Precious Stones Explained!

Written by Sam Serio

The mineral to whichrepparttar term " precious stone" is applied, must be adaptable for jewelry or ornamental purposes and must possess beauty, hardness, and rarity.

The beauty of a precious stone or gem consists of its color or colorlessness, brilliancy or softness of luster, and transparency. To take a high and lasting polish, a mineral must be hard, —and many stones that would otherwise be highly valued are low inrepparttar 145807 estimate of worth because they do not possess of sufficient hardness to make them endurerepparttar 145808 wear and friction to which a precious stone is subjected when used inrepparttar 145809 form of jewelry. The rareness of precious stones has a decided effect in determining their values. For instance,repparttar 145810 crocidolite, commercially known as tiger-eye, was sold byrepparttar 145811 carat some years ago, and was largely used inrepparttar 145812 making of fine jewelry. Today, this material is so plentiful that it is no longer classed amongrepparttar 145813 higher gems, but serves for cameos and intaglios like chalcedony and onyx.

The changes of fashion have much to do with determiningrepparttar 145814 market value of precious stones. Amethysts, topazes, cat's-eyes, aquamarines, alexandrites, and even emeralds and opals have been eagerly sought for at times and then again neglected for other gems, causing a sensible difference inrepparttar 145815 value of these stones.

Sterling Silver Jewelry Today

Written by Sam Serio

Sterling silver jewelry: silver and gemstone rings, sterling silver earrings, bracelets and pendants are some ofrepparttar hottest fashion accessories today! Sterling silver jewelry is enjoying an unprecedented popularity with today's fashion conscious public. You know how beautifully sterling silver jewelry complements fashionable clothing and how it sparkles and shines; now here isrepparttar 145806 rest ofrepparttar 145807 story.

Silver has been used since ancient times, but has not survived as well as ancient gold because it tarnished and decomposes. There have been times, however, when silver was "in"; we are going through such a vogue today.

Silver isrepparttar 145808 most common ofrepparttar 145809 precious metals. Fine silver is pure silver, which is seldom used for jewelry because it is too soft. Sterling silver is 925 parts silver to 75 of copper,repparttar 145810 alloy most often used. Silver weighs about half as much as gold, has greater flexibility, but is not as malleable, it has always been less expensive as well. A comparable piece of gold jewelry might cost four or five times that of a piece of sterling silver jewelry.

The current fashion trend toward black clothing has made silver jewelry more popular than ever. Silver likes to be worn; it stays cleaner & shinier through movement and friction. So sterling silver is a perfect accessory for today's fast paced lifestyles. Much like gold, sterling silver needs to be cleaned.

Care and Cleaning of your Sterling Silver Jewelry

1.) For daily cleaning it is recommended to use a simple jewelry polishing cloth that is impregnated with special jewelry cleaner. These are widely available and are very easy to use. Store your cloth in a plastic zip-lock bag, and keeping your jewelry drawer or

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