All About Gemstones

All About Gemstones

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#Gemstones are classified into 2 categories – precious and semi-precious. Their values however, are not diminished by these classifications.  While the traditional list of precious stones includes diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, today, stones such as pearl and opal are also included in that list. Amethyst was once amongst the precious stones, but was later reclassified as semi-precious after large deposits were found in Brazil and Uruguay. Stones command high prices based on several factors, but mostly due to their extraordinary color or brilliance and extreme rarity. The traditional list of semi-precious gemstones is now rather long. The rarest of semi-precious stones also command high prices. Amongst them are alexandrite, garnet, demantoid, tsavorite garnet, tanzanite, tourmaline, spinel and aquamarine gems; these can be just as expensive as ruby and sapphire.…
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Pearls for the Million Dollar Look!

Pearls for the Million Dollar Look!

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Pearls are making a Comeback! Traditional views of pearls as old-fashioned jewelry are changing and numerous brands are reinventing pearls for young, modern women. No longer relegated to your grandmother’s closet, pearls are coming back into fashion in a big way, replacing diamonds as a staple among fashionistas worldwide thanks to the influence of celebrities like Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightly, who pair pearls with sophisticated attire to create a modern, classic look. The patronage of these glamorous icons is introducing pearls to a new generation of consumer, which have been gaining in status while #pearl wearers become younger. Jean Ghika, Head of Jewelry in the UK and Europe of Bonhams, notes: “Pearls were once seen as a bit dated – perhaps the preserve of an older generation, but we’ve seen a complete change in how they are viewed. A younger fashion…
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Pearl Jewelry – Treasures of the Sea

Pearl Jewelry – Treasures of the Sea

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Many different types or pearl are found throughout the world; however they are very rare and very costly as jewelry. The Japanese began artificially producing pearls in the early 20th century. This process allows for more production of pearls and over time, has allowed them to become much more affordable. Today, cultured pearls are considered the norm. While natural pearls are still harvested, a strand of them could cost the buyer hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead, cultured pearls allow for beautiful pearls to be purchased at a greatly reduced cost. What Is a Cultured #Pearl? Cultured pearls are created in mollusks, by mollusks in captivity that have had irritants manually inserted. The mollusk then secretes nacre, also known as mother-of-pearl, which is a crystalline substance that creates the iridescence…
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Silver Jewelry

Silver Jewelry

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What Is Sterling Silver? Sterling silver jewelry is an alloy – which is a mixture of metals. Sterling silver contains a mixture of 92.#5% pure silver and 7.5% of another metal, usually copper.   When mixed with copper, sterling silver will tarnish. Shopping for Silver Jewelry Silver is a classic addition to any jewelry collection. It adapts well to any fashion and styles can range from trendy and glitzyto classic and sophisticated. Silver can be worn for any occasion and at any time of day. In many cases, silver worn with black, all shades of grey and white look particularly fabulous.For the office, silver bangles, hoop earrings and a silver chain are the perfect accents. For evening wear, large cocktail rings, a sparkling bracelet and drop earrings are awesome compliments to your…
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Trendiest Top Jewelry Brands

Trendiest Top Jewelry Brands

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Ever since the Pharaohs of long ago, we have adorned our bodies with jewelry—we love all things that glitter, especially if they include gold, diamonds or other fine gems. The right piece of jewelry can make an outfit. Having an assortment of jewelry is fun! But getting up a nice collection of a variety pieces can be quite costly.  Here we have identified some of the trendiest #top brands that won’t break the bank and make you look like $1 Million Dollars! Stella & Dot Stella & Dot is always on trend when it comes to the latest jewelry styles.  From traditional charm necklaces to versatile layered statement necklaces, they have something to fit everyone’s personal style. BOHEMIAN SILVER COLLECTION by Jewelology Their Bohemian Silver Necklaces are made with sterling silver…
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Caring for Your Gold Jewelry

Caring for Your Gold Jewelry

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Caring for #gold Gold doesn’t tarnish, but it can get dirty or dulled by the oils in your skin, body lotion, makeup or other substances. There are lots of products out there that promise to clean gold, but you can do it easily with mild detergent and a soft cloth. Mix a squeeze of mild dish detergent with warm water in a bowl. Put the gold item into the soap mixture and let sit for a few minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the jewelry. Remove item from soapy water, rinse it and dry thoroughly with a soft polishing cloth. Caring for gold vermeil Vermeil simply means gold plating over sterling silver. Sterling silver beads can be gold plated. It is a good way to incorporate the look…
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Gold Karats -What Does It Mean?

Gold Karats -What Does It Mean?

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Understanding the difference between 24 karats and 14 carats of #gold can be quite a challenge. However, knowing the basic comparison and contrast can greatly help you determine the value of your gold. So to help you clear things out, here are some tips to follow. Basic Terms Remember that the value of gold is determined by its carat, or in some cases it is spelled as karat. Either word used, it only denotes that gold is measured by its purity against a 24 partition. This indicates that 24 karat gold is the purest in form. In contrast, the 14 carat gold has fillers added to solidify its gold content with other alloys. The purity of 24 karat gold You can verify the certification of your gold jewelry, etc. with…
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Alloys and Metals Used in Making Jewelry

Alloys and Metals Used in Making Jewelry

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There are as many different designs and combinations of alloys and metals used in making jewelry as there are jewelry designers in the world. Here we will provide you with the information you need about different categories that will help you make informed decisions when buying jewelry. With this information you will know what to questions to ask about: Elements & Alloys Base Metals Precious Metals Ethical & Green Metals Plating #Gold Plate vs. Gold Fill Allergies & Hypoallergenic Metals Patinas & Oxidizers Elements and Alloys In the world of metallurgy, metals can be elements or alloys. Elements are the basic building blocks of chemistry. Oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen, iron (Fe), and copper (Cu) are all examples of elements. Traditionally popular as an ingredient in alloys, Lead (Pb) is an element…
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Find Out What’s Trending in Fine Jewelry

Find Out What’s Trending in Fine Jewelry

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Fine jewelry never goes out of style. As new styles emerge, the previous ones are retired and soon become classics and collectibles; some are much sought after. New stones provide designers the opportunity to explore different designs and styles, some even revive older, classic styles and breathe new life into them with the introduction of new stones.   Jewelry is an item of everyday life that has a larger significance than many people realize. We use jewelry to add an extra dazzle to an outfit, whether it be in the form of a bracelet, earrings, cufflinks, or even a watch. These beautiful concoctions of rare gems and diamonds being held by high quality gold, platinum or silver are very costly regardless of their small size.   Tiffany is one of…
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Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry

Tips for Buying Gold Jewelry

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Buying Gold Jewelry One of the first #tips when buying gold jewelry is to check to see if you are allergic to gold, or any metals that are commonly mixed with gold to make it harder. The second thing to keep in mind is to be sure you are purchasing from a reputable dealer. You can also have it professionally checked to ensure it is real gold. Compare pricing for the particular type of gold jewelry you are looking to purchase and what the average cost is to ensure you are getting the best deal. Here we have listed some of the most common thing to look for when buying gold jewelry: First, decide on the color of gold jewelry you prefer before shopping for gold jewelry. Though yellow gold…
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