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Cleaning and Caring Jewelry

Get a jewelry box and/or wrap each piece of jewelry with paper, velvet or silk. The harder stones like diamonds could scratch your pearls or other jewelry and that could happen if you “throw” your jewelry all in the same place. Keep everything from touching each other, even from itself.

If you have jewelry and it came in a box and wrapping keep it. Put the jewelry back in the box when your not wearing it.

To check for loose stones place the piece next to your ear and tap gently with your finger. Something might be loose if you hear any movement from the piece. You should check for this on a regular basis, more if you wear the piece regularly.

Pearls should be restrung every couple of years. If you clean them use a mild soapy water. Rinse them well after.

You should have your fine jewelry looked and possibly cleaned by a professional once a year.

Before cleaning jewelry make sure the stones are not loose. When cleaning you don’t want them

Info of Pearl Treatments

There are some treatments to take note of on cultured pearls that will change the aesthetic qualities of the pearl.

After harvesting cleaning and polishing a low-quality cultured pearl if the pearl still does not have a good luster or color, the farmer has very few options. If the pearls is a good candidate for treatment, this is the most common and economically sensible thing for the farmer to do. There are three main treatments are used on low-quality pearls.

Dyeing- The use of silver nitrate to darken the nacre of the pearl. Irradiation- The use of gamma rays to darken the nucleus of the pearl in akoya pearls and the nacre layers in freshwater pearls. Luster treatments- A coating is placed on the surface of the pearl to enhance the luster.

Silver nitrate has been used for decades to darken the appearance of the peal. The chemical penetrates the layer of nacre and has a chemical reaction with light or hydrogen sulfides gas to organic or inorganic dyes to produce another color variation. This treatment is very

About Sapphire

Sapphires are mainly found in Sri Lanka, India and Burma. Indian sapphires come from Kashmir. They are cornflower blue in color and are regarded as the finest blue sapphires. Sri Lankan sapphires are the most common and are typically light to medium blue in color. The majority of fancy-colored sapphires available in the jewelry industry are from Sri Lanka. The most common of these fancy sapphires are yellow, or golden, and pink in color. The pinkish orange ones are the rarest and most expensive.

Sapphires are also found in Thailand and Australia, and they are dark blue in color. The gems obtained from these two countries generally belong to the category of the inexpensive to average priced range of sapphire gems in the jewelry market. Montana is the only important source of sapphires in the United States. The sapphire produced is of an attractive metallic blue in color. China, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria have recently also become sources of sapphires.

Most of the sapphire gems being sold today have had their color enhanced, most commonly by heating. The purpose

Red Ruby Jewelry

Just what are the special properties, of the Ruby as a birthstone? Fire for one. Emotion is another. The Sapphire Ruby is not just the birthstone for July though. It’s also the wedding anniversary gem for the 15th and 40th years of marriage between a man and a woman.

If you’ve ever looked a Ruby close up it appears to have a kind of fiery luminosity which is said to come from the stones eternal flame. It is for this reason that the ruby is considered as a symbol of everlasting love. When worn on the left hand it reported to have amazing powers and shall bring the wearer good fortune. Many folks also go for the ruby as their stone of choice when buying an engagement ring. The actual word ‘ruby’ derives from the Latin word ‘ruber’ which simply translates as ‘red’, and this stunning stone can be found in a range of reds.

Ruby mining has a very long recorded history which dates back more than 2,500 years according to the ancient scripts. The Ruby is also known as the Lord of the gems by the ancient Hindus and is recorded as one of

Unique Pearl Necklace

What kind of pearl necklaces are there? There are two types that come to mind. Firstly, you can have a necklace with one or more strings of pearls, white or colored. But have you stopped to think what beauty you can find in a different kind of pearl necklace, a necklace that will make it a unique pearl necklace?

Let’s take a look at what makes a pearl necklace unique and different. Imagine yourself wearing a beautiful necklace made from a combination of gemstones and pearls. Gemstones come in a wide array of choices – types of stones, colors and shapes. Team gemstones together with pearls into a necklace and the variety is immense. There is always a unique pearl necklace to suit your personal taste and the outfit you want to wear.

Unique pearl necklaces have the added advantage of being useful to team together with many different colors and styles of outfits and can be used also for either a formal or casual look. This makes them a very versatile piece of jewelry because you don’t have to keep your pearls just for a special occasion but makes them very practical for casual wear

Glow Stick Necklaces

Glow stick necklaces are made by bending the glow stick tubes to get the desired shapes and structures. During this procedure, the stick breaks and hydrogen peroxide in the stick gets released and the chemical reaction begins. This chemical reaction emits electrons in the form of energy and produces light. China has put thrown its hat into this market and is the leading manufacturer of glow lights and glow stick necklaces.

