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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Jared Engagement Rings

Before you start searching for an engagement ring, there are a few things that you need to consider. You will need to know what kind of metal you want for your ring, such as:

  • Yellow gold-24 karat gold is pure gold with no other alloys. This type of gold is much too soft for jewelry so there is 18 karat gold (meaning 18 parts gold to 6 parts alloy) or 14 karat gold (most popular for rings because it is 14 parts gold to 10 parts other alloy). The alloys used are cooper and silver.
  • White gold-comes in 18 karat and 14 karat. The alloys used in white gold are copper, nickel, and zinc.
  • Platinum-has a similar look to white gold, however it’s most attractive feature is its durability. It can also develop a patina over time, some people prefer this look, but if you do not, just have it cleaned to restore its shine.Next you will need to know what type of shape you want for your stone. There are many popular styles.
  • Round Brilliant- the most common classic cut.
  • Marquise-A lengthened brilliant-cut stone that has a point on each end.
  • Princess-Usually a four-sided square to somewhat rectangular brilliant cut.
  • Radiant-Usually a somewhat rectangular to square diamond.
  • Emerald-A conventional octagonal cut regularly rectangular.
  • Asscher-Most often called a square emerald cut; this stone is step-cut and square with cut corners.
  • Heart-Extra fanciful cut, shaped just like a heart.
  • Oval-Similar to the round brilliant cut, the cut is slightly oval.
  • Pear-Joins the form and brilliance of a round stone with the lengthened sophistication of a marquise. Now you will need to familiarize yourself with the four C’s.
  • Cut- refers to the diamond’s size and finish and is the same as the make. The cut of a diamond is a gauge of the sizing, facet angles and finish.
  • Color- the color rating is the comparative position of a diamond’s body color on a colorless-to-yellow scale. The top, most striking diamonds are colorless.
  • Clarity-The diamond’s clarity is the gauge that measures the amount of a diamond that is without inclusions, extremely minute normal birthmarks that are found within most diamonds.
  • Carat- Diamonds are weighed in units called carats. A carat is measured in increments called points. One carat is equal to 100 points.

Unique Birthday Gift Ideas

Diamonds

Every woman expects her spouse or partner to gift her diamond at least once in lifetime. So if you have not gifted a diamond accessory to your ladylove yet, her birthday would be the ideal day to do that. However, if you think a colorless diamond would be an expensive deal, you can always pick cognac diamonds. They are fancy and very much in trend. Cognac diamonds are also known as chocolate diamonds and are well-admired for making beautiful setting in a variety of metals.

Foot massager

A foot massager makes quite a lot of sense for a woman who is on her feet all day. It is an awesome way to show that you care for her a lot. Some foot massagers give a spa-like treatment whereas some of them allow you to slip your feet inside like comfy slippers.

DIY gift basket

Now this is going to be a task. You know women and their undying penchant for chocolates and candies. So collect all her favorite chocolates, cakes, and candies from a candy shop where she frequents and put them in a very cute gift basket. If she has a sweet tooth, she is going to love this awesome present. Do not forget to include a chit having a special message inside it to the gift basket.

A gift certificate

Not sure what gift to give? Well, a gift certificate is something that can help you in this tricky situation. It is not only a unique gift idea, but also the best way to let your partner buy anything of her choice from one of her favorite stores. Gift certificates are issued by many retailers these days and are also well-admired by most of the women in the world.

Birthstones in Engagement Rings

Amateur astrologers will know, for example, that sapphire rings will be more suitable for and appreciated by people born in September, since that is the month the stone is associated with in the birthstone calendar. Similarly, fans of star signs will know that the dark blue hue of this stone represents heaven and serenity, and will base their choice on this knowledge as well.

Sapphire engagement rings are not, however, the only type of non-diamond ring to contain birthstones. Each month of the year contains a birthstone and, with some offering brides and grooms more than one choice, there is no shortage of unique, original and symbolic stones from which to choose.

Personality also plays a big part in the choice of birthstones. Because each of these types of gems represents a certain personality trait or natural element, some stones will naturally suit people with certain dispositions better than others. Individuals who value friendship and trust, for instance, will be pleased with a garnet engagement ring, as will those born in January, as it is their birthstone. Emerald rings represent youth and prosperity and, with their green hues, perfectly symbolise the verdant nature of their associated month, May. Sapphire engagement rings, as noted, symbolise serenity, which makes them perfect for September, the month that marks the winding down of summer and the quietude of early autumn.

