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Top Of The Best Ornaments Reviewed In 2018Last Updated November 1, 2018
№1 – 100 Brown And Black Shatterproof Christmas Ornament Balls – For Christmas Tree Decoration Brown/Black Balls. Hanging Ball Ornaments For Christmas Party Décor
№2 – Klikel Silver-plated Christmas Tree Holiday Bell Hanging Ornament Decoration With Red Ribbon
№3 – Artisanal Recycled Glass Turtle Ornament Handblown by Hide & Drink
Here is how it applies to you as a shopper!
It it important to be aware that hallmarking is the law in the UK and Ireland (and many other countries). A jewellery shop can not sell something as 1carat gold, 1carat etc. unless it has been hallmarked (tested to prove that it is in fact the carat claimed or higher). So if someone advertises something as gold, look for the hallmark (750, 585…). If its not there you are perfectly within your rights to ask why?
Beware of vague or misleading labels. Magazines and fashion retailers will often list something as “gold” when they should say “gold coloured”, “gold tone” or “gold plate”. 1carat gold-plate is not 1carat gold! What is underneath? Will it make your skin turn green when the plating wears off? Is it a quality vermeil – hallmarked sterling silver (925) plated in carat gold or is it a cheap base metal? If you find a piece of jewellery that is only twenty euro more in “gold” than it is in “silver”, then it isn’t gold.
Gold vermeil is a wonderful way to have great jewellery at a reasonable price, especially for large statement pieces such as our Pop Art collection, but if you want to enjoy your gold jewellery for years and years, without fear of fading, invest in the real thing. Nothing replaces the look or feel of solid gold (plating, no matter how good, will eventually wear off if worn regularly).
Gold is much more valuable than silver and also heavier (more dense) than silver, which is why it is much more expensive. Check the hallmark! Once you know what you are paying for and are happy with the metal and the price, then go for it!
Q: What is Vermeil or Gilded Silver? A: Vermeil (pronounced vur-may) is produced by coating sterling silver with carat gold. Sometimes referred to as gilded silver or gilt, vermeil is made using the process of electrolysis — electricity and an acid bath — to attach the gold to sterling. To be considered vermeil, the gold should be at least carat and be at least 1.microns thick. This layer of gold is thicker than that applied using the electroplating process used in gold plate, but it will still wear off over time. If it is hallmarked it will be 92for sterling silver. At Edge Only we use 1carat and 2carat gold to plate our vermeil designs.
At Edge Only we only use solid sterling silver and solid 1and 1carat gold, hallmarked in accordance with UK and Irish law. We do NOT use gold plate or goldfill. For your information, please find below some common terms and techniques used in the wider jewellery and costume/fashion jewellery world
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Be aware that the clasp or connector that holds the necklace together is typically not included in necklace size measurements. A standard clasp is ¾ of an inch long. Some may be longer, so take this into account when considering the length.
While there are ornaments available made from many different materials, the list below represents the most popular options.
Shatterproof – These are the most common Christmas ornaments. Why? Because they are shatterproof. No special care has to be taken when packing these up from year to year. In the past, the shatterproof option was only available with the traditional ball ornaments. However, many other shapes are available now such as the flat round ornaments, Christmas tree shape, heart shape, and more. If you love to support USA-made products, check out the USA Made Shatterproof ornaments. For the biggest impact when giving away your holiday ornaments, opt for a beautiful packaging or buy ornaments with your own unique custom packaging. – Glass ornaments are classic and beautiful. The fragility of these Christmas ornaments gives them a much higher perceived value over the shatterproof ornaments. it is true that glass ornaments must be carefully stored each year to prevent breakage; however, they are typically kept for much longer than lower priced ornaments. These come in many different shapes including round, arch, square, diamond, bell, star, and other festive shapes. Some of the glass is colored, while others options are clear glass that can be etched or laser engraved for a permanent decoration.
