Premium jewellery: not for everyone, but is worth it
In any industry, there is a division into mass products and premium products that are “not for everyone.” jewellery manufacturers also orient their products in the same way.
Unlike popular mass-market jewellery, where once a piece is replicated as long as there is demand, premium jewellery is a triumph of individuality, high design and impeccable quality. Such works are usually attributed to the sphere of “jewellery art” – in contrast to the mass market, which often operates with the concept of “products”.
Premium jewellery: more than price
For the European market, the terms “luxury jewellery”, “exclusive” or “premium” have become cliches that have partially lost their meaning due to the active “product” advertising of jewellery manufacturers. “Uniquely low price per gram of gold”, “exclusive collections at a special price.”
However, a “golden ring with a large diamond” is not always a premium piece of jewellery. Real products of this segment are impossible without the bright creativity of the designer, honed by years of skill of the jeweler, the use of complex techniques, and of course – without precious metals and expensive stones.
The cost of premium jewellery, as a rule, starts from 5-7 thousand dollars, and some of them can be purchased not only as jewellery, but also for collection purposes.
A very special group of premium items is made up of luxury jewellery – “aerobatics” of jewellery art, whose representatives do not leave the catalogs of the largest auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The price for them starts from 80-100 thousand dollars. As a rule, these are exclusive copies, the names of the authors of which have already gone down in history (Harry Winston, JAR, Cartier, Chaumet and others). We will devote a separate article to luxury jewellery.
But back to our main theme – premium jewellery. Unlike mass-market products, the premium jewellery segment is aimed at the middle class, if defined by world standards. Buyers of premium jewellery are interested in exceptional products that reflect their taste and personality. Of course, the individuality of the jewellery creator is also always present in branded products.
A little about historical roots
In foreign terminology, premium-class jewellery is usually called “fine jewellery”.
The jewellery craft flourished as an art in the 17th and 18th centuries in England and France with the rise of jewellery houses serving the jewellery needs of monarchs and aristocracy. The oldest jewellery houses in England are Garrard (founded in 1735) and France – Mellerio dits Meller (in 1613), Chaumet (in operation since 1780), Cartier (since 1847), Boucheron ( founded in 1858) exist to this day.
The Russian jewellery school emerged in the 18th century thanks to Peter the Great. One of its most famous representatives was Carl Faberge, who received the title of court jeweler.
Against the background of the already habitual trend for large and catchy jewellery (just remember what the stars wore at the Oscar-2015 ceremony), the counter-trend for laconic products is naturally gaining strength.
The passion for jewellery minimalism has become especially impetuous since the second half of 2014. Nowadays, minimalistic jewellery is the most visible phenomenon in the fashion industry.
What does jewellery look like in a laconic style, what is their philosophy and how to wear them so that the image does not seem too modest and strict?
The trend for conciseness
Some fashion experts believe that the reason for the return to the motto “less is more” is “tiredness from excessive materialism and imposed consumerism.” According to others, the matter is in some excess of massive jewellery, the trend for which has been delayed. Either way, miniature jewellery is a reality to be learned to handle.
The very fashion for a laconic style is far from news. In the 1960s, Pierre Cardin brought into fashion the famous cropped “Mod dresses” with the model Twiggy, who became a style icon for her generation.
Then, in the 1970s, Halston unveiled sleek silhouettes and diving v-neck blouses, as well as monochrome jersey dresses and stretch jumpsuits. 1970s looks with deep triangular V-necklines and thin Y-chains-necklaces, making their mistresses look slimmer.
Simple small ornaments attract the eyes of others no less than large and catchy ones, causing the desire to “take a closer look.” That is why it will not be possible to “hide” behind them. They carry character, beauty and sophistication, as well as almost always – some kind of “message” about you. Often one of the most beloved pieces of jewellery belongs to this type, without which the girl tries not to leave the house.
jewellery in a minimalistic style (which is natural) is closely intertwined with the trend for jewellery geometricism that we described a little earlier. Very often, these laconic products have geometric shapes – triangles, circles or cubes. jewellery primitivism can also be considered a “relative” of minimalism – often designers use certain techniques typical of a naive style in their laconic jewellery.
Fine and fragile-looking jewellery satisfies not only aesthetic needs, but also emotional ones. If you look deeper, then these rings and pendants, as if implanted into the skin, are a full-fledged part of the “female universe”, the inner intimate world, hidden from prying eyes.
Paradoxically, some Western jewellery designers claim that miniature jewellery, just like massive ones, is aimed at the same strong and independent women with a developed sense of style. They believe that a woman is required to have the same self-confidence in order to wear both catchy jewellery and emphatically laconic. It is the latter that “requires” from a woman knowledge of her body and a certain inner harmony in order to combine miniature jewellery in accordance with her attitude.
Dancing diamonds from the Japanese “choreographer”
From ancient times to the present day, jewelers have come up with a huge variety of different types of jewellery. It would seem that now it is already impossible to create something fundamentally new. However, the Japanese jeweler Hidetaka Dobashi clearly did not agree with this, who presented special jewellery – “dancing” diamonds at an exhibition in Hong Kong in June 2012.
One of the main properties of diamonds is their unique feature to fully reflect the light inside themselves and return it back, decomposing it into different parts of the spectrum. We say that the stone “plays” or “burns”. This game is manifested when the diamond shifts slightly in relation to our gaze.
Hidetaka Dobashi has created an unusual “sparkling setting” for diamonds, which makes them move intensively, simply by shooting out light. To refer to this movement, he uses the term “dance”, hence the name “dancing” diamonds.
How dancing diamonds work
If we look at the usual ways of fixing diamonds in jewellery, we can distinguish only two main ones. First, the diamond is rigidly attached to the jewellery and moves only with it. This is how stones are fixed in almost all rings and many other types of jewellery. Second, the diamond is located on a pendant with one attachment point. If this pendant, when worn, does not touch the body or clothing, then the stone in the jewellery can move relatively freely with a low frequency, which quickly dies out.
Hidetaka Dobashi came up with a fairly simple but very unusual frame design. It always adheres to two principles.
First, the rimmed stone never touches the garment or body of the wearer. If required, the back is covered with some part of the decoration.
Second: the setting of the stone has a special shape and is attached at two points on the inside of the jewellery. The design of the diamond in the setting is balanced so that the slightest movement of the jewellery causes it to vibrate frequently.
The history of the creation of “dancing” stones
According to Mr. Dobashi himself, published in Jeweler magazine, the idea of such a piece of jewellery came to him in September 2010. Despite the apparent simplicity, it took him more than a year to create the first successful copy. He quietly exhibited the first ten “dancing” diamonds at the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. However, three months later, at the same September exhibition, he presented a complete collection called “Dancing Stones”, consisting of 150 pendants and earrings. The presented jewellery line aroused great interest and Hidetaka Dobashi received a lot of proposals for cooperation.
In 2013, Hidetaka Dobashi received international patents for his frames, which cover all significant regions, including the United States, Europe, India and China. The company Crossfor Co, founded by him, has launched the production of Dancing Stone jewellery in China and Vietnam. In addition, Crossfor Co is considering granting a patent license or making jewelery with customer-supplied loose stones.
It should be noted that Mr. Dobashi himself is a professional gemologist, specializing in rubies and sapphires. Crossfor Co was founded by him after graduation in 1980.
Obviously, Hidetaka Dobashi has long been looking for non-standard solutions that could push the boundaries of the usual types of jewellery. In 1999 he patented a special type of cut of diamonds – Crossfor, which has 46 facets and gives an unusual cross-shaped shine. In 2008-2010, he received a number of patents for types of eyeglass jewellery, which are either attached with magnets on both sides of the lens, or inserted into a hole in the lens.
Other “dancing” diamond pendants
Sometimes the term “dancing” is used to refer to diamonds fixed to a pendant in a standard way. Relatively recently, a method has appeared when a hole is drilled in the stone itself with a laser and the diamond is attached to a rimless piece of jewellery. For all its unusualness, this method is not very common, since it irrevocably spoils the stone.
Is it worth it or not to buy “dancing” jewellery?
Opinions about jewellery with “dancing” stones (diamonds or others) are quite predictably divided. Someone absolutely does not like the too frequent and sharp “trembling” or “twitching” of a diamond. In classic versions of jewellery, the stone shimmers more smoothly with light, following the pace of movement of its owner. Others like the expressiveness and independence of the diamond, which arranges fireworks of light with any movement of the jewellery, always attracting attention.
In any case, “dancing” diamonds are a very unusual idea and will definitely find their buyer.
Tourmaline belongs to the subgroup of boron-containing minerals. A huge variety of stone colors (more than 50 shades) led to the fact that some got their own name
For example, pink and red tourmaline is rubellite, a stone of blue tones is indigolite, black is sherl, colorless is achroite, etc. Tourmaline is also characterized by polychromy: there are stones that have several colors at the same time. The “cat’s eye” effect is not uncommon among tourmalines.
Some varieties belong to ornamental stones, and some to precious stones. It depends on the degree of transparency and color. The highest value among tourmalines is polychrome red-green, transparent blue, angry and crimson-red stones. In the jewellery market, cut tourmalines weighing more than 2 carats are in demand. Cut, as a rule, is used stepped or emerald, occasionally fancy, cabochons are often made from polychrome stones.
The name of tourmaline has Sinhala roots, according to some sources; this word denoted precious stones in Sri Lanka. There is also an opinion that the meaning of the name is “attracting ash”. Probably, this reflects the property of the stone to electrify under pressure, friction, and heating. In this case, the ends of the crystal are charged in the opposite way: one is positive, the other is negative.
Tourmaline deposits are quite common on the planet. Brazil, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, India, USA, Italy, Russia, Canada – the geography of tourmaline deposits is wide.
Europe recognized this stone at the beginning of the 18th century, and in Russia it became known earlier – in the 16th century. Colorful tourmalines were used to decorate the clothes of clergymen, icon frames, and used in jewellery.
Platinum is a noble metal that is not widespread in nature; it is grayish-white and shiny in color. Of the main precious metals, platinum is the most expensive, more expensive than gold and silver. The reason is that this metal is heavier – jewellery of the same volume in the platinum version will have more weight than in gold or silver. In addition, the price increases due to its rarity and complexity in processing (cleaning the rock).
The history of platinum jewellery
The history of platinum is the most unusual of all precious metals. Unlike gold and silver, which have been valued since time immemorial, platinum began to be highly valued only “recently”, about 250-300 years ago. This is most clearly demonstrated by the origin of the name platinum. Plata means silver in Spanish, and platina means silver, little silver. This contemptuous name was given by the Spanish colonists to an unknown metal, which they encountered when mining gold in South America. Platinum grains obtained by washing gold-bearing rock were sometimes combined with gold. They had to be separated manually, which greatly complicated the whole process, and sometimes made development impractical. And due to its high melting point of 1768.3 ° C (the melting point of silver is 962 ° C, gold is 1064.18 ° C), platinum was not available for isolation in its pure form and processing by methods known at that time.
People have repeatedly encountered platinum since time immemorial, but did not attach any importance to it. Usually it was mistaken for the wrong silver or unripe gold in the ground, and was simply thrown away. A famous example is the finding of a strip of platinum on a box studded with gold and silver, found in the area of ancient Fif in Egypt. Scientists have established that the ancient master in about the 7th century BC. did not attach any importance to platinum, simply mistaking it for silver.
The exceptions are the Indians of South America, who lived in the territory of modern Ecuador and Colombia. They possessed a unique technique for processing platinum and making jewellery out of it.
In all known works on chemistry and mineralogy (and in any other literature) until the middle of the 16th century, there is not a single description of platinum as a separate element. For the first time platinum is mentioned in the work of Julius Caesar Scaliger “Exotericarum Exercitationum”, published in Paris in 1557.
We can say that platinum was only discovered in 1748, when Antonio de Uloa, a naval officer and mathematician, presented his report on a trip to South America to the scientific community.
From that moment, an active study of platinum began, and its first samples began to arrive in Europe.
The properties of platinum
What you need to know about platinum – it does not have any impurities of base metals in its composition, which means it does not darken, does not turn yellow over time, unlike white gold, it always retains its natural white color. Since platinum contains no nickel, it is hypoallergenic and ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Platinum’s unmatched durability and wear resistance make it the most reliable and strongest metal. The density of platinum makes it more durable than other precious metals. The platinum ring does not change shape and does not wear out, it is impossible to lose a stone from such a ring, the metal reliably holds the crystal, even after a long time. This is why we recommend platinum diamond rings.
Platinum is a rare metal found in very few places around the world. For comparison: 30 times less than gold. Rings with diamonds and wedding rings made in platinum are exclusive, speak of the individuality and status of its owner.
Platinum is versatile and has remarkable qualities that have led to its high popularity. In the early 1900s, Louis Cartier was the first jeweler to successfully create platinum jewellery by uncovering the superior properties of metal and using it to enhance the brilliance of diamonds.
Why are platinum rings better to order?
platinum wedding rings Platinum is a fairly expensive metal, relative to white gold, on average, its price is 3-4 times higher. In addition to the fact that there are different samples of this alloy, even a metal with the same fineness can differ in characteristics and properties, and, accordingly, in price. Sellers in jewellery departments are often not competent enough to reveal to you all the nuances (believe me, there are many of them!) Of this noble metal. Their task is to sell what is in the window, and this does not always coincide with your need to buy a quality platinum ring.
We strongly recommend our clients to make custom platinum rings. So, you work directly with a master who will professionally advise you, explain the features of a particular alloy, and give recommendations for care. The task of our jewelers is to make jewellery delight you for decades.
Platinum is perfect for wedding rings and is so durable that your jewellery could become an heirloom for future generations. This metal fixes precious stones firmly and securely. We recommend platinum for diamonds. Next time you’re in a jewellery store, try holding two identical platinum and white gold wedding bands. You will be able to feel the difference in weight. This weight, due to the density of platinum, makes it extremely strong and ideal for a long service life. This is what you are looking for for your rings, isn’t it?
High-tech jewellery: fashionable hobby or jewellery future?
Western jewellery manufacturers are seriously worried about the decline in sales of expensive jewellery, including diamonds. This forces them to look for new approaches to shoppers, especially to the “elusive” audience of 20-30-year-old “millennials”. It is unclear how soon this trend will come to our jewellery market. However, Russian jewelers are already feeling a similar decline in demand due to the crisis.
What to sell, what trends to “catch” and how to change the sales methodology to make the buying experience more attractive to a new audience that prefers personal experience to traditional concepts imposed from above? There are no clear answers to these questions yet. But it seems that time itself offers solutions that will become a real challenge for “classic jewelers”.
Recently, catwalks have started to fill up with models that showcase “more than jewellery” in the literal rather than advertising sense. jewellery of various brands (which quickly picked up the trend) are increasingly filled with purely practical functionality: they signal health status, inform about the arrival of mail and help plan physical activity. At the same time, the jewellery component of such products is enhanced: often, such high-tech jewellery cannot be distinguished from ordinary designer rings and bracelets.
Let’s consider the main achievements at the intersection of science and art – high-tech jewellery, or “wearables,” as they are commonly called in the West. And how fleeting will be the fashion for them, time will tell.
High-tech jewellery for sports and health
This is perhaps the most complete and successful commercially high-tech gadget category at the moment. Fitness bracelets that have already become commonplace, which measure the number of steps on a morning run and other types of load, are gradually changing. Moreover, the design of these devices is becoming more attractive for new segments of “fashionable” buyers.
Fitness trackers from designers
They have created stylish bracelets and necklaces with built-in fitness functionality. With its luxury “jewellery” products, the brand hopes to attract women into the ranks of buyers who have bypassed such “devices” that do not fit into their wardrobe. Bracelets and necklaces can count steps and measure heart rate. The collection is represented by gold charms on chains, silicone bracelets with neon backing and gold bracelets that look more like jewellery than high-tech devices.
The bracelet can count steps, calories, distance, and show time. In addition, it is connected to the smartphone and informs the owner about the incoming calls, SMS and emails. The products of this purely technical company cannot be called too close to jewellery, but the latest innovations look quite stylish and laconic.
Jewellery with smartphone functions
Another popular category of smart jewellery is jewellery that partially duplicates the functionality of smartphones.
They are smart jewellery connected to a smartphone. They inform the owner (by glowing or vibrating) about the incoming important call or message. From the outside, it looks like “glancing at the clock”, which is generally considered more polite than constantly taking the phone out of the bag, or laying it on the table when meeting with someone.
Jewelery-wise, the line features a customizable display that can be worn as a cocktail ring, cuff bracelet or necklace. The images on the display can also be changed depending on the taste of the owner. True, the jewellery is still in the form of a demo version, and the company is currently raising funds for the release of commercial models.
Is it fine to let other people wear your earrings?
Jewellery does not always come to us straight from the store, new and without “history”. Earrings can be a gift or an accidental find, sometimes jewellery is changed or just given to be worn for a while. And if you have not thought about the “biography” of earrings before, we will tell you why it is worth doing.
Is it possible to wear someone else’s earrings:
What the signs say Folk omens say that you need to bypass other people’s jewellery, as they can bring misfortune. Precious metals easily accumulate energy, “tune in to the wave” of their owner. Esotericists claim that you never know for sure what kind of energy the metal has “absorbed”, so it is better not to risk it.
Be careful when encountering other people’s earrings – do not bring them into the house, do not try on or pick them up unless absolutely necessary.
Is it possible to wear someone else’s gold earrings?
Gold accumulates the energy of its owner very well. It is of great importance to those who previously wore gold earrings, because during the first fitting, part of its energy can go to you. Consider a few situations in which you may need to wear someone else’s gold earrings.
Earrings were found on the road or in another public place. Such a decoration should not be selected, let alone tried on. After all, it is not known who and under what circumstances lost the earrings (or left them on purpose). They can belong to a person with an unhappy fate, and together with jewellery they often “give away” problems – illness and misfortune. If you can’t walk past, lift the piece of jewellery not with your bare hand, but through a handkerchief or napkin. At home, put it in holy water for three days, then in fine salt for three days, and then on the windowsill for three days to cleanse it of negative energy.
The earrings were presented by your mother (grandmother, aunt, sister). If jewellery with good intentions is given by a loved one, it will bring good luck and joy. When you are sure of the good intentions of the giver, you can safely take and wear other people’s earrings. If in doubt, clean the jewellery with holy water before trying it on.
A friend suggests trying on her earrings. In order not to “change energy”, it is better to refuse such a fitting. If your friend offers too much, think about why she is doing it.
Is it possible to wear someone else’s silver earrings
Silver has long been used to create amulets and talismans; special properties are attributed to this metal. When deciding to try on someone else’s silver earrings, remember this – when another person puts on the amulet earrings, the protective properties of the jewellery are lost. If you do not want to harm the owner of the jewellery, do not wear his earrings.
Someone else’s silver earrings, like gold ones, easily accumulate energy, “get used” to the owner. If the owner of the earrings changes (even for a few minutes), the energies mix and there can be unpredictable effects. Through jewellery, you can give or receive part of any energy – good or negative, but this cannot be controlled.
Is it possible to give other people to vilify your earrings
Beautiful earrings are often asked to vilify friends, relatives – sister, mother or aunt can apply with the same request. Of course, close people do not want to refuse a request, but it is worth weighing the pros and cons. Earrings have long been considered a talisman, especially if they are made of precious metal – gold or silver. The adornment accumulates the energy of the owner, and if you give it to another person, you can give part of your energy, your destiny together with the adornment.
Earrings, like other jewellery, are very personal items, so you have every right to answer firmly “no” when asked to vilify them. But only you make the decision. Some women share jewellery with loved ones, and they confidently say that such an exchange has no consequences.
A variety of modern hair ornaments are accessories designed both for fixing a hairstyle, and directly for decorating it. The vast majority of them combine both functions, and some varieties are used exclusively for beauty.
The desire of humanity to decorate the head and hair was manifested in ancient times. Ancient Egyptian pharaohs wore gold items inlaid with precious stones. Ancient Greek beauties wore tiaras, wreaths of natural flowers and gold. Japanese women used special hair pins – sticks. Slavs wore kokoshniks, wreaths woven into braids of ribbons. The Renaissance era brought into fashion huge hair designs, decorated with stones, flowers, ribbons, combs, feathers.
Modern jewellery for hair is not inferior in beauty and variety to its predecessors. All kinds of ribbons with precious and semi-precious stones, chains, tiaras with Swarovski crystals, satin clips with pearls – famous designers delight fashionistas with fresh ideas every season.
Varieties of hair jewellery
All types of hair ornaments can be conditionally divided according to their functional characteristics into ornaments and hairpins.
The first group – jewellery – is not so numerous and includes all kinds of tiaras and original decorative headdresses. This jewellery is especially used in wedding and evening dresses, for which solemnity and bright shine of iridescent stones are appropriate.
The second group – hairpins – an endless row of ornaments that serve both to decorate and fix the hairstyle. These include combs, hoops, elastic bands and bows, headbands, bobby pins and hairpins, automatic hairpins, crabs, bananas, and so on. They are used both for everyday wear and for special occasions. Everyday hair jewellery is characterized by more discreet sizes, colors, designs and materials. Elegant hair pins attract more attention with their sophistication, complexity and brilliance.
In an extensive group of hairpins, a variety can be distinguished, designed for the formation of hairstyles. Their main difference is to be invisible or create the illusion of natural hair. For example, heagami (Hairagami) – a hair clip that helps to collect hair in a lush bun, or bumpits (Bumpits), creating volume at the back of the head, or inserts with artificial hair.
Hair jewellery is so versatile and versatile that you can choose the right one for any hair length, including short hair. Skillful use of accessories that match the style will diversify the look.
How “Bridge Jewellery” Helps Maintain Jewellery Demand
What is “Bridge jewellery”
This term is usually understood as a category of jewellery that fills the gap between the categories of “costume jewellery” (costume jewellery or fashion jewellery) and precious (in our understanding, “jewellery”) – fine jewellery. The term itself just arose from the popular English phrase “bridge the gap” – to fill the gap, to close the gap.
The category “bridge” includes a wide variety of jewellery, the price of which is significantly lower than the jewellery “classics”, but still higher than the cost of an average “jewellery” product. The main materials are silver (in the case of which, purely technically, jewellery retains belonging to jewellery), or the highest quality imitation of gold – gilding or gold filled (a hollow form of gold, which is filled with another metal, usually copper). In the bridge products, inserts made of semiprecious stones are actively used, which also brings them closer to jewellery.
Do we have this?
The closest “local” analogue of “bridge jewellery” may be the term “jewellery bijouterie”, which also uses high-quality alloys with gold and silver coatings, and often stones of a good level. Although it seemed to us that the American term implies jewellery that is more modern and diverse in design directions than those associated with our costume jewellery. The collections of bridge jewellery, for example, may contain affordable lines from eminent and “expensive” jewellery designers and brands.
In addition, products from young jewellery brands that can be found in design markets in large cities are suitable for the category description. Many modern designers hesitate to use precious metals in their work, thus making up for the demand for original and affordable handicrafts.
The research on the category of bridge jewellery was carried out by the National Jeweler portal and the Jewelers of America Association. In late August and early September, approximately 120 jewelers responded to marketing questions.
About half (48%) said the share of sales in this category had remained roughly the same over the past 3 years, while another 42% said that share was growing. Only 10% of respondents saw sales in the bridge category decrease.
When asked why they started adding “bridge jewellery” to their assortment, many replied that they did it when the price of gold began to rise, and justified the need to provide buyers with the goods at the prices they expect. Other representatives of the jewellery retail industry added that in addition to affordable prices, they were interested in fashionable design solutions. Also, the high marginality of this category of jewellery helped stimulate the “stuck” sales of the main assortment.
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Purple gemstones are rare in nature and are highly prized for their beauty and charming hues. The color purple combines the balance of blue and the energy of red, this color is considered one of the most controversial and mysterious. Let’s take a closer look at the types and features of purple gems that are used in jewellery.
What are the names of purple stones that are used in jewellery
Sapphire with a lilac-purple hue is considered one of the most expensive types of stone. The mineral is completely transparent, but there are valuable opaque specimens – such stones exhibit the phenomenon of asterism, and they usually end up in private collections. Transparent sapphire with a violet tint is used in gold and platinum jewellery. Sapphire is associated with compassion, kindness, decency. Sapphire jewellery is recommended to be worn by children, as such an amulet will help them grow up as decent people. Litho Therapists advise purple sapphires to hot-tempered people; these crystals will help fight aggressiveness and outbursts of anger.
Externally, tanzanite is similar to purple sapphire, but its properties are different. The mineral has a lilac or dark purple color, some types of stone have an alexandrite effect – under artificial light they have a purple color, and under daylight – blue. Tanzanite is credited with powerful magical and healing properties. He gives inspiration, helps to solve difficult life problems, promotes career growth and gains professional experience. Litho Therapists claim that the stone can help with back pain, skin diseases, and increased eye pressure.
This mineral is a species of chrysoberyl with strong pleochroism. Crystals change color depending on the lighting – under artificial light they are violet, purple or pink-crimson shades, and under daylight – blue-green, grass-green, bluish-green colors. It is believed that alexandrite has a beneficial effect on the state of blood vessels, normalizes sleep and improves mental activity, has a positive effect on creativity, and can attract good luck. jewellery with alexandrite is recommended to be worn during periods of strong psycho-emotional stress, with insomnia.
There are several varieties of spinel, and purple spinel is highly valued – it is actively used in jewellery, the price of 1 carat of a crystal can reach $ 300–400. Spinels are encrusted with jewellery, usually elite jewellery made of platinum or expensive grades of gold. The stone is able to improve vision, help in the fight against infectious diseases, and relieve inflammation. Spinel brings good luck to its owner, attracts favorable chances to life.
This semi-precious stone is the most famous variety of purple quartz. Specimens of different shades of violet are obtained – from the palest to very dark, crystals can be transparent or translucent. Jewelers insert faceted amethysts into jewellery, and small, rough crystals are used to make beads and bracelets. Amethyst looks especially beautiful in silver frames, and gold jewellery is also made with it. Amethyst personifies purity of thoughts, spirituality and high moral values. jewellery with amethyst is recommended for everyone who wants to achieve harmony with the world and themselves, as well as those who want to get rid of bad habits.
Purple topaz belongs to semi-precious stones, it is characterized by perfect transparency and strong glassy luster. Most of the purple topaz is mined in Brazil. The color of the mineral is unsaturated, very delicate – it can rather be called lilac. jewellery with such topaz should be protected from direct sunlight, as this may cause the mineral to fade. Litho Therapists recommend jewellery with purple topaz to those who suffer from anemia, depression, or stress. The stone can help with malfunctions of the nervous system, diseases of the joints, disorders of the hormonal system. Among the magical properties of violet topaz is getting rid of negative thoughts, returning faith in yourself.
Until the beginning of the 20th century, this mineral was referred to as amethyst, and only in 1902 its structure was thoroughly investigated and it was revealed that the stone belongs to spodumene. Most natural kunzite is unsuitable for jewellery processing, as it is a poor quality opaque crystal. Only a small percentage of the stones end up in the jewellery industry. Kunzite favors creative people, helps to realize talents, reflects envy and other negativity. The stone helps to concentrate, think soberly under stress, relieves insomnia, and has a positive effect on the work of the cardiovascular system.
Properties of purple stones
Provide additional energy. A correctly selected talisman with a purple mineral will literally “charge” its owner with energy. Such jewellery can be worn all the time or used as an emergency aid during periods of depression and loss of energy.
They have a positive effect on the nervous system. Violet-toned minerals have soothing properties that help to achieve emotional balance. jewellery with purple stones is recommended for those who are prone to pessimism, depression, and melancholy.
Reduces aggressiveness. Crystals give peace and tranquility, soften the harshness, are recommended for hot-tempered people.
Have a positive effect on creativity. Stones-talismans will inspire their owner, help to realize the most daring creative ideas, strengthen intuition.
They protect, help make the right decisions. Such stones should be carried with them by people whose work involves risks and great responsibility.
A diamond’s beauty comes from both nature and nurture. Nature creates diamonds of different colors and with different inclusions. Humans cut the rough, choosing which of the 4Cs (Cut, Color, Clarity and Carat Weight) to prioritize. Should the cutter cut most of the inclusions away to get a high-clarity stone? Or should the cutter try to keep the diamond as large as possible? The quality of a diamond therefore depends on both the raw material and what cutters and polishers choose to do with the diamond. Of the 4Cs, only cut, color and clarity determine diamond quality. Carat doesn’t, because a tiny diamond can be as beautiful and well-crafted as a much larger diamond. Of the 4Cs, only cut is completely within human control for natural, untreated diamonds, because cut is determined by the quality of craftsmanship.
What is Diamond Shape Quality?
It’s easy to evaluate the shape quality of round brilliant diamonds. Round brilliant diamonds should be—well, round! Most round brilliant diamonds, especially those with Excellent or Very Good Cut grades, are very round, or at least so round that you can’t detect any variance with the unaided eye.
Fancy cut diamonds are where things get more complex. They don’t receive cut grades from GIA, because there is such a wide variety of shapes and cutting styles, each with its own length-to-width ratios and set of standards. Personal preference plays a big part, too. Here are 4 things to look out for in fancy shapes:
Length-to-Width Ratio: The L-to-W ratio is the relationship between the length and width of a fancy shape, with the width expressed as the number one. Most people find certain ratios more attractive than others. For example, emerald cuts, rectangular cushion cuts and pears are most popular in L-to-W ratios between 1.50:1 and 1.75:1. L-to-W ratios are also important to consider because gems that are too long and narrow are prone to breaking.
Line Symmetry: For hearts and pears, the diamond’s outline should be the same on both sides when you draw a line down the middle. For ovals, squares, rectangular cuts and marquises, the diamond’s outline should be the same on each side vertically and horizontally. Symmetry makes a diamond look crisp and neat and contributes to maximizing a diamond’s brilliance. A fancy cut diamond’s GIA grading report does not contain a cut grade but does tell you the stone’s symmetry and polish grades.
Smooth Curves: Curved shapes like hearts, pears and ovals should have full, rounded “lobes” or “shoulders.” Curves should flow smoothly and not have harsh-looking flat spots.
Defined Shape: It should be obvious what shape a diamond is. A heart, for example, should have a defined cleft and crisp opposing point and not look like a flat pear. The attractiveness of a diamond’s shape can sometimes depend on ratio. An oval with too low of a length-to-width ratio might look like an uneven round.
What is Diamond Cut Quality?
Cut quality refers to how well a diamond’s proportions, design and finish work together to create a beautiful diamond. Proportion has to do with the angles and relative size of a diamond’s facets. Design refers to a diamond’s weight ratio (a diamond can have too much or too little weight for its diameter) and durability (the risk of damage due to vulnerable thin areas). Finish consists of two factors—polish (the quality and neatness of facet surfaces) and symmetry (the arrangement and placement of facets). Combined, these factors reflect the quality of workmanship that went into cutting a diamond. Cut quality is important because it affects how a diamond interacts with light, therefore determining a diamond’s brightness, fire and scintillation.
What are brightness, fire and scintillation and why do they matter?
Briefly, brightness is the white light that a diamond reflects from its facets back to the viewer’s eyes. Fire is the colorful flashes that a viewer sees when a diamond breaks up white light into spectral colors. Scintillation is the sparkle and pattern of light and dark areas that viewers see when the diamond or the viewer moves.
These are the three factors that help a diamond display a spectacular light show.
