Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Gold Pig

2007 is the year of the Golden Pig. The Gold Pig Year only occurs every 600 years.

The Gold Pig represents an extremely auspicious year for wealth and prosperity.

Children born in the year of the Golden Pig are said to bring their family's good luck and will lead a life of wealth and prosperity. There has been a significant increase in pregnancy's throughout Asia, particularly in China and Korea, as people hope to have a baby born in the year of the Golden Pig.

2007 is a fire pig on the 12 year cycle but also includes the longer cycle of golden pig. The pig is a water sign. Fire and water are a great combination for metals.

Both fire and water have been used in history to shape and manipulate the gold metal. So in itself the fire pig is a very lucky year for metals. The added dimension of the Golden Pig, makes 2007 an extremely lucky year for gold and prosperity.

The pictured Golden Pig pendant is available from the Perth Mint, Australia. The Golden Pig pendant is made of a 99.99% Pure Gold Coin, which is Australian Legal Tender, surrounded by an 18-Carat Gold Frame. The Golden Pig pendant is available in 1/20th ounce and 1/10 ounce coin sizes.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Gold Bangles

Ippolita Gold Bangles
Gold Bangles are the latest in gold jewelry fashion. Celebrities from Kate Hudson, Hale Berry, Reese Wotherspoon, Debra Messing to Angelina Jolie are donning gold bangles as an expression of chic.

Gold Bangles are contemporary with new workings of hammered, textured Gold Bangles. Gold Bangles with gems such as diamonds, amethysts, sapphires, topaz are a new take on the classic gold bangle. Pearls have also been added to gold bangles.

Gold bangles differ from gold bracelets in that they are a solid ring of gold whereas a gold bracelet is often made up of gold chains.

Jewelry designers such as Ippolita and Di Modolo have revamped and refashioned the gold bangle with stackable gold bangles.

The way to wear gold bangles is lots of them. Stacking gold bangles lets the bangles mix together in an explosion of colors and textures. Lots of Gold Bangles look like streams of gold. Gold Bangles add movement and life to gold as they move along the wrist and arm. Their movement catches the light to glow like sunshine.

Stackable Gold Bangles are very versatile, looking great in a casual look and equally glamorous for special occasions.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Gold Jewelry Investment

Investing in Gold Jewelry can be a great way to increase your assets.

Often gold jewelry is considered only in terms of its aesthetic value and the joy that it brings the wearer. Often overlooked is the great benefit of owning gold jewelry as a storage of wealth.

What are the benefits of gold jewelry as an investment?

1. Gold jewelry has a higher retail price above the spot gold price than gold bullion.

2. Gold jewelry is easily transported. You can wear your wealth between countries when traveling.

3. You know exactly where your gold is if you are wearing it.

4. Gold jewelry is a beautiful smart gift between family members to give pleasure and show you care while still building your gold assets for the future.

What is a good gold jewelry investment?

When investing in gold jewelry pieces, keep in mind that the larger the karat the more gold is actually in the gold jewelry. For investment purposes 18 Karat (75% gold) to 24 Karat(99.99%) gold is preferred. 12 to 14 Karat gold is also considered an investment for everyday gold jewelry and rings with still 50% (12 karat gold) and 58.3% (14 karat) gold.

Depending on the type of gold jewelry, a balance needs to be made between high gold karatage and durability. For example a gold ring that is to be worn regularly is easily worn thin if made of 24 karat gold. A necklace can be 24 karat gold because it is more protected from wear and contact with hard surfaces than a gold ring or a gold bracelet or anklet.

A Gold Brooch is a great investment piece of gold jewelry that can safely be 24 karat gold.

How do I buy gold jewelry?

There are many ways to buy gold jewelry as an investment. They include:

Buy existing gold jewelry

You can buy new or old gold jewelry. New gold jewelry can be bought from gold jewelers. It can be mass produced, limited edition or a one off gold jewelry piece. The reputation of a gold jeweler can influence the price greatly. For example a Cartier or Tiffany gold jewelry piece carries the reputation of these brands with it and is widely accepted as a high quality gold jewelry piece. Some countries also have a good reputation for gold jewelry - Italian gold jewelry and Dutch gold jewelry are two examples.

Old gold jewelry can have a value above the gold content as an antique or collectors item. Heirlooms with a history can be a great gold jewelry asset.

When buying gold jewelry look for the markage that tells you the karat and often the design house and country.

Make Gold Jewelry

If you are wanting to convert gold bullion into gold jewelry you can negotiate with a reputable jeweler to do this for you. The great benefit of this is that you can have direct input into the design. It is very important to deal with a known gold jeweler and check their reputation. It is a good idea to have a contract with them and to get your gold jewelry tested and valued after to ensure the karatage is what it says.

There are many countries that make gold jewelry for a very low price and that have a long history of gold jewelry design. They include Thailand and India as well as many Middle Eastern Countries. Having gold jewelry made for you when traveling can be rewarding but can have a element of risk in the transaction and is definitely for the brave at heart.

Gold Jewelry Investment

Enjoy your gold jewelry pieces knowing that you are securing your financial future against inflation with gold.