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Jewelry Care and History


Information on proper jewelry care and a brief history of jewelry

Jewelry can help you express your personal style, update last year's wardrobe, and bring life to a drab outfit. To accomplish your fashion goals, know what is hot in jewelry trends and watch what jewelry celebrities wear. Celebrities generally wear the most fashionable pieces and are excellent sources for ideas. Fashion jewelry refers to bold, statement pieces that stand out in a wardrobe, rather than plain chains and other simple jewelry. Fashion jewelry can be found in various department stores, in thrift shops, and even on auction sites like eBay. Wherever you decide to purchase your accessories, know what to look for by following trends and celebrities.

Discover the Most Recent Jewelry Trends

Trends come and go, but quality jewelry withstands the test of time. Even if a popular jewelry fashion retires for a season, it never fails to come back. When it does, you'll have a piece of jewelry that fits the season's current styles. Follow fashion magazines and blogs to see what celebrities are wearing and what designers are featuring in their runway shows. This will keep you linked to current trends. However, you may want to consider jewelry that is timeless so you get more use out of your pieces. Some jewelry styles that never entirely fade from the fashion scene include nature pieces, dark stones, dangle earrings, and pearls.

 Jewelry Inspired by Nature

Look for leaf jewelry, including silver leaf earrings, jeweled leaf brooches, and gold leaf necklaces, as well as acorns carved out of agate or amber. Butterfly jewelry, especially butterfly brooches, continue to soar to the top of most must-have jewelry lists. Mariah Carey, known for her love of butterfly jewelry, is certainly doing her part to keep butterflies popular.

Dark, Moody Stones

Dark jewelry is dramatic and chic. Search for stones that have an earthy, exotic look, such as black onyx, black jade, Australian black opals, black pearls, and black diamonds. These pieces are a dramatic departure from light-colored stones.

Dangle Earrings

Dangle earrings are a classic that always look modern. Long, diamond dangle earrings can look dramatic on a night out, while demure, gold dangle earrings work nicely for day. Pearl dangle earrings give you all-day classic glamour, but save those extra-long shoulder sweepers for evening. To properly display dangle earrings, arrange your hair in an up-do or back in a ponytail.

Piles of Pearls

Pearls are versatile and can make you look classy or trendy. For a chic Grace Kelly look, wear a single, short strand of pearls. For a more dramatic look, wear various types of pearls in different lengths. Mix strands of pink pearls, black pearls, and freshwater pearls for variety.

Follow Celebrity Jewelry Trends

Many jewelry trends start on the red carpet. Paying attention to the jewelry celebrities wear via fashion blogs, magazines, and social media outlets keeps you in touch with what kind of jewelry is popular at the moment and also which fashion pieces withstand the test of time.

Dress Up With Diamonds

Marilyn Monroe once claimed that diamonds are a girl's best friend, and red carpet regulars couldn't agree more. Diamonds of every style and hue, such as modern, vintage, white, yellow, pink, and blue diamonds continue to dominate at Hollywood award shows, with everyone from Angelina Jolie to Oprah wearing them. Of course, very few people can afford to be dripping in diamonds. Cubic zirconium is an inexpensive, everyday alternative to real diamonds, and it looks authentic.

Draw Attention to Your Face

Celebrities often wear earrings, necklaces, and hair ornaments to events, knowing photographers often take pictures of them from the neck up. Celebrities want to put their fashion jewelry where it shows and draw attention to their faces. When Viola Davis appeared at the 2012 Academy Awards, she was right on trend with a pair of green dangle earrings and no necklace. Making your face stand out is always in style.

Embrace Bangle Bracelets

Stars continue to wear bangle bracelets when they're out and about. Try wearing an arm full of skinny, gold bangle bracelets with a single, wide jade bangle bracelet for a splash of color. For a more bohemian look, wear bangles that are made of wood or bamboo.

Give Jewelry a Dual Personality

The public eye frequently focuses on celebrities, so some of them don't like to be seen in the same jewelry too often. These celebrities think of ways to mix their jewelry up and make it look different. You can do the same to get more mileage out of your accessories. For example, you could:

  • Put vintage brooches on a ribbon and use it as a headband instead of only wearing brooches on your lapel.
  • Sweep your hair up into a bun and wrap the base of it with a string of pearls for a fresh look.
  • Place a brooch on a chain to turn it into a necklace.
  • Dress your handbag up for an evening out by adorning it with a brooch or a necklace around one of the handles.

