Jewelry for Manly Men: A Guide to Wise Selections

Choosing jewelry for a manly man is a dangerous game. You have to know the man, or you risk choosing jewelry he will immediately take to the pawn shop for beer money.

Wedding Ring: Too Much, Too Little, or Just Right

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Even manly men who don’t like jewelry start wearing rings when they get married. Picking out a wedding ring for a man, however, is just as complicated as picking one out for a woman.

Some men prefer a classic, thick gold band. It doesn’t say anything except “I’m married.” Others like rings that have something special about them. They might want a small diamond embedded in the band, or they might want a smaller band with an etched design. If you’ve never seen your man wear a ring before, you have no idea what he prefers. You’ll just have to ask.

Gold Chains: Easier Than You Might Think

Gold Chains

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With all the different types of gold chains made for men, you’d think picking one is difficult. But this is about as easy as it gets. Just ask yourself these questions:

  • Does he frequently leave the top three buttons on his shirt open? If so, he wants a long, thick chain. Preferably one that sparkles enough that people can see it through his chest hair.
  • Does he wear a turtle neck? If so, he wants a medium-length chain… Preferably braided or with a small pendant dangling from the bottom.
  • Does he often wear a suit where the pants, jacket, shirt, and tie are all the same color? If so, then he wants a two-tone necklace made of yellow and white gold.
  • Does he have any allergies or other medical concerns? If yes, then he wants a dog tag pendant with medical instructions engraved on it. Well, he might not want it, but that’s what he needs.

Pinky Rings: Joe Pesci Wore One

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A pinky ring says something different than a wedding ring. Instead of “hey, I’m married over here,” it says “hey, I got some style over here.” It’s for men who enjoy nice suits and getting their hair cut every ten days on the day.

How do you know if your manly man will like a pinky ring? That’s easy. If he’s a Joe Pesci fan, he either secretly wants one or he tells you, daily, how awesome he would look with some bling on his smallest finger. If you’ve ever heard him say “forgetaboutit,” even as a joke, then he wants something with a little flash.

Bracelets: Go Simple or Go Away

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Even manly men who like a little flash in their wardrobe are suspicious of bracelets. He sees one and thinks “that’s a watch that doesn’t know how to tell time.”

Still, some of the manliest men like to show off with gold bracelets. As a general rule, you should find a simple design with some weight to it. If you go to thin, he’ll think it looks feminine.

Sometimes you have to get creative when buying jewelry for manly men. What strategies have you used? Have you ever misread him and bought something that he really didn’t like?


4 Infamous Ladies of Hollywood Who Invested in Gold

You don’t have to have to purchase gold bricks to make a sound investment. Even buying a gold bracelet makes you an investor. These ladies of Hollywood knew a thing or two about looking good and putting their money in a metal that would increase in value.

Elizabeth Taylor: Smart and Beautiful

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Elizabeth Taylor earned her infamous reputation by becoming one of the sexiest women in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Of course, getting married eight times only solidified that image. Taylor might have had her personal quirks, but she knew where to put her money: she had an obsession with jewelry.

Shortly after her death, Christie’s auctioned off her collection for $115.9 million, setting a new world record. Why did the collection make so much money? Partially because the pieces belonged to Taylor, but also because she had some of the world’s most beautiful items. Some of the collections highlights included:

  • A tiara made of gold and diamonds ($4.22 million)
  • A Cartier gold chain and ruby necklace ($8.81 million)
  • A Van Cleef and Arpels ring ($4.22 million)

Angelina Jolie: Making it for the Kids

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Angelina Jolie can seemingly transform herself into any kind of woman, whether that means becoming a drug-crazed model or a treasure-hunting badass. Jolie’s talents go beyond her acting abilities, though. She also has her own line of jewelry.

Angelina joined forces with renowned jewelry designer Robert Procop to make a collection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Jolie set up the jewelry line to support her charity, Education Partnership for Child of Conflict. Sometimes investing in gold jewelry is about helping others.

Jennifer Lopez: Super-Bling Fashion Statement

Jennifer Lopez Bling

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J. Lo likes to claim that she’s still Jenny from the block. She just doesn’t mention that her block is now in the Hollywood Hills. How else could she manage to wear $5 million of jewelry to the 2013 Grammy Awards.

