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Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Questions, worlds largest diamond, gems and minerals
worlds largest diamond, gems and minerals, crystal habit: HI SAMANTHA, THESE ARE A WHOLE LOT OF QUESTIONS. SO HERE IS THE SHORT COURSE IN GEMOLOGY: 1. REAL GOLD IS VERY DENSE AND WEIGHS A LOT MORE THAN FOOLS GOLD (IRON PYRITE). IT IS ALSO SOFTER AND MORE YELLOW THAN THE FOOLS GOLD. IF YOU WERE TO SEE THEM SIDE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QVC Jewelry, hsn, qvc
hsn, qvc, bloomingdales: SAM, I TEND TO AGREE WITH YOU. HANDS ON IS THE BEST WAY TO BUY. HOWEVER, I DID MANUFACTURE JEWELRY FOR QVC AND HSN IN THAILAND AND WE PUT TOGETHER A FAIRLY GOOD LINE. THE QUALITY IS NOT WHAT IT SEEMS TO BE. THE PRICE THEY SELL FOR IS 2 TO THREE TIMES WHAT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QVC plum garnet bracelet, garnet bracelet, tennis bracelets
garnet bracelet, tennis bracelets, qvc: HI CANDACE, I CAN APPRECIATE THE DESIRE TO GET ANOTHER BRACELET BUT I NEED A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION. HOW MANY AND WHAT SHAPE STONES? ANY DIAMONDS? SILVER OR SILVER WITH GOLD PLATE? DO YOU HAVE A PICTURE? THERE ARE MANY MANUFACTURERS THAT MAKE TENNIS BRACELETS....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QVC and ShopNBC inheiritance, retail jewelry store, gemstone rings
retail jewelry store, gemstone rings, gold chains: HI GAYLE, IT CERTAINLY IS A DILLEMA. YOU CAN NEVER GET THE PRICE THAT YOUR MOM PAID FOR THE JEWELRY. EVEN IF IT WAS BOUGHT IN A JEWELRY STORE THEY DON T SELL FOR WHAT A RETAIL JEWELRY STORE CAN GET. THE ONLY WAY TO GET WHAT YOU MAY THINK IS A FAIR PRICE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: quality of gold ring, 10k jewelry, ebay
10k jewelry, ebay, legitimate complaint: Patti, the marks in your ring are consistent with the legal markings for rings sold in the USA. The law requires that if a karat stamp is there, so must also be the maker s mark. With your ring, I belive it is 10k and the stamp for the manufacturer is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: quality of gold, jewelry store, white gold
jewelry store, white gold, casters: Hi Lisa, You are absoultley right. Legally the ring is supposed to be hallmarked with the casters logo and the caratage as well. If you had the ring sized is is possible that the jeweler removed it. In Europe the hallmark is on the outside of the item...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question dated 10/02/06 Ring, browser address, address field
browser address, address field, px: Hello Denise - No, I did not get a picture of the ring. You can send a picture to me at wjarrett4303@charter.net and make sure it is in jpg format not over 500 px. You could also send a photo to one of the online appraiser sites listed below http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a question about a gold mark, time karen, gold mark
time karen, gold mark: Dear Karen, I am not familiar with14KB. But what the necklace might have stamped on it is 14K P - which indicates that it is plumb gold. or at a minimum 14KT. This procedure and stamp was instituted by the U.S. government to tighten the rules by which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question on white gold/ nickel, gold wedding band, christina white
gold wedding band, christina white, 10k white gold: Christina- White gold is yellow gold mixed with alloys such as Nickel(most popular) palladium,silver etc......Perhaps a higher content of gold as opposed to 41.7 (10KT) would not have a reaction ? just a thought. 18kt white gold or a pure metal such as platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: questions, iron pyrite, lengthy paragraphs
iron pyrite, lengthy paragraphs, ruby and sapphire: Kimberley, out of the 11 questions you are asking (9 is two questions)some of the answers are more complex than you might realise. I will try and answer some of your questions but I m not prepared to go into lengthy paragraphs which in many cases is what is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: questions, precious stone, emeralds
precious stone, emeralds, rubies: 1 they do not look the same..also make a gold test.. 2 because it is perfect.. 3 look it up..diamond is worth more than amber 4 fron different minerals that make them up...copper makes blue 5 same as above 6. more rare.. 7. pressure heat time 8.same...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rare Australian Ocean Jasper, pear shape, australian ocean
pear shape, australian ocean, jasper: HI FIONA, YOUR PEAR SHAPED PIECE OF AUSTRALIAN OCEAN JASPER SOUNDS VERY ATTRACTIVE. I AS AN APPRAISER MUST ACTUALLY SEE THE PIECE TO GVE IT A TRUE VALUE IN MY ESTIMATION. HOWEVER I CAN SAY THAT THIS TYPE OF JASPER IS NOT EXTREMELY VALUEABLE. JASPER IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rarity of Calcite, limestone rocks, calcium carbonate
limestone rocks, calcium carbonate, oolite: Hello Will, Calcite (calcium carbonate), a common mineral and the main constituent of limestone rocks. Semi-hard and white or colourless, although it can be coloured by impurities, it occurs in several forms: crystalline, massive concretionary as in stalactites,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Raymond weil watch, raymond weil fidelio, raymond weil watch
raymond weil fidelio, raymond weil watch, gold watch: Hello Paul and thank you for your inquiry. I am not familiar with this type of watch, but I found a website that does sell this brand http://www.thewatchery.com/Watches.asp?Brand=24&Gender=All&source=google Just copy and paste the above url into your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: REAL Diamonds vs.Moissanite, diamond stud earrings, diamond substitute
diamond stud earrings, diamond substitute, diamond worth: Hi Alison. Moissanite is very popular. People love it. It sells well. It is actually a little more brilliant and dispersive than a natural diamond, but it always has a little tinge of warmth to it. They are never completely colorless, they are a very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RESIZING A CHANNEL SET RING, princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond
princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond, finished design: I would think so, but it sounds like a difficult job, so it may be somewhat costly. I m not sure there would be gaps between the stones though. Next time you are at the mall stop by one of the jewelers there and ask. In order to make the determination of size,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re: 1933 Ring Marking, gold wedding band, 18k white gold
gold wedding band, 18k white gold, 18k white gold wedding band: G day Rebecca and many thanks for your query Lohengrin is a character from an Opera so maybe the person who had the item made also was an opera lover? There is NO KNOWN maker using that as a Maker s Mark. But you have to remember there is no central...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-guilding worn jewelry, worn jewelry, molten gold
worn jewelry, molten gold, uniform coating: Dear C Hornstein, thanks for this question. First of all, let s look at how a gold plate is applied to base metal earrings in the first place. That will help you see how this is not suited for a do-at-home project. ELECTROPLATE. Generally, most costume...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-Sizing Platinum engagement ring, platinum engagement ring, loose stones
platinum engagement ring, loose stones, bottom section: congratulations!!! this is a good question as sizing the ring smaller may loosen the diamonds depending on who is doing the sizing. An experienced jeweler will not bend the ring from the top section only the sides and bottom section and may leave the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-Sizing, skinny fingers, jewler
skinny fingers, jewler, paranoid person: Opps! The site says I did not respond to your follow-up on the silver band. I thought I sent it..for certain. Another question shows the same and I wonder if the site messed up. Wearing a silver band will cause no harm or create tarnish on the gold....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-sizing a ring, bench jewelers, jewelry work
bench jewelers, jewelry work, jewelry shops: Natasha, this qustion has almost as many answers as there are jewelry shops where rings are resized and repairs are done. Generally, where I work we promise items in a week and most often have the work done in 3 days. During busy seasons, like now going...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Real vs. Fake Hematite, hematite jewelry, waxy appearance
hematite jewelry, waxy appearance, magnetic ring: Beth, the identification of mounted stones may be difficult, the exception being those which are carved as in cameo or intaglio designs. I will explain that a bit later. My first suggestion is to purchase the items from a seller who will assure you the hematite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Recognizing a diamond, cut diamond, steel knife
cut diamond, steel knife, quality steel: HI JIM, SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY HAVE SOMETHING THERE. ARE THERE ANY SCRATCHES ON IT? DOES IT SPARKLE WHEN HELD FACE UP? THE EASIEST THING TO DO IS TAKE IT TO A GEMOLOGIST AND SEE WHAT IT IS. THERE ARE MANY TESTS FOR DIAMONDS BUT IT WOULD TAKE A LOT TO EXPLAIN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Recognizing a diamond, cut diamond, steel knife
cut diamond, steel knife, quality steel: Hello, I have heard of tripping and chipping ones tooth on a diamond...? You need to find a gemologist ..i think many rocks scratch glass 5 carats is one gram...about the weight of an empty 1 x2 plastic bag...not much..? ...it just proves it is not glass..good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Recognizing a diamond, moshe levy, jewelery store
moshe levy, jewelery store, diamond tester: HI Jim, Thanks for your question Before you go on and cause some damage to something that might be very very expensive, walk into the closest jewelery store and ask them if they have a diamond tester. if they do, tell them you inherited this and ask if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Recutting Round Emerald, columbian emerald, steven covey
columbian emerald, steven covey, inclusions: David, I have to apologize. I answered the same day I got it. I not sure what happeded when I saw you were still listed I sent the last message just to get it off the list. As to your pictures. They are not good enough to really tell you what you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Recycling sterling silver jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, oxygen cylinders
sterling silver jewelry, oxygen cylinders, question karen: Hi Karen and thanks for this question. I will tell it like it is and hope you feel the answer fits the question. Karen, to make an item such as a bangle, you have to take the metal and form it by fabrication, including hammers and large steel “mandrels”...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Regarding a Necklace!!!, solid sterling, sterling silver
solid sterling, sterling silver, 24 karat: Hello, Just checking if you recieved my answer....?..and a thought ...if it is plated over Sterling Silver ..it should be a better quality piece.. regards rolfe hello, I am not an expert in this..but...first i am not sure how you can be sure it is plated...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Regarding a Necklaice, solid sterling, gold plating
solid sterling, gold plating, reputable source: Hi Tammy. It s impossible to put a value on something without seeing it. It s impossible to know if it s real without seeing it. Did you buy it from a reputable source? Do you have a reason not to trust them? Gold plating on sterling is VERY thin and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Regarding stone, money mysticism, emotional expressiveness
money mysticism, emotional expressiveness, diamond sun: Hello Great question..! Although I do not specialize in the use of gems...I do share your interest and always do my best to make those items available to my customers! For your interest, here is a summary of gems and their powers: http://www.users.qwest.net/~blackburns/StonesDiamondtoOnyx.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Remaking platinum rings, antiques of the future, platinum jewelry
antiques of the future, platinum jewelry, platinum rings: G day Brenda and many thanks for your query. Firstly I would just like to caution you against destroying the original set. You didn t say how old they were as you just inherited them, but if they are Antique, Vintage or Art Deco in Style (very popular between...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing 14K Electroplating, abrasive grits, household chemicals
abrasive grits, household chemicals, gold flash: Sharon, what you have is vermeil, pronounced ver-may . As you have noticed the gold flash plate is quite thin and will wear fairly quickly. The plate is so sensitive to heat that such jewelry cannot be soldered with jewelry solders to repair a break or other...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing 4pt Diamonds From Ring Bezel, google search, auction prices
google search, auction prices, internet auction: Follow-Up: I checked on sellers of mountings suitable for a Non-jeweler and these roughly boil down to a few choices, all of which have “precut” stone seats or notches for the stones to seat into the mounting. There is not much available in the sizes you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing gold electropating from a silver watch, scotch brite, buffing wheel
scotch brite, buffing wheel, abrasive pad: Good day, Caroline. Thanks for this question. The mark “925” is a legally recognized “quality mark” for sterling silver. If indeed that is what you have, the silver should be no different than silver used in jewelry or sterling tableware. To properly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing Rhodium plating on silver, google search, copper nickel
google search, copper nickel, brassy spots: As mentioned in the first reply to you and your question, two methods would likely be used to remove the plate from your jewelry. First, be certain the rings are silver and not some other metal underneath. Are the rings stamped with a “sterling” or “925”...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing rhodium plating from yellow gold bracelet, tennis bracelet, one god
tennis bracelet, one god, gold bracelet: Kelly, generally the only way to effectively remove rhodium plating is by abrasive means. That simply says the plate must be buffed away! Most plated surfaces can be removed by something called electro stripping , a process like electroplating in reverse....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repair, replacement stones, costume pieces
replacement stones, costume pieces, costume jewelry: Dear Cindy, I would suggest that you call a fine jeweler in your area that does repairs and explain that you have costume jewelry that needs fixing. The skills and equipment needed to fix costume jewelry is largely the same. But so is the cost of the labor...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repair of a Channel Set Ring, stone replacements, wax pattern
stone replacements, wax pattern, expensive jewelry: Diana, replacing a broken or lost baguette is certainly not easy work, even for a skilled jeweler. Much has to do with how the original was set. Why? You did say channel set. Well, nowadays,the hand done channel setting is done in some jewelry with neat channels...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repair, replacement stones, matt hope
replacement stones, matt hope, costume jewelry: Thank you for your inquiry. Sometimes it is difficult to replace stones but below is an online source I can recommend. Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter. You will need to have a millimeter gauge to size your stone. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing broken part of quartz/silver pendant, fork prong, quartz point
fork prong, quartz point, silver layer: Irmgard, This pendant is interesting in metaphysical properties and in design. From what you have described and from what the jeweler said, there are two possibilities I can gather about the construction. First, what the jeweler seems to be considering...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing a gold link bracelet, fishing swivels, thin areas
fishing swivels, thin areas, worn areas: Hi Stephanie, From the description, the bracelet is a unique design and one I would like, since fishing is one activity I love but do too little. Now, let s look at some repair options. Is the bracelet made of sterling silver and gold? I ask this because...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing vintage jewelry, r allen hardy, great grandmother
r allen hardy, great grandmother, vintage jewelry: Hello Robin - Repairing and restoring vintage jewelry can be a rewarding experience. There are a lot of books on the subject - one I can recommend is The Jewelry Repair Manual by R. Allen Hardy. You can find some other good books at amazon.com. I can also...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Replacement earring, steep learning curve, milling capabilities
steep learning curve, milling capabilities, jewelry production: Hi Jim and thanks for this interesting question. Currently the place I work has a Cad/CAM program but none of us are yet adept at using it. This will take some on-hands training for sure. Some of the “3D” modeling programs are born with a steep learning...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Replacing a damaged stone, blue topaz, quality range
blue topaz, quality range, ebay: Hello I am not that familiar with blue topaz ..but I went to eBay and searched and there are hundreds of auctions with very low priced stones only ..what you need to know is what the quality range is ,, and how tha relates to price ..try Google.com also......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Replacing prongs and tips, ball shape, small diamonds
ball shape, small diamonds, unsatisfactory work: G day Emily and many thanks for your query There are two methods of repairing claws or prongs and that depends on how bad they were in the first place. Some jewellers may simply add to the existing claw while others may file away the claw completely and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resale of diamond ring, brilliant cut diamonds, brilliant cut diamond
brilliant cut diamonds, brilliant cut diamond, gold diamond ring: Hi Nina, Thank You for writing. Diamonds don t loose their value they gain or increase in value. Depending on where your from would count greatly on what the ring is worth. Tell your mom. 1. She needs to get the ring re - appraised to have a current market...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resetting for 10kt ring, bench jeweler, chain jewelry
bench jeweler, chain jewelry, premisis: Jennifer, the chain stores likely don t want to do the work or do not have someone on the premisis to do the work. I personally would want to see the ring and then make a judgment. The karat has nothing to do with whether the work can or cannot be done! ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resetting Aquamarine, aqua marine, raw value
aqua marine, raw value, yellow gold: I suggest getting a minimum..and some way less than fair.. of 3 estimates from jewelrers..they all work differently..and make sure you get top valaue for the gold..needs to be tested which is easy for what karet it is..and easy to determine raw value...dont...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resetting my ring with pave, yellow canary diamonds, manmade diamonds
yellow canary diamonds, manmade diamonds, wax mold: ___________________________________________________ Stephanie here is the final part of the answer. Whew! This was a long one but fun to do. Here we go... As I mentioned previously, if diamonds are not used, the stone I recommend is yellow sapphire....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resetting a stone, abrasive particles, travel ring
abrasive particles, travel ring, cubic zirconia: Nicky, I fully understand the need for a travel ring. We have one lady with CZ items enough for an entire wardrobe of jewelry..yes, she has the real things, too. And, she travels a lot. Green! Yikes...this doesn t sound like white gold at all. Generally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing by cutting versus compression, s curve, shiny spot
s curve, shiny spot, palm side: Leah, thanks for this fine question. First of all, you need to know that compression(or the opposite which is stretching ) is only applicable to bands. The process simply does not work with rings containing stones or rings which are not simple bands. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing an engraved ring., horror stories, second opinion
horror stories, second opinion, engraving: Unfortunately I cannot see the channel set stones in the picture. Some depends on how the stones are actually set, if actually in a channel or what we call pic set in a channel. This is the difference: Channel has the stones in the channel and the edges...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing marks, gold wedding band, esdt
gold wedding band, esdt, eastern usa: Kristina, this is not your answer. I just got home from a local football game and got this question. I will answer tomorrow. If you get a chance before I get back, please let me know where the yellow spot is located. Generally, when a ring is cut down,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing my platinum ring, platinum ring, center diamond
platinum ring, center diamond, jewler: Kelly, Thanks for the link. This second one worked. Lovely ring and beautiful bride, by the way. Looking at the three images of your ring, all are top views as would be expected. I can see the ring fairly well but perhaps not quite close enough. Of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing Rings, 18 carat gold, resizing rings
18 carat gold, resizing rings, eternity ring: Sylvia, thanks for this very timely question. Your question is timely since you need the rings made larger and because gold prices have gone so high that most service prices have changed dramatically over the last two years. Also, thanks for the good descriptions...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing ring by recasting, college graduation present, family crest ring
college graduation present, family crest ring, visible evidence: Hi Alex to remake your ring in your size probably isn t going to be practical, usually the crest is engraved, that will not reproduce. The cost would be at least 250.00 Not very practical. What metal is the ring? Sizing is usually no problem maybe you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing Silver 925 Plated Rings, plated silver, silver 925
plated silver, silver 925, silver ring: Hi Jennifer, I have not heard of a plated silver ring. Silverware and holloware yes. If it has a 925 stamp on the inside you should be ok to size as long as there are no stones. You will have to take it to a jeweler in your area to look at and give you an...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Restoring antique patina on gold, rubies and diamonds, antique patina
rubies and diamonds, antique patina, loose dirt: Follow-up...well, I was so happy to see images not available on allexperts. Then, I went back to the question a minute ago and it was not there! Question has been removed from our server or does not exist was the page heading. Well, who knows what happened....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Reusing gold jewelry, 18k gold earrings, air bubbles
18k gold earrings, air bubbles, gold jewelry: Dana- Gold CAN be melted down and used for casting a new piece of jewelry, however, after melting gold many times it changes the molecular structure and can lead to porosity (air bubbles) in the jewelry. In addition, there may be solder and impurities in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Reversible 14K White/Yellow Gold Omega Necklace, reversible omega necklace, gold areas
reversible omega necklace, gold areas, gold side: Yvonne, thanks for this question. Considering the cost of a gold omega necklace, reversible or not, my opinion is that the jeweler should have replaced the item with an unspotted one. That would be good business and is exactly what we would do. Fingerprints?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium, nickle plate, bright nickel
nickle plate, bright nickel, nickel plate: Mike, I have had success with a bright surface in the few times of nickel plating. Give me until tomorrow evening and at work I will check my references to see what might affect the plate other than the ideas I now have. I will be back then. Thanks so...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium & emeralds, diamonds on the avenue, diamonds on the avenue moline il
