Archive for the ‘Jewelry’ Category

Disney Mickey Mouse Original 1928 Character Watch #MU1099T

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

This retro-style Mickey Mouse watch places a round polished steel case on a vintage black leather strap with white side stitching and a steel buckle closure. Mickey’s image adorns the pale green dial, which features cool retro hands, a skinny black seconds hand, and black Arabic numerals. The dial is capped with a curved mineral crystal. An oversized cabochon crown with a white-on-red initial M completes the happy look. It comes packaged in a rectangular cardboard box with vintage-style Mickey Mouse graphics.

Collecting Character Pocket Watches

Wedding Anniversary Presents

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Wedding anniversary presents don’t have to be elaborate, expensive, or painstaking to find and buy.  Especially now that we have access to all of the products, services, ideas, and guidelines the internet affords, we can get the most traditional or most unusual of wedding anniversary presents.

For starters, we can consult the traditions list, searching for the wedding anniversary presents that meet the appropriate material criteria:

1st First year: paper
2nd Second year: cotton/straw/calico
3rd Third year: leather
4th Fourth year: fruit/flowers
5th Fifth year: wood
6th Sixth year: candy/iron
7th Seventh year: wool/copper
8th Eighth year: bronze/pottery
9th Ninth year: pottery
10th Tenth year: tin
11th Eleventh year: steel
12th Twelfth year: silk/linen
13th Thirteenth year: lace
14th Fourteenth year: ivory
15th Fifteenth year: crystal
20th Twentieth year: china
25th Twenty-fifth year: silver
30th Thirtieth year: pearl
35th Thirty-fifth year: coral
40th Fortieth year: ruby
45th Forty-fifth year: sapphire
50th Fiftieth year: gold
60th Sixtieth year: diamond

Next, we can consider all of the possibilities that fall within that range if we want to buy a gift already produced and packed—one that is generic, but still thoughtful, that is.

BUYING WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS

Given the above list, it is easy to find the gift that is best for the hallmark anniversary.  For instance, a silver frame, to include a photo of the anniversary couple, is classic for the 25-year anniversary.  Or a money tree is still a great no-brainer for the first year—not only because money is made of paper, but the first year marrieds can likely use that extra money!

So accordingly, here are a few of the many possibilities for wedding anniversary gift ideas:

1st First year: paper – okay, besides money, how about tickets to something?
2nd Second year: cotton/straw/calico – how about “pretend” straw? One company makes a thatch bowl that is actually ceramic but looks like straw.
3rd Third year: leather – faux leather might be better these days, so what about a leather stuffed animal?
4th Fourth year: fruit/flowers – do you really want your inlaws to hate you for sending cases and cases of prickly pears, that arrive every month for a year?  How about a lemon tree for the back yard?
5th Fifth year: wood – What culture does the couple identify with?  A wooden menorah in December or a pair of decorator dutch shoes filled with potpourri might work nicely.
6th Sixth year: candy/iron – The couples favorite candy, arranged in an iron (or simulated iron) vase?
7th Seventh year: wool/copper – Mittens with the surname initial?  A copper engraving by their favorite artist?
8th Eighth year: bronze/pottery – Find the local potter; can he/she craft something special for the anniversary couple?

IDEAS for MAKING WEDDING ANNIVERSARY PRESENTS

If you go with more personalized, home-crafted items, you may wish to still use the traditional materials but customize the gift (or have it customized if you don’t feel all that artsy):

20th Twentieth year: china – get the signatures of the guest book (signatures of all the guests at the wedding who are now at the anniversary party) by handing them a glass marker (pen that marks on anything and doesn’t erase—like a Sharpie®) and having them sign the china platter you bought.

25th Twenty-fifth year: silver – use silver embroidery thread to embellish one of their favorite materials/clothing items/bedding items.

30th Thirtieth year: pearl – you could buy an Egyptian-made mother of pearl backgammon board, or you could buy the pearl (opalescent paint and cover the pawns of a chess game with it.  Neatly, of course. Pearl earrings are always an elegant choice.

35th Thirty-fifth year: coral – How about buying a painting of coral reefs (or of anything, really) and gluing to it some lovely coral from the pet fish store or arts and crafts store—making a beautiful 3-D piece?

50th Fiftieth year: gold - There are gold yarns and threads—great for matching gold sweaters, mittens, or throws.  What else could you use gold yarn in?  How about gold flakes?  What could you put the flakes in?  On?

You get the idea.  Now have fun coming up with more of your own!

