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Buying and Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry

October 20th, 2011

Clean Sterling Silver Often For the best looking sterling silver jewelry, clean it often. Frequent cleaning will ensure that jewelry stays shiny and prevent tarnish from marring the silver. Tarnish happens when silver reacts to the sulfur or hydrogen sulfide found in the natural air. There are a variety of silver polishes available for use in cleansing sterling silver...

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Watch Buying Guide - Types of Watches

October 20th, 2011

Choosing a Watch Depends on Personality There are many different styles of watches available in today's fine jewelry market. The most common is the wristwatch, though some opt for an antique-style, fashionable pocket watch. Wristwatches feature bands made of leather, nylon or additional plastic materials or links made out of metals, such as gold, silver or platinum....

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Fashionable Jewelry You Can Make Yourself

September 26th, 2011

Next time you're looking to spice up your jewelry collection, forget about heading to the fine jewelry store or dropping tons of cash on a designer piece. You can be just as fashionable without having to spend a lot of money by crafting your very own necklaces. The best part? When someone compliments your piece, you get to tell them that you made it yourself! Here are some...

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Fine Jewelry Trends for Fall and Winter

September 20th, 2011

Fall and winter fashion can get boring, especially since there's usually so much dark fabric involved. Rather than stress over what to wear, take out one of your fine jewelry pieces to completely transform an outfit. Here are some of the top trends this season according to Jewelers of America. Friendship bracelets Girls have been making these for decades, but recently...

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The History of Birthstones

September 16th, 2011

Birthstones have been around for centuries. The specific stones corresponding with each month vary between ages and cultures, but for the most part, scholars agree that the use of birthstones was prompted by the Breastplate of Aaron, a religious ceremonial garment described in the Bible. The cloth had four rows of three stones mounted in gold filigree that represented the...

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How to Choose the Perfect Diamond

September 16th, 2011

If diamonds are a girl's best friend, then it's important to take the time to choose one carefully. Search for a diamond with the highest value for your budget and looks that will wow you for the rest of your life. There are four main characteristics to consider when choosing a diamond: carat, clarity, color and cut. Of course, considering your budget is always smart,...

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Cheap Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

September 16th, 2011

Sorting through a huge pile of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings isn't convenient, especially if you're trying to find the perfect piece for a night out and can't get all those chains untangled. An easy solution is to store your jewelry using items to keep them separated so you can find the right piece whenever you need it. Earrings can be tough to store, especially if...

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How Pearls Are Made

September 16th, 2011

Pearls have historically been one of the most popular forms of jewelry. Even though they're prevalent, you may not know how they're made or all the different varieties. The three general categories of pearls are natural, cultured and imitation. Pearls can come from either saltwater or freshwater sources. Both are considered high quality, but some types of freshwater pearls...

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Rare Pearls

September 16th, 2011

A relatively little known fact is that pearls don't always come from oysters, mussels and clams. Some forms of pearls come from conchs, snails, scallops, quahogs and perhaps even coconuts! Conch pearls are found inside giant sea snails, or Queen Conchs. These conchs are found in tropical waters off of Florida and the West Indies and are harvested primarily for their meat. The...

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Jewelry Trends to Try

September 16th, 2011

Jewels are always in vogue. Their arrangement and how you wear them can make a strong fashion statement, so try some of these cool new trends to wow your friends. Rose gold. You can't go wrong with standbys silver and gold, and the unique pinkish hue of rose gold can be a fun addition to any outfit. Try a chunky bracelet or watch, or sport a statement necklace with the exotic...

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