Slide Bracelets

A slide bracelet is one of the bracelets that you can make with a rhinestone charm. This bracelet is also known as the European charm bracelet. The unit is slender with a rope style. Due to its design, charms and beads can easily slide into it.

To make the unit you should do your research and find the right chain for you. When choosing the chain you should consider the type of clasp. For example, you should choose whether you want a lobster, toggle, or barrel clasp. You should also consider the size and thickness of the chain. If you want to feel free, you should go for the bangle style chain that you can easily slip over the wrist and has an opening where charms can easily slide into.

The right charms to choose are those that have holes in the center. They shouldn’t have external hoops or rings. When making your purchase you should be aware of the hole size and the size of the bracelet. As rule of thumb you should ensure that the two match.

You need to be careful and ensure that you buy the charms that have the letters of your interest. To create a polished look, you should combine large and small charms. Experts recommend that you should go for a unified theme when creating the bracelets. For example, you should go for charms that have the same color.

The best thing with creating slide bracelets is that you don’t need any tools to do it. All you need to do is to unclasp the bracelet and slide the charms. A bracelet with many charms is eye catching; however, if you don’t want it, you should go ahead and select one large, dangling charm that will be the focal point. You should then add other smaller charms around it.

If you are making the unit for someone, you should be certain that he/she likes the colors and design of the bracelet.

Unusual Engagement Rings

The amethyst is an ancient stone and is embedded within Greek mythology. This is an aspect which greatly appeals to buyers looking for a stone to put in an unusual engagement ring. It makes the stone choice traditional but in an entirely unconventional way.

The Greek myth surrounding amethysts originates with a girl called Amethystos who was the pinnacle of purity. She became the object of affection by Dionysus (the god of wine) who attempted to drunkenly proposition her. Amethystos prayed to the gods to preserve her innocence, and her prayer was heard by Artemis, who turned her into white stone in honour of her purity. Moved by her strong desire to remain pure, Dionysus poured his wine over the statue to honour it. The stone was stained purple, and that is the mythical origin of the amethyst’s purple colouring.

To this day, amethysts still represent purity and clear-headedness, making them a popular choice for unusual engagement rings as they have a unique symbolism, compared to that of more mainstream stones. As a gem with traditions throughout history, the amethyst is also rife with religious connotations, meant to convey spirituality, sincerity and a pure heart to the wearer.

The stone registers as a 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it fairly resilient. It’s really down to personal taste, but the metal it is usually paired with is platinum or white gold, as yellow gold is not only a softer metal but also clashes with the purple colouring. Many people like amethysts as they are the birthstone for February, tying them to the Middle Ages when birthstones first became acknowledged. When you look at the story of the amethyst, you can see how prevalent throughout history it has been and what pride it should bring to any wearer. It ticks all of the boxes for those considering an unusual engagement ring gemstone.

Diamond Color Variations Impact Value

Colored diamonds are not fake and they are not gemstones. They are real – structurally and atomically identical to the more commonly seen and worn colorless ones. These colored gems, sometimes referred to as, ‘fancy colored diamonds’, possess the same qualities, as far as extreme hardness and brightness, as those of the more conventional white diamonds.

The color of diamonds is determined by the earth’s natural chemical interactions. All diamonds are formed inside the earth. Colorless diamonds are formed from pure carbon but in more rare instances, other minerals, not usually present, come into contact with the carbon during the formation of the stone, which is what creates the various diamond colors. Different minerals impacting the carbon during its transformation into a diamond will produce different colors. For example, rare blue diamonds like the famous Hope Diamond, are the result of the added mineral boron during the formation process.

When selling your diamond to a buyer, color is always taken into consideration when determining its quality and value. More rare, strongly colored stones are worth a premium as are the gems at the opposite end of the color spectrum; the purely transparent, colorless diamonds. White diamonds are evaluated using colorless diamonds as an industry benchmark and categorized on the GIA diamond grading system, completely separate from how actual fancy colored diamonds are evaluated. At the top of the grading scale would be the letter D, representing colorless diamonds and the scale progresses through the alphabet, as the presence of color increases, all the way to the letter, Z. There are five categories on the diamond color grading scale:

  • Colorless diamonds (graded D-F)
  • Nearly colorless diamonds (graded G-J)
  • Faintly tinted diamonds (graded K-M)
  • Lightly tinted diamonds – usually yellow (graded N-R)
  • Tinted diamonds – yellow to brownish(graded S-Z)

Color distinctions are generally too subtle to be visible to the untrained eye. A trained gemologist can discern color, as the very fine gradients of color can make a very big difference in a diamond’s quality and price.