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Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wedding ring rash, allergy, jewelry
allergy, jewelry: Hi Shannon, What the doctor said was accurate with the markings on your ring. Even if the silver is mixed with platinum, the nickle base can still cause allergies especially since the layer of silver is only 1/20 the weight of your ring. Nickel salts tend...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: class ring
Hi Jason, If you haven t tried yet, you can contact Jostens and they can help you find the owner. They might also be able to tell you more about the ring. Also if the ring is yellow lustrium, it is still coated with gold so it will tarnish, peel and chip...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Help Identify Tumbled/Polished Stone
Hi Angie, I really like the effort you put in taking the pictures and they are of high quality with good resolution. However, polished stones have an additional draw back despite of the pictures. Polishing removes identifying marks such as crystal faces and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: recognize of mineral
Hi Sotiris, Just from the photo I would guess this is a piece of quartz. It doesn t have the crystal habit of diamond. I would need to test it to be sure. Quartz is hard enough to scratch many things including glass. Diamond forms in a volcanic pipe in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can ruby be damaged by Chlorine in swimming pool?, ruby, burmese ruby
ruby, burmese ruby, caring for rubies: Dear Justin Chlorine does not damage a natural unheated ruby. Natural unheated rubies have corundum & chromium primarily in their crystal structure neither of which are reactive towards chlorine to the best of my knowledge. If the ruby is unheated or even...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 24kcl
Thank you for your question. While it s very hard to assess jewelry value or purity without seeing it I would guess that stamps means it is a piece that is either dipped in almost pure gold (gold plated) or is a very high purity level of gold. 24k gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond earing set in c chanel white gold hoop
Roger, thanks for the question. By federal regulation, when a metal quality is marked on a jewelry item, the maker s mark must be there also. This is like the maker signing off that the karat mark is correct. The stamp means the item is 14 karat gold...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Italian twisted rope chain
Dear Theresa, I honestly cannot tell a lot without the chain to work with. I have three primary suggestions to begin, the first means looking for a seller of estate jewelry. These companies are often expert in dating jewelry items. They are buyers of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Old white Jade?
Hi Andrea, This is difficult to answer without performing some testing on your specimens. The term Jade is used as a disambiguous term referring usually to two minerals. One is the mineral nephrite which is a greenish mineral belonging to the amphibole...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: pendant
Gail, While this question is best forwarded to a jeweler, I can give an educated guess as a mineralogist. The 925 maybe indeed silver, indicating that the piece is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metal alloys, usually copper. A quick and easy silver test can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking regarding metal content
Dear Daniel, Please follow the link to the Dublin Assay Office: http://www.assay.ie/Symbols-Dates-Guide/Hallmarks-Explained Go to the site and compare your marks with those provide by the Assay Office. As for the s symbol, I do not see enough...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: rings
Thanks for the photos, however the focus is off and I honestly cannot see the stones very well. WhatI csan say is the settings appear to be sterling silver: Look for the mark sterling or 925 on the rings to see if silver. Diamonds of that size simply would...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: White Gold
Dear Emma, Did they also tell you HOW the two different carats of gold would react? The 9ct band is somewhat harder than the 18ct in general and the engagement ring might show wear more quickly. That is the only true problem. An 18k band would more...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 10k white gold ring
Sorry, I checked for pending questions and found yours, three days late. Allexperts was negligent in sending the question to me and I have not yet received it from them. Allan, the star symbol is not significant except to help identify the maker or place...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Opal
Hi again Kavina, This one is even more difficult... I have a feeling it s not opal The shot under flash , makes me think it s shell or even carved ammonite Opal should respond differently .. Without a better image I would only guessing It looks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: fracture filled diamonds & Rhodium plating
Dear Richard, Do you know what manufacturer supplies your filled diamonds? Yehuda produced the ones we sold and Yehuda offered to redo the filling if damaged in the shop. It is certainly possible for a jeweler to get hold of a filled diamond and not notice...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold ring
Thank you for your question Susan. Like any ring value has to do with the metal weight, center/side stones and condition. While there are vintage/antique rings that are very valuable, most are not worth much more then the actual material value. Unlike old...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Repairing a wedding band broke in half with different color solder
Hello, Dee. I believe to repair his ring with rose gold is a fine way to do this. Whether or not your gold may be used depends on how much is needed to repair his ring and dimensions or shape and size of the gold you may provide. A good jeweler may figure...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring wear
Dean, I hesitate to comment on quality without seeing the ring. However,I believe the stone setting workmanship or prong repair is not up to standards I would accept, considering losses continue. It is quite possible that the ring when new was not well...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Silver bracelet
Kavinda, Thank you for your question and choosing to ask me. The stones in the image seem to be quartz or moonstones but it is impossible to know for sure unless it is examined in person by a gem expert. If you have a certified appraiser in your area...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what does stamp mean?
Thank you again for your question. Stamps after purity marks generally indicate the designer or jewelry maker that made the actual ring. If you purchased the ring and it was made for you that would be my best guess, if you purchased it from a jeweler as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: vintage cross
Der Andres, Esemco jewelry is seen often in auctions such as eBay of vintage items. I would suspect it is from the early part of the 1900 s butg not bring an antique seller cannot say for sure. The photo is not quite clear enough to make out detail. Please...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: VS diamonds becoming cloudy during prong repair
Jill, I hope your complaint to the BBB brings some good from the entire affair. When I have been around business owners who behave like this: The jeweler examined the cloudy stones for authenticity - all while the owner drilled me as to where else I had...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: au plating part surface getting nlur
I will try to answer your question. However, I am missing the chemistry detail in your description. Are you talking about gold plating using a solution and an anode / cathode system? Are you trying to gold plate by single immersion without an electric current?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Prong
Dear Nicole, Normally this would not be seen on a new ring, however, a jeweler should be able to fix it with relative ease. The jeweler will examine the spot and determine if it can be gently buffed away. If the spot is actually a defect in the prong...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a diamond ring
James, I suspect the gemstone is not a diamond. Why? Because it is very unusual for a large diamond to be mounted in sterling silver. Gold or Platinum are more in keeping with a nice diamond and provide much more security because the metals are substantially...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Much loved hinged bangle too small
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Much loved hinged bangle too small

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Much loved hinged bangle too small
Dear Rose, there are conditions involved in adding length to a bangle bracelet. If the bangle is hollow with a built in clasp, extending would possibly include adding a section of another bangle by installing suitable fastener ends to a cut out section of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: resizing a ring from 5.5 to 7.5
Dear Marjean, Resizing should be possible and will require cutting the ring where it was brazed(joined together with hard gold solder) to make it smaller the first time, expanding the circle to a 7.5 and brazing in a matching section of gold large enough...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Slag Glass or Natural?
Hi Star, There is indeed some green obsidian found in Oregon. However, the green Oregon obsidian is usually greenish grey and opaque, never really clear and transparent. Your sample is very clear and that is the trademark of slag glass. From the looks in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: small sterling knife
Cecilia, What you describe sounds like hallmarks used in Great Britain. This link will help: www.theassayoffice.co.uk Items meet speific standards and are submitted to the assay office , then stamped to become legal to sell. Here is a list of the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamp markings on inside of rings.
Answering letter codes on jewelry is NOT my expertise. While the 925 definitely is the silver content of the metal, as far as the UD stamp is concerned I could take an educated guess. UD maybe the manufacturer Ultra Diamonds which now is Kay Jewelers. But...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Stamps inside a sapphire ring
Most experts here do no try to answer questions on makers marks because unless we happen to recognize the mark right off, we have to search to find an answer, just as you would have to do. There is one mark which applies to metal quality, the 375. This is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Star of India gem
Hi Kari, Black star of India or Black Star Diopsides don t really sell for very much, one carat typically sells under a dollar or less. To be sure of the exact value. I recommend going to a jeweler to have your gem checked out. Best of luck, Jonatho...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What's a Black Star of India gemstone worth?
That depends if this is a real Black Star of India gem, which is the mineral corundum (Al2O3) or if this is a diopside mineral (CaMg(Si2O6)), marketed as an imitation black star of india. If you can see the star within the stone, you can tell. The inferior...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Star of India gemstone, Black Star of India, Wholesale Gemstone
Black Star of India, Wholesale Gemstone: Hi Kari The Black Star of India can mean 2 gemstones : 1. Diopside : a very cheap stone. You should be able to find one in the range of $2-$20. 2. Star Sapphire of dark bluish black color : natural star sapphires are expensive & the prices are generally...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: blue diamond, diamond education
diamond education: Hi Stephanie, Thanks for your question. What I can say for now is that unfortunately I wont be able to tell from pictures if a diamond is real or not as diamond inspection involves multiple tests to be conducted on the gem itself. Another thing is that synthetic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Genuine tanzanite
Hi Kari, Unfortunately it is always difficult to identify a mineral from pictures. And one of the pictures is very blurry. Tanzanite is the blue variety of the mineral zoisite, Ca2Al3(SiO4)3(OH), a Calcium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide. Most tanzanite...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Content
Dear Samuel, If that is the only marking, the information is insufficient to know what it might mean. I can tell you that in the USA those marks have no relationship with the quality of the metal. In Great Britain a C is used instead of the k used...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Help me identify 2 types of stones
Polished stones are notoriously difficult to identify without the actual specimen in hand, because unfortunately polishing removes many diagnostic features from the stone that could give clues about the stones identity. For your three little stones I am really...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What kinda ring do I have?
Hi Noemi, The ring you are describing sounds similar to a ring with a Egyptian Horus falcon design, although typically, the symbol under each foot for the Horus falcon are shen rings (a circle with a line at a tangent to it, instead of stars) and he has a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: please help identify
Hi Lorna, What you have there might be nickel indeed, the next one looks like broken glass, the edges smoothened after a time of being buried most likely. The last one looks like some kind of raw crystal--most likely quartz. If you want to be sure what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Remove superglue from jewelry
Dear Sherry, Cement applied to the prongs is a last resort method of holding the stone secure or an attempt to keep prong tips from snagging on garments and hose. If this must be done, meaning the prong tips likely cannot be pushed tighter to the gems or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring
Thank you for the pictures. While I am not an expert in faceting, it looks to me like an emerald cut . (This is the definition of this particular type of faceting, your stone is NOT an emerald). There are a few possible candidates given the very light pink...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Scratched topaz
Colleen, this work will require services of both jeweler and lapidary(gem cutter). A jeweler is needed to remove the gem from the bezel setting and that must be done with care. When re-cut, the jeweler will need to set the gem into the brooch or other setting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: screw on gems for mothers rings
Dear Lucy, Thanks for the clear photos. After seeing the ring, I do believe settings may be soldered on for new stones. At the same time, please have the present settings checked to be sure the prongs are secure and not too worn on the gems. Adding stones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Can't identify a Ring!!
Hi Michael, Those numbers and the letters might be inventory code and/or the makers mark. If you are looking to sell the ring, or any of your jewelries, the only way to know their value is going to a appraiser/jeweler. The jewelries have to be inspected...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite, Tanzanite, Gemstone
Tanzanite, Gemstone: Hi Kari The photos are not clear. But from the color it looks more like Amethyst than Tanzanite. I maybe able to help you better from a better picture. Alternatively you can show it to a trusted independent jeweler. Best regards Sambhav Karnawat Suranas...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite question
Hi Kari, Regretfully, I won t be able to determine the authenticity of your gem through a picture. The only way to know if it is real is have it checked out in person by a gemologist because tests will have to be performed on it to evaluate what kind of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is my tanzanite real?
you need to bring it in person to more than one gemologist and It should be established reputable business that you can trust.... Also I would not keep it out of my sight or leave it overnight.. there Is always a possibility that it has a high-value...and...

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

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: fixing a 10k small linked gold chain
While I would recommend going to a local Jeweler to get a quote (check online reviews before), it should cost no more than $20-30 including labor. If you are so inclined, you can send it to us and you would receive that price plus shipping. Let me know...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ?gold bullion bar
FR is not something I recognize and probably doesn t have any significance. I believe it stands for the jeweler or the manufacturer. I don t think it should matter where it came from because if its real gold it will be worth the same regardless of what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Greetings
Donny, I saw news about the destructive volcano and hoped for peace and safety for those in the path of ash. Now, looking at the photos of the blade, I understand why the smith might consider the design eccentric. Apparently, this intriguing design...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: HELP WITH IDENTIFICATION/GEMSTONE
Sorry I have not heard that gemologist in San Francisco as far as I know you need to get a report before anybody would put a value on your item so the report is the first step if it reports and inferior, stone, the value will reflect that if it reports to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identify my ring
Hi Jessie, You did the right thing by taking it to an appraiser but them not giving you paper work on the value and the worth of the piece is troubling. While it is extremely hard to value a ring by a description or even with a picture of that matter,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Resize up (1/2-1 size)
Hi, Derek. Your question is appreciated and I do have an answer for you. Your description of the ring allows me to be much more accurate than if you had simply said pave with no indication of where the stones are located. This information is vital. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring
Thank you for your pictures. However, they are somewhat fuzzy . Answering your question is problematic without seeing the actual ring and stones. If you know for a fact that the white stones are real diamonds then it can been assumed with a high probability...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring
Hi Jaime, If you want to find out if the ring is real, you would have to take it to an appraiser or a jeweler because tests would have to be performed on the ring. The RSC 925 label could mean that it is real. 925 typically stands for sterling silver and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cubic Zirconia Setting
Dear Martina, Thank you very much for including the illustrated rendering of the ring. This is apparently a software enabled rendering and often the program includes instructions for a milling or wax printing machine. Thius process is a good one and results...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Enlarging Larimar beads holes
Hi Sandra, Carbide Drill Bit is the strongest drill bit we know of for jewelry manufacturing. Try and get a short length drill bit if possible. In terms of getting out the old drill bits, that would be extremely hard to do and there is no normal operating...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: identifying selenite
Mitzie, Sorry that it took me so long to get back to your question. I thought that I had already answered it. Apparently, I did not. So, here it goes: While it is always difficult to identify minerals from pictures, I can often offer a good educated...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Embedding gemstones in glass
Dear Liz, I am now curious where your book is headed You have caught my attention. Is it feasible to embed gemstones could be in colored glass, and then the glass put into stained glass windows? I have worked with stained glass and the last part should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: please send me in right direction
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: please send me in right direction

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question about ring
Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question about ring

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold ring and chlorine, Chlorine, Water
Chlorine, Water, Bleach: Hi Jescole Sorry to hear that. Chlorine is known to lead to disintegration of prongs. It is quite possible that the bleach may have damaged the prongs. It is always recommended that you remove the ring while using bleach or swimming. Sambhav Karnawat a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Jewelry selling concerns.
Hi Laura, For international customers we always request a wire transfer which will keep you (as a merchant) safe. This is the payment method you should receive and once you receive it you can ship it to anywhere they quest. Best, Jonathon Ohayon...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Metal jewelry from Liquidation Channel
Hi Darline, I am not a jeweler and I would definitely direct your question toward an expert in jewelry, since my background is minerals. However, from the sounds of it the term looks like a sales hype and would be nothing else than taking a brass metal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: please send me in right direction
Monica, For most retail jewelers, processing of rough gemstones is not profitable. To see what you really have and what might be suitable for cutting into usable gemstones, I suggest you locate a gem and mineral store who might be able to recommend a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: question about ring
Dear Ricky, The mark you indicate is confusing and does not match quality marks for jewelry recognized in the United States. This US Regulations do not not hold true for all countries but I do know your marking is also is not a legal marking in Great Britain....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Finish Question
I am back with an answer. ------------------ Gloria, generally three types of antiquing methods are used on fraternal, school and military type rings: 1) A durable flat color paint material applied and highlights wiped or buffed to remove the antiquing material,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: determining stone and rock
Here is a table that might help determining the your rocks. First you will need a bottle of dilute acid. Hydrochloric acid (HCl) works well. A 5% to 7% solution works well. You also need a nail or knife. When you get a rock, make sure the surface is clean...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: odd rocks
Lori, Without having the actual sample to look at, your rocks appear to be pieces of slag, a common and sometimes pretty byproduct of metal smelting. When metal ore is processed and melted, impurities, such as molten rock, rise to the top of the melt...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ring reconstruction
JS, the holes beneath the diamonds allow for cleaning. Yes, this does make the ring somewhat less strong at that area but in my experience, it should work fine if the work is properly done. For best strength and security of the new large setting, a small...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergy to Platinum ring
Dear Greg, Reading your comments, I doubt you will gain further in a solution working with Gavin. They can assure you about the metal content but they cannot guarantee against metal sensitivities which for some unknown reason may be peculiar to your case....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Engagement Ring Hallmark
Hi Melissa, Unfortunately, I don t recognize those symbols. I think what you should do is go to any local Jeweler and have it appraised so they can verify if the diamond you purchased is real and any other material on the ring. If it is not... I wouldn...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mixing platinum setting with a white 18 karat band
Dear Paula, The high karat white gold will work ok but over time differences in how gold and platinum wear will be apparent. The platinum will get dull in general and the gold will scratch more readily and may(depending on the alloy) start to show a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: what does R mean
Hi Tina, It could be the makers mark , it may be R for Rose gold but by your picture it dont seem to be . No , I must admit I ve seem some unusual marks inside rings lately .. Im sorry I cant give you a better answer .. but we can be sure It certainly...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tiffany real vs fake
Hi Ani, I hope you are doing well. I don t think you should be concerned with whether it is a real Tiffany or not since that will be very difficult. You should take it to a local jeweler to see if the material is real. If it looks like Tiffany...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: water stains on white gold wedding band?
Dear Debbie, Was the engagement ring sized or just the engagement band? This could explain why the “spotting” is on one and not the other. Regardless, I suspect the spotted appearance is due to heat from brazing (if a piece was added to change the size...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: .925 sterling
David, I certainly appreciate your comments. Often on this end, answers are sometimes not read. Sometimes there are no ratings or comments. It is comments of thank you like this one from you that let me know how I am filling the need and keep me interested...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 95% finished keris
Donny, in my most sincere opinion, I am highly pleased with your new keris. The scabbard is unlike any form I expected to see yet is quite complementary to the blade. When the blade is withdrawn, I can almost hear an Ahhh sound from the surprised viewer,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Bracelet
Marcia, while am expert in jewelry design, custom work and repair, I am not an expert in identification of the literally thousands of manufacturer marks. I will give you help in doing exactly what I would have to do run down a manufacturer s mark. As for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold and silver marks
Dear David, I accidentally deleted my answer, complete but for one sentence and signature! Here we go once again. The 925 mark is almost exclusively associated with sterling silver. In fact, years ago when a standard was needed for coinage, the standard...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marking
Jacqui, The best approach is for you to look at recognized hallmarks and compare the marks to those in your ring. I say this because what you describe is not something I recognize right off. Also, a worn mark may appear to be something it is not. This...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Tanzanite
Debra, You will need to use the follow-up option to tell me exactly how political correctness is of concern to you. I have no honest idea what you are talking about! As for tanzanite being inexpensive, it does not rank up there with fine rubies and sapphires...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: is an acrylic/plastic piece electroplated in gold considered a jewel?
