Mar 27, 2010

Eye-Catching Watches


The fashion industry now offers a watch sets with interchangeable bands and faces and this has appealed the consumers all over the world because you can have a watch that matches any outfit without having to purchase several of them. With a single watch you can do with different outfits just changing the band and the face. It is an easy way for both men and women to change their watch frequently to match their outfits. What can be easier way to accessorize your outfits in no time, look stylish, and also know what time it is by simply hanging the band and the face? Watches are available in a wide spectrum of prices so if you really enjoy watches, you can buy several inexpensive ones to build up your collection quickly and if you are financially well build and desire to become a proud owner of at least one expensive designer watch then you go for those watches studded with precious stones that will surely make your wrist glow with more added functionality. Today’s jewelry watches extend much further no more confined to wrist but they are seen featured in rings, necklaces and even bracelet. Watches can also be digital and it is easier for younger people to read the time. Some watches features the hour and minute only while others feature a second hand as well. Gradually with time, some new functions has been added to make the watch more useful and some more to be added in the near future. For instance there are watches that have a light on them so you can see your keyhole in the dark, even some feature an alarm in the case of a medical emergency or if you feel you are in danger. Even there are watches that are voice activated and tell the time were initially designed for those with vision impairments. People of all ages use watches, even smaller children and it is one of the most important essentialness of life. Because we live in a very fast paced society where every work is to be accomplished in its stipulated time and for this we need watch to perform it successfully otherwise we would live topsy–turvily. Having a watch can really help with keeping a person on schedule for instance; children to pick up, dinner to make, errands, to run, going for jobs, etc. Therefore one could say that watches available in the market wit a perfect blend of design and function can make a watch eye-catchy.

Mar 12, 2010

How to Buy Genuine Rolex Watches


Millions of people are buying and selling Rolex watches and other fine timepieces over the internet. It is said that Rolex produces around 650,000 to 800,000 watches annually. Sadly enough, counterfeiters around the world produce 10 times that amount each year, turning what was once a business operated in street vendors into a multi-billion dollar industry Without knowing what tell-tale signs to look for, the average Rolex consumer may easily fall victim to scammers. And while connoisseurs will certainly discern between a $5,000 Rolex and a $50 replica, the existence of large number of counterfeits inevitably affects demand at some level The best and most accurate way to tell a Rolex from a replica is by checking its Serial#, Model#, Case back ID, and Movement Signature (the 4 primary verification methods used by professionals) by looking between its bottom lugs (part where the band connects to case), top lugs, and by opening the case back respectively. Clear Casebacks – If you encounter one of these, don’t bother strapping them on. Often times, a replica will have a clear caseback allowing you to see the inside of the watch. Rolex does not make watches with clear casebacks! Engraved Casebacks – Again, with the exception of a rare Ladies model (circa 1990’s) and the “Sea-Dweller” model, Rolex does not engrave any logos or slogans on their casebacks. Moreover, they are free of any engravings. Hologram Stickers – A newly purchased Rolex watch will come with a 3-D hologram-encoded sticker on the caseback. The Rolex “crown” trademark is featured just above the case reference number and can be easily identified when viewed. Often times, a fake hologram sticker won’t even have the 3-D effect when viewed. It is simply a hard, concrete pattern that won’t change in appearance one bit. If this is evident, it is surely a counterfeit Rolex. Date Magnification – All genuine Rolex watches excluding the “Sea-Dweller” features the cyclops that magnifies the date by 2.5x. As you can see in the picture above, the cyclops on the counterfeit is significantly smaller and a bit misaligned. These are common flaws made by counterfeits and you will see many of them today with a larger font date to fool the average consumer. Triplock Crown Seal – This pertains to the owners or future owners of the Sea-Dweller, Submariner, and the Daytona. These three models feature the “Triplock crown”. The image above shows that the genuine Rolex utilizes the extra seal by the rubber o-ring on the winding tube whereas the counterfeit comes with no seal at all. It is also worth mentioning this to be a case by case situation when purchasing a pre-owned Rolex, in which many original Rolex parts or accessories can be replaced by aftermarket parts and accessories. Micro-etched Crystal – In 2002, Rolex began micro-etching the Rolex “coronet” or “crown” right below the 6 o’clock marker. Though it is better distinguishable using a jeweler’s loupe, you can see by the illustration that the genuine “crown” is much more distinguishable and robust as opposed to the counterfeit. Moreover, the counterfeit is poorly designed and is a clear indication of a fake.

Feb 28, 2010

Practical Guide to Body Piercing


When you decide to have any part of your body pierced, remember that this is more than fashion, it involves your health. It is wise to keep these points in mind: * The piercing studio should be registered, check for the appropriate permits and certificates. * The person who performs your body piercing should wear gloves, protective clothing, hair covering and should wash their hands before they pierce you. * All instruments should be sterilized and all surfaces, including the floor are smooth and wipe able. * Only disposable needles should be used, with all dressings (gauze, cotton pads) and gold body jewelry sterile packed. Piercing Guns The gold body jewelry used with ear piercing guns are not ideal for piercing for several reasons, first being that the guns cannot be sterilized because they are made of plastic and would melt in the sterilization unit. Second, they do not provide a clean, surgical cut, the jewelry is forced through the tissue, causing extensive trauma, because the ends are rounded, not sharp. Piercings done in this fashion are slow to heal and there is an increased risk of inflammation and/or infection. After Care Piercings done with the proper equipment usually take from six to eight weeks to heal at which time the jewelry can be changed without any problem. Quality aftercare of your piercing has a great impact on the amount of time your body needs. Healing is one thing, it takes much more time for the pierced skin to adjust and be accepted by your body. After the initial change, is it s a good idea for the jewelry to be left in the piercing at all times for at least the first six months but a longer period is better.

Feb 23, 2010

Diamond Solitaire Ring


A diamond solitaire ring is a ring with only one diamond and nothing else to distract the attention from that magnificent solitaire stone. A solitaire ring loves to seek attention by its wearer, and not crowded by its competitors as, a solitaire enjoys standing all by itself well grounded in the ring and boosting its beauty to its wearer. Solitaire diamond represents ultimate in jewelry, so the size of a solitaire has to big to stand and jut out from others. Solitaire is a summary of magical and divine love. A diamond solitaire is well known for its clarity, cut, setting and its modesty yet aggressiveness. It strives to make a direct place in your heart by cutting down the competitions from all the sides; it loves to fight for its dignity and right. A solitaire diamond ring is timeless and classic when a single stone is placed in a ring, which makes the ring simple, elegant and comes in a variety of shapes to complement any woman's fashion sense. The solitaire ring will glorify the beauty of the diamond, so the size of the solitaire plays a very important role and it has to be in proportion to the size of the bride. The solitaire is the traditional ring style but you can find a great variety within the shape of the stone and the color of the setting. Round cuts are probably the most popular and are always in style but there are others to choose from too. The shape you choose is purely a matter of personal taste.

Diamond or Cubic Zirconia: Knowing the difference can save you money!