Where to Buy Fashion Jewelry

Thrift stores, online retailers, craft vendors, and department stores are all options for buying fashion jewelry. If you want something unique or one-of-a-kind, consider purchasing from an antique store or craft vendor. Both will have an assortment of rare or vintage accessories. To find more mainstream choices to round out your wardrobe, visit a department store.

Buy Fashion Jewelry with Confidence

Before you purchase fashion jewelry on eBay, make sure you know exactly what you are buying, research your seller, and understand how eBay and PayPal can protect you. Following a few simple guidelines will make all the difference between a good or bad experience.

Sterling Silver is a wonderful and gorgeous precious metal that can last a lifetime with proper care. Below is a list of things that you can do to ensure long lasting enjoyment of your Sterling Silver piece.

1)      Use it frequently. What better way to enjoy your silver piece that to proudly show it off. Silver tarnishes over time, but non-use can accelerate this especially if the piece is not properly stored.

2)      Treat your silver jewelry with care.

  • As much as possible, apply perfume / lotion / other chemically harsh products BEFORE putting on your jewelry. Direct contact with these chemicals could tarnish or even damage your gorgeous piece.
  • Don’t wear your silver piece in a pool. Chlorine is another harsh chemical that you want to avoid contact with your silver jewelry.

3)      Store your piece in an anti-tarnish flannel jewelry pouch. Sterling silver is a soft metal and storing your jewelry in a flannel pouch helps to protect it from scratches and possible nicks, especially if it is stored with other pieces of jewelry. The pouch does not have to come from a designer store or even have a name brand. All you need is a pouch that fully covers the entire piece comfortably.

4)      For a quick clean, use a Sterling Silver polishing cloth. You can purchase these at Wal-Mart and various Department Stores.

5)      Silver Cream and a soft cloth can be used for a more thorough cleaning. Dab a small amount of Silver Cream on a non-abrasive cloth (an old used T-shirt will do), and rub gently onto the silver piece that you would like to clean. Be careful not to use too much Silver cream – using a lot of cream does not increase the polishing effect. Some of the cream could also get stuck in the crevices of your jewelry piece. Immediately after polishing, rinse the piece with tap water and mild soap. Pat dry with a soft cloth.

6)      Do not clean your silver piece with Toothpaste. Although you may read articles touting Toothpaste as an alternative “cream” to cleaning your silver piece, it is highly abrasive and may cause damage and scratching to your beautiful silver jewelry.

Follow these tips and you can be assured that you will continue to enjoy your Sterling Silver piece for a very long time!

Brief History of Jewelry

Jewelry has made significant impressions on society dating back to ancient times. In ancient civilizations, gold was considered a preferred luxury metal because did not tarnish and was shapeable. Jewelry personified natural forms such as shells, plant life, and animals. Significant advances in style became increasingly evident with the setting of pearls and gemstones in shiny metals. Jewelry was worn in the form of necklaces, bracelets, pendants, earrings, and wreathes.

 During Medieval Times, jewelry was widely adorned and worn by various levels of society. Brooches, pendants and pins with religious motifs were very popular during this period. Jewelry became so popular, sumptuary laws were created to limit lower levels of society from wearing gold and silver jewelry.

 15th – 17th Centuries

 Fake pearls and enamels became increasingly acceptable and were mass produced. These items were typically worn during the daytime as substitute for finer jewelry. Fine jewelry was kept for evening wear. Diamonds increased in popularity as well. The invention of the prong setting enhanced the brilliance of the diamond; therefore, expanding its allure with the upper-classes.

 Victorian Era

 The Victorian Era was an important advancement for Jewelry as an art form. Artistic expression became more apparent in fashion and jewelry. The early Victorian years were referred to as the Romantic period. The Romantic period emphasized dreams and emotions as inspiration for artistic expression. Morning brooches were a staple of this period. The hair of a loved one was intertwined within a pin, pendant, or brooch to make a sentimental piece of jewelry.

 Mass production of jewelry lowered its luster with Victorians as importation of jewelry began from North America to Europe; thus, the beginning of the Arts and Crafts movement.

 Arts and Crafts guilds were smaller jeweler associations, but provided higher quality jewelry and intricate artwork in design. 

