves you!

If you’re totally clueless, Lavalier can help you get on the right track. We’ve looked at several online polls to determine what most women prefer in ring shape, size, color, cut, etc. Of course, your girl is anything but average – but it’s a great place to start your search!

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Do I Really Need Jewelry Insurance? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Friday, August 8, 2014 | Insuring Your Jewelry

The peace of mind that comes from knowing that your precious jewelry is taken care of is priceless, but some people hesitate before purchasing jewelry insurance. Regardless of your situation, you should look into jewelry insurance whenever you inherit or buy jewelry. If any of the following situations describes you, jewelry insurance isn’t just a luxury; it’s a must-have.

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How to Take Photos for Jewelry Insurance

Saturday, August 2, 2014 | Insuring Your Jewelry

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If you lose or damage your jewelry and have to file a jewelry insurance claim, you’ll want the repair or replacement to be as close to the original as possible. The best way to ensure this is to select an insurer that will work with the jeweler who created the item in the first place. You’ll also want to take pictures of your jewelry so that it’s easier to see all those gorgeous details that made it ‘the one.’ Plus, there’s no better excuse for uploading an entire album of dozens of ring pictures to Facebook. You’re not showing off…it’s for the insurance! Of course, the perfect time to get fabulous photos of your ring is on your wedding day. Most photographers will be happy to take some extra shots of your ring for insurance purposes.  If you’re on your own, though, follow these tips to snag some share-worthy photos.

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Try Before You Buy? Brilliance!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Jewelry

3D Printed Ring

When you’re getting ready to make a life-changing purchase for a significant other, you’ll probably spend hours on the Internet looking at pictures of rings. What cut would she love? What carat should you be looking at? You want it to be big enough that she’s excited to show it off, but not so big that you’re in debt for the rest of your life! If you finally do get to the jewelry store, you’ll realize that those Google pictures are no substitute for looking at the real thing.

But going to the jewelry store can be time-consuming, and you don’t want to deal with pushy salespeople trying to upsell you and convince you that bigger is always better. With Brilliance’s new 3D printing program, you don’t have to go through all that. You select the kind of rings you’d like to try out, and they’ll send you 3D printed versions of those rings for free!

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Where Can I Get My Jewelry Appraised?

Monday, July 14, 2014 | Insuring Your Jewelry

Jewelry

You may want a jewelry appraisal for several reasons: to make sure that your jewelry isn’t underinsured, to see how the value has changed over time, or to assess the value of a previously owned piece of jewelry that you’ve purchased or been given. “Where can I get my jewelry appraised?” is one of the most common questions we hear at Lavalier, so we’ve compiled a set of guidelines to use when selecting a jewelry appraiser. Start your search by focusing on jewelers who have top-notch credentials.  Each of the following gemological associations offers highly respected courses in gem identification and valuation.  Use their online databases to locate professionals in your area who have the appropriate education.

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Lavalier is pleased to share this material with its customers. Please note, however, that nothing in this blog should be construed as legal advice or the provision of professional consulting services. This material is for general informational purposes only, and while reasonable care has been utilized in compiling this information, no warranty or representation is made as to accuracy or completeness.