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Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold and metal(?) ring, jewelry appraiser, pound sign
jewelry appraiser, pound sign, estate jewelry: Hello Kate and thank you for your inquiry. I have been looking for the information and have translated it to I gave up gold for Gisen . It is German and around the WWI era there was a gold shortage and citizens were asked to trade in their gold items for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Information on Meda stamp on topaz ring, blue topaz ring, livlihood
blue topaz ring, livlihood, saphires: Dear Laurie, Your asking for me to verify (32) sapphires or topaz without seeing them and you want me to clarity and color grade these stones that I can t see. I would be happy to help you if you would be fair to me but your asking me to appraise a ring on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifing a mark, east brunswick, demello
east brunswick, demello, east berlin: T means The Initial of the manufacture and it should read T925 otherwise have the metal tested. Thanks for writting !!! Good Luck A.DeMello Gemological Laboratories Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) J-Bar (JVC) USPAP http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying recent purchase, sarah coventry, colored substance
sarah coventry, colored substance, jewelry line: Hello Pat and thank you for your inquiry. The initials SaC are an abbreviation used for Sarah Coventry Jewelry. 1949-1984 and then 2000 - 2008.Sold mostly as party jewelry it has become very collectible in recent years and you can find many websites with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jeweler's insignia, sorry kate, east brunswick
sorry kate, east brunswick, east berlin: Sorry Kate I dont. Thanks for writting !!! Good Luck A.DeMello Gemological Laboratories Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) J-Bar (JVC) USPAP http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com New York City - Westchester - Long Island - Boston - Burlington - Newton...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, torch tip
sterling silver jewelry, torch tip, gold plating: Alex, essentially three methods are there for relatively easy use if you have the stuff to do it with. Most of the time, sterling with a gold plate is a quality legally known as vermeil (vermay approximates the pronunciation). Look for the 925 or Sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewellry marking, jewelry chain, american jewelry
jewelry chain, american jewelry, browser address: Hello Margaret and thank you for your inquiry. Your jewelry was made by American Jewelry Chain Co. and you can find out more about it from the following site: http://www.illusionjewels.com/costumejewelrymarksa.html Just copy and paste the above url into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lamp value, antique porcelain, hand painting
antique porcelain, hand painting, minimal charge: Hello Linda and thank you for your inquiry. I do not do appraisals but can direct you to one of the online appraisal sites - What s It Worth To You. I have never used them but I have heard good reviews. They have a minimal charge and work from good photographs....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Makers mark, french cameo glass, fabpage
french cameo glass, fabpage, black french: Hello Debbi and thank you for your inquiry. Your locket sounds beautiful. I am listing two sites below that may help you. The first one is on cameo glass. I m not sure what you have is actually cameo glass - maybe intaglio or jet ? I have not seen any actual...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Meaning of Marking on jewelry, kind reply, japanese source
kind reply, japanese source, numerical system: Dear Mumu, again, these markings are not ones with which I am familiar. My expertise deals with goods produced primarily in and for import into the USA, bearing marks associated with regulations of that country. In Japan, I understand there are several...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Melting Silver- Part 2, ingot mold, air bubbles
ingot mold, air bubbles, molten silver: Stu, I cannot help with this type of ingot mold. I have used clay which has been formed and perfectly dried, actually baked that will work with experimentation. I do not have experience with molding clay. I do wish I could help. Very sorry this is beyond...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mickey and Minnie Bracelet?, walt disney productions, mickey and minnie
walt disney productions, mickey and minnie, disney collectibles: Hello Sophia and thank you for your inquiry. Walt Disney Productions mark was used after 1939. I have not been able to find your exact bracelet online or in my resources but you might try the following book The Official Price Guide to Disney Collectibles...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark, british hallmarks, 9ct gold
british hallmarks, 9ct gold, fhl: Hello Tina and thank you for your inquiry. British hallmarks are sometimes difficult to research. I checked my resources but could not locate the FHL. The book I use is Jackson s Hallmarks by Pickford. I have listed a site below that has some hallmarks that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: making silver headpins, torch flame, wet wires
torch flame, wet wires, jewelry work: Ellen, thanks for this question. Actually, I rarely use headpins since the work I do does not require it. However, making suitable pins with a head of some sort is jut another extension of basic jewelry work. I will quickly go through one method using...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marquasite jewellery, browser address, address field
browser address, address field, lesley: Hello Lesley and thank you for your inquiry. I am going to refer you to the following webiste for everything you want to know about marcasite jewelry - including cleaning and caring for it ! http://jewelry.lovetoknow.com/Marcasite Just copy and paste...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Need help identifying this ring, diamond essence, east brunswick
diamond essence, east brunswick, demello: According to the box it sounds like it was made in the US. The 18K mark in the ring sounds like 18K vs 14K. Unfournately to evaluate the ring further I would need to see it in person. Thanks for writting !!! Good Luck A.DeMello Gemological Laboratories...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: necklace marked 14K but is it, gold chains, color gold
gold chains, color gold, thin plate: Hi, Jane. I have seen plenty of gold plated items stamped either 14k or 10k. Many do not have a makers mark. Can these be marked with a karat stamp? Yes, but only illegally. This breaks the law and is simple fraud. As for you chain, some gold chains...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: new ring, 14k yellow gold, 14k ring
14k yellow gold, 14k ring, jewelry store: HI LATISHIA, IF YOU BOUGHT A 14K YELLOW GOLD WITH DIAMONDS THEN IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY A 14K YELLOW GOLD RING WITH DIAMONDS. THE 14K STAMP IS A LEGAL IDENTIFIER. THE S IS JUST SOMETHING THE MAKER USES FOR MODEL OR STYLE. WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old costume jewelry, jewelry appraiser, jewelry dealer
jewelry appraiser, jewelry dealer, costume jewelry: Hello Suzanne and thank you for your inquiry. Nice to hear from a fellow Floridian - we lived in Winter Park for 40 years before moving north to retire. Depending on how much jewelry you have, you might want to consider having an estate jewelry appraiser look...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pink Tourmaline faceted, pink tourmaline, lapidary
pink tourmaline, lapidary, carat: HI JEANETTE, ABSOLUTELY! TOURMALINE IS A VERY EASY STONE TO REPOLISH. I WOULD SUGGEST FINDING A LOCAL LAPIDARY IN YOUR AREA AND TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THEIR WORK AND FIND ONE THAT WOULD SATISFY YOU. ALSO ASK THE PRICE OF A REPOLISH, SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Princess cut diamonds..., princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond
princess cut diamonds, princess cut diamond, east brunswick: The 1.04 will definately look bigger to answer your question however it may not be the best stone. Thanks for writting !!! Good Luck A.DeMello Gemological Laboratories Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) J-Bar (JVC) USPAP http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Problem with (Nickel and Gold) white gold ornaments making., gold ornaments, gold alloy
gold ornaments, gold alloy, browser address: Hello Rajesh and thank you for your inquiry. However, I am not experienced with metal casting. I can suggest a site that may give you some information and resources. Just copy the following url into your browser address field and hit enter. http://www.rockhounds.com/rockshop/books/casting.shtml...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: petwer charm bracelet, library bookstore, charm bracelets
library bookstore, charm bracelets, vintage charm: Hello Rita and thank you for your inquiry. Your charm bracelet is very interesting. It seems to have the same character pursuing different activities, occupations and one has the name Joe on the front. I haven t been able to find anything similar in my resources....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: polishing gemstones, quartz crystals, lapidary equipment
quartz crystals, lapidary equipment, silicon carbide: Hi, Bonnie. Some agates are my favorite stones. There is a special nature to these stone which I do appreciate. Agate is a form of quartz called cryptocrystalline in structure. The material is made tiny, unseen crystals of quartz interlocked and grown...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Reisizing a ring from a size 5 to a size 9, strk, ebay
strk, ebay, shank: Tammy, The ring will be difficult to size but not impossible, most likely the ring will be oval shank when its completed....the 4 sizes up will compromise the integrity of the ring and the diamonds will get loose and have to be tighten or reset depending...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing of an engagement ring, diamond section, oval shape
diamond section, oval shape, added thanks: Marthie, you caught me just in time before I leave for my work place. Without seeing the actual ring in my hand, providing an accurate answer is difficult. However, the sizing down is not too extreme. I would expect the jeweler to be able to tighten any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing a tanzanite ring, 14k gold men, tanzanite ring
14k gold men, tanzanite ring, cushion cut tanzanite: HI Wayne, Yes tanzanite is very heat sensitive. They are also soft. So be careful, just wearing it. I would wear it for special outings or occasions. Everyday wear will wear it down, I am re-polishing these all the time. Good Luck, Steven D.Cove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: RING, heart shape, style number
heart shape, style number, gold: HI TAMMY, I AM NOT REAL SURE ABOUT THE MARKINGS. THE NUMBERS 1392/1302 ARE USUALLY A STYLE NUMBER OR DESIGN. HS USUALLY MEANS HEART SHAPE AND THE 18ct IS A WEIGHT USED FOR STONES NOT METAL BUT I SUSPECT IT IS 18KT PLAT OR 18 KARAT GOLD PLATED AND THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring alteration, lengthy trip, wax model
lengthy trip, wax model, white gold: Hello to you, Stephanie. I would dearly like to see a photo of the ring but gather from the description the stone is set into the surface of the metal, either by a bezel or perhaps by beads. A bezel means the stone is in a recess cut for it and metal has...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Resizing, ring resizing, ring 1
ring resizing, ring 1, white gold: Its a ring guard which will have to be sized and treated like 2 rings an average cost to size the ring 1 1/2 sizes up should be anywhere from 25-75.00 depending on where you go, if you go to the mall it will be the most expensive, try and find a small jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repairing small pits in watch case, 18k white gold, enough god
18k white gold, enough god, case tomorrow: Greg, I understand what you are dealing with from the damage to the watch case. Is there any way to attach a photo? Photos of metal like that are about the most difficult to take... This is to let you know this is not your answer. I will get back with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replating with rhodium, rhodium plating, replating
rhodium plating, replating, jewelry store: maria rhodium plating a ring does NOT have any bearing on the wear and tear of the metal, its just an electronic coating of a chemical which turns the metal bright white....if indeed your claws or prongs as we call them, are weak, have them retipped at...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing an engagement ring, chain jewelry, piece of gold
chain jewelry, piece of gold, simplest thing: For any Goldsmith resizing a ring should be the simplest thing... if for some reason the stone is soft and difficult to take out of the mounting which has to be done before using the torch that can be a problem... for example tanzanite.... you may want to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing an engagement ring, chain jewelry, jewelry stores
chain jewelry, jewelry stores, browser address: Hello Carlton and thank you for your inquiry. I am sending you a link to the best information I could find on resizing a ring. I think if you adhere to the suggestions mentioned you ll be ok. I am not in your area so I cannot refer you but the article mentions...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodium plating, swiss watchmaker, metal construction
swiss watchmaker, metal construction, durability: Cindy, the durability of rhodium is good but it will wear. Much depends on the thickness of the electoplate. As for me, with a choice, I would go with stainess steel since this is a solid metal from surface to interior. You do not have to worry about any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, diamond shape, rectangular stone
diamond shape, rectangular stone, hge: Hello Marci and thank you for your inquiry. Since your ring is hard gold electroplate it is considered costume jewelry. However, precious stones were sometimes set in HGE. The diamond shape is a very common hallmark on jewelry as you can imagine. The only...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My ring lost its gold color., gold wash, silver cleaner
gold wash, silver cleaner, silver band: Hello Jeannie - I would take the ring back to where you bought it. Real 14K gold will not lose it s color in cleaning. Perhaps it was gold wash on sterling or gold plated. There is no way to restore the gold finish without having it replated which can be quite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rose gold look-alike, tarnished copper, copper ring
tarnished copper, copper ring, copper content: Andrea, considering the economy and the quite high price of gold items today, I understand why you are looking for a less costly alternative. There is a vast difference in copper and rose gold. The difference mostly apparent to the wearer is tarnish. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver ring, mexican silver jewelry, mexican sterling
mexican silver jewelry, mexican sterling, silver trade: Hello Suzanna and thank you for your inquiry. According to the marks on your ring it is Mexican sterling (925). The GP-61 tells us that is is form Taxco, Mexico, possibly Vogt Western Silver. I would suggest that you find a resource book on Mexican Silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldering Silver w/Gold Easy Solder, silver charm bracelets, bench jeweler
silver charm bracelets, bench jeweler, heat conduction: Hi again, Crystal. Sorry I was not sure of what you had in mind on the first try. Soldering anything silver within 5mm can be done but it is risky. Here is how I would do it: I would wrap the inlay section as close as possible to the bail area with a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stone Identification, bernardine, polished finish
bernardine, polished finish, gemologist: Hello Shawn and thank you for your inquiry. I am not a gemologist but your stone looks like picture jasper . I have included a website below that has a lot of information on picture jasper as well as other stones that you may find helpful. Just copy and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver mark, antique silver locket, time manufacturer
antique silver locket, time manufacturer, sterling: Hello Pat and thank you for your inquiry. I would say that the V1 is the design information. Most of the time manufacturer information is in the form of a logo . V1 sounds more like design information. Hope this helps and enjoy your locket. Sally jarrettsjade.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silverjewlry/oxidation, duty aluminum, baking soda
duty aluminum, baking soda, duty foil: Hi, Diane. You give me an interesting question. As with Indian and Afghan jewelry items I have seen and appreciated, much bears an almost primitive look telling stories of history and the way things have been for many years despite politics and changes in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: slide/pendant, bezel setting, word guild
bezel setting, word guild, jewelry appraiser: Hello Vickie and thank you for your inquiry. Your pendant sounds lovely. However, it is very difficult for me to give much information without other markings i.e. gold, karat, 925. or a good photograph. I would suggest that you take it to an estate jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stamp first a star 360 ar, ravello italy, loose diamonds
ravello italy, loose diamonds, hi mary: HI MARY, THIS AN ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL PIECE. THE 750 IS THE STAMP FOR 18K GOLD. THE STAR AND THE 360 ar ARE MORE THAN LIKELY THE MANUFACTURERS STAMP. I M SORRY I AM NOT FARMILIAR WITH THIS LOGO BUT IT IS A EUROPEAN MADE PIECE. TRY LOOKING UP THE SYMBOLS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trifari, trifari jewelry, clip earring
trifari jewelry, clip earring, ebay: Hello Pam and thank you for your inquiry. Your set sounds lovely. Trifari jewelry is quite collectible depending on the condition, style and rarity. They did make hundreds of different designs most of the patented. The early pieces and figurals are most collectible....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Turquoise, brownish hues, plastic resin
brownish hues, plastic resin, latex style: Nancy, any treatment to improve the color of the turquoise will mean taking advantage of the porous nature of the stones. Do the pieces absorb water quickly? If quite porous, the stones may even feel like you tongue tries to stick to the stone (no, it does...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Unknown type of rock, rocks minerals, blue matrix
rocks minerals, blue matrix, gemologist: Hello Kylie and thank you for writing. It is difficult for me to tell by the picture what you have. Sounds like some sort of feldspar or azurite (blue matrix). I would suggest picking up a rock identification book or take your find to a local rock shop or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: "Vintage/Antique" Alexandrite Ring, east brunswick, age history
east brunswick, age history, east berlin: Thats very nice of you and I appreciate your email. Evaluations need to be done in person. I am able to answer general questions. The hallmark may be Russian or from the UK however Im not familliar with the manufacturer. Thanks for writting !!! Good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage jewelry makers mark, belt buckle, jewelry makers
belt buckle, jewelry makers, piece brass: Hi Jenna and thank you for your inquiry. I have seen this mark before and believe it is a vintage mark. However, I have been unable to find it in any of my resources. Your buckle sounds lovely ! I ll keep trying to find out information on it and will let you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wearing down of engagement ring, bottom halves, everyday activity
bottom halves, everyday activity, fine lady: Thomas is here again------------------------------------------ Honestly, I have not heard of a thinner shank being the style..it that is what you mean. Again, I seriously doubt the ring could be worn excessively in the short time you have worn it. It...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold ring resized and is now tarnished, pale gold color, bench jeweler
pale gold color, bench jeweler, 14k white gold: Hi, Kathy. Thanks for this question. Right at the top, I believe your ring certainly can look like it did before and is NOT ruined. What you describe is not an unexpected condition with white gold. (Gold does not burn under heat but it does discolor and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: William Scully Pendant, william scully, browser address
william scully, browser address, address field: Hello Mary and thank you for your inquiry. A very pretty pendant - looks to have nice enameling. I have listed the William Scully website below and I feel sure that if you email them and send a picture of the pendant they may be able to tell you more about...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: wrist watch from USSR, metal ions, russian watches
metal ions, russian watches, better than gold: Ruta, thanks for this question. The watch is gold plated. AU10 is common in gold plated Russian watches. Au is an abbreviation of a word for gold. Keep in mind, gold plated is better than gold flashed. Gold flashed is a very thin coating of gold similar...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: yellow gold rings, gold wedding band, gold alloys
gold wedding band, gold alloys, brown paper bags: Dear Sukie, Gold can very much be affected by chemical exposure. Chlorine is perhaps the most damaging to karat gold alloys while sulfur generally may discolor but not permanently damage. Yes, silver certainly is quickly tarnished by sulfur and by sulfur...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10k Gold.., scratch test, karat gold
scratch test, karat gold, 10k gold: Hello Jim and thank you for your inquiry. Sometimes on heavily gold plated items it will show up as lower karat gold i.e. 10kt. If there is a place where you could test on the item, I would go that route. Sometimes just not enough of the gold comes off on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K FP gold, gold filled jewelry, metal quality
gold filled jewelry, metal quality, quality mark: Juliette, the marking FP is not a metal quality mark. Now, GP may be used for Gold Plated but is seen only rarely. Look closely at the mark and insure it is an F in the letters. If so, I believe it would be the maker s mark. If you purchased the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 15K Gold Ring, judgeing, demello
judgeing, demello, gold ring: Nice photo. Good question. I hate to say it but I dont know this hallmark. Judgeing from the shape and cut of the stones they have very small table facets that indicate they are probaly 100 years old hoever the setting looks much newer indicating the stones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 6 Loose Gemstones...need help for my household insurance, pear shape, loose gemstones
pear shape, loose gemstones, household insurance: Hello, I am so sorry, grading gem stones without seeing them live is near impossible. You are right though, if they are what you say, they are not really costly to replace. You should seek out a good gemologist who appraises stones for a living. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Pocket watch chain, antique pocket watch, jewelry appraiser
antique pocket watch, jewelry appraiser, gold pocket: Hello Phil and thank you for your inquiry. Without a visual of the mark it would be very difficult for me to tell much about it. Here is a website that lists different world hallmarks including silver and gold. You might be able to recognize the profile in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bracelet ladies watch, honglong, precious metals
honglong, precious metals, watch face: Hello Andrew and thank you for your inquiry. Your watch is very pretty. It is difficult, however, to tell much about the value without knowing if there are any precious metals involved or whether the turquoise is genuine or simulated.The Hong Long mark is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Buying Online, buying gems, emeralds
buying gems, emeralds: Sorry about the very slow response. I ve been moving. 1) Cheap emeralds from Brazil are indeed not worth much. Brazil does produce some good emeralds, but for they rarely come close to the valuations of Colombian emeralds. 2) Ebay Feedback can be inflated...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a cracked diamond?, wedding diamond ring, cracked diamond
wedding diamond ring, cracked diamond, microscope: HI MAY, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SAY EXACTLY WHAT IT IS YOU ARE SEEING IN YOUR DIAMOND. I WOULD SUGGEST YOU TAKE IT BACK TO WHERE YOU BOUGHT IT AND HAVE IT INSPECTED. USUALLY A CRACK IN A DIAMOND IS NOT STRAIGHT. IF YOU DID NOT SEE THIS LINE WHEN YOU WERE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Fuchsia, gemstone world, pink tourmaline
gemstone world, pink tourmaline, loose gemstones: Fuchsia is a stone color that s not usually natural, so likely the stones you ll have to go with are ones that have been heated or chemically treated to make the stone turn that color. If you d like a natural stone, try rhodolite garnet, it s usually varies...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring mark, st bernadette, religious rings
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring mark, st bernadette, religious rings, hallmark

