Some­thing shiny and (as) new

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Weekend Shopper - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

IN DIF­FI­CULT eco­nomic times, buy­ing jew­ellery is the last thing peo­ple think about.

How­ever, this need not be the case.

This Christ­mas you can buy that some­one spe­cial jew­ellery and still make bud­get.

The Week­end Shop­per of­fers a wide range of heav­ily dis­counted bling.

In ad­di­tion to men’s and women’s sil­ver and gold rings, bracelets and neck­laces, shop­pers can pur­chase in­di­vid­ual gem­stones and then take them to a jew­eller to have them made up.

The gem­stones range across the spec­trum and in­clude sap­phires ( Twelve small, coloured sap­phires, suit­able for jew­ellery $50), ruby (2.5 carat nice stone great for jew­ellery, $25), peri­dot (one carat $90) and a range of other types de­pend­ing on what’s on of­fer on the day.

As nat­u­ral and syn­thetic gem­stones be­come closer in ap­pear­ance, only ex­perts are able to tell the dif­fer­ence.

But the price will usu­ally of­fer a guide and ul­ti­mately, it’s re­ally about whether the buyer likes the stone. How­ever, shop­pers can al­ways have an ex­pert look at the stone for them.

Many of the jew­ellery items ad­ver­tised in Week­end Shop­per are new and haven’t been worn.

For ex­am­ple a "Bal­main Ladies Di­a­mond Watch sil­ver, new, still in box worth $1200, sale price $400".

Or, "brand-new ear­rings 1.00 ctw amethyst and nine-carat solid yel­low gold stud ear­rings, stamped, re­tail $550, price $110".

Col­lec­tors will be pleased to know there are also unique items on sale, in­clud­ing: "A gen­uine 22-carat gold coin sov­er­eign in a beau­ti­ful, new 14K bezel is of­fered for $395 with other gold coins avail­able".

An an­tique 22-carat gold plated bracelet can be picked up for as lit­tle as $60.

In ad­di­tion, if you are looking for some ex­tra funds for Christ­mas there are also col­lec­tors who are seek­ing shop­pers who have old coins to sell.

So, this Christ­mas, beat those bud­get blues with bar­gain bling.

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