diamonds on the avenue, diamonds on the avenue moline il, synthetic emerald: the synthetic emerald is no problem as long as you dont go from hot to cold.the genuine emerald may pose a problem, they are usually oil filled to enhance color and fill any fissures in the stone.immersing it in hot electro cleaner before plating will possibly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium & household cleaning products, household cleaning products, crafts store
household cleaning products, crafts store, page god: Erika, generally rhodium is not harmfully affected by a splash here or there. I wonder if the plate is actually rhodium? My suggestion is to use a good chemically treated polishing cloth like a sunshine cloth sold by RioGrande and available for purchase...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium Jewelry, element rhodium, white gold jewelry
element rhodium, white gold jewelry, sterling jewelry: Hi, Pat. Thanks for the question. With the high interest in white gold jewelry, rhodium has become a catch word in jewelry. Folks are wanting white gold to be even whiter and rhodium is how that is done. A flash plate of rhodium gives the white gold a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium Plating, chlorine content, free chlorine
chlorine content, free chlorine, soap film: Dear Danusha, Salt will lead to smudges under particular circumstances but the effect is not that of chlorine, regardless of the chemnical content of sodium chloride. The most common occurrences are from folks who live sea side. Salts in the air including...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium plating, 14k gold ring, wedding set
14k gold ring, wedding set, finished products: Dear Leah, Since gold is, in nature, a yellow metal white gold is never pure white. So even the finest jewelers rhodium plate their finished products. That said, resetting your ring in platinum should be able to be accomplished without breaking stones....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium plating, 14k gold ring, bright chrome
14k gold ring, bright chrome, wedding set: G day Leah and many thanks for your query I think your jeweler is telling you porky-pies (lies). Diamonds are the hardest substance known to man so suggesting they may get damaged is just wrong. Now I can t see the diamonds and maybe your jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium, gold alloy, jennifer thanks
gold alloy, jennifer thanks, night jennifer: The rest of you answer follows this intro from last night. Jennifer, thanks for this question. With white gold more popular now than in recent years, the idea of rhodium plating is coming up more often. It is getting late here and I just want you to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RING MARKING, personal jeweler, professional jewelry
personal jeweler, professional jewelry, precious jewelry: Thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like you have a beautiful ring. Unfortunately, I cannot locate any company/designer with that name. The letter/number combination may be a key to the designer and perhaps design #. Since it is a precious jewelry item,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, university hts, jewelers inc
university hts, jewelers inc, cedar rd: Is the ring blackish in color? If so, it is probably sterling silver and needs to be polished. As far as the red stone, it is most likely a synthetic. The circle with the c may be a copyright symbol but I can t be sure without actually looking at it. Can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, independent appraiser, demello
independent appraiser, demello, appt: Yes you can make an appointment at one of my offices nearest you. Please Call 1 800 708-8006. or 508 558-0277 My office locations are all listed on my website at: http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com Hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, trip to vancouver, initals
trip to vancouver, initals, hge: cameron- congratulations on your find, however, the value is not what you had hoped for. The GP is 18kt gold plated, and probably has an H which stands for Heavy so its HGE or HGP heavy gold plated or electroplated does not have any real value....hope...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring - Alternate Materials, reactive action, little jewelry
reactive action, little jewelry, colour question: Hello Scott, This is a difficult question and you do have my deepest sympathies. Because I have no knowledge of what aggrqavates your condition it is difficult to suggest alternatives. However, what I do suggest is a form of ring management . Many times...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Engravement, shank, redone
shank, redone, engraving: I need more info to answer this question: what type of metal is the ring made from? platinum, Karat Gold, Silver etc///.... how deep is the engraving ? if the engraving is not real deep it can be polished out and redone....if its real deep and the shank is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring-Hallmark, heirloom piece, engagement ring
heirloom piece, engagement ring, hallmark: Hello Kristan and thank you for your inquiry. First we need to determine several things about the ring. Is it a newly purchased item ? If so, the jeweler where it was purchased should be able to let you know the manufacturer and if there is any matching set....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Hallmarks, swaztika, sotherby
swaztika, sotherby, auction houses: Hello Tony, this is not a set of marks that I am familiar with. At a guess I would say that the MUNN is a german manufacturer and that the m3429 is a pattern or design reference. However under normal circumstances there would be a mark indicating the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Maker's Mark, signet ring, san diego california
signet ring, san diego california, gold 14k: HI RICH, THE STAMP INSIDE THE RING YOU MENTION IS PROBABLY THE RING MAKERS STAMP OR MANUFACTURER S STAMP. THE 14K IS OBVIOUSLY THE KARAT WT. OF THE GOLD, 14K . THE OTHER STAMP COULD BE MANY THINGS. IT CAN REPRESENT THE LOCATION OF MANUFACTURE, SAN DIEGO,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Manufacturer, ring manufacturer, german origin
ring manufacturer, german origin, german manufacturer: Hello Jacqui, sorry to say that I have not come this particular stamp. However experience dictates that the 10K mark would indicate German origin, as they were almost the only country to make gold at that standard. The word Exquisite could have been...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Marking, sterling silver, dbl
sterling silver, dbl, hallmark: Donna- The dbl B s are a hallmark from the mfg. its their logo or seal of quality. The ring is Sterling silver, but without a picture I m just guessing based on SILVER BB, homemade ????? You mean hand made?? where the corners and edges are perfect, is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Marking, jewelry manufacturer, american jewelry
jewelry manufacturer, american jewelry, state of south carolina: Hello Christa, After a quick search I am afraid I cannot find your mark, however I can suggest that you contact the American Jewelry Manufacturer Association and ask them to identify the mark. One word of caution though, manufacturers do not always deal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Markings, store id number, dental gold
store id number, dental gold, gold content: G day Sally and many thanks for your query The basic decimal formula to work out the quality of gold content is quite simple, as they are all measured in Parts per Thousand. This means that 9ct gold is calculated like this: 9 (for 9ct) is divided...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Markings, gum machine, antique malls
gum machine, antique malls, jewelry appraiser: Hi Jeff - Sounds like an interesting ring. The 7 could be the size and the CW82 initials and a date. I don t have a listing for a manufacturer with the initials CW. The only way to determine if your ring is sterling silver is to have it tested. Sometimes local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Marks, shank, gemstones
shank, gemstones, diamonds: without actually seeing it, I really cant comment. The numbers which you have read 825 or 855 are not significant in our industry....are you sure it doesnt read 750??? which would be 18kt...are there any diamonds or gemstones in the ring? sometimes the weight...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring's maker, american indian jewelry, us patent office
american indian jewelry, us patent office, cut diamond: Hello Kim and thank you for your inquiry. I have not, however, had any luck in finding this manufacturer. It is posible that it is a European mark. There is a book available with European marks and you could probably find it at your local library or bookstore....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, enamel ring, tiffany co
enamel ring, tiffany co, thomas august: Hi, Laura. I am not familiar with the company marks Tiffany may use for styles, etc., however I am familiar with the recognized legal markings for gold and metal quality in jewelry. Karat as used with gold is with a K or a Kt. Sometimes numbers are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, jewelry appraisers, jewelry appraiser
jewelry appraisers, jewelry appraiser, browser search: Hello Pamela and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate a jewelry mark for Thomas J in my resources. Are there any other markings to indicate whether it is gold or sterling ? If it is precious metal, you might want to take it to a gemologist...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking?, fabpage, star mark
fabpage, star mark, browser search: Hello Dick and thank you for your inquiry. Lucky find ! A star was a popular marking for manufacturers and unless there are other markings/initials, it might be difficult to trace. You can start by browsing the following research listings for possible matches....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, princess cut diamonds, invisible princess
princess cut diamonds, invisible princess, jewelry hallmarks: What your looking at Chris is a Jewelry Hallmark or manufactures mark which reflects the maker of the piece. Good luck. Here are some links to help you out. http://www.modernsilver.com/basichallmarks.htm http://ezinearticles.com/?A-Quick-Look-at-Jewelry-Hallmarks&id=72739...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, diamond ring, white gold
diamond ring, white gold, local library: Hello Chris and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and cannot locate this particular manufacturer. However, many did not have registered trademarks. You might try your local library for copies of the Jewelers Keystone Magazine. They sometimes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, jewelry manufacturer, jewelry appraisal
jewelry manufacturer, jewelry appraisal, vintage jewelry: Thank you for your inquiry. The item you describe sounds very pretty. The lettering is probably the manufacturer of the item. I have not been able to find BFL in any of my manufacturer resources. You should also check to see if there are any precious metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring markings, gold filled jewelry, gold electroplate
gold filled jewelry, gold electroplate, hge: Hello Ned and thank you for your inquiry. The ring is probably GF (thus the G.F.) 18K. The MY is probably the manufacturer name. I have checked my resources and cannot locate a manufacturer with this name/logo. However, there were many manf. of gold filled...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring markings, british hallmarks, retail jewellers
british hallmarks, retail jewellers, british jewellery: G day Barry and many thanks for your query The H.S & S marks are for the British Jewellery firm H. Samuel and Sons (a large chain of retail jewellers) with the 18ct PT meaning 18 carat gold and Platinum. The 6348 is simply a model or design mark. I assume...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring markings, quality stamp, cluster type
quality stamp, cluster type, gold cluster: HI BOB, SINCE THERE IS NO GOLD QUALITY STAMP LIKE 18K OR 14K THEN I WOULD BE SUSPECT OF THE TOTAL QUALITY OF THE RING AND STONES. I WOULD TAKE THE RING TO A JEWELER YOU CAN TRUST AND GET THEIR OPPINION. THERE REALLY IS NOT MUCH TO GO ON OTHER THAN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring markings, dear chelsea, page god
dear chelsea, page god, prongs: Dear Chelsea, The only magicglo jewelry I am familiar with is vintage or older jewelry. Much is sought by those who like the styles. The mark you described with plat and 14k could easily be confusing to most people. However, I am familiar with that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring needs some identification, southwest michigan, 10kt gold
southwest michigan, 10kt gold, small diamonds: Jeremy- I cant answer questions regarding who the maker is that is not part of my expertise as mentioned in my profile, the ring is most likely 10KT gold and the center stone most likely a synthetic, please send me a picture and I will try to help you further....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resizing, blue topaz and diamond ring, stratford square mall
blue topaz and diamond ring, stratford square mall, woodfield mall: Hi, Try this directory just enter your zip code. Call one or more of these independant masters. I am sure they will serve you well and give you a good price. http://www.ijo.com/zip/search.html I hope this helps you, Good luck Steven D.Cove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resizing, ring mandrel, 14k gold ring
ring mandrel, 14k gold ring, high cotton: Melissa, first of all, thanks for telling me the size in US measurement. Many folks frankly have not thought about it at all that ring sizes terms do vary from country to country. You were certainly doing well in that comment! I cannot tell you the maximum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring I recieved after my Grandmothers death, topaz stone, gold color
topaz stone, gold color, costume jewelry: Yes you can wear the ring everyday if you like, however, it is costume jewelry and if worn everyday the stones may eventually fall out and will not be able to be set again, more than likely they are glued in and have foil back, if they are white in color....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring resizing and GIA, genuine certificate, ring resizing
genuine certificate, ring resizing, stock size: At ARK Jewelers we always match or beat prices on diamonds seen on the internet, we are usually 15% below these prices, you have to make sure the proportions of the diamond you are matching is Equal....this is where you can get taken. The copy of the cert....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring resizing guidelines, baguette stones, ring resizing
baguette stones, ring resizing, solitare: Hello Micheal, In this instance you would be well advised to order the ring in the correct size. Resizing channel set rings can be very difficult, try to get the size right to begin with. As long as the store is well connected to it s supplier it would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Sizing, chubby fingers, wire rings
chubby fingers, wire rings, glaring problems: Follow Up…Ring Sizing. Thanks for the follow-up. The appraisal will generally show the stone weight and the overall weight of the ring(s). This depends on how the appraisal was written and I have seen some with no ring weight included, only stone weights....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Sizing, sterling silver ring, white gold rings
sterling silver ring, white gold rings, gold jewlery: G day Debbie and many thanks for your query The simple answer is - Yes - But... Any of the precious metals can be sized but it depends on two factors. 1: How was the ring MADE? 2: How is it going to be resized? The first one the Jeweler should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Sizing, acceptable job, wait service
acceptable job, wait service, poor job: Follow-up to Jenn Alonzo, Hi again, Jenn! The wonderful old rings often are thin, yet this does not take the special attachment away from our hearts! You must consider that 1/2 size is about as thick as perhaps 10 tightly pressed sheets of printer paper....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Stamp, sapphire and diamond ring, 750 18k
sapphire and diamond ring, 750 18k, gold content: Every mfg. ring must have a manufacturers logo to identify the manufacturer and make them responsible for Karat Gold content. This is the original manufacturer s hallmark. We had a hallmark identifier years ago but no longer have access to this. all the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring sizing changed ring, white gold rings, friendship ring
white gold rings, friendship ring, rhodium plate: Sorry, I sent myself a question and answered it to see the answer page. That is only a tag line for follow-ups, essentially. I should revise it if possible so there is no more confusion. That is not part of the answer. Thanks for bringing this to my attention....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Trademark Symbol, ring manufacturer, good library
ring manufacturer, good library, trademark symbol: HI JAIME, I AM REALLY BAD ON TRADEMERK STAMPS SINCE I LEARNED A LONG TIME AGO THAT THERE ARE LITTERALY THOUSANDS OF THEM AND THERE WAS NO WAY TO REMEMBER THEM ALL. YOU CAN RESEARCH THEM AT A GOOD LIBRARY. HOWEVER THERE IS NO NEED TO KNOW THE MANUFACTURER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Turning Color, pool chlorinator, chlorine exposure
pool chlorinator, chlorine exposure, bench jeweler: Hi Mariette, Thanks for this question. I am glad you mentioned the chlorine. Most people do not know that chlorine is one of the most destructive chemicals for jewelry. It is safe to say that chlorine and white gold are mortal enemies and yellow gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring trademark identification, s marks, hallmarks
s marks, hallmarks, gemstone: G day Laurie and many thanks for your query At least we know it s not THE JC who made this, but if you understand that, you will appreciate the fact that there is NO central registry of Hallmarks or Traders or Designers or Maker s Marks. Why? ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring's value, gem weight, insurance purposes
gem weight, insurance purposes, rough estimate: Erin- the diamonds appear to be .06cts each not sure of quality as I cant see them clearly..they do look white in color the sapphire marquises are nice color as well approx. .08cts for a total gem weight of approx. 2.00cts the ring would appraise at approx....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring's Worth, jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraisal
jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraisal, gemologist: G day Mandisa and many thanks for your query. This is something no qualified jeweler or gemologist or appraiser can answer just like that. It is illegal for us to do so as we can t see it, feel it, measure or test it. You have the original receipt from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, moshe levy, marquise solitaire
moshe levy, marquise solitaire, carat ring: Hi there, I thought we were talking about a round diamond a MQ diamond should be cheaper then the price I gave you. A 1/3 of a carat in a MQ H VS2 should not be more then $ 350 plus a $ 100 for the ring. I dont have any clients in your exact area. I have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rings, gypsy ring, jewelry appraisals
gypsy ring, jewelry appraisals, diamond chips: G day Tony and Missy, and many thanks for your query. The ring in the photo is a classic Gypsy ring and the diamonds (NOT Hand Cut) but look like diamond chips, as the facets are not done like a normal brilliant cut we see today. The Hallmarks are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rose Cut Diamond & markings - Age?, diamond markings, ajc
diamond markings, ajc, ajo: Hello Paula and thank you for your inquiry. The 14KE probably does mean electroplated. The AJO could be the manufacturer. Are you sure it isn t AJC ? I have no AJO listed in my resources but have an AJC that was active during the 1920 s. Since this is an heirloom...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rough Gemstones, lapidary shops, rough gemstones
lapidary shops, rough gemstones, saphires: Hello Eric and thank you for your inquiry. In order to make your gemstones saleable you could go a couple of ways - you could sell them raw to lapidary shops or learn to cut and finish them yourself. You would need to take a course in gemstone cutting and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RP?, jewelry makers, fruitless attempt
jewelry makers, fruitless attempt, quality mark: Kari, I do appreciate the question but as stated in the box just above the question box , I mention that I do not research makers marks. You see, I tried to do that once. It is a rabbit trail, me trying to follow a rabbit down a trail the rabbit knows, stumbling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rubies and Sapphires, jewelry appraisals, ball park
jewelry appraisals, ball park, ceylon: G day Sharon and many thanks for your query. These days, as you would have found in your own research, most gemstones undergo some form of treatment. In the case of Corundums (Sapphires and Ruby) it has become more the normal - than not. As long as the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rubies, quality ruby, natural ruby
quality ruby, natural ruby, agta: Hi Jessica~ There are a couple of different ways to approach your purchase. You can buy a ruby that is from Burma and you can pay a premium for it- in which case you should absolutely get an independent laboratory origin certification. Another way is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby & Diamond Ring, e mail address, jewelry appraisals
e mail address, jewelry appraisals, ruby diamond: G day Caz and many thanks for your query However it would be illegal, immoral and certainly unethical for me to give a quote as to a value without seeing, measuring and handling the ring in question. You can do it - but I can t. For example: There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby and Emerald Rings, classic hallmarks, quality gemstones
classic hallmarks, quality gemstones, gemstone jewelry: G day Amy and many thanks for your query. The first thing you should consider, is from the point of view of a Jeweler/Manufacturer. Would you put quality gemstones like Emeralds or Ruby in a cheap silver or junk setting? The hallmarks sound like Model...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby Ring, quality ruby, ruby ring
quality ruby, ruby ring, jewelry auction: Try a jewelry auction Nicky or even a pawn shop. Some pawn shops have very nice items for sale. Be sure you have an agreement with the shop that your sale is contingent upon an appraisal from a GIA Graduate Gemologist. My lab can do this for you if you dont...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby ring , stop watches, Haeger Pottery, baseball collectibles, ruby ring
baseball collectibles, ruby ring, resource purposes: Hello Kris and thank you for using experts.com. We are not, however, appraisers and just answer general questions for resource purposes. As far as the jewelry is concerned, I would definitely get an estate jewelry appraisal done since the ring is 18K. It could...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby and Tarnex, ruby ring, crafts stores
ruby ring, crafts stores, silver cleaner: Hi, Susan. You are not the first person who has rings with some discoloration from a similar experience. The worse cases are when rings are left in the cleaner overnight or several hours; then we have a customer who believes all is lost and is quite distraught....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby, gemologist, barbra
gemologist, barbra, determinations: Hello Sara. Yes, the piece has to be seen by a gemologist to determine whether your gem is indeed a ruby and then to figure out if it is natural or synthetic. These determinations take extensive gemological training. Good luck! -Barbra Voltaire, F.G.G.,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rusted Headstone, stone mason, flower arrangement
stone mason, flower arrangement, headstone: Hello Ken, You really need to speak to a stone mason but I Imagine that it should be cleanable. Rust is Ferrous Oxide and most deoxidents should clean this away. However you need to identify the stone, if it was man made it may react to certain chemicals....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rare gemstones, london blue topaz, swiss blue topaz
london blue topaz, swiss blue topaz, doublet opal: Hi Shirley, Try finding some Tourmaline, Aquamarine,Spessartite, Vanadium, Morganite, Kyanite, Demantoid,Fluorite ans Tsavorite. That should keep you busy for a while. These gemstones are usually a bit more expensive so you may want to purchase them in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rating &pricing, emeralds, rubies