Early 20th Century

 The Art Nouveau Movement was derived from the Arts and Crafts movement. It started in Paris and spread to North America. Asymmetrical and flowing lines inspired natural designs. Among these natural designs, floral and female forms were very popular. This period has a continuous influence on Jewelry design.

 1930 to 1940

 The reinstatement of mass produced jewelry followed the Art Nouveau Movement. This type of jewelry was meant to be worn selectively as an accessory to specific outfits. Two designers, Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli masterminded accessorizing fine and costume jewelry with day to day fashion. Vermeil jewelry was popular, but in short supply from war efforts. Rhinestones popularity increased.

 1950’s

 Hollywood’s flamboyance and glamour influence spread across continents. Engrained with it was costume jewelry on the silver screen. The styles and look of the stars quickly spread and was widely accepted across the world. The emergence of the middle class in America increased the demand for costume jewelry. This encouraged technical advances in mass production methods.

 Today’s era has brought a creative culmination of styles to fashion jewelry, both timeless and trendy. Many celebrities have caught the wave by designing their own lines. Tori Spelling and Suzanne Somers are among a few. The fashion Jewelry industry is now a multi-billion dollar industry.

 Jewelry is much more eclectic in today’s era. Pieces are made by many different stones, textures, colors, various lengths, or metals. Jewelry is sold in large department stores, restaurants, gift shops, jewelry parties, and boutiques.

 Fashion jewelry adds a splash of pizazz to attire no matter the occasion. Most importantly, fashion jewelry is fun! It is fun to shop for jewelry, sell jewelry, collect jewelry, and of course, show it off.

Jewelry Cleaning Tips

 Avoid wearing fashion jewelry in the shower or leaving it on your bathroom sink. This can quickly tarnish and rust your products.

 When you are not wearing your fashion jewelry store it in a cool place such as a jewelry box or gift box. Try to separate the pieces individually to prevent scratches to gemstones and metals. You can also store your fashion jewelry in a fabric-lined case with separate compartments, or wrap pieces individually in soft tissue paper. Don’t take the risk of your jewelry pieces scratching one another.

 Use a jewelry polish cloth periodically for sterling silver pieces.

 For Rhodium platted pieces, use a very soft cloth. Too much abrasion or rubbing will wear the piece too fast. If it does show signs of significant wearing, professional jewelers in your area will be able to apply another plate of rhodium. This is actually very common.

 Try to clean your fashion jewelry on a regular basis (once a month is a good rule of thumb). A simple way to clean your gold or platinum jewelry is to soak it in warm water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. Gentle use of an old, soft-bristled (kid’s) toothbrush is useful for more extensive cleaning. After cleaning and rinsing, dry and polish with a soft cloth. Please, always remember to close your drain if you are cleaning near a sink.

 While lasting and durable, gold can become scratched or dented, particularly if handled roughly. Regularly check your gold jewelry for loose prongs or any damage, promptly bringing it to a professional jeweler for repair if needed.

 Silver pieces can be cleaned the same way. Avoid chlorine. Finish with a silver polish cloth.

Rhodium pieces can be cleaned with a soft cloth. No liquids or solutions are necessary.

Silver Jewelry

What Is “Sterling Silver"?

Sterling silver is by far the most popular silver alloy in the world for jewelry. Sterling silver (also called .925 silver) is an alloy consisting of 92.5 percent fine silver and 7.5 percent other metals (usually copper). Jewelry manufacturers use sterling silver because of its strength and durability — fine silver alone is too soft and too easily damaged to be used as jewelry.

In the United States, an alloy must be at least 92.5 percent fine silver to be marketed as “silver”. All silver items in MMA International’s Silver Stars Collection are .925 sterling silver.

How Is Sterling Silver Jewelry Finished?

Different silver jewelry items may be finished in different ways. For some items, the .925 sterling silver design is plated with a thin layer of .999 fine silver. This process is known as flashing, and it gives the item a shiny finish. Some factories will apply a plating of nickel or copper on the jewelry prior to applying the .999 silver plating. Though this flashing method gives the jewelry a brighter, longer shelf life it does require re-plating if sized or machine buffed. Other silver items are rhodium plated, which again results in a bright, shiny finish. Other jewelry items may be gold plated or left unplated depending on the design. Flashing or plating silver jewelry also helps reduce irritation or discoloration for customers with sensitive skin.

How Can I Keep My Sterling Silver Items Looking Great?

