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Watches

Watches

ANALOG   An analog watch is simply a watch that has “hands”.  Analog watches may have a second hand which moves in a continuous motion or no second hand at all.  On some style watches when the second hand moves at two second intervals it is a signal that the battery is low and needs to be replaced. DIGITAL A…

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Religious Jewelry

Religious Jewelry

Religious Medals and their meanings: Saint Name:      Patron Saint Of: St. Andrew: Fisherman and elderly maids St. Anne:  Cabinetmakers.  Housewives and women in labor St. Anthony:  The poor and women who cannot conceive St. Barbara:  Dying firefighters and miners St. Christopher:  Travelers St. Elizabeth Seton:  Death of children or parents and widows St. Florian:  Firefighters St. Francis of Assisi:  Ecologists and…

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ANNIVERSARY GIFT LIST

ANNIVERSARY GIFT LIST

1- Gold 2- Garnet 3- Pearl 4- Blue Topaz 5- Sapphire 6- Amethyst 7- Onyx 8- Tourmaline 9- Lapis 10- Diamond 11- Turquoise 12- Jade 13- Citrine 14- Opal 15- Ruby 16- Peridot 17- Watches 18- Cat’s Eye 19- Aquamarine 20- Emerald 21- Iolite 22- Spinel 23- Imperial Topaz 24- Tanzanite 25- Silver 30- Pearl 35- Emerald 40- Ruby 45-…

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Pearls

Pearls

There are two types of Pearls commonly used in jewelry today.  The two categories that Pearls fall into are Natural Pearls or Cultured Pearls.  Natural Pearls are found in oysters and were formed without the help or influence of man.  The Giant Silver Lipped and Gold Lipped PINCTADA MAXIMA oysters of the South Seas, produce most of the worlds large…

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Jade

The Power of Jade Jade is the second most important material after bronze in the history of Chinese culture, and the belief in its magical powers is evident in Chinese mythology, religion, philosophy, folklore and social life. Protection It is believed that Jade can protect one from evil and bring good luck. People have been said to escape accidents because…

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Birthstones of the Month

Birthstones of the Month

Written by: Robert Borneman, Gemologist GARNET – JANUARY Garnet, a gemstone used in jewelry for thousands of years, enjoyed great popularity during the Victorian Era.  Today, Garnet jewelry is available in every modern style of gemstone jewelry, in addition to many fabulous one of a kind antique and estate jewelry pieces.  Garnet is readily available in all shapes and sizes…

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Gemstones

Gemstones

Ruby Ruby is distinguished for its bright red color, being the most famed and fabled red gemstone. Beside for its bright color, it is a most desirable gem due to its hardness, durability, luster, and rarity. Transparent rubies of large sizes are even rarer than Diamonds. Ruby is the red variety of the mineral Corundum. Sapphire, the other gem variety…

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Precious Metals

Gold No precious metal is as legendary and beautiful as Gold. Its rarity, beauty, and enigma have provided it with status as a valuable commodity throughout the history of humanity. Gold has always been used as a monetary standard, and ancient gold jewelry and ornaments dating back centuries have been found throughout the world. Gold has always been and remains…

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DIAMONDS

DIAMONDS

Origin of the Diamond 4Cs Every diamond is a miracle of time and place and chance. Like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. GIA created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight. Today,…

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Jewelry Care

The true value of a fine piece of jewelry lies not in the precious metals and gemstones from which it is crafted, but rather it is found in the pleasure and enjoyment that it provides you with during your lifetime. Proper care of your jewelry will insure that it retains its value, wears well and can become a keepsake or…

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Is your jewelry properly insured?

Written by Robert Borneman, Gemologist Insurance companies rely on appraisals from independent jewelry professionals to establish the replacement value of an item. This value is the basis from which the proper insurance premium is calculated. Your appraisal should be updated and resubmitted to your insurance company regularly, every two to three years, in order to accurately record the current value…

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Glossary

Glossary of Terms ALPACA Often confused with silver, often made in Mexico, made of mostly copper with nickel, zinc and tin ART DECO A jewelry style originated in Paris, France and popular from about 1915 until 1925. This style has distinct geometric lines and angles, lacking in rounded edges and curves ART NOUVEAU A jewelry style popular around the turn…

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