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Birthstones for Month - Birthstone Guide

October 20th, 2011

Aquamarine Stands in For March The beautiful blue aquamarine is the March birthstone and the anniversary stone for 19 years of marriage. The perfect aquamarine color is a sea blue. Stones with this clear blue coloring, without any shades of gray, are the most valuable of all aquamarine gemstones. This stone looks best in larger chunks and falls in the beryl family,...

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Gemstone Buying Guide - Cleaning a Gemstone

October 20th, 2011

Cleaning Your Gemstone Gemstones are quite durable and require much less care than other pieces of jewelry. However, you want to keep your investment looking as shiny and polished as it did when you first purchase it. First, make sure to routinely clean your gemstone. For a thorough cleansing, soak gemstones in water with just a minute amount of soap. Then, using a...

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Gold Jewelry Buying Guide - Cleaning Gold

October 20th, 2011

Black Hills Gold is Full of History An interesting gold jewelry variation is Black Hills Gold. These fun designs include 10K to 12K gold designs in hues like yellow, pink and green and are often leaves, vines and clusters of grapes. While it seems like the name might be devoted to the area where the gold is mined, it actually represents the specific, unique design of...

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Pearls Buying Guide - Types of Pearls

October 20th, 2011

Does Color Affect Value of Pearls? Whenever you see pearls in a jewelry store that boast a unique color, such as white or pink or orange, it is most likely a freshwater pearl. This kind of color can occur naturally, dictated by what the mollusk eat, genetics of the creature or the type of metal found in the environment in which the pearl was cultivated. Whether or...

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Shopping for Platinum Jewelry - Cleaning Platinum

October 20th, 2011

Breaking Down the Components of a Platinum Ring When purchasing a platinum ring, it's important to know the anatomy of the jewelry to help you make the most informed decision regarding your choice of metal. After all, rings are made of several different parts: The stone, which is the most important portion of the ring. Diamonds are usually best with platinum, but...

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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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