So what is the difference between diamond and cubic zirconia? Why is cubic zirconia (CZ) quickly becoming more popular as a desirable substitute for diamond? Gemologists can agree that CZ comes closer than any other gem material to matching the characteristics of a diamond. Most people, even trained gemologists, cannot tell the difference between diamond and CZ, with the naked eye. Moreover, to the untrained eye, CZ looks identical to a good quality diamond. However, under closer inspection, CZ appears to have slightly less brilliance (or sparkle) than a diamond, and more fire, or flashes of color. CZs were originally developed by the Russians, for their space program. They were developed as an alternative to diamonds that were used in the optics of their lasers. CZs have a refractive index, dispersion and hardness so close to a diamond it's uncanny. So what are some key features that can guide you in telling the difference between diamond and CZ? Do keep in mind, though, in order to accurately distinguish the two gems, gemological equipment such as microscope, or loupe, must be used for testing and verification. To start, let’s take a look at the hardness factor: Did you know CZ ranges between 8.5 to 9.0 on the Mohs’ hardness scale whereas diamond, one of the hardest materials known to man, is rated 10, lying at the top of the hardness scale? Furthermore, glass (or sand) is rated approximately 5 to 6 on the hardness scale, therefore, dust and dirt will not scratch CZ. Indeed, CZ can scratch glass just like regular diamonds, making it more resistant to chipping. One great difference between diamond and CZ is weight. CZs are heavyweights in comparison to diamonds; a CZ will weigh approximately 1.75 times more than a diamond of equivalent size. So basically, a piece of CZ the same size as a one-carat diamond weighs about 1.75 carats. Well…isn’t that interesting? Contemporary production of CZ is virtually flawless, whereas diamond usually contains impurities and inclusions, or have some sort of defect, be it a feather, included crystal, or perhaps a remnant of an original crystal face (e.g. trigons). In regards to color—more precisely, the lack of color—only the rarest of diamonds are truly colorless, as most have a tinge of yellow or brown to some extent. By comparison, CZ in most cases can be made entirely colorless, equivalent to a perfect "D" on diamond's color grading scale. Also, under close inspection with a loupe, the facet shapes of some CZs appear different from diamonds. Both gems disperse light a little differently. Dispersion is just a scientific term for the breaking up of light into its spectral colors. With a dispersive power greater than diamond (0.060 vs. 0.044), the more prismatic fire of CZ can be seen by even an untrained eye. Dispersion occurs based on the gem’s refractive index. In this case, refractive index simply indicates how much a beam of light will bend, based on the direction in which it is traveling when it passes between two materials of different optical densities (such as between diamond and air; or between CZ and air). Being that CZ has a refractive index of 2.176, compared to a diamond's 2.417, diamonds are therefore said to be brighter than CZ. Another difference between the two gems is that CZs are thermal insulators—meaning, they reduce the rate of heat transfer—whilst diamonds are among the most efficient thermal conductors—meaning, they allow heat to easily pass through them. Without testing the gems’ heat conductivity, it can be difficult to tell them apart. Remember, it is a 50/50 guess to identify a gem by visual inspection; it is not a scientific method of authentication. That is why even certified and degreed gemologists use gemological equipment for testing and verification. You will also be glad to know that CZs are not only durable and inexpensive, but just like diamonds, they come in any color of the rainbow, making them even more desirable. There have been many instances to see if jewelers can tell the difference between diamond and cubic zirconia, just by examining the gems with the naked eye. Over and over again, it was inconclusive; jewelers could not tell the difference just by looking at the gems. So you can now understand why the difference between diamond and cubic zirconia rests in the price, and in the mind…

Tips on Taking Care of Your Cubic Zirconia Jewelery


When cubic zirconia is set in gold or sterling silver, it can be worn everyday without any damaging effects. Of course the exceptions are as follows. Make-up, face and body powder and lotions can also cause the shine of the cubic zirconia to dull. So remove your cubic zirconia jewelry before coming in contact with any of these products. Polish your cubic zirconia jewelry with a soft cotton towel or a chamois skin cloth in between cleanings. We all get business with various projects and responsibilities, so it is not uncommon for the cleaning of our jewelry to slip through the cracks. Have you caught yourself at the last minute of getting ready taking a couple of minutes to clean your jewelry before you put them on to go out for the evening? All jewelry requires regular cleaning and proper care to maintain their beauty. So, set aside one day a week, every two weeks, or every month to attend to the cleaning of all your jewelry. You will be amazed at the results, and you won't have to worry about what condition they will be in when you choose them to wear for a special occasion. Cubic zirconia jewelry and diamonds jewelry Since coming to the world's attention in the 1830s, diamonds in has been a favorite of stones for jewelry. Not everyone can afford to buy diamonds, so the search for the best man-made version has been battled for years. Cubic Zirconia is considered to be the best man-made diamond for jewelry on the market today. There are other synthetic diamonds used in the market today to replace diamonds in jewelry settings. The moissanite is a mineral created by a laboratory as a good diamond replacement stone. It was introduced into the market in the 1990s. It has become the choice of some for their fine jewelry collection. There are those who prefer moissante to cubic zirconia. The moissante match diamond in the hardness of the mineral, but there is a downside. The cost is about $500 per carat and the moissante does not have the brilliance and fire of a diamond or the cubic zirconia. The Russian cubic zirconias used in jewelry are hand picked from the highest quality raw stones, hand cut by master cutters and hand polished. The specifications used for each of the Russian cubic zirconias are the same as those set down by the Gemological Institute of America for diamonds. For my money, I will take a cubic zirconia jewelry over the other synthetic diamond jewelry any day.

Diamond Body Jewelry


Body piercing jewelry rapidly became a very popular category of jewelry. But with the growing demand of body jewelry and rise in quality standards, better materials like gold and diamonds are being increasingly used to make unique body jewelry. Diamond body jewelry is trendy, attractive and fashionable at the same time. It definitely is a trend setter and many stars and celebrities sport unique forms of diamond jewelry like diamond barbells, diamond navel jewelry etc. Diamonds for Diamond body jewelry The quality of diamond body jewelry is accessed by the jewelry style and more importantly, the diamond used just as with other jewelry. To assess the quality of the diamond body jewelry, you should know the Four C's of a diamond: Cut of the diamond: This characteristic determines a diamond’s facets and thus its brilliance. The cut of the diamond used in your diamond body jewelry does not concern the shape of the diamond really but more the uniformity of facets, design and placement of facets, its width and depth. Clarity of the diamond: Pure diamonds are perfectly clear. But, it is very difficult to find or afford such diamonds as most of the flaws are visible only through a powerful magnifying glass. Clarity is rated on a set scale so that each diamond can be compared to another without much technical knowledge at all. Carat Weight of the diamond: Carat weight partially determines the price of your diamond body jewelry just as the color and clarity play roles in the price. Naturally the carat weight refers to the actual weight and also the approximate size of the diamond. Color of the diamond: Diamonds are available in many different shades of color depending on the impurities it has. A pure diamond is colorless and transparent and high priced. Mostly the color range is from clear to yellow when talking about a genuine diamond. Diamonds are known for their physical properties like: Crystal structure Diamonds have a crystal structure and consist of tetrahedral bonded carbon which gives it the kind of properties it has, such as hardness, toughness, and a high refractive index. Hardness Diamonds are the hardest material known. They are used in industries for cutting and grinding as well as in diamond body jewelry worn by a beautiful woman. They can help in cutting, polishing and wearing away any other materials due to their own hardness. Diamonds are very suitable for making diamond body jewelry as they cannot be scratched, have a fine luster and maintain their polish for a long time. Toughness The obvious toughness of diamonds virtually prevent its from breakage or damage. High refractive index (i.e. high dispersion of light) This property of diamonds gives it the luster and the gemstone sparkle characteristics. Diamond Body Jewelry Due to the above mentioned factors, diamonds have been increasingly used to make diamond body jewelry to adorn the body and enhance beauty like diamond nipple rings, diamond earrings, diamond barbells, diamond navel jewelry etc. Diamond body jewelry is a statement of elegance and fashion. Diamond body jewelry is a must have for all body piercing jewelry fans. The Chain Gang has a huge collection of high quality designer diamond nipple jewelry, diamond navel jewelry and diamond barbells of all kinds. # The diamonds used in our diamond body jewelry are shipped from diamond mines of South Africa, and all hand picked in the famous Diamond District of New York. These diamonds are then set into 14K nickel free yellow gold or white gold by our highly experienced jewelers and gemologists for making the most exquisite and unique diamond body jewelry pieces available. # We prefer using high grade stones for making our diamond body jewelry. But, lower grades are also available. # We are very quality conscious and thus, do not stock low grade stones at all, but will be happy to custom order them for you if needed. # We can replace the cubic zircons in any of our 14K Gold pieces for genuine diamonds or any other genuine stone as well, such as Sapphire, Ruby, or Emerald.

