Why is Designer Jewelry Worth More than its Precious Metal Value?

Opening a gift box with a beautiful Tiffany bracelet, Chanel earrings, 18k gold Rolex watch or Gucci ring, often results in feelings of extreme excitement and elation. For others, it was time to buy something special with the bonus received at work or because they wanted to create a certain image associated with designer jewelry.

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Beware… There are Different Types of Gold!

The lure of gold… Throughout history, gold has been used to adorn tombs, thrones and jewelry. Additionally, gold is malleable – allowing it to be hammered out into very thin layers. It mixes well with other metals, does not tarnish and can conduct electricity. It can be used for jewelry, coins, electronics, medicine/dentistry or even

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Who gets the Engagement Ring after a Breakup?

A couple meets, falls in love, an engagement ring is purchased, and a proposal is made. This is an exciting time, in fact many clients come to National Estate Jewelers of East Brunswick to select the perfect ring for their significant other. Sometimes things do not go as planned, and a marriage does not result.

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So, Mom and Dad left you a house full of STUFF – now what?

It’s time. You’ve lost your parents and have had some time to deal with the loss. Now, you have to make some decisions regarding their possessions. For some, this may seem overwhelming – emotionally and physically. What should you keep, what should you discard and where do you start? Some people have a small apartment

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Tone Down the Clutter, Reduce Stress and Make some Money!

Whether you have a junk draw, an overflowing box of unworn jewelry or piles of paper – clutter and disorganization have a direct impact on one’s level of stress. It’s like noise… the more you have, the louder the sound, distracting you from what you want and need to do. Get Organized for a Clutter

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Recycled Jewelry Helps Save The Environment

Have you looked through the draw filled with jewelry that you no longer wear? Perhaps you inherited some pieces, or your taste has changed over the years. The question now becomes what to do with unwanted gold, platinum, silver and/or gemstones? Come to National Estate Jewelers of East Brunswick and discover the benefits of recycled

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Is It Really Authentic Amber Jewelry!

Amber is fossilized resin primarily found in pine trees of Northern Europe. It dates back to the Stone Age, where it has been used to create jewelry, as well as for possible healing properties. Many people are fascinated with authentic amber jewelry, especially if it contains something a little special, like mosquitos, ants or spiders.

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Has Your Fantasy Jewelry Lost Its Sparkle?

Call it Costume, Fashion or Fantasy Jewelry. Perhaps you loved it at one time or inherited the piece from a family member… but now, it lost its sparkle. The question is, “What to do with a piece of fantasy or costume jewelry?     People like fantasy jewelry for many reasons: • They feel glamorous,

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One to Three Months Salary for Engagement Ring?

One to three months salary for engagement ring? This is baloney. The idea that a proportion of ones salary should be used to calculate the purchase price of an engagement ring is totally wrong. Please follow the rules I am sharing with you today. Financial rules: 1. Save 10% of your net salary in a

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How Can You Become a Gemologist?

There are a few schools… – Gemological Institute of America – California Institute of Jewelry Training – International Gem Society – Jewelry Arts and Design College – Santiago Canyon College – European Gemological Laboratory – Gemological Association of Great Britain – Canadian Gemology Association Before you choose a school you need to decide on your

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The Value of Foreign Coins and Currency

Do foreign coins and paper currency have value? The simple answer is yes and no! Very often clients bring in bags of foreign coins and paper currency. There are a few things to consider… Are any of the coins gold, silver or another precious metal? First thing I do is separate out any coins which

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Where Do Diamonds Come From?

Where do diamonds come from and how are they formed? Diamonds are created in volcanic regions over hundred so or even thousands of years. Or more! They form from molten carbon under extreme conditions. 1165 degrees F to 2125 degrees F and under high temperature and pressure. Diamonds are mined all over the world and

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Who’s The Boss?

Who are my clients? Or… who is my Boss? People frequently ask me how it feels to be in my own business! My response is…actually I am not the Boss! My clients are in charge! I once heard someone say if you treat your clients with respect and honor, you will have the lions share

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Giveaway and Sale!

We know men wait for the last possible minute… Last minute Valentine’s Day giveaway and sale for one day only! Wednesday, February 13th from 10AM to 5PM. 100 plush stuffed toys to the first 100 people. All new with tags and no purchase necessary! Must share email and cell phone number (for our use only will

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Miami in January: My Yearly Trip to the Original Miami Beach Antique Show

Every year about this time I pack my best merchandise from My Store and send it by armored car to the Miami Beach antique show. This year I had my best show ever with almost $300,000 in sales oh WOW! The highest ticket items were vintage diamond jewelry engagement rings, fine watches, and period jewelry.

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What does it take to become a Jewelry Buyer?

How long does to take to be a jewelry buyer?   The first thing you need is a real interest! My father was a retired pharmacist and my mother was the bookkeeper in addition to being a homemaker. They always had an interest in antiques and estate jewelry.    On the way back from graduation

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Why Buy Estate Jewelry?

First of all, I want to define Estate Jewelry as any jewelry that was previously owned. We use the word Estate, instead of the word used. Who wants used jewelry? I.E. a used car. It doesn’t sound good. It might be 50 years old or brand new, but either way, it becomes estate jewelry when

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Diamonds: Hardness vs Toughness

If a diamond scratches glass, is it a real diamond? Can diamonds chip or break? Diamond is one of the hardest natural substances known to man! But what does this mean? There is a scale called the Mohs scale of hardness, with Talc being #1 the softest and diamond being #10 the hardest. What does

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Does Gold Tarnish?

Silver tarnishes, does gold? Tarnish is a nice way to say rust or oxidize. Silver changes color when exposed to the air and darkens.   It constantly needs to be polished. Gold is inert to most chemicals and does tarnish or oxidize. However, as gold is an alloy, metals used in the manufacture of gold may

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Pearls: Natural vs Cultured vs Imitation

Where do pearls come from? Basically, pearls are formed when a grain of sand or other foreign object gets into an oysters shell and body of the oyster. The oyster then produces a crystalline secretion to protect it from irritation. The minerals which are deposited around the foreign object are Calcite and Aragonite. This Pearly

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