Monthly Archives: October 2015

Jewellery Shopping (Shop – Shop and Away)

Jewellery shopping is probably one of the most enjoyable and stressful, one reason that it is both enjoyable and stressful at the same time is because it is expensive and secondly, very few people actually know much about jewellery apart from how they look. Thus paying a lot of money for something you know relatively little about is akin to a blind man buying artwork. First and foremost what people need to know about jewellery is how to actually assess jewellery in terms of monetary value and examine the reasons that they are buying jewellery thoroughly before actually buying them.

One thing that could be said outright about buying jewellery is that if you are buying jewellery for investment purposes – stop! It is better for gold buyers to purchase gold bars, or low premium jewellery such as P.A.M.P gold that do not carry workmanship costs and save your money. However if you are buying jewellery for the sake of owning them for a lifetime then understanding the material (precious metals) that are usually used to make jewellery would be a good start.

Jewellery is mostly made containing platinum, 18K/ 14K gold or palladium all of which are highly valuable and rare metals. In most case scenarios jewellery made from platinum contains 95 % platinum and 5 % alloys whereas 18 K gold is 75 % gold and 25 % other metals, 14 K gold contains 58.3 % gold with the remainder 41.7 % consisting of other alloys and palladium in turn is much like platinum with 95 % palladium and the remainder 5 % consisting of other metals.

There are 2 reasons as to why jewellers use other metals in the mix; one is to harden them while the other reason is to tint the hue of the jewellery. As for the resale value, in most cases it is better to sell gold jewellery as second hand items to other individuals, this way you would still be able to recover the value of the workmanship on top of the worth of the precious metal content. Selling jewellery to precious metal dealers is mainly a good idea for damaged or worn jewellery as the money that you would have paid for the jewellery craftsmanship is immediately omitted and you will only recover money that you paid for the precious metal content in the jewellery item.

From the same perspective, if you are looking to buy a ring or necklace as a gift, instead of buying it new from a jeweller, it would be wise to buy from another individual. Most jewellery are kept in mint condition by their owners, and look new (gold, platinum and palladium never loses shine or lustre – making it one of the reasons that these metals are considered valuable), by doing so, you will be save more than 20 % of the actual price of the jewellery piece if you were to buy it from the store due to the fact that you will not be paying the 30 usual ‘margin’ that people buying jewellery pay for craftsmanship and other overhead costs that are transferred to customers by the jewellers above the precious metal content.

The primary reason as to why most people purchase jewelry is due to the fact that they simply want to look good and in some cases maintain their status in society. The fact that they pay for the content of the precious metal in the trinket plus the artisan or for the workmanship becomes unimportant because the buyer actually likes what he or she sees and decides to own it.

The fact the gold content is a sideline investment factor should be considered as a bonus or plus point in buying gold jewelry and be left at that.

Shopping for Antiques

Someone else’s junk might very well be your treasure that you need and want very much. The challenge when hunting for antiques is sifting through the riffraff to find the gems. It’s easy to make mistakes, but with tips for shopping, you should be more successful in your quest for good buys.

Ask Questions

Before any money changes hands, spend time asking questions of the dealer to learn about the item. By asking questions, you learn not only about the dealer, but also about items you are considering purchasing. Questions to ask may include the following:

– Are you a member of a dealer association or an appraiser association?
– How long have you been dealing in antiques?
– Do you have a specialty?
– Do you sell reproductions? If so, how do you differentiate between items to help consumers know whether they are reproductions?
– How do you learn whether an item is a reproduction or a genuine antique? What criteria do you use for identification?
– How do you price products?
– Do you offer a guarantee about authenticity?
– If you cannot be certain about authenticity, do you price products accordingly?
– Do you have a return policy? What are the terms of this policy?

Using Your RADAR

Shoppers looking for valuable antiques often apply the principles of RADAR while hunting. This acronym involves assessing items for rarity, aesthetics, desirability, authenticity, and really good condition.

Rarity – Rarity can be an excellent indicator of value. If few items were made or if few remain in circulation, this can drive the price up. Unusual colors or designs can also increase value significantly. Even an unusual style that deviated from a manufacturer’s typical style can lead to a higher price tag. Lastly, a piece that is difficult to reproduce has a special rarity that makes it more expensive.

Aesthetics – Pieces with an overall pleasing appearance have important aesthetic properties. While this can be somewhat subjective according to personal taste, many things will have an overall aesthetic appeal that makes them attractive to most people.

Desirability – The current market drives desirability. Trends vary over time, but whatever is currently popular will generally be more expensive.

Authenticity – Signed and certified authentic antiques have a higher price tag. It can be difficult to tell the difference between an authentic piece and a reproduction, but many people enjoy this challenge. Clues that will help you narrow authenticity include the time period of manufacture, the artist who created the piece, and the type of materials used in production.

Really Good Condition – Ideally, condition will be pristine, but this isn’t always the case. Wear and other issues typically occur over time that cannot be avoided. The fewer things done to alter the condition of a piece, the more value it will have. Various conditions you might find include mint condition, excellent condition, and good condition. Damage could present itself in the form of breaks, tears, scratches, gouges, dings, and chips.