emeralds, rubies, poor quality: You need to find an expert cutter....this can be a problem.. it is way more to have them cut in the States but less risky...you may have poor quality not even worth cutting or high grade expensive pieces...I recomend going to 2 or more cutters....you might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-cut diamonds?, moshe levy, 40 carats
moshe levy, 40 carats, diamond price: Hi Anne. you can recut your diamonds, the only problems that can arise are: 1. you will loose about 0.05 - 0.15 ct of each stone and therefore end up with smaller diamonds. 2.there is always a risk of a diamond breaking or exploding while it is being recut....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-establishing the antiquing on silverware., liver of sulfur, nooks and crannies
liver of sulfur, nooks and crannies, faux patina: Dear Helen, The products are safe for flatware once darkening is done and all is gently washed. I am not certain how well the patina will stand-up to a dishwasher. Hand washing should be ok as long as scrubbing is not done on the darkened areas. When...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re: makers mark on ring, aqua regia, costume jewellery
aqua regia, costume jewellery, gold content: Its probably an old ring and very well maybe gold. Just by looking at it or just because it has markings inside we cannot assume it is gold and what karat gold it is. The ring needs to be tested by a Jeweler or someone who is a metalsmith. A small scratch...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Whether to re-set or re-silver, base metals, pot metal
base metals, pot metal, gold plated jewelry: Hi Juanita, This is an interesting question and in a way it makes me look around at some of the jewelry my wife wears! I am a jeweler, do custom jewelry and design jewelry on commission. But, my wife s sister used to sell Avon. Guess what! I see lots...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-sizeing 18ct white gold diamond ring, gold diamond ring, rachel rachel
gold diamond ring, rachel rachel, manchester area: Rachel, thanks very much for this question. Unfortunately, I am across the Atlantic from you and do not have jewellers to recommend in the Manchester area. I hope to visit your country next year and may meet a few but for now..I cannot help on that. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-sizing, independent appraiser, piece of gold
independent appraiser, piece of gold, 14k white gold ring: Hi Di Thanks for writing. During the sizing process they cut the stamp out to put a bigger piece of gold in ad they polished the inside of the shank so it is no longer visible. Have you jeweler re stamp the ring. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-sizing, brilliant cut diamonds, emerald cut diamond
brilliant cut diamonds, emerald cut diamond, gold diamond ring: Carol, thanks for the question. Is the ring a recent purchase, perhaps in the last few years? The reason I ask this is because rings with many smaller side diamonds is very popular and many of these rings are stunning. Yours sounds very lovely. Why...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: reaction to gold, chlorine chlorine, gold plated jewelry
chlorine chlorine, gold plated jewelry, google search: Stephanie, I am sorry you are having this problem with the rings. Generally, the smudges from karat gold are black and not green. Green usually goes with costume or worn goldfilled or gold plated jewelry. If the rings are solid gold, the cause is likely...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: reaction to gold, abrasive particles, odd twist
abrasive particles, odd twist, piece of gold: Dear Pamellia, In the meantime, I will try to find some makeup to put down on a flat surface and rub gold against it. I do believe this is the problem your regular customer is having. If you did not save the original, let me know with the follow-up after...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Just not ready to pay for it yet., genuine diamonds, earrings
genuine diamonds, earrings, whole lot: HI ISHA, IF I WAS YOU I WOULD FIND OUT A WHOLE LOT MORE. WHAT IS THE WEIGHT AND QUALITY OF THE DIAMONDS, WEIGHT OF THE EARRINGS SO YOU WOULD KNOW IF THERE IS ENOUGH PLATINUM TO COVER THE COSTS. SOUNDS LIKE YOU BOUGHT A PIG IN A POKE . TRY TO EXTRICATE YOURSELF...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is it real 18K?, local pawn shop, gold quality
local pawn shop, gold quality, european jewelry: Good day Christopher. Thanks for question. If you get a chance look closer at the marks and see if there is more than the GF. GF can stand for “gold filled”, where a layer of gold is bonded to an underlying base metal(like brass). With gold filled there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: is it a real diamond?, heat pulses, white gold
heat pulses, white gold, heirloom: G day Angela and many thanks for your query You are not going to know until you get your local FRIENDLY jeweler to take a look. They have a diamond probe which sends heat pulses into the gem to tell if it is real or not. Most FRIENDLY jewelers will do...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is it real gold??, store stamps, metal content
store stamps, metal content, jewelry store: Dear Shannon, Acid will not harm gold, it is the norm for testing metal content. It should not turn green!. Sometimes rings do not have stamps and there are many reasons for that. If the ring was sized the jeweler removed them. However there should be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: real value of sapphires, jewelry appraisals, gemstone dealers
jewelry appraisals, gemstone dealers, pawn brokers: G day Mike and many thanks for your query In the open marketplace, the value of ANYTHING is what a willing Seller is prepared to sell for, and what a WILLING BUYER - or YOU in this case - are willing to pay. Generally in a forced sale situation, items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: is it real, south east asia, s marks
south east asia, s marks, karat gold: G day Lena and many thanks for your query There are thousands of different hallmarks - that is why people have so much trouble with them. The 18kt simply means it is 18 karat gold. This stamp is the most common for South East Asia and the USA. In the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: recognising diamonds, natural pearls, cultured pearls
natural pearls, cultured pearls, diamond tester: Dear gnei, We use a 10X magnifier (loupe) to examine the facet junctions of a stone. Since a diamond is so hard and the facets are cut (not molded), the junctions look crisp and sharp. On CZ they are rounded. We also use a thermal diamond tester. In short,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: recycling of gems, recycling process, precious gems
recycling process, precious gems: HI SIRISHA, GEMS ARE RECYLED IN THE MOST COMMON WAY, BY REPOLISHING OR RECUTTING. IF THE STONE IS COMPLETLY DESTROYED THERE IS NOTHING THAT CAN BE DONE. IF THE MINERAL IS RECONSTITUTED BY RECRYSTALIZING THEN IT IS NOT CONSIDERED A NATUARL GEM BUT A MAN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: red and green rocks!, town of jupiter fl, smokey mountain area
town of jupiter fl, smokey mountain area, great smokey mountain: Hi Kurt. I ve never been to the Smokey Mountains, but I ve been to a number of Panning places that offer the same possibilities of minerals you MAY find. I don t want to pop a bubble, BUT... they salt the rocks...in other words, the crystals are placed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: red stone ring, jewelry appraiser, design names
jewelry appraiser, design names, google: Thank you for your inquiry. I did not find any manufacturer with the name LORIE in my resources. It s possible that is the name of the original owner. Manufacturers sometimes used pattern or design names on the products instead of the actual manufacturer name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removable ring sizing, hot weather, finger size
hot weather, finger size, countless number: afterthought follow-up to original answer: Please add to the list of inserts one that once was called ExactFit , a spring loaded metal insert. I beleive the company closed but another maker is producing a similar item. This is metal with a spring inside....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing adhesive, rose quartz pendant, second choice
rose quartz pendant, second choice, second opinion: hello.. we often glue stones to cardboard ....using a water-based glue..but there have been times where we used either alcohol or second choice thinner for other adhesives....I do not remember ever cleaning rose quartz so you may want to get a second...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing excess glue, acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover
acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover, excess glue: Kristi- Depending on what type of adhesive was used......ACETONE, (nail polish remover) works well on most items of jewelry..you did not tell me if the pendant is Karat Gold or Sterling Silver or other metal....acetone may have an adverse reaction with some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing gold plate, denatured alcohol, gold surface
denatured alcohol, gold surface, thin plate: Clayton, the removal method depends on the thickness of the plate and if other metals were preplated on the ring prior to the gold. Generally, when an item is marked 925 with a gold surface, the plate is vermeil (ver-may). This is a very thin plate of gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing silver plate, bon ami, bad shape
bon ami, bad shape, silver plate: You might try the below link http://www.brassman.net/index-2.htm or check your local telephone directory for metal refinishers. Sometimes a re-plating company for silverplate will also remove the silver plate. It really needs to be done by way of dipping...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing a TIGHT ring, tight ring, safety sake
tight ring, safety sake, soapy solution: jon, there is no one best way to remove a tight ring. I will suggest methods that do work. Give these a try and we will hope for success. Is this a plain band style of ring or a fancier style with most of the work at the top? The reason I ask is because...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair/sizing, 14kt white gold, piece of gold
14kt white gold, piece of gold, gold diamond: Humm…could be that the ring was stretched. Generally, when rings with stones are stretched, the device is a roller. One roller or round steel rod close to the ring size is flat and the ring goes over it. On the other side is another roller, one with a concave...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair, binocular microscope, diamond ring
binocular microscope, diamond ring, inclusions: Dear Kelley, Almost all diamonds have characteristics easily observable to a layman. The easiest way to see them is through a binocular microscope. If your jeweler of choice does not have one of these, ask him to teach you how to use a jeweler s loupe....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacing earring or getting a new set made from old one left, wax pattern, wax method
wax pattern, wax method, steel cylinder: Aaron, I will be back with you tomorrow. Right now, it is zzzzzzzzztime for me! After work tomorrow I will be back with the answer. One note, the cost will be a lot more than was paid for the earrings originally. _________________________________________________...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacing a stone in a ring setting, doing christmas, sapphire ring
doing christmas, sapphire ring, prongs: Carolyn, I was doing Christmas today and working late on the eve. Sorry to keep you waiting a day here. Unfortunately, there is not a special tool to remove the old stone and reset the new one. There is much more to it than simply bending back metal and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resale of jewelry, 14k white gold, pawn broker
14k white gold, pawn broker, recommended retail price: G day Daniel and many thanks for your query The question of price is always a sticky point because while the trade advocate a Recommended Retail Price or the Insurance Industry talks about Insurance Replacement neither of them are in fact - REAL ....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resize a channel set ring?, platinum ring, melting point
platinum ring, melting point, diamonds: This would be almost impossible. Since the diamonds are channel set, when you open the ring and try to add gold to size, the diamonds will loosen and will fall out.The integrity of the ring would be compromised. If anyone would attempt this, being platinum,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing, bench jeweler, business reputation
bench jeweler, business reputation, finished job: Kevin, this is difficult to answer. Why difficult? Difficult simply because I find it hard to judge the quality of a jewelers work until the job is done. I would first suggest, do not go for the lowest price. Generally, do not go for the quick repair...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing, tiny piece, jewelers
tiny piece, jewelers, 5mm: Hi, Anthony. This is an interesting question and one I suspect jewelry customers besides you have thought about. With some stores, the pricing structure for resizing includes an amount for credit on the gold, albeit quite small since the amount of gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing channel set ring, side stones, shank
side stones, shank, sizing a ring: Pamela, I sense your frustration, many jewelers dont want the headache of having to reset diamonds when sizing a ring since they didn t sell it to you .....send me a picture if you can, what sizes are the side stones what size is the ring now and what size...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing white gold, white gold rings, troy ounce
white gold rings, troy ounce, quality diamonds: Penny, thanks a bunch for this question. This is a timely question. This is timely because rhodium plating is a “going trend” with many customers who like the very white look of it, the popularity of white gold and because the prices of precious metals...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing a wide-banded ring, ring adjuster, nightmare before christmas
ring adjuster, nightmare before christmas, jewelry stores: Hello Laci and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like a nice ring ! I was unable to pull up the photo. There is a product that you can use to coat the inside of your ring to make it smaller. Here is the site - I have never tried it, but have heard good reports....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing down, hand engraver, definite limits
hand engraver, definite limits, skilled hand: This question is one with no definite answer. First of all, I assume you mean how far down can the ring be sized without affecting the surface detail? If this is the case, the only reasonable way to do it is to compress the ring, sometimes called “shrink”...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: restore damaged abalone shell, cleaning solution, cuff bracelet
cleaning solution, cuff bracelet, abalone shell: Hello carina.. while I have never had this experience witha abalone..which is very beautiful..here is my suggestion..there is a product named Flintz..it is a paste and does an amazing job in polishing all sorts of material..try to buy the smallest qty.and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Should I restore a vintage Marcel Boucher piece?, marcel boucher, gold enamel
marcel boucher, gold enamel, enameler: Thank you for your inquiry. My advice would be if you intend to keep the piece and the missing enamel prohibits you from wearing and enjoying it, by all means have it repaired. There are enamels on the market and some jewelers that do this type of repair....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plated rings, rhodium plate, base metals
rhodium plate, base metals, enough god: Barbara, the metal rhodium is essentially inert to the skin, hypoallergenic, no reaction. What the reaction could be is a basic metals reaction and that SHOULD NOT be happening if the rings have a real rhodium plate. My suggestion? Contact QVC and tell...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plating, anode and cathode, paste link
anode and cathode, paste link, kim kim: Kim, this is a good question but frankly this sort of plating is not a “do it yourself” project unless you have dedicated space to do the work and the equipment needed. The best way to answer is to send you part of an answer I sent out in October. This explains...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can rhodium plating crack from impact?, rhodium plate, steel stamp
rhodium plate, steel stamp, everyday event: Jennifer, I doubt that the rhodium plate cracked. Rhodium is applied to white gold simply to make the metal look whiter for the most part. I have never seen rhodium chip, even in a ring which has been banged around much more than has yours. If there is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plating and pave, 24 carat gold, platinum ring
24 carat gold, platinum ring, platinum rings: G day Keith and many thanks for your query Gemstones (diamonds in particular) do not have to be removed for the ring to be re-plated and will not be damaged in the process. Platinum is the dearer metal and at current prices - well over $1100 per ounce....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plating and resetting of stones, pressure steam, alkaline solution
pressure steam, alkaline solution, nice finish: Shannon, I do appreciate the question. It seems lots of people have asked about rhodium plating lately. Perhaps the current favor of white gold is one reason. First of all, you stones should not have to be removed to do the plating. An inspection also...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plating, gems and minerals, acidic solution
gems and minerals, acidic solution, timely question: Dawn, Thanks for the timely question. Why timly? Lately where I work, many ladies have wanted their yellow gold rings rhodium plated to look white. This is a reflection of the current trend of white gold being in favor. For a while, platinum was the white...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A ring, gold quality, hallm
gold quality, hallm, quality mark: G day Maggie and many thanks for your query The TSE and TS7000 are probably Makers marks and model number, but the other marks don t mean anything to me (the 18A -are you sure it s not 18K) could be the gold quality mark. Try the link below which will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, auburn street, mt auburn
auburn street, mt auburn, street cambridge: Hi Jill Thanks for writing!!! You have a very nice ring there. It should be appraised and insured. I wish I couild see it. It s should be worth some good money. If we can appraise it for you please call us. Our work is of the best!!! Sincerely. Arthur...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, demello, sterling silver
demello, sterling silver, what this means: Hi Jamie Thanks for writing!! The 925 stands for Sterling Silver. The D may be the manufacture. Thats all I Can Tell. Thank You for writing, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) A.DeMello Gemological Laboratory 60 State Street Suite 700 Boston, MA. 02109...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, sapphire and diamond ring, blue sapphire
sapphire and diamond ring, blue sapphire, jewelry website: G day Jo and many thanks for your query Let s take a stab in the dark here, because I can t see or test the gem, but there are a couple of clues. Firstly you say it was your grandmothers engagement ring so I shall take a guess in saying she was about...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, synthetic stone, jewelry box
synthetic stone, jewelry box, exact color: I can t exactly put a name on the stone, since it s a bit hard without a photograph. It may be a synthetic stone of a specific color. Natural stones it could be are very light emeralds or Prasiolite. This website has some fantastic pictures, but their Prasiolite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, gold ring, second opinion
gold ring, second opinion, shank: HI AUDREY, IT REALLY DEPENDS HOW FAR YOU NEED TO STRETCH IT AND HOW THE STONES ARE SET. THE SAFEST WAY TO MAKE A RING LARGER IS TO CUT AND ADD TO THE SHANK AT THE BOTTOM. THIS INSURES THE STONES WILL STAY TIGHT AND THE RING WILL FIT. TAKE IT TO A GOOD JEWELER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, eye of the beholder, gold color
eye of the beholder, gold color, silver ring: HI Lola, Is the ring white or gold color? It sounds like a silver ring. As far as value that is in the eye of the beholder. If it is pretty it is certainly worth something. Also it depends on the size and quality of the amethyst. If it is not marked...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my ring, tiny diamonds, 18ct
tiny diamonds, 18ct, jeweler: Dear Nicola, I have a theory. If you are correct that the 1 has faded and that your ring is 18 karat and that the P is gone and it is a combination of 18K and platinum the 060 may, in fact, be upside-down and be a 090 indicating that the platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, gold wedding band, native carving
gold wedding band, native carving, thomas august: Randall, if the carving is not too deep, it may be buffed off. This will begin with a sanding process followed by finishing as desired to a bright or satin finish. Unless you have the stuff to do it, it is a job for a jeweler. As for melting the ring,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, jewelry appraisals, georgetown grand cayman
jewelry appraisals, georgetown grand cayman, written appraisal: G day Brandy and many thanks for your query. Firstly I have to tell you it is against the law for me to give a value on any item because I can t see it, feel it, measure or test it. You are going to have to take it to your local FRIENDLY jeweler/appraiser/gemologist...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, sweetheart jewelry, u s marine corps
sweetheart jewelry, u s marine corps, military insignia: Hello Gail and thank you for your inquiry. I am not familiar with a lot of military insignia and jewelry items, just the pieces that were known as sweetheart jewelry . The ring you have is very large and I would suggest that you check the following site url...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I have a ring I bought online it has 14K then PC, demello, jewelers
demello, jewelers, arthur: Hi Jaimee, Thanks for writing. I m sorry to say I cant. There are thousands of makers marks for jewelers and manufactures. It could be anyones mark. Sorry. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring with emerald and ruby, true market value, insurance purposes
true market value, insurance purposes, gemologist: Hi Veronica, To determine its true value it would need to be inspected by a qualified gemologist. He would determine the weight of all the stones check the gold for karat percentage. Check the color and clarity of the diamonds and same for emerald and ruby....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring fit, metal pieces, tight fit
metal pieces, tight fit, knuckles: Hi There are several, butterfly and balls are soldered inside to take up the room and the other replaces the band and is called a finger fit but it is the best!!!!! 45.00 up to 250.00 You can e mail me from my web site and send a photo ??? blacys.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring I found, pawn shop, square stones
pawn shop, square stones, lion head: hello Karen..very honest of you to return the ring to the police... I am guessing the ring is gold. It is strange that it does not have a marking for gold such as 18K...you need to go to a jeweler.. and determine if it is gold and what karat.. this is a very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring hallmarks, gold hallmarks, assay marks
gold hallmarks, assay marks, gold ring: Thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you have a lovely ring. I have not been able to located any of the initials in my resources for designers/manufacturers, but I would guess that the WJH are the owner s initials, the 96 might mean 1896 since you say it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring help, diamond wedding band, gold diamond
diamond wedding band, gold diamond, engravings: please provide a picture if possible of the ring, I cant comment by the information you have given me unfortunately. thanks, just because the stones shine they are not necessarily diamonds.....if you can take them to a local jeweler he can test for you please...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my ring is made of steel?, tungsten carbide steel, vague outline
