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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

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:


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!