How to maintain your garage guttering properly

Gone are the days when a garage used to just be the home of a family car, or provide a little bit of storage. These days they are spaces where you can entertain family and friends, run your business from home and much more.

Such is the shift in purpose of a garage, many more additional features have been added to them over the years, such as secondary access doors and windows to help make them a much more useable and valued area.

In recent years however, with the government and many environmentalists groups also stressing the importance of saving energy and re-using things such as rain water, guttering has become a very sought after addition to the modern family garage. However guttering itself also has its own issues as they can become clogged up with debris and as a result cause water damage to your garage, which in-turn could cause financial consequences and harm the contents inside.

To combat this, a leading garage door specialist in Yorkshire has come up with a few short simple tips to help you keep your garage guttering clear.

Firstly, it is important to annually, although bi-annually is better, check your gutters and clean them via hand. To do this, use a step ladder and work your way along the guttering scooping out the debris into a waste bag, working from the start of the gutter to the down pipe. If your guttering is not reachable via step ladder, or you feel uneasy about doing this, it is always worth seeking professional help.

Once you have cleared the debris, it is also worth taking some water and flushing it through the system. This will help you see if the guttering is still aligned properly and if all the water is coming out. To do this, pour a measured amount of water in at the top and collect the same amount at the bottom.  If you get considerably less out of the bottom, this indicates a blockage that you need to clear.

If the debris is very difficult to move via hand, or has left some deposits which have become stuck, a pressurised water jet could also be used to clear the guttering of debris. Be careful when using this and again professional expertise is always recommended. If you notice a blockage in the down pipe, you can put the jet in the bottom and the top of the pipe to try and break up the blockage using the jet.

In more recent times, a mesh like gutter inner has been manufactured which you can place inside your guttering. This stops items like leaves and rubbish being blown into the gutters and clogging them up. This product is available at most DIY shops, is good value for money and will help to prolong the lifespan of your guttering.

Finally, just do a general check of the guttering and check all bolts and seals are not leaking, and that no cracks have formed. If you have noticed any problems simple repair kits are available, however if you are worried, get a local roofer to come and fix it quickly for you.

These are just a few simple ideas which can help you maintain the quality of your gutters. If however you are worried about them, it is always worth seeking professional advice.

Shopping for a Reliable Juicer

Іf уоu vаluе hеаlthу lіvіng, thеn уоu knоw јust hоw bеnеfісіаl frеsh јuісе саn bе whеthеr іt іs fruіt јuісе оr vеgеtаblе јuісе that you can make from carrots and add some other ingredients. Frеsh јuісе іs nutrіеnt расkеd thus hеlріng wіth dіgеstіоn аnd аbsоrрtіоn оf аll thе rіght nutrіеnts tо bооst hеаlth. Whеn уоu јuісе, уоu аlsо hаvе thе сhаnсе tо рlау аrоund wіth dіffеrеnt tуреs оf vеgеtаblеs аnd fruіts rеаріng аll thе nutrіеnts thаt thеу соntаіn. Тhе truth іs thаt frеshlу рrеssеd јuісеs аrе hеаlthіеr аnd а rеgulаr соnsumрtіоn оf thе sаmе bооsts оvеrаll wеll-bеіng, іmрrоvеs mеntаl сlаrіtу, іmрrоvеs skіn hеаlth аnd еnhаnсеs еnеrgу lеvеls.

То еnјоу thе hеаlth bеnеfіts оf frеsh јuісе, уоu оf соursе nееd а јuісеr аt hаnd. А јuісеr іs асtuаllу оnе оf thе bеst аррlіаnсеs уоu саn hаvе іn уоur hоmе іf уоu vаluе уоur hеаlth. Вut wіth sо mаnу brаnds аnd mоdеls оut thеrе, уоu соuld gеt соnfusеd аs tо whісh јuісеr іs thе bеst. Неrе аrе sоmе fеw thіngs thаt mаkе а gооd аnd rеlіаblе јuісеr.

1. Сlеаr соntаіnеr

А сlеаr јuісе соntаіnеr оn уоur јuісеr іs vеrу іmроrtаnt bесаusе іt mаkеs іt еаsу fоr уоu tо sее thе lеvеl оf thе јuісе аnd уоu саn аlsо sее whеn уоur јuісе іs rеаdу аnd rеquіrеs а lіttlе mоrе рrеssіng. Тhе bеst соntаіnеr shоuld асtuаllу hаvе vіsіblе mіllіlіtеrs аnd оunсеs tо gіvе уоu аn еаsу tіmе mаkіng mеаsurеmеnts.

2. Еаsу tо сlеаn.

Whеn сhооsіng уоur јuісеr, bе surе tо сhесk hоw еаsу іt іs tо сlеаn іt. А јuісеr thаt hаs rеmоvаblе раrts wіll gіvе уоu аn еаsу tіmе сlеаnіng, еsресіаllу іf thеsе раrts аrе dіshwаshеr sаfе. Rеmеmbеr thаt уоu nееd tо wаsh thе јuісеr раrts аftеr еvеrу usе аnd уоu shоuld thеrеfоrе hаvе аn еаsу tіmе dоіng sо.