Feb 22, 2010

Weding Jewelry

Jewelry is a part of the bridal ensemble that should be chosen very thoroughly. The day after the wedding you put your gown and veil into a box, but jewelry is to be enjoyed over the years.
Many would-be brides are at a great loss when choosing jewelry pieces for their big day. Finding something beautiful, matching and becoming is never easy…

The first and the most important rule is to follow the motif of your gown. Depending whether it is classic, vintage, eclectic etc, choose the jewelry that does not contradict your general style

But, in fact, it’s not as difficult to choose the bridal jewelry as it may seem at first. The second thing is to decide whether you want to wear your bridal jewelry after the wedding day. If so, opt for something neutral, the jewelry you can combine with your evening gowns or office clothes if work takes most of your time.

In case you really want to have a big day where you play the part of the queen and are ready to pay for that, don’t agree for less than jewelry masterpieces, better if they are made exclusively for you by jewelry designers.

Remember that balance is the key. Don’t make your image too heavy by wearing too sparkling dress if your jewelry is a statement in its own. Don’t afraid to seem plain. A seemingly simple wedding gown is not a faux paus. On the contrary, skill to combine and compliment clothes, jewelry and accessories is one of the most essential laws of style.

Don’t forget the second style basics. Less is really more!! If you’ve decided on long dangling earrings don’t put a necklace on, otherwise it will look too heavy. Vice versa, in case you have a statement-like necklace, opt for small stud earrings. Your hair style is to take into consideration as well. First, make an appointment with your hairstylist and discuss what you want for the wedding day, and only then shop for your bridal jewelry.

Make the most of what you have! It is flattering to wear make-up and clothes that underline your strong sides and distract attention from what you do not want to reveal. This rule is applicable to bridal jewelry as well. If you, for instance, have a luxurious cleavage, certainly you will opt for a low -cut dress. Why not compliment this beauty wearing a nice eye-catching necklace. Or, on the contrary, avoid backless gowns and necklaces cascading down your spine unless you have a perfect smooth-skinned back.

All in all, the most vital rule is to wear the gown and jewelries you feel confident and comfortable in. If you are perfectly sure you’re irresistibly gorgeous, nobody else will doubt it.

Wedding Rings for the Jewelry Challenged

Wedding rings are more than just a piece of jewelry. They are the ultimate symbol of marriage. Rings are purchased for both the bride and the groom, even if the groom insists he doesn't need to wear one to show his commitment!

Wedding rings are exchanged as part of the ceremony, normally as vows are said by both parties. They are often matched to the engagement ring, so you might want to choose simply for the engagement ring or choose a complete set. If you want to rehearse for the big day, wedding rings are always placed on the finger first, and the engagement ring is placed on top of it. If you have yet to purchase your ring set, keep the following guidelines in mind:

Going For The Gold

Gold is still the standard for wedding rings, and is instantly recognizable as a wedding band. However, white gold is an excellent alternative. White gold gets its color by blending with another white metal like silver or palladium. This blend is called an alloy. An advantage of white gold is that is typically retains the better qualities of yellow gold, like low risks of skin irritation, and is often mistaken for the more expensive platinum.

Platinum Pass

Platinum is the metal of choice for rings because it is more rare and durable than gold. Platinum is an elegant metal, which is very popular these days because of its white, shiny look and durability. Platinum is actually more precious than gold and can cost up to twice as much.

If you prefer a white metal and are willing to be non-traditional, there is one more alternative.

What About Titanium?


Titanium wedding bands are an ideal choice for the adventurous, outdoorsy couple because a titanium ring requires very little care and is almost impossible to damage. Titanium wedding bands are unique in that it is one of the strongest metals. Yet, they are very light in weight. Titanium is a non-allergenic material, with none of the skin rashes that can occur with some white metals like nickel or nickel alloys.

And Finally, Diamonds Are Forever

Diamond wedding rings are the most often bought type of wedding rings, and go well with gold, white gold, silver, and platinum bands. Diamond engagement rings can be dressed up with other stones like sapphires, rubies and emeralds, but the diamonds are still the most important. Diamonds were also considered to be gifts of the gods and as such must be cherished. Diamond engagement rings thus symbolize love and eternity, which explains their popularity with men and women alike.

Conclusion

Wedding rings, along with engagement rings, will likely be the most important jewelry decision you make. If you decide upon an alloy like white gold make sure it does not contain a metal that will irritate your skin. And whether you choose traditional yellow gold or prefer the white precious m

Warning: Tricky Jewellers Are On The Loose

You have saved for years for this diamond ring. Now you think it is time that you have enough to buy your partner a diamond ring for engagement. Wouldn't it be so frustrating to learn in the end, that what you got is just a cheap fake diamond ring? Some jewellers are just so good they could pull this trick together without anyone suspecting.

When you are on a quest to buy that perfect diamond ring, you must be extra careful. Open your eyes and dont be a victim of the controversial diamond scam. Some jewellers even appear harmless but within their innocence lies a vicious person who simply want to get money from you.

Avoiding Diamond Scams

Beware of jewellers who don't tell you honestly about the stone. Some will bedazzled the buyers by giving details about the carats but it isn't the carats alone that matters. You should also ask for the weight of each stone when separated from the center diamond. They ought to know this if they want to give their customers the most honest information.

Some jewellers will offer an affordable diamond ring and advertise it. But if you ask them about it, they will offer you something else most probably more expensive. This is a scam that is prevalent even with other types of products and services. To avoid this scam, don't give in to their persuasions. Just request for the ring that they have advertised and if they can't give you that, it only follows that it is just a tricky ad.

Some jewellers display their diamond rings under bright lights. This makes the diamonds look so sparkling. But if you try to get them off the bright lights and look at them under sunlight, the sparks are gone. Don't be fooled by this type of trick; otherwise, you may end up buying a fake diamond.

Protect Yourself From Jeweller's Tricks

It pays off to read about diamonds yourself. When you know what genuine diamonds are, you will be able to easily distinguish the real from the fakes. It will also be easy for you to judge the quality of the diamond in the ring.

Some jewellers will find ways to earn more money even at your expense. Don't let them do this to you. Beat them at their own game. Now that you know their common tricks, it will be easier for you to beat them.

