Accessorize Your Holiday Outfit with Jewelry from Auction King

The end of the year is full of gatherings, bringing us together with family and friends as we celebrate the holidays. From office get-togethers to family parties to New Year’s Eve flings, the holiday season can seem like a whirlwind of merriment. Getting dressed up is a great way to get yourself into the spirit, and if you’re looking for the right piece of jewelry to make your outfit complete, Auction King is the place to find high-quality items at budget-friendly prices.

With twinkling lights and glowing candles all around, it’s natural to want to don a little sparkle ourselves. Auction King stocks a wide variety of gemstones and types of jewelry, making it easy to find something to exactly fit your taste and the occasion. Bids start as low as $1, giving you an unmatched opportunity to purchase top-quality fine jewelry for below-market prices.

Looking for something to coordinate with your dress for a gala soiree? A cocktail ring with a colored center stone can be just the thing to either match your gown or accessorize with a contrasting accent color. Our selection of rings includes exquisite examples featuring rubies, emeralds, tanzanite, opals, amethyst, alexandrite, Tahitian pearls, and more.

Want to liven up a little black dress? A glimmering pair of statement earrings or a necklace of brilliant stones will give your ensemble the zing that transforms a classic look into something head-turning. Whether you want to give a shout-out to Christmas hues with rubies or emeralds, evoke a Hanukkah spirit with sapphire or tanzanite, or embrace a general winter vibe with aquamarines or diamonds, we’ve got you covered.

Are your holiday plans going to keep you at more intimate, understated affairs? That’s no reason to pass up the opportunity to add a little bling to your wardrobe. A diamond solitaire necklace, a string of pearls, or your favorite gemstone set in a pendant will be lovely at close quarters without seeming overwhelming. A pair of diamond stud earrings or a bangle or tennis bracelet are also great choices when you want just a hint of dazzle in your attire.

At Auction King, we seek out beautiful, finely made pieces from all over the world so that we can offer our bidders a truly breathtaking array of jewelry to choose from. We triple-check the authenticity of all of our pieces so you can bid with confidence, knowing that the quality of what you get will match your expectations. Our convenient online platform allows you to bid from the comfort of your own home on our secure proprietary platform—getting the right jewelry to complete your holiday look may be the easiest thing to check off your to-do list this year! Register today for a free online account to start bidding and start winning.

The Hottest Contemporary Art up for Grabs

When people think of fine art, they often call to mind the names of masters of the past like Van Gogh, Monet, or da Vinci. However, the field of contemporary art is just as full of names worth knowing. The recent auction of David Hockney’s painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” for $90.3 million smashed the previous record for an auction sale by a living artist, previously held by Jeff Koons’ sculpture “Balloon Dog (Orange),” which sold for $58.4 million in 2013. The painting highlights two of the themes Hockney’s work from the 1960s and ’70s is known for—emotionally complex double portraits and swimming pool landscapes—and its sale generated considerable buzz in the contemporary art world.

Although its price was considerably less, the drama surrounding the auction of Banksy’s painting “Girl with Balloon” at Sotheby’s, in which the iconic painting was half-shredded moments after the gavel fell also generated much discussion. Fortunately for the buyer, who elected to keep the transformed work at the auction price of $1.4 million, experts believe that the work’s new provenance as a piece of conceptual art will only increase its value.

Contemporary art doesn’t offer the certainty that one might find in collecting already-established masters. After all, it’s hard to know which of today’s up-and-coming artists might gain the popularity (or notoriety) of Hockney, Koons, or Banksy. However, it is not difficult to find articles and lists noting rising or influential artists currently working in the field. For example, W Magazine suggests that portraitist Nathanial Mary Quinn and painters Eliza Douglas and Christina Quarles are among up-and-coming artists to take note of.

As with older art, when a contemporary artist becomes well-known, their work is often priced out of reach of all but the wealthiest collectors. Along with those of Koons and Hockney, the works of Jasper Johns, Christopher Wool, Brice Marden, Yayoi Kusama, Cindy Sherman, and Cecily Brown, among many others, have been known to command staggering prices at auction. The groundbreaking work of such artists often receives acclaim because it influences the work of others, producing thought-provoking shifts in artistic expression.

However, it’s not necessary to possess a multimillion-dollar masterpiece, whether it is contemporary or classic, to enjoy having artwork. Auction King gives you the opportunity to own striking pieces in a variety of mediums and styles at a fraction of what you might pay at a gallery. As with all of the items available on our site, our artwork is triple-checked for authenticity so you can bid with confidence. Our online format makes it easy and convenient to bid wherever you are, so geography is no limit to obtaining the artwork that speaks to you. Register for a free online account and start bidding today.

Why Is Morganite so Popular?

