3 Reasons To Have Your Valuable Jewelry Appraised

Although you might have valuable jewelry tucked away in your jewelry box, you might have never thought about hiring a professional to appraise your pieces. You might assume that this is only necessary if you are planning on selling your jewelry some time in the near future, but this is not the case at all. These are a few other reasons to consider having your valuable jewelry appraised.

1. Acquire Identifying Information

First of all, it is always good to have identifying information on hand when you own valuable jewelry. Imagine if your precious jewelry were stolen right from your jewelry box — would you know how to describe it to law enforcement professionals? With an appraisal in hand, it will be easy for you to provide all identifying information to the local police department to help ensure that you get your items back.

2. Ensure Your Jewelry is Properly Insured

If you aren’t fully aware of how much your jewelry is worth, it can be difficult for you to ensure that it is properly insured. However, if your jewelry gets damaged or stolen, you will probably be devastated if you find that you don’t have ample coverage to cover it. Depending on the value of your jewelry, you may need to purchase a separate jewelry policy through your homeowners or renters insurance company, or you might need to increase your overall coverage. Knowing that now — rather than after something happens — can make a big difference in whether or not your valuables can be replaced if necessary.

3. Provide Proof of Ownership

Some insurance companies want actual proof that you are the owner of certain jewelry, particularly if the jewelry is very valuable. If you have it appraised, you will have this proof. Plus, the jewelry appraisal service that you use will also have a copy and will be able to back you up. This can be helpful when you are signing up for coverage or if you are submitting a claim.

As you can see, there are many reasons to have your valuable jewelry appraised. Along with these three things, it will help you prove that your jewelry is real and will help you prove its value in the event that you do decide to sell it later on. Either way, a good jewelry appraisal service should be able to help you with this process for a reasonable rate. For more information, contact someone like Certified Gem Lab.

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First Time Decorating Your Patio? How To Reuse Soda Cans As Lanterns

Setting up your patio for the first time is a fun activity, and the more creative you get, the more unique your space will become. Hanging candle lanterns are an awesome choice for your patio as they provide a beautiful ambiance. Add to that ambiance with creative soda can lanterns, that you can make yourself. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

  • soda cans in any size
  • dishwashing soap
  • a towel
  • thin-tipped marker
  • a razor blade or utility knife
  • tea light candle, one per can

Step 2: Clean Out the Cans

Using soap and water, wash out each can so there is no sticky residue. Dry the outside of each can with a towel so they are not slippery to hold. If you want to be completely sure they are dry, set the cans upside down to air dry, or wait to dry the inside of the can with a towel after step five.

Step 3: Draw the Cutting Lines

Using your marker and a steady hand, draw an “I” along the middle of the can. There should be one centerline that runs half to three-quarters of the length of the can, or 2.5 to 3-inches on a standard 12oz can.

On the top and bottom of your centerline make two parallel lines running about 2 inches long each, completing the “I.”

Step 4: Cut the Lines

Using your razor blade or utility knife, cut along the lines you created. Be sure to approach this step slowly and carefully, so you don’t cut yourself. If you are worried, you can wear a pair of work gloves, though the bulk may make the cutting process more difficult.

Step 5: Pull the Side of the Can Open

You will see that the cuts created two flaps. Pull the two flaps outward so they hang open. You can also slightly curl the sides out as well by rolling them out inside themselves like a small scroll.

Step 6: Insert the Candle

You will see that the bottom of the can has a little lip, just the right size for a tea light candle to fit in. Insert a small candle into each of your cans and viola! You just up-cycled soda cans to make the most creative lanterns on the block.

Now that you have created your soda-can lanterns, use them anywhere on your patio that you need a little extra lighting and a creative feel. Perhaps the best part about these lanterns is that you can reuse them with minimal cleaning and easy storage. If you don’t have the time or energy to make your own lanterns, check around online for hanging candle lanterns for sale.     

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