Which Wedding Jewelry Pieces Should You Wear?

As a bride, you want the elements of your wedding ensemble to complement and enhance your natural beauty, not compete for attention. That is why most experts recommend wearing simple wedding jewelry sets. What should your jewelry ensemble consist of? That depends on your hair and dress. Here are some tips to help you pull it all together.

Earrings

Keep your dress and hairstyle in mind when you choose earrings. Chandelier or dangly earrings can look wonderful with an up do, but can become tangled if you wear your hair down. If your dress is elaborate, keep the earrings simple. Popular choices for a formal wedding include pearl studs, diamonds, and crystal solitaire earrings.

Hair Jewelry

Tiaras, hairpins, combs, and decorated headbands can all add interest and glamour to your wedding hair. If you choose an eye-catching piece, such as a crown-like tiara, let this be the central element in your jewelry ensemble. A subtle piece, like a pearl comb, can complement more elaborate jewelry.

Back jewelry

You can enhance the look of a backless or low-cut gown by wearing a back drop, backwards strands of opera-length pearls, or lariat. This also adds more interest for the guests during the ceremony.

Necklace or pearls

The necklace can be bold (to complement a simple wedding dress) or delicate (to balance the look of an elaborate gown). If your gown has an interesting neckline, you may want to go without. Keep in mind that different lengths work best with different necklines. Generally, leave a gap between the neckline and necklace. Alternately, you can wear long pearls or a necklace below the neckline if your dress is unadorned.

Wrist wear

Unless your dress is strapless, the general rule is to keep hands and wrists unadorned (except for the wedding ring set, of course). Or, wear a delicate bracelet as an accent piece. Too much "going on" around your wrists or hands will distract attention away from you and the gown, and fragment the look. The strapless gown is the exception. A cuff or other substantial bracelet can enhance bared shoulders and arms.

Earrings, necklace, hair jewelry, back jewelry, and bracelet. Wear all, some, or none. But keep in mind that together they should create a balanced look. Most importantly, the jewelry ensemble should reflect you and your personal style.

How To Make Her Say Yes During Your Wedding Proposal


There is no guarantee that the woman of your dreams will right away say 'yes' during your proposal. This doesn't mean that she doesn't love you like you love her. It may just be because she isn't ready yet for a lifelong commitment like marriage. Or perhaps, she wasn't just impressed with your wedding proposal. The traditional 'will you marry me?' wedding proposal while having dinner is overused. If you want to impress your girlfriend and ensure that she says 'yes' to your proposal, these romantic proposal tips will come in handy: Invite your girl in your favourite pub or bar. Request for your theme song (the song that you both love and you feel represent your relationship). As she enters the pub or bar, the song will be aired and you can hand your flowers and of course the engagement ring. You can also talk to the DJ and propose on air. In the window of her room, write your proposal in the dust. When she opens her window curtain, that is the first thing that she'll see. This is very romantic, just make sure the dust is still there and nobody has cleaned the window yet before she wakes up. You can make your proposal public. In a concert event, you can go up the stage and propose. Just make sure you ask permission from the performers. Or you can advertise full page in your local newspaper or her favourite magazine. Take her to the beach. Talk to someone who can spell the words 'will you marry me?' on the sand. This will surprise her. Give her a gift with the engagement ring. The engagement ring can be simple but if you have the budget, you can opt to buy an elegant diamond ring as your engagement ring. Surely, your girlfriend can't say no. This is the style where you let the engagement ring speak for the proposal. Wedding proposals should be made unique as possible. You should prepare everything before you actually propose. Don't forget the engagement ring. Shop around for your engagement ring weeks before your proposal. This is to ensure that you get the best engagement ring for you partner. These wedding proposal tips mentioned here will make the moment very romantic. They will sweep your partner off her feet and she can decide right away to give you her sweetest 'yes'. Surely, romantic proposals pay off.

Pearl Rings: A timeless pieces of jewelry


Pearls have long been valued as gemstones and in fact, they have been cultivated in different countries in recent years mainly for use in jewelry and pearl ring proves to be one of the timeless pieces of jewelry to treasure. Pearls differ from each other in colors, shapes and sizes. The perfect round pearls are very rare and are expensive. Although the round pearls are popularly used in rings but recent trends show the use of the button shapes and what is more wonderful about it is that regardless of the kind, size and color of pearl it can be set in either the yellow gold, white gold or sterling silver looking lovely by themselves but when set with diamonds and other precious stones give a more gorgeous look. There are so many great designs to choose from that a pearl jewelry lover finds it overwhelming to select the perfect one. And you can be sure that. Dating back when rings were used to show a person's social class, today the same jewelry is used for a variety of purposes including adornment, loyalty and love to husband and wife as well as gifts which show that there had been great advancement in the field of jewelry. Pearls are either natural or cultured. Cultured pearls can either be freshwater or saltwater where the saltwater pearls are more expensive than the freshwater pearls. They are of three types - the Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian – and of the three; the Akoya Japanese and Tahitian pearls are the most demanding. To choose a quality pearl over an imitation requires a great knowledge and skill. Luster is the most vital aspect of a pearl's quality. The more is the surface reflection the good is its luster. Pearl rings featuring the pearl alone or set with diamonds and other gemstones can be a great alternative as an engagement ring. Though pearl rings are rarely used as an engagement ring but one can take a chance and it is for sure that it would not go waste from receiving complements. Such pearl rings besides looking more gorgeous are more expensive than the traditional diamond ring that is sure to make the spouse feel proud. The reason cited behind expensiveness of pearl jewelry is that it is as difficult to set a pearl ring as it is easy to set a more durable mineral gem. You can also check the thickness of the nacre by rubbing it against your tooth, and feeling the roughness which will also help to get the perfect pearl ring of your dreams.

The Value of Pearls – A Quick Guide For Beginners


Ever since the ancient Egyptians first started creating jewelry, pearls have become one of the highest regarded gemstones. Even today pearls still hold their value due to the rarity of “mother nature” creating this form of jewelry. The prices of pearls though, have confused many novice buyers. Few seem to understand how one strand of pearls can cost them $300, while another similar looking piece can cost $40. Just like diamonds, there are many factors that contribute to the price of a pearl. There are two main types of pearls, those that occur naturally and those that are cultured. Naturally occurring pearls hold a significant value due to the rarity of pearls being produced. Of the 8,000 or so species of oysters, only about 20 of those are able to constantly produce pearls. For the most part the pearls these oysters do produce, few maintain a round or spherical shape. Somewhere in the 19th centaury science found a way to produce synthetically. These are called cultured pearls. Most of today’s pearl jewelry is made in this way. The process involves surgically implanting the agent that causes the process of creating the pearl and creating a farm like environment for their stable of oysters. Although each variety of oysters creates a different style of pearl, cultured pearls are easily able to create the spherical shape most consumers desire. It is extremely difficult for the most experienced jeweller to determine the difference between natural and cultured pearls. The only real way to tell the difference is through submitting the pearl to an x-ray. A natural pearl will show the internal formations and stages of its growth, while a cultured pearl will have a solid center with no evidence of growth. As far as value for your dollar is concerned, a cultured pearl goes a far way since nobody will be able to tell the difference. The size of the pearl will also have a bearing on price. In general the size is measured using the diameter of the pearl and expressed in millimetres. Even a millimetre difference can create a 100 percent or more difference in value. Size also goes hand in hand with the shape of the pearl. The ideal shape is supposed to be perfectly round. However, using irregular shapes can reduce the price of the pearl and in some cases improve the uniqueness of the jewelry. Most of the common shapes are oval, tear dropped or look button like. Other factors in the price of a pearl are color, lustre and its surface. Ideally the perfect pearl would be silvery white, very reflective and contain no surface blemishes. Although color is a personal preference and pearls come in a variety of colors both naturally and syntactically. In the end though, what really matters is how the individual feels about the particular piece of jewelry. If the pearls are to be enjoyed instead of an investment piece, than none of the grading rules jewellers use really matter. What does matter though, is that the color and size of the pearls perfectly complement the owner’s beauty and grace.

