Jewelry Guide

Gemstone Treatments

Gemstones

Gemstone Treatments

Jewels have been objects of desire from the earliest days of mankind. The enduring value of gems and pearls is largely a result of their beauty, durability, and rarity. It is this last aspect that has pushed humans to create less expensive alternatives to the natural product. These include imitations such as glass, fully synthetic counterparts of natural gems, and enhancements that modify gems and pearls to make them more valuable.

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Just Facts - Emeralds

Gemstones

Just Facts - Emeralds

For more than 4000  years, the deep "green fire" of emeralds has been treasured as a symbol of eternal spring and immortality. Shrouded in myth and lore, the birthstone for May isn't just a beautiful gem. Emeralds are also ornaments of power and politics that have created legends and molded world history. Prized by Egyptians, Romans, Aztecs, crowned heads of Europe, and today, gem connoisseurs the world over, emeralds, more than any other precious gemstone, have sparked the eternal fires of our collective imagination.

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The legend of the Amethyst

The legend of the Amethyst

Dionysus, known for his love of grape juice, was the Greek god of wine; however, after a few goblets, he became a little confrontational. One day in the forest, with goblet in hand, the tipsy Dionysus took insult from a passing mortal that refused to show him respect. The incident provoked his wrath, and Dionysus swore revenge on the next mortal that he saw...

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What is Gold?

What is Gold?

Some sources have estimated that the total production of gold from ancient times to present could be placed within a 25-meter cube. A similar cube for platinum would be substantially smaller, barely exceeding six meters. Due to their rarity and value, gold, silver, platinum and members of the platinum group have earned the special nickname of noble metals.

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Jewelry Setting - Prong Setting

Jewelry

Jewelry Setting - Prong Setting

Most jewelry is crafted from individual components. The pieces are often created on the jeweler's bench and then skillfully joined together. The components needed in most types of jewelry are incredibly simple.

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