Buying Platinum Jewelry As an Investment

Investing in a precious metal like platinum can be a good long-term hedge against the volatility of the stock market, and there are many ways to invest in it. One of the best ways is to buy jewelry made from pure platinum. This allows you to hold a valuable commodity as well as wear a beautiful piece of jewelry – sort of like having your cake and eating it too!

Here are some great reasons to buy platinum jewelry as an investment:

  • The strength of platinum allows jewelers to make quite intricate, yet extremely durable, pieces without mixing in other metals. Thus, you can have a piece that is practical both as jewelry and as a bullion-type investment.
  • Platinum is about 30 times more rare than gold, yet is usually valued in the same general price range. Since it is so rare and so useful, many people believe that platinum could drastically increase in value in the coming years.
  • Platinum is stronger and more durable than either silver or white gold, and is impervious to rust or tarnish, and so is a great alternative to these metals as jewelry.
  • Platinum is important in the auto industry, for use in anti-pollution devices. As environmental regulations get stricter over the years, the value of platinum should continue to rise. And as emerging markets like China and India continue their explosive growth (car sales in China grew by more than 50% in 2009), the demand for platinum will continue to grow as well. All these factors point to a steady increase in the value of platinum jewelry in the coming years.

Not “ANOTHER” Home Business Opportunity

What? “Another One”? How many of these so called home based businesses are actually out there? And most importantly…HOW MUCH will it “Cost Me” this time? Have you browsed the internet lately? I mean, do me a favor.. I actually want you to check something out for me.

“This is a Valued Point, unseen by the untrained eye!”

Yet so many people fall victim to it! So what am I talking about anyway? ARE YOU LISTENING…? Well, have you ever realized how we all have one thing in common online? Or MOST of us.

Most of us want to make money online, why doesn’t it seem to work though? Let me ask you this?… lets say Gold has reached an all time high and growing. What are you going to do? If you were to invest into a commodity such as this without doing any research, what do you think is going to happen, chances are you might lose, why? Because everyone else will do the same! What will happen to your investment then?

Think about that, and then think about this… Doing something just because the majority is doing it “SHOULD STRIKE CONCERN” If everyone is going one way, YOU should be going the other way! “Strike uniqueness in others, stand out from the crowd, this is pure logic sense to me. WHAT ABOUT “YOU” What sets you apart from everyone else? Are you passionate about creating a successful business?

Do you want to lead by example and help others in the same way? I don’t know about you, but I have always wanted to feel a sense of belonging, and I must be honest I want to achieve as much as I can with business and my personal life. Leave a comment on my blog, tell me what you think and want.

Realistic Thoughts On Diversifying Your Art Investment Portfolio

Do you know the difference between an original print and a limited-edition print? Some would contend that they are one and the same as far as originality goes, but you can certainly purchase a limited-edition print which is not an original work of art. An original print, therefore, is basically created by hand from a stencil or plate that has been hand created by the artist in order to produce the finished result. You will see that the artist signed the original in pencil as a fraction number, to indicate it’s part of the total edition. In other words, it could be 24/100, which means that the print itself is 24th in an edition of 100. In these situations the artist is very much hands on when it comes to this entire process and he or she will often experiment before being happy with the plates used to generate the finished product. The final printer’s proof is also called a BAT.

Note that the limited-edition print may not be the work of, directly, the artisan as outlined above. It could be a simple reproduction of a painting or drawing and even though it may be signed once more by the artist, it might not be the direct work, per se, of the person.

Today, with our advanced levels of technology it’s perfectly possible to produce digital files of an image stored on a computer in a process known as Giclee’s. Other transfer methods are tending to blur the line between what can be classified as an original print and a reproduction. Purists argue on both sides of the equation and it’s true to say that when you buy signed limited edition prints as a fine art investment you should have a fairly clear idea of how that product has been produced in the first place. This will give you a clear indication of its value and how it may help you to boost the ultimate value of your portfolio as time goes by.

Whenever considering diversification of your biggest investments it’s well worth your while looking at fine art as a part of this. Many studies have shown that art collections can help you to get a 10% compounded return over a lengthy period of time, which is as good or better than many of the major stock market indices. In fact, with the stock market being as volatile as it is right now many experts consider that you should shift some of your investments into other areas that may be somewhat less susceptible to current, political and economical machinations.

Whilst no one can predict the future of course and there is always a certain element of risk whatever you plan for your economic future, people who diversify into art in this way often say that they feel that they have a more involved and hands-on approach and therefore feel as if they are in some way contributing more to their potential gains. Somehow or other the events of recent years should make us all feel that we ought to be more “in control!”