Crash Course In Pearl Selection


What could be more beautiful, more traditional, more right than watching your bride walk down the aisle adorned in pearls? But buying fine jewelry for the woman of your dreams may seem to be a daunting task. Let me make it easy for you. There is nothing more beautiful to complement a wedding dress than a stunning strand of pearls. Since pearls come in a variety of shapes, colors and overtones they are the versatile, perfect choice to support any wedding theme. Among the various types of pearls there is nothing more classic than a Bride in a white flowing gown, her neck draped with dazzling Akoya pearls known for their brilliant luster, elegance and infinite versatility. With uniformly round shapes, exceptional luster, shimmering orient, and an array of natural colors such as peach, lavender and white Cultured Freshwater Pearls are sure to charm and surprise your beautiful bride who’s looking for a more modern and contemporary wedding. And if you’re looking for something truly one of a kind then Tahitian Pearls in a tantalizing array of bold colors such as peacock, pistachio green and silver are perfect for an exotic wedding. Even White or Golden South Sea is sure to enhance the beauty of your bride. Pearls are available in different grades and the buyer must bear some knowledge while selecting perfect pearl for your bride. Choose the right grade for your brides pearl jewelry. There are various grades that categorize pearls into different qualities. 1. A/A+: “A” quality is the lowest quality that is commercially available with wrinkles, small cracks, white or brownish spots, dimples and other nasty blemishes on their surface. They will be off-shape and only moderately matched. 2. AA: This quality pearls are near round in shape will have fair to good luster and the matching is done well. 3. AA+: Pearls of this quality are found perfectly round and well matched. The luster will be slightly sharper than the AA pearl and can be determined if can see your reflection in the pearl and some background detail. 4. AAA: Pearls of this quality are said to be ‘gem-quality’ pearl as it has less than 5% inclusions over its surface, and also can be completely free of inclusions with luster that sharper than AA+ quality. They have a glowing surface that is slightly translucent. There is little to no variation in shapes and matching of a strand. 5. HANADAMA: The term Hanadama is synonymous with rose color and vendors call them the flower pearls because of their rose colors, which lend proof to the fact that Hanadama is simply an identifying characteristic of color assuming the pearls have good luster and nacre. These are the absolute best Akoya pearls that you can buy. It an be concluded that with a little crash course in pearl selection, you are ready to select the best pearl jewelry that she will treasure for a lifetime!

All About Celtic Jewelry



The Celts have a long history full of traditions and rituals. An extension of these traditions that lives on today is Celtic jewelry. A reflection of their rich history and culture, Celtic jewelry make beautiful Celtic jewelry that usually consist of intricate Celtic symbols and designs. Celtic rings, for example, have very intricate patterns of knots, spirals, chevrons and scrolls with each carrying it's own meaning. Such uniquely designed jewelry possess irresistable charm and appeal to both men and women of all cultures, not just the Irish. Well-made, authentic Celtic jewelry make perfect gifts for anyone who loves jewelry. Many jewelry designs of the ancient Celts carry great significance. We will explore the most popular jewelry designs and the meanings behind them. First, the Celtic spiral. The Celtic spiral represents eternity. Spirals are a common Celtic symbol and any type of jewelry can have a spiral inscribed. Next we have the Celtic cross, which came about two centuries before the Christian cross. It is a popular piece of jewelry that is believed to increase knowledge, wisdom, and fortitude. Another popular design used in Celtic jewelry are Celtic knots. The intricacy of these designs make them both fashionable and timeless jewelry works of art. There is no definite information on the actual meaning of looping Celtic knots but these are believed to ward off evil spirits or bring eternity and interconnectedness to its wearer. The lack of documentation on these designs simply add to the mystery and widespread appeal of these wonderful jewelry pieces. Claddagh rings are beloved Celtic symbols and its meaning is the well-documented. Claddagh designs consist of a heart (representing love) and are topped by a crown (representing loyalty) which are both held by two hands (representing friendship). It should certainly be of no surprise that Claddagh rings make popular engagement and wedding bands. The symbolism and beauty of these rings have resulted in a growth of newlyweds-to-be buying these as wedding rings around the world. It is also known to be a great gift between good friends. Often, the gift is given along with the saying "Let love and friendship reign". How a Claddagh ring is worn carries deep significance as well. When the ring is worn on the right hand with the heart facing outward, it shows that the wearer is unattached. If the heart is turned inward, it shows that he or she is already attached. When the ring is worn on the left hand with the heart turned inward, it shows two loves joined in marriage. With the timeless elegance and history behind Celtic jewelry, it is certainly an excellent reason for anyone looking for jewelry to choose it over traditional jewelry pieces for their loved one.

Coin Jewelry History




Coin Jewelry can be divided into two major categories: whole coins and cut coins. This article will seek to give the origin of and details about both types. Whole coin jewelry has most likely been around since coins were first invented. It is thought that Egyptians would decorate their soldiers with medals similar to coins of their day. And, as long as soldiers and civilians have been traveling, the coins of other nations have been a great souvenir to take back home. Travelers would have coins finished whole or with added engravings to be used as necklaces and rings. The other type of coin jewelry is commonly referred to as cut coins. Coin cutting was probably first seen in the 1600's when men would pierce and cut coins to impress their lovers. Since that time cutting coins has become a serious form of craftsmanship that is currently producing some truly unique pieces of jewelry. When cutting coins, craftsman start with a whole coin and then pierce the coin with small holes. A very fine tooth jeweler's saw is then inserted into these holes and worked until the main figure of the coin is released. This allows the central figure of the coin to be featured and seen by itself. The coins can then be left in its base metal or covered in gold or silver or, often times, both. The two-tone finish allows the intricacies of both the coin and the craftsmanship to be shown. From here the coin can be taken to it final form as a pendant, earrings, tie tacks, money clips or rings. Whether it is whole or cut, coin jewelry is becoming quite popular. Many people purchase them to be used as a beautiful accessory, as a show of national pride or as a collection item specifically fit to their hobby or interests. To be worn especially as an accessory, there are lovely butterfly, delicate flowers, and bold suns, all worn as pendants or earrings. One of the most popular pieces is a stunning coin from Barbados, the ten dollar coin with features Neptune with a trident in his hand. When people want to purchase something to show their national pride, the Irish and Polish coins are popular and, of course, any of the American coins, with the new state quarters being a unique way to show state pride. Finally, there are a huge number of coins for those with particular interests or hobbies. Whether it is cats or dogs, panda bears or any type of sport, there is a coin that will match most any interest. These are just a few of the vast number of coins that are available in cut coin jewelry. So whether it is a whole coin or one desig

