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Category Archives: Jewelry

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 on the contrary, titanium is abundant on the Earth and not precious at all. Nevertheless, titanium jewelry is listed among the precious metals silver, gold and platinum under precious metal categories. Also, the price range for titanium jewelry is similar to the precious metals that are actually scarce on the Earth. The reason is that although the metal itself is abundantly available, the process for producing titanium alloys is expensive compare to traditional precious metals. The technology for creating titanium alloys involves extremely high temperature and vacuum condition, and tight control of environment to avoid any contaminations. This drives the prices of titanium jewelry to the range of jewelry just like gold jewelry.

Titanium jewelry is hypoallergenic
Right. Titanium alloys are inert and does not contain nickel or cobalt which most people with more sensitive skin are allergic to. They will not change color or cause outbreak to virtually anybody. In short, titanium jewelry is very safe to wear.

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 you want smoky topaz, look at smoky topazes in as many stores as possible to get a general idea of the current price, although prices will vary with size and quality as well as setting. Still, you can get fair idea of fair topazes, or other gems, as possible.

Although the terms “precious gem” and “semi precious gem” have little meaning as the prices of all jewelry increase, the less expensive gems are probably safer buys from the point of view that there is less reason for anyone to try to sell a gem that isn’t what it is supposed to be. However, some inexpensive gems, such as turquoise and zircon, can have nature improved on by various kinds of treatment, and spinel and garnet can be synthetic.

Another problem in buying jewelry with gems is that the gems are already set. Once a gem is in the setting, you may not be able to see all the inclusions, nor may an appraiser, because the setting can hide them. A setting can also make up for imperfect cutting. That doesn’t mean you should buy only unset gems. The average person can be as taken in by unset gems as by set ones. It does mean that where you buy can be more important than how to buy.

Still and all, there are some precautions you can take in shopping around and looking at gems. These precautions hold particularly true for diamonds, which are most common gem purchased, and for few other stones.

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 can be altered – this provides the antique look in a brand new ring. For many people, this combines the best of both worlds.

Many people find themselves with a piece of antique jewelry that carries immense sentimental value in a form they will never wear. If this is the case for you, why not consider having the stone from that old necklace recast into something else? A precious stone can be passed through the generations in many different forms. Bestow a brand new piece of jewelry the sense of history on an antique by keeping an old stone alive – make your own antique diamond ring, and keep the past alive in a modern form.

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. Of course, you should take into consideration diamond quality and buy a certified diamond out of common sense. Is owning a fancy yellow diamond about common sense? Of course not! So stop worrying and let your intuition lead you to the yellow diamond in your life.

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 jewelry by dipping into plain rubbing alcohol. Always rinse thoroughly and dry after cleaning. Keep it wrapped separately in a soft cloth, jewelry box divider or plastic baggie. Keep your eye on prongs that could break and cause the loss of a stone. An occasional visit to a professional jeweler is the best idea.

Platinum is one of the rarest and most durable precious metals. It does not tarnish or get discolored from chlorine. Even though it is very tough you still need to take good care of your platinum jewelry. Store it separately because platinum can be scratched. Platinum can be cleaned in the same manner as other fine jewelry.

You will probably be surprised that sunlight can cause many colored gemstones to fade, change color or become pale. Common stones that are damaged in sunlight (there may be more):
Amethyst, Ametrine, Apatite, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Fluorite, Kunzite, Rose Quartz, and Smokey Quartz. Pearls are organic stones and quickly react to any form of chemicals like perfumes, hand lotions, hair spray, etc. Chemicals directly attack the nacre, ruining the luster, which causes patches on your pearl. Put your pearl jewelry on last after you have applied your perfumes, lotions, etc. They should not be worn along with any other jewelry items
such as chains or even watches. Clean pearls only with lukewarm water. Never brush them in any way. You can then wipe it with a regular cotton cloth. The silk is delicate and gets stretched after a period of time. Always store bead necklaces (such as lapis, pearls, etc) flat as that will keep the silk from stretching. It could break when the strand is worn on a regular basis. You should have them checked, to see if they need to be re-strung, every 3 years if you wear them regularly.
Opals are water-based stones. Sudden temperature changes cause them to crack in multiples (known as Crazing). They
should thus be cleaned only in room temperature water (68°F – 75°F) and then wiped with a soft cotton cloth.
Emeralds, naturally coming out of the ground have several surface breaking inclusions in them. Almost all of them are
treated through oiling to hide these inclusions. They cannot be immersed in ultrasonic cleaners or steam machines for
this reason. The oiling will either discolor or come out during the cleaning process. Thus they can only be cleaned with
room temperature water (68°F – 75°F) and a cotton cloth.

Platinum is one of the rarest and most durable precious metals. It does not tarnish or get discolored from chlorine.
Even though it is very tough you still need to take good care of your platinum jewelry. Store it separately because
platinum can be scratched. Platinum can be cleaned in the same manner as other fine jewelry.

Your silver jewelry tarnishes when exposed to air. This occurs more quickly in damp and foggy weather and even sunshine, but is inevitable in any climate. Tarnish first appears as a golden hue on your sterling silver then turns to black. Always store in treated paper or cloth, or plastic zip lock bags made of Mylar (turkey cooking bags) or polyethylene. Some plastic contains sulfur compounds which can cause tarnish faster. Never use polyvinyl plastic bags. Tiny zip-lock bags work great for each individual piece. Don’t store sterling silver jewelry on wood surfaces as wood usually contains acids that can mar the finish. Also avoid storing silver with other metals like pennies and rubber. Don’t wear rubber gloves when washing or polishing silver because rubber promotes tarnish. Dry and polish silver with a soft cloth, not paper towels. You can use a baby tooth brush or a horsehair silver brush but stays away from paper, polyester and course fabrics that contain wood fibers as this can scratch your silver. Ordinary toothpaste is a good, quick cleaner but is mainly recommended for gold, not silver. If you don’t want to rub the silver (or you’re uncomfortable working with acid), make a dip using baking soda, aluminum foil and hot water. Place a 2′ length of aluminum foil into a plastic bucket, and pour 1/2 gallon of hot water over it. Then pour a cup of fresh baking soda into the water (if the soda is fresh, it will begin foaming). Submerge a piece of silver in the water, and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Then pull out the silver, rinse it, and allow it to dry.

For a more of a heavy duty cleaner get a pickle jar and combine one inch of cleaning detergent (like Top Job or Mr. Clean), one inch of dish washing liquid and one inch of ammonia. Fill the rest of the container with water. Shake well, heat in microwave and pour into an old pot and simmer on stove. Put your silver or gold into the solution and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Remove from solution and rinse with water. Dry well.

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 craze these days. Generally, couples prefer such rings as they show the perfect union and blending of both interests in one set. Sometimes, these combinations also include diamond and gold or diamond or platinum or diamond or white gold or titanium; depends upon the individual’s choice and budget.

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 solid chains it simply indicates that the links aren’t hollow, not that they are composed of pure gold. Nearly all gold is mixed with another metal like silver or copper because its very soft and will dent easily.

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 in trade go under the name “fancy color”. Because of their rarity they are held in very esteem, especially when the color displays an intense saturation. The most valuable diamond, however are the completely colorless stones- in this respect diamond is the only gemstone whose colorlessness renders it more valuable.

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.