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Affordable Engagement Rings


Buying a diamond engagement ring can be the most important (and stressful) jewelry purchase you can make. While the standard protocol requires fellas to shell out two months’ salary, for many folks that’s about as realistic as finding true love on “The Bachelorette”.

So what do you do when you want to tie the knot without breaking the bank? Some thoughts:

1. Vintage Value

Diamond divas never utter the word ‘used’. It’s vintage, dahling – and there are many deals to be had in this diamond engagement ring category. Plus you can satisfy the ‘eco-friendly’ urge since you’re buying a rock that’s already in the coffers. But be careful to have it appraised before you pull the trigger.

2. Color Your World

This is my favorite emerging engagement ring trend – wearing a gemstone instead of a diamond. Prince Charles gave a stunning sapphire to Diana back in the day and now millions of women are wearing their favorite colored stone instead of the traditional white ice.

I found this stunning sapphire ring on sample sale site, JewelClub – originally $859 now (gulp) only $231.48 with their crazy discount (use the code: INSIDER to become a free ‘friends and family’ member).

3. Shop Clearance

With a little time and a creative eye, anyone can find a deal so great they’ll be telling that story to friends and fam instead of how Jimmy popped the question. While there are a host of credible outlets for discount diamonds, check out JewelClub first. This classic pear-shaped ring is $462.74 down from $2129. Yowza.

4. Palladium: “The Other White Metal”

No longer the forgotten step-child of the precious metal world, palladium is emerging from the shadows as a (MUCH) more affordable option than gold. It looks like platinum or white gold – but it costs much less per ounce. And it’s just as durable.

This 1/2carat palladium solitaire on JewelClub is only $572 down from $2649.

So what have we learned? Clearly some engagement rings traditions are meant to be broken – especially in this economy. You really can find a ring you love that doesn’t cost the equivalent of a small sedan.

Here’s to true love, diamond deals…and more room in the budget for an island honeymoon with fruity cocktails! Happy Friday the 13th, jewelry hounds!

Valentine’s Day Deals on JewelClub


Let the Valentine’s Day jewelry blitz begin! I’ll be highlighting deals you won’t want to miss (or tell your sig. other about) leading up to V-Day to help gift givers get hip to some serious fine jewelry steals.

My favortie sample sale site, JewelClub, just launched their latest promotion: 15% off a dozen of their most classic diamond styles. That’s 15% off WHOLESALE, jewelry hounds.

The studs pictured here are $50 bucks, folks. The earrings about $70. And I’m loving those vintage-y right hand ring styles – most are pricing out at $1,000 or more off the retail price.

(insert ‘lower jaw drop’ here)

How do you play? Easy. Click here to get to the discount ad. Enter the code: INSIDER when you login, and you’ll get access to an entire Friends and Family site that has great wholesale product in all fine jewelry categories. And they add new product all the time, so be sure to check back often.

So, fellas? Flowers and chocolates are fine and all, but why spend the bucks on a perishable when you can get a V-day gift that will last forever? And there’s free shipping with every order.

So that happened.

Three Magic Words: 20% Off Wholesale

We jewelry and fashion hounds know there are sample sales and there are sample sales. Sometimes you find what you’re looking for only to realize the discounted price is more than you’d pay off the rack or the ‘huge’ selection they promise is wittled down to the gauche and the gaudy.

But JewelClub is a happy shining place of constant sample sale hope. With new product added constantly and prices as high as 80% off retail, the ‘digger’ in all of us can give our sample sale shovels a rest. Permanently.

Here is just a glimpse of the monthly specials they run – a dozen icy jewels at 20% off the JewelClub discounted price until the end of the month. Aquamarines, sapphires, turquoise and more are featured at prices you have to see to believe.

And they throw in free shipping on ALL orders – so you can shop from the warmth of your own home and just wait for the spoils to arrive.

Click here for the Winter Blues Special or here to visit the JewelClub treasure chest full of all fine jewelry categories, use the access code INSIDER and start curing those winter blues with sample sale stash at prices that will warm your heart.

The Jewelry Insider

November 19, 2009

Jewelry hounds, it’s time to start making those holiday gift lists. And while I often spend time highlighting celebrity jewelry and outrageously priced auction gems, my real goal is always to keep our love for wearing sparkly things going strong – regardless of our wallet size.

SO – I just wanted to send a friendly reminder that Jewelry Insider readers have unique access to a wholesale jewelry ‘Friends and Family’ site, JewelClub, that offers seriously steep discounts off hundreds of fine jewelry styles – from diamond studs and pearl strands to colorful cocktail rings and bangin’ bangles.


Quick example: This ‘Deal of the Month’ diamond and onyx ring originally retailed for $1229 but is offered to JewelClub Members at $294.50. That’s almost $1,000 off, people. And that’s just the beginning.


They offer free shipping, a generous return policy – and rumor has it there’s going to be a big blow-out Cyber Monday discount that’s not to be missed.