tungsten carbide steel, vague outline, gold stripe: Yes your ring can be made of steel. We have several wedding bands in the store that are combinations of tungsten Carbide (steel) and gold or platinum. The steel I am told gets very cold. The steel is dark in color but Titanium is very dark almost blackish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what my ring is made of, sterling jewelry, quality mark
sterling jewelry, quality mark, white gold: Jessica, generally according to the law on jewelry marks, the maker must put that mark near the quality mark. The quality mark is the one showing the metal used. 925 is a standard stamp for sterling silver. Other marks include the word Sterling and abbreviations...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring maker id, eternity bands, maker id
eternity bands, maker id, 18k white gold: Diana- AS I explained to you I am not a Hallmark Expert, I am a jeweler with 28 years of experience in diamonds, gemstones etc...... You asked me to comment on items which are blind, I asked you for pictures and you could not provide them. Now that you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring mark, ebay auction, us patent office
ebay auction, us patent office, auction forums: Hello Peggy, I have checked my resources and find no company, designer or manufacturer with this name imprinted on a piece of jewelry. I did, however, find this information on one of the ebay auction forums: Word Mark: MAGIC-GLO Goods and Services (EXPIRED)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking, english hallmarks, diamond band
english hallmarks, diamond band, date stamp: Hello Teddy, Your description of the marks in your ring would fit to standard English hallmarks, The 18 and the Anchor would show it as 18ct Gold, hallmarked in Birmingham, England. The letter g would be it s date stamp, I can t tell you which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking?, jewelry appraisals, jewerely
jewelry appraisals, jewerely, gold ring: G day Ardy and many thanks for your query. The marks mean nothing to me even though the 14K part seems to indicate gold - there is no way of knowing for sure until you get someone to test it for you. There will be a fee for this, but at least then you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking, gold wedding band, knight of the holy grail
gold wedding band, knight of the holy grail, joseph wagner: Hello Tina, unfortunately I cannot tell you a great deal except only that Lohengrin is an opera by Joseph Wagner. It is from this opera that we obtain the Wedding march (Here coms the Bride) and ironically the main character, Lohengrin, who was a knight...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, design letters, s marks
design letters, s marks, gemologist: G day Joleen and many thanks for your query I assume you mean it has a light geen gemstone - but that could be Peridot or a Pale Emerald or even a piece of glass. Without having it tested by a gemologist - we can t say. The hallmarks 10K stands for 10...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, great grandmother, silver platinum
great grandmother, silver platinum, precious metals: G day Sara and many thanks for your query PALL is the International hallmark for PALLADIUM which is one of the White Precious metals like Platinum. Valued around the same price as white gold it would be worth getting it tested and valued - especially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, rough idea, jeweler
rough idea, jeweler, ruby: Im sorry, jewelry appraising can not be done by simple language over the Internet....there are several variables needed to make an educated confirmation regarding your jewelry. I would strongly urge you to visit a local jeweler in your area and confirm they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, pure gold, yellow gold
pure gold, yellow gold, alloys: Donna- based on your observation the numbers do not make much sense. However, if the numbers were 750 and 925? then we could assume ( without actually seeing the piece) that the two tone section of yellow would be 18kt yellow gold ? ( 750 is 75 pure gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, history heritage, independent appraiser
history heritage, independent appraiser, orange blossom: Hi Holly, Thanks for writing!! I Know of a company in the United States called Orange Blossom but have never heard of Rose Blossom. Keep Searching!! There are many companies that manufacture jewelry. The company name is a great place to start. I m Sorry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, posy ring, rose flower
posy ring, rose flower, south east asia: G day Holly and many thanks for your query. The ring sounds like a Posy Ring where the gemstones are arranged in a flower or posy pattern. Very nice... However; lets just consider a couple of points. I don t know where you live or what country...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, gold content, edoc
gold content, edoc, jewelry shop: Hi Gary, The marking EDOC is a manufactures hallmark. Unfortunately this does not indicate gold either way. Have the ring tested at a jewelry shop for gold content. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info ademello59@yahoo.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, metal quality, precious metal
metal quality, precious metal, jeweler: Mim, the only way to know if this is an expensive ring is to have a jeweler check it. A jeweler will likely tell you right off if the ring is precious metal, etc., no appraisal needed for a quick look. The markings mean nothing to me and do not match any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, jeweller, flea market
jeweller, flea market, rebecca: Hello Rebecca, you may very well be correct in that your ring could be 10ct Gold. If so it is likely that the symbol was the makers trade mark. To be certain of your find go to a reputable local jeweller and ask his opinion as to whther it is real or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can the ring be refund?, graduate gemologist, color clarity
graduate gemologist, color clarity, carat: I t sounds like you have a good case. You need to have an appraisal done by a Graduate Gemologist like myself who specializes in legal matters the way I do. The appraiser needs to be sure that Macy s appraisal is accurate. This is called an appraisal review....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing, ring resizing, small diamonds
ring resizing, small diamonds, oval shape: Hi, femke. Thanks for the question. Your situation is just the opposite of many ladies we see in our store. It seems nowadays, everyone is needing rings made much larger! Yours need to go down about 3 sizes each and sometimes this does present problems....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing, gold wedding rings, white gold wedding rings
gold wedding rings, white gold wedding rings, ring resizing: Hi, Louise. Thanks for this question. You are the first I remember in the multitude of questions received who has questioned a “low” price. You are wise to do so. I will ask a few questions for you to answer yourself. Are you familiar with the place...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing, diamond wedding band, eternity bands
diamond wedding band, eternity bands, eternity band: Several issues: an eternity band has diamonds all around, is this what you have? some people confuse eternity bands with just a channel set diamond wedding band. If diamonds are all around- are they round diamonds, baguettes or princess cut? We have sized...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing, cz gems, quality jade
cz gems, quality jade, ring shank: Jade, the work can be done but the quality of the work depends on the jeweler. Some do very fine work and others unfortunately do not. Try to find an established jeweler to do the work and do not go for the lowest price which will often but not always equate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing / trust, better business bureau, jewelry businesses
better business bureau, jewelry businesses, ring resizing: This is to correct a couple of important typos! Sorry. Jenn, I have no magic way to instill trust between you and a jeweler. I do believe your grandmother was well intentioned but perhaps exaggerated the danger. If it happened to her, I understand the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring resizing, ring resizing, jewelry repairs
ring resizing, jewelry repairs, ring sizing: Dear Edith, thanks for the question. I hope what I say here will help. Also, thanks for telling me you like the site. We are totally volunteers doing this and to help someone is the reward for me...besides that, I enjoy sharing some of my profession. Below...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is my ring ruined?, cholorine, grayish color
cholorine, grayish color, swimming pools: Hello Samantha - Your ring may not be ruined. Buy some good silver polish and try it on your ring. Some acids including cholorine in swimming pools will turn silver a dull smokey color. Some will repolish, but it takes several coats and some rubbing to accomplish....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring setting, genuine sapphire, jewelry store
genuine sapphire, jewelry store, intricacy: Hello Ruth and thank you for your inquiry. If you like the ring you might take it to your local jewelry store for an estimate on what it would cost to have it redesigned. Have in mind the type of stones or work you would want before you go. Good luck and enjoy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, finished job, scrap gold
finished job, scrap gold, scrap value: Dear Dave G., Hi from me and thanks for the question. You asked: “ When taking a gold band into a jeweler to be sized down, what is done with the gold that is taken from the ring?” What happens to the gold all depends on the jewelry store and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, 14k gold ring, bench jeweler
14k gold ring, bench jeweler, repair bench: Hi Debi, yes it is very possible to resize a ring one size larger. Since the ring is 14k gold, this should not be a problem. The only gold rings which are difficult are the ones with very think shanks(ring bands), rings with hollow shoulders(cut out to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, ring guards, ring shank
ring guards, ring shank, narrow bands: Hi Deborah, glad to try and help. Thanks for this question. You might be surprised to know just how many ladies come to our business with similar problems. Of course, the knuckle is the critical point in simply getting a ring on the finger in the first...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, eternity bands, diamond bands
eternity bands, diamond bands, three rings: Hi, Amanda. Thanks for this question. This is the first since my small vacation time ended. No vacation..just work around the house desperately in need of getting done. I needed the time off. This is an interesting question. My first question to you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can ring sizing loosen a stone?, pearl ring, shank
pearl ring, shank, jeweler: yes, once you cut the shank to size a ring it will change the integrity of the ring and stones, pearls, other items which are set can and do fall out. The jeweler working on the item must make sure that all the stones are tight prior to polishing and releasing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, ring sizing, jeweller
ring sizing, jeweller, fingers: Hello Don, You don t need to worry about the issue of sizing, most manufacturers make the rings slightly on the large size because it is easier to bring them down. But don t let that part of the subject limit your choice of ring. In truth almost any ring can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I also have a ring with stamped with STS and 14k, natural gemstones, expensive jewelry
natural gemstones, expensive jewelry, jewelry manufacturer: Dear Judy, An experienced jeweler (stay away from the kids at the mall) can usually tell you if your stones are real just by looking at them. If you want to be 100% certain you will have to pay a gemologist for an appraisal - typically $50 - $75. Your stones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring valuation, jewelry appraisals, pink sapphire
jewelry appraisals, pink sapphire, gold ring: G day Mark and many thanks for your query. The short answer is NO! I can t see it, feel it, measure or test these items so how can I give you an answer? It is illegal for me to do so without confirming it is, what you think it is. I suggest you see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: about a ring, current gold prices, gram weight
current gold prices, gram weight, sentimental value: Thank you for your inquiry. Gold rings with single stones were popular and still remain popular as friendship or even wedding bands. The mark you describe is probably the manufacturers hallmark. I have not been able to locate anyone with that mark, but will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where and How can I get these rings?, machine engraving, hand engraving
machine engraving, hand engraving, ring engraving: Dear Kimberley, The prices seem quite fair to me. The engraving prices are almost exactly what we charge for the minimum charge. After that is was a set rate per letter. I hope this does help and wish you a wonderful tomorrow and blessings in your future....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings, metal god, durable surface
metal god, durable surface, liquid solution: Dear kyla, To find out if the ring is gold in the first place, look inside for a karat stamp. That would be 10k, 14k or 18k. Some British rings are 9k. If the stamp is not there, look for a number: 10k is 417, 14k is 585 and 18k is 750. If this is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings, natural gemstone, moissanite engagement rings
natural gemstone, moissanite engagement rings, white gold: HI KATE, I GUESS I M A TRADITIONALIST. THEY ARE IMITATORS TO THE REAL THING, A DIAMOND. I AGREE THEY ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL AND TO 99.9% OF THE PUBLIC THEY COULD NOT TELL THEM APPART. OBVIOSLY THE PRICE IS RIGHT. THERE ARE MANY BEAUTIFUL AND EXITING GEMSTONES...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings, jewelry appraisals, old coins
jewelry appraisals, old coins, question of value: G day Jack and many thanks for your query. The question of Value is the easy part, once you know exactly what you have - But you have to prove it first. You need to get these items appraised by a qualified gemologist Valuer and get a written appraisal....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings, bench jeweler, steam cleaning
bench jeweler, steam cleaning, thomas august: Dee, not knowing what is in Mr.Clean I am not sure if there is any chemical damage or not. The black is more than likely baked on cleaner, browned as it is. The best and perhaps only way to remove this is to take the rings to a jewelers for a professional...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How much would these rings cost?, engraving services, happy hunting
engraving services, happy hunting, mechanical devices: Hello Kim, Enraving rings is very commonplace these days, many, many years ago when I first started it was all done by hand but today there are all sorts of mechanical devices that can perform engraving services. I suggest that you visit several a couple...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings, quality stamp, center stones
quality stamp, center stones, diamond rings: USUALLY INSIDE THE SHANK OF A RING IS THE QUALITY STAMP (14K, 18K) THE MANUFACTURERS LOGO AND MAYBE AN INSCRIPTION BY THE GIVER. THERE ARE HOWEVER SOME COMPANIES WHO WILL STAMP THE SIZE OF THE RING AND THE WEIGHT OF THE CENTER STONE FOR THE CONVENIENCE TO...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I have a rock that has what seems to be a (diamond) looking gem that is stuck inside, mystery rock, geology department
mystery rock, geology department, local college: Hi Grace. It would be irresponsible of me to attempt to ID a mineral or rock when it wasn t in front of me to perform tests on. Call the Geology Department of a local college or university and ask if anyone there can help you identify a mystery rock. Good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rocks, subtances, lithium
subtances, lithium, hydrogen: Hello Nety The following is what I beleive you are looking for Petalite Lithium 2.09 % Li 4.50 % Li2O Aluminum 8.75 % Al 16.54 % Al2O3 Silicon 36.72 % Si 78.56 % SiO2 Oxygen 52.43 % O Amesite (I think...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rolex, rolex dealer, best bet
rolex dealer, best bet, demello: I cant tell if the watch is authentic by this information. Your best bet is to search for a Rolex Dealer in your area rather than an appraiser. Dealers have the tools to open and close these watches. Good luck!! Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rookie stuff, precious metal clay, charcoal block
precious metal clay, charcoal block, torch work: What to do with tiny pieces of silver…humm…several possibilities exist but what is suitable for you now might be totally different when you get set up with a torch and start to do that work. Small pieces too short to form into designs are practically useless...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rose gold & unfair jewellery trade ?, diamond engagement ring, signature confirmation
diamond engagement ring, signature confirmation, rose gold: Hi Karolina, You cant Gold plate gold to change its color as you know. It does not last. In Many countries you can exchange gold for currency without a great loss. In the United States this is not possible because the labor far surpasses the gold value. Your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough diamond?, synthetic sapphire, rough diamond
synthetic sapphire, rough diamond, gem identification: HI LISA, YOU CAN GET ROUGH UNCUT SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE/RUBY AT ANY LAPIDARY STORE (A PLACE WHERE YOU BUY SUPPLIES FOR CUTTING STONES/GEMS). YOU DON T NEED A VERY LARGE PIECE THEY MIGHT EVEN JUST GIVE YOU ONE IF YOU TELL THEM WHAT YOU NEED IT FOR. GOOD LUCK....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough diamonds...or glass?, moshe levy, mr levy
moshe levy, mr levy, rough diamonds: Hi Bruce. There are two options for you: first, you can buy a diamond tester that will check if the meterial is indeed a diamond. if you do buy one, make sure its one that can check rough diamonds and that it is reliable. your second option is to purchase...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough valuation, black opals, lightning ridge
black opals, lightning ridge, australian opal: Hi Rob , yes very tough to do valuations on stones online ..they are really a stone that you must see in the flesh .Even though ..I can at least see that it is probably a south australian opal.coober pedy to be more accurate .Although the other images are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rubies, light refraction, light bends
light refraction, light bends, rainbow of colors: Hi. To start with, light cast through a diamond disperses like a rainbow too. The dispersion in diamond is one of the characteristics that make it so beautiful. The rainbow effect in diamond will be greatest when the stone is ideally proportioned. CZ is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby bracelet, jewelry appraisers, ruby bracelet
jewelry appraisers, ruby bracelet, jewelry appraiser: Hello Leah - thank you for your inquiry and it sounds like you have a lovely bracelet. Since there is no designer or manufacturer marking, dating your bracelet will have to be done by photo or hands-on examination. I would suggest that you take it to a local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby or garnet ring (hallmark), garnet ring, jewelry co
garnet ring, jewelry co, ladt: Hello Tracy and thank you for your inquiry. I found the following information on Hallmark Jewelry. I do not know whether or not they are still in production. You might check a Chicago Directory. The resource doesn t specify whether or not they produced fine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby necklace, ruby necklace, personal tragedy
ruby necklace, personal tragedy, location thanks: G day Sarah and many thanks for your query. I m sorry but I have been researching this claim and cannot find anything confirming it. It s a Mystery? The thought of Jewelers giving away ruby necklaces seems extraordinary (why would they do this?) as anyone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby quartz, wholesale pendants, red quartz
wholesale pendants, red quartz, david fortier: Thank you very much for the follow-up Kristin. I can t tell you for sure what this is without testing it, but I have some ideas. The pricing is a good indication. Most likely it is some kind of imitation material. It might be plastic or glass, but it could...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby quartz, smokey quartz, forward slashes
smokey quartz, forward slashes, cubic zirconia: G day Kristin and many thanks for your follow-up. When you say you are an expert here at AllExperts - what area are you listed? If you want a live link, as I have done below for my blog at how2valuejewelry - just type the full URL path with the http...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby ring, ruby ring, quality stamp
ruby ring, quality stamp, barbra: Hi Billy. The 14k stamp is a quality stamp indicating that the ring is 14K gold. The ab is probably a maker s mark. A maker s mark is stamp that represents the company or individual that manufactured and/or designed the ring. Without having the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby ring, pigeon blood, ruby ring
pigeon blood, ruby ring, solitaire ring: Hi Patricia. Pigeon blood has been a term used to describe the color of rubies for decades. The term refers to a rather dark red color. Although use of the term is widespread, it means very little, as the actual color of a pigeon s blood has never been...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: SAPPHIRE BROOCH, rectangle shape, swirl design
rectangle shape, swirl design, rolled gold: Hi I is very hard to give advise without seeing or touching an item. In an older piece the hallmark was usually over the gold hallmark. The 419 AL I belive is the designer and caster. The 750 stands for 18 kt. The piece is heavy enough based on the diameter...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Safely Melting and Casting Silver and Palladium, graphite mold, ingot mold
graphite mold, ingot mold, iron mold: Matt, your plan of approach appears well thought out except for two major problem areas of which you must be aware. TORCH HEAT SUFFICIENT TO DO THE JOB The first problem is using a plumbers torch to melt the metals. If this is one of the old gasoline...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sainte Anne De Beaupre P.P.N medallion, sainte anne de beaupre, anne de beaupre
sainte anne de beaupre, anne de beaupre, william spencer: Hello Tom and thank you for your inquiry. I have not seen any medals like you describe.Below are a couple of sites that may be of interest to you, however. The first is a site about Ste Anne and the second is a book at Amazon.com about collecting medals that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphire ring, better business bureau, carlsbad california
better business bureau, carlsbad california, diamond band: hello Barbara.. I have certainly heard of this happening with diamonds...and there isn t anything to keep that from happening with sapphires..I have been asked the same question before and my answer is if the stone has value or sentimental reasons you just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphire, natural blue sapphire, color enhancement
natural blue sapphire, color enhancement, gem international: HI RON, A 100% NATURAL BLUE SAPPHIRE IS A NATURAL STONE NOT MAN-MADE THAT HAS NOT BEEN COLOR ENHANCED i.e. HEAT TREATED IS THE COMMON WAY SAPPHIRE IS COLOR ENHANCED. THE TERM NATURAL BLUE MEANS NO COLOR ENHANCEMENT. THE FACT THAT IT IS CERTIFIED BY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphires, yanna, sapphire ring
yanna, sapphire ring, blue sapphire: Look for a pallaldium metal with a blue sapphire In a smaller stone it should be no problem. Diamonds will drive the price up substancially. you are looking a 500 - 1000 minimum for a setting and 2 baaguettes. plus your sapphire. Blue is a great color it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sarah Coventry 1971 "Madame Butterfly" Brooch, sarah coventry, madame butterfly
sarah coventry, madame butterfly, browser address: Hello Rachel and thank you for your inquiry. I do not have any information on the construction of the Sarah Coventry Jewleyr, but here is their site url below - just copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter. You can contact them and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Scrap Gold - Recycling, electrochemical applications, gold alloys
