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Titanium Jewelry

Titanium is very hard
It depends. It has to be noted that the metal (chemical periodic table symbol Ti), is rather soft compare to the commonly known “strong” version, which is the alloys made from a mixture of titanium, tin (Sn), aluminum (Al) and vanadium (V). In jewelry industry, titanium is offered in different grades. The pure titanium jewelry is much softer than the other two alloys, known as 6Al4V and 6Al4V2Sn. 6Al4V means that the alloy consists of 90% titanium, 6% aluminum and 4% vanadium.

Titanium jewelry is indestructible
Wrong. Even though titanium alloys have high strength and resistant to wearing, it can be damaged. In fact, it can be worked almost in the same ways as other jewelry, such as resizing, filing, polishing and engraving. However, special equipment is needed to do so. Therefore, in case of an emergency, titanium rings can be cut off like any other rings, except that some special equipment is needed. Note that pure titanium jewelry can be scratched and bent just like gold and silver jewelry.

Titanium is a precious metal
Quite

Jewelry Buying Guide

Most important, check over the terms used for substitute gems, especially those of any gems in which you might be interested. Although no reliable jewelry would knowingly pass off one gem for another, if you are going to shop around you are going to have to expect to run into jewelers who may be less fussy.

Keep in mind that you cannot always tell what gem is by looking at it. Emeralds are green. Also, Tourmalines are green, and that name itself comes from the Singhalese word for mixed gems. Smoky quartz can outwardly resemble the more precious smoky topaz. Then, there are the gems of which few consumers have heard, like spinel.

There is no rule of thumb of what you can expect to pay. Any price list today is out of date before it is printed. The only way you can tell what is a fair price is to ask jewelers. If you don’t have a regular jeweler whom you trust, it is even more important to shop around and check the prices of particular gems. If

Antique Diamond Rings

An antique diamond engagement ring is the perfect way to celebrate your love. Genuine antique jewelry is sourced in many ways, from estates and antique stores, and there are many high quality jewellers who specialise in antique sales. An antique diamond ring captures a sense of longevity and offers a sense of hidden history to the celebration of a burgeoning relationship that implies the continuation of love and life. The giving of an antique diamond engagement ring can fill a time of hope with a sense of completion, the feeling that as one love affair has ended, another one begins.

Antique diamond rings offer a sense of real individuality. Unlike much of the mass marketed jewelry that is available today, an antique piece is truly one of a kind. This also means, however, an antique ring comes as it is seen – unlike many modern rings that are made to order, you cannot tweak the design of a genuine antique diamond ring, or purchase it in a different color. Many designers, however, can produce a replica item, which

Yellow Diamonds

Mellow Diamonds – Yellow Diamonds

Want to impress people at a party? Wear yellow diamond jewelry such as elegant yellow diamond earrings or a yellow diamond pendant, or earrings, etc. Yellow diamonds are more versatile than other colored diamonds. Compared to other fancy colored diamonds, yellow diamonds are mellow jewelry… they don’t shout “Look at me!” like other fancy colored diamonds and are loyal to their owners. Whereas a fancy green diamond is green with envy over your lover, a fancy yellow diamond will dazzle with delight at your happiness. One thing though, yellow diamonds like to party all night. Is that OK with you? Cool, then wear your favorite yellow diamond ring and to party till dawn (of later)

Buying Tips – Yellow diamonds

Yellow diamonds are judged and sold on the same was as other colored diamonds, on the basis of the four C’s – cut, clarity, color and carat weight. Of these four, the most important is the yellow diamond’s color. Why? Because that’s why you are buying a yellow diamond – for it’s amazing, heart pounding beauty and the magic it bestows on the luck lady (or man) that wears it.

Taking Care Of Jewelry

Because a diamond can scratch gold or pearls it is always important to store all jewelry pieces separately. Gold jewelry will last you a lifetime if it is taken care of. Gold can be scratched and dented if you are not careful. Because of where they are worn, gold rings and bracelets will get the most damage, much more so than earrings or necklaces. Chemicals also can cause damage to gold. One of the worst is chlorine. Constant exposure to chlorinated cleaning products will make the gold weak and prone to breaking. Don’t wear your gold in the swimming pool or Jacuzzi. Take your jewelry off around the house when cleaning but if you prefer to wear rings and bracelets wear rubber gloves for protection. Even makeup, perfume, hairspray, and perspiration can cause gold jewelry to lose its luster. Clean your jewelry regularly using a good jewelry cleaner. A quick clean can be done with a baby tooth brush and mild soap and a small amount of ammonia. (Never clean in the sink as the jewelry might fall down the drain, always clean in a bowl away from a drain pipe) Grease can be removed from karat gold

About Anniversary Ring

Nowadays, there are lots of varieties are available in the market to suit the different needs, tastes and preferences of the couples. According to your budget, you can actually choose which kind of ring you prefer for your beloved. Mostly, a garnet ring is given on second anniversary and worn in a right hand. Likewise, a diamond ring is presented on your tenth anniversary as a foundation for deep love.

