Category : Materials for Making Jewelry

October's Birthstone - Opal
6 years, 8 months ago 0

Opal is the official birthstone for October and the Zodiac sign of Libra. How has opal been regarded in history? The Aborigines of Australia say opals were formed as the Creator’s foot touched the earth when he came on a rainbow to give a message of peace to all mankind. The place where The Creator’s foot […]

How long have people worn pearls?
6 years, 8 months ago 0

Pearls are a classic component of traditionalists and trend setters alike. They have been worn by humans for thousands of years to symbolize beauty and purity as well as the wearers wealth and status. Archeologists have recovered many pearl jewelry items dating from 100 B.C. to 200 A.D. Historically, natural pearls were primarily found in […]

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 […]

What makes Swarovski Crystals Special?
6 years, 10 months ago 0

Swarovski Crystals owe their reputation as the “diamond” of the crystal market to two things. The first, is the Swarovski’s secret family formula for making the finest quality full lead crystal. At the age of 21 Daniel Swarovski I, the company’s founder, began a nine year journey developing a machine to cut crystals with exacting precision.  […]

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. […]

What famous historical figure's favorite gemstone was peridot?
6 years, 11 months ago 1

According to legend peridot was one of the favorite gemstones of Cleopatra and that some of her “emeralds” were actually peridot.  It’s been mined as a gemstone for thousands of years, and is mentioned in the Bible under the name of chrysolite. Peridot is believed to bring good luck, peace, and success.  Its alleged powers […]

Where to buy hard to find ring sizes.
6 years, 11 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 […]

How to determine if a cameo is real.

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, […]

Are colored diamonds real?
7 years ago 0

Most diamonds have a clear, colorless appearance. Because of its extremely rigid lattice, diamonds can be contaminated by very few types of impurities. Small amounts of defects or impurities form color diamonds. Blue (boron), yellow (nitrogen), brown (lattice defects), green (radiation exposure), purple, pink, orange or red. Diamond also has relatively high optical dispersion (ability […]

What are rhinestones and how did they get their name?
7 years ago 1

A rhinestone is a crystal or natural-glass stone. For thousands of years people have collected natural and created glass stones for their natural beauty. The Czech Republic and Austria are the two areas from which most rhinestones come. The rhinestones got their name from the Rhine River which has banks bordering Austria and Germany.