Do You Know How To Buy Fine Jewelry?

Do You Know How To Buy Fine Jewelry?

The most common reason to buy fine jewelry is quality and durability.
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Women love jewellery the most and why would not they as it is such an ornament that can flaunt their beauty even more. Every year around the world billions of dollars worth jewelry is purchased out of the many types of jewelry available be it diamond, gold, silver, platinum or even fine jewelry. This easily conveys why it is the most sought after thing for women. Since the early ages to the present times women has always loved jewelry and used it as a medium to add glamour to her beauty. One cannot just limit jewelry with the price tag and cannot just think that only the rich can buy it. 

Today there are many types of jewelry manufactured that is affordable, have good finish and have some of the best designs. Fine jewelry is one such type that is made from precious stones and metals like gold, silver, diamond, pearls etc. and is available in a wide variety that looks stylish and doesn’t fade in quality. This is the reason fine jewelry has its own gentry and is loved by all women irrespective of their geographic location. There are many good reasons why women love fine jewelry.    

· The most common reason to buy fine jewelry is quality and durability.

· People who have allergies to cheaper metal prefer fine jewelry.

· It is more skin friendly than inferior quality metal. 

· It’s a good way to flaunt style. 

· Technology has resulted in trendy ornamental pieces that have remarkable minute details. 

· It is available for both the genders as it includes items like bracelets, chains, earrings, pendants, necklaces etc. 

Now coming to points of few considerations when you head out to buy your preferred fine jewelry:

· The foremost thing that has to be considered is to think whether the piece of fine jewelry you are going to purchase is whether it suit your personality or not. Buying odd looking fine jewelry that doesn’t go with your personality is just waste of money and nothing at all. 

· Always buy from a store that sales hallmarked jewelry or jewelry that is certified by your country’s gems and jewelry authority. This will make sure that you are paying for the right item and not the fake one. The reason you should opt for certified fine jewelry is because everyone is not expert at examining the quality of the fine jewelry as there are many stores that indulge in malpractice and sell inferior quality items.   

· Don’t buy fine jewelry from a store that offer lucrative discount as by doing so the store targets you to sign up for their store credit card. 

· Do a certain market research before buying as you might find a better quality fine jewelry with better design at a lower discount. Remember that fine jewelry is a big investment so you have to be very cautious in buying it. 

Buying fine jewelry is not what you do everyday unless you are super rich so keep the considerations in mind before heading out to buy your preferred designed fine jewelry. 

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Yes, I Had Ashes On My Forehead Last Wednesday

We all mark ourselves with ash and confidently walk the streets after, not at all phased by the confused and seemingly questionable looks we tend to receive.
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Over the past couple of days, I’ve had a lot of people ask me why Catholics put such a big emphasis on Ash Wednesday and Lent. We all mark ourselves with ash and confidently walk the streets after, not at all phased by the confused and seemingly questionable looks we tend to receive. Now, while the Catholic Church is not the only denomination to celebrate Ash Wednesday, it is often directly referenced when speaking about this special day every year.

So, why Ash Wednesday? Why Lent? What’s the big fuss about?

Catholics celebrate Ash Wednesday because we see Lent as a beautiful and important way to recognize our humanity and prepare our hearts for the celebration of God’s ultimate sacrifice.



The Ash we place on our foreheads reminds us that our earthly life is temporary, and we must set our eyes and hearts on heaven and eternal life with the Lord. It is a symbol of our sinful human nature.

The ashes are seen as a sign of penance, meant to remind us that we must prepare ourselves for Easter. It is easy to forget these things. Ash Wednesday reminds us why we celebrate Lent and actively involves Catholics in the Lenten season.

Lent, in the Catholic faith, is forty days spent, mirroring Jesus, preparing our hearts to celebrate Him at Easter. Often, Catholics choose to make a sacrifice during the Lenten season.

Children are encouraged to try to take something they really love and sacrifice it. As a young Catholic, I spent years giving up TV, candy, and one year even red meat.