Fashionable Celtic Jewelry


For fashion lovers, just wearing the latest clothing, shoes, and accessories is not enough. Over two thousand years ago, the Celtic people adorned themselves with handcrafted jewelry made from precious metals and stones. Today, people's desire for fine jewelry has only grown. For many, their fashion ensemble simply isn't complete without some form of jewelry adorning their neck or wrists. While any jewelry may do, it is best to invest in jewelry pieces with designs that will be loved even after five generations. This is where Celtic jewelry offers something very unique and different that other jewelry do not possess. Celtic jewelry dates back to the time before Christ in the form of the Celtic cross. Despite having been designed so long ago, Celtic jewelry maintains it's everlasting luster as a fashionable piece of jewelry worn by many. One does not have to be Irish or Scottish to wear Celtic jewelry as Irish jewelry. The symbolism and metaphysical connotations of the ancient designs found in Celtic rings and other Celtic jewelry make them increasingly popular items to give as gifts and to consummate wedding vows. The intricate designs in Celtic jewelry are an everlasting reminder of the proud traditions of the Celts. Many of the popular Celtic symbols have their own meaning that are as timeless as the jewelry design and Celtic jewelry's popularity will only grow more with time. Celtic jewelry enables the jewelry wearer to express their unique personality. In particular, custom handcrafted Celtic jewelry trumps mass-produced jewelry any day simply because it can be tailored to your preferences. For more affordable options, you can go with existing, pre-designed Celtic jewelry that is made to your size such as Celtic rings and add your own personal touch to it such as an engraving. Celtic jewelry comes in different forms. Celtic crosses, mentioned earlier, is a form of popular Celtic jewelry. One of the most popular forms comes in rings. Celtic rings and Claddagh rings are very often used in special occasions such as an engagement or a wedding. Celtic engagement rings and Celtic wedding rings are perfect jewelry for such occasions because of their timeless charm and deep meanings. Other jewelry you will find are Celtic pendants and earrings. Celtic rings and jewelry can also be found made out of silver. This makes it an affordable option for those jewelry lovers on a budget. Oftentimes, these are mass-market versions of these fine handcrafted jewelry. If you are truly serious about buying Celtic jewelry that will be treasured for generations though, buying jewelry made out of precious metals such as gold and platinum are highly recommended. Celtic jewelry also includes precious stones such as diamonds, sapphires, and rubies as in the case of Celtic rings, Celtic earrings, and Celtic pendants. Whether Celtic jewelry is to be given as a gift or to be used in a wedding, it makes any fashion outfit perfect. Since Celtic jewelry never goes out of style, you can be assured that it will match any outfit of the current times.

The Art of Organic Jewelry


If gold and silver jewelry is too expensive, then organic jewelry can provide the same decoration for a much cheaper price. Organic jewelry started from the Native Americans by using connecting simple seashells together. Today, organic jewelry has evolved into a major role in the fashion industry. The most popular type of organic jewelry today would be in the form of pearls. Where do pearls come from? Pearls come from an irritation in an oyster's shell. The irritation is then covered with calcium carbonate which after many years turns into a pearl. Pearls were first used for jewelry by the Native Americans that first settled the land. Thousands of years later, they are now considered a must-have fashion accessory. Pearls are used in many forms of jewelry including Necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Pearl necklaces are very popular, and they come in a variety of forms such as Bib, Choker, Matinee, Opera, Princess, and Rope. Pearl bracelets also work very well as fabulous fashion accessories. The classic single strand of different pearls can be used to match any outfit. You can never go wrong with a pearl ring. A gorgeous pearl ring set with gold or sterling silver will made any woman happy. If pearls are not your thing, there are many other forms of organic jewelry such as bamboo and hardwood. Bamboo is not considered a type of wood, but is instead a type of grass. There are many types of bamboo that are yellow, tan, green, brown, and even purple providing a great fashion accessory. The most common use of bamboo for organic jewelry is earrings. Although they are relatively easy to take care for, the wearer has to re oil the earring periodically for easy insertion. If you like designs, bamboos can have great designs burnt in them. The best part is that bamboo earrings only cost around fifteen dollars. A more expensive alternative to bamboo is actual hardwood. Wood plugs are usually hand crafted and each piece is unique. Plugs work best on dry areas of the body like ears and might cause an allergic reaction. Like bamboo, hardwood jewelry has to be re oiled from time to time. Common oils used are olive oil, peanut oil, and jojoba oil. There are six major types of wood used for jewelry: Chakte Kok, Chechon, Ebony, Granadillo, Katalox and Maple each of these a different color. ChakteKok is a glowing reddish yellow and is lightweight. Chechen is brown and gives a natural look. Ebony is black and is the heaviest. Grandillo is dark brown. Katalox is very dark brown and is almost black. Katalox is the rarest type and is hard to obtain. Maple is light brown and is almost yellow. If you're interested in wood plugs, they come in many different shapes: Saddle shaped, cylinder shaped, flared, nail shaped, taper shaped, and spike shaped. When ordering wood plugs, you must specify in diameter and length. These are just a few examples of modern organic jewelry. There are many other types of organic jewelry including bones, horns, stone, and amber. While each type of organic jewelry is different, they all serve as a great alternative to expensive silver and gold jewelry.

Fine Jewelry: A Classic, Beautiful Gift


Fine jewelry can sound like an intimidating gift to give. There’s so much to know, both about the person you’re giving it to and the jewelry you are buying. You want to get good value for your money while finding something that will be worn regularly. One trick is to look at what he or she wears regularly. Any favorite jewelry? Favorite colors? Trendy or conservative style? Any hobbies or interests? You want to focus on the things you already know. Let’s start with an example. You’re a man buying a gift for his wife. Married 10 years, 2 kids. She wears very simple jewelry, mostly gold and diamonds. Here are a few suggestions: • A 3-stone diamond pendant, earrings or ring. These are very popular right now. • A mother’s ring. While it’s probably going to be more colorful than what she normally wears, a mother’s ring is a beautiful way for her to celebrate being a mother. • A right hand ring. These are diamond rings that are intended for the right hand. They’re quite popular right now and available in a nice range of styles. Here’s another example. You’ve been dating a woman for a while, not ready to get engaged yet, but would like to buy her some jewelry. She’s very trendy, loves to wear bright colors and seems to wear a different piece of jewelry every day. • Dangling gemstone earrings. Pick the color based on what you think would look good on her. Briolettes are popular in dangling earrings right now. It’s a cut of gemstone that looks quite lovely hanging down. • A watch. Find a watch that suits her style. If she wears more delicate jewelry, one with a thinner strap is appropriate. If she prefers larger jewelry, she will probably prefer a larger watch. • No rings! If you aren’t ready to propose marriage, don’t confuse things even with a gemstone ring. I’ve seen those get misinterpreted. Definitely, DEFINITELY do not buy a diamond ring if you aren’t proposing. Guys, I’m not forgetting that women sometimes shop for you, so here goes. You want to get the man in your life some jewelry. Like most men, he tends to wear very little jewelry, and what he does is most often functional, like his watch and maybe one ring. • A dress watch. Get him something for your more elegant evenings out. • A heavy chain bracelet or necklace. Figaro links are quite popular with men. I suggest at least 5mm thick for most men. • A birthstone ring. This really isn’t as popular as the first two suggestions, but on the other hand it means it is less expected. It’s a way to give a little color. Fine jewelry is a gift meant to last a lifetime. While some people have a very hard time finding the perfect item to give, it doesn’t have to be as impossible as some feel it might be. The look of delight you are likely to get should make the challenge of shopping worth the time.