In the world of jewelry, it’s not uncommon to see particular gemstones go through fads of popularity. This is particularly true for stones that might not be as well-known as diamonds or the big three (emeralds, sapphires, and rubies). One stone that has become wildly popular in recent years is morganite, a relatively recent addition to the ranks of precious stones available for use in jewelry. If you’re unfamiliar with the stone, it isn’t hard to see why it has become a favorite.

Morganite is a variety of beryl usually found in shades ranging from pale pink to light salmon. It was discovered in 1910 and was dubbed “morganite” in 1911 in honor of banker J.P. Morgan, who was also a famous gemstone collector. He donated thousands of specimens of extraordinary gemstones to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, so it seems only fitting that this gorgeous gemstone bears his name.

Morganite’s current popularity is probably due to a number of factors. First of all, it has a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale, which means it is relatively resistant to scratches. This makes it suitable for all kinds of jewelry and for everyday wear. Second, its delicate pink hue is in line with current fashion trends, which has increased the demand. It looks especially good in rose gold settings, which are also highly sought after at the moment.

In addition, unlike some colored stones, morganite can readily be found without eye-visible inclusions in larger sizes. This means that there is not a dramatic per-carat markup for larger stones, making it possible to find large faceted stones at reasonable prices. Given that larger morganites tend to exhibit stronger color, the ability to buy one without breaking the bank is a considerable attraction.

One notable morganite trend is its use in engagement rings. Many brides looking for an alternative to a traditional diamond find morganite’s lovely color appealing. Compared to the cost for a similar-sized diamond, a large high-quality morganite can be quite affordable, although to get a truly superior stone you should still be prepared to spend a fair amount. However, it should be noted that you might want to think twice about following this trend if you are particularly hard on your hands—or you should at least plan to remove your ring before tackling tasks that might damage the stone.

If you’re looking for morganite jewelry, Auction King’s authenticated selection of earrings, rings, pendants, and more is your source for superior quality pieces at below-market prices. Browse our continually updated inventory from the comfort of your own home, and bid with confidence on our secure proprietary bidding platform. Register today for a free online account to find your next treasure.

How to Care for a Designer Handbag

A designer handbag is a joy to own and use, and one that is well-maintained can be expected to retain its value for years. Some rare and sought-after bags may even increase in value, if they’re in top condition. If you’ve splurged on a high-end bag or received one as a gift, you’ll want to make sure it stays looking its best so you can enjoy it for a long time. Here are some critical tips for maintaining your bag properly:

Think prevention, not cure

Sure, there are ways to repair damage to the interior or exterior of your bag after its been done, but it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to restore it to a like-new appearance after it has been scuffed or stained. Be mindful of how you use your bag by:

  • Taking care of where you set or swing it. Don’t put your designer bag on the floor or knock it into corners or doorframes when you’re out and about.
  • Keeping any contents that might leak or spill in separate, preferably waterproof, pouches inside your purse. Pens and makeup are notorious for leaking and spilling inside of purses, and ink and lipstick stains can be almost impossible to remove.
  • Keeping your load reasonable. Stuffing your purse full of heavy objects can stretch the bag out of shape and weaken handles and stitching.
  • Rotating your bag. Using the same handbag week after week without a break will inevitably result in visible wear and tear.

Apply some regular TLC

The ongoing care your bag will require to keep its materials looking good depends on what your bag is made out of. For example, leather should be regularly treated with a leather balm or cream to keep it from drying out and cracking. However, products intended for smooth leather should never be used on suede, and fabric requires a different care routine altogether. If your bag comes with care instructions, be sure to read and follow them. In all cases, if your bag suffers a serious stain, you’re best off taking it to a professional to treat rather than trying a DIY tip that might cause further damage.

Store your bag correctly

How you put your designer bag away when you’re not using it is critical to keeping it in good shape. Proper storage includes:

  • Always putting your handbag inside a fabric dust bag to protect it from dust and dirt. Most high-end bags will come with a breathable bag for storage, but if you received your bag without one, a cotton pillowcase will do just as well. Never store your handbags in a plastic bag, because these can retain and concentrate damaging moisture.
  • Cleaning your bag before you put it away. Dust off the exterior with a microfiber cloth and use a lint roller to remove any debris from the bag’s interior.
  • Stuffing your bag with acid-free paper or bubble wrap to maintain its shape in storage. Do not use newspaper, which can leave ink stains on the lining of your purse.
  • Storing bags upright on a shelf, rather than stacked on top of one another on the floor.

When you’ve invested in a high-end handbag, putting some thought into how you care for it is worth the effort to maintain its value and appearance. At AuctionKing.com, we offer authenticated designer handbags for auction at a fraction of their retail price, giving bidders around the world an opportunity to own high-end merchandise for unthinkable bargains. Our stock regularly includes favorites from Fendi, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Chloe, Prada, and more. Register for a free online account today to start bidding and start winning!