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Monthly Archives: April 2018

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 as well.

Let’s take a look at a few examples. Imagine natural shaped turquoise alternated with white pearls and fine beads. Another combination would be a blend of stones like baroque pearl, aquamarine, amethyst and rose quartz, giving a beautiful blend of colors in the cool shades. Black baroque pearl with India agate is a good choice to serve as an all round “go with anything” necklace.

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. Glowing neon necklaces have their own way of respect amidst other forms of jewelry. They can be considered as the best promotion items. In an event where kids are involved, one can sell glow stick necklaces and earn a big turnaround.

Glow stick necklaces have a shelf life of one to four years if the wrapper is not damaged. Shelf life is also based on the size and the type of product used. The quality products are wrapped tightly in airtight wrappers. The glow stick necklaces are sensitive to light and hence they should be kept in packages at room temperature to retain their glowing capacity.

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 a very fine, precise laser beam to write a grading report number or customised personal message on the girdle (outside perimeter) of a diamond. The laser inscription is totally invisible to the naked eye and can only be seen with a magnifying loupe. If done with a cold laser, it does not change the colour or clarity grade of a diamond and is considered permanent as it can only be removed by a professional diamond cutter.”
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The permanent laser inscription enables you to check the authenticity of a diamond at any time. The inscription is usually easily visible under a 10x jewellers loupe.

The process for having a diamond laser inscribed further ensures this safeguard. Laboratories working to international standards will not simply inscribe any certificate number onto a diamond. The diamond must first pass a verification test to ensure that the grading certificate is authentic and the diamond matches the certificate. Only then will that certificate number be laser inscribed onto the diamond.

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 either green or creamy in color, while jadeite comes in a variety of colors. In New Zealand, where nephrite jade is known as greenstone and not gem stone, the Maoris consider it a treasure. In traditional Maori designs, this gem stone is still widely used to make jewelry. Jade is the official gem stone of British Columbia. Many minerals are sold as jade. These can certainly be used as gem stones, but are not the real thing.

Turquoise is another gem and ornamental stone. The name is a very old word , probably derived from the French meaning Turkish stone, although turquoise was not found in Turkey, but was traded there. Iran and the Sinai Peninsula were sources of very fine turquoise. In the United States, the deposits were mined by pre-Columbian Native Americans. Nowadays there is some imitation turquoise, which is so good, that only an expert could tell the difference between the real stone and the fake!