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Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can I change the mounting on my setting and make it for a cushion diamond?, cushion cut diamond, side diamonds
cushion cut diamond, side diamonds, colored diamonds: Dear Krista, Is the photo helpful? Absolutely! This photo tells me exactly what I needed to know about how the head is installed with the ring body and whether it may be changed for another style. This appears to be a ring base with a section of metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: claddaugh ring, claddaugh rings, diamond shape
claddaugh rings, diamond shape, pewter items: The F in a circle mark was used by Friedman Silver Co., Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. They also made silver plated and pewter items. They were primarily tableware and flatware producers but could have had a line of jewelry items. In business c. 1935. I ll keep your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond Info, carat weight, diamond info
carat weight, diamond info, ct diamond: Hello Darren, A 20+ ct diamond that is a D flawless is a relatively rare stone. There are over 800,000 carats of diamonds sold every quarter in the world and I would suggest only 1 in 500,000 would fall into this catagory. The size is not that rare but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Emerald Pendant, clarity enhancement, mogul emperors
clarity enhancement, mogul emperors, zambian emerald: Hello Joseph, I remember you showing me this piece before. I have heard of Mr Sancheti but am not familiar with his works. Looking at the piece, usually on the back of the stone, if you can see it, the carver will sign or initial the piece. This will help...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: enamel on 18k, diamond bur, glass enamel
diamond bur, glass enamel, resin base: Lauren, the Ceramit is quite similar to Colores with the primary difference I know about is curing. Where Ceramit needs about 1 hr at an elevated temperature (slightly over 200ºF?) Colores cures at room temp in 24 hours or somewhat more quickly at 90+ degrees....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Do you happen to know what kind of stone this is?, quality fur, moncler shop
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Do you happen to know what kind of stone this is?, quality fur, moncler shop, loose dtd

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Haroldo Burle Marx Crystal Opal of 34 Carats, burle marx, watergate hotel
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Haroldo Burle Marx Crystal Opal of 34 Carats, burle marx, watergate hotel, opals

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Glue on gemstones!, fingernail polish remover, excess cement
fingernail polish remover, excess cement, razor blade: Susan, thanks for this question. ACETONE SOLVENT The best overall solvent for the more common cements used on gemstones is acetone. Some fingernail polish remover contains acetone (check label) and may be used but is not as strong as pure acetone like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold % in Jewelry, Gold Karatage, Gold Karats
Gold Karatage, Gold Karats, 10K Gold: Hello Laura It has been stamped wrong according to international standards. According to the international standards 10K Gold should be AT LEAST 41.67% It might not be an official mark, I think. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My Grandmother's Ring, custom engagement rings, photo thanks
custom engagement rings, photo thanks, ebay: Hello Jolene and thank you for your inquiry. The ring is very beautiful - looks somewhat Edwardian in style, but I believe you may have difficulty in finding one ready-made. You might try some of the custom ring sites online - the url for one is listed below....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Do you happen to know what kind of stone this is?, photo
photo: Hi Anguis, A good photo but it looks like it could be any number of stones. The photo does not give me any indication without some more information. Does Light pass through it, where did you get it , what did they tell you it was and a lot more. I would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Haroldo Burle Marx Crystal Opal of 34 Carats, Pattern, Opal
Pattern, Opal, andamooka: Hi David, thanks for your question. What makes you say its Brazilian stone ? Do you know that for sure ? It would be worth so much more if it were from Australia .I sold a similar stone several years ago now although it was a doublet , the opal was 36 carat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: HGE, mark thanks, small stones
mark thanks, small stones, carats: Hi Sally, H.G.E. stands for heavy gold electroplate, a common use in cotume jewelry. I cannot tell you if the stones are real but more than likely they are not since the ring is plated. I do not know who uses the A for their makers mark. Thanks for asking...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying stones, browser address, address field
browser address, address field, star sign: Thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult for me to identify any stone without first seeing and feeling it, but I have included below a site url that may help you identify your stone. Just click on or copy and paste the below url into your browser...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Inexpensive Engagement Ring Resizing-Is it possible?, ring resizing, real mccoy
ring resizing, real mccoy, first engagement: Nicole, first of all, do not be embarrassed. Sure, some folks do have fancy expensive rings but some cannot and that is not important. What is important is that you get what you can afford now and that is the wise thing to do. What is more important is that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Invisible Setters, invisible set diamonds, tongue and groove paneling
invisible set diamonds, tongue and groove paneling, tongue and groove: Dear Cody, Every jeweler I know dealing in retail business would rather work on any sort of diamond setting other than invisible set. Because of lost stones and sometimes great responsibility should one stone be lost followed by several, this sort of work...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark ?, diamond icon, allexperts
diamond icon, allexperts, gems: Hi James, An interesting makers mark but one I am not familiar with. There are thousands of makers marks in existence and to know them all is impossible. You can look them up on line or in a library. Without knowing a year or a country it might take a while...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mark on bracelet, brass piece, patina
brass piece, patina, box clasp: Hi Tammy, The piece looks old but I would need to personally inspect it to determine that. The C looks to be stamped not engraved making it a little more modern. The stones could be Jade and they are a mosaic or assembled. It is impossible to positively...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal quality mark, platinum jewelry, metal quality
platinum jewelry, metal quality, paul thanks: Paul, this is an easy one for me. The clasp is made of 14k gold and the maker is signed as FE. If this is the original clasp, the entire bracelet is going to be 14k. Does the clasp match the bracelet in metal appearance? You may have a jeweler check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: necklace & earring set, five pieces, shap
five pieces, shap, flecks: Hello Laurie and thank you for your inquiry. However, with the intricate description you provided, it would still be impossible for me to do any type of identification without good pictures or markings. It sounds beautiful and if you can get photos or find...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old masonic ring with diamond, masonic ring, graduate gemologist
masonic ring, graduate gemologist, family heirloom: Hi Patrick, Don t discount the value of the ring itself. At $2000 an ounce 10K gold is still worth about $800 an ounce, or about $26 a gram. Your right that you will get no where near retail for it but you could put it on Ebay and get more than the $1200...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pearls Appraisal vs. Value, oldies music, pearl necklace
oldies music, pearl necklace, ebay: Hello Dave.. I m not a pearl expert...however I know pearls can be very valuable.. I would say do not leave them out of sight when getting appraised..rare but jewelry does get switched...I would try a couple more appraisals.. also try to find what the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Range of % in 10k gold., gold, 10k
gold, 10k: Hi Laura, you are actually correct. I m not sure why it was stamped 10k instead of 9k if the expert s analysis of your gold is accurate, but a millesimal fineness of 41.7% (417 on the scale of 333 to 999.999) is required for gold to be considered 10k. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: real or laboratory made ruby, ruby, natural ruby
ruby, natural ruby, heart shape Ruby: Hello Jessica It is impossible to tell whether the Ruby is real or not without a lab test or at least seeing it in person. Though, it looks real due to some characteristic inclusions. If it is real, the value for a 10cts. Ruby of this quality would be worth...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver/gold coating of semi-pres. stones, electrolysis equipment, albuquerque new mexico
electrolysis equipment, albuquerque new mexico, gold coating: This is really not my field... but I can describe to you something you perhaps have already seen... some sort of gold coating can be put on most any stone... all I really know is... a small paintbrush is used to paint wherever the gold is supposed to go.....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamps on a ring, diamonique, cubic zirconia
diamonique, cubic zirconia: Hi Mike, the markings on your ring indicate 3 things: 14k = The purity of the gold used for the band. The highest is 24k, but this is to soft for jewelry, 18k is typically used. CZ = Cubic Zirconia. It means that the stone mounted is a cz, a diamond...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone exchange on engagement ring, engagement ring, jewelers
engagement ring, jewelers, gems: Hi Trina, As long as the ring is made of gold or platinum there should be no problem exchanging the stones for other stoens. I am not familiar with the jewelers in Australia but you just need to do a little searching at the better stores, not the chain...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18k Gold Brooch, vintage piece, best bet
vintage piece, best bet, brooch: hello Michele I really do not know much about these protests your best bet is to find an estate appraiser that familiar with jewelry they have several books that classify these kind of things also the CDL could be initials of the person who received it or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Becoming a Dealer/Appraiser in Cameos, jewelry appraiser, cameo jewelry
jewelry appraiser, cameo jewelry, vintage jewelry: Hi Mike, Your approach to doing cameos is a good one. I think you should also get a general overview of gemology and jewelry to round out your education. Experience is the most valuable tool and reading all the auctions and writings on cameos would be very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Burmese Ruby, Ruby, Certified Ruby
Ruby, Certified Ruby, Ruby Valuation: Hello Michael No, do not break the seal unless someone wants to inspect it for buying or you want to stud in a jewelry item. The Ruby color looks ok. But I need to have a closer look to give you an idea about the value. Is it possible that you could post...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cameos, liquidaters, rbay
liquidaters, rbay, ebay: Im not an expert on cameos...first learn all you can...learn prices wholesale and retail..look on rbay to the completed sales this is what shows you what people are paying...just because someone lists a price does not meen its the value...I cant imagine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning jewelry with pearls, damage pearls, cleaning cloths
damage pearls, cleaning cloths, cleaning jewelry: Hi, Tina. Here is my advice on cleaning items with pearls. Likely the safest way to remove tarnish from metal and not damage pearls is to use a chemically treated polishing cloth and rub off the tarnish while avoiding the pearls. A light accidental touch...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Encasing white gold with diamonds inside Borosilicate glass, nickel content, jewelry gold
nickel content, jewelry gold, theoretical idea: Irie, you would ask me this and I am not a lampworker. But...you sure caught my interest and I will attempt an answer. Go easy on me if you rate the answer considering lampworking is totally out of my field of experience, save for an hour or two in perhaps...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Engagement Rings, white gold rings, argos co
white gold rings, argos co, feature diamonds: Hi Harry. It really depends what kind of look you are going for. There s not a lot of info about the diamond on these rings, but I am partial to the Platinum Solitaire ring. Platinum is more expensive than white gold, and the diamond on it is certified. It...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Novice! Partially coating gemstones, etc with gold?, filing a complaint, dmca
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Novice! Partially coating gemstones, etc with gold?, filing a complaint, dmca, images

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to glue.., using epoxy cement, epoxy jewelry
using epoxy cement, epoxy jewelry, how to epoxy jewelry: Hi, Chris. I am more than happy to help. First of all, the type of cement used in important. The best for this situation is a two part epoxy cement, preferably a type that cures clear with little color. Many of these cements cure to an amber color and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, white gold, yellow gold
white gold, yellow gold, wedding rings: Hi Fawn, 18k gold and anything below is durable enough for jewelry, anything above that (22k up) would be too soft, so if you want a higher gold to alloy ratio on your wedding ring, go with 18k. Rhodium plating is used on soft metals possessing a silvery gleam...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold band, faulty workmanship, day god
faulty workmanship, day god, gold band: Dear KJ, I am back. Your answers do help clarify the picture. I sense and urgency on your part to know if workmanship is possibly to blame, considering the ring is in for repair and is to be picked up tomorrow. Getting directly to that point, the sort...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 'gold' and 'garnet', garnets, style number
garnets, style number, what on earth: this could be the style number of the ring it also could be the initials of a person that was given to as well it could be he initials or the Goldsmith that made this ring... you may want to find an estate appraiser that may recognize this... regards Rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold soldering, jewelry fuel gas, gold soldering
jewelry fuel gas, gold soldering, gold soldering flux: Dear Earl, If possible, will you use a follow-up and narrow down the problems you experience with soldering? I could touch on several aspects of this important part of metal work and still miss what gives you the most frustration or less-than-desired...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Grandma's wedding set, european conventions, gold content
european conventions, gold content, force manufacturers: Lindsey, the jeweler who said plumb is correct but should have explained what that means. Prior to around 1982, Federal regulations for stamping precious metal articles were more tolerant to the manufacturers. In fact, the tolerance of karat gold was about...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JAK marking, contemporary jewelry, filagree
contemporary jewelry, filagree, sharon lewis: Hello Sharon - You don t say whether the jewelry is vintage or contemporary. I was unable to find any of the marks in my vintage jewelry references but all three are represented on the Etsy Website as makers of contemporary jewelry including sterling. You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What kind of rock, quartz crystals, surface erosion
quartz crystals, surface erosion, gem club: Dan, my first thought is a form of agate but honestly, without seeing the rock to see the colors, surface form and other characteristics, I am not able to honestly identify the rock from a photo. I do appreciate the photo because it does at least suggest...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: madagascan sapphire replacement, pink sapphire, good luck
pink sapphire, good luck, madagascar: Hi Alex, Don t worry pink sapphire is pink sapphire and there are plenty of them available. there are plenty of Madagascar Sapphires out there also and pink is in good supply. I m sure you re needing the smaller sizes which are in great supply. Thanks for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking on Edwardian/Elizabethan broock, precious stone jewelry, diamond shape
precious stone jewelry, diamond shape, broock: Hello Rod and thank you for your inquiry. The only mark I can find in my resources is a capital Q inside a diamond shape. It was the mark of The Barber Jlry. Mfg. Co. in New York City. They were in business 1922 - 1931 and did use gold in ring, lavallieres...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: missing stones on pave diamond bangle, diamond bangle, tiny diamonds
diamond bangle, tiny diamonds, jewelry maker: Hello, Li. This is a good question and concerns one of the popular stone setting styles used today called micro pave . This simply means that many, many small stones are set into a bangle, as accents all around a ring and multitudes of other ways in earrings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Novice! Partially coating gemstones, etc with gold?, copper gold, poisonous chemicals
copper gold, poisonous chemicals, professional situation: Dear Elysia, The links to photos tell me exactly the sort of work you want to do. You are going to discover that this sort of metal casing and decoration for stones is not a quick and simple process. Once you have done it, the work is not difficult but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old Masonic gold rong, old jewelry, fing
old jewelry, fing, masonic: I m sorry but I do not know anything about this kind of ring.. what I would suggest is that you find a good estate appraiser.... you may want to find two separate opinions... they generally have all the resources to finding old jewelry.. regards Rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QVC 14K gold, Eterna Gold, QVC
Eterna Gold, QVC, gold: Hi Linda, I ve personally have not owned nor inspected an Eterna Gold piece but I have read quite a couple of complaints online similar to yours. Bottom line is that, if a piece is marked 14k, it should have a millesimal fineness of 585 (around 59% gold) which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re sizing Technibond Jewelry, paste flux, soldering flux
paste flux, soldering flux, silversmithing: Hi, Debra. You should not have to remove the outer layer to solder the ring. The real problem with sizing plated or overlay items is not getting the solder to flow and hold. The problem is discoloration and loss of the overlaid surface at the soldering...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing flush set stones, style band, yellow gold
style band, yellow gold, sapphires: Hello, Jennifer. Since you do not need to save the band, the project becomes relatively easy with much less risk of damage to the stones. I recommend using a jewelers saw with a small blade, perhaps a 2/0 or 4/0. Saw across the ring right up to the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring appraisal, independent jeweler, carat weight
independent jeweler, carat weight, gold quality: Selene, Depending on where the stampings are in the first place, to size a ring smaller then finishing the work may remove the stamp. Personally, I prefer having the stamp in the ring. This is not immediately critical unless you were trying to sell the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rolled gold, rolled gold, brass alloy
rolled gold, brass alloy, gold color: Dear Su, Yes, it is possible to reshape the the end links to fit but your husband might not like the resulting appearance. Are places evident on the watch case or the old band where the rolled gold layer has worn through? If so, there is generally a dull...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby cutting, polishing & cleaning, Ruby, Ruby cutting
Ruby, Ruby cutting, Ruby polishing: Hello Manish This should never happen. Rubies do not react with chemicals. I believe you were cutting lead-heated Rubies? If that is the case, please do not used acid/alkali chemicals for cutting. Special chemicals are available int he market for lead-heated...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling my ring., diamond engagement rings
diamond engagement rings: Hi there! Based on the info you gave me, if the ring was previously priced at $6000, I would probably just shave off around $1000 from it. The band alone is around $150, and a round cut 1.03ct stone can go roughly from $2000 to almost $7000, depending on the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver ring sizing., ring sizing, silver ring
ring sizing, silver ring, silversmith: okay I m not sure what a spinner Ring is.....when a silver ring is resized it has very high heat and for example can damage a stone ... I don t exactly know what the spinner thing is..but perhaps the high heat may affect it...you have to go see a good silversmith...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sizing and Emerald Engagement Ring, holiday in turkey, small diamonds
holiday in turkey, small diamonds, taking the risk: Dear Kelly, I will not be able to spend time with questions for a day. Please allow me one more day and I will give my best thoughts on the current situation of redoing the ring with the stones you now have. See you in a day. Thank you very much for the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamp in side of ring band, rosy blue, zei
rosy blue, zei, wedding set: Hi Tonya, according to my research, ZEI is a trademark of the Rosy Blue Jewelry Inc. and it is possible that the string of numbers you provided is a serial number. You can try and contact them from their website: http://www.rosyblue.com. Regards, Jonathon...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tassle rings, puzzle rings, puzzle ring
puzzle rings, puzzle ring, thin areas: AJ, puzzle rings are fascinating and many people have no idea how to take the rings apart and reassemble. I am glad you got that secret learned. As to the breaking, if you look closely at the rings you will see where the edges fit neatly into then next ring....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Update on my gold ring analysis, gold content, business channels
gold content, business channels, gold ring: Hi Laura, could you kindly contact us at service@brilliance.com or at the following numbers: Toll-Free: 866-737-0754 Phone: 561-369-5551 We ll have to answer your inquiries through our business channels rather than here. Hope you understand. Thanks....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage ring with a nude picture inside., silver nickel, lords prayer
silver nickel, lords prayer, release index: Hello Brenda and thank you for your inquiry. I believe you have what is called a Stanhope Ring. These novelties were produced in the 1800 s and again more recently in items. I have listed below a website that might give you more information. Just click on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 835 stamped gold urn pin, gold urn, metal composition
gold urn, metal composition, european jewelry: Hello Marcia and thank you for your inquiry. The stamp 835 usually means the item is 83.5% precious metal composition. Used in foreign jewelry and usually on silver. Your jeweler should have been able to test the piece to determine whether it is genuine gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: c.1925 diamond brooch, diamond brooch, jewelry appraiser
diamond brooch, jewelry appraiser, banking institution: Hello Gary and thank you for your inquiry. Your brooch sounds beautiful but in order to get a positive description/valuation, you would need to take it to an estate jewelry appraiser for stone identification and gold determination. I think this piece would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cubic Zirconia Hearts&Arrows vs. AAA, hearts and arrows, 100 hearts
hearts and arrows, 100 hearts, jim hall: Hi Jim, The average person might see the difference in the cuts of the two different stones. They would normally not know that it is Cubic to begin with. The choice is between the cuts. If you like the Hearts and arrows over the standard round brilliant...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying precolumbian replicas from Galeria Cano, pot metal, safe deposit box
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying precolumbian replicas from Galeria Cano, pot metal, safe deposit box, private collections

