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Question to Ask before Purchasing Antique Engagement Ring

Antique Engagement RingIn case you’re looking for a collectible or vintage wedding band, there are a couple questions you ought to ask the merchant before buying.

How Old it is this is Ring?

Regardless of the possibility that you have a fundamental comprehension of old fashioned gems, at times it is hard to decide the age of the ring. Propagations can be difficult to spot, so it’s imperative to ask a legitimate merchant the surmised age of the precious stone ring you are taking a gander at. You can then ask what adornments period the ring is from. A ring from 1895 could be considered either Victorian, Edwardian, or Art Nouveau. On the off chance that your loved one demands having an Edwardian ring, request that the merchant show you diverse Edwardian choices, or even better have them contrast an Edwardian ring and a Victorian one.

Have Any of the Stones Been Replaced?

This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker if the engagement ring is not all original.  Many of these rings are over 100 years old, so it is to be expected that some form of maintenance

Why Your Jewelry Looks Inexpensive?

Why Your Jewelry Looks InexpensiveThat statement necklace is saying all the wrong things.

A lot of people think that throwing a big statement necklace on an otherwise boring outfit will make it look stylish and sophisticated, but they’re wrong. Those giant beaded and bedazzled bibs might be hugely popular, but most of them are too busy and colorful to ever look particularly chic. They’re just so “Look at me! I’m a giant necklace!”
Ditch the statement necklace for a cool pendant or choker or lariat. Or do a whole layered thing with small, delicate necklaces. Or wear an ear cuff. Or a bangle. Anything! The age of the giant multi-colored jeweled statement necklace is over. It’s time to move on.

The enamel work is sloppy.
Good enamel should be smooth and even with crisp, clean edges where the enamel meets the metal. 

The metal is too bright and shiny.
A lot of cheap jewelry is made with inexpensive alloys, or even plastic that’s just painted and coated to look like metal. Polished gold, silver, and bronze are shiny, but not that shiny.
Choose slightly darker metals

Caring Your Jewelry

Caring Your JewelryPurchasing a piece of jewelry
Before buying a piece of jewelry, try it on in daylight, then under all the other lighting conditions possible. (For a piece to be worn in the evening, try it under electric lights, as well as in the dark.) I call your attention also to the comfort factor (weight of the earrings, distance between the fingers for a ring), the way you will wear the jewelry, the gemstone certificates… Let yourself be guided by your jeweler.

Yes or No ? That is the big question ! Discuss this with your insurance agent, who can provide all the conditions so that you can make an informed decision. Don’t forget to ask for an invoice or receipt and/or an estimate when you make a jewelry purchase in order to determine the amount of insurance.

The learning curve
There is nothing better than to train your eye to be able to distinguish an exceptional piece of jewelry. In Paris, the musée des Arts Décoratifs and the Louvre offer a plethora of treasures, as do the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the Grünes Gewölbe

Wire Types

Copper : You’ve presumably as of now seen me utilize a great deal of copper wire in undertakings on this site since I utilize this for my practice wire. In any case, it likewise looks pleasant with a few plans that utilization earth tone hues. Copper will obscure and stain with age, which is known as a patina influence. On the off chance that you want to keep your copper wire brilliant, you can just clean it. I’ve additionally once in a while absorbed copper white vinegar to tidy I up a bit.

Galvanized : You can find this (along with copper wire) in most hardware stores. It is a dull silver color and is also good practice wire. This wire is harder than the silver wire you may be used to, so get a small gauge if you plan to get some.

Fine Silver: Made of 99.9% pure silver, many wire workers enjoy working with fine silver. Fine silver is softer than sterling. Since it has fewer alloys, it also does not tarnish as quickly as sterling silver does.

Sterling Silver : This is one of my favorite types of wire because sterling

Base Metal Jewelry

As an jewelry maker, you may regularly hear the expression “base metal” being utilized. Metals are clearly vital components to making adornments. We utilize metal discoveries and metal sheet and metal wire to make adornments. Accordingly, it is useful to comprehend metal wording. Fundamentally, metals are for the most part composed into to various sorts: base metals and valuable metals.

Base metals are considered the opposite of precious metals (gold, platinum, palladium, and silver). They are much more economical to use than precious metals because the elements that make up these metals are more commonly found. Some examples of base metals include copper, zinc, nickel, and aluminum. Other than the price, another big difference between precious metals and base metals is that base metals will tarnish (or oxidize) a lot faster.

While it is fine to use any metal of your choice to make jewelry, especially when you are practicing or trying to make affordable jewelry, it is helpful to keep in mind that some people are more sensitive to base metals and cannot wear anything made with it. Nickel, for example, is a base metal that many people are allergic to.

About Ruby

Rubies are pinkish red individuals from the corundum group of minerals.Corundum of whatever other shading – blue, pink, yellow, and numerous others – is called sapphire.

