Many of our customers ask what the difference in karats means for gold and why it comes in different colors on gold chains for women and men. When gold jewelry is made it all starts out with the purest of gold in 24k. That would be way too soft to make jewelry as well as a much higher price. The answer is to mix it with other metals to bring it down to a metal that can be molded and hold its shape. Most jewelry is made into 14k, but a vast amount is done in 10k as well. For example 14k gold has a lighter yellow color than 18k and is mixed with more metals such as nickel and copper. White gold has more nickel type metals added to the gold to enhance that color as well.
Gold Box Chain
Sometimes you will see a stamp in the jewelry that says 585 instead of 14k. This is because it means the metal is 58.5% gold and the balance is meixed metals to make up the difference. If you have ever seen a rose gold chain it’s because the gold is mixed with a little more copper to give it the beauty of the pink. Many of the designer jewelry items and wedding bands are made in 18k and Platinum as well. Gold color and karat are all personal preference for the person wearing it, because people just have to be happy wearing the gold chains they choose.
We started thinking about why watches are so popular and where the first concept of wearing a wrist watch ever came. The idea of a timepiece of course started with clocks a very long time ago. Then we wanted to go even further and figure out who the first person was to wear one. It turns out the first watch was created by Patek Philippe in 1868 for Countess Koscowicz from Hungary. Then in 1880 Girard Perregaux made 2000 watches for German Naval Officers, but mostly women wore them until the first World War. In 1904 Louis Cartier started making watches and the first ones didn’t go on sale until 1911.
Even though these started to gain popularity, pocket watches remained among the favorites. A pocket watch can be very elegant, but seems like it takes up so much space compared to regular watches. During the war soldiers had to keep hands free so they started to wear wrist watches as well. In 1923 the self winding system was invented, although was too bulky to wear comfortably. In 1950 the first electric watches started being produced and it wasn’t until 1969 that quartz watches came out. Since then men’s and women’s watches have become very popular and even become a fashion statement.
Why is sports jewelry for football, basketball, baseball and others so popular and showing support of your favorite team become so important to us? The word sports really means leisure and in approximately the 1300’s it started to mean anything we think is entertaining. An easy way to think of it is anything that amuses or overall entertains us and has an activity related to it. Back in Ancient Greece sports appeared to become more uniform with activities such as the Olympic games. Many people say the sports activities became games and started from the military training its soldiers to be in shape and ready for battle.
NY Giants Jewelry
Over the years, sports has become very commercialized with the media and this has built the fan base to be extremely large. Whenever it started, it is obvious that so many people really support their favorite teams very passionately. So many sports fans love wearing jewelry that has their teams logo on it, so they can proudly show support. Nothing is better to a sports fan than wearing a Giants charm or a Yankees pendant and any other team they support. This kind of sports team jewelry is especially beautiful when it’s made in gold or silver. Fan all over the world enjoy wearing sports jewelry charms and pendants like they do any other jewelry, because the styles have become so diverse.
We came up with a really cool topic this week other than gold jewelry, silver chains or diamond cut earrings. It seemed like a fun topic to talk about overall why women like fashion in general so much. After a lot of thinking past the obvious that it’s just fun to shop online or in stores, something else came to mind. When you think about the fashion industry that includes clothes, models, acsessories and of course jewelry, what else do you think about? Think for a moment about all the excitement and work that is put into items and people looking beautiful by designers and stylists all over the world. The energy alone that is this world exudes is enough to get anyone excited.
If you have ever been to a fashion photo shoot that includes models, photographers, makeup, hair and stylists you will realize how it all begins. Look at the magazines on all the racks in the food stores. It’s almost ironic, because here we are reading these magazines leaning on our wagons full of food like potato chips. In the meantime, so many people aspire to be like the people in the magazine that probably are on such strict diets just to give us something unique to look at. Of course most of this is not a realistic look in the real world or way to live, but they do entertain most of us for sure. Anyway, it’s always fun to wear pieces of beautiful gold jewelry such as sideways crosses, infinity necklaces along with beautiful clothes and accessories.
We always found the origins of charms and silver charm bracelets very interesting. We have read that they originally started many years ago in ancient times to ward off bad spirits. They originally started off by being made of only rocks, shells and bones, but later progressed to materials such as nicer rocks, gemstones and even wood. They must have been really heavy to wear back then for sure and luckily someone came up with the idea to make them smaller. Imaging walking around with a charm bracelet that had a dinosaur bone on it or a piece of a tree! During the Roman Empire they would wear tiny fish charms to identify themselves and in Egypt they would be worn for good luck in various shapes.
Palm Tree Charm
We even read that people would wear these to show a certain political or religious conviction for themselves of the family they belong to. Queen Victoria was one of the first people in Europe to make the charm bracelet fashionable to signify various events in her life. Soldiers used to even buy charms to send home to relatives to show the places they were stationed around the world. It wasn’t really until around 1950 that it became mainstream to collector different types of charms to signify special events in your life, even though it had been done for many years before. The trend went away and had a resurgence over almost the last 20 years. Charm bracelets and the gold or silver charms on them seem to be a timeless way to commemorate times in your life and will be around a very long time.