For people born in March, June, November or December, this choice is slightly more complicated, as these months have numerous birthstones. However, as with other months, each of these gems represents the ‘character’ of the month of their association: June’s gems being generally light-coloured and December’s being somewhat more heavily hued. Shoppers buying for natives of these times of year will therefore have to exert discretion when choosing an engagement ring stone.

Choosing stones based on birth months and significance can, therefore, be a fun and original way to build custom engagement rings for astrology aficionados.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

It is reputable for its sound and special resonance. As a result of this, a lot of producers of brasswind instruments often produce instruments of music from sterling silver. Major saxophone producers such as Yanagisawa, P.Mauriat and Selmer used sterling silver to produce a significant number of saxophones. These producers are of the opinion that saxophones, made from sterling silver produce more sound and better resonance compared to saxophones made from other metals.

Due to the fact that it contains 92.5 silver, jewelries and other products made from sterling silver are marked ‘925’ to recognize them. A lot of jewelry manufacturers enjoy working with sterling silver to produce jewelries ranging from pendants and necklaces to rings and bracelets. This is due to the fact that it is as attractive as any other silver or more expensive jewelry, while its price range remains affordable.

The appearance of sterling silver is flawlessly white and shiny in its new phase. As time goes on, it might get darker and dirtier, leading to the loss of some of the sparkle. Pure silver does not get tarnished easily due to the fact that moisture or air does not affect it. It might however, be affected by sulfur or hydrogen sulphide.

To reduce how fast your silver gets affected from scratches or other forms of damage, it is advisable to keep you jewelries, made from sterling silver, in bags or cloths that have the ability to prevent tarnish. This type of bags or cloths prevents the jewelry, made from sterling silver, from rubbing with other jewelries that are harder which might scratch it. This slows down the rate of damage. It is also important that you keep your jewelries, made from sterling silver in places that are dry and cool.

Do not allow chemical substances such as ammonia or bleaching agents to touch your jewelries. You should also remove them if you want to use the swimming pool, as the chlorine in the swimming pool water can damage the silver.

You should also endeavor to regularly clean the jewelry with a clean soft cloth after each use. This will remove the sweat, dirt and dust from every part of the jewelry. Polishing cloths are most advisable for this purpose.

Do not use toothpaste for jewelry cleaning as it is abrasive. This can result in scratches.

Old Bond Street

De Beers was established in 1888 when the company started exploring and mining for diamonds. In 1939, the company introduced the “4 Cs”, which stand for cut, clarity, colour and carat, to determine the value of a diamond. In 1947, they introduced the famous slogan ‘A diamond is forever’.

In 2001, the company opened as a partnership between The De Beers Group of Companies and Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). The store opened on 45 Old Bond Street, London, in 2002. The company has since become global, with the first international store opening in Tokyo in 2003, followed by stores in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing.

De Beers have designed countless exquisite diamond jewels rings and their most recent offering is a new diamond engagement ring launched in March 2014. De Beers claims that the De Beers Aria is inspired by the true harmony of love. The heart of the company, though, remains in London, and the new design, ‘Old Bond Street’, is a true London engagement ring.

The ‘Old Bond Street’ uses a classic design to accentuate the diamond’s exceptional cut. It has a solitaire setting and the stone is held in a unique V-shape, which gives the diamond maximum light performance.

The ring is also simply called the DB classic solitaire ring. In London, engagement ring designers are consistently discovering new cuts, settings and gemstones, but in this case, De Beers have kept the diamond pure and simple. Its perfect proportions and refined setting make the diamond attract the light and give the appearance of almost lifting the stone towards you. The ring is made of platinum and is 2.1mm wide. De Beers define the ring as being ‘timeless and elegant’, featuring meticulous design and crafted with a four-prong-set round brilliant solitaire.

Although the diamond solitaire is beautifully simple, a wide selection of colour and clarity grades is available. The starting price is around £1,250.00, with De Beers pricing each solitaire diamond based on the valuation the 4 Cs.

The company is partnered with the charity ‘Women for Women International’, and their campaign ‘Moments in Light’ aims to provide assistance for women in war-torn regions, both financially and emotionally. They provide job skills training, business assistance and education to help women who have suffered trauma in their lives.

