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Handmade Gold Jewelry

Gold is the most malleable of all metals. One gram of it and this is not very much in volume due to its high density (19.3gm per cubic cm) can easily be beaten to a sheet of 1square meter or drawn to a wire 2km in length. Gold also does not tarnish and is inert, in its purest form it does not change colour in air or in water. Another advantage it had right from its discovery is that it was found almost pure. Silver and copper are just about the only elements in small quantities mixed with it. A relatively low melting point of 1064 degree Celsius meant that it could be melted down with the basic furnaces which were at early cultures’ disposal.

So it is not a surprise that from all the metals available in the early days of civilization gold had all the advantages a metal smith or jeweller could hope for. It is very clean even during heating, oxidization is low and joining pieces with solders, gold alloys at a slightly lower melting point, is a much easier task as if it were, let’s say, copper.

The oldest artifacts in gold were found on the …

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Get The Best College Class Ring

  • Let the ring represent your personality – You can do this by choosing your favorite colors or by considering your hobbies or clubs you loved the most in college. There is really nothing ring designers cannot do to fetch you a special, unique ring, so do not be afraid to think outside the box when looking for the best. If your school is among those that design the rings for students, it could mean canceling the option and designing your ring yourself to all your specifications are met.
  • Choose the right ring metal – Most class rings are made in yellow gold but to get the best the metal is really a matter of personal preference and cost. You may want to choose a metal that compliments your kind of jewelry. Gold and silver make safe bets, but you of course can still select from platinum, white gold, metal alloy and even a mixture of gold and silver. For gold you would need to also think about carats and what they mean as far as the price goes.
  • Consider the metal finish – You have selected the right metal, but then to make your ring a little special it might
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Lightweight Jewelry

Casual Jewelry

While at home, the minimum jewel pieces adorned by most women are diamond rings, earrings, bangles or bracelets, designer necklaces and mangalsutra by married ones. With changing trends, there are wide innovations in designs of each of the jewelry item adorned on daily basis. Women today are working in the kitchen with the same efficiency as they work at the office. So they choose those trinkets which are not required to be changed while at home and at the office.

The mix and match style jewels and exclusive work-wear collection are introduced by jewelers to maintain the balance between personal and professional look. Going astray from traditional metal choice, women are choosing white and rose tints of gold too, after all, they desire jewel pieces which let them look unique in the crowd. Even the metal purity can also be chosen along with diamond quality which can make big difference in the budget when one is looking for budget-friendly design.

Lightweight Bridal Jewelry

Lightweight Bridal Jewelry, Impossible! No, it is not. The trending diamond jewelry is designed to be feather-light not only for casual wear but bridal jewelry too gives a lighter look and feel. As the bridal …

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Make Braided Bracelets

The first thing that you should do is to cut three strands of the material that you want to make a bracelet from. The material can be a yarn, thread, leather or shoestring. For ideal results you should ensure that the strands are of different colors that look good together. For example, you can choose red, white and yellow.

You should tie the strands together by tying a knot at the top of the strand while leaving a one inch of material above the knot.

For you to easily braid the bracelets, you should ensure that the strands are long enough. To anchor the bracelet, you should tape the short loose ends of the strands to the tabletop. You can also tape the loose ends to the edge of a desk.

You should then braid the bracelet by separating the strands into three groups: left, right, and center. You should move the right strand over the middle strand and then the left strand over the right one. By doing this you will have moved the center strand to the right side. You should continue braiding until only an inch of strand is left.

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Finding a Quality Jewelry

There is no getting away from the fact that jewelry is an asset and often an expensive one. This does not mean that it is not well-worth it, however, the outlay may be one that individuals have saved up for. Therefore, it is imperative that when you are purchasing an item that you are completely confident in the product itself and the establishment that you purchase it from. Getting this right is the key to ongoing success; a quality jeweller will offer a lifetime service as to whether it is repair, remodelling or further purchases.

Firstly, you are looking for reputation. This does not necessarily mean shopping from one of the larger, well-known stores. In fact, it is likely that you will receive a much-improved buyer experience from a smaller, local jeweller. However, their reputation will be visible through reviews of their shops online. Facebook, Google and website testimonials offer a great insight into reputation of a Company.

Secondly, it is important to make contact with the shop. It may be that you choose to visit the store or speak to them over the phone. Either way, all experiences of dealing with your chosen shop should be positive and helpful.…

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Swarovski Crystal Pendants

One way to get the sparkle you crave, without burning a hole in your wallet is to buy or make a necklace with Swarovski crystal pendants. These pendants are specially made from cut lead glass by the world famous crystal makers, Swarovski. They are designed to reflect light in many of the same ways that diamonds do, meaning their appealing glint is great for less expensive pieces of jewelry which want to look classy, not tacky.

