Jewelry: Best Form Of Investment

Jewelry is one of the most treasured things in the world. It’s beautiful and colorful. It makes you smile and glow. It is one of the most obsessed things of women. In fact, the glitter of jewelry has fascinated women and also men across time and space. If we go back into the ancient period, we can find examples of men and women adorning their bodies with elegant jewelries. In Egyptian civilization, gold was the most preferred thing and even people were buried along with jewelries that included precious stones. People of Mayan Civilization knew the use of gold in jewelry making. And if we check the ancient civilization of India, the ruins of Mohenjodaro and other sites of the Indus valley Civilization bear testimony to the craft of jewelry making. Jewelry in different mediums like country-seeds, feathers, leaves, berries, fruits, flowers, animals’ bones has been fashioned since ancient times. In ancient Europe, people knew the use of gold in jewelry making. In eighth century B.C., the Italian Etruscans in the Tuscany region produced granulated textured gold mark. Although in earlier times, jewelry was created for more practical uses, such as wealth storage and pining clothes together, in recent times, it has been used almost exclusively for decoration.

In the contemporary period, where fashion has engulfed the entire society, jewelers are introducing the latest variation of fashionable ornaments a la mode ranging from gold, diamond, rubies, emeralds, silver, platinum and colored gold. Due to the boom in IT and BPO sector, young executives are getting fat salaries and the best part is that they are investing their savings in jewelries. People from other fields are also buying jewelries with their savings. As the jewelry prices are soaring in the international market, people are considering it as a lucrative investment.

Investing in Jewelry has become very easy. There is no need to go for shopping to buy your desired jewelry. In fact Internet has changed the face of jewelry shopping. You can buy almost everything from the Internet without actually having to go out in the traffic and get your goods. If you buy jewelry online, then you have lots of options waiting for you. You can buy jewelry at your convenience and there is no need to worry about thieves. But you should be careful while buying jewelry online.

Always buy jewelry from a good online shop where you can derive immense satisfaction and worth of your money. You will find numerous websites offering you jewelry at affordable prices as most of them are made of inexpensive things like beads, glass, glazy stones instead of expensive stones like diamond, pearls, emeralds and other precious stones

So buy jewelry as it will not only enhance your beauty but also can support you financially in your bad days.

The History Behind Coach Handbags

Have you ever wondered about the companies behind designer handbags? Does it really matter if you know who makes those bags? Maybe I just have too much time on my hands. But I decided that I wanted to know something about some of the companies behind those high priced bags. Because Coach bags are so popular I decided to learn more about the Coach Company.

After some research on the internet, of course, I discovered that Coach was founded in 1941 and was and still is based out of New York City. American made handbags, awesome. I am still confused on Coach’s original name because in one search the company was called Manhattan Leather Bags and another search the company was called Gail Leather Products. However, all the stories agree that it began as a family-owned business, with six leather workers who hand-made leather wallets and billfolds.

In 1946, Miles Cahn and his wife Lillian joined the company. They were owners of a leather handbag manufacturing business and with their knowledge about leather works were a great fit. Within 4 short years, Cahn had all but taken over the business. Creative, curious, and one whose business was leather, he noticed the longer a baseball glove was used, the softer and more supple the leather became. In his attempt to duplicate the same process used for the baseball gloves, he created a way of processing the leather that made it stronger, softer, and more flexible. An added benefit of this process was that the leather absorbed the dye better resulting in a deeper and richer color.

In 1961, Miles and Lillian Cahn bought the company and Lillian suggested that the company start making women’s leather handbags. Miles was against the idea because there were a lot of handbag companies in New York and stores were buying knock-offs from Europe. However, Lillian prevailed and she designed the first Coach Bag. It was a tote modeled after a paper shopping bag she had used as a girl in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It became a classic. Miles went on to make a dozen other handbag designs that became the first generation of the Coach Line and Lillian became the spokesperson for the company. She established a strong rapport with fashion writers and editors and put Coach bags in the fashion circles.