Dear Ana, This reply was delayed because the allexperts site did not inform me of pending questions prior to today, September 10, several days late in delivery. I have asked that the situation of late question delivery to the experts be rectified but have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gem appraisal
will one way to get some idea of the value is to go to eBay and find the exact same stone then to the left you will find a option to click sold items… This is items that have already sold giving you a pretty clear picture of what he is actually were just because...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gem repair
Dave, unfortunately, this gets into the world of definitely nasty and possibly dangerous chemicals. The wiki answer(link below) tells more than I can explain and will illustrations. Dave, keep in mind, silvered rhinestones are the older ones. Newer stones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: gold chain
Kinita, prior to 1900 it would be rare to see karat marks. Terms like solid gold were not uncommon. I seriously doubt the 1913 is a date and recommend that a reputable jeweler should see the chain and test the metal if there appears any reason to doubt the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Gold Electroplating on acrylic, further comments
Ana, this is essentially electroformed jewelry with the core left intact. The core would present major problems if another jeweler tried to repair the item and any heat was used. If pushed to say high quality or not, I would likely say no. It likely should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Hand blown glass plate
Hi Nikki, As a mineralogist this question is outside of my expertise, unless you want to do some non-destructive materials testing. However, I can try to give you some educated guesses in your hunt to decipher the makers of your plate. I found a collection...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: markings on a ring
I believe Tru-Blu is the name of the company since I was able to find their rings being sold on ebay and several other places. I wouldn t necessarily worry about where it s from because you can simply go to a local Jeweler to have it appraised, if that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: mothers ring with screw on heads
Susan, this is a tough one. All I had from very old stock are gone. It is a wild chance but you might try http://www.palomarjewelry.com/. I seem to recall they sold those styles years ago. Otherwise, eBay might have some. If no luck, remove stones which...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Need help identifying what I found !
Hi Kylie, Identification from mineral pictures and descriptions is always a little difficult. However, there are some indicators that might be helpful. Quartz is a very good possibility since it is incredibly common. The described bubbles would also be common...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Preparing graphite mold for silver pour
While not all jewelers preheat the mold, I have found incomplete filling is sometimes a result of pouring into a cold mold. Simply play the torch around the outside then the inside of the mold until it is hot. If hot enough for the borax to glisten, it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring marked 925 with EC??
hello Rita I am assuming it is a silver ring that s why the .925 is there indicating that it is sterling silver if it looks gold I think it would mean that it s just vermele over silver the other marking on the ring EC could be different things it could be...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: silver ring with 925 11nv engraved
Unfortunately I am not a jeweler and you should redirect the question to such an expert. My educated guess would be that 925 relates to the amount / purity of silver used in the ring per 1000 parts. Or in other words, the ring contains 92.5% silver, but this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wedding Band Style for Husband
Dear Leeana, Does the finger skin puff up a little on the edges of the band? If so, he can likely benefit from a wider band. Otherwise, my best recommendation is simply to visit several jewelers and he should try on different styles. We can guess what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Wedding Band Style
Hi Leeana, A flat band design is a great alternative. Here are three examples: http://www.brilliance.com/wedding-rings/beveled-mens-band-white-gold-4-mm http://www.brilliance.com/wedding-rings/low-dome-mens-band-white-gold-4.5-mm http://www.brilliance.com/wedding-rings/comfort-fit-flat-mens-band-white-gold-6-mm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Authenticate Emerald Heirloom Ring
Dear Amanda, I will try to provide a few basic tests and considerations in gemstone identification. 1.The first clue as to authenticity of the stone is based on the company it keeps. Size Chart: http://www.gemselect.com/calibrated-size/calibrated-size-chart.php...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: duralite
The DURALITE trademark was filed by J. JENKINS SONS CO., INC. of BALTIMORE for their specific line of jewelry on 2/1999, but this name has been abandoned since 4/2000 and is no longer in use. On their own website they define Duralite as comparable to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: How to remove varnish from Kyanite?
Hi Alison, Good question and not easily answered. First I am concerned why varnish was applied in the first place. It is possible that your kyanite pendant was brittle and the varnish is keeping the individual segments and pieces together. By removing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ring, legal stamp
legal stamp: Dear Shirley, Jewelry items imported into the USA need to be marked with metal quality in the same way other jewelry sold in the USA is marked. In other words, 14k could be marked 14k or the numerical equivalent mark which is 585. 18k is 18k or 750. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: is stone glass or semi precious gem
you need to get to that stone to a gemologist or goldsmith or a rock cutter who is reputable... I would ask before if he will charge you to determine what it is...? Usually there is no charge for this kind of service unless you want a full appraisal... ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 22k gold bracelet, broken rings, jewlery store
broken rings, jewlery store, 22ct gold: G day Donna and many thanks for your query. I hope the jeweler gave you back the 4 links they removed, as this is scrap gold and together with old earrings or broken rings can be sold or even meted down to make something new for you in years to come. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 3 rings bonded together..., google search, telltale signs
google search, telltale signs, 3 rings: Dear Andrew M. Lisa, First thanks for the question. I do these when I get home from work and now is the time. : ) We often join a set of rings together at the customer s request. Generally, we can just as easily take the rings apart. The rings...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Should I have my 32-year-old Diamond GIA Certified?, quality diamond, scott mckay
quality diamond, scott mckay, ring diamond: The Answer is Yes Have GIA Certify The Diamond. GIA does not set a value to the diamond. Once the GIA Cert is done then you see an Independent Appraiser to do the Appraisal. I ts done this way for many reasons. You want a fair estimated replacement value...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 4-leaf clover?, leaf clover, jewelry appraiser
leaf clover, jewelry appraiser, art deco: Hello Rob and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately, I cannot locate any information for a mark like you describe. You might take it to an estate jewelry appraiser for checking and authenticating. I ll continue to check some other resources and if I locate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 50'S GOLD ROLEX AND GOLD LADIES OMEGA, gold rolex, jewelry appraisers
gold rolex, jewelry appraisers, current market value: Hello Susy and thank you for your inquiry. Values depend on several variances - metal content i.e. karat gold, condition and market/desirability. If you wish to sell the items, a professional appraisal might be a good idea. There are also online appraisal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 694 carat golden rare topez, carlsbad california, topez
carlsbad california, topez, google: I really am not an expert in selling gems.. but this is what I would strongly recommend.. find the GIA which is located in Carlsbad California by Google.. write them and tell them what you have.. there are very reputable and I think they could steer you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 750 marking, white gold rings, gold jewelry
white gold rings, gold jewelry, pure gold: Hi, Amanda. The number markings on precious gold jewelry are a bit of confusion to lots of people. We are generally used to seeing a karat or silver mark like this: 10K, 14K, 18K, Sterling, etc. The numbers mean the same thing. For 14k the number is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 765 on Earrings, garage sale, digital photo
garage sale, digital photo, google: Dear Debbie, I m sorry, this marking is not familiar to me. I even tried to Google it and came up with nothing (and that s unusual these days!). Could you please send me a better description of your jewelry and, preferably, a digital photo? I d be happy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 80 yr old ring, platinum wedding bands, diamond engagement rings
platinum wedding bands, diamond engagement rings, antique engagement rings: Dear Cathy, whether white gold or platinum, I would cherish that wedding band. It sounds like you have a true antique with much history happening during the time it was originally worn. The idea that white gold was not used during the early 20th century...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 825 china gold, 14k chains, gold marks
14k chains, gold marks, gold content: James, thanks for this question. The number mark on the bracelet might be for the gold content or it might be simply an identification mark of a bracelet style used by the manufaturer. To clear things up, let me explain gold marks and what the numbers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 825 Silver Mark, british hallmarks, sterling silver
british hallmarks, sterling silver, antique mall: Thank you for your inquiry. You are right in that 925 does indicate sterling silver. There is quite a bit of 800 silver and even 750 so there may be an 825 blend also. Scams are always possible so it is best to have it checked if you are in doubt. A jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 8mm x 22mm facetted amethyst stone, amethyst stone, cutting stone
amethyst stone, cutting stone, ebay: HI MARLENE, BEST PLACE TO LOOK FOR A STONE IS ON EBAY. PLEASE SAY WHAT SHAPE, IS IT A MARQUISE, OCTOGON, OVAL ETC. WHEN YOUR ORDERING. THEY WILL ALSO GIVE A CERT. OF AUTHENTICITY FROM WHOMEVER YOU BUY FROM. I DO NOT CUT STONES. IT IS BETTER TO HAVE SOMEONE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 9 or 18 carat gold?, 18 carat gold, experience peace
18 carat gold, experience peace, answer tomorrow: Follow-up for March 9, 2006. USA time. Dear Barb, Thanks for the follow-up. This will help a bit in giving my thoughts on the choice of a mans wedding band in either 9kt or 18kt. First, the reason I asked you if heavy work was involved with your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 mark on a gold bracelet, tiny diamonds, gold bracelet
tiny diamonds, gold bracelet, sentimental value: Marie- It appears that it is sterling silver and the diamonds,if they are diamonds, may only be small commercial single cuts, or in layman s terms CHIPS . Not worth very much, but does have sentimental value...enjoy it with good health all the best Le...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 marking, antique jewelry, sterling silver
antique jewelry, sterling silver, tri color: G day Gail and many thanks for your query The 925 (sometimes shown as .925) is the decimal mark for Sterling Silver which is graded out of 1000 (being pure silver). Don t let the other colors fool you - they are simply colored silver too. Items like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925 serling silver, breathing holes, sterling silver
breathing holes, sterling silver, silver ring: Hi Todd the 925 is sterling silver. The MT is the casters or manufacturers hallmarrk. The holes behind the colorless stones does not indicate thart they are diamonds just that they are properly set. I hope that anwers your questions. Sincerely Jeanett...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Is the 925 on silver always trustworthy?, sterling ring, cream silver
sterling ring, cream silver, liquid silver: G day again AJ The typical liquid silver cleaner (like Goddards) simply removes the tarnish build up, so I wouldn t recommend you do that too often. The cream is more of a polish, but if your item is scratched or worn, all you would do then is polish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: 925?, gold bracelet, sterling silver
gold bracelet, sterling silver, thin layer: hello Gloria.. .925 is for sterling Silver... it indicates that it is 92.5% pure silver and 7.2% other alloys such as copper, so it can be used for jewelry by making it harder. you probably had a thin layer of gold over silver.. which is still a very nice...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What is 969?, number stamps, jewelry business
number stamps, jewelry business, endless search: Angela, thanks for this question. I do ask that you thank me if you want to but that is not needed but please do not give me a rating on this answer! Why? Well, I quit trying to identify jewelry by the trademarks some time ago. It was a frustrating and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: AB Sterling, bar mitzvah gifts, shabbat table
bar mitzvah gifts, shabbat table, sifrei torah: I have never heard of AB Silver.. I found this on the internet..maybe it helps? ABsilver.com is a one stop silver shop for all your sterling silver needs. Whether for yourself or as a gift, you are sure to find the perfect sterling silver item at the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Acrylic jewelry making, charity fundraiser, badge maker
charity fundraiser, badge maker, acrylic material: Hello Carol, this is a little bit outside of my field but my suggestion is that you go to an artists supplier and look for the acrylic material. You should be able to find moulds and pins to make the badges, then you need only reproduce your logo on sheet...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Advice for beginers, jewelry shop, final answer
jewelry shop, final answer, gem stones: The Pictures...if you still can t open the pictures buy highlighting and rightclick to copy then paste in the browser, there is another way: email. Allexperts keeps my email addys and your private and does not give it to me. A machine inbetween sends the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Advice needed, got help from the last answer, jewelry appraisals, ebay
jewelry appraisals, ebay, many thanks: G day Swapnadip and many thanks for your follow up question. However; there is nothing more I can really add. Read everything on the website and do a comparison shop on places like eBay or similar. At least that will give you an idea on Price in the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: In Afghanistan, steven covey, afghanistan
steven covey, afghanistan: Hi Joseph, What are you buying? Unless you have knowledge and experience in the type of stone you are buying it is difficult. You would need a consultant to help you. They would need to be there with you. Maybe you could take pictures to get help. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Agates, lake superior agates, little tiny pieces
lake superior agates, little tiny pieces, rocks minerals: Hi Mary! Wow you are so lucky to be able to collect these agates. When I was going to school in Germany I collected agates that were found around Idar Oberstein. OK, back to Lake Superior: Here is some great info: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/education/geology/digging/agate.html...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aguamarine, gia diamond grading, aquamarine stone
gia diamond grading, aquamarine stone, heat treatment: I am not an expert on aquamarine.. I see them listed from $5-$20,000.... if you feel this one is valuable. Contact the links below for GIA.. they can give you a lab report. And they are the best in the country... between heat treatment and synthetics. This...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Alexandrite, diamond tester, purple stone
diamond tester, purple stone, jeweller: Hi Sarah. Of course without seeing the stone, I can t speculate on what it might be. I think she may have paid exactly what that jeweller s service was worth...nothing. There is a purple stone that many people call alexandrite that is actually a synthetic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Allergy to Ring?, red itchy rash, platinum family
red itchy rash, platinum family, platinum ring: Hi Christi. White gold is routinely alloyed down with nickel. Nickel causes allergic reactions in a lot of people. It s probably showing up now, because your ring was plated in rhodium (the whitest member of the platinum family) when you bought it. This...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: AMETHYST, steven covey, question steven
steven covey, question steven, color choices: Hi again, I need an email address to send you pictures. I will need to know more about your ring. Do you want to size up or down? What size is it now? On setting the ring will we need to retip or repair the crown? Or can we just set the stone? Send...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amber, lapidary hobbyists, lapidary service
lapidary hobbyists, lapidary service, fossilized resin: Thanks for this lapidary question, Anita. Lapidary is the word used to describe stone cutting. I did lots of this years ago and enjoyed it. I am not sure if what you have is the fossilized resin called Amber or if you refer to an amber colored stone....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Amethyst necklace, small diamonds, costume jewelry
small diamonds, costume jewelry, victorian period: Hello Mary jo and thank you for your inquiry. First you need to determine the construction of the piece. For that, you should take it to a gemologist or professional estaste jeweler - perhaps one recommended by a local antique mall or museum. Whether or not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ametrine VVS 1, gemologist appraiser, jewelry appraisals
gemologist appraiser, jewelry appraisals, quartz group: G day Ulysses and many thanks for your query. The simple answer is Whatever you can get for it because there is no fixed price for anything - including jewelry and gemstones. You as a willing buyer payed what you thought was a fair price to a willing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique aquamarine ring, aquamarine ring, jewelry manufacturers
aquamarine ring, jewelry manufacturers, karat gold: Hello Teresa ! Sounds like you have a beautiful ring ! You are correct about the 14K. The CB and cross could be the manufacturer, but I have been unable to locate that particular mark in my resources. The CB could also be the original owner. Many times initials...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Bangle Bracelet, gold bangle bracelet, gold plate
gold bangle bracelet, gold plate, mark 1: G day Diane and many thanks for your query. You are right to suggest it is not gold - but gold plate. The mark 1/20 often means it is 1/20th Microns thick - that is the thickness of the plating. Some of these delightful old bangles were hinged with the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Broach, gold tone metal, tiny beads
gold tone metal, tiny beads, antiques shop: Hello Kiesha and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds like you may have a piece of Mosaic jewelry. Most of it comes from Italy and looks similar to that you describe. Unfortunately, photos cannot be uploaded to this site, but you may be able to find similar...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique diamond and sapphire ring, jewelry appraisals, antique jewelry
jewelry appraisals, antique jewelry, jeweller: G day Amy and many thanks for your query. Antique jewelry is MORE likely to be stamped than not - so just because there is a lack of a stamp, doesn t mean it is Antique (100 years old or more). What did the jewelers receipt say? There should have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Finish Removal on Gold Rings, 14k white gold, special paint
14k white gold, special paint, black paint: Chris, I am disappointed the solvent did not work for you. I do not have other solvents to recommend, at least anything safe to use without specialized ventilation hoods! Even those may not do it. At this point, I suspect the dark patina may be a plated finish...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Green tourmaline Ring, jewelry appraisal services, jewelry appraiser
jewelry appraisal services, jewelry appraiser, green tourmaline ring: Hello Regina - Sounds like you have a very pretty ring. I do not have this company listed in any of my resources, nor the crown-U mark on the other ring. I deal mostly in costume jewelry and you may get more information from a gemologist. There are some online...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique hallmark, 20th century jewelry, british hallmarks
20th century jewelry, british hallmarks, jewelry appraisals: G day Chey and many thanks for your query. Let s take the marks one at a time, because they are classic UK Full Hallmarks. The first is simply the Maker s Mark or Manufactures stamp. In this case the JH&S is probably a store name such as John Hill and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique ID: when/where is my necklace made?, costume jewellry, jewelry appraisals
costume jewellry, jewelry appraisals, browser search: Hello Kelly. Thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace sounds lovely. Without seeing the piece, it would be very difficult to even guess at the age. The 925 means that the piece is sterling silver. The TH could be the manufacturer/designer name, however I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Irish Brooch, tara brooches, tara brooch
tara brooches, tara brooch, celtic revival: Hello Jennifer and thank you for your inquiry. The brooch you have is called a Tara brooch. These typically held local stones such as cairngorm, carnelian, quartz, etc. I don t believe amber was extensively used. In order to determine the metal construction...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Jade Bracelet, budah, jade bracelet
budah, jade bracelet, metal content: Hello Crystal and thank you for writing. Sounds like you have a lovely bracelet. Oriental style bracelets have enjoyed a continued popularity over the decades. Jade was a popular material since it was easy to carve. Popular symbols were budah, pagoda, monkey...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Jewelry, c jeanenne bell, ebay
c jeanenne bell, ebay, vintage jewelry: The internet is a great place for resource. You are only limited by the time you have to browse ! There are many jewelry sites and auctions such as ebay.com to find pictures and descriptions of the items. A book I have found to be a great asset in determining...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Jewelry, certified gemologist, safe bet