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is This Raw Mineral?, labradorite, crystalline structure
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is This Raw Mineral?, labradorite, crystalline structure, whole sale

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodite, amethyst, gold
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodite, amethyst, gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: G.T.E., gold stamp, gold electroplate
gold stamp, gold electroplate, great shape: HI BJ, 14K IS 14 KARAT GOLD STAMP BUT THE G.T.E. MEANS SOMETHING THAT I AM NOT AWARE OF. G.E. STANDS FOR GOLD ELECTROPLATE BUT THE T. THROWS ME OFF. IT JUST MAY BE THE MANUFACTURERS STAMP AND HAVE NO OTHER MEANING. A VERY OLD RING THAT IS GOLD PLATED...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: German mark, genuine pearls, european jewelry
genuine pearls, european jewelry, jewelry manufacturers: Hello Elizabeth and thank you for your inquiry. You don t mention whether the earrings are set in precious metal or are genuine pearls. That might make a difference in the marking meanings. Since they were made in Germany the K&L is probably the manufacturer....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold hallmarked ring, demello, gold ring
demello, gold ring, carat: 9 carat is usualy from the UK. Feel free to email me a photo if you have one. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) I am offering you help by asking you for a photo. In exchange your giving me a poor rating. Why are you doing this? This is a free service that people...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold plating immediately wearing off?, quality marks, gold plate
quality marks, gold plate, silvery metal: Jaime, I appreciate this question. I believe what you have is an example of VERMEIL. To verify this, look for a metal mark for either sterling or 925 . The word vermeil is loosely pronounced like ver-mae, not accurate to the French but closer than it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gem polishing, star ruby, diamond powder
star ruby, diamond powder, dremel tool: Hi, No not really, Ruby is very hard to polish if you are not set up for it. You need a flat lap I use an ultra lap charged with 14000 diamond powder and you need crystal lube to lube the lap. The stone would need to be re-cut to take out deep pits. I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring mark, othe resources, victorian jewelry
othe resources, victorian jewelry, patent number: Hello Larry and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to find any information with the information you gave on the markings. There are quite a few similar marks but most have initials or other markings involved. The patent date doesn t tell much...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: grandfathers ring, trap shooter, jewelry appraiser
trap shooter, jewelry appraiser, grandfathers: Hello Alisha and thank you for your inquiry. It is very difficult to tell much about a ring where the markings are not clear. Did he give you any information on the ring ? If you believe it is gold or sterling, and especially since it is an heirloom, you might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Info, rummage sale, covey
rummage sale, covey, hong kong: Hello, The diamond looks like just for design affect. Is it marked 10k, 14k or 18k? That would mean it is made of karat gold. Other than that if it is gold weigh it. That would give you an idea of its value in gold terms. I do not think I can be of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marrying settings to shanks, ring shanks, direction god
ring shanks, direction god, bezel settings: Thomas is back in the building----------------------------------- Diane, there are specific shanks shaped to more easily accept certain setting styles. I have found in any case something must always be modified a bit to make it all stay level and lined...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Oneida Ltd spoon ring, oneida ltd, spoon rings
oneida ltd, spoon rings, william a rogers: Hello Mary and thank you for your inquiry. Spoon rings have been quite popular over the years and people purchased them to match their flatware and sterling silver tea sets. William A. Rogers/Oneida LTD was one of the manufacturing companies. The design is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how old are my two rings?, silver colour, browser address
silver colour, browser address, address field: Hello Janice and thank you for your inquiry. Your rings sound very nice. The first sounds like it may be British or European and I have listed a hallmark site below that may help you find the mark. It is always easier if you have a visual of the mark when...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal ring, assay marks, antiques fair
assay marks, antiques fair, grey base: Hi Karen , this is not so much about the opal as it is about the gold ring.The markings only indicate the gold as you pointed out . 1905 might not have been a black opal but a dark grey base colour .I am away from my reference material at present but will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Palladium Vs. Platinum Rings, buying palladium, aqua marine
buying palladium, aqua marine, color match: Nick, Thomas is back in the building-------------------------------- I searched Fraser Hart but local listings were not full web sites dedicated to each store. I was hoping to see what brands (if listed) of palladium they might sell. I also hoped to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is This Raw Mineral?, lazulite, mineral collector
lazulite, mineral collector, tourquoise: HI PHOENIX, THE ROCK LOOKS VERY INTERESTING. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO SAY FOR SURE WHAT IT IS BUT I CAN TELL YOU WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. IT LOOKS LIKE A MIXTURE OF MALACHITE AND AZURITE, OR IT COULD BE AZURMALACHITE. THE COLORS ARE ALSO LIKE TOURQUOISE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing costume jewelry, vintage costume jewelry, nail lacquer
vintage costume jewelry, nail lacquer, silver paint: Hello Trish and thank you for your inquiry. Some costume jewelry pieces lose their plate after a time and I would suggest replate only if the piece is very collectible or valuable as it is an expensive and difficult process. I have used the gold craft pens...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rings i have dont know what value they have, dimonds, gold weight
dimonds, gold weight, three rings: Hi, 10 k means 41 percent gold. It also mean that the stones are not expensive. So the most value is more than likely in the gold weight. So weigh the rings then check with a gold buyer how much they will pay for 10 karat gold. Unless you can sell...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ruby value, pinky ring, ruby ring
pinky ring, ruby ring, probate court: Hello, My first question is, is it natural? There are a lot of synthetic rubies out there dating back the the 1800 s. A ruby that large would stand a good chance of being synthetic. The other question is, is it a ruby, it is possible it is a garnet or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing platinum semi mount, center diamond, side stones
center diamond, side stones, accurate answer: Thanks for this question, Alice. May I assume your enhanced center stone is a Yehuda diamond? These stones have fractures filled with another material and look very good. Yehuda will retreat their stones if inadvertently damaged by a jeweler who did not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rhodite, gold alloy, brittle material
gold alloy, brittle material, nice ring: Follow-up............June 9 Cindy, the ring looks like a normal metal to me but I cannot tell just what from a picture. Can you write back and tell me any markings you see inside the ring? Can you possibly tell me where the ring was purchased? I might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ruby stone?, ruby and diamond ring, ruby stone
ruby and diamond ring, ruby stone, synthetic ruby: HI ROBIN, RUBY COLOR IS VARIABLE. SOME ARE PINKISH RED, SOME ARE REDISH PURPLE AND SOME ARE DARK RED AND MANY VARIATIONS OF EACH. THE VALUE IS ALSO VARIABLE BUT NOT BY MUCH. THE HIGHEST PRICED COLOR IS ASSOCIATED WITH BURMESE RUBY FROM THE MOGOK REGION...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver marking?, silver jewelry, elephants
silver jewelry, elephants, sterling silver: HI ERICA, THE 925 STAMP SIGNIFIES STERLING SILVER. ALL THE OTHER FACTS REALLY DON T IDENTIFY THE MAKER BESIDES 20 YEARS AGO WE ALL MADE SILVER JEWELRY LIKE THIS SO IT COULD BE ANYONE OR ANY COMPANY. THERE IS REALLY NO TELLING WHO MSDE THIS PIECE, SORRY....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: selling a diamond, gemological institute of america, pear shaped diamond
gemological institute of america, pear shaped diamond, carlsbad california: Hello Kathy, I know in the United States the best way to determine the value of a diamond is to send it to the GIA that is the Gemological Institute of America... they re located in Carlsbad California... they will not give the value but do a complete gemological...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver casting, rio grande, crucible
rio grande, crucible, alloys: Hello, Are you using old used silver or making .925 new by adding the alloys...If you are starting with new, there are special blended alloys containing special additives like silicone that will take care of the impuities and later fire scale when soldering..check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver & diamond ring, sterling silver 925, silver diamond
sterling silver 925, silver diamond, diamond ring: Hello Mardi and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring has the marking for sterling silver 925 and was made in China. The HAN is probably the manufacturer. In order to determine if the stone is a diamond you would need to have it tested by a jeweler or gemologist....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver spoon, silver spoon, browser address
silver spoon, browser address, address field: Hello Abi and thank you for your inquiry. Identifying without a visual of the marks is difficult. I have listed a hallmark site below that should be able to help you. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.925-1000.com/index.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: up- sizeing an eternity band, diamond eternity band, bench jeweler
diamond eternity band, bench jeweler, finger size: Georgette, thanks for this question. Before even considering having the ring sized, if possible please contact the seller and explain the situation. If this is a single item such as from an online auction, the seller may not honor returns. If the item...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling charm bracelet, silver charm bracelet, nail lacquer
silver charm bracelet, nail lacquer, sterling charm: Hello Joyce and thank you for your inquiry. You should take the bracelet back to the jeweler for suggestions on restoring the silver on your bracelet. In my opinion, the jeweler should have advised you if there was a chance of any discoloration with the soldering...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stones final polish, rock tumbler, polishing wheel
rock tumbler, polishing wheel, aluminum oxide: I am not an expert in this but it must be the last polishing agent you are using for that stone...we used a aluminum oxide and polished Lariamr by hand for final step...very glossy result.. regards rolfe forgot to mention that the final aluminum oxide...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany jewelry boxes - dating; jewelry marks-dates, ebay auction, tiffany jewelry
ebay auction, tiffany jewelry, jewelry boxes: Hello Sandra and thank you for your inquiry. Tiffany boxes are collectible as is any jewelry item by Tiffany. I have listed below two links that may be of help to you. One is a listing of Tiffany hallmarks with dates and the other is an article from an ebay...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trifari Necklace Set, collecting costume jewelry, trifari jewelry
collecting costume jewelry, trifari jewelry, trifari necklace: Hello Gabriele and thank you for your inquiry. Your set sounds lovely. Trifari jewelry is quite collectible especially with the original tags, early markings and mint condition. They produced so many designs, some with patents others signed with various marks....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to tell what a ring is made of, shop nbc, antiques fair
shop nbc, antiques fair, gold film: Donna, if the ring has a sterling quality mark somewhere and is gold plated, you have vermeil. That is sterling with a breath of gold on it. Otherwise, with no real markings, it would need to be tested and that would mean a jeweler who does basic metal testing....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to tell solid gold from gold filled?, scratch test, slate stone
scratch test, slate stone, destructive manner: Sam, 24 karat gold is a very rich yellow color and also very soft. You could likely deform the ring by squeezing with you fingers. Yet, even if not pure gold, the ring very well may be gold and not gold plated or gold filled. While most testing of this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unusual pin, sterling silver pin, jasper stone
sterling silver pin, jasper stone, healing crystals: Hello Sultana and thank you for your inquiry. Your stone does look very much like Mary Ellen Jasper. Very pretty ! It would be difficult to venture a guess as to the designer without an actual visual of the marking. You might check with the seller for more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold Ring, hairline crack, 10k white gold
hairline crack, 10k white gold, gold channel: Phil, I believe from the location of the hairline crack that the ring has a defect in the metal forming process. A crack should not have occurred and certainly not so soon. The real problem with repair is the valid unknown condition of the metal. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14K gold bracelet, gold hallmarks, three diamonds
gold hallmarks, three diamonds, precious metals: Hello Tillie and thank you for your inquiry. Ralph Briggs of New York City used the bee mark as part of their hallmark but I m sure there were others. That is the only one I have listed in my resources at this time. You can check out the below site for some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 40 c, cauce, fine jewelry
cauce, fine jewelry, esforce: Yayita, I must answer your nice comment just as a question or the computer between us thinks I have left a question unattended. : ) I would respond in any case. The picture showed what was either a broken band on the ring or an adjustable band, the sort...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where to buy gemstones in Nashville?, gemological institute of america, approximate price range
gemological institute of america, approximate price range, carlsbad california: Try calling the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad California.. and ask them if they have any gemologist in your area.. you can find a number by googling.. and I m sure you know it s best to get a least three prices of comparable gems regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A Chemist with a New White Gold Ring, old wives tales, white gold diamond rings
old wives tales, white gold diamond rings, ethyl acetate: Sara, you have one up on me in the chemical fields. I will give it a shot. I will tell you what I know about chemicals and damage to gold jewelry. Please keep in mind that I am not an expert on this sort of damage and rely on research performed by those...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Coating for agates, spray cans, better photography
spray cans, better photography, rough stones: Hi Josie, This is not something I do, however if you went to Lowes or Home Depot to there paint department, and talked to one of there experts there they could sugguest a good clear coat epoxy for example. You can get that in spray cans I believe. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Having A Custom Piece Made, brazilian emeralds, sharing your expertise
brazilian emeralds, sharing your expertise, scrap silver: Kharman, interesting name certainly! : ) Here we go: I suggest you show the jeweler your materials and the design. You will quickly get a response as to whether the metal is suitable in the present form. You will also discuss the job and be able...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Custom Wedding Banding, brick and mortar store, hand engraver
brick and mortar store, hand engraver, engraving machines: Thanks for the question, Tony. I have a custom project going now with unusual language symbols and your question reminded me of that. I will need special means to duplicate the characters I need and so will you. Embedding the diamond will be no problem...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: care for rhodium plated sterling silver w/ cz stones, prong setting, cz stones
prong setting, cz stones, rhodium plated sterling silver: HI, Carina. Thanks for the question. The main concern as I see it is abrasives which will wear on the plated surface. You will not be able to avoid natural abrasive contact in everyday wear but you can lessen any chances of wear caused directly by cleaning....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Who can copy an heirloom ring for daughters?, jewelery stores, 4 leaves
jewelery stores, 4 leaves, special memory: Hello, Sam. Great idea you have here and the best way to possibly leave each daughter with a special memory they can grasp and wear. When it comes to having any item of jewelry duplicated the choices you have to do the job are custom jewelers. Now, there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ctg, ctg
ctg: I have to guess that they meant just CT for the carat weight. I looked it up and found ctg used on a tanzanite ring listed on ebay. In one part of the item listing they used just ct for carat and in another part they had ctg. I d have to attribute this to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dark Brown Quartz or else?, chemical impurities, steven covey
chemical impurities, steven covey, smokey quartz: HI JOHN, IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE QUARTZ AS WELL. REALLY WOULD NEED TO DO SOME OTHER TESTS TO CONFIRM IT. QUARTZ COMES IN ALMOST EVERY COLOR DUE TO DIFFERENT CHEMICAL IMPURITIES IN THE MIX WHEN THE CRYSTALS FORMS. THE STONE DOES SEEMS TO HAVE A CRYSTAL STRUCTURE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dark Brown Quartz, quartz family, smoky quartz
quartz family, smoky quartz, coke bottle: Hi John, It does look to be of the quartz family, but not smokey quartz. Smokey is nomally clear like glass. This rock looks more like chert. Here is a site that talks about it. http://geology.about.com/od/rocks/ig/sedrockindex/rocpicchert.htm ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamelle, cubic zirconium, synthetic diamond
cubic zirconium, synthetic diamond, natural mineral: HI JERRY, DIAMELLE IS ONLY A TRADE NAME. IT IS NOT AN IDENTIFIED SYNTHETIC OR NATURAL MINERAL, IT IS MOST LIKELY CUBIC ZIRCONIUM (CZ). IT IS A DIAMOND SIMULANT NOT A SYNTHETIC DIAMOND BUT A STONE MADE BY MAN TO IMITATE A DIAMOND. THERE ARE DIFFERENT GRADES...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling gem stones with diamond drill instructions, diamond drill bits, opal fields
diamond drill bits, opal fields, custom jewelry: Hi Alan , sorry to answer late , Ive only just returned from the opal fields in central australia. I only use the drill with opal and its imperative to keep the stone cool as overheating will crack the stone . We only use drill to shape and polish , but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling holes in rocks, diamond drill bits, diamond drill bit
diamond drill bits, diamond drill bit, high speed steel: Hello, Lauren. You can drill the tumbled stones from the sea but will likely need a diamond drill bit. If some of the items you have are parts of seashell, a high speed steel drill bit from a hardware store will do but will wear out much more quickly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamonds, carat weight, pawn shop
carat weight, pawn shop, small diamonds: HI EDDIE, FIRST OF ALL GO TO gia.org AND GET A DIAMOND LESSON FOR FREE. THEN MAKE AN EFFORT TO TRY AND FIGURE THE SIZE OR WEIGHT OF THE SMALL DIAMONDS. THEN IF YOU CAN GET TOGETHER WITH SOMEONE WITH A MICROSCOPE YOU CAN DETERMINE THE CLARITY. DIAMONDS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: drilling gemstones, diamond bits, sonic drilling
diamond bits, sonic drilling, drill bits: Hi, That is a very large undertaking. Unless the stone is really soft and easy to drill. Even then it will be a task. I have never drilled anything that far. 1/4 inch is about what I normally drill. The drill bits wear out fast and are not cheap when...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Emerald, pyrite, emerald
pyrite, emerald: The gold-looking mineral you see is pyrite. Pyrite is very common in emerald mines and is often found as an inclusion in the emerald or along side the emerald crystals when they re still in the matrix. As an emerald dealer, I might point out that this would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Emerald Polishing, cerium oxide powder, hydrothermal emerald
cerium oxide powder, hydrothermal emerald, diamond spray: Hi Barry, Yes there is. You need to buy some cerium oxide ultralaps and some high quality cerium oxide powder. The white type. That polishes emerald very well. The ultra-lap is a plastic type film that goes over either a master lap or an old worn regular...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My earing stems turned brown, gold earring, body chemicals
gold earring, body chemicals, greenish color: Alexander, generally if the post is a base metal such as brass with an overlay of gold, tarnish will also show a greenish color. The brown may be the beginning of tarnish of a plated post but I cannot tell. Why? I have seen gold posts discolored. The discoloration...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: emeralds, emeralds
emeralds: The term black emerald is not I ve ever heard, but some emeralds can have an effect that creates black or dark areas. This is usually due to the depth of the cut. Regarding stones that change color over time. This is not likely unless it is due to any...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling gem stones with diamond drill instructions, diamond drill bit, gems
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling gem stones with diamond drill instructions, diamond drill bit, gems

