X Marks the Spot - Jewelry as Treasure:
When looking for the perfect gift that will make both a positive impression and keep giving over time, one of the top gifts often considered is jewelry. Whether in the form of a ring, necklace with its accompanying sentimental pendant, bejeweled bracelet, watch (speaking of the "test of time"), or similar, jewelry has a special way of making an enduring impression.
Jewelry figures prominently in most lives as it is often given on special occasions or as a token of affection or appreciation. When thoughtfulness, value, and endurance are considerations, jewelry tops the list as a gift with which to be remembered.
Not only is jewelry often purchased to be destined as a gift to others, it is also a common self-indulgence. After all, who can rightfully deny themselves the perfect adornment, the most fitting "finishing touch" to compliment that special outfit?
Undoubtedly, jewelry assists in creating different moods through accessorizing clothing choices. With the addition of jewelry, the sky is the limit regarding styles and images that can be effectively conveyed.
One can spruce up an outfit in a heart beat with the proper piece of jewelry. In addition, through the use of jewelry, it is effortless to dress down a formal piece of clothing when a more casual look is desired. For instance, if one wishes to wear a formal blouse out for a night on the town, it is a simple transition from formal to casual with a comfortable pair of jeans and a fun piece of jewelry.
Fun to fully regal, jewelry styles run the gamut from casual and uncomplicated with natural elements to formal with highly detailed and elegant characteristics with the finest of precious stones. For instance, one may choose to adorn themselves with a handcrafted raku-fired clay pendant strung on natural hemp fibers or at the other end of the spectrum, a brilliant 14K gold and platinum custom designed chain with only the finest diamonds in terms of cut, clarity, and carat weight.
As evidenced, materials for jewelry vary greatly. While 14K gold and sterling silver appear to be the most commonly produced and purchased by consumers, there are numerous other materials often utilized in the jewelry making process. In addition to 14K gold and sterling silver, copper and platinum are among other metals frequently used in jewelry manufacturing. Alongside metals, come precious and semiprecious stones, shells, glass, clay, and various other natural and manufactured objects.
These varied treasures can be fashioned into a sheer plethora of choices in jewelry style. Rings, necklaces, brooches, bracelets, earrings, toe rings, various piercing accompaniments, etc. form the list of everyday items worn frequently in society.
Habitually, Men, women, and children adorn themselves with jewelry. Interestingly enough, animals often find that they too are frequently bedecked with these common items of adornment. For instance, name taqs, which are basically "pet pendants," are now regularly worn by the vast majority of animal companions. Many of these "pet pendants" are becoming more elegant in design. Presently, one may even find some pets sporting the most precious stones and the finest of metals.
Whether one is searching for "pet pendants" or precious diamonds, most everything can be purchased online in a very convenient manner. However, shopping locally may prove to be the safest and most suitable manner in which to purchase jewelry. On the local level, one may choose to purchase items through local department stores, individually-owned shops, galleries, and boutiques, or even in pawn shops.
As with all treasure hunting, one never knows what may be found. Some truly desirable treasures may be found in locations in which you least expect them. Happy hunting