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Maker's Mark, grandmother, solitaire diamond
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Maker's Mark, grandmother, solitaire diamond, great grandmother

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, european jewelry, color preference
european jewelry, color preference, colors: Hi Will, Rose gold is just a color preference. If you like the color then that is what you should get. It is not better or worsee than the other colors. Yellow is the most popular. Rose is associated with European jewelry but is also popular in this country....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold dipped jewerly, goldplate, gold dip durability
goldplate, gold dip durability, gold filled: Dear Dawn, Unfortunately, there is little assurance of the durability of any jewelry item described as “gold dipped”. The terminology “dipped” is a commonly used and very incorrect description of the process of layering a base metal with a layer of gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold necklace, jewelry markings, jewelry company
jewelry markings, jewelry company, necklace clasp: Hello Elizabeth and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace mark is probably for Binder Bros, Inc., a jewelry company in New York City active in 1935. The mark you have is probably 1/20th 12K GF . Below is a site that give a more in depth description of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring, environmental chemicals, 4 generations
environmental chemicals, 4 generations, rich shine: Brooklyn, Gold does not tarnish easily but over time environmental chemicals will cause a darker look to many gold items. Pure gold will not change over time. It is the other metals in the jewelry gold recipe causing the darkening. Unfortunately, when...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold ring hallmark question, h samuel, gold ring
h samuel, gold ring, hallmarks: Hi Axle, The SH is the makers mark and more than likely is H Samuel . The crown stands for 18K Gold, the anchor is also the stamp for gold. The 22 is unknown to me. These are all UK hallmark stamps. the makers mark of SH can be looked up on line...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying precolumbian replicas from Galeria Cano, galeria cano, emailadress
galeria cano, emailadress, dear bill: Hello Elsa and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately I cannot help you with the appraisal and valuation of your items. This needs to be done by an estate appraiser or perhaps they are known by another name in Sweden. Usually an insurance company will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what kind of stone or gem this is, czechoslavakia, gemologist
czechoslavakia, gemologist, browser address: Hello Annette and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace is beautiful. It looks to me like the beads are faceted - if so, they could be glass perhaps made in Czechoslavakia. However, I cannot say for sure without a hands-on inspection. I would suggest...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Makers mark on mens ruby ring possibly vintage, ruby, rubies
ruby, rubies, fine ruby: Hello Cindy Wish you a happy new year! From the looks of it, I would say it is not a natural ruby. The color is just not resonant with Ruby. Though color is present in some very old fine Burmese & Kabul Rubies, if this Ruby were one of those it would be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: melting gold, melting gold, pure gold
melting gold, pure gold, target: Hi, Mike. This is an interesting question. Perhaps what I say will help. Since you have given me a temperature, may I correctly believe you are using an oven or automatic melting pot? If your melting temp is 1050, may I assume this is Celsius? The melting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal, modern alloys, nickle silver
modern alloys, nickle silver, base metals: Dear Daryl, The metals I have generally encountered in the jewelry business are precious metals, copper rich base metals such as brass, pewter and nickle silver. Of these, I am at a loss to find a metal which will consistently react with a white color...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mexico Silver Cross Pendant, mexican sterling, silver trade
mexican sterling, silver trade, silver cross: Thank you for your inquiry. Your cross is Mexican sterling made in Taxco probably by a silversmith by the name of Casados. The mark you have indicates TM (Taxco artist last or first name begins with M and they were the 90th registrant for that mark who happens...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old wedding ring marking UR, Untermayer Robbins, UR
Untermayer Robbins, UR: Hi Sabra, your ring might have been manufactured by Untermayer-Robbins & Co. from New York. Please check Row 3, Column 4 on this picture: http://jarrett.fabpage.com/jewelrytm17.htm Hope this helps! Regards, Jonathon http://www.brilliance.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Prong setting repair, 14k white gold, clean stones
14k white gold, clean stones, colored diamonds: David, perhaps I can help. The problem with a quick fix as unfortunately practiced in some jewelry stores is globby re-tipping and other work done only with solder. The repair whether using metal or solder should always be finished off to look like the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repair turquoise crack, stone crack, fill crack in gemstone
stone crack, fill crack in gemstone, epoxy gemstone: John, perhaps this will help you. A good two part epoxy cement such as Hughes 330 will work on the crack. The best way to use the cement is to get a slower curing type, like the one mentioned. It takes about 2 hours in normal circumstances. The quick...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, MW, diamond ring
MW, diamond ring, manufacturer stamp: Hi Nancy, it can be difficult to determine the manufacturer of your ring from these initials alone, MW typically means Men s Wedding (band) , but if it is a diamond engagement ring, it most probably is the initials of the manufacturer. If done in conjoined...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, 2 carat diamond, gold content
2 carat diamond, gold content, local museum: Hello Eddie and thank you for your inquiry. A mark 14KEE would indicate to me that the ring is 14K gold electroplate. However, you should have it checked by a jeweler or appraiser that can do a test to confirm the gold content and the stone authenticity....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Maker's Mark, great grandmother, uncas
great grandmother, uncas, jeweler: Hello George and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and have not been able to locate this manufacturer. Your ring is very beautiful and I suggest that you take it to an estate appraiser for assessment of the metal and stones. They may...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring - replace fire opal with sapphire or similar?, mexican fire opal, rock cutter
mexican fire opal, rock cutter, color of the fire: sorry this is way out of my expertise... you need to find a rock cutter one that specializes or does opals... there are many around but you just have to keep inquiring and on top of all that you should definitely have two separate opinions also they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby, rubies, ruby
rubies, ruby, cracks: Hello Manish, As I d answered your precious question, there are standard powders & solutions available to do that. I request you to explore the Jaipur market & find which one suits you the best. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat K.K. Exports The Ruby...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver cleaning, silver dip danger, soda rub for silver, bicarbonate of soda, dip type
bicarbonate of soda, dip type, silver earrings: Dear Anne, I have not liked these strong cleaners for the very reason you mention. The maximum time I would leave silver in the cleaner is 15 seconds. That may or may not take off the tarnish. Generally much longer and when the tarnish is gone you are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, silver polishing cloth
sterling silver jewelry, silver polishing cloth, silver color: Rebecca, I am happy you found success! I suggest the cloth for regular cleaning and the soda once in a while if it seems needed. You may clean the antiqued item this way but the secret is to avoid the darkened areas, regardless of the method of cleaning....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver ;ring with 925 a star and 2 downword facing arrows, rabbit trail, maker id
rabbit trail, maker id, goldish: Frederick, All I can possibly tell you about the ring is the meaning of the 925, a Federally defined marking for sterling silver. You knew that part. As for the other marks, those are choices of the manufacturer. Unless a person happens to recognize a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage blue pearls with gold and pink overtones, quality pearls, jewelry company
quality pearls, jewelry company, silvery blue: Hello Angela and thank you for your inquiry. The only reference I can find to MGM is a jewelry company in Los Angeles, CA that was active in the 1950 s. I have found no recent information or active website for them. You should take your necklace to a professional...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: watch of princes, carat gold, jewelry appraiser
carat gold, jewelry appraiser, gold weight: Thank you for your inquiry. However, it would not be possibe to tell the gold weight without weighing the watch and deducting any non-precious parts. If you have the name of the watch manufacturer, it might be possible to contact them for possible archive...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold plated rings, White gold, gold plating
White gold, gold plating: Hi Stephanie. White gold is usually coated with Rhodium in order to preserve its shine, but if it fades that quickly it most probably isn t 18k. Plating wears off quickly, especially when it comes in contact with sweat. Once it comes off you ll have to contact...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1/20 20 kgf. 16inch chain, national gold, silvery metal
national gold, silvery metal, mechanical method: Hi, Gail. Thanks for this question. The markings on the chain are accepted marks in the National Gold and Silver Marking Act for the USA. However, the mark is not for solid gold but rather for Gold Filled. Gold filled has a brass like base metal underneath...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14/20?, gold filled jewelry, national gold
gold filled jewelry, national gold, quarter coin: Hi, Michelle. This is a good question. The term 14/20 is a reference to a more complete quality hallmark which is given in the USA National Gold and Silver Stamping Act. The actual mark is 1/20 14k GF. The items are gold filled. Sellers of these items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18k gold ring hallmark stampings of a crown,a triangle joined by 3 circles and the makers mark possibly a p&j could possibly be made for the belgium royal..??, 3 circles, white diamonds
3 circles, white diamonds, 18k gold ring: Hello Krystal and thank you for your inquiry. I have included below a site that might assist you in matching your jewelry mark. Just click on or copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter. There are quite a few countries listed and the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 5 piece sowing etui, sewing collectibles, book sewing
sewing collectibles, book sewing, sewing tools: Hello Pam and thank you for your inquiry. I am sure you mean a 5 piece sewing etui ? It would be very difficult for me to judge the age or maker of this without a hands-on inspection. You might check for books on sewing collectibles - amazon.com has a book...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 750 stamp and two B's?, pure gold, finger size
pure gold, finger size, intricate detail: Lauren, I knew getting a clear photo would be difficult! However, I can see the B s inside the ring. The letters are part of the lattice just as in the rings I mentioned. This leads me to believe the maker is likely something to do with the BB or perhaps...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Two B's?, interlocking circles, newark nj
interlocking circles, newark nj, intricate detail: Hello Lauren and thank you for your inquiry. There are several manufacturers with BB as a mark. One is Binder Bros. Inc. in New York City, also a Bishop an Bishop in Newark, NJ. There are others but they are associated with an icon or design accompanying...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Delft Casting, abrasive wheel, flame on
abrasive wheel, flame on, poor flow: Yvonne, thanks for this question. If your silver is starting to solidify as you are pouring it, there is but one reason for that happening: The temperature is too low. Something is different from previous successful attempts at melting and pouring the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: d g b co, silver content, having computer
silver content, having computer, button hole: Hello Mike and thank you for your inquiry. I apologize for any delay - I ve been having computer problems that have slowed me down... I haven t seen a piece quite like this so I m unable to give you a value unless it would be sterling or gold which would reflect...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 750 stamp and two B's?, estate jeweler, mt dora fl
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 750 stamp and two B's?, estate jeweler, mt dora fl, unusual jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Two B's?, newark nj
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Two B's?, newark nj

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmarks, jh marks, marmolejo
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmarks, jh marks, marmolejo, hallmark

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking on ring, sterling rings, avon
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking on ring, sterling rings, avon