SO – visit www.jewelclub.com, enter the code: INSIDER, and brace yourselves…. It’s a sparkly wonderland of savings and style. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

October Birthstone Banter


Opals are an often-overlooked gemstone option, but October birthday girls know you can never go wrong with this glittering gem. Here are some fun facts about the opulent little beauties, and a great idea on where to get some – at rock bottom prices.

It’s all about JewelClub you libras and scorpios (and the folks who love them). Visit this Friends and Family site here and enter the code INSIDER to get wholesale prices on some stunning opal gems. And they’ve got every fine jewelry category stocked if you want to go outside the birthstone box. Did I mention they have free shipping too? Happy Birthday to you!

Opal:The Queen of the Gems

Opal, the birthstone for October, is one of nature’s most prized gems. The stone – which also happens to be the recommended jewelry gift for couples celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary – was mined by eastern Europeans, the Aztecs and the ancient tribes of Central Africa.

Opals have been featured in the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor and the crown jewels of France. They were mentioned in the plays of Shakespeare and the novels of Sir Walter Scott. Napoleon gave an opal to Josephine. Queen Victoria gave them out as wedding gifts.

One of the reasons this gem has been so revered is because of its supposed mystical powers. Scandinavian women wore opals in their hair to prevent it from going gray. The Arabs thought opal would ward off lightning and grant invisibility to its wearer. Other powers ascribed to the gem include the ability to grant vigor, aid the heart and kidneys and protect against fainting and infection.

Worshipped by the Romans as a symbol of hope, fidelity, purity and good luck, opal is sometimes called the “queen of gems” because the stone can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow.

This “play of color” is one of opal’s signature characteristics. The gem is found in a range of hues, including white opal (the most common); black opal; “boulder” opal (black opal with iron oxide); crystal or water opal, which is transparent; and fire opal, which has a yellow to orange to red body color.

The vast majority of the world’s opal supply comes from Australia. Black opal is the rarest variety and therefore the most valuable. White opal is also mined in Brazil. Fire and crystal opal can be found in the United States (Nevada) and Mexico.

Brilliance of color and color pattern are critical in determining the value of opal. Opals with strong flashes of red fire are generally the most prized. Stones with blue or green flashes are more common and subsequently less valuable. Stone size also helps determine price, since the gem is very rare in larger sizes. Prices can vary from a few dollars per carat for common white opal to more than $1,000 per carat for fine black opal. Most stones are not faceted and usually cut into rounded cabochons to enhance color play.

Perfect natural opals are extremely rare and expensive. Many are treated to enhance their appearance. One common technique is to place the opal in a sugar solution and then in sulfuric acid, which blackens body color and makes the play of color more pronounced. Other treatments include applications of colorless oil, wax and resin, plastic, or synthetic resins and hardeners to fill cracks and improve durability.

With a hardness of approximately 5.5 on the Mohs scale, opal is relatively fragile, and care should be taken not to scratch, chip or crack it. To clean opal, use a soft cloth moistened with olive oil. Do not use chemical or mechanical cleaners. Also, avoid heat and dry conditions that could dehydrate and crack the stone.

The Jewelry Insider

August 13, 2009


Gold jewelrywas all the rage this summer, with stars sporting it to red carpet events and fashionistas adding yellow gold sparkle to their spring collection selects. Now, InStyle is predicting that the sunny hue has serious staying power right into fall.

Claiming that jewelry mavens should focus on pieces that are “glossy, gilded and gorgeous”, InStyle picked a selection of 18kt yellow gold items that illustrated their point, including a gold pendant from Sophia Flore and a striking gold butterfly brooch from celebrity jeweler and Christina Aguilera BFF, Stephen Webster.

But not all of us have gold record royalties to use when snapping up our jewels for the fall season.



Enter: JewelClub.

You Jewelry Insider veterans are well aware of this great Friends and Family site that I’ve been sharing with my readers for the past year. Trust me: you’ll be hard pressed to find prices this low out there in the real world.

Just enter the code: INSIDER when you login to www.jewelclub.com and shop hundreds of fine jewelry styles – from diamonds and gemstones to silver and yes, yellow gold – all at prices well below retail.

Check it out for yourselves. If you’re not a ‘trendy’ shopper, it’s a perfect way to stock up on staples. I, personally, need some diamond studs like pronto – and am snapping up a pair for less than $100. Seriously.

So grab your yellow gold, your diamond studs, whatever jewel is calling your name – and let me know how you make out. Summer is almost over but that doesn’t mean the sparkle has to stop, right?

The Jewelry Insider

July 2, 2009


Can it be possible that it’s already time to July 4th our way through the weekend? Aside from strategic blanket placement at the fireworks display and avoiding drunk Uncle Joe at the family BBQ, the only thing you really have to worry about is adding a little red, white and blue to your wardrobe.

Luckily, the JI has your back.


