5 Tips for Buying Pearl Earrings

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Whether you’re searching for an eye-popping accessory or just upgrading your jewelry collection at home, you’ll want to make sure that your pearl earrings are of the highest quality. Here are just five tips for selecting a pair that’s gorgeous and durable.

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1: Examine Its Surface

The best pearls are unblemished and smooth to the touch. Note that different pearls come in different shapes, so you shouldn’t judge, say, a Tahitian pearl for baroque-style asymmetry. Look instead for cracks, chips or scratches that visibly mar the pearl’s surface. For premium pearls, you can also insist on magnification to make sure there are no imperfections invisible to the eye, either.

2: Look for Quality Certification

AAA quality is one of the highest certifications in fine jewelry, though you can also go a few rungs lower for more affordable prices without sacrificing too much quality. Just don’t waste your time with anything below AA+ certification. Let AA+ be your cutoff when dealing with pearls.

3: Consider Color

Despite the popularity of the small white Akoya pearl, they actually come in a variety of colors. For example, the most famous type of South Sea pearl is the golden pearl, and Tahitian pearls can be everything from blue to black. Don’t limit your options based on what you think a pearl should look like. Explore all shades and shines for a pair of earrings that will make a statement everywhere you go.

4: Think About The Back

How do the earrings fasten at the back? Is there a hooking or latching mechanism? What kind of material is it made from, and what certification is it? Earring backs can differ wildly depending on the weight and style of the pearl, but if you like one kind above all others, you might be able to custom-order your chosen earrings with your favorite back.

5: Pick Your Extras

Unless they’re simple studs, many pearl earrings come with additional features like diamonds or semi-precious stones inlaid around the pearl. They might also be made out of 14-24K gold depending on the brand. When buying earrings with these extras, think about the cut, quality and longevity of both the gems and the pearls themselves.

These are just five tips for buying a great pair of pearl earrings. Visit sites like National Pearl (NationalPearl.com/Pearl-Earrings) for more options, including other branches of pearl jewelry that include necklaces, bracelets and pendants.

Considering Fragrance As A Gift?

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Perfumes and colognes are one of those simple pleasures of the world. They can be a great gift, as they are often the type of little luxuries that people will not buy for themselves. But it can be tough to decide what the best kind of fragrance to give to someone as a gift. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks you can use to help you to choose a perfume or cologne that will be a big hit.

silver presentsThe most important thing to take into consideration when buying a fragrance for a gift for someone is what kinds of smells they like. It doesn’t have to be a specific kind of perfume or cologne, so much as an idea as to what scents they like. Are they someone who enjoys the smells of sweets being baked in the oven? Do they enjoy the smell of fresh wildflowers? What about linens straight out of the dryer? With this information, you can be well on the way to finding a fragrance they will love.

When you visit your local fragrance store or shop online, most places will be able to point you to what kinds of perfumes and colognes fit that certain scent profile. Clean scents are often grouped together, as well as earthy scents (things that are more herbal or spicy) in their own area. You can often get the best deal on perfumes and colognes online, but you may want to take a trip to a local fragrance retailer to pick out exactly what you want, that way you can smell it.

Another important thing to keep in mind when choosing a scent is that these fragrances will react a little differently to each person’s body chemistry. This is why most fragrance retailers will spray the scent onto a piece of paper for you to smell, instead of onto your skin. This helps you to be able to smell several different scents in a single trip, all without affecting the natural state of the fragrance.

If all else fails and you aren’t sure what scent to buy, you may want to try and buy a sample pack. These sample packs come with several tiny bottles of popular scents. Your gift recipient can then choose what scent they like best and trade in a voucher within the sample pack to get a full sized bottle of the fragrance of their choice.

Good Luck!

3 Must Have Free Phone Apps for Comparison Shopping

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shoesOne huge benefit of online shopping is the simplicity of doing comparison shopping with just a few clicks of the mouse as opposed to driving from store to store in search of the best deal. Thanks to the surge of new technology, there are many free apps which allow online shopping devotees to take their bargain hunting to the next levels. Here’s what you need to know about three of the best:

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Love finding those hot deals but hate investing lots of time in searching for them? Download the free iSlick app from either the iTunes store or Google Play, and get ready to save time and money in scoring those frugal bargains.

Whether you are looking for the best buy on the newest fashions, a glamorous gift for that special someone, or just grabbing up some grocery specials, you’re bound to find a deal or two by searching the wide range of available categories on iSlick. It features a user friendly interface compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices, and an impressive 4.5 rating in the Google Play Store.

However, a word of warning – iSlick can be habit-forming, and you just might discover you are checking it constantly to score the next deal of the day. To save time and make sure you never miss that next big deal, use the notification feature to keep you in the savings loop.

ShopSavvy Barcode Scanner

Using a barcode scanner to save money on your online purchases might sound counterintuitive at first. The beauty of the ShopSavvy app is this: point the camera, listen for the beep, check the list of brick and mortar or online options, and make your pick. If the product you want can be purchased cheaper online, you can even complete your purchase with ShopSavvy’s wallet feature. Sweet and simple!

Download this free app with a 4.2 rating from the Google Play Store today to start saving money on books, movies, clothing and much, much more.  ShopSavvy is compatible with 2.1 and higher Android devices.

Smoopa Price Shopper

What’s not to like about a free comparison shopping app that saves money on your online purchases and then rewards you with gift cards for future purchases? Share your favorite deals with  Facebook friends or set up handy price notification alerts for future savings.

While Smoopa offers lots of attractive features such as these, there is one downside – the price comparisons are limited to games, electronics and movies (at the time of this review).  However, with a working database of about 12 million products from which to choose, that may or may not be a negative for most shoppers.

It’s currently available in the Google Play Store for 1.6 and higher Android devices, but the developer is also reportedly working on an iOS version. Smoopa’s Google Play Store rating is 4.2.

Harness the power of technology with one or all of these free price comparison apps and enjoy the thrill of shopping from your seat, not your feet while saving time and money.

Source: Gannes, Liz, “Start-Up Watch: Smoopa Android App Helps Electronics Shoppers Comparison Shop,” All Things D


Jason Benton is a personal shopping assistant who loves hunting down a good bargain. Jason enjoys sharing his tips on shopping websites. Visit Cheap Sally for saving on essential items.

Shopping Tips for The Culture Conscious

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The current fashion revolution going on all around us is a movement toward rapidly changing but subtle micro-trends. Instead of current fashion trickling down to the masses from the catwalks of Paris and Milan, or being beamed at us from TV screens, new styles are more often being informed by the purchasing power of people on the street. The change is due to a new kind of retailer who focuses on customer feedback, as well the speed of information thanks to the Internet.

To make a long story short, what that means for we the fashion-conscious is that we can participate in pop trends and experiment with micro-styles more easily than ever before. Like everything else in the 21st century, fashion style daily brings more choices. For those of us who love shopping, that could not be better news. In this post I want to break it down and suggest a few of my suggestions for ways to take advantage of new opportunities in style. [Read more…]