Invest in Tomorrow’s Collectible Jewelry Today

Wouldn’t it be great to have a time machine that would allow you to go back and buy today’s collectible jewelry at yesterday’s prices? You can do the next best thing by buying jewelry today that will become sought after in the future. Here are eight tips to help you in your search for tomorrow’s collectible jewelry.

1. Quality and craftsmanship

Quality pieces command quality prices. Cheap jewelry is a dime a dozen at flea markets and resale shops. But quality pieces with crystal stones that still shimmer and faux pearls that have retained their luster paired with metal that hasn’t had its finish rubbed or flaked off, will always hold appeal for collectors.

2. Pieces hallmarked with the designer’s name

A designer’s name or mark on a piece adds instant value. It gives an item the cachet of the entire breadth of the designer’s work. Look for a hallmark on the back of pins or brooches, near the clasp of necklaces and bracelets, or on a separate hanging tag in the same finish as the metal.

3. Name recognition

Not every designer becomes well-known. Every collector of vintage jewelry probably has at least one piece in their collection with an obscure hallmark they can’t identify, and that’s fine if they like the piece. But when they come across a piece with an instantly recognizable name, they don’t hesitate to scoop it up. They know they’ve found something special — and they know they’ll be able to sell it in the future to someone who will appreciate the name as well as the style.

4. Small production per piece

The fewer pieces of an item there are in existence, the higher the demand and price. Opt for the offbeat or unusual — as long as you like it — over a generic piece with mass appeal. While both will have resale value if they’re made well, the unique piece should prove harder to find, thus driving up its resale price. If a more expensive item captures your heart, remember that fewer people buy a higher priced item which can create increased demand in the future.

5. Limited Edition pieces

A Limited Edition eliminates the guesswork of how many pieces were made. Limited Edition pieces should be stamped with both the total number in the Edition and the number of each particular piece. For example, piece number 12 in an addition of 250 will most likely be stamped on back “Ltd. Ed. 12/250”. If you buy a piece that isn’t stamped with the actual edition, but instead has a Certificate of Authenticity with that information, be sure to keep the Certificate with the item to ensure you get the optimum resale price in the future.

6. Thematic pieces

Look for pieces that will have crossover appeal to at least two groups of collectors. For example, Christmas jewelry is sought after by both jewelry collectors and Christmas collectors. If it’s an angel, you’ll add angel collectors to your list of potential buyers as well. The more people you have vying for an item, the higher your selling price will be.

7. Assurance of authenticity

Buy from a reputable retailer. Designers in all fields are plagued by knock-offs. An Authorized Reseller protects your investment by ensuring that you’re getting the genuine articles you’re paying for.

8. Buy what you like

This is the Cardinal Rule for collectors. You’ll never go wrong buying what you like. Today’s joy won’t be diminished if you aren’t able to sell something at a profit tomorrow. And if you truly love something — you probably won’t want to part with it anyway!

Remember these eight tips and you’ll have a much better chance of being happy today — and tomorrow — with your jewelry purchases!

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Womens Fur Boots – A Touch of Unfussy Class on Its Own

Searching for the appropriate women’s fur boots should not be too much of a problem. From authentic to faux fur boots, they are everywhere lining designer stores and boutique shelves. If you are hankering for both genuine and faux boots, you will find them in any price range meaning that there are abundant options for you to choose from. You can get them expensive or whatever fits your budget.

When it comes to shopping for shoes, women appear to become natural and impulsive experts. Women’s boots are all the rage since they can stand as fashion accessories all on their own. They are lovely to look at which emanates an unfussy but cool vibe, at the same time bringing forth a touch of class and style to any outfit. Whether you are decked in long and short dresses, formal suits, and casual jeans, women’s boots just simply make a statement.