Miles hired Bonnie Cashin, a sportswear pioneer, to design handbags for Coach and she revolutionized the product’s design. During that time, Cashin instituted the inclusion of side pockets, coin purses, and brighter colors (as opposed to the usual hues of browns and tans) onto the bags. She added hardware to her handbags, specifically the silver toggle that became the Coach hallmark. Cashin remained with the company until 1974. Around the mid-1970s, the company changed its name to Coach Products, Inc and in 1980, the company changed its name again to Coach Leatherware Company, Inc.

In 1979, Lewis Frankfort joined Coach as the Vice President of New Business Development. He spearheaded the development of Coach Stores and introduced Coach to the international markets. In 1985, Sara Lee Corporation bought Coach and Frankfort was appointed President of Coach. Ten years later, Frankfort was appointed Chairman and CEO of Coach and he branched out opening specialty stores and mail catalogs. Sales significantly increased and because the demand was greater than the supply, Coach had to restrict sales to hand-selected vendors.

Coach handbags are handcrafted from the finest American and European hides and textiles and continues to innovate each season, turning out new colors, styles and designs.

A good friend of mine told me that when her husband asks her what she wants for Christmas or her birthday, she asks for the latest Coach Handbag. Coach Handbags are not only beautiful but are so well made that they can last a lifetime, at least according to my good friend. Buy a Coach Handbag and let me know what you think. I believe you will be just as impressed as my friend.

Organic Food Trend in Singapore

The new study by the Organic Monitor named The World of Organic Agriculture: Statistics & Emerging Trends 2010 reported that the global organic sales reached $50.9 billion in 2008, double the $25 billion recorded in 2003. Projected growth is between 20 and 30 percents, worldwide.

The organic food trend, which started in the 70s as a reaction to widespread use of agrochemicals in food production is now a major player in the food production and is not just a niche any more. The trend encompasses consumers, agricultural producers, food distributors, farmers, and affects even the financial market.

Organic agriculture started as local phenomena, people growing food mostly for themselves and for their neighbors. This trend grew into a growing popularity of small local producers, which could produce healthy, fresh food on a small scale for a reasonable price.

A lot has changed since. In 2008, land farmed organically in the world totaled 35 million hectares. This acreage was farmed by 1.4 million producers from 154 countries. The area of organic agricultural land increased all over the world by nine percent compared to 2007. The majority – 22 million hectares – were grassland. More than 8.2 million hectares were used for cropland. Almost 31 million hectares that are organic are wild collection areas and land for bee keeping.

The regions with the largest area of organically managed land are Oceania (12.1 million hectares in Australia, New Zealand, and surrounding island states), Europe (8.2 million hectares), and Latin America (8.1 million hectares).

Spire Research and Consulting together with the S.P. Joint Center of Management, Singapore, published the results of their study, which found that, from the small market in 2002 worth just about S $10,000, organic market grew to S$68 million in 2008. This growth trend is expected to continue at the rate of 20 to 30 percent per year.

Although the price of organic food in Singapore is about 112 percents higher than the price of the same produce grown traditionally, this did not deter the loyal organic shoppers. When interviewed, they said that the economic crisis did not force them to change their habits. Their reason for choosing organic food were the same as in the rest of the world: health safety, superior taste, environmental concern and fashion consciousness.

The study found that the organic market in Singapore still consists of high and middle income locals and expatriates, and in order to continue growing needs to reach the mass market. The suggested measure is to introduce government certification of local organic growers, in order to increase confidence of shoppers.

According to the CNN, organic food continued popularity trend parallels other similar trends, all related to the increased health concerns of average consumers: slow cooking, vegetarianism, flexitarianism (mostly plant-based diet), locally grown food and functional foods (foods with added value like vitamins).

The healthy eating is not the only reason for the continuous popularity of organic food. There is also an increased search for healthier lifestyle, especially among baby-boomers, who are reaching retirement age and searching for more meaningful existence. Many are opting for organic agriculture, as a way to live and to feed themselves.