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Iridium Wedding Bands, iridium, wedding bands
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Iridium Wedding Bands, iridium, wedding bands, elements

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mystic platinum topaz
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mystic platinum topaz

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where to get a fair price for semi- precious stones, gem and mineral shows, lapidary journal
gem and mineral shows, lapidary journal, quality crystals: HI DAVID, THERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO APPROACH THE SALE OF A LARGE CRYSTAL. THERE ARE MANY GEM AND MINERAL SHOWS AROUND THE COUNTRY WHERE SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD BE SOLD OR TRADED. TO DETERMINE A FAIR PRICE YOU WOULD NEED TO SHOP AROUND ON THE INTERNET AND...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gem appraisal, black opals, australian opals
black opals, australian opals, australian opal: Hi Justin , Good to hear back from you , mexico does not produce black opal. Opal from there are usually cherry coloured and unless in gem quality are not nearly as valuable as Black Opals from Aust . In fact only a small % of stones from mexico show...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: granmothers beacelet, two thousand dollars, jeweler
two thousand dollars, jeweler, briggs: Hello Denise and thank you for your inquiry. I don t think the jeweler wants to repair your bracelet. Most of these bracelet made by D. F. Briggs were goldtone or gold-filled and in good condition are usually valued around $50-$100. They are very collectible...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: green striped stone carving, jewelry fetish, quartz family
jewelry fetish, quartz family, striped stone: Hello, I usually go with first impressions, my first was tiger eye, which is normally yellow to brown in color. I have had it in blue which may have been dyed. So I am thinking it is possible to be a green version. This color could be a natural color...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: HELP, covey, good question
covey, good question, jeweler: Hello, That is a good question. Is the ring to small or too large? If it is too large there is a device you could put on the ring which would snug it up to your finger. If it is to small it would require a jeweler to resize it. You would need to measure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: help please, gold palladium, machine rings
gold palladium, machine rings, simple tastes: HI PETER, I MUST SAY A VERY ROUND ABOUT QUESTION ON STYLE. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT YOU MUST FIND THE PERFECT RING. ONLY YOU CAN SATISFY YOUR SIMPLE TASTES AND OF COURSE YOUR COMPANION. LOOK IN ALL JEWELRY STORES AND BRIDAL MAGAZINES TO GET SOME IDEAS. YOU...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying a pendant, jewelers board of trade, carat gold
jewelers board of trade, carat gold, gold flowers: Hi Emily. The 9c means 9 carat gold and other letters are all part of the hall mark or makers mark. Try contacting any government agencies in your country that regulate jewelers and they may know who the maker is. In the US we have the Jewelers Board of Trade...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Iridium Wedding Bands, iridium, wedding bands
iridium, wedding bands: Hello, Edith. Iridium is one member of the platinum family of metals, an essentially inert metal and second only slightly to osmium as the densest element. That means iridium is quite heavy. The metal is also quite difficult to work and is brittle, tending...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying real diamonds, rubies, synthetic ruby, magnifying lens
synthetic ruby, magnifying lens, 14k gold: Hi Steve, High grade jewelry will be at least 14k gold and will be marked (stamped) on the jewelry. 18k is better. Ruby, diamonds would be in that type of gold. That would be the first indicator you could determine for your self. Beyond that you need...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry, question steven, filagree
question steven, filagree, coin dealers: Hi Gary, I really would have no idea. Perhaps coin dealers of collectors would be able to help you. My expertise is mostly in gem stones. Although I do have a back ground in metallurgy and chemistry. This does not help me at all in answering your question....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lapis lazuli pendant, rock polisher, aluminum oxide
rock polisher, aluminum oxide, excellent condition: what makes any stone brilliant and shiny is the polishing... it is done in grades of roughness with the last one being finest powder such as aluminum oxide...when you wear it...it really should not be hitting anything hard unless you have two pendants on...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lost earring, jewelry shop, simple nature
jewelry shop, simple nature, repitition: Michael, to duplicate the earring will certainly be more costly than was the original pair. Labor to do one item is much, much higher than when a model is made and manufacturing processes are used to make many multiples. For instance, a die might be made for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark identification, interlocked rings, diamond solitaire
interlocked rings, diamond solitaire, bryant co: Hello Ken and thank you for your inquiry. The only mark that I can find is the Rosebower trade mark of 3 interlocked rings manufacturer M. B. Bryant & Co., Inc. 136 W 52nd Street in New York. They were active in the 1930 s. You can see an image at the below...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mystic platinum topaz, mystic topaz, blue nile
mystic topaz, blue nile, gemselect: HI MISTY, I AM NOT PERSONALLY ABLE TO MAKE MYSTIC TOPAZ, I DON T HAVE THE EQUIPMENT TO DO IT. THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF COMPANIES THAT SELL MYSTIC PLATINUM TOPAZ. GEMSELECT.COM , BLUE NILE, RIO GRAND, J. FRANK GOLDEN, ETC. ETC. JUST A FEW I KNOW THAT SELL LOOSE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mystic platinum topaz, topaz stones, mystic topaz
topaz stones, mystic topaz, finished jewelry: Dear Misty, The secret to finding the stones and avoiding too many finished jewelry sellers is to specify “loose stones” in an Internet search. Here are three sites found at random in a quick search: topaz.facetroughgemstones.com http://www.gemanil.com/final/druzyquartz.asp...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Need info on ring please., jewelry appraiser, early settlers
jewelry appraiser, early settlers, jewelry design: Hello Ross and thank you for your inquiry. What a beautiful ring ! Since this is 14K I would advise you to have it professionally appraised possibly by a jewelry appraiser that can give you some research information. They may be able to recognize some of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Nobellux Ladies Watch, good afternoon, google
good afternoon, google, miami florida: You need to go to someone who is anexpert on clocks and watches specifically... also be sure you see two experts at least..and I would Google it on the Internet see if any of them up here and then you can talk with the owners to get feedback.. regards Rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old Japanese pearl ring, south sea pearls, south sea pearl
south sea pearls, south sea pearl, akoya pearl: HI NANCY, I AM UNAWARE OF THE MEANING OF THE Pm MARKING IN THE RING. IT IS MOST LIKELY AN AKOYA PEARL (A CULTERED PEARL) FROM JAPAN. THE FACT THAT IT IS 11MM DOES NOT MAKE IT A SOUTH SEA PEARL. MOST SOUTHE SEA PEARLS ARE LARGER AND NOT SIVER WHITE IN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal bracelet, 10k gold bracelet, gemologist
10k gold bracelet, gemologist, opals: Hi, I do not know what the V stands for. As far as the opal, if the opal pattern is very uniform chances are it is synthetic. If the color is weak and not uniform then it is natural. If it is high quality you would pay a high price. If the price is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal Repair, old addage, beauty is in the eye of the beholder
old addage, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, new south wales: Hi Margie, Thanks for your question , wow thats interesting late 1800s piece. Well yes it is a practise back then to not close the claws too tightly on stones are they could chip , so a stone that snuggly fits into a setting can be glued no problem. In fact...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal, boulder opals, glass pipes
boulder opals, glass pipes, coloured spots: Hi Mel , Yes these are queensland Boulder opals , chips and pipes. Lucky you . They can be beautiful items to individually cut and polish and set .. Where are you in Australia ? Most opal cutting is done in Queensland , Sydney and Adelaide . Its dropped...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pickling solution?, crock pot, concentration
crock pot, concentration, long time: Bonnie, the pickling solution we use is named Sparex. We use it for quite a long time, just adding water once in a while to keep the depth about where it was when we started fresh. If the solution becomes contaminated and leaves a coppery coating on items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Polishing facet edges of moonstone, faceted surfaces, wood dowel
faceted surfaces, wood dowel, glue residue: Hi, You should first dop the stone using wax or glue. With wax you will need to heat the stone so the wax will stick. A wood dowel could be used or a large nail. If the stone has a table you could use super glue to glue it to a nail head. To remove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: polishing emeralds, emerald crystals, rock tumbler
emerald crystals, rock tumbler, gem material: Hello again, The thing about just about all rough is this. What you see is pretty much what you get. Emerald crystals are very self evident, if they are high quality. If they look bad, then they probably are. No amount of polish will change that. Yes...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Re-working Platinum wedding band, platinum wedding band, steel die
platinum wedding band, steel die, comfort fit: Brian, thanks for the follow-up. As for compressing from the inside out , the effect is the opposite of the tapered die. Any bowed edges from compression in the die are slightly straightened. All of this is done on a tapered steel rod which is cut into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing Engraving, light engraving, buffing wheel
light engraving, buffing wheel, solid sterling: Hi, Tiffany. Glad you came to this web site. The basic rule for any plated tableware is not to buff it and to polish only gingerly and by hand. Otherwise, the plate surface will have a much shorter life span than desired. (Buffing refers to using a motorized...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, metal quality, quality marks
metal quality, quality marks, sandi: Sandi, I only answer on metal quality marks and as with most of the other experts, do not try to identify manufacturers. From what you have given me, only one mark is related to the quality of the metal. That is the 10k, telling the ring is made of 10 karat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rough Gems, emerald crystals, rough gems
emerald crystals, rough gems, warm soapy water: HI NICOLA, FIRST WASH THEM IN WARM SOAPY WATER WITH A STEEL OR BRASS BRISTLE BRUSH. DO IT SLOWLY AND MAKE SURE THE BRUSH IS NOT SCRATCHING THE GEM MATERIAL. THEN YOU MUST DECIDE IF THE MATERIAL IS HARD ENOUGH TO TAKE AN ACID BATH IN MURIATIC ACID. THIS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repairing enameled jewelry, enamel work, glass enamel
enamel work, glass enamel, plastic resin: Dear Maryellen, I do not do enamel work, at least not enough to consider myself a qualified enamel worker.. However, depending somewhat on the actual portion of the earring enamel which is missing, I have two suggestions for repair of your Renoir Matisse...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing, sterling silver ring, sterling jewelry
sterling silver ring, sterling jewelry, dottie: Dottie, if the ring is not rhodium plated or plated with something else to prevent the natural tarnishing of silver, then sizing should not be a problem in most cases. Plated sterling jewelry generally is not sized since problems of discoloration cannot be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing bezel set genuine stone rings, blue agate, black onyx
blue agate, black onyx, genuine stone: Each stone has a different fracture .points from heat... resizing a ring with a stone and is very risky.... the shank of the ring can be held by a moist medium which will help but is not guaranteed a stone will not crack.... try to find a silversmith that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring found when digging my garden, assay offices, metal quality
assay offices, metal quality, precious metals: Martin, I would dearly love to tell you all about this found ring but simply cannot considering what there is to work. If of precious metal and manufactured in the UK, the typical markings and ornate hallmarks of one of the assay offices would be present....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rubies, ruby ruby, carat size
ruby ruby, carat size, quality ruby: Hi, That is dependent on the size, clarity and color of the ruby. Ruby can be very expensive for the top quality in large stones down to very cheap for low quality. Ruby is one if not the highest price per carat gem stone. The Highest price paid for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphire or Topaz ?, professional gemologist, small diamonds
professional gemologist, small diamonds, index test: Hi again, I believe I answered this already. According to the color in the picture it could go either way. It does look some what like a topaz. Find a gemologist at one of your local jewelers. Have them do a refractive index test. Good luck, ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Jewelry Cleaner, grayish coloration, bench jeweler
grayish coloration, bench jeweler, jewelry stores: Hello, Lib. I actually get several questions about this very subject every year. The tarnish removing cleaner instructions generally say to leave the items in the solution for only a few seconds, perhaps a max of 15 seconds(I don t have a jar right here...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sparex, new jewelry, crock pot
new jewelry, crock pot, paper towel: Dear Jennifer, Sparex is not a highly refined chemical and does not need to be to do the job as a jewelry pickle solution. We don t have to mix a new batch very often but when we do it takes several days for the solution to be as clean as we like. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling hallmark, taxco mexico, tiffany bracelet
taxco mexico, tiffany bracelet, tiffany silver: Hello Sandi - Not to my knowledge. Tiffany was pretty standardized with their markings. Below is a site that lists their marks. Just copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.925-1000.com/Tiffany_Date_Code.html Hope...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: About stone and marking, macro photos, front tooth
macro photos, front tooth, plastic material: You say kindly, I am so sorry to ask you many questions. Mumu, I am so sorry to be able to only answer partially. This must be understood to be about the best anyone can do with only description and photograph. Normally I would reject even such an interesting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: unusual gold ring, finger nails, gemologist
finger nails, gemologist, little finger: Hello Rachel and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds very interesting. Since it is hallmarked gold you might want to have the stone check out by a jeweler or gemologist. Since there is no hallmark, it would be difficult to tell much about the maker...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage brooch hallmark, circle brooch, vintage brooch
circle brooch, vintage brooch, celtic jewelry: Hello Marcia and thank you for your inquiry. I haven t been able to locate an MT mark similar to the one your describe. It is easier to identify a hallmark when you have the actual mark in front of you. Below is an excellent site for researching hallmarks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: value of emerald cut ruby ring, synthetic ruby, ruby ring
synthetic ruby, ruby ring, 10k gold: Hi Liesa, I am sorry to say, it sounds to be a synthetic ruby. 10K gold is less than 50% gold and is a lower grade jewelry than 14 k gold which is the most common grade of jewelry in America. High grade jewelry is 18 k which is 75% gold. This is the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Watch, tail signs, vest pocket
tail signs, vest pocket, womans watch: HI BILL, WATCHES ARE VERY PERSONAL OBJECTS THAT CAN BE A MAN S OR A WOMENS. IN THIS CASE IT WOULD BE CALLED A POCKET WATCH USUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH A MAN S SIZE WATCH THAT FITS IN HIS VEST POCKET. THE SMALLER VERSIONS WERE MADE FOR LADIES AND WERE WORN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White gold tarnished and dirty, also sizing., jewelery store, tw diamonds
jewelery store, tw diamonds, small diamonds: Thomas is Back ______________________________________ Vanessa, thanks so very much for the photo and a well done photo at that. This certainly clarifies the way stones are arranged and set in both the main ring and the jacket ring. One finger size...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: want to oxidize jewelery, copper core, rotten eggs
copper core, rotten eggs, silver wire: HI MELI, VERY EASY TO GIVE AN OXIDIZED FINISH TO SILVER. JUST GET A JAR OF LIVER OF SULPHUR FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS AND DISSOLVE IN WARM WATER THEN SOAK SILVER UNTIL YOU GET THE COLOR YOU WANT. THE LONGER IT SOAKS THE DARKER IT GETS. IT WORKS ON MOST METALS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: watch repair, tissot prs 200, tissot watch
tissot prs 200, tissot watch, spring bar: Angelo, a fine watch you have. Thanks for the clear photo. The best I can tell from images of your Tissot watch is that the end link which is next to the watch body is connected to the rest of the band with a single spring bar. This is a method used...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: wedding rings, 18kt hge, browser address
18kt hge, browser address, address field: Hello Irene and thank you for your inquiry. The 18kt hge means that your ring is 18K hard gold electroplate. The arrow and circle are probably the manufacturers marking. Without actually seeing the mark it is difficult track the mfg. The arrow was a popular...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold turning yellow, white gold jewelry, yellowish tinge
white gold jewelry, yellowish tinge, rhodium plate: Hi, Neely. I am quite glad you put the 41 years in your question otherwise my answer might have been different. You see, new white gold jewelry is often provided with a plated layer of rhodium, a very white metal. The factories do this to make white gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Amethyst Bracelet, finberg, 10th birthday
finberg, 10th birthday, bangle bracelet: Hello Barbra and thank you for your inquiry. FM Co. is Finberg Mfg. Co. in Attleboro, Mass. They were active from approximately 1890 through about 1934 and manufactured fobs, bracelets, lockets, necklaces and pendants. In Canada their name was listed as F.M.C....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine, emerald cut aquamarine ring, ruby sapphire
emerald cut aquamarine ring, ruby sapphire, washing dishes: HI BARBARA, YOU CAN WEAR AN AQUAMARINE AS AN ENGAGEMENT RING ALL THE TIME IF YOU REMEMBER ONE THING ...IT IS NOT A DIAMOND, OR EVEN A RUBY OR SAPPHIRE. DIAMONDS ARE THE HARDEST NATURAL SUBSTANCE AND ALSO PRETTY TOUGH. THEY DO HOWEVER HAVE 4 DIRECTIONS OF...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: alexandrite, grading system, slp
grading system, slp, alexandrite: HI KAZMO, ALL THE LETTERS ARE USED FOR SHORTENED TERMINOLOGY FOR THE GIA COLOR GRADING SYSTEM. THE vslb STANDS FOR VISIBLE BLUE/GREEN 5/2 IS THE STRENGTH OF THE GREEN COLOR 5 TO 2 OVER THE BLUE. THE slp R IS SLIGHTLY PURPLE RED 2 TO 1 RED OVER PURPLE....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber necklace, mild dish detergent, watch crystals
mild dish detergent, watch crystals, pool chemicals: Karen, your question appears easy enough but leaves me with some questions. Is your necklace amber beads, as I would suspect if worn swimming? Is this a pendant perhaps mounted in silver? This is why I ask: Pool chemicals are notorious in dulling silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amythist ring, jewelry appraiser, panama pacific
jewelry appraiser, panama pacific, great grandmother: Hello Michelle and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful. It was probably a souvenir of the Panama Pacific International Exhibit in 1915. I have included a link below to an informative website and there may be others. Just click on the link...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Beginning Stone Cutting, diamond laps, clam shell
diamond laps, clam shell, puka shells: Hello, I would suggest starting out by buying a good instruction book on the subject. There are quite a few that are published. You will need a good little diamond blade, trim saw. Also a flat lap machine which takes at least 6 inch laps 8 inch is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My Brothers dog tags., military dog tags, commercial web site
military dog tags, commercial web site, red sky: Nancy, I certainly appreciate your love and motivation in memory of your brother. I hold those who serve in special regard. Yes, dog tags can be plated. The term is actually electroplated, not dipped. The items is dipped or suspended in a watery solution...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bone inlay, deer antler, bone inlay
deer antler, bone inlay, molten silver: HI MINDY, I HAVE PERSONALLY NEVER WORKED WITH DEER ANTLER BUT I WOULD SUSPECT IT WOULD BE LIKE BONE OR IVORY. YOU COULD CARVE THE ANTLER TO ACCEPT THE SILVER AND BE FLUSH. THEN POLISH THE SILVER JUST LIKE YOU NORMALLY WOULD. YOU COULD ALSO POUR MOLTEN SILVER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cholorine and jewelry irritation, nickel sensitivity, nickel content
nickel sensitivity, nickel content, allergic dermatitis: Kay, thank you very much for this question and your kindness. I certainly appreciate your compliment concerning previous answers dealing with metal sensitivities. Limited as my knowledge may be, it is a shame some of the “med” sites do not address the conditions...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: casting in gold, lapidary club, alloy metals
lapidary club, alloy metals, casting plaster: Hi, Jacky. Thanks for this question. It is nice to get a question from someone trying to do the work of making jewelry. I started in a lapidary club and am very glad for the extra knowledge I gained about gemttones of many sorts. I learned an appreciation...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: celtic knot sterling earrings, sterling earrings, celtic knot
sterling earrings, celtic knot, beautiful jewelry: Hello Marcia and thank you for your inquiry. The 925 stamping means that your jewelry is sterling silver and the WJ is probably the manufacturer/designer. I have not been able to locate a vintage designer with that mark combination, but they may be of more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Amber, sentimental value, auto supply
sentimental value, auto supply, lacquer: Hello Lynn and thank you for your inquiry. Amber is very difficult to repair and acidic or alcohol act like a burn to the surface. You might try using some sort of vinyl or plastic cleaner or conditioner (try the auto supply store) and then lightly lacquer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond Fractures Under Prongs, carat diamond, surface stone
carat diamond, surface stone, prongs: Hello, Felix. Thank you for this question. First of all, look closely at the stone to be certain both cloudy areas are different and one is not a reflection of the other. A flaw is sometimes seen as multiples depending on location and view. Now, looking...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: determine value, 18k gold bracelet, gold refiner
18k gold bracelet, gold refiner, e bay: Hi, Most major cities will have jewelry appraisal professionals listed in the yellow pages or online. The appraisals are usually done for replacement value, which is high retail. Therefore no the selling price will be less. Unless you retail sell it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond extractions, lever point, pawn shop
lever point, pawn shop, scrap gold: Jonathon, some years ago during a previous gold rush I had an arrangement with a friend who was buying gold. He brought the jewelry to me and I took out the diamonds. For the little stuff which was not very good I got it for the labor of removing the stones....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Emerald chip., chlorine water, time jason
chlorine water, time jason, emerald ring: Hi, Does sound a little strange. As far as recourse goes, it is very difficult to prove. The only real recourse is they have lost you as a customer unless they help you with this problem in some way. It does not sound like a very high price emerald....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: enamel over copper pendant, comparison values, browser address
comparison values, browser address, manus: Hello Sherri and thank you for your inquiry. I found a gallery that has some information on Manus Walsh. I ve listed it below and you can copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.thekennygallery.ie/artists/walshmanus/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Flaws in Blue Sapphire, sapphire gemstone, sapphire stone
sapphire gemstone, sapphire stone, blue sapphire: Deep, before I attempt to answer in some way, please tell me more. Use the follow-up to get back witgh me. When you say the corner of the sapphire was edged out was the corner pushed up from the setting and exposed...or was the corner chipped? I think...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber necklace, mild soap, belve
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amber necklace, mild soap, belve, silver shop

