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When looking to sell their jewelry, most people often include an appraisal. A jewelry appraisal refers to a process in which an experienced professional examines and determines the market value of a jewelry piece.
There are several types of appraisals that suit different purposes. For instance, there are some for taxes, reselling, and others for insurance purposes. The things to look for in a jewelry appraisal include a detailed explanation of the grading process, an appraisal process that perfectly matches your main goal, as well as a definitive statement of value.
An appraisal fee typically covers the total cost of having a professional appraiser assess your home or jewelry and estimate its market value. Prices usually vary depending on the specific property or item.
How to Determine the Value of Your Jewelry
There are a number of ways through which you can learn the overall value of your jewelry. And the most obvious option is your local jeweler. They’re likely to be certified and possess the right qualification to appraise your jewelry. Ensure that they strictly conduct a resale appraisal, not any other type of appraisal. Remember, a jewelry appraisal isn’t always similar to that associated with tax and insurance.
To get an estimate of your jewelry’s value, start by getting a grading report from a reputable gemological lab like AGS, IGI, or GSI. The jeweler will study the details of the report and perform a comprehensive evaluation from there. In case your jewelry doesn’t incorporate any precious gemstones and features precious metal like platinum and gold, it’s always possible to have it weighted. Get Nelson Coleman appraisal cost today.
Jewelry that includes gemstones often tends to attract a higher offer the others. Diamonds are typical of the greatest value depending on the quality levels determined by the 4C’s. In addition, other precious gemstones such as emeralds, sapphires, and rubies are also highly valuable and are commonly measured on the same scale as diamonds, but with other characteristics taken into consideration.
Gems usually vary in terms of quality and value depending on the cut shape, color saturation, as well as depth. Colored gems such as diamonds are widely faked. So. It’s important to exercise caution when making your next purchase. You should only go for a trusted and reputable seller who has the required expertise and certification.
Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Jewelry Safe
Whether it’s gold, gemstones, or silver, your jewelry always needs to be kept clean and safe. They’re worth lots of money and need to be taken good care of- you can’t just throw them anywhere. The following tips will help you:
Store Diamonds Separately
Diamonds maybe your best friend, but it’s extremely important to store each piece separately. Since they’re hard substances, clumping them together with other precious gemstones like rubies, sapphires, silver, platinum, emeralds, and gold can end up ruining your other beautiful pieces. To prevent this, you may want to consider keeping all your diamonds in discrete soft cloth pouches. Storing in a cool and dry place. Ensure it’s away from the effects of direct sunlight.
Don’t Expose to Heat
All jewelry pieces are prone to humidity as well as high temperatures. So, if you’re in a sunny area, you may need to undertake extra measures to ensure that your jewelry isn’t exposed to direct sunlight. Don’t keep any jewelry pieces that absorb light under direct sunlight as this could end up starting a fire in your bedroom. Also, store sterling silver pieces with chalk.
Doing this will help keep the silver jewelry clean and dry. Plus, chalk has also been found to naturally absorb moisture as well as chemical residue. Therefore, try placing some pieces of chalk inside your jewelry box. If dusting gets on your classic jewelry- don’t freak, just dust it off slightly using a soft, tarnish-proof cloth.
Avoid Layering the Big Bangles
If you’re used to wearing gold or silver-plated jewelry, you’ll understand why it’s important to avoid layering those chic bangles. This is because the plating can easily get corroded due to wear and tear. But you can always layer lighter plus more delicate pieces to prevent abrasion.
Don’t Wear Jewelry When Swimming
You may be tempted to wear those beautiful bangles with your bikini, but humidity, salt water, and chlorine are the greatest enemies of your priceless silvers and golds. And that justifies the reason why you shouldn’t wear jewelry while swimming. Unfortunately, sweat can also ruin your gorgeous pieces.
Utilize Appropriate Storage Bags
Hate the way individual ziplock bags muddle your storage space? Well, consider keeping your jewelry in cushioned storage bags that feature specific sections for bracelets, rings, watches, and necklaces. This is particularly important for those who possess sterling silver jewelry since silver is a highly volatile material that’s commonly utilized in jewelry-making. After using your jewelry items, ensure that you keep them in a safe place. Otherwise, they may end up breaking, scratching, even getting damaged completely.
Avoid Contact between Silver And Rubber
Remember, silver shouldn’t touch any rubber items like rubber bands because the sulfur found in rubber will make the silver to tarnish. Utilize ziplock bags for storing your jewelry. They’re stylish, affordable, and highly effective. Plus, they can be used for storing gold, and gold/silver-plated jewelry, in addition to other precious stones as long as they aren’t exposed to air.
Keeping your jewelry in separate bags won’t just protect them from harsh environmental conditions, but can also prevent them from getting tangled or rubbing against each other. However, you need to make sure that the bags don’t contain abrasive materials such as Polythene and Mylar.
If you’re planning to sell your jewelry or simply evaluate its worth, you may want to consider hiring a professional appraiser to do it for you. Ensure that he or she is competent, experienced, and offers exactly what you need. Plus, you should check their costs to avoid breaking your bank unnecessarily. With the ultimate jewelry appraisal, buyers will be able to make better purchase decisions.