Wait for the diamonds till tenth anniversary sounds stupid and unintelligent move as they are favorite stone of every woman and compliments their beauty very well. So, you can find lots of anniversary special rings, specially designed in solitaires that lasts the memories forever. Nowadays, engraved rings that carry initials of couples, their anniversary dates, any sweet and romantic messages or any other touching message or icons are also getting popular that carries a personal touch to the gift. Currently, a 3 stone diamond ring is really popular that consist of a big larger stone assisted by two other small diamonds as together they represent past, present and future.

Rings in a set that includes one for him and one for her are also becoming a

Gold Bracelets

The beauty of bracelets enticed women from ages; the very famous Cleopatra wore cuff bracelets. Cuff bracelets in14kt gold has been in fashion since, oh! I don’t even remember. Than in 40s-50s no school girl can be seen without charm bracelets it almost becomes a holy bracelet of that age. But nothing can replace the charm Gold bracelets it add a touch of elegance to a women’s look with a whimsical amuse.

You can find various styles of assortments in gold bracelets; it will give stunning looks to your personality. Gold Byzantine bracelets are growing popular as its contrasting look grabs attention with its intricate appearance. Golden wires woven with great intricacies will create an awesome bracelet just on-of-a-kind, a perfect gift for your valentine, wife or fiancé.

Look online for plenty of great suppliers of Gold bracelets and loose gold charms in all shapes, sizes materials and color. You can choose from miniature photo frame, slippers, key & lock shaped charms or heart shape golden charms.

Gold Chains

Real gold chains are a little pricey ranging from one hundred to one thousand dollars, but gold lasts forever and doesn’t tarnish so the expense is well worth it. They can be worn by men or women and make a simple yet elegant statement.

Several types of gold chain are available to purchase. There’s the bead which is made of little pieces of gold beads. The curb is the type of gold chain most often shown in ads, with a series of interlocking, oblong, beveled rings. The Figaro is like the curb except that every three links or so the ring is twice as long as the others.

Solid Cable chains look like thick twisted anchor cable, whereas the rope chain looks like well, rope. Snake chains are kind of cool because the links are stacked close together and manage to resemble snake skin. Other types of chain are Popcorn, Singapore, San Marco, Mesh, Omega, Box, Cable and Byzantine.

To reduce cost and weight in larger types of gold chains such as the Woven or Mesh styles the each of the links in the chain are hollow. When the gold chains are referred to as

Colored Diamond

Diamond possesses many qualities, which make it an ideal gemstone. It is extremely hard, and also very tough and hard wearing, and this also helps it to take a very high polish. Some hard articles are brittle which detracts from their durability. There are some things, which are harder than diamond. In its pure form it is colorless, has a high refractive index, so has a very high luster. It possesses high dispersion, meaning that different light wavelengths are diffracted differently, giving a strong scintillating play of prismatic colors.

Pure diamond, if such a thing exists, is colorless. Most diamonds are slightly colored, even if the coloring is almost imperceptible. The commonest color is yellow, which is caused by tiny amounts of nitrogen being present in the crystal structure; others are gray, light brown or greenish. Diamond can be almost any color, although strongly colored attractive specimens are very rare, and as such are not actively promoted. Probably in case consumers realize that blue, red, green and other colors are attractive, and start buying sapphires, rubies, emeralds and other gemstones instead of diamonds!
As with many gemstones, colors can be artificially produced or modified.

Colored diamonds

Montana Sapphires

Montana sapphires are truly some of the finest quality sapphires in the world. They come in a variety of colors. They are COMPLETELY NATURAL gemstones.

Sapphire was first discovered in Montana in the late 1800’s by gold miners working the gravels of Missouri River near Helena. The gold prospectors discovered the Gem Mountain sapphire deposit in 1892. Since that time, this mine has produced 180 million carats of sapphire.

When modern heat treatment processes were introduced, Montana sapphire production went through the roof.

Unfortunately, the sapphires from this location (Gem Mountain) are usually quite small. However, the color and clarity of these gems make up for it. They come in red, orange, yellow, green, pink and blue. They also come in a combination of these colors and because of their color changes under evening lighting they are extremely unique.

Most of the gem grade sapphire in the market place is heat-treated. When Montana sapphire is properly heat treated, they explode with color. Diamond cutting brings out a brilliance under various lighting conditions that is unique to these gemstones. It is very difficult to find Montana sapphires that are gem quality without being heat-treated.