It seems pretty obvious, but makes you think how it started and why people feel the ways they do about gold jewelry overall. It has always been seen in modern culture as a status symbol, but so many people wear it just because of the beautiful designs. Imagine a couple going out to dinner and the man giving the woman a loaf of bread instead of something like gold earrings or a silver chain for a present. It might go over well in some places, but most of the time we feel that the jewelry would have a better response. A man might be happy getting something like a new power tool or ladder, but he would probably enjoy a watch much more in most cases.
Gold Diamond Cut Earrings
It has been countless years since the idea of giving jewelry started. Maybe in caveman times, the men could come home with dinosaur bones and the women would be happy. We are pretty sure even back then if he brought home a necklace made of just rocks she would have a smile on her face. Actually, even now everyone is happy to have a spontaneous gift brought home to them, so maybe that wasn’t the best example. We are sure you get the idea of what we are saying about jewelry being fun to wear though. Overall it really is the thought that counts, so any type of gold jewelry such as necklaces, chains, bracelets, earrings or anything you bring home should be greatly appreciated.
We started thinking about why people started wearing gold chains for women and men and found some interesting information about it. You know how cavemen used to wear things like animal teeth, stones or shells around their neck in the movies…Well, that’s actually how it all began! They would find these cool items and save them, so when in the caves they had something to do to pass the time. That last part was a guess, but makes sense. Many years later older generations would start to include stones with color and include stones that had metal in them as well.
Gold Rope Chain
Eventually the Egyptians became known for using gold beads to accent these pieces to make them even more beautiful. Then even further along ancient Greeks would start to set stones of color into the gold to hold them in place. Eventually the jewelry became a status symbol among the wealthy. Now 14kt gold and silver chains have evolved into so many beautiful styles, because of the diverse selection. Jewelry Megastore is proud to continue the tradition of offering gold chains for men and women in styles such as Box, Rope, Pendant, Figaro, Curb and so many more.
If you have ever wondered the meaning behind the hot new trend of Evil Eye necklaces and bracelets, now we have the answer. The term evil eye is a look that is given and believed by many cultures to cause injury or bad luck to the person it’s directed to. Many cultures believe that you don’t even know it’s happening so it’s important to wear a symbol such as another evil eye to ward the look off. Some cultures even feel that wearing an evil eye not only keep the bad wishes away, but puts them back on the people doing them.
Celebrities Wearing Evil Eye Jewelry
Over the years this has just turned into a cool piece of jewelry and it makes people take notice. It’s incredible how products like this evolve into great gifts. One of the ways that these became so popular is that so many Hollywood celebrities have made this a staple in their collection. The gold versions of these usually have an enamel center to show the colors of the eye. It really doesn’t matter if you wear this as a necklace or bracelet, because overall they are beautiful pieces. We are sure that gold Evil Eye bracelets and necklaces are a trend that will last for many years to come.
The original quartz used in jewelry was purely just large and chunky, but now those styles have been tones down in some cases. The quartz bracelets that stretch have become extremely so popular! The traditional quartz has been called rock crystal, pure or clear quartz. These have been used in hardstone carvings for centuries, but someone must have noticed that it would look nice in smaller items that could be strung and worn as jewelry. Many of the most popular ones come in various different colors such as rose,amethyst,smoky and many others. Most quartz look alike unless you look with a loupe to see the various types.
The Quartz stone belongs to the Trigonal crystal system and the ideal shape is a six side prism with pyramids on each side. The rocks usually grow into each other under high magnification so a professional can easily identify them from other minerals. They have so many bands of color within that make them absolutely magnificent to look at closely. They make great quartz jewelry items such as bracelets, necklaces and rings for sure. The quartz stretch bracelets have become so popular and people love wearing them for the unique styles.
Infinity jewelry symbolizes unity, strength, commitment and unending love. Feel infinite power as you slip a gold chain necklace around your neck or sterling silver bracelet on your wrist. An infinity symbol features two interlocking circles or figure eight turned on its side. Some circles have been morphed into hearts or have 2 figure eights woven together, creating a unique style. The symbol has roots to math, science, philosophy and cosmic theory. The infinity symbol has transcended time, and like it’s meaning, shares your commitment to unending devotion.
An infinity gold or sterling silver piece of jewelry is the perfect statement piece that goes amazing with dress or everyday looks. This simple yet elegant necklace is Feng Shui’s Infinity symbol of unlimited happiness. Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of bringing balance to all things in your life. This beautiful amulet attracts positive energy to bring happiness and balance to your life. This necklace is beautiful and affordable! And hey, we all need all the positive energy we can get and what better way to do than with an Infinity Necklace!