certified gemologist, safe bet, graduate gemologist: Hi Christe, Thank You for writing. I Think it is worth checking out. Without seeing it, it would be impossible to say. Make an appointment with a Graduate Gemologist (GIA)or Certified Gemologist(AGS) and have he or she take a look at it. It s always a safe...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Jewelry, fabpage, antique jewelry
fabpage, antique jewelry, botticelli: Hello Sonya - Eventhough I have had several pieces of Botticelli jewelry, I have been unable to locate any information about the designer. I am checking some new resource books and if I do find anything I will post it on my Designer s Jewelry Page at http://jarrett.fabpage.com/JarJadeIndex.htm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique jewelry, antique jewelry, gold content
antique jewelry, gold content, 3 pieces: G day Barbara and many thanks for your query. I don t know where you got the idea that items pre 1906 don t have hallmarks? They have been stamping jewelry since the 14th Century. And what s stopping someone NOT stamping jewelry today to pretend it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique men's bracelet markings, fleur de lis, approximate age
fleur de lis, approximate age, fdl: G day Mac and many thanks for your query However I am unable to help you as the FDL is not a standard country hallmark, yet it continues to pop up its ugly head from time to time without answers? You would think that the fleur-de-lis would have some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique necklace, crimping pliers, traditional craftsmanship
crimping pliers, traditional craftsmanship, colored strings: Tammy, I am far from expert in the centuries old traditional craftsmanship of Iran. However, I have seen necklaces like you describe, from Afghanistan. Some made today still follow the traditional ways and established designs. Resources of materials are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Pearl Ring Filigree Setting, heart shapes, pearl ring
heart shapes, pearl ring, christmas present: G day Adam and many thanks for your query The first thing I should say is - You are not a fool and I doubt your fiance would even consider you one. This sound like a very nice gift to me and I am sure she will love it. Great Brownie Points here too...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Platinum Ring, diamond engagement ring, antique platinum
diamond engagement ring, antique platinum, sort answer: G day Christopher and many thanks for your query The sort answer is YES! The long answer is But it will take you a long time. The Crescent mark has been used by many countries while the date letter K should (once you track down the country - and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Ring Question, shiny appearance, blue topaz
shiny appearance, blue topaz, vintage jewelry: Hello Doreen - It is possible that the ring you purchased does have lead content. Usually the lead is mixed with an alloy or coated to have a shiny appearance. It is a very dangerous practice and most of the time is imported. If you know the dealer the ring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Ring Question, blue topaz, antique jewelry
blue topaz, antique jewelry, antique ring: Hello Doreen, I am not aware of any one using lead to make jewellery, as a metal it simply would not stand up to usage. I think you should go to a competent,reputable jeweller and have your ring appraised, although this may cost you it will reveal the truth....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Scottish Brooch/Pin, brooch pin, dogs head
brooch pin, dogs head, great grandmother: Hello Vickie - Your brooch sounds very interesting. If the brooch is not stone, it could be jet, or bakelite. Bog Oak is another possiblity depending on the age. Your description is very good but it is impossible for me to actually offer any useful information...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Vanity style doulbe headed swan lipstickholder, nigel yates, ebay
nigel yates, ebay, jade eyes: G day Stephanie and many thanks for your query Firstly don t assume it s gold. From the description - maybe not. There are certainly thousands of items which look gold yet are a base metal underneath (think gold COLORED watches for example). This item...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Antique Wedding Ring (Hallmark)?, hallmarks, wedding ring
hallmarks, wedding ring, general principles: G day Amy and many thanks for your query The problem with Hallmarks is that there in NO WORLD CENTRAL REGISTRY to which all countries (or individual jewelers) have to comply. The marks for Britain or Europe are older (since 1300) while in the States...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Appraisal, jewelry appraisals, appraisal center
jewelry appraisals, appraisal center, jewelry appraisal: G day Rick and many thanks for your query Firstly it is illegal for me to give an appraisal on an item I cannot see, feel, measure or touch. You can - but I can t. Also you mentioned it is a Tanzanite which you then state is a clarity of SI3-I2 (there...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine, bright sky, rough stones
bright sky, rough stones, aquamarines: Since aquamarine is March s birthstone (it s mine too) you could even have until then to find a rough stone. Here s a website that is pretty good with rough stones http://aquamarine.facetroughgemstones.com/ I m not a big fan of aquamarine since the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine coloring?, aquamarine gemstone, gemologist appraiser
aquamarine gemstone, gemologist appraiser, aquamarine ring: G day Pauline and many thanks for your query. I have to agree with you on Aquamarine. It is one of THE most beautiful gems - but did you know it is the same gem as Emerald? If it is green - it is called emerald while if it is blue - it is called Aquamarine....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine in Ring, blue gem stones, aquamarine stone
blue gem stones, aquamarine stone, beryl stone: Hi Carly, Aquamarine is a Beryl stone which is not know for it s hardness or durabilities properties. As with anything you will own if you it treat carefully, it will be fine. It will scratch over time. There are a few alternate light blue gem stones that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine Ring(Follow Up), aquamarine ring, aquamarine stone
aquamarine ring, aquamarine stone, edge cracks: Minnie, thanks for this rather informative and well described follow-up. By the way, the strange characters showing on the online answer are simple quote marks. You did not miss any words if your answer had the strange characters. The machine in between...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Aquamarine, vitreous luster, aquamarine stone
vitreous luster, aquamarine stone, gem books: Hi Dale. Without having the ring in front of me, it is impossible to speculate on the identity of the central gem. I would recommend bringing it to a gemologist. A simple refractive index test should sort out the stone s true identity. Good luck! I hope...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Archibald Knox? silver earrings, sterling hallmarks, archibald knox
sterling hallmarks, archibald knox, silver earrings: Hello Annabel and thank you for your inquiry. The earrings you have could possibly be by Archibald Knox but would, in all probability, also have the sterling hallmarks, British or Liberty hallmarks also. To get a positive, or as positive as you can get, appraisal...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Arras Medallion, professional jeweler, metal content
professional jeweler, metal content, online auctions: Thank you for your inquiry. The original of this medallion is in a museum but there were copies made in the 1960-1970 s. The actual value would be determined by the metal content. Gold ? Silver?. If it is not marked you would need to have a professional jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Art nouveau pin hallmark, dimensional rectangle, flower pin
dimensional rectangle, flower pin, demello: Sorry, I m not familliar with that hallmark. Check the hallmark publications at you library or on line for more info. Thanks for writing, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) A.DeMello Gemological Laboratory 60 State Street Suite 700 Boston, MA. 02109 617 742-1630...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Artificial stones, synthetic emerald, natural crystals
synthetic emerald, natural crystals, common myth: Thanks for your excellent question Jennifer! This is a very common myth- that only natural stones have flaws that gemologists call inclusions . The truth is, even stones that are manufactured in a laboratory can have inclusions. Depending on the method...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: An ASK 417 20"-28" necklace, pure gold, alloys
pure gold, alloys, good luck: Bridgette- the 417 stamping on the item in question is a Karat mark for 10kt gold. Yes it is gold and its not fake.....it is 41.7 pure gold and the balance are alloys. In the case of 14kt gold it would be stamped either 14kt or 58.5 indicating its 58.5...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ATL mark, charm jewelry, google
charm jewelry, google, illusions: Hello Gail and thank you for your inquiry. When purchasing gold it is always important to know your dealer/seller. If the item is not marked, make sure they have had it tested for gold and will guarantee it as such, especially if the marking is unidentifiable....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: AU 14 K bracelet, link pieces, line auction
link pieces, line auction, clasp: Hi Melissa, It may very well be hollow and still be 14K. AU may stand for the element sign for gold or the initils of the maker. 14K is 58.5% gold. On large link pieces as well as small link pieces hollow manufacturing is common. Thanks for writing, Sincerely,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Australian Opals, opal cutter, boulder opals
opal cutter, boulder opals, australian opals: Hi Kristin, your budget will determine what you can afford . Then there are solids , doublets ( two piece) , triplets ( 3 piece) white , black , boulder opals. White is usually from South Australia Black the most expensive is from Lightning Ridge, Boulder...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Authenticating, moshe levy, diamond jewelries
moshe levy, diamond jewelries, gold jewelries: Hi Phil, This question just poped up on ny unanswered questions and I have never seen it before. It could be a server error and I appologize for this. I assume that if you go to a well known place, the chances and risks for something bad to happen are slim...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Authenticating, diamond jewelries, gold jewelries
diamond jewelries, gold jewelries, color clarity: Follow-up to question April 1, 05. Hi again, Phil. Platinum is marked according to how much platinum is in the mix and sometimes with what other metals are included. The interesting note is that except for a few fairly new platinum jewlery alloys, the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: acid test of gold, demello, acid test
demello, acid test, metals: The best service I could offer is to have you contact Ross Metals. They are located on 47th Street in New York City, NY. They can set you up with the Acid pre mixed with indicator tests and a good source to purchase it. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: acid test for gold, gold alloy, rolled gold
gold alloy, rolled gold, gold plate: follow -up to Leah. There are three primary concerns for gold overlays, the first being gold plate in the general sense, the second being HGE or heavy gold electroplate and the third is gold filled. Federal law in the USA has specifics for each. Most...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: acid test for gold, gold question, coat hanger
gold question, coat hanger, white gold: Hi, Jan. Thanks for this question. Unfortunately you are not the only person who has asked me about using bleach(chlorine like in the brand name Clorox). You see, chlorine in bleach, hot tubs, swimming pools, etc. is one of the most destructive chemicals...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: acrylic jewelry, acrylic pendants, acrylic block
acrylic pendants, acrylic block, brandon vt: Hello Allyson, I think you should know my experience in this field is very limited. However I would suggest that you try California Plastics www.calplastics.com - they are really better placed to help and advise you on what and what not to, have and do....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: adding diamonds to my ring, gold ring, short answer
gold ring, short answer, bezel: Hello Jennifer, the short answer to your question is yes - the long answer is At what cost ! . Because gold is such an easy material to work with you can acheive almost anything, but you have to pay someone to do it. What might be better for you is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: age and markings, jewelry maker, independent appraiser
jewelry maker, independent appraiser, initials: Hi Nancy, Thank You for writing. The DK is the initials of the maker or makers mark of the piece. There are marks for every jewelry maker. Unfortunately, There are hundreds of companies with the makers mark DK. This mark alone wont give us enough information....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: age, value, history, on 3 necklaces, antique necklaces, rope design
antique necklaces, rope design, ingraving: Hello Janet - By your descriptions the necklaces sound Victorian or early 1900 s. If there are no markings or hallmarks on the items it does make pinpointing an age difficult since there are so many detailed reproductions on the market. For accurate values...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: alexandrite, synthetic stone, synthetic stones
synthetic stone, synthetic stones, natural stones: HI JO, WITHOUT SEEING YOUR RING IT IS DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC STONES. MOST NATURAL STONES HAVE INCLUSIONS OF SOME KIND AND ARE NOT AS GOOD LOOKING AS LAB STONES. THE COLOR CHANGE ON A SYNTHETIC STONE IS USUALLY...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergic reaction to rings, google search, pavee
google search, pavee, flat edge: Dear jane, This is your answer. First, I thank you very much for the complete information you gave in the follow-up. The greatest problems I have in answering questions come for two reasons. First, many questions are very vague and any answer is only...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergic reaction to watch and wedding rings, peeling skin, hormone replacement therapy
peeling skin, hormone replacement therapy, common denominator: Lorna, I do wish I could provide an easy answer to this question. I suspect many women are affected even though this sort of problem doe not make the headline news. First of all, we do know from experience that changes in body chemistry do seem to affect...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergic reaction?, red itchy rash, kt gold
red itchy rash, kt gold, jewelry gold: Dear Brandie, Thanks for this good question. Wow, for this skin reaction to come on so suddenly eliminates most of the causes of jewelry smudges and reactions on the skin. This does sound like an “allergy” but may be in-fact better called an extreme...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergic to wedding ring, diamond wedding ring, 5 carat diamond
diamond wedding ring, 5 carat diamond, gold yellow: I have not yet heard of someone being allergic to gold in its pure form .....a number of people are allergic to the alloys mixed with the gold however. Are you absolutely certain the ring is 24KT, this is VERY soft and jewelry is usually not made this way...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: allergy to ring, swimming pool chemicals, gold earrings
swimming pool chemicals, gold earrings, rhodium plating: Dear Eden, thanks for this question. I did some research of previously asked questions and answers and came up with this: From 2004 I found this from an answer: Temporary Fix. Recommended for you to Try: Rhodium is a hard and durable white metal....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amethysist, best bet, google
best bet, google, amethyst: hello you need to find a stonecutter...your best bet is to Google....want to locate a stonecutter explain exactly what you need and they will either be able to do it or send you to someone else...Stone needs to be repolish..depending where the scratch is will...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amethyst, diamond stickpin, jewelry appraiser, old jewelry
jewelry appraiser, old jewelry, leaf clover: Hello Joyce and thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunetly I haven t been able to locate a manufacturer with that specific marking. My advice would be to have it checked by an estate jewelry appraiser or gemologist to determine the value of the metal and stones....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amethyst rock, internet auction site, semi precious stones
internet auction site, semi precious stones, jeweler: Hello Lisa, Semi-precious stones that are cut into useable shapes are invariably sourced from mines with whom the lapidaries have an ongoing contract. It is very unlikeley that they would buy your stone. What might be a better idea would be to sell it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ametrines and lines of demarcation, gemstone cutter, hippie chick
gemstone cutter, hippie chick, line of demarcation: Hello Hippie Chick, Ametrine can be exactly 50/50, the gemstone cutter can make that by how he orients the rough. Ametrine is not very expensive so the odds of it being synthetic is low. To find out for sure you would need to consult a gemologist. He...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: amithyst rock, dear cheri, amethyst crystal
dear cheri, amethyst crystal, jewerly: Dear Cheri, When you say rock and stone I cannot tell if you have a finished gem or an unpolished amethyst crystal. If you have the latter, you (or your jeweler) will have to have your stone cut by an expert lapidary. If you have a finished gemstone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: answer to question, rabbit trail, trademark question
rabbit trail, trademark question, concise book: Thank you, Kathy. I was at a loss on the trademark. Frankly, Zales never even entered my thoughts! You have done the favor or giving the expert some advice. That is appreciated. Generally, to research makers means I go to books first, where trademarks...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Your answer to me (which was none), mexican opal, australian opal
mexican opal, australian opal, bluish colour: Dear Maddy , Sorry about that , I was convinced that I had answered this question , but it appears that it might not have arrived .I am an expert in the area of Australian opal , but most opal is similar ,only the colour is missing . Its my guess , and I can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antigona paris, antigona, amazon
antigona, amazon, shan: Hello Shan and thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to find out any further information on this designer. There is a European designer book available from Ginger Moro that may be in your local library or you might secure a copy from amazon.com....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique belt buckle, ebay auction, jersey lillie
ebay auction, jersey lillie, lillie langtry: There are a lot of souvenir items for Lillie Langtry and quite a few reproductions. You might check out this buckle currently on the ebay auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/LILLIE-LANGTRY-TIFFANY-DESIGNED-HOUSE-OF-WORTH-BUCKLE_W0QQitemZ320034396430QQihZ011QQcategoryZ10974QQtcZphotoQQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique charm bracelet, antique charm bracelet, silver charm bracelet
antique charm bracelet, silver charm bracelet, little old lady: Hello Colleen and thank you for your inquiry. Charm bracelets have enjoyed a long history in the ornamentation area. Mechanical charms like some of those you describe were especially popular and the more intricate, the more desirable. Some were made of precious...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique jewelry marked CLAP, tiny pearls, edwardian period
tiny pearls, edwardian period, edwardian jewelry: Hello Anne and thank you for your inquiry. I have searched all of my resources on and offline and cannot find a mark CLAP. Is it possible some of the mark is worn off ? There are some marks that are just impossible to track down. So many companies were in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique man's ring, world war 2, indian patents
world war 2, indian patents, patent numbers: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. The ring you have is probably sterling although Mexican sterling is usually marked sterling, silver or 925. The face you describe could be Mexican or Myan Indian. Patents were sometimes required on Mexican items if...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique necklace, jewelry appraisals, original chain
jewelry appraisals, original chain, kammie: G day Kammie and many thanks for your query. There are two points I would make here, but remember I can t see the item. Firstly, you need to get your local FRIENDLY jeweler gemologist valuer to do a full appraisal. It will cost, but it is the only way...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my antique opal earrings, tea tree oil, warm soapy water
tea tree oil, warm soapy water, opal earrings: Dear April, If you mean the crevices between the stone and the setting , then some warm soapy water & a tooth brush , then dry with and a soft cloth .If there is a crevice in the stone itself , then it is probably a result of the oil. You can try some alcohol...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique patented jewelry, jewelry appraisals, jewelry design
jewelry appraisals, jewelry design, browser search: Sometimes patents are very difficult to check out over the internet. You might try writing a letter to the Patent Office or calling to see if they do for research through the mail or can advise you . They may have a charge involved. You can also check with...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique pearl ring, south east asia, manufacturer in china
south east asia, manufacturer in china, 10 carat gold: G day Kelly and many thanks for your query The 10K usually suggests the item is 10 carat gold (or 10 Karat - depending where you live). But notice I used the word - suggests - here. This is because the item has not been confirmed as being 10k. You...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring, jewelry appraiser, online auctions
jewelry appraiser, online auctions, antique ring: Hell Madeline and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you have a beautiful ring. In order to sell a ring of this type, you should get an appraisal either from a gemologist or estate jewelry appraiser. Then check the market values of similar rings being...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique ring, antique ring, online auctions