Cubic Zirconia Engagement Ring

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

Many women wish for an expensive engagement ring, but I am not one of them. To me, there are better things to spend money on, and a ring means the same thing not matter how much it costs. There are so many men that stress about getting an expensive engagement ring, and they may be surprised to know that their intended may not be as concerned with how much it costs as they may think. For some of us, it is the thought that counts, no matter how cliché that may sound. There is no sense in going broke buying an expensive engagement ring when a down payment on a house might be much more sensible. Cubic Zirconia engagement rings have the looks, fire, and brilliance of diamonds for a fraction of the cost.

I remember a guy I knew in college that was perplexed with his new fiancé, but I could tell he was pleased with her decision. She refused an expensive engagement ring, and in fact, wouldn’t take a ring from him at all. She said it was immensely impractical, and there was no sense in getting one. She wanted a Playstation game system instead. This guy didn’t have a lot of money, but he seemed willing to go into debt to get her an expensive engagement ring. He was very relieved he didn’t have to get one, even if he wouldn’t admit that to her.

There is nothing wrong with buying an expensive engagement if your intended really wants one, and you can afford one. However, if she is pointing out rings that are out of your price range, you may have to tell her that she needs to aim lower. She may not realize you can’t afford the expensive engagement ring she wants, and she may be very agreeable about getting something that costs a little less. If she throws a fit, perhaps you should rethink the entire affair. If she insists on an expensive engagement ring, it won’t stop there. You’ll be up to your ears in debt for the rest of your life.

You can find an expensive engagement ring if you visit a fine jeweler in your area. Some may have payment plans you can take advantage of, or you can put one on your credit card. Just make sure you can spare the cash without putting a dent into your finances that you may not be able to repair.

American Indian Beadwork

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

When shopping for items that boast American Indian beadwork you may come across some interesting and unexpected colors and designs. These interesting pieces have arrangements that are not commonly associated with traditional American Indian beadwork.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Collectible Pocket Watch

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Collectible Pocket Watch is a hot item  among collectors.  The watch is tucked in a red sueded pouch with cloth pull straps and comes packaged inside an attractive gift box. It does not look like demand is going sway for this watch.

Collectible Watches and Grandfather Clocks

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I’ve always appreciated the grandeur and elegance of antique grandfather clocks. Growing up in the old South, these items were commonplace in most of my friends’ homes, so I got to see a lot of different varieties and styles. As a child, I promised myself that I would always have antique grandfather clocks in whatever apartments or houses I ended up living in so that my own children could enjoy these masterpieces as much as I did.

Of course, that promise was made rather prematurely, seeing as I had no idea how much antique grandfather clocks cost! So as an adult, I lived in many different places without having the comforting presence of an antique grandfather clock to remind me of home. After a while I got used to the situation, but I always felt that something was out of place or missing.

I resolved to buy myself an antique grandfather clock as soon as I emerged from the financial hole I was in. At that time, I was still paying off student loans, had a monthly car payment, and had a brand new mortgage to think about. Plus, I was trying to start my own business on the side, so my limited income was pretty much spoken for as soon as the funds hit my bank account. As luck would have it, my business venture turned out to be moderately successful, and I soon had more disposable income to spend however I wanted.

The first thing I decided to do was check out some antique grandfather clocks that would help turn my house into a home. Even though I was doing better financially, I wasn’t exactly swimming in cash, so I was still looking for a good deal. Since I like to do all of my shopping online, I browsed through some auction sites to see what antique grandfather clocks were going for. The ones I saw cost more money than I was willing to spend, so I started looking elsewhere for antique grandfather clocks.

I then found many websites that sell replica antique grandfather clocks. These are high-quality reproductions of the classic styles that I was so familiar with. But since these replica antique grandfather clocks were manufactured relatively recently, they were priced much more reasonably. I was able to find a beautiful replica in finished mahogany for about a third of what I would have had to pay for authentic antique grandfather clocks of the same material. Having my antique grandfather clock in my home (even if it is a replica) evokes the wonderful sights and sounds of my childhood, and really takes me back to the good old days. And best of all, I was able to fulfill that old childhood promise I made to myself.

If a grandfather clock is a bit overwhelming look at recreating your grandfather’s railroad watch.

Chatham Diamonds Are Man Made - And Real

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

A Chatham diamond has the same hardness (10), specific gravity (3.5), refractive index (2.4), dispersion (0.044) and melting point (3820 kelvin) as a mined diamond. A Chatham diamond ring is a diamond ring. A Chatham diamond necklace is a diamond necklace.

Cubic Zirconia jewelry has more sparkle than diamonds.

James Bond Has A Cool Watch Too

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

Omega watches have long been associated with glamorous screen and sports stars–the Omega Seamaster is famous for being the watch of choice for James Bond, appearing in no less than five James Bond Movies–with current ambassadors including Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Kidman, tennis player Anna Kournikova, and swimmers Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe.

You can never have enough jewelry.