electrochemical applications, gold alloys, lead toxicity: Thanks for the follow-up. At the moment I am sitting on the “edge of my experts chair” since my experience in small scale refining is limited. What I say comes from experience at the shop where I now am employed. We gave up on it mostly, opting to send...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Scratched Citrine in Bezel Set, david yurman, citrine ring
david yurman, citrine ring, brilliant cut: HI GLENDA, I AM ASSUMING THE 8MM CITRINE IS ROUND BRILLIANT CUT. ALSO ASSUMING IT IS OF GOOD QUALITY AND COLOR. TO REPLACE THE STONE THE COST WOULD BE AROUND $75 FOR THE STONE AND ANOTHER $50 FOR THE SETTING. YOU COULD THEN HAVE THE ORIGINAL STONE REPOLISHED...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Searching for good manufacturers, david yurman, jewelry manufacturers
david yurman, jewelry manufacturers, gold accents: Cyrus, thank you with humility for the very kind remarks you said to me. I now understand better what you seek. True, catalogs are difficult to obtain and even more difficuilt if you are not licensed in the business. Most catalogs are designed for the use...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Securing Silver Jump Rings, sideways motion, jump rings
sideways motion, jump rings, pliers: Claire, without soldering the rings which I do imagine is out of the question for this project, the strength of the rings depends on the size of the loop and the gauge or thickness of the metal. There is little to do about that except purchase slightly heavier...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where To Sell My Gold Bar, gold buyers, gold investment
gold buyers, gold investment, ebay: HI VINCE, I THINK YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR MATH. HOW MANY OUNCES IS THE BAR? DID YOU PAY $450 FOR ONE OUNCE OR FOR THE WHOLE BAR? THERE ARE MANY GOLD BUYERS IN THIS COUNTRY. THE BEST DEALS ARE IN NEW YORK USUALLY BUT DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE THERE ARE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sell raw gems, tucson gem show, lapidary journal
tucson gem show, lapidary journal, smoky quartz: HI JOYCE, DEPENDING ON A LOT OF THINGS WITH THE ROUGH STONES DEPENDS ON WHERE YOU SELL THEM. IF THE ROUGH IS HIGH QUALITY AND GOOD COLOR AND SHAPE THE BEST PLACE MIGHT BE THE TUCSON GEM SHOW IN FEB OR THE LAS VEGAS SHOW IN JUNE. LOOK ON EBAY AND SEE WHAT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling a diamond, moshe levy, jewelery store
moshe levy, jewelery store, sure your money: Hi Julianne. Thank you for your question. I think your best bet is to try and sell it on ebay, although you should be very careful and make sure your money is safe before giving your ring to anyone you dont really know. another option is to put an ad in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling diamonds, moshe levy, jewelery store
moshe levy, jewelery store, color clarity: Hi There, In order to have a set value for your diamond you will need to submit your stone to a gemological laboratory. this lab will grade your diamond for weight, color, clarity and some cut and proportions measurements. once you have a certificate on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling my engagement ring, jewelry buyer, professional jewelry
jewelry buyer, professional jewelry, jewelry buyers: I generaly recommend you don t sell to a professional jewelry buyer. You need to have a full appraisal of the ring in order to sell it for it s best price. I also recommend after the ring is appraised that you list it so as to sell it to the consumer. Not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling Gems, rough gems, wholesale market
rough gems, wholesale market, gems and stones: HI NIKKI, LOTS OF FOLKS OVER THE YEARS HAVE ASKED ME THAT SAME QUESTION. YOU HAVE THE SPECTRUM OF GEMS. THEY ARE ALL VALUED DIFFERENTLY AND WOULD BE SOLD DIFFERENTLY. ROUGH GEMS IS A SPECIALIZED MARKET AND THE DEALERS HAVE THEIR CLIENTS. STONES ARE CUT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling Jewelry, gold diamonds, selling jewelry
gold diamonds, selling jewelry, pennies on the dollar: Hello Sally - If you items are valuable i.e. fine jewelry , gold, diamonds, you should have them appraised to determine stone quality and carat. If the pieces are vintage, your local antique mall or museum may be able to refer you to an estate appraiser. Once...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling jewelry, jewellery buyer, selling jewelry
jewellery buyer, selling jewelry, ebay: Hello Curt, What I suggest your sister does is as follows. 1)Try and look at new versions of her jewellery to give yourself an idea of its current retail vlaue. 2)Go to a reputable jewellery buyer and aks what they might buy it for ? 3) Decide on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling a platinum ring for a whitegold wedding set, princess cut diamonds, platinum wedding band
princess cut diamonds, platinum wedding band, platinum ring: G day (Stranger name than D ) and many thanks for your follow up. My original suggestion still stands. Try the Antique Market for a good quality PLATINUM band. Some people don t like to wear something which may have belonged to someone else - but we would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling silver, online calculator, metals market
online calculator, metals market, troy ounce: Thanks for being oh hold until I could check current silver prices. As of this morning, the spot price on the metals market was about $12 US. Judging from that price as a base, finished stock metals in sterling will sell for in the neighborhood of 85cents...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Serpentine, serpentine mineral, chrysotile
serpentine mineral, chrysotile, covey: Hi Angela, Is your stone fibrous looking? Asbestos is very fibrous, and curly in the serpentine. Chrysotile is the serpentine mineral that has asbestos in it. There are other varieties that are not asbestos. I hope this helps. Regards, Steven...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Setting of a flat agata stone, crafts stores, expoxy
crafts stores, expoxy, gold ring: Jose, I will often use epoxy adhesive to help secure a flat back stone into a setting. The best adhesive I have found is Epoxy 330, by Hughes. Several suppliers have this particular epoxy. The secret in using the cement is to mix equal parts first. Also,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Setting gems, google search, jewelry work
google search, jewelry work, google: Hi, Tammy. Thanks for this question. I am quite refreshed that an answer I wrote previously has helped you. Thank you also for the compliment on that answer. I try to be as comprehensive as need be and feedback is important for me to know if the answer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Severly, small diamonds, line id
small diamonds, line id, jewelry store: Follow-up. Sept. 19. Kathryn, glad to see you got back with the link. The ring you showed me is a peg set setting. There is a hole in the center of the top of the ring. The peg on the bottom of the setting goes in there. All is soldered in place and any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sheffield watch, dainty flowers, ebay
dainty flowers, ebay, period pieces: Morning Jeannie. The watch sounds lovely, but my expertise is in gemstones, not time pieces. Have you considered brininging it to an antique store that sells period pieces or contacting an appraiser who specializes in watches? Best of luck with that! Let...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Shooting Star Makers Mark, star makers, jewelry appraiser
star makers, jewelry appraiser, professional estate: Hello Sue and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and have not found a mark with this description. Since it is 14K, I would take it to a professional estate jewelry appraiser or if you can get a good photo, try one of the online appraisal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sidestone angst...., diamond area, visual taste
diamond area, visual taste, finished ring: Hi Bonnie. This is a good one to think about! Wow, what a question! I say this simply because so much has to do with “visual taste” of the one seeing the ring. The most important viewers are you and your husband, since whichever arrangement is used you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver, market fluctuation, professional jeweler
market fluctuation, professional jeweler, gold content: Silver jewelry comes in several different purity levels. Pure silver is .999 but is usually mixed with a base metal for durability. Sterling silver is usually marked sterling or .925 - European sterling is usually marked with a hallmark depending on where...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Bracelet Possibly From Spanish Ex. Ship, appraisal center, apprasal
appraisal center, apprasal, exploration ship: G day Karen and many thanks for your query Something of this nature would need a specialist - someone dealing in just this type of market. While we do have an online appraisal system at the Jewelry Appraisal Center, which you could do yourself, I personally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Bracelet, estate jeweler, jewelry appraisers
estate jeweler, jewelry appraisers, diamond cut: Hello Michael and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like a lovely bracelet ! You are right in that 925 is the mark for sterling silver. the ND could be the manufacturer mark, but I have not been able to locate those particular initials in my resources. Since...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver bracelet???, jewelry appraiser, mexican jewelry
jewelry appraiser, mexican jewelry, jewelry suppliers: Hi Kathy and thank you for your inquiry. Without actually seeing the item, it would be difficult to tell exactly what you have. I have not found the PD designation in any of my resources. It could be a manufacturer, designer or the owner s initials. Have you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver coating on gems, silver coating, colored stones
silver coating, colored stones, happy holidays: HI KAREN, THE PROCESS IS CALLED FOIL BACKING. THIS PROCESS WAS/IS USED FOR SIMULATED STONES. THE ONES USED TO REPLACE DIAMONDS ARE CALLED RHINESTONES. ALL THE COLORED STONES ARE KNOWN SIMPLY AS FOIL BACKS, IN WHATEVER COLOR THEY ARE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver and Gold Plate, gold plating, gold plate
gold plating, gold plate, sentimental value: Dear Heather, The short answer is no . Silver is so inexpensive (about $13 an ounce) that it is just not practical to put the labor into your piece to restore or strip it. I face this scenario quite often and advise my clients to move on to another piece...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver hand clasped ring, hand jewelry, celtic origin
hand jewelry, celtic origin, st louis mo: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. Hands have been used in jewelry for centuries and rings provide especialy meaningful designs. There are many different designs, the most popular being the Claddagh ring of Celtic origin. Two hands holding a heart...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver jewelry discolouration, body chemicals, jewelry shops
body chemicals, jewelry shops, body chemistry: Stephanie, unfortunately there is little to do to correct the situation. The only sterling which will last a while in presence of tarnish producing chemicals is sterling with a rhodium plate. Then again, in defense of non-plated sterling, the color is right...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver korea ring, regiment ring, ebay
regiment ring, ebay, best bet: G day Char and many thanks for your query Silver as you know is the cheaper precious metal and just because an item was made during the Korean war won t change that. Silver today is still only $12.99 per ounce compared to gold at over $620 - so you see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver markings from Spain, silver markings, metal quality
silver markings, metal quality, quality marks: Carol, the best I can do on this is tell you that 925 is pretty much internationally recognized as meaning Sterling Silver, with 925 representing the fine(pure silver) while the rest of the mix is generally copper. As for markings other than the quality...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver oxidation, liver of sulfur, wet paint
liver of sulfur, wet paint, crafts stores: Julie, the best way to get a patina or oxidation on the earrings is to go to a jeweler and ask for liver of sulfur be used to antique the earrings. You could apply the chemical yourself but would have to purchase a pint or so of the smelly stuff just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Ring Cracked?, silver ring, shank
silver ring, shank, poor quality: Dear Cody, If the back of the ring s shank is cracked at the center, it is probably the result of a poor-quality past sizing job. It can be easily repaired by a skilled jeweler. Particularly good results are achieved by using a laser for the repair. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Ring reszing, conductors of heat, sterling silver gold
conductors of heat, sterling silver gold, precious metals: Mark, thanks for this question, one which may be of interest to many people out there. As with other precious metals, silver may be formed, cast, forged, die struck and otherwise made into jewelry. Precious metals generally used in jewelry are sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver ring resizing., british pound sterling, precious metal content
british pound sterling, precious metal content, blue sapphire: Matt, thank you for this question. I did take a look at the ring. I see no reason the ring cannot be resized, if sterling silver and not plated. Ok, now I add confusion. Please allow me to explain what I am talking about. STERLING SILVER. Sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver ring, celtic knot design, itchy rash
celtic knot design, itchy rash, diaper rash: Dear Joan, Great! Remember to state to the that the alloy must contain NO NICKEL. Do 18kt or better still, platinum if you can afford it. Get the jeweler to agree up front that if you have an allergic reaction again that they will refund your money or at...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Sterling Repair, sterling silver ring, silver sterling
sterling silver ring, silver sterling, silver polish: Dear Becky, The most common result of exposing silver to chlorine is a blackening of the metal or, at worst, a pitting of the surface. If you just have the blackening, take your jewelry to a jeweler who has a Speedbrite machine - it will clean your silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver, silver necklace, short answer
silver necklace, short answer, oxidation: Dear Susan, The short answer is: oxidation. Silver tarnishes (oxidizes). Use a treated polishing cloth - available at your local jeweler or supermarket - to remove the tarnish. Also follow the last on, first off regimen when you wear your necklace. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Simple Hallmarks, tom dick, pure gold
tom dick, pure gold, gold ring: Peter- the 18kt you saw is not a hallmark but a Karat stamp which should be followed by a mfg. hallmark with their logo or initials. Gold has a distinct feel and look about it and is often tested if their is question regarding Karat quality. Worlwide the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Simulated stones and Pink Sapphires, best simulated diamond, pear shapes
best simulated diamond, pear shapes, carat center stone: THE BEST SIMULATED DIAMOND IS MOISSANITE. THEY ARE VERY HARD TO TELL APART. MOISSANITE COSTS LESS THAN HALF THAT OF DIAMOND AND COMES IN ALL TYPES OF CUTS INCLUDING PEAR SHAPE. I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY THAT LOOK YELLOW-GREEN IN DAYLIGHT BUT I SUPPOSE THAT THEY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sizing Sterling silver rings, sterling silver rings, sterling rings
sterling silver rings, sterling rings, silversmith: Hello, Silver rings are resized all the time ....? You have a silver ring with Tazanite...?...the problem here is that this stone is very delicate and heat will break it and I am sure the silversmith does not want to take a risk breaking it for a few dollar...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Small round Pendant marked 825, jewelry appraisals, quality gemstones
jewelry appraisals, quality gemstones, south east asia: G day Jo and many thanks for your query. The Hallmark is probably 925 not 825 as this is the International Decimal Mark for Sterling Silver. The gems would be something like CZ s as they would never put quality gemstones into a low priced metal such as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Small stones on Engagement Ring, diamond chips, narrow rim
diamond chips, narrow rim, deco style: Rob, you are creative in getting me the photo. By the way, this is a clear and very revealing shot. I also do photography and jewelry is perhaps the most difficult of all. Good work. (I did not realize maxed out prevented follow-up! What a drag that is.)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Smoky quartz, interference figure, david sigal
interference figure, david sigal, smoky quartz ring: HI JAKE, SMOKEY QUARTZ CAN BE NATURAL IN COLOR AND THE FACT THAT IT IS QUARTZ IS EASY TO PROVE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO TEST IT. EITHER THE REFRACTIVE INDEX OR BY THE BULL S EYE INTERFERENCE FIGURE. YOU WOULD HAVE TO KNOW WHAT I M TALKING ABOUT HOWEVER. A GEMOLOGIST...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Solder Material, ring material, unnecessary work
ring material, unnecessary work, white gold: Jenna, wow…what a question and apparently you are quite disturbed about it all. If the ring looks as bad as you say, you certainly have good reason to be upset. First, let me tell you how two rings are normally soldered together. The rings are inspected...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldering 18kt white gold, acid alcohol, paste flux
acid alcohol, paste flux, thanks for your patience: Sorry, Monica. I will be forced to wait another day or perhaps early Sat. morning to get this properly answered. Some stuff is happening at home and must be attended first. Thanks for your patience. I like to answer the same day but this time that was not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldering gold to silver, gold plate, cuff bracelet
gold plate, cuff bracelet, torch: Mandy- I would use 14kt soft solder which melts at around 1100F. IT will be easier to clean and polish and will not turn color in time. Be careful as Silver will get very hot. I m sure you know to coat the silver with alcohol and boric acid combo so it does...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldering a jump ring to a ball (sterling silver), jump ring, jewelry work
jump ring, jewelry work, proper heat: Tanyia, good evening to you and here we go with an answer. I do hope the picture is there for you to view. Ahh..a question from a person doing jewelry work! This is a good thing. Please click on the image to see a larger view. An even larger view and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldering, working in bali, jewelry work
working in bali, jewelry work, cufflink: Followup July 23,07_______________________________________ Dwi, you can use the method I mentioned in follow-up for pictures or if you can possibly put the pictures on an internet site and send me a link to view. Either way will help greatly. I will wait...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sparkle, scott kay rings, diamond engagement ring
scott kay rings, diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle: Hi and thanks for this question. Valerie, the “Dream” diamond with which I am familiar is a brilliant cut squarish shaped diamond cut and sold to jewelers by the Hearts on Fire ™ company. This stone is cut to such perfect proportions that a very bright...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sprucing up an older bridal set, bridal set, few suggestions
bridal set, few suggestions, sentimental value: Stacey, thanks for the question. Let’s get right to it on sizing first. Prices will vary from location to location but in our area we generally size a ring down for $23. To size up starts at $28 and there is $10 added for each size after the first size....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Squash Blossom Necklace, native american jewelry, pawn shop
native american jewelry, pawn shop, time terry: Hello Terry and thank you for your inquiry. Without seeing the necklace it is difficult for me to give any opinion and I am not an expert on this type of jewelry. I do know they are very collectible, especially the older ones. Here is a site that may interest...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: STAMPING OF GOLD JEWELLRY, gold jewellry, 9ct gold
gold jewellry, 9ct gold, jewelry industry: G day Ivan and many thanks for your email You didn t say where you lived so I shall assume the USA? There is NO International body which controls the Jewelry Industry so what applies to the States does not apply to any other country unless they wish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: "STAR-BLUE" ?, 2 carat diamond, retail salespeople
2 carat diamond, retail salespeople, graduate gemologist: HI TERRY, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIAL FAMILY HEIRLOOM. IN THE PAST DIAMOND RING COMPANIES HAVE USED SPECIAL NAMES FOR DIFFERENT QULITIES OF STONES TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE RETAIL SALESPEOPLE TO IDENTIFY THEM. THIS IS EVEN DONE TODAY. TERMS LIKE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: STERLING SILVER RING, sterling silver ring, crump missouri
sterling silver ring, crump missouri, signet ring: Hi Tara, It sounds like this is a signet ring. This might be from England. The ring has the person Initials engraved on the top of the ring. These are your relatives initials. This is a ring with sentimental value. I hope that helps! Thanks Jeanette...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamping trademark and gold quantity, national gold, metal quality
national gold, metal quality, quality mark: Hi Angie. Glad you came by. Thanks for this question. Only once before have I been asked a question on the National Gold and Silver Marking Act. Sure, folks ask all the time about marks for metal quality but not like this. I am not a legal expert but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, better business bureau, gia cert
better business bureau, gia cert, star 129: Hi Tim. A Star 129 is a new cut. It looks beautiful and dazzling. Usually these designer cuts are sold at a premium but $2,900 for this 0.78 carat J, SI1 is a fair price, presuming the stone has a GIA cert to assure it is indeed a J SI1! I think you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, brilliant cut diamond, jewler
brilliant cut diamond, jewler, guarentees: HI TIM, THE STAR129 IS ONE OF MANY NEW DIAMOND CUTS AVAILABLE IN THE MARKET TODAY. THIS CUT HAPPENS TO BE EXCEPTIONALY BEAUTIFUL AND SEEMS TO BE DONE QUITE WELL. A DIAMOND IS A DIAMOND NO MATTER HOW IT S CUT. THESE NEW CUTS SOMETIMES DO DEMAND A PREMIUM...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, gemological institute of america, star 129
gemological institute of america, star 129, diamond cuts: Tim, The EGI is the European Gemmological Institute (Antwerp). Some in the USA don t consider the EGI grading to be quite at tight as done by the GIA. Others say is it just fine but not that wellknown in the USA. Frankly, I am not familiar enough with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, diamonds diamonds, natural diamonds
diamonds diamonds, natural diamonds, light reflection: Hello Tim, Don t worry it s not as complicated as you think. The Star129 is another new style of cutting for diamonds. Diamonds have a fabulous natural property in light reflection, the better a diamond can be cut to display this, the better the Fire from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, star 129 diamond, moisonite
star 129 diamond, moisonite, jewler: Hello Tim, sorry I cannot help you with your question on the Star 129. Diamond ... this is really outside my expertise... but I can make a suggestion that you take a look at Moisonite before you buy a Diamond.... it is virtually impossible to tell the two...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Star129 diamonds, moshe levy, star 129
moshe levy, star 129, diamond cutter: Hi Tim. the only difference between the star 129 round to the regular round brilliant are the extra facets on the pavilion (the bottom of the stone). There are no drawbacks, if you like it you should go for it. the only thing that I dont like is the price....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver Chains, sterling silver chains, sterling silver chain