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amythist ring, sf world, design rings
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amythist ring, sf world, design rings, rhinestone

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: celtic knot sterling earrings, copyright symbol, silver ring
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: celtic knot sterling earrings, copyright symbol, silver ring

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal repair, opal inlay, exact same thing
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal repair, opal inlay, exact same thing, lapidary

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ostby&barton ring, one of the survivors, ostby
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ostby&barton ring, one of the survivors, ostby, jewelers

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Polishing gemstones, gem club, best bet
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Polishing gemstones, gem club, best bet, google

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What does this symbol (WGP) mean?, piece of gold, gold mark
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What does this symbol (WGP) mean?, piece of gold, gold mark, gold jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gemstone Cutting/Polishing/Setting, finished stones, shapes and sizes
finished stones, shapes and sizes, fashion jewelry: Hi Roger, Of course I can cut the cubic, it would have to be out of the ordinary though because you can buy it of cheap already cut in the common shapes and sizes. I also have jeweler clients here, I have worked with for years. They do work for clients...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold and Emerald cross, silver zinc, gold content
silver zinc, gold content, rose gold: Hello Donna and thank you for your inquiry. I apologize for the delay. My daughter had emergency surgery and I ve been away from my computer for a few days. 750 is the mark for 18k. It means that the gold is made up of 750 parts of gold and 250 parts of other...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Mark 14KS, gold mark, karat gold
gold mark, karat gold, clasp: Hello Frances and thank you for your inquiry. The 14K written together would indicate 14 karat gold but I have no designation for the S unless it is the manufacturers designation for 14K over sterling. It could also be a manufacture mark or design/line. To...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold manufacturer and date, propelling pencil, gold manufacturer
propelling pencil, gold manufacturer, ct gold: Hello Pauline and thank you for your inquiry. Your item does sound British and the 9 375 means that your item is 9 ct gold. The WML is probably the manufacturer/smith. The sideways anchor is for Birmingham. I have listed a site below that may give you more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold ring with little diamond, 22 carat gold, natural diamond
22 carat gold, natural diamond, little diamond: Hi, The problem here is the 22 karat gold. You may have to settle for 14K or less. You need to measure you finger with something to find what size. Otherwise you will end up having a jeweler resize it costing you more money. Meanwhile I will check around...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold ring with precious and semi precious stones, semi precious stones, jewelry chain
semi precious stones, jewelry chain, gold flakes: PC may be designers initials...call thr store and ask...you know 10K is a very small % of gold... it may be the cause of flaking which I never heard of..try to bring it back..or show a goldsmith...being so low in gold shold actually make it stronger so no...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold chain, thin gold chain, pair of tweezers
thin gold chain, pair of tweezers, straight pins: Dear Carole, If any lubricant is going to help untangle a fine chain, it would be of only very slight help. It is not the slickness of the chain but the shapes of the links that make knots and tangles tough to undo. The very best was requires two straight...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring, jewelry appraiser, precious jewelry
jewelry appraiser, precious jewelry, costume jewelry: Hello Wylie and thank you for your inquiry. I apologize for the delay. My daughter had emergency surgery and I ve been away from my computer for a few days. I have not been able to locate a J with 14K marking in my resources. However, I deal mostly in costume...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A gold ring with garnet?, gold quality, 22k gold
gold quality, 22k gold, garnets: HI MALINDA, THE CROWNS ARE USUALLY AN ENGLISH GOLD QUALITY STAMP USED TO REPRESENT 18K-22K GOLD. THERE IS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STONES. ARE THERE ANY OTHER STAMPS OR NUMBERS OR LETTERS IN THE RING? IF NOT THEN THAT S ALL I CAN THINK THEY MEAN. THEY DON...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold vermeil over silver, precious metals, gold plate
precious metals, gold plate, different colors: ANSWER: Irene, the real problem with any gold plated items including those made of precious metals such as silver is that the plate does eventually wear away. Also, any attempt to repair the item using heat and soldering will cause the plate to simply vanish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: hallmark, gold hallmarks, crescent shapes
gold hallmarks, crescent shapes, jewelry appraiser: Hello Carolyn and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds very interesting. Since it is an heirloom, I would advise you to have it professionally appraised by an estate jewelry appraiser. Your local museum or antique shop could probably refer you to someone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identifying Chain, sterling silver, browser address
sterling silver, browser address, address field: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. I m not familiar with this type of chain. It looks like there is something written at the end cap. If you can read it that may be a clue as to the origin. Many companies hallmarked their chains. I have attached a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jade, is this?, burma myanmar, jadite
burma myanmar, jadite, nephrite: HI KIMBERLEY, THERE ARE ACUTUALLY TWO KINDS OF REAL JADE. THE MORE TRADITIONAL CHINESE JADITE WHICH ACTUALLY COMES FROM BURMA (MYANMAR) AND NEPHRITE WHICH IS FOUND ALL OVER THE WORLD BUT MAINLY IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ALASKA. THERE ARE ALSO MANY CLOSE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry value and maker info, online auction sites, boucher jewelry
online auction sites, boucher jewelry, collectible jewelry: Hello Debra and thank you for your inquiry. I ve been unable to find the name Harper in my resources. Boucher was active from approx 1937 - 1970 s and is a popular and collectible jewelry designer. Values are determined by style, condition and rarity. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Karat Marking, precious metal jewelry, gold wedding band
precious metal jewelry, gold wedding band, metal quality: David, the 10k has legal meaning and the L does not, not in my latest look at the regulations for marking precious metal jewelry in the USA. I suspect the L has to do with a brand but honestly do not know for certain. If a brand, the L would normally appear...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Lord Royal cufflink set, jewelry appraiser, genuine mother
jewelry appraiser, genuine mother, cuff link: Hello Darlene and thank you for your inquiry. The Lord Royal was probably the company or line that produced these gentlemen s items. So far I have not been able to locate this particular name. You need to check the backs of the items for any other hallmarks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Makers Mark, jewelry hallmarks, metropolitan museum of art
jewelry hallmarks, metropolitan museum of art, jewelry manufacturer: Hello Josephine and thank you for your inquiry. It is difficult to identify hallmarks without a good visual of the mark and item. I can give you some ideas - the mark OMA could be a piece from a Museum of Art the O for the city. For example there are items...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark on jewelry, john townsend, tuite
john townsend, tuite, silver necklace: Hello Joanne and thank you for your inquiry. Your jewelry sound lovely. The JT is probably the maker/designers initials and unfortunately there are quite a few incorporating those initials. If your items are British there should be other markings, as with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: making gold bracelet, gold wedding band, service jeweler
gold wedding band, service jeweler, carrot gold: Hi Linda, I think most jewelers would rather give you credit for your old jewelry items then make you a bracelet using new karat gold. The reason for this is the quality of the casting. Labor is an expensive part of making new jewelry and using old gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings, pure gold, kt
pure gold, kt, jewelry: If its marked 14kt, it should be 14kt gold. Without testing it, there is no way of knowing for sure. FYI, 14kt gold is 58% pure gold. That is why it is popular in cheaper, economy priced jewelry. 24kt gold is pure, but it is too soft and yellow for most people...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on ring, side ways, gothic style
side ways, gothic style, browser address: Hello Margaret and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful. It would be difficult for me to determine much about it without a visual, however I have listed a url below that may be of some assistance. Your ring sounds British and this site has...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how to measure for a casting, topaz
topaz: The width may be an issue, but probably not. Normally .2mm difference is no problem at all. 0.33mm is probably doable, but I d recommend consulting the jeweler who will do the work first. He may prefer to make a custom setting. Topaz is a fairly hard stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Novice Inquiries, design patent, jewelry design
design patent, jewelry design, exwife: HI MONTEZ, I AM GOING TO HAVE TO PLEAD DUMB. I THINK GOING THE COPYRIGHT ROUTE IS LESS EXPENSIVE BUT IF I WAS YOU I WOULD CHECK WITH A PATENT ATTORNEY TO MAKE SURE. MY DEALINGS WITH THE LEGALITIES OF OWNERSHIP WERE NOT ON THIS LEVEL. ON THE DESIGNERS LEVEL...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old 10kt gold bracethe person that hadlet, keene new hampshire, sterling jewelry
keene new hampshire, sterling jewelry, ring closure: Hello Lydia and thank you for your inquiry. There was a jewelry company in Keene, New Hampshire with the name Regel. They produced low karat gold as well as sterling jewelry. I have not been able to find much about them online. They did have a website but...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal repair, australian opals, usa thanks
australian opals, usa thanks, jeweller: Hi Linda , Yes the inlay should be easy to replace , I cant reccomend anyone in particular , but now inlaying is very popular in USA , thanks to the native americans whomade much inlayed jewellery. Your local jeweller should be able to advise what it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ostby&barton ring, ostby barton, jewelry appraiser
ostby barton, jewelry appraiser, online auctions: Hello Debbie and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds very nice. Unfortunately it would be difficult to give you a valuation. You would need to have an estate jewelry appraiser or gemologist give you that information as it would be based on several...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pewter Metal Necklace Fix, color indication, odd dimensions
color indication, odd dimensions, soldering flux: Julian, you will see below why I asked the shape of the Mary pendant. I would not attempt to solder on a pewter or other low temperature metal when a design could possibly be damaged. I would also not do the work unless I knew for certain the metal of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pink Jade, jade ornament, covey
jade ornament, covey, pig: Hi, Yes it can. But the cost would be the question as to whether it is worth it to do so. You would need to find some stone that matched then it would be carved and polished and drilled both it and your pig to install a wire then glued. It is quite a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Polishing gemstones, lapidary supply, quality opal
lapidary supply, quality opal, signet ring: Hello, Yes you could do both of these tasks with the proper equipment. Meaning a machine with sanding wheels or pads and a polishing lap or wheel. It is somewhat of an investment which is okay if you plan on doing a lot of this type of work. Otherwise...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pendant, black onyx, covey
black onyx, covey, jade: Hello, Could be black onyx that is the most common black stone. Next would be maybe black jade which is really very dark green if you can get some light through it where it is the thinnest. There is always the possibility of being glass or plastic....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: perfume sprayer, perfume bottles, spray tip
perfume bottles, spray tip, browser address: Hello JoAnne and thank you for your inquiry. It would be difficult for me to give you any information on the bottle without a visual . I would suggest that you try your local library or bookstore for a book on perfume bottles. There are many wonderful ones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question about chemical burn on gold necklace, rope necklace, rope chain
rope necklace, rope chain, gold surface: Jimmie, I appreciate photos but in this case I don t believe that will help. Combine cameras, computers and monitor screens and subtle differences in color are often the result, meaning the color I see might be a tiny bit different than what you see and what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Markings, jewelry manufacturers, opal ring
jewelry manufacturers, opal ring, gold plate: I am back------------------------------ Bette, finding the maker means locating a registry of jewelry manufacturers, narrowing it down to those who make 14k opal rings, then trying to find a maker with a name where VL might apply. Some years ago trade...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: raw emerald, colombian emeralds, green beryl
colombian emeralds, green beryl, genuine indian: What you paid is about what it is worth. The stone is green and it may be the same material that makes up emerald, but it is not gem quality. Most gem experts would not consider this an emerald, but instead just green beryl. Maybe. I specialize in Colombian...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: relgious pin?, cloak pins, straight pins
cloak pins, straight pins, religious jewelry: Hello Eleanor and thank you for your inquiry. It is very difficult to tell anything about these items without a visual or hands-on inspection. I have a couple of websites that may be able to give you more information or at least a please to research. First...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacement of colored stone, covey, garnet
covey, garnet, jeweler: HI jerry, I just recut one for a ring like that the other day. You want the garnet red color? Is it faceted or mixed? Smooth top and faceted bottom? Is it oval or what? I will need the size as well. You will need it re set also. Maybe you should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, sterling silver, gemologist
sterling silver, gemologist, proper tools: Hello Beth and thank you for your inquiry. The only way to tell the value of the ring is by determining whether it is precious metal - karat gold or sterling silver. This is done either by finding a mark with the karat or sterling 925 on the inside of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, tiny diamonds, valuable stones
tiny diamonds, valuable stones, beauiful: ... hello sorry to get back to you so late must remember the value of the ring includes how much you like it.... are you have to determine is what you think or diamonds are really diamonds they could very easily be zirconia with the same for the sapphires...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, office web site, ruby stone
office web site, ruby stone, assay offices: Samantha, your ring is stamped with hallmarks for metal quality and apparently also a maker s mark. There is a link below which further explains the markings. I don t know where in the UK you might be, but the marks on your ring represent the assay office...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rose diamond, diamond simulants, rose diamond