That doesn’t mean she has a collection worth $5 million. That means she wore that much jewelry on one evening! The ensemble included five rings and a bracelet with 33-carat diamonds. She even had gold-flecked fingernails. If she wore that much bling on her original block, she would have gotten mugged.

Julianne Hough: Jewelry’s Biggest Loser

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No one knows how much jewelry Julianne Hough has in her collection, but the “Safe Haven” actress apparently has enough that she can afford to lose $100,000 worth from her car.

House, who is also a singer and two-time winner on “Dancing With the Stars,” received the jewelry as a gift from her boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest. When she parked her Mercedes in Hollywood to visit a friend, someone must have noticed that she left her high-priced jewelry in the car. When Hough returned, she found the doors open and her jewelry missing.

Collecting gold jewelry is a smart investment strategy. Leaving it in your (unlocked?) car doesn’t really show off your intelligence, though.

Do you know of other actresses who have spent a lot of money on gold jewelry? Do you think they do it strictly for the looks, or do they have value in mind, too?

Trendy Rose Gold or Classic Yellow? How to Choose a Color for a Partner

Choosing jewelry for someone other than yourself can be a tricky thing. Not only do you need to make sure you get a style they will like, you need to make sure you get it in a metal they will love. Different people have different gold preferences, and with so many gold options today, it can get a little overwhelming.

Yellow Gold is Classic

Yellow Gold Jewelry

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Is your loved one a fan of antique styles and ancient history? If so, they will probably love classic yellow gold jewelry. There are many people who love the simple look of yellow gold, and there are a variety of jewelry styles that lend themselves to the metal.

  • Men generally prefer yellow gold necklaces over other gold colors.
  • Yellow gold is still the best option for a man’s wedding band.
  • A simple chain for a woman in yellow gold is a great gift option.
  • Women who prefer classic styles will prefer yellow gold jewelry.

Rose Gold is Modern

Modern Rose Gold

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Today’s modern metal is rose gold. This pink colored gold is much more subtle than yellow gold. It looks great with a variety of clothing colors and styles, and comes in many different shades. Rose gold jewelry has come to be seen not only as a fashion trend, but also as a symbol of love.

  • You may see a young man wearing a rose gold watch, however, this is seen as a more feminine metal.
  • Young, hip brides choose rose gold over any other styles for their wedding bands.
  • Rose gold pairs well with any number of outfits, so is great for those who don’t want to wear a lot of jewelry at once.
  • Though there are a significant number of highly formal rose gold pieces, it is also seen as a casual metal, and can be worn almost anywhere.

White Gold is Classy

Classy White Gold

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Where yellow gold is classic, white gold is classy. The difference is subtle, but intense. Many who wear white gold feel that yellow gold is an antiquated style and that it is garish. Those who want to stay up to the moment in the fashion world stick with white gold.

  • White gold is the wedding band material of choice for brides in their 30’s and older.
  • When selecting jewelry for a woman who is always one step ahead of fashion, select white gold.
  • Men in the business world frequently select white gold due to its reputation.

Combine the Three

Colored Gold

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If you really want to get modern and fun, you can always combine the three most common gold styles—yellow, rose, and white. In fact, there are many jewelry pieces that combine them in beautiful ways to enhance the styling of each. This is a great way to go if you simply can’t decide what to get for your loved one.

Remember, the preferences above are generalizations. When getting jewelry for someone else, it is important to know what they like. You can ask them or someone else that may know, or you can make a note of the jewelry they already wear.

What to Know Before Buying Colored Gold

Most people know there are at least a few different colors of gold. However, did you know that gold actually comes in at least 12 different shades? If you are going to purchase gold, especially if you want to then resell it for a profit, there are a few things you need to know about purchasing colored gold.

Yellow Gold

Yellow Gold

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Yellow gold comes in a variety of karats. The higher the karat rating on a piece, the more pure the alloy is. 24 karat gold is the purest that is available for jewelry and commercial use. It is also the most expensive. Yellow gold comes in other karats, such as 22 karat, 18 karat, 14 karat, and 10 karat. The karat rating is equivalent to how many parts of gold are in the alloy, up to 24.