Japanese Jewelry

Japanese crafts were always full of ideas and meanings, a careful approach must be taken when selecting Japan jewellery. If you choose the right pair of earrings – you might get happy, longevity might be on the way, and fate may be hiding in lucky earrings.

Many jewelry items are named and created by the image of something very important to culture. It is very unusual for Japanese jewellery to be abstract. For example, take a dragon earrings. Dragon symbolizes strength, fortune and prosperity; Japanese Happiness Earrings, which are shaped after Japanese glyph of “happiness”.

Japanese jewelry is very fine in detail, which is something you can expect from a nation that creates computers. Every detail is well-thought and full of meaning, so you shouldn’t worry wearing any of those Japanese rings, bracelets or chains.

To see something really astonishing you should try searching Google Images for “japanese tiara” – now that’s where sophisticated high-tech meets art! It’s amazing!

Can you imaging 600 silver pieces in chain with diamonds that form a bracelet! Can you imagine 600 chains on your hand? That’s what Japanese jewellery is all about.

Jewellers try to fit into

Cubic Zirconia

Zirconium in its pure form is actually a chemical element that can be found in the periodic table. For those interested it has an Atomic Number of 40. However, although a naturally occurring element and metal, it is not found in its pure form and instead forms a part of several minerals, the most common being Zirconium Silicate which is mined heavily in the USA, Australia, India, Brazil and Russia.

Zirconium was discovered in 1789 by the German chemist Martin Klaproth, although he did not manage to isolate the element. This was achieved in 1824 by Jons Jakob Berzelius, a Swedish chemist, with pure Zirconium first prepared in 1914. Pure Zirconium is a greyish-white metal that is used in a wide range of industrial processes including heavy use by the Nuclear industry due to its hardness, heat resistance and non-reactive properties. These characteristics also help to make it ideal for jewellery.

Obviously a grey-white metal would hardly make an ideal substitute diamond so the raw material needs processing to produce the clarity required for jewellery. To do this high purity zirconium oxide powders, stabilized with magnesium and calcium, are heated to very high temperatures until they

Canadian Diamonds

Canadian diamonds are also quite special because they have only been around about thirty years. Prior to their discovery in Canada’s Artic north in 1985, the finest quality diamonds were sourced from South Africa. This monopoly was put to an end when two Canadian geologists, Charles Fipke and his partner Stuart Blusson discovered a large vein of Kimberlite near Lac De Gras in the Yukon, Canada. This discovery was exciting as Kimberlite is the ideal stone-growing medium for high quality diamonds. Soon after this, in 1991, yet another source of diamonds in Kimberlite was found in Nunavit in the Northwest Territories.

The money to extract these diamonds comes from the Canadian
government and the gemstones that are produced are also certified by the government body. This means that unlike many diamonds that you can buy today, the Canadian diamond can be traced back to the diamond it was mined from. Canadian diamonds are also etched with a serial number as well as a teensy microscopic image of a polar bear or a maple leaf. All diamonds mined in this conscientious country come with a Canadian Triple Guarantee, which assures the quality and purity of the rock.

Making Jewelry

To start beading, the basic materials that you will need are: needle nose pliers, scotch tape, beading wire, crimp beads, wire cutters, a clasp of some sort and the actual beads you will be creating with.

The needle nose pliers can be purchased at any hardware store. I use needle nosed pliers to crimp the crimping beads. Many people market and sell a crimping tool.

I have found in my experience that the crimp that the crimping tool makes does not hold as well as when you use a set of pliers to smash the crimp bead.

A crimp bead is a round metal bead (best if you use sterling silver or gold) that hold the wire in place after you have attached the clasp.

You can start to make your own designs with a minimal investment. The beading wire, crimp beads, wire cutters, clasps and the beads themselves can be purchased from local beading stores or online resources.

Moissanite Diamonds

Moissanite diamonds are simulated diamonds that are artificially created in the lab. Crafted with unmatchable expertise and almost unattainable proficiency, these gems truly reflect your class. They are intricately shaped and cut to perfection.

In spite of the fact that moissanite stones are simulated diamonds they do not give the feel of being counterfeit unlike most other diamond alternatives that can easily be distinguished. Their conspicuous fire lends moissanite jewels that exclusively fine look.

No Less Than A Real Diamond

Duly known as the substitute to diamonds, though simulated, it is extremely difficult to tell moissanite from a real diamond. Moissanite diamonds appear to be as real as a natural diamond. They come along with a bonus benefit of being cheaper. But however, this piece of cosmic gem is no less in the comparison of the glam element – even more than a diamond!

