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The 411 on Earrings

The 411 on Earrings Earrings are an essential part of almost every woman’s jewelry wardrobe. They complete a look and frame a face. Metals Earrings come in every type of metal, including stainless steel, but we’re starting here because it’s the one thing people can be allergic to. The most common metal allergy is nickel, which can cause itching, rash, swelling and blisters. If you have a nickel allergy, choose nickel-free metals, such as 18K yellow gold, platinum, titanium, copper and sterling silver. White gold is a no-no — it usually contains nickel. If you already have a pair of...

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The 411 on Necklaces

Jewelry lovers have many styles and lengths to choose from when it comes to necklaces. Chain necklaces Chain necklaces are available in many precious metals, such as platinum, sterling silver and various colors of gold. Chain necklaces are a popular jewelry choice for women and men. CHAIN TYPES ANCHOR CHAINS: Double links of uniform size connect to create a heavy, sturdy appearance. BEAD CHAINS: Small metal balls are linked by bits of wire between the beads. BOX CHAINS: Square links interlock to present a boxy design. Very thin versions of box chains are popular, especially for displaying pendants. BYZANTINE CHAINS:...

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The 411 on Rings

The 411 on Rings Rings are works of art shaped from metal and stone. The more you understand about how they’re made, the easier it is to choose a quality piece. There are four basic elements that go into the creation of a ring: 1.  The head or setting 2.  The shank or band 3.  The claw 4.  The shoulder 1. The head or setting This is the area where the stone is mounted. Some of the most popular settings are: PRONG Prong settings are the most popular, especially with engagement rings. Thin metal prongs rise from the base of the setting...

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Maintenance and Damage Protection

Your fine jewelry is valuable to you for many reasons. Of course, it’s precious for personal reasons: because of who gave it to you, from whom you inherited it or for the memory of when you treated yourself to that special piece. It holds monetary value too — value that can either increase or decrease depending on how you care for and store it. Whether you plan to perhaps trade a piece in eventually, have it remade or keep it until you pass it down to the next generation, it’s always going to be important to care for your jewelry...

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Jewelry 101: Bracelets and Anklets

It can be lots of fun to dress up your wrists and ankles with a bit — or a lot — of shine and shimmer. Bracelets are a versatile, easy-to-wear fashion accessory, while anklets add a subtle touch to an often-overlooked body part. Knowing a bit about different types of bracelets and anklets can make it easier to navigate your options at the jewelry store. In both cases, you should weigh style against how they’ll feel on you. Bracelet types BANGLE AND CUFF BRACELETS Bangle bracelets are round, solid bracelets that slide over the hand, fit loosely on the wrist,...

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Diamond Clarity: How it Works

Most diamonds have some inclusions or blemishes, which are typically microscopic markings within a diamond or on its surface — and which affect a diamond’s “clarity” and value. No two diamonds are exactly alike, and this has to do with their clarity. The grade of clarity a diamond has depends on if it has any inclusions or blemishes, which are common. Put simply, the higher the clarity of a diamond, the fewer inclusions or blemishes. So-called “flawless” diamonds, or those with no inclusions or blemishes, are the most highly desirable — and the most expensive. Think of an inclusion or...

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Non-traditional Engagement Rings

Engagement ring options beyond the diamond solitaire First of all, what are we talking about when we say “traditional engagement ring?” When most Americans hear the words “engagement ring,” they usually think “diamond” and most likely, envision a solitaire setting. But what if you or your special someone is in the minority camp of engagement ring shoppers? You want something a little different. But what? There certainly are a lot of options  to choose from, which can be liberating – but also a little overwhelming. So, here’s a general overview of some options to get you started. Diamonds, but different...

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Engagement Ring Style Guide

Think of an engagement ring as “wearable art” to make choosing a style for your fiancée-to-be a more thoughtful, and even easier, process. While many men start with the diamond as the base for their thinking about an engagement ring, exploring the style of ring she’ll adore will take you closer to the perfect choice. You need to consider “the art of the ring.” While an engagement ring is a symbol of your love for your fiancée-to-be, don’t forget that it is also a wearable piece of art. Consider what type of art would be the perfect complement to her...

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5 Tips for Finding Your Most Beautiful Diamond

Knowing and weighing all your options will help you find the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring. You can make yourself crazy trying to read all the information about diamonds and how to find the one you want. But sometimes you may not have the time to go through it all or you need a way to quickly remind yourself of everything you’ve learned. When you’re looking for the most beautiful diamond for your engagement ring, keep these five things in mind. 1. Cut Experts agree, the diamond’s cut and polish are the most important considerations when it comes to its...

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Necklaces to Fit Your Style

Jewelry lovers have many styles and lengths to choose from when it comes to necklaces. Chain necklaces Chain necklaces are available in many precious metals, such as platinum, sterling silver and various colors of gold. Chain necklaces are a popular jewelry choice for women and men. CHAIN TYPES ANCHOR CHAINS: Double links of uniform size connect to create a heavy, sturdy appearance. BEAD CHAINS: Small metal balls are linked by bits of wire between the beads. BOX CHAINS: Square links interlock to present a boxy design. Very thin versions of box chains are popular, especially for displaying pendants. BYZANTINE CHAINS:...