diamond simulants, rose diamond, synthetic diamonds: HI TEACHER, A ROSE DIAMOND USUALLY REFFERS TO THE CUT OF THE STONE. OLDER STONES WERE CUT IN WHAT IS KNOWN AS A ROSE CUT. IT HAS A FLAT BOTTOM AND A DOMED FACETED TOP. THERE ARE SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS WHICH ARE IN FACT DIAMONDS ONLY MAN MADE AND THERE ARE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rough rubies., quality ruby, gem grade
quality ruby, gem grade, time jason: Hi Jason, Yes it may be true but the question would be what quality is it. I would guess low quality. High quality ruby is very rare and very expensive. Low quality is very common I and sure that is what you have. To be gem grade it would have to look...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling Rubies, hi jill, rubies
hi jill, rubies, larger sizes: HI JILL, RUBIES ARE LIKE ANY OTHER PRODUCT THE BETTER THEY ARE THE MORE THEY ARE WORTH. SO DEPENDING ON THEIR VALUE I WOULD SAY NYC IS THE BEST PLACE BECAUSE THE POPULATION IS LARGE AND RELATIVELY WELL OFF. SO THE LARGE RANGE OF BUYERS IN NYC MAKES IT MORE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Selling Sapphire Pendant, selling jewelry, jewelry sales
selling jewelry, jewelry sales, white gold pendant: HI PETER, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY BE ABLE TO RETURN IT FOR A REFUND IF IT IS BAND NEW. SELLING JEWELRY IS AN IFY PROPOSITION. YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET AT THE MOST 50% OF THE ORIGINAL COST TRYING TO SELL IT YOURSELF. YOU ARE NOT A PROFFESSIONAL DEALER OF ANY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver oxidation, liver of sulfur, dark patina
liver of sulfur, dark patina, light oxidation: Cheryl, the basic and most common chemical for creating a dark patina on silver alloys is Liver of Sulfur, also called potash of sulfur. As available in small broken chunks of a solid, the material is certainly not a pure refined chemical compound. To...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Soldered Prong on Princess Cut, princess cut diamonds, princess cut engagement ring
princess cut diamonds, princess cut engagement ring, diamond expert: im not a diamond expert but diamonds are the hardest susbstance on the planet...I have never heard of one chipping ....here is what I reccomend...find another jeweler (certified gemeologist) for another opinion.. Also call the GIA in carlsbad, ca..see if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stainless steel toggle clasp, silver solders, stainless steel bracelet
silver solders, stainless steel bracelet, jump ring: Michelle, your photos are quite clear and show exactly what the problem is with your broken stainless steel bracelet. You would be very, very fortunate to find a jeweler who will attempt to solder and repair the bracelet. Even then, the solder is very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamps on Rings, quality stamp, jeweler
quality stamp, jeweler, diamonds: HI DAYLE, THE STAMP REA;;DOESN T TELL US ANYTHING, IT IS PROBABLY A MFG. STAMP OR STYLE #. WHAT IT DOES TELL US IS THERE IS NO GOLD OR SILVER QUALITY STAMP INSIDE. USUALLY ANY RING OF VALUE ESPECIALLY ONE WITH STONES OF VALUE WILL BE EITHER GOLD OR SILVER....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: schooling, jewelry work, answer tomorrow
jewelry work, answer tomorrow, gem cutting: Jerry, I have your question and will write an answer tomorrow evening with more time to think about it. There are several fine schools for jewelry work. As for lapidary(stone cutting), that may be more of a local event. I will discuss that tomorrow. See you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: No stamp., legal recourse, metal quality
legal recourse, metal quality, jewelry business: Elle, I quite honestly do not believe a well known jewelry business who is also quite willing to properly mark your ring would have scammed you in the first place. What would the store stand to loose if word got out that they had done such a deed? The store...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling silver rhodium plating, sterling silver necklace, nickel plating
sterling silver necklace, nickel plating, speed wheel: It can be done on .925 silver but I, quite sure it is an envolved eloctropalting porcedure that you could not do...fumes are dangerous amoung other problems.. try getting it polisshed on a high speed wheel with rouge (not the chain) and it will look like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What does this symbol (WGP) mean?, anita brown, rhodium plate
anita brown, rhodium plate, yellow rose: Anita, thank you for the very fine photo. Moldavite is very interesting material, considering its origins. The pendant appears to be a sterling silver but none of the markings indicate that. The 18k WGP is confusing, appearing at first to be 18k with a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: uncut raw rubies, quarry rock, scratch tests
quarry rock, scratch tests, semi precious stones: Hello, Yes go to e-bay at the following link. http://shop.ebay.com/items/ruby%20rough?_dmd=1&_sop=12 and compare these examples to yours. They are very hard and can not be scratched with anything under a hardness of MOHS hardness of 9. So you could try...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: under gallery, cast settings, stone settings
cast settings, stone settings, 14kt gold: Jan, much depends on what you mean by under gallery and on the form of the top section of the ring you now have. Let s look at two possibilities. Some rings such as those by the Natalie Kay company for one, have a lattice looking flat surface interior...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Valuble?, gold sovereign, victoria gold
gold sovereign, victoria gold, queen victoria: Hello Zoe and thank you for your inquiry. I am not that familiar with soverigns but I can direct you to the following website that may be of some help to you. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.goldsovereigns.co.uk/1888sovereign.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Van Dell 14K scarab bracelet?, lobster claw clasp, van dell
lobster claw clasp, van dell, professional jeweler: Hello Debbie and thank you for your inquiry. Most of my resources refer to Van Dell as only having produced gold filled and sterling jewelry - some vermeil. They were purchased in 1998 by Colibri, a London company that also owns Krementz jewelry and still...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14 K gold chains, gold chains, scrap metal
gold chains, scrap metal, simple answer: Laurie, there is a simple answer: Go somewhere else. If more than one other place says the chains are not gold, believe them. If they are purchasing gold, they will certainly want to buy it at below scrap rates so they can make a profit. This will not mean...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14 ksp, metal quality, quality mark
metal quality, quality mark, national act: Art, from my reading of the national act for marking precious metals, a piece of jewelry does not have to show a metal mark. In other words, the item can be on the market with no quality mark. For a business to try and sell unmarked items would be foolish....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14ksp, hello art, silver content
hello art, silver content, silver plate: Hello Art and thank you for your inquiry. I have not seen this mark before but it may stand for 14K on silver plate. To be sure you should have it tested for gold or silver content. A jeweler or gemologist can do this for you. Hope this helps ! Sally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1943 bracelet, tiger eye, bernardine
tiger eye, bernardine, browser address: Hello Vanessa and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet is very pretty. Your bracelet would be considered vintage and tiger eye is a beautiful stone ! There are beautiful pieces of tiger eye jewelry made today that are very expensive. Your bracelet has...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 750 stamped chain, trademe co nz, shop ebay
trademe co nz, shop ebay, gold chains: Hello Michelle and thank you for your inquiry. Your pendant appears to be cloisonne in an oriental design. It is difficult to determine a value without a hands-on examination. Often these pieces were not marked and they are still in production. If the metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: adding stones, cut diamonds, prong
cut diamonds, prong, wedding band: HI IAN, YOUR NOT GIVING ME MUCH TO WORK WITH HERE. MAN OR WOMANS BAND? PRONG OR BEZEL SET? WIDTH OF THE BAND? HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO PAY? ALL THESE VARIABLES HAVE COSTS. IF I WANTED THE CHEAPEST FULL CUT DIAMONDS OF .02CTS EACH WOULD RUN ABOUT $100 PLUS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antiique filigree ring, small screws, online auctions
small screws, online auctions, filigree ring: Hello Angie and thank you for your inquiry. I believe what you have is a Mother s ring or family ring with stones signifying birthdates of family members. These continue to enjoy popularity. Yours is especially pretty. It would be difficult to give you the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Binder Brooch?, browser search, alphabetical listings
browser search, alphabetical listings, browser address: Hello Meridith and thank you for your inquiry. Most of the Binder Bros I have seen are the double circle marks. There are several companies using the BB logo - the below site can give you some information. Just copy and paste it into your browser address field...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bohemian Garnet bracelet stamped "800 Ka", silver hallmarks, garnet bracelet
silver hallmarks, garnet bracelet, gold marks: Hello Sandy and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet is beautiful. I can only guess that the 800 possibly means 800 silver and the ka - maybe a manufacturer mark. It could be silver with a gold wash or plate. I ve listed a site url below that has silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bleached ring, bench jeweler, 14k gold rings
bench jeweler, 14k gold rings, anniversary band: Laurie, I had forgotten you said the rings were yellow. Certainly that eliminates any rhodium plate and greatly diminishes the chances of damage to the rings from the bleach. Still, if there are white gold prongs, those should be examined. You might be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, diamond stones, gold bracelet
diamond stones, gold bracelet, browser address: Hello Tammy and thank you for your inquiry. The number 825 indicates that your bracelet is part silver. Not quite sterling. The C.L. is probably the manufacturer s mark. I am unable to locate a mark like this in my resources and so would advise you to have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet w/ letters inscribed, designation, states of america
designation, states of america, conjunction: Hello Lauren and thank you for your inquiry. You don t say whether the USA is on the inside or outside of the bracelet. I have no manufacturers using that designation - only meaning made in the United States of America used sometimes in conjunction with another...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: broken amber, ceramic tile floor, jewelry supply
ceramic tile floor, jewelry supply, jewelry supplies: Hello Evie and thank you for your inquiry. Amber is very difficult to repair. If you cannot find a gemologist or jeweler that will attempt it and you still want to wear it anyway, I d try a very small amount of super glue especially if the piece is a smooth...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cameo Bracelet, 18 carat gold, shell cameo
18 carat gold, shell cameo, cameo bracelet: HI LISA, I REALLY CANNOT ADD ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE TO THIS DISCUSSION. GC&CO IS PROBABLY FROM DREAT BRITIAN, NEW ZEALAND OR AUSTRALIA I BELIEVE BUT NOTHING CURRENT ON THEM. IT SOUNDS LIKE AN IMPRESSIVE PIECE AND WOULD BE A GREAT PURCHASE. GOOD LUCK PETE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Coloring of gold, carat diamond ring, types of gold
carat diamond ring, types of gold, rainbow color: Hello Linda and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds lovely. It is possible the ring is comprised of several different types of gold and maybe one part is reacting to some outside application - cream, soap, etc. You might have your ring professionally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: CZ, Super Glue, And Acetone, mild dish detergent, nail polish remover
mild dish detergent, nail polish remover, cubic zirconium: Hi, Amanda. Thanks for this question. From the first time someone glued their fingers together with super glue, it was obvious a quick fix solvent was needed. Acetone is that solvent in cases where the acetone will not cause even added damage. Acetone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A chip in the gold of a ring, silver repair, thin gold
silver repair, thin gold, piece of gold: Garath, if the plate surface of gold is chipped, this is a hard plate with likely another metal beneath it to improve the yellow color. There is a possibility this is a soldered on piece of gold and not a thin plated area. If plated, there is little hope...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Designed jewellery, brilliant cut diamonds, gold grain
brilliant cut diamonds, gold grain, insurance value: HI SHIRLEY, FIRST OF ALL LET ME SAY WHAT A STRIKING PIECE OF JEWELRY YOU HAVE. THE DESIGN ALONE GIVES IT A GOOD VALUE. I M SURE YOU ARE AWARE THAT INSURANCE VALUE IS USUALLY NOT FAIR MARKET VALUE. THE BEST PLACE I CAN SUGGEST WOULD BE EBAY. THEY HAVE A...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Discolored Lapis Stone, lapis ring, lapis stone
lapis ring, lapis stone, ebay: Well never had this problem before but what should work is to have the stone repolished... this means going back to a belt grit that will remove film and than final belt grit that makes the stone glossy new looking...the polishing is easy and should be very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: dipped gold, gold ions, molten gold
gold ions, molten gold, gateway link: Leslie, the word dip is commonly used to refer to jewelry plated with another metal. When it comes down to it, dip is only very slightly correct. There is no dipping into actual molten gold or any other metal. To do so would be disastrous to the item put...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: discolored white gold, white gold, silver color
white gold, silver color, electrical tape: Sorry I m not really an expert on White Gold but my understanding is that is white all the way through... I think that it is alloys like platinum and make it completely white (silver color).. you may have a layer of white gold electro plated over gold..?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Edwardian fire opal necklace, opal fields, insurance value
opal fields, insurance value, base colour: Hi Jenine, Thanks for your question. Im sure you can appreciate that its supremely difficult to determine the value of your jewellery without seeing it .So , in that respect I can not give you a value , and with opal ,not even an image is enough to value...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Emerald enquiry, emeralds, covey
emeralds, covey, emerald: Hello, I agree natural emerald for your purpose would be better. There are stones out there if you shop around until you find the one that speaks to you. As far as lab created they are the same chemically. They are very beautiful because the the rich...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Engraving, stainless steel ring, stainless steel jewelry
stainless steel ring, stainless steel jewelry, excess paint: Audrey, how well an coloring the engraved areas will work depends on the depth of the engraving. Whether a paint substance or chemical coloring is used to enhance the recesses of the engraving, shallow cuts simply will not hold color very well against daily...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Fl Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practice-misrepresenting the color, clarity, etc. of a diamond by at least 2 grades lower, certified gemologist, unfair trade practice
certified gemologist, unfair trade practice, vigilance committee: HI ROBIN, UNFORTUNATELY THIS SORT OF THING HAPPENS TO OFTEN. I THINK YOUR DOING THE RIGHT THING. I AM NOT FARMILIAR WITH THE TREBLE DAMAGES PART BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE ALL THE RIGHT DOCUMENTATION TO SHOW THAT HE DID IN FACT MISREPRESENT THE STONE TO YOU AND...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antiique filigree ring, link bracelets, kaspar
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antiique filigree ring, link bracelets, kaspar, angie