According to the De Beers website, executive Director of Women for Women International is quoted as saying: “The change that the De Beers Moments in Light campaign is real and impactful. The supported women are going to learn new skills and gain the confidence to enable them to rebuild their lives and the lives of their families and the whole community.”

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

In ancient times, turquoise was used by Egyptians for making ornaments. They preferred turquoise gemstone with dark-blue shade whereas the Italians fancied the light blue turquoise. However, this variety of stone has made a remarkable effect on the history of the turquoise gemstone. The famous stone was accidentally discovered from Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona that was opened to extract copper and gold. Today, it is the largest producer of turquoise in the United States.

Turquoise is known for its healing properties since long back. The stone is also one of the oldest protection amulets, and it was recognized as the symbol of prosperity among ancient civilizations. Some of the popular beliefs are:

  • The gemstone augments the body’s immune power.
  • As an efficient healer, turquoise provides comfort for the spirit and well-being for the body.
  • It supports the meridians and the understated energy fields of the body, improving the connection between the physical and psychic worlds.
  • Turquoise unites the heaven and earth, thereby revitalizing the energy of the body.
  • During deep meditation, turquoise prevents an individual from losing touch with the conscious mind.

The precious gemstone has a significant importance as an ornamental stone for years. Even today, this gemstone is used in various jewelry products. The unique quality of earrings, rings, bracelets and other jewelry products studded with Sleeping Beauty turquoise gemstone is that it lends a distinctive appeal to the person wearing the finery. These beauties are often designed to add stars to both formal and casual ensembles and make the wearer look simply wonderful.

This variety of the gem is quite hard and measures six on Moh’s Hardness scale. However, jewelry made from it still needs careful handling. Listed below are a few tips that can help the wearer maintain the luster of turquoise jewelry products:

  • These products should be stored separately from other items such as jewelry and gemstones.
  • Avoid the use of soaps, shampoo and cream on this type of jewelry items.
  • Avoid wearing them while doing household chores, exercise or swimming.
  • Don’t use jewelry cleaners on this gemstone jewelry.
  • Always use a soft brush and soft fabric to clean ring, earrings or bracelets.

Jewelry and gemstone enthusiasts all around the world admire the grace and color of this variety of turquoise stone ever since it was found. This colorful gemstone is believed to hold healing properties, apart from lending a touch of class to the wearer. This characteristic further adds uniqueness to the popularity of this stone.

What Are the Benefits of Custom-Made Jewelry?

Custom-made jewelry can make a very meaningful gift. Simply collaborating with a skilled jeweler can lead to the creation of a fantastic ring, necklace, or bracelet that truly matches the personal taste. Let’s take a look at a few of the top reasons to invest in the custom-made jewelry:

Designed from scratch

A major benefit of the custom-made jewelry is that every piece created will be entirely unique. This type of jewelry is completely designed from scratch with the intention to create something that is one of a kind and able stand out from the more traditional designs.

For the fussy wearer of jewelry, this will give a perfect opportunity to give their input to ensure the finished piece is able to fully match their personality. There is plenty to think about in the process of creating the perfect piece of jewelry. Also, the things to consider will vary with the different types of jewelry. For instance, the basic shape of the item is likely to range from rectangular or round for a pendant, while a set of earrings can have a drop or button style.

A further consideration is the specific metal for the custom-made jewelry. The most popular options include titanium, sterling silver, gold and platinum. The preferred metal style is relatively easy to choose because most people have a particular preference for the basic metal color and look.

Additionally, there is the option to choose the type, color, number and size of the gemstones.

Typically, it will benefit to have a rough idea of the preferred style or look of the piece of jewelry before making a visit to the store to make it easier to explain what is needed.

Create an heirloom

Jewelry that is well-crafted and personally designed has the potential to become a much-loved heirloom that can be passed from family member to family member. However, it is essential to have the jewelry piece made to a high standard. For instance, rings with a single or multiple gemstones will need to have them protected and set well to last for the long-term.

Reuse old jewelry

Rather than starting entirely from scratch, there is the option to reuse the gemstones and metal from out old heirloom piece. Many items of jewelry can start to look old-fashioned, but still have the high-quality gemstones or diamonds. They can be reused to create something that is a little more up to date.