Glow stick necklaces have a reputation and recognition in the market for their quality. They are frequently used during special events and parties. They are used by kids during concerts and other events. The glowing capacity of these necklaces is around 4-6 hrs. They are available in varied colors like red, yellow, green, blue, pink, white and orange. Glow stick necklaces are also used in sporting events. They are very useful during power failure. The glowing capacity is based on the size and temperature. Children under 5 are restricted from using it.

The glowing capacity depends on the composition and the quality used in it. Glow stick necklaces always make parties livelier. Displaying glow stick necklaces helps to raise a huge amount at a concert.

Authenticating Diamonds

The majority of responses recommend getting multiple independent certificates and appraisals. Either two grading certificates, a grading certificate and a valuation certificate, two grading certificates AND a valuation certificate. The combinations go on.

If a retailer is offering you multiple independent certificates and / or valuations, accept them but always ensure that you know where they come from and that they are independent.

Now, you have multiple documents stating the characteristics of the diamond. But the question still stands! “How do I know that the diamond I am looking at is the same one revered to in the certificates?”

There are really only two ways to confirm that the diamond matches the certificate.

The first method is to compare the diamond (under magnification) to the plotting on the grading certificate. All internationally recognized grading certificates should have a plotting of the stone. The plotting shows the diamonds internal flaws and external blemishes.

This method though, can be difficult to the untrained eye, depending on the clarity of the diamond.

The second method is to ensure that the diamonds you are looking at are laser inscribed.

“Laser inscription is the use of

Info of Gemstones

Some gem stones are fairly rare, such as amazonite, which is a bright green variety of feldspar. Formerly it was obtained almost exclusively from Russia, but recently it was found in Colorado and Madagascar. Its limited occurrence makes it prized as a gem stone.

Citrin, also called citrin quartz, is an amber colored gem stone.
Aventurine is commonly a green gem stone, but can be orange, brown, yellow or grey. The rarest is red and highly prized as a gem stone.
Cordierite is a magnesium, iron and aluminum cyclosilicate, the transparent variety of which is iolite, which is used as a gem stone. The name, iolite, is derived from the Greek word for violet.

Lapis lazuli is a stone which has been classified as a gem stone. This deep blue gem stone dates back to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.

Jade is an interesting gem stone. The name is applied to two different silicate materials. It is a very tough material and was first used for axe heads, knives and weapons. It was only when other materials were found that could be used for these purposes that jade become a prized gem stone. Nephrite is

About Horsehair Jewelry

Horsehair jewelry is made from hair collected from a horse’s mane and tail. Horsehair has a smooth texture and a soft luster. It comes in a variety of colors – black, white and subtle shades of brown. Strands of horsehair are woven into braids to form bracelets, necklaces, earrings and barrettes. The art of horsehair weaving dates back to the Victorian era. Braiding is done by hand, creating the most intricate of patterns. The popular styles include three-strand, French, square, half-round and round braids.

Horsehair jewelry is made prettier and more valuable by interweaving the braids with pearls, gems or beads made of gold and silver. Finally, gold or silver clasps are woven at the two ends of the braid to make wonderful bracelets and necklaces. Suitable pendants can also be woven into the necklaces. Bracelets made of horsehair are quite elastic and fit perfectly on wrists. Barrettes made of horsehair perfectly complement a woman’s hair. They can be chosen to match or contrast with any hair color. Horsehair jewelry is quite strong and long-lasting.

A bracelet can be made using a hundred strands of horsehair around 15 inches long. A necklace can also be crafted

All about Diamond Color

Colored diamonds have color because of structural defects that cause the stone to absorb all but one color of the rainbow or in the case of black diamonds all the colors are absorbed. Because colored diamonds are rare and pretty they actually cost more than the clear diamonds, sometimes in excess of thousands of dollars for the same carat size.

Diamond colors are, colorless, white, yellow, steel, blue, orange, green, pink, brown, and black. Any diamond with a color is referred to as a colored diamond, but if the color is very chromatic it will be classified as a fancy colored diamond. The most common of the colored diamonds is yellow.

The commercial classification of colored diamonds uses an alphabet system. The range of colorless to white can be identified as a letter ranging from ‘D’ through ‘I’. A near colorless diamond may be identified as ‘J’ through ‘L’. A faint yellow diamond will be an ‘M.’ A light yellow diamond can be classified as one of the letters ‘N’ through ‘R’ and the yellow diamonds in a range from ‘S’ to ‘Z’. The other colors will all be classified as colored diamonds, for example a

Original Blue Gem

The most beautiful lapis lazuli comes from Afghanistan, where the mines which are worked today might well have been in operation to get the stones for the pharaohs. Lapis has also been found in the Andes, and to some extent in Russia, Angola, Burma, Canada and in California and Colorado in the USA, but no stone from these places is the vibrant intense blue of that from Afghanistan.