Crystal – These are a step up from glass. The weight with these Christmas ornaments let recipients know they are holding a high quality ornament. The clarity is “crystal clear” and and uniquely refract light in a beautiful way. Quite a few festive shapes are available and these are engraved or etched with your company logo. If you are looking for gifts for upscale clients, crystal ornaments are a great choice. – Many different metal ornaments are available including aluminum, stainless steel, brass, silver, gold, and pewter. Metal ornaments can be beautifully crafted to fit your branding with any type of custom shape or die cut. Or, you can choose from a variety of already created Christmas designs that can be printed with your logo. For the biggest impact, create a completely unique ornament in the shape of your logo, mascot, or top selling product. – Wooden ornaments have an appeal to those who love the environment. These materials are made of a natural resource and they look beautiful. One of the best things about wood Christmas ornaments, is they can be laser cut into the custom shape of your choice. Alternatively, if you are on a tight budget, you can select a wooden ornament in a stock shape and have your logo printed on the festive shape.
Acrylic – This is a versatile material that looks a lot like glass, but it is more durable than glass. An acrylic sun catcher is one of the most popular acrylic ornaments, but you can also get custom shaped acrylic ornaments to really make your brand stand out!
Ceramic – If you are looking for a retro option, ceramic Christmas ornaments are for you. Think about those handmade ceramic ornaments you decorated as a kid. These ceramic ornaments come in several different stock shapes and some of them can be printed in full color to really stand out on the tree.
Other materials used to make custom Christmas ornaments include seeded paper, paper, and 3D lenticular.
The shape of your Christmas ornaments sets the mood of your giveaways. If you want traditional, you go with a ball ornament or a classic shape. If you want modern, find a more trendy shape such as the ugly sweater Christmas ornaments. If you want completely unique, there’s no questions you create your own shape with many of our custom shaped options.
Ball Ornaments – These classic ornaments are the same shape used by your grandmother when she decorated her Christmas trees and they still just as popular today. These traditional ornaments are top sellers year after year. If this is the style you like, you can mix it up each year by choosing various options such as hand blown glass, traditional glass, shatterproof, and light-up glass ornaments.
Flat Round – Several years ago, a modification was made to the ball ornaments to create a flat version. These ornaments are lower in cost since it uses less material. These custom ornaments offer a little variation to the ever-popular ball ornaments.
Snowflake – This is perhaps the shape that is most consistently associated with Christmas. With so many people hoping for a white Christmas, the snowflake is a beautiful symbol of the Christmas season. That’s why snowflake shaped ornaments are popular choices year after year.
Christmas Tree – Of course Christmas tree ornaments are a popular shape. After all, where would hang your ornaments without a Christmas tree? You can choose from quite a few different materials for this shape to include shatterproof, metal, crystal, and even a seeded paper which can be planted to grow plants after the tree comes down. – This is another common and popular shape associated with Christmas due the Wise Men following the North start to visit Jesus after his birth. Like most of the other shapes, you can get this one in many different materials to best fit your budget.
Ugly Sweater Ornaments – This is a brand new option for 201that deserves mention. Custom ugly sweater ornaments are sure to generate some fun conversation when you give these away. ugly sweater parties have become an annual event so you can make fun of each other wearing hideous sweaters. Now the canvas is completely yours to create the ugliest sweater of all on the full color ugly sweater ornaments. *Source: Statistic Brain.
This entry was posted in Buying Guides and tagged Christmas, Christmas ornament, stock shape, stainless steel, traditional ball ornaments, wooden ornaments, custom Christmas ornaments, Christmas ornaments on October 12, 201by Patrick Black.
The 4Cs of Diamonds
This short tutorial explains the Four C’s- cut, color, clarity, and carat weight – the most important characteristics of buying a diamond.
The most important of the 4Cs is Cut because it has the greatest influence on a diamond’s sparkle.
The second most important of the 4Cs is Color, which refers to a diamond’s lack of color. The less color, the higher the grade.