Sterling silver is susceptible to tarnish – this is a natural reaction the metal has with chemicals in the air. Thankfully, preventative maintenance can help keep your sterling silver jewelry looking great for years to come. Frequent light polishing with a polishing cloth designed for sterling silver will help minimize tarnish. You can also wash your jewelry periodically with mild dish soap and warm water — be sure to rinse well and dry completely before putting your jewelry away.

You can minimize tarnish of items that are stored in a display case by using desiccated silica gel, granules that absorb the humidity in the air. Covering the jewelry in your cases with Pacific Jeweler’s Cloth (available at most fabric stores) will also help minimize tarnish. When storing silver jewelry items, keeping them in sealed polyethylene bags will help reduce tarnish as well.

Tarnish can be easily removed when first noticed. However, if left untreated, the color of the tarnish will darken and will become more difficult to remove, requiring professional cleaning.

It is also important to avoid exposing sterling silver jewelry to harsh chemicals like chlorine, cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, and to avoid extended exposure to direct sunlight.

Jewelry Facts & Features
Frequently asked questions about sterling silver jewelry, gemstones, and more

What Is “14 Karat” Gold?

Like fine silver, fine gold is alloyed with other metals to improve strength and durability. The amount of fine gold used is traditionally measured in karats. “Pure gold” is represented as 24 karat. In its pure state, however, gold is quite soft and is rarely used for jewelry.

The most common gold alloys used in the United States are 14 karat and 18 karat. 14 karat gold consists of 58.3 percent fine gold. 18 karat gold consists of 75 percent fine gold.

What Is Gold Filled Jewelry?

Jewelry Facts & Features
Frequently asked questions about sterling silver jewelry, gemstones, and more

What Is “14 Karat” Gold?
Like fine silver, fine gold is alloyed with other metals to improve strength and durability. The amount of fine gold used is traditionally measured in karats. “Pure gold” is represented as 24 karat. In its pure state, however, gold is quite soft and is rarely used for jewelry.

The most common gold alloys used in the United States are 14 karat and 18 karat. 14 karat gold consists of 58.3 percent fine gold. 18 karat gold consists of 75 percent fine gold.

What Is Gold Filled Jewelry?
Gold filled jewelry is made up of gold tubing, which is then filled with brass. This gives the item the look and feel of gold jewelry, at a much more affordable price. Gold filled jewelry has about 100 times more gold than gold-plated jewelry, so the gold surface will never flake, peel, or wear off.

14/20 gold fill means that the gold tubing consists of 14 karat gold, and that the karat gold tubing makes up 5 percent (1/20) of the total metal weight. 12/20 gold filled jewelry uses 12 karat gold for the tubing.

What Metals Are Used for Evans Bay Gold Plated Items?
Unless otherwise noted, our gold plated items consist of sterling silver with 14 karat gold plating. Items marked as fashion jewelry do not contain precious metal, except for plating. Gold plated fashion jewelry items consist of base metal (often brass, for example) plated with 14 karat gold.

is made up of gold tubing, which is then filled with brass. This gives the item the look and feel of gold jewelry, at a much more affordable price. Gold filled jewelry has about 100 times more gold than gold-plated jewelry, so the gold surface will never flake, peel, or wear off.

14/20 gold fill means that the gold tubing consists of 14 karat gold, and that the karat gold tubing makes up 5 percent (1/20) of the total metal weight. 12/20 gold filled jewelry uses 12 karat gold for the tubing.

What Metals Are Used for Evans Bay Gold Plated Items?

Unless otherwise noted, our gold plated items consist of sterling silver with 14 karat gold plating. Items marked as fashion jewelry do not contain precious metal, except for plating. Gold plated fashion jewelry items consist of base metal (often brass, for example) plated with 14 karat gold.

Alternative Metals

 

Why Are Alternative Metals Becoming So Popular?

With the cost of precious metals like gold and silver rising, alternative metals allow designers to continue to craft bold statement pieces while keeping costs down. From trendy pieces for everyday wear, to wedding bands that will last a lifetime, high-quality alternative metal jewelry has carved out a permanent place in the jewelry market.

What Are Today's Best Selling Alternative Metals?

