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Ahhhhh, back from the holidaze…..

When you purchase jewelry for yourself or someone else, how do you usually buy it?  Physically, as in at the store counter, via a paper catalog, online, or eBay?  Is your decision affected by who the piece is for?  Does how much you’re planning on spending play a role in your decision?  Do you have a store or site that you’ve been purchasing from for years, and you automatically just trust them?  Do you hunt down unique pieces or try to get the best price possible on eBay?

Initially, it can be difficult to purchase jewelry online, especially if you’re not familiar with the site.  If you’re doing the same with a new seller on eBay, I think it’s even more difficult, because all you have to go by are other people’s reviews.  How can you be so sure that what you see is what you’re going to get?  If you found the site through a  search engine such as Google or Yahoo, does that mean the sites on the first page are going to be better than one on, say, page 10?  This is especially confusing when the search engine gives you some ridiculously high amount, like 100,000 sites.  How do you know that what is found on the first page a better bet than page 37,634?

When one does a search for jewelry, say Google for example, different results will come up depending on the wording of your search.  The first several in the shaded area are sites that paid to be the first 3 or 4 sites from that search.  Does paying to get a site advertised before all others make it more or less appealing?  There are so many different directions we could go with this topic, so let’s start with the sites that pay to be in the #1,2, or 3 slots.

Let’s put this to the test.  I go to Google and do a search for ‘diamond jewelry.’  It comes up with three paid sites: 

‘Diamond Ring Sale’ from www.worldjewels.com.  “A special gift for your loved one. Save up to 75%.  No sales tax!”  

The second is ‘Blue Nile Diamond Jewelry’ from www.bluenile.com.  “Forbes Favorite Online Jeweler. Free FedEx & 30-Day Returns.” 

Finally, we have ‘Diamond Jewelry to Browse’ from www.sohogem.com.  “Fine boutique and designer jewelry to browse and buy with style.”

So what does this mean?  WorldJewels is a very ‘busy’ site, as if it is trying to cram everything it has onto the first page. Blue Nile, with its rich blue background, is less busy, and with both left and right side panels focusing on educating the consumer, you don’t feel as much pressure to purchase RIGHT NOW.  Sohogem has a very different look, sleek and artistic.  It’s navigated by three modern lines, where one can search by designer, trends, price.  It has a very different feel to it, as if you are already familiar with different artist’s diamond creations.

Well, which do you choose?  Do you tend to skip past the paid sites?  Would you go for the promise of paying less, the reputation of an established jeweler, or check out a more esoteric site and learn more about what the trends are right now?

Please, post your comments!  What do you think?  Where do you go?  Do you always go to the same place for every type of gem?  Don’t worry, I have a feeling we might be talking about this some more…

A Brief Apology and a funny story

Oct 11, 2008 Author: Sarah Anne | Filed under: Introductions

Well.

It’s been a while since I’ve visited or written here.  How amazing it is that the trivialities of life can take over your time, your attention, and steers you from things to which you had committed.  At long last, I’m here, I’m back, and I’m going to make sure that stopping by here will become a consistent part of my cybertraveling ‘routine.’

I’ve gotten engaged!  And just to make everyone jealous, it WAS the stereotypical ‘perfect’ way:  it was our 2 year anniversary, we were drinking mimosas on the beach at sunset; isn’t that setting the ultimate fantasy?  Well, there’s a bit of a twist.  We drank our mimosas, he asked about my future, (I kind of was already expecting this to happen already but went along with it), and I regaled him with a bunch of trivial things, like having to go to get groceries the next day, how I have to be at work on Monday, etc.  Dale, my beloved then gets up and pulls out a box from a jacket pocket, and on bended knee asks the four words I’ve been waiting to hear for the last 6 months or so…”Will you marry me?”  Actually, I think it was “Will you spend the rest of your life with me,” but that is irrelevant.

You have to remember here that just a minute prior, we were SITTING on the beach drinking our mimosas.  So when Dale went to get on one knee, he was actually hovering ABOVE me.  There was something that was so silly about that that I started laughing instead of crying, which was what he was hoping for.  Of course, I said yes, we came back to my parent’s house (Dale had done things the ‘old school’ way by asking my dad for my hand first), and there was much joy and celebration.

Two days later, it finally dawned on me the hugeness of that moment; I was all of the sudden emotionally overwhelmed.  At a stoplight after getting groceries two days later, he got the tears he had been hoping for.

