The Four Cs: An Overview

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Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Pearls

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Fine cultured pearls can last for generations. But, more than most gems, they do require gentle, loving care to maintain their singular beauty.  Most pearls that we see in jewelry these days are cultured pearls. The unique look of these pearls is created … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Akoya Pearls

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It is important to realize that almost all pearls available on the market today are in fact cultured, and that finding saltwater pearls in their natural state is almost unheard of. The difference between natural and cultured pearls focuses on whether the pearl was created spontaneously by nature – without human … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Tahitian Pearls

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Unlike the more common pearl types, Tahitian pearls typically have a much darker body color and they have become some of the most sought-after, and most expensive pearls in the world. Tahitian pearls are known for their amazing iridescent, vibrant, almost metallic colors, and are unique among … [Read more...]

In Depth: Freshwater Pearls

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The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, yet Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya saltwater pearls! Production is so large that even lovely lustrous specimens are affordable, particularly in off-round shapes. For that reason, freshwater cultured pearls are … [Read more...]

How To Untangle A Necklace

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It doesn’t take long for a loose necklace — clasped or unclasped — to wind itself into a snarl of tangles. That’s why we recommend storing your necklaces in a  a purpose-built organizer. That said, if your favorite chain has already turned into a jumbled mess, you can fix it. Here’s how: … [Read more...]

Buying Jewelry Online

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In today's world, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to buying their diamonds and jewelry. In addition to mall and brick-and-mortar jewelry retailers, you can now conveniently shop from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone, any time you'd like. But when you do decide to do your jewelry … [Read more...]

The History of the Engagement Ring

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The history of the engagement ring and its romantic traditions resonate through time. The Romans first introduced the betrothal ring as a plain, iron hoop. Among the gentry, the iron ring was worn while indoors and replaced with the more valuable gold band when outdoors. As early as the 4th century AD … [Read more...]

Jewelry Stories: Episode 1

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Introducing "Jewelry Stories".... a new segment where people can share their unique, awe-inspiring, heart-warming, and maybe even thought-provoking jewelry stories with our readers from around the globe. THIS MONTH: Shakti Ellenwood tells her heartwarming story about finding her passion as a goldsmith.... … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Gold

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Gold jewelry has a distinct beauty that many desire. It does not tarnish like other metals do, but it does get very dirty from oils in the skin, body lotions, perfumes and make-up. Here is how to clean your gold and how to maintain it. YOU WILL NEED: Mild dish detergent Small bowl Jewelry brush or baby toothbrush … [Read more...]