Silver Lining For Jewelry Artists in Current Crisis?

Recent news about the jewelry industry has been grim. Rapaport News reported a 19% decrease in attendance at the prestigious American Gem Trade Association show in February. Tiffany announced it will close its sixteen Iridesse Pearl Stores, opened in 2004. And from the UK is the news that Diamonds and Pearls, a large retailer, is in “administration.”

What does all this mean for the jewelry industry? JCK, an industry publication, recently concluded a series of roundtables with leading manufacturers and retailers. Their conclusions: the industry will consolidate; the credit crunch will continue to be a problem keeping inventories on both the manufacturing and retail levels low; the high price of gold continues to be a problem for manufacturers and retailers; and, both industry sectors will have to find new methods of working together.

But despite low inventory levels and the credit squeeze, retailers will have to keep their shelves stocked. Nothing scares off a potential client quicker than empty showcases. So, it is highly likely that these retailers will be far more open to accepting goods on consignment than in the past.

This is an opportunity for jewelry artists, artists who create one-of-a-kind highly collectible jewelry and who may have previously confined their sales and marketing efforts to art and craft galleries. The opportunity is to educate the consumer about the wonderful work being created by studio artists, a term that originated after WWII and refers to an artist working alone in his studio.

Although many of these artists work in high karat gold and use gemstones, a number of them use lower cost materials. And it is likely that artists who use both expensive and less expensive materials in their work are highly interested in moving their jewelry in this economic climate. So, prices which would be high in good times are probably lower.

The opportunity for artists is to expose their work to a new audience, but one that is also interested in collectible jewelry. The opportunity for jewelers is to display new work. And, the opportunity for consumers is to acquire one-of-a-kind work from artists they may be previously unaware of.

Separate Your Bangles and Baubles With These Fantastic Jewelry Organizers

You may have one of the largest jewelry collections of all your friends, but if you cannot find the piece you want within 10 seconds, you will probably skip the accessories that day and just go with your usual baubles. You need to organize your bangles and baubles so you can quickly find the right piece in just the right color when you need it.

You will find that jewelry organizers can make the difference between an accomplished accessorizer and someone who grabs just any bracelet or earrings to finish your look. The organizer you need depends on the size of your collection.

Small

Get started organizing your collection of jewelry by category. Put your rings together, earrings in one spot and your necklaces in another organizer. The smaller the collection, the easier it is to pick the right piece of jewelry. A leather ring box can hold up to 100 rings in one place. Each ring is tucked safely in the rows and stays dust free. Measuring just 9 inches by 9 inches, you can put all of your rings together and tuck the leather box safely inside a dresser drawer. In the morning, when you’re getting dressed, pull out the box and select the ring that goes with your outfit.

Another small jewelry organizer is a jewelry hanger. You will find that something this compact can actually store a good number of pieces. For less than ten dollars, this hanger will hold up to 28 pairs of earrings and 24 necklaces of any length. It literally is a hanger and can be hung up in the closet or hung over a hook on the back of a door.

An ingenious jewelry holder is one designed to keep your rings or necklaces safe while you shower. If you are one of those people who only takes your jewelry off when you bathe, this is the organizer for you. The large hook actually suctions tightly to the wall of your shower or tub. It has a large hook, ensuring your ring will not slip off. If you prefer to anchor it somewhere else, you can attach it to the mirrors by the sink and still have a safe anchor for your precious things.

Medium

A lot of women have a jewelry box to store precious jewelry, but how many have a family photo jewelry box to do the same thing? This cherry-finished jewelry box has a place for a 5-inch-by-7-inch family photograph on the outside of the lid. Engraved beneath the photograph is “Love Family Memories.”

Open up the box and you will find a mirror on the inside, a space that can also be used for a second photograph. There is a lift-out tray that has eight divided spaces, a ring tray and a longer tray for necklaces. Underneath the tray is one large compartment to store bigger pieces. Lined with ivory-colored suede fabric, this box will hold a medium-sized collection.

Jewelry Stax might be another solution for those with medium-sized collections. You can collect as many Jewelry Stax – or trays – as you need, depending on how much jewelry you have. The trays can either be stacked on top of the dresser or stored safely in a drawer to save space. You select the number and styles of trays you need to handle your collection. They are made of styrene with blue velvet liners. The sizes vary from five compartments to 9, 18 and 36-compartment trays. There are also trays designed to hold rings and another for necklaces.

Large

Armoires are often the answer for those with a large jewelry collection. They hold the most jewelry and give you the opportunity to space it out so pieces do not become entangled.

An over-door mirror armoire is an interesting way to organize your jewelry. From the outside, it looks like a full-length, shatterproof mirror. But swing open the door, and you will find hooks for some 36 necklaces, slots for 48 earrings and trays to hold 96 rings. And that’s not all. There are another 12 compartments to hold those miscellaneous pieces like watches and bracelets. There is also a mirror on the inside, so you do not have to close the armoire to see how your jewelry looks on you. All of this is securely anchored over a bedroom or bathroom door. The wood frame measures 14 inches wide by 48 inches high by 4 inches deep.

If you are looking for something more permanent, consider a wall-mounted jewelry armoire. This beautiful resin-framed mirror hangs on any wall. It graces the room with a repetitive floral applique on the frame. Measuring a roomy 17 inches wide by 47 inches high and 5 inches deep, the armoire offers additional security with a lock and key. You can choose from oak or cherry finishes.

Without a doubt, a great jewelry organizer can make your life a lot simpler while keeping your jewelry rotation much more varied than usual. Find the perfect organizer for your collection now.

Jewelry Boxes in Endless Variety

Collecting jewelry boxes can be fun and interesting encompassing everything from famous people to different eras in our history. A collection can focus on ancient Egypt with beautiful wood boxes with mother of pearl inlaid in rectangular and octagon shapes or a hand painted cast metal box with scarabs and lotus.

Most are lined with velvet of a coordinating color. A fun collection would be one of Disney characters with the most popular ones being Tinker Bell and Cinderella. There are jewelry boxes shaped like the Cinderella castle that open with a drawbridge. Imagine a shelf of jewelry boxes with all the Disney princesses and a castle. That would be a beautiful and fun display in any room.

Like animals? A cute green turtle jewelry box or an elephant or a dolphin jewelry box all can begin a great collection of sea animals or African animals. Maybe you would like a collection with various animal patterns such as snakeskin and leopard spots? Do you have a friend that collects lighthouses? A jewelry box in the shape of a lighthouse or a fine wooden box with a beautiful painting of a lighthouse on the shore with waves lapping at the rocks can be a meaningful gift to a collector.

A collection of jewelry boxes does not have to be the large boxes we normally see on dressers that have hooks for necklaces and drawers for rings. There are trinket boxes that usually range in size from an egg to a coffee cup. These can be made of wood, metals, plastic and even box materials. The lids either left off or up or slide to one side and are often the most decorative part of the trinket box. These are a great collection starter for a child due to their size and cost.

Some people collect based on the material the jewelry box is made from or the decorations on the box whether it is carved wood or inlaid mother of pearl on the lid. Others collect based on the designer or manufacturer. A collection of any type can reflect your personality and provide you with pleasure and satisfaction.

Remember that little pink jewelry/music box with the ballerina that popped up and danced to a love song? I wonder how much mine would be worth in a collection or even more, what it would be worth to my granddaughter if she had it sitting on her dresser?