Round brilliant diamonds can receive cut grades from GIA, while fancy cut diamonds don’t. Whether your diamond has a cut grade or not, here’s how to check your diamond for cut quality factors:
Check your diamond’s brightness and scintillation under diffused (white) light. Does your diamond reflect back a lot of white light (brightness)? Does it flash a lot when you turn it from side to side (scintillation)? Are the bright and dark areas evenly distributed (pattern)? If the answer is yes, that means your diamond was well-cut.
Check your diamond’s fire under incandescent lighting. Does your diamond flash with lots of fire? You want a diamond with as much fire as possible in all the colors of the rainbow.
Look at your diamond under different lighting. Lighting environments change its appearance dramatically from diffused to spot lighting. Does it look good in a restaurant, outdoors, in your office? If your diamond looks amazing under different light sources, chances are you’ve got a quality diamond!
What is Diamond Color Quality?
Except for very rare fancy white color diamonds, what most people call “white” diamonds are actually colorless diamonds. And most colorless diamonds aren’t actually colorless but have hints of yellow, gray or brown. That’s why GIA created a D-to-Z color grading scale — to tell people how much (or how little) color a diamond contains.
What is Diamond Clarity Quality?
Most diamonds have inclusions that can be seen under 10X magnification—trapped crystals, structural irregularities, etc.—that result from their formation process. These inclusions or clarity characteristics can help identify a diamond as natural and tell scientists a lot about Earth. But most consumers want their diamonds as clear as possible. That’s why GIA came up with the diamond clarity grading scale, which ranges from Flawless and Internally Flawless all the way down to Included. But even Flawless diamonds may not be completely flawless. Flawless just means that no inclusions and blemishes are visible at 10x magnification.
Most diamonds, down to VS2 or even SI1, don’t have inclusions that are easily visible to the unaided eye. The inclusions inside an SI2 or an I (Included) clarity diamond, on the other hand, will be more easily seen by the unaided eye. Of course, this also depends on the vision of the person in question! But in general, budget-conscious consumers can save money by buying a comparable diamond in the VS or SI range; it will likely appear similar with the unaided eye to a diamond with a higher clarity grade. However, if you or the diamond recipient is a perfectionist, you might want to consider clarity grades of VVS2 and above, but know that you will also have to pay a premium.
The grades in GIA grading reports show you how your diamond fares on a range of grades for color and clarity (and cut for round brilliants). At the end of the day, however, the diamond you should choose should be whichever diamond you think looks best (after comparing with a lot of other diamonds, of course).
In order for jewellery with stones to delight with beauty and benefit the owner, it is worth paying attention to the color harmony and energy compatibility of minerals. Correctly selected stones look great next to each other and are in energetic harmony, unsuitable specimens are “lost” in an unfortunate neighborhood and can negatively affect a person. Having studied the information about the compatibility of stones in jewellery from different sides, we share our conclusions.
Color compatibility of stones in jewellery
Red. This is the color leader, he does not tolerate any neighborhood. It is better not to combine jewellery with red inserts with other colors. It is optimal to wear a set in a single color scheme; in some cases, rubies can be supplemented with transparent diamonds.
White, transparent. Such stones are rightfully considered universal, because they are suitable for all other minerals. The most striking example is the diamond, this group also includes onyx and pearls.
Blue, light blue. Inserts of these tones are in harmony with any color except black, orange and yellow.
Green. Emeralds and other minerals of green shades look harmoniously next to stones of any color except red.
Black. Not the most successful combination – black minerals next to purple, blue, crimson specimens. Dark crystals are not recommended to be worn together with gray and brown, orange ones.
Yellow. The yellowness is poorly set off by purple and blue tones, other combinations with yellow stones look decent.
When making jewellery with multi-colored stones, jewelers take into account the transparency, brightness and warmth of the shades. For example, transparent cubic zirconia and diamonds are successfully combined with colored transparent stones, examples of saturated shades are combined with each other, minerals of cold or warm colors are combined in one piece.
Astrological compatibility of stones with each other in jewellery
Stones are grouped according to their belonging to the elements (Water, Fire, Earth, Air), properties and energy. Stones, like the signs of the zodiac, are considered to be associated with planets. Some minerals are neutral, others are perfectly combined and enhance each other’s action, others are at enmity. To get the most out of jewellery with stones, astrologers recommend taking into account the compatibility of minerals and not wearing “warring” jewellery at the same time.
If you wear incompatible minerals, they will suppress each other, which will affect the condition of their owner – both the physical and emotional state of a person can worsen.
General rules for choosing stones for astrological compatibility
In one decoration or image, the stones of the antagonistic elements cannot be combined.
You cannot combine minerals of opposite signs of the zodiac.
The sign of the zodiac, the elements of a person and a mineral must coincide or be harmoniously combined.
Minerals of the same element enhance each other’s action.
Planets and their guide stones
The sun. All red, yellow and golden yellow specimens. Aventurine, diamond, amber, ruby, garnet, hyacinth.
Moon. All colorless, white, translucent blue specimens. Moonstone, opal, coral, aquamarine, selenite, beryl, rock crystal.
Jupiter. Blue minerals. Sapphire, turquoise, lapis lazuli, blue topaz.
Metal jewellery is itself a materialized geometry. A chain with a pendant is two straight lines with a pendant at the intersection, a hoop on the wrist is a circle. A brooch is often a circle, and you will see ball earrings among the jewellery of a variety of peoples (matured to metalworking).
For a long time, people have used all kinds of haberdashery “trifles” – round buckles, brooches, bracelets, fastening sleeves, various shoe buckles. As a rule, purely utilitarian objects had a simple form and decor. Elements of geometry were clearly read in such decorations: broken or wavy lines, symmetrical or asymmetrical geometric shapes of inserts, metal, or both. The geometry of the accessories in those days was dictated rather by the need for ease of manufacture than by the imagination of the master.
In ancient times, the goldsmith learned geometry lessons at different times from different situations. In inanimate nature, these are discs of the sun and moon, wave lines, mountain peaks, cave crystals …
Living life carries symmetry, sometimes a proto-ornament. What are the colors of animal skins, patterns of butterfly wings, the shape and color of bird feathers and patterns of snake skins.
Jewellery geometry: the birth of style
“Geometrism” as a purposeful jewellery design appeared, perhaps, in the period of avant-garde and art deco. Aestheticization of mechanisms and machines brought into fashion defiantly geometric, sometimes asymmetrical jewellery. Abstraction and “mind games” turned out to be more important than the sensuality that dominated the Baroque and Rococo eras. A demand arose for new detached forms capable of expressing the sensations of a new era.
Where is the border that separates just jewellery of “some form” and products “in a geometric style”? For example, in today’s fashionable minimalist jewellery, geometric motifs are also often used.
If in an oval-shaped ring with a square stone-insert you first of all notice harmony and solidity, most likely this is a classic style. But if the first thing you pay attention to is geometric shapes, from simple and concise (circle, square, triangle) to more complex and asymmetrical, most likely you have a geometric style in front of you. The author deliberately focuses on forms, composing his story from them and directing your gaze from “external” to “internal”.
For example, we need purely geometric decorations. Those in which geometry is not crowded by botany and zoology with ornamentation.
Manifestations of geometrism: from extreme to harmonious
Geometry is the science of lines, shapes, and bodies. Armed with these concepts, it is possible to describe “geometric” jewellery.
Let’s say a square shape. In this decoration, square, airy frames organize a corridor of perspective, where a gem serves as a vanishing point. This set is an excellent example of symmetrical “geometric” in jewellery. The frame has turned from a functional element to the main artistic accent.
Today there are also 3D geometric decorations, which are quite attractive at times. When you look at the earrings in the second picture, you can imagine the rotation of the parabola. Although there are design solutions where geometrism almost crosses the sado-masochistic line.
And how nice it is to return to simple gold discs – just like in the indestructible Ancient Egypt. But there are those who are not looking for simple solutions. Geometry on the verge of constructivism, asymmetry, broken lines – this is the “sharp form” of geometrism in jewellery. The synergy of inserts of different colors, frames of different setting methods and different shades of gold give this set an extravagant artistry.
Obviously, men’s tie clips, cufflinks, signet rings are most of all inclined towards the geometric style. But in women’s jewellery, geometric shapes are multiplied, joining into a prickly elegant lace. Such jewellery is universal – as, in general, geometry itself.
Titanium: how jewelers mastered the chameleon metal
Titanium became known at the end of the 18th century. Its dioxide (TiO2) was discovered independently by the English priest-mineralogist William Gregor and the German scientist Martin Klaproth.
They also owned the first versions of the names: “Menakin” and “Titanium”, respectively. They say that Gregor wanted to immortalize the place Menachen, where he lived for many years. For Klaproth, the association with the ancient Greek titans, who were famous for their endurance and primordial brute strength, was more obvious.
The last comparison is not surprising: titanium is one of the top strongest metals discovered by man. It is several times harder than iron, copper and aluminum combined, and in terms of corrosion resistance it can be compared with platinum.
Despite these amazing properties, titanium is not a rare material. There are 20 deposits of this metal in Russia alone, and, in addition to our homeland, it is produced by Great Britain, China, USA, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, Spain and Belgium. For even greater clarity, let’s look at the list of minerals from which metallurgists extract titanium: it includes nearly 70 items (ilmenite, anatase rutile, brookite, loparite, leucoxene, perovskite, sphene, and others).
It would seem that since there is so much of it, the price should not be exorbitant. However, titanium processing is sometimes more expensive than its cost. It melts at approximately 1670 degrees Celsius and requires particularly robust tools to work with. In other words, not everyone who wants to can do it “taming”. Nevertheless, we were not left without titanium.
At first, as is often the case with know-how, it was used in the military field. Gradually, the range of applications expanded. Nowadays, many things are made from it, from bicycle frames and dentures to reactors and pumps.
Titanium is also involved in jewellery making. French jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR) played an important role in its distribution. In the late 1990s, he sent titanium flower clips to his clients as a gift.
After that, titanium rings with engraving and precious stones, most of all loved by men, were not long in coming. These early experiments gave life to experimentation: a rare designer would not want to create a work of art from ultra-light titanium. Necklaces, bracelets, statement earrings, which would have been too heavy to wear in traditional metals, are no longer hazardous to health. Titanium jewellery became unisex.
Lightness is not the only advantage of titanium. This silvery metal in its normal state can shimmer with all the colors of the rainbow without staining. At high temperatures or under the influence of an electric current, an oxide film forms on its surface, which gives a bright palette: all shades of green, blue, red. And when nitrided, it acquires a golden color.
The shine of gold has attracted many for centuries. This metal is associated with sun, warmth and beauty. Gold products complete and make any look elegant. In order for your favorite jewellery to remain in perfect condition as long as possible, the proper care is needed, so find out how to care for and clean your jewellery.
Gold may darken
Not everyone realizes that gold jewellery darkens, just like their silver counterparts. This is because gold is not used in its pure form, and the metal is very soft and brittle. It is due to various impurities that jewellery can change color over time.
Secrets of shine
Gold jewellery can remain beautiful and shiny for a long time, even without much cleaning. This can be achieved if one adheres to some recommendations:
After each wear it is advised to remove the jewellery, wipe it with a soft cloth made of suede, microfiber or flannel.
It is best to store jewellery in a jewellery box or a special bag so that dust does not settle on it and direct sunlight does not fall on it.
Remember to remove jewellery when cleaning, exercising, swimming, showering or bathing.
Make sure that the jewellery is not splashed with perfume or cosmetics.
Try not to put a ring or chain in places where there are sudden changes in temperature, such as in a bathhouse or on a skating rink.
Diamond care and cleaning
Even the hardest and toughest gemstone can lose its luster over time. We will tell you how to care for diamond jewellery.
Like most other gemstones, you can care for and clean your jewellery at home. If you do not do this in a timely and regular manner, a whitish coating may appear on the stone, which can be completely removed only in a jewellery workshop by means of grinding.
Caring for diamond rings, earrings and other products involves simple procedures, but you still need to know a few important points.
Wear gloves when cleaning diamonds. The stone is extremely susceptible to fat, in particular, to that which covers the human skin. Therefore, be careful not to touch the diamond with your hands in both cleaning and everyday wear.
Use a soft, lint-free cloth or a piece of soft velvet to damp off dirt. The latter is also suitable for polishing and cleaning amber.
Cleaning diamond at home
The optimal diamond cleaner is a low alkaline soap solution. It should be warm. Place the diamond jewellery in water, rub with a cloth and leave in the solution for a few more minutes, then wipe dry. This will help to put in order not only the stone, but also the gold.
Do not clean and dry diamonds at high temperatures, otherwise they may fade. The temperature of the solution should be no higher than 30-40 degrees. Also, do not use a hair dryer to dry your jewellery and remember that diamonds do not react well to ultraviolet radiation – do not leave them in direct sunlight for a long time.
You can use pure medical alcohol or vodka, but always in a solution with ordinary warm water. After processing, the stone should be rubbed vigorously with velvet.
There are around 250 types of cuts, most popular of them we listed for you previously. They not only depend on the taste preferences of the jewelers, but also on the physical and optical characteristics of the stone. During the cutting process, it is important to preserve the mass of the stone and its natural values. Stone cut types can be divided into three large groups: smooth, faceted and mixed.
Smooth stone cut
Although formally referred to as a cut, it is essentially a polishing. The stone processed in this way has no edges, only a polished surface.
Faceted stone cut
The most diverse type of cut is faceted. As the name suggests, this treatment creates many facets on the surface of the stone. A faceted cut is used when working with transparent stones: it brings out their shine, enhances color and emphasizes light effects.
Mixed stone cut
Mixed cut combines smooth and faceted, wedge and stepped cuts in different combinations. It could be that one side of the stone has edges, but on the other remains smooth – flat or rounded. Sometimes the cut is mixed on the same half of the stone. When processing, the optical properties of stones of different colors are taken into account: cutting parameters such as the height of the pavilion depend on this.
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How to measure your ring size
To measure your ring size at home, you can use a simple method that does not require a lot of time, you only need a printer and scissors. Download the size assistant on our website under the section timeless / rings / size in cm.
The size of a ring is the measure of its inner diameter in millimeters. That is, a ring of size 16 has an inner diameter of 16 mm, a size of 16.5 – 16.5 mm, and so on. The inner diameter itself is the distance between the farthest points from each other on the inner edge of the ring.
For the reliability of the results, it is better to take measurements when you feel well and at a comfortable ambient temperature, when there is no swelling, and the fingers have their usual size and shape.
How correctly you choose the size of the ring will determine whether you enjoy wearing it, how comfortable you will be in it, and how long it will last. An incorrectly sized ring can fall off, or, conversely, cause unpleasant sensations if it is too tight. It is a shame to lose a piece of jewellery dear to your heart simply because you did not understand the intricacies in time. Of course, modern technology has made great strides forward. Often a ring that does not fit very well is taken by many to the workshop in order to slightly reduce or, conversely, increase the size.
But this is not always possible. For example, rings – “paths”, rings with many stones, intricate and complex work, most likely will not work to fit. A jeweler who yields to your persistent requests risks deforming the ring or sacrificing inserts. In addition, in most cases, it is possible to reduce or increase only by half a size, maximum by size without losing the appearance and proportions of the product.
In nature, it is rarely possible to find a completely transparent emerald gemstone. And such emeralds are highly prized. Basically, these gems contain cracks, bubbles and cloudy areas. Emerald colors are most often represented by shades of green.
Color of the emerald gemstone
The deep and juicy shade of its green color cannot be compared with anything, it is called “emerald green” (and not only when applied to minerals). The color of the emerald is due to the presence of chromium and sometimes vanadium ions in its composition; it is able to withstand sunlight and heat, changing only at a temperature of 700-800 ° C.
Only the highest quality emeralds are transparent. Most often they are clouded by inclusions of bubbles of liquid or gas, other minerals, as well as healed cracks. Small inclusions are not considered significant defects, indicating the natural origin of the stone (in contrast to synthetic stones and imitations).
Stones of deep green tone are most appreciated; even in the presence of inclusions, they are preferred to pale-colored, albeit almost transparent. The luster of an emerald gemstone is usually glassy. Physical properties vary slightly from field to field. A characteristic feature of the stone is increased fragility; in combination with the fine cracks that are often found in emeralds, it makes this stone very sensitive to pressure and heat. But in relation to acids and other reagents, it is stable.
Places of birth of emerald gemstone
Major deposits: Colombia, Zambia, Brazil, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Russia (Ural), Australia.
Currently, the largest amount of all emeralds is mined in Colombia. Zambian deposits of emeralds are also quite high: about 20% of the total amount of these minerals is mined here. And in terms of quality, they are much better than Colombian emeralds.
The emerald is on a par with diamond, sapphire and ruby. Therefore, the cost of an emerald gemstone is high. Even the lowest quality cut stones of pale green color with many inclusions cost from $ 40 per carat, cabochons – from $ 13 per carat. Dark green emeralds of good clarity and weighing from 5 carats cost from $ 1000 per carat and above. The most exceptional green beryls can surpass diamonds at their cost.
An example is the magnificent 18K Rockefeller emerald gemstone that was sold for $ 5.5 million in 2017. Two years earlier, the unique Piccadilly Princess Royal Emerald Green watch was released, literally woven from 245 Gemfields emeralds with a total weight of almost 32 carats. Their cost was approximately $ 2.3 million.
Did you know that …
Bright transparent emeralds weighing more than 5 carats are often more expensive than diamonds.
The word “emerald” literally means “green gem”. And in ancient times in Greece and Rome, emeralds were called “stones of green radiance.”⠀
It is believed that if you look at the emerald in the morning, then the day will certainly turn out to be successful.
Certified diamonds or gold. What is more expensive on the market?
If you are looking for an opportunity to invest in precious stones – the most popular today are colored diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
Reasons to invest in diamonds:
A limited number of companies are involved in diamond mining in the world, which regulate the prices of stones.
The supply of natural diamonds, according to the experts of ALROSA, will decrease by 1–2% per year for the next ten years amid growing global demand for jewellery. The gap between supply and demand in the long run may create additional pressure and lead to higher prices for polished diamonds.
Investments in precious stones, like gold, have long-term prospects.
Diamonds are a capital-intensive asset.
No special registration of ownership.
An important advantage of investing in diamonds is independence from currency and country risks.
For an investment, it is better to choose a large stone (from five carats) or a stone of a rare fancy color. When choosing, the origin and authenticity of the diamond plays a role. This is handled by certificates from respected institutions in the market – HRD (Hoge Raad voor Diamant), IGI (International Gemological Institute) and GIA (Gemological Institute of America). The ratio of 4C characteristics in a diamond, which we talked about earlier, is also important. Sometimes less valuable diamonds are purchased for a lot of money only because of the buyer’s desire to own a particular stone.
The cost of each individual diamond is determined individually due to the ambiguity and difficulty in evaluating it.
Certified diamonds can be purchased at major diamond centers in Belgium, Israel, India, the United Arab Emirates and some other countries, as well as online. The most exclusive diamonds are bought at major auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
According to their investment attractiveness, diamonds are usually divided into rare and “ordinary” ones. The first group includes diamonds from 10 carats, of the highest characteristics (D-F \ IF-VVS2) or diamonds of rare (fancy) colors. Prices for such diamonds are growing steadily, for some items up to 50% per year.
The negative side of such dynamics is the minimum investment threshold (currently at least $ 1,000,000). The high profitability of “rare” diamonds creates the basis for speculation, and the acquisition also causes certain difficulties (search, participation in the auction). For example, diamonds over 10 carats and valued at $ 500,000 receive “premium” status and are sold only in batch sizes of $ 2 million or more. “Regular” diamonds are a fairly wide range of mid-grade stones. For the most part, they show a very modest annual growth (equal to inflation on average), which does not allow us to call them super attractive for investments, but, given the current economic situation, they are quite suitable for saving. Fortunately, you can start investing in diamonds of the second group with almost any amount.
Triangle-cut diamond (also called “trilliant”) is a triangular stone (often with rounded sides) that was first created in the Netherlands.
They are not as popular as round diamonds, but they are beautiful in their own way. If you are considering diamond shapes that deviate slightly from the classic round standard, you should look at this cut. Typically, such diamonds are used as an accent around the center diamond in a piece of jewellery, but they can also be set as the main stone.
In case you are interested in this diamond shape, here are some facts about it that you might find helpful:
Triangle-cut diamond looks larger
Compared to a standard round cut, a trillion of the same carat will usually look larger. The reason for this is that the cut of triangular diamonds is small, but at the same time, they are wide.
So if the size of your diamond is important to you, you should consider a triangle cut. However, keep in mind that if your diamond is shallow, it will look large, but it may also have less sparkle as it will not have enough depth to reflect light.
Vulnerable to chips
You should be aware that due to their triangular shape, Trillians are prone to chipping at the pointed ends. Be especially careful if you have to handle such a loose diamond. However, if it fits properly into the mount, this potential issue shouldn’t bother you.
The triangle-cut is more difficult to set
Because of its shape, the “triangle” is more difficult to fit into a frame than other, more standard shapes. Since such a stone is so easy to break, the person installing it must be very careful. Because of their sharp edges, trilliant cut diamonds must be placed in a protective frame specially designed for them.
Additional cleaning required for triangle-cut
If you have a triangle-cut diamond, make sure you clean it regularly. This is true for all stones, but trillions should be cleared more often. Because these cuts are shallow, they have less depth to refract and reflect light compared to deeper cuts (like round cuts). Check the cleanings options our jewelers suggest.
As a result, their radiance will be more easily obscured by even the smallest dust. To keep your diamond from losing its luster, clean it frequently to enjoy its shine.
It starts with an idea or an image of the desired product – custom made jewellery piece.
What to start from with designing your custom piece
There may be two options for the development of the piece. The first option is that our client has a clear picture of the jewellery masterpiece in their head or has a set of references and images of the jewellery they really like. With this request, our specialists translate the idea into a reality.
The second option is that our client has a vague idea of what they want the piece to look like in the end. In this case, our designers guide the process. This includes a digital sketch of the custom made jewellery piece, making corrections as needed and creating the finished jewellery design together with our client.
3 steps from sketch to the 3D model
At this stage, the dimensions of the product and other technical parameters are determined: what kind of metal will be used, the presence of stones and inserts, the thickness of the future decoration, the specifications of the stones and their arrangement. Our jewelers guide the production process. They make sure that the aesthetics and appearance coincide, so that all the component parts of the jewellery can be cast from metal, and the stones are well placed.
The next step is volume and detail. Having received an accurate technical drawing, the designer makes a three-dimensional digital model, working out each detail separately for the metal and stone elements.
Together, a three-dimensional visual image of the custom made jewellery piece is born. At this stage, our client gets a complete picture of the jewellery piece. Upon approval, our jeweler starts working to produce the unique jewellery piece.
Jewellery is real art, which you can become a part of together with us by inventing your own unique piece of custom made jewellery. We will help bring all your ideas to life! Come and choose you parameters to start.
Topaz gemstone has a glassy luster and is often exceptionally pure. It is highly electrified by friction. Weak fluorescence is observed in ultraviolet rays.
Shades of topaz
Topaz is often completely colorless or very faintly colored. Yellow shades of various densities are often observed: from pale yellow to thick cherry-brown tones.
There are pure blue topaz and pale green stones mistaken for aquamarines. Red and pink stones are very rare in nature. The beautiful pink topaz, which has long attracted the attention of jewelers, is obtained from Brazilian brownish-yellow stones by heating. This color occurs when heated stones are cooled and does not appear to fade when exposed to sunlight, as is common with many pink minerals.
It is fairly easy to reproduce this discoloration. One passionate collector loved to surprise and entertain his guests by placing a crucible of fireproof powder containing a suitable crystal of topaz stone in the fireplace and removing a pink crystal from the crucible after dinner. Heating causes some redistribution of the atoms composing the crystal, since all pink topaz, while retaining the previous crystal shape, have high refractive indices and pronounced dichroism. At the same time, foreign atoms diffuse into the crystal and cause the appearance of different color shades. By the way, not all yellow topaz turns pink when heated.
So, topaz from Ceylon are discolored. Pale yellowish-brown crystals from the Urulga River (Russia) fade with prolonged exposure to bright sunlight.
Separately, it should be said about Brazilian topaz: stones of such piercing and bright orange tones are not found anywhere else in the world. So the name “Imperial” and a place of honor among the best gemstones are justified.
Prices for topaz of different colors
Due to the variety of color palette and low cost, topaz is very popular among jewelers. Most topaz, intended for jewellery making, undergo a refining procedure, which consists in irradiation and heat treatment of crystals to give them a richer color. Despite the fact that refined stones look much brighter and more spectacular, their cost is reduced.
The most expensive are natural topaz in rich pink and purple tones. Also appreciated are blue, yellow, golden brown stones. Diamond and emerald cut topazes are most often used in jewellery. Large collectible items are marketed in the form of cabochons or without processing at all.
Did you know that …
The world’s largest processed yellow topaz is American Gold Topaz. Its weight is 22,892 carats (about 4.5 kilograms), and it took 2 years to cut the stone.
The 1,680-carat topaz gemstone, named after Braganza, is part of the treasures of the Portuguese crown. For many years, this stone was officially considered a huge diamond.
Topaz of the color mystic or nitrogen does not exist in nature. The stones get their color due to a specific coating, which wears off over time.
Traditionally, the groom buys the wedding rings. In fact, men tend to limit their participation in the purchase of the wedding rings to a minimum, trusting the taste of their bride to be and limiting the choice only by the budget. Well, it is likely that your fiancé is also concerned with the problem of acquiring this precious symbol of marriage, so it is the bride who needs to learn how to choose a men’s engagement ring.
Many men are convinced that a wedding ring is an uncomfortable thing on the finger. This misconception arises from the fact that most men do not wear rings at all until they get married. Some also complain that it is uncomfortable for them to wear a “complicated piece of jewellery”. In fact, it is really difficult for men to find a comfortable wedding band. Tired hands, large joints – all this causes some discomfort. Choose models with a comfortable fit, when the inside of the shank is slightly rounded and perhaps the groom will change his mind.
Pay attention to these when choosing a wedding ring for man
Rings for men will be comfortable if you choose them correctly. Pay attention to two factors: the shape of the ring and the width of the ring.
First of all, give preference to the design in which the edges of the ring are gently rounded, you should not stop your choice on those rings that have sharp angular edges. This is not to say that flat, wide rings cannot be comfortable. A wide flat ring is considered to be well executed if the inner edges of the ring are rounded.
Next, look at the inside of the ring, its curve and edge lines. The inner side of the ring should have smooth, rounded edge lines. Having such soft lines will give you the feeling that the ring sits more comfortably on your finger.
Another design option with gently rounded ring edges is that the bending of the wedding ring is not entirely due to the inner surface of the ring.
One of the most popular types of wedding rings for men is just rings with a soft bend on the inner side of the ring. The comfortable bend of the ring refers to the inside of the ring, not the outside. Therefore, it is possible to have a ring with a comfortable, smooth bend of the inner surface of the ring, while its outer part can be absolutely flat. Such rings are more voluminous, convex on the inside than on the outside.
When it comes to choosing the width of the ring, here you need to pay attention to such selection factors as the size and length of your fingers and of course, your personal preferences. Very often men with larger hands and longer fingers choose rings with an average width or slightly wider. Men with small hands and short fingers usually choose rings 5 mm wide or slightly narrower.
A letter charm on your necklace can mean anything you want it to be. It can be the capital letter of the first or last name of its owner, or it can be a secret key to the heart of someone special. You can encrypt the name of a special place, where you confessed your love, or the city where you got married. The letter can be a reference to your favourite movie, book or hero. You can symbolise anything, embody the most interesting and unusual ideas in one small pendant made of precious metal and gemstones.
Pay attention to the understated yet elegant font. No unnecessary details that oblige you to adhere to any style of clothing or combination with other jewellery. You can wear the letter charm necklace every day or only wear it for special occasions.
Individual design of your charm necklace
Like any of our other jewellery, letter charm necklaces are distinguished by their unique appearance. The size and font are the same for the entire collection, but the choice of metal, type and quantity of stones is in your hands. Individual wishes of our client is always a priority for us.
After a customised order inquiry with a detailed description of the design, we will send you a 3D digital image of the jewellery for approval. The manufacturing and delivery process takes an average of 6 to 8 weeks.
Earrings are one of the most popular types of jewellery for every day use. Gold and silver earrings gracefully complete the feminine look and often become an integral part of it. But in order to wear your favorite pair was easy and pleasant, good earrings should be not only beautiful, but also comfortable. And this directly depends on the model and fastener of the jewellery.
English lock earrings
Earrings with an English lock are the most widespread and demanded type of jewellery. If such a clasp is in good working order, it is almost impossible to lose the jewellery. Due to the high degree of reliability, an English lock is usually placed on products with precious and semi-precious stones. It is best to try on earrings with an English lock before purchasing to make sure that the earlobe hole is the right size for you.
Stud earrings for every day
Studs are of two types: pin and screw. In the first case, the pin enters a special clip and is fixed, emitting a characteristic click, in the second, it is screwed onto the thread. Stud earrings are practically weightless and go well with any style of clothing, so they are perfect for everyday wear.
English lock earrings
Earrings with English locks are weightless and comfortable. They are easily threaded into the ears and just as easily fastened, so the English lock is most often used in children’s jewellery. English lock earrings are ideal for newly pierced ears and as a replacement for pistol studs.
Hoop (rings) earrings for every day
The most ancient form of earrings is rings – hoop. Today earrings in the form of hoop come in different diameters – small and inconspicuous (about 2 cm) and large and expressive (10 cm and more in diameter). Modern Congos can be supplemented with various decorative elements (balls, butterflies, pendants, etc.). Hoop earrings with a diamond facet and a path of stones look beautiful and unusual.
Pendant earrings are a very feminine and graceful look for earrings. Unlike conventional models with pendants, the thongs are almost imperceptible when worn. Such refined earrings look extremely elegant and expressive. And thanks to the dynamic pendant chains, the jewellery looks extremely delicate and immediately attracts attention.
Many people think that pendant earrings are an option only for special occasions, but this is not the case. Modern jewelers have learned to create long earrings with a very light hanging decorative part, which makes it possible to wear this type of earrings even for a very long time. When buying large jewellery, pay attention to the weight of the product: the smaller it is, the more comfortable your earrings with pendants will be. Subscribe on our Facebook and Instagram
Rubies are on the towers of the Kremlin, the cap of Monomakh and in the tiara of Elizabeth II. Handmaderuby jewellery, along with individual red stones, adorn the private collections of eminent collectors and rulers of states, and are kept in museums in Los Angeles and Myanmar.
Ruby jewellery is suitable for both men and women. And here’s why: the power of the stone helps to believe in yourself and your undertakings, and reveals the best qualities of a person. As a gift, the red gem is a symbol of friendship.
Tempered in the blood of dragons, this gemstone embodies the Yang (Active Masculine) principle, making it ideal for masculine jewellery. For a man, the ruby will become a symbol of power, courage and superiority. As believed in the East, yakhont bestows upon its owner “the power of the Lion, the fearlessness of the Eagle and the wisdom of the Snake”.
For women, handmade jewellery with red ruby will become powerful talismans to attract male attention and protect against evil spirits. Ruby is able to strengthen existing relationships or help in the search for new ones.
In ancient times, the red carbuncle symbolized passion, and it’s pink variety – tender love. In the old days, the ruby was the perfect wedding gift for newlyweds.
Materials for ruby jewellery
The use of gold and silver is considered to be a common occurrence in the manufacture of jewellery. But fashion is moving forward, and even now it is not very interesting to use these metals in jewellery with rubies. Jewelers try to surprise buyers and connoisseurs with new ideas and come up with various combinations of metals and stones.