From the golden tones of brass, to the lasting strength of stainless steel, designers turn to a wide variety of alternative metals, each with its own unique benefits. Here are some of the most popular alternative metal choices:

Brass: has quickly become a popular alternative metal in jewelry fashion. An alloy of copper and zinc, the metal’s malleability, resistance to tarnish and acoustic properties have made it a choice material for musical instruments like trumpets and trombones, and the metal’s warm, yellow tone and bold shine make it the perfect alternative to gold jewelry. Although it has been associated with a vintage look, the metal’s reputation is rapidly evolving into a highly modern material in the fashion world.

Bronze: With its honeyed hue, bronze jewelry makes a beautiful addition to any collection at a great price point. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, and is as rich in tone as it is in history. For thousands of years, cultures around the world have produced works of high art using bronze, and the metal continues to be a growing jewelry trend with a unique, contemporary edge. Like copper, the patina that can form on bronze jewelry gives it an attractive aged look.

Copper: The use of copper in jewelry craftsmanship dates back some 10,000 years, which adds an allure of antiquity to the metal’s reddish, earthy tone. Polished copper has a bright luster and is often given a thin coating of clear lacquer to preserve this burnished look. Over time, copper oxidizes and creates a darker, antique affect.

Stainless Steel: 316L stainless steel is an attractive, highly durable metal for jewelry. It is the most common grade of stainless steel used for jewelry in the industry and an affordable choice for those needing a durable or robust piece of jewelry. 316L stainless steel is highly resistant to pitting and corrosion and remains tough even in temperature extremes. It can be refinished and does not oxidize, tarnish or turn black.

Titanium: is a fast-growing trend in the men’s jewelry sector and has many benefits. It is extremely resistant to corrosion and water and it is hypo-allergenic — people who have allergies to gold or silver can wear titanium without any problem. It is has a very high strength-to-weight ratio, resulting in lightweight, strong jewelry that is comfortable to wear. Because it is so strong and lightweight, titanium has been used for years in aerospace technology applications. And, titanium offers the stylish, rich color of platinum at a much more affordable price.

Tungsten Carbide: is a fast-growing trend in the men’s jewelry sector and has many benefits. It is extremely resistant to corrosion and water and it is hypo-allergenic — people who have allergies to gold or silver can wear titanium without any problem. It is has a very high strength-to-weight ratio, resulting in lightweight, strong jewelry that is comfortable to wear. Because it is so strong and lightweight, titanium has been used for years in aerospace technology applications. And, titanium offers the stylish, rich color of platinum at a much more affordable price.

Gemstones

 

What Kind of Gemstones Are Used in Evans Bay Silver Stars Collection?

Many of our jewelry items feature one or more gemstones. According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), to qualify as a gem, a stone must be beautiful, durable, and rare.

Some gemstones (like pearls, coral, and amber) are classified as organic, meaning that they are produced by living organisms. Others are inorganic, meaning that they are generally composed of and arise from minerals. Stones that are identified as synthetic are created in a laboratory (as opposed to natural gemstones, which are created by natural processes without human help).

Below is a glossary of some of the gemstones featured in MMA International’s Silver Stars Collection. Click on the name of any gemstone to browse our items that feature that material.

Amber: Amber, an ancient organic gemstone, is composed of tree resin that has hardened over time. According to the GIA, the stone must be at least 1 million years old to be classified as amber, and some amber can be up to 120 million years old. Amber can come in a number of different colors, ranging from yellow to golden orange to red. Most of the world’s amber comes from the shores of the Baltic Sea in Eastern Europe.

Amethyst: Amethyst has historically been the most prized gemstone in the quartz family. It is treasured for its purple hue, which can range in tone from light to dark. The finest amethyst will have strong color saturation and a medium to dark reddish purple or purple color. Its attractive color, along with is affordable price compared to other precious gemstones, make amethyst consistently one of the most popular gems.

Black Onyx: color of the patina may be altered temporarily; please wait for the glass to dry.
Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry
Pieces with inlaid Roman Glass can easily be cleaned
with reliable silver jewelry cleansers Black Onyx, a member of the chalcedony family, is a gemstone made up of tiny microscopic crystals. It is a very popular gemstone in both women’s and men’s jewelry because its black color acts as a great complement to white metals like sterling silver, as well as clear crystals and CZs. Most black onyx on the market today is treated to give it its dark black color. Black onyx is sometimes faceted or fashioned into beads

Chalcedony: is a type of quartz. It is classified separately because, unlike other forms of quartz, it is composed of very small microscopic crystals. It can come in a wide variety of looks and colors. Several types of semi-precious stones discussed separately — including Black Onyx, and Jasper — are varieties of Chalcedony.