sterling silver chains, sterling silver chain, link chains: Hi, Thanks for the question. Chains are made several ways and some do not have a link that will open. The reason the link has no “split” is because the links are soldered shut. This soldered construction is more solid and is the mark of a better chain...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver oxidation, liver of sulfur, dark patina
liver of sulfur, dark patina, term oxidation: Hello Kelly, Thanks for this question about the “oxidation” or patina on the sterling ring. First of all, yes, oxidation finishes may be removed. Depending on the kind of finish used, the methods will vary a little. Here is a quick rundown of common...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling silver chain-boric acid on it?, sterling silver chain, sterling chain
sterling silver chain, sterling chain, rio grande: You need an ultrasonic cleaner and let it sit there for 15 -20 minutes, that will loosen any residue. Use a solution recommended for silver by Rio Grande, as Ammonia will tarnish the silver and you will have to polish it. Call Rio Grande, they are very helpful...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is This Stone a Blue Sapphire?, air bubbles, baby head
air bubbles, baby head, gemologist: Hello again, What I am saying is from a picture I can not make a good assessment. I do not see any crystaline structure to the stone either. To know for sure it needs to have the refractive index read. As fas as color of glass it can be made in any color....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stone Mounting, cubic zirconium, jewelry experience
cubic zirconium, jewelry experience, correct tension: July 17,2005 Follow-Up and Answer. Dianne, I am back. After looking at past answers, I have decided to do this one like almost all the others, from scratch. Trying to use previous information only saves me a little typing time but cut and paste sometimes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stone Setting, albuquerque new mexico, rio grande
albuquerque new mexico, rio grande, mountings: Ramona I don t think that s a good idea or 1 mm off is just too much and you risk the chance of losing the stone completely.. try checking with Rio Grande out of Albuquerque, New Mexico..you can google them they should have a big online site... if you don...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stop watched, railroad watches, jewelry appraiser
railroad watches, jewelry appraiser, ruby ring: Thank you for your inquiry. Before you attempt to sell any of these items, I would get a professional appraisal. Some of the railroad watches were also gold. Your local museum or antique mall may be able to direct you to a good estate jewelry appraiser. You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Strange Silver Mark, nickel silver, silver alloy
nickel silver, silver alloy, partial answers: Hi, Terry. Thanks for this question. I am quite happy you apparently read my “instructions” on the ask a question page and saw that I do not even try to do ID from makers marks. I receive too many questions which I must unfortunately reject(with a kind...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Strength of silver chains, link chains, stone beads
link chains, stone beads, silver chains: Hello Gyrefalcon, in most cases of stringing I have always reccomended that the stringer use a material substance such as silk or nylon to string the article. Certainly if you use a foxtail or wheat style of chain in silver, you will run a considerable...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Super glue removal, super glue removal, glue remover
super glue removal, glue remover, center diamond: You can purchase super glue remover at most hardware and drug stores. Another popular product is Goo Gone which contains orange oil. I ve used it with sucess in the past.Use a toothpick or q tip to apply only to the stone affected and Above all, don t try...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Super glue on my stone, acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover
acetone nail polish remover, nail polish remover, soap and water: Im not even going to ask you what you were doing......the answer is Acetone!! nail polish remover will do the trick, only make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after as it may have a reaction with your hand....as far as the ring just put it in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sutain and An, old jewelry, providence ri
old jewelry, providence ri, ri c: Hello Casey and thank you for your inquiry. The only AN I can locate is AN Co. which was used by Abbott-Beeber Company in Providence, RI c. 1931. The logo for them is written, however all conjoined ANCo. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a company SUTAIN....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: SWAROVSKI CRYSAL BRACELET, sworovski crystal, jewelry appraiser
sworovski crystal, jewelry appraiser, sawy: Hello Sarah and thank you for your inquiry. You don t say whether this is a vintage or newer contemporary piece of jewelry. Usually gold is marked on all newer pieces but sometimes lacking on older items. I don t find any manufacturer/designers with the name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Synthetic Diamonds, mineral hardness scale, lifetime gaurantee
mineral hardness scale, lifetime gaurantee, diamond simulant: Hi Bill. I went to the eBay page you supplied me. Whay a bogus bunch of CRAP!!!! I suspect these stones to be synthetic colorless sapphire, with a retail value of a few dollars each...just what they are selling for. These are NOT synthetic diamonds. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Synthetic Diamonds, synthetic diamonds for sale, jewelers row
synthetic diamonds for sale, jewelers row, larry larson: Thanks for the additional information Katie. I have more to tell you and some of it is opinion and some is fact. Where to start? OK how about the facts. In spite of the fact that the movie Blood Diamond told us that fifteen percent of the diamonds...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Synthetic Diamonds/Diamond Substitute, diamond simulant, white sapphires
diamond simulant, white sapphires, diamond substitute: Hello Robin, The sad truth is that no Diamond simulant passes the test of time or standard. Moissanite is probably the hardest wearing simulant, but as soon as you see it next to a real diamond you will know that it isn t. White Sapphires are created...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Synthetic Diamonds/Diamond Substitute, best diamond simulant, diamond substitute
best diamond simulant, diamond substitute, cubic zirconium: HI ROBIN, FOR THE MONEY TODAY THE BEST DIAMOND SIMULANT IS MOISSANITE. CUBIC ZIRCONIUM IS A CHEAP ALTERNATIVE BUT TENDS TO WEAR BAD AND MAY EVEN TURN COLOR. THE BEST SUBSTITUTE IS SYNTHETIC DIAMOND, BUT IT IS IN FACT A DIAMOND. IN THE MARKET TODAY IT IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Synthetic Diamonds, diamond simulant, cubic zirconium
diamond simulant, cubic zirconium, natural diamonds: Hello Bill, Sorry for the time delay for some reason I have been unable to respond to questions for a couple of days. Your question:- The company is right to deny that the Russian stone was a CZ , it is not, The Russian stone is a Synthetic Diamond. They...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: s & j bakelite, sterling pin, sterling pin, precious gems
sterling pin, precious gems, hello bill: Hello Jane and thank you for your inquiry. The only manufacturer I can find with anything similar to the marks is SJ *INTERSECTING LETTERS - JEWELRY TRADEMARK USED BY SAVOY JEWELRY MFG. CO. NEW YORK SINCE 1954 . The bracelet sounds beautiful. Are you sure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sales, antique malls, gem lab
antique malls, gem lab, ebay: HI JACOB, SORRY FOR THE LATENESS. YOU VE GOT SOME GOOD IDEAS. I WOULD ALSO CONSIDER DOING TRADE SHOWS. THEY ARE USUALLY ON WEEKENDS AND SHOULDN T CONFLICT. I DID VERY WELL ON EBAY FOR A FEW YEARS THEN HAD TO START COMPETEING WITH THE BIG BOYS AND COULDN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sanding pendants, jewelers rouge, bench grinder
jewelers rouge, bench grinder, jewelry website: G day Jason and many thanks for your query Firstly you should NEVER sand gold or silver. Jewelers use a very fine (like wet and dry) paper for the initial smoothing or shaping process to get rid of rough edges. Once that is done they polish scratches...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sapphire grades, good lighting, decent camera
good lighting, decent camera, gemologists: Hi Michael, Who graded your sapphire with these terms? I have not seen or heard them before. What color is your sapphire? Blue, pink, yellow, orange, green? I am guess LF means lightly flawed. But again not a common term. The purity of color, the brilliance,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sapphire polishing, diamond powder, steel wheel
diamond powder, steel wheel, sapphire stone: Hi Helena, The jeweler would have sent your stone out to a gemcutter like myself. He would use a steel wheel with diamond powder to polish it. This process does remove a small amount of your stone to polish it. It would not lose any size and very little...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sapphires, dael, happy holidays
dael, happy holidays, vibrant color: HI DAEL, IN A WORD, YES. MOST STONES ON THE MARKET TODAY ARE COMMERCIAL GRADE SAPPHIRES. THEY ARE VERY VERY DARK BLUE OR BLACK AND OPAQUE. THE BEST COLORS IN ALL SAPPHIRES IS A VIBRANT COLOR AND USUALLY TRANSPARENT. THANKS HAPPY HOLIDAYS PETE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: It says, page god, thomas august
page god, thomas august, metal quality: Virgina, thanks for the question. Unfortunately, only that one word tells me very little. I am not an expert on marks on jewelry unless those are the quality marks for metal quality. This mark appearing to be ring is not something with which I am...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scatter pins made by DuBarry, Fifth Avenue, NY, scatter pins, accessory company
scatter pins, accessory company, jewelry designer: Hello Mary and thank you for your inquiry. I have no listing in my resources of a jewelry designer Dubary. However Dubary was a large cosmetic and accessory company in the 1930-60 s. It is possible that these were some sort of gift with purchase or giveaway....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scottish brooch, clans of scotland, time andrea
clans of scotland, time andrea, scottish gallery: Hello Andrea - Sounds like you have an interesting brooch. Scottish agate brooches usually have various native agate stones - unusual for them to have pearls. The arrows could be a clan indication, of which there are many. The internet is a vast resource for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scotty dogs*estate*vintage*sweater pin or clasp, taiwan jewelry, scotty dogs
taiwan jewelry, scotty dogs, gold sticker: Hello Jennifer and thank you for writing. Most marked Taiwan jewelry was made in the last 20-30 years. Unfortunately copies of scotty dog jewelry became rampant a number of years ago when its popularity was at the highest. Older pieces came from Japan, Occupied...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scratches in gems, correct angles, surface scratches
correct angles, surface scratches, dollar shop: HI KIMBERLY, RUBY IS A VERY HARD MINERAL BUT DOES SHOW WEAR OVER THE YEARS. IT S A VERY SIMPLE THING TO POLISH OUT SCRATCHES ON THE SURFACE OF STONES. YOU JUST NEED TO FIND SOMEONE WHO KNOWS HOW. YOUR LOCAL JEWELER MAY KNOW SOMEONE WHO CAN DO IT LOCALY....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: scratches on ring, 18ct gold, three keys
18ct gold, three keys, jeweller: Hi Carole, I have incountered this problem with other clients. First of all silver is very soft like platinum, it marks very easily. Gold is a great metal. I am sorry but rings dont scratch by them selves. You are coming in contact with something, I would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sealing patina, liver of sulfur, wood lacquer
liver of sulfur, wood lacquer, acrylic lacquer: Olivia, this is a good question. The very dark gray/black from liver of sulfur on silver is rather durable. Unfortunately, those beautiful in-between colors like the blues, yellows and other shades are not so permanent. So, you want to protect the patina...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: self pickling flux, soft solders, jewelry work
soft solders, jewelry work, acid baths: Hi, thanks for this question. I am always glad to help a newcomer to jewelry work. I admit, at first much is confusing. Once you have more experience, trial and error learning and some successes, what is in the material you have read will begin to make...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how do i sell ruby and other high value gems, independent jewelers, precious gems
independent jewelers, precious gems, ebay: I hope you re buying these gems at a good price.. you probably know but it is a jungle out there.. and if you re not careful in all the classifications that make a gem good you may pay way too much... now to sell these... not necessarily easy.. big buyers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling an .32 G VVS1 BR engagement ring, carat gold, carat weight
carat gold, carat weight, laser inscription: Hi Anthony, Here are some appraisers I found in your area, APPRAISER Mark Sadovsky Jeweler Mark Sadovsky 70 NE Loop 410, Suite 260 San Antonio, TX 78216 Tel: 210-377-1818 Fax: 210-377-1796 mark@sadovskyjewelers.com EDUCATION J-BAR Course;...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling a diamond, moshe levy, diamond engagement ring
moshe levy, diamond engagement ring, jewelery store: Hi Anita, It is very hard to estimate the value of a diamond with out looking at the diamond itself or at the certificate. wholesale price on a 2.00 ct H VS2 can range from 11,000 up to $ 17000 depends on the cut proportions and certification. you can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling diamond bracelet, lippincott co, jewelry district
lippincott co, jewelry district, gold diamonds: HI JOHN, I M SORRY BUT I HAVE NO IDEA OF THE LIPPINCOTT CO. S REPUTATION AND I HAVE HAD NO DIRECT DEALINGS WITH THEM. I REALLY CANNOT COMMENT ON THEM. THE BEST PATH FOR A PRIVATE OWNER IS TO START OUT IN YOUR LOCAL AREA AND ASK YOUR LOCAL JEWELER TO GIVE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling diamond bracelet, lippincott co, jewelry appraiser
lippincott co, jewelry appraiser, diamond bracelet: Hi John. Without seeing and knowing the specifics on the bracelet it is extremely hard to speculate. When was it made? What is the total diamond weight? What metal is the bracelet constructed out of? Is it a good example of a period piece of jewelry?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling diamond bracelet, lippincott co, true market value
lippincott co, true market value, current price of gold: HI JOHN, WHAT MOST DIAMOND AND GOLD JEWELRY BUYERS PAY IS THE GOLD WEIGHT AND MAYBE A FEW DOLLARS FOR DIAMONDS. SO IF YOU GOT THE BRACELET FOR A LOT LESS THAN THE GOLD WEIGHT VALUE AND THE DIAMONDS FOR FREE THEN YOU CAN MAKE MONEY ON THE PIECE EASILY. BUT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling diamond, moshe levy, jewelery store
moshe levy, jewelery store, fraud cases: Hi Charlie, let start with the major drawback which is that you will probably loose money if you bought the ring in a retail store. the options you have though are: 1. ebay- the plus is that you expose yourself to a huge market, the minus is that there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling a stone, chips and scratches, ct measurements
chips and scratches, ct measurements, diamond gemstones: Hello Doug, I am not an expert on sapphires... but here are some thoughts... generally these appraisals are way higher than the real value... as you know the real value is what someone will actually pay you.... also with chips and scratches and bruises this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting CZ, hearts and arrows, platinum family
hearts and arrows, platinum family, platinum jewelry: Lisa, even the best cut CZ will not be expensive at all. If you do not have the stone, I suggest one of the hearts and arrows CZ s. Signity is one company cutting CZ s to this accuracy and it does make a difference in the look. The hearts and arrows is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting a diamond, serial number, diamond
serial number, diamond: Sorry I can not answer your question but I can tell you... if it is a valuable or a family diamond...you may want to get an appraisal and a serial number laser on the diamond by laser ..that way you will be sure to get back the same diamond you send out for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting faceted gemstones, professional jeweler, mountings
professional jeweler, mountings, white gold: hello delores.. if your stones are not calibrated standard shapes to fit in the thousands of findings already made up...you will have to learn silversmithing and make the settings or band them by hand...also get the RioGrande catalog.. regards Rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting faceted stones, numb fingers, jewelry work
numb fingers, jewelry work, private question: Neil, this is not your answer but to let you know I have the question..out the door to work right now where I will likely set a stone during the day! This question requires accurate word pictures since allexperts is not image friendly. I will get on this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting loose gems at home, jewelry mountings, loose gems
jewelry mountings, loose gems, calibrator: Hello.. Yes, but it will depend if your stones are calibrated..that is to say standard sizes ..like 8 x 10 MM Get yourself a cheap calibrator and you will know exactly. Go to Rio Grande website. You will see hundreds of beutiful findings...let me know if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting and re-sizing, gold size, jewelry shop
gold size, jewelry shop, question god: Chrissi, Prices for ring sizing and stone setting vary from jewelry shop to jewelry shop. I can tell you what is charged where I work. This price is fairly standard or close to that of many jewelers. Please keep in mind the quality of the work is important....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: settings, antique jewelry, querry
antique jewelry, querry, bezel settings: G day Susan and many thanks for your querry They have been using Prong settings (we call them Claw Settings in the industry) for hundreds of years. There are many examples going back to Georgian and Victorian times and many years before that too.. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: shining stones, feldspar and mica, quartz feldspar
feldspar and mica, quartz feldspar, barbra: Hi Felipe. Lets define what we mean by shine. Do you mean that some rocks look like they glitter ? This is caused by the sun reflecting on the crystal faces of the minerals that comprise the rock. For example, qranite is composed of quartz, feldspar and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: side view of pendant, joy thomas, tiny chain
joy thomas, tiny chain, thoughtful answer: Follow-up.------------------------------ Ann, I see the sketch got through. I will put the web link here anyway: http://www.renderosity.com/mod/rrfilelock/download.php?fileid=32110&key=9306 I still believe your best course is to be patient and try to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: signed pearls, antique costume jewelry, strand of pearls
antique costume jewelry, strand of pearls, antique glassware: Hi Amy. Thanks for this question. By the way, there is a couple on the same site as me who deal in antiques. If my answer is not enough, you might want to try them. I believe Jarrett is the name of that couple expert. Generally in old items and even...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver 825, jewelry appraisals, sterling 825
jewelry appraisals, sterling 825, quality grade: G day Dali and many thanks for your query. This indicates the number of parts per thousand of pure metal, so in this case, 825 shows the item has 825 parts of pure silver mixed with 175 parts of other metals to make the jewelry. The world standard is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver, dark patina, metal copper
dark patina, metal copper, rhodium: Jazz, I can t think of a decent test to try at home. Best take it to a jeweler to have the silver tested there. If the metal is plated, with only a layer of silver or some other metal on it, wear will often show on the edges. Look for cracks in plating...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver bracelet, german cross, silver bracelet
german cross, silver bracelet, browser address: Hello Chris and thank you for your inquiry. I believe your bracelet is foreign and the 875 means that it is 875 parts silver - almost sterling. The hallmark is not familiar to me, but I have listed below a site that you may find helpful in locating your mark....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver bracelet, moon and star, international producers
moon and star, international producers, egyptian jewelry: Hello Holli - Sounds like you have an unusual bracelet. It does as you describe seem to be mid-eastern design and the moon and star on the back would also indicate mid-eastern production, however I do not have a listing for international producers or manufacturers....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver brooch, jewelry appraisals, silver brooch
jewelry appraisals, silver brooch, george jensen: G day Amanda and many thanks for your query George Jensen jewelry is very collectable and I would suggest you check places like eBay or the Antique Jewelry Fair at: http://www.antique-jewelry-fair.com/ and look for something similar. As to what it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver chains, silver chains, tomorrow evening
silver chains, tomorrow evening, question concerns: Stan, I am back on Wednesday evening. Here we go... Stan, I do appreciate the follow-up. This helps the “answer” be more relevant to your inquiry. Thanks again for that. Checking with vendors offerings and with the very knowledgeable salespeople at...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver/enamel german bracelet, mt fuji, jewelry manufacturers
mt fuji, jewelry manufacturers, silver bracelet: Hello Patti and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you have a beautiful bracelet. A lot of jewelry and other decorative items were made in Germany during and shortly after the Art Deco Period. There was a lot of interest in orientalia. You don t say...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Do silver and gold cause a chemical reaction?, dollar coins, amethyst stone
dollar coins, amethyst stone, happy new year: Maria- Dont panic, Yes you are correct. The silver coated the gold rings. It just needs to be polished by a machine with Rouge and Tripoli. It only takes a few minutes to bring back the shine. Take the ring to a jeweler who has a shop on premise. They will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver jewellery settings, lapidary journal magazine, professional jeweler
lapidary journal magazine, professional jeweler, jewellery settings: Hello, Colette. Thanks for this question. Maybe I can help some. Years ago when I started this path to professional jeweler, I was a rockhound. That led, of course, to cutting cabs and needing settings. That was many years ago and it seemed lots and lots...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver and jewelry, 1847 rogers bros, christmas figurines
1847 rogers bros, christmas figurines, antique appraisers: Hello Jennifer - I would suggest that if you have items you need to value for sale that you try and research them at one of the online auctions such as ebay.com . If the items are fine - precious metals, etc. you should use an estate appraiser or one of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver jewelry, periodic table of elements, substandard products
periodic table of elements, substandard products, jewellery industry: Hello Linda, Firstly Silver is Silver, it is one of the elements which can be found on the periodic table of elements. It is always the same wether it comes from this planet or another. However !! - it can be alloyed with other materials to be used for various...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver markings, cubic zirconium, silver markings
cubic zirconium, silver markings, jeweler: eileen most likely not since the item is sterling silver. the stones are likely cubic zirconium but its a good idea to have it looked at by a jeweler in your area. Most likely it is made in China. Send me a picture and I will give you a better answer all...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver(?) metal Egyptian bracelet, silver bangle bracelet, radiant sun