Very often, white gold with rubies has recently begun to be used, as this duet creates a very effective and beautiful combination. It is advisable to select dark shades of the mineral for such a combination so that the contrast is even stronger and brighter.
Light shades of ruby stone are better suited to yellow metal. Thus, the color balance is maintained, the product looks harmonious.
Silver and rubies also go well together, while the metal does not overshadow the stone, and the whole set looks a little more modest. Such jewellery can be worn every day, but you need to choose just such a design that will not look too daring and pretentious. It is better to frame light stones in silver.
The simple red color of ruby works well with many different types of stones. It is best to combine it either with red stones – rubies, or with absolutely white – pearls, diamonds. Of course, such combinations will cost a lot; not everyone can afford such a decoration. But if there is financial opportunity, it is better to purchase a small, but similar kit to show your status and make a good investment. In this piece of jewellery, the center is often a dark ruby, and diamonds only frame it. This is considered a classic, although there are other, more sophisticated models.
How to find a real ruby, not a fake
Rubies are very expensive, and therefore they are very fond of forging. Sometimes imitations look even better than natural stone. Therefore, in order not to buy a fake ruby, you need to know a few basic rules for distinguishing it from the real one. Of course, in some cases it is very difficult to determine the imitation, but sometimes these recommendations can help to suspect a fake:
Always inspect the stone in daylight. Artificial lighting can distort the real color of the stone or make a fake very bright and similar to a natural mineral;
Examine the stone under ultraviolet light. A real ruby stone should not change in color and saturation, but the imitation can become orange and dim;
If you are offered a large ruby for a not too high price, know that it is a fake. Real rubies are born small, and even if you happen to come across a large specimen, it will be very expensive. In any case, there must be a certificate for every natural stone, ask the seller for it;
If you look at natural stone under bright lighting and a magnifying glass, there should be layers of natural build-up in it. This will not happen in imitation;
You can do a scratch test – run a ruby over the glass. If a scratch remains on the glass, it is a real stone, if on a stone, it is an imitation;
If there are several red stones in the product, they should not be exactly the same.
Since ancient times, people have tried to find the perfect measure to estimate the weight of a stone. The carat has become this measurement. But what is measured in carats in precious metals? Let’s figure out what is actually the difference between a Carat and Karat. Today the word “carat” is used to measure the weight of a gemstone (ct) as well as to determine the purity of the metal (Kt).
Karat – is a unit of gold in the purity of an alloy.
Carat – is a unit of mass used to measure the weight of gemstones and pearls 1 carat = 200 mg.
Carat as a stone weight
Since precious and semi-precious stones have different densities, it is a mistake to assume that a diamond and a sapphire weighing 1 carat will be of the same size. It is worth remembering that in order to determine the value of a stone, in addition to its weight, the purity of the mineral is also taken into account. So, for example, 2 sapphires of 5 carats each will have a different value if one of them has a purer, more intense color. However, you can roughly estimate the carat weight of a stone depending on its size.
It is interesting that experienced jewelers can quite accurately determine by eye the carat of a stone based on its size. A one-carat round diamond has a diameter of approximately 6.5 mm.
And here is another interesting statistic – in order to extract one carat of emerald, 20 tons of rock are taken out in the mines in Colombia.
Have a look at the difference of weight and shape of a precious stone, it is a good way to choose the best cut for your future jewel.
Karat (Kt) as a gold purity
The term “karat” is also used to measure the purity of gold, although it is mainly used in the West. The number of karats can be 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 22. 24-karat gold is also possible, but in reality this is almost impossible to achieve – there is always a minimum percentage of impurities. That is when it comes to measuring gold in karats, it means the level of impurities in the metal. Ultimately, it is from these impurities that the color of the metal depends: whether it will be red gold, pink or, white.
It should be noted that a high content of pure gold in a piece does not mean that the jewellery will be better, brighter or more beautiful. To explain this concept, one should understand why one mixes gold with other metals at all. The fact is that gold is an unusually soft metal. It is so soft that it can be molded almost by hand. Due to this property, products with a high content of pure gold do not withstand practical and everyday use. Such jewellery is very susceptible to various deformations and scratches. For these reasons, jewelers in most cases use various gold-containing alloys, which are designed to increase the stability of products.
Did you know that some of jewels from last century look like not real gold? Find it out with simple hacks!
Timeless, classic and will appeal to all fashionistas. Stud earrings are perhaps the most versatile style of earrings that can be worn for any occasion. Such earrings are universal and suitable for any style. Diamond studs are the most timeless. If you love bright colored stones, then you should definitely look out for studs with emeralds, rubies and other precious gemstones.
Everyday classic earrings
Life does not consist of continuous holidays and parties; on weekdays or on a relaxed weekend outside the city, you want to take a break from splendor – including your jewellery. Evening ones are replaced by day or “costume” ones. Therefore, one cannot do without laconic, comfortable and almost weightless earrings, appropriate in any situation. And if you consider that they have a unique ability to never go out of style, then we can consider that a pair of successful studs, combined with a cocktail dress, and with a business suit, and with jeans and “converse”, is an excellent investment.
Stud earrings are for everyone
Like most jewellery designs, studs in their modern form were invented in Western Europe. Actually, the term pusset is French (poussette, translated as “hairpin with a large pommel”). In jewellery, it simply means the design of the earring: a short stem with a precious topping on one side and a clip or washer securing the earring in the ear on the other.
Studs are loved by everyone, from girls to ladies. The next peak of popularity of studs came in the 1980s and 1990s, when several piercings in the ear came into fashion, and studs are the most comfortable earrings for such piercing. At the same time, studs began to be massively worn by men who took an example from rock musicians and heroes of films about informals.
Due to the fact that the weight of the precious metal in the studs is, as a rule, minimal, these are quite democratic earrings: no woman will refuse gold studs with small diamonds, sapphires or other precious gemstones. If they are not given to her, an independent working girl is quite capable of buying them herself.
Stud earrings are even for a night out
However, studs can be both daytime and evening: if in a jewellery pairing (a complete ensemble for special occasions) the emphasis is on a necklace, earrings are often laconic, and the designer chooses for such a pairing exactly the shape of the studs: a large pearl framed with diamonds, a cabochon of colored stone, a large classic-cut diamond or the same large emerald, sapphire or ruby, again in a diamond frame.
The classic insert for a stud is a precious or colored stone. In the case of opaque colored stones (coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli, amber), this can be a cabochon. When it comes to cut stones, almost all popular cuts are used for the stud. Classic round (“diamond”), rectangular “princess” with sharp corners, “heart”, “emerald” (rectangular stepped cut with beveled corners), teardrop-shaped “pear”, almond-shaped “marquis”.
Watches and cufflinks are not a complete list of jewellery for men. It is these pieces that create the complete image of a stylish and successful man.
Jewellery bracelets for men
Bracelets for men are gaining more and more popularity. It can be both products with strict shapes, and jewellery made of leather and deliberately rough metal. Due to the wide variety of forms and the ability to give the image a special charm that these things possess.
Precious metal bracelets remain a beloved classic. The greatest demand is for silver ones, which are perfect for any style of clothing. Yes, and it is difficult to find another equally expressive, but at the same time very restrained material, like silver or white gold, which conquers anyone with its magnificent magical radiance and severity.
When choosing a men’s bracelet, you need to pay special attention not only to size, but also to style, shape, weaving, etc. For example, thin silver bracelets, which are most often bought because of their elegance, look best on small hands with long fingers. This brush shape is most often found among artists or musicians. The situation is quite different with massive bracelets, which consist of thick, large links or solid metal. This type of bracelet will work best on people with wide wrists.
When visiting a jewellery store, you can see extremely modest, inexpensive bracelets made of silver and other materials, as well as real luxury pieces that immediately catch your eye.
Business people prefer to choose austere bracelets that simply highlight the person’s overall style. This allows you to add a flair to the look, but not distract clients or partners with details during communication.
Jewellery chains for men
Thick chains, both gold and white metal. Their length, according to fashion standards, should not exceed 24 cm. Weaving can be different: from smooth to intricate. Thick men’s chains used to adorn the massive necks of serious guys. Kings, knights, Vikings and many other characters from different centuries wore thick chains as a symbol of power, strength, wealth and might.
Now everything has become easier, anyone can wear a thick chain made of silver, true gold or other metals. And this can be done in different ways. But something remains the same: the thick men’s chain around the neck is by definition designed to be noticed. It will be visible even under the clothes. Check what you need to know about chain making.
Jewellery rings and seals for men
Rings, signet rings and seals are still relevant. The only difference is that three rings are allowed: wedding, signet and ring. The last piece can be worn on any finger, including the little finger.
For many centuries, the family coat of arms has been on the signet ring. Also, the seal was used as a regular seal, which was placed on documents. Now signet rings are worn by men and women from all walks of life who want to show style or a sentimental connection to something or someone.
Today, the elitism associated with rings has disappeared. But some people still prefer seals, but more creative ones. You can design your unique family seal with us. Some choose to wear them every day, while others only wear them for special occasions. They are often given as gifts for 21 birthdays or worn as wedding rings.
Signet rings can also denote membership in a club. Signet rings continue to grow in popularity. At least because of its distinctive design. As the signet ring becomes a vehicle for personal expression, the place and way of wearing it will be as unique as the person wearing it.
“Made in Switzerland” is a brand that enjoys popularity and customer loyalty all over the world. Today, precision, as one of the characteristics of Swiss quality, is at the heart of many industries, including jewellery.
DVM jewellery is based in Switzerland, with our main focus on loyalty and the exquisite quality of our products.
Every piece of jewellery that you order on our website www.dvonm.ch comes with an official IGL or GIA certificate and a guarantee.
2. Any materials without intermediaries. We have access to the world exchange in stones and metals. In our assortment you will find diamonds with any balance of weight, clarity, color and cut quality, as well as precious gemstones of various sizes and values from all over the world.
3. The client’s jewellery dream is our main focus. Jewelers take care of your idea by hand creating jewellery that fully meets your wishes. A completely unique product, a copy of a family heirloom or a design of any jewellery changed according to your request – these and other requests will be realized by our masters.
4. With a reliable lock, like with a Swiss knife, you will never have to worry about it getting lost. All DVM fasteners and fasteners are tested for durability.
5. Accurate delivery to any corner of the Earth. It takes an average of 3 days from the moment your online order of our collections pieces is confirmed until the jewellery is delivered to you. Individual creations can take between 4 and 8 weeks once the creation process of your unique piece has begun. We value speed and punctuality in our work, so we try to send you a finished product of Swiss quality as quickly as possible.
DVM products are a combination of centuries-old jewellery traditions and the latest technologies that together create unique Swiss quality jewellery.
The amethyst is a stone of peace and sincere feelings. Amethyst jewellery heals the soul and soothes the nerves, as they say.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the amazing amethyst:
Amethyst is not only a February gem, it is the official gem of Wednesday, Jupiter, and it is also suitable for people born under the zodiac sign of Pisces.
Amethyst is the official stone of the province of Ontario.
Amethyst symbolizes deep love, happiness, chastity, sincerity and prosperity.
Amethyst was revered as the “jewel of the gods.”
Amethyst rings are traditionally worn by bishops. Some believe that amethyst brings good luck to petitioners.
Many farmers believe that wearing amethyst will protect their crops from hail and locust.
The Hebrew name for amethyst is “ahlamah”, which means “cure.” And this is not an accidental coincidence – since ancient times, litho therapists believed that stones can have a beneficial effect on both the psyche and the human body.
Amethyst was the stone of Matthew, one of the twelve apostles.
Leonardo da Vinci believed that amethyst has the power to ward off unkind thoughts and positively influence the thought process, and also promotes discernment about business.
Prasiolite, a dark green variation of quartz, is sometimes mistakenly called amethyst.
Another bonus curious fact: in 2018, amethyst was actually the stone of the year, as the Panton color lab chose ultraviolet as the color of that year.
Choose this precious stone as a part of jewellery in our constructor and order the design you prefer!
The history of a gold bracelet began in the 30s. A jeweler named Rene Boivin, who inherited the business from his father (who inherited it from his father, Rene’s grandfather), was just starting his business in his native France. The jeweler was married to a woman named Jeanne, and it was she who became his first and most important assistant. Of course, the wife did everything 100% anonymously, because it was simply impossible to imagine a woman jeweler in France in the first half of the 20th century. Self-realization of the ladies was out of the question.
However, the death of her husband made adjustments to the life of Jeanne herself, and to the history of the Boivin brand. The widow of Rene Boivin then firmly decided: she would not sell the family business, because she would not be able to entrust it to a stranger, she would lead it on her own.
Back to the bracelet and the story of how it turned into a jewellery manifesto of feminism. One of the creative designers invited by Jeanne Boivin was a girl named Juliette Mutart. In the jewellery field she is known as “one of the most talented women jewellers of the last century.” Jeanne saw the gift of her colleague in time and invited her to collaborate. Juliette created an adornment that became a symbol of the Boivin jewellery house – a hard cuff bracelet, which has been a reference for classic jewellery since the 1940s and today looks just as elegant and aristocratic on a woman’s wrist as it did many years ago, and is still popular today.
All of the diamonds and gemstones we offer at DVM Jewellery are acquired at the diamond exchange in Israel, London or Antwerp. Each diamond or gemstone is individually chosen by our jeweller and comes with a GIA or IGL certificate of authenticity.
Your preferences of the diamond quality can be individually chosen for each jewellery piece you create with us.
What affects the diamond quality?
Diamonds all over the world are graded according to the “4Cs” rule: cut, color, clarity and carat weight. The size does not affect the quality of the stone, because a small diamond can be as beautiful and well finished as a larger diamond. The quality of a diamond largely depends on the raw material, but the final look of the diamond is born in the skillful hands of a jeweler.
Most diamonds are round, especially with an excellent or very good cut. Ideally, the surface will be so flat that imperfections will not be visible to a naked eye.
Fancy diamonds do not receive grades from GIA due to the wide variety of shapes and cutting styles, each with its own length-to-width ratio and set of standards
Remember, your personal preference are important. However, these 4 points should be paid attention to before choosing a dream stone:
1. The ratio of length to width (L to W) It is important to consider because gemstones that are too narrow are prone to chipping. Most people find certain ratios more attractive than others. Thus, emerald and rectangular cuts are popular with an L-W ratio between 1.50: 1 and 1.75: 1
2.Symmetry of lines. For heart and pear shaped diamonds, the outline of the diamond should be the same on both sides of the conditional line in the middle. For oval, square, rectangular and marquise shaped diamonds, the outline of the diamond should be the same on each side vertically and horizontally. Symmetry makes the diamond crisp and neat and helps maximize the brilliance of the diamond
3. Smooth curves. Curved shapes such as hearts, pears, and ovals should have full, rounded “petals” or “shoulders”
4. A definite form. The heart, for example, should have a clear cleft and a clear opposite point, and not look like a flat pear. The attractiveness of the diamond shape depends on the ratio and your preference
Choose diamonds according to your taste and budget on our Jewellery page.
All of our jewellery is created individually by our craftsmen and jewelers in the second generation. Our production is a combination of centuries-old jewellery traditions and the latest technologies, which together create truly unique pieces. You can order your individual jewellery by discussing all the details with our specialists. Subscribe on Facebook and Instagram
Choose engagement ring
Top 5 tips for choosing your engagement ring.
We have turned an energy-consuming process of finding the perfect engagement ring into a 10-minute process.
1. Decide on a budget. This will greatly reduce the number of options.
2. Make your wildest desires come true, indicate specific parameters easily on our website. This will help our jewelers create the right engagement ring for you.
3. Lean on the preferences of your bride to be. Choose a ring that is similar to what she likes or might like. To do this, answer these questions: What jewellery does she wear? Silver or Gold? Is it more classic or modern? Is she more outgoing or shy? Will simple or flowery jewellery suit her?
4. Know her ring size, this is the starting point for your upcoming purchase. It is always best to buy a ring a little larger, because shrinking a ring is easier than enlarging.
5. Choosing the right style that will best suit your bride to be. Start by choosing the diamond cut and then the setting.
Remember, choose a stone size that will suit her lifestyle. Then focus on the color and shape that she will be able to wear with jeans or an evening gown.
Pay attention to the composition. Round, oval and marquise diamond cuts are successfully combined with other gemstones in multi-stone set rings. Pear and heart cut diamonds are better choices for as a solitaire.
Lovers of unusual shapes will appreciate a heart or pear cut diamond. Strict rectangular cuts such as a princess or cushion cut diamond are more timeless. If you are not sure about your choice, choose a classic round or oval shaped diamond.
One more nuance. The fewer facets a stone has, the higher the quality and higher the price will be. The facets on the stones retract and reflect light which make the stone sparkle. If you are looking for a higher quality diamond, an excellent to very good cut emerald, princess or round diamond with a clarity of VS1, VS2 or SI1 will be the right choice.
EVERYTHING you need to know about your jewellery piece.
What is the carat weight of your diamond earrings, what is the history of their origin, what are the stone proportions, what are the stone clarity characteristics? All these answers can be found in the certificate of authority of your jewellery piece.
The certificate of authority is the product passport, which contains all the information about the piece. It is issued after an independent gemological examination for each individual piece of jewellery. The document guarantees the authenticity of the jewellery and proves that its characteristics meet the current quality standards. For these purposes, the document is assigned with an individual report number, a QR code and a hologram seal.
The certificate of authority contains detailed information about the piece (style, measurements, material, grading information).
Grading report details:
Date of the laboratory test
Assigned report number
Shape and cutting style
Diamond cut grade
Key to symbols
Every jewellery piece you order from DVM Jewellery comes with an official IGL or GIA certificate and warranty.
The prongs (“paws”) were specially invented to focus all attention on a luxurious gemstone, which in such a frame reveals its maximum potential. All the rays of the sun are concentrated in the central part of the diamond, conveying the perfection of every facet, so the prong types in ring casting take one of the main roles.
There are many ways in which jewelers attach inserts to products. The installation process is called bartacking. After all, the decoration should be both beautiful and comfortable. That is why jewelers pay a lot of attention to setting. The socket in which the stone is attached must be of the same size, the frame must match the insert. After all, if the thorns or edges of the stone rub against the skin all the time, no one will wear such an ornament. If the setting is made poorly, the insert will constantly cling to both surrounding objects and clothing, or it will be completely lost. There are many ways to perform bartacking. The choice of method depends on the size of the stone and the characteristics of the decoration itself.
The simplest type of attachment is a blind caste. In this case, the stones are placed on a flat-bottomed cup. The stone is held in the decoration thanks to the walls of this cup. If this method is used, it is necessary that the surface with which the stones come into contact with the cup are flat. Jasper, corals, turquoise and other opaque stones can be mounted in such a frame. If you need to insert a transparent stone, the bottom of the cup must be covered with a foil layer. This method has one drawback. Under custom, it is impossible to check for defects in the stone. The advantage of this method is the strong adhesion of the stone to the frame.
If you need to fix a transparent stone insert, a rim or tsarovy cast is used. There are several varieties of this setting method – rim setting, mirror or cameo setting. Usually, when creating a rim caste, jewelers use weaving and openwork patterns. The stone is not only illuminated from above, but also illuminated from below. A secure fit is provided by a support strap. A shelf is cut out inside the product in the upper part of the rim caste. For this, a special tool is used. The stone is placed on this shelf, depending on the cut of the stone, the rim covers it around the perimeter or around the circumference.
Corner setting uses corners (small posts). They are installed around the stone. Corners are usually made of the same material as the piece of jewellery itself. The corners are often made in the form of balls. This makes the product attractive. With this method of bartacking, there is free access from the bottom. This product is easy to clean. This method is most often used when the jeweler is going to use a lot of small stones. The main advantage of this method is that it is possible to decorate the product with inserts. Since corners are installed around the insert, the stone itself visually looks larger. Particular attention should be paid to the quality of the corners. If they are made poorly, the posts will constantly cling to all surrounding objects. The stone itself may fall out when worn or cleaned.
Corner castes are divided into open and embedded. In the open version, the use of corners is combined with fixation with a ring rim. Built-in castes are subdivided into faden, tikt mi squares. The jeweler drills a hole in the jewellery. For insertion, this hole acts as a socket. When using the tikt method, stones are randomly “scattered” over the surface of the decoration.
One of the varieties of tick fastening is pavé setting. With this method, medium-sized stones are fixed in even rows. Metal is not visible through the rows of stones. It looks like a single surface of inserts. The jeweler drills holes in the metal surface to hold the inserts. After the stones are installed in the holes, all the gaps between them are filled with molten metal. Sometimes jewelers manage to fill a piece of jewellery with small stones so that from a distance they look like one large faceted stone.
Another fairly common setting method is the claw caste. In this case, claws are used (paws – clamps). They protrude near the insert and look like a rim. The stone is installed on a foot – a base. There are different types of prongs. The main thing is the quality work of the jeweler. If the work is done well, the legs will not cling to clothing. A stone of any size in such an adornment is easily perceived. Visually, the insert looks lighter and larger.
Another type of claw caste is the carmezine mount. Few people know about this method now. Rings designed in this way can be inherited from mom or grandmother. A large stone is placed in the center of the ring. It is surrounded by medium-sized stones of a contrasting color. They surround a large stone around the perimeter or a wreath.
In the manufacture of wedding rings, the channel type setting is usually used. It is considered the most durable. But the wedding ring is worn all your life. This method of setting is used when you want to focus on the main stone located in the center of the ring. The channel cast is also used in cases where the inserts want to be located in one ditch.
The pin bracelet is part of our collection pieces. Accessories with philosophy are a good addition not only for creating a harmonious style, but also for your own philosophy of life. Do you, when choosing jewellery, pay attention exclusively to beauty and design, or does symbolism play a role too?
The pin has long been worn as a talisman, it protects a person from troubles and misfortunes. This pin bracelet collection is a symbol for those who want to protect themselves from negative energetic interference in their lives.
Often, a pin is given to children, this symbol will protect newborn baby. Sapphire pin bracelet with authenticity certificate in 14K white gold with natural sapphire 10 stones 0.85ct. It is available for order on our Collection page. ⠀ This piece is from our DVM Collection and can be ordered in silver, platinum, yellow or rose gold as well as with any color gemstones or diamonds
The design may be changed or customized by you, you may even ask us to design another piece of jewellery, as some of our clients did! We present you several performances of this touchy elegant element, which you may find in our catalogue.
This is a special order just in gold without gemstones, just 14K yellow gold.
Would you like to learn more about sapphire color variations and the most important quality factor of this gemstone?
The most highly valued blue sapphires are velvety blue to violetish blue, and medium to medium dark tones. Preferred sapphires also have a strong to vivid color saturation. The saturation should be as strong as possible without darkening the color and compromising brightness.
Place of Birth
The richest sapphire placers are located in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar (formerly Burma), China, Vietnam), India, Australia and the United States. The most valuable and beautiful, recognized as a standard, are considered to be Kashmir sapphires, which got their name from the place of their extraction – Kashmir (a disputed area occupied by India and Pakistan). They have a juicy blue-cornflower blue hue and do not change colors depending on the lighting, and due to microcrystalline inclusions they are not very transparent. In Kashmir sapphires, the structure of the mineral is most pronounced; at a certain angle, parallel layers forming a crystal can be viewed.
Natural and synthetic sapphire
For the first time, artificial sapphires were synthesized in the United States in the middle of the 20th century, and since then large-scale production of such corundums have been carried out all over the world. The largest manufacturer is located in Russia – the Monocrystal plant in Stavropol. The main difference between artificial stones is the absence of natural inclusions, which can only be seen under a microscope. Under an ultraviolet lamp, synthetic minerals will give off a green hue, while natural stone will have a white sheen.
Our charm collection featuring this boy and girl charm bracelet will spark joy and memories. This piece is a symbol of life and love. A precious jewel to always keep your children close to your heart.
You can use your imagination to dress up your boy or girl by choosing your own unique combination of stones. Red rubies for little princesses and blue sapphires for little princes.
To make the piece special, the back of the charm can be engraved, either with initials or birth date of your little kids.
Children charm collection is made in the form of pendants for girls and boys, embodied in various types of jewellery: bracelets, neck pendants, earrings. The flagship model of the collection is a bracelet with children’s pendants, which no mother will remain indifferent to.
A bracelet with charms for girls and boys will always remind of the most valuable thing in a mother’s life. Each product of the collection is filled with a special meaning, it contains love, care and tenderness that we feel for our closest ones.
Bracelets for mothers are available in white, pink or yellow 14K gold. Each bracelet with children’s pendants can be decorated with precious stones of various shades: white or black diamonds, pink or pale pink sapphires, hot pink rubies, blue or light blue sapphires, yellow or orange sapphires, green tsavorites.
CHARM BRACELET BOY GIRL
Our charm collection featuring this boy and girl charm bracelet will spark joy and memories. This piece is a symbol of life and love. A precious jewel to always keep your children close to your heart.
You can use your imagination to dress up your boy or girl by choosing your own unique combination of stones. Red rubies for little princesses and blue sapphires for little princes.
To make the piece special, the back of the charm can be engraved, either with initials or birth date of your little kids.
In our children charm collection, the individuality of each bracelet for mum is preserved. Boys can choose a blue or green suit, and girls a pink or yellow dress. Or, on the contrary, completely sprinkle pendants with white or black diamonds, as a sign of brevity and severity. The engraving of the child’s name and date of birth will make the gold bracelet with children’s pendants individual.
A VS clarity diamond is a popular top choice because it is the most affordable stone with no noticeable inclusions. Let’s find out more precisely the value of VS purity, and compare it with other qualities of purity.
VS is the fourth from the highest on the G.I.A. – Institute for the Evaluation of Gemmology in America. “VS” is an abbreviation for the name, which means a diamond that has “Very Slightly included”.
Three diamond grades are above the VS rating: VVS (very small inclusions), IF (internally flawless) and FL (flawless). Below the VS score, there are two more grades: SI (slightly included) and I (included). These diamonds contain inclusions that are invisible to the naked eye. Inclusions in a VS clarity diamond can be seen under a microscope or magnifying glass, but are more difficult to see. Sometimes inclusions become noticeable if they are close to the surface of the diamond. However, they are also very difficult to make out. The VS clarity diamonds consists of a range of sub-grades: VS1 (this is a higher level) and VS2.
VS1 and VS2: how to classify them?
There are flaws in VS1 stones that are difficult to see even under a microscope. Black spots or dots will be difficult to see with the naked eye. Diamonds in the VS2 clarity range contain inclusions that are easily visible under magnification, but are virtually invisible to the naked eye. The difference between VS1 and VS2 diamonds is very subtle and you probably won’t be able to establish it when wearing diamond jewellery.
What are the advantages of VS clarity over I and SI purity?
Compared to SI clarity, VS clarity diamonds contain defects that are not noticeable when enlarged. Diamonds rated as SI1 clarity do not show imperfections without magnification and differ from VS in that their flaws only become visible when magnified. Whereas the difference between SI2 and VS clarity is that an SI2 clarity diamond has flaws that are visible without a loupe. However, these inclusions are not readily visible and only become visible when viewed from the side. Diamonds with a clarity of I will have noticeable inclusions that are not magnified even when viewed from the top of the stone, whereas VS diamonds have no imperfections visible without a loupe.
Highest grade of purity
Difference VS with higher purity can only be detected by magnification. VVS diamonds do not have inclusions that can be detected without a microscope, and in IF and FL stones you will not find inclusions visible at 10x magnification. What they have in common is the lack of the ability to detect inclusions with the naked eye.
When to choose VVS diamonds?
VVS is one of the best diamonds in terms of clarity available for purchase if there is no desire to overpay for flawless or internally flawless diamonds. The clarity of VVS in diamonds means that these stones have too few visible inclusions that are difficult for an experienced gemologist to detect under a microscope. The VVS purity range includes two items: VVS1 (higher) and VVS2. These categories of stones may differ in definition and designation, but in reality, it is difficult for an ordinary consumer, not being an expert in the field, to identify them, even if the means for inspection are available.
The quality of FL and IF clarity diamonds is very rare and therefore expensive. And many rough diamond suppliers supply VVS stones and do not sell higher grade diamonds. VVS diamonds shine and shine well as they contain a minimum of imperfections. As a result, nothing prevents the light from entering. If you’re out of the budget for a flawless diamond, don’t worry, VVS clarity is the best choice for a replacement. It is difficult for someone to tell the difference between VVS and FL stones, at least without a special tool and experience in assessing.
What is the difference
The only way to tell the difference between these diamonds is to place them side by side (put stones VVS, FL and IF). Only then can you notice a slight difference, but not always. But when you wear your VVS clarity diamond, no one will be able to tell it apart from purer stones. And finally, when choosing between VVS1 and VVS2 diamonds, it should be understood that the difference between them is in several small points or disseminations. And, if you don’t see much of a difference, buy a more affordable stone, or сompare the purity of VVS and VS diamonds. Subscribe on Facebook and Instagram
What is a Marquise cut?
The Marquise cut first appeared in Paris in 1745 in the French monarchy. King Louis XV commissioned his court jeweler to create a diamond that resembled the smile of his beautiful mistress, the Marchioness Madame de Pompadour.
Perhaps this romantic story is just a beautiful fairy tale, but the cut has gained great popularity around the world over time due to its graceful and at the same time playful form. In addition, being inlaid in a ring as a solitaire, the Marquis cut has the ability to visually lengthen its wearer’s fingers. The cut has 55 facets.
So it’s one of the best shapes if you are looking for a classic shape with an aristocratic look.
We may suggest you try being a true designer to create a jewel of your dreams in our Timeless jewellery constructor. You may choose any stone you prefer in a Marquise cut and show our jewelers what your precious piece should look like. Just add pictures or photos of what you find the best example so that we create a 3D model of your dream before creating it in metals and stones.
Silver is not only a jewellery material, it is widely used in various industries involved in the manufacture of cell phones, computers, televisions. However, for jewellery, silver is undoubtedly the most demanded. What are the advantages of silver jewellery that allowed it to become the most common material?
Cost is the first one. Silver is many times more affordable than any other metal. But at the same time it is a precious material, which has given the global trends in the growth of prices for precious raw materials.
Silver is suitable for people with any skin color.
This metal is compatible with any kind of existing gemstones.
Caring for silver items does not take much time, you can restore the color of the metal at home.
Silver is a hypoallergenic metal.
It gives more design opportunities for craftsmen – jewelers to create exclusive products.
Jewellery made of silver retains the antiseptic, so there are healing properties of the material.
Worldwide use of silver
Considering all of the above advantages, it is not surprising that entire collections are created by famous trade brands are entirely composed of silver. In addition, the healing and mystical properties of the metal make it possible to use it as amulets and objects of esoteric cults.
Historical use of silver
Do not forget that in antiquity, silver was highly valued. Therefore, jewellery and products were created that are still passed down from generation to generation. The historical value of this metal can be noted. In the Middle Ages, dishes and interior items were often made of silver, which are now a real luxury.
Economic use of silver
And, of course, the economic value of silver. If we turn to statistics, then experts predict: in the next few decades, prices for silver jewellery will not change significantly. To date, more than 700 thousand tons of silver have been extracted from the bowels of the earth. So all crises will not greatly affect the cost, and the demand for silver is always high.
Considering the economic situation in the world and the use of silver in modern technologies, one more recommendation can be made. The use of silver for the creation of household items and interior items is expected to decrease soon. This is due to the fact that silver has become widely used in the technical industry, and jewelers will never forget about this metal. Accordingly, soon any silver dish can cost fabulous money.