Materials and costs

Women’s boots are available in an assortment of fabrics and materials which includes suede, leather, sheepskin, plastic, nubuck, or any other man-crafted faux materials. The price of the boots depend entirely on the manufacturer or designer, the materials they are created from, and the designs and styles while looking at its durability and functionality. In fact, faux fur boots can be just as pricey as authentic fur boots. A pair of faux boots crafted from patent leather can have the similar price of genuine women’s boots created of plastic materials. Where you buy them also adds up to the pricing range.

In looking at both real and faux boots, you will rifle through piles of colors and styles. Boots made with real fur are limited in color since it is limited to some degree of the fur’s color etched on the boot. However, it should merge with the material’s color for the foremost part of the boot. For instance, black leather boots will enable you to use any fur color accent but red leather boots have color limitations.

Foot considerations

In scoring womens fur boots, ensure that you get the perfect fit for your soles. Proper boot size is important which goes a tad different from your typical shoe size. To guarantee a good match and fit, women should measure the height and width of her tootsies. When in doubt, give customer services a ring and discuss about the sizing. They should be able to return the call within a one day period. If you are in conflict between sizes, check the size and make extra room for thick socks or if your foot is still growing, especially for teens.

Be in style

The very first thing that women are concerned about is selecting fur boots that are in style. Many women’s boots create a fashion impact to the wearer. It just depends on whether the boots complement the wardrobe you are decked in. Wearing fur boots certainly adds appeal to women who are wearing them. They are great outdoors as well since some fur boots are designed to be waterproof. Women’s fur boots have come a long way and it goes to show that they are more of a fashion necessity other than a fading shoe fad.

Summer Shoes Styles For the Summer

What should we be looking for in shoes for the Summer of 2011? Well it would seem that this summer is one for small details in shoe and sandal design. We can feast our eyes on a real shoe carnival. There is a great variety of styles for summer available, so looking fashionable and stylish does not mean wearing the same styles as everyone else.

The big designers are using a lot of strappy shoes, but strappy shoes with a difference. There is a tendency towards small details; straps are more creative than usual, while shoe laces and ropes are being used for a more creative and interesting effect.

If shoes laces and rope are a step too far for you, then there is what I think is an even more attractive alternative – fabric straps. These can create a really feminine look, especially when they are in fun and colorful prints, matching the shoe.

Printed shoes add a splash of color to our outfit, but are not as limiting as one color shoes.

Many designers are using bows this summer; this is another of the easiest ways to add a feminine touch.

Something else new is the combination of wedgies and flatties – the ‘flatforms’. They give you some overall height, but are not as uncomfortable as some wedgies and high heels can be.

For formal shoes, the little black sandal has a lot of added feminine details, for example the bows, in flirty lace or sumptuous silk. The ever popular sequins can give an elegant but feminine touch to an evening outfit.

When we are looking into the fascinating realms of this summer’s shoes, we should always remember of course the basics for our feet and legs. Pampering your feet is essential for that smooth summer look and so should be done quite frequently.

Many women only get a pedicure in the summer months, because that is when the feet are most on show. However pedicures can be expensive and there have been a lot of hygiene warnings about shared facilities lately.

However you do not have to spend a fortune, if you learn how to take some simple steps to care for your feet.

If you have thick, dead skin build-up, on the heel, ball and sides of the feet, use a pumice stone or a foot file. The best way is to soak the feet in warm water for at least five minutes, then rub gently to smooth calluses and eliminate dead skin.

Never use a foot razor, or allow anyone else to use one to remove dead skin. This can result in permanent damage and can cause infection if too much skin is removed.

Trim your nails carefully, using a toenail clipper with a straight edge and cut your toe nail straight across. Using manicure scissors or fingernail clippers increases the risk of ingrown toenails, because they are curved. You can keep your toe nails clean by running a manicure stick under them.

Never forget to keep the moisture balance in skin, by always applying a moisturizer to your feet after thorough drying when you have taken a bath.

No matter how expensive and fashionable the shoes are, they will not look good on unkempt feet.

Now you know how to keep your feet looking and feeling good, check out some of the ideas for great summer shoes and sandals.