3. Еаsу tо usе

Араrt frоm bеіng еаsу tо сlеаn, а gооd, rеlіаblе јuісеr shоuld bе еаsу tо usе. Ѕоmе dо nоt nееd аnу guіdаnсе, but sоmе саn bе соmрlісаtеd. Тrу аnd сhооsе а sіmрlе tо usе јuісеr аnd bе surе tо usе thе mаnuаl іnсludеd tо kеер wrоng usе dаmаgеs аt bау.

4. Соrd stоrаgе

Ѕоmе mоdеls саn соmе wіth vеrу lоng соrds whісh саn рrоvе tо bе сumbеrsоmе, еsресіаllу whеn nоt usіng thе јuісеr. Тhеу аrе hоwеvеr vеrу іmроrtаnt whеn іt соmеs tо flехіbіlіtу аnd usіng thе unіt frоm аnу gіvеn роіnt. Lооk fоr оnе thаt оffеrs уоu а wау оf hіdіng оr stоrіng thе соrd whеn thе unіt іs nоt іn usе. Yоur јuісеr shоuld аlsо bе gеnеrаllу еаsу tо stоrе whеn nоt іn usе.

5. А lаrgе сhutе

Тhіs іs а vеrу gооd fеаturе оn а unіt bесаusе іt mеаns thаt іt саn ассоmmоdаtе lаrgе ріесеs оf thе рrоduсt уоu аrе usіng hеnсе сuttіng dоwn уоur рrераrаtіоn tіmе bеfоrе јuісіng.

6. Ѕрееd аnd рulр rеgulаtоrs.

Тhеу аrе vеrу іmроrtаnt bесаusе sоmе рrоduсе rеquіrеs hіghеr sрееds thаn оthеrs аnd уоu аlsо mіght lіkе vаrуіng јuісе рulріnеss frоm tіmе tо tіmе dереndіng оn thе kіnd оf јuісе уоu аrе mаkіng. Тhе mоrе соntrоl уоu hаvе оvеr thе unіt thе bеttеr аnd соnvеnіеnt іt іs sо kеер thіs іn mіnd whеn сhооsіng.

How to Dress Better

In this day and age it is really easy to buy clothes on the Internet and dress fashionably. With such a multitude of clothes available online, one cannot simply dress badly. I am sure that you would agree with me when it comes to that. For example, when you look here, you can easily find tons of clothes that can fit any style and price range. I also know that when I look for more clothes of this type I can simply go to and see what they have to offer.

One of the best things about shopping online for clothes including mens jackets is the fact that you have access to a really wide range of clothes. You would never have access to such a high number of clothes if you just wanted to shop in a retail store. The good part about shopping online is that you have access to almost unlimited number of items, some of which cost only 19.99 and look very, very stylish.

Next time I want to shop for some clothes online, and I like to do it on a regular basis, I am going to go directly to the website above. They offer a nice range of clothes both for men as well as for women. There is a lot to choose from and I still have problems believing how affordable their prices can be. I believe that I would have problems finding something as affordable in other stores.

I am going to spend a large chunk of this afternoon browsing the large selection of the styles they offer. Since I’ve lost some weight recently, I am going to even enjoy my shopping experience even more due to the fact that I look and feel better. There are simply more clothes that I am going to be able to wear due to my recent drop in weight and I am very glad that this is the case.

How to Choose the Right Bridesmaid Dresses

Most women I know had been dreaming about their wedding days for a long time before the actual wedding reception. Most of them had everything carefully planned when they were teenagers or even girls. It is no wonder then that they feel so strongly about this very special aspect of their lives, which is getting married.

Getting married only happens once for most people so it is important to make this day as special as possible. You will need to take care of some things. As a matter of fact, there are many things to take care of and one of such things are bridesmaid dresses.

You probably know by now that there is a wide choice of Bridesmaid Dresses available on the Internet. Your bridesmaids might be already giggling with excitement at the idea of what you are going to give them to wear for that special day. Below are some tips and tricks that will allow you to make the right decision concerning bridesmaid dresses in no time:

It is your big day

It is your wedding after all. Make sure that the dresses you choose for your bridesmaids complement your own gown, not the other way. Your bridesmaids should be aware of that and they should humbly accept the choice you make when it comes to their dresses.

Color is important

Make sure that you know your bridesmaids well. Collect their feedback to know what each one of them would like to wear. It can take you some time, but it is definitely worth it in the long term. Not all of your girlfriends might agree on the same color, so you will still need to make the decision yourself. Try to choose the color that fits most of them and you should be fine. Know that Handpicklooks have lots of colors to choose from.

Correct size

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Women come in different sizes and it is important to make sure that every bridesmaid is comfortable wearing her own dress.

Be happy with your choices

Since it is impossible to make everybody happy, make sure that you focus on yourself instead. After all, this is your special day and it is important that you are happy. If you have a unique vision about your wedding day, make sure that you make it come true at all cost. When it comes to wedding days, there is no such thing as being selfish. Whatever you want is the right thing.