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing vurses metal gauge, ring size, circumference
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing vurses metal gauge, ring size, circumference, diameter

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gem extraction, central alberta canada, dental tools
central alberta canada, dental tools, small stones: HI AGAIN JAMES, TRY BREAKING IT UP A LITTLE MORE AND DO WHAT I SAID, USE DIFFERENT STRENGTHS OF ACID SOLUTIONS TO SEE WHICH ONE WORKS THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO. THE GARNET SHOULD NOT DISSOLVE LIKE THE QUARTZ BUT YOU DON T KNOW WHAT THE MATRIX IS SO BE CAREFUL...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gems, hiddenite north carolina, aluminium oxide
hiddenite north carolina, aluminium oxide, san marcos ca: Hi...Im in Oceanside,,!...I realy do not know much about polishing... as i understand it you need to start with course grit and work your way down..the last round is very critical to a shine and I know a aluminium oxide on leather works very well... there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gemstone Eval/Appraisal..What to expect and how to proceed, jewelry boxes, vintage pieces
jewelry boxes, vintage pieces, antique value: First generally silver jewelry does not have much value... finer more expensive stones are generally set in gold... all the stones you mentioned are generally very low cost.. there may be a chance some of the initials are by well known designers.. my guess...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Marking, karat gold ring, metal quality
karat gold ring, metal quality, jewelry makers: Hi, Heather. Thanks for the question. I receive many questions about the stampings in rings and on other jewelry items. I will answer yours by telling what the law requires in the USA. That will answer your question with the exception of identification of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Ring, question god, bottom layers
question god, bottom layers, precious metals: Tracy, I will speak for jewelry marked according to standards in the U.S.A. as your question appears to contain such a marking. There is not a law that precious metal be stamped with karat or metal content. It would be very silly, don t you think, for a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Grandma's rings, solitaire diamond, gold content
solitaire diamond, gold content, pure gold: HI DARLENE, IT SOUNDS REASONABLE TO ME, BUT I DON T KNOW THE WEIGHTS AND KARAT QUALITY OF ALL THE RINGS. GOLD IS AT $1000 U.S. PER OUNCE BUT THAT IS FOR PURE GOLD 24K . THE VALUE IN OLDER RINGS TODAY IS MAINLY IN THE GOLD CONTENT SINCE GOLD IS SO HIGH....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hand Amulet, letter combination, gold cuff
letter combination, gold cuff, metal content: Hello Julie and thank you for your inquiry. The figa fist you describe was considered good luck when given to someone. Yours sounds particularly nice. The star 420 or 428 could be a design mark - I don t have a reference to it being part of the metal content...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identification of stamp on ring, master jeweler, diamond weight
master jeweler, diamond weight, ring logo: HI KENNETH, THE RING LOGO IS REALLY NOT VISIBLE IN THIS PHOTO BUT NO NEED. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE THIS PHOTO TO ANY MASTER JEWELER AND THEY CAN DUPLICATE IT FOR YOU IN ANY COLOR AND DIAMOND WEIGHT YOU WANT. YOU NEED TO FIND A MANUFACTURING JEWELER....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: inlaid amber, gold markings, belcher chain
gold markings, belcher chain, ebay: Hello Cathy and thank you for your inquiry. Your pendant sounds very nice. I have not seen anything similar that I can recall. If the item has no manufacturer or gold markings, you might want to have a jeweler or gemologist check it out for authenticity if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: KT gold stamp meaning, sterling jewelry, jewelry company
sterling jewelry, jewelry company, precious jewelry: Hello Jennifer and thank you for your inquiry. Milor is an Italian jewelry company and would use the designation 14 K. They manufacture gold, sterling and gold over sterling jewelry as well as other precious jewelry. Below is a link to their website. Just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: karat marking jewelry, sterling jewelry, dom rep
sterling jewelry, dom rep, coins: Sorry not sure..I can tell you i constantly receive questions on stamps on jewelry and I m sure to have both .925 and 10k together would be very confusing....I think each stamp would have to be on the corresponding part..I used to sell replica coins from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lost weight. rings are too big now., internet provider service, custom made wedding band
internet provider service, custom made wedding band, weight rings: Thomas is back with a follow-up-------------------------------------------------- Diane, I sent your answer a while ago this evening. Since then, I realized I missed one important part of the question: Price. Well, in the meantime I was visiting my Internet...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Minerals, crystallization, browser address
crystallization, browser address, teachersdomain: Hello Jenne and thank you for your inquiry. I ve listed two websites that may be of help to you. Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter. By using your browser and/or Google search you may be able to find more sites similar...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Minnie pin, pink box, pin trading
pink box, pin trading, browser address: Hello Randy and thank you for your inquiry. I am not a Disney expert but I have found a site that may be of help to you. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter. This seems to be a fun collectible ! I previously lived...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mary jewelry, blessed virgin mary, shop ebay
blessed virgin mary, shop ebay, auction prices: Hello Roland and thank you for your inquiry. These pendants have been and are produced in many different designs, some of them very elaborate and mostly in sterling silver. Values would be determined by the design and rarity. I have listed an auction site...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: matte silver--very, very matte!, coppery hue, pinkish hue
coppery hue, pinkish hue, copper content: Maxine, unfortunately I cannot accept work through this sight. I have worked with a few questioners on designs but doing the work is not possible, certainly at this time when we are shorthanded in the jewelry shop and I am working day by day. I suspect...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: metal quality marks :), cubic zirconia, metal quality
cubic zirconia, metal quality, quality marks: Dear Katri, Unfortunately personal issues have taken time here and I did not get back to you today. I write now to let you know I will answer as best I can very shortly but not today. We cannot control some circumstances and I am sorry for any delay. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Numbers inside my ring, pawn shop, karat white gold
pawn shop, karat white gold, jeweler: I think you are correct on 14k..it can easily be tested by a jeweler (free hopefully..ask first) i would say 969 may be date...and FJG would be designer or goldsmith who made the ring.. does it have a valuable diamond..? if so keep it in your sight slways...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: necklass, gold quality, quality stamp
gold quality, quality stamp, company thanks: HI DJ, OBVIOUSLY THE 14K IS THE 14 KARAT GOLD QUALITY STAMP AND THE 2HD557 IS BASICALLY THE MFG. I.D. 2HD AND THE 557 IS THE PERCENTAGE OF GOLD IN 14K GOLD, 55.7% TO IDENTIFY IT TO EVERYONE THAT IS HANDLING IT. THE DIAMOND IS A LOGO FOR THE COMPANY....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal Pendant, lightning ridge, grey base
lightning ridge, grey base, base colour: Hi Marisa, Nice piece,this carving could be a semi black opal as the material is mid grey base colour , however opal of this colour does also come from coober pedy and even to the north of there, but I would tend to believe this is lightning ridge grey, as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Pearl Earring, bench jeweler, jewelry departments
bench jeweler, jewelry departments, pearl earring: Krystal, generally department store jewelry departments do not have repair services at the store. Items must be sent to a service shop the business employs. For a pearl replacement that might be a long wait for a fairly basic repair. First, did the pearl...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum reworked into wedding bands?, price reference, watch case
price reference, watch case, business arrangements: Ana, Thomas Is Back in the Building-------------------------------------------------- : ) I certainly appreciate your patience. You see, the only way I could provide a reasonable answer was to check a reference at my work place today. Why that? There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Please help, golden crown, gold ring
golden crown, gold ring, what this means: HI LIVV, THE SYMBOLS AND NUMBERS HAVE SOME MEANING BUT I THINK IT IS EUROPEAN MARKINGS. I WOULD NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RING LIKE WHERE IT IS FROM HOW OLD IS IT AND WHAT IS IN THE RING, LIKE STONES OR COLOR ETC. I BELIEVE IT IS A GOLD RING BUT AN T...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum/tanzanite, bench jeweler, platinum chain
bench jeweler, platinum chain, colored gems: George, the problem is not only the insurance. You have to also consider what a jeweler might face with a customer if for some unknown reason the stone should be damaged. We can always say, It is totally at your risk but even if that will protect us from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pricing of faceted gems, gem cutters, faceted gems
gem cutters, faceted gems, faceting: HI GORDON, FACETING IS USUALLY DONE IN COUNTRIES LIKE THAILAND, CHINA, INDIA AND OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES. THE REASON WHY IS THE COST AS WELL AS THE QUALITY OF THE CUTTING. IN THAILAND I CAN GET A PIECE OF CORUNDUM CUT AND FACETED FOR ABOUT $4(U.S.) PER...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Removing rhodium plating redux, potassium sodium tartrate, abrasive removal
potassium sodium tartrate, abrasive removal, rhodium plate: Ray, perhaps the best solution is not to do any repairs on items which are rhodium plated and made of silver. Gold items have only the rhodium plate and that is not a problem. If there is chance a silver item is plated, I simply will not accept the job since...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium plating, zane zane, watery consistency
zane zane, watery consistency, demarcation lines: Zane, you are one of the rare questioners who asks about the process of rhodium plating. Sure, ladies want this service done all the time to go with the trends of white jewelry, electroplating both white gold for a whiter look and plating yellow items to make...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, picnic basket, carat
picnic basket, carat, ounce: HI TANISHA, YOU SEEM TO HAVE PRETTY MUCH INTERPRETED THE SYMBOLS CORRECTLY. THE ANCHOR IS A EUROPEAN SYMBOL FOR KARAT GOLD AND IT IS INDEED 18 KARAT. THE LETTER A I AM NOT SURE OF SO I HESITATE TO GUESS. IT IS INDEED VALUABLE TODAY WITH GOLD AROUND $1000/OUNCE....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rogers Brothers Bracelet, current market value, old jewelry
current market value, old jewelry, silver spoon: Hello Eustina and thank you for your inquiry. You are right, silver companies often made jewelry to match their flatware sets. They are still quite popular today - both the bracelets and the rings. Sterling more than silverplate. You might search one of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: replacing opal, inlay material, triangle shape
inlay material, triangle shape, diamond ring: Hi, I would say it is a matter of what you like best. As far as wear and tear the lapis is not too much better. The cost is not too bad either unless your opal is super high grade. They can be a little costly. I would need to know the size of the stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what is this ring?, semi precious stone, hi mary
semi precious stone, hi mary, good luck: HI MARY, IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO TELL WHAT THE STONE IS. YOU SAY IT IS PURPLE, THAT WOULD MOST LIKELY BE AMETHYST. BUT HONESTLY THAT IS JUST A GUESS SINCE I REALLY CANNOT SEE IT WELL ENOUGH TO TELL. IS THE RING STAMPED 14K OR 10K ? IF IT IS GOLD IT IS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, professional jeweler, modern jewelry
professional jeweler, modern jewelry, genuine stones: Hello Brenda and thank you for your inquiry. The 975 is probably 925 which means the item is sterling silver. Pure silver is .999 and is usually mixed with an alloy for jewelry making it more durable and is marked as 925 or sterling. Open back stones both...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, sterling rings, gemologist
sterling rings, gemologist, sterling silver: Hello Stephanie and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring appears to be made of sterling silver since it is marked 925. It was made in Thailand where they make some lovely sterling rings. The stones could be amethyst. Since jewelry is still made in Thailand,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring markings, mum dad, stampings
mum dad, stampings, lettering: HI SIAN, THE INITIAL LETTERING IS THE MFG. I.D. OF THE MAKER THE CROWN IS A BRITISH SYMBOL FOR GOLD AND THE THE 375 IS MAYBE A 10 KARAT WHICH THE K REPRESENTS. THIS IS A POSSIBLE INTERPRETATION OF THE RING STAMPINGS. THANKS AND GOOD LUCK PETE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring sizing vurses metal gauge, s gauge, blank pdf
s gauge, blank pdf, finger size: Dear arianecoleman, thanks for this question. Generally, I try to go a bit over size then cut out what is needed to make it on the correct size. About 2 to 3 times the thickness of the metal added to the proper length for a finger size works ok, somewhat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: St. Christopher medal, st christopher medals, st christopher medal
st christopher medals, st christopher medal, dejean: Hello Vicki and thank you for your inquiry. The medal you have was made by M. DeJean Mfg. Co. probably on the date indicated. I have listed a website below that can tell you about the various St. Christopher medals and their meanings. Just copy and paste...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling bar pin set w/genuine diamonds, sterling set, genuine diamonds
sterling set, genuine diamonds, art deco style: Hello Lavonne and thank you for your inquiry. Your bar pin sounds beautiful. Filigree in sterling and gold was popular especial during the Edwardian period 1901-1910. Diamonds were set in both gold and silver as well as rodium plated filigree. Discovering...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sterling Silver Charms, sterling silver charms, diamagnetic materials
sterling silver charms, diamagnetic materials, magnetic moment: Hello Gary and thank you for your inquiry. Other than the 925 - alloys included in the charms (800, 835 etc) may react to your magnet. Some of the 925 items may also have a slight amt of alloy that reacts or part of the item may have other metals added as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: setting gemstones., visible defects, vvs1
visible defects, vvs1, ebay: Anu, do not quickly come to the conclusion that loose stones are far cheaper than set stones. In many cases, in fact with some jewelry we sell, we could not replace the stones for a lower cost than paid the first time. I do agree that the combination of stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: settings, faceted gemstone, stone setter
faceted gemstone, stone setter, uniform support: Dear Ariane, First, I assume the sapphire is a faceted gemstone and will need a seat cut into the bezel. In that case, if you can get a 6 x 4 bezel thick enough to allow a stone seat of 7 x 5, then go that way. I prefer having enough metal to make the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: shopping in Idar Oberstein, uk business directory, stone cutters
uk business directory, stone cutters, barrel shape: Dear Maria, Thanks for your email , Idar Oberstein has been a major gemstone cutting village, cutting amethyst for at least several hundred years .Its was very important for Opal cutting when rough opal was abundant. You are best to write directly to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver chalice, sterling silver pieces, silver chalice
sterling silver pieces, silver chalice, patina: Hello Kathy and thank you for your inquiry. There are many ways to clean silver and all cleaning methods would involve removing the patina and I have included a link below you might find useful. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver jewelry, natural luster, tiffany silver
natural luster, tiffany silver, baking soda: Emily, sorry about your Tiffany silver. Generally what I see from Tiffany is not plated and is natural sterling without another layer of metal. Therefore, the silver will behave just like silver does and tarnish. This is what has happened here but speeded...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver st christopher, patron saint medals, jewelry resource
patron saint medals, jewelry resource, silver st: Hello Vicky and thank you for your inquiry. I do not have a manufacturers jewelry resource for England except for the hallmarks. There were hundreds of designs of patron saint medals and probably near as many manufacturers. EM Co was probably the manufacturer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: sterling antique card case, rampant lion, antique sterling
rampant lion, antique sterling, continental silver: Hello Brandon and thank you for your inquiry. You are right in that 825 indicates continental silver lower than sterling. However, is it possible that parts of the case are in sterling ? If so, that may be the reason for the double marking. It is also possible...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: stone I found, lapidary services, salt lake city utah
lapidary services, salt lake city utah, salt lake city: Hi chip, You need to locate a rock shop that offers lapidary services. They can saw and polish very large stones. Some can make spheres as well. If you have a hard time finding one there is one here in Salt Lake City , Utah. www.rocks4u.com Regards,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How can you tell Platinum from sterling silver or white gold?, yellowish tinge, silver platinum
yellowish tinge, silver platinum, old jewelry: Dear Joan, unless you have experience with all three metals all will be guessing and could definitely be incorrect. First look in hidden places for a metal quality mark. Sterling will generally be stamped sterling , white gold will generally have a karat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Watch from mom, jules jurgensen, helbros watches
jules jurgensen, helbros watches, watch co: Hello Judy and thank you for your inquiry. I ve listed a site for Helbros watches below. Apparently they are now part of Jules Jurgensen watches. There is a link there to find a retailer nearest you and they might be able to order or find out what type of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My white gold ring band is not as shiny as before after downsizing, lack luster, polish process
lack luster, polish process, polishing wheel: Carole, this is a long one! Here we go and I do hope it helps. Please consider what I say in looking again at your ring. I am going to take your question point by point and try to answer each. At the end, I intend to summarize it all up and provide a touch...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10k gold, retail jewelry store, white gold rings
retail jewelry store, white gold rings, molten gold: Good morning Sandra, Sure they could be melted down, however you need to aware that it is not prudent to just melt down rings to convert into something else. Here is why. It will cost you about triple to do this. Your best bet is to just sell the rings right...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14k gold saint christopher medal, ounce of gold, saint christopher medal
ounce of gold, saint christopher medal, best bet: Hi again Shane, There are a couple of values attached to this item. First there is approximate retail replacement value. Have a Jeweler weigh the item in Pennyweights. (20 Pennyweights per ounce of Gold) Multiply that weight x .5825 and divide by 20, and multiply...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18K Italy M Bracelet, silver zinc, european jewelry
silver zinc, european jewelry, jewelry manufacturers: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. Since your bracelet is marked 18Kt,it should mean that it is made up of 750 parts of gold and 250 parts of other metals. The color of the added metals determines the color of the gold i.e. pink gold would have more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is 18k GL, genuine diamonds, insurance purposes
genuine diamonds, insurance purposes, best bet: Hello Didi, I haven t seen this GL mark in rings or jewelry. it might be an obliterated GF for gold filled, but if the stones are genuine diamonds i doubt if the ring is gold filled or of a base metal variety. Your best bet is to take it to a good jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18k ring markings, british hallmarks, 18k white gold
british hallmarks, 18k white gold, 18k white gold ring: Hi Nikki, The AG is the manufacturer, 750 is the European designation for 18k gold or 750/1000 parts pure, The W is possibly Wales, but I am stumped on the .46 or 4G. Best bet is to take to a good jeweler/appraiser in your town and get the final say. Steve...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 30 gymnastics medals, gold silver spot price, silver spot price
gold silver spot price, silver spot price, sterling silver 925: Hi Shane, The first thing to do is take them to a jeweler and have the medals tested for actual purity. If in fact they are gold and silver, then get the weight of each. Depending on the origin and importance of the gymnastics events, and their age, they might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 825 marking, karat markings, would make sense
karat markings, would make sense, luck steve: Hi Jamie, Hmmm...825? My first thought is that the eight is really an obliterated 9 and it s Sterling Silver since you said it is guessed to be 14k white gold which would make sense on the metal color. Did you test it? Take a rub of the metal on the testing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 9c gold ruby and diamond bangle. Is it Victorian?, diamond bangle, gold diamond
diamond bangle, gold diamond, 9ct gold: Hello Sonia and thank you for your inquiry. You have a beautiful bracelet. The only F.M. manufacturer that I can find is Finberg Mfg. Co. in Attleboro, Mass. They were active from approximately 1890 through about 1934 and manufactured fobs, bracelets, lockets,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amethyst Necklace, air bubbles, index test
air bubbles, index test, water glass: Hello, Amethyst usually has color zones. You can see this better if you put the stone in a glass of water. Glass can have round air bubbles in the stone and is more uniform in the color meaning there are no clear zones, there us color through out the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: advice, gold ornaments, letter from india
gold ornaments, letter from india, gold business: while I have never done this... I am sure it is just a different usage such as the alloys you are already using such as copper. I am guessing that platinum would be one of the hours for white gold... I say just that you Google your question and that would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: age of necklace, gold purity, victorian times
gold purity, victorian times, pearls: Hi, It looks like some of the stones are genuine and the design of the chain link is appropriate to link styles of Victorian times but easily replicated as you may think in the 50 s. Examine around the links for any marks that may have information about gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique medallion, patron saint medals, religious medallions
patron saint medals, religious medallions, italy and france: Hello Phillip and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed a site below that has extensive hallmark information that you might be able to compare the markings on your medallion. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter:...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique pendant, two hearts, holy mary
two hearts, holy mary, inner circle: Hi Krissy,Unusual to say the least. by the looks of the Religious medal, and the inscriptions this is most probably Bronze. it is however a reproduction of a famous medal worn and made in Italy beack in the 16th century. Its value? Monitarily not much, maybe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bernstein Amber brooch, insurance purposes, brooch
insurance purposes, brooch, initials: Hi Pamela, No problem at all. The S.B.M. is the makers mark or company initials. The .835 is the metal purity as it pertains to 1000 parts pure. In this case the metal is Silver and it is 83 1/2 % pure silver. Just short of Sterling which .925. My German is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, star sapphires, purity level
star sapphires, purity level, cultured pearls: Hi Dolly, Thanks for the question. The Pearls appear to be cultured pearls or quite possibly freshwater pearls, and the Sapphires are natural Star Sapphires (Corrundum with natural asterism). The metal appears to be Gold also, however whether it be 14k or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, gold purity, insurance replacement
gold purity, insurance replacement, gold mark: Hello again Dolly, A beautiful Brooch to say the least. Without seeing the actual item, the stones appear to be smokey quartz from the picture. Is the item marked with a gold mark, like 18k or .750 or another mark in addition to the made in Austria label...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch, austrian rhinestones, antique brooch
austrian rhinestones, antique brooch, shape stone: Hello Jessica and thank you for your inquiry. I imagine that if your ring is signed Austria or Made In Austria, the stone is probably a fancy rhinestone. Austria was known for producing beautiful glass molded stones and faceted rhinestones for import all over...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bezel set, tanzenite, soft stones
tanzenite, soft stones, open bottom: hello yes the bezel has to be pride opened up from the top...if the bottom is open this helps... however the important thing is the composition of the stone... some stones are very durable and can be removed without damage....however there are some songs...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black marks on silver ring, sterling silver ring, delimma
sterling silver ring, delimma, quality silver: Good afternoon Paula, Sorry to hear of your delimma. It sounds like the person who sized your ring did not properly do so, either from a standpoint of appying too much heat which may have created some porosity, hence when he/she polished it got some polishing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cloudy Aquamarine ring after brush cleaning, aquamarine ring, soap and water
aquamarine ring, soap and water, cleanings: Hi, That sounds very strange. Aquamarine is a hard durable stone that will not scratch that way. The clouding is strange as well it sounds like there is a residue being left on the stone. If it is scratched it will need to be re-polished by someone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cloudy sterling silver, sterling silver jewelry, lacquer coating
sterling silver jewelry, lacquer coating, nail polish remover: Esther, thanks for this question. Full strength household rubbing alcohol does not cause discoloration of dulling of silver. Also, the alcohol should not affect a rhodium plated surface. Since you have tried a polishing cloth and had little if any success,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, cutter wheel, glass cutter
cutter wheel, glass cutter, phoenix az: Hi Joshua, The diamond can be repolished to repair the chip. Take the stone to a jeweler for the repair and expect to lose weight and pay for the repolish. Don t use the glass cutter except to cut glass and ask the jeweler to see if it is a diamond. Good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to darken gold Please, copper silver zinc, zinc nickel
copper silver zinc, zinc nickel, mid 1500s: Mark, It sounds like the coin may be less than pure gold. Only base metals oxidize and go darker. If the coin has copper, silver, zinc, nickel etc. as alloys these can cause the metal to darken due to oxidation. One idea may be to heat the coin up...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can a diamond be set higher?, grandmothers ring, center diamond
grandmothers ring, center diamond, cut diamond: Jess, this is a good question. First, consider how high you want the stone to be and ask a jeweler. Without seeing the ring, I cannot tell exactly what must be done. I give you the general approach so when you speak to a jeweler you will have an idea of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond tennis necklace, diamond tennis, tennis bracelet
diamond tennis, tennis bracelet, explanations: Patty, I would likely give several explanations and still might not get the right one. Generally, the links are tight enough they will not form a circle for the wrist when turned sideways. This would tell me the links are fairly loose fitted to begin with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: discoloured [not tarnished] .925 silver, sterling silver beads, luck steve
sterling silver beads, luck steve, jewelry store: Good morning Roberta, Unfortunately most cleaners on the public market do not do the job chemically. Your beads are not ruined. I suggest you do the following: Go to a good jeweler in town and have them professionally clean and polish your beads. Then as a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ear ring markings, cubic zirconia, london hospital
cubic zirconia, london hospital, ear ring: Hello Phyllis, CZ most likley means cubic zirconia and the JJT may be the designer or silversmith.. 625 I dont know .925 is sterling silver...if it is cubic zirconia, I doubt it has much value.. bring it to two reputable jewelers first hand.. regards...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Etching silver with silver nitrate and a E3machine, safety data sheets, material safety data
safety data sheets, material safety data, safety data sheet: Dear Theresa, I have always believed both chemicals to be poisonous and silver nitrate also capable of causing skin burns. I checked the Material Safety Data Sheet for each. You will want to take a look: Silver Nitrate http://www.jtbaker.com/msds/englishhtml/s2282.htm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: emeralds, air bubbles, gem materials
air bubbles, gem materials, green glass: Hello, What you want is top green color and clean, like looking through green glass. Light has to be able to pass without obstruction. The only problem is, there are fake emerald rough out there that has sand impregnated in the green glass and made into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 825 marking, white gold
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 825 marking, white gold

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique pendant
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique pendant

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cloudy Aquamarine ring after brush cleaning, kay jewelers, aquamarine ring
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cloudy Aquamarine ring after brush cleaning, kay jewelers, aquamarine ring, strange film

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Etching silver with silver nitrate and a E3machine, silver nitrate msds, copper sulfate solution
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Etching silver with silver nitrate and a E3machine, silver nitrate msds, copper sulfate solution, silver nitrate solution

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, colors
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, colors

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QUALITY MARKS, orkney scotland, silver jewellery
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QUALITY MARKS, orkney scotland, silver jewellery, silver content

