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Cutting and Polishing Diamonds
on 2007/2/26 13:50:00 (14820 reads)

by Mitch Endick
Precious stones are cut and polished to develop the beauties which are latent in them. The diamond in its natural found state is not spectacular. The diamond in a natural state is merely a luminous gray pebble. The diamond does have however, inherent qualities which can be made beautiful. By properly cutting and polishing a diamond, it has the power to reflect and disperse light falling upon it to an extraordinary degree.

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Making Beaded Jewelry Is Easy to Do
on 2007/2/25 13:50:00 (3018 reads)

by Sam Seriodiv
Making beaded jewelry is an inexpensive and fun hobby that nearly anyone can do. The materials needed are readily accessible and cost very little money. Aside from the requisite thread, needle and the beads, there are also some other materials that the hobbyist can use in making this kind of jewelry. Hobbyists can also experiment with various beading techniques to make interesting and unique creations.

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Hip-Hop Jewelry Becoming Mainstream Fashion
on 2007/2/24 14:00:00 (4615 reads)

by Greg Peterson
When the first introduction of the "Rap" style hit the music industry, few would have predicted that the impact of "Hip-Hop" culture would go mainstream. But it definitely has done exactly that, as seen by the increasing number of celebrities showing off their "Bling-Bling", the standard term for hip hop jewelry. The upsurge in popularity of this particular style of jewelry, owes its claim to fame to the recording artists whose reputation was built on sporting expensive, flashy rings, pendants and earrings. In fact, this term has become so widely used, that the Oxford Dictionary has included it, along with "jiggy" and "phat". Credits for this term go the Hip-Hop artist B.G, who recorded a 1999 hit song that brought "Bling-Bling" as a popular catchphrase into the mainstream.

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Shopping for Beading Supplies
on 2007/2/21 14:00:00 (2588 reads)

by John Purdy

Most people may not realize this, but beading can end up being one of the most expensive hobbies based on the types of material used. For example, a beaded necklace made from real diamonds can cost up to $100,000. Fortunately, you do not have to be rich in order to enjoy this hobby. By learning where and how to buy reasonably priced beading supplies, this hobby can be ideal for people who are on a limited budget.

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Cleaning Cubic Zirconia
on 2007/2/21 14:00:00 (2557 reads)

By: Victor Epand

The basic rule of jewelry care is to apply all lotions, make-up, hair spray, etc. first, then put on the jewelry. Pearls are especially susceptive to the solvents in hair sprays. In the reality of the jewelry business, I see people who refuse to remove rings and those who do so only once in a while. When we clean a customer's jewelry and inspect for wear and loose or missing stones, the jewelry most often needing repair is a ring that is "never" taken off the finger and cleaned by the owner.

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Testing Silver and Silver Grades
on 2007/2/21 13:00:00 (6478 reads)

by Victor Epand

The law requires metal to be marked by the maker and the metal quality. For sterling, the mark will be either the numbers 925 (meaning 92.5 % silver, which is sterling) or a "sterling" stamp with the words. Look near the clasp for the mark, at the end of the chain. Sometimes the mark is on a little flat looking ring at the end of the chain.
Sterling silver will tarnish and on some people it tarnishes quickly due to body chemistry, and on others it never tarnishes. To keep tarnish from happening, sterling is very often plated with another metal to protect the sterling and keep the tarnish from happening. The plating will be a metal called "rhodium" which is very bright or another metal recently used on silver that look more the color of silver. The chain can be sterling and still have the plate on the outside to prevent tarnish.

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How To Buy Genuine Diamonds And Gemstones On Ebay
on 2007/2/21 11:20:00 (2448 reads)

by Diana Ratliff 

Purchasing a genuine diamond or gemstone – not a “faux” or “simulated” stone - on eBay can be a scary prospect.  Unlike going to a jeweler, you can’t examine it in person and assess how it looks on your ring finger before you shell out your hard-earned cash.  There’s the very real risk that you’re not going to get what you paid for.

But these concerns can be addressed by being a smart eBay shopper. After all, when you buy on eBay, the savings can be huge and you can find really unique jewelry items!
Before bidding on any diamond or precious gem (such as emerald, ruby or sapphire), make sure you understand how value is determined for that particular stone. There’s no excuse for not being an educated shopper. If eBay sellers don’t address these characteristics in their auction listings, click on the “Ask seller a question” link and get answers before you bid!

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Tips To Clean Silver Jewelry
on 2007/2/20 14:00:00 (1722 reads)

A Complete How -To Guide. by Glen B. Porter
Silver jewelry is not only attractive but also reasonably priced. In fact a number of men and women prefer silver as an alternative to gold.
For those who purchase silver jewelry may not often think about taking care of it. On the other hand, if you clean silver jewelry it can stay vibrant and beautiful for years and years.

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Karen has a passion for jewellery By Sue Newman
on 2007/2/19 10:20:00 (2362 reads)

If your diamond ring is not worth flashing about, hide when you’re talking to Karen Young.
For five and a half years she’s been the hands behind jewellery repairs at Ashburton’s Gem Time jewellers, but recently added a valuable qualification to her CV.

Several hundred dollars and countless hours of study later, Karen has earned herself a Gemological Institute of America certificate, with qualifications in the area of general jewellery, coloured stones and her number one passion, diamonds.
Unlike many in the jewellery trade, she’s a latecomer, having passed up a career as a nurse to learn something new, and she’s hooked.
She’s never happier than when she’s pouring over precious stones, each, she says is a living thing, with its own characteristics.
Going back to study after years ‘just doing the job’ was not always easy, Karen said. “I class myself as a mature student and I had to combine it with farming and working; it was all done at night, in my own time.”
Now the course is completed and the graduation certificate in her hands, Karen is toying with the idea of tackling another course, this time involving her number one love, diamonds. “Completing this has given me a lot more confidence, I know I’m better able to answer customers’ questions,” Karen said.
She’s keen to continue with her study, but knows any further qualifications, such as diamond grading, are unlikely to be of much value in Ashburton.
“Although, because I do all the diamond buying here, this course has given me real confidence,” she said. For someone whose first love is diamonds, Karen’s stock of jewellery is small.
“But I do have one really good piece,” she said. For Karen there is nothing better than a holiday involving a country strong on diamonds. A recent trip to Dubai was paradise, she said. Now she’s looking ahead and hoping to make it to one of the big diamond fairs in the United States.
But right now, qualifications under her belt, Karen is happy sharing her new knowledge with Gem Time customers – and she’s happy to sneak quick and admiring glances at the rings on other women’s fingers.
February 17 2007

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