Wedding & Anniversary Gifts

Memories can invoke very strong emotions. At a young age our memories take hold and later in life these can be sparked by sights, sounds, touch, tastes, and smells. Special occasions tend to hold the deepest memories, ones birthdays', Christmas, first date, graduation, and matrimony, to a couple's first born and then the cycle begins again in another's memories.

The memory of ones wedding celebration marks a special passage of time. Ones own memories that were once exclusive to only you are now shared with another and the two become one in thought, emotion and in this way all future memories change and are never remembered again as exclusively your own. No longer is it "my" memories but "our" memories.

The yearly anniversary which now marks that sharing of time has such special meaning, over the years much thought has gone into the giving of gifts for a couple's wedding anniversary. This guide offers suggestions for gift giving for both men and women and insight into traditional and modern gifts and offers purchasing opportunities from trusted merchants that assisted in producing this guide.

Marriage Anniversary Gifts in the early years of marriage were small remembrances, or tokens, such as 1st (paper), 5th (wood), and 10th (tin). In later years of matrimony, gifts gained value (which tends to correspond with society status and professional security), including 15th (crystal), 20th (china), 25th (silver), and 50th (gold).

By the time her publication was reprinted in 1957, the growing importance of wedding anniversary celebrations in America required more guidance and the traditional gift list had been expanded to include all of the first 15 years, and multiples of five thereafter. Additionally, as 35 years had passed since the original publication modern alternatives were again added and updated to include more socially acceptable gift options.

The traditional and modern anniversary gift guides have changed very little during the past half-century where traditional gifts are deeply rooted in heritage yet modern gifts greatly assist to offset cultural differences. The giving of a gift to your partner on the memorable occasion of shared thought is so symbolic that this guide has been developed to assist making the occasion truly one worth marking the passage of time from here.

The right gift can bring a sparkle to every eye and can delight the hearts of all. Our Anniversary Guide will help you celebrate with gift ideas. The quick chart below tells you the Gemstone Anniversary Gifts for each year.

01 Anniversary - Gold Jewelry

02 Anniversary - Garnet Rings

03 Anniversary - Pearls

04 Anniversary - Blue Topaz

05 Anniversary - Sapphire

06 Anniversary - Amethyst

07 Anniversary - Onyx Rings

08 Anniversary - Tourmaline

09 Anniversary - Lapis Rings

10 Anniversary - Diamonds

11 Anniversary - Jewelry

12 Anniversary - Pearls

13 Anniversary - Citrine

14 Anniversary - Gold Jewelry

15 Anniversary - Ruby Rings

20 Anniversary - Platinum

25 Anniversary - Silver

30 Anniversary - Pearl

35 Anniversary - Jade

40 Anniversary - Ruby

45 Anniversary - Sapphire Rings

50 Anniversary - Gold

55 Anniversary - Emerald Rings

60 Anniversary - Diamond Rings

65 Anniversary - Diamond

Gold Karats FAQ part 3 – how to tell the difference between real gold and fake gold.

The final part (part 3) of this guide will explain how to test if gold is genuine or is gold plated. It doesn’t matter if you bought it from a regular jewelry store, online jewelry store or the markets, there is a lot of jewelry out there that is said to be what it’s not.

It’s not just fake gold you need to look out for. Some sellers prey on consumers that don’t know the difference between gold plated jewellery, gold filled jewelry and solid gold jewellery. There are 3 other parts to my Gold Karats FAQ Guide. The other two parts can be found at my website which is listed at the end of this article.

Understand the terms

To learn about these differences go to Gold Karats FAQ guide parts 1 & 2.

Understanding how to test gold and the different types of gold will help avoid paying too much for your next piece of fine karat gold jewelry at an online jewelry store or an offline fine jewelry store.

The first thing you should do is educate yourself about the differences between gold plated and gold filled jewellery. Then you will at least be able to ask the seller and understand what these terms mean.

The easiest way to test gold.

I would say that the most reliable and easiest way to test if you have real gold is to take it to a jewellery store. Some online jewellery stores may also offer this service.

Testing Gold Yourself:

Electronic Gold Tester These start at around US$100 and can be found by searching the internet for ‘gold tester’. To do this test you buy an electronic tester. It normally involves putting a clip onto the item and then placing the item in an acid. The tester then tells you what karat of gold it is.

This is a non-destructive test and can be accurate depending on the money spent on the tester.

Using a Testing Stone You can also buy these for around US$60. You rub the jewelry on the test stone leaving tiny fraction of the gold behind.

You then rub a gold test needle onto the stone near the gold sample. After this, you apply the appropriate acid as directed. If it is gold is will dissolve.

Acid Test this is reliable too. This allows you to distinguish if the piece is solid karat gold or just gold plated.

Using a very small file, file into the jewellery. Choose a spot which is inconspicuous. You then apply the appropriate acid. The gold will react to the acid. The kit will have instructions as to the reaction you are looking for.

Acids are very dangerous and the appropriate precautions should always be taken. This advice is of a general nature. Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before attempting these tests. Most online jewelry stores won’t ship these kits overseas as the acids are dangerous chemicals.

Gold Karats FAQ part 2 Conclusion

I hope you’ve learnt a lot from this gold karats FAQ guide.

In Gold Karats FAQ guide part 3, learn how to avoid getting ripped off learn to test what is real gold and what is fake.

If you missed Gold Karats FAQ Guide part 1 I discussed what karat gold is, what fine gold is, what solid gold is and what hallmarks are.

Gold Karats FAQ - 4 essential facts you must know about karat gold before making your next purchase – part 2


There are many different types of gold available from regular jewelry stores and online jewellery stores in Australia and around the world. Understanding the difference will help you make a better informed decision when purchasing your next piece of fine karat gold jewelry. This is why I’ve put together this gold karats FAQ guide. As there is quite a lot to this subject, I’ve broken the Gold Karats FAQ Guide into 3 parts. The other two parts can be found in the author bio below. Gold Colour The first thing I want to explain to you in the gold karats FAQ guide is the different gold colours. The most common gold colours found at online jewelry stores & offine fine jewellery stores is yellow gold, followed by white gold and rose gold. There are other colours available but these are less common. The colour of the gold doesn’t make a difference to the gold content (karat rating). This is because the alloy has the same amount of gold in it. The gold is mixed with different metals to achieve different colours. Yellow gold can vary in colour. 18k yellow gold will have a brighter yellow colour compared to 9k gold. Rose gold is achieved normally by mixing pure gold with other metals such as cooper into it. White gold is made by mixing pure gold with metals such as silver and palladium. It is often coated with a metal named “rhodium”. The rhodium gives jewellery a really white appearance. White gold jewellery normally needs to re-rhodium coated every 12-18 months. Your local jewelry store and even some online jewelry stores can easily do this for a reasonable price. When comparing metals of the same karat, white gold tends to be a little more expensive. Gold Plated Jewellery (also known as GEP or GP) Gold plated jewellery describes jewellery that has a layer of gold applied to a base metal by an electrolytic process. This gives a look similar to karat gold. The gold plating will wear off after time. Gold plated jewellery is a cheap alternative. This type of jewellery is widely available and can be found at online jewellery stores, online accessory stores and offline stores. Gold Filled Jewellery (also known as Gold Overlay) Gold filled jewellery is a solid layer of gold bonded with heat and pressure to a base metal such as brass. Gold filled jewellery is a great cost effective alternative to solid gold jewellery. Unlike gold plated jewellery, good quality gold filled jewellery wears as well as solid karat gold and has the same look and lustre. For more about solid gold jewelry, see gold karat FAQ guide part 1. The layer of gold in gold filled jewellery must be 1/20th of the total weight of the product. This layer is 50 to 100,000 times thicker that gold plated jewellery. Hardness The difference in gold content also affects the gold’s hardness. 18k gold is slightly harder than 9k gold but this difference in hardness offers little practical advantage as they are virtually the same hardness. However, overall, 18k gold does tend to wear a little better over the years. Most online jewellery stores & regular fine jewellery stores would advise you to choose 18k gold for a wedding band as it wears a little better.