antique ring, online auctions, browser address: This site does not accept pictures. However if you have it uploaded to a server and would like to send me the url, I d be glad to look at it. I do not, however, do appraisals and it would be difficult to tell you much about it with just a photo visual. More...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: antique silver bracelet, adolf hitler, antique jewelry
adolf hitler, antique jewelry, precious metals: G day Stephanie and many thanks for your query The first thing you have to realize it that the box - may not have anything to do with the bracelet, especially with the word Optik which would indicate an Optician as it refers to the eye . Now you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: appraisal request, hummel figurines, baseball cards
hummel figurines, baseball cards, appraisal request: ­­Thank you for your inquiry. Try one of the sites listed below: http://www.whatsitworthtoyou.com/ http://www.collectingchannel.com/ata/cesATEIndex.asp?ref=61 If you cannot click on the above links, just copy and paste it into your browser address...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: appraisal and selling, rock bottom price, holistic medicine
rock bottom price, holistic medicine, website acts: Hello Baihu, The short answer to your question is Yes . However, as with all matters there are pro s and con s with how you do it. (1) Sell directly to a second hand trader - they will only give a rock bottom price for your pieces, but invariable they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: do you do appraisals on watches?, pocket watches, casings
pocket watches, casings, jeanette: It is too hard to appraise something with a great degree of accuracy with only photos. If this is something that you would like an approx that is about all I can do. You can go to my web site blacys and send me photos, I need you to open them up so I...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: appraising my Alexandrite ring, czar alexander ii, alexandrite ring
czar alexander ii, alexandrite ring, personal suggestion: G day Leah and many thanks for your query. One of the most confusing gemstones in the World is Alexandrite, and one of the most surprising aspects is it s origin. Most people seem to consider that it originates from Egypt because of the association to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: aquamarine damage, american gem society, aquamarine ring
american gem society, aquamarine ring, stone cutter: Hi, An aquamarine cannot be damaged by an amonia type cleaner. What exactly did you use??? I suggest Simple Green as a safe cleanser. The stone in question is probably not an aqua. The best idea I can suggest is to take it to a qualified jeweler. Look...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: art nuveau, art nuveau, diamond shape
art nuveau, diamond shape, gray stones: Hello Denise and thank you for your inquiry. It appears you have a lovely ring. I have not been able to determine a designer or manufacturer from the TH or TM. I would suggest that you take it to an estate appraiser for valuation. You could also take a picture...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: What to ask for ....., dear julia, scrap value
dear julia, scrap value, ebay: Dear Julia, I m sorry your marriage didn t last, I hope it gets better for the future. You have a couple of choices, if you just take them to local jeweller he will give you no more than scrap value. i.e their weight. Selling them privately, such as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: I have never asked you a question before??, diamond earrings, diamond ring
diamond earrings, diamond ring, good luck: Im not sure why my previous answer did come through on the site......it probably should be reported, any case.................. dont worry about this as it is difficult to scratch your diamond with another just by brushing against it, you need some type of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: attaching eyelet to the side of coin, gold plated chains, goldplating
gold plated chains, goldplating, deadly poison: follow-up to follow-up. : ) Paul, since you are already familiar with gold plating, much of my original answer was not needed. I m sure you can understand why I talked about plating in a general sense. Check this page for a type of mounting for coins...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: my aunt gave me a ring, jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraiser
jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraiser, valuation purposes: Hello Geri and thank you for your inquiry. Your ring sounds beautiful. Unfortunately, there is not much I could tell you about it that you don t already know. You know the approximate age but should have the stones verified as to their karat and fineness as...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bands not stamped., strict guide lines, casting facility
strict guide lines, casting facility, personal preference: Beth- Just because there is NO stamp does not mean it is NOT gold, the stamp may have been cut out when the ring was sized or faded away from polishing the ring. If the rings are old that may be the case. The jeweler who made them may have a small casting...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: BEZEL SETTING - CZ BY THE YARD, blue topaz, gold channel
blue topaz, gold channel, bezel setting: HI KADIR, THOSE SETTINGS ARE SPECIAL CASTINGS AND THE STONES ARE MOUNTED FROM THE BACK. SO ALL THE SOLDERING IF POSSIBLE IS DONE BEFORE THE STONES ARE MOUNTED. THEY MAY ASO USE A MATERIAL THAT ACTS LIKE A HEAT SINC. TO SOLDER THE CLASP THEY WILL COVER THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bead set vs. Pave set, scott kay, eternity band
scott kay, eternity band, bead set: Hi,Lauren. Please note: I posted a follow-up after some further thought. This is at the bottom. Thanks for the question. This is a good one. Folks confuse pave with bead set all the time. There is a reason for that I tell a little further below in the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Beautiful ring from India, semi precious stones, flower design
semi precious stones, flower design, silver ring: G day Lara and many thanks for your query. This ring is silver with the SIL International Hallmark. Sometimes you may see .925 to show the quality, but in this case it sounds like a pretty silver ring typical of a tourist item found anywhere around the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Beginning, moshe levy, occlusions
moshe levy, occlusions, two stones: Hi Pam, First of all, I will start with this advise: Never Ever buy diamonds in parcels unless you know what you are doing. If there were one or two stones worth 5-6 times more then the price of the parcel, why are they selling it for this price ???? If...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Belly Button Piercing Costs, gold navel ring, navel piercings
gold navel ring, navel piercings, curved barbell: Hi Dawn, The cost of navel piercings differs in every area. It also depends if you live in Canada (as we do) or the USA. The cost may vary from $25 to $80+. Be a cautious shopper. You may find that a low cost reflects poor service or low quality. You may...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Belly Button Piercings, belly button piercings, cartilage piercings
belly button piercings, cartilage piercings, navel piercings: Hi! I just answered a similar question from another user, please see the response below: QUESTION: Hi. Does piercing your belly button hurt? How about the cartalidge in your ear? Thanks. ANSWER: Hello! Thanks for your question. How a piercing...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Best value for jewelry, independent appraiser, qvc
independent appraiser, qvc, best buy: Hi Glenn, Thanks for writting!!! I wish it was that easy. Depending on what item of jewelry your buying will depend on where the best deal might be. Give me a little more information when you settle on what it is exactly your looking for. Email me back...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, princess cut diamond, expensive jewelry
princess cut diamond, expensive jewelry, laser drill: Morning. I am not really familiar with Bidz.com. I have checked on the site a couple of times, when a client wants me to check an item. Their retail prices, for the items I checked, seemed astronomically high. These retail prices are ridiculous, in my opinion,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, pawn broker, yahoo auctions
pawn broker, yahoo auctions, appraisal center: G day Reg and many thanks for your query In short - Yes and No... eBay - Bidz - Yahoo Auctions all have terrific deals and all provide warranty or money back guarantees. However (and this is the important bit) you and you wife must ask yourself a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, true bargain, diamond grades
true bargain, diamond grades, expensive jewelry: Reg, I have not visited Bidz.com until just a moment ago. It appears the action is fast and furious! Personally, I cannot from my field of expertise answer you question directly to any particular website. What I will provide is simple advice which you may...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, expensive jewelry, ebay
expensive jewelry, ebay, precious stones: Hello, I went on Bidz.com and bid on a bracelet..the bid was $2 I bid $3 ..than it said my bid was too low so i bid up to $6 and it kept saying too low all the while showing $2 was high bid...I found it all very confusing and probably manipulated...what are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, expensive jewelry, jewelry business
expensive jewelry, jewelry business, estimation: HI REG, I PERSONALLY HAVE NOT BOUGHT ANYTHING THROUGH BIDZ.COM AND CAN T SAY MUCH ABOUT THEM OTHER THAN WHAT I SEE. THEY SEEM TO BE VERY LOW IN PRICING, THE PRODUCTS SEEM TO BE REAL SO IT LOOKS LEGITIMATE TO ME. I THINK THEY ARE A LITTLE HIGH IN THEIR ESTIMATION...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, junk jewelry, expensive jewelry
junk jewelry, expensive jewelry, free warranty: Hi Reg, I would be very careful. I took a look at what they were doing. This is junk jewelry and cleverly marketed. They say solid gold instead of what karat etc... I would check out their return policy very carefully. The Retails are completly ridiculous!...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, precious gemstones, expensive jewelry
precious gemstones, expensive jewelry, fine jewelry: Dear Reg, Ever hear the expression If it looks too good to be true - it probably is ? I think that applies in this case. Fine jewelry is made of precious gemstones and/or gold and silver. These things are commodity-like and have intrinsic value. Jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bidz.com, expensive jewelry, mr reid
expensive jewelry, mr reid: Hi Mr Reid, I looked at the site just now. It looks on the up an up. The key to it is to be very knowledgable about the real value of each piece. They do have good describtions telling you what you are getting. I priced out a couple of pieces to see...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Big problem regarding appriasal value., jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraisal
jewelry appraisals, jewelry appraisal, jewelry store: G day Swapnadip Chandra and many thanks for your query. You are under a very common misapprehension about what an appraisal is. The Replacement Value is the price the INSURANCE company would cover the item for, in the event of loss or theft. It has NOTHING...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Binder Bros ever use real diamonds?, scratch marks, cut diamonds
scratch marks, cut diamonds, gold plate: Thank you for your inquiry. Binder Bros. did a lot of jewelry in the 1930-40 s in gold filled or gold plate metals. I have not found that they used diamonds in their work - mostly costume. If the brooch is not marked it may be by another manufacturer and worthy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Birthstone Ring, carat stone, j c penney
carat stone, j c penney, citrine stone: Nancy, I do appreciate the question but really cannot suggest a value to a piece of jewelry I have not seen. Generally, about $100 is the minimum you might pay for such a ring. Still this depends on the weight and heft of the ring. This will also depend...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Birthstone Ring, j c penney, carat stone
j c penney, carat stone, fine jewelers: Hi Nancy, JC Penny is a very large store with tremendious buying power. It is almost impossible to make anything in gold expecially these days for $100.00!. I think that as long as you are happy with the ring you did great! Price does not mean anything...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black minerals, best bet, hardness scale
best bet, hardness scale, silver band: You want a whole ring carved from this material? Most of the gemstones I specialize in are too durable to have something etched into them, though I do not know for sure. Your best bet is something called gagate or jet. It isn t a gem, but is fossilized coal....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Black Rhodium plated gold ring, black rhodium, rough surfaces
black rhodium, rough surfaces, black surface: Bonnie, the durability of the plated surface depends in part on the thickness of that layer. That is something neither of us knows about the ring you have. In any case, plated layers of rhodium, black rhodium, gold or other metals are quite thin. Yet, in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Ble Topaz ring, blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring
blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring, small diamonds: Hi Heather, Your boyfriend did not get ripped off. The on line prices are typicially a very low quality and light gold metal weight. A decent ring mounting with the price of gold today is at least 300.00 with out the stones or labor to set. I hope that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Blood Ruby, jewelry appraisers, barbra
jewelry appraisers, barbra, voltaire: Hi Marla. The National Assciation of Jewelry Appraisers has a Find an Appraiser page on their website. http://www.najaappraisers.com/html/find_an_appraiser.html Try this. Every member of N.A.J.A is reputable and experienced. Good luck. Barbra Voltaire,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Blue Diamonds, graduate gemologist, blue diamonds
graduate gemologist, blue diamonds, platinum band: Hi Eve, Thank You for writing. The diamonds need to be tested to answer your questions. See if you can arrange to have the diamonds looked at by a Graduate Gemologist (GIA). Our offices are located throughout, NY, NJ, MA,& CT. Call us if you would like...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Blue Inlay Setting, image editing software, glass enamel
image editing software, glass enamel, rabbit trail: James, thanks for the question and a very special thanks for the images. Since the allexperts site is not image friendly , when I receive pictures that is a real assist. Thanks again for that. The first image is the best for me to use. As for the maker...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Blue Topaz ring, blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring
blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring, small diamonds: HI HEATHER, LOTS OF FOLKS ASK THE SAME QUESTION ABOUT JEWELRY THEY BOUGHT. IF YOU LOOK HARD ENOUGH YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND SOMEONE LOWER IN PRICE. MAYBE YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THE THOUGHT AND LOVE BEHIND THE GIFT ALSO. IF HE WENT OUT EXPRESSLY TO GET A GOOD...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Blue Topaz ring, blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring
blue topaz rings, blue topaz ring, jewelry appraisals: G day Heather and many thanks for your query The first thing I should mention is that there is NO FIXED PRICE for any jewelry. You may go to several jewelers and see exactly that same item - all it different prices. If your boyfriend purchased the 14K...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bluebird Diamond, diamond wedding ring, marcedes
diamond wedding ring, marcedes, tin box: Hello Marcedes and thank you for your inquiry. About all I can tell you about your ring is that is was manufactured by Bluebird Diamond Syndicate in Chicago, Illinois probably during the 1930-40. Their name is listed in the Jewelers Keystone in 1934. You are...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bluebird diamond ring, arthur ontario canada, port arthur ontario
arthur ontario canada, port arthur ontario, engagment rings: Im sorry I have never hears of Bluebird Diamonds. Its probaly just an Old Brand Name. Have a Happy New Year!!! Sorry, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com http://www.jewelryappraiser.info http://www.diamond appraisal.org...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: BRACELET, independent appraiser, tennis bracelet
independent appraiser, tennis bracelet, engraving: Hi Nancy!! Thanks for writing. It means 900 Platinum 90/100 or 90% platinum which is a common mixture of platinum to paladium. Enjoy your bracelet. Sincerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) Independent Appraiser http://www.jewelryappraiser.info adeello59@yahoo.co...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bracelet - Gold or costume?, precious metals, staples
precious metals, staples, metal content: Hello Janet and thank you for your inquiry. I would tend to think your bracelet might be either gold or sterling. The De Caesar is probably the design name meaning Of Caesar . The green was probably verdegris which sometimes appears when a metal ages or when...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brass rings, brass jewelry, salesman samples
brass jewelry, salesman samples, answer god: Jenna, it sounds like you have salesman samples or perhaps unfinished cast brass jewelry. The tag thingy is possibly the end of the sprue rod where metal went into the mold to make the rings in the first place. Are these finished with a gold plate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brazing rose gold to a stainless steel band..., stainless steel band, silver solders
stainless steel band, silver solders, jewelry work: Thanks for this interesting question,Ben. You must have creative ability and the skill to have done what you have so far. As for the rose gold on the stainless steel, well, let’s take a look at that situation. I assume you would be using a torch. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: ---Brian, I reside in the..., john cass, jewellery industry
john cass, jewellery industry, city of london: Hello Jascha, what you should do is to get a list of local colleges that run design courses. Ususally these can be obtained from your local Town or City Hall. Choose the course you want to take carefully, some classes teach to a predetermined prospectus...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Broken band, necessary thanks, price of gold
necessary thanks, price of gold, gold ring: Hi Allison, I would save the two pieces and have the jeweler re solder them. It would be a good question to ask if he is using cadmianum free solder. That can make the solder joints more brittle. Dont worry I am sure it can be put back together by a goldsmith...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Broken Jade Bracelet, jade products, overseas manufacturer
jade products, overseas manufacturer, strawbridges: Al, unfortunately I have no way of locating the manufacturer and I also doubt they would provide an end cap. This is likely of overseas manufacturer as are many jade products and getting parts does not happen easily. The best recourse appears to have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Broken Jade Ear Weight, ear weights, jewelry questions
ear weights, jewelry questions, stress point: Hi and thanks for the question. Morgan, I start with WOW since you included a nicely taken photo of the earrings (link). Since this website is not image friendly, you may take my word for it that a photo is quite valuable to me in finding an answer. So...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Broken jade bangle, jade bangle, break line
jade bangle, break line, google: Karl, repair depends on the sort of break in the bracelet. If the jade is broken and the ends of the break fit fairly well, a jeweler( or you if handy with such) may use a good expoxy cement to join the ends. A recommended epoxy is Hughes 330, recommended...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch markings, american jewelry manufacturers, brooch
american jewelry manufacturers, brooch, manufacturers association: Hello Claudia, I am sorry but I don t know these marks. However, please contact the American Jewelry Manufacturers Association and ask them if they can identify the marks for you. They keep fairly extensive records and would probably be better placed to help...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Brooch/Readingspecs, inexpensive material, reading glasses
inexpensive material, reading glasses, chatelain: G day Mary and many thanks for your query Sounds like a very nice item. These may have been part of a Chatelain or what they refer to as a Single Purpose eyeglass holder - in this case, with a Brooch. While these are not common, you must realise that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Bud & Blosson, warwick rhode island, michael levy
warwick rhode island, michael levy, browser address: Followup 8/24/06 Thank you for your inquiry. I did find out that Bud & Blossom was a line produced by Michael Levy Jewelry Corp. in New York City and they were in business in 1934. Hope this helps Thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you have a lovely...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Buying fine jewelry, bench jeweler, diamond chips
bench jeweler, diamond chips, dana dana: Dana, this is an excellent question. I will answer from my point of view as a bench jeweler, that is, the one who does design and make jewelry and is responsible for repairs on customer jewelry. I have gemological training but am a bit out of date on pricing,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Buying gold, fancy style, 18kt gold
fancy style, 18kt gold, ring style: G day Michael and many thanks for your query But there is NOT enough information here? How heavy is the necklace? Gold is bought by weight. How was the necklace made? Is it handmade or machine made? What is the Style of the Link? Is it a plain...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Buying loose gems for setting, princess cut diamond, blue sapphires
princess cut diamond, blue sapphires, loose gems: Hello, Sue. Thanks for contacting me. I appreciate it. This is an excellent question and one which you will see requires more than a simple answer. Why? The real concern with what you want to do is not so much the size differences in the sapphires and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bee necklace, ebay auction, fish hook
ebay auction, fish hook, fleur de lis: Thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like you have quite a find ! Without seeing the necklace it is difficult for me to give you much information. It sounds like a form of squash blossom necklace popular in the southwest indian tribes. Navajo mostly. The numbers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: belly butoon piercing, sterile needle, steel needle