Originally found in Arizona about more than 50,000 years ago, moissanite was showered upon the earth by a meteorite. Looked upon as an absolute diamond look-alike with an added profit of being shinier, moissanite caught the fancy of all jewel lovers. With its crystal clear form and radiant blaze moissanite

Diamond Clarity

That’s because diamonds are basically prisms, which capture light and reflect it back and forth, before it leaves the stone. If you had two similar stones and were wondering which of them was the diamond, you could put a tiny light behind each one and see how the light passed through it. If you basically got the beam of light coming out the other side, the stone is not genuine. A diamond refracts the light so many times, that it would only emerge from the other side as a soft glow.

Clarity is considered to be how “clean” the diamond is. Diamonds can have minor inclusions, which are minuscule amounts of gas, liquid, and even minerals, all of which cause an interruption in the flow of light through a stone. Inclusions can be so small, they go unseen by the naked eye. Others may not be visible, especially in small stones, but if they are of the right type, or there are several of them, their presence will disrupt the passage of light to the point where the stone is dull, or looks cloudy.

Some of the finest diamonds in the world have an inclusion of

Benefits of Custom-Made Jewelry

Designed from scratch

A major benefit of the custom-made jewelry is that every piece created will be entirely unique. This type of jewelry is completely designed from scratch with the intention to create something that is one of a kind and able stand out from the more traditional designs.

For the fussy wearer of jewelry, this will give a perfect opportunity to give their input to ensure the finished piece is able to fully match their personality. There is plenty to think about in the process of creating the perfect piece of jewelry. Also, the things to consider will vary with the different types of jewelry. For instance, the basic shape of the item is likely to range from rectangular or round for a pendant, while a set of earrings can have a drop or button style.

A further consideration is the specific metal for the custom-made jewelry. The most popular options include titanium, sterling silver, gold and platinum. The preferred metal style is relatively easy to choose because most people have a particular preference for the basic metal color and look.

Additionally, there is the option to choose the type, color, number and

Larimar

Even in prehistoric times, people were attracted to pretty pebbles, and when combined with translucency or even transparency with color, they were highly prized. Some high quality of these stones known as precious gemstone like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds & rubies, LARIMAR is one of them.

COLOR is one of the most important and individual characteristic to gemstones. The color should be rich – not as light as to give the stone an anemic appearance, nor as deep as to make it look dark or even black, particularly in artificial light. Too dark color reduces transparency and stone’s lively look, which can be achieved by skillful cutting and faceting by making it a bit sparkle. The blending of the various colors or tints of the same color and the various designs and patterns produced as they are by nature, give such stone an individual appeal that makes each one unique.

Another character that makes a difference in the available gemstone is quality, a high luster. Larimar, amber and some other garnets have a resinous luster, while turquoise is sometimes described as “waxy”. Luster does not give a stone brilliance. In certain gemstones brilliance is produced by the

About Digging for Diamonds

Online jewelry sales are expected to reach $3.2 billion this year, compared with $2.5 billion last year. Overall, 8% of all jewelry sales in 2005 are expected to come from the Internet, up from 6% in 2004 and 3% in 2002. BlueNile forecasts 2005 sales of $205 million to $215 million, up from $169 million in 2004.

Ann Poletti at eBay said, they do $1.6-$1.7 Billion in jewelry and watches, and she gave me these two statistics:

50% ($0.8M) is in diamonds and watches.

50% ($0.8M) is in rings and watches.

These are very compelling numbers, indicating a very compelling opportunity.

An easy way to get into this business for an investor could be by buying Odimo (Nasdaq: ODMO) that owns the portal diamond.com, as well as other internet brands such as Ashford. The company did $52 Million in 2004 sales, but is currently valued at a mere $13 Million. Of course, they are losing beaucoup money. However, some of the P&L problems seem to be artificially created by their majority shareholder, The Steinmetz Group, who remains the sole supplier of diamonds to the company, but at questionable terms. Gross margin numbers seem

Selecting Antique Wedding Rings

Tip one, if you are looking on a website thoroughly read all that material before purchase so that you are clear on what they sell. It may also be a good idea to check with the better business bureau and see if there are any complaints about the marketer. This also holds true if you are shopping in a store or antique market for a ring.

Tip two; don’t let a pushy seller talk you into something you aren’t sure of before you are ready to make the purchase. They should always be willing to hold a ring or let you come back. This is your wedding ring and it’s meant to yours for a long time so make sure you like the one you get.

Tip three, if it’s a real antique you may wish to have it appraised by an outside appraiser so you can see if you are getting a good deal or if you need to have it insured. Also check to see if a ring of this type comes with documentation. Documentation can be anything from an affidavit of the previous owners with preferably a picture of the ring being worn