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: i have a few silver jewellry items, silver jewellry, silver jewelry
silver jewellry, silver jewelry, jeweler: Dear Lynne, The mark 777 does not fit any conventional mark for silver jewelry. It is possible the mark is a makers identification stamp. Other than that, I would not begin to guess. A jeweler who can hold and see the silver items would more readily...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold eagle ring, military ring, plain gold
military ring, plain gold, military collector: Hello Nicola and thank you for your inquiry. Great find ! Your ring could be a military ring and if you want to get more information, you ll probably have to take it to an estate appraiser or get some good pictures and use an online appraiser. Something like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Karat Mark, gold karat, bar pin
gold karat, bar pin, quality mark: Dear Skip, From what I see the markings to the left are curious but not part of the quality mark. 14k is what I believe the clasp to be. To be certain, you might want to have the item tested by a jeweler who does gold testing. I have seen similar...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmarks, omega symbol, eagle 32
omega symbol, eagle 32, quality stamp: Hi again Ellen, I m sorry but my lists don t show the JH makers mark. The circular stamp is the location of the JH maker in Mexico but again I can t decipher it either. The hecho en Mexico resembles Jose Marmoledos stamp that was made in Mexico city and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmarks on gold ring, swedish ancestors, 3 circles
swedish ancestors, 3 circles, gold marks: Hello JD and thank you for your inquiry. I have posted a site below that may be able to give you some help in researching your mark. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter. http://www.925-1000.com/Fsweden_Date_Code.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Help!, gold wedding band, pantone matching system
gold wedding band, pantone matching system, printing fabric: Audrey, you are correct on the marking meaning plumb . When the standards for stamping jewelry items changed around 1978, jewelers had to stick to closer tolerances in the amount of fine gold to make any particular karat. The P for plumb means essentially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Inherited a "mound" of jewlery, jewlery store, graduate gemologist
jewlery store, graduate gemologist, independent appraisers: Hi Jennifer, The main mrking you see, 925 is the stamp for Sterling Silver. If it is gold colored it is plated in gold. 10k is 10 karat gold, 10gp is 10 karat gold plate, gf is gold filled, someone to identify them all would be an appraiser usually...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking on ring, quality mark, deanna
quality mark, deanna, purity: Hi Deanna, Neither marks are a quality mark to tell you if it is gold or silver and what purity, so that would mean the marks are style, manufacturer, size, inventory # or a combination of them. These marks really don t tell much about the piece. That...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Men's Gold Ring, gold ring, interesting questions
gold ring, interesting questions, hanf: Hi Jean, Lots of interesting questions that cannot be solved by the few letters stamped in a ring. It is aparent that the ring is not made in the U.S.A. since they do not allow 9K in modern manufacturing to be called gold. So you might look in european...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal quality mark, metal quality, quality marks
metal quality, quality marks, quality mark: Michele, no need to worry about the NC having anything to do with the quality of the metal. That mark is not at all related to accepted quality marks. I believe it is a makers mark. I do not know the maker but you can relax and know the 14k means 14k gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Moulds, eye hand coordination, bench jewelers
eye hand coordination, bench jewelers, bench jeweler: Hi, Jed. Thanks for the question. Up until December 31, 2010 at quitting time I was a professional jeweler, more correctly called a bench jeweler, the one who does hands-on work with metals and gemstones. While some bench jewelers are technical workers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mourning pin?, mourning jewelry, approximate age
mourning jewelry, approximate age, piece of glass: Hi Annie, That was quick. I am only guessing since I have no facts to go on, but I would call this piece mourning jewelry . The age and where it was made and who it was for are all lost to the pages of history. It was popular in the U.S. in the 1800 s...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mother or pearl pendant, mild dish detergent, chiang kai shek
mild dish detergent, chiang kai shek, metal hangers: Jennifer, I know little about your mother of pearl carving except that it is likely from close to 1950 if the box is correct. Formosa was soon to be known as Taiwan following the initial Chinese takeover from Japan after the second world war and the seizure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Odd Bracelet, german iron cross, metal content
german iron cross, metal content, maltese cross: Hello Chris and thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you have an unusual bracelet. I ve not seen one like it and tend to agree that it may be European just by the lettering and the style. You might have it tested to determine the metal content. Contact your local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Patina(los), liver of sulfur, flex shaft
liver of sulfur, flex shaft, polish lines: Hi, Tara. I hope the weather is cheerful in your part of the world! You ask a good question. Keep in mind I do not know what equipment you have and this answer is generalized. Yes, buffing is a good way to remove excess patina. The secret is in the type...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium palladium, bold face type, gold wedding bands
bold face type, gold wedding bands, white gold rings: Karen, thanks for this timely question. Please read what I have said carefully. If you want to jump right to the actual answer, see the what to do paragraph at the bottom...then read the rest because it is important. There should be no problem with rhodium...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking, bench jeweler, karat gold
bench jeweler, karat gold, scottish rite: Barry, without seeing the ring I cannot say with any certainty what the marking means. If stamped into the ring, I suspect it refers to a manufacturer. If engraved in the form of initials it may have to do with a previous owner of the ring. The marking does...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Stamping, sterling silver, 2c
sterling silver, 2c, lydia: Lydia, the only mark shown which is associated with the metal is 925, the mark for sterling silver. The number 925 means the same as saying sterling and represents the amount of pure silver in the jewelry metal recipe. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re-tipping and polishing wedding rings, dear arlene, metal shavings
dear arlene, metal shavings, breathing holes: Dear Arlene, I wish you did not have such an unpleasant experience. I will talk about the various points in your question and tell you with complete honesty how I consider the situation. Please know right now, there are some points I can not address....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, metal content, antique shop
metal content, antique shop, initials: Hello Dan and thank you for your inquiry. The STER on your ring probably means that it is sterling silver. The R with a circle could be the manufacturers mark although I could not locate that mark in my resources. The other letters could either be the original...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stainless Steel Jewelry resizing, stainless steel jewelry, clutching at straws
stainless steel jewelry, clutching at straws, ball answer: Michael, unfortunately there is not a reach up and hope to get the ball answer for stainless steel class and fraternal rings. The short answer is the ring should be remade in the correct finger size. Since the company sent the incorrect size by a whopping...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver Heart Pendant, sterling silver heart pendant, silver heart pendant
sterling silver heart pendant, silver heart pendant, quality stamp: Hi Shanda, The 925 is the sterling silver quality stamp and the the other letters are most likely the initials of the manufacturer. Usually most stones set in silver were either semi-precious or synthetic imitations. Now with the price of gold so high...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamped silver ring.Diamonds and sapphires?, diamond stones, ring shank
diamond stones, ring shank, small anchor: Hi Sophie, The ring is obviously made in the UK, the stampings are: GLM is the makers mark (the Manufacturer), the anchor is for Birmingham which is the assay mark and the lion is for Sterling Silver the purity mark. The stones are note designated by...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: testing silver, test acids, nitric acids
test acids, nitric acids, cap color: Hello, Dave. Actually, I have not normally used 18k acids to test silver. As I recall, when doing that on a testing stone the mark generally is dissolved away to quickly to make any determination. I have put the acids generally used for gold testing directly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Reinad brooch, reinad jewelry, current market value
reinad jewelry, current market value, royal crest: Hello Tee and thank you for your inquiry. Reinad was in business from 1922 to 1954. There are a lot of costume jewelry books available but the problem is they will all offer different prices. Most Reinad jewelry sells for $25.00 up in good condition but some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold ring, silver alloy, silver sterling
silver alloy, silver sterling, atomic symbol: Ray, the stamp 925 simply means sterling silver. Sterling is a legal definition of a silver alloy which contains 92.5% pure silver mixed with other metal for strength (generally copper). Although AU happens to be the atomic symbol for gold, this is not a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: wion / wiok mark, william fleming, manufacturer listings
william fleming, manufacturer listings, reference book: Hello William and thank you for your inquiry. I have no listing for a wion or wiok in my references. Eventhough it was purchased in the US, it may be foreign - the dots above the letters make me think scandanavian. Does it have a sterling or gold marking...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14ct, 14ct gold, wonderful spring
14ct gold, wonderful spring, gold chain: Karen, the letters CID do not match any of the normal hallmarks employed by the UK for indication of quality and other factors. This being the case, I must believe the letters are the maker s mark, initials or abbreviation of registered identification of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18K Gold Cameo Ring, resin glass, shop ebay
resin glass, shop ebay, italy gold: Hello Ashley and thank you for your inquiry. Your cameo sounds very pretty. If your ring is marked 18K that means it is 75% gold. Most quality pieces are 18K and that is the minimum selling standard for Italy. Gold values fluctuate daily and in order to check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 30yr Service Award Ring, koch oil company, gold quality
koch oil company, gold quality, gram weight: Hello Harold and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to find a cTo company or manufacturer mark in my resources but will keep your inquiry active and let you know if I find something. They were probably a company that specialized in service rings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Finish, dish detergent, liver of sulfur
dish detergent, liver of sulfur, black rhodium: Hi, Daniel. Is the ring gold? Is it silver? Silver is rather easy to apply an antique finish. You obtain the materials or have a jeweler do the work(the best approach). The roughly refined chemical potash of sulfur (liver of sulfur) is used. When in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique earing hallmark, stud earings, antique gold
stud earings, antique gold, antique mall: Hello Jolie and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a company with R.F.B. as their mark. Older companies sometimes did not register their mark unless the item was gold or silver and then it was difficult to mark earrings....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring with root emerald?, tiny diamonds, antique piece
tiny diamonds, antique piece, antique ring: Hello, The 750 should mean 75 percent gold. The green stone could be a natural emerald, I assume it is a cab and not faceted. As to age that is out of my domain. I work mostly with gem stones. Sorry I am not able to help you more. Regards, ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bates & B gold knife, nail file, fobs
nail file, fobs, curved nail: Hello Sharon and thank you for your inquiry. As far as I can tell Bates and Bacon produced mostly gold-filled and plated items. They did produce accessories such as knives and fobs as well as jewelry. My earliest information for them is 1900. Their items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Beryl, specific gravity, refractive index
specific gravity, refractive index, beryl: Hi Ryan, The two basic tests ar the refractive index and the specific gravity that pretty much will identify beryl. The refractive index is approximately 1.56 - 1.59 with a specific gravity of 2.76. There are many more tests that can be done but these two...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: BLACK DIAMOND, black diamond, colors
black diamond, colors, white spots: Hi Gina, The only way to permanently change the color of diamond would be to irradiate it. But there is no way to gaurantee it would trn out black. They may turn any number of colors. There may be a treatment out there that I am not aware of that would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Burma Ruby Certification, Ruby, Burma
Ruby, Burma, Burmese Ruby: Hello James Glad to see a question from a Ruby collector. It is always good to have a fine Ruby certified by a lab. Whether to get them certified or not depends on what you would like to do with the Rubies you ve already bought. If they are for a personal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bge stamp, sterling silver 925, rolled gold
sterling silver 925, rolled gold, gold electroplate: Hi Sylvia, The ring is sterling silver 925 stamped and it is also gold electroplated. But I am stumped on the B in BGE. Could it be an H ? Then it would be Heavy Gold Electroplate. Or maybe RGP Rolled Gold Plate. Or just GEP Gold Electro Plated....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cameo pendant, Cameo, Pendant
Cameo, Pendant, Jewelry: Mi is not a regular marking used in jewelry items. It may represent the craftsman s personal signature or a custom engraving at the time of making. It might also just be to represent that the pendant was crafted in Michigan. As it is not a standard mark,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chlorine severe discolouration on white gold bracelet HELP!, white gold charms, pandora charm bracelet
white gold charms, pandora charm bracelet, bench jeweler: Alexandra, I am sorry you had this experience but most likely all can be restored. Silver without rhodium plate is the first to discolor in chemical laden swimming pools. Next, not so severely but still possibly discolored is white gold. As you noticed,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cyan Teal Gemstone, Cyan, Teal
Cyan, Teal, Gemstone: Hello Benjamin You might want to try Turquoise, Aquamarine, Apatite & some shades of Sky Blue Topaz based on which tone of cyan/teal are you looking for. These gemstones will cover a major range of the cyan-teal color chart. These are all semi-precious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cgjl certification, gemological institute of america, carlsbad california
gemological institute of america, carlsbad california, gem identification: Hello I have never heard of the CGJL..... But that does not mean that they don t exist... What I am familiar with is the GIA which is located in Carlsbad California as far as I know they are the premier gem identification nationally and even globally center....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cleaning jewelry, bench jeweler, professional jeweler
bench jeweler, professional jeweler, polishing compounds: Jimmy, I have cleaned many items with fire damage. In most cases it comes down to three primary actions: 1. Removing melted on materials by either peeling off as best can and then by solvents 2. Professionally cleaning by ultrasonic cleaners and steam blasting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: color changing stones, gemological institute of america, carlsbad california
gemological institute of america, carlsbad california, stonecutter: Hello Kathy the best thing you can do is bring the stone to a geologists or to a knowledgeable stonecutter firsthand so they can see it and see the changes... Also try calling the GIA that s the Gemological Institute of America located in Carlsbad California.......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: David Andersen Silver, david andersen, rabbit theme
david andersen, rabbit theme, closeup photographs: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. Your cup is adorable and very collectible. David Andersen Norway sterling is always collectible. Especially vintage items in their original packaging. The sterling value would depend on the weight of the cup and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Engagement Ring Troubles, princess cut diamonds, bench jeweler
princess cut diamonds, bench jeweler, poor craftsmanship: Dear Barbara, There is an old saying about don t hurt the messenger and that applies here. There is no way you should have experienced these problems. The first time, it makes me think the bench jeweler simply did not know how to repair the ring. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: earrings, clip on earrings, southwestern design
clip on earrings, southwestern design, ebay: Hello Sally and thank you for your inquiry. Guitar earrings were a popular southwestern design and were made of different materials including mother of pearl. There is difficulty in marking earrings, but sometimes you will find a hallmark or gold/silver assay...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: engraved, research librarian, universal methods
research librarian, universal methods, case makers: Dear Monique, Thank you for this question. I can tell you about the 417 but not about the maker s mark, ALI. There are several jewelery makers in India with that a part of their name but who is to know which might use ALI as a stamp. Then again, the name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 30yr Service Award Ring, html company, trademark info
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 30yr Service Award Ring, html company, trademark info, tanner

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bge stamp, sterling ring, initials
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bge stamp, sterling ring, initials

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cgjl certification
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cgjl certification

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mark VII Lapel Pin, l a county sheriff, old jewelry
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mark VII Lapel Pin, l a county sheriff, old jewelry, dragnet

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: i think i ruined my sterling silver rings
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: i think i ruined my sterling silver rings

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gemstone appraisal in Hong Kong, exact composition, rough stone
exact composition, rough stone, gemstone: Hi Tamatoa, I believe there is a GIA branch in Hong Kong that could ID your stone for you. As for an Appraiser I am the best appraiser in the area and I do many appraisals in HK. I would be glad to discuss costs and terms just email me at plumetta@aol.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Georgian ring?, kt gold, claddagh ring
kt gold, claddagh ring, browser address: Hello Faye and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring is called a Claddagh ring and is Irish in tradition as a token of love. There are many different styles but all designed around clasped hands. The design is popular therefore many companies have reproduced...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Jewelry Hallmark 10kt, Gold, Hall Mark
Gold, Hall Mark, Gold Mark: If it does not have any other symbol or mark, it is a manual inscription by the jeweller & not an authentic hallmark by an independent agency so it maybe true or not depending on how honest the jeweller is. You can get it officially hallmarked at a nearby...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold mark NR, opal specialist, gold marks
opal specialist, gold marks, best guess: Hello Jean, I cant find Fitz question in my files . I am an Opal specialist , gold marks are always difficult. My best guess is NR is the the name of Maker * Dukes may be his trading store or brand name . If I can find out any more Ill get back to you , sorry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold, gold electroplate, vintage piece
gold electroplate, vintage piece, yellow gold: Hi Pam, What the person is telling you by dipped he means plated. They could very easily Plate the setting with yellow gold. If this were a ring I would tell you it would not last but a pendant could easily last for years without coming off. If it were...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold marking, costume jewelery, gold scrap
costume jewelery, gold scrap, gold content: Celine, thanks for the question. Unfortunately, the 862 mark does not mean a thing to me and I do not see it listed in markings used legally. In the rare event it represented gold, that would be a recipe of 0.862 gold, or 86.2% pure gold. Considering...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring with diamonds, gold hallmarks, great grandmother
gold hallmarks, great grandmother, platinum gold: Wayne, Those are just samples there are hundreds if not thousands of makers marks out there and it takes some digging to find them. But since you have most of the information already you should be able to run it down. Don t give up now! Pete...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Huge gemstones, gem quality, carat
gem quality, carat, gemstones: Hi Ann, Are these gems cut and polished or rough? Do you have appraisals on them? Where did you buy them? All these factors determine value and if they are salable and what market are they for. There are many gems that are genuine & natural but are not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying of Ring, graduate gemologist, carat size
graduate gemologist, carat size, troy ounce: Hi Kerry, Well like I said I really can t tell you without actually seeing the ring in my hands. Best thing to do is get it appraised by a graduate gemologist and that should give you all the parameters except who made it. Thanks and good luck Pete...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry Stamp, platinum band, gold stamp
platinum band, gold stamp, gold platinum: Hi Malika, You seem to be right. 19K 800 is a gold stamp for 19 karat gold which is 80.0% gold. Platinum is stamped PT900 or PT950 depending on the age of the piece. I think you should return to the store where you bought it and have this remedied. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelers' marks, maltese cross, costume jewelry
maltese cross, costume jewelry, gold silver: Hello John and thank you for your inquiry. I am sure there are quite a few that used this mark but usually there are initials or other marks that accompany it i.e. cross inside a circle. Researching also would depend on the item it was used on - gold, silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: KI14k marking, gold diamond ring, rabbit trail
gold diamond ring, rabbit trail, quality mark: Hi, Brian. I do not even attempt to identify trademarks of manufacturers. That generally is a rabbit trail and the rabbit always wins. However, I can tell you that the markings prior to the metal quality mark are most surely the maker s mark and do not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lac Bangles of Hyderabad, Lacquer Bangles, Rajasthan
Lacquer Bangles, Rajasthan, Bangles: The Art of making Lacquer Bangles originated in Rajasthan & later travelled throughout the unpartitioned India. I do not know the exact year when it reached Hyderabad & I without any writings or searching for mentions in history, it might be very difficult...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Larimar stone onto white gold ring, Gemstone, Ring
Gemstone, Ring, Repair: I d advise you not to try doing that because if the stone falls out while you are travelling or without you noticing, you might lose the stone. It might be a better idea to take it to a jeweler you trust or a nearby jewelry repair shop & get it set there....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Larimar stone onto white gold ring, bench jeweler, cement mix
bench jeweler, cement mix, excess glue: Scott, it the stone was cemented in place you can do it yourself. If set with metal prongs or other method, it is best for a local jeweler to reset the stone. If cement, you will be able to place the stone in the setting and it will look just like before...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mandatory Gold Marking jewelry in the USA, Gold, Hall Mark
Gold, Hall Mark, Gold Mark: Referring to old archives, in the year 1906, It was made mandatory for Gold Jewelry (above 10K) to be hallmarked in the USA. But as you mention that the ring maybe of European origin, I d like to inform you that in some European countries hallmarking started...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mark VII Lapel Pin, ebay auction, check amazon
ebay auction, check amazon, police collectibles: Hello Sharon and thank you for your inquiry. What you have is called a crossover collectible and would appeal to collectors of Dragnet the TV series, police collectibles, lapel pin and badge collectors as well as others. This was probably an item given to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark, herzog co, emerald eyes
herzog co, emerald eyes, tail feathers: Hello Jim and thank you for your inquiry. Your brooch sounds lovely. I have searched my resources and the only LK I can find was used by Joseph L. Herzog & Co. in New York City c. 1930 s - but, it was capital letters. The only other possibility is that it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old English Gold Bracelet, european jewelry, pawn shop
european jewelry, pawn shop, online auctions: Hello Jennie and thank you for your inquiry. The GAB probably is the manufacturer of your bracelet. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate a similar marking in my resources but I am not heavy on European jewelry information. Early European and American...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old ring marked "14KX", gold purity, gold marks
gold purity, gold marks, new gold: Hello Susan and thank you for your inquiry. I have searched all of my gold marks and information and have found nothing with a KX marking. The only suggestion I have is that maybe it was the maker s way of indicating a particular design or quality. Unfortunately,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A&P marking, 14k gold ring, jewelry seller
14k gold ring, jewelry seller, pawn shop: Dear lason, The use of plumb with gold was started near 1980 when the marking regulations changed in the USA. Newer rings do not have the p because newer jewelry is up to the standards and older jewelry before the change is no longer in stock. The exception...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pendent, bronze metal, drum sticks
bronze metal, drum sticks, antique mall: Hello Melissa and thank you for your inquiry. Your pendant sounds very pretty and interesting but it would be difficult for me to find any information without a visual or hands-on examination. It sounds like it may be more of a medal and if you check it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum Repair, platinum wedding band, torch work
platinum wedding band, torch work, gold jewelry: Dear Heather, This is an excellent question. I am glad you defined the method used to repair the prongs with platinum that is, using a jewelry laser. Platinum can not be welded to platinum while next to a diamond because the diamond will be burned...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pewter choker/necklace, white stag, mexican jewelry
white stag, mexican jewelry, jewelry hallmarks: Hello Jennifer and thank you for your inquiry. I haven t been able to locate anything like you describe in my resources. It might help if you could get a photo of the item and the clasp mark. Most animal hallmarks are used by Native American and Mexican jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RESIZING, pear diamond ring, platinum metals
pear diamond ring, platinum metals, new god: Gina, if the ring can be exchanged for one of the proper size at no cost to you, that would be the way to go. Otherwise, you loose use of the first ring and have to purchase a new one and have the stones set. Platinum is quite expensive. Platinum can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RIng w/ Makers mark, watch makers, cincinnati ohio
watch makers, cincinnati ohio, mfg co: Thank you for your inquiry. You already know your band is Sterling 925 silver and the GW is probably the manufacturer/designer of the item. The design of the ring will make a difference i.e. is it Victorian ? Mexican ? any other marks ? The only GW I have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring sent for resizing - diamond has chip, diamond wedding band, three diamonds
diamond wedding band, three diamonds, anniversary ring: Hello, Trish. This is one of those situations which is certainly disappointing to you and may be embarrassing to the jewelry store. First of all, it seems the store does not use an in-house bench jeweler but sends the service items out to a trade shop....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby, Ruby, Opal
Ruby, Opal: Hello Darren If its a 3.39cts. Ruby with Red color & transparency, it is definitely worth something. Though I think at 6x3.9 cm it should weigh a lot more than 3.39cts. If you are looking for an appraisal for the Ruby, let me know more details about the Ruby...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: restoring silver look
Dear Monica, The real question is if the silver look CAN be restored. If the jewelry is white gold, a polishing will do the trick. If sterling and not rhodium plated, the same polishing will work wonders. If costume jewelry, the best you might do is try...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring origin, aztec symbols, aztec designs
aztec symbols, aztec designs, feature symbols: Hello Deborah and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring is very pretty. Aztec designs have been and still are very popular. Check your ring carefully - it may be 18K and 925 silver instead of 13K. 13K was not often used. The popularity of Aztec jewelry is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Settings, riogrande, browser address
riogrande, browser address, address field: Hello Sarah and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed two sites below that may be able to help you with your settings. Just click on each or copy and paste into your browser address field and hit enter. Hope this helps and good luck ! http://www.firemountaingems.com/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Signature on Art Nouveau Jewelry, cameo brooch, art nouveau jewelry
cameo brooch, art nouveau jewelry, jewelry company: Hello Nancy and thank you for your inquiry. I believe your piece is by Art Metal Studios in Chicago, Illinois c. 1884-1954. Their works were sold to Marshall Field and Company and Lord & Taylor to name a few department stores. They also made some beautiful...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: "scrap" gold, quality custom work, custom jewelers
quality custom work, custom jewelers, wax models: Dear Joyce, Using an internet search I found at least two jewelers who appear from their websites to do better quality custom work. There are others. Here those are if you have not checked these already: Note: I have not seen any work in hand from these...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stones, thermal shock, change colors
thermal shock, change colors, old stones: Hi Kathie, The only stone I ve seen that is thermochronic is a chameleon diamond. It was also photochromic, it changed color in light. The only other gem I ve heard of is a mood ring . There are stones that have thermochromism and photochromism characteristics...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: WHAT TYPE OF PEARLS ARE THESE, WHAT'S 14KX?, gold hallmarks, gold buyers
gold hallmarks, gold buyers, jewelry appraiser: Hello Rebecca and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed a site below that gives good information on gold hallmarks. The x with the mark is something I ve not seen. May be a design mark or pertinent only to the manufacturer or designer. Pearls are difficult...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: testing for solid gold, cobalt alloys, platinum metals
cobalt alloys, platinum metals, gold alloys: Dear Jacqueline, Considering the experimental nature of iron/gold alloys and the absence of gold or silver cobalt alloys in jewelry, I agree with your rephrased statement. Gold mixes with iron like water with oil and is very problematic, remaining essentially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: i think i ruined my sterling silver rings, james avery jewelry, sterling silver rings
james avery jewelry, sterling silver rings, dish detergent: Erica, first of all, relax and know your rings are not ruined. : ) The James Avery jewelry is very attractive and the dark in the recesses is a large part of the look of certain designs. The antiqued finish is either a chemical oxidation or a special...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: VIC - Ring Stamp, gold hallmarks, ebay
gold hallmarks, ebay, gold jewelry: Hello Margaret and thank you for your inquiry. The VIC mark is not familiar to me, however it could be a manufacturer mark or design code. I did not find it listed in any of my resources. Since it is not marked gold you should probably have it tested. I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage ring, family heirloom, shank
family heirloom, shank, jeweler: Hello Candy and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful and my advice would be to have it checked both for stone identification and metal. Open back stones are often genuine. Any markings on the ring may be worn, but you might be able to find...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wood on silver, silver wedding ring, squeeze tubes
silver wedding ring, squeeze tubes, proper alignment: Dear Margot, Thank you very much for the fine illustration. The illustration enhances my concept of the ring you are going to make. The cement I recommend is epoxy cement. This is a two part resin/hardener cement which is mixed prior to application....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k gold diamond ring, gold diamond ring, history of the ring
gold diamond ring, history of the ring, thunder storms: Hi, Rick. We have been going through all sorts of thunder storms, lightening and hail in other towns. I have kept off the Internet during most of it. Now, with the thunder sounding further away, I am here to reply to your question. As instructions to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1847 spoon pure silver, 1847 rogers brothers, wm rogers
1847 rogers brothers, wm rogers, rogers bros: Hi Matt, I am having a difficult time verifying solid silver flatware by Rogers Bros. in 1847. Both Rogers Bros. and Onieda came out with their silverplate line in 1847 and did not make a solid silver line. Wm Rogers made solid silver in 1847. If it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amethyst, semi precious stone, tiny diamond
semi precious stone, tiny diamond, rare stone: Dear Joyce , Very difficult to say what its value is without seeing it . Amethyst is a semi precious stone. It is not a rare stone at all.It may be a nice faceted piece but I would be surprised if it were more than say between $50 - 120 for the stone , the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique piece w/ unusual marking, crystal drop earrings, crystal quartz
crystal drop earrings, crystal quartz, antique piece: Hi Vicki, The silver mark is a little unusual. They could be they are either very old or someone didn t want anyone to know how much silver is in them. They are probably 900 silver not sterling 925 and the 900 is sometimes just stamped silver . If...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: charms, jewellery repairs, risk damage
jewellery repairs, risk damage, costly mistakes: Hello, Karola. I would need to know the sort of solder you plan to use and see the charms to provide direct advice but I can help you in a general way which should be enough. Are you using a gold solder and flame to do the soldering or using a low temperature...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to clean diamonds set in silver, spencer tiara, princess dianas wedding
spencer tiara, princess dianas wedding, wedding tiara: Dear Christine, I believe this information will help. I would love to see your ring. We saw Princess Diana s wedding tiara when on tour with her clothing in the U.S.A., sponsored by the Spencer family. This was lovely but being a jeweler at the time I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique piece w/ unusual marking, levels
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique piece w/ unusual marking, levels