The Centre will launch a pilot project on the use of indigenously manufactured drones for delivering medicines in the undulating landscape of Jammu and surrounding areas from Saturday with a focus on vaccines delivery initially. "This is going to be a pilot project for the area. The drone is developed and manufactured entirely by our scientists," Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh told mediapersons. Singh said he himself will be launching the project at Jammu.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), a constituent of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an autonomous Society that is headed by the Prime Minister. For now, the delivery would be limited to Covid vaccines and once successful, it would be expanded to be used for regular delivery of medicines in the remote, hilly areas.
The drone is developed by the scientists at Bengaluru's National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). | Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
Jammu and surrounding areas are sensitive in terms of the strategic importance. Some months ago, there was an attack on an Army installation using drones. Will the 'drones for vaccines' be permitted in such a case? Allaying fears, a top official from the Ministry of S&T said, "The drones would be deployed by authorised agencies such as hospitals, not anybody can use it, nor would any random person be permitted to use it."
NAL has called the drone as 'Octacopter' and it can fly at an operational altitude of 500 m AGL and at maximum flying speed of 36 kmph. It can be used for a variety of BVLOS applications for last mile delivery like medicines, vaccines, food, postal packets, Human organs (such as heart for heart transplantation) etc. NAL Octacopter is integrated with a powerful on-board embedded computer and latest generation sensors for versatile applications like agricultural pesticide spraying, crop monitoring, mining survey, magnetic geo survey mapping etc., S&T officials had said. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Jammu, Vaccines, Medicines, Deliver, Drones, Centre
Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan shares how he feels when people compare him with his father Amitabh Bachchan on the singing reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'. He also requests contestant Rajshree Bag to sing a track 'Bahon Mein Chale Aao' featuring his mother Jaya Bachchan.
Abhishek said after looking at the performance of Rajshree, who is often compared with Lata Mangeshkar on the show, that she reminds him of being compared with his father. "Rajshree, whenever I have got the chance to watch the show, I've seen people compare you to Lata didi. It actually reminded me about how people compare me with my father and ask me how I feel about it."
According to him Amitabh Bachchan is a great actor in the industry and this is what he says to everyone making these comparisons. "My answer to them is that there's no greater actor in this film industry than Amitabh Bachchan and if I'm being compared to him, I am sure I must have done something good."
"Similarly, your voice has a different kind of magic like Lata ji and that's why people are comparing your voice with her. I feel you should always take this as a compliment," he concluded. 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa' airs on Saturday and Sunday on Zee TV. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Abhishek Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Rajshree Bag
Winters in India have always beckoned for that hot, steaming bowl of tomato and pepper rasam or the mellow, millet based Raab. Certain dishes like sarson ka saag, undhiyu, nimona pulao are winter specialites in the country. Seasonal food has always been an Indian speciality -- we switch our choice in fruits, vegetables, sometimes even grains with the onset of different season. The preference of using specific ingredients during certain climates is visible in our sweets as well. It's common to find local and traditional delicacies made of jaggery, instead of sugar during the winters. Case in point -- the Nolen Gur Rasgulla, a speciality made in Odisha and West Bengal between November to February.
Celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor, strongly advocates this need of eating seasonal produce. He says, "The beauty of our food is in our seasonal usage of fruits and vegetables. If you realise, Gajar ka halwa is made aplenty during winters as this is the season when beautiful red carrots hit the market or mango pickle is made during summer, thanks to its availability. Despite people and sometimes, even me, suggesting that we should eat fresh as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, we do not know what chemicals are sprayed on them to keep them safe while they are growing. When this produce hits the market, there isn't a certifying agency like the FSSAI that will help people understand what vegetables and fruits are free of pesticides and germs and which ones don't. Hence, the onus lies on us to make them safe for consumption. ITC's Nimwash is a good solution."
When it comes to winters, the Chef recommends eating these fruit and vegetables:
* Purple Mogri -- Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country. But you can spot them during the winters in local markets in northern India where women pick them up to make raitas, curries and stir fries. Rich in magnesium, calcium and copper, the vegetable is known to aid people from digestive problems.
Mogri or Radish pods are not a common sight throughout the country, but you can spot them during the winters | Pixabay
* Sweet Potato -- A re-discovered favourite, Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. With its diverse addition in burgers, chips and even chat, the root vegetable is filled with nutrients such as fibres and vitamins.
Sweet potatoes have created a space for itself in the millennial kitchen. | Wikimedia Commons
* Avarekalu -- Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. Bangalore is famed for its Averakalu mela during the winter months, where you can find these beans in dosas, Pani puri and even Jalebis! Thronged by crowds from all over the city, the food fest is a gourmand's delight.
Called Hyacinth beans in English, Avarekalu is a winter speciality in the south that is added to sambhar, saagu, rotis, etc. | Wikimedia Commons
* Amla -- The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. High in Vitamin C, it is known to be immunity building and extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. There are multiple ways to eat Amla -- it is pickled, made into a fruit preserve called as Murraba or even eaten by sprinkling salt over it.
The Indian gooseberry is a common winter fruit found through the country. | Pixabay
(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: winter, Sanjeev Kapoor, chef, Indian gooseberry, Sweet Potato, Radish pods