All you need to do is just go to our product designer page and choose all the details of your future silver jewellery piece. The exemplary characteristics of each stone are marked with a GIA certificate and a quality certificate of DVM Jewellery GmbH.
Get more money even if you have to wait, or do you want to sell your jewellery quickly, even if that means you might be paid less? Let’s take a look at what options you have and how to choose the best one for you.
Finding the best option to sell your diamond
Another important factor is whether you want cash for your stone, or you are willing to exchange it for another piece of jewellery Let’s take a look at the best options for selling a diamond for cash and then see what you have to do if you just want to trade it for jewellery.
Let’s take a look at why selling your diamonds for cash may not always be a good idea, and find out what other options you have. The main options for selling for cash are through diamond dealers, retail jewelers, or an auction.
Diamond dealers are the best choice when speed is important
These people specialize in buying and selling diamonds, so they will quickly make you an offer and quickly follow through if you accept it. The downside is that you can get less money than if you sold the diamond at a jewellery store or auction. The reason for this is that the buyer will have to resell your stone and will thus offer you a lower price in order to profit from the process.
Selling diamonds online
Selling your diamonds online is one of the easiest ways to turn your stones into cash. You can place an ad or go to an online auction site and try to get as much as possible for your diamond. Just remember that if you want your stone to fetch a good value, it is advisable to back up its value with official documents such as a third party appraisal or diamond grading report.
Sale through a jeweler
Some jewelers may take your diamond for a commission to their shop or their website. You will be charged for this service and must leave the stone with the jeweler (if sold in the store). You may also need to specify a minimum price for the item. How soon a diamond is sold can depend on many factors, including how prominently your stone is displayed on the showroom (or on the jeweler’s website). Retail jewellery stores might be able to offer you a higher price per stone than dealers, but this is not always the case. It is true that by selling to jewelers, you are skipping the middleman of the wholesale, but not all retail stores actually buy diamonds. And many of those who buy cannot offer you a much better price than what you would get from the dealer.
In general, going to jewellery stores is the best way to sell your diamonds if you are in no rush and have time to ask around and negotiate the best price, or wait for the stones to sell.
Auction sale jewellery
We already mentioned that you can list your diamonds in an online auction, but you can also sell your jewellery through an auction house or a jeweler who provides a service or website such as eBay. It should be borne in mind that compared to other options, these auctions are relatively expensive in terms of fees, but the revenue can be higher. This is why auctioning is recommended for unique items that may be of interest to a large number of potential buyers who are likely to offer a starting price. Usually, an auction is the best choice if your stone is unique in some way or has any antique value.
Pawn Shops can buy your diamond, but don’t go there if you don’t know how much your stone is worth in terms of quality characteristics. The pawnshop people have a lot of experience in valuation and negotiation, and if you don’t understand how to determine the value of your diamond, you won’t be able to get the best price. How much money can you get for a diamond? It is much better to evaluate the stone first in a classified laboratory (such as G.I.A.) and use the grading / grading certificates to negotiate the best price.
Redemption of a diamond
Some manufacturers include a buyback clause when selling a diamond. If your stone is sold with a buyback policy, it will state how much money you could get for it if you decided to sell it back to the supplier, and under what conditions such a transaction is allowed. Repurchases are usually carried out as a percentage of the original cost and are often only allowed for a certain period after the date of purchase.
You’ve already seen countless options when trying to find the perfect ring, but still haven’t found one that meets all of your requirements. What else can you do? In fact, there is a way to get your dream piece of jewellery – create jewellery of your own design.
How to make a custom ring?
We at Dorothy von Malapert offer a bespoke ring, and if you want to have a piece of your own design, the first thing you should do is provide our jewelers with the idea of your own perfect ring.
Choose the details in our jewellery constructor, fill in descriptions, add drawings and photographs, our jewelers will create a 3D model of your future product.
We are also happy to create a computer model.
After looking at the model, you can ask for design changes. After all changes are made, a real ring will be created using metals and gems as per your request.
Benefits of designing your own ring
The best thing about a custom design is the ability to get the exact precious piece you want. You can design your ring to fit perfectly on your finger, choose the exact gem sizes so that the ring is well balanced, and choose the right color combination to complement your other jewellery or outfits. You can also make various changes to the preliminary design before the product is manufactured.
How do you find the best jeweler for your custom project?
Designing and creating jewellery is a complex process, and since you cannot change the design after the ring is ready, you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. And we can provide it.
In addition, the people to whom you will explain your design requirements will subsequently work on creating your ring. Thus, it is much easier to avoid any misunderstanding, because you communicate with employees directly involved in the creation process.
Description of your dream ring
Use all the options available to convey the image you have in mind. Draw a picture of your dream ring and attach pictures of the rings that resemble the ones in your imagination. You can also display designs that are available in a jewellery store, similar to the image in your head.
Anything that will help our jewelers understand your idea will be useful.
Before the final stage
Make sure that the 3D model and / or computer generated image of the future ring is exactly what you want.
You should be happy with all the features of the product, including shank width, stone height, rim thickness, etc. Once the ring is made, it is very difficult to make any changes. But on the other hand, how pleasant it is after so much work to enjoy your unique product, created personally for you.
What is the difference between carat weight and size of a gemstone?
The parameters of a gemstone are influenced by its size and carat weight. These are two characteristics that reflect its different properties. Therefore, it is necessary to dwell on each of them in more detail.
A carat is simply a unit of mass for a stone. One carat (1 kt) is equal to 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams.
Determining the value of a stone using carats is a common method that influences the price. The more carats, and, accordingly, the mass, the higher the price will be for a gem. The size is measured by the external parameters of the stone: its height, width and other characteristics.
Among the additional characteristics, one can single out the determination of the size of the top (platform) and key proportions that determine the quality of the cut. The size of the top plays a big role as it is the most visible part of the stone. It is the top that catches the eye when viewed. At the same time, the depth does not matter as much. this part of the stone will be hidden behind the rim. Cut ratios are also important because they affect the brilliance of a stone, its ability to reflect and refract light.
What is the difference between carat weight and size?
Carats – determine the mass and weight of the precious, and the dimensions – determine its parameters and characteristics. Consequently, two stones with the same carats may have different sizes and proportions. And at the same time, stones of the same size and diameter may have different carats.
What does the size of the stone indicate?
While the carat is a value that is not influenced by the external factor and the quality of stone processing, the size is determined by the cut. Some cutting methods do not require depth, while for others, on the contrary, the depth of the stone is important. For example, for emerald cuts, the design does not imply depth of facets, while for round cuts or princess cuts, depth is of great importance.
How is the size of the stone determined?
One stone may have a greater width, while another has a height. Oddly enough, the depth of the stone affects the visual sense of size. If the depth is large, then the stone in the jewellery will appear smaller than a similar stone with a shallower depth, with the same carat and cut characteristics.
How does the size of a stone affect its weight?
By changing the size of certain parts of a diamond, a jeweler can influence its weight. For example, if you take two round diamonds with the same diameter, but one of them is deeper and with a thick belt, then this stone will be heavier. A deeper stone will be more expensive because it weighs more, although it will appear to be the same size as a shallower stone.
How are round stones measured?
The most important dimensions of a round gemstone are the diameter of its girdle and platform, the height of its crown and pavilion, and the overall depth of the stone. One of the best ways to take these measurements is with a micrometer or leveridge (a tool that jewelers often use to measure gemstones).
Measurement of the belt diameter. If you look at the stone from above, its diameter is a straight line that can be drawn through the center, connecting two points located opposite each other on the diamond’s belt. If you don’t know what a belt is, this is simply the widest part of the diamond (or, its outer edge).
Measurement of the diameter of the site. The platform of the stone is a flat face at its top, and its diameter will be less than that of the belt. The pad diameter is determined by the length of an imaginary straight line that passes through the center of the face and connects two points on the sides of the pad.
Measuring overall depth. The total depth of a round stone is the vertical distance between its uppermost facet (platform) and the pointed lower part of the stone (which can be faceted, in which case the facet will be called “culet”).
Measuring the height of the crown. The height of the crown of a grave stone is part of its total depth. This is the vertical distance between the main face (land) and the chord. The crown is actually the top of the stone above the belt.
Measuring the depth of the pavilion. The depth of the pavilion is also part of the overall depth of the stone. It is determined by the vertical distance from the chord to the lower end. The pavilion is a part of the stone below the belt.
What does your jewellery tell about your personality?
There will never be a second chance to make a first impression. How true that statement is. The clothes you choose, the way you talk, the way you style your hair, and the type of jewellery you wear all come together to declare who you are.
What does jewellery say about people?
jewellery is one of the ways that people identify with others. Consider what jewellery says about the people you meet at parties and on the street.
Here are some common types:
A person who wears large jewellery such as large hoop earrings, thick necklaces, or extravagant rings is more likely to be an active, social, and fun personality. He is the one who is usually surrounded by groups of people at a party. His generous and cheerful personality attracts people to him like metal filings to a magnet.
People who wear recycled material like turquoise earrings, sea glass bracelets or seashell necklaces are nature lovers. They enjoy the air and awareness of the world around them. They tend to gravitate towards natural tones such as brown, beige, grass green and turquoise.
There are people who prefer elegant and simple jewellery such as pearl earrings and necklaces. These people are often traditionalists and family oriented. They prefer to quietly get together with close friends at night in the city. They have a classic taste in furniture and clothing. Their poise and calm demeanor would make them noticeable in a crowded hall. Everything these people wear has been chosen with the utmost care and attention to detail. They are never satisfied with second place and move forward through life at full speed. What jewellery can say about you? They set goals for themselves and expect those goals to be achieved. When they buy jewellery, they are confident that it will be exactly the product they want and will not settle for less. Others often turn to them for advice and guidance.
Harmony of color
Neat, responsible and organized people usually wear jewellery in appropriate sets. They can wear a gold necklace with matching earrings. Or elegant silver bracelets that match the color of their shoes perfectly. They are welcoming hosts and great conversationalists who are often looked to for advice.
There are some people who make their mark by wearing antique jewellery. They want their jewellery to stand out and stand out from the standard. These people can often be found in antique and thrift stores looking for the perfect piece of jewellery that bears their name. They don’t care about brands. For them, what they wear is more than a statement; it is an art form.
What kind of jewellery do you wear every day? People who wear jewellery on the go, such as tennis bracelets and pendant necklaces, tend to have an active lifestyle. Their jewellery needs to fit in with their energetic and athletic lifestyle. They want to look good without giving up the things they love to do. They are also highly motivated and love jewellery engraved with inspiring sayings. And most durable, of course. The type of situation someone is in is also an important factor. For example, for an interview, a person might wear pearl studs or small hoops.
If he is wearing a necklace, the chain should be thin, without a pendant. During interviews, people want to make a more conservative impression; on the other hand, to a party with friends, such a person may wear one of their most beautiful pieces of jewellery, or perhaps something very shiny with it.
Both styles are valid and necessary in everyday life. Pay some attention to the type of jewellery you wear every day. They talk about the kind of personality you have at work or play.
If you’ve ever tried to find a ring that fits well on your finger, you may have wondered: Can you change your ring size later if something goes wrong? But are such changes always possible, and what risks does this entail?
Cutting the ring to resize it
Typically, in order to change your ring size, jewelers cut the rim and then enlarge or shrink it before connecting it again. To enlarge the ring, the jeweler will stretch it as much as necessary after cutting, and then add a new piece of metal to fill the gap. Shrinking works in a similar way: the jeweler will cut a strip out of the ring and narrow the rim by joining the two ends together. The jeweler then solders the rim at the cut.
Resizing a ring leaves a weak spot
After changing the parameters of the ring, the place where it was cut and then soldered becomes weaker. In addition, these cuts are made at the bottom of the rim, which is most stressed when you wear the ring (if the ring has a top and bottom). And if you put pressure on the place where the ring is welded, the rim can break. However, if the jeweler has done the resizing properly, then the risk should be minimized.
What could go wrong when changing the ring size?
Sometimes the jeweler may not solder the rim properly. As a result, there is a possibility that it will break in the future. How do you know if the resizing job has made your ring weaker than before? Look at the place where the jewellery was soldered. If it has been soldered correctly, there should be no indentation in the surface, and the surface itself should be flat and polished. If the rim is thinner at this point and you see a dented line, then the weld is likely to break. (If the soldered alloy has a different color, you can see the line, but as long as the surface is smooth, there should be no toughness problems.)
So if you see a line where the ring joins, ask the jeweler to reinforce the joint. This usually boils down to adding more metal to the soldering and polishing the joint to make it indistinguishable from the rest of the ring. However, keep in mind that if your ring is made of platinum, due to the specific properties of this metal, you will most likely see a line in the joint even when the work has been done properly.
When the ring size cannot be changed?
There is a limit to how much the ring size can be changed. If the desired increase or decrease is more than one or two sizes, then it is unlikely that change will be possible without the risk of damaging the ring. Some metals are difficult to change. For example, most jewelers cannot modify titanium rings as conventional cutting and soldering does not work with this metal.
Other methods such as broaching, cutting or adding additional material can be used, but their effectiveness has its limits. If your jewelry contains gems, they must be removed before resizing the ring. However, if the stones are not set using traditional ways, it may not be possible to remove them without damaging the ring.
In such cases, unless the stone is a diamond or other heat-absorbing gemstone, resizing may not be possible because the heat required to solder will damage the stone. This is the case with rings made of platinum, pure silver and palladium. So make sure your ring fits you as best as possible before you buy it, because fixing it up later can be a lot of hassle and might not even be possible.
We have figured out how to choose a chain for a pendant. Now it’s time to say how to wear your pendants. Well, maybe not a couple, because the choice of suspension is also a science. And you can rely solely on your own taste only if you have it as a reference. But let’s face it: there are very few of us who have an ideal sense of style, so recommendations, bit by bit collected from blogs and interviews of famous designers, will be useful to everyone to one degree or another.
The worst thing that can happen to us when choosing a chain and a pendant is a mix of styles, which in fact is pure tasteless. Only a few are able to competently combine elements of different genres without slipping into banal kitsch or outrageous vulgarity. Therefore, keep a brief overview of the stylistic decisions, among which you will definitely find the one that is closest to you: both for you and the clothes in which you are most often dressed. After all, the combination of jewellery and outfit is paramount. Otherwise, visual dissonance will be noticeable even from afar.
Classic pendants and chains are always a universal and definitely a win-win solution. A classic is a classic to blend in with any environment. Except, perhaps, the sporty style, with which classic jewellery is on friendly terms on the most rare occasions. And most of these cases are ready-to-wear shows that almost never leave the established framework of the catwalks.
You can understand that this is a classic piece of jewellery by a number of characteristic features. For example:
a classic product always has a laconic form;
such an ornament is distinguished by the correct proportions, which, in turn, provide the accessory with special grace;
classic products are distinguished by a refined and verified geometry.
Classic caliber jewellery is rarely made from alloys. The only exception is designer jewellery, the cost of which is often even higher than the cost of similar no name jewellery. The original Murano glass pendants have earned special respect in this niche: the classics, captured in such an unusual material, highlight the owners of the original taste, who prefer the classics, but tend to have a zest in the image. The shape of classic pendants is most often either oval or drop-shaped. But this is rather an auxiliary criterion than a fundamental one.
The avant-garde is the complete opposite of the classics. There is no tradition in the avant-garde style, and this is the main characteristic of avant-garde jewellery. It is impossible not to notice such a pendant. It is always something bright, impressive, catchy and memorable for a long time. Avant-garde jewellery is characterized by vibrant colors, asymmetries and unexpected geometry. Another feature is the use of both traditional and non-traditional materials: from 585 gold to bright plastic, which in combination with precious metal looks like something cosmic.
The avant-garde is always eccentric and shocking to one degree or another. And not everyone is ready to shock. Usually, pendants of this type are chosen by eccentric creative and very emotional natures, for whom jewellery is a visualization of their own self, and not just an accessory on a golden string.
Fishes, stars, crescent moons, flowers, hearts, angels, dolphins: all this and more – casual pendants, which are the most common and most popular among modern women. Clients of jewellery boutiques buy such products much more often than universal, but very heavyweight classics or chaotic avant-garde jewellery. The secret lies in the simple and easy combination of such products with clothing and other accessories in the outfit.
If the pendant in a casual style is not made of precious metal, then it can be glass, enamelled base metal, and rubber, and multi-colored plastic. Most of the jewellery is made in this style. Moreover, both designer and branded products and mass-market jewellery, which, in fact, are worthless. The casual pendant can be worn with anything. In contrast to the classics, casual is combined even with sportswear. But as an evening option, such pendants, to be honest, are not very good. They are bright enough for everyday situations and dull enough for parties or special occasions. If you want to sparkle in the light of spotlights, we recommend that you rely on avant-garde or jewellery classics.
Sports pendants are a separate niche. For the manufacture of such pendants, as a rule, only metals are used. And both precious and non-precious. The sports pendant looks great in gold, platinum and titanium. Stainless steel is also a fairly popular material that looks just as good on the body as the rest.
Ruby is a gem with tremendous power. It can exert over a person who is weak in spirit or give patience to a person who doesn’t control himself from time to time. It is said so, but what we truly believe in is that this stone has a tremendous beauty and needs tender love and care.
How to wear a ruby:
First of all, you need to study the properties of a ruby before deciding to buy this stone;
It is believed that the ruby must be worn exclusively on the hands (in rings, bracelets), but the metal that ruby loves is gold and only gold;
Despite the fact that the ruby is the prince of stones, it can be worn with some other minerals, and it will even be beneficial. Wearing a ruby and freshwater pearls will soon give up all prejudices and stereotypes for the owner of the stone, discovering new styles and behaviors that will help him to correctly set a goal and come to it. If you wear a ruby with rose quartz, you can discover your new “I” and learn about everything that was previously hidden in you. An excellent combination is a ruby with diamonds, especially if they are combined in one piece. The combination of ruby with aventurine is also favorable.
How to distinguish a ruby
It is known that the properties of the ruby are such that good people, thanks to the ruby, acquire decisiveness, nobility and strength. A ruby must be worn with love;
Before putting on a ruby, give it your tenderness, love and positivity – it will return everything to you a hundredfold. Before putting the ring on your finger, stroke it gently, because a real ruby does not tolerate inattention to itself;
Many people wonder which finger to wear a ruby on. This mineral is a stone of love, which is why it is often worn on the ring finger. The ruby ring can also be worn on the index finger. It is believed that if you wear a ruby on the middle finger, then its owner may lose the ability to enjoy intimacy.
The main thing is to buy stones with certification and holographic marks only. You may check our guarantees and types of certificates.
How to care for a ruby:
Like other stones, ruby does not like being in direct sunlight for a long time;
Do not allow the ruby to overheat;
Store jewellery with rubies separately from other stones, preferably by wrapping them in a cloth;
It is strictly forbidden to clean the ruby with sharp objects and objects that can cause mechanical damage;
If you need to remove dirt from the stone, you can use a toothbrush. You need to brush it over the stone lightly and carefully.
Modern gold and silver items are not 100% pure precious metals. This is due to the physicochemical properties of the ore, which is too soft to keep its shape on its own. At the same time, do not confuse the meaning of jewellery alloy and an option for jewellery. The first one for the most part includes precious metals, and for the creation of the second, simple metals that are not of high value are taken as a basis.
Features of gold
To understand what jewellery alloy means, it is enough to know that no gold jewellery is 100% gold ore. Typically, the composition includes elements of silver, copper, platinum, zinc, cadmium and nickel. The more platinum and silver in a gold blend, the whiter the jewellery. And copper gives a red hue, giving jewellery the necessary strength. Gold turns purple when aluminum and gallium are included. A blue tint is obtained by adding rubidium and indium. Steel inclusions give a bright blue color and green is obtained using a combination of cadmium and silver. Scientists are still experimenting with incorporating different metals into the golden “solution” to create unique hues. At the same time, the optimal content of pure gold for jewellery is 58.5%.
Features of silver for jewellery
Wondering what a silver jewellery alloy is made of? It most commonly includes silver, aluminum and nickel. Moreover, auxiliary components are needed not only to increase the strength index, but also to reduce metal oxidation. Pure ore quickly turns black due to interaction with oxygen.
Interesting fact. Silver jewellery alloy was invented over 6,000 years ago. Already in ancient India, silver jewellery was highly popular. In Russia, women specially wore silver rings on their hands, since it was believed that this metal kills microbes while milking cows.
Tips for allergy sufferers
A little secret from jewelers. If you are allergic to gold, it is most likely caused by nickel in your jewellery. In order not to spoil your mood by the inability to wear jewellery, pay attention to platinum alloys. They are as beautiful and expensive as gold. Among them are jewellery with diamonds, sapphires and other gems. If finances permit, you can buy palladium products. They are durable and they are also adorned with precious stones. If palladium and platinum are too expensive, you can choose openwork silver jewellery.
What should be on the tag
Regardless of the type of jewellery alloy, a tag attached to a tear-resistant fishing line or thread with the manufacturer’s seal must be attached to each product. The label itself contains information about the type of metal, the number of carats in precious stones and the place of their extraction. Additionally, the processing option and date of manufacture can be specified.
A pendant is an adornment made of precious stone and metal, which is worn exclusively around the neck – on a chain or cord. It is not customary to combine them with additional decor; pendants are worn as a solo decoration. It must have a loop for attaching to a chain (pay attention to the size of the loop – if it is small, it may not fit a chain with a large clasp). There are pendants made of inexpensive materials – wood, beads, but usually they are made of gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stones.
It is a decoration that attaches to something and hangs down. It can be worn not only on a neck chain, the pendant is attached to bracelets or belts, to clothes or a bag, to mobile phones, and is attached to decorative pins. For fastening, the suspensions can have carabiners or special loops. There are pendants-beads, which are called “charms” – such beads are strung on a bracelet or jewellery cord, getting an individual “stacked” bracelet. Pendants are usually made of metals, they can be decorated with rhinestones or stones, colored enamel. Up to 5 pendants can be worn on one chain at the same time.
Gold and silver pendants are classics that will never go out of style. The pendant will be a win-win choice for a gift; this piece of jewellery can be worn every day or included in festive looks. Pendants are ideal for those who love light bows and experiments – pendants can be combined, changed, every day to choose the right one for clothes and mood.
A bit of history
Pendants were worn in ancient times, but then they were made from scrap materials, most often from the claws and teeth of animals. For the hunter, the fangs, claws and bones of a killed predator were trophies, they were worn as proof of their strength and an amulet: ancient people believed that such amulets bring good luck, relieve disease, and help in hunting.
Over time, pendants began to be used not only as an amulet, but also as a symbol of belonging to the highest rank – such ornaments were worn by leaders, rulers of states, famous people. In Ancient Egypt, pendants with their own names and portraits were worn by pharaohs and queens, emphasizing their high status.
Later, jewelers mastered the art of embedding precious stones in metal, jewellery became more and more sophisticated, the fashion for pendants spread: the rich and government officials began to wear jewellery made of precious metals and precious stones around their necks. The sailors had closed pendants – as a rule, portraits of relatives were placed inside such a product.
There is a difference between a pendant and a pendant, these are not synonymous words. A pendant is a kind of pendant, it is worn without additional elements, and it is considered predominantly a woman’s jewellery. Pendants were and are worn by both women and men – these are universal jewellery that can be combined with each other and attached several pieces at the same time to one chain.
A ring with an unusual design will hardly surprise anyone today, but a ring on a neck chain is of genuine interest – after all, most people prefer to wear these jewellery on their fingers. We found out why men and women put a ring on a chain and wear it as a pendant – it turned out that there are many reasons and they are varied.
Why wear a ring on a chain around the neck
Each owner of a ring on a chain has its own reason – someone just likes to wear the jewellery that way, someone outweighed the ring around his neck for practical reasons. Here are the most common reasons why a ring is worn on a neck chain:
The decoration interferes with your daily activities. Some people are so sensitive to any kind of jewellery that they feel discomfort during the day – when doing manual labor, exercising, doing housework. It is inconvenient to constantly put on and take off rings, you can just forget about them or even lose them, so putting them on a jewellery chain is a good decision.
Sometimes it is simply necessary to remove the ring from the finger – there are many professions in which jewellery on the hands is inconvenient and can even lead to injuries. Builders, doctors, massage therapists, auto mechanics are just a few examples where rings can become a hindrance. There are cases when the ring clings to a tool or mechanism parts, and serious injuries have occurred – the finger simply tore off. When it comes to safety and health, putting a ring on your neck chain is a smart decision.
Constantly wearing the ring can be uncomfortable due to the presence of health problems of the fingers and hands – discomfort is caused by swelling, joint diseases, and inflammation. Also, rings are removed by people who have injured fingers – bruises, scratches and abrasions when in contact with jewellery cause pain.
The ring may simply not fit in size, so it is impossible to wear it on your hand. Different things happen – they can give a ring of the wrong size, but you can’t exchange it or you just don’t want to. It happens that the size of the fingers has changed – a person has lost or gained weight, but does not want to change the size of the ring.
As a pendant rings are often worn, when they were inherited from people dear to their hearts. Widows put on the chain of their former husbands’ engagement rings, like the rings of their beloved grandparents wear pendants.
The amulet ring is worn as a pendant. This happens especially often with rings that have a non-standard design – they are difficult to combine with other jewellery on the fingers, so the talisman ring becomes a neck decoration.
In ancient times in Europe, a girl who responded to an offer to marry with a refusal could still accept a ring from a man as a gift. She did not wear it on her finger, but put it on as a pendant – this meant that the man had the hope that over time the girl’s opinion could change and she could agree to marry him.
The meaning of a ring on a chain for athletes
During sports, a ring on a finger can simply interfere. Depending on the sport, some take off all jewellery completely during training, while others train with a ring on a chain. Some athletes begin to wear a ring like this on a permanent basis – it is convenient, always with you, does not get lost and does not interfere.
The meaning of a ring on a chain on a neck of pregnant women
The body of a pregnant woman can suddenly “please” with edema – there are cases when a woman’s fingers swelled so much during the night that it was impossible to remove the ring and had to literally see it off. It’s good if only the ring suffers, because you can injure your finger.
With the predisposition of pregnant women to edema, doctors recommend removing jewellery from fingers. The most valuable ring – an engagement, wedding or talisman ring – can be hung on a chain so that it is always there.
As you can see, there are many reasons why they wear a ring on a chain. And in most cases, there is no special sense in this – it’s just that people are so comfortable or they do it for security reasons. Take note of this method when you are swimming in the sea or doing manual labor – after all, the ring can easily slip off your finger, and it is also easy for them to catch on to something or just scratch the jewellery. And on the chain the ring is intact, and the fingers are free!
Let’s start with the main thing: yellow diamonds are mined mainly in Australia, Botswana, Tanzania, as well as in Russia. True, this does not happen often, so every stone found is an unprecedented success.
Yellow diamonds are rated according to three criteria: size, clarity, and color. And if even a novice gemologist can figure out the first two parameters, then the last one is more difficult. Yellow diamonds have as many as six shades: Fancy Light Yellow, Fancy Yellow, Fancy Intense Yellow, Fancy Vivid Yellow, Fancy Deep Yellow and Fancy Dark Yellow, and the only way to determine the true one is through a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate. Actually, that is why all Mercury diamonds weighing 1 carat or more undergo mandatory international certification.
The most prominent yellow diamond to this day is the 545.67 carat Golden Jubilee Diamond, found in 1985 at the Premier mines in South Africa. After a two-year cutting process, the diamond was presented as a gift to King Bhumibol Adulyadej on the 40th anniversary of his coronation.
It is quite possible to become the owner of a worthy copy even now: just go to our product designer page and select the necessary parts of your product with a yellow diamond of the desired size, our managers and jewelers will select stones of impeccable quality for you. The exemplary characteristics of each stone are marked with a GIA certificate and a quality certificate of DVM Jewellery GmbH.
Do your ears get overgrown if you don’t wear earrings?
In theory, ear piercings can get overgrown if earrings are not worn. In practice, it all depends on the situation and individual characteristics of the person – someone pierces their ears and stops wearing earrings almost immediately, someone takes them off after a few years of active wear.
The results for different people are also different – for some, the ears get overgrown literally “before our eyes”, while others cannot “overgrow” the puncture for years, although they try very hard. We propose to figure out why this is happening and whether it can be influenced.
Do your ears get overgrown if you don’t wear earrings for 2 weeks
If the piercing is fresh, then after a break in wearing the earrings it may seem that it is overgrown. This is how it manifests itself – when you try to insert an earring into your ear, you feel resistance, and you feel some kind of “lump” in the earlobe. In fact, more often than not, this seal is the punctured hole, it is just difficult to get into it. Even with “fresh” punctures, inflammation often occurs – the lobe around the hole swells a little, turns red, and suppuration may appear. This process gives the feeling that the hole is overgrown, but you just need to remove the inflammation – treat the lobe with an antiseptic, and then try to put on the earrings again. If the inflammation is not removed, the holes can become overgrown. Punctures in the ears overgrow quickly, if they are made recently and become inflamed – the body directs forces to regeneration, a “cork” appears at the puncture site. The hole in the ears can still overgrow if it was pierced incorrectly – in the wrong zone of the earlobe, at the wrong angle. But even in this case, it is possible that the puncture will not overgrow, but will simply bring inconvenience – it can deform (stretch), hurt. If the puncture was made long ago and correctly, then the ears will not grow. At least, this happens in most cases – when the puncture is made in an anatomically correct place and for a long time, the body will not seek to “overgrow” it and, thus, get rid of it. Although if a person has an incredible ability to regenerate, then the holes in the earlobes can heal even after 10 years of wearing earrings. True, how much you have to not wear jewellery for this is difficult to say.
Do your ears get overgrown if you don’t wear earrings for several months?
They may or may not be overgrown. It all depends on the body’s ability to regenerate and the accompanying conditions. For example, people who want to get rid of pierced ears often use special regenerating ointments – such remedies do not guarantee, but can help. If a person has a high capacity for regeneration, then it may be enough for him to remove the earrings for 1–3 months, and the punctures in the lobe will gradually begin to tighten. Of course, the puncture site can be noticeable for a long time, but the earring cannot be inserted – at least not without effort. If the ability to regenerate is low and the hole is made correctly, then the long-awaited “overgrowth” will never come – you can stay with pierced ears for life or turn to a surgeon who will simply sew up the holes.
Do ears get overgrown after the “tunnels”
For “tunnels” you need more than just a puncture – the hole in the earlobe is widened to form a real hole. From a medical point of view, the procedure is quite traumatic, and the holes remain in the ears after the tunnels are removed. Can such a hole be overgrown? Depends on the diameter of the “tunnels” the person was wearing. If the hole was relatively small, then it has a higher chance of overgrowing. If it tightens, there is a high probability that a mark will remain – the larger the hole, the larger the scar will be.
After “tunnels” of large diameter, the ears usually do not heal, in order to get rid of holes, people resort to the help of plastic surgeons.
Why do your ears hurt when you put on earrings?
Pain and pulling sensations when wearing earrings can appear if the puncture is made incorrectly – at the wrong angle or in the wrong part of the earlobe. In this case, only a new puncture will help, and you do not need to put on the earrings in the old hole – it will either overgrow itself, or you will need to seek help from a surgeon. Ears can hurt if the earlobe near the hole is inflamed. Take a closer look – if redness is visible and there is discharge from the hole in the lobe, you need to give up jewellery for a while and regularly treat the lobes with an antiseptic. Sometimes the inflammation is not visible to the naked eye, but you still need to remove the jewellery for a few days and wipe the puncture sites with an antiseptic. If there is no improvement and your ears continue to hurt while wearing earrings, seek the advice of a specialist.