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking in ring, platinum content, iridium
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking in ring, platinum content, iridium, alloys

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ming's jewelry of Hawaii, lee ming, linda lee
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ming's jewelry of Hawaii, lee ming, linda lee, google

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing fingernail polish from jewelry.
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing fingernail polish from jewelry.

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: found ring looks old strange design, gold flowers, aquarius sign
gold flowers, aquarius sign, strange design: Hi Shawna, You got a very curious ring. I don t think it is very old or gold. Gold rings are quality stamped with the karat weight, like 14K . Also they usually don t have an adjustable shank for different sizes. I am not a zodiac afficianado so I really...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Georges Bissinger cameo, bissinger, paris museum
bissinger, paris museum, browser address: Hello David and thank you for your inquiry. I found the following website that may be of some assistance. Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.answers.com/topic/georges-bissinger-1 There is also a book...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold bracelet, 18k gold bracelet, jewelry appraiser
18k gold bracelet, jewelry appraiser, local museum: Thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and have not been able to locate a mark such as you describe. Many older companies used marks that were not registered or the design was not patented. You might try having it checked by an estate jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold/diamond watch ?, geneva watch company, geneva watches
geneva watch company, geneva watches, geneva geneva: Hello Roseann and thank you for your inquiry. I m not sure if you mean Genova or Geneva. Geneva Watch Company is large watchmaker group that produces contemporary time pieces, most Swiss. Most gold watches are marked on the back of the case. In order to determine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grandmothers ring, diamond cluster ring, daisy cluster
diamond cluster ring, daisy cluster, grandmothers ring: Hello Anji and thank you for your inquiry. I am so sorry your ring has been lost especially since it was an heirloom. There is no way to locate an identical ring except by searching the various jewelry shops online and off. If you happen to have a picture...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you help my Identify my ring's trademark?, 18kt hge, serina
18kt hge, serina, antique store: Hello Serina and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring is marked 18K HGE meaning it is hard gold electroplate. The V mark is probably the manufacturer. I have not been able to locate a mark like you describe in my resources yet, but will keep looking. In...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying a pair of Rings, southwestern collectibles, buffalo art
southwestern collectibles, buffalo art, assay marks: Hello Chad and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring looks interesting and I agree that it could be Taxco, but most Taxco is usually marked or carries assay marks. It could also be Native American especially with the bear and buffalo art work. There is a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying type of ring., gemologist, hallmark
gemologist, hallmark, arrows: Hi Karen, The M with the arrows is the Makers Mark. The company that made it has a logo for this purpose. To find out who it is will take searching through the marks of thousands of companies to find the match. You can look them up online and maybe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Italian Gold Jewlery, Gold Jewelry, Italian Gold Jewelry
Gold Jewelry, Italian Gold Jewelry, 10 K: Hello Teresa 10 kt is the purity of gold, i.e. there is 41.67% pure gold in the bracelet/anklet metal. Star & 989 VI are not standard symbols used in Jewelry. Most probably they are manufacturer s symbol/signature. Does the star have a sickle in it? Hope...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Karola signed silver jewelry, jewelry designers, silver earrings
jewelry designers, silver earrings, short periods: Hello Sharon and thank you for your inquiry. I found a listing for Karola jewelry online - don t know if it is the same as what you have but here is the link. There are several other links for the name as you mentioned. Just click on or copy and paste into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Makers Mark, sterling silver jewelry, bond street
sterling silver jewelry, bond street, hadley: Hello Abby and thank you for your inquiry. The only ones that I could find with Bond is The Bond Street Line of jewelry made by Hadley Company in the 1930 s. The other is Bond Boyd which is a Canadian firm specializing in sterling silver jewelry. Hope this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking in ring, engagement styles, wild chase
engagement styles, wild chase, strange shape: Dear Vonne, I have included a link to a British hallmarking(assay) office just in case some of your symbols are similar. http://www.theassayoffice.co.uk/palladium_hallmarking.html US standards apply to items made here and for items imported into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marks on Gold Bracelet, jewelry appraiser, mdep
jewelry appraiser, mdep, christofle: Hello Alison and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelets sounds lovely. The marks, I believe, are foreign the MDEP standing for Depose or Registered . I have included a site below that may give you some information on a possible mark with the icons you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ming's jewelry of Hawaii, hawaii jewelry, google search
hawaii jewelry, google search, earring sets: Hello Susan and thank you for your inquiry. Mings jewelry is always in demand and collectible. I have listed a site below that may be able to answer any questions you have. Just click on or copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter: ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark, sorry!, birmingham assay office, gold marks
birmingham assay office, gold marks, gold band: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. Since it is so difficult to visualize the mark, I would suggest the book Jackson s Hallmarks Pocket Edition by Ian Pickford. This covers English, Scottish, Irish Silver and Gold Marks and is one of the best available...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: melting of cubic zirconia, gold projects, gold rings
gold projects, gold rings, yellow gold: Dear Barbara, I don’t know what secret tricks the jeweler might have but I do not believe turning white gold back into yellow gold is cost efficient enough for the jeweler to do that. Lots of yellow would need to be added to dilute the white color and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mens "ruby" ring, Ruby, Ruby Ring
Ruby, Ruby Ring, Men's Ruby Ring: Hello Michelle That is a beautiful gem. Going by the color it looks like a Ruby, but to be sure, I d recommend you to take it to a Gem Lab & get the stone tested. Some labs like GIA, GRS do not test jewelry. I am sure IGI certifies jewelry, so you might want...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: new white gold engagement ring already has some scratches., gold engagement ring, platinum jewelry
gold engagement ring, platinum jewelry, ring image: Dawn, there is not really anymore I can add to the answer. Unfortunately, I cannot clearly see the scratches in the photo. Jewelry is one of the most difficult items to photograph. I have done a lot of it and yes, getting a good photo is tough. If your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old bracelet., ivory beads, barrel clasp
ivory beads, barrel clasp, warm soapy water: Hello David and thank you for your inquiry. Your lovely bracelet is of the type that has been made for many years - a popular design using various beads and designs. Some included gemstone or ivory beads. Yours does look like mother of pearl and the metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum Engagement ring re-size, platinum engagement ring, precious metals west
platinum engagement ring, precious metals west, platinum jewelry: Bee, There is a reason for a solder line but it doesn t have to be that way. It all has to do with the solders used to join the two sides of the band back together after the piece is removed to bring the size down. For many years platinum solders contained...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Purchasing Diamond Engagement Ring, diamond engagement ring, diamond gold
diamond engagement ring, diamond gold, gia certificate: Hi Daniel, It looks like you want a ring included with the diamond. Gold went over $1,500 an ounce so the ring will cost at least $200 for a small solitaire setting. Then the diamond, a VS2, I color .75ct with top cut would run wholesale around $3000. If...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pin, emmons company, sarah coventry
emmons company, sarah coventry, grandparents day: Sometime between 1949 - 1981. Their jewelry value runs from $10 to under $100 depending on rarity and condition. I ve included a site below that has one that may be similar to yours. http://joyfulvintagejewelry.com/-strse-1230/Vintage-Emmons-Rhinestone-Lizard/Detail.bok...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Quartz? Ring, smoky quartz, ball shape
smoky quartz, ball shape, gem material: Thanks, Gina. I was curious. If light did not pass then the stone would likely not be quartz. However, your initial description was quite clear but I became curious when the photo was viewed. Thanks again. God Bless. Thomas. ____________previouis---------------------------...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing fingernail polish from jewelry., nan nan, hydrogen peroxide
nan nan, hydrogen peroxide, bristle brush: Nan, I know kids are inventive but this is the first porridge of jewelry and those other ingredients to come to me. I agree this could be a problem in cleaning. SOLVENT..BUT DON T DO MORE THAN READ THIS YET Right off, the solvent for fingernail polish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing, size 9, jeweler
size 9, jeweler, 5mm: Krista, you say with the photo, 14k Gold (I believe) . If it is gold, the ring looks like it can be sized. If not gold, jeweler can tell you if it is silver, plated or overlay. Plated rings or overlay cannot be sized. Going from a 7 to a size 9 means adding...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring from Germany, grandfathers clock, jewelry appraiser
grandfathers clock, jewelry appraiser, costume ring: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. In order to determine if your ring has any value you would first have to determine the metal content. If it is marked 12K gold, the stone could also be authentic. Combine the two and you might have a very nice ring....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking LC198, liz claibourne, professional jeweler
liz claibourne, professional jeweler, great grandmother: Hello Shannon and thank you for your inquiry. The only LC trademark I have listed is for Liz Claibourne and they did sometimes use a numbering system to identify styles or designs. If you believe it may be gold, you should have it checked by a professional...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A ring of mine, diamond chips, tanzanite ring
diamond chips, tanzanite ring, cubic zirconia: Hi Again Heather, If that is the code for the manufacturer then I ve never seen it and could not even guess at it. The only way I could be sure if it is diamonde or tanxanite is to actually hold it in my hands and test it. Otherwise your guess is as good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring?, ane marie, oval shape
ane marie, oval shape, copyright symbol: Hello Eva, Im sorry that I am not an expert in this area, but I get asked so many times, I will have a stab at it for you.AM-G in this case may just be the persons name who made the ring like Ane Marie Gerald it usually is only the makers mark and doesnt...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, goldsmith, initials
goldsmith, initials: Hello these are my thoughts regarding letters MAN... I feel they could be the initials of the following: the person that purchased the ring and had it made for him.. or The Goldsmith that made the ring.. Also a possibility is a designer of the ring.. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring certification, graduate gemologist, gem lab
graduate gemologist, gem lab, appraisal service: Hi Anthony, I am not sure what you mean when you say Certified ? Is it a certificate from a Gem Lab or an Appraisal Service? If that is the case all you would need to do is take the ring to an appraiser that is a Graduate Gemologist and they could verify...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring identification, gold purity, military insignia
gold purity, military insignia, jewelry appraiser: Hello Mary Anne and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds very interesting. The design appears to be Egyptian military perhaps. More importantly are any markings on the inside of the ring. If the ring is solid gold it would be marked 24K or 999. Most...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver necklace, sterling silver necklace, silver polishing cloth
sterling silver necklace, silver polishing cloth, silver cleaning: Kimberly, Sterling reacts with sulfur in the air and from the environment to create a tarnish on the silver. The silver dip essentially pulls out the sulfide and what is left is silver in a grayish to dull milky white. Anytime silver dip is used for too...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sizing a 23k gold triple shank ring without using solder, ring mandrel, jewelry training
ring mandrel, jewelry training, piece of gold: Maurice, First, I do not know if the ring is going up or down in size. The following applies to both but going up will require a very clean fit of added gold. 23 karat will be difficult to obtain in many parts of the world while 24k and 22k will be easier...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: soldering set rough diamonds, rough diamonds, cut diamonds
rough diamonds, cut diamonds, bezels: Dear Lori, I appreciate questions from jewelers. My answer must be general since I cannot see the diamonds and how safe soldering heat would be. My first consideration would be to talk to the customer about the situation. There is nothing wrong in letting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling bracelet, sterling bracelet, reed and barton
sterling bracelet, reed and barton, jewelry stores: Hello Maureen and thank you for your inquiry. My resources match yours in that it is possible that the mark is Dominick and Haff. Quite a few silver companies did from time to time make jewelry and specialty items. The jewelry items were included when the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: uncut/unpolished opals, lapidary clubs, lapidary journal
lapidary clubs, lapidary journal, atlanta ga area: Gday Stormy, Thanks for your question, Unfortunately , I am in Sydney Australia ,so I dont know much about Atlanta Georgia. I would check what was the Lapidary Journal , its now called something else I think , they mention all the rockshops and county gemshows...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can you use a torch with soft solder?, stay brite, radio shack
stay brite, radio shack, watch parts: Yes, Carrie, you can use a torch to soft solder. The trick is to keep the flame as gentle and low as possible and play it around the joint and not directly on the soft solder. When the heat is right at the joint, the solder will flow right in and on the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 200-300 yrs old 24k gold Chinese ring, 24k gold jewelry, oriental jewelry
24k gold jewelry, oriental jewelry, jewelry professional: Hello Tim and thank you for your inquiry. Any verified 24K gold jewelry has value depending on the daily gold price. The antiquity value may go up as the item ages, but that would depend on the quality, rarity, design and designer. I suggest that since it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 22 k gold bangle, bench jewelers, steel mandrel
bench jewelers, steel mandrel, hollow construction: Hello, Mike. Dubai is certainly known for gold. Whether or not the bangle can be re-sized depends partially on the resourcefulness of a competent jeweler in your area. Why do I say that? Here are 3 reasons: 1) If the bangle is solid, it can likely be hammered...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 520crt ruby, thanks wade, insurance replacement
thanks wade, insurance replacement, internet sellers: Hi Wade, Sounds like you got a large ruby. I am a little confused on what you wrote. It has a gla or is it GIA report. The 104,500 is Autralian Dollars? That is an insurance replacement value? Without seeing it it is hard to tell you who might buy it. But...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Apatite gemstone, rubbing alcohol, gem materials
rubbing alcohol, gem materials, qvc: Hi Jennifer, I ve done work for QVC in the past and found them to be reasonably good. The stones should not have turned cloudy from the cleaner they will usually replace the piece if somthing like that happens. I would have the stones tested and find out...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique bracelet,origins unkown, ebay auction, silver sterling
ebay auction, silver sterling, palm trees: Hello Amanda and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet is very pretty. It looks to me to be mid-eastern origin. Sometimes these were made of silver - sterling or 800 silver. If there is no writing on the inside or hallmarks, you may want to take it to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring, platinum ring, rose gold
platinum ring, rose gold, gold weight: Dear Melissa, It is interesting how you were given such differing answers. Of course, interesting is not helpful to you. There is one way to get a verified evaluation of the ring and that is to have a certified appraiser examine the ring and provide...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Best way to verify an Ingot purity, ray spectrometer, gun tools
ray spectrometer, gun tools, scrap yards: Dear Cyrus, the best method more available to everyday folks is an x-ray spectrometer but that is an expensive instrument. Metal scrap yards often have these hand held testing gun tools since they work in metals every day and have to know what they really...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, natural pink sapphires, colombian emerald
natural pink sapphires, colombian emerald, horsetail inclusions: Hi Cynthadia, A little help. First of all let me say that this is a beautiful piece. The cutting style of the stones suggest to me they are 20th century cut and 14K stamp says USA the design is original. The color of each stone is not matched real well....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bracelet marked '14K RS'-What does the 'RS' mean?, Gold Hallmarking, Gold Purity
Gold Hallmarking, Gold Purity, Real Gold: Hello Jane RS can be either the manufacturer s mark or the mark of the lab that Hallmarked the jewelry. The only way to be sure that it is gold is to get it hallmarked at a nearby Hallmarking center. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, sweetheart jewelry, jewelry category
sweetheart jewelry, jewelry category, online auctions: Hello Brenda and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult for me to give you much information without a good photograph, any hallmarks or markings or a hands on examination. You might have some luck browsing one of the online auctions such as ebay.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: China, ebay link, china made in japan
ebay link, china made in japan, china dinnerware: Hello Jane and thank you for your inquiry. It is very difficult, especially with items from Japan, to identify without a company name or hallmark. The L china could be a manufacturer, but I found none with just the letter L in my resources. I have listed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chinese Jade Necklace??, diamond points, gold content
diamond points, gold content, jade necklace: Thank you for your inquiry. Your have a lovely cross necklace. If you believe it is gold, you need to have it professionally checked for gold content. This is something only a professional can do as it involves acid. Check with your local museum or antique...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cloudy Apatite, Apatite, jewelry cleaner
Apatite, jewelry cleaner: Either the jewelry cleaner chemical reacted with the Apatite & ruined the stones or it has dried over the gems. Kindly post a photo of the pendant so that we can help you better. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy of Over 101 Years!...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: carat markings inside ring, eastern countries, great men
eastern countries, great men, carat: Hi, Rod. Considering most jewelry sold in the USA is outsourced or simply begins with a foreign factory, there is not a way to say which countries would use this sort of stamp. The same country might use K14, 14K, 14KT or 585...all of which mean the same...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: coral losing color, avon bubble bath, color dyes
avon bubble bath, color dyes, coral necklace: Cindy, I would try hair spray first. After that you might try fixing the dye but not knowing what sort of dye is used the results are far from certain. I really believe there is not much to fix the dye within and to because it is going into pores and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cutting and setting, Rough RUby, Rough RUbies
Rough RUby, Rough RUbies, Gem CUtting: Hello Diane Several people offer cutting services, including my own company K.K. Exports. Depending on the quality & value of the roughs, you might want to find a decent gemcutter nearby for low value roughs or a premium gem cutter (even if far from you)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond burned, torch flame, diamond cutter
torch flame, diamond cutter, center diamond: Dear Joel, unless a jeweler is going to use a laser welder to do the platinum work you are totally correct. Even when a laser is used there are times the most secure join is made with the diamonds out. Diamonds should always be removed when platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring repair, torch work, gold repair
torch work, gold repair, diamond solution: hello; with out a photo of the the damage it is hard to assess whether to just straighten or to replace. My suggestion is to replace with a new head. It will give you more mental security and longer life out of the setting. Do not go with platinum or such...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dipping Platium into yellow gold., Yellow Diamond, Platinum Ring
Yellow Diamond, Platinum Ring, Platinum Ring with Yellow Diamond: Hello Robert I am not sure I get you correctly. You have a plain Platinum band on which you want to get a Yellow Diamond studded. How do you want to get it done? The band will have to molten & recast to make the prongs. During the recasting you can get a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: FNA, fine silver jewelry, ebay
fine silver jewelry, ebay, sterling silver: Hello Deana and thank you for your inquiry. Italy is known for their fine silver jewelry. The mark FNA is probably the manufacture mark for your necklace. To determine the market value of your necklace you would need to know the daily market price for sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: China
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: China

