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 it got it's name.
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.
I was looking for a simple, hand-wound watch with modern styling. The 44-millimeter Corgeut, with its black dial and 6498 movement, caught my eye.
I was looking for a quality quartz watch with large, easy to read subdials. The Oniss ON2234-MSV appeared to meet my needs.
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.
In my search to locate a watch that matched my temperament, I came across this offering from M Johansson. The bizarrely named G-MhsenoRgRgB was what I craved; heavy, flashy and plated with gold!
Gemstones add so much to our lives. Special occasions often call for a perfect gift and Gemstone jewelry fits the bill so often. Find out some basic buying tips below to get the most for your money.
This review covers a selection of LCD and LED digital watches. These timepieces are priced at about five dollars apiece.
See how the 'Gele", an African head-wrap has been re-Invented, and learn how one man is making a living with the gele - See His 'How To Tie Gravity-Defying Gele' Video
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.
You have some old jewelry or broken gold you want to sell. The internet helps you sell gold, silver and platinum quickly and privately. Here are some pros and cons of getting an online valuation or of selling valuables this way.
Learn the basics about how to evaluate and buy gemstones in a way you can use - whether you're making jewelry, enjoying the natural world, or getting fabulous for your special event.
You'll love this variety of quality men's watches, from inexpensive to top-of-the-line. We have reviews on some of the most popular watches from manufacturers around the globe.
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!
There are a lot of fake pearls on the market. This article helps you know which pearls are real and avoid getting cheated.
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it. On older items the hallmark may be too worn to read. Luckily, there are other ways to determine the karat rating of the gold you own. A simple acid test can be done at home and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
While browsing eBay, I came across a deal on an unbranded Parnis pilot watch equipped with a Seagull 6497 movement.
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.
Buying a nice tie is an investment. Nothing beats a good, high faulty silk tie like those found from Hermes 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.
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.
The Pillbox hat was a fashion icon in post WWII America that Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Princess Diana, and others made it famous. Fashion forward millenials are re-discovering it today.
Before you lay down hard cash for what may be a 'soft' gemstone, read this expose, written by a respected retired gem broker.
How to choose sunglasses? Which sunglasses should I wear? Which are the best sunglasses for my personality and face? 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 guide helps men choose the right sunglasses by taking examples of some of the most famous brands and products you can buy online.
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.
G-Shock is popular watch brand that can be found in many places. This hub details the best five watches and where you should look for them.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I needed a new watch; one which 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.
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 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.
This article reviews a replica and three outstanding timepieces manufactured by Aatos, Parnis, and Skmei.
I wanted to purchase a good automatic watch; one that carried with it, an air of sophistication. This Aatos calendar watch appeared to be exactly what I required.
Learn the 12-steps to authenticate a Hermes tie, plus discover the top retailers who carry new and gently-used Hermes ties, along with recommendations on the top 2 Hermes tie cleaners in the USA.
A list of five modern New York-based hat shops that use traditional artisan craftsmanship to make hats.
This review features a Replica Panerai Pam 563 Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio White Dial that I purchased through eBay.
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.
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.
I like large watches and was looking for one with unconventional styling. The U-Boat U-1001 replica appeared to fit my needs exactly.
While all ties are steeped in history and tradition, club ties carry an extra level of meaning. Club ties, in the normal sense, are associated with membership in a particular club or regiment, however anyone can wear a club tie as the general...
What is Lokai bracelet and what is special about it? I share my experience and story about my Way of the Lokai.
I was looking for a small, dressy automatic with a stainless-steel watch band. Tevise’s Perpetual Datejust appeared to be a likely candidate.
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 recently joined a watch-of-the-month club called Watch Gang. The first timepiece they sent me was the Maurice Eberle Gambrel 20000D.
I was searching for an inexpensive watch that matched my ill fitting and seldom used suit. The North N-6009 appeared to fit the bill.
The spectacular Seringapatam Jewels on display in the V&A Museum Did you know that diamonds are not the world's most valuable gems? There is another gemstone, which in its most fine form, can be even more rare and costly than a fine diamond of the...
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.
Before you spend hours in the accessories aisle struggling to pick the perfect pair of sunglasses, check out these tips for deciding which celebrity you share a face shape with, how it affects the style you buy and what brand suits your budget.
I was searching for an inexpensive replica of a luxury Swiss watch. This replica Panerai looked very good for its price.
For people with contact allergies, hypoallergenic metals may be the answer to the problem of wedding rings that won't trigger an allergic response.
I wanted a watch that was big and bold—without paying an arm and a leg for it. On Amazon I found the Kronen & Sohne Automatic Mechanical KS004. It was love at first sight.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive but reliable mechanical pocket watch equipped with a full hunter-style case. Kronen & Söhne’s KSP034 appeared to be a good candidate.
I wanted an inexpensive automatic watch that displayed a 24-hour clock as well as providing an indication of the date and day. The nicely styled Jaragar appeared to exactly what I was looking for.
This article features mini-reviews of a Geneva, a fake Swiss Army 577-1 (Gemius), a JWH 88-9 and a Weijieshi A5271-1.
With a basic understanding of how diamonds are valued using the 4 C's, you will be able to go into the jewelry stores armed with information and a better knowledge of what to ask for.
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. An extremely rare metal,...
A look at some typical sunglass designs and the importance of protecting the eyes against harmful ultraviolet rays.
I picked up this cool Morphic timepiece through my Watch Gang subscription. It’s a great-looking watch and comes with a date indicator and leather strap.
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.
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!
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.
Are your sunglasses working for you? Or are they just an expensive accessory? Learn how to tell in seconds if your sunglasses are polarized.
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.
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.
What are polarized sunglasses? Are they worth the extra cost? Learn the benefits of polarized sunglasses.
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.
Everyone wants jewelry that is both rare and unique. While diamonds are the obvious choice for most, pieces of meteorite embedded in jewelry are fast becoming the next best thing.
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.
Ornate jewelry, lavishly decorated with enamel and stonework, made a comeback after a 2008 movie about the 16th-century Mughal empire.
Sometimes it's difficult to know for sure, but there are ways to be reassured without expensive professional tests.
I was searching for a quality chronograph that would not break my budget. The Benyar BY-5103M appeared to be a likely candidate.
I wanted a watch that, like the Movado Edge, utilized cutting edge styling techniques. The Aatos G-ThosBrBrBr fits this specification exactly.
How to 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.
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!
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.
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.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive but dressy rectangular watch. The Chenxi CX-063G appeared to be exactly what I was looking for.
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.
Opals are famed for bringing both good and bad luck, but are beautiful and unique gemstones. So found out more about the opal, how to choose one and how to find the perfect stone for you
I've shared some of the best UV umbrellas below (both in terms fo 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.
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.
Fans, their age-old history and their uses. From royal courts, to dancing, to church liturgy, they have found a place in many cultures.
Coach bags are handbags of the finest quality and workmanship, and worth every penny! I have several and have never needed to get one repaired. They are stain resistant, as well. What are you waiting for?
I wanted to purchase a quality automatic with a simple, easy to read face. This offering from William Gregor appeared to be a good bet.
Watch winders tend to be expensive. The Diplomat 31-40001 represents one of the few exceptions and, since the price was right, I decided to give the winder a test.
Hats provide protection from the elements, 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.
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.