The ancient Egyptians favored lapis lazuli for amulets and the Assyrians and Babylonians used it for seals. Egyptian ladies used powdered lapis as eye shadow and the Romans thought it a powerful aphrodisiac. Artists using blue colors in Medieval Illuminated manuscripts and Renaissance paintings found the ultramarine tempera paint derived from lapis lazuli to be very expensive. When oil paint was introduced during the Renaissance, artists found that the beautiful blue was diminished when mixed with oil, so the use of ultramarine declined. Most artists today use synthetic versions of blue colors, but there are a few pigment companies that still produce the genuine ultramarine.

Lapis lazuli can polished to make beautiful jewelry, and can be carved into figurines, statuettes and vases. Near the Euphrates River in the

Jewellery and Hallmarking

Hallmarking on the three main precious metals, platinum, gold and silver, is only mandatory when the finished item is over a certain weight. In the UK this is 0.5g for platinum, 1g for gold and 7.78g for silver. This means that all items under this weight need not be hallmarked, although they will usually carry some kind of mark declaring the quality i.e. a piece of sterling silver will often carry a ‘925’ mark made by the manufacturer to signify 92.5% silver content (the silver content required for sterling silver).

Indeed, although obviously silver is available in far larger quantities than either gold or platinum, which is reflected in the price, one of the other factors that helps to keep smaller items of silver jewellery so affordable is the lack of hallmarking – it costs money to have an item hallmarked by an Assay Office.

Although silver under 7.78g and gold under 1g may not need to be hallmarked, there are restrictions in place when selling such items. You cannot for instance sell and item as ‘silver’ unless it is actually silver of 92.5% purity or better. This in effect means that you should be perfectly

Diamond Certificates

There are dozens of gemological laboratories handing out certificates but only a few are respected by the diamond trade. Some well-known laboratories include the European Gemological Laboratories (EGL) and the Gemological Institute of America known as GIA

To better understand your certificates here are some commonly used terms

Stone ID: A Unique number representing your diamond. This number is registered in a global database.

Date: The date the report was issued.

Cut and Shape: Shapes other than the standard round brilliant are called fancy shapes or fancy cuts. Their names are based on their shapes. The best known are the heart, marquise, pear-shaped cut, emerald cut, princess cut, oval, and radiant.

Dimensions: The dimensions of the diamond are stated as “largest diameter – smallest diameter X depth” for round shapes and “length X width X depth” for other shapes.

Carat Weight: The standard unit of weight used for gemstones. One carat equals .200 grams (or 200 milligrams). Usually abbreviated ct.

Graining: Graining and grain lines reflect irregularities in the crystal structure. Colorless graining usually does not affect the clarity grade; but white, colored, or reflective graining does.

Proportions: Proportion refers

Get Dreamy Jewelry

Whatever your thoughts and imagination, let’s look at some possibilities.

Picture yourself wearing just the right piece of jewelry for you – a necklace, bracelet or earrings that you look at and say “Wow! That has to be for me!”. There’s something in your heart that is drawn toward it and your eyes focus on the beauty of it. There’s a special appeal, maybe the creative design or a particular gemstone, pearl or crystal. You know how much you want that piece of jewelry and then, guess what! The inevitable question arises! “What am I going to wear with it?” It’s not a case of purchasing a piece of jewelry to go with an outfit anymore but the desire is so strong that the outfit has to go with the jewelry! Does that sound a familiar story?

Now let’s see what jewelry we can place under the category of ‘dreamy jewelry’.

Think about the possibility of having a genuine gemstone necklace, bracelet or earrings. Can you see yourself dreaming about owning genuine gemstones and feeling special because you know you are wearing genuine gemstone? I personally, have always felt drawn to genuine gemstones rather than

Info about Jewelry for Men

Men’s rings come in wide range of shapes and sizes. Most men’s rings are wider and bolder than women’s rings. The modern man may choose a ring made of titanium or stainless steel to really make a statement. Gold and Platinum are popular types of metal for more expensive men’s rings. Men’s rings are usually inscribed or molded with unusual decorations as well. There are some clubs which men belong to such as the Masons or the Elks that use rings with symbols on them to declare status or enrollment.

Jewelry for body piercing can be very simple or very bold. Most men will have a pierced ear with a simple gold or silver ring. There are also eyebrow rings, nose studs and rings, belly button rings and jewelry for other more risqué body piercing. The tendency for some men with piercing is to stretch the piercing so that they can insert jewelry with a bigger gauge and it looks bolder.

Men’s necklaces also come in many shapes and styles. Most men prefer to wear a necklace in dark or neutral colors that won’t stand out. Necklaces can be beaded or made of some natural substance

Titanium Ring Resizing

· Grade of Titanium

· Is it diamond set?