How long can you not wear earrings to avoid overgrowing your ears?
If the punctures are fresh, then without earrings they will grow quickly – the body will heal wounds, which, in fact, are punctures in the earlobes. The exact amount of time is difficult to name, it depends on the individual’s ability to regenerate. Someone’s ears are overgrown after 2 weeks, if you do not wear earrings after a piercing, for someone after 2-3 months. If the ears are pierced for a long time, they are unlikely to quickly tighten. Usually, those who have holes in their ears for a long time manage not to wear earrings for years, and nothing happens. The body is already “accustomed” to the holes in the earlobes and considers them “native”, therefore it is unlikely to want to fight them, and therefore they will not overgrow by themselves. An exception is situations when the lobes become inflamed or a special regeneration cream is used.
Among all the variety of opals, the main factor in determining the value is the brightness of the play of shades within it. Another factor is the opal mineral colors and patterns that are created by the play of light. Black opal is especially popular for its delightful inner crimson sheen in night-black stone. This opal is rare and very expensive. Another rare variety of opal is “harlequin”, its color scheme resembles a chessboard.
Among the expensive opals, stones with a maximum of red color are most valued. Opals with strong shades of blue or green are no less beautiful, but they are much more common.
At the end of the 18th century, the great gem expert Brickman wrote: “It is much easier to find a few hundred of the best diamonds than a dozen opals without any blemish.” Many connoisseurs of precious stones put this stone in first place among the gems in terms of value. Even the famous Roman commander Mark Antony failed to take the opal ring from the disgraced Senator Nonius in pain of death – it cost a fortune. The famous opal “Burning Thunder”, bought by Napoleon for 30,000 gold ducats, was presented to his wife, Josephine. The Queen of Great Britain Victoria and the Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna were always involved with opal jewellery.
In the form of a talisman, opal guarantees success in all endeavors, but only on the condition that its owner is a noble person who has managed to overcome selfishness and a thirst for money in himself. Opal mineral is able to bring the gift of prophecy, but only if the prediction was not intended to harm anyone. For these reasons, it was believed that this stone can only be worn by people with pure thoughts. In the East, opal was a stone of fidelity and hope.
Opal as a talisman protects the wearer from depression, sadness and melancholy, infectious diseases, and also calms the nerves. Opal keeps you from base passions, whims and irritation. The owner of the opal is not afraid of the intrigues of enemies.
Color: brown, yellow-brown, brown-black (regular opal), brown-red, red, green, yellow with a green tint (prazopal or chloropal), colorless (chiolite), light (milky opal or cacholong), orange-red , blue, yellow with an orange tint, iridescent (noble opal), textured opal with natural remains, banded, spherical.
Transparency: transparent, translucent, opaque.
Luster: glassy, greasy, pearlescent.
Color: due to impurities of iron, chromium, nickel, copper, manganese and other inclusions.
Prevalence of opal mineral:
Opal is created in the bowels of the earth from a liquid mass of silica, which, in the process of solidification, retains a small amount of water in its composition. If you place an opal under a microscope, you can see its internal structure, which is located in a prescribed order (like a honeycomb) in a set of silica gel, small identical balls of silica. This structure provides an iridescent play of colors, which changes with the rotation of the stone. Opal deposits can be found all over the world. Common and wood opal can be found in India, Mongolia, USA, Indonesia, Iraq, Australia, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Opal deposits are also found in other countries of the European continent – in Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro, Poland, Ireland, France and Bulgaria. The most valuable is noble opal. About 90 percent of its production comes from Australia. Black opal is mined exclusively in Australia at the famous Lightning Ridge deposit, as well as at the Minntabie deposit. The Andamooka deposits and several deposits in western Queensland are also known. Mexico is one of the main producers of multicolored noble opals. There you can find stones of red, blue, green colors, as well as varieties such as “fire” opal and gyrasol. Deposits of “fire” opal are known in Kazakhstan.
finishing: cut, cabochons, engraving, doublets, triplets, stone carving.
similar minerals: agate, hyacinth, onyx, ivory.
Care of opal:
long exposure to the sun is contraindicated for opal – it dehydrates, loses its iridescence, becomes milky white. It must be protected from sudden changes in temperature, as this can cause cracking due to the large amount of moisture contained in the opal. This stone should be protected from impact and from the effects of abrasive substances; clean only in soapy water; ultrasonic and steam treatments are prohibited. Check the variety of cuts for this beautiful stone.
Men have worn rings for several millennia – not only as jewellery, but also as amulets, talismans, signs of belonging to a group, caches for poison, symbols of power. At different times, there were versions of what the rings on a man’s hands mean – some meanings are still relevant.
What rings do men wear?
The range of men’s rings is not limited to engagement and seals. Men can wear special rings as a sign of graduation, achievement of a certain position or membership in a sports society. There are religious rings – Orthodox men wear jewellery with the words “Save and Preserve”, Muslims usually wear the Aqeeq ring. There are male jewellery – symbols of the family family – these are often distinguished by engraving with initials or a coat of arms.
The meaning of the rings on men fingers
Thumb. Previously, a ring on a man’s thumb was considered a symbol of power – this was the manner of wearing jewellery that sultans, kings and other rulers had. Today, by the ring on the thumb, you can recognize a strong-willed, emotional, energetic person. Such people know what they want from life and know how to achieve it. Psychologists say that guys who are looking for female attention subconsciously strive to wear a ring on their thumb – they emphasize their sexual power with jewellery. In ancient Rome, the thumb was considered a phallic symbol, and the ring on it can be regarded as a desire for self-affirmation in the sexual sphere.
Forefinger. Famous generals and great rulers loved to wear the decoration on the index finger, and today you can recognize a natural-born leader, leader, a man of power by such a ring. The choice of the index finger for the ring can be explained in terms of comfort – it is convenient to wear the jewellery here, it does not interfere with everyday activities and emphasizes the masculine proportions of the hand. Among the famous rulers who loved to decorate their index fingers are Henry VIII, Julius Caesar, Ivan the Terrible. Astrologers and palmists even recommend that shy and insecure people wear jewellery on their index fingers in order to activate the necessary qualities – courage, perseverance, determination.
Middle finger. It is customary to wear rings on this finger, which belong to heirlooms. Such rings are passed down from generation to generation, they are worn on the middle finger, because it is associated with a person’s personality. Putting the family ring on the middle finger, the man demonstrates his belonging to the family. Psychologists advise paying attention to the design of the ring on the middle finger. If this is a large ring with a large stone, then the man is prone to narcissism and may be selfish. A neat ring with a laconic design says that this is a courageous, emotionally balanced, self-confident man.
Ring finger. Traditionally, jewellery on this finger symbolizes marital status. It is not customary for men to wear engagement rings, but many people wear wedding rings, depending on religion and place of residence, on the left or right ring finger. Engagement rings are usually easy to recognize – more often they are simple smooth rings without inserts, sometimes – with engraving, patterns, small stones. It’s easy to make a mistake with a ring on your ring finger – it’s easy to mistake a simple ring for an engagement, or vice versa. For example, a luxurious gold ring with a large stone may turn out to be a wedding decoration, and a thin silver rim on the left hand is not an engagement ring at all, but a sign of belonging to homosexuals. If in doubt and the answer is important to you, it is better to ask directly.
Little finger. Rings on the little fingers are loved by gamblers and adventurers – in the worst case, it can be an avid poker player, a lover of slot machines, a fraudster, a marriage swindler. At best, an entertainer who knows how to have fun and can captivate a whole company. Pinky ring owners are charismatic, self-confident men with a great sense of style. They easily make acquaintances, they can be good friends, but in business and love relationships with them, you should be on the lookout – the personalities are windy, changeable, capable of deception.
Mankind does not have a single answer to this question – people continue to argue about the need to take off jewellery during sleep. Having studied this topic from different angles, we share with you the information we collect. Perhaps this article will help you decide whether to take off your rings at night or not.
Taking off rings at night or not
Arguments for it
jewellery for the night is better to take off, because during sleep it is easy to damage them which would need repair and setting service after. How many torn bracelets and chains, how many rings with dropped stones fell victim to wearing around the clock! And among the blankets and pillows, earrings are easily lost – sometimes even long-term searches do not give any result, the earring can roll into the far corner under the bed or fall into the crevice of the sofa.
If the alloy contains a cheap ligature (for example, nickel), then when wearing jewellery without interruption, irritation, peeling, itching may appear on the skin. You need to give your skin a break from jewellery, and the night time is ideal for this.
If you sleep with your rings on, you can catch them on something during sleep and get injured. Seriously, such cases are known – jewellery (usually products with large stones or complex designs) cling to the bed or get tangled in bed linen, they can be touched by a sleeping person nearby, the decoration can be mistaken for a toy by a pet. Moreover, they cling in a dream not only with rings with large inserts, but also with earrings, bracelets, pendants.
During sleep, the rings can press on the skin and blood vessels, which impairs blood circulation. Close rings should be removed at night, just like phalanx rings. There were cases when the finger swelled a lot during the night, and the ring sank into it so much that one had to seek help from the emergency room. In the most difficult cases, even a finger amputation is possible.
All pregnant women, without exception, should take off their rings at night. During gestation, swelling in a pregnant woman can appear often and suddenly – literally overnight, fingers can swell beyond recognition. The ring will press hard, blood circulation will deteriorate, and your finger may be injured.
Arguments against it
If the ring does not interfere with everyday life and is not felt on the finger, then it will not interfere with sleep. For example, smooth wedding rings and jewellery without inserts are unlikely to catch on something, so they do not need to be removed.
You don’t want to part with rings, which are especially dear to your heart, even for a minute – these include engagement rings, engagement jewellery, commemorative rings, talisman rings. If it is morally difficult for a person to take them off, he experiences mental discomfort about this – it is better to sleep peacefully in rings than to suffer from insomnia without them.
Should I take off the engagement ring for the night?
There is a special attitude towards engagement and wedding rings – the spouses try not to part with them ever. Engagement rings are often worn, without taking off, all their lives – only if the ring becomes small or large, it is temporarily entrusted to the jeweler for resizing. Let’s see what the experts think about this.
Doctors say that it is possible and necessary to take off wedding rings at night – even if it does not fit tightly to the finger, it can still disrupt normal blood flow. Nothing will happen in one or two nights, but over months and years it can lead to problems with the wrist joints and other diseases due to impaired blood microcirculation.
Esotericists and simply superstitious people believe that wedding rings are not just jewellery, but family amulets. It is impossible to part with them, so as not to weaken the connection between the spouses. Rings-amulets protect the family union from adversity, save the husband and wife from temptations, concentrate the family energy. If you take off such a ring at night, then during sleep a person will be left without his protection.
We advise you to listen to yourself – think about how comfortable you are with rings on your fingers during sleep, whether they interfere or not. If in doubt, conduct an experiment – remove the rings for a couple of evenings, leaving them overnight on the bedside table. Analyze what has changed. Perhaps, without the rings, you began to sleep better and get enough sleep, or, conversely, began to sleep worse because of anxiety about the removed rings? Only you can make the decision!
If you are lucky enough to become the mother of a girl, then you will always have your best friend and fashion partner by your side. We supplement paired “bows” with suitable accessories and instill a sense of style from childhood for mother and daughter jewellery.
You are a star mom and daughter
Your family is like stepping off the cover of a magazine: an incredibly beautiful mother and an angelically sweet daughter. Wherever you go, you are always in the spotlight. Still – it is impossible not to notice such beauties! You quickly picked up the trend from celebrity moms and started dressing in the same clothes. Your family look is worthy of stylists’ Instagram. The case is small: pick up mom and daughter jewellery.
Suitable for you: jewellery that emphasizes a bright appearance. Choose for yourself a ring of an original design with cushion-cut emerald inserts, and for your daughter – a cute model decorated with a small emerald in the shape of a heart.
You are a trendy couple
In your youth, you dreamed of connecting your life with the world of fashion, and with the birth of a child, this interest did not fade away. You still closely follow the current trends, but now you are buying fashionable outfits not only for yourself.
Finally, you have a partner and like-minded person! Your adorable little daughter makes stylish doll dresses and organizes fashion shows among toys. Of course, you both already know that the main hits of the season are in striped trousers and polka-dot blouses, and brooches in jewellery.
Perfect for you: white gold accessories adorned with a scattering of sparkling blue sapphires. For you – a sparkling pin with a pearl insert, for your daughter – an elegant and delicate accessory in the shape of a feather. And if you want variety, you can exchange jewels for mom and daughter for greater look.
You are an active couple
Sun, air and water are your best friends. And also – skis, skates, badminton rackets, volleyball and, of course, roller skates and a bicycle. Your family’s motto is “movement is life” – and you try to spend every day as actively as possible.
Even if the weather is bad outside, you will always find something to do. While it is raining, table tennis is an alternative to outdoor sports, and a swimming pool is a substitute for swimming in the lake.
Will suit you: simple yet stylish jewellery. Take a closer look at the classic diamond rings. Their laconic design will match most wardrobe items, and their miniature size will not interfere with outdoor activities.
Gold items are very often counterfeited, because this is an easy way to earn money, even if it is illegal. Instead of a true gold chain, they can sell jewellery made of any metal with a thin layer of gilding or even without it – the modern chemical industry allows you to imitate any substance. Fakes are offered not only in subway crossings and resort souvenir shops, you can stumble upon them anywhere. Arm yourself with the knowledge of how to check if a chain is true gold so you don’t waste your money.
Reliable ways to check gold
Take the chain to the jeweler. The authenticity and fineness of gold can be determined in any jewellery workshop; such services are provided in some jewellery stores. The service is paid.
Take the chain to the pawnshop. When accepting jewellery in a pawnshop, their value is estimated, and for this it is necessary to determine the precious metal and its sample. You can get a professional’s opinion for free, and you don’t have to hand over the jewellery – just tell me you changed your mind because of the low offered price.
The easiest methods to understand that the chain is gold
If you don’t want to do a professional check or you still cannot, you can try to check the gold chain for authenticity at home.
Look at the sample. On gold products, a brand must be put on a chain, look for it on a clasp or next to it. The purity of gold is measured in carats. It is an indicator of the purity of gold alloyed with other metals. 24 carats is gold without any other metals. Lower carats contain less gold; 18K gold contains 75 percent gold and 25 percent other metals, often copper or silver.
The minimum size for an item to qualify as gold varies by country. In the United States, the minimum acceptable standard for a gold carat is 10 carats, with 14 carats being the most popular. In Europe, 8-9 carats is the smallest carat allowed to be considered gold. In Europe, samples are used that correspond to the precious metal content in 1 kg of the alloy – 375 for an alloy with 375 g of gold, 585 for an alloy with 585 g of gold, and so on. In the USA, the carat sampling system is used – 24 carats corresponds to 999 fineness, 9 carats equals 375 fineness.
Tip: if you can’t see the brand with the naked eye, take a picture of it with your smartphone in macro mode and examine it when you zoom in on the picture.
Appreciate the appearance, smell. ow to check if a chain is true gold – gold has a strong all-over luster in all lighting conditions. The surface of the metal must be flat, the soldering of the links is of high quality. If you are sensitive to smells, sniff – real gold does not smell, while iron and even silver have their own scent.
Attach a magnet. Gold does not magnetise, and jewellery with a high content of this precious metal should not magnetise either. On the other hand, iron and nickel with a thin layer of gilding magnetise perfectly. A magnet can help when they try to pass off jewellery or a fake for a gold product, but you should not rely on it completely – not only gold, but also copper, zinc and other metals belong to the group of diamagnets.
Heat up. Turn on the hotplate, heat it up to 300-400 degrees. Put and heat the chain, then put it in cold water. Real gold easily tolerates such temperature fluctuations, jewellery behaves unpredictably – jewellery can deform, crack, change color.
Draw with a lapis pencil. If your medicine cabinet has a lapis pencil (silver nitrate antiseptic), use it to check the chain for authenticity. Wet the jewellery, run the pencil over the damp metal surface. If the gold is real, nothing will happen. Lapis can react with other metals and then a trace will remain.
Dip in a glass of vinegar. Fake jewellery will darken in a 70% solution, and quite quickly – after 5 minutes you can determine whether the gold chain is or not. Vinegar will not harm jewellery made of a high-purity alloy, stains and darkening appear on fakes. Important: vinegar harms silver and pearls, such products cannot be checked with a vinegar solution!
Still sometimes even the presence of a sample on a chain does not guarantee that it is real. Fraudsters have learned to put a brand on jewellery, and chains with inflated values on the brand are also often found – for example, 24K samples are indicated, but in fact the metal is 18K samples. If in doubt, entrust the verification of the chain to a professional (you can take the jewellery to several workshops or pawnshops to rule out a mistake).
How to protect yourself from counterfeiting
In order not to be deceived, buy gold chains and other jewellery in trusted stores – those who value their reputation and are ready to provide a certificate of quality for each product. Do not hesitate to ask the sellers for documents for gold products, study the information on the tag and consider the sample before buying.
Our children charm collection featuring this boy and girl charm bracelet will spark joy and memories. This piece is a symbol of life and love. A precious jewel to always keep your children close to your heart.
You can use your imagination to dress up your boy or girl by choosing your own unique combination of stones. Red rubies for little princesses and blue sapphires for little princes.
To make the piece special, the back of the charm can be engraved, either with initials or birth date of your little kids.
Children charm collection is made in the form of pendants for girls and boys, embodied in various types of jewelry: bracelets, neck pendants, earrings. The flagship model of the collection is a bracelet with children’s pendants, which no mother will remain indifferent to.
CHARM BRACELET BOY GIRL
Our charm collection featuring this boy and girl charm bracelet will spark joy and memories. This piece is a symbol of life and love. A precious jewel to always keep your children close to your heart.
You can use your imagination to dress up your boy or girl by choosing your own unique combination of stones. Red rubies for little princesses and blue sapphires for little princes.
To make the piece special, the back of the charm can be engraved, either with initials or birth date of your little kids.
A bracelet with pendants for girls and boys will always remind of the most valuable thing in a mother’s life. Each product of the collection is filled with a special meaning, it contains love, care and tenderness that we feel for our closest ones.
Bracelets for mothers are available in white, pink or yellow 4K gold. Each bracelet with children’s pendants can be decorated with precious stones of various shades: white or black diamonds, pink or pale pink sapphires, hot pink rubies, blue or light blue sapphires, yellow or orange sapphires, green tsavorites.
CHARM NECKLACE GIRL
Our charm collection featuring this girl charm necklace will spark joy and memories. This piece is a symbol of life and love. A precious jewel to always keep your children close to your heart.
You can use your imagination to dress up your girl by choosing your own unique combination of stones.
Red rubies for little princesses.
To make the piece special, the back of the charm can be engraved, either with initials or birth date of your little princess.
In our children charm collection, the individuality of each bracelet for mum is preserved. Boys can choose a blue or green suit, and girls a pink or yellow dress. Or, on the contrary, completely sprinkle pendants with white or black diamonds, as a sign of brevity and severity. The engraving of the child’s name and date of birth will make the gold bracelet with children’s pendants individual.
Emeralds are appropriate for many occasions, they are also suitable for young brides and wedding ring with emerald is one of the most beautiful examples. Rings decorated with this stone are often chosen for engagement. The design in most cases is classic – a medium-sized emerald on a thin yellow gold rim. But various variations are also possible, such as a combination of precious metals, inlay.
This stone is one of the most beautiful and popular stones, often surpassing even diamonds. Consequently, their cost is quite high, often at the level of diamonds and rubies. In some countries, this stone is equated to a convertible currency. Therefore, jewellery with emeralds is a good investment, and not only beautiful, stylish and prestigious.
Features and benefits of emeralds
The mineral, also known as “green ice”, has a herbaceous hue, which indicates the presence of chromium oxide in the structure of the stone. In nature, emeralds are almost never found in perfect condition, and therefore such specimens are very valuable. What makes wedding ring with emerald more unique.
Among the advantages of the mineral, it is worth noting its excellent resistance to various reagents, including acids. Only an ambient temperature exceeding 700 ° C can adversely affect the stone, at which the stone simply loses its amazing color.
There are deposits of emeralds all over the world, but the richest deposits are in Colombia, Russia, Brazil, Zimbabwe, France, India, Argentina and the USA. Each specific place is characterized by its own specific inclusions, by which the origin of the mineral can be determined with high accuracy.
It takes a lot of effort, time and money to find quality copies. Many samples are turbid, with significant surface defects. Such emeralds are not used in jewellery.
The most popular deposit is located in Colombia. Local stones contain extremely small crystals of fluorite (calcite) with liquid, solid or gas inclusions. Colombian emeralds are of the highest quality, have a minimum of defects, differ in color saturation, and therefore gain leadership in the world market.
The deposits in the Urals contain a high level of chromium and iron, which is why the stones have a rich green hue. Ural samples are practically not processed, that is, their natural beauty is preserved to the maximum.
The darkest shades of the stone can be found in Zimbabwe, the deep dark color is provided by the presence of tremolite in the stone. Emeralds with a gray and brown tint are found in Brazil (the gems are painted with vanadium), and with blue in Zambia (it’s all the fault of the blotches of iron).
“Magical” powers of emerald in wedding rings
Emerald was called “the stone of the goddess Isis” in ancient Egypt. People believed that great power was hidden in the stone. It effectively treats insect, scorpion and snake bites.
Representatives of magic sincerely believe in its sacred properties for a wedding ring. The stone has a powerful energy, it helps to rid its owner of internal negativity, to cleanse, become better, stronger, healthier.
Emerald is a wonderful talisman. It contains beryllium, a rather rare element that is associated with the secrets of the universe. The inhabitants of the ancient world considered the emerald a symbol of hope, as well as composure and wisdom. Now this gemstone symbolizes happiness and prosperity. It protects against bad habits and all kinds of vices: a tendency to deception, fraud, adultery, acts as protection against witchcraft and the negative influence of others. If you do not remove the ring from your finger, the stone will help to cope with tactlessness, impoliteness, and even help to overcome aggression.
Most often, emeralds are used as personal talismans by people who connect their lives with science, some kind of art, philosophy or clergy. In addition, they patronize the family, bring harmony and peace, and help strengthen marital ties. The stone not only attracts good luck, but also helps to get rid of the negative aura which is a great advantage over other stones. Therefore, wedding ring with emerald is one of the most interesting options, not to mention the fact that with white gold and diamonds, they are insanely beautiful..
But modern scientists also recognize the healing properties of emeralds. It is believed that it not only has a beneficial effect on the body and has a healing effect, but brings specific benefits:
relieves joint pain;
helps fight acidity and other stomach problems;
helps to normalize blood pressure;
In addition, the stone is effective in psoriasis, diabetes, dysfunction of the urinary system, and has antibacterial properties.
Natural emerald colors
Despite the fact that emerald is traditionally a mesmerizing green color, in fact, the stone has many shades, on which the value of the stone largely depends. The main characteristics of color are:
The most valuable specimens are of deep dark green color. Their cost can sometimes be even higher than that of diamonds. The more saturated the shade, the higher the price. Subscribe on Facebook and Instagram
How to combine jewellery of different lengths
Layered necklaces are one of the main trends of the season. Now you do not need to be limited to one chain, choker or pendant. All of them can be present in a single accessory worn around your neck. A huge variety of elements will give you the ability to create dozens and hundreds of images of how to combine jewellery of different lengths. For every day, for any occasion and for any mood.
Combine jewellery of different length
The rules of how to combine jewellery largely depend on its length. In one case it will be a flowing cascade effect, in the other it will be an interesting contrast. With an evening dress, it will be enough to wear only two chains – one long and one short. Hang an unusual pendant on one of them to make it a statement piece. The length of the decoration also depends on the size of the cut. For example, in combination with a large deep neckline, you can wear long models that focus on the neckline. A small neckline or its complete absence goes well with flowing short cascades of necklaces.
Combine jewellery of different uniformity
Increasingly, when developing collections of accessories, designers violate all the rules of compatibility, using different materials or their combinations to make one piece of jewellery. But if you want to wear chains or earrings of different lengths, then try to comply with the style. If gold, then with gold, if silver, then with silver. Believe us, amber beads together with a thin necklace trimmed with platinum will not look the best. No one forbids experimenting with materials, colors, shapes and sizes, but do not completely abandon a sense of proportion.
Combine pendants, circles and rings
If you want to diversify your look and emphasize a subtle sense of style, use pendants in the form of pendants, names and inscriptions, hearts and various geometric shapes in combination with ordinary chains. The most popular among them are circles and rings. With their help, the width of the jewellery can be noticeably increased, and the combination of rings of different sizes with multi-layer chains will look especially harmonious. The main thing is to observe the unity of style and shades.
Combine short chain with long necklace
The easiest option is how you can successfully combine chains of different lengths together. Wear a short model no more than 40 cm long and a long necklace. Just try this combination, and you will be amazed at how much the right accents in the image will place.
The multi-layered combination only seems chaotic and incoherent. But if you start to pick up fashionable jewellery blindly, then it is unlikely that something good will come of it.
How to combine jewellery of different lengths: ideas and examples
As an example, let’s take a look at several spectacular combinations that fully correspond to modern fashion trends:
Timeless classics. One classic 40 cm chain, one more dainty with a 45 cm pendant or pendant and another 50 cm necklace with stones to boot. This combination will be optimal both for evening outings and celebrations, as well as for everyday walks around the city. Put on a classic shirt or a sweater with a shallow neckline under such accessories, and the look will be ready;
Name pendants. One 40cm name necklace and two longer 60cm chains with large pendants. If individuality and self-expression are important to you, then names and inscriptions, as well as their combinations, can be a good solution for forming an everyday look. You can wear multi-layer personalized pendants both over a dress with a cut-out, and together with a regular jumper and casual-style jeans;
Play with length. To add variety to any casual and festive outfit, you can purchase sets of chains of different lengths. Three or four accessories from 40 to 70 centimeters are enough. And let each subsequent chain be 5-10 centimeters longer than the previous one. So you can create a spectacular multi-tiered necklace, which can be additionally decorated with massive pendants and pendants-rings;
Circles and rings. One chain with a ring suspension, the other with a circle suspension. The classic shape of pendants is suitable for almost all women and girls, regardless of age, style of clothing, season. And the main charm here is that the classics play with new colors thanks to the different length of the necklace. If you want a “sure” option, there is simply no better solution for how to combine jewellery of different lengths.
Well, now you know how to wear necklaces and chains with pendants of different lengths? Then it’s time to move from theory to practice! Use our tips and show everyone around you what real high fashion is.
Different colors of metal and precious stones: How to combine?
Colors of metal and precious stones is something that matters. Even in ancient times, it was proved that each stone and metal has an individual influence on the mood and well-being of a person, and also attracts certain situations and people into his life. There is also a theory that rocks and metals are associated with the planets of the solar system and are responsible for certain qualities of character.
Experts warn that it can be dangerous to combine colors of metal and precious stones of warring elements. For centuries, connoisseurs have been collecting information about their interaction. Many statements have been proven, others only remain interesting speculations.
Influence of planets on precious stones and metals
The almighty sun patronizes stones and metals of golden hues. These include amber, diamond, colored ruby. Metals – gold and brass.
All stones with silvery, soft shades obey the moon – pearls, moonstone, opal, beryl, rock crystal. If the stone has a light or bluish color, it shimmers or differs in sparkling transparency, it can be safely attributed to Selene. The metal traditionally symbolizing the moon is silver.
Loving and passionate Venus favors precious stones with green shades. Its faithful guides in the world of stones are malachite, amazonite, emerald, sapphire, green pearls, as well as amazonite and belomorite. In the environment of metals, Venus is associated with copper.
Mystical Saturn favors all dark stones. Agate, morion and onyx are affected by it. The metal of Saturn is lead.
How do gems fit together?
Both stone experts and image makers unanimously assert: it is better to wear stones alone. In this case, you will definitely not be trapped by the colors of metal and precious stones. A large number of different gemstones may indicate a lack of taste, and it is not always possible to find a balance. But what if the desire persists? In this case, you need to follow some simple rules. They will allow you to look irresistible and still remain within the bounds of decency.
There can be several rings on one finger, but the stone must be the same in all.
Transparent, black and white stones are versatile, they easily adapt to any other.
Green stones can be combined with any others. The only exception is no rubies.
It is also advisable to avoid complex combinations of black-purple-blue and orange-purple-blue.
Colors of metal and precious stones: looking for the perfect combination
In order to shine, an actor needs an audience, a star needs a firmament, and a stone needs a frame. The right combination of gemstone and metal makes a piece of jewelry delightful and desirable.
Experts recommend, first of all, to look at how friendly the elements of metal and stone are, how they relate to each other, and also how friendly to the zodiac sign of the future or present owner.
Most often, silver or gold is chosen as the metal for the frame. The most common combination for gold is diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald, red and green amber, carbuncle and heliotrope. It is undesirable to use too dark (for example, agate) or opaque stones with gold.
Silver favorably emphasizes the beauty of pearls, rock crystal, most transparent and dark stones. The power and attractiveness of such precious stones as diamond, turquoise, ruby is absolutely lost with it, it is also undesirable to wear it with beryl, obsidian, sardonyx. It should be remembered that any stone that obeys the elements of the Sun will come into conflict with silver.
Finally, it will be useful to recall that many consider precious stones to be something like petrified souls. They also need rest and special care from time to time. A loving owner must definitely take care of jewelry dear to his heart, clean them, and leave them in the light. In response, they will faithfully serve him, striking those around them with their beauty and grace.
Jewellery with aquamarine – who and how should wear
What could be more beautiful, more mysterious than the thickness of the sea water? Surely, many were fascinated looking at the sea, at the play of light in its waves. Literally translated from Latin, aquamarine means “sea water” – aqua marina. This mineral has long been in mind in humans, but earlier it was the basis of amulets and minerals. Then its properties were appreciated by jewelers, and today jewellery with aquamarine is presented in a wide range, in addition to rings, there are beads, pendants, bracelets, pendants and earrings with this mineral.
To take advantage of the properties of jewellery with aquamarine, you must purchase a natural mineral. Synthetic counterparts of this stone do not exist, they can give out painted glass, which, unlike the original, does not play in different shades when tilted.
Inside a real crystal, “snowflakes”, bubbles and other inclusions are discernible with the naked eye. It has a glossy, not oily sheen. A natural mineral does not have a perfectly smooth surface.
Spinels and blue topaz can be used as aquamarine. How to protect yourself? Deal with professionals who value their reputation.
Our specialists independently purchase stones from well-known manufacturers and each batch is selectively checked for quality and origin. So we are calm about the naturalness of our minerals, but if the buyer comes across a fake, he will receive his money back with an apology. But we have not seen this for a long time.
Each piece of jewellery is accompanied by a detailed description, additional questions will be answered by a personal manager who is assigned to each customer for a year.
Our store has a flexible system of discounts and other incentives that make the purchase of jewellery more enjoyable. For example, each customer has the opportunity to receive an engraving or a gift certificate for future pieces.
Hand-made custom jewellery is the best way to have a unique piece
Most people find that custom jewellery designing is more difficult than it actually is. You don’t need to be an artist or a big jewellery design enthusiast. It’s much easier than it sounds. Like everything else you do in life, designing jewellery requires some basic skill and strategy. When you work with an experienced jewellery designer, they will help you organize your thoughts and help you follow a few basic rules to help you design jewellery.
