How do online sites like Blue Nile work?

As you probably already know, Blue Nile does not inventory any loose diamonds.  All of the loose diamonds listed on their website are all sitting in tens, if not hundreds, of vaults all over the world belonging to just as...
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Traveling? Tips to keep your jewelry safe.

Vacation season is the time to pack up your favorite outfits, along with your jewelry, so you can shine and sparkle away from home. But just as you keep your wallet safe when you’re traveling, here are some tips from...
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What Jewelry Should You Appraise & Insure?*

Anything you would want to replace or couldn’t re-purchase. You have to keep in mind if you suffered a fire or robbery and all of your jewelry was damaged or gone your insurance company would most likely only cover the...
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How Do You Decide If You Need A Jewelry Appraisal?*

First of all, you have spent your time and money picking out nice pieces of jewelry or have been given special items from family members. Your favorite pieces of jewelry reflect who you are and connect you to special moments...
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Research the Appraiser Doing Your Jewelry Appraisal

When researching prospective appraisers, do an ample amount of research before making a decision. There is a big difference between a local jeweler appraising your piece with the ulterior motive of trying to buy your piece or sell you one...
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Reason #5 to Have a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

You may still have to prove the value if a loss occurs When you file a claim, the insurance company won’t simply write a check for the amount of your stated coverage. They will verify the details before settling your...
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Reason #3 & #4 to Have a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

A sales receipt won’t do Insurance companies won’t accept a receipt of purchase as a legitimate measure of value. It doesn’t matter how much you paid for your jewelry. When writing a policy or paying a claim, the insurance company...
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Reason #2 to Have a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

Insurance companies never take your word for value Whether you’ve spent years building your fine jewelry collection or you’ve recently acquired your first exquisite piece, you should insure each item to value, just in case the unexpected happens. To do that...
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Reason #1 to Have a Jewelry Appraisal for Insurance Purposes

Appraisals are important to the insurance process You’d probably prefer not to think about your jewelry treasures being damaged, destroyed or lost during a catastrophe, but it’s prudent to be prepared with a detailed jewelry appraisal. If you have a...
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Should I buy platinum or white gold?

This is a matter of personal opinion, specific needs and finances. Each metal has advantages. Platinum is more expensive but requires significantly less upkeep over time. Platinum prongs and shanks do not wear away as quickly as white gold. Platinum...
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