sterile needle, steel needle, best bet: Hi Kayte, Your question is really outside of my expertise and really not much to do with gemology, but I did find some information for you: Stainless steel contains nickel, the most common metal to be allergic to. It also appears that navel piercing is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: belt buckle, belt buckle, browser search
belt buckle, browser search, emporer: Hello Lisa and thank you for your inquiry. Your buckle is probably manufacturered by Bergamot. These are historical and thematic buckles done in beautiful enamels and usually on pewter. Some of them are quite collectible. Here is a web site that may give you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bench jeweler, bench jeweler, bench work
bench jeweler, bench work, platinum band: Rachel, you ask if it is possible to work and do mostly design work. The answer is this: It all depends on your skill level, your artistic talent and the place you work. Perhaps the most limiting factor is skill level with the place you work coming next....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bezel setting faceted stones, annie annie, silver bezel
annie annie, silver bezel, faceted gemstone: Annie, you really need some illustrations to show what I will be talking about. I am using a ballpoint pen and freehand making a quick picture of one method of construction of a bezel for a faceted gemstone. This is similar at first to the cabochon bezel...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A birthday present., phoenix phoenix, silver necklaces
phoenix phoenix, silver necklaces, mass number: Phoenix, you caught my attention and even though I cannot possibly answer correctly without seeing the jewelry, I will give some thoughts. BYW, I do avoid sugar since this body is sensitive to it. The cherry would be just fine. I also wish allexperts was...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: birthstone for a mother's ring, ardan, agate
ardan, agate, birthstones: Hello Datrlene, You need to discover who manufactured your ring, it would not have been Ardans themselves. You might try asking whomsoever took over the the Ardans name and business. Not an easy task, sorry I can t be of more help. The name inside your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black diamonds, black diamonds, rare colors
black diamonds, rare colors, colored diamonds: Hi bb, Yes they are that color out of the ground. Mostly the white stones are more valuable. However some of the large rare colors if they are very clean can demand high prices. It depends on the size and clarity and how pretty the color is and how rare...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black gunk, jewelers rouge, google search
jewelers rouge, google search, rust color: Heidi, I am really glad it worked. I thought it might. I have to respond to this follow-up from you or the allexperts machine thinks I have an unanswered pending question. If you want to rate the question, that would be fine. If not, that is ok,too....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: black rhodium plating, black rhodium, jewelry designs
black rhodium, jewelry designs, oppinion: The item must be very clean prior to the rhodium application. It should also be acid washed. Check with your supplier where you purchased the rhodium, or you may call Rio Grande in New Mexico and they will be more than happy to help. all the best Le...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, oriental designs, intaglio
oriental designs, intaglio, pagoda: Hello Denise and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelet sounds lovely. Back in the 1950 s there was an interest in intaglio and etched jewelry that featured oriental designs like the pagoda and oriental mountain scenes. Several designers were popular for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet, fake gold, pure gold
fake gold, pure gold, 10k gold: Ellen, the marks on your bracelet meet the federal law in the USA. The law requires that if the karat is shown, the maker must also put that mark on the jewelry. The GAG is the maker mark and the 417 is the same as 10 karat(karat with a k for gold, carat...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet mark, cameo bracelet, green velvet
cameo bracelet, green velvet, presentation box: Hello Karen and thank you for your inquiry. Sounds like a beautiful bracelet ! I would agree that the 1/10 is probably an indication of gold plated or filled. I have not been able to find any other information in my resources for this manufacturer. You might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelet stamped "95", gold diamond, diamond weight
gold diamond, diamond weight, diamond bracelet: There may be a . in front of the 95 such as .95cts which is the total diamond weight just under 1 CARAT.....can you scan the bracelet and send me a picture, then I will have more of a visual and answer the question with more certainty all the best Le...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bracelets, soap and water, east china
soap and water, east china, hieroglyphics: Hello Jamie and thank you for your inquiry. Your bracelets could be made in the far east, China or Mexico. These countries commonly used the hinge and pin closing. This type closure was used on mostly filigree designed bracelets. The metal could be a combination...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brass or bronze, copper alloys, copper alloy
copper alloys, copper alloy, countless recipes: Added follow-up: Thanks for the ratings! One thing I did not mention is that brass as commonly used, is available in sheet and wire forms. Bronze generally is not. Brass is more workable and is sometimes used by jewelry artists in their creations for this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brass ring resizing, ring resizing, brass ring
ring resizing, brass ring, jewelry store: not in the conventional way. There are laser welders today that may be able to complete this job. You should research a jewelry store with its own shop and a laser welder. They are expensive, over 10K US dollars and Im sure it will not be inexpensive to do...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: broach, jewelry appraisals, apec conference
jewelry appraisals, apec conference, europe search: G day Mona and many thanks for your query. First I should apologize for the delay in getting back to you. As you may know President Bush was here in Australia over the weekend for the APEC conference, so the Aussie Government (bless em) gave everyone a...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: broken crown, sudden swoop, dishonest actions
sudden swoop, dishonest actions, subjective judgment: Kevin, we are in a mess getting undone from a family wedding..I can t answer you question at the moment but will get back to you sometime later this evening. See you then! Thomas. Follow-up to Kevin_________the answer: Kevin, my suggestion is the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: broken jade bracelet, razor edge, jade bracelet
razor edge, jade bracelet, broken edge: Leo, I am sorry to learn that the bracelet is broken. The bese way to repair is often with a cement. Do the edges of the broken pieces fit together closely? If so, a good two-part epoxy cement is best. I recommend an epoxy which cures to a clear color, not...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bromine reaction, jewelry owners, soft toothbrush
jewelry owners, soft toothbrush, first jewelry: I suspect your husband has a good eye with a loupe. If he saw nothing apparent, likely there is no damage. I would think the one hot tub session would not cause damage but repeated sessions could. Generally, damage is to white gold nickel based gold alloys,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bronze turning skin color, bronze jewelry, bronze ring
bronze jewelry, bronze ring, slin: HI LAWRENCE, BRONZE JEWELRY IS NOT VERY POPULAR DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT TURNS YOUR FINGER GREEN. THE LONGER YOU WEAR IT THE WORSE IT WILL GET. HOWEVER IF YOU WANT TO WEAR IT MORE GET A GOOD CLEANER AND CLEAN THE SURFACE EACH TIME YOU WEAR IT OR BETTER YET...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brooch with stones marked 800, signed, london gold, black diamond
london gold, black diamond, brooch: Hi Barbara, If the brooch is gold it could mean 800 fine. 1000 would be pure gold. This is how London gold is marked I believe. I can not tell from you picture what the dark stone is. Maybe it is a black diamond? Regards, Steven D.Cove...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: brown spots on white gold, polishing compounds, minute traces
polishing compounds, minute traces, surface contamination: Sharon, it is not normal for a properly done rhodium plate to be spotty. I am not sure of the brownish color you describe but when I see an item which did not plate properly, there are generally smudgy areas, whitish areas, etc. What happens? The prime...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: bubbles and inclusions, herkimer diamonds, quartz crystal
herkimer diamonds, quartz crystal, formation analysis: hello Joan.. first I am not an expert on Quartz at all...I can tell you this..when I go to the Tucson gem show I always look at the Herkimer Diamonds..I am pasting this information...Herkimer diamonds are a particular formation of Quartz Crystal, which can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: can i buff out scratches on my moonstone, metal rim, moonstone
metal rim, moonstone, prongs: Susan, I would not suggest trying to repolish the stone yourself. Why? There are several steps to getting past the scratches and regaining a perfect polish. All along the way, the shape of the stone must be retained to keep the dome needed for the best view...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: buffing white gold, gold wedding band, typical effect
gold wedding band, typical effect, buffing compounds: Dear Pamela, Frequent buffing is harmful to your jewelry. Every time it is done metal is removed and the piece is weakened. In order to rhodium plate properly a piece must be perfectly clean and smooth. We have to remove considerable metal depending upon...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Where to buy a diamond ring, gemological institute of america, american gem society
gemological institute of america, american gem society, diamond engagement ring: Kristin- You may be correct in your assumption! I would start with a smaller local Ma Pa jewelry store in your neighborhood. Also make sure the person you are dealing with has some credentials such as from the Gemological Institute of America or American...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: where I can buy semi-precious stone?, semi precious stone, semi precious stones
semi precious stone, semi precious stones, quality size: Dear Nathalie, What does the DR stand for..?..you can buy semi-precious stones off of eBay ..there are many great bargains but you need to know what stone you want ..color quality size ..there are many factors..be more specific and perhaps I can help more.....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: buyers, semi precious stones, gem dealer
semi precious stones, gem dealer, payam: HI PAYAM, IF ONLY IT WERE THAT EASY. MOST BUYERS LISTS ARE CULMINATION OF A LOT OF HARD WORK AND GETTING AROUND. LOTS OF BUYERS GO TO THE SHOWS, GEM AND JEWELRY. THERE THEY CAN SEE ALL THE THINGS THEY MAY NEED AND NEW THINGS AS WELL. SO A LIST GETS COMPILED...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: buying beads, uncut stones, polished stones
uncut stones, polished stones, bucharest: Dear Romana, would you please clarify for me. Do you want to buy UNCUT stones, so that you can polish and make the beads yourself, or do you want to buy Cut & Polished stones to make the jewellery. Also, where are you ? - I don t want to reccomend you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: buying diamonds and pearls, cultured saltwater pearls, gemological laboratory
cultured saltwater pearls, gemological laboratory, diamonds and pearls: Cultured Freshwater Pearls are simmilar to Cultured Saltwater pearls but come from a a molusk creature that lives in freshwater. Freshwater pearls are generally less expensive than Saltwater Pearls. Sinerely, Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) A.DeMello Gemological...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: byzantine bracelet repair, bracelet repair, sailing ship
bracelet repair, sailing ship, oval shape: Good day to you, Tracy. Thanks for this question. Byzantine chains are of old design and one is actually offered by sellers of items from the wreck of the Atocha sailing ship which sank in 1622. The actual origin of the chain making method called Byzantine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: CARIBE DIAMONDS bracelet watch 1954, capital of bermuda, professional jewelry
capital of bermuda, professional jewelry, jewelry appraiser: Hello Maryann and thank you for your inquiry. I am not an expert on watches or fine jewelry, but your watch sounds beautiful. I believe you should take it to a professional jewelry appraiser for more information and value. You might get a referral from your...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Calibrated/Non Calibrated, oval stone, best bet
oval stone, best bet, prongs: Mona, thanks for sending me this question. My general practice is to choose a mounting the next size larger, meaning for a 12 X 17 the standard size of 13 X 18. Now, there are some stipulations to that: How is the stone cut and are the prongs of the stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cameo Identification, pam pearson, literaly thousands
pam pearson, literaly thousands, ebay: G day Pam and many thanks for your query However I am unable to help you for a couple of reasons. The first is we are not permitted to receive emails with attachments so sending me a photo would be imposible. Secondly (this releates to the first) without...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cameo, american jewelry manufacturers, google search
american jewelry manufacturers, google search, three graces: Hello Judith and thank you for your inquiry. Finding information on a specific designer or manufacturer can sometimes be difficult. Among the thousands of names and companies, many used the same initials or trademark and some were in business for such a short...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Canadian Diamonds, canadian diamonds, eskimo
canadian diamonds, eskimo, canadian government: There are several brands of Canadian Diamonds. I would recommend the Eskimo Arctic Diamonds www.eskimodiamonds.com. They are guaranteed to be Canadian because they follow the Canadamark and the Canadian Government tracking process: to learn more: http://www.canadiandiamondcodeofconduct.ca/html/EN_code.htm...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Canadian Diamonds, man made diamond, diamond expert
man made diamond, diamond expert, canadian diamonds: Joe.. first I told you I was not a diamond expert...second there s nothing in the related information that followed that is incorrect...I don t google statistics./...why don t you? Rolfe Hello .. I am not a diamond expert.... I do remember many...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cant figure out when this ring was made..., yellow gold, prongs
yellow gold, prongs, top bottom: Hello Caryl and thank you for your inquiry. So far I have not been able to locate a manufacture with this logo or name. Could it possibly be an organizational or fraternal ring ? I ll keep checking and if I find anything I will get back with you. Sorry I couldn...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Carats, slender fingers, small diamonds
slender fingers, small diamonds, petite women: That is totally a matter of personal taste. I ve seen women with HUGE hands wearing very small diamonds, and very petite women wearing stones that weighed several carats. There is NO appropriate size for any size hand. It would be analogous to saying what...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Care for a dual metal ring, soft toothbrush, kt gold
soft toothbrush, kt gold, dual metal: Hi, KIm. This sort of tarnish can happen over time from exposure to the environment and things that get on the hands and the ring. Often, it shows up at a place where soldering was done, such as attaching a white metal plate to a yellow ring. Are you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Care and Strorage of Antique Jade, warm soapy water, long periods of time
warm soapy water, long periods of time, plastic sandwich: HI KENDAHL, JADE IS ONE OF THE TOUGHEST GEMS AROUND. NOT HARDEST, TOUGHEST. THAT MEANS IT CAN TAKE A LOT OF ABUSE BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS. WARM SOAPY WATER IS THE BEST TO CLEAN IT. WHAT YOU MUST WATCH OUT FOR IS DYE IN THE JADE. MANY UNSCRUPULOUS DEALERS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Career Advice?, jewelry appraisals, jewelry retailer
jewelry appraisals, jewelry retailer, jewelry trade: G day Adam and many thanks for your query. But you didn t say where you live? and as the jewelry trade has different specifications all around the world, you first bet is to walk into your local FRIENDLY jeweler, and start talking with them. There is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Career Advice?, jewelry retailer, providence ri
jewelry retailer, providence ri, dear bill: Hello Adam and thank you for your inquiry. Many jewelry position are obtained by on the job training with either the retail end in a jewelry store or manufacturing end. Most of the manufacturing end positions in the US are in Providence, RI. Below is a link...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Career Advice, gemological institute of america, jewelry retailer
gemological institute of america, jewelry retailer, correspondence course: Adam- Jewelry business is a tough business....very competitive and you need a lot of knowledge which in 28 years in the business Im still learning...... The best way to get started is through the Gemological Institute of America and sign up for a correspondence...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Caret information, diamond chips, pinky ring
diamond chips, pinky ring, punch mark: Dennis- the ring appears to be a rhodium finished top ( electroplated over yellow gold, with a machine hammered top to make it appear like its pave diamonds, the diamonds are far and few between with maybe only 6-10 diamonds set. Not sure of the weight of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Caribe Diamonds, moshe levy, jewelery store
moshe levy, jewelery store, wt 50: Hi Patti, its hard to tell, I eould have to see a copy of the certificate in order to tell you what I think it worth. It sounds like it is some kind of an appraisal since I have never heared of any lab called caribe. i think the best way for you to tell...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Carrigan stone, stone cutter, carrigan
stone cutter, carrigan, digital photos: Please send them to this address ..by attatching ...and try to make photo around 1/2 MB or smaller in size ..I have a very good stone cutter that will look at the photo ..send any infromation you have on it as well rolfe7777@yahoo.com Regards rolf...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Casting, hand torch, clockwork toy
hand torch, clockwork toy, stunning results: Hello clara, there are two systems you should look at both would serve you well for different articles. (1) Hand Carved Wax:- You can obtain a very hard form of wax which can then be carved, filed and worked until you have produced the article you want....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chain Marked "Posse", jewelry appraisals, anne kelly
jewelry appraisals, anne kelly, metal tag: G day Anne and many thanks for your query. You didn t mention if the chain was gold or silver or simply a silver or gold color - ie: Plated. As these marks do NOT indicate a gold or silver quality, it must be assumed to be plated. The stamp simply...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Championship ring, brass alloy, surface texture
brass alloy, surface texture, satin finish: Alex, you appear to live about 5 hours away from me, to the East of my location. That is not 5 hours travel time but in time zones! Yet, you have a Phillies ring! I wonder where you are. : ) If the ring is costume jewelry, the only way to know if a plate...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Changing Posts, circular pad, silver earrings
circular pad, silver earrings, bezel settings: Cindy, here is my answer to you. This is a good question and you have a few options to consider. First, know that removing the stones to do the soldering is an option but an outside one. It all depends on how the stones are set in the bezels. A jeweler...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Charm Bracelet Connectors, jump ring, jump rings
jump ring, jump rings, italian charms: Barb, thanks for the question. I will try to help. What determines the connector needed is the style of your bracelet, which I have not seen. Various attachments are used for charms and bracelets, the most common being jump rings and split rings. Jump...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chatelaine Pin, weather god, wonderful spring
weather god, wonderful spring, costume jewelry: Hi, Vickie. Very glad to hear from you again. I have seen a few other chatelanie pins but not like yours. Yours is a bit unique in the hands forms and overall better apparent quality than many which are purely costume jewelry. I have your question in file...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chatelaine Pin, antique jewelry styles, friendship bracelet
antique jewelry styles, friendship bracelet, allexperts: Follow-up for Vickie after receiving photo links. Thanks for the photo links. Working on this end, frustration sets in when I can only read a description of a piece of jewelry and not see a picture! By the way, you took really nice shots. I do some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Childrens watches, hopalong cassidy watch, hi ho silver
hopalong cassidy watch, hi ho silver, auction house: Hello Don, Nice to hear from someone who is almost as old as me. The answer to your question is Yes , such memorabilia holds extraordinary values, but I cannot advise you on this, you need to speak to a good auction house and get the opinion of an expert...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: China tea set, japanese geisha, geisha girl
japanese geisha, geisha girl, lithopane: Thank you for your inquiry. The type of cups you have are usually referred to as lithopane . This was used in many different style of oriental china both in cups and saucers and in sets. Here is a site that has some for your comparison http://search.rubylane.com/search/,ss=geisha...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chinese jewelry, jewelry appraisals, chinese jewelry
jewelry appraisals, chinese jewelry, classic case: G day Jan and many thanks for your query. This is a classic case of You knowing more than the so called Expert. Why? Because you have a passion for your subject and have narrowed down your research, far greater than any Trader or Dealer can ever do....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chinese Mark, ebay auction, oriental jewelry
ebay auction, oriental jewelry, chinese porcelain: Hello Heather and thank you for your inquiry. I would suggest that you take a photo of the mark and contact an oriental jewelry appraiser (possibly connected with a local museum) or library. You could also check with one of the online jewelry appraisal sites....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Chipped stone, aquamarine stone, jewelry shops