We are so confident in our process of designing the bespoke jewellery we create that we give each piece of jewellery to you for approval. If you are not 100% satisfied after we have designed your rings, necklaces, bracelets, then you have every right to refuse them. We want you to be completely satisfied with a piece of jewellery before you pay for it in full and make it yours forever. We can offer this guarantee because our designers have been designing various jewellery for a long time and have professional training in the design and manufacture of custom jewellery. Each of our jewellery designers is able to interpret your personal style and help you create your own designs for rings, necklaces and other jewellery.
How custom jewellery is created
The first step in designing your jewellery is to find and develop confidence in your own style. The easiest way to do this is to browse the wide range of jewellery and understand what you are looking for. So if you want to create your own ring designs – look at rings, or if you want a necklace – look at necklaces. During the design process, our jewellery designer will tell you about all types of precious and semi-precious stones, methods of their installation and design elements that will help present gems, patterns in the best possible way, taking into account your tastes. After looking at many examples of jewellery design, you will soon realize which design elements are not right for you and you can focus on the design that really captures you. In a fairly short time, you will be able to classify the designs of various jewellery and understand what characteristics the jewellery should meet that you most desire.
Through the selection process, a jewellery designer will help you organize your thoughts and cut down on most of the inappropriate designs for your own necklace, ring or bracelet. As you browse through jewellery models and look at gems, you will gain insight into the things you love most about your custom jewellery order.
Create your own decoration
You will be fascinated when you learn how your own jewellery is created, you will learn a lot of interesting things about jewellery modeling. Multiple viewing of similar jewellery designs with an experienced designer jeweler will strengthen your beliefs and give you confidence in your choice. In the end, you will find something that you will enjoy throughout your life. The process of organizing your thoughts with living examples of jewellery instills confidence in your ability to create your own jewellery.
Once you have become an aspiring jewellery designer, it will be “difficult” for you to wear the everyday jewellery that most people wear. People will admire your bespoke piece of jewellery, they will be fascinated, they will definitely want to know from you how you created your own piece of jewellery. You will be able to tell them about your interesting jewellery making experience.
Once you have created a piece of jewellery of your own design, you will experience the constant joy of owning it, you will be inspired by the design and will wear it whenever you want. After going through all the stages of jewellery design, you will understand how easy it is to create jewellery. When you buy designer jewellery, you can think of yourself as a jewellery designer.
Once you have created your jewellery design, the next step is jewellery making. Our team of professional and experienced master jewelers is always ready to cope with this task. First, our jewelers will select and sort the stones that will be installed in your jewellery. All gemstones, gold and platinum will be carefully selected by our experts to ensure that your new designer piece meets the highest standards.
A team of jewellery artisans will be assigned to create your jewellery. The master jewelers in the team will be selected based on their special talents: designing, modeling, gem setting and processing. After the jewellery design is approved, the first step in jewellery making is to create the model. In some cases, jewellery is only made by hand. These models are made of gold or platinum and contain details that require “hand control”. jewellery models made in this manner qualify as handmade jewellery.
The most common method of creating a model for personalized jewellery is by crafting it from jewellery wax. Using jewellery wax for necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, you can sculpt a jewellery “sculpture” in accordance with the design you have chosen. Wax sculpting is easier than molding a piece of hard metal, and wax gives jewelers more flexibility in the process of creating jewellery models. After the wax model has been created, the preparation of the jewellery is completed and it is checked for accuracy, after which the model will be enclosed in a plaster mold. The wax model of your designer jewellery will be mold-fired at high temperature overnight. In the morning, the mold will already have a cavity inside that follows the shape of your jewellery. The molten gold or platinum will be poured into the mold using a centrifuge. The mold is then shattered, leaving rough, unfinished traces of platinum or gold on your model piece.
After the model is cast, it will be processed and polished, and then it will be handed over to a qualified jeweler who will shape the outlines of the model in a jeweler’s machine. Using engraving and polishing tools, needle files, and other precision jewellery tools, you can add or correct the smallest structural details in your individual piece. The decorative details of the ornament are added using a laser and soldering tools.
The most important thing about engraving engagement rings
Engraving on wedding rings has ceased to be a controversial point, as well as a trend or a tribute to fashion. The thing is that the newlyweds have changed their approach to wedding preparations and the celebration itself: everyone wants the wedding to be “not like everyone else’s” and to reflect the individuality of the couple. With engraving on the rings, the question does not even arise: “Should I do it or not?” Of course should! After all, the newlyweds want to make this piece of jewellery more personal and romantic. And as we said before, engraving is the best way to personalise your jewellery. But it is necessary to approach the engraving process with due responsibility and in advance. What points should be paid special attention to below.
Choosing a phrase for engraving
The most thrilling moment in engraving is choosing the right phrase to apply. Some newlyweds know what they want to see on their rings after many years, while for others this process can take a long time. But there are traditional options for the text to be applied to wedding rings:
■ the wife’s name on the husband’s ring and his name on the wife’s ring;
■ the initials of the newlyweds;
■ engraving on wedding rings in Latin – a phrase with which an acquaintance began, or a serious relationship began;
■ wedding date;
■ date of acquaintance, beginning of relationship or first kiss;
■ affectionate nicknames that only newlyweds themselves know about;
■ infinity sign;
■ crossed hearts;
■ engraving text on wedding rings can be in the form of a declaration of love in one or more languages.
Types of engraving
■ laser – the top layer of metal is burned out on the ring, the inscription is darker than the base;
■ diamond – the lines are engraved with a sharp edge of a diamond, they are embossed and lighter than the metal itself;
■ manual – a craftsman engraves an inscription or drawing by hand;
■ grating – a kind of manual engraving, the master works with a special cutter (graver);
■ photo-engraving – embossing of inscriptions and drawings is done with a special shock printer.
The most popular is laser engraving on wedding rings – it allows you to accurately apply any lines to the metal, looks professional and is inexpensive. The process takes a little time, while the likelihood of scrap is practically excluded, since the given image is programmed through a computer, and there is no physical effect on the material.
Top 5 tips for engraving
■ you need to give the order to the master in advance, having previously learned about the quality of his work from the reviews of friends or acquaintances
■ the phrase should not be too long, no more than 20 characters fit neatly on the ring
■ do not use florid fonts, they will look illegible, especially if the phrase is long
■ if desired, you can split one phrase into two rings, or order transformer rings and split the phase between them two.
Engraving on wedding rings is a sacrament that will help newlyweds carry through their entire lives the feelings with which they created their family. When you buy a pair of wedding rings at DvonM Jewellery, you get an engraving as a GIFT!
Historic Stone: Aquamarine of the First Lady – Roosevelt’s Wife
The 1,298-carat stone, now in the Franklin Roosevelt Library and Museum in New York, is considered one of the largest aquamarines in the world.
When Franklin Roosevelt won the election in 1936 and became president of the United States, he and his wife traveled across the ocean to South America. Their ship, USS Indianapolis, once docked at the Rio de Janeiro, where the Brazilian president received a warm welcome.
In honor of the significant meeting, the head of Brazil Getulio Vargas presented Eleanor in a decorative box of incredible beauty and size with a stone. The bluish-green stone was previously in the collection of the Brazilian president and at that time was considered the largest faceted aquamarine.
The original crystal of aquamarine was found in the state of Minas Gerais and before it fell into the hands of a jeweler, weighed 1.3 kg, which is 6,500 carats. It was cut by the great master Gustav Reitbauer in Amsterdam.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s gem has spawned a lot of rumors. Two years after the death of US President Franklin Roosevelt, radio host Drew Pearson accused the ex-first lady of trying to sell a gift from the Brazilian head. The story got published due to the fact that Eleanor was trying to figure out the price of the stone. To save her reputation, she donated it as a gossip exhibit to the Roosevelt library.
In 1949, the former first lady of the United States mentioned aquamarine in the book “This I Remember”: “It seems to me that this stone is interesting to people not only for its price. It is a symbol of friendship, noble goals, generosity, as it was donated to America by the Brazilian people. ” Eleanor died in 1962, and her aquamarine is still kept in Hyde Park in her husband’s museum-library.
How to choose cufflinks?
Correctly selected cufflinks will perfectly emphasize the style of their owner. The combination is not so difficult to find, gaining inspiration and experimenting a little.
Depending on the situation, cufflinks are divided into accessories for leisure, for every day and for special celebrations. The imagination of modern designers surprises with a variety of cufflink designs.
It is worth noting that when choosing cufflinks for a tuxedo, you need to take into account the color of the shirt. For example, they can be white or metallic. If the color of the tuxedo is taken into account, then black. But this option is less preferable. Against the background of a tuxedo, gold or silver cufflinks will stand out strongly. Therefore, you need to be careful with such colors.
Business suit cufflinks should be discreet and discrete. It cannot be argued that stones are absolutely unacceptable in this case. They can be present, but should be modest and not focus on the wealth of their owner.
Cufflinks are symmetrical and asymmetrical, Symmetrical ones consist of identical halves, and asymmetrical ones have a logo or a stone on one side, and a clasp on the other side.
The cuffs of the shirts can be sewn in different ways. The Italian style assumes the absence of a cufflink, the cuff is fastened only with a button. The French cuff is for cufflinks only, but the Viennese is a mixture of the two above. It also has buttons and holes for cufflinks.
Cufflinks should be combined with other accessories of the owner: with watches, rings, bracelets or rings. Usually men adhere to the rule when silver cufflinks are matched to silver watches, and gold cufflinks, respectively, to gold ones. If the owner prefers a sports watch, then you can stop at accessories made of white metal or items covered with black enamel.
Art etching jewellery
Art etching, gilding, rhodium plating and other chemical techniques for decorating the surface of Jewellery
In Jewellery, many techniques are used to decorate the surface of Jewellery, used in the final stage of their manufacture. Using these techniques, they improve the appearance of Jewellery, give them the desired effects (shine, color, texture, and so on), and also enhance the “wear”.
In general, the technologies of artistic final processing of products can be subdivided into methods of “mechanical” impact (stamping on metal, engraving on metal, etc.), and “chemical” – applying various coatings or vice versa, removing part of the layer of an existing coating. One of such techniques – blackening of metals – can be found in our separate article. And now we will talk about other chemical methods of decoration – which, as it will become clear below, on an industrial scale have been modified to “electroplating”.
Artistic etching of metal Jewellery
Chemical etching is a spectacular old technique for decorating metals. In fact, this is the sum of techniques for “controlled removal of the surface layer of material from the workpiece, under the influence of specially selected chemicals” (as the network and Wikipedia “teach”). The gunsmiths of the Middle Ages were the very first “etchers”. They famously “threw the glove” (chain mail) in the face of the jewelers. By etching, gunsmiths have replaced one of the laborious processes – manual engraving – without lowering the quality bar.
An embossed or in-depth ornament, text or plot is applied by etching on any metal. Today etching is carried out both chemically and electroplated. Galvanic is simpler: the electrolyte solution does not emit harmful gases, in contrast to the chemical method. And the clarity of the pattern with galvanic etching is higher. Although, perhaps, when the process is not poisonous, the hands of the master do not tremble either. But in the Middle Ages (before Mendeleev and in the absence of most modern reagents) etching was a very laborious task. In those days, as a rule, metals were poisoned with acids such as acetic acid, wine vinegar, and things moved extremely slowly.
How to tell the difference between an etched piece of Jewellery?
In Jewellery, the etched areas are nostril in appearance and rough to the touch. The texture of the background, patterns, symbols and even texts are applied by etching. This is a durable type of decoration for the surface of metals: etching cannot be chipped, like enamel, or erased, like a film of silver oxide.
In the old days, gilding of metals was carried out by masters in a cold, hot way (on fire) and in a liquid state. The oldest technique is cold gilding, in which a silver or bronze base was upholstered with a thin gold leaf.
Fire gilding is an Attic technique (used in antiquity). Mercury and gold were applied to the product in a thin layer and fired. The mercury evaporated and the gold was firmly bound to the base. The “death of specialists” gradually led to the idea that mercury vapor is unsafe.
Galvanization is a modern method of coating metals
Now about the relatively modern, galvanic method of decorating metals and alloys, discovered in 1865. Galvanization is the deposition of one metal on another in an electroplating bath, by precipitating it from aqueous solutions of salts – under the influence of an electric current or without it.
The notorious silver plating and gilding are proven electroplating methods. Silvering and gilding are carried out in cyanide-free baths, before covering the items with a layer of copper.
Gold-plated Jewellery “against” full-weight gold: which one to choose?
Let’s think soberly: what is less disastrous for the budget, a voluminous gold bracelet or silver in gilding? There is also a wealth of color (a combination of gold electroplating with a silver base, sometimes with niello), and quite affordable costs, in contrast to the “cosmic” prices in the case of a solid gold bracelet.
As for silvering, it must be helping out ethnic-style Jewellery manufacturers – and “cosplaying” costume Jewellery (by the way, like brass plating with copper plating). Silvering also helps the thrifty hostess to “fluff the tail”, serving tea with spectacular, but not critically valuable spoons.
Copper plating is rarely used in electroplating, usually in the form of an underlayer for nickel plating, chrome plating, silver plating and gilding (for better adhesion of the coating to the product). Brass can serve as a sublayer instead of copper, but it is also used as an independent coating. Observing metal Jewellery of brown, olive, reddish shades, one can “suspect” copper or brass electroplating. This is a prefabricated bijouterie, as the placer elements are galvanized “in bulk”.
Nickel plating is used much more often – as a result of which the product has strong protection and a decent look. Nickel plating holds the strongest on copper or brass. The deposited nickel does not adhere well to steel, therefore, multilayer coatings are used, that is, the surface of the steel product is first copper-coated, and then polished and nickel-plated. Nickel plating is very decorative – this plating produces a silver color with a warm yellowish tint. Cutlery makers believe that when they sell nickel-plated or silver-plated knives and forks, they are selling “worthy of tradition”.
Chromium plating: durable and beautiful, but complex (very poor dissipation ability of the electrolyte, that is, it does not cover the depression well) type of electroplating. It gives a cold bluish-grayish tint. It is used, as a rule, in engineering.
Jewellery rhodium plating and ruthenium plating
Rhodium plated and ruthenium plated are the very last words in electroplating.
Rhodium and ruthenium are included in the platinum group of metals. Rhodium is a silver-gray metal with a very high reflectivity (over 80% for the visible part of the spectrum). Rhodium retains its luster for a long time. Due to its high hardness, it wears out more slowly than platinum and gold. The main thing is that the coating layer is dense enough. Rhodium plating is available in white, black and colored. Platinum and silver plated with white rhodium are extremely effective – they glow like a fluorescent lamp.
Ruthenium often acts as a ligature in Jewellery alloys, including Jewellery. Ruthenium gives the product a shine and an unusual graphite shade (like unfinished bluing). There is something infernal about ruthenium-plated Jewellery.
It is believed that ruthenium and rhodium plating “keep the product as good as new.” However, many jewelers (as opposed to sellers) are skeptical about this thesis. On the one hand, ruthenium is often covered with men’s Jewellery, and the stronger sex likes to “take it lightly”, letting the product go all the way. On the other hand, the manufacturer, “optimizing the process,” strives to turn the layer of rhodium or other micro coating into “ultra-micro” – that is, purely symbolic. They probably don’t do this with platinum Jewellery, but with silver – perhaps quite … Therefore, do not be surprised if your rhodium-plated wedding ring made of white gold, a year after the wedding, suddenly turned yellowish, having ceased to be combined with your favorite silver rings on other fingers.
Oxidation of silver and other metals
Increasingly, jewelers are using the oxidation technique – coating a product with an oxide film (according to Wikipedia, “the creation of an oxide film on the surface of a product as a result of a redox reaction”). The appearance of oxidized Jewellery resembles blackened Jewellery, which is sometimes used by sellers who are in no hurry to “disappoint” buyers.
How long will plating with gold, silver, rhodium and other metals last?
The thickness of the increased metal layer depends on the purpose of the product. The idea of ”rational” manufacturers that “the bracelet is not near-Earth equipment” leads to savings and prematurely “peeled off” Jewellery. However, parts covered with these super strong metals in space microcircuits work peacefully in orbit (with a successful launch), without being exposed to household chemicals, cosmetics and pungent sweat. And Jewellery, paid, by the way, with a lot of money, the owners are actively exploiting in a variety of conditions. That is, necklaces and chains around your neck chemically react with your skin, especially in hot weather. You can accidentally bathe or wash the dishes in the ring. Etc.
Therefore, we inform you that, for example, re-rhodium plating is carried out without problems in a number of Jewellery workshops.
Earrings as a type of jewellery
Seven thousand years ago in Asia, jewellery in the form of earrings was worn only by men. Such decorations indicated their profession and social status. During the Renaissance, kings also wore earrings. The most original jewellery was made for them – earrings not only from precious metals, but also from a tortoise shell and Ivory.
Earrings are an amazing piece of jewellery that can accentuate a woman’s features or highlight her adorable outfit. Choosing earrings is not easy given the wide range of different types of these jewellery. For different styles and looks, jewelers create earrings with and without stones, hoop earrings, studs, earrings with pendants, ear cuffs and clips.
Some Tips for Wearing Earring Jewellery
Any earrings should be in harmony with the image of their owner. The shape of the face, skin type, hairstyle and temperament of a woman will tell you how to choose these products correctly. For example, for women with a round face, it is better to give preference to drop earrings. It is not recommended to wear bright and massive earrings for women with pale and light skin color. Graceful pearl and silver jewellery in the ears is best suited in this case.
Traditional style earrings are made of silver and gold, inlaid with precious stones. Their form is simple and elegant. The reformed style of the products allows the use of letters and hearts in the design of earrings. The modern style of earrings is the most striking. These earrings are full of colors and a variety of shapes.
Bib necklace – modern antiquity
One of the most expressive and striking necklaces of this season is the bib necklace – a voluminous, massive jewellery that covers most of the chest. This jewellery with such an interesting and somewhat mysterious name has an equally interesting history of its origin. Therefore, a little history.
How did the bib necklace appear?
The prototype of this decoration can be considered uckh (necklace-collar) – an ornament that was the privilege of the nobility in Ancient Egypt and symbolized the Sun. Uskkh had the shape of an open circle and was tied or fastened on the back. It was made of natural stone beads of bright and pure colors: lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquoise, malachite. The beads in uckha were interspersed with gold plates covered with colored enamel and smalt inlays. Often the uckh was so wide that it completely covered the upper part of the chest, and of course, it was very heavy – the royal jewellery weighed several kilograms. To make the uskh lie beautifully, it was fixed on a linen or leather lining, turning it into a kind of bib.
From a man’s shirt-front to a spectacular feminine adornment
It was the necklace that was originally a decoration called “plastron”, which appeared in Europe in the 19th century. The name itself is of French origin and it means the same “bib” or “leather apron”. Initially, the bib was a man’s adornment and was at first a tightly starched part of a man’s shirt, which was visible from under a tailcoat or tuxedo, then a detachable bib, which men began to wear instead of a snow-white shirt, fastening it with ties at the back and waist. A little later, a wide, non-knotted men’s tie, which covered the entire chest and was fastened with twelve pins, began to be called a bib. Around the same time, a woman’s jewellery appeared – a necklace in the form of a precious ribbon with decorative elements that covered the chest. It, by analogy, was also called a bib. The female bib was worn like a necklace, but it could also be attached along the contour of the neckline of the dress, thus highlighting and emphasizing it. A little later, jewelers began to make female bibs in the form of a bow or two crossed branches. They were made of gold or silver with precious stones and pearls.
Revolver rings – dangerous toys of the 19th century
Ring-shaped revolvers are usually associated with spy films. But such rings were actually in vogue in European countries in the years 1860-1870. True, at that time, revolver rings were not intended at all for secret agents and not for men at all. They were designed for the self-defense of women.
The most famous of these rings is the Femme Fatale, produced in Britain. This is a massive signet ring equipped with a drum with 5-7 chambers, which simultaneously plays the role of barrels. The trigger was attached to the side of the drum. Such small revolvers were loaded with Lefoshe hairpin cartridges.
In addition to British firms, the Belgians and the French were also engaged in the production of piston rings.
There were other famous models besides the aforementioned Femme Fatale. These are the Le Petit Gardien (Little Guardian) and Le Petit Protecteur (Little Protector) ring pistols.
Classic Jewellery: difficult to identify, easy to wear
When it comes to choosing a “cute kit” for a colleague’s birthday, “sympathizers” often admonish: choose something classic, or you never know, you can’t guess with her taste? Translated into everyday language, this means: buy something familiar and not flashy. Indeed, most often the classical style is defined “by contradiction.” For example, this is definitely not a rattling ethnicity and not a shocking avant-garde.
But must jewellery in the classical style have its own face?
What distinguishes jewellery “classics”?
The ancestors of classic jewellery can be called the jewellery of the period of classicism and empire. These artistic eras were characterized by the following details and ornaments:
– meander, laurel and oak leaves, palmettes, lion (and other) masks, griffins, sphinxes, Egyptian motifs. A variety of military-historical symbols (spirals, shields, arcs, eagles) were less common. These flawless and mythological motifs are used from time to time by modern jewellery designers.
Today, lovers of classic jewellery do not need to wear a ring with a “lion mask” to highlight their preferences. Modern jewellery classics (like any classics in principle) are:
– balance of forms, harmony of proportions, symmetry, restraint and orderliness of the decor. On the contrary, the decoration is emphasized asymmetrical or overloaded with details, catchy colors, or even defiant sizes, will hardly be considered classic.
Jewellery classics – do not confuse day and evening
Like any jewellery, classic earrings, rings and bracelets are available for day and evening. An imaginary (or real) office suit will help you find the line between “day” and “evening”. Try to mentally put it on and try on the product that interests you. If in the mirror you see an elegant person and the course of your thoughts has not changed dramatically (“and what have I, a sultry woman, forgotten at this job?”), Then you can wear the jewellery during the day. For example, on Monday – attach a cameo brooch to the lapel of a jacket. Wear a thin meander hoop bracelet on Tuesday for a stylish dress. On Wednesday – earrings with round pearls (for a dark blouse), on Thursday – with oval onyx, for a light one…. The main thing is to pull yourself together and not put it all together on Friday.
In general, no matter what clothes you work in (sundresses, jackets, dresses are countless), the viewer should mark the daytime classic decoration on you in the second or even third place. If the entire planning meeting does not take their eyes off the skein of pearls on the lady’s neck, then the colleague clearly did not feel the line …
Luxury classic in jewellery
In the treasures of royal families – that is, those who could afford everything – it is the jewellery classics that prevail.
The classic style is (as a rule) away from the trends. That is why it is so appropriate in the work of jewelers with materials of the highest standard – for example, large stones.
“Mass” classics – jewellery “for every day”
The classics are worn, as they say, in a feast, in the world, and in good people. If a modest teacher is embarrassed to wear a family sapphire too often to work, it is not a sin to alternate it, say, with the classic enamel (necessarily of a strict form and calm colors). Semi-precious and even semi-precious stones of a distinct shape and flat cut sometimes look no worse than precious treasures. But the collection can also include inexpensive silver or bijouterie jewellery with inserts of glass, cubic zirconia or rhinestones .. And even – horns or bones ..
Antwerp diamond district
The Belgian city of Antwerp is recognized as the world capital of diamonds. Most of the shops selling diamonds are concentrated in one area called the Diamond Quarter. The shops are located near the train station on five streets with ordinary residential buildings.
For a long time, Jews have been engaged in diamond cutting in Antwerp. Once their faith was persecuted and forced to convert to Catholicism. But when the Jews began to use the invention of Ludwig Van Berken to cut diamonds and engage in business that began to bring income to the city’s treasury, the authorities turned a blind eye to their religion. And in the modern Belgian city, the main diamond sellers are still Jews.
According to statistics, until recently, about 80% of diamonds were processed in Antwerp. Now Indian specialists are creating competition for craftsmen from this Belgian city. Therefore, the figure fell to 60%, although this figure is still large. Supervises the sphere of the Diamond High Council. It is a non-profit organization that helps the industry grow.
You shouldn’t imagine Antwerp’s Diamond Quarter as some kind of golden land of El Dorado. This is an area with gray, often residential buildings, the ground floors of which are occupied by jewellery stores. Due to the global crisis, the number of stores is decreasing, restaurants or sometimes just kebabs appear in place of jewellery stores.
Historically, Jews were involved in the sale of diamonds in Antwerp, so do not be surprised when you see men in black hats and sidelocks on the streets, there are still a lot of them here, but it is worth noting that Jews are being ousted by traders from India, China and Pakistan. If you are looking for quality diamonds and do not want to run into a cheating seller, then it is better to choose a store owned by a Jew. In any jewellery store in Antwerp there is an employee who speaks English and most likely Russian.
In any industry, there is a division into mass products and premium products that are “not for everyone.” jewellery manufacturers also orientate their products in the same way.
Unlike popular mass-market jewellery, where once a piece is replicated as long as there is demand, premium jewellery is a triumph of individuality, high design and impeccable quality. Such works are usually attributed to the sphere of “jewellery art” – in contrast to the mass market, which often operates with the concept of “products”.
Premium jewellery: not only the price
However, a “golden ring with a large diamond” is not always a premium piece of jewellery. Real products of this segment are impossible without the bright creativity of the designer, honed by years of skill of the jeweler, the use of complex techniques, and of course – without precious metals and expensive stones.
The cost of premium jewellery, as a rule, starts from 5-7 thousand dollars, and some of them can be purchased not only as jewellery, but also for collection purposes.
A very special group of premium items is made up of luxury jewellery – “aerobatics” of jewellery art, whose representatives do not leave the catalogs of the largest auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s. The price for them starts from 80-100 thousand dollars. As a rule, these are exclusive copies, the names of the authors of which have already gone down in history (Harry Winston, JAR, Chaumet and others).
But back to our main theme – premium jewellery. Unlike mass-market products, the premium jewellery segment is aimed at the middle class, if defined by world standards. Buyers of premium jewellery are interested in exceptional products that reflect their taste and personality. Of course, the individuality of the jewellery creator is also always present in branded products.
Go to DVM Timeless page to create a piece with stones up to 10 carats (or even more). Send us the design you prefer and our jewelers will create a jewel that is created uniquely for you.
7 facts about pearls
1. The explanation of the “grain of sand” is a myth
Pearls are real anomalies in the world of gemstones. They not only come from a living organism (mollusk), but also take their characteristic pearl iridescence from an organic substance – mother of pearl. In addition, pearls come out of their shells as a “finished product” without requiring cutting or other post-finishing.
It is customary to explain the origin of pearls in a mollusk by the “theory of a grain of sand”. It is believed that layers of mother-of-pearl envelop a grain of sand that accidentally got inside a shell with a mollusk. However, experts dispel this myth. A more plausible “suspect” should be considered a microscopic organism that moves inside the fleshy part of the shell of the mollusc and makes the mother of pearl “respond to the invader”, enveloping the irritant with a special secreted secret. Over time, a pearl grows in this place.
2. The Baja California region (northwest Mexico) produces beautiful black pearls from Pinctada mazatlanica and Pteria sternasaltwater oysters
Baja pearls range in color from silvery white to eggplant and pink. Originally known as all-natural, they have also been successfully cultivated since the 1990s.
Both the parent oyster species Pinctada mazatlanica (known as La Paz black-lipped) and Pteria sterna (or western-winged rainbow-lipped) are found in the Mexican Sea of Cortez (California bay).
It is a 700-mile, narrow strip of water that separates the Baja Peninsula from the Mexican continental Pacific coast.
The pearls found in this most beautiful place of the planet reach a size of 8-10 millimeters and are famous for their unique color transitions and iridescent iridization (the effect of “iridescence” of color).
The Mexican state of Sonora is famous for its pearl farm located in the coastal town of Guaymas. The Perlas del Mar de Cortez farm cultivates pearls and is open to visitors from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 12 pm.
3. How did Cleopatra’s famous “pearl” banquet actually take place?
One of the most impressive stories from the world of pearls has always been the legend of the dinner at which the queen effectively won an argument against her husband Mark Antony. The point of dispute was the cost of the dinner: Cleopatra assured that she could arrange the most expensive banquet in history of all time.
Writer and renowned pearl expert Fred Ward provides the following details to the story.
In his book Pearls, the author claims that the queen wanted to impress Antony and the entire Roman Empire. In her ingenious attempt to do this, Cleopatra removed a large pearl from her earrings and dissolved it in a glass of wine (according to another version – vinegar), after which she took a sip. Shocked, Antony gave up his part of the supper – the drink with the pearl from the second earring – and acknowledged Cleopatra’s victory.
The author complements the legend with an estimate of the value of pearls from Pliny, who is often called the first gemologist in the history of mankind. Pliny calculated that both pearls were then worth 60 million sesterces, or about $ 28.5 million today.
4. Natural pearls are known by various names such as Oriental, Persian Gulf, and Basra
About 2,000 years ago, the finest pearls were found in the waters of the Persian Gulf, prompting the growth of related businesses in the Bahrain, Qatar and Basra regions, through which trade routes lead to Iraq.
In the early 20th century, the depletion of the gulf pearl population and the onset of cultured pearls effectively ended this trade. Today the terms “oriental” pearls, pearls of the Persian Gulf or Basra are used interchangeably, equally denoting natural pearls from the most legendary oyster sources.
The authors of People and Pearls: The Magic Endures, Ki Hackney and Diana Edkins, believe that only 0.5% of the world’s pearl reserves can be considered completely natural. That is why, when a natural pearl necklace appears at auction and its valuation reaches $ 9 million, as happened with a seven-row pearl and diamond necklace in 2013 in Geneva (Christie’s) – it is literally a piece of history freed from old vaults.
5. Warm ocean waters are to be thanked for the radiance and silkiness of the luxurious pearls of the South Seas
The author of the article came to this conclusion after a thorough conversation with representatives of the GIA (Gemological Institute of America, note by JEWELERUM) Dona Dirlam and Robert Weldon. According to them, the pearls of the South Seas, which are considered the largest and most valuable of the pearlescent varieties, boast such brightly manifested characteristics of brilliance and silkiness precisely due to the high temperature of the water of the South Pacific Ocean. The warm ocean currents accelerate the growth of mother-of-pearl and the depth of its shining layers is the reason for the famous iridescent effect that we can see in pearls from these regions.
6. Pearls of the conch and melo species: porcelain instead of mother-of-pearl
Conch (conch) and Melo (melo) are two of the rarest and most valuable types of pearls, the most radically different from all other pearls produced by bivalve shells, “pearl oysters”. Conch and melo pearls are not formed from mother-of-pearl, but from a material that resembles expensive porcelain in its appearance. Such pearls are called “non-mother-of-pearl” (the rarity and high cost of these types is also determined by the fact that the pearls of conch and melo cannot be cultivated).
Conch pearls grow in the waters of the Caribbean near the Bahamas. They are generated by Strombus gigas, (or “the Queen Conch shell”) – a univalve (as opposed to bivalve “pearl oysters”) mollusc, which produces pearls of natural pink color with areas resembling bursts of flame. At the same time, the “melo” pearls are the product of another sea creature – the huge sea snail Melo melo (Melo melo sea snail), whose habitat is the Andaman and South China seas. Their best examples are orange, reminiscent of ripe papaya.
7. Pearls benefit the body
Kokichi Mokimoto is the son of a noodle maker from Toba, Japan. It was he who invented the method of pearl cultivation in 1893, and was able to promote pearls with a new technology around the world. It was he who believed that pearls bring longevity. According to the book People and Pearls: Magical Trials, he ate two pearls for breakfast throughout his life, and died in 1954, when he was 96 years old. Bon Appetit!
