How do you determine if jewelry is real Native American jewelry or an imitation? Learn how to spot fakes by understanding the materials and techniques used.
Ornate jewelry, lavishly decorated with enamel and stonework, made a comeback after a 2008 movie about the 16th-century Mughal empire.
Why do women carry handbags? There are circumstances when you might need to have a purse, but you should try purselessness for a taste of freedom.
Alexandrites are stunning gemstones that change from reddish-purple to greenish, with any number of color variations. Each stone is unique and exhibits different color changes.
I needed a new watch—one that was inexpensive but packed with as many functions as possible. My search led me to the Jaragar JR13. This timepiece certainly is an eye catcher, and among a myriad of features, even promised to keep track of the phases of the moon. I was sold.
Wearing the same style of sunglasses you wore in your twenties? It may be time for a change. It's all about protecting your eyes and looking elegant instead of following a fad.
What are polarized sunglasses? Are they worth the extra cost? Learn the benefits of polarized sunglasses.
A step-by-step guide on how to clean earrings. Instructions for fine jewelry with and without gemstones, costume jewelry and using an ultrasonic cleaner.
This article reviews a replica and three outstanding timepieces manufactured by Aatos, Parnis, and Skmei.
A visually stunning introduction into 32 of the top men's jewelry brands. This guide features over 100 photos with a short summary about each jewelry designer.
I was searching for an inexpensive automatic watch with a date display. Sewor’s rectangular shaped timepiece appeared to be an excellent choice.
Did you know that diamonds are not the world's most valuable gems? There is another gemstone that, in its finest form, can be even more rare and costly than a fine diamond of the same size: the emerald.
Many people have old jewelry sitting around their house somewhere. Here is the best way to figure out if it's worth thousands of dollars or nothing.
Sometimes it's difficult to know for sure whether gold or silver jewelry is real, but there are ways to be reassured without expensive professional tests.
Are your sunglasses working for you? Or are they just an expensive accessory? Learn how to tell in seconds if your sunglasses are polarized.
Gemstones add so much to our lives. Special occasions often call for a perfect gift, and gemstone jewelry fits the bill often. I offer some basic buying tips below to help you get the most for your money.
I recently joined a watch-of-the-month club called Watch Gang. This month, they sent me a cool solar-powered quartz watch manufactured by One Eleven. One Eleven is trademarked by Fossil Group, Inc.
There are a lot of fake pearls on the market. This article helps you know which pearls are real and avoid getting cheated.
This article features mini-reviews of a Geneva, a fake Swiss Army 577-1 (Gemius), a JWH 88-9 and a Weijieshi A5271-1.
Coach bags are high-quality, fashionable, sassy and classy. eBay often has the best deals on "authentic" Coach bags. But not all these bags are real.
In search of an inexpensive timepiece on Amazon, I discovered the Winner Skeleton mechanical watch. The device was cheap and gaudy—exactly right for me!
Before you lay down hard cash for what may be a "soft" gemstone, read this expose, written by a respected retired gem broker.
This article helps explain some of the history behind the Victorinox brand and specifically its Swiss Army Watches. It gives unbiased information about these famous watches.
Handbags or purses are the most used fashion accessories by women. Why not opt for a unique bag that is individual and stylish. Read on to find out where to look for handbags that will be head turners and give you that feel good factor. This ultimate fashion accessory is a must if you want to create trends instead of following them!
I was looking for a quality, lightweight automatic that would go well with a suit. TUW Ruhla’s 1892 Automatik appeared to be a good choice.
With a basic understanding of how diamonds are valued using the 4 C's, you will be able to go into jewelry stores armed with the information and confidence to know what to ask for.
David Beckham, worldwide footballing icon, has been seen sporting a plethora of different watches on his wrist during his years of fame, including Breitling, Rolex and Jacob & Co, featured here.
This article is about different environmentally friendly jewelry companies and why there is such a need for them in our present day.
In order to remove a stuck ring, all you need is a helper and some dental floss (preferably waxed). Wind up the dental floss then unwind it pulling the ring along for the ride. Easy! No cutting required!
How to keep inexpensive jewelry from leaving green or black tarnish marks on your skin. Works for most costume jewelry, fashion jewelry, fake jewelry, wholesale fashion jewelry, and so on.
I was searching for a quality quartz watch that looked good on my wrist. J. Brackett’s Camden appeared to be a likely candidate.
G-Shock is popular watch brand that can be found in many places. This article details the best five watches and where you should look for them.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive watch that could handle a rugged environment. The Sanda 723 Military/Sports watch appeared to be the perfect fit.
The online marketplace is lined with affordable and cheap sunglasses for men but it is difficult to decide the type of sunglasses to will suit your personality, style, face, and fashion. This article will help men choose the right sunglasses by taking examples of some of the most famous brands and products you can buy online.
A good men's watch doesn't have to break the bank. See my picks for timepieces that are under $1,000, $500, $300, and $100. Set yourself apart with these unique, but affordable styles.
Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned executive, this top 10 list offers suggestions for classically-crafted watches of all makes and budgets that will set you apart on the job.
See how the "Gele," an African head-wrap has been re-invented, and learn how one man is making a living with the gele.
This hub explores the cell phone charm culture of Japan and Asia, their history and predecessors, and how the cell phone charm trend spread across the world during the 2000s.
Buying a nice tie is an investment. Nothing beats a good, high-quality silk tie like those found from Hermès of Paris. Unfortunately, these luxury ties are counterfeited too often. A good shopper will know how to tell the difference between the genuine product and a knock-off.
For people with contact allergies, hypoallergenic metals may be the answer to the problem of wedding rings that won't trigger an allergic response.
Vera Bradley handbags and accessories are not only colorful and pretty, but loaded with functional pockets and compartments to keep everything you take along safe and organized.