aquamarine stone, jewelry shops, blue topaz: Hello Meg, This is a good question and one that lots of people have to deal with. I want to say first that I am glad you have an aquamarine! This makes me smile in a sentimental and special way. Why? Well, with so much blue topaz on the market today,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Choice of metals to re-set diamond, diamond engagement ring, platinum settings
diamond engagement ring, platinum settings, eternity band: Follow up-----------to MaryLou, an apology for the typos and a touch of added info. Marylou, I always print and read my answers generally prior to sending out. This evening is hectic since my wife is doing all the prep for her brothers wedding on Friday,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning and caring for white topaz, stonecutter, ultrasonic cleaner
stonecutter, ultrasonic cleaner, prongs: I am not an expert on White Topaz... you should look it up and see how hard it is on the Moss Scale ... which is rated one to 10... a ringing takes a lot of abuse and get scratched a lot I am thinking of cleaning rather it needs polishing....some stones should...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning Gold with Cultured Pearls, saltwater pearls, natural pearls
saltwater pearls, natural pearls, pearl oysters: Hello, Paul. Thanks for this question and for telling me how you found the site. That info is appreciated. Paul, I cannot see your pearl brooch but assume the pearls radiate in some floral pattern, perhaps on individual “stems” or as part of “flowers”....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning pearl and silver jewelry, sterling silver earrings, tiny pearls
sterling silver earrings, tiny pearls, seed pearls: Hello, Elizabeth. Thanks for this interesting question. My first thought is about the pearls: Are these many tiny pearls, seed pearls we call them, set into the silver? Are these larger pearls set onto the silver or perhaps used as beads on the chain?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning solution for .925 silver, mule team borax, aluminum foils
mule team borax, aluminum foils, washing soda: Dear Harriet, Wow! What a question. :) I say that because a few years ago when getting my mother s silver ready for an estate sale, I must have gone to every grocery store and drugstore looking for “washing soda”, all to no avail. I added the borax, too....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning tableware, buffing wheel, bronzeware
buffing wheel, bronzeware, doityourself com: Hi Ron and thank you for your inquiry. I, too, have used Brasso and it usually does the job. However, here is a site that gives some other recommendations: http://www.doityourself.com/stry/brass Just click on the link above or copy and paste it into...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cleaning, washing detergent, liquid shampoo
washing detergent, liquid shampoo, mild detergent: Dear Janet, I did not know your question was here till tonight. Please forgive. I am working on a old pc recently connected to the net. The other one totally Crashed! I have been off the net a while. I will answer your question tomorrow evening. Sorry for...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Clear coating, 14k yellow gold, gold earrings
14k yellow gold, gold earrings, gold quality: G day Cherie and many thanks for your query Firstly there is no coating on the inside of any ring placed there by jewelers. There is no point as it would soon wear off. What this sounds like to me is a slight allergy reaction to the metal in the 10K...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Clear lacquer coating on rosegold plating, lacquer coating, clear lacquer
lacquer coating, clear lacquer, watch case: Hello Diane, I would be suprised to discover a plated watch case that had been laquered. My suggestion in this instance would be to contact the watch company and ask them if it was laquered or not, I certainly do not reccomend attemtping to coat the case...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Clear nail polish applied to necklace, nail polish remover, chlorine smell
nail polish remover, chlorine smell, tarn x: Dear Beth, Here we go... I wonder why silver turns and reacts to your clothing? Generally, a tarnish reaction is because of sulphur containing stuff or might be from the brand of laundry product. Do any clothes have a slight chlorine smell when laundered?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Clossiene?? Watch brooch, clock pin, gold chains
clock pin, gold chains, fider: Hello Michelle and thank you for your inquiry. It sounds as if your watch may be guilloche enamel. It was done in many designs and the rosese were a popular motif. I have seen a watch similar to that you describe. I believe these were made in the 1940-50...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cloudy Ruby, tarnex, pressure steam
tarnex, pressure steam, steam cleaners: The Ruby has a film over it, it needs to be polished and cleaned. Take it to a jewelry store who has a shop on premise and they will polish it off and clean your ring. Its a simple process and should not take long, in addition they have pressure steam cleaners...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cobalt enameled watch with matching pin, enameled watches, fluer de lis
enameled watches, fluer de lis, line states: Hello Connie - Sounds like a beautiful watch. The watch appears to be French and Argent Dore refers to the silver content which is 935. French enameled watches were very popular around the turn of the century and the fluer-de-lis is notably a French iconic...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Code on necklace, gold content, quick reply
gold content, quick reply, acid test: Hello Nora, As you must appreciate without seeing your necklace I can only give you advice as to what this might be. I imagine that you are looking at two different statements here, 18K normally referes to 18carat gold, this means that the gold content...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Coin shaped Signet Ring, sentimental jewelry, linda sweeney
sentimental jewelry, linda sweeney, signet ring: Hi Linda - Sounds like you have a beautiful and unusual ring ! Definitely French theme star of my love or some such. Possibly a betrothal ring. Since it tested 18K and does have precious stones, I believe I d have it examined by a gemologist or estate jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Colored gem, kt gold, colored gem
kt gold, colored gem, gold kit: Hi Marie. Well congratulations on that find! I couldn t possibly speculate on what the stone may be without having the piece in front of me. I would make an appointment with a local gemologist and ask for identification on the piece. Good luck! Hope it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Coloured diamond, canary yellow diamonds, coloured diamonds
canary yellow diamonds, coloured diamonds, colored diamonds: IT IS TRUE THAT FINE COLORLESS DIAMONDS ARE GENERALLY MORE VALUABLE THAN COLORED DIAMONDS.HOWEVER THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS;THE PINK,BLUE AND CANARY YELLOW DIAMONDS, THEY CAN BE MORE VALUABLE WHEN THEY OCCUR NATURALLY IN NATURE AND ARE NOT ARTIFICIALLY COLORED....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Conflict-free gems, free gems, ruby sapphire
free gems, ruby sapphire, synthetic diamonds: Thanks so much for your question Ann. Surely diamonds are not unique. I think there is not a gem on the planet with substantial value that hasn t been traded as a means of financing conflict. Most certainly that is true of ruby, sapphire, and emerald. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Convert screw back earrings to pierced?, screw back, collectible antiques
screw back, collectible antiques, enough god: Pauline, first of all to convert the earrings to post is a fine idea if the set will not be worn as is and will not be locked away as a collectors item. For 18k, I will estimate a price in US dollars. Keep in mind this can vary from location to location....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Copper, nail enamel, light spray
nail enamel, light spray, spray coating: Thank you for your inquiry. Copper is notorious for the skin stain in some people. I would suggest a light spray coating of a metal lacquer - usually available in craft stores. Small areas that cause stain can sometimes be given a light coat of clear nail...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costume bracelet, ebay auction, wantitnow
ebay auction, wantitnow, gold flakes: Hello Gerry and thank you for your inquiry. As I m sure you know, it is very difficult to picture a jewelry item even with the excellent description you provided. Would it be possible that you have a picture of you wearing the bracelet ? A suggestion might...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costume/Fashion Jewelry, emabassies, busines plan
emabassies, busines plan, trade delegation: Hello Yvette, A lot depends on the volume of pieces you wish to make. I will assume that you wish to produce and market a range. The best and most cost effective method of manufacture would be by casting. I would reccomend a vaccum casting system, they...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costume Jewelry - brooch, rectangular shape, costume jewelry
rectangular shape, costume jewelry, ostriches: Hello Deborah and thank you for your inquiry. Your brooch sounds very lovely but I m afraid that I can t tell you much about it by the description. Does it have any markings on the back ? If you want to take a photograph and send it to my email, I d be glad...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costume Jewelry Marking, costume jewelry designer, jewelry companies
costume jewelry designer, jewelry companies, art c: Hello Sandy and thank you for your inquiry. Your brooch marked Art can be researched at the following URL: http://www.illusionjewels.com/costumejewelrymarksa.html Just copy and paste the url into your browser address field and hit enter. Art was a costume...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costume Jewlery, figural jewelry, screw back
figural jewelry, screw back, pot metal: Hello Rachel and thank you for your inquiry. Costume jewelry is sometimes difficult to price unless you are knowledgeable about the marketplace. The internet has made it possible to do some research, however. Jewelry that has a makers name or mark on it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Costure Jewelry, jewelry appraisers, jewelry appraiser
jewelry appraisers, jewelry appraiser, online auctions: Hello Corinne and thank you for your inquiry. The c inside a circle means that the name is copyrighted. However,I have not been able to find a listing in my resources for HSK. Are there any other markings such as karat or 14K. If so, it might be worth it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cracked Bangle Bracelet, flower designs, inch tube
flower designs, inch tube, resale shop: ______________________________________ The answer. I said I would be back! Here tis my thought. Katie, this is your answer. I appreciate your follow-up; that helps me better direct the answer to your situation. First, I will mention price then look...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cracked Jade, jade ring, jade bracelet
jade ring, jade bracelet, cutting services: Hello Pei, Sorry to hear about your braclet. I really can not think of any thing that could prevent it from breaking further. However before it breaks you could saw it on the crack and on the opposite side as well cutting it in half. Then you could...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cracked Shank, google search, evening fair
google search, evening fair, proper job: Thanks very much for the follow-up. This bit of information helps. WHY THE CRACK. The fact that you have worn the ring for 6 years and a crack is now showing up tells me one thing: Finding an answer to “why” is much more difficult than if the break...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Crown Trifari Circus Elephant stickpin, circus elephant, current market value
circus elephant, current market value, online auctions: Hello Shelley and thank you for your inquiry. Trifari made stickpins in the 1960-1970 s and they ranged from the fancy rhinestones to animals and other themes. Most of the stickpins sell for $10-25.00 - possibly higher depending on rarity or demand. Check...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Crystals, many different ways, crystals
many different ways, crystals, vibrations: Hello Max , crystals are really out of my expertise but I can tell you t that people who are into spirituality and metaphysical type beliefs... feel that all crystals are very powerful. This is in terms of vibrations that affect us in many different ways......

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cubic Zirconia Ring Repair, bezel setting, thin rim
bezel setting, thin rim, white sapphire: Hi Leslie. Thanks for this question. Your concerns about why the jeweler wants to remove the side stone CZ s are valid. If I were you, I would wonder why. I am surprised the jeweler did not tell you why; if you did get a reason you may compare that to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Custom Made Jewelry, custom made jewelry, small diamonds
custom made jewelry, small diamonds, sloppy work: Hi Jennifer, This is a common type of law. Any attorney can advise you on how to handle this. Being a verbal agreement and the amount in question ask a local attorney if he or she would accept 75 dollars to hear your problem and tell you how to handle it....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Custom Ring with Granite Stone, bugaboo spire, solitaire engagement ring
bugaboo spire, solitaire engagement ring, granite stone: Final Follow-up, April 28,2006 Ian, this is a link to a simple wax mock up of a basic design. I did this quickly at work this morning and the wax model is far from finished! Please endure the rough work. The idea is to give some possible direction. This...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Customer who needs another opion about my engagement ring., old platinum, ring shank
old platinum, ring shank, platinum ring: Follow Up to Note from Stacey. May 4, 2006 Dear Stacey, Today at work I did some price checking. You might be surprised at what is said here. I picked out a ring shank which is about 2.25mm wide at the top and a heavier than usual 6 prong setting....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cutting or sawing a 14k wedding band., sentimental feelings, rotary hand
sentimental feelings, rotary hand, gold 14k: Dear Dave Gonzalez, Yes, it is possible to saw the band into two bands. Unless you have experience with a fine jewelers saw, I would recommend having a jeweler do the work. They might opt to use a fine separating disc instead of a saw. These disc are used...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cutting a tourmaline, scrap piece, gorgeous piece
scrap piece, gorgeous piece, smooth edge: HI STACY, SORRY TO ANSWER SO LATE. IF YOU HAVE NEVER CUT TOURMALINE BEFORE GO GET A SCRAP PIECE TO EXPERIMENT ON BEFORE CUTTING UP A PRETTY ONE. YOU CAN DO ALL OF THE ABOVE BUT YOU MAY DAMAGE THE PIECE. MOST TIMES WE CUT WITH THE TRIM SAW AND FACET THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Cutting a tourmaline, gorgeous piece, smooth edge
gorgeous piece, smooth edge, cutting services: Hi Stacey, Sorry for not answering sooner. This the first chance I had to do so. I am currently on the road. I am writing to you from a Motel computer. Anyway Tourmaline is somewhat sensitive. You can cut it with a trim saw. Just make sure you have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: CZ stones, t cloud, qualties
t cloud, qualties, qvc: HI AMANDA, BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE ARE DIFFERENT QUALITIES OF CZ BUT NOT LIKE YOU THINK. THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IS IN THE PREPARATION AND FINISH WORK ON THE GEMS. IF SAY A CUTTER WHO CUTS DIAMONDS CUTS A CZ IT WILL LOOK 100% BETTER THAN SOMEONE UNTRAINED....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cameo cuff links, uk patent office, us patent office
uk patent office, us patent office, us patent office website: Thank you for your inquiry. I have not been able to match up your patent number or star mark, but I have a suspicion that the cufflinks may be from Stratton Co. in the UK. If so, you could check with the UK Patent Office for more information on the #. Their...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cameo jewerly, professional gemologist, cameo jewelry
professional gemologist, cameo jewelry, fashion of the day: Hello Pat and thank you for your inquiry. Your necklace sounds beautiful. Cameo jewelry has always been popular and designers incorporated the style into the fashion of the day. The only way to determine age sometimes is by the physical history of the item...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cameo ring, agate cameos, cameo ring
agate cameos, cameo ring, jewelry appraisals: G day Danielle and many thanks for your query. The ring sound delightful, but you should really ask your grandmother when and where she purchased the item, as it may not be all that old. She should know more than anyone about the age. The item is 9ct...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: camio, acid test, hallmarks
acid test, hallmarks, cameo: G day Jessica and many thanks for your query However I don t understand these marks either because they are not standard hallmarks for quality. It is possible that it is simply a Maker s Identification Mark but using the small letter k after the numbers...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: care for inexpensive rings, sterling silver jewelry, sterling jewelry
sterling silver jewelry, sterling jewelry, elbow grease: Amelia, electroplating is a process often called dipped in gold , for instance by the general public. What happens is this: A watery like solution of chemicals(some are poisonous and care is used in the process) is used to electroplate. The jewelry is placed...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a career in jewelry?, bench jeweler, professional jeweler
bench jeweler, professional jeweler, bench work: Hi Marcus, Thanks for this question about working as a bench jeweler. Considering the scope of your question, I must limit this answer to general areas and hopefully provide enough information to give you an inside look at the work. Keep in mind, this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: your cast gold response and more, plaster molds, cast gold
plaster molds, cast gold, private question: Did you get this? The site has some confusion. Anyway, here it is again: Dear Mike, Here is some info you might find useful. After this, we will have to go to a new question or use email. The file is getting pretty full! Hopefully, this information...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cast gold, propane torch, neutral flame
propane torch, neutral flame, propane heat: Dear Kurt, My answers might not be the textbook answers but are methods which have worked well enough for me and others I know. GASES. For years I used acetylene/oxygen for all my work. I used it for soldering, casting, melting and making ingots of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: certified diamond??, moshe levy, exact parameters
moshe levy, exact parameters, egl: Hi Chantelle, Thank you for your question, First of all, when you buy a Diamond make sure it is certified by one of the three big gem laboratories (EGL, GIA or AGS) The certificate will indicate the color and clarity of the diamond in question and that...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: chains shortened?, gold chains, plated silver
gold chains, plated silver, costume jewelry: Kate, I am glad you asked this question. A lot of ladies are in the same situation and are not certain what to do. If the chains are gold a jeweler can usually shorten the chains rather easily. This means cutting to length and resoldering the loop (jumpring...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: changing a setting, marquise diamond ring, bench jeweler
marquise diamond ring, bench jeweler, work god: follow-up--------------------------------------------------Sandra, I did not hear back with a follow-up so there are only a few things to add to the first part of the answer. The first is to see a competent jeweler with a bench jeweler on the premises. The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cheap rings, custom jeweler, silver square
custom jeweler, silver square, white gold: Dear Amy, Your ring is probably a pot (base) metal with an extremely thin electroplating. This plating has likely worn off despite your great care. Since you love the design you may wish to have a skilled custom jeweler duplicate the design for you....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: chemical damage, commercial jewelry cleaners, household ammonia
commercial jewelry cleaners, household ammonia, storing jewelry: Hi, Karen. Thanks for this question. I think most of us understand that storing jewelry in any chemical solution, even jewelry cleaner, is not a good idea. In defense of the relative, this is not the first and will not be the last person to leave jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: chemical damage?, chlorine chlorine, alloy metals
chlorine chlorine, alloy metals, coat hanger wire: Laura, if you get a chance today or early this evening, please use the follow-up to let me know the chemical stuff used in the cleaning. That info might help. I will be back with you soon. Thomas. The answer.____________________________________ ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: china tea set, geisha girl, lithopane
geisha girl, lithopane, china tea: Hello Jade and thank you for your inquiry. Your set is called a Lithopane china set. You can find our more about it at the following url: http://www.abcir.org/lithophanes.shtml Just copy and paste the above url into your browser address field and hit enter....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: chinese gold rings, chinese gold, chinese jewelry
chinese gold, chinese jewelry, gold content: it would be 10KT with a K not a C....,cts are carats such as gem weight.....Karats are gold content such as 10KT or 14KT..... Chinese usually do not mfg in 10KT. Years ago Chinese jewelry mfg would only mfg. in 18KT or 22KT, with the tremendous exports in...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: citrine repair, steven covey, cutting services
steven covey, cutting services, fiancee: Hi Tom, Yes I re-polish stones all the time. It would have to be removed from the mounting by a jeweler. Then if you want send it to me for repolishing or someone like me who does this type of work. It would cost 45.00 plus shipping. Regards, Steven...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: clasp, necklace clasps, spring rings
necklace clasps, spring rings, hello my friend: Kelly, if suspended from the clasp/hook, the device was likely a large spring ring , of sort used for bracelet and necklace clasps. If merely a bend piece of wire which could be forced open at the bottom to allow the chain to pass, that has no real name...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: class ring appraisal, jewelry appraisals, 10k white gold