Imagine that you managed to save up a certain amount and you are agonizingly wondering where to invest it, so that, as it was said in some advertisement, “ preserve and increase. ” There is a list of the most popular options – real estate, precious metals (bullion or “metal accounts”), antiques, cars, currency and so on.
Among these options, a rather exotic one may come to mind: investing in precious gemstones. Everyone knows that “semi-precious stones” and other diamonds cost a lot of money, and over time they only get more expensive. Surely everyone has watched the numerous adventures of Indiana Jones and similar adventurous films, where heroes are chasing some incredible diamond and crazy collectors are ready to shell out fabulous sums.
Read what experts think of this topic. Below are several points of view of foreign professionals who directly deal with precious gemstones.
The founder of the online resource for trading gemstones:
Investing in precious gemstones is one of the most risky. There are a number of reasons why you can lose your investment:
too subjective assessments by experts
As with any commodity, stone prices depend on the combination of supply and demand in the market. But, unlike gold, stones are not created by nature alike. In addition, prices are influenced by:
scientific developments and
Investing in gemstones requires a good level of expertise – knowledge and research work.
Considering these risks, investing in gemstones is a profitable business. Moreover, if the purchase of “ordinary” gemstones such as rubies, sapphires and emeralds provides you with excellent investment potential rather than investing in rarer and less popular gemstones.
What gemstones are recommended to buy for investment purposes?
Should you invest in rubies? Ideally, gems intended as an investment purchase should be at least 2 carats in weight, and have an “above average” rating in color, cut, clarity, durability, origin and rarity.
For a group of the world’s most famous gemstones (rubies, emeralds, sapphires and alexandrites), the average cost of a stone should be at least 3 thousand US dollars. The reason is that less expensive stones are likely to be too “ordinary”, and “investment stones” must be rare and valuable.
Stones such as spinels, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, blue tourmalines, tsavorites, demantoids and alexandrites can be considered for investment purposes. Over the past 30 years, they have shown good upward price trends and the value of some of them (for example, spinels, demantoids, tsavorites, alexandrios and Paraiba tourmalines) has grown more than 20 times during this time.
If you are investing in stones for the first time, investing in blue sapphires is the safest, but also an expensive venture. Sapphires have historically held the highest value. They are sturdy, hardy, and will be highly appreciated if they are large enough and considered rare.
Prices for gemstones, of course, are growing, and sometimes very significantly. However, I do not advise non-professionals to invest in gems! Why? Ordinary people will never know the “fair” value of a particular stone and jewelers, in turn, will not pay an honest price for a stone if they buy it from an amateur.
The opinion of a jewellery chain manager
Unless you are a professional stone dealer, never consider investing in stones for investment purposes. Your option is to buy stones at the regular retail price (the one that is more expensive) and selling at a lower one – exactly like buying and selling currency, taking into account the current quotes. But this must be done with the help of an expert intermediary. It will help you buy cheaper and sell more expensive than the average non-professional market participant will.
If you are still enthusiastic about doing it yourself, ask the people who bought diamonds on their own in the 1980s – did they manage to make a return on their investment?
People began to decorate their four-legged favorites when they shared “both the table and the house” with them. Archaeological excavations have repeatedly testified to the presence of ancient accessories for pets.
Dog jewellery started with combat armor
Specially trained dogs took part in the fighting. They were protected by armor, decorated to match the armor of the warriors themselves. Dogs were held in a high regard by the ancient Egyptians. They were adorned with collars, which can truly be considered a work of art. The most luxurious jewellery with precious stones were worn by the dogs of the pharaohs.
Decorations for cats also began in ancient Egypt.
According to historical records, the wild cat was first domesticated in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians revered them as a friend and family member. To testify to their love, they wore jewellery similar to their pets. After some time, cats in ancient Egypt began to be considered sacred animals and were worshiped. Sacred cats were decorated with necklaces, gold earrings and silver bracelets.
Each era “decorates” animals in its own style
In the 18th century, clothing for dogs appeared in England. It had no practical function and served as an ornament for their beloved pets. During the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the nobility dressed their four-legged favorites in silk scarves and embroidered blankets. Ladies dressed their lap dogs in lace dresses decorated with ribbons, bows and small brooches. The favorites of the wealthiest owners proudly wore expensive collars with precious gemstones. At that time, it was fashionable among the aristocracy to have dogs of small breeds. The owners spent fabulous sums on jewellery for them. All these delights were made to order for the pets of nobles.
At the end of the 19th century, the production of clothing for pets began for the first time in France. The manufacturer was GOYARD, which in 1892 released the first catalog of fashion accessories and clothing for dogs. In 1982, Japanese fashion designer Yukio Kato opened the famous Dog Fashion House in Tokyo, which became a trendsetter in “dog fashion”.
Today’s pet jewellery industry offers a wide variety of jewellery. Among the most popular adornments for four-legged friends are collars and all kinds of collar pendants. This familiar and practical accessory made of plain leather for special occasions can be easily replaced with an elegant one, such as a designer collar with beads and rhinestones.
For dogs with long bangs, a variety of bows, hairpins and elastic bands are typical decorations. For example, for a “going out” look, where the dog will not run uncontrollably, hairpins with Swarovski crystals are quite suitable – which, if desired, can overlap with a similar style of the owners jewellery. Necklaces are often worn by cats and dogs.
Today, in their diversity, originality of decoration and price range, decorations for animals are in no way inferior to their human counterparts. Many famous designers have added pet accessories to their selection. In their work, various fabrics, leather, jewellery alloys, rhinestones, Swarovski stones, as well as real precious gemstones and metals are used.
Many jewellery companies also make exclusive pet jewellery. Exclusive jewellery accessories are made by hand from expensive crocodile leather, decorated with gold or silver rivets, precious gemstones and pearls. The release of collections of jewellery for pets is accompanied by fashion shows, where pedigree dogs and cats appear as models on the catwalk.
The demand for such jewellery is quite high today, despite the fact that they are very expensive.
Sometimes the price goes up to several million dollars. The most expensive pet accessory in the world is the Amour Amour collar from the famous La Collection de Bijoux collection. The collection was created by the American jewellery company “I love Dogs Diamonds”. The Amour Amour collar is adorned with 1,600 diamonds, totaling 52 carats. Accessory price – $ 3.2 million.
What you need to know about chains
A neck chain or body chain is also a popular accessory. In order for it to always remain loved, it is worth it to understand the techniques of manufacturing.
There are three types of chain manufacturing technologies: machine knitting, hand braiding and stamping. However, this does not mean that any chain can be made in all three ways. Each of the methods has its own specifics, strengths and weaknesses. Some weaves can only be done in one specific way. For example, most of the complex bismarck varieties are handcrafted. Thin, lightweight chains weighing about one gram are almost always made using machine knitting. Stamping manages to create amazing fantasy jewellery with links of all kinds of shapes, but they will look a little voluminous. The cost of chains depends on many factors, but often hand chains, which take longer to produce, outperform similar machine chains.
Machine knitting of chains
Light chains can be machine made from very thin links. Modern chain knitting machines are capable of producing products from wire with a thickness of 0.15 mm. When making gold anchor chains, the machine creates 600 links per minute. The finished chains are calcined in ovens by heating to 815 ° C in order to activate a special agent that solders the ends of the links. The quality of the machine weaving chain depends on the accuracy of adherence to the technological processes. The technological process of machine-made chains is illustrated by a video that can be viewed in the section on machine knitting in our article on the types of chain weaving.
Hand knitting chains
Handmade chains are considered to be as reliable as possible. Of course, if we are talking about the high professionalism of jewelers, because it is their skill that affects the durability and beauty of the product. For example, the correct selection of the diameter of the crossbar (a tool for aligning the shape of the ring) and the thickness of the wire determines whether the chain links will break or bend badly. Such defects cannot be corrected.
Hand weaving is used not only in small workshops, but also in large industries. In this way, chains weighing from six grams can be made.
When stamping, the links of the chain are threaded into each other (assembled), and not soldered. The links themselves are made using special punching dies that push through the sheet metal. The thickness of the metal is no more than 0.3 mm. Outwardly, stamped products look a little bulky and heavier than their actual weight.
Stamping is a fairly simple and quick way to make chains, much cheaper than hand weaving. However, stamped ornaments are very capricious when worn. They are easy to deform and difficult to repair. Therefore, it is recommended to take them off before going to bed.
The process of making hollow chains is quite complicated technologically (some people habitually call them “blown”), which are now experiencing the peak of their popularity. To obtain a quality product that can be worn every day without risking deformation, special equipment and careful adherence to technology are required. The main advantage of hollow chains is that they look very large (and large jewellery is very popular now!), but are noticeably lighter than their solid counterparts, which leads to their quite budgetary cost.
The “empty body” within such a chain is achieved through a core made of non-precious metal (eg. iron). The core (the middle is made of iron) is wrapped with a plate of precious metal and then acid etched (more about metal etching technology). By the way, if the technology is not followed, the remains of iron inside the gold wire can significantly “lower” the declared sample of the product. After the core is etched out, a barely noticeable seam remains on the hollow chains, but with quality production, jewelers will make sure that it is always on the inside of the chain link.
The process of making hollow chains is similar to a conventional machine or manual one. The wire is rolled (thinned) and annealed to flatten the grain structure of the metal. The chain links are soldered. If necessary, the hollow chains are diamond cut and chipped (see chapter below) and at the very last stage, the core is etched.
Hollow chains should be worn as carefully as possible – if its link is deformed, it is usually impossible to restore or repair the chain.
Further processing: diamond cut and hammered chains
The appearance of a chain already made in one of the ways can be changed, sometimes almost beyond recognition. This is done by processing the product. One of the most popular options is diamond cutting (or “diamond”, as jewelers fondly call it). This procedure is performed on a special machine for applying a diamond facet (s). To make the diamond-cut chains sparkle more, the chamfer can be removed from almost all sides of the chain link – external and internal. At the output of the link, several faces (reflective surfaces) are obtained – for example, 6, 8 or more. Typically diamond cut is used on armor chains and bismarcks.
Another popular type of chain processing is the so-called “chipping”. Knotted chains of various weaves differ markedly from the parent weave, and provide an almost endless variety of chain types. The essence of the knitting technology is to calibrate the thickness and width of the links. In a more understandable language, the chain is compressed on a special press with different forces, due to which its geometry changes. Dies for punching presses can give chains of various cross-sectional shapes – round, rectangular, and so on. The compressive force is similar to that of up to 30 tons, and as a result, the hammered chains become very dense and stiff, which must be taken into account when choosing a suitable chain.
Even more expensive: why do people associate cold with luxury goods?
It would seem that cold – what pleasure is there in it? For most people, winter is cool for only the first five minutes of skiing or throwing snowballs. After which you hide in a burrow for at least three months (if you’re lucky – sipping hot chocolate near the fireplace), and dream of the hot sun and a radically different landscape outside the window.
However, as the authors of the study published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology found out, for many people cold is strangely associated with premium and high cost. Researchers from the universities of Musashi and Oxford have concluded that somehow we perceive cold objects as more valuable and beautiful than their “warmed” counterparts. Perfume or suitcases, placed in an advertising picture against the background of “something frosty”, are perceived by us much more luxuriously than the same objects in the middle of green summer.
“Usually warmth is always preferred over cold. When we think about warmth, we have strong associations with warm human relationships, love, and this is usually exactly what we all want, ”she continues. “But if we recall such a concept as status, then it just presupposes a certain distance – both psychological and physical. And this is exactly the opposite of the warmth that we expect from intimacy. Feeling something as ‘cold’ is perceived as ‘exclusivity’, something separate and special. ” – Rhonda Hadi, Oxford professor of marketing.
Hadi tested this conclusion in her laboratory many times, and only a part of these experiments was included in the scientific report. Noting that luxury brands often lower cabin temperatures to boost sales, the research team took a closer look at the temperatures of the objects themselves. In one experiment, 50 participants were allowed to hold vases at room temperature, and the other 50 were chilled well below room temperature. In a special questionnaire, people noted how much they valued the object that fell into their hands – and it turned out that they considered chilled vases more expensive.
The results of the experiment make us remember that many things made of glass, or for example, metal (like the panel on an iPhone), feel cool to the touch. Hadi agrees, saying that stainless steel, which is still associated with premium products, has a similar effect. Perhaps we prefer these things, or at least consider them fashionable because it seems as if no one else touched them? In contrast, Hadi invites us to imagine that we are touching something warm, as if someone else touched this object in front of us. For example, we sit on a seat in the subway immediately after someone got up from there. Still not the most exciting sensation?
In another study, Hadi’s team put familiar luxury goods, including perfume and travel bags, on “fake” ads featuring natural scenes. In the first version, the background for the goods was a spring landscape. In another version, ice and snow became the background for the same products. Hundreds of subjects saw the same thing, and each time they stated that the “winter” versions of the goods are more status-conscious than those that were placed against the “spring” background.
Of course, marketers have known all this for a long time, at least intuitively. That is why we see real ice or fur on advertisements for jewellery. Nevertheless, the experiments carried out make one think. Does the cold seem “luxury” to us, because it is somehow connected with our survival, or with our behavior in society?
Hadi believes that no matter what the source is, now we can no longer change anything in our perception. “We created such associations in our heads, and it absorbed into our consumer culture,” she sums up.
Sultanite – a mineral that changes color
Sultanite has recently become a sought-after mineral, and many recognized designers use this stone to create jewellery. Pieces with this stone is often chosen by famous actresses and models.
The sultanite was loved by the public because of its ability to change color depending on the lighting. The shade of the stone can vary from yellowish green to pink. There are stones with a “cat’s eye” effect.
The popularity of the stone led to the use of its imitations in the manufacture of jewellery. Some Internet resources claim that artificial stone is no different from natural. But in most cases, examination shows that this is glass, which contains rare earth elements. Their presence is associated with the effect of changing the color of the stone under various light sources. Such imitations are more often referred to as “alexitis”.
Real sultanite is a kind of diaspora mineral. Variations in the color of the stone are due to the impurities that are included in its composition. This can be chromium, manganese, iron, etc. Initially, the mineral was found in the Urals in Russia, but nowadays natural sultanite is mined mainly in the south-west of Turkey.
When choosing jewellery, it should be remembered that large natural sultanites are rare and expensive gems. If a product with sultanite is offered to buy for $ 100 or $ 200, most likely it is an artificial insert – glass with rare earth elements.
Japanese akoya pearls
Akoya pearls appeared and became known all over the world thanks to the Japanese explorer Kokichi Mikimoto. At the beginning of the 20th century, he was able to grow a pearl in a shell. For this he used the bivalve oyster of the Akoya-kai variety. Hence the name of the pearl.
Cultured pearls are not inferior to natural ones, since it is not so important where the grain of sand appears in the shell, around which the pearl appears – through the efforts of specialists or quite by accident.
How are Akoya pearls grown?
The molluscs in which the Akoya pearls are grown reach a size of 8 centimeters. They can grow pearls with a diameter of 6-8 millimeters. Sometimes there are also larger specimens. Most pearls are grown on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, in addition to being cultivated in Ago Bay.
Mother of pearl envelops the pearl faster in the warm season. In cold weather, the metabolic processes of the mollusk are much slower and the layers of nacre are thinner as a result. The thinner the layers and the greater their number, the more the pearl shines. Therefore, the best time to collect pearls is considered to be after the coldest months of the year.
It usually takes specialists from one and a half to three years to grow a pearl in a shell. At the moment, pearls are cultivated in large quantities in China, Vietnam, Australia, nevertheless, Japanese pearls are rightfully considered an example of excellent quality.
What determines the price of Akoya pearls?
The value of pearls is judged by taking into account several factors: shape, size, color, luster and quality of mother-of-pearl. If an individual pearl has the highest performance in all these criteria, it is called Hanadama in Japan.
The most valuable pearls are considered to be spherical in shape with a pronounced luster. Most often, akoya pearls are white, cream or pink in color. There are pearls with a shade of champagne, silvery and even green.
jewellery with Akoya pearls is often chosen by show business stars, first ladies and Hollywood actresses.
Gems of Thailand
Thailand is famous not only for its seaside resorts and magnificent Buddhist temples. It is considered the kingdom of precious and ornamental stones – rubies, sapphires, chrysolites, garnets, spinel, onyx, jade, malachite and others.
The main deposits of stones are located in Thailand along the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, in the eastern part of the country in the province of Sisak, on the border with Laos and near the border with Burma – in Kanchanaburi. The number of people who are involved in the extraction of stones currently reaches 300,000 people.
About 70% of all gems are mined in the Chanthaburi province on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. There are deposits of blue, purple, pink, yellow and green sapphires.
One of the most popular stones mined in Thailand is the ruby. Red rubies with a slight purple hue from Thailand are close in quality to Burmese, which are considered the world standard for color.
The shades of Thai zircons are very diverse and range from brown and black to yellow, green and red. There are colorless and smoky zircons. According to Buddhist traditions, zircon is considered a symbol of courage, honor and wisdom. Thais believe that this stone will always help in any difficult situation. Among the locals, the most popular are pastel blue zircons, which are the amulet of travelers. Thais say that it changes color when a thunderstorm approaches and protects from the bites of poisonous snakes.
The emerald is also surrounded by many beliefs. It is considered a talisman for mothers, it is advised to wear it for pregnant women. The darker the color of the stone, the stronger its properties.
There are pearl farms in Thailand. Some of them can be visited as part of tourist groups. Experts have more than 250 shades of Thai pearls, its distinctive features are a noticeable shine and a thick layer of mother-of-pearl.
Castable wax resin – an innovative material for 3D printing
Castable Wax Resin is an innovative material that can be used to create 3D printed jewellery. A new generation of buyers prefers an unusual design and pays less and less attention to what metal the jewellery is made of and how many diamonds it is adorned with.
It was created by the American company Formlabs. It is a resin that can be used to 3D print pendants, rings and bracelets. Additive technologies that do not involve casting and sanding products save time in favor of expanding jewelry design options.
It is a wax-based substance. Technologies make it possible to create small details from this material – fancy curls and nets with small holes. Experts believe that such jewelry will be especially popular in India, China and Japan, where they love sophisticated products with a lot of details.
Jewellery-statements: the main mood of recent years
2020 has significantly changed both the understanding of form and material, and the very attitude to the creative process. Most of the designers continue to follow the principle of individual approach, creating jewellery so comfortable that you can fall asleep with it. The purpose of such products is not to showcase wealth, but to blend seamlessly with your image. They become your statement of your own existence, style, position. There are different techniques to implement these ideas.
For many centuries, refined correctness and severity of form have been valued in jewellery. In the modern world, “ideality” is subjected to serious criticism and rethinking, and a light veil of incompleteness and imperfection makes jewellery especially popular. This may explain the trend towards baroque pearls and crumpled metal.
The term “baroque” is borrowed from French and means “unusual”, “quirky”. This is the name for irregularly shaped pearls. It has an interesting wavy surface, which is different for each pearl – it is impossible to find two similar ones.
The name “crumpled metal” speaks for itself. In the course of work, curved metal plates of various sizes and colors are used.
Jewellery with these materials looks rebellious and defiant and is the main trend of recent years. Due to the uneven surface, the number of edges increases and, accordingly, the shine of the products. Their unusual appearance, as it were, excludes the possibility of stamping – one gets the feeling that each has its own story.
Such jewellery is created in accordance with the aesthetics of our time and is absolutely universal: they can be worn with evening dress and with everyday clothes.
This trend has appeared a long time ago: since the 2000s, it has conquered literally all fashion adherents. Layering came to the sphere of jewellery a little later, but it confidently holds its positions.
Most often, this word means a combination of several of the same type of jewellery. I’m sure you’ve already seen a dozen rings on girls’ thin fingers or a combination of an elegant choker with a sautoir.
Variations in styles, materials, length and massiveness of jewellery allow you to regularly bring novelty to the image, and the trend of layering itself becomes an obstacle on the way to meaningless consumerism – skillfully combining the contents of your jewellery box, you can avoid unnecessary spending.
Of course, there is a measure in everything. The “senseless and merciless” jumble of incongruous elements can harm not only your image, but also the eyes of others.
Disputes about whether it is possible to combine gold of two or three colors have been going on approximately since their discovery. Time, as usual, puts everything in its place.
Bicolor collections are in a hurry to help you. Products that combine different metals, paired earrings and bracelets of different colors open up space not only for a design flight of thought, but also for a variety of your looks.
Fine jewellery is viewed as an investment, a significant event. Such jewellery has a conservative design that shows luxury and opulence.
Demi-fine is bought as a gift to yourself. Most often, these are designer items designed to emphasize your uniqueness, to merge with you: inconspicuous necklaces and thin rings are as light as breath. They are suitable for those who want to wear quality jewellery, but think that displaying wealth is bad form.
In this case, the word “personalized” means jewellery that carries a certain message that is meaningful exclusively to you.
Most often, this is a necklace with the first letter of the name of your loved ones, a ring with a significant number for you, earrings with the image of your zodiac sign, and so on. This trend is the embodiment of the idea of an individual approach, jewellery in which the meaning and idea are laid.
Such jewellery is also called “accent” – they are massive, look provocative and unusual. If ordinary jewellery “says something about you,” then these ones scream.
Very long or massive earrings enjoy the greatest attention. If you choose them correctly, they will not only decorate the face, but also correct its shape. A huge number of options (chain earrings, spirals, hanging balls and drops with precious stones) allows you to combine these products with both a strict business image and an evening dress. They became the trend of the era, as they once did in the sixties.
Along with long earrings, chains are returning to fashion, which have firmly taken the place of the main trend of 2020. Different lengths and massiveness, they become part of earrings, the basis of bracelets, massive necklaces, chokers. Weaving anchor, armor, “bismarck”, “love” – there are options for every taste.
Statement jewellery works best with pastel garments and natural make-up, without competing with attention-grabbing elements.
What determines the prices of diamonds and gems?
Initially, the diamond industry was almost exclusively controlled by De Beers. This brand covered 85% of the global supply of diamonds for almost the entire 20th century. However, starting in the 1950s, diamonds began to be mined in Russia, Australia and Canada. Developments in these countries have effectively cut De Beers’ stake in half.
New entrants to the diamond market did not join De Beers’ monopoly policy. However, diamond prices are still maintained and controlled by several of the largest producers, and there is no doubt that their key interest is to avoid excessive fluctuations in the price of these precious gems. To some extent, all of them can control the polished market from the side of their supply – by reducing or increasing the share of diamonds offered for sale. The only thing they have no influence over is the huge quantities of stones sold prior. If end buyers suddenly decide to put their own diamonds up for sale, prices could plummet.
The rough diamond market is formed by the largest international diamond mining corporations: De Beers (Luxembourg), Rio Tinto (Great Britain) and ALROSA (Russia). If production (that is, “supply”) rises, the largest producers can step in and buy out or otherwise prevent oversupply to keep prices from falling.
Prices for the final product – cut diamonds themselves – are published monthly in the Rapaport Corp. price list Rapaport analysts research trends and prices around the world. Diamond traders in all countries follow the Rap List and use it as a standard to set their own prices. For the wholesale trade in diamonds, a report price list is also usually used, from the prices of which an agreed discount is made.
How are prices for precious and semi-precious stones formed?
In contrast to the history of the diamond market, prices for colored (precious and semi-precious) stones are more a function of the classic “supply and demand”. There are not many large mining companies in this market, and most of the manufacturers are much smaller in scale compared to the diamond giants. Typically, these organizations do not have sufficient funds to control production or demand. As a result, gem prices reflect their true value rather. More importantly, many gems are much rarer than diamonds, so a “crisis of overproduction” is impossible.
In general, the value of gems is determined by their rarity (uniqueness), beauty, durability and “portability”. The well-known 4Cs (color, cut, clarity and carat weight) are important for evaluating and comparing stones within the same category. When comparing different types of stones to each other, uniqueness and weight become equally important.
Some stones – for example red beryl (bixbit) or benitoite – don’t even have to be beautiful or particularly clean in order to be appreciated. These stones are no longer mined, and collectors value them precisely for their super high indicators of color and uniqueness. Even stones with a high proportion of inclusions are in high demand, especially if their weight exceeds 1 carat.
In some cases, gems are judged in a very strange way. For example, the asking price for an unusual stone or mineral from the mines of Myanmar can be as high as $ 5,000, as opposed to $ 10 for a similar stone on ebay.
Two-tone stones: two worlds in one piece
They seem too weird to be real. However, stones of more than one color are a reality and a true geological fortune. And also a great success for jewellery designers – after all, the “double personality” of a gem adds drama and additional meaning to the jewellery they create. This means that it helps their customers find unique jewellery that resonates with their own multi-layered inner world.
Nature did everything herself. Amethyst and citrine merged together (hence the name “ametrine”) in their common parent quartz rock, which was formed in the bowels of the earth under the influence of different temperatures. So the stone got two different colors. There was a bright meeting of two colors typical for ametrine – orange and violet. Since these minerals are often found to be quite large in size, usually between 10 and 30 carats, they are an excellent material for the so-called “statement” jewellery in the West – catchy and eye-catching unusual designs.
While truly exceptional gemstones will always feature superior clarity and uniformity of color, eccentric two-tone stones will captivate with their fantastic-ness, recalling the mysterious origins of our jewelry, which originated our planet.
Beautiful and comfortable: the secret of the perfect tiara
The famous phrase “beauty requires sacrifice” is pretty outdated today. Even the most desperate women of fashion are increasingly choosing from the other available exactly the thing in which you can spend the day with relative comfort.
But nevertheless, to the last it seemed to us that all this could not in any way relate to such a complicated decoration as a diadem for hair. After all, all these crowns are most likely heavy and uncomfortable!
How to wear
Thin tiaras with soft lines can be positioned directly above the forehead. If this is a wedding dress, then the veil is not worn in this position.
For hairstyles with bangs, a tiara looks great on the front of the head at the base of the bangs. Most often, the decoration is located in the middle of the crown. In this case, the diadem should be at an angle of 45 degrees to the head. This is the optimal tilt so that it is not too vertical or unnaturally tilted.
For a complex high hairstyle with a tiara, it is possible that the accessory encircles the hair gathered in a bun. Sufficiently flexible and not very bulky, the diadem fits nicely around the hairstyle. You can also decorate just the top center by securing the tiara with a comb.
In some cases, the tiara can even be placed on the back of the head, for example, in combination with a Greek hairstyle. If the diadem is a hoop, then it is worn like a hoop, hiding the ends with hair.
How to fix
Tiaras require special attention when attached to the hairdo. These are not hairpins, but hair ornaments, so they themselves need reliable fixing methods. The tiara studded with stones is also quite tangible in weight. So that the accessory does not move, does not fall, does not constrain movement and does not squeeze the head, it must be properly attached.
The simplest option is a tiara comb. It sticks in your hair like a regular comb. Some tiaras may have teeth at the ends to help fix the accessory. But there are not enough of them. Therefore, the most proven way is to use invisibility. They are crossed with the letter “X” and the tiara is fixed in several places. Invisibles should match in color with the shade of the hair, this will make them as invisible as possible.
The hoop tiara does not require special means to secure it. The main thing is that the size of the jewelry matches the volume of the head.
It is more difficult to attach a tiara to short hair. A hairstyle with smooth hair near the face looks beautiful. Thus, the diadem will occupy the central place, as it should be according to the status.
Which one to choose
Regardless of the circumstances under which a girl will wear a tiara, the main “secret of success” is the adornment’s compliance with the anatomical features of the future mistress. When fulfilling orders, it is important to take into account the size and wishes – how the girl plans to wear the jewelry, at what angle and with what hairstyle. If everything is done correctly, in the responses from the customers there are approximately the following phrases: “the diadem is light, I forget that it is there”, “does not press, does not press behind the ears, but it also does not fall off”, “does not cling to the hair, keeps strands”. All of this is extremely important!
Greek style headband
The “Greek” headband is put on from behind, that is, from the back of the head. The decorative elements on this hoop tiara are located at the temples, and it can be beautiful beads, stones or delicate curls. A girl can fix several strands around the metal strip – in fact, the accessory will shape and support the Greek hairstyle. By the way, this tiara is also suitable for those with short haircuts. The hair at the back of the head can be pulled over the metal band for a beautiful look.
Tiaras on the forehead
Today, one of the most popular are exquisite forehead jewelry. Including these are tiaras, at the base of which there is a rim that repeats the bend of the head. It is not required to attach such a tiara separately. A feature of this model is that it is convenient to put it on already in the finished hairstyle, without breaking anything. The main thing is that the decoration exactly matches the size and shape of the head.
Our pin collection
The pin has long been worn as a talisman, it protected a person from troubles and misfortunes. This is a symbol for those who want to protect themselves from negative energetic interference in their lives.
Often, a pin is given to children, this symbol will protect the baby from birth. In this capacity, the bracelet will be a practical gift, because you cannot prick with our pin.
The design may be changed or added by you, you may even ask us to design another piece of jewellery, as some of our clients did! We present you several performances of this touchy elegant element.
DIAMOND PIN NECKLACE
The pin design is part of the DVM Collection of fine jewellery.
A unique and trendy charm necklace with diamonds is a glamorous take on a practical item. Add multiple diamonds to the pin to make it unique to your style.
Couples in love, getting married, hope that they do it once and for all. The bride and groom choose their wedding rings for a long time and thoughtfully – after all, they will wear these jewellery every day for several decades. In order for jewellery to retain its beauty for a long time, it must be handled with care. And first of all, shoot before performing any action that is likely to lead to damage: before sports training, cleaning, cooking. However, in everyday life it is impossible to foresee all dangerous situations, while some wedding rings cope with them better than others. What are these rings?
The resistance of jewellery to external influences depends on the metal, the type of stone, the type of its cutting and the method of setting. Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors.
Wedding ring metal
Pure gold is a soft metal, its Brinell hardness is 20 units, silver – 26, copper – 40. Accordingly, the more copper in the alloy, the stronger the finished product. Most of all copper is in 585 pink gold – 325 g per 1 kg of precious metal. In yellow gold of the same sample of copper, no more than 22.75%. The higher the grade, the lower the strength of the jewellery and the more scratches appear on it.
The situation is different with white gold. Copper is completely absent in it. To obtain the desired shade, either palladium (hardness – 52) or platinum (hardness – 50) is added to it. Accordingly, the strength of products made of white alloy is slightly higher than that of yellow or pink.
Rhodium-plated wedding rings should be singled out in a separate category. It not only gives the ring the perfect shine and color, but also prevents scratches. The hardness of rhodium reaches 101 points – this is the highest figure among precious metals.
Gold shows much less flexural strength than platinum, and a rhodium layer won’t help here. The prong setting is much more durable in the platinum version. Platinum teeth will securely hold the insert and will not bend if accidentally caught on clothing.
We will talk in detail about stones, their practical cuts and setting methods further.
Stones in a wedding ring
In addition to classic smooth wedding rings, jewellery stores offer jewellery with a variety of inserts: from inexpensive cubic zirconias to luxurious diamonds. Which stones are the least prone to scratches and chips?
Type of stone
Diamonds are out of competition! They are ideal for a wedding ring and are almost impossible to scratch. But this does not mean that nails can be hammered in with this stone. For all its hardness (10 out of 10 on the Mohs scale), diamond is a brittle mineral, with a sharp and strong impact, it can crack.
Rubies and sapphires are also not afraid of scratches. These stones are varieties of the mineral corundum, whose hardness on the Mohs scale is 9. Only one point lower, and the strength is 4 times less than that of diamond.