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, pearl necklace, triangle
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, pearl necklace, triangle

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: natural ametrine, trailside museum, mineral show
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: natural ametrine, trailside museum, mineral show, delaware valley

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gems, loose gems, jewler
loose gems, jewler, ebay: hello; There are lots of jewelers who will buy loose gems. To get a fair value , the easiest way is to go on ebay and find a similar stone and look at the ones sold. It seems to be a decent indicator of market price.. Most jewelers will offer about half of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gem markings, ring shanks, ring shank
ring shanks, ring shank, topaz stones: Dear Derek, Standards are in place for showing the quality of metal used in a jewelry item. As you might believe, the marking system of the UK is one of the most thorough and accurate systems used. Yet, even with that high level of marking metals, there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold pierced earrings, smoky quartz, drop earrings
smoky quartz, drop earrings, enough god: Susan, A photo would help in letting me know how the posts are attached to the stone drops. This determines whether a replacement wire would need to be brazed or simply attached. Changing the posts to those more sized for ears in this country is the best...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring, signet rings, signet ring
signet rings, signet ring, jewelry appraiser: Hi Mary Anne - Your ring is very unique and if it is solid gold (24kt) you should definitely have it appraised by an estate jewelry appraiser. I, like you, believe it is a signet ring. Something this unusual and valuable should have an official appraisal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold ring engraved on inside, sweetheart jewelry, vintage jewelry
sweetheart jewelry, vintage jewelry, gold content: Hello Nancy and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like your have a Navy sweetheart ring. These have been popular since the late 1800 s. You should have it appraised for gold content and perhaps have it insured. Here is a site below that may interest you....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grey garnet, colour change, spinel
colour change, spinel, garnet: Hi Livi, A grey garnet huh? Well they do exsist but not for long. That color is not acceptable to the trade. It is not a marketable stone so it is not even kept usually. They get tossed into bags of rejects with other colors, shapes and damaged stones....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark markings???, carat weight, metal quality
carat weight, metal quality, quality mark: Dear Joshua, You are correct on the 14k marking. That is one of the Federally accepted stamps for 14 karat gold. As for the other marks, is it quite likely the letters are the maker s mark, since that is also required to be stamped when the karat is stamped....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, gold mark, local museum
gold mark, local museum, irish wedding: Hello Brian and thank you for your inquiry. Since your ring is marked with the gold mark, the other mark you refer to is probably the makers mark. It is not unusual especially on older rings for marks to be pictoral rather than written. If you knew the origin...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, tahitian pearls, mae mae
tahitian pearls, mae mae, triangle shape: Mae, Thanks for this question. The mark 14/20 is not a normal mark associated with 14k gold. 14k would be marked with the 14k or with numerals 585. The numbers tell the amount of pure gold in the jewelry gold recipe, actually 583 is 14k on the spot but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings on a white gold diamond ring, gold diamond ring, white gold
gold diamond ring, white gold, peace: Jerry, the H&R is the maker s mark. USA regulations for gold marking require a maker to sign the metal with their stamp if they claim the metal to be a particular karat quality. I cannot identify the maker, considering there are thousands of those marks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Miriam Haskell Earrings - Repair, miriam haskell, baroque pearls
miriam haskell, baroque pearls, seed pearls: Hello Mary - I have listed a site below that may be able to help you. Just click on the url or copy and paste into your browser address field and hit enter. http://www.vintagedesignresource.com/category_16/Baroque-Pearls.htm These are hard to find but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: materials and colors, sterling silver, enamels
sterling silver, enamels, jewlery: Hello; a great day to you. Thee is not much you can do to the colors of the metals you mention within reasonable costs. Unless you are talking about enamels or resins which can be like painting on the metal Somewhere in the process, you have to make up your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: melting silver in a graphite mold, graphite mold, silver sterling
graphite mold, silver sterling, silver surface: Lex, you might be able to get the graphite to stay hotter by keeping it on a firebrick or similar surface which will retain heat, heat it in the kiln and take out just prior to the pour. However it sounds like the silver is losing heat on the bottom and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: natural ametrine, nj pine barrens, east point lighthouse
nj pine barrens, east point lighthouse, crystalline quartz: Linda, thank you for this question. I am not familiar with that area but do find the Pine Barrens fascinating. The old and long gone iron industry also caught my attention, primarily because of glass slag from iron processing and if that might relate to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opalized petrified wood or not?, petrified wood, window glass
petrified wood, window glass, forest park: Hi Marvin, ure looks like petrified wood. Identifying a stone from a photo is difficult at best and very likely wrong. But that is my opinion. I don t see any opalization on it. It is a rock or mineral of some kind, but only if I can hold it in my hand...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum band changed shape, platinum eternity band, platinum band
platinum eternity band, platinum band, baguette diamonds: Amy, thanks so much for getting back with me and with the good news of insurance. The fine ratings are very appreciated as is the excellent follow up on what else is happening. Blessings and Peace. Thomas ----previous-------------------- ANSWER:...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum/palladium ring, sterling silver rings, valuation certificate
sterling silver rings, valuation certificate, winded explanation: Dear Alison, From what you have told me and seeing your good photo*, my conclusion is that the ring is made of 18k white gold. The most common white gold which uses platinum group metals in the recipe is palladium white gold. Palladium is used in place...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Possible ring size reduction issue, 10k white gold, hi matthew
10k white gold, hi matthew, side stones: Hi, Matthew. Thanks for this question. Special thanks for the image. When a size is removed, that takes about 2.5mm or 0.1 inch per size, meaning to size this ring will need right at 0.25 inch or 6.25mm removed from between the hollow sides where the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pin, emmons company, sarah coventry
emmons company, sarah coventry, grandparents day: Sometime between 1949 - 1981. Their jewelry value runs from $10 to under $100 depending on rarity and condition. I ve included a site below that has one that may be similar to yours. http://joyfulvintagejewelry.com/-strse-1230/Vintage-Emmons-Rhinestone-Lizard/Detail.bok...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum ring marks, birmingham assay office, platinum content
birmingham assay office, platinum content, assay offices: Dear Lou, The only mark with meaning to me is the PLAT, generally considered to represent platinum of 95% or perhaps higher purity. The other marks are not familiar as standard markings and may be stock or design numbers used by the manufacturer. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Question about a ring, diamonds, gold
diamonds, gold: Hi Fres, The stamp in the ring would not be 4kt it is moswt likely 14K , if it was 4K it would not be cosidered to be gold. If it is set with diamonds that is an indication it is gold. The best way is to get the ring tested to see if in fact it is gold....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Reconstructed Rubies, Ruby, Ruby RIng
Ruby, Ruby RIng, Rubies: Hello Mary It is not clear from the photo, but it looks like a normal Ruby, can t say if it is real, fake or synthetic. I d suggest you get it graded at a gemology lab near you to be sure if it is real. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat K.K. Exports The Ruby...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ref: question, light refraction, pembroke pines florida
light refraction, pembroke pines florida, mahabir: hello...that is a good question...first depends on the stone.. it often takes a gemologist to determine if a stone real or fake..there are several crteria.. specific weight...color..hardness...light refraction and others..for example to tell a diamond from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium Plating, rhodium plate, white gold
rhodium plate, white gold, workmanship: Laura, it all depends on your reasons. If you plan to do any finishing work on the stone setting area, any previous rhodium plate will be removed. If the ring is white gold and the area is small, this may not be noticed. However, to get a uniform rhodium...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium Plating, miracle worker, opal
miracle worker, opal, diamond: Hi Laura, You can set the stone after it is plated but unless the benchman is a miracle worker it won t look very good when its done. That is why they do it after. Plating is so thin and brittle that it will crack and peel when presure is applied. Take...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Identification, irish hallmark, galway ireland
irish hallmark, galway ireland, old boxes: Thanks, Paul. I really appreciate the kind comment. The cyber machine between us doesn t know if your comments are COMMENTS OR A QUESTION so I need to reply to this to clear the board. Thanks again. Best wishes. God Bless. Thomas. Previous answer---------------------------...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing a ring that has a Single CZ stone?, needle nose pliers, carat size
needle nose pliers, carat size, cutter edge: Dear Nicki, The CZ must be removed. A tool must be used to gently bend back just enough prongs to allow the stone to be removed. A flush cutter pliers will work with one jaw just at the prong and stone meet and the other on the prong. Hold steady and with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sending high quality diamond cluster ring in for repair., diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings
diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings, pawn shop: Hi Laura, I think the best thing to do is have your ring appraised and tell the appraiser why your doing it and the emphasis should be to identify the stones after the work is done. Make sure they are all correctly identified. You too should fully examine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sending high quality diamond cluster ring in for repair., Diamond, Jewelry
Diamond, Jewelry, Diamond Jewelry: Hello Laura The best way is to get the ring/jewelry certified by a gem lab near you before & after getting it repaired. That way you can be sure that the stones have not been changed, at least the diamonds have not been replaced with CZs or something similar....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sending high quality diamond cluster ring in for repair., diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings
diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings, pawn shop: Laura, I only rarely have heard of jewelers around my area being accused of switching stones. It is a very stupid thing for any repair person to do if they intend to stay in business. The likely best protection is two fold: 1.Use the highest quality...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sending high quality diamond cluster ring in for repair., diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings
diamond cluster ring, diamond cluster rings, pawn shop: Interesting story;it is more of a myth about stone switching. The problem is that to replace the stones with a quality stone similar to the ones in the ring so that the customer wont know right away is almost the same cost as the stones. The profit for switching...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unmarked bracelet, safety clasp, shades of grey
safety clasp, shades of grey, jewelry collection: Hi Jimmie, Unfortunately your photo is no help since it is out of focus. But there is a chance that your stones could be natural stones if the backs are cut out. That is usually done to facilitate cleaning of natural stones. If you have a jewelers loop...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: VanDell Scarab Jewelry, scarab jewelry, van dell
scarab jewelry, van dell, gold content: Dear Barbara, Most of the VanDell bracelets were gold filled. I have not personally seen a 14k gold one but 14k VanDell items are offered for sale occasionally. If the links with the problem are like the gold colored one in my simple sketch,a competent...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18k HGE with Letter 'A' symbol, semi precious stones, hge
semi precious stones, hge, antique mall: Hello Shanna and thank you for your inquiry. You are right in that the HGE is heavy gold electroplate. The A inside a circle is probably the manufacturer mark. I have not been able to identify it as yet. As for the stones, they are probably costume, rhinestones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Akoya Pearl necklace, akoya pearl necklace, akoya pearls
akoya pearl necklace, akoya pearls, jewelry appraiser: Hello Theresa and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace sounds lovely. I am not familiar with the designer but suggest that you check out some pearl jewelry sites online and look for some of the pearl designers marks. Akoya pearls are some of the best...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bent Prong - please help, prongs, additional service
prongs, additional service, bey: Hello Miguel and thank you for your inquiry. Tiffany s is known to stand by their merchandise so bey all means, if you feel that the item was not repaired to your satisfaction, take it back for additional service. Also make sure that the ring is insured against...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is the best glue for glueing larimar to 14K yellow gold, larimar stones, albuquerque new mexico
larimar stones, albuquerque new mexico, little jewelry: Sorry to take so long... there is a very good glue for glass and cabs called E 6000.... I think that is correct but what you need to do is to call Rio Grande catalog... they are located in Albuquerque New Mexico you can find them by googling them... they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, x ray fluorescence, platinum alloys
x ray fluorescence, platinum alloys, platinum alloy: Jason, although rare in my experience, I have found nickel plated items which are very slightly magnetic. It is possible the bracelet is silver or a vase metal of some sort with a thick plated surface which is attracted weakly to a strong magnet. The stamp...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, professional jeweler, local museum
professional jeweler, local museum, construction check: Hello Jason and thank you for your inquiry. The only way to tell what type of metal the bracelet contains is either by a mark on the inside of the bracelet or a test by a professional jeweler to determine silver or gold construction. Check with your local...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to Calculate Ctw Of any Stone, Gemstone, Gemstone weight
Gemstone, Gemstone weight, Determining GEmstone weight: Hello Rahul How are you? Can you send me the dimensions of the gemstone & which gemstone are we talking about? Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy of Over 101 Years! http://www.Jewelove.in http://www.facebook.com/Jewelove http://www.facebook.com/FineRub...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: carmen bracelet, real carmen, expansion bracelet
real carmen, expansion bracelet, jewelry design: Hello Sue and thank you for your inquiry. I do not think that the products of DFB Co were or are being reproduced so your bracelet is probably original as marked. D. F. Briggs had a wide selection of jewelry items including the sweetheart bracelets in many...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: CE Diamonds—Bezel Set...?, bezel set, bezel
bezel set, bezel, right choice: Sorry I am not familiar with CE diamond...however a bezel set should not involve a torch just a mechanical fit..you need to go to an established goldsmith in any fine store...maybe go to two... are you familiar with man made Moisenite diamonds..? regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning a gold watch, Cartier, watch
Cartier, watch, Gold Watch: Hello Barbara Cleaning the watch with a Gold polishing cloth should do the trick. You can find the cloth at a nearby jeweler or a departmental store. Let me know how it looks after the polishing! Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cracked my black sapphire, power microscope, covey
power microscope, covey, big black: Hi, If the stone is just scratched it can be repolished if it is broken or cracked with the crack coming to the surface then it is not likely. Unless the crack is not very deep in which case it could be recut and polished. I hope this helps you. A...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: detached center stone, peg setting, jewelry ring setting
peg setting, jewelry ring setting, style: Hi, Doug. You have an unpleasant situation here and I believe I can help, that is, if the store staff will listen and be willing to do what is fair. Do you see the attached illustration? These are findings . Findings is the name jewelers use for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: The DFB Co. Bracelet, moshe levy, google search
moshe levy, google search, briggs co: The DFBCo. mark is the mark of the D.F. Briggs Co., which was in business from 1892 through the 1950’s in Attleboro, MA. They made many bracelets, compacts, fobs and more, usually in gold plate. A google search of the DF Briggs Co, will bring you pages...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamelle and Tamiz Emerald, little baggies, industrial diamond
little baggies, industrial diamond, gem material: Hi Shely, Both the Austrian Diamond and the Tamiz Emerald are simulants. They are fabricated stones to look like real ones. I have no idea where they come from but they are a clever marketing ruse to fool folks into thinking they are getting something for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What diamond to choose for an engagement ring =), diameter measurement, prong setting
diameter measurement, prong setting, carat weight: Hi Mario, I think the E color is the better one. The weights don t matter because they are so close in diameter measurement, 5.11 to 5.55, is very close so will look about the same size. The E color is the kicker. The depth of the .51 is better than the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: carmen bracelet, bacon company, rhodium plate
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: carmen bracelet, bacon company, rhodium plate, expansion bracelet

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamelle and Tamiz Emerald, international publicity, gem collectors
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamelle and Tamiz Emerald, international publicity, gem collectors, lindenwold jewelers

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal/silver bracelet, inlay
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal/silver bracelet, inlay

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What type of rock is this?
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What type of rock is this?