But, the sacrifice for teenagers and adults is intended for something deeper. The goal of a sacrifice during lent is to do something for your life that will ultimately lead you closer to the Lord. We also take on a sacrifice, or penance, to acknowledge the fact that we are sinful and in need of spiritual repair before receiving God's grace at Easter.

Some people choose to sacrifice their time by going to mass every day, praying the rosary, or making more time for prayer. Others eliminate something negative from their lives: bad habits, negative influences, or addictive behavior.

Ultimately, the goal of sacrificing during Lent in the Catholic faith isn’t to give something up for forty days and then immediately splurge on Easter, going back to old habits or addictions. The goal of Lent is to change the way you live in order to deepen your relationship with God.

So, if you spend too much time watching television instead of making time for prayer, hopefully after Lent, you have made a change to your prayer life that will exceed just the forty days and ultimately change your life for the better.

Our small penances are ways in which we try to comprehend the sacrifice Jesus made for us. Although we can never fully understand or experience the magnitude of His sacrifice, we try to make smaller sacrifices mirroring the Lord and trying to live like Him. At Easter, we receive the redemption we desperately need and rejoice in God’s love and sacrifice.

Understanding why Catholics place such great importance on Ash Wednesday and Lent can help you better understand the Catholic faith. One of our goals as Catholics is to deepen our faith in the Lord and to one day abide with Him in Heaven.



Lent helps us recognize the faults within our own lives and work to live a life closer to that of Jesus Christ.

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What It Means To Be A "Christian"

Do you qualify?
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You go to church, but that doesn’t mean you are a Christian. You don’t go to church, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t a Christian.

What is church anyways? A sanctuary, a building, a place Christians herd through on Sundays. I like going back and searching for basic definitions, because they help me understand bigger concepts. Church can be a place where we go on Sundays, but you should think of it as a common ground for fellow believers to meet and worship God.

It’s a place that reminds us of God’s grace.

It gives us comfort, reassurance, wisdom, but more importantly, it is a place we can be with God. Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

I grew up going to church regularly, but it wasn’t until I was a junior in high school that I made my own decision to attend. Despite the unfortunate circumstances my family was under, I developed a strong desire to go and listen to the pastor. I wanted to study the bible more, and by doing so, I developed a personal relationship with God.

The habit of going to church with my family always facilitated my learning about Jesus, but our family unit broke up towards the end of high school. No longer did I have someone taking me to church. I had to made that decision on my own. The act of deciding to go on my own represents making the decision to put my faith in Jesus. I grew up going to church, but that doesn’t mean anything.

What defines someone as a Christian is not whether they go to church every Sunday or not, it’s whether or not they believe that Jesus is the Son of God and they desire to grow closer to Him. If I have a basic understanding of the bible but I don’t follow it and try to live my life according to it, then how can I call myself a Christian? Delving deeper into this question of “What makes someone a Christian?” leads me to scripture.

Look at Matthew 19, because there’s a story about a rich man who asked Jesus how to attain eternal life in heaven. In verse 21, “Jesus said, ‘If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.’"

Should we take that literally and get rid of everything in our possession?

While as believers we tithe and be generous in our offerings to the Lord, this verse has another meaning. We should get rid of anything that stops us from following Jesus wholeheartedly. God should be the center of our lives, regardless of our circumstances.

In Acts 2:38, “Peter replied, ‘Change your hearts and lives. Each of you must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” I remember a Sunday morning in first grade, my sisters, my mom, and I listened to a church sermon on the TV.

After it was over, my mom asked me, “Madi, have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you for your sins?” She explained that I had to do that on my own and that she couldn’t do it for me. I felt like I was too young and I didn’t want to do something so radical, but she said I wasn’t too young and every person needs to ask Jesus that. So I did.

My question for you is this: have you asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you for your sins? Can you say that you have a personal relationship with Him? If you can boldly proclaim that you believe Jesus is the Son of God and he is your savior, then you are a Christian.

I don’t care if you go to church, I don’t care if you make mistakes. It doesn’t matter if you’ve sinned in the past, because Jesus forgives our sins. But, only if you ask Him. Romans 10:9 says, “Because if you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and in your heart you have faith that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”






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