Yellow gold has been the most common through history. When considering gold, most think of this traditional color. Because of that, it has a much stronger connotation as something of value for most. This color of gold is frequently mixed with silver, copper, and zinc to make the color right and the alloy stick. Finding jewelry, coins, and other pieces in yellow gold is much easier than some of the other colors.

Rose Gold

Rose Gold

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Over the last few decades, rose gold has gained significant popularity. Today, it is used for many jewelry pieces, including wedding and engagement rings, as well as pendants. Rose gold is usually created as an 18 karat gold. The gold is mixed with copper and silver to achieve the pink color that is now highly prized.

Rose gold is used in many things other than jewelry as well. For example, many high-end flutes are either made of, or plated with, rose gold. This can be a great investment for those looking to purchase gold to then refine. A rose gold flute attained at a good price can yield a large profit.

White Gold

White Gold

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There are different levels of quality when it comes to white gold. Some white gold is created by mixing the gold with 25 percent palladium or platinum. This is generally the more expensive white gold. However, it can also be created with a mixture of palladium, zinc, and nickel. Many people who like the look of silver, but the prestige of gold will purchase white gold jewelry. However, they probably don’t know what elements it is mixed with.

When sending white gold to be refined, you may get more than you are bargaining for. It will depend on which alloy the metal was created with, however.

Purple Gold

Purple Gold

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How often have you seen a piece of purple gold jewelry? Most likely, the answer is never. This alloy has proven to be difficult for many jewelry makers to perfect. The color is frequently splotchy, and many have found it to be extremely porous. Because of this, purple gold is difficult to come by, and may be very expensive to pick up. Purple gold is composed of 80 percent gold and 20 percent aluminum.

Gold jewelry is an important part of our culture. Because of this, there is a lot of it going around. All gold is worth refining, all you have to do is find it.

Making a Profit from Buying Gold Jewelry

Gold is a symbol of wealth throughout the world, but many people don’t realize how easy it is to make big profits by simply buying and selling gold jewelry. The process is easier than most people believe.

Buying Gold to Resell

Buying Gold

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When you think about buying gold, expensive jewelry stores and gold dealers are probably the first sources that come to mind. When you buy gold at these places, there’s no way to make a profit by reselling it. Even dealers that offer gold pieces at wholesale cost charge too much for the average person to make money. The trick is to buy used gold or even scrap pieces from people who need the cash more than the items they’re selling.

There are several places to look. Some of the best sources include:

  • Estate sales
  • Garage sales
  • Craigslist
  • Private auctions

Jewelry and gold sold through these places is typically well below market value, so you can make a pretty profit when it’s done correctly.

How to Resell Gold

Resell Gold

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Buying gold at a low price is the first step to making a profit from this lucrative business. Many people consider that the easy part. Reselling gold jewelry isn’t difficult either when you know what you’re doing. There are lots of places that buy gold and accept scrap metals, ranging from pawn shops to internet businesses, but these are not the locations to sell to if you want the greatest returns. In fact, most of these buyers are simply middlemen making their own profit on your jewelry. Metal refineries are the key to making a real income from buying gold.

What Is a Gold Refinery?

Gold Refinery

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Refineries work with a variety of metals, including gold, silver, palladium, and alloy mixtures. The purpose of a refinery is to transform scrap metal, impure bars of metal, and other useless objects into pure bars for reuse. These establishments pay for the metals needed to complete the process based on the current market value and weight of the metals involved. The amount of profit made depends primarily on the weight and purity of the metal you sell.

How Gold Refining Works

Refining Gold

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The refining process removes impurities from metal to increase its value. To do this, refineries melt scrap gold and unwanted jewelry pieces in a large furnace. The refinery adds borax and soda ash to the hot mixture. This combination causes the pure gold to separate from less valuable types of metal, typically resulting in gold that is 99.9% pure. Silver, copper, and any other valuable metal derived from the refining process will add to your profits.

Determining Profits from Gold

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Each refinery has their own payment system, but the basic process is generally the same. In most cases, the current market value of each metal, along with the weight and purity after refining, determines the amount. Of course, the refinery is also in business to make a profit so a percentage is typically deducted to cover the refining process. Purer gold tends to bring the best profits, as well as metals like platinum and palladium.

Making a profit from buying gold jewelry is much easier and lucrative than many people imagine, especially when you know a little more about the process.