Glashutte

For almost four centuries the town of Glashütte was known for its silver mining, but that all changed in 1845 as Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the first watch firm. Ferdinand Lange himself created Glashüttes first watch brand and was joined by pioneers Adolph Schneider, Moritz Grossmann and Julius Assmann, whom together created the watch manufacturing industry that put this small town on the map.

The watch trade in Glashütte had a massive impact on the economy and as the watch making industry flourished, so did the need for skilled craftsman. So, on the 1st May 1878 Moritz Grossmann opened the ‘German School of Watchmaking Glashütte’ and the school quickly earned a reputation through its exceptional graduates and teachers.

Surviving two World Wars, today the small town of Glashütte boasts an impressive 13 watch companies including a new generation of smaller brands such as Nomos Glashütte. Founded in 1991, Nomos boasts a more minimalist design and the company is well known for manufacturing up to 95% of their mechanical movements in-house and predominantly by hand.

Another established brand, Mühle Glashütte, traditionally known for the manufacture of instruments for the local watchmaking industry, as well as car clocks and tachometers made its introduction into watch manufacturing in 1994 with the manufacture of highly robust and legible timepieces.

In May 2011, Tutima Glashütte returned to the area after 66 years, following their relocation to Ganderkesee. Tutima, which is Latin for ‘secure and protected’, originated in Glashütte in 1926, producing a top quality line of wristwatches. The family owned company returned home to Glashütte in 2011 with the same passion and drive that they are internationally renowned for.

Titanium Rings for Men and Women

It is quite easy to choose wedding bands for men when compared to women, because the only thing to consider here is the width and design of the ring. The dimension of the ring can be considered according to the size of finger.

It should:

  • Not be too loose or tight for his finger
  • Be comfortable when worn all the time
  • Feel special

If you are looking for the best wedding bands for your ladylove, then there a number of criteria to be considered before buying. Some of them are listed below:

Wedding ring with Engagement band: If you are already wearing an engagement ring, then you could choose a thin titanium band studded with a diamond or other precious stones such as ruby, sapphire, emerald, etc. If you decide to skip the engagement ring part, then you could consider buying a broader band with slightly more flashy designs.

Traditional or Latest Design: Titanium has light silver tone and is naturally shiny. Simple titanium wedding bands with cool colourful details can make a great choice. For example, you could go for yellow gold details on plain titanium wedding ring.

These days, you get women’s wedding rings in many colour combinations with pink, blue, black, etc. You could go for detailing of the colour that she likes to wear often.

Bands with Sparkling Gemstones: A diamond ring is always very elegant. If you have decided to go for a titanium wedding ring, then you must consider adorning it with a beautifully cut diamond. There are many different styles of women’s titanium wedding rings that have diamond embellishments.

Matching rings with your partner: If your would-be spouse has already decided to wear a titanium ring, then you have the perfect chance to show your commitment towards each other by wearing matching wedding bands. You could look for clean unisex designs or classic styles, which will look absolutely great on both of you.

About Matching Gems With Eye Colours

For blue eyes, the immediate thought is the sapphire engagement ring. Their luxuriant blue tones are a great highlight to piercing blue eyes. Kyanite and lapis lazuli are good alternatives, a much better match to darker shades of blue and would look great on a yellow gold coloured engagement ring band. If your intended has a paler shade of blue eye colour, then you might prefer to try an aquamarine side stone in an appropriate hue.

Bring out the verdant hues of your partner’s eyes with a green garnet or emerald gem. No one knows her better than you, so you should also consider dazzling alexandrite and turquoise stones. Peridot is also a good option for the green pigment.

Uncommon but beautiful golden eyes will be well suited to a topaz gold gem. If her eyes have a subtle orange tint, orange hyacinth stones will be an ideal match.

For brown eye tones, the varying hues of fire opals are sure to be a wonderful match. From yellow to burnt red orange tints, this tone will make for dazzling engagement ring side-stones. For hazel eyes, dark amber gems are an ideal match, sure to reflect the varying colours of her irises.

The smoky hues of moonstones will suit a girl with grey eyes, whilst the stone’s incandescent properties will be sure to dazzle her. Opals are also available in a range of grey tones and their flecks of colour provide lovely accents.

Make sure to explain to your fiancée why you chose these accent stones. To settle on a brightly coloured stone for an engagement ring is not a traditional choice. However, explaining the reasons behind these personal touches is sure to make your choice of a ruby or sapphire engagement ring seem loving and thoughtful.