When to Buy Vintage Sapphire Jewellery

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When is it time to buy vintage sapphire jewellery? It’s hard to say, for some people. If you’re one of these people, please read on – you’re about to learn everything you need to know about when to buy vintage sapphire jewellery.

Why Buy Vintage Sapphire Jewellery?

Before we get on to the when let’s briefly cover the why. The simplest answer is that vintage sapphire jewellery is the best. I know, for some that’s not enough, so here’s some more detail. Buying vintage or antique when it comes to jewellery is not only cost-efficient, but also an eco-friendly move. It’s a common misconception that living an environment-friendly life means living without luxury.

Buying antique and vintage jewellery is a great way to reuse jewellery, rather than having it go to waste. It also doesn’t demand the gemstone trade, preventing further damage to the planet from gemstone mining, since every vintage and antique item already exists and doesn’t need to be ‘crafted’ from new materials. If you needed any more reasons to buy pre-loved jewellery, then consider that, carat-to-carat, you usually get more for your money with vintage and antique than you do with brand new. You can get stunning jewellery for a fraction of the cost if you were to go to a jeweller’s and buy something made new. An added plus is that most of the designs of antique and vintage jewellery are unique and unlike anything you’re likely to find in a chain jewellery store.

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Now that we’ve established that, let’s dive into the when.

Engagements

It’s a no brainer that vintage sapphire rings make for beautiful engagement rings. Obviously, if you already know that a diamond engagement ring is what you want, then perhaps it’s not the choice for you, but you should definitely consider it. Even an engagement ring that features both diamonds and sapphires is a beautiful way to incorporate some colour and life into your engagement ring.

If you want an engagement ring that really looks like an engagement ring, then sapphire and diamonds paired together are almost a more perfect match than you and your fiancé/fiancée. Not only are they fit for royalty – literally the engagement ring Kate Middleton wears – but they’re every bit as versatile and classically beautiful as their diamond counterparts. So, if you or your loved one are fans of the colour blue, or maybe you’re just interested in something different for your proposal, then consider buying a vintage sapphire ring.

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Birthdays

In case you didn’t know, sapphire is the birthstone for people born in September. Just as the summer dies off and the cold months start coming in, sapphires are there to remind you that cold doesn’t have to mean dim and glum, it can mean classy and elegant. If September is a birth month to someone you love (like you!), perhaps getting some vintage sapphire jewellery as a birthday present is a right way to go.

It can be anything, from a vintage sapphire ring to a necklace, earrings, or a bracelet. At the moment, brooches are having a big revival, so maybe something in that direction would be nice. What matters is that you get something that suits the giftee well. To establish what would work, have a look at jewellery they already own. Something with the same coloured metal, or gemstones cut to the same shape might be an indicator of their preferences. If they don’t yet own any jewellery, stick with something simple and small, as they might not be used to wearing jewellery.

Anniversaries

For everyone who has already tied the knot, the 45th wedding anniversary is the sapphire anniversary. That’s a looong time to wait. Thankfully, there are no wedding anniversary police to stop you from celebrating the sapphire anniversary 40 years early. Of course, if you’d rather remain traditional, then it’s a lovely idea to wait to celebrate the sapphire anniversary of your 45th year of marriage. If it is the 45th year you’re celebrating, sapphire jewellery could not be more appropriate. Anyone approaching their 45th wedding anniversary sometime in the next few decades is sure to find some vintage sapphire jewellery that’s the same age as their marriage – what could be more perfect?

You can also gift sapphire jewellery if you are not a member of the relationship. If your parents or grandparents are going to be celebrating their sapphire wedding anniversary any time soon, maybe you could get some people to pool together and treat them to something beautiful that shows how much you love them as a unit. A vintage sapphire signet ring or some sapphire earrings, for example, would be beautiful and simple.

We’ve uncovered the main reasons to buy vintage sapphire jewellery, but you must remember that these are just suggestions, and there are no real rules about how and when to buy your jewels. If you want to buy a vintage sapphire ring to celebrate a Tuesday, then you’d best believe that’s a great idea. Thinking outside the box for occasions to gift jewellery – to yourself or anyone else – is the key to maintaining good relationships and enjoying life. Have fun with it!

 

Wayfarer Sunglasses: A Style Guide

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For the Wayfarer, it all began in 1956, when Ray-Ban designer Raymond Stegeman patented the design, and this iconic style enjoyed popularity until the end of the 1960s. The cult movie ‘The Blues Brothers’ came out in 1980 and both Dan Akroyd and John Belushi wore almost identical Wayfarers, which boosted sales in the US and Europe. Then in 1983, ‘Risky Business’ starring Tom Cruise was released and saw the main character sporting a stylish pair of dark Wayfarers, and this boosted sales even more.