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gemstones, certified gemologist, florence ky
certified gemologist, florence ky, jewelry stores: Hello, The only way to find out what is created is to find a certified gemologist and have them tested. Most he can tell just by looking at them. You can sell them on e-bay. As to value you would have to compare yours to stones being sold and see what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: German necklace, marble stone, ww ii
marble stone, ww ii, german silver: Hello Amy and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace sounds lovely. The Handarbeit term means hand made or manually made as opposed to machine made. I have listed a website below that gives some marks of German silver and you may be able to find your mark...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Claddagh Ring., gold claddagh ring, british hallmarks
gold claddagh ring, british hallmarks, british manufacturer: Hello Pat and thank you for your inquiry. The ring you have is probably British - manufacturer B Bros I haven t located yet - possibly Berker Brothers (still in business and have a site online) and the 375 is for 9k gold. I ve listed a site below that can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold finish, dear sun, subtle differences
dear sun, subtle differences, thanks a bunch: Dear Sun, I have looked closely at the photo more than once and honestly it is simply too small to really see the finish and give you an answer. Can you take another photo or send a larger version of this one? Subtle differences in gold finishes are not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold necklace, herringbone necklace, definations
herringbone necklace, definations, patent pending: Hello Joe and thank you for your inquiry. Patent Pending means that a patent has or is going to be applied for and is pending. This is probably for the type of clasp being used. I have listed a link below with more information on this term. Just click on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hallmark stamp on a ring, west orientation, pawn shop
west orientation, pawn shop, wedding bells: Hello Veronica and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring could be by Allsopp Bros in Newark, NJ. Wedding Bells was one of their lines of jewelry and they were active during the 1930 s. Below is a link to some additional information. Just click on or copy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Italy 925 braclets, betty dear, sterling bracelet
betty dear, sterling bracelet, thin gold: Dear Betty, The bracelets are sterling silver with a thin gold plated to give a gold color. This is called vermeil. If polished enough the gold will come off and your will then have silver colored bracelets, the color of sterling. Sterling silver is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ivory, ivory bone, black onyx
ivory bone, black onyx, ebay: Hello Louise and thank you for your inquiry. Identifying ivory is not easy. There are a lot of ivory substitutes and variations. Sometimes even professionals are fooled ! I have listed 2 sites below that may be of some help to you. Just click on or copy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jeweler damaged Mum's sapphire, jewellery shop, yellow gold
jewellery shop, yellow gold, dim light: Sarah, I expect the jeweler is wanting you to trust their judgment on the replacement stone. Whereas they went ahead and did prong building and now sent the ring off, possibly considering this good customer service, I would have first told you of a need for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelery identification, witch way, initial tag
witch way, initial tag, gold diamonds: Hello Robin and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult to identify your jewelry without a picture or hands on inspection. Even with the initials - the type of jewelry is important. For instance, is it silver ? gold ? diamonds ? Rhinestones ? costume,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: KK on gold chain, Gold Chain, Authenticity of Gold
Gold Chain, Authenticity of Gold, Gold Hallmarking: Hello Nancy KK is a manufacturer s mark to identify his products. You can get the chain hallmarked or tested at a nearby Hallmarking or testing center to ensure it is gold. Hope that helps. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) A Legacy of Over...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: "KN" Marking on Gold Earrings, diamonds and rubies, 14k earrings
diamonds and rubies, 14k earrings, gold earrings: Hello Donna and thank you for your inquiry. The KN is probably the company or manufacturer of your earrings. China does produce some very nice jewelry but if you are skeptical about the gold mark, you should have the earrings tested by a professional. As...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark stamped on ring inside, jewelry company, world today
jewelry company, world today, hm: Hi Bob, With tens of thousands of manufacturers of jewelry in the world today it would be a miracle for me to recognise a makers mark and the company name. But you can do the research on line and try to run down the Company s name. I m sorry but the task...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings in silver ring with stones, sterling silver ring, right triangle
sterling silver ring, right triangle, star shape: Hi Violet, Well the only thing i cansay for sure is the 925 means it is a sterling silver ring. So the rest is just a guess. The markings inside are more than likely the maker of the ring. they tell nothing abot the stones. Since it is a silver ring most...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: moonstone ring, bluish tinge, gold smith
bluish tinge, gold smith, many stones: I am not saying that this happened due to heat, when the ring was made smaller you usually keep the stone out because many stones can be damaged from heat in the soldering process .. Try to bring this town to another gold smith and ask them ... yes heat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Navajo Hallmark stamp BYE (Bobby Begay?), turquoise squash, letter combination
turquoise squash, letter combination, ebay: Thank you for your inquiry. The BYE could be Bobby Begay if the letters are stamped in 1/16 Gothic print, the Y being larger than the B and E. That is the only artisan that I can locate with that particular letter combination. There were so many Begay artisans...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old jewelry mark, check amazon, semi precious stones
check amazon, semi precious stones, mexican jewelry: Hello Cindy and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet is Hecho En Mexico or Made in Mexico . These bracelets were and are still popular and some of them are sterling silver with or without semi-precious stones such as turquoise or jade. It sounds like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal/silver bracelet, buffing wheel, buffing compound
buffing wheel, buffing compound, piece of silver: Dear Sarah, thanks for the question and for the picture. Is each stone made of three sections with a thin piece of silver between each section? This is not vital to the answer but I am curious as to the construction. Opal will loose some shine due to wear...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: PD 925 ring, palladium metal, gold metals
palladium metal, gold metals, platinum family: Dear Carlie, jewelers are aware of palladium in the jewelry industry. Since the introduction a few years ago as a platinum family metal which provides a much less costly alternative to platinum, palladium has gained a so-so acceptance by the consumer market....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pearl necklace, jewelry designers, cultured pearls
jewelry designers, cultured pearls, inch diameter: Hello Teri and thank you for your inquiry.Your necklace sounds lovely. There are thousands of pearl jewelry designers using both genuine and cultured pearls. Without more information on where they were purchased or more complete logo would be needed to identify...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Plating with gold, melting temperature of gold, voltage electricity
melting temperature of gold, voltage electricity, gold surface: Dear Twila, there is way to plate your peach seed artwork. However, it has nothing to do with using solid gold or melted gold. Unfortunately, the term “dipped” in gold (or other metals) is not an accurate description of the process. This term is quite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rare turquoise, snake skin pattern, gem and mineral shows
snake skin pattern, gem and mineral shows, rattle snake: Hi Liz, I am so out of touch with the turquoise prices right now I could not venture a guess. But you are in the heart of the market in So.Cal. Arizona is the top market. You need to get to some local gem and mineral shows and see the pricing. Depending...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing an emerald ring, Resizing, Ring Resizing
Resizing, Ring Resizing: Hello Beth If there are no/very few Emeralds or Diamonds on the shank, it can be resized slightly. If there are a lot of Emeralds or Diamonds on the shank, they might come off while resizing. Can you post a photo of your ring to help judge the situation...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: restoring color to faded sapphire, denatured alcohol, sure what kind
denatured alcohol, sure what kind, silver ring: Dear Shirley, Generally when a color change comes from heating a gemstone and does not go away after all cools back to room temperature, the color is going to stay that way. The inclusions could be small fractures caused from the heat of sizing, assuming...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, birmingham assay, jewelry appraiser
birmingham assay, jewelry appraiser, kt gold: Hello Chester and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring appears by the markings Anchor indicating Birmingham assay, to be British, 9 kt gold. The c.p.s could either be the manufacturer of the ring or the original owner s initials. I would advise you to have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, jewelry company, contemporary jewelry
jewelry company, contemporary jewelry, new jewelry: Hello Marnie and thank you for your inquiry. The MK is probably the manufacturer/designer initial. The only way to identify the period of the ring, you would need the name of the manufacturer or be able to contact the original owner for provenance. The only...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resizing, diamond engagement ring, steel mandrel
diamond engagement ring, steel mandrel, soft hammer: Dear Eric, I went to the website and took several good looks at the ring. Do you see the lattice work inside the ring band from the edge view? In addition to the stones, the openwork lattice inside the ring can become a problem when sizing up 3 1/2...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rock and mineral, Green Rough, Rough identification
Green Rough, Rough identification, Gemstone identification: Hello Bruck Nice find! The mineral looks like a low quality Emerald rough specimen, but the only way to be sure is to get it tested a Gemological lab near you. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) K.K. Exports The Ruby People Http://www.facebook.com/FineRuby...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rough Rubies, Ruby, Rough Ruby
Ruby, Rough Ruby, Rough Rubies: Hello Nicole Ruby Rough is normally red/pink & has inclusions varying from feathers to dark patches of red, black spot to silver lines, crystal inclusions etc. Other than that, it is very difficult to describe a Ruby in general. You might want to check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sarah Coventry ring, sarah coventry, google search
sarah coventry, google search, online auctions: Hello Brady and thank you for your inquiry. You might check out the below 2 websites for similar items. Both have large quantities of Sarah Coventry jewelry. Just click on the link or copy and paste into your browser address field: http://imageevent.com/queensjewels/sarahcoventryjewelrycollection...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: seal for jeweled handle, boat painting, epoxy coating
boat painting, epoxy coating, marine boat: Meri, I would recommend a clear epoxy coating. This would need to be the kind that cures water clear and not amber. The type used for tables in bars and even for marine (boat) painting should leave a completely sealed handle which will have good durability....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stain on gold engagement ring, gold engagement ring, few chemicals
gold engagement ring, few chemicals, chemical stain: Beverly, there are generally two sorts of stains on gold items. One is a surface color like from a paint or other coating. The other is a chemical stain. To help eliminate a paint or coating of some sort, please try to rub with fingernail polish remover...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling bracelet, hello dawn, sterling bracelet
hello dawn, sterling bracelet, online auctions: Hello Dawn and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate that particular mark in my resources yet but will keep it active and let you know if I find anything. A couple of other things you might check - is the bracelet marked sterling or 925...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling ring ma, sterling ring, search identification
sterling ring, search identification, pam: Hello Pam and thank you for your inquiry. In order to do any search identification, I would need to have a picture or positive markings in order to id. Try cleaning the ring to look for more markings. Sorry I couldn t be of more help on this one. Sally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver and 14 karat Gold, sterling silver bracelet, sterling silver bracelets
sterling silver bracelet, sterling silver bracelets, gold bracelet: Alexandra, thanks for the question. Sterling is certainly softer than gold and may show some signs of wear or dulling from being worn with the gold bracelet. Keep in mind, if you wore two sterling silver bracelets you would over time see wear or dulling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: taxco, fish bone, gold piece
fish bone, gold piece, light gold: Hello Jason and thank you for your inquiry. Your piece is probably silver, but to confirm you will need to have it checked for metal content. This is done by a professional as it involves the use of acid. You can get a referral from your local museum or antique...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What type of rock is this?, rock hound, slick surface
rock hound, slick surface, wondering what type: Hello I am not a geologist but it may be Mica from your description... you need to try to find a geologist or a rock hound someone that is very knowledgeable and collects rocks... try googling in your area because it s much better if someone sees it in person......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Unique ring, costume jewelry, online auctions
costume jewelry, online auctions, letter c: Hello Mia and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring is very pretty. It would be difficult to tell much about the ring without more information - The C is probably the manufacturer/designer but There are many manufacturers using the mark. You would need to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unknown marking on Silver Pendant, question thanks, browser search
question thanks, browser search, browser address: I have still be unable to locate anything with this mark. My first inclination is that it is Scandanavian or possibly Mexican. I am going to check some other resources and will get back with you if I find anything. Here is an excellent hallmark site. You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 835 Marking, precious metal content, alloy metals
precious metal content, alloy metals, gold prices: Debbie, the numeral 835 is not normally a silver quality mark in the USA but in the UK this is now accepted along with 800 fineness silver. Both are included in the same marking system symbols and numerals must be used to know the difference. I have two...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Costume Jewelry #1, antique costume jewelry, google search
antique costume jewelry, google search, jewelry lovers: Hello Lee Ann and thank you for your inquiry. You have some very pretty costume jewelry. Several things go into pricing costume jewelry - condition being prime followed by visual appearance and rarity. Collectors of a particular designer tend to want their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring, vintage rings, professional appraiser
vintage rings, professional appraiser, 10k gold: Hello Pamela and thank you for your inquiry. The other markings inside your ring could pertain to the 10K mark indicating country of assay. I have included a link below on general hallmarks that may be of some help to you. As far as the stone - if you believe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aqua and sapphire necklace, burmese sapphire, sapphire necklace
burmese sapphire, sapphire necklace, white diamonds: Hi Joe, Well the best thing you can do is write down the story you just told me and make it look official. Then get an appraisal done with someone who is qualified to do it. Names and dates of the owners would greatly enhance the value. I have appraised...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, eye glasses, would make sense
eye glasses, would make sense, top and bottom: Hello, Sue. Your question is appreciated. The markings you give are deceptively close to gold filled stamps but are not that. As you might know, gold filled refers to a metal item with a layer of karat gold on the outside. If you look at the edge of a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: BROACH, three roses, online auctions
three roses, online auctions, silver bar: Hello Kathryn and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like you have a nice charm pin. These were popular around the turn of the century and again in the 1940 s. Some were sterling and others were gold or gold-filled. It is nice that yours is marked sterling....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: why crack, gemstone care, opal
gemstone care, opal: The hardness of opal is rated at 5.5 - 6 on the Mohs Scale, with 10 being the highest value. To give you some perspective, minerals like talc have a rating of 1 and diamonds, 10 . Talc is so soft that you can scratch it with your fingernail and was previously...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Designer Hallmark, quality stamp, cabachon
quality stamp, cabachon, mark thanks: Hi Joseph, The marking 585 is the quality stamp for 14K gold that is normally used in Europe. The Gg is the makers mark, the manufacturer of the piece. I am not farmiliar with any designer that uses Gg as a signature but you could look through the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond cleaning procedure, diamond care, jewelry care
diamond care, jewelry care: Hi Alli. First off let me say that you do not need any special equipment to clean your diamond. All you need is some warm water and soap to clean off the dirt and oil that has accumulated on the surface of your diamond, because these are the only things which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond cleaning, dish detergent, hot sparks
dish detergent, hot sparks, loose gems: Dear Alli, I doubt that your jewelry has been damaged. Metal items are not to be put into a microwave because the reaction of the waves and metal causes hot sparks from burning on the metal. With yours underwater, there should be no damage to the metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond/gemstone purchase, gemstone jewelry, carlsbad california
gemstone jewelry, carlsbad california, reputable dealer: I m sorry you will have to do your research on the Internet to find a reputable dealer in South Africa.... you may call the GIA in Carlsbad California and see if they can help you at all.. by installers for investments if you re not a pro is very difficult......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring, radiant cut diamond, precious metal jewelry
radiant cut diamond, precious metal jewelry, radiant cut diamond ring: Janet, first of all you need to know the 1.5 is not one of the legal markings for precious metal jewelry such as metal quality(karat, etc.) and likely not a maker s mark which is required if the metal quality is indicated. There should be a makers mark somewhere...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: discolored silver, salt pepper shakers, champagne glasses
salt pepper shakers, champagne glasses, sterling salt: Dear Claire, If the dark areas which will not polish off are on a smooth and easy to polish surface, the discoloration may be deep in the metal, a sort of tarnish called fire scale which can be caused by over heating the metal in manufacturing. Hand...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dremel drill speed, paul dear, drill tip
paul dear, drill tip, middle speed: Dear Paul, Start the drill tip with tight control and a speed just fast enough to allow the diamond to take a bite of the material without walking around. Too slow and the bit wants to wander and not get started drilling into the stone, leaving surface...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: discolored silver, colgate tooth paste, silver polish
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: discolored silver, colgate tooth paste, silver polish