silver bangle bracelet, radiant sun, palm tree: ­­Thank you for your inquiry. I would be happy to view any picture and comment on them for identification purposes. However, I do not give appraisals or valuations on items, but you can try one of the online appraisal services listed below: http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver pendant, silver locket, glass marble
silver locket, glass marble, metal surfaces: Lisa, if the metal on the locket is thin, the general approach is to “burnish” or “dap” the dent from the backside. You say the dent does not show from the inside so that is possibly not going to solve the problem. To try and push a dent forward and more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Having silver ring dipped in white gold?, personal value, living in london
personal value, living in london, silver band: Dear Julie, One fact about jewelry and sentimental value is that the personal value of the item represents memory and connection. With this in mind, personal value of a jewelry item held dear often is far greater than the monetary value of the jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my silver ring (i think), silver tableware, body chemistry
silver tableware, body chemistry, jewler: You are more than welcome. I know you like the ring and please do enjoy it as long as you can. Clean it once in a while with simple dish detergent and rinse well. Do not wear it in a swimming pool or in the bath since soap will possibly affect the ring and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my silver ring (i think), silver ring, nail polish
silver ring, nail polish, jeweler: Hi Christina - Usually sterling silver does not turn the skin green unless there is an allergy. You don t say whether it was new or vintage. Somtimes the finish can wear off of vintage silverplated rings and the alloy can stain the skin. The only way to be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My silver ring?, doing the dishes, simichrome
doing the dishes, simichrome, jewelry field: Hello Jamie and thank you for your inquiry. If your ring is marked 925 it is supposed to be sterling silver however, keep in mind forgeries are rampant in the jewelry field. What I believe happened is that whatever detergent you were using reacted with the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver tara brooch (ireland) w/ stones, tara brooch, silver hallmark
tara brooch, silver hallmark, costume jewelry: G day Maureen and many thanks for your query You are going to have to take it to someone who can see it, feel it, touch it and test it because if it is silver (NOT just silver colored) it should have a silver hallmark. As your description doesn t mention...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver tea spoons, nickle silver, tea spoons
nickle silver, tea spoons, old jewelry: Hello Wayne and thank you for your inquiry. The EPNS means Electroplate on Nickle Silver. The other mark is probably British. In order to match it up, I suggest you get a hallmark book from the library or purchase (inexpensive) Jackson s Hallmarks by Ian Pickford....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver work needed, silver work, morwenna
silver work, morwenna, jewelry store: Hello Morwenna and thank you for your inquiry. You could take your find to a local jewelry store inquiring whether they have settings and can make the necklace for you. You don t say whether this is a cabochon or stone . There are companies online that sell...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silversmithing, butane torch, silver cuff bracelet
butane torch, silver cuff bracelet, bracelet mandrel: Hi, Tina. Interesting question you have sent. While 20 gauge might be a little thin for a silver cuff bracelet, the metal itself is not as springy or tough as gold jewelry metals. If your silver is quite soft and easily bent, to simply bend around a form...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silvertone, grayish color, black stain
grayish color, black stain, costume jewelry: Oops! I failed to put care into the answer. Generally, a gentle cleanng with a mild dish detergent, rinse well and pat dry will work to remove salts and other stuff that will lead to tarnish. A good jewelry cloth with no polishes or chemicals will also help....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sodering near stones, heat resistance, lok
heat resistance, lok, turquoise: EACH MINERAL HAS A CRTAIN RESISTANCE TO HEAT BUT THE STRUCTURE OF EACH MAY VARY AND ACTUAL HEAT RESISTANCE MAY SUFFER. YOU WOULD HAVE TO LOK UP EACH MINERAL AND FIND IT S REACTION TO HEAT AND AT WHAT TEMP IT WOULD MELT AND THEN EVALUATE THE STONE ITSELF TO...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: solder, white sapphires, dull areas
white sapphires, dull areas, rotary brush: Joan, the whitish residue is likely either solder or flux from the soldering process. If flux, a good soaking in hot water(hot to the hands) and brushing should remove it..eventually. You might take a fine needle point and try to prick some of it..carefully....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: soldering, gauge wire, flex shaft
gauge wire, flex shaft, jump ring: Hello Nirav. Thank you for this question. I do appreciate how well your questions are given to me, very clear and precise. Yes, some questions are quite vague and difficult to understand but yours is well done so that I know exactly what you ask. Thanks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sparkle, dream diamond, diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle
diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle, scott kay: in an open mounting where the pavillion or bottom half of the stone is exposed, light can enter and be refracted through the top portion of the stone, there by reflecting more light eye. To reflect the most briliance and dispersion the diamond should be mounted...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sparkle, diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle
diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle, scott kay: HI VALERIE, THE PICTURES ON THE INTERNET ARE MOSTLY CORRECT. THE LIGHT COMES FROM THE TOP OF THE STONE GOES IN AND REFLECTS OFF THE SIDES OF THE DIAMOND (THE PAVILION) AND COMES BACK OUT THE TOP (THE CROWN & TABLE). THE CAUSE OF THE LOSS OF SPARKLE IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: spoon ring, antique shop, silver plate
antique shop, silver plate, oneida: Dear Deborah, Not sure why the shop person said that. Oneida, in upstate New York, was one of the largest manufacturers of sterling and silver plate in the world. Your spoon was likely turned into a ring in the aftermarket - not by Oneida. Ric...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp in bracelet, jewelry line, jewelry company
jewelry line, jewelry company, online auctions: Hello Reno and thank you for your inquiry. The only PC Co I can locate is written P & C. It represents Palmer & Capron of Providence, R.I. Their jewelry line was in the early part of the century and they went to rings as a specialty in 1923. There was no mention...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp on gold, vintage eyeglasses, browser address
vintage eyeglasses, browser address, address field: Thank you for your inquiry. However, I have no idea what this mark could be. I suggest you contact the below collector and dealer in vintage eyeglasses for possible information : http://www.eyeglasseswarehouse.com/ Just copy and paste the above link...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp mark on gold, gold quality, gold chain
gold quality, gold chain, model number: G day Liz and many thanks for your query Normally in Hallmarking, the numbers represent the decimal for the gold quality. For example 375 or .375 is equal to 375 parts gold out of 1000 or 9ct. If this were a genuine hallmark then 750 or .750 would be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp in silver jewlery, sterling silver rings, local pawn shop
sterling silver rings, local pawn shop, silver sterling: Hi Cora - I still haven t had any luck in finding the marks, but I ve listed a couple of sites that may be helpful. One is an appraisal site and the other is a hallmark site. It s always easier to research when you have the hallmark in front of you. If I do...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp, rope chain, design id
rope chain, design id, clasp: G day Manda and many thanks for your query The SAK is simply a Maker s Mark or Design ID or even a Store name. It is not part of the Hallmark as we think of it - simply an identification mark. You should have a stamp somewhere on the chain though - if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamps on gold, precious metals, hmi
precious metals, hmi, jeweler: Hello Carol and thank you for your inquiry. I don t know abut the hmi, but the 925 indicates sterling silver. If you have any doubts, you should have the ring tested for precious metals at a jeweler or gemologist. Most gold uses a karat rating i.e. 14K.....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: starting a business, gentle persuasion, fairs festivals
gentle persuasion, fairs festivals, internet phone: Hello Mia, sounds like you have the makings of a good capitalist, good stuff. Your thinking is quite right first develop your product, prove that it sells and then go to the market. You will need to create a range of designs, this can only come from you, then...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: steel, mild dish detergent, christine steel
mild dish detergent, christine steel, touch of water: Hi Christine, Steel is a tough metal and cleaning is much easier than polishing. For cleaning, I would use either mild dish detergent or even rub the surface with a paste of baking soda. Take the soda in you hand, add a touch of water and rub the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling charm bracelet, liver of sulfur, paint dries
liver of sulfur, paint dries, natural patina: Cindy, generally when we add sterling charms and solder the jumping(loops), we try to do it quickly enough not to affect the patina and then buff only very, very gently. Restoration of the patina is not really a do-it-yourself job and we assume the client...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling cuff bracelet, sterling silver jewelry, jewelry designer
sterling silver jewelry, jewelry designer, cuff bracelet: Hello Cindy - It is very difficult to tell much about an item style or design wise unless you have a photograph, but the name Dahlia could refer to the design (if it is a floral) or it could be the designer. I was able to locate a sterling silver jewelry designer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling jewellery cleaning, gemstone jewellery, sterling silver gemstone
gemstone jewellery, sterling silver gemstone, polishing wheel: aurfan- when polishing silver it is best with a polishing wheel and a motor. Using both tripoli as a scratch removal stone and buff with a high gloss rouge will give you ultimate shine, then I would rhodium finish the item with electroplating solution and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver, sulfur compounds, jewelry box
sulfur compounds, jewelry box, sterling silver: Hi JO, thanks for getting this question to me. Oh my, this is one of those jewelry detective cases. The best clue I have is that you are in a new location. What I can do is give suggestions then the rest is up to you to sleuth out and try and find the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: about sterling silver!, copper color, sterling silver
copper color, sterling silver, bad decision: hi..silver should be stamped 925 right on the ring ...also a jeweler can do a simple test for silver but he may charge..also silver can easilly turn dark or even black if you have high acid skin which is not unusual.. also slight chance it is silver plated...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver bracelet maker's mark, sterling silver bracelet, c style
sterling silver bracelet, c style, cuff bracelet: G day Shawn and many thanks for your query This style of open bracelet or C style has been around since Cleopatra - or even earlier - and is a very standard design because it is so easy to make. The Hallmark letters CW is simply a Maker s Mark and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver jewelry rige sizeing, sterling silver ring, sterling silver jewelry
sterling silver ring, sterling silver jewelry, silver smith: G day Debbie and many thanks for your query Rest assured that you DON T need a Silversmith to size your jewelry. ANY repairing or manufacturing Jeweler can do this for you at very little cost. The technique - if you are sizing up (depending on the number...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver, sterling silver necklace, sterling chain
sterling silver necklace, sterling chain, body chemistry: Dear Jeff, Much of knowing you got what you paid for is where you bought it. At a legitimate business, I wouldn t be too concerned about being ripped on a sterling chain. From an acquaintance, etc., there is the chance and even they might not really know!...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: do you still have a website?, caribbean colors, wholesale website
caribbean colors, wholesale website, jewelry designer: Hello.. no hurry..Hope to hear back from you.. Regards Rolfe Hello Nicole.. Thank you for contacting me...Please write me at my email Rolfefox@yahoo.com so I can send you photos ..try caribbean_colors.net Where are you located? i am in S. cal....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone cutting, tile saws, stone substrates
tile saws, stone substrates, refined mechanisms: Hi Bill and thanks for this question. I am refreshed to receive a lapidary question since that is not emphasized in my bio but is what I grew up with before becoming a professional jeweler. First of all, tile saws and the like use blades much to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone cutting, power tool manufacturers, stone substrates
power tool manufacturers, stone substrates, refined mechanisms: Hello Bill, you need to be contacting power tool manufacturers like Black and Decker Hilti or Sthil . They do manufacture hidden ranges of equipment that will proably fulfil your needs. I think though, that you will find that it is not the tool you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone pricing, ct measurements, ebay
ct measurements, ebay, stone medium: HI DOUG, I HAVE BEEN SELLING STONES FOR YEARS AND I STILL CAN T SAY WHICH MEDIUM IS THE BEST FOR SELLING. I DO THEM ALL. EVEN EBAY. THIS EMPHASIZES THE FACT THAT IF YOU SELL STONES FOR A LIVING THEN YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THIS SAPPHIRE. SO I WOULD...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone replacement, e mail address, needle in a haystack
e mail address, needle in a haystack, filigree bracelet: Hi La Verne, That happens to be my specialaity. Cutting stones to match. I would need a stone to match. If you like I could have my jeweler friend set the stone as well even though it is not gold. If this interests you contact me at my e-mail address....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone to sell, ct measurements, ebay
ct measurements, ebay, stone medium: Hello Doug, Sorry for not anwsering sooner. I just now saw your question for the first time. Somehow it got past me without me seeing it. It sounds like the stone could be improved by recutting it. Unless it is treated by the defusion process where...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone to sell, ct measurements, independant appraisal
ct measurements, independant appraisal, two different things: G day Doug and many thanks for your query You have some serious problems here because of your mis-understanding. Firstly ANY so called fair market report from the people who sold you the gemstone is bound to be biased. You should always get an independant...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone to sell, ct measurements, ebay
ct measurements, ebay, stone medium: Sadly, it has ben my experience that it is very difficult for a private party to sell gems and jewelry. Would the store you are dealing with try to sell the sapphire on consignment for you? Is there another local jewelry store that would take the gem on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is this stone?, american gem society, mystery blue
american gem society, mystery blue, gemologists: Hi Steve. Sorry, without seeing it in person, I couldn t venture a guess. Can you contact the store where it was originally purchased? If not, (and there are no helpful local jewelers that may help you out): Click on the following link for the American...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stones, uncut stones, many stones
uncut stones, many stones, demello: I would be happy to appraise them for you. You would need to submit them to our office by insured shipment for examination. Our fee depends on how many stones submitted. Let us know if we can help. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.jewelryappraiser.info...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: strange silver jewelry item, pinky finger, location mark
pinky finger, location mark, watch fob: Hello Tara and thank you for your inquiry. Your item sounds very interesting but difficult for me to identify by description only. You can send me a picture at sallbill@suddenlink.net and I can try to identify. By your description I picture a watch fob/chain...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sudden visible change in my diamond, visible change, symetry
visible change, symetry, si2: HI AGAIN KELLY, YES FORTUNATELY YOU CAN. I SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED IT IN THE OTHER ANSWER. THE DIAMOND CAN BE REPOLISHED OR EVEN RECUT. THE PROBLEM IS TO KEEP THE ANGLES AND SYMETRY IN A DIAMONDS CUT THERE CAN BE A NOTICABLE WEIGHT LOSS. AND THEN AGAIN IT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: super glue on wedding rings, nail polish remover, engagement ring set
nail polish remover, engagement ring set, acetone: The black is dirt sticking to the adhesive, the acetone will dissolve and remove the adhesive and will not harm the gold, are there any other gemstones on the ring or pearls??? The acetone will not harm the metal but may discolor or remove any adhesive layers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: super glue, cement bonds, glad god
cement bonds, glad god, plastic lenses: Dear Lynn, Superglue is dissolved with ACETONE. This is harmful to the skin and eyes unless washed off fairly quickly. Never get any into your eyes or try to remove the glue with this solvent near your eyes! Eyeglasses vary in the kinds of plastic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: symbols, south east asia, moutains
south east asia, moutains, letter c: G day Melissa and many thanks for your query Firstly you must understand that there is NO central registry for World Hallmarks and I don t even know where you live? I don t even know where your item was purchased, and even if I knew - there are NO standard...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic diamond engagement rings, diamond engagement rings, moisinite
diamond engagement rings, moisinite, synthetic diamond: Second follow-up. Joshua, that is a solid name you have! Thanks for the follow-up and I will try to give helpful information. Some simply cannot be answered accurately since prices do vary from place to place. The easiest question to answer is about...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic diamonds vs. simulated diams. vs diamonique, natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds
natural diamonds, synthetic diamonds, anniversary ring: HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU TO MARKUS, TO THE HIGHLY TRAINED GEMOLOGIST IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO TELL JUST BY LOOKING. THE BEST OF THE BUNCH FOR THE MONEY IS MOISSANITE. IT HAS THE BEST LOOK. BUT YOU CAN STILL GET NATURAL DIAMONDS AT A LOWER PRICE JUST NOT THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic diamonds, saks fifth avenue, tucson gem show
saks fifth avenue, tucson gem show, moisenite: Hello Joshua.. What you need to investigate is Moisenite and nothing else..it is such a good copy of a diamond almost no one can tell including Saks Fifth Avenue (60 Minutes did a show on this)...the same company sells a detector to test Moisenite ..and it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic and simulated diamonds, diamond simulant, joan kilby
diamond simulant, joan kilby, diamond with a diamond: Sounds like a great story Joan!!! I have to confess I have never read a romance novel in my life but I am a dyed-in-the-wool romantic so maybe it is time to start. OK, to answer your questions yes! If the stone is pink it can be larger than a red. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: synthetic, synthetic diamond, certified diamonds
synthetic diamond, certified diamonds, good fortune: Hello Joshua, congratulations on your relationship I wish you the greatest of good fortune. I personally have a dislike for synthetic diamond, they are expensive, they do not posess all of the properties that natural stones do and they are far from perfect....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: T mark on white gold jewelry from Vietnam, white gold jewelry, jade jewelry
white gold jewelry, jade jewelry, demello: Hi Amber, I Think the T Mark is a manufactures or Makers Mark. I m sorry but I am not fammiliar with this mark being associated with Jade or Jadeite. Thank You for writing, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) A.DeMello Gemological Laboratory 60 State Street...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: T O Mark, natural pearls, largest jewelry
natural pearls, largest jewelry, south east asia: G day Rosemary and many thanks for your query Your bracelet sounds delightful so I hope you wear it often and enjoy it - for that s what the Maker wanted. The problem is Who was the maker? And the simple answer is - Nobody Knows. The reason is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite, lapidary journal magazine, faceted gemstone
lapidary journal magazine, faceted gemstone, synthetic spinel: A SPHERE! O.K. THERE ARE STONES LIKE IOLITE AND SPINEL THAT ARE TRANSPARENT BUT DIFFICULT TO FIND. SEMITRANSPARENT TO OPAQUE STONES LIKE LAPIS, DYED HOWLITE, DYED BLUE QUARTZ AND SYNTHETIC BLUE SPINEL. SYNTHETIC SPINEL IS TRANSPARENT AND IT IS THE BEST...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite ring hallmark, ruby sapphire, cubic zirconia
ruby sapphire, cubic zirconia, 10 carat gold: G day Celeste and many thanks for your query The 10K as you thought means 10 carat gold but the other marks could be a design or style or even a store or Maker s Mark. But as there is no central registry for Hallmarks and no compliance for manufacturers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite, faceted gemstone, natural gemstone
faceted gemstone, natural gemstone, synthetic sapphire: Follow-up to Follow-up, again. : ) Damien, I have searched and found little to help you in a nice natural gemstone sphere. The color is the problem and the material. I thought if a nice synthetic sapphire in dark blue could be found, that would work....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tarnished Silver Ring, fine jewelry stores, jewelers rouge
fine jewelry stores, jewelers rouge, crafts stores: Em, the most safe and a very effective way to remove the tarnish is to use a silver polishing cloth. These cloths also work well on gold. The best cloth I know of is called Sunshine Cloth , sold by a company called RioGrande. www.riogrande.com (no...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tarnished silver earrings, silver earrings, jewelry makers
silver earrings, jewelry makers, s trap: Oh, my dear Alyssa. I have only a slight suggestion to offer you and that comes with no assurance it will work to remove the tarnish from your earrings. After being in the sink trap, every bit of water, cleansers and perhaps bleach products has passed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tazanite vs Tanzanite, mineral spodumene, mispelling
mineral spodumene, mispelling, two stones: HI ALENA, TAZANITE AND TANZANITE ARE IN FACT ONE AND THE SAME STONE. TAZANITE IS THE COMMON MISPELLING OF TANZANITE. ACTUALLY TANZANITE IS ONLY A TRADE NAME FOR A VARIETY OF THE MINERAL SPODUMENE. IT COMES IN A VARIETY OF COLORS BUT ONLY ONE PLACE IN THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tell real diamonds from fake at a glance, vitreous luster, heat conductivity
vitreous luster, heat conductivity, electrical conductivity: Hi Dean, If you have experience as a jeweler does working with diamonds you can separate diamonds from imitations based on their luster. Diamonds have an Adamantine Luster as opposed to Glass, Sapphire and other gemstones having a Vitreous Luster ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Testing Hematite to determine "genuine or fake?", porcelain tile, geology professor