Nothing says July more than the month’s birthstone – the rockin’ red ruby. And I say rockin’ because these days the stone is finding it’s way on more hip jewelry styles than your traditional cross necklace and simple pair of studs (the blood-thirsty Twilight vampires would surely agree).

Now, rubies are generally not thought of as an ‘affordable’ stone. They fall into the precious gemstone category along with sapphires and emeralds so are often found in higher price points than the frugalista budget allows.

But with your super secret code to the Friends and Family site, JewelClub, you have access to a whole host of ruby styles at 60% – 70% off the suggested retail price.

I just did a search through their stash, and there are plenty of cool styles that would go perfectly with your Americana garb this weekend – from bold cocktail rings to fun fashion pieces like this ruby purse pendant that is only $60 with their special July discount on selected ruby merchandise. And the original price? $279!!

So whether you’re in the market for the 4th or want to get a meaningful gift for the July birthday girl in your life, take a gander at the JewelClub treasure chest (www.jewelclub.com), enter the special code: INSIDER and walk away with savings you won’t get anywhere else.

Happy birthday to America, happy birthday to you.

The Jewelry Insider

June 9, 2009

With big, bold color emerging as the trend to watch from the mammoth jewelry show in Las Vegas last month, I did a little recession-friendly digging on my favorite Friends and Family site, JewelClub, to see what they had in the coffers. What I found was a treasure trove of ring bling that would make any cocktail queen swoon.


Here are a few pics of my favorite styles – all for less than a $100, no less. But you should do a search of only the ring category and scroll through the options to find the color combo that works best for your wardrobe.


For those who are new to JewelClub, follow these easy steps to get access to this Friends and Family site of a prominent jewelry manufacturer. The less-than-wholesale prices you get on sites like Overstock.com are ripe for the picking here too, folks.

1. Log on to www.jewelclub.com
2. Enter the code: INSIDER
3. Enter your email address

And you’re off and running. Did I mention they offer free shipping on their entire stash of fine jewelry styles – from engagement rings to diamond studs to gold hoops and more.

I’ll drink to that!

The Jewelry Insider

May 1, 2009


Let’s face it. No one really wants to skimp on mom, but these days spending serious cash on the occasion is a lot harder than, say, sending a nice card and calling it good.

But perhaps a better feeling than saving a few bucks is knowing that you’ll be shaming your siblings when you wow mom with a little bling this Mother’s Day.

Even if sis gets her that sweater set she’s been eyeing or your youngest sib gives her a framed picture of himself on the golf course (attention whore that he is), nothing beats a tiny little box with a bow, right?

Nothing – except knowing you’re, say, saving over 60% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. Or that you now have the secret code to get this kind of savings on jewelry anytime for anyone – especially yourself.

Now, we’re talking.

JewelClub is a top-notch Friends and Family jewelry site that I’ve befriended that has access to a jewelry manufacturer’s dreamscape of fine jewelry at prices you can’t get anywhere else. Here’s how it works:

1. Visit: www.jewelclub.com
2. Enter the code: INSIDER at the prompt
3. Enter your email:

And let the blingy blood bath begin.

And if you enter the code: MOM at check out, you can get an extra 15% off your total bill. And did I mention they have free shipping? Yeah, that too.

So if you want your loot in time for Mother’s Day, you have to order by May 3rd. Or you can opt for a faster shipping option for a few extra bucks.

It’s mom, people. She birthed you, put up with your awkward teen years and has an extra room in the house in case you lose your job.

Get on it.

The Jewelry Insider

March 4, 2009

Hello jewelry hounds!

Last week you read about the cool friends and family jewelry site I found, Jewel Club, that offers Jewelry Insider readers the whole gamut of fine jewelry categories at wholesale prices AND BELOW. Giggity!

Well, Jewel Club loves us so much that they offered us our very own access code instead of the one I posted last week.

Our special access code is : INSIDER

Easy enough? So feel free to use it the next time you log in to www.jewelclub.com, and you’ll be treated to a feast of glittering gems – just in time for spring.

AND – I was also given two other insider tips for even further discounts. Use this code at checkout to get an extra 20% off your purchase for the rest of the month:

JEWELRY

And if you are in the market for March’s birthstone, Aquamarine, they are giving us an extra 20% off for a limited time.

So, OK, brace yourselves. This stunner of an aquamarine ring with sapphire and diamond accents once retailed for $1149.00 The regular Jewel Club price is $305.38 but you can get it now for $244.31. Put in the JEWELRY 20% off code at checkout, and you get 20% off THAT – -which puts the price below $200!

I’m getting a jewelry high just crunching the numbers here.

And you don’t have to be a March birthday girl to glitter in the gem either. Drew rocked the light blue aquamarine look at the Golden Globes this year, and there’s no rule against you doing the same. Their price points range from under $100 on up…so there is an aquamarine available for almost every budget.

Honestly. I have never seen jewelry savings like this on such a cool site. I hope you all agree.

So our special Jewelry Insider access code is INSIDER and the place is Jewel Club. Get on after it!