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark: circle with a dot in the middle?, avon, circle mark
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark: circle with a dot in the middle?, avon, circle mark, gold gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, tru glo, catalog showroom
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, tru glo, catalog showroom, service merchandise

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gem & mineral, eilat stone, sand roses
eilat stone, sand roses, natural gems: Maybe someone you know can show you how-to with photos sometime. It does come in handy. Nicole, I have gone over several stones in my mind which might have a rose-like shape and be blue color, including the selenite sand roses. Those of course would not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gemstone tester, graduate gemologist, specific gravity
graduate gemologist, specific gravity, refractive index: Gale, I m a Graduate Gemologist and I sally do what I ve learned over the years. If I have no idea what it is then the first thing I do is get an R.I. which narrows it way down, then down the list S.G., luster, fracture, magnification etc. There are a lot...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Signet Ring - 1804, gold signet ring, caret gold
gold signet ring, caret gold, british hallmarks: Hello Peter and thank you for your inquiry. Sub Cruce Salus is Latin for Salvation Under the Cross. As you already know it is Birmingham UK. I have listed a site below that has all of the British hallmarks. You should be able to find your mark listed. Just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold vintage ring, gold balls, oval shape
gold balls, oval shape, dimond: The engravings can be many things they can be the initials of the Goldsmith they can be the designer .. they can be who the ring was given to ... you will have to bring it into a Goldsmith he should have a very powerful lupe which will let him see these engravings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold wedding band, gold wedding band, box shape
gold wedding band, box shape, quality marks: Gareth, thanks for this question. To avoid confusion, I first need to clarify the spelling of the word carat. In the UK, carat is used for gold quality and for stone weight. In the USA, metal is marked with a karat spelling and stone weights with the carat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Grandmother's bracelet, broken clasp, L&M Sterling Mark, jewelry service, jewelry purchases
jewelry service, jewelry purchases, jewelry business: Dear Mae, I located and took a close look at Leach and Miller bracelets on the Internet, focusing on the styles of clasps used. From your description, the clasp is a “box clasp”. A box clasp has two sides, one on each end of the bracelet. One end is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Green Gemstone, Green Stone, Identify gems
Green Stone, Identify gems, identify stones: Hello Eric I cannot see the photo you uploaded, can you please post it on http://www.facebook.com/FineRuby or email me at WeCare@Jewelove.in Bets regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove (TM) K.K. Exports The Ruby People http://www.Jewelove.in http://www.TheRubyPeople.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark: circle with a dot in the middle?, heart diamond, local museum
heart diamond, local museum, antique shop: Hello Brittany and thank you for your inquiry. You have a pretty ring ! The first thing to do is determine whether it is fine karat gold and diamond or costume. Both types of jewelry have their own markings. I haven t had any luck in finding the mark you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: History of Carmen Bracelet, swastika symbol, nazi germany
swastika symbol, nazi germany, victorian jewelry: Hello Angela and thank you for your inquiry. Several companies made this type of bracelet besides Briggs - Pittman and Keeler and Lustern were a couple of them. Below is some information I found on the Swastika design: The word swastika is derived from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry/gemstohe hobby, antique vintage jewelry, jewelry repairs
antique vintage jewelry, jewelry repairs, ruby lane: Hello Gale and thank you for your inquiry. The ultimate career or job is that you love your work. Knowledge is the best teacher and there are a lot of books available as I m sure you know. There are plenty of opportunities online to open a jewelry shop in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: K pendant, auction sites, sterling silver
auction sites, sterling silver, browser address: Hello Kimberly and thank you for your inquiry. Sterling Silver always has a value - fluctuates daily and is valued by the gram. Here s a page that might interest you and explains the value of silver. Just copy and paste it into your browser address field...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lion Charm, whistle sound, diamond shape
whistle sound, diamond shape, online auctions: Hello Cat and thank you for your inquiry. Your charms sounds quite unique ! I assume it i goldtone and not karat gold since you mentioned no markings. It would be difficult to track a Japanese manufacturer but charms are very collectible. Your charm would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Manufacturer marks, gold markings
gold markings: Hi Mary. I would say that might be a company marking or an inventory number. There is no official marking of quality with lettering like that. I would suggest that you take it to a local Gemologist to put it under a loupe and check. They might also want...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, Edco
Edco: Hi There. Edco, is a fashion Jewelry designer located in Torrance, california. I am assuming That you ring has been designed by them and therefore stamped their logo or name in your ring. Iy is very common for designers to inscribe their Logo/name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marks on ring: what metal is this?, manufacturer logo, jeannine
manufacturer logo, jeannine, streamers: Hello Jeannine and thank you for your inquiry. The only way to determine the metal, unless it is marked karat gold or sterling, is by having it tested. This is done by acid and needs to be done professionally. The 688B could be the design number and the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Matte finish retaining detail, matt surface, mild acid
matt surface, mild acid, oxides: Ash, either the depletion gilding or the tumble with finer abrasive will leave the ups and downs and form of the ring pretty much as it, only imparting a different surface color or texture. The tumble abrasive is for a pre-electro plate conditioning and leave...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mercury contamination on a gold ring, jewelers rouge, mercury contamination
jewelers rouge, mercury contamination, effects of mercury: Bill, heating does work but is also unhealthy. The last thing you want to do is breath mercury vapor into your body. Long term effects of mercury in the body are not good as I am sure you know. For that reason I cannot recommend the method but acknowledge...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Palladium vs Platinum, palladium, wedding rings
palladium, wedding rings, platinum: Dear Elly, I have taken a fresh look at the main subjects addressed in that post from July 7, 2007, slightly over 4 years ago. Today I will provide a perspective of how those issues look today. We must keep in mind that in 2007 the precious metal palladium...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacing a missing pave' diamond, revere academy, several different ways
revere academy, several different ways, fancy diamond: Dan, I am very pleased it worked out for you. The fact you started and stopped more than once is a good sign. With sort of work, overdo and remove too much metal and the problem becomes much more complicated! Thanks very much for getting back and telling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacing ring head, stay at home mom, pool chemicals
stay at home mom, pool chemicals, chemical exposure: Jean, it is difficult to say how much time in the pool would be needed for jewelry to be damaged. The chemical generally responsible is chlorine. As far as I know, pools using salt methods and not chlorine do not present a risk to jewelry metals. Much depends...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, diamonds, sally
diamonds, sally, jewelry: Hello Tracy and thank you for your inquiry. I haven t been able to find much on the name Tiara except that that jewelry logo was active in 1998. Since it is marked 10K, you might want to have the stones checked as they may be genuine. The ring is very pretty...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring marking/info, vintage jewelry, active search
vintage jewelry, active search, initials: Hello Steve and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources for a Cd designation and have not found anything yet. These could possibly be the initials of the original owner. Vintage jewelry was often monogrammed and/or inscribed, especially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, daisy cluster, script lettering
daisy cluster, script lettering, sterling inc: Hello Ariel and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and found nothing with Tru Glo except for a company Sterling, Inc that used the word glo in some of their design lines in the 1940 s. The R is a very common logo and I would need more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring repair -- new prongs vs new setting, prongs, solders
prongs, solders, caret: Dear Peggy, The timing is close to right in normal wear for some repair or refurbishing to be needed. The question is new head or new entire ring. I have a link here to show a standard solitaire setting, the type where the head is joined on both sides...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring resizing, loose gems, ring resizing
loose gems, ring resizing, finger hole: Dear Keith, to go from size L to J will mean approximately 2.5 mm (1/10 inch) of metal must be cut out. The ends are brought together and brazed. The question is if moving the sides that much will spread the bars enough to loosen the gems. A jeweler really...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing, white sapphires, jewelry experience
white sapphires, jewelry experience, ring sizing: Dear Monica, First of all, I have spent my years of jewelry experience in the design and service of jewelry. Certainly, that includes much face to face time with clients. Not often but once in a while problems would happen causing delays or items to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby Ring, Ruby ring, ruby
Ruby ring, ruby, real ruby: Hello Pam I still cannot view the photos uploaded by you. The best way to be sure if the gem is a Ruby is to get the ring gemstone certified at a nearby gem testing lab. If you are unable to upload the photos here, you can email me the photos at WeCare@Jewelove.in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how to sale, international gem show, ebay
international gem show, ebay, wollo: Hi Semira, The fastest way to penetrate the US market is to introduce your product at an International Gem Show like the one held in Tucson, AZ each year in February. I would also make sure that I built it up before hand with Press releases and photos to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver bracelet, oriental jewelry, asian descent
oriental jewelry, asian descent, metal content: Hello Lucy and thank you for your inquiry. Your charm bracelet could be sterling just judging by the look. Does it have Asian markings ? It does appear to be older origin but not necessarily oriental produced. You might want to have it tested for metal content...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wedding Rings, light reflection, genuine stones
light reflection, genuine stones, silver content: Hello Lucy and thank you for your inquiry. Your rings are very pretty and appear to be silver in color, which could mean they are sterling or white gold. In order to determine this they would have to be professionally tested using acid. If there are any markings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k Finnish, helsinki finland, mark search
helsinki finland, mark search, online auctions: Hello Diane and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed below a site that has a good listing of Finnish markings and manufacturers. If your item is gold you should have it appraised. There are sites online that will give you a value if you provide good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ATMAY 1489 CAMEO CUFF LINKS, 14KT, cuff links, cameos
cuff links, cameos, ounce: Hi Rose, I am not familiar with the ATMAY 1489 designation but any thing made of gold nowadays is valuavle. To really evaluate the cameos I would need to see them and test them. But gold being at $1700 to $1800 per ounce for 24k shows that would be the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, gold bracelet, designation
gold bracelet, designation, sally: Hello Donna and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult for me to tell much about the bracelet without more information i.e. any other markings ? is it karat gold and how did you arrive at the date ? The 1/15 designation without any other markings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chipped Emerald, colored gems, ascher cut
colored gems, ascher cut, jewelry business: Allison, a shallow chip can generally be removed completely or enough of it removed to essentially make it unnoticeable. I recommended higher quality stores because they sometimes have a larger base of customers who might want a stone repaired. This means...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Citrine Stone, american gem society, gia gemologist
american gem society, gia gemologist, citrine stone: Hi Maria, It seems that something drastic has happened to the stone. Citrine which is Quartz is usually not effected by common chemicals. Was the gold effected at all? If the stone has been damaged it can easily be replaced, they aren t expensive and probably...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Crumbling Platinum ring, platinum, engagement rings
platinum, engagement rings: Hi Jane. First off, platinum rings come in different alloys and in different levels of purity. Most rings would either be a 950 (95% platinum, 5% alloy metal) or a 900 (90% platinum, 10% alloy metal). Iridium, ruthenium or cobalt is usually used as the alloy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Discolored silver plated pitcher, mild dish detergent, betty dear
mild dish detergent, betty dear, silver polish: Dear Betty, The rainbow color may be a form of tarnish. Silver goes through several stages of coloration in the tarnishing process. I suggest you try the foil and soda method, cleaning the metal with mild dish detergent and water to remove any remains...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, reply
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, reply

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Several questions re: RSE, shopko, sterling silver
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Several questions re: RSE, shopko, sterling silver, silver plate

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold and Carrots, scrap metal buyers, spectograph
scrap metal buyers, spectograph, indian gold: John, we so liked the small portion of Scotland we saw on a trip 3 years ago, we determined the next trip if we can still manage it will begin there. We want to return and spend more time. As for your desire to mix metals with other materials, the creative...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold marks, gold marks, browser address
gold marks, browser address, address field: Hello Beth and thank you for your inquiry. .333 is a European mark for 8 karat gold. I have listed a site below that may help you identify the other marks on your cameo. Just click on or copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring with stamp CDC, plumb gold, small diamonds
plumb gold, small diamonds, karats: Hi Teresa, The CDC stamp is the makers mark telling the manufacturer of the piece and the P is for PLUMB gold. That means the gold is actually 14K for real. The old standard was 14K + or - .5 karats so of course every on made 13.5K to save money. Not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Heart Shaped Maine Garnet, heart shapes, mathematical probability
heart shapes, mathematical probability, host rock: Hello Ralph, I am not a mathametician so I can t tell you about the probability of that in nature but I can tell you that the ctystal habit of garnet does not include heart shapes. The value is what a collector will pay for a naturally formed garnet heart....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry, white gold jewelry, fake jewelry
white gold jewelry, fake jewelry, company shipping: Hi Lisa, Fake jewelry is made to look like real jewelry so yes it can be stamed 14K and not be 14K. However if it is imported into this country with a fake stamp it will be confiscated and the company shipping it will lose their imprt license. White gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry finishing, cnc milling machine, prototype models
cnc milling machine, prototype models, polishing compounds: Sam, I am not familiar with training for jewelers in India. Is it possible to become an apprentice to an experienced jeweler? Is it possible to become employed with one of the large jewelry manufacturers in your country? Those are paths you may possibly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mark in Ruby ring, ruby, Ruby ring
ruby, Ruby ring, Ruby & Diamond Ring: Dear Josefine Congrats on your purchase of the a href= http://www.facebook.com/FineRuby Ruby, King of Gems /a . Generally, the diamond weight & Ruby weight are mentioned explicitly, like 0.14cts + 0.56cts. That is the standard practice in at least India,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Prince Matchabelli mini perfume bottle, prince matchabelli, duchess of york
prince matchabelli, duchess of york, mini perfume: Hello Brenda and thank you for your inquiry. I am not a perfume expert but I believe this is one of the nicer of all the PM DY bottles. As far as value goes - perfume bottles like many other collectibles fluctuate in value depending on their current popularity,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pyrite rock, arsenic content, paper towels
arsenic content, paper towels, mineral material: Carol, thanks for this question. Pyrite is often a striking and lovely mineral. I can see why you would want to use it in your jewelry. Yes, the pyrite can be broken up with a hammer. However, you must keep in mind that some pyrite is more toxic than others...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Remove stone from gold ring, 14k gold ring, gentle method
14k gold ring, gentle method, steel tools: Robin, this is not your answer. I want to make a simple sketch or photo to help you understand what I will be saying. That should happen tomorrow. See you then. God Bless and Peace. Thomas. ________________________________Answer is Below_______________________________________________...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: removing pearl from ring, front teeth, acetone
front teeth, acetone, prongs: Dear Cathie, The solvent of choice is acetone, not affecting the pearl at all. Just be sure the pearl is a real one and not costume. You likely know that already but a rub on the front teeth will help, with a pear feeling somewhat gritty to the front...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, total carat weight, marquise diamond
total carat weight, marquise diamond, baggets: Hi Linda, On the first ring with the marquise diamond, 14K is the gold quality of the ring, magic glo xx is the style, 45 is the stone size it will hold (.45 ct). The ring guard is also 14 karat gold (14K 585)the symbols are the makers mark or the manufacturer....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, shield shape, style number
shield shape, style number, goldsmith: This can be difficult to know what exactly the markings are especially if it s old.. the 14 K. obviously means the content of gold around 60%... the initials maybe the Goldsmith who made the ring or perhaps a designer who designed the ring.. the Shield...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, dimond ring, plumb gold
dimond ring, plumb gold, mw3: Hi Bonnie. I m sure you know what the 14kp means, 14 karat plumb gold, the other makings are the makers marks and possibly an assessors mark, I m not sure. In any event thaere are thousands of makers marks and code that no one knows by memory so you wou...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rose Cut Opal, queensland boulder opal, dive in the pool
queensland boulder opal, dive in the pool, mexican opals: Hi Susan, Good question . Rose cut ? was it facetted ? Unusual ...did it show any play of colour ? Opals are like glass in comparable hardness ,opals are durable .I wear one in the shower no problem . But I wouldnt have one on in the sauna and then dive...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Several questions re: RSE, silver, 925 RSE
silver, 925 RSE, Robert Seeman: Hi Felicia. Most jewelry markings follow certain marking conventions or schemes (ex. 14k-18k to designate gold and so on), but since these are mere markings and can be made by almost anyone, it can t be considered as definitive evidence of a piece s age/manufacturer....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamped markings, jewelry shop, band thanks
jewelry shop, band thanks, hgf: Without seeing the ring first and it is hard to say I recommend that you bring it into a jewelry shop and show the Goldsmith... and actually he should be able to tell you if it s a real diamond but I would be careful.. if they indicates that it is a real...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: victorian diamond jewelry, alloy metals, carat weight
alloy metals, carat weight, metal quality: Darby, The best possibility without seeing your pendant is that the 9c refers to the metal quality. While 9 karat is not used in the USA, it is an accepted gold quality in the UK. Why the c you might wonder? In the UK, karat is spelled carat, the same...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold Ring - Cracking in Band, jewelery box, jewellery chain
jewelery box, jewellery chain, different finger: Dear Kristie, The cracks are not related to rhodium plating and it appears the jeweler was giving you vital information and covering their position. Should they have done the rhodium work then later a customer discovered the cracks, they might at that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 Sterling Silver MWS Mark, Sterling Silver, 925
Sterling Silver, 925, 925 Silver: Hello Kayla MWS could either mean the manufacturer s mark or the origin country. It is usually present in vintage sterling silver jewelry. Best regards a href= http://sambhav.jewelove.in Sambhav Karnawat /a Jewelove (TM) A Legacy of Over 101 Years!...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique wedding ring set, great grandmother, images blue
great grandmother, images blue, logo images: Hi Lisa, according to my research, your ring could have been made by a certain Bluebird Diamond Syndicate, if the logo looks anything like the picture on this link: http://www.trademarkia.com/logo-images/blue-bird-diamond-syndicate/bluebird-71315342.jpg...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black rhodium/ blue diamonds, colored diamonds, blue diamonds
colored diamonds, blue diamonds, blue diamond: Hi Sue, First of all there is no deep cleaning process that will remove plating on metal. So here is what I suspect they did. They sized the ring with all the stones in it not realizing that the colored diamonds could change color with the high heat needed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brooch or pin, antique jewelry, brooch
antique jewelry, brooch: Hi Melissa, it can be quite difficult to determine the worth of a piece of jewelry from a photo alone. I suggest that you take it to a local reputable jeweler so he can inspect it under a loupe and perform other tests on it with specialized equipment if needed,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cluster Ring-African Stones?, step mom, gold quality
step mom, gold quality, cluster ring: Hi Dawn, The CID stamp is normally the makers mark or manufacturers Initials. 10K is the gold quality and Thailand is where it was made. It Looks real from the photo but of course I can t really confirm anything from a photo. I have seen this design many...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: compartment ring, family crest, two dragons
family crest, two dragons, wax seal: Hello Ron and thank you for your inquiry. You have a lovely ring. A far as historical significance, the seal may be a family crest. If you know or could get his geneaology origins you might have luck in that area. Possibly a biography is available for the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: D. F. Briggs Carmen bracelet, not sweeheart, vintage costume jewelry, briggs co
vintage costume jewelry, briggs co, warm soapy water: Hello Brooke and thank you for your inquiry. D. F. Briggs did make some beautiful bracelets besides the sweetheart design. There are several books on the market that give more details about the company and their designs. Check for book - 200 Years of American...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond and gold bracelet, purchase source, gold jewelry
purchase source, gold jewelry, gold bracelet: Hello Agnes and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet sounds lovely. I have listed a site below that can give you more information on gold jewelry. Just click on the url or copy and paste into your browser address field: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/jewel/pages/gold.shtml...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: engravement on ring, synthetic ruby, engravement
synthetic ruby, engravement, little diamond: Dear Dahlia, In the USA, the standard and legal way to stamp the metal quality on jewelry is to put the quality and right near it put the mark of the manufacturer. In essence, this is like the maker signing the ring next to the quality mark, attesting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: F.M. CO. Compact w/11" Chain, vintage compacts, powder puff
vintage compacts, powder puff, gold stripe: Hello Rhonda and thank you for your inquiry. Your compact sounds very pretty and I found the following website that may be able to help you or give you some ideas. Just click on or copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter:...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 Sterling Silver MWS Mark, samara, jeweler
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 Sterling Silver MWS Mark, samara, jeweler, sterling

