Jewelry Boxes in Endless Variety

Collecting jewelry boxes can be fun and interesting encompassing everything from famous people to different eras in our history. A collection can focus on ancient Egypt with beautiful wood boxes with mother of pearl inlaid in rectangular and octagon shapes or a hand painted cast metal box with scarabs and lotus.

Most are lined with velvet of a coordinating color. A fun collection would be one of Disney characters with the most popular ones being Tinker Bell and Cinderella. There are jewelry boxes shaped like the Cinderella castle that open with a drawbridge. Imagine a shelf of jewelry boxes with all the Disney princesses and a castle. That would be a beautiful and fun display in any room.

Like animals? A cute green turtle jewelry box or an elephant or a dolphin jewelry box all can begin a great collection of sea animals or African animals. Maybe you would like a collection with various animal patterns such as snakeskin and leopard spots? Do you have a friend that collects lighthouses? A jewelry box in the shape of a lighthouse or a fine wooden box with a beautiful painting of a lighthouse on the shore with waves lapping at the rocks can be a meaningful gift to a collector.

A collection of jewelry boxes does not have to be the large boxes we normally see on dressers that have hooks for necklaces and drawers for rings. There are trinket boxes that usually range in size from an egg to a coffee cup. These can be made of wood, metals, plastic and even box materials. The lids either left off or up or slide to one side and are often the most decorative part of the trinket box. These are a great collection starter for a child due to their size and cost.

Some people collect based on the material the jewelry box is made from or the decorations on the box whether it is carved wood or inlaid mother of pearl on the lid. Others collect based on the designer or manufacturer. A collection of any type can reflect your personality and provide you with pleasure and satisfaction.

Remember that little pink jewelry/music box with the ballerina that popped up and danced to a love song? I wonder how much mine would be worth in a collection or even more, what it would be worth to my granddaughter if she had it sitting on her dresser?

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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Fashion Advice For People Who Work at Home

Proper clothing helps workers perform their tasks to the best of their abilities. This holds true even if you happen to carry out your work at home. What are the top work at home professionals wearing today? After intensive research, these are the styles that made the list of favorites for successful work-at-home fashionistas.

Novelty Tees A must for every telecommuter or home-based entrepreneur is an assortment of tee-shirts that either:

  1. boasts of where you’ve been, where you want other people to think you have been, or where one of your friends or relatives has been
  2. advertises your business, your favorite beer, charitable event, restaurant or tavern, merchandise or casino
  3. expounds your personal or political opinion in a particularly charming, witty or sarcastic manner

Tee-shirts allow for ease of movement, are durable and somewhat stain-resistant and are great for the budget conscious. These fashion staples are often given to you as gifts, either by people who know your quirks or businesses you patronize. Females may prefer tank tops with informative slogans like “hottie” or “princess” emblazoned across the chest.

Comfortable Pants Just because you are home bound does not mean you have to stay in your pajama bottoms all day, though that is one good alternative. You could also choose to don yoga pants or sweats or even a favorite, appropriately faded pair of jeans, though there are some advantages to pants with elastic waists. These trousers promote good circulation and flexibility and don’t bind while you are sitting hunched over the computer. Shorts can be substituted when temperatures allow.

Outerwear When a tee shirt or tank just doesn’t seem like enough, many at-home professionals choose to top off their look with the addition of a sweatshirt or flannel. An oversized bathrobe is another option that is favored by those in cooler climates.

Sensible Footwear Polished professionals make sure they look good from head to toe. When the weather is chilly, a good pair of soft, furry slippers is a great way to complete your fashionable work ensemble. Of course, a pair of socks will work in a pinch. Summer footwear is optional, though it is wise to have a pair of flip flops easily accessible in case you have to go out and get the mail or walk the dog.

Functional Accessories There are many items that can fall into this category. A favorite coffee mug is one of them. Kept hot and steaming, this useful piece helps improve efficiency and morale. A caffeinated beverage of soda or ice tea also coordinates nicely. Other preferred accessories include M3P players, ponytail holders and doodle pads. If you work at home, you may want to try some of these style tips to help you improve your performance and your confidence level. Remember, it’s okay to express some of your own, unique personality by adding individual touches such as strategically placed stains, intricate holes or relevant rips.