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.
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.
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.
The basics you need to know about rhodium plated sterling silver jewelry and how to clean it to keep its sparkling beauty for a long time.
Sometimes it's difficult to know for sure, but there are ways to be reassured without expensive professional tests.
A fantastic and simple way to know what's hot and what's not in today's world of women's watches, no matter what your budget is in 2016!
Pearls represent wisdom through experience and are believed to attract wealth and luck as well as to offer protection. Learn about the pearl's significance in love, religion, and folklore.
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.
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.
Are your sunglasses working for you? Or are they just an expensive accessory? Learn how to tell in seconds if your sunglasses are polarized.
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...
I was searching for an attractive but inexpensive chronograph. The William L. 1985 WLAC02NRCN appeared to be a good choice.
This article provides three solutions to keep your eyeglasses from sliding down the bridge of your nose.
I was searching for a quality quartz watch with a nice leather band. Evelon’s Hughes ELE101 appeared to be a good fit.
What kinds of movements are present in Rolex watches? There are three primary movements in current Rolex watches.
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.
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'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.
When most people think of precious gems or stones they usually think of Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphires and Rubies. These gemstones are commonly referred to in the jewelry industry as "The Big Four". What makes these gemstones precious gemstone verses semi-precious gemstones or just plain old rocks?
Fans, their age-old history and their uses. From royal courts, to dancing, to church liturgy, they have found a place in many cultures.
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.
I like large watches and was looking for one with unconventional styling. The U-Boat U-1001 replica appeared to fit my needs exactly.
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.
Really, tying a tie seems easy, but once it's around your neck and you have to tie it, it's pretty tricky. There are four main types of tie tying: the Windsor Knot, the Half-Windsor, the Four-in-Hand Knot, and the Pratt Knot. The Windsor is the most common and that's the type that this Hub will help you learn how to tie.
I was searching for an inexpensive automatic watch with a date display. Sewor’s rectangular shaped timepiece appeared to be an excellent choice.
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.
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,...
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 searching for a quality chronograph that would not break my budget. The Benyar BY-5103M appeared to be a likely candidate.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive woman’s watch for a fashion-conscious friend. The G-AdelaLGG appeared to be the perfect choice.
Moissanite is the perfect alternative for a diamond-like stone with more brilliance and sparkle than diamond.
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!
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.
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.
When you think of investments or luxury, precious metals instantly come to mind. Unfortunately, there are scammers out there, so get one step ahead of the game & learn to tell treasure from trash.
There are a lot of fake pearls on the market. This article helps you know which pearls are real and avoid getting cheated.
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.
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.
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 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 wished to purchase a quality but inexpensive watch box which would allow me to display my collection of timepieces.
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 article features mini-reviews of a Geneva, a fake Swiss Army 577-1 (Gemius), a JWH 88-9 and a Weijieshi A5271-1.
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.
I wanted to purchase an automatic watch; one that was trendy enough to earn my niece’s appreciation. During my search, I came across the Aatos ladies automatic G-DoliaLSPink.
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.
Most gold has a karat hallmark on it. On older items this may be too worn to read. Luckily, there are other ways to determine the karat rating. A simple acid test can be done at home and the equipment is relatively cheap to buy.
This blog is about different environmentally friendly jewelry companies and why there is such a need for them in our present day.
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.
Diamonds are everywhere and are often the go-to gem for anyone looking for jewelry. But there are many other types of precious stone to be found in the world. Here are five of the most stunning alternatives to diamonds.
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...
I wanted to purchase a high-quality quartz chronograph at a decent price. The Parnis H2110 caught my eye.
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.
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.
Buying jewelry in the Caribbean? Whether shopping for jewelry in a cruise port or on an island, this hub will help. Buying tips for jewelry purchases on St. Maarten, St. Kitts, and Nassau Paradise Island.
A hub explaining the many different types of jewelry pieces belonging to the Kandyan Bridal Jewelry set.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Concho belts offer a distinctive style, add variety to any wardrobe for any season. Learn the history, and view 12 different ways to wear this beautiful fashion accessory from casual to elegant.
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.
Ornate jewelry, lavishly decorated with enamel and stonework, made a comeback after a 2008 movie about the 16th-century Mughal empire.
The turban has a long history as a fashion accessory in women's headwear and it is still fashionable today.
I was searching for an attractive quartz watch with a quality leather strap. Breda’s 8184B seemed to be worth a look.
Learn why some people have dark rings around their irises and why it is thought to be attractive. If you don't naturally have them, I will list some ways you can get them.
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.
Wonder what green contacts will look like on dark brown eyes? Here are pictures of what to expect and reviews of different types of green lenses for brown eyes.
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!
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.
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.