Most gold shops sell gold coins and gold bars that are made of 2karat gold. Some even come with a 999.purity standard. These bullions can weigh from anywhere between gram to kilogram. Investors can just hold on to these coins or bars and wait for the gold prices to increase and then sell it to make a profit or they can always save it for a rainy day as gold is a very liquid and relatively stable investment. Bullions issued by internationally recognized brands such as Valcambi and PAMP are available in Saudi Arabia. Some Middle Eastern based jewelry brands like Malabar Gold and Joy Alukkas also sell their own branded bullion coins and bars through their outlets in the country.
Say No To Credit Cards
Cash or via a MADA debit card is the way to go. Credit cards charge extra fees that the store will not be ready to bear, so expect your price to magically increase if you are planning to pay by credit card. Someone has to bear the costs that the credit card companies charge and it’s not going to be the gold seller – well not in Saudi Arabia.
Ornate Arabic Ouds
The most common type of Oud is an Arabic Oud. It is used in North Africa, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, the Arabian Peninsula, and Iran.
The Arabic Oud is the most romantic sounding of all the Oud types. It has a deep, round, and well-balanced sound. The highest strings cut through and stick out through an ensemble, and the bass strings give a nice smooth rumble. It typically features shorter sustain, and this is preferred by Arab players.
Turkish Oud Ornament
Turkish Ouds are fairly easy to spot. It is not always the case, but the soundboard is very rarely coated. It is usually a very light wood colour most likely due to use of spruce. The fingerboard and soundboard are usually flush. Where the fingerboard joins the soundboard, there is a small ornament that looks like an extension of the fingerboard that joins to a point as the picture to the right.
This is a very general ornament that might tell you immediately what kind of Oud you are looking at. However, some Arabic Ouds have this ornament as well.
Turkish Ouds are slightly smaller than their Arabic counterparts. They are about 58.cm in length from the bridge to the nut.
The Ouds you find in Iraq are also part of the Arabic family. In the last century a new design was developed by Mohammed Fadel Hussein. This Oud features a floating bridge, similar to Mandolin and Irish Bouzoukis. It also usually features oval sound holes without rosettes. These along with other construction differences creates an Oud with a unique sound. Some say it is more similar to a guitar in that the middle range frequencies come out creating a clean and full sound. Nowadays, this style of Oud is built by all Oud builders. You can find low cost floating bridge Ouds from most Oud factories.
If you want a higher end floating bridge Oud, all the best Luthiers offer these models as well.
At first, the difference between Arabic Oud and the sound of the Barbat might be difficult to distinguish in audio recordings.
All around this is a mellower beast than its Arabic counterpart. It is quite good for Persian music and ensemble work because it mixes well in a Persian ensemble.
Hossein Behroozinia has helped reestablish the Barbat in traditional Persian music. This is what a Barbat sounds like.
The Barbat has a smaller bowl than both Arabic and Turkish Ouds. The bowl may be slightly deeper than other Ouds. The bowl is shaped such that it reveals more of the neck allowing easier access to higher notes on the finger board. On Arabic Ouds and Turkish Ouds, the bowl meets where the 5th note of each string is located on the fingerboard, whereas the Barbat bowl reaches to the 6th note.
Electric Ouds are a new creation that have been designed in multiple forms. There are a few Oud builders that make them now.
Most are solid body, but one Electric Oud created by Godin guitars is attracting a lot of attention because of the excellent sound, playability, and electronics that you can work with.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Ornaments wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Ornaments
- №1 — 100 Brown And Black Shatterproof Christmas Ornament Balls – For Christmas Tree Decoration Brown/Black Balls. Hanging Ball Ornaments For Christmas Party Décor
- №2 — Klikel Silver-plated Christmas Tree Holiday Bell Hanging Ornament Decoration With Red Ribbon
- №3 — Artisanal Recycled Glass Turtle Ornament Handblown by Hide & Drink