The Hollywood Movie Scoop

Ray-Ban signed in 1982 an agreement with Unique Product Placement, a Burbank located company, to include Ray-Ban sunglasses in TV series as well as in movies, which was worth $50,000 per year. In the next 5 years, Ray-Ban sunglasses were seen in more than 60 Hollywood productions every year, which was a marketing smash hit. This resulted in the sales of Wayfarer and Aviator sunglasses rising sharply, with other manufacturers producing models that were very similar.

Popular Among Women

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The Wayfarer became very popular among women of all ages when Audrey Hepburn wore one in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a very colourful film that won rave reviews. If you would like to view the great selection of women’s wayfarer sunglasses online, a Google search will help you locate a supplier of designer sunglasses. The online designer sunglasses supplier offers the best deals for hi-end sunglasses, with quality pairs at around $50, so cheap you can afford to splash out on a few pairs.

Unisex Options

The great thing about the Wayfarer style is that it can be worn by both men and women, and this saw the arrival of the first plastic-framed sunglasses back in the mid-1960s, and they are still as popular today as they ever were. For the best selection of Wayfarers, check out the online designer sunglasses supplier, who has a great catalogue of men’s women’s and unisex sunglasses that vary slightly in shape and size, while still holding to the traditional Wayfarer lines.

There are versions with large, oversized lenses, which some people find attractive, plus you can find Wayfarers in many different colours, for both men and women.

Browsing Styles

Rather than visiting shopping malls and searching for sunglasses stores, it is much easier to carry out a Google search and then you can browse the many great Wayfarer style sunglasses until you find exactly what you are looking for. All you do then is proceed to checkout and a secure online payment will see the product packaged and shipped to your home address.

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The sign of a good designer sunglasses supplier is a no-quibble warranty, which states that if you are unhappy with the product for any reason, they will happily replace them free of charge, and you can’t really get any better than that. If you are looking for an ideal birthday or anniversary gift for your partner, a pair of stylish Wayfarers is the perfect gift for the man or woman who has everything.

 

 

Engagement Ring Styles By Nation & Culture

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The wedding process is very similar in many nations but looks a little deeper and you’ll find each has its own nuanced and intricate culture regarding the subject of holy matrimony. The process begins when the woman says yes and the man places an engagement ring on her finger. This is where you can make the first clearly discernible difference in cultures as engagement rings from different nations have their own designs. Let’s take a look at what these differences are and what they mean.

1800s imperial France

During the 19th century, the French were going through the ‘long’ century. This is when major movements in art, politics, architecture, and music, were rising to define France as a beacon of culture. Imperial France had a particular look about it if you study fashion, interior design, and jewelry. This has continued to the modern-day with engagement rings. The most common design touches of a French engagement ring are pink and gold colors, usually round stones and smaller stones encrusting the central stone. Rose gold is very popular in French engagement rings because it hits two birds with one stone. The main stone should be surrounded by smaller stones, which makes the ring look almost like a flower. Take a look at art nouveau styles to get a gist.

The American boast

America is pretty new to the engagement ring style scene. However, it’s clearly being led by one of it’s most populous cities, which is Los Angeles. Here you can find engagement rings that are made in the famous boastful nature of the culture. The RoyalT is 18kt gold, a rectangular stone, encrusted by smaller square stones going down the band. You can change the shape of your stone if you wish but the Los Angeles Hollywood style demands you keep the largest style, which is the rectangular emerald shape. The material is yellow gold and the stone is set on a plinth that is designed into the ring. Two smaller stones sit either side of the central stone, elevating the diamond in a boastful manner.

Japanese silver style

Japan is also new to the engagement style scene. The most notable historic engagement ring styles come from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. However, Japan is giving these nations a run for their money, with its incredible cherry blossom silver engagement ring. The central stone is usually a sapphire, which allows the bouncing light off the silver band to pirouette in the central stone for a lot longer than gold. You can also have smaller stones in the cherry blossom leaves, such as rubies and aquamarine. 

 

The contemporary style

Nowadays people are very conscious of how jewelry is made and gemstones are at the heart of this discussion. Many people would rather not have an engagement ring that has a gemstone because of their eco-friendly beliefs. In that case, the modern eco-wood styles are something you should consider. 

What kind of engagement ring do you want to have? Will it pertain to a particular nation and or culture? Consider all your options and do a lot of research before making up your mind. You only get one shot!

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