· Does it have a precious metal inlay?

· Does it need to go up or down in size.

Whilst it isn’t normally within the capabilities of a normal jeweller to do a quick resize, there is often various options that the manufacturer can take.

Grade 2 commercially pure Titanium is fairly ductile and will stretch and compress quite readily. If it has a precious metal inlay set into the outside it is probably better to take a skim out of the bore to make it bigger – stretching will normally cause the inlay to split. The amount of increase could be up to about two sizes. Compressing a ring with an inlay is usually OK for about one size. Compressing plain rings depends on the outside pattern. If it is patterned then the amount of force required to compress it will undoubtedly cause too much damage to repair the outer surface economically and so should be avoided. Plain domed or flat rings don’t present much of a problem.

Higher tensile grades of titanium, such as aircraft grade Ti/6Al/4V (or grade 5 as

About Dermabrasion Crystals

A lot of providers of dermabrasion crystals get their supply from industrial mineral processors. The mineral crystals are modified to qualify as dermabrasion crystals. The crystals are usually made from white aluminum oxide. The highest quality of dermabrasion crystals achieves 99.6 percent clarity. The crystal must not keep dust particles to avoid clogging the equipment used in dermabrasion processes.

If you are looking for reliable sources of dermabrasion crystals, or if you need to them in bulk, check out several online stores offering these products. You may want to browse through several sites to compare prices and services to get the best deal. Watch also for proper accreditation and quality checks on the product. The dermabrasion crystals you buy must be suited for dermatatological and clinical use.

Most good quality dermabrasion crystals cost $2.25 per pound. This may already include shipment and packaging costs. If bought at wholesale, the cost may go down. The supplier can arrange for convenient packaging of the crystals and shipment to your address. The dermabrasion crystals can be packed in any of the following containers available to the customer. Standard jars carry around two or four pounds and up to twelve

Earn a Pretty Profit With Diamond Investing

Let’s now take a moment to talk about how your investments are affected when a company starts to suffer losses. Companies seeking money from investors usually do so when they are in a tight financial spot that requires them to seek financial help. They turn to the general public when looking for that financial assistance. In these types of situations, the investments made are often in the form of shares, investment bonds, or debentures, with the investor receiving a share of profits if the financial tide turns for the company. These investments are a loan of sorts, with the advantage to the company being that they do not need to pay interest. Each investor, or shareholder, receives dividends and profit share that is dependent on the type of contract signed at the time of the investment. In the case of diamond investing, the investor receives a diamond in return for giving money to the company. They do not receive any interest or profits from the company after that transaction, but they are free to sell the diamond for a profit when the value of diamonds on the open market is on the rise.

One of the great

Jewelry Styles Histories

In the beginning, Victorian jewelry purer 18-22 karat gold. In 1854, gold was standardized and had 9, 12 or 15 karats. It had to be stamped and hallmarked. The other metals used if not gold were electric gilt, mercury gilt, pinchbeck and silver.

The design of Victorian jewelry came from nature. Birds, flowers and trees with detailed engravings. Repousse were large solid pieces that had fluted and raised edges. Cannatille jewelry used strands of gold wire that were twisted and wound into intricate designs.

Near the end of the Victorian era, Egypt, Greece and Italy styles had big influences in design. This was because of archaeological expeditions that uncovered lots of ancient jewelry.

When Queen Victoria died, new jewelry designs rushed into the market. Because of the conservatism, jewelers could not push the boundaries of design while she was still alive. This surge in techniques of manufacturing and design eventually brought about the art nouveau period.

Art nouveau jewelry was expressive, exotic and exuberant. They say the appreciation of it may take time and art nouveau means “new art” in French. Imaginative and mystical jewelry, art nouveau was from 1890-1910.

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Information of Diamond Stud Earrings

Diamonds are known as the most costly gem used in all types of accessories such as pendants, necklaces, rings, and earrings. Diamond earrings commonly come in the form of simple yet exquisitely crafted studs. Diamond imitations are good choices for everyday use since wearing a real diamond can involve great risk. Commonly used for imitations are glass and other types of crystals, which can be polished and cut in such a way to resemble a real diamond.

Real diamond buyers must be careful in choosing the best type that will match the high cost that they are willing to pay. It is preferable to seek help from an expert in choosing and buying. Diamond stud earrings can have a higher value compared with other gems, but it depends on the color, cut, clarity, and carat. Color refers to the tone, which may affect the brightness of the light reflected. Generally, colorless diamonds can reflect more light and, thus, are more brilliant than colored ones. More brilliance and brightness commands higher value.

Cut refers to the proportion of the sides and facts which is also a factor in enhancing the brightness and brilliance of the stone. Clarity