How To Wear Estate Jewelry - Amethysts In The Afternoon

It's soooo cold outside and while I'd dressed for winter I'm in the mood for Spring
and for me Spring most definitely means the color purple

so this afternoon it's bright purple amethyst estate jewelry from

yes, I know, this isn't a great photo
so here's the jewelry

And on the topic of jewelry....because that is what I blog about
From National Jeweler

Los Angeles--A husband and wife team who owned a Los Angeles department store were sentenced to three years behind bars for selling counterfeit designer jewelry containing dangerous levels of lead, federal officials announced earlier this week.

toxic jewelry...yikes!

The investigation into the Oh’s business, the Elegance Fashion Mart located on East Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, began in 2007 when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations division received a tip that the store was selling counterfeit merchandise.

toxic and counterfeit!

The goods, knockoffs of labels including Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Tous and Van Cleef & Arpels, were manufactured in Qingdao, China, and illegally imported in the United States. If the seized items had been genuine, they would have been worth more than $18 million, federal officials said.

Fake designer goods and jewelry seem to be everywhere these days
If the price on signed Tiffany, Bulgari and VCA jewelry seems too good to be true
it's probably all counterfeit and straight from China

When buying both new and estate jewelry
be sure that you only purchase from reputable dealers
counterfeit is bad enough, but me you don't want to go there