Characteristic ruby shades change from light to dull red, and rubies regularly have connotations, for example, a purplish cast. The varieties add to the appeal and distinction of every gemstone.

Despite the fact that ruby is the birthstone of July, ruby adornments is an all inclusive top choice. Possibly this is on the grounds that we relate the shading red with the sentiments of affection and energy. The exceptional and sentimental shades add polish and extravagance to any adornments plan so it’s no big surprise that ruby gems is dependably popular.

Before you drop a pretty penny on one of the four precious gemstones, make sure you learn some natural ruby jewelry basics first.

1. Ruby Hardness Makes the Gemstone Very Durable

  • Rubies are rated at 9 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Compare that todiamonds at 10 and turquoise, which is a relatively soft at 5-6.

2. Ruby Color Variations Impact Value

  • Vivid, intense reds similar to the Burmese ruby are in

Purchasing Jade

Genuine jade can be both of two unique minerals, jadeite or nephrite. Both varieties are extreme, high clean stones that don’t break or chip effortlessly. We see so much green jade that it’s anything but difficult to overlook the gemstone happens in different hues. Take in some all the more captivating realities about this old gemstone and discover why it has been so reliably prevalent consistently.

Jade History and Lore

  • Jade has been around since prehistoric times. Our ancient ancestors carved jade into various objects to help with daily life, like weapons, tools, and objects used during rituals.
  • Jade is considered the birthstone for the month of March as well as the zodiac sign Scorpio.
  • Jade comes in two varieties, jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is considered more precious and valuable than nephrite due to its deep colors and transparency.
  • To some, jade is thought to increase the body strength and endurance of the wearer. In China, jade represents clarity and peace of mind. When jade is carved, each shape also depicts a different meaning onto the stone.

About Jadeite

Jadeite is the more rare of the two jades, and the most

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Keep your flatware, metal, pewter, copper, stainless and other beautiful metal embellishments like new. Epicureans Silver and Metal Cleaning Products will make excellence and upkeep simple. Our master rules will keep your metal objects looking crisp and flawless.

# Bring attention to your table presentation.

Set aside sufficient time to properly decorate and set your table. An inviting table sets the mood for an enjoyable event. Connoisseurs Silver and Metal Polish instantly removes tarnish and polishes to a high luster, leaving you more time to think about the menu and your guests.

# Shine in a Flash.

Clean your silverware to a flawless shine with Connoisseurs Silver Wipes
These 6” x 7” dry, disposable Wipes eliminate the time consuming mess associated with traditional silver cleaning pastes and creams.

# Use your Silverware Often, Worry Less.

Go ahead and use your sterling silver flatware every day, if you want. When it starts looking tarnished, wipe each piece with a Connoisseurs Silver Wipe before washing it or popping it into the dishwasher. This trick will leave your flatware brilliant for weeks to come.

The more you use your silver, the less it

Clean Jewelry?, Here Its Tips

# When to Clean Jewelry

Before dressing, take a look at your jewelry. Check if rings, earrings, bracelets or pendants need cleaning or a quick touch up. If time permits, clean your jewelry with a Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner.  Or, if time is short, give your jewelry a quick touch-up with Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes or Connoisseurs Quick Jewelry Cleanser.  Cleaning with any of the above products will make your jewelry sparkle like new.

# Unsafe Cleaners for Jewelry

DIY jewelry cleaner using household cleaners, such as toothpaste, ammonia and glass cleaners, are not effective nor are they safe for cleaning jewelry.   Jewelry cleaning products made by Connoisseurs are specially formulated to safely clean jewelry.

# How to Clean a Diamond Ring

Think about your cherished diamond ring. You probably wear it every day, and perhaps have wondered, what is the best way to clean a diamond ring? Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stik  cleans diamonds so they sparkle like new.  Diamond Dazzle Stik is easy to use, portable & attractive.

# Which Cleaner to Use

Choose the proper jewelry cleaning treatment. Professional jewelers recommend having a selection of jewelry cleaners on hand to clean gold,

About Gold Jewelry

The charm of gold, and the craving to possess it, goes back similarly as the historical backdrop of humanity itself. The spot of gold has been exceptional in each general public. In most punctual times, it had supernatural significance. The majority of the considerable domains of the old world utilized brilliant articles, for the most part in their religious ceremonies.

Over hundreds of years of developing complexity and innovation, gold has gone up against numerous extra parts. In addition to the fact that it is still prized for adornments, it now has numerous new applications in contemporary life. Gold took off into space with the space travelers. It pieces gamma beams and its intelligent capacity is utilized on the warmth shields that are basic to life. This same capacity to mirror the sun expands the stylish and handy excellence of today’s glass high rises; gold in tinted windows has the effect between obstructive glare and breathtaking sparkle. In drug, dentistry, industry, and in a hundred applications—from TV sets to phones to PCs to number crunchers—this endless metal is a vital segment.