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique wedding ring set, j walsh, bluebird
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique wedding ring set, j walsh, bluebird, wedding ring

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cluster Ring-African Stones?, color stone jewelry, semi precious jewelry
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cluster Ring-African Stones?, color stone jewelry, semi precious jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry signature ID, patriz huber, earrings
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry signature ID, patriz huber, earrings

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings inside ring, wedding ring, gz
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings inside ring, wedding ring, gz, hawaii

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, smoky quartz, eagle mark
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, smoky quartz, eagle mark, glass stones

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring hallmark, high street
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring hallmark, high street

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Plain Gold Ring Identification, letter c, crowns
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Plain Gold Ring Identification, letter c, crowns

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: flat stone removal, lapis stone, prongs
lapis stone, prongs, restoration work: Hi, June. If the stone is not glued or held in by thin, fold over prongs on the back side, the process becomes quite difficult and means metal must be cut away from the bezel to try and preserve the gemstone and not do extensive damage to the 18k setting....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold chain, 14k gold chain, letter combination
14k gold chain, letter combination, vintage jewelry: Hello Jean and thank you for your inquiry. I m not sure the AIG has anything to do with the 14K. It is possibly the manufacturer/designer name or design line. I haven t been able to find that particular letter combination in any of my resources yet. Another...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold mark, 18k gold bracelet, gold markings
18k gold bracelet, gold markings, gold content: Hello Hope and thank you for your inquiry. As far as I can find, the 352 is not related to the gold content. 9ct gold is listed as 375. Since your bracelet is marked 18K, I would guess that the 352 is a design number used by the manufacturer. If you believe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring, small diamonds, diamond cut
small diamonds, diamond cut, quality mark: Hi Rebecca, The marks in the ring are, RW the makers mark the company that made it, The crown is the designation for england, 585 is the quality mark meaning 14K gold and the mark above the hallmark is probably the essay office mark but not necessarily....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hall marks, hallmark guide, anchor and star
hallmark guide, anchor and star, gold traders: Hello Dawne and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like your ring is 18K gold from Birmingham, England by the anchor mark. I have included a website below that may help you further identify your ring. Just click on or copy and paste the below url into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying a necklece, dear bill, grandmother
dear bill, grandmother, sally: Hello Tai and thank you for your inquiry. I was unable to pull up any pictures. Your first question was regarding a necklace, but then a watch - is it a pendant watch ? There is no way I can answer without a picture or more information on any markings present....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Italy gold, italy gold, descriptive term
italy gold, descriptive term, specific company: Hello Stacy and thank you for your inquiry. Yes, I have seen various items marked with ITALI. I don t know if this is a specific company logo spelling or a legal descriptive term. I ll do some more digging and if I find out anything else, I ll let you know....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry signature ID, patriz huber, signature id
patriz huber, signature id, sopy: Hello Sultana and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed a site below that has information and a mark for Patriz Huber. Look under the name Fahmer on the below site: http://www.illusionjewels.com/costumejewelrymarksf.html Just click on the above link...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mark on gold chain, gold markings
gold markings: Hi Paula, it is extremely hard to tell from the inscription alone on the necklace if it is solid gold... If there is no purity marking such as 10k, 14k, 18k, etc it probably is not real gold... I advise you to take it to a local reputable jeweler, is the only...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marking on antique ring?, british commonwealth countries, winter park area
british commonwealth countries, winter park area, great grandmother: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful. First you should determine if possible whether the ring is 825 or 625. I have the following information on 625 15K, 15ct or 625 (parts per 1000) or 62.5 % gold (British Commonwealth...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings inside ring, lailani, gz
lailani, gz, initials: Hello Lailani and thank you for your inquiry. The 14K means that the ring is 14K gold. The GZ mark could be the manufacturer/designer of the ring. I have checked my resources and found no listing for a mark GZ. It is also possible that the mark is the initials...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings on a ring, Gold Rin, 14K
Gold Rin, 14K, 14K Gold Ring: Hello Gail The b Crown mark /b was a very common mark for metal notation of b Gold /b . That means, your ring has been made with Gold. I am not sure what u would mean, but if its b Au, /b it is the symbol for b Gold /b , which is very commonly used...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, ring toss game, hoop earring
ring toss game, hoop earring, creative designers: Hi, Samantha. I appreciate the photo and I can see the marks you described. I can tell you immediately the ring is sterling silver. The mark 925 is a numerical mark for sterling which is legally 92.5% pure silver mixed with other metal to make it strong...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mourning jewelry?, mourning jewelry, jewelry visit
mourning jewelry, jewelry visit, tin type: Hello Annie and thank you for your inquiry. The picture on the front resembles a tin type photograph and could be a memorial piece judging by the photo. Since there is no bezel apparent around the photo, it may be a handmade piece. It is difficult to tell...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Paint removal on pin, silver
silver: Hi Laurie, try using regular paint solvent or acetone, those should remove it without damaging the silver. You can also try and scratch it off carefully, but I d recommend the first method. Also, it would be close to impossible to determine the pin s age if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pendant, "made in greece", jewelry buyers, medal books
jewelry buyers, medal books, leather cap: Hello Chris and thank you for your inquiry. You are right about the indications on the medal. These were popular souvenir items during the Victorian era c. 1840-1900 as well as later periods. A coin dealer might be able to give you an idea of the age of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pin or Brooch, tiny star, star mark
tiny star, star mark, browser address: Hello Melissa and thank you for your inquiry. The star mark is used for silver marking in Russia but it is usually used in conjunction with a number. I have listed a site below that may be able to offer you some further research. Just click on the link or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pink diamond, pink diamond ring, ring construction
pink diamond ring, ring construction, necessary tests: Hello Toni and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring was made in the country of Korea. In order to determine the ring construction you would need to have it appraised or checked by someone able to perform the necessary tests for gold/silver testing and gemstone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum ring, platinum diamond, platinum ring
platinum diamond, platinum ring, fineness: Hi Bobbie, it can be pretty difficult to identify a manufacturer s mark or a hallmark without a picture and the letters could mean just about anything, but from what you have described, it is possible that the letter J signifies the date when it was assayed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Question about black rhodium plating, black rhodium, rhodium plate
black rhodium, rhodium plate, rhodium plating: Dear Christine, the photo is well done and the reflective surface adds a real aesthetic value to the image. Thank you for that! As mentioned previously, when a pen plater is used the black rhodium is applied where the pen touches. In that case, the black...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing gypsy set stones, sterling silver ring, ring mandrel
sterling silver ring, ring mandrel, square edges: Katrina, Gypsy sets are not easy. I generally hammer set the edges then burnish the inside of the metal edge. Then I get into doing metal clean-up. I like to put my sanding paper on a flat stick, wrapped tightly and paper scored on the inside with each...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring hallmark, hallmark guide, silver hallmarks
hallmark guide, silver hallmarks, ebay: Hello June and thank you for your inquiry. I am not too familiar with platinum marks especially UK but I have listed below a couple of sites that may help you. Just click on or copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.gold-traders.co.uk/blog/simple-platinum-hallmark-guide/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring stamp, precious metal, crest
precious metal, crest, signatures: Hello Delecia and thank you for your inquiry. I have searched for a stamp like the one your describe and have not found anything. I found several M S signatures but none were with a crest. You don t say whether the ring is precious metal or costume. With or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver and jade teapot shaped object, silver rim, oriental art
silver rim, oriental art, spout: Hello Alan and thank you for your inquiry. Without a picture it is difficult to tell much about your teapot excepte that the design is oriental - probably Chinese. They used mostly lower grade silver for items and your teapot size indicates more ornamental...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamp inside 14k white gold and diamond ring, 14k white gold, diamond ring
14k white gold, diamond ring, jeweler: Hello Priya and thank you for your inquiry. This mark is not familar to me as far as metal or stone identification - could be a manufacturer/designer mark for the type of ring. You might try checking with a local jeweler. They may recognize the marking...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: symbols on ring, small stones, 10k gold
small stones, 10k gold, gold ring: Hello Melissa and thank you for your inquiry. The c in a circle on your ring means that your ring design was copyrighted by the designer or manufacturer. The 10K means that it is 10K gold. The other letters may be the manufacturers or designers mark. I couldn...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Plain Gold Ring Identification, Plain Gold Ring, Vintage Ring
Plain Gold Ring, Vintage Ring, RIng: Very interesting indeed! I have never seen such a marking on precious metal jewelry. Although it remarkably matches the Swedish marks & their systems, no Swedish jeweler (or national for that matter) would mess up the 3 Golden Crown Mark because it is their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage sterling silver bracelet, sterling silver bracelet, silver flowers
sterling silver bracelet, silver flowers, onyx stones: Hello Chery and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet s markings appear to be British, the anchor indicating made in Birmingham. I m listing a site below that may help you match up your mark even better. Just click on the link or copy and paste into your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold scrap, alloy metals, gold alloys
alloy metals, gold alloys, stock wire: Hi, Sean. Your problem with white gold scrap is a well-known problem among jewelers. At times, I had almost decided not to even try to reuse it unless the gold was relatively fresh and then problems would come up unexpectedly. The problem is in cooling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18 karat pg, fake jewelry, worn areas
fake jewelry, worn areas, surface plate: Harry, I suspect the PG is the mark (initials?) of the manufacturer. PG does not quite fit the Federal regulations for marking of plated items, in case you were concerned it meant plated gold . However, the marking GP is acceptable an abbreviation of gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 23c, gold content, gold chain
gold content, gold chain, stock number: 23c may simply reference a stock number from the original manufacturer. It is not a standard for any reference that relates to gold content, so I cannot tell you whether or not the piece is gold or if it is simply a costume piece. Take it to a reputable jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chain for pendant, wheat chain, 14k gold chain
wheat chain, 14k gold chain, curb chains: BJ, Thomas is back... What I find in gourmette chains is essentially a “rounded” curb chain, a style that has been around for many years. The name gourmette give it a fresh appeal. These should be plenty strong enough and in curbs and chains of the same...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to clean a "braided" silver bracelet?, baking soda, silver cleaner
baking soda, silver cleaner, palm of your hand: Hi, Meagan, I am glad you have done your research before plunging the bracelet into the cleaner! Thanks also for the photo...that lets me know what you are working with. The reason I dislike the liquid tarnish removers is because of the strength of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cutting Emerald, clarity enhancement, gemstone pieces
clarity enhancement, gemstone pieces, leaf motif: Hi Joseph, It is very difficult to offer an opinion on recutting without being able to hold the piece and inspect it in person. The original design and cut would be the most valuable. If it was clear and that color it might be worth recutting, but without...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: CZ repair, CZ, cubic zirconia
CZ, cubic zirconia, scratched CZ: Cubic Zirconia are so inexpensive, the cost of cutting and repolishing would be significantly more than replacing it with a new stone. This is always the case with CZ, so that is why he didn t even need to look at it. I would also recommend replacing it,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamonds, google search, diamond tester
google search, diamond tester, google: A google search of your question will bring up pages and pages of information and tutorials, but which to trust? The very best, most accurate way to determine if a diamond is real or fake is to visit a local jewelry store. Even if they do not have a gemologist...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to clean a "braided" silver bracelet?
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to clean a "braided" silver bracelet?

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is possible set 1ct to a 3/4 ct semimount setting?
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is possible set 1ct to a 3/4 ct semimount setting?

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Waltham Watch/ Hallmark Ring, wholesale jeweler, certificate of insurance
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Waltham Watch/ Hallmark Ring, wholesale jeweler, certificate of insurance, stock number

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold pins, Gold Pin, Gold Cufflink
Gold Pin, Gold Cufflink, Gemstone Pins: Hello Tammy For the one made in Gold, please let me know the karatage & weight. For the rest of them, the value might be negligible, (probably only a few dollars), unless the gems are Rubies, Emeralds or Sapphires. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Jewelove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Help to remove super glue from ruby ring, nail polish remover, plastic baggie
nail polish remover, plastic baggie, natural ruby: Dear Kapil, I searched for the brand of cement mentioned, ELFI, to see the composition. Unfortunately, I could not find this particular brand of glue. There are three solutions I suggest now. The first is to use a different solvent. I suggest lacquer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal Purity of Antique French Watch, gems and minerals, antique markings
gems and minerals, antique markings, paul dear: Dear Paul, the website reference shown has an image of a German hallmark for silver. The quite useful website is this page for the image: http://www.silvercollection.it/germansilverhallmark2.html Some pages back are many different hallmark references...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Odd item - please have a look, sally garrett, gems and minerals
sally garrett, gems and minerals, brooch pin: Bond, I will point a direction for you but unfortunately vintage jewelry identification is out of my area of real knowledge. If you asked me to repair it or possible make one similar that would be in my real ballpark. I suggest you go back to the jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old Masonic Ring, Masonic Ring, Gold Ring
Masonic Ring, Gold Ring, Old cut Diamond: Hello Patrick Seems your ring has a beautiful story attached to it. Could you please email me the photos to WeCare@Jewelove.in or upload them to http://www.facebook.com/Jewelove & I will try to help you the best I can. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Founder,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum ring stamp, alloy metals, platinum alloy
alloy metals, platinum alloy, platinum family: Dear Cassy, Here we go with a long explanation but I believe that is needed to properly answer your question. Ok? Pure platinum is 100% platinum and in the numerical system of marking jewelry metals the mark would be 1.000 or 1000. Since pure platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Porcelain Sash Cameo, german surname, origin value
german surname, origin value, gold values: Hello Darrell and thank you for your inquiry. Your porcelain portrait brooch is beautiful. Herbst is German for autumn and is also a German surname. Possibly the artist or designer. the 450 is a gold designation - I believe 10K. To have this verified you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is possible set 1ct to a 3/4 ct semimount setting?, diamond carat weight, accent stones
diamond carat weight, accent stones, prong style: Dear Nini, see this chart of the normal size to the eye of diamonds of different weights: http://www.bluenile.com/diamonds/diamond-carat-weight Click on the link at the chart to open the .pdf file. Generally, 3/4 carat is about 5.8mm across in a round...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: red/violet/purple gemstone, Tanzanite, Zoisite
Tanzanite, Zoisite, Gem Stones: While it is hard to do any positive identification from the description given, a good first guess would be the gemstone Tanzanite. This is actually the translucent blue or purple variety of the mineral Zoisite, a disilicate with the chemical formula Ca2Al3(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH),...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing ring, costume ring, initial ring
costume ring, initial ring, decorative applications: Dear Patricia, I certainly understand wanting to wear this ring from you young son. Unfortunately, the answer is no to sizing a costume ring. The surface coloration and protective surfaces of costume jewelry generally consists of an electroplated surface for...