porcelain tile, geology professor, streak color: Jayne, other minerals may leave a red to reddish streak on porcelain surfaces. The key to using such a test is to eliminate other minerals by other characteristics such as appearance, surface luster, break edges, magnetic properties, hardness, etc. Hematite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Testing sterling silver, silver teapot, jewery
silver teapot, jewery, grey color: G day Esther and many thanks for your query Firstly it is important to realise that you do NOT use a touchstone for Silver. You should test the article itself. Lightly scratch or scuff a small spot which is not seen (like underneath a silver teapot or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Thai Karen Silver Beads, sterling silver beads, craft jewelry
sterling silver beads, craft jewelry, hill tribes: Dear Gordon, Thanks for this question. I can speak from what I know is generally true but cannot speak for all the gamut of dealers of silver items from the hill tribe peoples of Thailand. Thailand has a jewelry industry including factories to rival...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Thailand Meteorite, silver bezel, jump ring
silver bezel, jump ring, meteorite: Cabbing is the only way that I use meteorites in jewelry. My favorite way is to cut the cabs essentially the same shape as the slices (to keep as much material as possible), rounding any corners to make it easier to put on the silver bezel. I dome and polish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany(?) or not . . ., tiffany company, tiffany co
tiffany company, tiffany co, square c: Hello Zachairas and thank you for your inquiry. Below is a link to Tiffany & Company hallmarks. You can see if yours would match any of those listed. Sometimes age will wear away part of the hallmark but you might find a possible match. http://www.925-1000.com/Tiffany_Date_Code.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany cross, tiffany silver, julie silver
tiffany silver, julie silver, ebay: Julie- Silver is not as expensive as gold or platinum, however , since it is a Tiffany item and is stamped with their signature look on their website and check to see what similar items are going for. I would venture to guess the item is in the 100-150 range..but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany gold necklace, sterling silver ring, gemstone appraisals
sterling silver ring, gemstone appraisals, ring sizeing: G day Carl and many thanks for your query. I find it extraordinary that a professional jeweler could test (and I assume charge you?) as to gold quality - and then NOT tell you what Karat Grade it was. Find Another One! Maybe you need to see a qualified...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany ring, tiffany co, fwi
tiffany co, fwi, lusk: Many thanks for your question but you didn t say if the Tiffany & Co Makers Sterling mark was also on the item - if not - it is probably NOT a Tiffany item (The L Mark is very common). William T. Lusk was the director between 1956 to approx 1965. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany ring, tiffany jewelry, g38
tiffany jewelry, g38, fwi: Thank you for your inquiry. I am not familiar with the Tiffany designers and would suggest that you visit their website below (just click on the url or copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter) http://www.tiffany.com/default.asp?cntry1=1&omcid=G38...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Titanium/White gold, titanium white, titanium rings
titanium white, titanium rings, intricate nature: Hi, Michael. Thanks for this question. Humm..this is an interesting find. Titanium has been on the market for ring bands for only a few years now. Yes, some of the bands combine gold with titanium. Titanium is an extremely light weight but quite durable...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Topaz, two planes, accurate valuation
two planes, accurate valuation, natural character: Hello Tanya and thank you for your inquiry. The stone sounds beautiful, however I am not a gemologist and not qualified to judge the specifications of stones. I definitely suggest you take it to a gemologist to have it valued. Sorry I couldn t be of more assistance...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Topaz, imperial topaz, impressive stone
imperial topaz, impressive stone, two planes: HI TANYA, SOUNDS LIKE A VERY IMPRESSIVE STONE. I CANNOT GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE ASSESSMENT WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING IT. HOWEVER I CAN TELL YOU IT IS PROBABLY WORTH NO LESS THAN $250 PER CARAT AND AT 490.5 CTS IT WOULD BE $122,625.00. IF IT IS CONSIDERED IMPERIAL...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trifari necklace, trifari necklace, jewelry companies
trifari necklace, jewelry companies, elegant pieces: Hello Paula - Trifari is/was one of the oldest and finest costume jewelry companies in the United States. Their jewelry ranged from the whimsical to the most elegant pieces - some in sterling. Their designers were the best. I ve included a couple of links...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trying to identify maker with maker's mark, resource purposes, jewelry manufacturer
resource purposes, jewelry manufacturer, ebay: Hello Candice and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and cannot locate an HA manufacturer. You may be able to find fine jewelry manufacturer marking books at your local library or in old trade magazines. Jewelers Keystone Magazine is one...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Turquoise color damage, google searches, sterling silver bracelet
google searches, sterling silver bracelet, google: Honestly, I am not sure. I have never come across anyone that offers this service. I would do some Google searches on repair turquoise jewelry or turquoise discoloration or something like that. If you are looking for a beautiful turquoise necklace,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Why can't sterling be sized?, sterling rings, grateful thanks
sterling rings, grateful thanks, ring sizing: Hello Gail, congratulations on your engagement. In principle there is no reason your silver rings cannot be sized. However you need to find someone who is skilled in ring sizing. The problem is that they are likely to charge more than the ring may be worth,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: taking paint off silver, paint solvents, plaster material
paint solvents, plaster material, general paint: Lucy, interesting thrift store find! Why in the world someone would paint it black I sure can t answer. Folks do funny things sometimes. Obviously it was quite well disguised as something besides silver. You need to get the paint off the bottom enough...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: taking rough stones and cutting and polishing them, physical shapes, diamond cutters
physical shapes, diamond cutters, quartz gem: Hello J.J., your question is easier to ask than to answer, however to give you a brief synopsis. Gemstones are formed from complex chemical formulas into even more complex physical shapes. The cutting and polishing of gemstones requires knowledge of a division...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tanzanite, mineral zoisite, ruby diamond
mineral zoisite, ruby diamond, amethyst: Hi Nicki, Tanzanite is considered a soft stone compared to sapphire, ruby, diamond and emerald. all the others are much harder than tanzanite. The hardness of tanzanite is about 6.5 on the moh scale with diamond being 10. So it is relatively soft in comparison....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tanzanite, type stones, price detail
type stones, price detail, purplish color: Joanna- Tanzanite has fluctuated in price over the past several years from a very high asking price to there giving it away . It depends who you are speaking with and what time it is. At this moment Tanzanite, the true deep bluish purplish color is fetching...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tanzanite, investment quality, hype
investment quality, hype, highest quality: Hi, Well they say the supply will run out in the future which does add to that possibility. If you do invest you will need to buy the highest quality which includes the color and the quality of cut and polish. If you need assistance let me know. I have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tanzanite stone repair, lapidary work, gem material
lapidary work, gem material, gem cutter: Hi Erika. Thanks for this question. Tanzanite is a beautiful gemstone but is not the hardest or most tough. For these reasons, you may expect more wear and possible slight damage than with a sapphire or diamond, for instance. Generally a small chip...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tarnished ring, platinum diamond, commercial jewelry
platinum diamond, commercial jewelry, polishing metal: Dear Pat, It is not a good idea to leave any metals in jewelry cleaner for more that a quick wetting. The cleaner is, in fact, usually intended to clean your stones (this works well with the aid of an old toothbrush), not the metal. A treated polishing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tarnishing on metals, 24k gold, carot
24k gold, carot, google: Hello John, 24K gold will not tarnish ..however these coating are often a few millionths of an in inch thick ..and the thinner,,the quicker they will rub off ..and the silver will tarnish ..I would put the word vermiel: in Google.com and see what comes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: technibond, karat gold, rash
karat gold, rash, alot: HI JAN, THERE ARE SOME FOLKS WHO CAN ONLY WEAR 24K GOLD, EVEN 18K WILL CAUSE A RASH. EVEN THOUGH TECHNIBOND IS A BETTER GOLD PLATTING (3MICRON AS OPPOSED TO 1MICRON) IT IS STILL PLATTING. IF YOU HAVE HAD PROBLEMS IN THE PAST THEN YOU MORE THAN LIKELY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can you tell me what i found, dark honey, many stones
dark honey, many stones, broken pieces: hello Greg.. this is outside my expertise what you should do is Google geologist at any of the major universities near you...there are so many stones and minerals that are unique to one area in the world or even one spot ...so finding someone relatively local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to tell if the stones are real, america web site, gemologist
america web site, gemologist, gold ring: Hi There is no way for me to tell because I cant see it. You do need to go to a jeweler that is a Gemologist. AGS web site or Jewelers of America web site will help you locate a jeweler in your area. The ring must be tested and looked at under mafnification...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can you tell me anything about the value of my ring?, impossible question, worth money
impossible question, worth money, white stones: HI LYNSEY, WELL YOU VE ASKED ME AN IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION. TO DETERMINE VALUE I WOULD NEED TO KNOW A WHOLE LOT MORE. THE IDENTITY OF THE STONES USED, THEIR MEASUREMENTS, THE WEIGHT OF THE RING, I THINK IT S PROBABLY 14K GOLD BY THE STAMP 585 , THIS IS THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how can you tell...?, renee newman, real mccoy
renee newman, real mccoy, professional id: Hi Lynda - Identifying gemstones is just not my forte . I have always found it difficult to tell similar stones apart and have just fallen to taking the item to a gemologist for a professional id. If you don t have one in your area, there is one online that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: testing silver, chemical compounds, browser search
chemical compounds, browser search, sterling silver: Nitric acid is an oxidizer and is used in many chemical compounds. You can purchase the kits online at many different sources - just input metal testing kits into your browser search and hit enter or use the below link http://www.more-stuff4sale.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=10&gclid=CMm0s6jQk44CFQUoZAodl2DyGA...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Did I get took, jw marriott hotel, manmade diamond
jw marriott hotel, manmade diamond, synthetic gems: G day Jacob and many thanks for your query The first thing I would be doing is check to see if there was any form of guarantee or money back available for this item and get a refund - if possible. Now don t get me wrong here. The item is priced quite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: topaz ring marking, jewelry appraisals, appraisal center
jewelry appraisals, appraisal center, gold karat: G day Tammy and many thanks for your query To know for sure you are going to have to get it appraised, or at least looked at by a gemologist who can tell you if it is a topaz or not. There are many gemstones which could be mistaken for topaz such as quartz...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: topez gem stones, topaz stones, mystic topaz
topaz stones, mystic topaz, blue topaz: HI TERN, THE TOPAZ YOU SAW WAS SOMETHING CALLED MYSTIC TOPAZ WHICH IS A COATED STONE. MOST OF THE TOPAZ ON THE MARKET WAS ORIGINALLY C;EAR WHITE TOPAZ. IT GETS TREETED IN DIFFERENT WAYS AND PRODUCES DIFFERENT COLORS. ALMOST 100% OF ALL BLUE TOPAZ BEGINS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: topez, tarryall mountains, topaz crystal
tarryall mountains, topaz crystal, rough stone: It really all depends on the quality of the rough stone you have. I have seen Topaz rough go for as low as less then dollar a carat, though some will go for 6 dollars or more. Rough stone is not as valuable as the cut, polished stones made from it. Also the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: trademark, diamond anniversary ring, gemological laboratory
diamond anniversary ring, gemological laboratory, jewelry hallmarks: Hi Amber. It does Identify the maker although Im not sure who they are. I have seen a mark similar to this in a ring. Try looking through some of the jewelry hallmarks on google and see if it matches anything. Also you can try around the area the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: trifari, trifari costume jewelry, us patent number
trifari costume jewelry, us patent number, faux pearls: Thank you for your inquiry. Trifari costume jewelry has a long line of various marks including one with a crown icon over the T . This is sometimes referred to as Crown Trifari. Here is a good site to help you distinguish the marks and dates used. Just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tripoli compound, waxy film, denatured alcohol
waxy film, denatured alcohol, buffing compound: Ahh…interesting question you have given me. Thanks for that. : ) Halimah, your answer starts here. There are three primary reasons I can think of for darkish areas in silver being refinished. There are two other reasons which are very, very unlikely but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: true ametrine or not., ametrine, gemological laboratory
ametrine, gemological laboratory, demello: Hi Melinda, Thank You for writing!! To properly Identify Ametrine you need to submit your stones to a Gemological Laboratory and seek the help of a qualified Gemologist. If you need a recommendation of someone in your area or would like our lab to do the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what is tungsten carbide?, tungsten carbide ring, tungsten metal
tungsten carbide ring, tungsten metal, tungsten rings: Dwight, this is the first question I have received on “Tungsten” finger rings. This answer shows your question will not be ignored, by the way. : ) As far as I can tell from the suppliers we use where I work and from other suppliers of “tungsten” bands,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tungsten carbide, tungsten carbide wedding bands, tungsten carbide ring
tungsten carbide wedding bands, tungsten carbide ring, artcarved: HI DWIGHT, I RECIEVED ALL OF YOUR E MAILS TODAY. TUGNSTEN CARBIDE IS A TRADE MARK FROM ARCARVED. THESE ARE ALL A STEEL PRODUCT. STEEL IS VERY DURABLE, ALL METALS WILL SCRATCH. THE TUNGSTEN PRICE IS ABOUT $895.00. WITH PLATINUM $1895.00 IF MY MEMORY SERVES...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tungsten, tungsten carbide ring, jewelry appraisals
tungsten carbide ring, jewelry appraisals, ultimate jewelry: I have just noticed that you have been answered by another of our experts, but as you only wrote to me on the 18th, I had three days in which to answer you – so here goes anyway. Tungsten and Tungsten Carbide are both fairly new for use in Jewelry. When...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tunisian gold, carat weight, karat gold
carat weight, karat gold, solid gold: Hi, Sharon. Tunisia has regulations for marking high karat gold and if 21k or 22k there should be a legal mark for that. Unfortunately, I cannot find an image of the accepted marks used. In years past these may have been quite similar to British markings....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise bracelet, turquoise bracelet, cuff bracelet
turquoise bracelet, cuff bracelet, sterling silver: Hi.. I am sure it can be repaired...If the stone is close to the break it is a little more complicated..dont want to crack the stone with the heat from the torch...should not cost more than $20..that is my guess..if you dont get a cheap price..let me know..and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise bracelet, laser welders, silver bezel
laser welders, silver bezel, turquoise cuff bracelet: Hello, Patricia. Good day to you. Thanks for this question. Some of the better turquoise jewelry came from the 1970 s and after that qualities started going down. Larger manufacturers and foreign copies started coming on the market in more recent years....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: turquoise rings, turquoise rings, covey
turquoise rings, covey, jeweler: Hello Laura, Yes they can be resized. However if they use their torch they have to be careful. Touquoise is very heat sensitive. The good news is some jewelers are using lasers now. They can solder things now without affecting the stone. Also sometimes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What type of ring do I have, accent stones, jewelry appraiser
accent stones, jewelry appraiser, precious gold: Hello Fred, the ring design that you describe was a popular ring design for a long time. Victorian through the 1950 s. They were often carved initaglio style in rings using carnelian or onyx. Conquiestadors were popular figures as were mythological, greek...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: types of glue for stones?, steven covey, bezels
steven covey, bezels, mother of pearl: Hi aimee, You could try loctite instant glue. Also there are special jewelers two part epoxies (330). Check out the following website. http://www.gravescompany.com/adhesive.htm They also have special instant glue. Good luck, Steven Cove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: U with Arrow through it again, 18ct gold, gold ring
18ct gold, gold ring, fakes: Hello Laura, sorry for the delay, email seems to be a bit slow. Your marks refer to the 18ct Gold, THGB is likely to be a makers mark ( I don t know who! ). The U with the arrow through it is something I have seen before but I don t know which country...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Unknown purple stone, purple stone, pink color
purple stone, pink color, mother of pearl: Hi Gay, I would need to see a good digital picture. Purple could be amethyst but it is not pearly. Could be mother of pearl their is a pink color but not purple unless dyed. Also sugilite but again not pearly. If you have pictures send to sdcovey@msn.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Unusual Makers Marks On A Gold Ring, american service men, assay offices
american service men, assay offices, english girls: Hello Bonnie, it is difficult to give any accuracy on the marks without seeing the ring but from what you describe it might fit a certain condition. The semi circle with the line through it might be an import mark for the UK prior to 1975. The crown symbol...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: When did USA start using 10K stamp for gold?, genuine thanks, american jewelry
genuine thanks, american jewelry, antique jewelry: G day Kim and many thanks for your query I have recently been through a series of early American jewelry Catalogues of the New York Retailer Myers in which they offer most of their items in 14K and - yes you guessed it - 10K gold. These illustrations...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Using Liver of Sulfur, liver of sulfur, silver polishing cloth
liver of sulfur, silver polishing cloth, pleasing contrast: Hi, Cassandra. Thanks for this question. Liver of Sulfur is an excellent agent for antiquing of silver items. In fact, this is my personal choice when I want an aged look or want to emphasize the contrast of highlights and certain low areas in the jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: UV & gems, blue spinel, synthetic rubies
blue spinel, synthetic rubies, natural rubies: Hi Bill. UV Lights are one of several tools that can be used to give us clues as to whether or not a stone is natural or synthetic. There is a variety of synthetic blue spinel that looks like aquamarine. The blue spinel is fluorescent; the aqua not. Most...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what do u think, green amethyst ring, carat weight
green amethyst ring, carat weight, valuation system: G day Ciji and many thanks for your query But you are asking me to give you a free Appraisal and I can t do that. Firstly I can t see the item. I can t feel the item and I can t test the item. You can but I can t... So you have two choices. Take...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: uncut emerald, smoky mountain gold, cherokee nc
smoky mountain gold, cherokee nc, gem quality: First take the emerald to Gemologist Appraiser to have the quality evaluated. If the emerald is not of gem quality, it wont be worth it. If the emerald is of gem quality it would be a good idea to have it first cut and faceted before the final appraisal. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: uncut gemstones, gem cutters, gemologist appraiser
gem cutters, gemologist appraiser, precentages: First, Renee you want to have them checked by a Gemologist Appraiser to be sure the rough material is worth cutting. Our office charges a fee of $89.00 Dollars to go evaluate the rough gemstones for feesability of cutting. We have Gem Cutters Lapidari who...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: uncut, unpolished saphire stones, valuable gems, gem cutters
valuable gems, gem cutters, gem clubs: Dave, what you have is referred in the trade as rough material. This means from the earth and uncut. The only way to know what the finished stones would be worth is to have the rough cut into gemstones. The chances of having valuable gems is quite rare...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unique markings on wedding band, gold wedding band, british hallmarks
gold wedding band, british hallmarks, rose gold: G day Mark and many thanks for your query Seems to me you just made a HUGE profit - well done! The Hallmarks you described sound like British Hallmarks. The crown is the quality mark and used for 22ct and 18ct only. That is confirmed by the 18 (for 18ct)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unknown ring mark, karat gold jewelry, jewelry firm
karat gold jewelry, jewelry firm, ostby: Hello Nikki and thank you for your inquiry. The OB could stand for Ostby and Barton a jewelry firm active in the 1920-40 s located in Providence, RI. They were makers of low karat gold jewelry. The T could be a design or production company mark. Hope this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unusual hallmark, coloured ring, drawing pin
coloured ring, drawing pin, demello: Hi Lynne, Thank you for writing. As you may know the 585 means 14K gold. Im sorry I m not familliar with that D Hallmark. I wish I could be more helpfull. There are so many of these hallmarks it s impossibal recognize them all. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unusual symbol, turtle shell, shell pattern
turtle shell, shell pattern, fabpage: Hello Melisa and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like a pretty necklace. I have found a couple of similar marks and will refer you to the below url http://jarrett.fabpage.com/jewelrytm17.htm Just enter the url into your browser address field and hit enter....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to use inherited wedding rings., family jewels, jewelry stores
family jewels, jewelry stores, gemologist: Hi Sara. Dont Recut them. Trading them is the best Idea. I would be willing to figure out a fair trade or make a fair trade for you if your interested. I would need to see the diamonds you have. I can meet with you in either my office in New York City or Boston....