Beautiful Jewellery From The Eternity Rose

The Eternity Rose is a company specialising in precious-metal-coated or glazed natural roses. Their flagship product is a stunning 24kt gold dipped natural rose, but as well as these most romantic of gifts, Eternity Rose also create some exquisitely beautiful pieces of jewellery that make a perfect gift for a birthday, Christmas or as a wedding anniversary gift, particularly for a special year, like a silver anniversary. Their website has some great and long lasting gift ideas,which are well worth checking out if you are looking for a gift for a wife or girlfriend.

The Eternity Rose pendents are both beautiful and unusual. They use real miniature rose petals and are edged with 24kt gold which makes them very striking  and eye catching. The rose is adorned by two pretty leaves that have synthetic diamonds to add to the sparkle of the pendent. The pendent is on a matching 24 karat gold multi-link chain, and is presented in a lovely velvet pouch which can then also be used to store your necklace safely.

I absolutely love my Eternity Rose pendent. The actual rose is exquisite, beautifully detailed and quite substantial in its weight, which makes it sit nicely. The chain is good quality, similar to a rope chain, but more delicate, which definitely suits the delicacy of the rose. You could easily use the pendent on a longer chain if you wanted to change the look of the necklace, this would still work and look great, particularly if you wanted to wear this with jeans and a t-shirt for a daytime look. The necklace costs £51, which is, quite frankly, a steal for something that is so unique and unusual.

Eternity Rose jewellery gives you a little bit of quality to add to your jewellery box. Each necklace comes with a lifetime guarantee and an authenticity certificate. When you add in the detail that each pendent is a unique gift that it takes around three months to produce, you have something that is truly special.

Don’t Be Fooled By Fake Sterling Silver Jewellery

Why Is There So Much Fake Sterling Silver Jewellery Around?

As the price of silver as an investment rises, so the price of silver jewellery goes up. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver, and so is a costly metal. For this reason, there is a lot of fake silver on the market and a lot of silver-like alloys being passed off as sterling silver.

Not All That Sparkles Is Silver

S925 Silver is Sterling Silver, it is 92.5% pure silver alloyed with another metal, usually copper. This is the silver from which prized jewellery is fashioned. There are other alloys claiming to be silver, but they aren’t 92.5% the real thing. Watch out for EPNS, it is a nickel alloy which contains no silver unless it is silver-plated. Beware also of Alpaca silver, German silver, and Tibetan silver. These are all alloys containing considerably less silver than bona fide sterling silver. Finally, be cautious when offered 925 FAS silver, there is confusion about this acronym and some jewellery of doubtful provenance is stamped with it. An online jeweller like Silver by Mail in the UK will not trade in such alloys.

Ways To Spot Fake Sterling Silver

Here are some ways to stop yourself being fooled by fake sterling silver jewellery.

Exercise caution. Consider the price of what you are being offered. If it seems the deal is just too good to be true, then it probably isn’t true. When you purchase silver as jewellery, it is more costly than its price by weight because value is added when it is made into jewellery. Cheap jewellery is highly unlikely to be Sterling Silver.
Take a soft cotton cloth and rub the jewellery. Sterling Silver should leave a black smudge on the cloth. If the cloth is left clean, then the jewellery certainly isn’t silver. This property of silver was used in the medieval period when plans for cathedrals were drawn on sheets of linen with silver, not lead, pencils.
Check for stamps and hallmarks. All Sterling Silver is stamped or hallmarked. If there are no stamps, it isn’t silver. Also look carefully at any stamps which are on it. These should be firmly stamped into the jewellery and easy to inspect. Faint stamps, stamps obscured by plating, and stamps simply reading ‘silver’ are dubious, and jewellery carrying them cannot be trusted.
With larger pieces of jewellery, rub the surface of the jewellery with your thumb, then smell the silver. Sterling Silver is virtually odourless. If the jewellery emits a dirty metallic smell, it is not authentic sterling silver jewellery.
Sterling silver is non-ferrous, and so, will not be attracted to a magnet. Pass a small magnet by the jewellery, if there is even the slightest magnetic reaction, you can be assured the jewellery is fake.
Finally, there are acid tests which can be performed to check whether jewellery is silver or not. These can be dangerous and are probably best left to professionals in laboratories. However, if you are feeling brave, a small amount of nitric acid can be placed on the jewellery. If the surface turns green, then the jewellery is not Sterling Silver. If it goes cloudy grey, then it is real.

So you can use your common sense, eyes, nose, handkerchief, magnet or nitric acid (as a last resort) to avoid buying fake Sterling Silver.

5 Budget tips to choosing the best type of wedding ring for your future husband

Rings are the symbol of you and your future spouse’s love for each other. And if you’ve made it your mission to choose the perfect wedding ring for your husband, you know that there are many factors to consider when you begin shopping for the perfect ring for him.

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One of those, of course, is the budget. If you are the only one paying for his ring, there are ways that you can save money but still be able to buy one that would be perfect for him. Check out some of the tips that you can follow below.

  1. Canvass for the ring early – you can even start looking for a ring as soon as you get engaged. While you should not buy one immediately, by looking at your options for style and design, you are giving yourself enough time to actually set aside a budget for the ring that you have set your heart on. There is no standard on how much money you would need pay for the ring, but if you’ve seen one that you know is perfect for your husband but way out of your budget, for now, you will still have time to save.
  2. Set a budget for the big wedding suppliers first – weddings cost money, a lot of money. To see just how much budget you have for the ring, the best thing to do is set a budget for the other wedding suppliers that you know will be expensive. It may be the catering, the flowers or even the venue. What’s important is that you already have an idea of the total wedding costs and then you can see how much money you can spend on the rings.
  3. Stick to your budget – there may be times when you might be tempted to spend beyond what you have set aside for the rings, but don’t do that. Remember that the wedding will not only be centered on the rings, and if you go over the budget, then suddenly find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to pay more to other suppliers, you will regret spending that extra money on the rings.
  4. Get a ring that matches his personality – the perfect ring for your future husband is not the most expensive one, but the one that fits his personality the most. If your husband does not like ostentatious things, go for a simple design. Choose his favorite stone or his favorite color, just make sure that the ring is something that he would still want to wear every day.
  5. Go for a more simple design of your own wedding ring – since wedding rings are for couples, it would be a good idea that men’s wedding rings should match the women’s. TO make it easier for you, you can just choose a design taken from your own wedding band, but done in a simpler manner. Maybe you could put fewer stones or none at all if your husband is not a fan. Just make it unique by adding a personal touch such as a personal engraved message for your future husband.