So please, accept my apology for my absence, and please join me and talk about items YOU’RE interested in discussing when it comes to jewelry.  See you soon!  Sarah

How many of you had a grandparent who was totally out of touch with how young you were?  Let me explain.  I had a grandparent, my paternal grandfather, and he didn’t visit too often, but when he did, he always came bearing gifts.  However, they weren’t things like Tonka trucks for my brother or Barbie dolls for me.  We’re talking BB guns (for a three year old) and beautiful gold jewelry (when I was 5). 

When I was born, the same grandfather bought me a gold necklace with a gold heart pendant and a tiny diamond within that heart.  My parents kept that for me, obviously.  However, once I started leaving (going away to college, moving to different cities), every time I came home I would go upstairs to my parent’s bathroom, poke through the drawers that had jewelry boxes, and make sure my precious pieces were still there. 

This trend never really ended either.  I’d always be given some form of jewelry, would be allowed to wear it once or twice while he was visiting, and then it would be whisked away from my immature “you’ll just lose it” hands.  Besides, there’s not a lot of playing you can do with a necklace (or bracelet, etc.), so having it out of my hands wasn’t much of a loss to me.

My grandfather died, goodness, probably 20 years ago.  I’m grateful now for the ‘inappropriate’ gifts he gave me, because it connects me to the all too few memories I have of him, and I’m FINALLY mature enough to be able to wear them.  Sometimes. When my parents let me…

I’m sure you’ve all at one point or another received one of those email forwards from a friend asking your preference on a bunch of items (like ice cream: chocolate or vanilla?) and you’re supposed to pick your favorite, forward it on to everyone, blah blah blah. However in one of those emails (I happen to like them), there’s one question that always stood out to me. “Jewelry: Gold or Silver?”

The default response for most is usually gold. And, as always, I’m the one who chooses silver. I feel like there’s something inherent, like ‘cheap date’ with silver. However, I just don’t have a skin tone that works well with the COLOR gold. It looks all right, but I definitely prefer silver. Platinum is a worthy choice with great color, but it carries two problems for me: it’s heavy, and it’s even more expensive than gold.

Fortunately, there is a solution, and it can put me in the ‘in’ crowd too. And that would have to be White Gold. According to Wikipedia, “White gold is an alloy of gold and at least one white metal, usually nickel or palladium. Like yellow gold, the purity of white gold is given in karats.” In my limited experience, I’ve found white gold is wonderful-it has the color I desire without the exorbitant cost (compared to platinum I mean; it’s obviously more expensive than silver). While I was researching that, I found that there’s also a compound called Rose Gold, which is gold that is mixed with different metals to give it that color. I’ve never seen it, but I’m going to keep my eyes out for it.

Both white and rose gold can come in purities of about 18 karats. Pure gold, 24k, is generally considered too soft for jewelry and is therefore mixed with an alloy(s) to produce 22, 18, 14, or 10 karats, so opting for white or rose gold is not necessarily an automatic reduction in quality or purity. I love the white gold jewelry I have, and if you’re looking for a piece of jewelry, consider giving white gold a try. And if you’ve seen rose gold somewhere commonplace, let us know where you saw it (I’ve never seen it in any department stores like Macy’s or the like), because it would definitely be worth taking a look at.

Inauguration

Feb 16, 2008 Author: Sarah Anne | Filed under: Introductions

Hello! Welcome to jewelryconversations.com! Kind of an odd title, I realize, but hopefully it will turn out to be appropriate if others join in with their thoughts, opinions, and experiences. I want this site to be one where we talk about trends, history, our favorite kinds of jewelry, jewelry sites, you name it.

Part of this thought came about after seeing the movie “Blood Diamond.” It’s a great movie, but if you can’t handle violence, then definitely do not see it. What the movie does is open up a world of forced labor and human exploitation and civil wars that have been going on for decades all because of those bright shiny things we like to call diamonds, hence the movie title.

But it’s not just about diamonds. It’s about all of those bright shiny things that we love to have, that we love to wear, and that make our lives just a little more beautiful in the process.

Right now, this site itself is kind of a work in progress, so I apologize for the look of it, but right now we’re focusing more on getting out there and focusing on the discussion of jewelry. I’m sure the site will be looking nicer as the days go by.

So thank you for stopping by, and come back often with your comments, ideas, questions, whatever. We can talk about jewelry itself, we can recommend websites (especially cool lesser-known ones), we can dispel myths, the options are endless, but it takes more than one person to make that happen, so be sure to come back often and share your ideas.

Hope to see you again soon! Sarah