Citrine: Citrine is known for its stylish yellow to brownish color, and is generally considered the top selling gemstone of this color in the United States. It is a member of the quartz family, and has a large crystalline structure.

Coral: Coral is an organic gem that comes from the skeletal remains of sea creatures (which are themselves called Coral). The most common colors associated with coral jewelry are pink and red. Coral requires pristine environmental conditions to grow, meaning that producers must maintain calm waters free of pollution. According to the GIA, coral is believed to have been used in jewelry for about 30,000 years.

Emeralds: Emeralds are one of the three main precious gemstones (along with rubies and sapphires) and are known for their fine green to bluish green color. They have been treasured throughout history, and some historians report that the Egyptians mined emerald as early as 3500 BC. Today, emeralds are increasingly being used in faceted rough-cut designs that provide a bold look at an affordable price.

Garnet: Garnet is most commonly a deep red to purplish red gemstone with a cubic crystal structure. Garnet is considered an affordable alternative to more expensive red gemstones like rubies or tourmaline, and goes particularly well with sterling silver.

Jade: Jade is most commonly associated with the color green, but can come in a number of other colors as well. Jade is closely linked to Asian culture, history, and tradition, and is sometimes referred to as the “stone of heaven.”

 

Jasper: Jasper is a semi-translucent to opaque gemstone, of the chalcedony family, that comes in a variety of colors. Oftentimes, jasper will feature unique and interesting patterns within the colored stone. Picture jasper is a type of jasper known for the colors (often beiges and browns) and swirls in the stone’s pattern. These unique patterns occur in nature and make each piece of jasper a one-of-a-kind treasure.

Lapis: Lapis is an opaque gemstone often featuring a deep midnight blue to violet-blue color. It frequently contains gold colored pyrite flecks sprinkled through the gem, making each piece of lapis beautiful and unique. Lapis is a versatile gemstone that is used both in classic and contemporary jewelry styles.

Opal: Opal is a gemstone that comes in a kaleidoscopic array of colors. It is typically formed in desert areas over long periods of time from layers of silica deposits in deep underground rock. It is known for its fascinating “play of color” that occurs when light interacts with the opal’s silica layers. Much of the opal on the market today is synthetic.

Peridot: Peridot is a bright green gemstone that provides the style and look of emerald at a more affordable price. According to the GIA, some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection was actually peridot. Peridot is one of the softer gemstones on the market, with a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. Peridot most commonly originates in volcanic areas that are rich in iron and magnesium.

Quartz: Quartz refers to a family of crystalline gemstones of various colors and sizes. Among the well-known types of quartz are rose quartz (which has a delicate pink color), and smoky quartz (which comes in a variety of shades of translucent brown). A number of other gemstones — like Amethyst and Citrine — are also part of the quartz family. Rutilated quartz is a popular type of quartz containing needle-like inclusions.

Ruby: Rubies are known for their intense red color, and are among the most highly valued precious gemstones. Rubies have been treasured for millennia. In Sanskrit, the word for ruby is “ratnaraj”, meaning “king of precious stones.” Although rubies can command one of the the highest per-carat prices of all precious stones, they are increasingly being used in rough-cut faceted designs at much more affordable prices.

Sapphire: The most popular form of sapphire is blue sapphire, which is known for its medium to deep blue color and strong saturation. Fancy colored sapphires in various colors are also available. In the United States, blue sapphire is the most popular and most affordable of the three major precious gemstones (emerald, ruby, and sapphire). Like emeralds and rubies, sapphire is increasingly being used in rough-cut faceted designs that provide a strong, bold look at an affordable price.

Tiger's Eye: Tiger’s Eye is a gemstone known for its unique and rich striped brown color, which, as its name suggests, can resemble the patterns on a tiger’s coat. It is a member of the quartz group of gemstones. It has a microcrystalline structure, meaning that it is made up of crystals that are smaller than those of quartzes like rose quartz and smoky quartz, but larger than the crystals of chalcedony group gemstones.

Topaz: Topaz is a bright clear gemstone which is often used to create bold, eye-catching designs. The most popular variety of topaz in the market today is blue topaz, which has a bright light blue color and is relatively inexpensive. This color is produced with irradiation and heat treatment (in nature, topaz is most often colorless). Pink topaz is another popular variety of this gemstone.

