Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Photographing Jewelry for Online Auctions By Pamela Bruce Platinum Quality Author

I am still amazed how many photos in online auctions for sometimes quite expensive jewelry are too blurry and out of focus to let potential buyers see clearly what they are bidding on.

Would you bid hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a vague blob that is supposed to be a diamond ring?
Here is what you will need to take improved photos of your jewelry with your digital camera:

1. A tripod (holding the camera in your hand will introduce some blur!)

2. Two or three worklights with 100 W bulbs (can be found at a hardware store for under $10 each)

3. A translucent plastic storage box to set up as a "stage", in which the object is placed on a display stand or jewelry bust

4. Several pieces of silky cloth as backdrops

You do not need to get a top-of-the-line digital camera with 5 Megapixels or more, but the camera should have a macro setting and should let you adjust the white balance to compensate for different lighting condition. Recharagable batteries are a must, as digital cameras go through batteries quickly, and you could easily spend a lot of money on batteries otherwise.

The plastic box setup, with worklights shining through the sides provides soft shadows, and you can use an extra worklight from the front or top when needed. Do not use your camera's flash (it tends to make small objects appear flat), and set the white balance to the type of lighting you are using (see your camera's manual). Some cloth (particularly the kind used for linings) in a nice neutral color (grey, light blue, etc.) makes for an attractive background.

These tips should improve your auction photos, and best of all, they do not require a large investment.

Pamela Bruce lives in Austin, TX. She has been beading since her teens. She is the owner of Love Beads Unlimited and sells the bead jewelry she designs and creates at http://www.lovebeadsunlimited.com

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Jewellery Auction

The Antique & Modern Jewellery auctions take place eight times a year (i.e. every six weeks approximately).

These jewellery auctions consist of around 700-900 lots of both contemporary jewellery, antique jewellery and period jewellery. Diamond and gem set jewellery, gold chain, gold bracelets including charm bracelets, cameos, designer jewellery, loose and polished gemstones and many other unique pieces are often featured. Pieces by makers such as Cartier, Kutchinsky, Bulgari,and more contemporary designers such as Andrew Grima may also appear in these auctions.

Estimates and values range from as little as £20 to as much as £95,000 for diamond lots. Each Antique & Modern Jewellery auction has an illustrated colour catalogue to provide details of each item in the sale. You can also find a virtual catalogue of these sales on our website. The fully illustrated catalogue can also be viewed online with condition reports. Live bidding for these auctions is available from the-saleroom.com/Fellows. For information on how to buy and sell click on the following links: 'Buying' and 'Selling' .

The department consists of jewellery valuers who can provide specialised assistance and a high level of market knowledge for both sellers and buyers. Heather Bailey heads the department with Claire Marsh FGA DGA and Georgina Kettle as full time valuers. The department holds valuation days every Wednesday from 12pm-4pm but are also able to provide auction valuations during the week for those visiting offices in the Jewellery Quarter or sending in details by email or via the website. For probate and insurance valuations, it is advisable to call prior to your visit for information on charges etc.