jewelry appraisals, 10k white gold, gold miners: G day Tim and many thanks for your query. It is against the law for me to make any comment regarding price or value because I can t see it, feel it, measure or test it. As a comparison you could do a search through your favorite search engine or even...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: class ring markings?, metal content, jeweler
metal content, jeweler, sally: Thank you for your inquiry. Although this particular marking is not familiar to me, I believe it means that the gold is layered - possibly over silver or alloy. Hope this helps. For a positive metal content, have your ring checked by a jeweler. Sall...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cleaning cubic zirconia, cubic zirconia ring, hand lotions
cubic zirconia ring, hand lotions, dishwashing detergent: Hi Again Evona, God bless back to all! I think you know the first comment I will make already: The basic rule of jewelry care is to apply all lotions, make-up, hair spray, etc. first, then put on the jewelry. Pearls are especially susceptive to the...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cleaning my jewelry, aquamarine rings, dish soap
aquamarine rings, dish soap, jewelry care: Hello- I have heard of people using Windex to clean stones. I don t think it would damage the stone (though I never use it to clean mine). It may damage the precious metal around the stone though. Household cleaners have been known to cause tarnishing of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cleaning my jewelry, aquamarine rings, great jewelry
aquamarine rings, great jewelry, soft stones: Jen- Windex s ingredient is Ammonia! Yes Ammonia is a great jewelry cleaner but watch out for pearls and other soft stones and shells such as Cameo, turquoise, coral etc......only clean gold, platinum, diamonds, and precious stones such as sapphires, diamonds,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cleaning old ring, pale gold color, great grandmother
pale gold color, great grandmother, thin plate: Sam, I thank you for this question. Now, another question arises: What is this yellowish metal? I suspect it to be a base metal such as brass. It is likely the silver was almost depleted over the years. There is a distinct possibility the ring is sterling...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: coating, wood lacquer, deer and elk
wood lacquer, deer and elk, expansion and contraction: Hi,Rhenda. Thanks for this question. I am always intrigued when someone is actually making jewelry items and being creative in the process. The deer and elk horn can provide some interesting design possibilities in shape and form. I would like sometime...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: collection of old medals, mild dish detergent, clear lacquer
mild dish detergent, clear lacquer, dish soap: Dear Alisa, Thank you for this question. As you have seen in the medallions and symbols you have, quality varies greatly and often the metals and finishes on the items are unknown. Most I have seen are of a rather inexpensive manufacture and of base metals...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: colored gems, colored gems, conflict diamonds
colored gems, conflict diamonds, heat radiation: Hello Ana. I prefer colored gems because there is an infinite variety, and it really uses my skills as a gemologist/mineralogist to identify the stones. You are fortunate, Ana, because you live in one of the richest gem producing areas of the world! Brazil...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: colored stones, coloured diamonds, brown stones
coloured diamonds, brown stones, yellow stones: Hi Sue. Traditionally diamonds are set with open backs so they can be cleaned properly. I don t think your stones are diamonds. But, I could be wrong. Certainly without having the piece in front of me, I can t identify what the stones may be. Make some...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: The colour of pure gold, particle of light, light acts
particle of light, light acts, precious substances: Hello and thanks for this question. Michael, I do hope I do not step into territory you wish left out of the answer in using a Christian biblical reference. This reference might show where the idea of transparent gold could come from. This Christian...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: compromise, buying diamonds, rainbow colors
buying diamonds, rainbow colors, quality diamond: HI COLLEEN, BUYING DIAMONDS ON LINE IS FOR THE HIGHLY EXPEIENCED BUYER. I HAVE BOUGHT AND SOLD ON LINE AND IT AIN T EASY. BETTER TO STICK TO SOMETHING YOU CAN SEE AND TOUCH BEFORE JUMPING IN TO THE INTERNET. GOOD LUCK IN YOUR ADVENTURE AND JUST DO WHAT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: converting screw on earrings to pierced, soft solders, electronic work
soft solders, electronic work, costume jewelry: I have several (20 or so) pairs of earrings that have screw on fitting and I would love to have some converted to use them in pierced ears. To me it looks pretty much like its a cut-the-screw-off and solder-a-piece-of-wire-on to make the wire longer job. How...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cost remounting stone, metal rim, little diamond
metal rim, little diamond, thomas august: follow up------------------August 6,07 Gary, I have some info for you here. Perhaps some will help. THE TOPAZ Here is a link showing a green topaz of 12 x 10mm. The stone weighs 5.5 cts @ $10/ct, or $55 for the stone. Those prices are slightly lower...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: costum ring marking, sterling ring, crafts store
sterling ring, crafts store, steady rest: Hi, Alicia. You caught me just before I head off to work. The magnifier you need is a jeweler s loupe. Here is a link to show you what these things look like. http://www.contenti.com/products/magnifiers.html A crafts store might have a loupe in stock....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: costume jewelry, collectible costume jewelry, gem jewelry
collectible costume jewelry, gem jewelry, private computer: HI CINDY, UNFORTUNATELY SOME OF THE BEST VENUES FOR COLLECTIBLES IS ON THE NET. HOWEVER YOU CAN ALSO USE A PUBLIC FORUM LIKE A LIBRARY COMPUTER TO FIND OUT WHO AND WHERE THEY SHOW & SELL COLECTIBLES. I M SURE THERE WILL SOME IN YOUR AREA. THERE ARE GIFT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: a couple of questions about gems and minerals., gems and minerals, rock quartz
gems and minerals, rock quartz, mineral specimens: This is the rest of the answer, Sam. I am back. Hi Again, I will do my best to answer your questions. Thanks for getting back on the first question. I am not sure I understand it but will try. “Why isn t it like a big block instead of lots of pointy...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cracked pearl, tahitian pearl, cultured pearls
tahitian pearl, cultured pearls, colored paste: Janie, what came off the pearl was the nacre layer. Nacre is the stuff oysters use to make a pearl. In cultured pearls there is a core which was inserted into the oyster and the oyster added the nacre to make it into a pearl. Unfortunately, due to the particular...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cracked silver, iron railing, rought iron
iron railing, rought iron, hillsboro oregon: Heidi, Thanks for the question. I suspect the ring had a defect in the manufacturing process, perhaps too much stress on one area. That area finally gave way and the crack appeared. The ring may also have chemical damage but I honesty have not seen this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cracky opal, black opals, virgin valley
black opals, virgin valley, cracky: Hi Paul, yes there are 2 products we know of that can help . 1 . is called Opticon , it is a fracture sealer and probably available in Australia. The other is windscreen repair for cars .While baby oil makes it look like its fixed , it is not the correct refractive...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: created diamonds, synthetic gemstone, mad scientists
synthetic gemstone, mad scientists, queen victoria: G day Jamie and many thanks for your query The simple answer is one is natural - made by God - mined out of the ground. The other is UN-natural - made by man - created in a laboratory. In saying that, you have to understand that diamonds and all gemstones...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: creating, protons and electrons, proton electron
protons and electrons, proton electron, periodic table of elements: Hello Tim, When gemstones are created synthetically it must be veiwed as mans attempt to accelerate a natural occurrance. As usual man does not quite get it right. In the case of Ruby or Sapphire (Corundum) it can be synthetically made by using the chemical...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Just curious about a stone I found, nothing more!, close ups, gemologist
close ups, gemologist, riverbed: Hi Kevin, Do you have a good digital camera? If so take some pics and send them to me. Use good light and take close ups. If you can not do that, you would have to find a gemologist or a geologist. Either could identify it. Good Luck! Regards,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: custom jewelry, jewelers vigilance committee, arbitration board
jewelers vigilance committee, arbitration board, national arbitration: Hi, Bo. Wow, what a question and what a situation! I am very disheartened anytime something like this happens. I wonder, why was the job accepted in the first place if the jeweler does not know how to do the work in the first place? I generally have...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cutting agate, diamond cuts, burrs
diamond cuts, burrs, lot of water: HI KATHRYN, IN A WORD....YES. JUST BE CAREFUL WITH THE HEAT GENERATED BY THE BURRS/DRILLS. DIAMOND CUTS THROUGH AGATE FAIRLY EASY BUT IF IT GETS HOT IT WILL SHATTER THE AGATE. WE USE A LOT OF WATER TO COOL THE STONE AND THE BIT. A CONSTANT WATER DRIP WHILE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cutting amber, rough piece, covey
rough piece, covey, dc area: Hi Diana, Off hand I am not sure who I could send you to. How do you want it re-cut and set in? Me and my jeweler friend could do it if all else fails. You would have to send it out to me here in Utah. e-mail me if thats what you want to do. Regards,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: cz and heat, natural gemstones, cz stones
natural gemstones, cz stones, reddish colour: Sarah, I have not done any casting in place but do have some knowledge of the process. Their is a great difference in controlled temperature when casting stone in place (in the wax) and with torch heating. Torch heating may well cause the stone to glow...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: "D" and "c" marks on gold/gold tone brooch/pin, brooch pin, jewelry appraiser
brooch pin, jewelry appraiser, leaf shape: Hello Kate and thank you for your inquiry. The only D within a square that I can find in my resources is C. C. Darling & Company, Providence, RI. c. 1900-1915. They made primarily gold and gold plate. The small c could be a copyright mark. In order to determine...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damage to gem, rhodium plating, litmus test
rhodium plating, litmus test, care considerations: Hi Betty. First, I am very sorry to hear about your misfortune. Second, you can be almost certain that the solution that the jeweler used to rhodium plate your pendant is responsible. Apatite is infamous for being particularly fragile. Not only is it very...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged bracelet, internal spring, jewelry shop
internal spring, jewelry shop, gold link: Sue, I must say thanks for your kind comments. And, I must reply or the allexperts machine thinks I have a pending question. This clears the question from pending files. Best wishes with the bracelet. God Bless. Thomas. September 12,2007 6:18p...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Damaged Sapphire, ruby and sapphire, internal stresses
ruby and sapphire, internal stresses, torch work: Hello, Eimear. I appreciate this question. I cannot say with certainty what happened if anything to your sapphire. This is because I did not see it before the repair was done. I take you word for it that the stone is now different than before the work....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dark black plating, 22k gold bangles, copper acetate
22k gold bangles, copper acetate, japanese radish: Vikram, I can think a few possibilities besides black rhodium. The first is an old substance used as an inlay. If inlaid, this might be on the high karat bangles you mention. This is called shakudo. This info from the net tells something of it: “The...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Darkening Silver, liver of sulfur, david yurman
liver of sulfur, david yurman, special paint: Dear Agata, Yes, liver of supfur is liver of sulfur and that is the same product. Is yours in a liquid or solid form? Some companies sell it as a solution but the shelf life is not too good. As for the dry material, I suggest you use what you need then...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dating my ring, british hallmarks, jewelry appraisals
british hallmarks, jewelry appraisals, approximate age: G day Janice and many thanks for your query. Firstly if the ring is stamped 18ct - it can t be platinum. The UK British Hallmarks and many European countries have excellent Hallmarks which enable us to identify not only when it was made - but where it was...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: David,I am writing a book/novel..., amazon link, jewelry books
amazon link, jewelry books, italian community: G day Dee and many thanks for your query However this is something I cannot help with. You need to research jewellery from the ITALIAN perspective. As I live in Australia (born in the UK) I am unfamiliar with what the italian community would have been...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: David Yurman Ring turning finger green?, david yurman, authenticity card
david yurman, authenticity card, demello: David Yurman pieces are made from Silver. Silver normaly oxidizes this way. I m afraid this is normal. Arthur DeMello GG (GIA) A.DeMello Gemological Laboratory 60 State Street Suite 700 Boston, MA. 02109 (617) 742-1630 http://www.nationalgemologicallaboratory.com...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DeBeers Ad, jewelery store, happy anniversary
jewelery store, happy anniversary, exact wording: I VAGUELY REMEMBER THAT AD AND I M SORRY I DO NOT REMEMBER THE WORDING. YOU MAY WANT TO CHECK WITH DEBEERS AND SEE IF THEY A RECORD OF IT OR COULD TELL YOU WHO WAS HANDLING THEIR ADVERTISING AT THE TIME. THEY WOULD HAVE A RECORD OF THE AD. I M SURE THAT THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Determining quality gold, gold wedding band, gold quality
gold wedding band, gold quality, electronic gold: Hi Rachel, , Thanks for this question. I understand the concerns people often have when an order for something is placed on the Internet or from a catalog for that matter. Buying with only a picture and description leaves room for doubt...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DIAMOND, koh i noor diamond, koh i noor
koh i noor diamond, koh i noor, mogul dynasty: oops lost you , The Kohinoor Diamond According to some sources, the Koh-i-noor diamond was found in the Godavari river in central India 4,000 years ago. Tradition associated with it states that its owner will rule the world, but that to possess it is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: DIAMONDS, diamond tennis bracelets, 10k gold jewelry
diamond tennis bracelets, 10k gold jewelry, ct diamonds: HI SANDY, REAL DIAMONDS WERE NOT NORMALLY FOUND IN 10K GOLD JEWELRY UNTIL RECENT YEARS. TO LOWER THE COSTS AND GIVE THE CUSTOMERS MORE PERCEIVED VALUE SMALL SINGLE CUT AND EVEN MEDIUM SIZE FULL CUT DIAMONDS HAVE BEEN SET IN 10K. THERE ARE REAL DIAMONDS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond, kdu college malaysia, moshe levy
kdu college malaysia, moshe levy, temperture: Hi Timothy, Diamonds, Naturally has colors in them. DUring the process of formation and cristalization, high temperture and pressure cause the cristal to change or loose its color. I do not know the scientific terms for this process but thats where and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond, kdu college malaysia, amnh
kdu college malaysia, amnh, browser address: Hello Timothy - I am not familiar with diamond cutting, however I can refer you to the following site that has a wealth of information. Maybe you can find the answer there. Just copy and paste the below url into your browser address field and hit enter. Good...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond /Amethyst in the Rough?, heat conductivity, different kinds of rocks
heat conductivity, different kinds of rocks, kinds of rocks: you can have the crystal tested for diamond with a ceres diamond probe which most jewelers have on premise. Its an inexpensive item and works thorough measuring heat conductivity. What is the color of the outside of the stone? is there a green shell or peel?...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond anniversary band, diamond anniversary band, jewelry appraisals
diamond anniversary band, jewelry appraisals, nasty habit: G day Jane and many thanks for your query. Firstly; I hope you really treasure this ring, as good quality items from before World War Two (especially in white gold) have become very collectible, PLUS it belonged to your Grandmother. You lucky duck :-)...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond bracelet with no markings, gem lab, diamond bracelet
gem lab, diamond bracelet, independent appraiser: Hi Jenny Thanks for writing!!! Your bracelet needs to be tested by a jeweler or Gemologist to confirm it s Identity. Without seeing it it s hard to tell if it s real. I own a gem lab in the Northeast United States if your ever in the area you welcomed to...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond Comparison, moshe levy, gia certificate
moshe levy, gia certificate, fish eye: Hi Nestor. I reviewed both of the stones and here is my advise: the 0.72 I VS2 is a great stone but a little deep. you can see it in the depth descrition ( 73 %) the F SI2 is a little bit shallow ( 58 %) and might cause a fish eye illusion where you can...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond clarity, diamond clarity, diamond grading
diamond clarity, diamond grading, 10x loupe: HI CATHERINE, THERE ARE DIFFERENT DEGREES OF CLARITY IN DIAMOND GRADING. NO FLAWS TO A 10X LOUPE BY AN EXPERIENCED GRADER IS FLAWLESS AND AS THE INCLUSIONS GET LARGER AND POSITIONED NEAR THE CENTER THE GRADE GOES DOWN. FL,IF,VVS1, VVS2, VS1, VS2, SI1, SI2,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: A Diamond has cleavage but not fractures?, geology teacher, finished diamonds
geology teacher, finished diamonds, cleavages: HI CHELSEA, DIAMOND HAS 4 DIRECTIONS OF PERFECT CLEAVAGE. DIAMOND ALSO HAS FRACTURES OCASSIONALLY. FRACTURES MAINLY SHOW UP UNDER A MICROSCOPE ON FINISHED DIAMONDS. BUT ARE ALSO FOUND IN NATURE WHEN BEING MINED. SO YOUR STATEMENT IS FALSE. A DIAMOND CAN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond comparison, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, subjective judgement
beauty is in the eye of the beholder, subjective judgement, eye of the beholder: NESTOR, WHAT YOU ARE ASKING IS STRICTLY SUBJECTIVE. ONLY THE PERSON WHO WOULD BE WEARING THE DIAMOND COULD SAY WHICH ONE IS PRETTIER . TO JUDGE STRICTLY BY THE NUMBERS WOULD NOT SAY IF ONE IS PRETTIER THAN THE OTHER. I PREFER HIGHER COLOR TO CLARITY BUT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond engagement rings, moshe levy, diamond engagement rings
moshe levy, diamond engagement rings, year 1: HI There. There is really no answer to your question. It all depends on how much your future husband has set aside or willing to spend. an average 1/2 - 3/4 round brilliant can be anywhere from $ 900 to $ 2000 depends on where you buy it and on the quality...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond grading, clarity grades, diamond dealers
clarity grades, diamond dealers, call signs: Hi There. Thank you for your question. Diamonds are graded mainly for color and clarity. The first scale for color goes from D color which is the highest and the most expensive indicates that there is no tint in the stone weather yellow or brown or...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond question, diamond earrings, quality diamond
diamond earrings, quality diamond, quality thanks: HI HEATHER, DIAMOND EARRINGS ARE USUALLY OF LOWER QUALITY THAN STONES IN A RING. FOLKS LOOK MORE CRITICALLY AT DIMAOND SOLITAIRES THAN AT AN EARRING RIGHT UP NEXT TO YOUR FACE IN YOUR EAR. SO YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH LOWER QUALITY KNOWING MOST PEOPLE WON...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond question, carat weight, loose diamond
carat weight, loose diamond, si2: Hello again. The girdle doesn t bother me too much. I d personally rather a thin girdle than a thick one. Thick girdles carry a lot of unnecessary weight around the middle. The 0.70 carat I, VS1 sounds like a lovely stone as well. Anything I or above...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond Ring, diamond engagement ring, hilco
diamond engagement ring, hilco, good fortune: Hello Debbie, congratulations on your engagement. Unfortunatley the mark you describe is not one that I am aware of. I would suggest however that it might be easier to trace when broken down, by this I mean HILCO could infact be H.I.L. Co - once you start...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring broken prong, diamond wedding ring, repair persons
diamond wedding ring, repair persons, bad shape: HI ALICE, WELL UNFORTUNATELY SOME FOLKS ARE NOT AS HONEST AS MOST PEOPLE. HOWEVER WHAT THE PERSON TOLD YOU IN THE STORE MAY HAVE SAVED YOU THE HEARTACHE OF LOSING THAT REALLY GOOD DIAMOND. WAS IT ONLY ONE PRONG? WERE THE OTHERS ALL GOOD WITH NO WEAR? WHEN...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring marking, company thanks, diamond ring
company thanks, diamond ring, baguettes: HI WALTER, IT COULD BE ONE MANY TRADEMARK STAMPS USED BY VARIOUS COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IT TAKES DAYS TO RUNDOWN ALL THE POSSIBLE COMPANIES IT COULD BE. USE SOME SLEUTHING AND TRY TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION ON WHERE THE RING WAS PURCHASED AND WHEN....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring setting, jewelry store, prongs
jewelry store, prongs, yellow gold: Note, I sent this answer again if you get it twice, to correct a typo. I said yellow and should have said white where the * is. Staci, I feel for your situation and perhaps this long answer will make some sense of what appears to be happening. This is...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond ring value, hannoush jewelers, gemological laboratory
hannoush jewelers, gemological laboratory, overnight fedex: Hi Pamela thanks for writing. You need to have the ring looked at by an independent gemologist appraiser otherwise you wont get a fair valuation. Also, and independent appraiser can tell you how to sell it and how much to ask for it. If your in the New...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond settings, diamond settings, sentimental value
diamond settings, sentimental value, good relationship: Hi Annie, I am sorry to hear about your ring. The first thing I would do is ask around for a reference. Develope a good relationship with the person that is repairing your ring. Be sure your ring doesnt leave their premises. I am very happy that you found...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond size for side stones, carat center stone, pear shape