Another gemstone increasingly used in engagement rings is the emerald. He needs to be handled as carefully as possible. The hardness of the stone is 7.5-8 points, which is a good result. However, natural emeralds are often riddled with a network of cracks that are potential fault lines.
The hardness of cubic zirconia varies between 7.5-8.5. This is a good indicator, especially considering that in case of destruction of the stone, the installation of a new one will cost you a mere penny.
A durable wedding ring should contain stones without sharp corners. The pointed ends of the Pear, Marquis and Heart cuts are prone to shattering, even when it comes to diamonds. If you like these stones, make sure that the frame reliably protects the corners from breaking.
The choice of a rounded cut significantly reduces the likelihood of damage to the stone. Pay attention to the round and oval inserts. Not only are they safer, but these crystals give a brighter play of light thanks to a mathematically verified processing model.
Blind setting offers more security than any other type of fixation. The frame covers the stone from all sides and protects it from chipping. In this case, the top of the insert is located almost flush with the shank.
The channel setting is considered to be quite strong and is used for setting several small stones. For her, a channel is formed in the metal both along the entire length of the wedding ring, and only on its visible part. Stones are placed one after another in the channel, after which the edges of the recess are sealed.
There is an opinion that diamonds in a blind or channel setting do not play as brightly as in an open setting. In fact, most of the light that causes the stone to shine enters through its crown, reflects off the lower edges of the pavilion, and exits back, blinding your eyes.
Prong setting involves fixing the insert with separate teeth – four or six, less often – eight. If the prongs begin to cling to the clothes or you feel that the stone in the frame is slightly wobbling, take the wedding ring to the workshop, where the jeweler will squeeze the prongs.
In pavé setting, tiny stones are held in place only by the “droplets” of gold. Any impact on the ring can lead to shear of the miniature retainers and, as a result, to the loss of the stone. Always check the condition of the jewellery after accidental blows, even if they fell not on the inserts themselves, but on the “bare” metal. You may choose a wedding ring that takes into account all the protection factors or only some of them. Now you know what to look for when wearing more vulnerable jewellery, and you can extend their “life” for as long as you like.
Ice, autumn, peppery. What will you call a diamond
Trade names of diamonds
Lovers of diamonds, looking into jewellery stores, are likely to come across similar curious names for the stone:
salt and pepper
you can also find rustic
Let’s talk in more detail about cut diamonds with unusual descriptions that arouse genuine interest.
To begin with, it is customary to use several systems to assess the quality of diamonds: for example, the international (Gemological Institute of America GIA). But none of them contain the terms mentioned above. Why? The answer is simple. They are purely commercial and were created to promote sales.
What is behind the names?
First. These are really cut diamonds (in other words, diamonds). And, as a rule, natural unrefined stones are presented on the market.
Second. If such a diamond is submitted for examination to an independent laboratory, then it will be assigned very low color and clarity categories.
In conclusion: the seller really sells diamonds, there is no deception. At the same time, he describes their quality in other, more beautiful and romantic words.
Diamonds familiar to most people are transparent, colorless stones that play well in the light. However, not all diamonds mined are perfect. Most of them, on the contrary, are imperfect, and do not have a high degree of transparency or ideal color.
According to the Russian grading system, diamonds up to clarity group 7a inclusive (for stones over 0.30 carats) and up to 5th clarity group inclusive (for those less than 0.29 carats) are considered interesting for sale. According to the international system, this corresponds to estimates up to and including SI2. With the increase in the number of defects, it becomes more difficult for stones to find an owner: their “inner life” will be visible to the naked eye, even to a non-expert.
If we are talking about icy / salt and pepper / autumn / rustic and other similar cut diamonds, then inclusions clearly visible to the eye (their size, color, location) will affect a particular commercial name.
Parsing trade terms
What are “icy” diamonds? They are also called “milky”, “creamy” … These are stones that are full of internal characteristics, namely, light defects: clouds, cracks and other inclusions that make the stone opaque, whitish. The appearance of such diamonds really resembles water mixed with milk, or, for example, pieces of ice or snow. In this case, it all depends on the imagination of the seller and the buyer.
Salt and pepper diamonds
Salt and pepper is one of the most popular varieties today. These are stones in which there is a large number of light and dark, black characteristics, which create the visual effect of mixed salt and pepper. Such stones are often cut not in our usual round shape with 57 facets, but make a simpler cut “rose”, flat on one side and convex with drawing on the other.
Autumn and rustic diamonds
“Autumn” diamonds are stones that look like fallen leaves. In addition to a set of various cracks and inclusions, they are characterized by a yellow, greenish or brownish color visible from the top.
Rustic is a collective term often referred to as opaque diamonds. They can be of different colors with different pronounced inclusions. The main thing is that all these “guests” seriously affect the transparency and color of the stone.
What interferes with transparency
What are the main types of internal inclusions found in such natural diamonds? These are solid mineral inclusions of various colors: black – sulfides or ilmenite, green – olivine or diopside, red – garnet, colorless – diamond in diamond. Various cracks, structural features, and more are also possible.
Where is the border when a stone from one trade category falls into another? Are these names correct?
We can say for sure: there are no strict laws in the use of terms, since they are created from the point of view of marketing, not science or strict classifications. In other words, any name – “milky”, “icy”, “creamy”, “matte”, “rustic”, “galactic” and so on – can be used to denote the appearance as a subjective opinion of the seller.
Are these stones of bad quality? – I am often asked. If we give a quality assessment in an independent laboratory, then yes, these stones will be assigned extremely low characteristics.
However, to someone just such a special diamond will seem much more interesting. First, the owner will be able to feel different from everyone else. A product with unusual designs will attract attention and raise a lot of questions. Secondly, the buyer will pay much less for his “best friend”.
New popular stones are fresh ideas and opportunities for creativity and design. Especially where an unusual palette is needed, a subdued shine, a mesmerizing inner life of stones, and affordable prices. Therefore, such diamonds have a right to exist.
Take or not to take?
It should be understood that a diamond that the seller describes as a stone with “special charm” will not have high transparency. His stormy “inner life” interferes with the full inner reflection of the rays of light in him. Reflections that create the very play of the diamond for which he became famous. However, in such stones, the surface can often be well polished, and the shine emanating from the edges will increase.
We draw a conclusion. If the issue of play and sparkle is a matter of principle for you, such amusing stones are hardly your story.
And a small detail to finish. Any diamonds require careful treatment, and such stones in particular. The presence of a considerable number of the same cracks can affect the integrity of the “best friend”, ruining your mood.
First earrings: when to pierce ears, how to pierce, which ones are safe
Often mothers’ comments:
– For the first earrings for a little girl – only gold!
– We pierced our ears with a pistol, did not have time to get scared.
– We must do it until one year old – so that later I don’t even remember
Surprisingly, it would seem that a narrow topic at the junction of the medical, cosmetology and jewellery spheres – ear piercing – causes a lot of unceasing controversy, in which people often defend completely opposite points of view. What metal should the first earrings be for children (and not only), pierce with a gun or a needle, how early to do this? We interviewed specialists and share their answers with you.
Baby earrings: a look from the other side
We all regularly meet babies in a stroller, with a pacifier in their mouths, and – with cute earrings in their ears. To many, this seems charming – a small woman is growing.
To begin with, not all professional piercing masters generally agree to pierce children. They believe that for the age of up to 3 years (and sometimes up to 6-8) this is too serious manipulation, a small child is not yet able to control himself or imagine the consequences of this step. What is there – just to understand what these strangers are doing with him now. The masters themselves, to whom the children were brought “for the procedure”, recall with a shudder the babies choking in hysterics and do not seek to repeat this experience.
According to professionals, in our society, early ear piercing is traditionally considered the norm, and many simply cannot imagine a girl without earrings. “Who needs it? The child or the parents? ”, The specialist urges to think. Given the current trend towards treating a child as an individual with his own feelings and needs, and the understanding that the horror experienced in childhood can remind of itself with problems later, such remarks sound at least reasonable.
Where and how to pierce ears for children and adults
There are several good reasons why you should avoid places that offer you the gun puncture method, and here’s why. Piercing guns cannot be sterilized. This means that there is a very high risk of cross-infection with diseases such as HIV, AIDS, hepatitis. In addition, piercing guns tear tissue rather than piercing it. This is not noticeable, because the puncture occurs according to the principle of a jackhammer: with tremendous impact force and speed using a blunt shackle. Such a wound often heals extremely poorly, with the formation of scars. And sometimes it doesn’t heal at all.
According to the master, punctures must be made with a special needle. Piercing needles are always a disposable tool that craftsmen never skimp on. They are sterile – the master opens them in front of the client. These needles have a mirror coating, three-dimensional laser sharpening and a perfect surface – in the hands of a professional they are the safest and most comfortable tool.
At what age should you have your ears pierced?
First, it is very difficult for young children to explain how to handle a fresh wound. Instinctively, children do not allow to touch the place that hurts, so it becomes difficult to care for punctures. Secondly, due to the fact that children often touch the punctures with dirty hands, there is a high risk of infection of the punctures. Parents often do not have the ability to control this moment constantly.
And, finally, the third – a point that, in our experience, few people think about. With age, the ears grow and change their size and shape, which means that punctures made in infancy may turn out to be completely asymmetrical when the child grows up.
On his page in the section with information, the piercing master warns: children who are under 18 years old will definitely need a parent or official guardian to go to the piercing salon, who will have to fill out a consent form with the procedure.
What earrings to insert into the ears after a piercing, and where to find them?
What kind of metal should be used so that healing is as gentle and quick as possible? Isn’t it “noble” – gold, silver, or at least medical steel?
Currently, the safest material for punctures is implantable titanium. It does not contain nickel, copper, cobalt and other toxic impurities such as surgical steel, gold or silver.
But it is not enough just to choose the “right” metal, there are other safety requirements for the first earrings for small and adults. Jewelry that will be installed in a fresh puncture must have an ideal polish and optimal length so that the jewelry does not squeeze the wound. They should be lightweight and free of jags, locks and other parts that can provoke the adornment to cling.
The main recommendation is to choose adequate jewellery, the masters say. Very cheap jewellery and silver can cause allergic reactions and inflammation even in fully formed punctures, jewelry that is too massive and heavy can stretch the puncture, and jewellery with tenacious parts is dangerous because they are easy to catch and severely injure, and sometimes even tear the earlobe.
White or colorless diamond: is there a difference?
Let’s take a look at what classic near-color stones are. Let’s imagine a glass of plain water. The liquid can be completely colorless or slightly tinted. This is how the diamonds familiar to everyone look like.
Now let’s think about what happens if we pour a large portion of milk into a glass with a small amount of water? The resulting liquid will be very similar in color to a white diamond.
Classic diamonds are transparent. They are cut in such a way as to create from them a certain optical device (to give a faceting), which in the best way can manifest “fire”, sparkle, sparkle for the eyes of the observer. White diamonds have a milky, frosty color. These stones are opaque, they will not have a strong game (“fire”), thanks to which the classic “girls’ best friends” became famous. If you look at the stone, then from the top it will show a clear milky white color.
This color is obtained due to the high concentration of submicroscopic inclusions that are in the stone and scatter light. Their nature has not yet been fully understood and, accordingly, very interesting for scientists. The most famous examples of white diamonds were found at the Panna mine in India.
White diamonds are classified as colored. In other words, they are called “fantasy colored”.
Colored diamonds are extremely rare in nature. If we compare with colorless, the ratio will be 1 in 10,000. Due to this, the prices for such amazing diamonds are higher.
I want to note that white diamonds are unique, created by nature itself. If you suddenly saw such a stone in a museum or a shop window, you should be lucky, because they are extremely rare.
Our star collection
DIAMOND STAR BRACELET
This unique star design is part of the DVM Collection of fine jewellery, a jewellery piece for a daily elegant look.
The diamonds sparkle as bright as a starry night sky. Perfect for layering or as a bold standalone statement piece.
The radiance of stellar jewellery will awaken the love of astronomy, even for those who are not interested in the latest discoveries of NASA.
Since the beginning of time, we have been looking at the sky – the light of distant galaxies inspired people long before the invention of the telescope. The first documented attempts to narrow the universe down to a human-readable size were made in the Bronze Age: the famous Nebra Platinum Disc, depicting the sun, moon and stars, was created in the 17th century BC. The jewellery art of the ancient Greeks was based on a metaphysical idea: the Sun, a symbol of light and purity, was associated with Helios and Apollo, the Moon – with the goddess of hunting Artemis. Astronomical motifs were very popular among virtuoso Etruscan jewelers and craftsmen from Ancient Rome (crescent-shaped amulets, an analogue of bulls, girls wore to protect against evil spirits).
In the medieval period, products created in the likeness of celestial bodies were used as amulets, during the Baroque period they served as a symbol of scientific discoveries (including astrological ones). The mysticism of the starry sky inspired jewellers of the Georgian and Victorian eras: brooches and crescent-shaped pendants symbolized femininity, stars – spiritual protection. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, the mythological subtext was completely lost, and the focus shifted to the decorative function of jewellery.
DIAMOND STAR NECKLACE
This unique star design is part of the DVM Collection of fine jewellery, a jewellery piece for a daily elegant look.
The diamonds sparkle as bright as a starry night sky. This necklace is a gorgeous piece, available for customisation to fit your unique style.
This is not just a fleeting trend: “space” accessories have a centuries-old history, and they endure migration from season to season quite successfully – what is not a reason to replenish your box with jewellery?
DIAMOND STAR EARRINGS
This unique star design is part of the DVM Collection of fine jewellery, a jewellery piece for a daily elegant look.
The diamonds sparkle as bright as a starry night sky. The perfect earrings for any day to night look.
Necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets – these jewellery have been with us for many hundreds of years. It seems that nothing new can be invented – we know everything that designers can offer in advance.
With this approach, you can miss out on all the fun. How did the jewellery of antiquity evolve and why is jewellery far from conservatism? Here are 10 powerful arguments.
Ear cuffs are jewellery that, unlike ordinary earrings, “cling” to the ear cartilage without requiring a puncture.
They appeared in the days of Ancient Greece. But despite the rich history, the look of cuffs is changing as rapidly as the fashion itself.
Initially, they took the form of flowers and plants, lengthened the ear in an elven manner, or depicted the silhouette of a dragon.
Now the design is becoming somewhat “modest”, keeping pace with the times. Most often, on the websites of jewellery brands, you can find laconic rings and curls on the ear cartilage. They can be worn every day without any discomfort.
The popularity of ear cuffs is due to the fact that due to their shape, they draw attention not only to the ear, but also to the hair, neck, and face shape. They look elegant and are easy to wear – due to the shape, the load on the ear is evenly distributed.
Chatelain is a chain with clips on which all sorts of household items were attached, like keys or a small wallet. The peak of its popularity fell on the 17th-19th centuries.
This jewellery did not rise from the ashes, like cuffs, but served as a “muse” for jewellery designers’ experiments.
The chatelaine mono-earring functions as earrings and necklaces at the same time, expressively emphasizing the curve of the neck, décolleté and face shape. This piece of jewellery can be worn both from the front and by throwing it back.
In the traditional representation it is a cord wrapped around the neck and fastened with a clip in the form of a brooch. His appearance is well known to fans of films about the Wild West. It seems that the constant companions of a bolo tie are cowboy boots, a wide-brimmed hat and a plaid shirt. It is sacred to disagree with this.
The decoration has recently evolved, has taken on an elegant, sophisticated look. In the modern jewellery industry, a bolo tie is a thin chain wrapped around the neck that runs down the chest.
Such an adornment looks like an ordinary ring to which a “plateau” is attached, a flat area with various symbols.
Signet rings were previously used by noble men to put their seal on molten sealing wax when sending letters. Instead of a precious stone, they bore the family coat of arms or the owner’s initials.
Time passed – people with difficulty, but learned to put signatures, and signet rings ceased to be an exclusively male adornment. According to the canon, they are still worn on the little finger or on the ring finger.
The function of such rings has evolved: they have become the expression of an idea. The prints can “talk” about the cause of life, values or attitude. Or, on the contrary, to form a “negative space”, a void in the place where information about you should be.
Оversized earrings and other fashion jewellery
What influences jewellery (and any other) fashion? Many would pay dearly for an exact formula. But what we have no doubt about is that the dramatic events of the past year have definitely resonated with fashion trends for jewellery in 2021.
Global brands, like barometers, are sensitive to all key processes in society. The main one is undoubtedly the pandemic. We were very scared in places, we were tired of monotony and uncertainty, we want freedom, but we cope, and our decorations help us a little.
Protection and comfort
When we are scared, we are like children, we want to hide behind something big and cozy. The comfort is really soothing, we see that the life of the last months is loose T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and hooded dresses. The most fashionable jewelry in 2021 – oversized earrings and necklaces and rings and pendants filled with symbolism and personalization, as if understanding us – it seems to us, too, is largely about “protection and comfort”.
Large link necklace
Definitely, they are the hit of the upcoming season. Unlike plastron shields, mobile and airy, modern massive necklaces with their pleasant weight seem to embrace the wearers, at the same time covering the vulnerable parts of the body like armor. There are many options: huge hollow chains, many chains twisted with a rope and twisted around the neck, scale links of various shapes. It doesn’t matter how your necklace is made, the main thing is that it is as tactile as possible and feels “alive”.
Fashionable earrings-2021 are no longer quite earrings in the sense that we are all used to it. Modern mega large earrings are not at all shocking, and on the contrary, they are surprisingly built into the image, as part of an organic sculpture. Comfort and harmony for a “man from the future” – today and right now.
Add something personal and even intimate to your jewellery? The engraved inscription inside the ring will remind you of the sweet moments when the couple managed to stay at home together, and the pendant converted from a great-grandmother’s earring will say – “this will pass too”.
Do these 2 alloys go together
More recently, it was believed that wearing metals of different colors at the same time was a sign of bad taste. And to this day, many people hold this point of view. However, in modern trends – the destruction of the usual stereotypes. There is no need to be afraid of combining different metals and several colors in one look.
A popular combination of yellow and white metal rings. It can be as simple double thin rings, and wider products in which metals expressively complement and emphasize the beauty of each other. This combination is very common in wedding rings.
The combination of yellow and white gold is often used in the manufacture of original pendants, pendants and brooches. The play of colors allows you to make a bright and unusual piece of jewelry.
Combination of stones and metals
Precious stones are used in jewelry as an independent basis and in combination with precious, semi-precious and semi-precious stones. But not all such combinations can be called successful.
What stones are suitable for platinum
Platinum has a slightly grayish tint and a beautiful, not very bright luster. For the first time this metal began to be used in jewelry back in the 18th century in Europe. Today, platinum is a highly demanded and popular metal. Both men and women wear it. Platinum is combined with various stones, mostly precious. The classic version is diamonds of different cut shapes. Also, platinum is often combined with sapphires and amethysts. Stones of deep blue and violet shades (from rich to almost transparent) look great against the cold background of the noble metal. Often, rings, earrings and necklaces made of platinum are decorated with a “sea” stone with aquamarine. Its deep blue or pale blue haze perfectly “plays” in platinum, sets off and does not overshadow it. Can emphasize the grace of platinum and the labrador stone. Its gentle yellow-blue tints and unique pattern will make metal a good company. Platinum has almost the same combinations as white gold.
What stones are suitable for yellow gold
“Solar metal” has not lost its relevance for many centuries. In the middle of last year, we already talked about the fact that now there is another surge in the popularity of products made of classic yellow gold. Although, it is worth noting that rose gold, which was at the height of fashion a few years ago, remains in trend to this day.
Gold is an extremely active metal. It is best suited for transparent or translucent minerals of warm shades or completely colorless.
Stones that are very rich in color, such as garnet and red jasper, are not recommended to be combined with yellow gold. Jade, morion, amethyst and emerald are also not very suitable for these purposes.
How to determine the size of the bracelet “by eye”
The sizes of women’s bracelets are determined in the same way as men’s. The main parameter is the girth of the wrist.
Our bracelets are created in a full range of sizes: from 15 to 21 centimeters. But if necessary, we go to a meeting with clients and make exclusive jewelry in the right size – less than 15th or more than 21st.
To determine the desired size in the classical way, you need to measure the girth of the wrist along the protruding bone using a centimeter tape.
If you don’t have a tape measure at hand, a regular thread will help you. Take a measurement with it, and then measure the thread with a ruler or tape measure. Add 3-5 mm of free stock to the result obtained – the resulting value is the size of the bracelet you need.
The length of the bracelet itself is taken into account, without the lock.
The average wrist circumference in women with a normal physique is considered to be about 16-17 cm, and in men – 19-20 cm.
If the size of the wrist jewelry is selected correctly, your finger should pass freely between the strap and the wrist.
And don’t hesitate to contact us if your bracelet has a bigger size and needs to be made smaller. Our jewelers will do it with pleasure.
Matting – a stylish finish for jewelry
Jewelers have long been using the method of combining mirror and matte surfaces, but the widespread use of matting in the manufacture of gold jewelry has occurred quite recently. The fashion for restrained elegance is winning more and more positions from defiant sexuality every day, and this is reflected in everything – in dresses, shoes, accessories and, of course, in jewelry.
However, the bold and stylish look of frosted gold pieces comes at the price of frequent cleaning. In the microroughness of the surface, the smallest particles of dirt accumulate very quickly, which negatively affect the aesthetics of jewelry. They can be cleaned with specialized jewelry cosmetics without using a polishing cloth. Ultrasound is the best way to deal with dirt on matte gold.
It is also worth remembering that matte jewelry requires careful handling. They need to be stored separately from other products, because if even the slightest scratch appears on the matte surface, it will be almost impossible to get rid of it.
Brushing. The brush has a rather simple design: its basis is a wooden or metal sleeve, on which bundles of thin wire made of steel or copper are fixed at several levels with a diameter of no more than 1.2 mm. High-speed rotation of the brushes is provided by the motor. The surface of the workpiece under this effect is smoothed and becomes evenly matte. The craftsman should pay attention to the fact that the brushes do not press too hard on the jewelry in order to avoid deep scratches and dents.
Use of chasing. Chisels are rods made of steel with a variable cross-section and an engraved notch on the working base. By hitting the embossings with a hammer and gradually moving it over the product, you can get a coarse-grained surface with a matte fine notch.
Shot blasting / sandblasting. Quartz particles with a diameter of 50–80 microns under high pressure are fed to the surface of the metal, knocking out microscopic irregularities on it. The finished product looks like it is strewn with precious sand. This method is most often used in mass production. In the manufacture of jewelry for individual orders, sandblasting has not found its use. A combination of “sandblasting” with other methods is possible: magnetic tumbling, chemical polishing, brushing. You can get many interesting visual effects by smoothing the surface more or less.
Laser matting. As the name implies, matting is performed with a laser beam. Due to the fact that only the uppermost, very thin layer of metal lends itself to it, after active wear the matte surface regains its gloss.
Matting, as a finishing operation, is performed at the last stage of jewelry production. It is responsible for the main task of finishing – giving the decoration a finished look. Thanks to the combination of machine and manual labor, the craftsmen manage to create an organic image embodied in gold or platinum.
Setting stones – is our part of job
Setting stones in jewelry is one of the main tasks of a jeweler. Professionals have specific skills and have all the necessary equipment to work correctly and accurately with stones.
Trying to insert the stone into the ring yourself is a waste of time. Besides the fact that you are unlikely to be able to properly secure it, you run the risk of irreparably spoiling the jewelry. However, one should not be upset if stones fall out of the jewelry, our specialists will easily solve the problem.
In certain situations, for example, when it is necessary to insert a diamond into a ring of pretentious work, it may take up to 3 days for a quality repair. The damsel will have to do without her beloved trinket longer, whose stone fell out of the earring and was lost. Undoubtedly, the problem will be solved: after careful measurements and agreement with the client of the results, we will order a suitable pebble from a reliable supplier, but delivery may take 10-14 days.
Not all certifications are created equal
No business thrives under the thumb of buyers, but for a diamond lab, customer dependency is the number one danger. On the one hand, everyone needs to fulfill their monthly plans, on the other, no one wants to lose their independence. And killing those two birds with one stone is especially difficult in the diamond lab market, where your decisions have a huge impact on your clients’ profitability.
From all this reasoning, the question arises: are all gem certificates the same?
Alas, the answer is no. One glance at RapNet, the only database in the industry that provides information on rough diamonds available for wholesale, is enough to see that some diamonds graded by some labs are worth less.
Why? Because companies in the industry know that these labs are not so strict when evaluating gemstones, and it is by no means always true that the rating assigned to these stones is overestimated.
That is why we only work with stones with IGL and GIA certificates, which are recognized by the whole world as the highest quality
What chain to choose?
It would seem that there is nothing easier than choosing a pendant on a chain: compared the color, made sure that the diameter of the pendant’s ear matches the parameters of a precious lace, put one on top of the other – and you’re done. But if you look at it, there are a lot of nuances in this matter. You, of course, can neglect them, but then do not be offended if, in the process of wearing jewelry tandem, you begin to reveal certain inconsistencies one after the other. The pendant may be too small or, conversely, too large for the existing chain. The almost identical shade of the precious metal of the pendant in the sun can strongly contrast with the color of the main product. The chain and pendant can be discordant with each other due to the difference in design.
Design Criteria for Choosing a Chain
Gold.ua experts recommend making a choice based on the proportional principle. The mass of the chain must correspond to the mass of the pendant. The optimal ratio is 1: 1.
A bad bend is a negative signal, even if the chain you choose is incredibly beautiful. If the thing has sunk into the soul, be sure to buy it, but wear it without a pendant. And for a pendant that is waiting in the wings at home, choose a different jewelry cord.
A wide, flat-braided chain is not an option. Not only do products of this kind have poor bending. The downside is that from an aesthetic point of view, it is extremely difficult to choose the appropriate suspension. Any pendant, regardless of size and design, looks on a wide chain with a flat and tight weave as if it were nailed to the chain: rough, inorganic, heavy.
Free movable weaves – for large pendants. If the pendant is catchy, massive, bright (from the point of view of design, not color), pay attention to loose weaves, which easily and easily bend in different directions and at the same time do not break or get tangled.
Medium thick weaves are a reliable option. For those who are looking for something reliable and at the same time original, we highly recommend taking a closer look at chains of medium thickness.
Jewelry sets – a relic of the past or a fashion trend?
A jewelry set is a set of jewelry made in the same style. Ideally, a set is a harmonious jewelry ensemble. Traditionally, large and small headsets are distinguished. The larger ones are the most complete, they can include the whole range of jewelry: earrings, bracelet, necklace, ring and even a brooch. Small, respectively, usually consist of any two or three elements.
Real precious headsets became less and less common. There are two reasons – high cost and fashion. The fact is that modern trends in the field of jewelry fashion are eclecticism, bright accents and a search for the extravagant.
Typefaces, on the other hand, are a stronghold of conservatism and classics in their purest form. Indeed, today it will be bad manners to put on the whole big set. However, there is still a way out.
First, it is worthwhile to understand that today only small headsets are in honor. Ideally, they should consist of earrings and a ring – this is the most modest and at the same time elegant option.
In addition, it is worth considering the format of the event you are going to. For special occasions, headsets with bright gems or, for example, luxurious diamonds will be very useful. But for the office, even a rather modest set will often look superfluous.
That is, in essence, an expensive headset is an attribute of high receptions and gala evenings. However, if you still want to find something everyday, choose from small and modest sets. Let’s say silver earrings and a turquoise or pearl ring. Remember, a sense of proportion is important here.
How to clean pearls at home
lPearls are a unique jewel found in shellfish shells and you need to know how to take care of and look after them. And most importantly – how to clean pearls without harming them.
Since pearls contain only 2% water, if there is a lack of water, pearls lose their luster over time and may begin to exfoliate. Excess moisture also negatively affects pearls – they become cloudy and lose their natural shine.
Pearls are “afraid” of 4 things:
Very bright light. Elevated temperature. High humidity. Dust.
What should be the proper care for pearls at home?
Even ordinary house dust that settles on pearls and can leave micro-scratches on them, leading to a loss of luster. Therefore, it must be stored in a box upholstered with something soft from the inside. In addition, it is advisable to keep it separate from other jewelry.
Don’t put on pearls right after leaving the bathroom. As already mentioned, high humidity has a bad effect on pearls. Moreover, you should not wear it in rainy weather. Indeed, in addition to moisture, pearls are also exposed to acid, which over time eats away the mother-of-pearl shell and pearls lose their luster and “melt”.
If you are planning a trip to hot countries, then you should not take pearl jewelry with you. Pearls also tarnish and lose their luster when exposed to the bright sun. In addition, far from home, it will be difficult for you to properly clean the pearls and the jewelry as a whole on your own.
We offer you simple and effective ways to clean pearls.
There are several ways to clean pearls.
Soap solution. From time to time you need to take baby soap and, adding warm water, whip the foam. Then, using a soft napkin, gently scrub each pearl with this foam. After this procedure, the pearls must be wiped with a soft cloth, periodically rinsing it in clean warm water. By analogy, diamonds should be cleaned. You need to dry pearls only in a horizontal position, spreading them out on a soft napkin. Since when drying in a suspended state, the thread is stretched. Jewelry professionals use a very weak solution of acetic acid or hydrochloric acid to clean pearls. Tooth powder can also be used to clean pearls. To do this, you need to place the pearls in the composition and then wet them in a very weak solution of malic or hydrochloric acid. Under no circumstances should pearls be wiped clean. Home cleaning pearls also allow for the use of potato starch. Rubbing each pearl with starch removes dirt and excess moisture from it. To restore natural shine to pearls, olive oil is used. A small amount should be applied to a soft napkin and rubbed over each pearl. Excess also needs to be removed after the procedure with a soft cloth. But what is the most important care? The main thing is to wear pearls. It doesn’t matter whether you have classic round pearls, baroque pearls or exotic soufflé pearls – when in contact with clean skin, it “comes to life” on its own.
Sadly not all pieces of jewellery last forever. If you are looking for a jeweler who will promptly and professionally eliminate a defect of your favorite jewellery purchased through our shop, our jewellery workshop opens its doors for you.
We are pleased to offer you a qualified repair of the jewellery of any complexity. We will give a second life to an adornment that has lost its relevance, it will acquire its original appearance and will delight you for many years to come.
Our experienced jewelers are ready to take on the repair of any complexity and labor-intensive jewellery. We work with all precious metals and stones, the high-quality restoration is always done in a timely manner. Do not be upset if your jewellery no longer looks as expressive as before, we will carry out the cleaning or restoration using modern equipment, thanks to the many years of experience of our craftsmen.
What stones are suitable for white gold?
Gold is an expensive metal and products made from it look stylish and noble. Gold jewellery has been made for thousands of years, it was also often assigned with magical and healing properties. It is still relevant today, from vintage jewellery to bold contemporary pieces inspired by architecture.
Best of all, white gold “accepts” bright stones and diamonds. Stones of deep blue, violet, green shades have an optimal combination with the soft shine of the metal. Therefore any of the beautiful shades of topaz will compliment the metal wonderfully. However, it is important to note that some stones that are too light can appear lost against the light metal.
Many people choose engagement and wedding rings in a combination, so that both can be worn at once.
Inspired by this idea, designers have come up with a transformable ring in which the central part is an engagement ring. This style is an excellent symbol of love and commitment.
From silver to gold
If you have seen a style on our website that you really like, but prefer silver jewellery then feel free to contact us. We can make any piece of jewellery in any type of metal.