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: fake antique finish on silver, black paint, rhodium plate
black paint, rhodium plate, filigree ring: Mandy, there should be no problem doing what you want. If you can try a solvent to dissolve away the paint material there will be much less chance of scratching the silver. Not knowing what the black really is, I can t recommend a solvent. A most basic one...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: found ring!, manufacturer number, library museum
manufacturer number, library museum, antique shop: Hello Mel and thank you for your inquiry. The 526 on the ring might be a design or manufacturer number. Usually gold with have a karat mark i.e. 14k, 18k, etc. Silver will have the number 925 or sterling. In order to veryify the content you would need to have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold pricing, pennyweights, luck steve
pennyweights, luck steve, spot price of gold: Hello Bekah, Rarely in manufacturered jewelry does anyone see pure 24k items due to the softness of the pure gold. In order to maintain stability and durability there must be some alloy mixed into the metal of choice for this purpose. So the 24k item...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold that seems to turn into gray metal?, gold engagement ring, gold paint
gold engagement ring, gold paint, gray metal: Hey there Mike, Wow interesting to say the least. So the jeweler said it was gold, and only charged you 50 cents to plate it? Somethings quite fishy here in my opinion, which is the ring is a base metal product. 18k gold doesn t wear off to show any metal....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold chain, quality stamp, junk store
quality stamp, junk store, gold chain: Hi Sandi, The stamp p18Kt means the chain is plumb or plated 18k gold. The plumb designation means the 18k quality stamp is up to modern standard requirements. The old standard meant the quality could be as much as 1/2 KARAT off the quality stamped....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold markings, gold markings, hi mary
gold markings, hi mary, gold necklace: Hi Mary, A necklace that is marked .925 is Sterling Silver. That it appears Gold in color is that it is washed or plated called Vermeil (pronounced vermay). From an intrinsic value it has about 2% the value of a gold necklace of similar weight at the current...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold marks on an antique ring, millimeter sizes, carat weight
millimeter sizes, carat weight, gold marks: Good morning Marilyn, This is a tough one without seeing the item. You are correct obviously on the .585 being 14k gold. The .9E I have never seen. Could it be a designate for the carat weight of the item? How many stones and what are the millimeter...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring, mark birmingham, neat piece
mark birmingham, neat piece, gold 375: Hi Andy,You have a ring from the UK made in 9 karat gold. (.375 pure) probably made from the 1920 s or 30 s. I personnaly love these type of rings made and the assay marks. 9 karat was and still is quite prevelant in the UK due to the high cost of living because...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring damage, luck steve, diamond ring
luck steve, diamond ring, gold ring: Good day Julie, Usually it is very hard to chip a gold ring. My opinion is that there was too much heat applied in the process of making it causing porosity which is a minute defect. If the ring was die struck, then the chip was caused by a unseen crack in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can hormones change the colour of my white gold engagement ring?, rhodium plating, gold engagement ring
rhodium plating, gold engagement ring, gold alloy: Hi, Sounds like he is pulling your chain. What is the ring stamped as 14k, 18k or platinum? If the solder on the bottom turns yellow then the ring must be white gold alloy plated with rhodium. They would not solder platinum with gold they would use...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Identify Makers Mark, polished stone, metal content
polished stone, metal content, browser address: Hello Debbie and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring may be British - I ve included a hallmark site below for you to compare the marks. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter. http://www.925-1000.com/british_marks.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: iron cross, gemologist school, natural crystals
gemologist school, natural crystals, carlsbad california: your best bet is if you could bring it to a gemologist.... if there is not one near you Google G. I A theyare located in Carlsbad California and is a huge reputable gemologist school I m sure they can help you,,, also I m suggesting is that this Stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JF signature question, irish clover, tiny diamonds
irish clover, tiny diamonds, gold leaf: Hello Calder and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful and I believe the JF is probably the manufacturer name. Unfortunately, I have not been able to identify the initials for you. You should probably have the ring appraised either locally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry, precious jewelry, silver content
precious jewelry, silver content, library museum: Hello Joe and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to find DBF Co in any of my resources. If that is the only mark on the piece you might have difficulty in locating any information. I would suggest that if you believe it to be precious jewelry,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, total carat weight, platinum ring
total carat weight, platinum ring, diamond gold: Hello Tina, One of my favorite names by the way. Assuming that your ring consists of multiple stones, the A is probably the manufacturers initial or mark and the 144 is the total carat weight of all the gems. If the ring doesn t have multiple stones it could...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: lapel hat tack pin, two telephones, tack pin
two telephones, tack pin, oval shape: Hello Bonnie and thank you for your inquiry. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case that is true. You were very good in your description, but not having a visual is a clear detriment in this case. Fraternal organizations were extensive...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Makers mark, rubies and diamonds, jewelry makers
rubies and diamonds, jewelry makers, luck steve: Good afternoon Gloria, Yes they are the maker s marks. Thousands of jewelry makers were not listed in various directories, so this issue is not of real relevance to your ring. It sounds to me like the ring is from the upper in Ireland. A lot of rings I see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings inside antique ring, diamond simulant, costume jewelery
diamond simulant, costume jewelery, numerical designation: Good morning Nerida, The WR is most probably the manufacturers initials or logo. The 35 (it could also be 835 which is 83 1/2% pure silver) may designate a number of things. ie: carat weight of the diamonds/cz s, numerical designation of one of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Micro pave single cut diamond earrings., diamond earrings, hoop earrings
diamond earrings, hoop earrings, cut diamonds: Hi Olivia, I decipher the stamp as 119 stones, 750 and 18kt both mean 18 karat gold. Al 10 is unknown but probably is a mfg. code. If you thought they were full cuts and they are single cuts then you definitely paid to much. $900 seems to be to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marking on handed down diamond ring, metal quality, what this means
metal quality, what this means, s marks: Bob, as stated in instructions just above the box where you type your question, I do not research maker s marks but certainly will try my best to help with metal quality markings. What this means is I believe the IGE to be the initials or mark used to identify...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: marking on a ring, gold purity, gold testers
gold purity, gold testers, acid kit: Hello again, Machines are unreliable in my opinion. If you have a coin dealer in your region I m sure they will test your things for free. Most jewelers will too for that matter, but if you want to invest in the acid kit-this is the best way to test precious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: meanings of stamp on jewelry, using electricity, fashion jewelry
using electricity, fashion jewelry, gold electroplate: Good morning Lance, HGE stands for Heavy Gold Electroplate. It is a form of plating gold on a base metal using electricity as the conductant. It will wear off in time and will crack when sized. Basically used to keep the price down on fashion jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: metals and rings, gem cutters, metals tools
gem cutters, metals tools, jewelry crafts: John, here are two primary resources. One is a supplier and the other is a magazine in which you may fine many suppliers of various sorts. While you are at it, consider getting a good basic book on jewelry making. If possible look for a book with lots of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Necklace, lead glass, glass crystal
lead glass, glass crystal, keepsake: Hi Dolly, Without actually seing and holding it I will take a guess at this. It looks like lead glass crystal and that would make it quite heavy. The beads seem to be cut glass and refracts light quite well giving it all the colors. Try to find out from...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Notching and Alternative Metals, steel tool, inert gas
steel tool, inert gas, welding equipment: Theresa, most peg settings have a peg close to 1 mm square. I like to use a drill slightly smaller than the pet, file the corners of the peg slightly and push it into the drilled hole. You do not want to depend on solder only on the peg to hold the setting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Opal pentant mount,, prongs, goldsmith
prongs, goldsmith, fingers: Hi Wayne...that is such a basic design most any goldsmith could do it..I would get 2 prices or more..that is a guess because Im used to Thai prices (much cheaper)..really should not cost much more than $50 labor...you will have to decide between 14K and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: onyx ring, jewelry expert, gold onyx
jewelry expert, gold onyx, tiny diamond: Hi Mary, many times it is the initials of the designer or goldsmith .. in this case there are 4 letters and the second end in CO ,,,so probably it is abbreviation for the company that produced the ring ...Try asking a estate jewelry expert. regards rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: opal, silca, interested party
silca, interested party, intrinsic value: Hello Vinney, Thanks for your return to All experts.Actually ,you didnt ask about value , your question was This is been in my family for years. I wanted to know , where is the best place I could try to sell this. Thank you. I was merely identifying where...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Am I being overcharged?, inferior job, tiffany design
inferior job, tiffany design, luck steve: Hi again, Its actually to your benefit that they were laser soldered, which is a better bond heat vs. metal. The jeweler acutally lost money on your transaction but he must be of high integrity to not take the easy way out like a lot of them do and do an inferior...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Perfume Bottles, vintage perfume bottles, collectible area
vintage perfume bottles, collectible area, perfume bottle: Hello Laura and thank you for your inquiry. You have aome lovely perfume bottles. I am not an expert in the scent collectible area but your bottles do look vintage and possibly Czechoslavakian. I ve listed a site below that has a lot of information on perfume...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum Diamond Ring Setting Re-work, platinum engagement ring, platinum diamond
platinum engagement ring, platinum diamond, center diamond: Anna, if the work is done properly and the operator makes certain to have a solid weld all along the joining surfaces the prongs will be strong as new. If the operator is not experienced, it is possible that incomplete joining is done; it may look fine to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Protective Coating, yellow gold, white gold
yellow gold, white gold, acidity: Good morning Tyler, Sorry for your trouble. Many people experience this due to the extra acidity, in their skin coming in contact with metals. You might want to try a coating of Silicone. This might relieve the problem but it will wear away with time...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: palladium, white gold, excessive wear
white gold, excessive wear, palladium: Dear Jo, I would have no problems if my wife chose to wear white gold and platinum on the same finger. The metals do wear differently but neither should cause excessive wear of the other. White gold will normally stay shinier than platinum. Platinum will generally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pin/brooches, painted flowers, flower basket
painted flowers, flower basket, colored stones: Hi Tracey, So many flower basket motifs were produced during that 1920-1930 era, especially in the pin/brooch category since its style was popularized by Presedential wives of the day and the flapper era. They were also used widely in mourning rituals...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pircings, body piercings, navel
body piercings, navel, good luck: Hi Kourtney, I really am not qualified to tell you how to do body piercings. You need to consult someone who does body piercing and/or tattoos. Consult your doctor first and then a licensed person who does body piercing. Please be careful and make sure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum, platinum alloy, novell company
platinum alloy, novell company, platinum jewelry: Matt, I went to the Novell web site but it did not specify the quality of platinum in their jewelry. However, the mark you sent says all we need to know. According to regulations in the USA, platinum jewelry must be 950 or the 95% platinum alloy if the marked...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum hallmarking, birmingham assay office, platinum diamond
birmingham assay office, platinum diamond, electronic tester: Hi, Julie. Thanks for this question. First, take a look at the web page of the link below. This is a page from the Birmingham assay office with the proper accepted U.K. hallmarks. The only difference in these and from other assay offices in England...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: platinum marking, platinum content, platinum jewelry
platinum content, platinum jewelry, testing god: Drew, the meaning of markings vary from country to country. Your ring is marked as would be suited to regulations in the Gold and Silver Marking Act for the USA. While the metal quality does not have to be stamped by law, a manufacturer would be rather foolish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my platnium engagment ring keeps bending, new years eve, inferior materials
new years eve, inferior materials, bad apple: Good morning Melissa, I am so sorry you are having trouble with your ring mounting, especially one made in Platinum! Every so often in the ring casting business, there is a bad apple. what I mean by that is that the design of the ring comes out of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: poison ring, poison ring, pearl stone
poison ring, pearl stone, web article: Hello Jessica and thank you for your inquiry. I believe your ring is foreign manufacture but finding the mark might take some research. I have listed a site below that might be of some help to you. It contains world hallmarks and since you havea visual of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: QUALITY MARKS, metal quality, quality marks
metal quality, quality marks, accurate answer: Amanda, the marks you gave me do not match the standard ones for metal quality in the United States. Is the bracelet yellow? Are the stones diamonds, CZ s or something else? The reason I ask is because with no more information I would need the bracelet in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Quad Diamond Ring Setting, princess cut diamonds, princess cut ring
princess cut diamonds, princess cut ring, wall paneling: Theresa, the answer to your question varies somewhat according to the quality and actual setting method of the four diamonds together. The advantage of the ring you describe is that each stone does have two sides (?) touching the sides of the setting. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Really need help on finding an earring, bench jeweler, jewelry work
bench jeweler, jewelry work, tiny diamond: Sara, trying to find a match is almost impossible unless you know the manufacturer of the earrings or where the original purchase is made. If so, perhaps that store can get you a new one to make it a pair again. Otherwise, go to a jeweler not to look at...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rhodium plating, white gold rings, gold alloy
white gold rings, gold alloy, timely question: Lori, I am glad you let me know what is going on. Generally a beaded (milgrain) edge is part of a groove and raised area along the band edge. The groove/raised rim should still be there only with the beads polished away. In that case, the jeweler will use...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring identification, luck steve, sterling silver
luck steve, sterling silver, silver ring: Good morning James, Hmmm...not familiar with 225. Could it possibly be 925 which is the standard purity stamp designation for Sterling Silver being .925 parts pure? Silver is soft and if the ring is old part of the stamp might have worn away. Hope this helps....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rogers Bros Silver Jewelry Box, silver plated jewelry box, rogers bros
silver plated jewelry box, rogers bros, jewelry boxes: Hello Angelica and thank you for your inquiry. You have a beautiful silver plated jewelry box ! The information on the bottom represents the manufacturers name and design logo. The name on the top is probably the name of the original recipient. These jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Rough Stone Pricing, gem dealer, gem market
gem dealer, gem market, finished weight: Hello, That is not an easy question to answer. Most rubies in the rough these days need heat treating and such. The thing with ruby and other colored stones as well is the color is very important. Also the finished clarity. Some stones may take a lot...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: re: jewelry set from 1940's gemany, marcasite jewelry, aquamarine
marcasite jewelry, aquamarine, jeweler: Hi laurie, Indeed a set from the 40 s. The .835 is a designation of metal purity, in this case 835/1000 parts pure silver, common to the day. whether the stones are Aqua is up for debate. these look like rather large stones and to be genuine Aqua set in silver...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A ring, white sapphires, graduate gemologist
white sapphires, graduate gemologist, positive id: Good morning Stephanie, It sounds like the center stone is a synthetic alexandrite by the way you described the color change. Synthetic alex also coud be synthetic corrundum, predominant in many ring designs with stones. You best bet is to take it to a graduate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my ring, word magic, ring manufacturer
word magic, ring manufacturer, luck steve: Hi Jessica, PT900 is the designation for the ring being made of Platinum and the metal being 900/1000 pure platinum and 10% probably Irridium for added strength. Magic Glo is the ring manufacturer designation. Be sure to have an accurate valuation for insurance...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a ring, professional jeweler, assay office
professional jeweler, assay office, ruben: Hello Ruben and thank you for your inquiry. The 750 Italy means that your item is 18K gold and was produced in Italy. The 21 could be the assay office or design number. Be advised that the marking alone is not a guarantee that the item is gold. In order...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sapphire Ring & Hallmark ID, gemstone quality, professional jewelry
gemstone quality, professional jewelry, cone shape: Hello Katrine and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds lovely. The only way to determine it s value would be by testing for metal content i.e. gold or silver. This needs to be done by a professional jewelry or gemologist. The 191 or 19V might be a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver Jewllery, silver charm bracelet, luck steve
silver charm bracelet, luck steve, heart charm: Hi Carol, Sorry to hear of your delimma but the good news is that it is easily solved. You have a couple of options. Firstly. do not put Silver in a gold dip. The dip designed for gold has chemicals that attacks the Silver, hence the brown color. All the ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Sizing, bench jeweler, platinum content
bench jeweler, platinum content, platinum diamond: Jeff, honestly without seeing the setting of the smaller diamonds (other than the channel set ones on the shoulders of the ring) I cannot fully say what might happen. The best answer is going to come from an experienced bench jeweler who has the ring in hand...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stainless Steel, silver solders, paste flux
silver solders, paste flux, poor result: Dear Theresa, If trying to join stainless steel and sterling the melting temperature of the silver solder will make no difference in this very, very difficult task. Stainless steel needs protection from the air for it to work, meaning a cover gas such...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silverr ring with black stone?, pawn shop, black onyx
pawn shop, black onyx, good shape: hello james..The silver is sterling meaning it is .925 % pure silver... most likley the stone is black onyx which looks good but really has little value..I looked on eBay and these rings are available from $15 to $30...if its good shape you could list...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: TESTING GOLD, gemstone dealer, gold particles
gemstone dealer, gold particles, gold question: Yogesh, If you have the gold in the form of a button from the mercury all you need do is slowly heat the buttons in a crucible and watch out for the vapor of the mercury, it is poison and can be very harmful or even deadly if inhaled. The acid would just...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trifari ads, luther mt, old jewelry
luther mt, old jewelry, ebay: Hello Peggy and thank you for your inquiry. The best place to look for old jewelry ads is in vintage magazines from the era. You can find them at thrift stores, antique stores and sometimes for auction at ebay.com. Look for old magazines at garage and estate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: do you think this is of any value, old wives tales, platinum alloy
old wives tales, platinum alloy, gold alloys: Rhona, thanks for this question. We visited the UK last autumn and the only regret was not having more time in Scotland. We decided when and if we are able to again fly that direction, your country is the primary destination. Now, to your question. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Pin, hello dawn, disney collectibles
hello dawn, disney collectibles, disney pin: Hello Dawn and thank you for your inquiry. As you probably already know, the pin you have could have been given to various guides employed by Disney s theme parks. The value would depend on rarity, age and materials used in it s manufacture. Karat gold ?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Watches, grade watches, luck steve
grade watches, luck steve, jewelry stores: Good morning Bob, Usually yes. Just make sure you have all the documentation with cert numbers matching the ones on the watch itself. Also, remember that these type of high grade watches be serviced by certified Rolex, Tag etc. certified watchmen or else you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Topaz, diamond engagement ring, carlsbad ca
diamond engagement ring, carlsbad ca, soap and water: I cant imagine the diamond losing its luster...? being hardest substance there is,,, I am not sure about the hardness of the topaz... generally the loss of luster is do to scratches.....can you find a gemologist to show the stone or stone cutter.. try...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10/14 k gold, gold miners, gold question
gold miners, gold question, metal smelter: Hi Irving, The best I can tell you is to find a local metal smelter/refiner in the area and go talk to them to get to know them and tell them your concerns. I have not scrapped any gold in years and I lived in Alaska so it was easy since there are a lot...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14kt gold ring...worth, seperate rings, pure gold
seperate rings, pure gold, gold ring: Hi Nola, To make it easy, just get the ring weighed. Gold is at $1,345/oz for 24k pure gold so 14k which is 58.5% pure is $786.83 per troy oz. or $28.10 per gram. That will give you the gold value. Since I have not seen this piece that is all I can go by....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1830 sterling locket, diamond chips, sterling chain
diamond chips, sterling chain, different shapes: Hello Jackie and thank you for your inquiry. I have listed a website below that may be able to give you some information. Just click on the url or copy and paste it into your browser address field and hit enter. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/fine-jewelry/religious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: adhering cz to gold hoop, ear hoops, gold bezel
ear hoops, gold bezel, pin vise: Laura, Thanks for the question. You certainly need a place to put the stone and a hole in the earring is likely the best way with gold filled ear hoops. Trying to simply poke a hole can damage the hoops and crinkle or flatten a section, ruining the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning/Buffing of band ring, gold wedding band, abrasive brushes
gold wedding band, abrasive brushes, light scratches: Dear Harry, Removal of scratches means buffing the metal down to the level of the scratch and essentially polishing the band anew. Generally, light scratches are removed using a mildly abrasive buffing compound like gray star on a motor powered muslin buff....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Colouring 9ct white gold black, gold alloys, black on gold
gold alloys, black on gold, vital consideration: Dear Anton, A black plated layer would be the best if you could get it to plate well deep in the recesses. This is not easy to do if the settings and gemstones shadow the area behind. Think of the wave of ions bringing the plate to the gold as a beam...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Compostion, enough god, quality stamp
enough god, quality stamp, metal quality: Dear Donna, There is not a standard metal quality stamp for 915. However, this does not prevent someone from making and stamping a precious metal with a 915 designation. However, only in particular cases is the number enough to identify a metal. For...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Pearls, watch crystals, cultured pearls
watch crystals, cultured pearls, commercial jewelry: Hello again, Apparently it is possible to restore the luster by buffing as I said. You need to have a jeweler use his buffing machine they use to polish gold rings with. Most jewelers have a buffing compound called Zam which is used to polish plastic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I don't know what i have or how to test..., gold content, pure gold
gold content, pure gold, metal alloy: Hi, Allen. This is a fine question. People not in the jewelry business are understandably uncertain of what is a quality mark for metal. Unfortunately, some sales folks in jewelry stores are not able to explain the markings, either. Neither of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: drill for pearls, diamond drill bits, loose pearls
diamond drill bits, loose pearls, flex shaft: Hi, If you are only drilling a few you can hold them with you hand if they are already drilled. You just need a dremel with the flex shaft. Buy a set of diamond drill bits and just bore out the hole while holding the pearl. Just use a bit that is slightly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: English Sterling Belt Buckle, british hallmarks, fashion companies
british hallmarks, fashion companies, browser address: Hello Valerie and thank you for your inquiry. I m referring you to a website with British hallmarks and company names. It is always easier to identify the hallmark if you have a good visual of it and this site is extensive. The buckle style could be military...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: engraved bangle bracelet, gold bangle bracelet, suzanne marshall
gold bangle bracelet, suzanne marshall, small heart: Hello Mary and thank you for your inquiry. These bracelets were popular around the turn of the century through about the 1930 s and remain popular today. Most of them were gold filled or rolled gold and some were even made in karat gold. Very few companies...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14kt gold ring...worth
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14kt gold ring...worth

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1830 sterling locket, religious jewelry
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 1830 sterling locket, religious jewelry

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Pearls, soft cloth, nacre
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Pearls, soft cloth, nacre, extreme care

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I don't know what i have or how to test..., herco, jewelery
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I don't know what i have or how to test..., herco, jewelery, homework

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: GENIMPEX R 1743, little dots, scar
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: GENIMPEX R 1743, little dots, scar, silver necklace

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewlery, pink stone, silver pin
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewlery, pink stone, silver pin

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings on ring.
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings on ring.