Gold Karats FAQ - 4 essential facts you must know before buying gold jewellery - Part 1


There are many different types of gold available from regular jewelry stores and online jewellery stores. Understanding the difference will help you make a better informed decision when purchasing your next piece of fine karat gold jewellery. This is why I’ve put together this Gold Karats FAQ guide. As there is quite a lot to this subject, I’ve broken the Gold Karats FAQ Guide into 3 parts. They all can be found at my website in the author bio at the end of this article. What does the term Karats refer to when describing Gold? The first thing we need to cover in part 1 of Gold Karats FAQ guide is that the “K” in 9K or 10k gold stands for karats. Not to be confused with Carat (Ct), which is the unit of weight measurement for gemstones. Karats is a measurement of the content of gold. Online Jewellery stores & regular jewelry stores rarely sell gold karats jewellery made from pure gold as gold is considered a soft metal and is too soft for everyday use. Mixing the gold with other metals hardens it and makes it more durable and less likely to bend. The result is “karat gold”. Pure fine gold jewellery would also be too expensive for the average consumer. Mixing gold also produces different coloured golds – see gold karats FAQ part 2 or go to our online jewellery store australia for more information regarding gold colours. So “karat” is the content of gold used in a gold alloy in jewellery. i.e : 9k gold contains 37.5% pure gold (375 parts per thousand parts). 10k gold contains 41.7% pure gold (417 part per thousand parts)(include 10k) 14k gold contains 58.5% pure gold (585 parts per thousand parts). 18k gold contains 75% pure gold (750 parts per thousand parts). The most common karat gold used in Australia is 9k and 18k. 18k is more expensive than 9k as it has a higher gold content. Both these types can be found at online fine jewellery stores and bricks and mortar fine jewellery stores. In the USA, 10k & 14k gold are most popular. Gold Stamps (hallmarks) The next thing to cover in this gold karats FAQ guide is the hallmark. Karat gold is normally stamped (hallmarked) to indicate the type. E.g. 9k gold would either be stamped 9k or 375, 18k gold would be stamped either 18k or 750. The stamp doesn’t indicate the colour of the gold, it only refers to the gold content. Most countries have laws requiring gold alloys be stamped with one of the standard hallmarks. This said, a halkmark doesn’t mean the item is what is says it is. Hallmarks should not be confused with a manufacturing stamp which is unique to the manufacturer. What is Fine Gold? You will see offline and online the terms fine gold jewellery, fine gold & fine jewelry. What do these terms mean? They normally refer to karat gold. In other words, fine gold jewellery is jewellery that is not gold plated. What is Solid Gold? You will see the term solid gold mentioned at online jewelry stores and at regular fine jewellery stores. Gold is normally named solid gold when it is karat gold or fine gold. For example 9k, 10k, 14k, 18k and 22k gold is often said to be solid gold. Jewellery is not considered solid gold if it is gold plated.

Body Piercing Jewelry


The Bible mentions that body piercing was popular amongst nomadic tribes approximately 2000 years ago. Whereas, at some places like Egypt only people from the royal family could get body piercing done. Various reasons have been associated with different cultures and different castes for getting body piercing. For example, it was a symbol for strength for roman warriors, who had a practical approach towards body piercing. Whereas body piercing jewelry was just a way of beauty enhancement in some other cultures.

In the Medieval times, the art of body piercing was condemned by the masses and was banned by a few communities. But it regained popularity again. People started using body jewelry as a way of showing off their wealth and status by wearing a lot of jewelry and getting body piercings done. About a decade ago, body piercing jewelry was considered to be a symbol for rebellious and hip youth. In the recent times, relevance of body jewelry has changed a lot.

Current Scenarios of body piercing and body piercing jewelry

Interestingly, there are different societal and personal attitudes attached to modern day body piercing and body piercing jewelry in the current times. While ear piercings and nose piercings have been very popular since the ancient times in countries like India etc., The other forms of body piercings had different reasons for coming into being. Mostly, it became a way of enhancing beauty and adorning the body. It soon became a fashion statement amongst youngsters and people saw it as a form of self expression and body art. For some, it became a way of increasing sexual pleasures or for sexual stimulation. Gay men get body piercings done for identification. These days, there are a lot of stores available for body jewelry and body piercing jewelry and several celebrities sport them as well.

Different kinds of body piercing jewelry:

1) Naval Piercing Jewelry
Naval piercing, also known as belly piercing is a very popular form of body piercing. Naval is considered to be very seductive. Increasingly, many women sport interesting belly buttons and belly piercing jewelry to adorn themselves.

2) Nostril Piercing Jewelry
Nose piercing has been prevalent since ages. Till date, it is a very unique form of body piercing popular amongst youngsters. Stars like Madonna and Lenny Kravitz also sport nostril body piercing and wear piercing jewelry.

3) Nipple Piercing Jewelry
Nipple piercing has also been in existence since the ancient times. Nowadays too, many people get this form of body piercing done as it enhances sensual stimulations.

4) Ear Piercing Jewelry
Ear piercing jewelry is the most common and most popular forms of body piercing. Ear piercing is popular all round the world amongst both men and women.

5) Labret Piercing Jewelry
You can sport trendy piercing jewelry on your labret piercing for enhancing beauty. It is very popular form of body piercing in Central America.

6) Eyebrow Piercing Jewelry
Eyebrow piercing too is also a very popular form of body piercing amongst the youth since a long time. Many celebrities sport it too.

7) Tongue Piercing Jewelry
This is a very interesting form of body piercing. Celebrities like Janet Jackson and Mel B of Spice Girls wear tongue piercing jewelry.

Materials used for body piercing and body piercing jewelry

In the ancient times materials like wood, metals etc. were used for making body piercing rings, body piercing jewelry etc. These days, there are a variety of materials being used for making body jewelry and body piercing jewelry like semi-precious stones, steel, bronze, silver, titanium, gold, diamonds etc. Stress is laid on quality standards as it is now a very popular fashion statement. Gold and diamonds are increasingly being used for this purpose, as they are a store house of value and are more trendy and elegant at the same time.

Knowledge and after-care

You must be well aware of body piercing procedures, healing process and the after-care in order to enjoy your body piercing.
Also, make sure you get your body piercing done from a professional.
Confirm the quality of your body piercing jewelry before buying it. Make sure you obtain extensive knowledge about the store you are buying your body piercing jewelry from.
Quality standards are of a great deal of importance in body piercing jewelry to avoid any problems in maintaining and after-care of your body piercings and body piercing jewelry.