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Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Six months ago, my younger sister married her best friend in a beautiful, church ceremony. I was one of the four bridesmaids in her wedding. The bridesmaid dresses were short and black. The shoulders and backs of the dresses were made out of black lace. Because my sister’s color scheme was red and black, she decided to purchase all of her bridesmaids a gorgeous, ruby necklace to wear with their black dresses. These sterling silver necklaces contained ruby beads and crosses made out of white topaz stones. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best kinds of ruby jewelry items to buy the bridesmaids in your upcoming wedding. Enjoy!

Beautiful Ruby Necklaces

Determining If Your Costume Jewelry Has Value

by Luis Cabrera

Jewelry items can add sparkle to any outfit. Many women cannot afford to invest in the purchase of genuine stones when it comes to building their jewelry wardrobe, so costume jewelry is often the best option. If you are hoping to sell some of your costume jewelry items to make way for new pieces, you may find yourself wondering if your jewelry has any value.

Here are three things you can look for to determine the value of your costume jewelry in the future.

1. Check to see if the metal used to create your jewelry items is stamped.

Precious metals are often used to make both fine jewelry and costume jewelry. The type of metal used in the production of your costume jewelry can play a significant role in determining whether or not the piece has value on the resale market.

Carefully evaluate your jewelry items to see if the metal has been stamped. Precious metals (particularly gold and silver) are usually stamped to identify their purity. Silver jewelry items stamped with 925 or .925, and gold items stamped with 24k or 18k tend to have the most value.

2. Check for a maker's mark on your costume jewelry.

Just as certain manufacturers of fine jewelry items created pieces that are more desirable than others, some jewelry items made by specific costume jewelry designers have a higher resale value as well.

Before trying to sell your costume jewelry, you should carefully evaluate each piece for a maker's mark to ensure you know what your jewelry is worth. You can compare the maker's mark on your jewelry items with known marks used by desirable costume jewelry designers using online photographic catalogs.

3. Identify the style of the costume jewelry.

Jewelry items provide a glimpse into the fashion and architectural styles of the eras in which they were produced. Some of the more decorative items can be quite valuable in the eyes of a collector. Knowing if your costume jewelry embodies the style of 1930's society or was inspired by the bright colors prevalent in the late 1960's can help you determine how valuable it will be on the open market.

Style plays a critical role in influencing value, so becoming familiar with the desirable styles can be beneficial in helping you determine which costume jewelry items to sell in the future.

Determining if costume jewelry items have value doesn't have to be difficult. Take the purity of the metal, the manufacturer, and the style into consideration, and you will be able to determine how much your jewel collection is worth.

For more information, contact the Silver Dollar Coin Shop or a similar location.