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: GENIMPEX R 1743, silver flowers, q tip
silver flowers, q tip, sterling silver: Hello Yvonne and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate anything on this mark except a reference to an export company in Turkey. Since there are no other markings you should have it checked by a jeweler for metal content. Since the name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Makers Mark, leaf decoration, gold 14k
leaf decoration, gold 14k, quality mark: Hi Brenda, This mark you have descibed seems very farmiliar but I can t place it. It is unusual for there only to be one mark most old quality and makers marks travel in pairs. This is a makers mark or an assay mark but to have no quality mark is odd. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold turning Black, gold earrings, earring
gold earrings, earring, acidity: Lesley, I m not sure what part of the earring you are referring to, however, I have seen 14K gold earrings turn black at the base of the earring where it enters the ear and the post. This happens to many people s earrings because of the acidity in our...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gems, how to identify a diamond, graduate gemologist
how to identify a diamond, graduate gemologist, synthetics: Hi Sarita, There is a couple of ways to learn what you need to know to dentify a Diamond and to grade it. I did it the long and expensive way by attending GIA in california for the six month Graduate Gemologist course. Then of course you enter the real...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gemstone polishing with diamond powder on alluminium lap.
Hi Dilip, I don t really understand what you are asking for but aluminum laps are used for polishing gems and some times for cuttiing if they are bonded. I personally never have used an aluminum lap but I am not a professional cutter/polisher. I know aluminum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: My grandmothers pins, jewelry appraiser, temperature extremes
jewelry appraiser, temperature extremes, precious jewelry: Hello Amber and thank you for your inquiry. It is always nice to have jewelry given to you from relatives. They seem to hold a specialness you can t buy. If you believe your pins are precious jewelry - gold or silver/gemstones, you should have them appraised...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Holding wedding and engagement rings together, enough god, tiny piece
enough god, tiny piece, cements: Hi, Jan. Adhesives might hold for a while but likely not for long. I have used most sorts of cements used for metals in jewelry uses and cannot recommend any of them for this purpose. The cement would have to be quite thin and water clear so it would not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying hallmarks, jewelry stamps, consolidated design
jewelry stamps, consolidated design, sheid: Kirsteen, I wouldn t know that without looking through websites and doing the research myself. Here s a little info to think about and some places to do research that may help you decipher it. Many manufacturers use a stamp or maker s mark in their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: JF 750, troy weight, pure gold
troy weight, pure gold, 988: Hi Jen, The ring(s) are marked 750 or 18K gold. So the value is based on the weight so gold closed at $1318 per oz. Pure gold is 100 so 18k is 75% or $988.50 per troy oz.(about $35 per gram). So take the ring weight and multiply it times the troy weight...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jade bangle, jade bangle, custom jeweler
jade bangle, custom jeweler, diamond blade: Hello, You need to call around and find a jeweler that can custom make the hinges and clasp to fit your bracelet. They can cut then using their foredom hand piece, utilizing a small diamond blade that most jewelers already have. I could direct you to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jade turtle, gemologist, online auctions
gemologist, online auctions, browser address: Hello Justin and thank you for your inquiry. The value of your jade turtle would depend on what type of jade was used and the quality of the carving as well as the age. This would be best determined by a gemologist. You can also browse some of the online...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry, hoop earring, silver platinum
hoop earring, silver platinum, gold accents: I believe the earring should be tested. Palladium is not out of the question but the earring would have to be of fairly recent manufacturer, which it appears to be in design. Platinum would be fairly heavy unless the tube is very, very thin. Honestly,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewelry mark, mark eagle, mexican jewelry
mark eagle, mexican jewelry, filigree bracelet: Hello Don and thank you for your inquiry. 944 is a strange designation for silver. Usually the designations are 925 (sterling), 950 and I ve seen 980. To make sure it is sterling, you should probably have it tested by a professional since it involves the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: jewlery, tiny diamond, antique jewelry
tiny diamond, antique jewelry, precious metal: Hello Brenda and thank you for your inquiry. I have checked my resources and have not been able to find an identification for KTC. I believe, however, that this is the manufacturer of the ring. If you believe it is precious metal/gems you should have it checked...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: letter P on back of earring, jewelry stamps, gold earring
jewelry stamps, gold earring, consolidated design: Diane, That s a nice find. I m not familiar with that mark, but here is some information that may help you to do some research if you would like to look into it further. Many manufacturers use a stamp or maker s mark in their pieces to identify their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Marking on Bracelet, pure gold, karat gold
pure gold, karat gold, initials: Chris, The 14K indicates that it is 14 karat gold, meaning it is a blend of metals containing 58.5 % pure gold in the blend. The CH could be a manufacturers mark. It isn t anything I am familiar with. Many manufacturers label their pieces, so it could...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Markings on ring., jewelry appraiser, leaf clover
jewelry appraiser, leaf clover, oval stone: Hello LaDonna and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to locate a manufacturer with this mark. Are there any other identifying marks inside the ring ? Usually there is an initial or letter accompanying the icon. If you believe the ring is precious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Melting Gold, outback gems, nevada outback
outback gems, nevada outback, melting gold: Sorry. You are asking questions beyond my expertise here. I have gone no further than melting scrap into gold bars in my own facility. For refining to pure gold, I send it to a refinery, and I ve never tried the chemical process of melting. You probably...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Mosiac pin, covey, loupe
covey, loupe, purity: Hello, I get this same question a lot about the marks on jewelry. Karart gold is normally marked 10k 12k 14k 18k 22k etc. except for Europe, they mark theirs with a number like yours, 800 or 875 etc. this tells you the purity of the gold 800 means 80%...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: makers mark on brooch, oval shape, premier designs
oval shape, premier designs, browser address: Hello Larry and thank you for your inquiry. I believe your brooch is by Premier Designs. I ve included a link below which illustrates the marks for this company. You should be able to match up yours for identification. Hope this helps ! http://www.illusionjewels.com/costumejewelrymarksp.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: manufacturer jewelry mark, gold diamond ring, jewelry appraiser
gold diamond ring, jewelry appraiser, gold mark: Hello Tryla and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, I have not been able to locate the mark cGLO. My resources on European marks are not as extensive as US, however. My advice would be to have it checked by an estate jewelry appraiser in your area...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: masonic ring, masonic ring, masonic rings
masonic ring, masonic rings, gold content: Dear Kilroy, The letter C in the ring means nothing to me concerning the quality of the metal. This is not a mark used to signify gold content. Most of the Masonic rings coming into our shop are made of 10k gold. I vaguely remember seeing one which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: miliu898@hotmail.com, acetylene torch, fire proof
acetylene torch, fire proof, fire clay: Hello, To melt that much safely you might want to consider a propane fired muffle furnace. I use AP Green clay crucibles. You will need some borax flux as well and a mold to pour into. Goggle s and fire proof apron and gloves should be used for your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: New stone in old setting?, carat stone, solitaire ring
carat stone, solitaire ring, new jewelry: Dear Elle, thanks for the wonderful photo. That photo and the detail shown gave me an instant answer to your question: YES, providing the structure of the setting holding the illusion plate is sound. Note how the illusion plate is set. It is set into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: old ring with markings inside, hello dawn, jewelry designers
hello dawn, jewelry designers, oblong shape: Hello Dawn and thank you for your inquiry. My familiarity and resources are mostly with American jewelry designers but I have included a link below that specializes in world hallmarks. You may be able to locate your mark or a similar mark. Just click on or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: oxidated silver ring, soft toothbrush, commercial jewelry
soft toothbrush, commercial jewelry, water brush: Oxidation and antiquing can wear off. It will depend on the surfaces of the design, how active the wearer of the piece is, what types of cleaners and chemicals get in it, the acidity of your skin, etc. There are many factors. It could also be that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum, choice wheat, snake chains
choice wheat, snake chains, rope chains: You can probably trade in the old chain as Platinum scrap and get a little something out of it toward a new purchase. Resale depends on market price, condition, and finding a buyer. Pawn shops won t give anything more than scrap most likely. I feel a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Platinum/Palladium, platinum engagement ring, metalurgist
platinum engagement ring, metalurgist, desity: Hi Kelly, Palladium is very similar to Platinum in its visual properties. The big difference is the price (platinum - $1679/oz vs palladium - $573/oz). Platinum is denser and heavier but both will age with the same patina and look the same over time....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Prongs on engagement ring, platinum jewelery, top quality service
platinum jewelery, top quality service, platinum engagment ring: Dear Elaine, Please keep in mind that platinum is the most expensive metal used in jewelry. Not only is the metal more costly to begin with but the purity of the jewelry is much higher than with gold. For instance, a 950 platinum item is 95% pure platinum...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: puffed heart charms, heart charms, price checks
heart charms, price checks, jewelry stores: Dear Rebecca, Can you follow-up and give me an idea of the number and sizes of the puffed hearts? I might be able to give an idea of value of a similar bracelet in today s marketplace. The best way to find out is basically to go to jewelers and see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resizing a ring, ring mandrel, ring shank
ring mandrel, ring shank, perfect match: Luis, I understand how you want it to be right for this lady. A size in the USA is right at 1/10 inch or 2.5mm. To go from a 6.75 down to 5 means the ring must have 1.75 sizes removed; this amounts to about 0.17 inches or 4.4 mm. This is certainly within...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring Jewelry Identification, jewelry stamps, consolidated design
jewelry stamps, consolidated design, safe deposit box: Kenneth, It sounds like a beautiful piece. I m sorry that I don t know what the marks stand for. Here s some information that may help you do some of your own research, though. Many manufacturers use a stamp or maker s mark in their pieces to identify...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: repair of a vintage bracelet, mail order, rhinestone bracelet
mail order, rhinestone bracelet, browser address: I just found a site that may be able to help you repair your bracelet..Just click on the below url or copy and paste into your browser address field and hit enter: http://www.gemproductsjewelryrepair.com/main.html Hello Evelyn and thank you for your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing, sterling sliver, sterling rings
sterling sliver, sterling rings, promise rings: Katrina, As much as I would like to help you, at this time I cannot accept work outside the customers who come to our store. And, I did take a look at the website. The ring is quite beautiful and I can see why you like it. Unfortunate that it is only sold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring, professional jeweler, providence ri
professional jeweler, providence ri, uncas: Hello Beverly and thank you for your inquiry. Your mark indicates the item was by Uncas Manufacturing c. 1920-1988. They are located in Providence, RI and are still in business. In order to determine if the stones are diamonds you would have to have them tested...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring indentification, diamond weights, enough god
diamond weights, enough god, jewelry business: Dear David, As I state in the instructions box, I do not attempt to answer questions of trademarks of manufacturers. However, I realize most folks are not in the jewelry business beyond owning and enjoying some of it. What marks are trade marks and what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: shank on engagement ring has cracked, bench jeweler, allexperts
bench jeweler, allexperts, shank: Edna, please let me know if you have received an answer previously for this question. If not, I am sorry for the slight delay. I sent it out a day ago and wonder what is going on. I just found the question again, marked as unanswered. In any regard, thanks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: solvent for adhesive, zip lock baggies, amethyst necklace
zip lock baggies, amethyst necklace, alcohol works: Joan, likely the best solvent to try is acetone. Older fingernail polish remover contained acetone. Check the label to see on a new bottle of the stuff. You can also purchase a small container of acetone at home supply stores. Some sell only gallons but you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: TEST STONES, precious metal jewelry, danube river
precious metal jewelry, danube river, acid kit: Megan, A scratch stone used for acid testing of jewelry must do two things well to be effective: 1. Not react with the acid and cause the test to be misleading 2. Remove just enough metal from the jewelry to provide a valid streak for the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tourmalines with Water Inside, gem material, dry weather
gem material, dry weather, black crystal: Hi Genie, It is not that unusual to have a gem material with water trapped in in it. I would advise you to store it in water as well as the black one. They can lose the water if it is in a dry environment or in hot dry weather. I guess the gemologist did...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Trifari, line designers, jewelry designers
line designers, jewelry designers, trifari: Hello Angi and thank you for your inquiry. Trifari did have some nice watches, not many and they were mostly made by their specialty line designers such as Diane Love. I ve included a link below that you might find interesting but I ve found no pictures or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: tarnished gold through chemical, private jeweler, rings necklaces
private jeweler, rings necklaces, tarnished gold: Sharon, If your items are indeed karat gold (10K, 14K, 18K) and not plated or gold filled, a jeweler should be able to polish with his dremel tools and bring the shine back. I can t see from the picture, the pitting, that you describe. In my experience,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Vintage Jewelry, jewelry appraiser, vintage jewelry
jewelry appraiser, vintage jewelry, precious metals: Hello Joan and thank you for your inquiry. With no identifying marks available your only resource will be to locate similar items either in books available from your local library or bookstore or by visiting online sites and auctions such as ebay.com. Value...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage jewelry, figural pieces, jewelry books
figural pieces, jewelry books, ebay: ART or Mode-Art Jewelry of New York was active 1950 s thorugh 1980. They specialized in figural pieces including art glass and textured metal settings. They did design a Native American line of jewelry that was very popular. You might check some of the designer...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: WHITE GOLD VERSES STERLING SILVER, sterling silver ring, alloy metals
sterling silver ring, alloy metals, gold alloy: Alison, I am glad you got back with me. I want anyone who contacts me to ask more if they need more. First, let me tell you about white gold and about rhodium plating, both on white gold and on sterling silver. White gold is indeed made of gold which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold, poison oak, clorox
poison oak, clorox, white gold: If you dip them in Clorox and then rinse them well with water, it should not hurt them, but you do NOT want to leave them in there for any length of time. Clorox is corrosive and will eat into gold and leave pits. Are you sure you aren t having an allergic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold Bracelet, white gold bracelet, rope bracelet
white gold bracelet, rope bracelet, quality marks: Dear Maria, as mentioned in the instructions to the questioner, I do not try to identify manufacturer s marks. I also know most people are not in the jewelry business and may be confused as to what marks are meaningful. I will try to explain as best I can....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: west germany costume jewelry, information bout, online auctions
information bout, online auctions, precious metals: Hello Dillon and thank you for your inquiry. West Germany marks date after 1946 and the 70 is probably the manufacturer design number. Value would depend on whether they contain precious metals or gems. Since they are not marked, and if you believe they are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: white gold allergy - not nickel, is it palladium?, metal allergy, jewelry rash
metal allergy, jewelry rash, jewellery rash: Dear Emma, I will try my best. I am not certain how accurate the home test for nickel truly is. In any regard, the European standard for nickel in jewelry has greatly decreased skin sensitivity issues from jewelry. The European standard should apply...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How can I make yellow gold look 'older', cluster ring, yellowish color
cluster ring, yellowish color, gold ring: Sandra, this is the very first time I have been asked this question. And, yes, there are some ways to help age a ring even if not so effective as the actual passing of time and wearing the ring often during that time. Interesting that you should ask. Once...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10k and R letter inside bell., gold smith, bell ring
gold smith, bell ring, 10k gold: I assume you have a gold ring 10K means the amount of pure gold in the ring which is about 50% or 10K if it was 24K it would be 100% gold... 10K gold is mixed with many alloys such as copper and silver... This does make the gold stronger for certain jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 14 k gold questions, 14k ring, baking soda
14k ring, baking soda, jewelry stores: Dear Laura, Is there a 14k stamp inside the ring? Is that why you called it a 14k ring? In that case, you really should let a jeweler see it to check the metal and see if it is gold. First, at home you can clean the ring some and get a better look...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 18KGP, carat gold, gold alloy
carat gold, gold alloy, nickel silver: Tricia, I have no confirmation of what the items from 2008 actually proved to be. As with those items, a test would be prudent with newer ones you have seen claiming 18k White Gold Electroplate. Possibly testing would require X-Ray Spectrometry or another...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Would a 18k gold piece in a necklace tarnish easily?, wire coat hanger, pool chemicals
wire coat hanger, pool chemicals, gold piece: Adam, pool chemicals can be quite destructive to jewelry. What happens is that with some jewelry metals like sterling and some gold items, the chemicals can definitely tarnish the metal. Silver is the most easily affected. The gold including 18k may...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 22-24 KT chains, jewelry pawn shop, browser address
jewelry pawn shop, browser address, address field: Hello Terry and thank you for your inquiry. I am not that familiar with Baht jewelry, but to verify that they are gold you should have them professionally tested. I have listed a site below on specification of Baht jewelry that might interest you especially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 9 carat 56" long necklace, value of gold, gold prices
value of gold, gold prices, exact weight: Hello Wendy and thank you for your inquiry. I have been unable to locate your mark but would suggest that you have it professionally tested to confirm the karat gold. Value would depend on the daily market value of gold which is at the moment high. Once you...