Twelve inside tips from a retired jeweler to help you get the right ring size—including when, where, and how to get "sized" for your special ring.
The four little words that will change everything, "Will you marry me?" Few things in life are more intimidating than shopping for an engagement ring. Here are some tips for buying an engagement ring.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive quartz watch with both an analog and digital display. The Skmei 1064 appeared to be exactly what I needed.
When you hear the world “platinum,” what comes to mind? Platinum weddings, platinum albums, platinum credit cards, and of course platinum jewelry. In other words, platinum symbolizes the ultimate in luxury and status.
Opals are famed for bringing both good and bad luck, but are beautiful and unique gemstones. So find out more about the opal, how to choose one and how to find the perfect stone for you
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive but decent timepiece, styled somewhat like a Panerai. Parnis’s Marina Militare appeared to be a good choice.
What is Lokai bracelet and what is special about it? I share my experience and story about my way of the Lokai.
How can you tell if the used Rolex you are about to purchase is real or fake? Put the watch through these recommended checks before completing the purchase to ensure your purchase is authentic.
I wanted an inexpensive watch that combined original styling with good functionality. This Forsining, which is sold under model numbers C1101, 2371, and FSG2371M3T2, appeared to be a likely candidate.
I was searching for a sexy timepiece that would stand out when wearing a suit. Komono’s Winston, which includes a tiny silver subdial, appeared to be a good choice.
I wanted a good-looking automatic watch that wouldn’t break my budget. The KS069, equipped with a cool little moon and sun display, appeared to be a good fit.
While browsing eBay, I came across a deal on an unbranded Parnis pilot watch equipped with a Seagull 6497 movement.
I was searching for a timepiece that made a statement. Bernoulli’s large and shiny Wayland seemed to be a good fit.
Did you know that Panama hats do not come from Panama? Real Panama hats are handwoven and come from two towns in Ecuador. Here is the interesting tale of how this hat got its name.
The blogosphere is full of misinformation about using baking soda, aluminum foil, and water to remove silver tarnish. Get the real skinny here, and learn how to prevent tarnish in the first place!
Read some advice from a retired precious metals dealer about how people can value their jewelry so that they don't cheat themselves when they sell it!
I was searching for a decent automatic featuring a full calendar and a stainless-steel strap. The Lige fashion automatic appeared to be a good choice.
I was searching for a bargain-priced skeleton watch. The Sandwood Jushidai appeared to be the best option.
I was searching for a decent mechanical watch featuring a date function. Sewor’s automatic appeared to be the best option.
A halo-style engagement ring might look angelic, but it could be a deal with the devil. A jeweler with 22 years of experience advises you to avoid this popular ring style.
Every woman needs a tote that is stylish, well-made, and makes her happy without costing a fortune. A Kate Spade tote embodies all of these traits and so much more.
The turban has a long history as a fashion accessory in women's headwear and it is still fashionable today.
I was searching for a quality automatic watch with a decent strap. J. Brackett’s Navigli, which is equipped with a Seiko Nh35a movement, appeared to be a good option.
This article provides three solutions to keep your eyeglasses from sliding down the bridge of your nose.
Moissanite is the perfect cost-effective alternative to a diamond, and it has even more brilliance and sparkle.
A look at some typical sunglass designs and the importance of protecting the eyes against harmful ultraviolet rays.
I've shared some of the best UV umbrellas below (both in terms of style and functionality) for you to review. If you hope to protect your skin during your daily commute, find a complimentary accessory for a costume, or add something both romantic and practical to your wardrobe, I hope you'll find this guide to be helpful.
Diamonds are everywhere and are often the go-to gem for anyone looking for jewelry. But there are many other types of precious stones to be found in the world. Here are five of the most stunning alternatives to diamonds.
Scarves were once a necessity to ward off winter's chill. Today, fashion scarves are designed to be worn with everything and in every season. Check out these tutorials to pull off the look.
I inadvertently purchased a knockoff of an expensive Swiss watch and decided to write a review detailing the differences between this shoddy copy and the original.
Purchasing a new necklace is more difficult than you think. If you don't know the differences between chain styles, you could walk away totally confused. Here's how to identify them at a glance.
Wood-frame sunglasses have many advantages over traditional plastic or steel. Here are some of the best ones available, based on style, material, and affordability.
Casio G-Shock is an awesome watch brand seen everywhere today. This article details the best 10 watches and the best places to buy these.
Read through a list of uncommon, exotic gems perfect for gift-giving or jewelry collection inspiration. Consider these stones the next time you're on the hunt for unique, beautiful gemstone jewelry.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive automatic watch in the style of the Franck Muller Casablanca. The Forsining U0W7 appeared to be a good match.
The pillbox hat was a fashion icon in post-WWII America that Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and others made famous. Fashion-forward millennials are re-discovering it today.
When the zombie apocalypse comes, the Casio G-Shock GWM5610 is the watch you will want to be wearing. It's tough, reliable, and it won't let you down. Here's why.
I was searching for an accurate mechanical timepiece and because size really is important, I wanted a watch with some heft. Parnis’s automatic Marina Militare caught my eye.
Throughout history, men and women have used handbags to carry small personal items. From purely functional sacks, handbags evolved into status symbols featuring ornate designs and luxurious materials.
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it, but it may be too worn to read. You can do a simple acid test at home to determine the karat rating, and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
How to spot a fake Prada bag before you buy it and the key features of a genuine, authentic Prada handbag to look for. The essential guide.
Hats provide protection from the elements and imply status or group affiliation. In the past, a hat was an essential part of a man's wardrobe dictated by tradition, occupation, or law.
I was searching for an attractive but inexpensive chronograph. The William L. 1985 WLAC02NRCN appeared to be a good choice.