The Price of Jewelry and the Presidential Election

Rainbow Drusy PendantWow–Just–  Wait, What?  Jewelry? The Election?

You are likely wondering what  the price of jewelry has to do with the Presidential Election.  We had an historic election just happen, and the winner ended up being a surprise to many of us, including Wall Street.  The uncertainty of this candidate winning has caused a world-wide reaction that was swift and a little chaotic.  

As we watch the stock markets fall around the world this morning, we are already finding that investors will put their money into “safer” areas–and metals are one of those areas.  So if you think about it, these metals are the very ones we use in our jewelry. When the market tumbles, investors often purchase gold, silver and platinum, and metal prices shoot up.  This DIRECTLY influences the price of  Jewelry, and quickly!

A few years back, I remember when silver went up to nearly $50.00 an ounce and gold at $1900 an ounce, and  jewelers abandoned these precious metals for cheaper metals such as copper and brass (me included).  Jewelry became way more expensive, and people were selling their old gold and silver for cash.  Jewelers were feeling the pinch from both sides, purchasing more expensive supplies, and having to try to sell more pricey jewelry during a recession.

While today’s silver price is still fairly low, (approximately $19), it has shot up by 45 cents within the first hour after the stock market opened today, this first day after the election upset.  Will this uncertainty carry on for awhile?  Will we continue to see these stocks free-fall?

I am hoping this is a short term increase, and that metal prices will remain somewhat stable.  As an Art Jeweler, silver directly effects me in the pocket-book with up-front costs, and with having to increase the price to cover these costs, sometimes means fewer pieces get sold.

Let’s try not to buy into the uncertainty and chaos.  Let’s all settle down, keep our hearts and minds open, and live life, no matter who you voted for.  It’s all we can do for our own economy, and most of all–our own well-being….Petersite Pendant Jewelry

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Lynne Patnode is a jewelry artist whose mission is to create beautiful jewelry from Nature’s Beauty.  To see what is available for sale, please visit her Etsy Shop

Follow Up to This Post about Metal Prices…

Stock silver pricesIt is later in the day, and the Stock Market has already stabilized–so the price of silver and gold is still pretty good—phew!  For now, anyway.  But I still think the jewelry economics lesson was worthwhile–helps all of understand the volatility of the metals market and it’s direct effect on you.

 

How to Shop for Art Jewelry Gifts in this Holiday Season

Small Turquoise Cuff BraceletIf you are like me, you find that shopping for close family and friends can be a bit daunting, especially if that person wants and loves art jewelry.

 

So how do you go about finding that perfect one of a kind jewelry gift for that person?  Where do you even begin?

 

When you think about it, jewelry is a very personal thing.  When you are giving jewelry as a gift, it is usually because you really know a lot about that person.  For example, you probably know their favorite colors, whether they are casual or formal, and how they live.  Do they like to go out to events, or are they more the “stay at home” type?  Where do they work?  Is it an office job? Is it outdoor work?  Or do they work with children?  What about lifestyle?  And of course, most importantly, personality?blue abalone pendant jewelry

The more you know someone, the better the chance that you will find just the right piece.   So what are some ways you can be sure to pick the right piece of jewelry for a gift?  Here is a checklist that should help you out.

 

  • The best research you can do is to notice what jewelry a person already wears.  If your friend or loved one wears silver all the time, buying a gold piece might be risky–he/she might not like the warm color of the gold metal and it will end up in the jewelry box.

 

  • jewelry-nautilus-pendantLook at their style of dress.  A very casual person would probably not wear a high fashion gemstone piece with his/her wardrobe and might only have rare occasions to wear this fine piece (wedding or formal event).  While everyone needs a piece like this, the jewelry will not get much wear time.  On the other hand, a casual piece of jewelry won’t get much wear if the person works and lives in a formal environment.

 

  • Take note of their day-to-day activities.  A teacher of young children or infants may not find it wise to wear long earrings or necklaces, as they can easily be broken or actually cause harm.  Did you ever have an earring ripped out of your ear by a baby????   OUCH!!]

 

  • Do they like big showey jewelry, or small understated pieces?  I myself love to have my jewelry noticed, but I have good friends that like their jewelry to be an accessory that lightly accents their wardrobes.  You might also observe whether the person wears jewelry with textures or smooth metal.

 

  • And finally, does the individual like a particular theme, or item?  I think of charms that can be added to a necklace or bracelet, or perhaps a particular stone that is a favorite.  If you are buying a ring–make sure you know the ring size!

 

Often times, it is your gut that will let you know if you found the right piece.  Most importantly don’t fall into the trap of buying jewelry YOU would want—remember that the recipient IS NOT YOU!!!

Observing all of these things will go a long way in helping you to get started on selecting that wonderful piece of art jewelry.  Google can be your best friend, and the more specifically you define the search, the closer you will get to selecting that perfect piece.  Pink rhodochrosite pendant jewelry

 

 

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Floral Plumb Agate–What an Amazing Stone for Jewelry!

Check out this slice of a floral plumb agate–it is a sun and clouds scene with a landscape.  I have never seen anything like it!  It is a rare and exotic stone from Turkey.  The artist who cut it saw this scene and took great advantage of this natural beauty. I just HAD to have it! Floral Plumb Agate All I had to do to make a piece of jewelry from it was to dress it up in a sterling silver frame and add a chain.  I am in love with this beauty!

Carnelian, An Amazing Stone for Autumn Jewelry

I love carnelian!  I love the brilliant orange shades, the shiny crystal, and the pure color.  They make a piece of jewelry “pop”!

 
Carnelian RingCarnelian Stones are not only a beautiful bright orange form of Chalcedony, they are known for their healing properties!  Carnelian is known to stimulate creativity, and to help with personal success. Carnelian helps with negativity, and assists with concentration.  It is also believed to  help rid yourself of angry emotion.  Wearing Carnelian might even help with relief of joint pain and stiffness!

Carnelian Half Moon Earrings Jewelry

While I cannot substantiate any of these claims,  isn’t it just fun to think that there are healing properties of crystals and stones?  And if we DO get health benefits–then that is icing on the cake!

 

 

Maple Leaf Chalcedony Pendant in Sterling Silver

If you would like to know more about this amazing stone check out this information from Charms of Light

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Please let me know what you think of Carnelian!  I would love to know!