This hub tells of the history of Amethyst, from its roots in Egypt, to its place in the Crown Jewels. Some notable jewelry items using Amethyst are described, and the use of Amethyst is Suffragette jewelry is discussed. The importance of Idar-Oberstein is stressed, and the mines of Brazil and other areas are discussed.
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.
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 wanted to purchase an inexpensive but dressy rectangular watch. The Chenxi CX-063G appeared to be exactly what I was looking for.
The Brathwait automatic Minimalist watch is a clean looking watch, well built, and uses quality parts. For under 300 dollars, it strikes me as a solid buy.
Ever wondered what the difference between a pink sapphire and a pink ruby is? The answer may surprise you.
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.
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 Dgjud 47Q, an XINEW with date function, a Gogoey quartz, and a cute little timepiece featuring pink flowers.
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 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.
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!
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.
I was looking for a quality chronograph that wouldn’t break my modest budget. The Corgeut C02006PYR appeared to be exactly what I was searching for.
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 wanted a watch that, like the Movado Edge, utilized cutting edge styling techniques. The Aatos G-ThosBrBrBr fits this specification exactly.
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.
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.
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 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.
A look at some typical sunglass designs and the importance of protecting the eyes against harmful ultraviolet rays.
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!
Gemstones have captured the imagination of people since ancient times. They have been used as declarations of love, the spoils of war, gifts to show reverence, and especially as symbols of wealth and royal power. The most renowned, impressive, and...
The Wilon WL938 and its twin, the Paidu Q0930, are worth investigating if you are searching for an inexpensive but distinctive watch.
I wanted to purchase a watch that matched the carefree disposition of my niece. The Winner U8060, with its bright and colorful dial, caught my eye.
Imagine having jewelry to match any outfit you wear. Now you can! I'm going to show you how to create your own beautiful jewelry. Great gift and stocking stuffer idea!
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 article reviews a replica and three outstanding timepieces manufactured by Aatos, Parnis, and Skmei.
This review features a Replica Panerai Pam 563 Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio White Dial that I purchased through eBay.
For people with contact allergies, hypoallergenic metals may be the answer to the problem of wedding rings that won't trigger an allergic response.
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.
While browsing eBay, I came across a deal on an unbranded Parnis pilot watch equipped with a Seagull 6497 movement.
A heart locket is a perfect love gift. Hearts are the symbol of love, so these necklaces makes the perfect romantic present, especially if they contain a gorgeous photo of you or your loved one.
I was searching for a timepiece that made a statement. Bernoulli’s large and shiny Wayland seemed to be a good fit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 looking for an appealing women’s watch equipped with a quality quartz movement. Two examples from Parnis caught my eye.
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.
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.
I wanted to purchase an inexpensive but decent timepiece, styled somewhat like a Panerai. Parnis’s Marina Militare appeared to be a good choice.
I was searching for a quality quartz watch that looked good on my wrist. J. Brackett’s Camden appeared to be a likely candidate.
A Millefiori pendant necklace is a beautiful, timeless and detailed piece of jewelry that adds a splash of colour to any outfit. Find out about the history of production techniques and where to buy millefiori pendant necklaces online.
Sometimes a deal for a Michael Kors bag is too good to be true. Before buying a suspiciously low-priced bag, check out how to tell whether you're being sold the real thing or not.
What are polarized sunglasses? Are they worth the extra cost? Learn the benefits of polarized sunglasses.
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.
I was searching for a bargain-priced skeleton watch. The Sandwood Jushidai appeared to be the best option.
This is a step-by-step instruction on how to change your Casio G-Shock watch between 12-hour format and 24-hour military time.
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.
I wanted an inexpensive watch that also reeked of sophistication. The Paidu 58919 appeared to fit my needs.
I was searching for an inexpensive replica of a luxury Swiss watch. This replica Panerai looked very good for its price.
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 was looking for a quality quartz watch with large, easy to read subdials. The Oniss ON2234-MSV appeared to meet my needs.
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 helps explain some of the history behind the Victorinox brand and specifically its Swiss Army Watches. It gives unbiased information about these famous watches.
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.
What is Lokai bracelet and what is special about it? I share my experience and story about my Way of the Lokai.
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.
This review covers a selection of LCD and LED digital watches. These timepieces are priced at about five dollars apiece.
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.
I was searching for a quality timepiece; one that was accurate and built to last. Wiegand’s Lüm-Tec RR2 automatic was the perfect choice.
I was searching for a quality quartz watch with the ability to keep track of several time zones. The Parnis P523, which combines a Citizen movement with three Seikos, caught my eye.
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.
Watches are not something that many people often think about, but if you took the time to look, you'd find some that are borderline technological marvels.
I wanted to purchase —without spending a lot of money— a decent watch box, capable of displaying twenty watches. The RW0000701E caught my eye.
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.