Turquoise: Turquoise is found in only a few places on earth, and the world’s largest turquoise producing region is the southwest United States. Turquoise is prized for its attractive color — most often an intense medium blue or a greenish blue — and its ancient heritage. Turquoise is used in a great variety of jewelry styles. It is perhaps most closely associated with southwest and Native American jewelry, but it is also used in many sleek, modern styles. Some turquoise contains a matrix of dark brown markings, which provides an interesting contrast to the gemstone’s bright blue color.

 

What are "Rough Cut" Precious Gemstones?

Rough cut stones are a wonderful way to wear gorgeous genuine gemstones at a great price point. These stones go through a chemical process to even and enhance their color and develop their natural characteristics, but with rough cut gemstones the emphasis is less on extensive cutting and polishing and more on bringing out the unique natural features of the stone. Fans of this organic look value the individuality and variety of each gem selected.

Because a rough cut style embraces the natural variations in the stones, designers can get much larger gems at a fraction of the cost. This style is a beautiful, affordable option for wearing large carat weight, 100% genuine stones like emeralds, rubies, and sapphires.

Pearl, Shell and Roman Glass Jewelry

What Are Cultured Pearls?

Almost all pearl jewelry in the marketplace today is made up of cultured pearls. This means that the pearls were produced with human assistance by oysters or other mollusks at a pearl farm (as opposed to being found and collected by divers). To create a cultured pearl, a pearl farmer will trigger the natural process of pearl formation by inserting a small irritant into the oyster or mollusk. The oyster will then surround it with layer after layer of nacre. It is this nacre that gives pearls their characteristic beautiful luster. Creating a cultured pearl can take from 6 months to 3 years, depending on the type and size of pearl, and it requires both constant care and clean, pure water.

What Types of Pearls Are There?

Cultured pearls may either be freshwater pearls or saltwater pearls, depending on the type of oyster or mollusk that produces them and the climate where the oyster lives.

Freshwater pearls are the most plentiful and affordable type of pearl on the market. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and are sometimes dyed to create a bright colorful look.

Saltwater akoya pearls are round, white (sometimes with a rose overtone), and are often used to make classic pearl necklaces or pearl earrings.

What Is Mother of Pearl?

Mother of Pearl is a type of shell. It comes from the inside shell of a pearl-producing oyster or mollusk. This shell is made up of nacre, the same material the oyster produces to coat a pearl.

What is Ancient Roman Glass?

Ancient Roman Glass jewelry is made from authentic ancient glass dating back to the Roman Empire, recovered from archaeological sites in Israel. Our designs blend the mystique and romance of the ancient world, a unique beauty shaped by the forces of nature, and skilled modern craftsmanship. 

Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry

Ancient Roman Glass jewelry blends the mystique and romance of the ancient world, a unique beauty shaped by the forces of nature, and skilled modern craftsmanship. The result is a wearable piece of history that, with proper care, will be treasured for generations to come.

The History Almost 2,000 years ago, the Roman Empire was the birthplace of new glass blowing techniques used to create items like plates, vases, bowls, and jars. Today, this ancient glass can be recovered in archaeological sites in Israel, which was a major center for glass production during ancient times. Because Roman Glass jewelry is made of fragments of these ancient hand-blown glass objects, each piece varies in shape, thickness and color. Every piece of Roman Glass jewelry is one-of-a-kind. Nature’s Touch The striking colors found in Roman Glass jewelry come from a thin natural layer called the “patina” that formed over the course of centuries as the glass lay in mineral-rich soil. Through a process of oxidation, the patina developed these beautiful and complex shades of blue, green, and other colors. Modern Craftsmanship Skilled artisans carefully choose ancient glass fragments, clean them to reveal their colorful natural patina, cut and shape the glass, and mount the glass to make a finished piece of top-quality jewelry. Designers craft jewelry that calls to mind the ancient past, in a wide variety of modern styles. Caring For Your Roman Glass Jewelry Like other fine jewels, ancient Roman Glass should be treated with care to preserve its natural beauty. Avoid exposing your Roman Glass jewelry to chemicals or immersing it in water. A bit of rain won’t hurt, but the manufacturer recommends removing your Roman Glass jewelry before bathing or swimming. If exposed to water, the color of the patina may be altered temporarily; please wait for the glass to dry. Ancient Roman Glass Jewelry Pieces with inlaid Roman Glass can easily be cleaned with reliable silver jewelry cleansers

 

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