But, above all, gold has enjoyed its finest glitter throughout the ages in its ultimate

Know More About Platinum Jewelry

The world’s most precious metal

For its excellence and worth, platinum has dependably been a definitive articulation of festivities of various types: from weddings and commemorations, to birthdays, occasions and other unique events.

One of the rarest valuable metals on earth, platinum is found in just a couple of areas on the planet.

Platinum has a rich and honorable history. It was initially utilized by the antiquated Egyptians around three thousand years prior. Eight hundred years after the fact, the South American Incas worked with platinum. The main platinum gems in Europe showed up around the year 1780, at the court of Louis XVI of France.

It might astound you that, in spite of the fact that platinum has been around for a considerable length of time, it has just been utilized to form gems for under two centuries. It is both an old and a youthful metal.

Why Platinum?

Platinum has great value. Platinum is among the finest, purest and rarest precious metals on earth, and has an understated elegance that appeals to both men and women.
Platinum is strong. Platinum, one of the strongest and most enduring metals in the

May Birthstone

The birthstone for May is the emerald.

It is believed that the origination of assigning a birthstone for each month dates back to a breastplate that Aaron, the older brother of Moses, wore, which represented the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In biblical times, people wore the gemstone assigned to month that the stone represented as a talisman.

In 1912, the American National Association of Jewelers created an official list of gemstones that represented each month with the birthstone for May being the emerald.

What is the history of the emerald?
The word, “emerald,” comes from the Latin term “smaragdus,” signifying green gem. Cleopatra adored emeralds and put a claim on all mines in Egypt. The emerald was discovered before her birth and the mining dates back to Ramses II, around 1300 B.C. Emeralds were worn by Egyptian royalty and accompanied them when being buried. Egyptian emeralds were eventually considered to be a step down from later found Columbian gems.

Ancient Muzo Indians from Columbia established efficacious emerald mines dating back as far as 500 A.D. The Indians hid these mines from the invading Spanish for over twenty years. The Indians who celebrated the use

About Pearls

Pearls are round, hard masses shaped in the shells of most living mollusks. Their glossy appearance and smooth surface make them a prominent expansion to ladies’ adornments and frill. While pearls can be found in numerous shades, including pink and green, white and dark are the most usually utilized hues. There are eight essential shapes utilized for adornments: round, semi-round, pear, drop, catch, extravagant, oval, and circumnavigated. A splendidly round pearl is uncommon, making it the most profitable. Less costly choices for a comparative look are refined pearls (see underneath), or impersonation pearls, which have near no quality.

How are pearls made?
Natural pearls are made when a parasite enters a mollusk. If the parasite embeds itself into the mollusk’s soft mantle, the mollusk will cover the parasite with a sac and begin to form layers of nacre around the irritant. Nacre is the smooth, shiny substance that makes up the interior of the mollusk, usually an oyster, and over time, the layers formed around the irritant will form a pearl. Today, natural pearls are extremely rare. Only a small percentage of mollusks form pearls—out of approximately the 8,000 different species of mollusks, only about 20 are

About Colored Diamonds

If white diamonds which are non-fancy colors have over 20 shades of white why do yellow diamonds only have four colors ? Well, it is a matter of nitrogen mollecule and how much got into the stone’s journey. It is difficult to know what diamonds are bringing with them and to what fancy color they are bringing

Mother nature is largest unsolved mystery in which resulted diamond beauties. With a rainbow array of colors, fancy colored diamonds seem to have an explanation for their colors.

The youngest diamonds are 900 million years old and the oldest are 3.4 billion years of age , almost as old as the earth itself. All diamonds, including colored diamonds have travelled from a depth of at least 150 miles under the earth’s surface.

When TYPE 2A stipulates the color of a white diamond on a GIA certificate it means that the precious stone has the finest D-color  (first color grade in white diamond) with no sign of nitrogen whatsoever. Indian diamonds have the reputation of being Type 2A. The G-color starts to show nitrogen to the naked eye with a pale yellowish diamond. For example, the same-sized diamond of a

Know More About Jewelry and Its Tips

Purchasing Jewelry

When you’re in the business sector for a bit of gems, think about quality, cost, and administration from a few distinct retailers. Consider asking relatives, companions, or collaborators for proposals. In case you’re new to a vender, check its notoriety by doing an online inquiry. Enter the merchant’s name and the words “protest” or “audit” in a web index. Whenever shopping, request that your sales representative record any data you may depend on to make your buy.

Shop Around

One of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting the best deal on pre-owned jewelry is to shop around, always compare new vs. pre-owned.  Do your homework and visit some online stores and then a few walk ins to compare pricing and quality.   Ask how old the piece is, what its condition is and information about the quality of its stones. It’s also a good idea to ask for certification and paperwork that verify the piece’s authenticity, including the quality of metal and grade of stones.


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