carat center stone, pear shape, shape center: Dear Angela, I wish you were close to our store so we could get some stones, lay the stones out and do some sketches of possible designs! Like most stores, we don t keep many rings in stock of the size stones you want. More often, this does come down...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond sparkle, star 129 diamond, diamond engagement ring
star 129 diamond, diamond engagement ring, diamond sparkle: Hi Valerie, You have posed a great question!. This is what I teach my clients every day in the store! If the stone is cut properly or exactly I does no matter how it is set. The stone you have sounds like it need a little help. Also by keeping it extremely...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamond, kdu college malaysia, specific gravity
kdu college malaysia, specific gravity, anomoly: Hello Timothy, Diamonds are a form of pure Carbon. They are usually formed in and around the pipes made by Volcanic activity. The crystalline shape they form can be described as two, four sided pyramids joined base to base. This crystal system is known...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, synthetic sapphire, litterally hundreds
synthetic sapphire, litterally hundreds, metal content: HI LINDA, UNFORTUNATELY THERE ARE LITTERALLY HUNDREDS OF STONES THAT ARE HARDER THAN GLASS. IF IT LOOKS LIKE GLASS IT COULD BE A SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE WHICH IS VERY HARD AND WILL SCRATCH ANY STONE EXCEPT DIAMOND. SYNTHETIC SAPPHIRE COMES IN ALL COLORS BY THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, misleading name, darkened rooms
misleading name, darkened rooms, uv lights: Hi Michelle. I can answer that question pretty easily. About 20% of diamonds exhibit fluorescence. Fluorescence can be seen in darkened rooms with black lights, or in your case the UV lights in the tanning booth. The effect is like a white shirt in a discotheque....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, moshe levy, tanning bed
moshe levy, tanning bed, naked eye: Hi There, Thank you for your question. Some Diamonds (Or should I say about 50 % of them) have substance in them that is called Flourescense. Flourescense in a diamond can be very faint (hardly noticed), Medium or strong. The only way to determine flourescense...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, uses of diamonds, bryant linares
uses of diamonds, bryant linares, color clarity: Good Morning Daniel! Let s get started with these questions. 1) How can you tell the difference between a real diamond and a crystal? A crystal of what, Daniel? Quartz? Colorless Sapphire? Cubic Zirconia or Moissanite? The easiest way to tell the difference...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, calla cut rings, custom jeweler
calla cut rings, custom jeweler, platinum center: Jacalyn- Its become a very competitive business with everyone trying to come up with their own BRANDED diamonds, and jewelry and design....the so called Calla Cut is nothing more than a modified round stone it appears, this is the first I have heard of...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, diamond pipes, inner earth
diamond pipes, inner earth, african gold: Hi Hannah , Diamonds are found in many place around the world. Commonly they are found in South Africa, The African Gold Coast, Brazil and even in the United States.Diamonds are produced far below ground level...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, diamond crystals, ronnie cook
diamond crystals, ronnie cook, crystal quartz: I m Sorry Ronnie I wish I could. From the look of it, it looks more blotchy white than clear. Diamond cryatsls dont grow in a round circular crystal. They grow in an octahedron shaped crystal. Do a search on google photos for rough diamond crystals and you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, crystal habit, nortwest territories
crystal habit, nortwest territories, canadian mines: HI JACK, YOU HAVE THE BASICS RIGHT ON DIAMONDS. THEY USUALLY FORM IN A CRYSTAL HABIT OF CUBE OR AN OCTAHERON (TWO PIRAMIDS ATTACHED BASE TO BASE). THAT IS WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE OUT OF THE GROUND. THEY ARE USUALLY TRANSPARENT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT. BUT 95%...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds from G.E., synthetic diamonds, diamond industry
synthetic diamonds, diamond industry, synthetic stones: Hi Sunny. G.E. has been synthesizing diamonds for some time, but their intent was to use them industrially, not for jewelry purposes. Many companines ARE making synthetic diamonds for jewelry. Check this page for links to information: http://jewelry.about.com/od/syntheticdiamonds/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds that glow, carat ring, anniversary ring
carat ring, anniversary ring, tanning bed: Arlene- the ultraviolet light highlights the stones which are fluorescent. The higher the fluorescence the more intense the light will be. It will have a bluish haze to it. Some people do not like these types of stones and in fact the prices on larger stone...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds industry, jewelry concepts and technology, australian citizen
jewelry concepts and technology, australian citizen, 4 months: dear gilad, the best way to become acquainted with the industry would be to purchase a book titled jewelry concepts and technology written by oppi ontrecht.im sure you will find it to be a wealth of information. perhaps you can find it in your library...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonds, diamond shapes, diamond prices
diamond shapes, diamond prices, jewelry business: Dear Kristine, This question cannot be answered with any accuracy. You see, diamond prices have to do with size and quality. This means I could sell you a little accent diamond for as little as $4.00 US. Tiny stones are not very expensive. A larger...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonique versus CZ, diamond simulants, cubic zirconium
diamond simulants, cubic zirconium, mossanite: HI KELLY, BASICALLY BOTH ARE CUBIC ZIRCONIUM OR VERY CLOSE TO IT. THEY ARE BOTH ABOUT THE SAME IN QUALITY, THE THING THAT WILL SEPARATE ALL THE DIAMOND SIMULANTS IS THE CUT. THE BETTER THE CUT AND POLISH THE BETTER LOOKING THE STONE. THERE ARE MANY SIMULANTS...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Diamonique vs. Simulated Diamonds, gem quality diamonds, diamonique jewelry
gem quality diamonds, diamonique jewelry, cubic zirconium: HI DARNELL, YOU ARE CONFUSING MAN MADE SIMULATED DIAMONDS WITH MAN MADE REAL DIAMONDS. REAL DIAMONDS HAVE BEEN MADE BY MAN SINCE THE 50 S AND TODAY THEY ARE PRODUCING MAN MADE GEM QUALITY DIAMONDS. THEY ARE QUITE EXPENSIVE SINCE THEY ARE THE REAL THING....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dipped gold rings in rhodium, rhodium, gold rings
rhodium, gold rings, wedding band: Hello Geryl and thank you for your inquiry. This is something you would have to check with the company or jeweler that had the rings dipped. I m not sure whether you can have it reversed - refreshed maybe, but I don t believe it can be reversed. Hope this...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Discoloration on 18k Gold wedding band, gold wedding band, rust stains
gold wedding band, rust stains, rust color: Hi Don, thanks for the question. People assume that gold does not tarnish. In fact, gold will tarnish and the color is yellow, or even the “rust” color you described. Why does this happen? Several reasons come to mind. The first to consider is that jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Discoloration following solitaire sizing, jewelery repair, google search
jewelery repair, google search, gold engagement ring: Dear Amanda, Thanks for this question. Of all the questions I have received about white gold this is the first about discoloration after sizing. Here we go with an answer: There is little reason for the discoloration you describe to have occurred...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Disney Jewelry, jewelry appraisals, antique jewelry
jewelry appraisals, antique jewelry, mickey mouse: G day Christine and many thanks for your query There are many stores online selling Disney related items such as: www.DisneyShopping.com or one of my favorites: http://search.disney.go.com/exec/?q=jewelry Just take your time and browse. The other...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Disney, designing jewelry, 8 years
designing jewelry, 8 years, appointment: Did a line of samples for each of their themes and then called and made an appointment with the buyer. Sometimes takes months and many call backs. The main thing to remember is if you have an item that you truly believe will be an asset to them, don t give...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dremel Tool?, brass sleeves, ebay
brass sleeves, ebay, dremel tool: I personally have disliked dremmell tools..they are really designed for part time home use...and as far as I can see only use brass sleeves for Bearings...having said that I m sure there are a lot of new models out that may be a big improvement..my suggestion...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Dremel Tool, ameritool, david fortier
ameritool, david fortier, dremel bits: Hi Jean! Thanks a lot for your question. I would love to impart my own wisdom on this topic but I am afraid it is limited. Let me direct you to a wonderful resource available online that will answer this question and probably many others that you have and...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Driling in Agate, diamond tip, driling
diamond tip, driling, scrap piece: HI ART, YOU CAN USE A DIAMOND TIP DRILL, BUT AT LOW SPEED AND WITH MUCH CARE. IT WOULD BEASIER TO USE A CORUNDUM TIP ALSO AT LOW SPEED. BEST DRILL SLOWLY WITH A WATER DRIP SO AS NOT TO GET TO HOT. AGATE HAS A HARDNESS FOR AROUND 5 AND OF COURSE DIAMOND...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling Gems, diamond drill bits, flex cable
diamond drill bits, flex cable, harbor freight: Hi Jean, I use a regular dremel with a flex cable attachment. I buy diamond drill bits sizes range from 1.5 mm to 2 mm and larger if needed. You should be able to buy this at Home Depot or Harbor Freight. I can give you places to buy drill bits when...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling Holes, diamond drill bits, federal tax id
diamond drill bits, federal tax id, steven covey: Hi Tina, You will need to buy a dremel tool at home depot or hobby shop. You will also need to buy some small diamond drill bits. You can order the drill bits from this website. http://www.lopacki.com/ As far as your tax ID check out this website...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling holes in fragile material, diamond tip drill bit, drilling holes
diamond tip drill bit, drilling holes, poker chips: Hi Monica, Yes diamond is recommended. Get a triple ripple type 1.8 mm Go slow and keep the drill cool in water. Mother of pearl will drill fast and easy. Bone or ivory is slower just take your time. You should have no trouble. Regards, Steven...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drilling holes into Turquoise, turquoise stones, drilling holes
turquoise stones, drilling holes, drilling the hole: Joanna, depending on the stone a jeweler can drill the hole for you. This is the safest way to go. Some turquoise stones are soft enough to drill with a steel drill bit and others require a diamond bit kept wet while drilling the hole. I suggest you call...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: Drop necklace, vintage jewelry, design manufacturer
vintage jewelry, design manufacturer, phillipines: Hello Sheila - I have checked my resources and have found nothing about an RJ mark in vintage jewelry. An internet search for RJ Jewelry turned up a firm in the Phillipines that uses that logo as well as a US designer RJ Graziano. Could be one of those. There...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: damaged silver jewellery, polishing wheel, grayish color
polishing wheel, grayish color, silver rings: Silver reacts to certain chemicals in various ways. The dull grayish film was most likely chlorine. Toothpaste is an abrasive and should not be used on jewelry. Your silver rings will be fine, and it can look brand new- but you will have to have them polished...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: darker spot on white gold band, close ups, interior lighting
close ups, interior lighting, center bottom: Hi,Tyler. Thanks for this question. This one may be difficult to answer with a pin point solution. Several different factors could be involved. Without seeing the ring and examining the spot, I am only speculating from knowledge of similar discolorations...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: date letter on albert chain, jewelry appraisals, h samuel
jewelry appraisals, h samuel, jewelry store: G day again Sonya - and yes I did get the image file and I answered you. Make sure your Junk folder is NOT deleting our emails. If you need to get in touch with me direct the best way is through my website at: http://www.online-jewelry-appraisals.com/...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: how to describe items for sale, jewelry tips, navy wife
jewelry tips, navy wife, price guideline: Hello Marie - Researching jewelry is indeed a tedious job and some items, especially studio made items will be difficult to find. You don t say how you intend to sell the items, but sometimes a picture will be worth a thousand words . You can check our jewelry...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: determining silver, thriftshops, silver nickel
thriftshops, silver nickel, jewelry work: This is the second mailing, a follow-up to clear a confusing point*. Sorry... here tis. Hello Jeffery, I am glad to hear you are interested in doing some jewelry work. Trinkets or whatever, this is a good hobby or side interest. Of course for me,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: determining which stones are worth cutting, gemstone appraisals, lapidary club
gemstone appraisals, lapidary club, ruby sapphire: G day Greg and many thanks for your query. Uncut stones are an anomaly because no-one really knows what you are going to get until it is cut. There have been many cases in the past where a diamond for example, has cleaved unexpectedly, reducing the size...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamelle, the nature of the beast, silicon carbide, cubic zirconium
silicon carbide, cubic zirconium, man made diamond: HI LIZ, THE REASON I DID NOT MENTION DIAMELLE IS BECAUSE IT IS A TRADE NAME. THE ONLY TRADE NAME THAT IS REGISTERED AND COPYRIGHTED IS MOISSANITE . IT IS A DIAMOND SIMULANT THAT IS UNIQUE IN THE TREADE AND ONLY SOLD THROUGH ONE COMPANY, CHARLES & COVARD...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond authenticity, heat conductivity, electrical conductivity
heat conductivity, electrical conductivity, diamond authenticity: You can purchase a heat conductivity and an electrical conductivity tester as well as a 10X corrected loupe however the cost of these items can run you as much as 600 - 700 dollars. Even then it would be best to have expertise in using these instruments. ...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond bracelet value, moshe levy, 14 carat gold
moshe levy, 14 carat gold, total carat weight: Hi There, Since I dont know what the color and clarity of the diamonds are, I can only give you a range of prices. It seems that the total carat weight on the bracelet is about 5.30 ct. Wholesale value of a bracelet like this in a low quality will be around...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond brooch, diamond brooch, silver squares
diamond brooch, silver squares, colored squares: Good Morning Janita. It s impossible to identify or value jewelry without seeing it in front of me. Have you tried calling some local jewelers/gemologists and asking if they would be kind enough to help you identify a piece you have? Whether or not you...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond coated CZ, quality cz jewelry, diamond simulants
quality cz jewelry, diamond simulants, 14k jewelry: HI LISA, IN TODAYS ENVIRONMENT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF SIMULATED DIAMONDS AS WELL AS SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS. MAKE SURE YOU DESCRIBE THESE STONES CORRECTLY, THEY ARE MOSTLY DIAMOND SIMULANTS, SYNTHETIC DIAMONDS ARE IN FACT REAL DIAMONDS MADE IN A LAB. TO GET...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond drill, construction store, diamond drill
construction store, diamond drill, industrial construction: hello bert.. my suggestion is to go to heavey industrial construction store..you need a core diamond bit..I would try to determine hardness of stone and does it have fractures...another way is to find someone with an ultra sonic drill and it will go through...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond earring stud found?, gemological institute of america, diamond stud earring
gemological institute of america, diamond stud earring, graduate gemologist: Sharon- Keep it! its sterling silver with a CZ in the center if the stamp is truly 925 which is 92.5 sterling silver.....I have not seen a diamond set in sterling as of yet. To be sure, take it to a jeweler and have them look at it...preferably a trusted...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond earrings, diamond earrings, ultraviolet source
diamond earrings, ultraviolet source, ultraviolet rays: HI IRENE, THE SHORT ANSWER IS - N0. HOWEVER ULTRAVIOLET RAYS CAN UNDER SOME CONDITIONS AND VERY RARELY CAUSE THEM TO DISCOLOR. USUALLY THEY WILL ONLY FLOURESCE AND RETURN TO NORMAL WHEN THE ULTRAVIOLET SOURCE IS TURNED OFF. FLOURESCENCE IS A KIND OF GLOW...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond engagement ring, diamond engagement ring, gia cert
diamond engagement ring, gia cert, gia certificate: SORRY I HIT THE WRONG BUTTON. HI FIRST GO TO GIA S WEB SITE AND VERIFY THE CERTIFICATE . THE CERTIFICATE NUNBER IS ON THE CERTICIATE. IS THE DIAMOND MOUNTED? DOES THE CERT READ YELLOW FLORESENSECE ? H COLOR IS NOT COLORLESS BUT IT SHOULD LOOK WHITE. IF...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond/gold necklace turn clothes black, retail department store, gold jewlery
retail department store, gold jewlery, diamond gold: HI TAMI, WELL I WOULD SUSPECT THAT THE NECKLACE IS NOT GOLD OR SINCE IT IS STAMPED 10K IT IS A LOW KARAT GOLD, ONLY 37.5% GOLD AND THE REST IS WHAT MAY BE CAUSING THE BLACK COLOR. DO YOU GET ANY BLCK ON YOUR SKIN? USUALLY IF YOU TAKE THE PIECE BACK TO THE...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond irish claddaugh ring markings., irish claddaugh ring, professional jeweler
irish claddaugh ring, professional jeweler, inventory number: Thank you for your inquiry. Unusual that the ring is set with diamonds but no other markings. I don t have any mark like this in my resources, but venture to say it is probably foreign. The HD could be a designer or design inventory number. Have you had it...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond rhodium plating, wally wally, black rhodium
wally wally, black rhodium, rhodium plating: Wally, thank you for the interesting question on black diamonds. BLACK DIAMONDS ARE BLACK. The fellow at the coin show might know coins but not diamonds, at least black diamonds. With black diamonds the color is natural and the stones are generally opaque,...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring, american gem society, diamond companies
american gem society, diamond companies, blue nile: Sorry Patricia. I m a California girl. If you were on the West Coast I could give you some tips, but I don t know anything about North Carolina. My advice would be to go to every jeweler locally. Comparison shop. And, if someone is giving you a bad or...

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

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring, center diamond, ring shank
center diamond, ring shank, hge: HI KIRSTEN, THE MARKING HGE AFTER THE 18K STAMP MEANS THE RING IS PROBABLY SILVER WITH 18K YELLOW HEAVY GOLD ELECTROPLATE. THE A IN A CIRCLE IS PROBABLY A MODEL OR MANUFACTURERS STAMP. USUALLY DIAMONDS ARE NOT MARKED IN RINGS EXCEPT FOR SOME PARTICULAR...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring markings, lucky puppy, genuine diamond
lucky puppy, genuine diamond, gold quality: G day Becky and many thanks for your query You lucky puppy. It s not everyone who can find a diamond (are you sure it s a diamond?) ring. The BLUEBIRD v 2840 are simply a Maker s Mark or Store Name together with a design number and have no special meaning....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring resize, soft face hammer, ring mandrel
soft face hammer, ring mandrel, oval shapes: Hello, Glenn. Thanks for the question. A ring size is approximately 2.5mm or 1/10 inch. This means something less than that will need to be removed from the bottom of the ring band to reach a size 6.25. Generally, this is a minimal down sizing and forming...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond ring, jewelry appraisers, carat size
jewelry appraisers, carat size, jewelry appraiser: I would definitely have it appraised. A local jewelry store or antique shop may be able to guide you to an estate jewelry appraiser. If you have a local museum or library, that may be a good source for locating an appraiser. An alternative are online appraisers....

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond stud, gold studs, gold stud
gold studs, gold stud, stud earrings: HI MANO, QUITE A STORY. I WOULD SUGGEST YOU BUY NEW STUD EARRINGS WITHOUT THE DIAMONDS. YOU HAVE THE DIAMONDS, SO JUST CLEAN THEM REALLY GOOD OR EVEN HAVE THEM REPOLISHED IF YOU CAN AND THEN MOUNT THEM IN THE NEW GOLD STUDS. I BELIEVE YOU CAN WRITE OFF...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond synthetics, cubic zirconium, colored diamonds
cubic zirconium, colored diamonds, synthetic diamonds: HI JESSICA, I VE READ BOTH YOUR QUESTIONS AND I WILL TRY TO ANSWER ALL THAT I CAN. YOU VE ALREADY RESEARCHED THE BEST IMITATION , MOISSANITE. IT DOES LOOK A BIT GREEN UNDER THE DEAMOND LIGHTS IN A JEWELRY STORE. YOU MIGHT TRY LOOKING AGAIN IN DAYLIGHT...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond tennis bracelet, diamond tennis bracelet, pawn shop
diamond tennis bracelet, pawn shop, gold jewelry: HI DARLA, THERE ARE MANY HALLMARKS THAT ARE SIMILAR BUT THERE IS ONE COMPANY NAMED JAFA GOLD THAT MAKES DIAMOND AND GOLD JEWELRY IN ISREAL. USUALLY THEY USE 14K AND 18K GOLD BUT THEY MAY ALSO USE 10K. I WOULDN T BET THAT THIS IS TH MFG OF YOUR BRACELET...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamond or not?, gemologist, demello
gemologist, demello, karats: Hi Darci, Without seeing it would be hard to say. You will need to bring it to a Gemologist in your area. Unfortunately,it isn t something you can do on your own without prior experience. If you don t find a gemologist in the the yellow pages I can try...

Jewelry, Gems, & Minerals: diamonds, barbra, voltaire
barbra, voltaire, toothbrush: No diamonds don t need to breathe. Keep in mind that they were formed at great depths under tremendous heat and pressure.....no air down there! The reason they have open backs is so that you can clean them. Diamonds get dirty very easily and when they have...