Category : Buying Tips

Will Fashion Jewelry Turn Your Skin Green?

Metal alloys containing copper may turn your skin green whether you have an allergy or not. The copper may react with your sweat and the acids from your skin to produce copper chloride. Copper chloride is a green substance that then rubs off on your skin. If you are prone to sweating and the metal […]

Is brass a suitable alternative to gold jewelry?

Brass is may be used in jewelry for its gold like appearance. Today almost 90% of all brass alloys are recycled compared to about 30% of gold. Because brass is not ferromagnetic, it can be separated from ferrous scrap by passing the scrap near a powerful magnet. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc. […]

Where to buy hard to find ring sizes.
6 years, 6 months ago 5

Custom made jewelry ring bases and settings for the DIY jewelry designer.  Materials: sterling .925 silver, fine silver, copper, bronze and brass. Trying to find all the components to make that perfect piece of jewelry  can be a real challenge if you are looking for non standard sizes or materials. Unless designing and making jewelry is a […]

Tips for Buying Jewelry - Save Your Money
6 years, 6 months ago 1
Posted in: Buying Tips, Jewelry

A good purchase is about getting value for your money. Smart shoppers know that buying an item of any sort is not about how much you spend but what you get for the money you fork over. Is a $40 piece of jewelry a better buy than a $900 piece? The answer of course is […]

How to determine if a cameo is real.
6 years, 7 months ago 1

It is commonly believed that the most valuable “real” cameos are those carved out of shell.  In fact, expertly carved hard stone cameos like agate, carnelian, and onyx are much more valuable than their shell counterparts. However, there are many other natural materials that cameos can be made from including gemstones, ivory, lava, coral, jet, […]