All of Swarovski’s products are renowned for their brilliant craftsmanship and exceedingly high quality, and Swarovski crystal pendants are no exception to that. The experts at Swarovski have been working with cut lead glass since the end of the 19th Century, so they have had over a century in which to perfect their art, and the knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. Besides these pendants, the company also makes a huge range of art, sculptures and home decor pieces, all out of cut lead glass.

Many of the world’s top fashion and jewelry designers use Swarovski crystal pendants and beads in their work, so pop stars, film stars and even minor royalty have been seen wearing items adorned with Swarovski. Therefore, …

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Pewter Beads

Pewter is a metal alloy which is traditionally about 90% tin, with the remaining 10% consisting of a varied mixture of copper, antimony, bismuth and occasionally small amounts of silver. There are different standards worldwide as to what proportions these elements must be used in for the alloy to legally be classed as pewter. Pewter alloys in Europe traditionally use less tin than alloys in Asia, which means that pewter in Asia is slightly softer than pewter in Europe. Because pewter is so malleable, it can easily be formed in to things like pewter beads and pendants which can be used in jewelry making. As well as being used for these beads, is also now in use for many other decorative objects, such as collectable figurines and aircraft models. In some sporting contests, pewter medals are given to the fourth place finisher, behind the bronze medal winner.

The earliest pieces of pewter were found in a tomb in ancient Egypt, but they were not in the form of pewter beads. Evidence shows that the use of pewter became more common in the 12th century as craftspeople began to work with it more often to create jewelry and “fine” tableware. It …

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Reverse Hoop Earrings

Today there is a new style of hoops on the market: the reverse hoop earrings. These earrings differ from the classic hoop earrings in a number of ways. First, they are clasp-less. Due to their design, these hoops do not require a clasp to secure them.

The second difference is that they are always thin. They are generally created to be about as thick as a standard earring post. Reverse hoops have to be created thin due to the way they are worn. This also means that the earrings are super lightweight, almost feather weight.

So how are Reverse hoop earrings worn? It may sound a little silly, but they are worn backwards. This is because unlike a classic hoop, these earrings are inserted into the back of your piercing. They are then gently pulled forward until the clasp on the back of the hoop is felt touching the back of your earlobe.

So what should you look for when purchasing a pair of reverse hoop earrings?

First you will want to see how thick the earrings are. An ideal thickness for reverse hoop earrings will be less than 1.0 mm is diameter. If the reverse hoop earring is larger …

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Famous Black Diamonds

The Amsterdam Black Diamond

Some coloured diamonds are known for their carats, others for their iconic shaped cut, but the Amsterdam Diamond is known for its intrinsic high quality. The Amsterdam Black Diamond was found in 1972 by D. Drukker and Sons Jeweller Company, based in Amsterdam, at a mine in Africa. The stone’s unusually pure black colour is caused by the presence of small graphite particles within the lattice. The diffusions within the feathers are similar to the mechanisms observed in storm clouds. The gem is officially classified as fancy black, natural by the Gemmological Institute of America, and is regarded as one of the highest quality diamonds in history.

The Black Orlov

The Black Orlov is believed by many to have been discovered in the early 19th century in a mine in India. It was then cut down to a more circular shape and to a weight of 67.50 carats. The diamond’s mythological origins state that it was one of the eyes of the Hindu god Brahma in ancient Pondicherry, the ‘French Riviera of the East,’ until it was stolen by a monk. According to the story, this act of thievery caused the diamond to be cursed forever.…

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White Gold Diamond Hoop Earrings

In recent years, people have begun to discover the versatility of this wonderful metal. Blended in with certain other metals, it manages to satisfy a new level of creativity that is being exuded by the newer crop of metal smiths and craftsmen. White gold is a prime example of this. Essentially an alloy, it sheds the usual yellowness of traditional gold and dons a modern silvery garb. This then has become the go-to choice for people looking to transcend the dual chasms of paying homage to the past while still walking proudly into a future that shines through, brightly!

The advantages of this wonderful alloy are manifold. One does not have to worry about being typecast as an old fogey. It is versatile enough to be worn at a conventional family gathering as well as that trendy party at the work-place. Such has been the popularity surge behind it that people have elevated its status to being a worthy contender to precious metals like platinum even. Infinitely more malleable than the latter, it is just right for creations that feature intricate design element. Not only this, but it is far more readily available and hence, vastly cheaper too.

Detractors do …

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